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Cory Wolfe    263

YEAH!!! Oops, got carried away with the all-caps. :P

Click this link and tell me what you think.

This is probably the best deal I've found in looking for a car for my mom. I'm not entirely familiar with these cars, though. All I know is that it doesn't have the dreaded 2.7 in it. Let me know.

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Drew Dowdell    4,993

don't wait for others... just go get the Carfax and if it's clean, go pick it up. With 28k miles there's at least 8,000 miles left on the original transmission*

*(joking at DF)

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regfootball    234

don't wait for others... just go get the Carfax and if it's clean, go pick it up. With 28k miles there's at least 8,000 miles left on the original transmission*

*(joking at DF)

no, you'd actually be serious. aside from that its a nice car.

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Cory Wolfe    263

My parents checked it out and liked it. Drove well and looked like it was barely used. Only issue was a check engine light. Apparently, it was owned by some 90 year old lady. I'm not sure what the back story is for why she gave it up (sent to a home, perhaps), but she gave it to her niece who is selling it and a 1993 Lincoln Mark 8 for a smaller, newer car. They decided to get it, so tomorrow we're going to pick it up and bring it home. No more ratty-ass Sunfire. :P

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Those Mark VIIIs were cool cars but I hear that it's actually impossible to find a replacement for those taillights which were actually NEON lights. Lots of people who have kept these cars seem to have gone to LED.

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Those Mark VIIIs were cool cars but I hear that it's actually impossible to find a replacement for those taillights which were actually NEON lights. Lots of people who have kept these cars seem to have gone to LED.

The air suspension must have been a weak point on those cars also...I see many of them riding low. There's someone on the westside of Phoenix that has a 1/2 dozen of 'em in his front yard, right off a major street...

As for the Concorde, that car sounds like a great buy if everything checks out and the mileage is legit.

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Intrepidation    846

If you want to know what the CEL is on for, do the keydance. Turn the key to accessory, turn it off, repeat 2 more times and on the third time leave it on acc. The odometer screen will display trouble codes. The last code is probably going to be P1684 followed by "done".

Also, for that price the timing belt and water pump better have been replaced, if not I would haggle theme down on it, because the car is due. If it hasn't been done it should be soon because these are interference engines, and the waterpump should be replaced with it.

Other than that, it seems like a nice one. Shoot me a message if you want more info, I'm all too glad to help.

Edit:

KBB suggests the retail value is $4,785, so I guess if you factor in the timing belt/waterpump replacement you'd end up about there. Still, I'd make sure to find out if it has been done before, and maybe you can shave a couple hundred off of the price if it hasn't. The Factory Service Manual states that the timing belt should be replaced every 105,000 miles or 84 months, whichever comes first.

Also, if the a/c is hissing r doesn't work, you're looking at an evaporator core replacement, which ain't cheap. Something else to haggle with if it's an issue. If it's in good working order, than I am jealous. :P

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Intrepidation    846

no, you'd actually be serious. aside from that its a nice car.

What delicious irony it is that my transmission, at 202,000 miles, works perfectly, yet as I recall, your Aztek's was slipping at 105k. ;)

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Cory Wolfe    263

If you want to know what the CEL is on for, do the keydance. Turn the key to accessory, turn it off, repeat 2 more times and on the third time leave it on acc. The odometer screen will display trouble codes. The last code is probably going to be P1684 followed by "done".

Also, for that price the timing belt and water pump better have been replaced, if not I would haggle theme down on it, because the car is due. If it hasn't been done it should be soon because these are interference engines, and the waterpump should be replaced with it.

Other than that, it seems like a nice one. Shoot me a message if you want more info, I'm all too glad to help.

Edit:

KBB suggests the retail value is $4,785, so I guess if you factor in the timing belt/waterpump replacement you'd end up about there. Still, I'd make sure to find out if it has been done before, and maybe you can shave a couple hundred off of the price if it hasn't. The Factory Service Manual states that the timing belt should be replaced every 105,000 miles or 84 months, whichever comes first.

Also, if the a/c is hissing r doesn't work, you're looking at an evaporator core replacement, which ain't cheap. Something else to haggle with if it's an issue. If it's in good working order, than I am jealous. :P

Must be a location thing... KBB put the retail value at $6,845 for me. :blink:

I'm going to try the key dance and see what code(s) pop up and have Dallas search google on his Droid. Also get to check it out myself since my parent's don't always notice certain things. But we are about to head out to get it.

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Cory Wolfe    263

Well, this one is out of the question.

Reg and Olds called it: Transmission. It was slipping, shifting with a good jerk, and on the second test drive I decided to take, refused to upshift. I was cruising along at 40 mph and the tach was at 3k and wouldn't budge. Looking under and listening while the car was idling, there was on odd sound coming from the tranny. Perhaps it was just that Chrysler 'whine' but I never heard it like that. My parents mentioned something about it shifting a little hard, but they made it sound like it was nothing big. Those issues seemed pretty big to me. Aside from that, it was a nice car. A little underbody rust, but nothing too significant. Interior was clean, besides an absolutely filthy steering wheel. Engine ran pretty good, as well. It's just that damn transmission...

To add to that, the sellers were completely stupid. They didn't know anything about that car. I asked if they had noticed anything with the transmission, they're responce: "Well, uh, no... I didn't really drive it, just down the block. It probably just needs new oil." After that, I asked about the price and going any lower because of the obvious transmission problems "Well no, we just put a couple hundred in it for a new battery, so I don't we're going to budge on the price any. We have other people interested in it."

I guess we'll keep looking.

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Intrepidation    846

Did you check for a code? It was almost certainly P0700, although you'd need an OBD II scan tool to get the underlying codes.

On 1998-2001 cars it's usually the input and output sensors on the transmission that go bad, causing it to go into limp mode. I believe they are $20 each.

On 2002-2004 it's usually the valve body.

Either way though, a clueless seller does not inspire confidence.

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Cory Wolfe    263

Did you check for a code? It was almost certainly P0700, although you'd need an OBD II scan tool to get the underlying codes.

On 1998-2001 cars it's usually the input and output sensors on the transmission that go bad, causing it to go into limp mode.

On 2002-2004 it's usually the valve body.

Either way though, a clueless seller does not inspire confidence.

I attempted that keydance and nothing came up for me.

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Cory Wolfe    263

Didn't do that at all.

Anyways, I almost hate to ask because I've heard some very, very, very bad things about it, but... 2004 Suzuki Verona? It's in my parents price range and they wanted me to check it out for them.

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Blake Noble    146

Well, it's a Daewoo ... so use your best judgment I guess?

Other possibilities? I kept everything under five-grand and tried to keep the mileage under 100k.

2000 Chevrolet Impala, 105k, $3k: http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/1947716994.html

2004 Dodge Stratus, 88k, $4650: http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/ctd/1947626571.html

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt (I know, I know), 70k, $4995: http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/ctd/1947480141.html

2001 Buick Century, 84k, $4995: http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/ctd/1946838296.html

1998 Olds Eighty-Eight, 85k (according to dealer's site), $4595: http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/ctd/1946260447.html

2001 Ford Taurus, 69k, $4500: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/1947476669.html

1998 Cadillac SLS, 97k, $3500: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/1947119563.html

1995 Chevrolet Caprice, 45k, $4000: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1946885296.html

1997 Audi A6, 98k, $4595: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1946599726.html

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Intrepidation    846

Here's a few:

1999 Chrysler 300M: $990 with "reasonable" trade, $2,500 without http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/1946911620.html

1999 Chrysler 300M: $3,2000 with 78,000 miles: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1946816073.html

2003 Chrysler 300M Special: $5,500 http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1946725684.html :drool:

2004 Chrysler Concorde Limited: $3,629 with 137,389 miles http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1943398084.html

2001 Intrepid R/T: $2,750 http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1942260977.html

2000 Chevrolet Impala LS: $3,695 http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1944507530.html

2004 Chevrolet Impala: $4673 with 149,711 miles http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1934302712.html

Don't forget about the Panther cars. They're a dime a dozen and those 4.6s are bulletproof. Easy to work on too.

2000 Mercury Grand Marquis LS: $3200 with 141,000 miles http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1944631798.html

1997 Mercury Grand Marquis GS: $3,499 with 78,305 miles http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1946514351.html

Also don't let mileage scare you. A car with higher miles can very well be a better vehicle than a car with lower miles. It's all about how the car was cared for.

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Blake Noble    146

2003 Chrysler 300M Special: $5,500 http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1946725684.html :drool:

I actually like that 300M myself. I don't know why.

However, it would look even better if the body extensions were color-keyed.

The Vent-Shades would have to go. I've never cared to see them on a car for some reason.

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Forget the STS, you don't want a post 100k Northstar headache.

The Caprice, 88 and Century on the list you posted are all worth a look. Panthers ditto.

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Intrepidation    846

I actually like that 300M myself. I don't know why.

However, it would look even better if the body extensions were color-keyed.

The Vent-Shades would have to go. I've never cared to see them on a car for some reason.

I've seen a few people paint the lower cladding to match the body. Looks good, although I like the stock look myself. I'm not big on Vent-Shades either...functional but not stylish. I'd put them on the Prizm if I could find them though. It's got my favorite interior color scheme though, and besides the minor paint blemish on the passenger side fascia is a fine example of the breed. Most powerful version of the 3.5, performance brakes, suspension, only LH with dual exhaust, only LH with HID headlights, only LH with turn signal mirrors IIRC, Only 4,500 were made between 2002 and 2004 I believe.

:wub:

I'd love to own a Special.

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