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As stated earlier, I am driving my little sister's 1986 Legend Sedan (I think all 1986's were sedans?) for about a month while I look for my next car. The car is in decent shape for 86,000 miles. I have a few questions, and I want to know if these issues are common in Legends.

1. The transmission shifts abruptly (violently?) in the 1-2 shift. I read in the FAQ's that a flush and fill will help. Will this just help, or completely eliminate the problem? Is the tranny slowly ripping itself to shreds?

2. The car is hard to start. Most times, it takes several seconds of starter engagement before it fires. It does start eventually, and appears to run smoothly. The battery is strong (ammeter is hooked up to it), so that isn't the problem. Is this common?

3. There is a fuel smell when the car is running. The scent is drawn into the cabin when the HVAC controls are pulling in "fresh" air. Do these cars have issues with fuel lines getting old, rotting? Are the injectors a weak link?

Overall, I am impressed with the vehicle. It handles and drives very well. It puts the ride of many brand-new cars to shame.

Thanks for your help.
 

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Bukowski=Legend said:
... just look around for fuel weeping around the filter/injectors/lines etc. should be pretty easy to spot and fix...

ps don't drive the Legend too long, or you'll end up trying to talk your sister out of it, since you fell in love...

Since the fuel evaporates minutes after the engine is turned off, I will have to act quickly to isolate the problem. Tomorrow, after the home commute, I plan on investigating the issue.

I don't think I am falling in love (my heart is somewhere else), but I do have a completely new perspective on the vehicle. Over the past few days I have been very impressed with the way the car handles. Typical understeer (front wheel drive), but other than that, very neutral when pushed hard. It shames my wife's V70 in the corners - and the Volvo's technology is 14 years newer!

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Tubby,

Thanks for the techical insight. I don't think the clutch drum is shot yet (I can get smooth shifts if I retard the throttle with my right foot as the shift occurs). I will try a fluid change later this week to see if it helps.
 
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