I have viewed car forums for a long time because I've always found them to be a great resource for DYI repairs not to mention great pictures of cars that have had a lot of love put into them by their owners. That said I've never created a user profile let alone posted, but after my story below and getting a feel for the following that the panther platform has, I decided it was time to join the community!
My story starts with my old daily driver - I had always driven compact cars similar to this.
Then recently my wife and daughter were in a bad car accident, the type that makes you realize how thankful you are for what you have and can lead to changes in your life.
It got me thinking about the fortune I've had of never being in an accident which made me curious about how my family would have fared if my wife and daughter took my car out that day. I found an article about an accident that happened in the nearby city of St. Pete, FL of which the description uncannily resembled the accident my family was in. The circumstances of the accident and sequence of impacts in St. Pete put a Cavalier in place of my wife's Mazda and this was the result...
The 'change in your life' that followed for me, though maybe based in random chance, was that I wanted a safer daily driver. By chance, not long before my family's accident, I was gifted with a 2000 Grand Marquis that had been sitting in a friend's back yard for nearly a year and not felt the love of a passionate owner for a long time. I sold the cavalier, and did the minimal repairs to get the GM running properly and now, after reading up on the panther platform as I did, I have a storm of ideas in my head about how great it would be to really put the time and care into fixing this car up right. However, I need the expert advice of the community to see if it make sense to even invest the time and money into doing that. As said, it's a 2000 Grand Marquis "PrecisionTrac" which I suppose translates into 'LS'. It has a whopping 208k miles on it and for most of its life was used to drive high-school softball girls around the state of Florida by it's previous owner. The paint horribly sun-damaged on one side with no clear coat left, the interior was so bad that the seats were all covered with towels to hide the shredded remains of once plush leather upholstery, and the suspension looks it can't remember the last time it saw a rubber bushing or grease gun. That being said, after I did the minimal work to make it move, the engine feels and sounds okay, and the transmission fluid doesn't look bad though it jerks from 1st to 2nd. Again this vehicle was gifted to me, and I need to know if it was to bring love back to this car's life. What do you all think?
PS if the pics didn't upload I'll try it again (as I said this is my first ever post)