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Old 04-28-2015, 09:26 PM
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Did you get a chance to look in Pelican's catalog.
Indeed I did. Problem is the $10 shipping added to the total. Pelican is where I just placed the order for the several items at just under $100...

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Old 04-29-2015, 12:19 AM
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I forget the amount of times I have faced the same decision with cars. Odds are you will be okay. I drive more miles locally than I would in a decent length trip each month or so. If the car has been reliable usually it will remain so.
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Old 05-31-2015, 08:03 PM
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::: UPDATE:::

Hey guys, we're back! The car did the trip like it was a young pup with only 45k miles! Just shy of 2,700 miles was logged as we pulled into the driveway at 5am this morning.

We started out with a soft side roof carrier with four pieces of luggage and a couple pillows in it. Two sets of golf clubs, a cooler, and other misc bags/stuff went in the rear and the pet net partition raised. Mileage was averaging just under 21mpg with the carrier on roof. As we were preparing to return, I had this idea of NOT using the roof carrier on the return ride and simply put ALL in the rear compartment - afterall, we had ALL the cubic feet of space from floor to ceiling back there :-). So, I packed it in that fashion and we didn't have more than probably 10 cubic INCHES leftover! My two teens riding in the back seat had to contend with a couple things between them but these later served as a place to lay their heads as they eventually dozed off.

Mileage improved considerably, roughly by 2 to 2.5mpg! It was a bit cramped as the hours ticked away. We left yesterday morning from Naples FL and pulled into our driveway in southwest Ohio at 5 this morning. Whew. I drove it all but about a quarter of a tank that my son drove earlier in the trip. I drive along with the traffic... sometimes a mile or two per hour faster. I'm a cruise control driver! I loathe those around me that don't use it because they accelerate and decelerate while I do not, I keep a consistent speed - or TRY! In a 70mph zone I set cruise at about 76-79 and leave it alone as long as I can.

Never had any raised coolant temp issues running the air conditioning in stop and go south FL traffic. On the way home coming through Knoxville I got off an exit or two just north of the I40/75 split to fill up and as I got to the end of the exit ramp I noticed a bit of a rough idle - it had been smooth as silk on the entire trip. I accelerated to make a right turn and there was a definite and noticeable 'miss' but proceeded a couple hundred yards to the station and shut it down to refill. I opened the hood to see if there was anything visible but nothing I could detect. After filling, I started it and the miss was still there. It was getting late - on a Saturday evening of course - and knew there wouldn't be anything open so I thought well heck, let's move on up the highway and see if it smooths out.

Got over to the entrance ramp and I gotta tell you, I was a bit concerned as it simply didn't have the normal pep I'm used to! I pushed her up onto the highway and kept accelerating, all the while I could feel that cutting out through every connection I had to the car. It was as though it was running on 5 cylinders. And maybe it was. I kept going and by the time we got over Jelico mountain it had started running much better. Could there have been a piece of dirt in the fuel system that clogged an injector or the fuel filter and then worked itself through? It was a bit unnerving with the family that far from home and late at night, although 2/3 were asleep!

Bottom line is this is simply a very nice car especially for its age. Rides like a dream on the road but the driver's seat could stand to be rebuilt before another trip! Any typos on that project would be welcome :-)
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:13 PM
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3K mile trip upcoming-20150530_111020sm1.jpg a very tightly packed mule
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Congrats on your successful trip.

I have 238,000 on my '95 wagon and travel regularly between Phoenix and San Francisco. That small hiccup you had sounds like a coil, which is what happened to me on a recent trip. On the previous trip the air pump froze and took out the serpentine belt and damaged the tensioner. As luck would have it I was near San Jose and my crack mechanic had me up and running the following day. Those air pumps seem to last about 100,000 miles +or - and they are a bit pricey...but the hydraulic suspension is worth the ride every time. Funny thing is my 91 wagon with 258,000 miles has never had an air pump problem...never thought about that one.

I will soon determine how much I will have to spend to make it go to 500,000!



Wish me luck!
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:57 PM
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Congrats on your successful trip.

I have 238,000 on my '95 wagon and travel regularly between Phoenix and San Francisco. That small hiccup you had sounds like a coil, which is what happened to me on a recent trip. On the previous trip the air pump froze and took out the serpentine belt and damaged the tensioner. As luck would have it I was near San Jose and my crack mechanic had me up and running the following day. Those air pumps seem to last about 100,000 miles +or - and they are a bit pricey...but the hydraulic suspension is worth the ride every time. Funny thing is my 91 wagon with 258,000 miles has never had an air pump problem...never thought about that one.

I will soon determine how much I will have to spend to make it go to 500,000!



Wish me luck!
I also thought it could have been a coil also. My wife has to take it on a short trip today of about 150 miles and she reports it did just fine. She will be doing the same trip the next two days so we'll see.

Wow, impressive on your mileage! Not sure how long I'll keep mine but it will sure need to start misbehaving before temptation set in :-)

Lot's of luck on your endeavor to reach .5 million on your car!
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I believe miles have no meaning for those cars. I drove my white 1994 wagon at 370k from north NY to Knoxville TN and back ( on the original trany and the second head gasket) After that trany gave up (reverse was acting up) at 373 and decided to sell it to a mechanic.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:50 AM
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I believe miles have no meaning for those cars. I drove my white 1994 wagon at 370k from north NY to Knoxville TN and back ( on the original trany and the second head gasket) After that trany gave up (reverse was acting up) at 373 and decided to sell it to a mechanic.
LOL, you may be on to something there! I tend to grow weary simply looking at the same dashboard and out over the hood after about 5 or 6 years but when one is giving the quality of service as these, I'm not anxious at this point.

Head gasket (and tranny for that matter) is something I've not had to deal with yet but I expect it will eventually happen.

Happy motoring

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