95 Chrysler New Yorker

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Gryffindorseeker, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. Hi everyone. I just bought a 1995 Chrysler New Yorker and God I love
    it!!!!!! I'm a small car person usually, but it was love at first sight
    when I saw this car. It's white and has all the bells and whistles and it
    drives like a dream. i can't stop wanting to get in it and go for a drive.
    I know I'm sound ridiculous but this is my first luxury car and I'm really
    enjoying it.
    A question though. Has anyone ever owned one of these cars and if so are
    there any problems I need to be aware of?
    Gryffindorseeker, Jul 16, 2004
  2. Keep up with the transmission fluid/filter maintenance and make *certain*
    to use only best grade of the correct fluid, which is Chrysler Mopar
    ATF+4. This transmission will also accept less-expensive ATF+3, but +4 is
    the better fluid. Any kind of "universal" or Dexron fluid is NOT
    acceptable, with or without any additives. (change every 50k miles
    w/ATF+3, 75K w/ATF+4, do it now if you don't know when it was last done)

    Be careful driving at night, these cars have poor headlamps.

    That's about it.
    Daniel J. Stern, Jul 16, 2004
  3. Gryffindorseeker

    Art Guest

    Also if you bring the car to anyone including a dealer for the AT fluid
    change, tell them NO ADDITIVES. Just ATF+3 or +4. They will tell you that
    the additives are to supplement the fluid left in the AT during the fluid
    change. Tell them no additives period anyway. They will not do your AT any
    good and are not recommended by chrysler.
    Art, Jul 17, 2004
  4. Gryffindorseeker

    Steve Guest

    My wife has a '93 Eagle Vision, which is mechanically identicall to your
    New Yorker. Diffeerent body shape and interior, though. Its currently
    got a bit over 212,000 miles, still going strong.

    The 3.5L engine is fantastic- just feed it good oil and give it a timing
    belt and water pump about every 80k to 90k miles (I've pushed ours to
    100k on a timing belt and water pump before, and if the timing belt DOES
    break, the 93-97 version of the 3.5 will NOT destroy itself- it will
    just stop running.) Call or take it to a dealer and have them run the
    VIN to make sure that the fuel-rail recall has been performed, and GET
    IT DONE if it hasn't.

    As for the rest of the car- there are a few front suspension bits that
    are known to get noisy, but fortunately they're cheap and easy to fix:
    sway-bar end links, steering rack-to-firewall isolation bushings, and
    tie rod inner bushings. If you hear "clunks" going over rough pavement,
    its the sway bar links, if you hear "clunks" when you saw the wheel left
    and right with the car still, its the rack or inner tie rod bushings.

    NEVER put anything but ATF+3 or ATF+4 in the transmission when you have
    the fluid changed, and DO have the fluid changed about every 50,000
    miles. RUN AWAY from any place that says they'll use Dexron III fluid
    and "an additive to make it compatible with ATF+3" There is no such

    Thats about it! Hope you enjoy the car as long as we've enjoyed our '93.
    The LH cars were the greatest thing to happen at Chrysler since the
    Valiant in 1960, if you ask me.
    Steve, Jul 18, 2004
  5. Gryffindorseeker

    Art Guest

    There was also a recall in the front suspension where they add a clamp to
    stop the attachment at the body from failing. Also a clunk from under the
    transmission console is probably the rear AT mount and not engine mounts.
    Art, Jul 18, 2004
  6. Thanks everyone for all the help with the car. I'm going to get the tranny
    cleaned next weekend. Would i be better taking her to the dealership for
    this and all the work? She needs a front end alignment
    Thanks again,
    Gryffindorseeker, Jul 19, 2004
  7. Gryffindorseeker

    doc Guest

    It's up to you, if it's not under warranty. Dealers charge 3-to-10 times as
    much as an independent for the same work. Little of that mark-up goes to
    the mechanics, so the dealership mechanics have nothing to gain by doing a
    good job; they're covered by Chrysler; you're not.

    In general, stay away from the dealerships unless you're under warranty.
    They charge much more for the same work, and their mechanics have less
    incentive to do good work.
    doc, Jul 19, 2004
  8. Gryffindorseeker

    Matt Whiting Guest

    I've had the opposite experience. My local Chrysler dealer is typically
    within 30% of the cost of an independent garage and the work is almost
    always better. The only time I got really ripped off big was by an
    independent. If you are really paying 3 to 10 times more at a dealer,
    then you are really getting ripped off. My dealer charges $56/hour
    labor. That means you are getting for done for between $5.60 and $19 an
    hour. I'd really question that any garage can provide quality training
    and diagnostic tools for its mechanics at that rate, unless they don't
    provide them any benefits at all and pay them cash under the table.

    Matt Whiting, Jul 19, 2004
  9. Gryffindorseeker

    Art Guest

    My Chrysler dealer is quite decent and reasonable although I would probably
    get an alignment someplace else that does them more often.
    Art, Jul 19, 2004
  10. Gentlemen,
    Thanks for answering but consider this. I'm a woman, most mechanics'
    assume we're dumb, this has been my experience. Case in point: My last car
    was a 1994 Chevy Cavalier rs. The head gasket started leaking. Took it to
    what I heard was a reputable repair place. $ 705.00 dollars and 3 trips
    later the damn head gasket was still leaking. The second time I took her in
    they gave me some BS that they needed to buy a "special sealant "from GMC to
    seal the gasket. What a croc. Had the :special Sealant" put on and sure
    enough a week later the head gasket was leaking again. Bottom line they
    thought I was stupid because they didn't fix it right to begin with. I
    traded it, told the salesman about the head gasket he gave me a $1000 trade
    and sold me the New Yorker for $3,809.00. I thought this was a good deal.
    Since I've bought two other cars from him in the past he did not charge me
    interest or finance charges and I got an awesome car!!!!!
    So to end a long story I don't trust any mechanic. If a reputable one
    will not do the job right twice on my previous car what would a shady
    mechanic do?
    One last thing: I'm going to get a tune up on her. Are bosch spark
    plugs going over the top? Any recommendations?
    Thanks again for all your help and advice!,
    Gryffindorseeker, Jul 20, 2004
  11. Bosch spark plugs are junk. So are Bosch O2 sensors. Using either will
    cause driveability/reliability problems. Use NGK, Autolite or Champion
    spark plugs (my preferences in order, with Champion being a very distant
    third) and NTK, Echlin or BlueStreak O2 sensors.

    Daniel J. Stern, Jul 20, 2004
  12. Gryffindorseeker

    Guest Guest

    Around here some of the dealers still send their alignments out to an
    independent shop, who has the right equipment and experience, and an
    excellent reputation.
    Guest, Jul 20, 2004
  13. Gryffindorseeker

    Guest Guest

    The "reputable mechanic" was neither - or he would have known to check
    the head for warpage and cracking. The vast majority of Cavalier head
    gasket problems require a cyl head replacement to fix.

    Find a good mechanic, and hang on to him!!! Might be at a dealership,
    but a good independent (NOT a chain store) is more likely.

    As for the Bosch plugs, my experience has been they are CRAP.
    The dealer supplied plug is usually about as good as you are going to
    get, or need.
    Guest, Jul 20, 2004
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