i feel ya man, i grew up in northern IL....i hocked off my old s10 for a jeep wrangler, LOLThanks guys! I"m having a heck of a time finding something in my price range; I'd get a 2wd S-10 but it would do terrible in a Michigan winter.
If the speedo quit and the tranny started acting up at the same time, that is most likely just a bad speedo sensor, they sit right next to the exhaust and the heat kills them. The transmission is shifted electronically by the computer, if it lacks a speedo signal it has no idea the car is moving and the shifting will be really bad as the computer uses engine RPM as a substitute estimate for how fast the car is moving. I work at a tranny shop, we get several a month for just this problem.I agree with the majority, dont get it. Thats way too many miles and it will become a money pit. My fiances got one and it hit 180000, and guess what....it sits dead in our driveway. I jumped it only to have the spedometer kick out and the tranny shifts like its having a seizure. All sudden problems too. Its too bad we just spent 600 bucks getting wheel work done a few months back....stupid POS.
Really I used to do that with my s10's just add weight. If they have em at Lowes or Home Depot get 2 or 3 sand bags that should do the trick they are prefilled with sand and if you really need it cut one open with a sharp knife and use the sand to get out of slick spots. [cat litter in a small bag will work too on the icey area]I used to drive an 87 Dakota in the winter in michigan... as long as you have weight in the back it isn't too bad... least down near kalamazoo.. we get a huge amount of lake effect here.
My aunt and uncle had the same exact car for years and it ran really good, lasted until like 2003 or something when they traded it in.I looked at a 1995 Pontiac grand prix today for 1,200 bucks its has 160k miles but the interior and exterior is in mint condition. I popped the hood and it leaks no fluids from what I can see tomorrow I"ll go back and take it for a spin! Anyone have any experience with this kind of car?