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Old 08-30-2012, 12:05 AM   post #16 of 33
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I'm running 38 in the front and 36 in the back. I'll mess with the TPM when I get back. I didn't bring my laptop. I need to update the software to clear anything. It is only good up to 2002 OBD II vehicles.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:16 PM   post #17 of 33
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ive had a 1994 Lesabre, 1998 Bonneville ( 3.8 motor ), 1999 park Ave and now a 2000 Lsabre Limited....the first 3 I put over 200k miles on with very little done other than tires brakes etc...the 99 had about 180k and I needed to replace the plastic intake...100.00 at Advanced Auto for the redesigned model...I did the repair in my garage in about 2 hrs total...very easy..
The 2000 I have now I bought at a dealer the day it was traded..it had 2k miles on it and never sen snow..It has about 70k on it now...its loaded , heated leather etc...these are great cars and run forever...my 98 Bonneville I sold with 242k on it for $2000.00 and he drove it to 300k and sold it for 600.00
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:51 PM   post #18 of 33
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Cars up there have a lot harder life than down here. When I'm in Naples for 2 weeks I get about 2 months of transmission shifting and brake use down here. If it is winter up there if I'm just going the 1 mile to downtown I don't warm it up. It doesn't make any sense to me to run the car 15 minutes to have heat. Since I am dressed for being outside I just put the windows down so my breath doesn't fog up the windshield. It doesn't matter if it is zero out.

I forgot how nice the 3.8 is compared to my 3.1 Lumina. I guess I drove the Lumina long enough to forget the power or my 1990 Delta 88.

So far since I got back from Fla. all I have done is drive it back and forth to town. Lately my wife's mail route cars have been giving me fits. The last few years she has averaged one breakdown per year. The last couple of weeks are making up for having it easy.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:57 AM   post #19 of 33
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[QUOTE=mla2ofus;2256873]They have a very expensive little sensor in each valve stem that sends a signal to the computer. (how do they check tire pressure?)

The 2005 Buick LaSabre does not use that system.

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Old 11-01-2012, 07:29 PM   post #20 of 33
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none of them uses that valve stem system....again the 3800 has issues with the poor designed intake which was changed with the new engines but the issue has a easy fix and you can still pile on miles...decent gas mileage for a big car...we took my Lesabre to NC last April, had both our road bikes in the back seat,luggage in the trunk and avg mileage as 27/28 running 75 mph most of the way...
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:30 AM   post #21 of 33
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Got lucky today in an unlucky way. With a couple of starts today to unload the car from the Farmer's Market Sat. the last time I went to start it it turned about a half turn and everything went dead. I pulled the rear seat and checked the terminals. The + wasn't tight. It didn't matter. Turns out the battery crapped out. The "lucky" was it happened in my driveway, not at the airport picking up my wife at 6:20pm. The 75 month Napa battery was 4.5 years old. A new one is $179. O'reilly's was $122. Since the Napa battery didn't come close to 75 months and it was in the car when I bought it, guess which one is in the car now?

Two other things are different. My digital on board volt meter doesn't jump from 12.? to 15.? volts all of the time. It sits on 14.6. When it starts it doesn't have a spark knock.

The thing that got my attention when it first acted up was all of the clicking in the dash and under the back seat. I still have my '98 Lumina and am seriously thinking of getting it out for my next trip.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:44 AM   post #22 of 33
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I haven't gotten around to fix the belt tensioner coolant leaks yet. The compressor for the rear air shocks quit. I'm finding newer isn't better. Today I put plates and insurance on the Lumina. It will carry more weight and I don't care about loading it up and getting it dirty. I'm glad I didn't sell it. I have a trip planned in the near future.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:56 PM   post #23 of 33
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I fixed the "belt tensioner" coolant leak today. It was fun fishing a piece of plastic ring out of the intake manifold. I'm glad I had the metal elbows to put back in. Thursday morning it will be on the way to Fla. again. I'll try another trip in it with a light load.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:02 PM   post #24 of 33
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I found the switch for the air shocks and compressor in the back. I disconnected the arm that activates it and made it think the car was loaded heavy. I don't know if the switch is bad or what. The compressor didn't come on. I heard it a couple of days ago when I started the car. Nothing since. No time to get into that today. I put my toolbox in the back seat on the floor. That will be 50lbs less in the trunk. We'll only be gone 6 days so not a lot of luggage.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:03 PM   post #25 of 33
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Made it to Lakeland. The trip became very interesting. About 10 miles to go in Louisiana yesterday I noticed the speedometer was staying on 70 mph no matter what speed I was going. When I came up the ramp from the Fla. welcome center it was showing 130 going up the ramp. Then I was showing 140 in traffic.

This morning when I got back on the interstate it was showing 85 with most traffic passing me. I set the cruise so I was passing very few cars and most passing me. As I got more confident in my speed I bumped it up some. As the day went on it seemed to get straightened out. No tickets and am here.

Any ideas what is happening?
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:59 AM   post #26 of 33
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I suspect there's no cable on a car that new. So its a sensor probably on the trans. Shouldn't be to hard to replace just have to find the da## thing.
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:27 AM   post #27 of 33
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I forgot to mention that the odometer was working correctly when the speedometer was acting up.
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Wellll hmm it might be the spedo end of the process than. Not reading the info from the trans sensor correctly. Its all %$#@$ electronic. I've got a VW a friend of my wife left here asking for it to be fixed. The spedo and tac don't work at all but the odometer and other gauges work fine.

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Old 12-15-2013, 02:49 PM   post #29 of 33
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Wellll hmm it might be the spedo end of the process than. Not reading the info from the trans sensor correctly. Its all %$#@$ electronic. I've got a VW a friend of my wife left here asking for it to be fixed. The spedo and tac don't work at all but the odometer and other gauges work fine.

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Thanks. That is one thing I'm curious about, speedometer not working but odometer working.
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On this VW I am almost positive its a grounding issue in the instrument cluster.

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