Bought the car from my father in law with 177,000 miles due to needing second car after our van was totalled just before Christmas. My wife always commented on how much she liked it, and now I know wh...
Bought the car from my father in law with 177,000 miles due to needing second car after our van was totalled just before Christmas. My wife always commented on how much she liked it, and now I know why.
We use it as a family car, and I commute 30 miles a day to work and back. The ride is smooth, interior still looks good for its age, the paint is smooth and shiny (garage kept since new) and the fuel mileage is amazing; I average close to 30 mixed, can hit over 40 instant on the interstate. Rear air level works like new.
Not all is rosy. i know, going in, that there were issues; with this many miles, I test drove it for a night. So far, it's needed 4 motor mounts, both sets of control arms and links, sway bar bushings, intake and valve cover gaskets and tie rods. Another common issue is water intrusion, and mine has had it for a while; passenger carpet was soaking wet when I pulled it. Underneath, the floorpans front and back are starting to rust, so this was caught in time to be repairable in the driveway. The battery is under the passenger seat; spilling acid over the years ate a 6" seam in the metal that must be repaired. One final gripe concerns rear suspension thump; either my control link or upper shock mounts (or both) are bad and cause a nasty thump over bad pavement. More minor gripes concern burned out HVAC button lights (can't tell what's what in the dark), non-working driver's seat heat, so-so audio quality and non-leather wrapped steering wheel that is peeling paint off the grip and a couple of control buttons missing labels due to wear and tear.
Overall, I expected more issues than what I found, and the car has been a boon to my commute. All the importaant stuff still works, and I can count on it to start. As a bonus, parts are realitvely easy and cheap to source, the 3800/4T60 combo is nearly bulletproof, and it's as reliable as the sunset.