I posted my "welcome aboard" message in the other forum earlier. Gives a brief synopsis of my past 16 years driving 1997/2002 Lincoln Conti's. I wish I had kept all the maintenance receipts on my 1997 (2001-2009) as it was a mini-treasure trove of when things failed. I gave all that away to the new owner thinking it might help them. I had no idea I would be buying another Conti only a few months later. It just showed up and was priced right with super low miles. Now with 8 years driving it to 78K miles I'm thinking about what I have to do to keep big repair bills at bay. That 1997 had numerous repairs at the 150K-225K mile mark. The orig transmission was flawless the entire time I owned it. And I drove that car pretty hard at times - but mostly highway miles and 25K-30K transmission fluid/filter changes. So far on this car the only major repairs have been a new radiator. That went at 65K miles due to a transmission cooler leak. An ABS tone ring cracked on the driver's front axle and required a new axle.