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Old 11-27-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
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Due to some un-forseen circumstances this is now my new ride. :( The ford lovers are going to love it, but I am going to hate it. It'* a 1992 Mercury Sable LS with the 140 HP 3.8 Ford V6. It'* painfully slow but I have nothing else to drive and it'* all I can afford at the moment. It has a whole bag full of problems like if you go over 55 MPH and coast the check engine light turns on, the entire dash rattles/vibrates, the car almost stalls while idling in traffic, it wreaks of coolant, it'* ungodly SLOW, rides like a marshmellow and handles even worse.... it only has 83k miles on it too! I guess it'* going to have to do... :( I picked it up yesterday morning. I can definatley see why the Bonnevilles of the same year sold so many more cars than the Sable. The Bonneville is BY FAR superior to the Sable in every way in 1992. It'* rediculous!
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Finally, A video of 35-65 under WOT. Under normal driving this car is unbearably slow compared to what I'm used to. The torque is mediocre as long as you REALLY get on the gas pedal. Otherwise it takes a LOT of pedal movement to get it underway. Nothing like the 3800 V6 by far.
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Disguised Blue Oval!!!!




Hey, if it gets you from A to B......
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Old 11-27-2006, 02:23 PM   #3
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Maybe I shouldn't mention the head gasket problems and transmissions that only last to about 100k miles.......



........oops.
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Sorry to hear about your unforunate situation.

It actually doesn't look that bad. I like the rims.
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Maybe I shouldn't mention the head gasket problems and transmissions that only last to about 100k miles.......



........oops.
It'* on its third transmission, and the headgaskets have already gone twice on it. The A/C is also dead. The engine has a wierd miss to it right now too. It acts like it wants to stall while idling and when you go anywhere over 1/4 throttle it "chugs" as it accelerates. It'* also in bad need of a new serpentine belt.. she'* a squealer right now. lol.

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It actually doesn't look that bad. I like the rims.
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Those who have been here longer might make a connection here. hmmm..
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Is this just a winter rat? EDIT: I guess not :(

I don't like that engine either. I drove my mom'* T-bird with it. You're absolutely right on having to mash the gas. I don't like the acceleration and drive at all.
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Could I ask why you couldn't find a older Bonneville to drive? If it'* not comfortable for you to answer, then don't.
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Maybe I shouldn't mention the head gasket problems and transmissions that only last to about 100k miles.......



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It'* on its third transmission, and the headgaskets have already gone twice on it. The A/C is also dead. The engine has a wierd miss to it right now too. It acts like it wants to stall while idling and when you go anywhere over 1/4 throttle it "chugs" as it accelerates. It'* also in bad need of a new serpentine belt.. she'* a squealer right now. lol.
With the coolant smell, and the other engine problems listed, you might have a cracked head. Clean her up real good, and look really close for any tiny cracks. If you find one, it can be scuffed up and patched with multiple thin layers of JB Weld. I had to do the same thing on an old Corsica I used to drive.
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Wow, That'* really bad. You should have just found a cavalier or something. And yes, ford'* 3.8 is worthless, no power, no torque, and and you have to floor it to even get decent power.
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Wow, That'* really bad. You should have just found a cavalier or something. And yes, ford'* 3.8 is worthless, no power, no torque, and and you have to floor it to even get decent power.


older 88-90whateverish bonnevilles can be had for under 1000 bucks now too....hmm
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