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Unread 07-25-2006, 03:29 PM   #1
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Well, I've been driving a 92 Grand Marquis for the past year (and my bro's been driving it for a year before), and Ive started noticing some massive slippage in the tranny *maybe*. It is quite incinsistent, like under acceleration it pulls a little, then you feel it give way a little, then it pulls again. At higher speeds, where the tranny is in 4th gear, the studders (kinda jerks forward) if I depress the gas pedal a little to maintain speed.

The car also has a lot of other problems, like klunking in the front if I go over bumps (ball joints?), and a pretty big oil leak, as well as an exhaust leak. Is it time to send it off to the junk yard at 85000 miles?

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If it still goes from point A to point B, try a sale first. Be honest, and you might a few hundred bucks, which puts you a long way twords some new wheels.
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I don't need a new car for my first year in college. Besides, my bro (1.5 years older than me) should be getting a civic soon (5-speed yay!) and that should tide me over until college starts a month from now. I was thinking of selling it befor this happened, but i'm not sure anyone would want it anymore. Do you? It has nice window tint and a panasonic CD player... roomy interior and leather seats. Also comes with 2 sets of winter tires.

the bad:
Paint faded
tranny slips
minor damage up front
airbag doesnt work
ABS doesn't work
Oil leak
Exhaust leak
various plastic trim missing
1 wheel lug broken from each rear wheel
A/C leak
washer fluid doesnt work
rear windows don't open
front passenger window need help to close
driver's side window switch contacts bad (works of you push hard enough)
No key for door locks
Power antenna broken off
front suspension noisy
15 mpg average
The piece of chassis where the swaybar link connects is broken off
Rearview mirror loose
Heater core sux - only blows sorta warm air - not warm enough
Almost forgot: Horn doesn't work (really frustrating when someone doesn't go on green)

Thats about all I can think of right now...

Still want it? Thought so.

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Some rich person might want it to fix it up... you never know. Just put an ad in your local whatever, and see who wants it. Can't be that hard.
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Well, I've been driving a 92 Grand Marquis for the past year (and my bro's been driving it for a year before), and Ive started noticing some massive slippage in the tranny *maybe*. It is quite incinsistent, like under acceleration it pulls a little, then you feel it give way a little, then it pulls again. At higher speeds, where the tranny is in 4th gear, the studders (kinda jerks forward) if I depress the gas pedal a little to maintain speed.

The car also has a lot of other problems, like klunking in the front if I go over bumps (ball joints?), and a pretty big oil leak, as well as an exhaust leak. Is it time to send it off to the junk yard at 85000 miles?
A Grand Marquis, you should just see how much it would be to fix it, put a Light Bar on top and pretend your a cop too.

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Unread 07-25-2006, 10:16 PM   #6
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Oh, actually some people think i am a cop. It is annowing sometimes...you're in a hurry and the person in front of you slows down to 5 below the limit
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I don't need a new car for my first year in college. Besides, my bro (1.5 years older than me) should be getting a civic soon (5-speed yay!) and that should tide me over until college starts a month from now. I was thinking of selling it befor this happened, but i'm not sure anyone would want it anymore. Do you? It has nice window tint and a panasonic CD player... roomy interior and leather seats. Also comes with 2 sets of winter tires.

the bad:
Paint faded
tranny slips
minor damage up front
airbag doesnt work
ABS doesn't work
Oil leak
Exhaust leak
various plastic trim missing
1 wheel lug broken from each rear wheel
A/C leak
washer fluid doesnt work
rear windows don't open
front passenger window need help to close
driver's side window switch contacts bad (works of you push hard enough)
No key for door locks
Power antenna broken off
front suspension noisy
15 mpg average
The piece of chassis where the swaybar link connects is broken off
Rearview mirror loose
Heater core sux - only blows sorta warm air - not warm enough

Thats about all I can think of right now...

Still want it? Thought so.

Only thing I could say is drive it till it dies & try to save up some cash for a better ride. Don't put any money into it you don't absolutely have to. From the sound of it, your trans (an AOD, if memory serves) is nearing the end of it's life. That trans alone will cost you more to fix or replace than the car is worth.

The one lug gone from each wheel I'd bet good money is from a prior owner who lost the key to the factory installed wheel locks. Seen that many times.

Everything else is just the result of wear & tear over a long life & a lot (I assume) of miles.

Just save the pennies as much as you can, & baby it till you can afford to replece it. Once you do that, you can always do what I did with my '77 Regal when i bought my Camaro... got a brick & a six-pack, placed the brick on the gas pedal, cracked a beer, started the car & found out which would last longer, the sixer, or the engine. (sixer won, but only barely)
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Unread 07-25-2006, 10:37 PM   #8
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And guess how much the car is worth? Got it for $700. I actually broke one of the lugs trying to take a nut off that was screwed on crooked with an air wrench. And it only has ~85000 miles. I think that the car was previously owne by the mafia. It had really dark window tint, seats 6, room for 4 more in the trunk. Found in the car after purchase were tos of cigar holder and a half-full 9mm clip.

Like your idea with the brich and 6pack. not 21 tho...
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Like your idea with the brich and 6pack. not 21 tho...
neither was I Not that I'm suggesting underage drinking.....
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OK, after a little more driving around, I am starting to think it is the engine. It now studders like crazy, but only under load. When it studders, I hear puffs from the exhaust leak. Also, when I'm accelerating downhill, it doesn't studder, it just lacks power. I barely made it up this one hill today. I would know for sure if it is the engine or transmission when it completely fails, but I dont want to wait till that happens...

I really need to get rid of this car in a few weeks. Anyone want a winter "beater"? I have 2 sets of snow tires to go with it. How about a demo derby car? Something to mess around with. You know, something to drive into a tree. Accepting offers...
I'll post in the forsale section...
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