Roomy family stylish sedan that hauls it weight effortlessly
210,000 miles - water pump went out (superb lifespan) - $800 for parts and labor. (Shopped around for parts and avoided dealership.) - Missouri.
220,000 miles - Neutral Safety switch kicked bucket (Normal) - 120 euro including shift bushing. (Parts ordered from Stuttgart from this point as I'm stationed in Germany)
225,000 miles- Fuel line rupture (Superb life span of original fuel lines) - 150 euro. both fuel lines.
250,000 miles - Flex disk breaks while on autobahn doing 80. Blows hole in floor, cause air bags to deploy, tranny is yanked off the mount. Drive shaft destroyed. End of life. Built in Germany died in Germany 2 hours away from birthplace.
This car was one of the most sturdiest, well built cars I ever driven and owned. For an 89 the acceleration and power was good. It still could keep up with the younger cars and run most of them down. On the autobahn is where this car belongs and is at home.
With normal maintenance, this car is pretty reliable. It never left me stranded anywhere, never failed to start nor did it even stumble. Only things that went wrong is things that goes wrong on anything after a while and was expected at these miles. It was cheaper to own overall when you stay on top of stuff regularly and cough up a few extra pennies for the specialized recommended stuff, i.e. coolant, which many people just throw ya normal blue stuff in there, which rusts the aluminum parts.
The interior is very roomy, only the 1995 Fleetwood seemed roomier. The ride is extremely smooth, quiet, and there is no fighting to stay on the road regardless of what speed, whether it's 60 mph in the states or 150 mph on the autobahn it all feels the same. And this car can haul butt.
This car is heavy, so the front end needs tweaking as a preventive measure when something don't feel right more often than lighter cars, but the bushings are relatively cheap and it saves lots of headaches.
The down sides is that this is not the car to trust in any smoe mechanic's hands or things will get done wrong. The dealership is a rip off and usually gets stuff wrong anyways to have you come back. And repairs to the engine must be done to spec or it will never run right, so who ever works on it has got to know the specs and not just turning wrenches till it feels tight.
The paint is good also, but watch out if you damage that paint and need a repaint, it will cost you to get it right.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th July, 2009