All things Automobile - THE definitive car thread

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

  1. NDEBT

    NDEBT Long timer

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    I get it but the new brake overide adaptive thing screws with things. Case in point today. I have a person who is a rural mail carrier she drives with both feet auto has for years. When that many brake overides happen the ECU thinks something is wrong. There is no overide you can do to the ECU It pisses people off.
  2. NDEBT

    NDEBT Long timer

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    This thread actually reminded me of this :lol3. I remember this on a training tape Yes I said tape with Ford I think many used it at the begining to break the Ice I guess. It is funny.

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  3. crawdad

    crawdad Been here awhile

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    Understood, near the shore here so very little snow/road salt. If it's lived its life in one of the beach towns that see regular flooding during nor'easters all bets are off.
  4. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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  5. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    You guys are youngsters. These were the training films our shop teacher used. :rofl

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  6. MudWalker

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    A follow-up on this.........................................

    I have been extremely busy at work and have had to back-burner this car issue a bit more than I wanted to but here is where we are now.

    Mazda contacted me directly...........tracked my info, got my number and called me after about a week of me sending this letter. They wanted the info again which I gave. The car still produces random revving during downshifts but MudWife is avoiding downshifts. Anyway, Mazda wants me in the service department ASAP...........I'm supposed to get an appointment and then contact Mazda Corporate with date and time. Then they will talk with dealer service and share info about my experience.

    I was pissed when I first tried to get the car in as I knew I would not want to wait around and they wanted to charge me for a loaner.......not going to happen and the girl told me she would look into it and get back to me............she never did. This week I called and got a different person and got much better results. Long and short, the car will be driven home and then some by the service tech while it's data is being recorded in an effort to get answers. I'll be in a rental paid for under my warrantee.

    Again the only reason I wrote the letter was to avoid getting the old "it didn't do it for us" routine. We will see.
  7. RockyRaccoon

    RockyRaccoon Found:Gideon's Bible

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    On Friday I rented a car in Las Vegas and dropped it off this morning in Sacramento after 600+ miles of the highest hills and lowest dales in this part of the country.

    This being a one-way rental, Avis was playing "pass the trash" and sent me down the road in their oldest, cheapest car, which was a KIA Forte EX, a little number with a 2.0 engine in about the same class as a Chevy Cruz or Toyota Corolla.

    I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. It performed better than I expected for a small cheap car. It was fairly quiet and comfortable, and I was able to pass cars uphill at highway speeds without a lot of drama. The only real criticism was the interior design and materials weren't very attractive.

    Overall, the experience raised my estimation of the Korean imports.
  8. MudWalker

    MudWalker Long timer

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    Sorry, I......................got off subject,

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    I should have got one of these on the cheap for the little woman.:D
  9. ducnut

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    Was by the Mazda dealer, today. That 6 looks awesome, especially in Soul Red. Also, the CX5 looks much better, in person.
  10. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Good luck.
    Our month old Focus has been in the shop for the last 10 days while they try to find the wiring problem/computer error that is causing the random "every fucking system reported as failed, stop immediately" fault that has happened to the wife twice. After four days, they asked if their tech guy could use it as his daily driver to try and get it to do it, and of course it's been perfect for them. Not real amused. This is the same scenario my mom went through with chrysler four years ago, and it took them five tries over six months to finally find the wiring harness that had the issue. I told them to take their time. After the third try, or 30 days out if service, it'll be eligible for the lemon law. :bluduh
  11. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Wow, what a bummer.
  12. MudWalker

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    And to think the Focus was my 1st choice when considering the Mazda3 and Impreza. Ironic, that the loaner I got is a 2013 Impreza.......I don't like it one bit but I bet it will run forever!:lol3
  13. JonU

    JonU Been here awhile

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    Been a while since i got to this thread, still catching up, but I thought I would let you guys know the shop told me the 240Z is going into paint :D almost halfway done now and they still have until November to finish it. Now i need to get back to catching up.
  14. JonU

    JonU Been here awhile

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    Well they got swamped with cars that had deadlines so mine was pushed back. They still got a lot of the body work done though. Here is a pic I took yesterday of it
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  15. Bill 310

    Bill 310 Poser Emeritus

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    I am making a car ownership philosophical change with my current car a Lexus LS 430. I grew up in Oshawa, Ontario home of GM Canada and 9 years ago I bought this Lexus used with just under 50,000 kms. It now has 140,000 kms. I traded in a 2000 Mercedes S430 that was a money pit as part of the deal.

    New the car sold with taxes for over $90,000 and I paid 38,000 3 years later including my trade-in.

    It has been in two decent wrecks, the first at 60 KMS a lady in a Pontiac Grand Am shot across a line of parked cars and first appeared in my line of sight just in time for me to provide what seemed like a nanosecond of maximum braking before the left front corner of my car intruded into her passenger compartment and then carved out the front end of her car. She was unhurt and fortunately she did not have a passenger as they would have had been killed. The airbags did not deploy and the employee with me and myself were unhurt.

    The Fire/Rescue guys wanted to call a flat bed but I borrowed a set of gloves pulled the fender away from the wheel and drove the car home.

    The bill at the body shop was about $8,000 and the car was repaired perfectly. Three years later leaving Gerlach Nevada before dawn I killed a large Buck with the right front corner at about 100 km/h and the car went in for a $6,000 repair job. Again the car ran like new.

    In the winter I mount 4 snows on an extra set of OEM rims (ebay) and it travels well in the mountains.

    I street park the car and have it detailed 1/4ly.

    It has cost me nothing in service as it is after all a Toyota. I replaced the water pump and engine belt this spring $1800.00. I follow the Lexus Service schedule religiously and the cost of oil/filter loaner car and getting a washed car back is about $100.00

    So as a street parker the car has had a few bumps and scraps on the doors and rear bumper so the car was looking a bit tired. The car doesn't have GPS, bluetooth or Sat Radio.

    I drive about 20,000 kms a year and visit clients at their offices on occasion so of course I have been thinking about the way the car looks with the paint chips and the fact that the front seats are loosing their level of comfort as they have broken down.

    In July I drove with a friend down to Sacramento non stop to score the IBR and then drove right home both ways with the cruise set at 75 MPH we got g25 mpg (US Gallons).

    So here I am with a 12 year old car that is starting to look a bit ratty and so the great search for a new used car begins. I want another Lexus because it just plain works and I am getting pretty close to pulling the trigger on a used 2010 LS 460 Sport but the sales manager sells it out from under me. I drove it and I was non plussed really it didn't seem that much different than my current car

    I took my car into the shop for service and I talked to the service guy a superb individual who says why change your car it will never really depreciate anymore, it works great , the engine is bulletproof , you maintain the car well and we both know the accident repairs were done to spec and have caused you zero problems. If you trade it you will be lucky to get $7500 and it is a good car so why not just bring it back up to spec. He said we both know the drivers in Vancouver are a disaster and the odds are good that you will get hit again, your car has a really good safety rating so why change it. Why don't you just fix it up and see if you can get 20 or 25 years out of it?

    Well I took the bait and am fixing up the most reliable (and wonderfully dull) car I have ever owned.

    The car is in getting the dings, nicks and scratched bumpers fixed, I have ordered new seat foam and then it is off to the upholsterer for new front seat cushions.

    These repairs will cost me about $3,000 so I am spending 40% of the cars value to bring it up to snuff. The car won't depreciate much more but a new used one will drop that much in value the day I buy it, it has been paid for for years and it is a damn nice car to drive . When I started to think about why I needed to trade it was really quite silly; my reasons for change were about cosmetic things that I can have fixed.

    I will post pics when it is back from the shop(s). I am embarking on a plan to run this car as long as it will hold together and lower my overall cost of car ownership.

    Have nay of you made the same decision with a good solid car that you own ?
  16. Motocicletta

    Motocicletta ridetowork

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    I am with this idea of keeping a car a long time, by necessity now.

    '92 318is 145,000 miles & 2000 Boxster, 97,000 miles.

    318 has been to the mechanic three times, 1st time for a throttle position sensor $ 300, and the second time for a clutch replacement $ 700, third time wife got stranded with a broken steering lock, AAA towed to a nice dealer in the valley $ 800.

    The Box' has been to the mechanic the first time last week in for a new clutch, broken clutch arm caused the slave cylinder to over extend, $ 2000 including two transmission engine mounts.

    Both are paid for long ago, this helped surviving the great recession and during periods of unemployment.

    I do all maintenance and all repairs that I can make with 4 jack stands and a jack, I cannot pull a transmission. This weekend project is the 318's CEL light OBD1 scan tool & smog inspection.
  17. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    thankyou
    I've never seen that before
    laughed and laughed
    deserves a Oscar
    how the hell did he do that with a straight face.
    cheers
  18. HOT DAMN!

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    :clap

    I thought you might appreciate this...

    When I want to deteriorate rubber, I'll jump on one of my bikes or the Vette. :deal

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    When I want to transport in refined bliss, I pull the cover off my minty fresh 2001 LS430. I have only put a little over 40,000 miles since new (about 3K a year), has never seen a winter or rain. This car will outlast my grandchildren. :deal

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  19. jdiaz

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    Sorry about your tiny penis, HotDamn. :lol3
  20. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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    No worries, my wife thinks it's a fucking joke as well. :cry