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The USDM came with toolkits too - we still have ours. However I only think it's the scissor jack, lug nut wrench, pliers and a screwdriver. I'll check the next time I'm rummaging around in the trunk.
....and here it is. Apparently I was either wrong about a screw driver and pliers, or I didn't find them as I quickly pulled this out of the trunk:

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That's pretty cool! Probably the perfect car for rural mail delivery.
 

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Slow, noisy and not that economical. Being an auto it will probably worsen the slow part...
But these engines (by the picture is exactly as mine, the 2 liter - there was also a 2.2 but very rare) are damn near indestructible. And with that mileage, a good candidate for a turbo. Poverty spec, even lower than EU trim, so swapping an interior from a well specced sedan should do wonders.

Someone who cares has to buy it and treat it well. So much potential. I don't have a clear picture of values but isn't it a bit pricey?
 

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$7400 is the most I've ever seen for one of these cars.

When they were all worth that much, I wasn't looking...
 

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They need to compensate for storage, transport, and taxes. This is why it's so expensive unless you know someone personally in Japan.
 

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This was posted in another thread, but I don't want to derail that thread.

Yeah, that's the main difference, and the implications it brings with it; EGR, separate crank position sensor; non-adjustable distributor...

There are some minor differences too like trunk garnish, color of indicator lights, etc. I can't recall when they started improving the doors for side impact protection, might have been a later improvement (1997?).
The '95 doors are the most concerning part of the car for me. They are so thin and completely hollow inside. Was this just the norm in '95? I can't imagine a Crown Victoria would have such tinny doors.
 

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This was posted in another thread, but I don't want to derail that thread.



The '95 doors are the most concerning part of the car for me. They are so thin and completely hollow inside. Was this just the norm in '95? I can't imagine a Crown Victoria would have such tinny doors.
Doors have always been built that way for probably almost 100 years, but starting in maybe the mid-to-late 1970s, the US automakers began using thinner sheetmetal, perhaps copying the Japanese.

Two layers of sheetmetal, especially with lots of bends and creases to make it more rigid, is still a pretty good barrier.
 

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The old bigger American car doors may feel thicker and stronger, but that may not do much good if that metal can just bend inward in an accident. I'm guessing the metal tube added to the doors in 1997 extended far enough to be braced by the door pillar and front door frame which would help the door from collapsing inward.

I'm just speculating. I really don't know how much difference having just thicker door metal would make. I know my 1990 Corolla doors feel like aluminum foil, but they sure are easy to open!

In any case I don't think I'd want to experience being hit on the side in either of my Corollas. I imagine my head and body being throw into the door. No side airbags on these cars. I'm probably one of the few drivers that looks both ways for cross traffic even if I have a green light.
 

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Why do all you freaks like seeing two Corolla's get smashed together? Is this your weird porn?
The video didn't appear in your post when I first read it.

No airbag in that Euro-spec(?) '98?
 

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AU spec in the video, although it is very close to euro spec.
Airbags were optional after 96 I think. Very few have them though, it was a costly option.
Europe had the bug eye 8th gen introduced in late 97, at least the driver airbag was standard, or possibly it was dual airbag already. (Only the 7th gen wagon carried on for a few more months)
 
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