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Old 04-01-2003, 01:01 PM   #21
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The more I think about it, the more pissed I get that we sold our 93 before. It was mint, and other than the alternator problem, was in great shape too. Okay, enough of that. My wife and I try not to bring up our hasty sale of that car.....
That'* okay; I've got it: it'* happy and living a pampered life in its own heated garage, being fed a steady diet of alternators.

Actually if you seriously want to trace it, you might want to try your luck over at http://www.carfax.com and see if there have been any sale transactions on your car'* VIN after you sold it. (I think you said you're in Canada but it might have crossed the border...)

> One thing I can't find information on, were the 94 or 95 available
> with heated seats? I don't recall our 93 having them, just wondering
> if they were even an option for those years.

I have the factory manuals on this car and I don't recall seeing any reference to heated seats.
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why a early Nineties bonne anyway, thery're aiight paymet wise I'd go with somethin new like 98 up but if ur plan'n on just buy'n it cash that'* a good choice, when it'* time to make paymets please believe it'* gonna be on sometin new like 00 up!




It'* Mista don't make paymets on such an old car!
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Mista,

Thanks for the advice.
I do agree, no payments on a 9 or 10 year old car. I'm going to just outright buy it.

The other reason for a 94 or 95 is that we had the 93, and both just really liked it. We also tend to like that bodystyle more than the newer versions. That is not to say anything bad about the newer ones, but you know when you just liked a certain car? Well, we got rid of it because we wanted something more reliable. Now, we are in a position to get it but it doesn't need to be either one of our daily drivers, we already have them.

You know when you think back to an old girlfriend and think, 'darn, I should have kept that one'.
Well, since my wife won't let me have any of my past girlfriends back, I'll satisfy my sentiment with an old car that we both liked.
Actually, this was all my wife'* idea as she really loved that car, but I'm getting excited to get one again as well. All my other cars are standard, so the odd trip without giving my left leg a workout won't be too bad either.

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I do agree, no payments on a 9 or 10 year old car. I'm going to just outright buy it.
Ayup. After all, if you can't afford to buy a 9 or 10 year old car outright, I dunno where you're going to get the money for the repairs it will need, and you just know that a 9 or 10 year old car is going to need more repairs than a newer one.

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The other reason for a 94 or 95 is that we had the 93, and both just really liked it. We also tend to like that bodystyle more than the newer versions.
Me, too; with all due respect to the owners of the newer ones, I just like my '93 better, especially the taillights, plus the mixed colors of the dash at night, before they changed from green fluorescent displays to red ones in later years.

I'd love to adopt another '93 SEEi that needs work, just so I'd have more things to fix, but my wife would kill me.
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Well of course my opinion is a '93...
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"Ayup. After all, if you can't afford to buy a 9 or 10 year old car outright, I dunno where you're going to get the money for the repairs it will need, and you just know that a 9 or 10 year old car is going to need more repairs than a newer one."


Oh, I know that! I have a 1990 Taurus SHO and a 1994 Taurus SHO. I also have a 93 MR2 turbo, but it never needs any repairs (only gets driven about 4000 miles per year though).
So, I don't expect the SSEi to give me years and years of trouble free motoring, especially since I'll be modifying it.
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I have a 1990 Taurus SHO and a 1994 Taurus SHO.
Wheeeee! Big fun. Back in the '80s, our company was designing the Ford parts database and service manual publishing systems. I remember checking out the first-generation Taurus/Sable service manuals and hearing horror stories already about how you had to remove the entire dashboard just to get the heater core out! Any idea if they'd worked past that problem by the time the 1990s came out?

The word was that if you tried to order a replacement heater core for an '86 Sable, Ford would send you a gun instead and suggest that you shoot yourself... or maybe you were supposed to shoot the car; I'm not sure...
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Although I have not yet had to do it (knocking on wood furiously), I believe as of my 94 it was still the same scenario. Ford was thoughtful enough to make it so changing your heater core was a good opportunity to replace or thoroughly clean every panel of the dash.
Further to the above post about needing money to maintain a 9 or 10 year old (domestic) car, you also need a whole bunch of time.
I just look at it like I have 2 families. I spend all week with one of them in the house, and all weekend with the other one in the garage. Even with 3 young children, I don't get near the workout during the week than I do on the weekends!
Honestly though, I have not had a ton of problems, just some common maintenance things, nothing major.
Doing 95 miles per hour in third gear with the tach past 7000 rpms makes it all worth it though.
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Old 04-02-2003, 06:21 PM   #29
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I'd get the 95 n/a not just because i own one but since they make the same horsepower as the previous ssei'*. plus it'* a series II, so there are a few more parts available for it. And if you like the ssei look, you can find a 95 with the sse package. There is one reason not to get the 95 sse however , the 4t60e(not HD). This kinda puts a limit to the horses but with beefing up I'm sure it would be fine.
HP might be the same but, which is going to get you off the line faster, 230 ft/lbs. of torque or the 270 ft/lbs. of the 92-93 SSEi??? and the 94-95 SSEi'* had 225 HP and 275 ft/lbs. not 205. Just remember, HP is not everything, how do you think the S2000'* engine makes 240 HP with only 157 ft/lbs. of torque, it rev'* the *** out of it self to make the HP. HP = Torque*RPM/5252
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I agree, torque is definitely a good thing, and very important for a heavy car such as the Bonne.
I'm not going to be racing it or anything, but I like the everyday feel of some good low end grunt.
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