2004 MGM (VIN Code M75)
Purchased in September 2018 with 76K miles from a snowbird in Phoenix, AZ. This was his car for AZ when he was here for the winter. It has zero rust and never went back to Missouri in the summer. So 2/3 of the year it was unused and garaged in Phoenix.
What I've done to it:
1. Tinted the windows - a must in Phoenix.
2. Added dual exhaust and 2.5" exhaust tips. I thought the exhaust was too hidden behind the bumper and I wanted people to see it.
3. Swapped donut spare for a matching full-size wheel and cap from a donor car of same year from a you-pick-it salvage yard. A steal at $10.
4. CVPI front and rear stabilizer/sway bars
5. CVPI intake and tune.
6. Fixed the ACM with new o-rings from the great knowledge on this board. A whopping $2 repair versus $500 for a new ACM.
7. A Laird VHF antenna on the trunk for my amateur radio (ham radio) equipment.
8. LEDs in the 3rd brake light. I still have to finish the full conversion. I have the parts, not the time.
I want to convert the red reflective panels on the trunk to the gray panels on later model MGMs, I just haven't found a good donor car yet that hasn't been rear-ended.
In my several visits to the you-pick-it salvage yards, I came home with CVPI front/rear springs, driveshaft and rear end. One, because they were cheap and two because I have considered doing those upgrades. On reflection I may not do all those CVPI upgrades as I like the look and ride of the MGM as an executive series sedan and really just wanted a little more power. I have a 2008 CVPI, so no sense at this point in going through all that work for a full conversion when I already have a CVPI.
Since I added the exhaust tips, I've had more kids just learning to drive (high school age) ask about the car. Seems "normal" to them are small Accords, Camrys etc or SUVs that their parents had and the big body, true full-size CV/MGM series is not really familiar to them at all. So I added a "4.6 Interceptor" magnetic badge to the trunk and more kids have asked about it. That has led to longer discussions of the body-on-frame era and the heritage and diversity of the CV/MGM line. These cars are visually becoming more rare on the road even in the snowbird communities around me, so I think these kids are looking for something that's different to them. Who'd a guess that.
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