2006: Steering headaches
Who says you have to give up Firebirds when you have kids?
As a result of the "pothole" hit in 2005, the steering continued to be
progressively more unstable as time went by. Multiple visits to dealers
and several shops yielded no solution: the alignment was dead accurate, there was
nothing they could do. The worst was that most blamed it on tires and/or that
the cars all do that... which is bizarre since I was driving on those same tires
for 2 years and had been driving the car for 7 prior to the incident.
The rear end alignment was even verified... small adjustment, but no big
Slightly loose tie-rod ends were changed as well. More shock absorber changes as
well (which was annoying since GM's Delphi replacements were crap compared to the original
DeCarbons that came on the car.
Here's one of those cool odometer shots you don't get to see too often.
One bizarre repair was the crumbling of the seat belt guide. Never thought this would
happen, and luckily it was a quick fix (although I was treading on unknown territory removing
the seat belt anchor).
All in all, it could have been worse. All three cars saw a little bit of road time for 2006, even considering the
new Charger Daytona that showed up midway through the year.
2006 came to an end quietly, with no definite improvement in the steering. Maybe next year.