Thursday, April 19, 2007

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This is a reliable car which has served us well for the last two years. The engine has plenty of power and starts up every morning with no problems. The manual transmission works well in all five gears and reverse. We have always used 93 octane gasoline since we have owned it. This had rewarded us with great gas mileage—especially on trips. My wife followed our church bus to camp at 55 mph and recorded an unbelievable 36 mpg! At normal highway speed, however, we averaged 28-30 mpg. You won't have to worry about the headliner as we recently had it professionally replaced along with the C-pillars and moon roof. The power moon roof works well and the power windows both work. However, after 19 years, the power windows are a bit slow to go back up. We recently replaced the stock radio with a new CD/MP3/SD card/AM/FM radio. The orininal rims were also upgraded to OEM SPG rims from a 1988 model. The front tires are new Nokian 195/60 R15 tires as of December 2006. The engine APC box was also upgraded with one from 1988 900 SPG. This jumped the power up to 165 hp and increased acceleration. The car has approximately 97,000 miles.


When we purchased the car, the previous owner told me that the AC did not work. She was told that her mechanic thought it was an electrical problem. I never investigated the problem but all the parts are present. Power door locks stopped working in 2006. I have a used control unit ready to install but haven't done that yet. The driver's seat heater does not work. During the Fall of 2006, the speedometer needle began jumping all over the place, so I pulled the unit to have if repaired. It never made it to the repair shop. However, my attempted repair resulted in the speedometer reading approximately 20 mph higher than normal at all times. After that "repair" the odomoter began to read slowly. It may be that the plastic gear slipped out of place.

If you have any questions about this vehicle, I would be happy to answer them. You may send emails to or view other pictures of the by reading the various articles on this blog. I've pretty much documented my experience here.


EggsnGrits said...

Doh! You're really going through with this, you big lug!

I'd buy it, but the A/C thing is a deal killer in the South.

Andy Rupert said...

Sorry, eggs. BTW, how's it feel to be a famous journalist?

EggsnGrits said...

I really enjoyed it. Thanks for asking. Traitor. Turncoat.

Andy Rupert said...

Speaking of turncoats, what's with Vanderbilt's Kyle Madsen?

"Add Koufos to returning seniors Matt Terwilliger and Othello Hunter as well as Vanderbilt transfer Kyle Madsen -- Oden's main opponent in practice this past season -- and freshmen forwards Dallas Lauderdale and Eric Wallace. That crew makes the Buckeyes deeper than they were inside this past season. "

EggsnGrits said...

Madsen is one of many that came and left early. Our coach is a 'tough love' coach in the mold of Bob Knight or Jon Gruden. Lots of the coddled generation can't handle it and leave. I predict that Madsen will be a good player for Ohio State, but when things get tough, he will disappear.

By the way, I think that our coach is effective in spite of this trait, not because of it. He's lost several blue-chip players to transfer. We've averaged more than one transfer per year with him here.