I'm about to join the Bonneville ranks. Decided the time had come to sell my '94 Mark VIII, and tomorrow night I'm picking up my Silver Taupe Metallic '97 SSE. Car has ~142K on it, and I'm picking it up for $2400. Originally, I was looking at Tauruses, but I didn't want to play Russian Roulette with the transmission issues those cars have. So I began reading up on Bonnevilles, test-drove a few, and settled on this SSE.
No pics yet but believe me, that'* gonna change ASAP
Quick rundown of the car:
-Body is great overall, no rust, paint in great shape. Took a light whack up front at some point, so the fender and the hood on the driver side are a little out of whack but it'* not a big deal.
-Seems to have just about "all the toys," including the EyeCue heads-up display. Has the 12-way power leather buckets, Bose stereo (oddly, no CD player), and is in overall good shape. Leather is a little worn but consistent with the age/miles.
-Car runs/drives great. Has an oil leak, I'm assuming it'* just a rocker cover, and it needs the usual round of fluids changed but the powertrain on this car is tight. I like the trans, it does as you ask it to on-demand. Those of you who have driven early Mark VIII'*, Fords in general... they don't lol. Suspension is tight, and it rides real nice. The SSE is definitely firmer than the '97 SE I also drove- more to my liking.
- The interior panel on the driver door is loose, I have read here about GM using crappy clips. I suppose that fix is self-explanatory.
-"Air Bag" light stays on, will read up on this.
-Gas gauge is pegged at "F," I know the sender units like to die on these cars so this is on my "to-do" list.
Other than that, no problems, just really looking forward to getting the car.