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Old 04-16-2007, 10:24 AM   #21
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What kind of engine does it have? I had a 97 Eagle Vision with a 3.5 that was a LEMON

...There's a lady here at work who used to have a 1994 Eagle Vision, a basic model with the 3.3 pushrod engine. She swore it was a piece of junk, but the last time I talked to her, she had something like 160,000 miles on it, and it was still on its original engine and, even more astounding, its original transmission!...
Hmm. I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla with 118,117 miles on it as of today and the only non-original items on the car are the tires, the battery, the timing belt (replaced at 60K as a preventive maintenance item at Toyota's suggestion), and the starter contacts.

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Re: True Cost/Mile to Drive Car
Old 04-16-2007, 10:48 AM   #22
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So did you drive to get the wood? Has it been sitting out in the rain all winter! Actually now you've got a season to dry it out so it might not matter.
I did. Four trips, so about 4 hours on the road, and a lot of loading unloading. Glad that I have time for this type of stuff.
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here in new york meters run us about 30 a month as theres meters every where there is shopping.
Hey mathjak -- at least you found parking meters. What about mid-town parking garages -- that $30 would buy you about an hour of parking on a weekday. Always shudder when I have to drive into the City...
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I have the 2.7 V-6, which is supposed to be sludge-prone and VERY expensive to rebuild. The 3.2/3.5 (same basic design, just different displacements) is supposed to be a much more reliable engine, but I guess I can't complain about mine.

There's a lady here at work who used to have a 1994 Eagle Vision, a basic model with the 3.3 pushrod engine. She swore it was a piece of junk, but the last time I talked to her, she had something like 160,000 miles on it, and it was still on its original engine and, even more astounding, its original transmission! I think the biggest problems they tended to have with it were electronic stuff like sensors and such that would cause it to run like crap, stall out, etc.

I think the main reason my Intrepid was so reliable was because I bought a 5/100K extended warranty. The standard was just 3/36K bumper-to-bumper, and I ended up hitting 36K miles in about 13 months! I'm sure that, had I not purchased that extended warranty, the car would've been a piece of junk! : But, to its credit, it didn't totally crap out at 100,000 miles, either! And I was kind of expecting it to.

While it's been a good car, I don't know if I'd buy another Chrysler product. They just don't make anything that excites me anymore, except for the Charger/300. And they have too much Mercedes componentry in them, which bothers me. The reliability/maintenance/repair costs of a Benz coupled with the depreciation of a Chrysler product just seem like a recipe for disaster!
Even after my experience, I bought a used Grand Caravan and a new Town and Country. At the time, Honda and Toyota were not up to speed on the SIZE of their vans. Now that the Sienna and Odyssey are as big as a T&C, there's no reason to buy one.

Plus, I got $7000 below invoice, which I am sure is a deal not to be repeated...........
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Hmm. I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla with 118,117 miles on it as of today and the only non-original items on the car are the tires, the battery, the timing belt (replaced at 60K as a preventive maintenance item at Toyota's suggestion), and the starter contacts.

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Yeah, but for a 1994 Mopar with the 4-speed automatic transmission to make it to 160,000 miles on its original transmission is nothing short of a miracle! . In fact, I think all of their transmissions were pretty troublesome by that time. The one exception may have been the Neon transmission, a fairly simple 3-speed unit that dated back to the 1978 Horizon/Omni. Chrysler had a decade and a half to work the bugs out of that one.

My uncle has an '03 Corolla that he bought early in the model year, Memorial Day weekend, 2002. It has about 130,000 miles on it now, and it's been pretty reliable, although that 30/60/90 maintenance crap they talk him into gets pretty expensive. And now the catalytic converter is going bad, a repair that I've seen quoted at anywhere from $1300-2000! Although I've seen these universal things on the internet for around $99...
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Where have you been? You haven't posted in a "coon's age"............
actually my wife and i got into photography and for the last few months we had lots of crammin and a learnin to do. we spent most of our free time of which there isnt much learning all we could.

having finally got caught up learning the camera end and then the digital software end we can finally ease up and go back to a more normal routine
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Hey mathjak -- at least you found parking meters. What about mid-town parking garages -- that $30 would buy you about an hour of parking on a weekday. Always shudder when I have to drive into the City...

omg cost us 48.00 bucks to park at the museum of natural history a few weeks ago.... that was actually a bargain compared to the essex house by central park which charged us 103.00 to park my suv from 4:00pm sat to 9:00am monday. a limo would have been cheaper
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