All things Automobile - THE definitive car thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Bueller, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. ADK

    ADK ____

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    My new neighbor was going on and on about his,170000+ miles with no problems, he claims. We went for a ride and it's seems like a solid car. So, what say y'all? :ear
  2. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    They were on my list and we looked at them. Didn't find anything to not like about them straight off, but everything I read on cost of ownership said it cost more to own than an equivalent sized and optioned gas car. What's the point of feeling smug at the pump when you save $20 a week when you paid a bunch extra at the start, pay more for yearly maintenance and insurance, and can't get as much for it when you sell it when you're done? :dunno
  3. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I'd be hugely concerned about the cost of the battery pack, at this point.
  4. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    It's the most reliable car Toyota makes



    What a crock of shit. after 170000 miles the "hybrid premium" has been more than recovered. That takes about 5 years.
    Prius insurance is about the same as a Corolla's, nothing extra.
    No extra maintenance is required, and used they still sell for more $.
  5. JonU

    JonU Been here awhile

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    I hadn't thought of that. I could always couple the pertronix ignition and coil with the 6AL for a pretty much bulletproof ignition setup in my car. It will be mostly stock but with those three items I would have plenty of overhead for when I get around to building the engine.
  6. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Any love for the classic Toyota cars? :wink:

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  7. straightrod

    straightrod Long timer

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    Associate of mine has two with batteries. He serves papers and puts at least 50k a year on them. One has 190k the other 230k. Claims he has never had any problems and gets good gas mileage going 100 mph out to Palm Springs. He has run the batteries down an a few occasions which is a no no and still has not managed to kill them.

    He stated that if he had read the negative press on the web he never would have bought them.
  8. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Hell yeah! Love those. :thumb

    I've always thought the wheel/tire proportions were perfect, for that car's lines.
  9. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    A month to the day I posted that and I finally bought something!:clap

    I had a very pleasant experience buying a focus. All told, I had five email exchanges with the internet sales guy over two weeks, called him for the first time this morning to tell him I had sold my van myself, and was ready to do a straight purchase deal. Scheduled to pick it up two hours later, and was at the dealer for less than an hour. Quick and painless.
    I personally verified two of the truths of car buying.

    1- sell your car yourself. I did 100% better on it in 24 hours on craigslist than what any dealer would really give me for it without back padding it in the sales price of the car. All the trade in offers I had from the sales schmucks got whacked considerably when they had to get them approved by the "used car guy" in back, so trading it in became a deal breaker.

    2- buy something the dealer has on the lot. I had already done a search and realized there was only one that was a 100% match to what we wanted in town. That dealer gave me the very first price quote I got, and no one else could get within $500 of him. I noticed it was the same vin on everyone build sheet I was shown. I had said somewhere the first offer I got was about $200 better than I had figured as my target price, and that is the deal I ended up getting. It just took me this long to figure out that it really was a good deal. :lol3

    So now I'm on to getting the current jeep sold so I can start talking to the five dealers within a four hour drive who have a perfect match for the replacement jeep we want on their lot. :deal
  10. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    So tell us about your new Focus! I test drove one a year ago and liked it (also liked the Fiesta). We may be needing another highway car in the next year and that'll be on my short list.
  11. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    Wow. Bet you were never wanting for work with those marques, eh?:brow
  12. NDEBT

    NDEBT Long timer

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    The focus is a fun car. I have a few different cars I use as loaners for people getting service. The focus I keep gets sold about 3 times a year from people driving it for a few days and they want to keep it.
  13. JonU

    JonU Been here awhile

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    Nice Toyota XpressCS. Correct me if I'm wrong but is that the Celica Supra? Thanks again Vtwin! Your post has me strongly considering getting the pertonix coil and dizzy upgrade. Just waiting for MSA to respond about my shipping question.
  14. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Supra GTS.
    I have fond memories of driving a good buddie's black one.
    I remember it had about 250,000 on it and it was smooth running and solid.
  15. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Just make sure you keep a set of points and condenser with you.:D
  16. NDEBT

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    There is a 3 mile place in the roads down here that we used to time. It was stupid and very unsafe. I used a car just like that one and beat everyone.
  17. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    It seems to slide pretty good too when I want to.... :hide

    Yes, I'm pretty sure it's a P-Type, 1984.

    Celica Supra.

    This one is undergoing a topend rebuild at the moment. Waiting for a new head to show up in the mail, then it's off to the machine shop for the usual BS for rebuilding a head. It ran smooth as hell before though, and had plenty of guts to get sideways or outrun your average ricer Civic.

    Haven't really raced it, since it's my brothers DD, but it's a fun car. A LOT of work to be done to it still. Don't let the Mk4 paint fool you, it's hiding a lot of worn out rubber, leaks, an electrical mess, and overall a really badly done paint job. Little by little...

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  18. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Hey, any thoughts about this?

    I have an 02 Honda Civic Si. It's rated at 26 city, 30 hwy. I have it since new, run synthetic, it has 92 k miles on it. My commute is short, five miles, and i go back and forth a few times per day. Every week I do one 60 mile freeway run. Lots of short trips to shop, trail, etc.

    Since 02 i have consistently recorded 24.5 mpg, week in, week out. It is very hilly where i live, so that seems ok to me. Since December I have been getting about 22 mpg. It runs great, no issues there. Tire pressure checked every couple of weeks. Two weeks ago I discovered my k and n air filter was dirty, so i just put in a new oem filter. I put in some seafoam to clean the injectors.

    Gassed up today, again, 22 mpg. There may have been one tank at 24, but i don't remember:lol3

    Manual says does not need plugs or coolant till 110k miles. Thoughts?
  19. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Unless it's the Big 3, then follow the factory manual to the T. If they don't call for coolant or spark plugs until 110K miles, then wait until then to change both.

    There are a handful of Toyota's that are similar, not needing spark plugs until 120K miles.
  20. ducnut

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    To me, plugs, coolant flush, and thermostat are cheap insurance.

    You do a lot of short trips, which is brutal on oil and plugs. The coolant is ~11yrs old, which is a long time.