Hello Cheddaaaar !!!!!
Thanks for the insites. You seem to know alot about the First Gen's. You are the first to verify with any certainty that I have a timing CHAIN vs BELT. Thanks, that's valuable info to know.
Also, you sound very experienced. Did you ever wrench Dodge ??? If so, I have a few more q's for someone experienced and in-the-know. Like, can I put on an Aux Trans Cooler myself ?? I want to do as much as I can, not only to save money, but to be able to say "I did it MY WAY." I really am interested in learning and I love to keep the green in MY pocket vs anyone else's !!!!!
I too love the First Gens. About 94 or 95, after seeing the Treps all over the place, I went down to one of our Dealerships and just sat in one for over an hour. It was outside and no salesman knew I was around. I read the manual, played with the "bells and whistles," observed where all the buttons and dials were and got the seat set just where I LIKED IT !!!!
Of course, a new car was totally out of the question right then, but I had it all picked out, for sure. NOW, comes nearly 10 years later and I have MY TREP FINALLY !!!! It is so weird. I prob would have bought a white one with a blue interior, if I had the choice of a lot full of inventory. Or maybe a blue one with the onyx interior. I have always wanted an sky blue car, although GREEN is my favorite color and the NEW TREPS have a gorgeous, deep, forrest green that looks fantastic. BUt LOOK at ME !!!!! A black on black !!! But that's what happens when you are a "beggar" and not a "chooser" !!!!!
You has to do what you has to do !!!!
I don't have alot of options and when this "Black Beauty" became available, I had to jump on it. I really think it will work out all right. I can just see this pure Diamond Glazed, Bolt of Black go down the boulevard. It's a warm night. Windows up. Eagles down. A/C on. Red taillignts trailing a blazing laser beam. Front neon blue headlights, boring a hole into the night. Stock road wheels spining that pinwheel look to each side. And that 3.3 purring like a Black Panther !!!!
Yeah, I got it bad.
This is, potentially, the best car I have ever had for my own use. We did own a Town Car and it was simply pure luxury. But when it burned down to the frame last Thanksgiving on the Penn Turnpike, I had to make some changes.
I always drove the rust bucket and let my wife have the best, safest, newest car in the family. Well, NOW, I get to go in style. I splurged and maybe paid a $1000.00 more than it could have been had for...But...I now have a low mileage, (73,600) well-cared-for, stylish, rust-less, clean, neutral smelling, no smoking evidence, big interrior, recently "refurbished," sport sedan to tool around in. And, quite possibly the best part, a sales source who is ultimately trustworthy and helpful and willing to go the extra mile to make sure the car is safe and fully operational.
I think I have found a diamond in the ruff and sure hope to be able to drive it another 10 years or more !!!!!
It sure won't go out of style for another few years. And I hope with some TLC, she will hold up, mechanically, for the entire relationship. I am willing to take care of her if she will agree to be there when I need her !!!
What more can you ask ????
Last edited by Dodgepodge; 03-04-2004 at 09:48 PM.