Might sell it if offered $50,000, just to buy 5 more
Front air suspension converted to 93 Thunderbird springs $150.
Rear air suspension converted from Suncore Ind. $250.
Alternator due to upgraded sound system $200.
Seized waterpump $100 + new belt $25.
New battery $135.
Headlights converted to hid projectors from a Rolls $375.
Tires around 600 for New yoks.
Tie rods 100.
Lower control arms 180.
Strut rod bushings 70.
Front and rear sway bar links 300.
Upper control arms from Thunderbird 150.
Factory amplifier's electrolytic capacitors all blew, causing static type sound (they have a limited life).
Alright, so before you think that the list of things that have gone wrong is a lot, you must keep in mind that it has 225,000 km on the clock now. The car has overall been very reliable, nothing wrong until 190,000 when the water pump seized. I drive it very hard, and take it up to the cottage every weekend in summer (500 km of very rough roads, mostly pot holed dirt). Most of the suspension parts I replaced because one small thing went wrong, and I decided to do the whole front at the same time instead of fixing it later.
The alternator blew, because instead of fixing the stock systems amp, I upgraded to a uber powerful sub/amp with 4 component speakers to another amp (total 2500 watts).
I absolutely love this car, it's by far the best car I own, and that's saying a lot as I own quite a few. I love how comfortable it is, it handles like it's on rails. The acceleration is very good for a vehicle of its weight and size, it has a very nice growl to it under wide open throttle. The second gear bark is fun too, but be careful on wet days as it could spin you right around going 100 KMH, which is scary. You also really have to think before you give it the beans, as the first gear goes to 100 so you need to make sure you have enough space. It absolutely seems to fly when overtaking on the highway; once I realize I'm going a bit fast, I am at 170 KMH.
The only complaint about the ride and handling is in winter time, it's terrible even with snows or ice tires on; I have tried Firestone Winterforce, Michelin Xice 2 and Blizzaks. They were all a fail.
I found out that if you need front suspension parts, then a Ford Thunderbird of the same year has the exact same ones (they are half the price of mark parts). This only applies if you have changed to coil springs, as the air ride needs the balls on the upper control arm and lower for the height sensor.
I will keep this car until rust eats away the whole body or I crash it. I may even use it as my coffin when I die.
BTW my other cars include a 911 turbo, a Cadi DTS, new CTSV (second favourite), a Charger SRT8 and my old Plymouth Prowler (third favourite), just to put in perspective of how much I truly love this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd June, 2011