I went to a w-body meet on Saturday. Lots of GM guys there, but one guy came with a Mercury Grand Marquis. Had engine problems that sounded like some kind of misfire, and sounded terrible on the way out. The sunroof guides were broken, the automatic door locks were broken, and a few other minor details here and there.
All I'm saying is, every car has its problems. I'm willing to bet you this would have been a cheap fix, and if I was closer, I would have bought it from you for 2x the price the scrap yard will give you, fixed it, and sold it for 2x that.
Actually, now that you do have another car, I would highly advise that you do fix it instead of sending it to a scrap yard. You'd make a lot more money that way.
2005 Pontiac Bonneville GXP - For Sale ----- 1995 Buick Regal GS(X) - L67 madness
2000 Buick Regal GSE - Stock...for now
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