I'm fresh to the MN-12 community (and to car ownership in general as it's turned out) and just wanted to briefly introduce myself. Having spent the past 5 years in East-Asia where a scooter is your best bet of going from point A to B, I have been forced to skip most of my legal driving life so far, sadly. Anyhow, I recently moved to Southern California and picked up what I thought to be a fun and decent 3.8 NA T-Bird to be used as a daily. I'm literally 6'11" so needed something fun and cheap that could accommodate my legs. Little did I know that although it was a one-owner car, bought from a friendly 80 year old guy it did have a few issues.... Let's just say that it's become a lot more valuable to me than anyone on Craigslist ever in the shortest amount of time, mainly since I don't have the space, tools or genuine knowledge to wrench on my own car yet. Latest fix; new balljoints to ensure I won't be 3-wheeling on the highway any time soon! Always a good thing as it seems. This youtube clip scared the shit out of me recently and that was uploaded 6 years ago!!
pretty sure mine hadn't been touched since '95.
I feel like I'm at a point now where I have a nice reliable daily driver however, and I intend to drive it for the next 2-3 years at least. "Oh mah lawd, 3.8's are trash and pop head-gaskets like nothing else!!" I hear you thinking. (I've been doing a bit of research on the forum...
) All I can say to that is that I'm blessed with not having driven too many fast cars as yet (so I have no idea what fast is), and its got plenty of lowdown torque for average LA traffic. Also, the previous owner did have the whole engine redone not long ago after having popped it himself after overheating, so there's that. It sounds smooth as anything, doesn't leak any oil and the AC blows cold.
'Ok enough with the words!!', I hear you say. What does this guy want?? I guess, If I had to come up with a few questions here they are:
1. V6 vs V8 Fuel economy: I know there's a few discussions on here about that, but let me just refresh it a little: In awful stop and go traffic, which one is better?
I couldn't tell you my MPG since my odometer is broken. Common problem I understand....
2. Any active members in the Greater LA area? I'm early 30s but I understand that a lot of the MN-12 community is retiring into Toyota Camry ownership slowly but steadily... :-(
3. How common is a leaking front transmission seal? I'm faced with a very slow leak and might need to address that sometime in the future. Some mechanics say, try the 'leak plugging additives' others say stay away from them as it might make the leak worse. Is it true that a rebuilt transmission is cheaper than a front seal job and should cost $900?? Any advice?
4. Finally, factory radio: Mine was working fine for a few months but recently gave up the ghost out of nowhere. Had my newly-discovered backyard mechanic check it out; he said it wasn't the fuses but the radio unit itself. Is that a common issue?
Ok I'll wrap it up here for now. Looking forward to any feedback.
p.s. not my house sadly....