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Old 07-26-2005, 08:42 PM   #11
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Door seals shrink and then leak.

Other than that, 97s are prone to excessive acceleration :P

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Other than that, 97s are prone to excessive acceleration :P

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Every car I've owned has this acceleration problem. Any idea how to fix it?
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HAHA... Still alive... Other than the 97 being the first year for that tranny, and the issues mentioned previously, I don't think you should run into too many others unless something freak happens. We all can't wait to see pictures of it either.
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HAHA... Still alive... Other than the 97 being the first year for that tranny, and the issues mentioned previously, I don't think you should run into too many others unless something freak happens. We all can't wait to see pictures of it either.
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Thanks for the info. Here is what they say is wrong with it:

Allignment (stearing wheel is 1/4 turn off but did not change after the allignment 79$)

Sway bar link for front right is completely missing (I'll do this myself rather than spend $150.00 for both since they cost under $6.00 a piece)

Oil pan gasket (they are going to fix this today for 200+$ after the undercariage degrease yesterday to be sure it'* the gasket)

Supercharger belt was 103$

Very small leak in the stearing rack (I'll ignore this)

Tire balance and rotate = free

Now my question is why does it still ride so poorly at highway speeds when the shop says all struts are fine? I hate to take it to the dealer to troubleshoot and correct the Auto ride button/handling issue. I retired my 95 Eagle Vision TSI to third car status for the Bonne but the Eagle handles at least 10 times better with 100,000 more miles.

Not sure what to do since I already spent a bundle on the purchase price ($6,850).

Speaking of excess of excessive exceleration I have to constantly temper myself from kicking in the super charger boost with a lot of pedal.


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Jason... Yeah...the pedal is a trip isn't it. You'll be used to the power soon and modding.

Steering: I'd think either the steering wheel itself was taken off and put on 1/4 turn off or the steering box was pulled and rebuilt with one part out of whack. The connection to from the column to steering box should be keyed and unable to put together incorrectly. I had the rebuilt box issue on a truck of mine. And I think the steering wheel would also be keyed so it couldn't be wrong. But some of the people that have pulled theirs apart should answer up. If not I'll steal Randy'* manual and look further.

Sway bar: yeah...do them up and save the money.

Oil pan gasket is about $45 local to me at any parts store. The labor to change it shouldn't be more than 1/2 hour-1hour at about $60-70 an hour. Seems overpriced. It'* very easy to do yourself if you have a 10mm socket and a torque wrench.

If those two CCR (ride control lights) are on, it'* probably riding badly because the struts are anything but fine. They are malfunctioning and telling you by lighting both lights.
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