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 1996 RMW Limited Collector's Edition with bad trans

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Join date : 2016-07-12
Location : Niskayuna, NY & Columbus, OH

PostSubject: 1996 RMW Limited Collector's Edition with bad trans   Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:56 pm

I bought this wagon in the beginning of July and it was in really good mechanical condition. Confident, I loaded it up with an entire apartment's worth of stuff and drove it 600 miles to school. However, as soon as I merged onto the highway, the transmission refused to upshift to 3rd or 4th. Thank the lord for the 4l60e's gearing because I was able to go about 65 mph in 2nd without breaking 4000 rpm. I drove it sparingly at school with the bad trans and last friday it somehow made the 600 mile trip back to Niskayuna, NY (15-20 min northwest of Albany) where it is currently garaged. I had a scangauge plugged in and the engine temp stayed at exactly 195 for almost 10 hours straight. No coolant lost either. Basically, this wagon is well-maintained and cosmetically decent enough that putting in another trans would be worth it for the buyer.

Current mileage is 174,500. It is white/woodgrain with red cloth seats. They are the Limited upgraded seats with lumbar and all power adjustments work. I have a huge stack of records dating back to the early 2000s documenting consistent full synthetic oil changes, cooling system work, recent optispark replacement and a full overhaul of the air conditioning. Car top carrier not included.

It was owned by an old lady until 2015 when it was purchased by a local restoration shop that used it as a crew vehicle/parts hauler. I believe I am the third owner. The manager of the shop told me they rebuilt the rear axle and limited slip hardware in-house earlier this year. They put it on the lift for me and the frame was clean. Most of the front-end bushings looked reasonably fresh as well.

I am selling this car because I need something smaller with better gas mileage. For that reason I'm also selling my 1992 Jeep Cherokee Briarwood with loads of $$ invested if any of you guys are into XJs. Two 20+ year old wood-paneled gas guzzlers are not what I need to be spending time and money on right now. You will be able to see both cars on Albany CL in the next day or two and I'd entertain a partial/full trade for one or both. Car in trade must have a stick shift and smoke-free interior. I would really like this wagon to go to an enthusiast on here.

Good Stuff:
LT1 runs awesome, leaks very little oil (add about 1 quart between changes)
Tow package with gran touring suspension
Stock and unmolested
Clean interior, all electronics work
Still have both original keys and fobs
Beautifully working air conditioning and heat
Comprehensive service history
Not throwing any codes
4 new tires in August
Valid NY inspection until July 2017

Trans with no 3rd or 4th gear, still drivable if you can live with 14 mpg
Broken into on driver door, paint chipped and window frame bent a little
Driver door panel has typical cracking
Driver's side rear door window has common slider problem
Minor rust on the lower quarter/spare tire area

Work done under my ownership:
At 170k: Full synthetic oil change
At 171k: Brand new Uniroyal Cross Country Laredo All Season Tires, 235/70R15s ($500 set)
At 173k: Replaced driver door window and lubed track
At 174k: Brand new starter ($180 in parts)
Will do another oil change this weekend

Looking for $800

I will be back and forth between Niskayuna and Woodstock this Saturday 11/19 until Saturday 11/26 if anyone wants to take a look. Beyond that, I'm back December 15th- second week of January.

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