Glad I Had One
By hihat on Saturday, February 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Comfortable, powerful, roomy, handles well."
Cons: "Fair to poor gas mileage, its old."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this beast around 8-9 years ago with 120k+ on the odometer for around 3 grand. Fellow I bought it from said it had a rebuilt engine put in not too long before. It was in good to fair condition when I bought it. Honestly, I never took good care of either the interior or exterior. But, although the interior is now in poor condition, the exterior has held up remarkably well...paint (when I bother to wash it) is still unfaded and shiny. Tiny areas of rust. I have gotten it what it needs, mechanically e.g. regular oil changes every 3k miles, new parts when the old ones wore out...radiator, water pump, alternator, starter, distributer cap...all very pricey, by the way. But it has never seriously overheated, has started almost always and today, runs as smoothly, powerfully and quietly as the day I bought it. Never touched the brakes but they stop on a dime. I've always felt safe in this wagon, and not just because it is bigger than any other "car" on the road, but it handles like a much more nimble vehicle. Going 55 on US 1 (4 lanes with a turn lane in the middle) I started passing a female driver in a sedan who started pulling into the passing lane at about the point my hood ornament was
parallel to her trunk. She never looked...just shot over.
I braked hard, swerved into the turn lane and thought I was going to flip the wagon. But this elephant kept all 4 wheels on the black top and was never out of control and, after a bit of skidding, the front end came back like a sports car. Of course, the lady never looked back. But I was impressed. Anyway, I've towed boats, crammed it to the roof with stuff, gone on long trips and excursions out into the boonies where this vehicle did not belong...and it never let me down. Comfortable, mileage not too bad for a V8, easy to handle, powerful and reliable. And space enough inside to hold a fancy dress ball. They don't make em like this anymore...and they should. My youngest son still drives it full time, even after the a/c quit. A wonderful big wagon."
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