- Two brake lines rusted out this past winter, just a month after I bought it. '95-'97 owners be advised that this is common if you're in the rust belt! '98+ you're in the clear, OEM lines are coated and rustproof.
- Full tune-up failed to cure pinging problem. Removed TB/elbow assembly and found the EGR port was plugged solid. Cleaned it, no more ping.
- New Police Interceptor-spec shocks and Yokohama Avid 235/60 15" tires. (Widest that will fit on stock 15" wheel)
Power off the line is not that great, owing to the 2.73 gears, lack of displacement relative to the car's size, and single exhaust. Kick it into 2nd in the 45-60 MPH range and it will step out nicely.
Old-tech recirculating-ball steering leaves a lot to be desired in terms of feedback and on-center feel. PI shocks and wide tires help cornering, but it's still a 3800 pound car. 2003+ cars gained rack-and-pinion steering, it's a good-sized improvement.
My LS is pretty basic for an LS- no leather, digi-dash or electronic climate control. No HPP package either: (
Overall, it has proven to be reliable and (semi) comfortable. The stock "porno-red" velour bench seats aren't that comfortable once I get past the one-hour mark (I'm only 6' and 210 lbs, not a big guy by any means). I bought the car based on my family's previous good experience with the Panthers (my dad's old '97 GMQ LS was awesome), and though they will stand the test of time there are far better choices out there. For example my sister's Taurus, to be honest, has more rear-seat legroom (though the Taurus can't handle three-across like the GMQ can).
My next car will be a Mustang GT. I bought this because I'm starting out as a teacher and needed something reliable to carry me to and from- the car has fulfilled its mission well, but I wouldn't own another. It's not my style.
*Then again, it might be way the car is configured- back to back with my dad's '97 his car had leather, duals, 3.27 gears, a PI PCM, EATC, and let me tell you the feel of that car was totally different than mine. (Also, '97's had a revised steering box that was better than the previous version)