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Lets see I'm 26 work in IT as a DBA/Dev Ops 1965 Oldsmobile F85 (330) 1984 Ford LTD (an oily potato also known as the 3.8 essex V6) 1995 Chevy S10 ZR2 (4.3 vortech supercharged) 1993 Nissan 240SX (Redtop SR20DET swapped garret GT3076R) 1986 Chevy K5/ M1009 CUCV (6.2) 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo SS (396 stroker) 1994 Mustang GT (347 stroker) 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP (3800 with a 3800 performance stage 4 kit) 2002 Honda Superhawk 1987 Ford mustang convertible (5.0 swapped) 1987 Ford F150 (414 stroker) 1973 Jeep CJ-5 (258 V6) 2011 Harley Iron 883 2015 Harley iron 883 2003 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS 1985 Chevy K5 (no engine/trans gonna LS swap it when I get some time/funds)
my girlfriend just picked up a 2000 suzuki grand vitara hopefully it was a good choice after she accidentally caused frame damage to her camry
how does one accidentally cause frame damage? Did she get hit or something?
26 (only got my license a year ago) ; 1972 Volvo 142 1990 Volvo 244
[QUOTE=PandaJuggernaut;52637434]how does one accidentally cause frame damage? Did she get hit or something?[/QUOTE] My stepsister totaled her Subaru Forester by hitting a curb while reversing. Unibody was bent.
[QUOTE=LordCrypto;52637426]my girlfriend just picked up a 2000 suzuki grand vitara hopefully it was a good choice after she accidentally caused frame damage to her camry[/QUOTE] Changing engine belts and alternator is a bitch, so if self-servicing get used to removing the front if doing serious work. Otherwise reliable yet boring, but a bit keen on rusting.
[QUOTE=Slithers;52637515]My stepsister totaled her Subaru Forester by hitting a curb while reversing. Unibody was bent.[/QUOTE] Unibody cars are ridiculously fragile. Just jacking one up wrong can total the car by bending it, for example. Or a minor crash that would be $1000 to fix on a body-on-frame car could cost thousands for a unibody vehicle and total it. it's ridiculous.
[QUOTE=metallics;52637175]I assume you are talking about the Adam S, which I have absolutely no experience of, but the base model adam is possibly one of the worst cars I've ever had the displeasure of driving. It is about on par with a citroen c4 cactus for driving experience. Something that should feel small and sprightly feels all lethargic and corners absolutely dreadfully compared to pretty much any other small hatchback. The steering has no feeling, yet the ride is like they chopped the suspension to cut costs. Worse still, there is absolutely no space inside whatsoever. A friend owned one for two years, and as you would expect from a vauxhall, the build quality is even worse than the very little you pay for it. The MAF sensor died, the interior fell apart and the boot seal leaked, and whilst these were all repaired under warranty, they took their sweet sweet time about it. I cannot recommend. [editline]1st September 2017[/editline] If you're looking for something on the smaller side though, can't really go wrong with a VW polo?[/QUOTE] Yeah I mean the S. An ex girlfriend of mine told me she test drove a low spec Adam and it was utter garbage, so she got a Corsa Limited Edition instead. Talk about a step up :v: Where I live there's very little selection of dealers on the island, ideally I'd want to stick with them so I have a proper brand garage to go to if need be. We've got Ford, Mazda, Vauxhall, Mitsubishi, Toyota (all of those are owned by the same person), Suzuki and Great Wall. I'd consider going away to get a car but that involves paying hundreds of quid for a return ferry trip and a cabin (sleeping rough on that boat is fucking horrible, and I've done it). I can use that as leverage against price I would think though. Plus I was wanting something a little bit older anyway, something recent but from before everything became totally electrical. I'm looking to downsize if possible from my Fiesta because I just don't need a car that big. The most hauling I do is some guitar gear so the main test is being able to get a speaker cabinet in the back with the seats down. An older Polo might do the trick I suppose, plus the spares for mid 2000s VWs are fairly cheap which is a fairly important point.
I've only had 3 cars but I can rattle off the ones on the property :v: In order of age: 27 ford model t lakes modified 52 split window morris minor sedan 57 vauxhall victor super x2 65 mk3 ford zephyr 73 holden hq GTS sedanot 90 holden VN commodore SS (just sold :( ) 93 toyota surf 99 holden VT commodore In the past my dad has had countless holden hqs, a mk3 Capri, a few escorts and various other British and aussie cars. My grandad has about a dozen prewar ford's, some of the flathead v8 have old school twin spark heads! WIsh I had photos
[QUOTE=PandaJuggernaut;52637434]how does one accidentally cause frame damage? Did she get hit or something?[/QUOTE] she rear ended somebody their car was fine, her engine compartment frame was all kinds of fucked up
[QUOTE=dcalde78;52637861]Yeah I mean the S. An ex girlfriend of mine told me she test drove a low spec Adam and it was utter garbage, so she got a Corsa Limited Edition instead. Talk about a step up :v: Where I live there's very little selection of dealers on the island, ideally I'd want to stick with them so I have a proper brand garage to go to if need be. We've got Ford, Mazda, Vauxhall, Mitsubishi, Toyota (all of those are owned by the same person), Suzuki and Great Wall. I'd consider going away to get a car but that involves paying hundreds of quid for a return ferry trip and a cabin (sleeping rough on that boat is fucking horrible, and I've done it). I can use that as leverage against price I would think though. Plus I was wanting something a little bit older anyway, something recent but from before everything became totally electrical. I'm looking to downsize if possible from my Fiesta because I just don't need a car that big. The most hauling I do is some guitar gear so the main test is being able to get a speaker cabinet in the back with the seats down. An older Polo might do the trick I suppose, plus the spares for mid 2000s VWs are fairly cheap which is a fairly important point.[/QUOTE] Suzuki swift maybe? Out of those dealers you've listed I'd probably get a fiesta personally, but since you already own one I'm just going to go right ahead and assume you've considered that :v
[QUOTE=Trekintosh;52637693]Unibody cars are ridiculously fragile. Just jacking one up wrong can total the car by bending it, for example. Or a minor crash that would be $1000 to fix on a body-on-frame car could cost thousands for a unibody vehicle and total it. it's ridiculous.[/QUOTE] reminds me of this eastern urop dude who "fixes" the most bizzar wrecks. [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBryZaK9Qzc[/media] [editline]1st September 2017[/editline] [QUOTE=metallics;52638057]Suzuki swift maybe?[/QUOTE] Please no, my girlfriend had it. Tho pretty reliable. It felt like a piece of shit when driving, like actual shit.
Anyone got any advice on driving a non-turbo diesel? I'll be doing a road trip in a rental 2004 VW Caddy 2.0 SDI and wondering if there's anything to keep in mind other than being patient. Like, does it have low end torque or not etc
68bhp 103lb-ft bring a lot of music and beef jerky I guess.
[QUOTE=-Xemit-;52638273]Anyone got any advice on driving a non-turbo diesel? I'll be doing a road trip in a rental 2004 VW Caddy 2.0 SDI and wondering if there's anything to keep in mind other than being patient. Like, does it have low end torque or not etc[/QUOTE] Ive got a 30 year old 7.3 idi, its a non turbod diesel. Probably not the same experience though. Just drive it like you stole it, its a rental.
[QUOTE=Strontboer;52638059]reminds me of this eastern urop dude who "fixes" the most bizzar wrecks. [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBryZaK9Qzc[/media] [editline]1st September 2017[/editline] Please no, my girlfriend had it. Tho pretty reliable. It felt like a piece of shit when driving, like actual shit.[/QUOTE] Jesuz the repair cost would probably be as much as another car at that point.
Pic dump of the coolest thing I have seen all year... so far anyway. [t]https://i.imgur.com/HpTDLvd.jpg[/t][t]https://i.imgur.com/sKAIyFz.jpg[/t] [t]https://i.imgur.com/pZkNgNR.jpg[/t][t]https://i.imgur.com/7JRTfb0.jpg[/t] [t]https://i.imgur.com/Bu4Lv8N.jpg[/t] Fully Functional as far as real world stuff. Then here we have a damaged piston out of a Chevy Trailblazer with the straight 6. Don't burn coolant kids. [t]https://i.imgur.com/qswZDvq.jpg[/t][t]https://i.imgur.com/PoSG6GG.jpg[/t]
[QUOTE=Scientwist;52638698]Pic dump of the coolest thing I have seen all year... so far anyway. [/QUOTE] Looks a hell of a lot like the one I've seen in my old town, Salem, NH. I haven't seen it around town for a couple years now, but I always remember seeing it parked in the same driveway each time I went down this backroad to go to work or school. [thumb]http://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14440800_1306492556057965_6484280685671781791_n.jpg?oh=1fb6c239c561cffc9df8d499de16e957&oe=5A164F2C[/thumb] [thumb]http://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1925316_838565566184002_8397563476662551761_n.jpg?oh=66094d29cfd095a448e66c5f5f41a20c&oe=5A579BB9[/thumb] [thumb]http://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10653803_822106524496573_8488673130465713260_n.jpg?oh=969e881cb978c6385ac0868aa8647b6d&oe=5A221462[/thumb] [url=https://www.facebook.com/SalemGhostbusters/]They even have a Facebook page.[/url] [url=https://www.facebook.com/GhostbustersofNewHampshire/]Found another one where they went cheaper and used a HHR instead. It died at 143k miles apparently...[/url]
So day 1 of my move to Arizona is done. 9 cops spotted in 4 hours. Out of Ohio, tomorrow I pick up my cousin who is coming a long for the ride, and we're off through the great plains. The Volvo has been good so far. And thank God it's a station wagon, or else I'd never get all my shit down with me in a simple manner.
I've seen that HHR Ecto 1 toodling around Burbank before. It was pretty cute. Haven't seen the real Caddy version though.
[QUOTE=-Xemit-;52638273]Anyone got any advice on driving a non-turbo diesel? I'll be doing a road trip in a rental 2004 VW Caddy 2.0 SDI and wondering if there's anything to keep in mind other than being patient. Like, does it have low end torque or not etc[/QUOTE] Remember to gain speed before you get to the hills, and not let off the throttle no matter what. Yes, basically drive it like you stole it. That thing has no power or torque, expect a lot of angry down shifts and swearing
[QUOTE=Strontboer;52638059]reminds me of this eastern urop dude who "fixes" the most bizzar wrecks. [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBryZaK9Qzc[/media][/QUOTE] I once had the link to a blog where they regularly made 1 good car out of 2 wrecked cars with a shitload of cutting and welding + some occasional sheet metal. [editline]2nd September 2017[/editline] [QUOTE=FordLord;52639387]Remember to gain speed before you get to the hills, and not let off the throttle no matter what. Yes, basically drive it like you stole it. That thing has no power or torque, expect a lot of angry down shifts and swearing[/QUOTE] Essentially the same as driving a turbodiesel without a intercooler on a very hot and dry day.
did an alignment and some small stuff. Really tired at this point, considering going driving first, then painting it. [img]https://i.imgur.com/bYP40UE.jpg[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/K8NWH2x.jpg[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/TNfD8OX.jpg[/img]
Found out just a bit ago my transmission mount it outright broken, hence the noise I heard yesterday and the insane "bang" I heard when shifting to reverse or drive. Likely because my front mount had been broke for almost 2 years now due to me being too broke to replace it. Gonna have the front and trans mount by around 2 today at cost of 144~ bux. Having a damn near one off car is rough on the wallet man.
[QUOTE=Scientwist;52640423]Found out just a bit ago my transmission mount it outright broken, hence the noise I heard yesterday and the insane "bang" I heard when shifting to reverse or drive. Likely because my front mount had been broke for almost 2 years now due to me being too broke to replace it. Gonna have the front and trans mount by around 2 today at cost of 144~ bux. Having a damn near one off car is rough on the wallet man.[/QUOTE] What kind of car is this? it sounds much more expensive to own that either of the Benzes I've had.
[QUOTE=metallics;52638057]Suzuki swift maybe? Out of those dealers you've listed I'd probably get a fiesta personally, but since you already own one I'm just going to go right ahead and assume you've considered that :v[/QUOTE] I'm not really fond of Suzukis for the most part, they just come off as cars for old people. The new Swift looks okay and the interior looks a lot better than the older ones but I'd need to test drive one before deciding on one. The new Fiesta looks decent as well but I wouldn't be able to get one for a price that would work for me, in a decent spec anyway. Ideally I'd want to finance about £10k or something like that, and the only way to do that is to get something a little older. Your suggestion of a Polo is a good one though, a 2012 model or something like that would be very nice because it'll have all the nice modern features, with the added bonus of being a VW so spares are abundant and cheap (very important to me as I worked in auto parts for a while, I know what brands are a bastard to get a hold of). Plus they're very smart looking cars, they come in 5 door models, tons of engines and trims, and the VW alloy fitment is really common so I could easily get a nice set of alloys for it too.
[QUOTE=dcalde78;52640486]I'm not really fond of Suzukis for the most part, they just come off as cars for old people. The new Swift looks okay and the interior looks a lot better than the older ones but I'd need to test drive one before deciding on one[/QUOTE] I wouldn't mind a early 90's Alto since that's essentially a Japanese Mini by size and handling (not the awful BMW MINI huge), and that it's possible to easily swap in a 5 speed gearbox and 1.3L engine that can be pepped up from a korean shitbox.
[QUOTE=Strontboer;52640281]did an alignment and some small stuff. Really tired at this point, considering going driving first, then painting it. [img]https://i.imgur.com/TNfD8OX.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] Those aren't going to be your track wheels, are they? They don't really suit the e36 imo.
[QUOTE=Slithers;52640467]What kind of car is this? it sounds much more expensive to own that either of the Benzes I've had.[/QUOTE] Its a 1995 Honda Accord with the C27A4 V6 in it. That engine was only in the car for 3 years, so parts are a bit harder to get and no salvage yards really have them. The only 2 others I've seen are on the road. And the transmission is completely a one off, the MPZA. The only other car to have similar engine and trans stuff is the same few years NSX, like clutch has. The C27 and C30 share block designs but not heads as mine is SOHC and the C30 is DOHC with Vtec.
Thanks guys, I'll remember to wear my heaviest shoes while driving the sdi
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