8th Jun 2011, 19:39
The car now has 229,000km. The battery will soon need replacing, and the distributor and plug wires and plugs. The valve cover gasket that they ship for the car needs a pretty healthy coat of RTV liquid gasket to seat properly so that will need a replacement, too.
I did some repairs at an expensive shop. The car runs beautifully.
This car just won't quit. It's sometimes hard to start (the battery can`t support more than about 15 minutes of headlight run-time. There's no headlight buzzer, so when you turn the car off you have to be very careful). The driver's seat is now short a bolster. The car gives the impression that it could go on forever.
I did my first long trip, through mountains, with the car and it kept up to traffic nicely on grade, though when I was coming back with the car full to the roof, I had to use 3rd gear instead of 4th for most of the steeper hills. In warm weather the mileage has improved: I haven't gotten less than 36 MPG/6.6L per 100km for months. Unfortunately, there's no mileage-sapping A/C in this car, so the interior gets very warm on hot summer days.
The front suspension is developing a rattle, but it's not the commonly rattly ball joints, so further inspection will be necessary.
This is a great car to wrench on, so if you can still find one unrusted, get it for a teen or a college student looking for a cheap fix-it project.
25th Jul 2011, 11:46
Well, it's dead. I ran it into the back of a truck. There's one less Wagovan on the roads. It was a good car, and quite quiet while I had it running well.