Originally Posted by f1100turbo
Yeah, gutless POS! Uphill with the A/C on in 5th gear was impossible!
The original was shot at 120k, so we had one out of a wrecked Ranger put in and it lasted 15k (it had 85k on it when we put it in). It had cracked heads, so had a rebuilt one put in. Before the 12 month/12k warranty was up, it cracked heads so I got a replacement free. Luckily, my father-in-law mechanic (a Chevy man BTW
, who wasn't my FIL yet) did the labor for free the second time around. I had it a year after that until I was out of college and could afford a new vehicle.
Oddly enough, the only other thing to go wrong with it was a bad computer, a bad input bearing on the tranny, and a bad front hub.
About my FIL being a Chevy man, his daughter, was then a Chevy girl. Well, she brought a Chevy Cavalier into the marriage, and when it was time for a new car in '02, I told her to pick which vehicle she wanted, without my influence. She had never driven a Ford before (other than my F150). She looked at the Ford Escape and fell in love, so we bought one. Her next vehicle...an '09 Ford Flex. Again, I had given her the choice, and she drove several GM, Toyota, Chrysler, etc. products and chose the Ford. Now, my MIL, who has lived alone since my FIL passed away in '01 drives a Ford. She had never owned a Ford, and when it was time to replace her Impala in '09, she drove several vehicles (Equinox, Impala, Escape, Edge, etc.). She chose the Escape. But, she's one of those that tries to find problems with everything! "Can you look at my car, I think my speaker is blown". OK, which one, show me. Turn it up a little. Ahh, here's your problem. You see these coins here by this cup in the cup holder? When the base hits, they rattle. I don't think she will buy another Ford, because even though it has been flawless, she finds all of these things that she "thinks" is wrong with it, when in reality, nothing is wrong.
Sorry for the long rant, just wanted to relate my Ford/GM stories.