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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-30-2004, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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I love my 97 ES, but

all good things come to an end. When its time to trade it, what would you trade for to get a suitable replacement?

I like my '02 ES as well, but it's just not the same. It just doesn't have the punch and heft of the 97. What is out there that would match up to the 97 ES?
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a Duratec Taurus, Duratec Focus, I can think of from the top of my head. SRT-4, 300C.... I don't know. What type of car are you looking for?
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I would trade my Intrepid for a clean 88-90 GTA (trans am) in a heartbeat. The intrepid is nice, but I have never been, and never will be a huge front wheel drive fan, let alone a V6. There's just no comparison to a V8 RWD car. Donuts, burnouts, drifting, powersliding, powershifting, are all but impossible in the intrepid. Here's what I have in mind:

http://www.cardomain.com/id/flyinlow89

I am going to paint my GTA (eventually ) this color. If it makes you guys feel any better, its chrysler platinum

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We still have our 94 trep and doubt we will be getting rid of it soon. Not a financial thing, we just like the car too much to get rid of it. What is leading you to the point of saying you need to move on?

I am not a fan of the second gen treps, I know a lot of folks like them. I like the crisper lines of the 1st gen body styles. Not sure which ones you looked at but I would stay away from the 2.7L prior to 2002. While there are many who seem to have good luck with them, there seems to be a large number that have not. It seems from my more than casual observations that there is a borderline design on the oil passages, often they are ok but sometimes they are not and when they are not, the results are catastrophic. If you do get a 2.7L, make sure to run synthetic through it, that seems to make a big difference from the research I did when we were looking (and ultimately decided to stay with our current trep).
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ladelberg, in response to what's leading me to move on: though this car only has 85,000 miles on it, it is my daughter's car. Now that she has graduated college, I want to put her in something with far fewer miles on it, so that she will have a few years of service without worry about major repairs, such as transmission, etc.

FirespiritES, She and I both love the performance of the 97 ES and hope to find something like that in a newer car with 30000 or fewer miles on it.
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Well... a Duratec Taurus of any year (96-present) will match the performance of the 3.5 It's got about the same amount of HP as the 3.5, and it's still roomy and a good crash rating. With a transmission cooler ( even though the newer Taurus trannies seem to have worked out the kinks) it should serve well over 150K miles.. Just somethin to think upon.
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i would sell the 02 then go and buy a 97 and fix it up
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"i would sell the 02 then go and buy a 97 and fix it up"

I have considered just taking the money I would use to buy a different car and use it to bring the 97 into the '04s!

But more specifically,my real question is"what is there in the gen 2s that matches the 97ES?"

If there really isn't anything that can compare to the drive of a 97ES in the world of Gen2s, then maybe renovating my 97 is the better idea. Any opinions on these questions?
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