4th Nov 2005, 11:16
I've had my 94 Concorde for four years and have had extremely few problems. I had the heater problem and fixed it myself. I noticed that when you (at first) tapped on all the buttons on the climate control unit, it would quit pumping out heat and work normally. After awhile, this no longer worked reliably.
I pulled the dashboard cover off and removed the unit and wiggled the connectors that the power and control wires plug into and spotted a broken solder joint. I just pulled my dusty soldering iron out and dropped a bit of solder onto the pin and Voila!! No more problems with the heat coming on at full blast by itself. It has been over a year since that repair and AC and heat are working perfectly.
My ABS and Traction Control lights come on when the temperature is above 35 degrees. Its not just the indicators, I can feel the ABS turning off if I have my foot on the brake pedal when this happens. It can be a little scary when it goes off when pulling to a stop behind another car because the brake pedal will suddenly depress an extra inch or so, causing that "ahh! My brakes are failing!" feeling.
I also had to replace my CamShaft Positions Sensor (CSPS) twice in that time period. The entire engine just shuts off with no warning, and sometimes will not re-start. Cost me $125 to get replaced, no big deal. Other than that, I've only had a tie-rod end, a pair of brake pads, tires, and a set of pipes that connect the radiator to the heater core replaced. None of those things were all that expensive, not bad at all for four years on a car that already had 85K miles on it.
The car is still tight and runs like a dream. It has a little over 100K miles on it (I put 7K per year on it myself). Everything else works perfectly, I even built a cool "Carputer" into it.
Apparently they got it right on a few of these Concordes, either that or the previous owner got all the problems straightened out before I bought it.
19th Jan 2006, 12:39
I read the last comment on this forum... I wanted to know what the problem was with the ABS. I am experiencing the same problem. It only started a couple of days ago, and the light doesn't even go on. I personally think the wheel sensor is dirty, but not sure yet. If anyone can tell me, it would save me a lot of trouble! As far as the rest of the car, the only problem I have is with the turning radius... not very good. It seems like everyone here has some kind of wiring problems. Usually the car's ground is loose that's why it cuts on and off. If everyone still has these problems ask your mechanic to see if the ground is loose so you don't pay an arm and a leg for parts that were totally unnecessary.
25th Jul 2006, 00:14
I don't know... you all must have gotten lemons. My dad - the mechanic - says that most of the problems on the Concordes are on the ones with the 3.5L engine. I have the 3.3L.
The digital climate control is optional. I have it though. Perhaps for at least 5 years before I even saw a Concorde, I had been dreaming up a climate control with marvelous features. When I first fired up the A/C on the Concorde I was destined to own (after the spectacular failure of my 1996 Hyundai Elantra), it was my dream come true. I love it, and it has no such malfunctions as you all mention.
I do get pretty bad gas mileage, around 15 mpg highway, I should get that in the city. However, as much as I hate to cough up the money, I feel utter confidence in telling people I drive a gas guzzler.
I think I know a few things that could be wrong. My air filter is clean and I have all new spark plugs. I smell gas coming from under my car... so it's probably leaking, also my fuel pump loses pressure when it's been off for a few hours, so the pump might have something to do with it.
Also, contradictary to what everyone says (as my 1994 Concorde IS NOT listed as a "flex-fuel vehicle") my car runs just FINE on E85. Stupid media putting ideas in your heads - "it'll rot your gas lines" "it won't work in your engine" "it'll dissolve your valves" Blah, blah, blah. It runs fine.
I got my Concorde used, for free. My dad bought it for $300. It's in SUPER-UBER-SUPERB condition for $300. Clean, complete, and spotless interior, everything works right, only minor maintenance has been done, and near-perfect exterior with one really small rust patch and average small dings that you can't see.
And another thing, all you people are taking your cars to dealerships to get fixed. No wonder you're paying a small fortune for them to tell you they don't know what's wrong. Nothing like a bunch of straight-out-of-college trainees wondering what's wrong with a car that wasn't in their books. Duh. Take your cars to a real mechanic with experience. Like my dad, he's always complaining about how his customers are getting screwed by dealerships, and how these dealership mechanics have no clue what they're doing.
18th Aug 2006, 20:14
I bought my 1994 Concorde about 13 months ago with 119k miles on it. I put about $800 in it right after I bought it, fixing some silly stuff like the cup holder, floppy rear view mirror, cracked front fender, and a windshield washer fluid sensor. About $200 of that went for a sensor that was, according to the dealership, causing that blasting hot air that everyone's talking about in this thread. Last week, 52,000 miles later, I had to have the starter replaced. That's all I've done to the car.
Last fall, the first time the heat kicked on, suddenly the climate control would not blow cool air no matter how hot it was in the car. I used Google to find those instructions you use to troubleshoot the climate control system on these cars, and did the troubleshooting myself. It flashed a code 31 (recirculation door stuck, or something like that) but the process of actually running that test corrected whatever the problem was with the climate control always blowing hot. If you only get hot air out of your Concorde, try running that test before you spend money on repairs.
I have really enjoyed my Concorde. I drive it about 150 miles a day, five days a week, and it has been the most reliable car I've had in a long time. I am car shopping now, though, because at 171k I believe I'm pressing my luck. It has some slight transmission weirdness now - so it's probably time to put it out to pasture, or at least let it have a life that's not quite as strenuous as what I've been putting it through.