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  1. 3 points
    Yeah, I think it’s reached that point where 2007 and older Tauruses and Sables are no longer the most reliable or cost effective choice of transportation for many of us.
  2. 3 points
    So I bought a car. Both the Taurus and Suzuki were on the way out. Taurus was leaking tranny fluid from somewhere and had a bad fuel leak. Suzuki had been making a popping noise up front for a while when turning that eventually started happening even when going straight. My guess is cv joint(s) going out. Rather than spend money on the cars that I would never be able to get back I decided it was time to get something newer. Behold my new daily driver/grocery getter, a 2014 Ford Fiesta 2018 Lamborghini Huracan! (Hey! I can dream, can't I?) Not a whole lot of room in the back 2014 Fiesta (CPO), 31000 miles, Ecoboost 3 cylinder, 5 speed manual, power windows/locks, EATC, SYNC, cruise, heated seats (don't really care for this feature), ambient lighting, other stuff I'm forgetting. So yeah, Not exactly what I wanted. I was looking for a Fusion or at smallest a Focus. Only problem is the Fusions kept selling before I could get to them or they had issues and there are almost no manual trans Focii available right now with decent miles. This popped up and I decided to pounce before someone else got to it. Not bad though. It's very comfortable for a small car and the fuel mileage is awesome. My only real complaint is how stiff the suspension is. Every time I hit a bump the rear end gets loose.
  3. 2 points
    On Sunday I ripped out the '87's single diaphragm booster. It was on it's way out giving me an awkwardly stiff pedal and constantly hissing when depressed. Ratty, rusty thing: I really don't know who was in charge of harness routing on these cars, but they routed three major harnesses, two important vacuum lines (cruise and reservoir), and the cruise control cable across the booster. Vacuum lines are easy since they just pull apart. The cruise control module unplugs and can be swung out of the way. The harnesses, not so much. It takes some unique maneuvering to get those where you want it. And to top it off, the booster can't be pulled straight out because the wiper motor is in the way. You got to pull it forwards as much as possible, then take the right hand side and pull that forwards and keep turning it, angling it, and turning it until it slides out from all the harnesses. Getting the bolts out under the dash were less annoying than the physical removal. Anyway, the replacement booster resolves all of those issues. It's one spec'd for a '92 Panther, but it's better all around. It's half the diameter, but a dual diaphragm setup. It offers greater effort than the original one. Even though it sticks out a bit further, it easily just slips in between the harnesses and such. If you look above the main harness that goes over the booster, you can see where the plastic cowling has a rounded edge where the old booster would have fit into. The brake pedal feels so much better now and gives a more confident feeling when slowing down. Anyway, that's crossed off the to-do list. Still need to get the exhaust system finished up. Duals are in place, but over the axle pipes need to be welded up along with some appropriate hangers. It also is awaiting a top end refresh since it's believed to have a burned valve on cylinder one (the exhaust will suck in paper when held a 1/2" away). I'm recording 10 PSI on that cylinder and it runs with a dead miss. But, since the heads are coming off, there's no sense in not giving it a small power bump. Another 302 around here that's getting it's own top end refresh will be donating some parts along to fix another 302. Once that's all said and done, maybe I'll start driving it again. I've been very limited when I take it out since I don't like driving on seven cylinders and it's absolutely killing the gas mileage. I've driven it so little the last time I put gas in was January, and it was finally low enough to fill up on Sunday.
  4. 2 points
    Did my first mod to the Fiesta today. LED license plate bulbs. Looks a lot better compared to the incandescent lights that were in there.
  5. 2 points
    Ooooo nice! Now you can race Brian with his shiny V6 'Stang. Also, is it just me, or does it seem like a lot of us are all getting new cars all at once?
  6. 2 points
    Got pulled over for speeding last night. Driving through a small town, speed limit 55mph. This older Toyota Tundra is tailgating the F150 in the right lane. I’m in the left lane, about even with the F150 when the Tundra begins tailgating me. Speed limit increases to 65mph as we leave town. The F150 and I both get up to 65~70mph. Tundra is still on my ass, looking as though he will go into the oncoming lane to pass me. After a moment of this, I decide to put some distance between us and mash the throttle. As I'm watching Tundra headlights shrink in my rear view, I notice the brake lights of a late model Dodge Charger illuminate in the opposite lane of traffic. State Troopers drive Chargers. FFUUUUHHHHH.... I start looking for somewhere to safely pull over before he’s even completed turning around, his red and blues are flashing. Trooper approached from the passenger side “Everything OK?” I explain why I was speeding. He asks “Were you aware of your speed?” No sir. “I clocked you at 112.” D’oh!!!! He made some chit chat, as cops always do. Nice gentleman. He asked about where I worked, a nearby hospital, learned we were both in the Army. He said he couldn’t let me off without a citation considering my speed but he did type a nice comment on the ticket, stating I was evading a tailgater and gave me extra time to take care of the ticket with a friendly judge. Fair enough. He says, “If there’s any consolation prize for this, it’s that you are the fastest car I’ve pulled over in my 10 years of patrolling this stretch of highway. I’m not counting sport bikes, but cars, you’re the fastest.” We both laugh. I reply to him that my wife won’t find it that funny, and mention she’s a 911 dispatcher for the county. The trooper turns his head for moment, looks back at me and asks “Who’s your wife?” I tell him her name. He replies, “Hand that back to me, all of it, just hand it back. Watch your speed, thank your for your service, and have a good night.” I didn’t name drop to get out of the ticket, I had already signed and accepted it. As I began to pull away he hollers to wait. He walks back to the driver’s side and says “I turned off my camera. If anyone asks, you got a ticket. Good night.” Yes sir!
  7. 1 point
    Hey all, I thought I posted a for sale, I was wrong, just gonna copy everything from TCCoA Hey everyone, Due to financial constraints, I need to get rid of one of my birds. The one that was my grandmother's, that has to stay with me, I can't see myself selling that, but the fun and exciting SC, I need to sell. This SC has 130k miles, it drives amazingly well with its 5 Speed manual transmission. The previous owner had put on the Cervini's fiberglass hood, had the supercharger rebuilt, lowered it, put a custom exhaust on it, had some ignition components replaced, belt tensioners replaced, motor mounts replaced at one point in time. The things I had done to it in my ownership: New Alternator (2016) New rear calipers, parking brake cables (All 3 pieces, the handbrake cable, and 2 cables going to right and left rear caliper) (2016) Repaired electric seatbelt for driver side (2015) Fresh oil change as of 6/1/2017 at 130k miles 5 Quarts Motorcraft and Motorcraft Oil filter Replaced power driver seat base (2017 - This came from a 1997 Mercury Cougar from a junkyard, it functions beautifully still) A/C System - Replaced O Rings for compressor as old ones were leaking. Fully recharged with R-134A And runs nice and cold (2016) Replaced camshaft position sensor (2015) Rebuilt Ignition Control module (2015) Mirror Switch (2017) It does have a Kenwood CD, AM, FM, and Auxiliary input stereo in 50x4. Just a basic head unit. It does not drip any oil anywhere. Carpet is in good shape, seats are ok, typical wear for an 89 leather seat. It does have some rust for being an 89, rockers probably have it the worst, but still solid. Undercarriage is pretty clean with minor rust here and there. Strut towers are good and solid. Front tires are good, the rear tires need replacing. I did make a video highlighting the car for those interested: Additional pictures can be viewed here: http://imgur.com/a/flusO Make a fair offer and it is yours! I am located in Streamwood, Illinois.
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  10. 1 point
    Recently, my new car got some cosmetic and functional upgrades. New wheels and tires, a spare tire/tool kit to replace the inflator mobility kit that comes standard, LED interior and reverse lamp bulbs, door latch striker dampers, and hood lift struts. And I stopped by so another TSOC member who recently bought a car could see it too.
  11. 1 point
    Thats a nice looking Charger, that red is nice. My Town and Country with the 3.6 is surprisingly quick, who would've thought a minivan could chirp the tires on a downshift lol.
  12. 1 point
    Well, after my ordeal with Ford on my Fusion and the fact that it was nearly out of factory warranty....after weeks of going back and forth over it in my head and still having the gut feeling to get out, I traded it in tonight and bought a brand that I've never had the pleasure to own before. I put a brand new octane red 2018 Dodge Charger in my driveway. With the incentives on the charger and the Chrysler Capital rates for first time Mopar buyers I couldn't pass it up. It's the V6 SXT model with some options less sunroof and leather. Has touchscreen radio, backup camera, parking aid sensors and all the standard stuff...that's about it. It has most everything I actually used on my fusion and none of the things I didn't. So far, really liking the room and ride of this barge. I know I don't own any Fords now so hopefully y'all won't kick me out and hopefully I'm still invited to meets and what not. Jeff
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    It's rather gutless until you start pushing it. Once the turbo wakes up it zips along quite nicely. I wasn't sure I was going to like something so small but it's growing on me. I guess driving the little Suzuki helped get me ready for the transition. Every time I drove the bull in the last year it felt like I was driving a big boat. Now you have to do a drag race between the 2015 V6 and the Foxbody V8.
  15. 1 point
    Well, now I’m gonna have to join the ranks of those who recently bought themselves new cars. Today, my Sable LS wagon was finally replaced as a daily driver. Here is the new baby... It’s a 2015 Ford Mustang 3.7L V6 fastback coupe with 18k miles. For those who may be wondering, the Sable wagon wasn’t traded in... however, I do plan on putting that car up for sale in the near future.
  16. 1 point
    How does the little 3 Cyl turbo move? I'm sure that thing is amazing on gas, I just don't know how people drive those super small cars. That's what happens when you buy a vehicle that has interior proportions similar to that of a small room...you get spoiled.
  17. 1 point
    Tried to get the exhaust fixed at a shop on the wagon but they were a bit busy. Said to come by Monday, so I went over to the mall and helped make up a beater squad. Nothing like an ex-police Tahoe, Cutlass Supreme, and a Colony Park parking together.
  18. 0 points
    Got bumped in traffic. Exchanged info with the other driver and got back to my day. Rather minor, and the scratches were easily buffable. I'm sure an electric buffer could do a better job, but I don't have one. I'm not going to bother making a claim on something that isn't super noticeable unless you're close. On top of that, the bumper already had some minor scratches from luggage from years ago. It's really not that much worse.
  19. 0 points
    Traded the Suzuki on Wednesday. Once I have time to take pics of the new car I will reveal what I got.
  20. 0 points
    Drove it for the final time today to U-Pull-and-Pay Pittsburgh. Discovered a puddle of transmission fluid when I pulled out of the driveway. My guess was the input shaft seal finally started to give out. It drove fine to the salvage yard. I forgot how nice it handled. It will definitely be missed. Final goodbye photo: