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Old 01-03-2013, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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01 Sable LS Premium Wagon, Duratec. Auto Climate control, Cloth seats, pleather door inserts, column shift.



I bought the wagon to replace my wife's Saturn wagon cause we needed more space. Space we got! I picked it up for $1400 and have done a bunch of work to it since it was in my driveway in June of 2011. So far I have replaced the battery, coil, plugs/wires, UIM/LIM gaskets, a few vacuum lines, PCV/PCV hoses, front/rear brake pads and rotors, 3rd cat, 2 o2 sensors, rear balljoints(YES...... a wagon DOES have rear balljoints and YES....... they are replacable), the heater blend door motor, and typical routine maintenance items.

This is how she looked when she came home, and what she replaced in the background...







Ripping in the engine to replace the UIM/LIM, plugs wires and coil




It was hot this day....




I took the Tbird Sport rims I had on my Tbird and put them on the wagon with 225 60R16's on them










After that I put the stock rims back on it and started tinting the rear windows. I never completed that yet with winter set in and no garage to do it in.....







Finally setteled on getting rid of the black Tbird rims, and painted them silver and I'm sticking with that. I might sand them back out and go gunmetal in the spring but I'm not quite sure yet. This picture I took down the road from my house just after Hurricane Sandy right by the water. This area was under water during the storm......... we lucked out.









She's been put to work many times






Cant do that with a sedan! ^^



I'm in process of fixing the lovely door panels now . You can see how bad they are here.




Once the weather finally gets above a reasonable temp to go out and work on the car I have front struts, balljoints to do to it. I also have to get a replacement heater bled door motor(warranty item). I'm hoping to have them done soon cause it's driving me nuts having parts here, and not having them on the car where they are needed............

She's been a trooper! I used her to drive the family to NC for vacation, as well as dropping the seats and loading it up with stuff to take to the recycling center as well as trips to home depot for doors in my house. A true all purpose vehicle without being a gas guzzeling truck or a van. Can't go wrong with a wagon! With a new set of front tires I wouldn't hesitate to drive this car down to FL(which I might to get away from this damn cold, and visit family). I need to get some new pics...... all these are old minus the one from Hurricane Sandy but that's still like 3 months old.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sousa needs some wagon love! Get those struts done! Lemme know how much better they are then the ones on there now.
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She is a sharp looking wagon and good to see she gets her hands dirty too.
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Nice wagon, good price too!

You might get a slight bump in fuel economy if you removed the crossbars from the roof.
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I am glad you put that wagon to good use!

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Nice wagon, good price too!

You might get a slight bump in fuel economy if you removed the crossbars from the roof.
For the amount of highway driving I do with it, it wouldn't really make a difference however it might be a neat look to get rid of the crossbars. I might try that this weekend.


Thanks for the comments guys. I really do like this wagon. I've been a wagon/van kind of guy cause they are so versitile. Use them to tote the family around, then drop the seats and load it up with stuff. It's been reliable, just needed some lovins.


I'll definately let you know, Sam, how those struts work out. Like I said though it's been a COLD one up here and I haven't had a chance to put them in. I'll bet it'll make a difference though cause wat I have are toast.
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Hopefully you will be getting a sound upgrade pretty soon as well

I like how you took the COTY signature. Hopefully it will bug everyone enough that they will actually vote haha!
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I like how you took the COTY signature. Hopefully it will bug everyone enough that they will actually vote haha!
It seems like all the mods have it in their sigs so I figured, might as well being I'm part of the team.
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Looks good! The silver T-bird wheels look way better than the black ones.
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Today I took the cluster out to replace a blown bulb and figured I'd paint the gauge surround to give myself a little something different to look at. Looks pretty good IMO. Painted with Krylon Aluminum Matte







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