Thanks all for the welcome.
On a quick note here's the things I get to fix between now and the next few months:
- Both outer tie rod ends were shot, replace those a few weeks ago.
- Struts are shot in the front, and I get to replace the mounts too. Lot of clunking going on over hard bumps and whatnot. Anyone have recommendations for decent struts and mounts?
-Typical clunking from the steering intermediate shaft. This is how I came across the site originally. I'm going to lube it and see if that helps in the meantime. If not, it'll wait. I don't feel like dropping that much $ for that part.
-The cover for the mirror on both visors are broken. They don't stay open, so the wife has to hold it open while she's looking in the mirror. I hope it's something simple to fix.
- Both 6.5"s are blown in the front for the Monsoon system. Debating whether to find some cheap stocks to replace and keep it low cost, or just find some decent 6.5s to replace.
Other than that it's been a decent car. Bit too much plastic in the interior for my taste, but she likes it.
I will say this...whoever the engineer was that designed that fuel pump should be shot. Thinking that a plastic fitting would be sufficient enough and not leak over the long term was an idiot. I replaced the fuel pump due to the fitting being cracked (and of course a non-replaceable part) about 6 months ago. Was not cheap.