2 years later. My first car and the journey...
By Allie on Saturday, April 09, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,000
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"Well, when I got this car it was at about 170,000 miles already, but it was my first car and I figured what the heck. My moms fiance which is the best mechanic I know drove the car from MN where it was purchased to IA, about a 500 mile trip and there were no problems. After the first week went by I started noticing that if you were constantly moving around town and having errands and if you were constantly turning off and on the car that it really didn't want to start. It would start...eventually. So once the engine was hot and didn't have time to cool down, I was having a heck of a problem. I called my mom's fiance as he went back home, and we talked about it and went out and changed the fuel filter and checked the fuel pressure and everything went well for a few days, but then it started doing it again he told me he figured it was the MAP sensor, but couldn't be 100% sure like I said he is 500 miles away and I am only 18 and this is my first car with very little experience. I let this problem go on for awhile because it wasn't too bad and usually my car had time to cool down, but finally I took it to a mechanic in town and I was told it was the MAF sensor, so I purchased the MAF sensor and put it in myself and my mom's fiance told me to purchase an intake air sensor just in case, well I put those in and everything was running wonderful! I have taken my car on multiple trips to MN and back -about 16 in the past 2 years (about 8,000 miles) just going there, on long highway trips I never experienced a problem. I have obviously made more repairs then those sensors, when I received the car the struts were already bad and I replaced those, I replaced the radiator that cracked Sept. 2015, replaced brakes and front wheel bearings. I really had a great teacher and I have taken real good care of it the past 2 years I've owned it and it shows no signs of quitting anytime soon with over 200,000 miles, my plan is to run it until something major might pop up and I don't wanna put the time/money into it and look for a new vehicle. It was a struggle at first trying to figure it out, because I was getting told, "you just have to figure it out.", unless you want to go to a mechanic and get charged a whole lot more than it would be for you to get that part out of a junkyard or even new and fix it yourself. It also is funny to me that on the interstate I am right up there with my friends in their newer models of cars, I can keep right up with them no problem and even go a little faster sometimes. :) It still has the ease of increasing those RPMs with no problem. As for the appearance if I didn't live in MN/IA there would probably be no rust on the bottom, other than that I don't really like the long front - looks kind of weird, but other than that it doesn't look bad. I really don't have any other damage except for rusting at the bottom. Interior is alright, nothing fancy obviously. I wouldn't really necessarily recommend this car unless you do realize that there are gonna be necessary repairs, it is I mean 16 years old and depending on how many miles are on it, that's a given. I really enjoyed the hassle sometimes though, it seriously was a great experience at first. I came from not even knowing how to change oil to being able to do most things by myself, it actually set my interest off in the automotive technician program at school. If you're gonna get made cause your hands might get a little dirty and you're gonna have to put some money into it - then don't get an older car. I seriously have no complaints, and I'm glad she's sill a going."
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