I'll take any good news I can get.
I'll be changing the oil again in a couple of weeks, and i think I'm going to bag the DexCool for the universal coolant. It looks like the uppers are stable, the coolant level has been perfect. Stopped by the Pontiac dealer for an estimate for aluminum frame lowers. I was suprised. If my calcs are right, it is for a few hours of labor and gaskets. After my prior guess, I thought about it and figured 5 or 6 hours, as everything has to come off. First week in January probably.
Meanwhile, I have gone hypersensitive with the car. Every squeek or tiny shake and I'm "What was that!?".
Neurotic, after 2 major crapouts of the engine.. I have to chill out and let the car settle back in.
I do have to tend to the steering pump. The power "assist" is just not as good as my '95. I'm kind of looking forward to that. I've never done work on the drive belt side of the engine and I'll get to learn about the tensioner, swapping a pulley etc. You can get ready for yells for help on the maintenance board. On the neurotic side, I'm not sure if the first trans shift is crisp enough. All the shifts were crappy when I was burning big coolant. I'll stop by a local trans shop and see if I'm right or just my abnormal self.
Otherwise, it'* good to have her back, movin' and smoothin'' like only a Bonne can.
1995 SE ..Green and Rattle Can...234K mi...Bonnie (she'll outlive me)
1998 SSEI .. White ..119K mi...Evey
1996 SSE ..MajTeal..157K mi...4/12- Dealer trade full of Lucas Trans fix