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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-26-2019, 11:15 AM
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Looks like you ended up with a solid car with low miles. Time will tell on reliability but that is always a risk, Since you figured out the original owner it look like it was taken care of.
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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-26-2019, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yep it was a taken care of car.

Went to the salvage yard today, and they had -1- Mercury Montego, -0- Ford Five Hundred, -1- Ford Freestyle. They Merc was a identical clone to mine, except it had 1 more option, side curtain air bags. Same color, interior, etc. I was able to grab everything I needed. Amazon delivered the clips and bluetooth module this afternoon.

Installed the bluetooth first, went in in about 45 minutes, and worked perfectly.

Installed the rocker panel, installed in about 1 hour, had to get car up on jack stands, take the front and rear tire off. Than had to install all 15 clips on the rocker panel, get them lined up, push all the pins in, tires back on, than back on the ground.

Next up, State Patrol Inspection!
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post #33 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Well, Friday I got her Road Legal, and have been driving her since. Definitely -NOT- my favorite vehicle. Driving position is to narrow, and the car sits to low to the ground. But the fuel mileage over my GMC is a big increase. GMC gets 16 MPG. So far I am at 23 on my Montego, with 18 month old gas. Filled her up yesterday, should see a bit of a increase . Shes really slow from a dead stop (common complaint with the CVT), but she has some pep in her step above 20 MPH.

Time to order the tint for the windows, doing silver tint for reflective purposes. And figure out if I want aftermarket speakers, or better factory.

Im still hoping that the wife will let me sell her Pontiac Aztek, and take the Montego, but I just dont see that happening.

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Congrats on getting the Montego legal and back on the road!

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Welp... The Mercury is sold. Wasnt exactly expecting to sell it. But an older gentleman I work with liked the car, and offered to buy it from me on the spot. Paid me what I asked, and she is now going to a new home. He knows that it was previously wrecked, and what all I had to do to it to get it on the road and legal. Signed over the title today.

Im not sad to see her go, I didnt exactly like the car, the cabin is to small for my larger frame, and my back having blown discs makes it really hard to get in and out.

Looks like I am looking for a Escape/Mariner Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, Lexus RX, or something more suitable.

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