A better clarification on this situation… we live in northern Wisconsin and my wife and daughter went to Nebraska for the weekend. They were leaving to come home and the transmission let go. She said the car would roll when it was in park, so she had to use the emergency brake. The town it’s in is small and there are no transmission shops. I am planning on going this weekend to pick it up and bring it back to Wisconsin.
So what I have is a Silver 2002 300M Special. +/-142,000 miles. I purchased the car from a used car dealership in Philadelphia in September of 2016 and it had 65,590 miles at the time. So we’ve put on about 76,000 miles in the last four years. The car was one owner (from the Boston area). From the CarFax it looks like it was traded in at the dealership it was purchased and then went to auction. The body does not have any rust. The interior is in good condition (NO cracked dash), but could use a good cleaning.
List of repairs:
Spark plugs – Sept. 2016
Transmission fluid & filter change – December 2017 (mute point I know, just showing that I did maintenance)
New mid muffler – July 2019
Battery – October 2019
Monroe 71669 rear struts (reused stock springs) – October 2019
OEM camshaft position sensor – January 2020
Control arm & tension struts for both sides – April 2020
Passenger side drive axle – April 2020
Gates water pump & timing belt kit, A/C belt and serpentine belt – April 2020
Front struts were on the to-do-list. They are not terrible, but defiantly showing their age.
I have snow tires mounted on steel rims (that could possibly go with) and was going to get new summer tires over the winter. So it could use new tires.
I have a CompuStar remote start installed with Drone Mobile. I also have a Pioneer AVH-3400NEX radio installed. I did not upgrade the speakers or amp, so the sound is not the greatest. I still have the factory radio and CD changer as well.
It’s a great car, I have moved on to a different car. I would not have sent my wife and daughter on 20 hour round trip road trip if I didn’t think it was a great car. My plan was to put on new front struts and new tires and put it up for sale this spring (the new car is kind of a project car).
I’m not sure where to price it. A transmission rebuild is what, $2,000 - $3,000? And what are these cars valued at… about the same? Maybe one of you has a lead on a good used transmission?
If you have any questions, please let me know. I’m open to reasonable offers.
I attached the most recent picture I have from this past summer. I don't have any other pictures at the moment... obviously the car is in Nebraska and I'm at the airport in Atlanta at the moment.
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