• General Discussion V4: POWERRRRRRRRRRRRR
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[QUOTE=ice445;35030034]As a daily driver of one I have to disagree. They definitely have their flaws but they last for goddamn ever. I see like ten 97-2k Chrysler minivans a day and even more 03-6's. They are popular for a reason.[/QUOTE] Consumer Reports disagrees, because the Chrysler and Dodge minivans are pretty much the single worst car for reliability that [I]isn't[/I] a Jeep or a Daewoo. :v:
[QUOTE=Saber15;35030317]Consumer Reports disagrees, because the Chrysler and Dodge minivans are pretty much the single worst car for reliability that [I]isn't[/I] a Jeep or a Daewoo. :v:[/QUOTE] If not maintained they are more likely to break than other cars. But if they are, they last for as long as you want. Am I seriously the only one who doesn't see at least 10 per commute? For shame on yall for hating on the space capsule.
[QUOTE=MightyMax;35027794]Im gonna be selling my truck back to my uncle, the guy we bought it from, and getting a ~1993 2 door 4wd Blazer/Tahoe. Don't know exactly. All I know is, it's been well taken care of and it gonna be fun. And the only way i'd -ever- sell my truck is back to family. I fucking love that thing.[/QUOTE] Noooo, I love your truck, reminds me of the one my dad had in highschool. You better buy it back later.
[QUOTE=ice445;35031249]Am I seriously the only one who doesn't see at least 10 per commute?[/QUOTE] selling well =/= holding up well Besides, most soccermoms rarely drive, and when they do they go like grandmas. Plus, with them having no idea how anything in a car works, they send the damn things strait to the mechanics shop as soon as something starts making a weird noise.
[QUOTE=Super_Noodle;35032165]selling well =/= holding up well Besides, most soccermoms rarely drive, and when they do they go like grandmas. Plus, with them having no idea how anything in a car works, they send the damn things strait to the mechanics shop as soon as something starts making a weird noise.[/QUOTE] If you have no idea how a car works, you don't know what noises are normal and which ones aren't. The people that drive cars like that get a new one every 3 years.
[QUOTE=TestECull;35025484]...that's because they are too wide. Get those suckers back in the fenders, you're wearing your wheel bearings out prematurely and the spray behind you when it rains is several times larger than it should be. They need to crack down on that shit in my area, so many people with swampers don't bother putting on fender flares and blind everyone behind them when it rains. Oh, and lose the stretched tires, they're a blowout waiting to happen. I cringe every time I see them.[/QUOTE] All vehicles blind me in the rain which are bigger than a small car which still does noticeably, driving behind other cars in the rain is stupid and coats your car in a mist of road debris and pure shit water. It has nothing to do with the rain, it has to do with the shit that any vehicle that has ground clearance throwing rocks and other debris at your car which chips, dents and cracks windshields. I've made a habit of always passing any semi, truck or suv since the roads around here are covered in gravel from all the gravel trucks as well as the normal shit that gets flung at your car.
how hard would it be to put a manual trans into a 78 camaro
[QUOTE=Tezzanator92;35028208]So I'll be driving 602 Miles on friday and the same again on the following monday. Half of it on the wrong side of the road. Any tips for a long (At least by my and UK standards, the most I've done in one go is 210 Miles) trip like this? - I've prepared a toolkit and such. Got my headlight adapters and it's just had a service a few weeks ago.[/QUOTE] Hi viz. jacket for those pesky French Police. They're very thorough in checking English drivers over there. They've made some other wacky laws too (can't remember the others though). However, seeing as though you bought French, they may overlook you :P
Yeah I've heard they stop UK drivers just to check documents and such. I want to get through France and into Belgium and onto the Netherlands as quick as possible. Driving on the wrong side of the road is going to be interesting. I'm papping myself :v:.
[QUOTE=Tezzanator92;35034015]Yeah I've heard they stop UK drivers just to check documents and such. I want to get through France and into Belgium and onto the Netherlands as quick as possible. Driving on the wrong side of the road is going to be interesting. I'm papping myself :v:.[/QUOTE] I want to do it too! Shame I have no reason to visit the continent. Ohh and I hate France.
[QUOTE=abcpea2;35033831]how hard would it be to put a manual trans into a 78 camaro[/QUOTE] Not difficult at all as far as parts complexity, but you may find it a bit tight underneath the car. I suggest putting it on four jack stands to give yourself some literal breathing room underneath it. [QUOTE=slayer3032;35033311]All vehicles blind me in the rain which are bigger than a small car which still does noticeably, driving behind other cars in the rain is stupid and coats your car in a mist of road debris and pure shit water. It has nothing to do with the rain, it has to do with the shit that any vehicle that has ground clearance throwing rocks and other debris at your car which chips, dents and cracks windshields. I've made a habit of always passing any semi, truck or suv since the roads around here are covered in gravel from all the gravel trucks as well as the normal shit that gets flung at your car.[/QUOTE] It's flat impossible to not end up behind someone on the road. Don't be stupid. [QUOTE=Hell Strike;35028393] ok guys tomorrow for my electrical class my prof. wants me to come in early and bug one of our test cars somehow. what should i do to totally stump my classmates[/QUOTE] By bug I take it he means you're supposed to do something to the electrical system to break it. Find the crank position sensor and disconnect that. I guarantee you it will make them rage. [QUOTE=ice445;35029322]And what Minivan do you have? If it's not a Chrysler, you're doing it wrong (joke). There's a reason it's the 12th best selling auto platform period. I find they have a very good balance between utility and comfort.[/QUOTE] It is a Chrysler, actually. What the god damn fuck did Dodge do to get that unreliable heap of shit onto a best selling platform list? 160,000 miles, immaculate service, never abused, and the transmission is FUCKED. The Fords? One has 300K, one has 200K, one has 194K, all three have perfect gearboxes and none of them have been rebuilt. The one with 300K has been beat on and neglected as well, and on top of that it's ten years older. Fuck Caravans. they're disposable heaps of shit. [QUOTE=ice445;35030034]As a daily driver of one I have to disagree. They definitely have their flaws but they last for goddamn ever. I see like ten 97-2k Chrysler minivans a day and even more 03-6's. They are popular for a reason.[/QUOTE] Then why is mine sitting in my driveway with no fourth gear and burnt transmission fluid when the Fords we have work flawlessly? We have one F150 with 300,000 miles on it, another F150 that just past 200K, and a '97 Explorer with 194K on it's original powertrain. All three run flawlessly. The '96 Caravan with 160K on the clock? NO FOURTH GEAR FOR YOOUUU! Looking past the Ultradrive failure, the engine runs like ass. It misfires, it stumbles, it has no power, it's sometimes hard to start. The ignition switch is going out as well, sometimes you have to jiggle it to get the van to power up. It's got a parasitic drain too, killed a brand new battery in two weeks of sitting. When it was running it only averaged 14-16MPG, no better than the Fords can muster. It barely revved past 4500 when you buried it, just fell flat on it's face. There was no power to speak of. Every bushing was clunking like crazy, the axles were popping, the dome light didn't work, the driver's side power window didn't work properly(REAL slow to roll up), T the seat position memory didn't work, the power mirrors didn't work, the headlights were so dim they might as well not be there at all, the paint is flaking off in six inch chunks, the gauges don't work when it's cold, it creeps around like the throttle can't close more than 25%, the parking brake needs to be jammed to the firewall if it is to hold the engine back, and there's numerous shot body seals that make it whistle like crazy on the freeway. Lastly, the head liner is collapsing and several of the doors covering the storage containers up front have literally fallen off to the point you can't use them. And don't get me started on the 'comfort'. There is none for the driver. The steering wheel isn't centered with the seat, there's no legroom for someone 6' tall, the dashboard doesn't hardly tell you a damn thing(Fuel, water temp, RPM, speed, PRNDL status, that's it? Where's my oil pressure? Where's my amperes? Where's my tranny oil temp?). The seat reminds me of those desks they have in high schools. The seatbelts try to strangle me. The airbag in the steering wheel is so big it obscures what precious few gauges you do have if it is turned more than 90º or so. Oh, and getting to the parking brake is an exercise in contortionism, and releasing it ends up with the hood ajar as often as it doesn't thanks to Dodge's bright idea to put the hood release where you expect the parking brake release to be. Chrysler minivans are disposable junkheaps that were built to warranty. Once you get past the warranty you're supposed to trade it in/scrap it and buy the new model. They have all the longevity of an ice cube in the middle of the Sahara, and I wouldn't buy one if you held me at gunpoint and ordered me to. If I want a van I'll buy a Chevy Astro, mainly because those things will last forever. They're just a longbed regular cab Silverado underneath the van body, and I've NEVER heard anyone say those were unreliable. If you're wondering how we acquired the Caravan, relax, we didn't buy that heap. It was given to us for free by my grandfather on my mom's side. He bought a '98, didn't need the '96, and we were relying on my 300K+ mile F150 for EVERYTHING. The only 'cost' was putting me on a bus to Florida and then driving the van back. Funnily enough, aside from some clunking and flaking paint, it ran fine on the trip up. But it started falling apart within three months of getting it to Tennessee.
We picked up the Eunos MX5 today! for a 20 year old car it is incredibly tight, and looks like a great basis for our track plans, if the weather is a bit nicer tomorrow ill get some pictures up!
[QUOTE=Milky;35035216]We picked up the Eunos MX5 today! for a 20 year old car it is incredibly tight, and looks like a great basis for our track plans, if the weather is a bit nicer tomorrow ill get some pictures up![/QUOTE] Ahh, I want to get an MX5, and get it completely track ready! Strip everything that doesn't need to be in it, improve the suspension, K&N intake, and get an exhaust system... Get it done right! ;D
[QUOTE=TestECull;35025484] ...that's because they are too wide. Get those suckers back in the fenders, you're wearing your wheel bearings out prematurely and the spray behind you when it rains is several times larger than it should be. They need to crack down on that shit in my area, so many people with swampers don't bother putting on fender flares and blind everyone behind them when it rains. Oh, and lose the stretched tires, they're a blowout waiting to happen. I cringe every time I see them.[/QUOTE] Trust me, they are set for sale... i dont want them, i want 16' Borbert A's instead [QUOTE=SA Spyder;35027980]Get rid of that fartcan while you're at it. Why do people have them these days, anyway? Just the noise?[/QUOTE] The guy who had it before has ruined the entire exhaust, just today i ordered a new complete exhaust from [url]http://www.supersprint.com/[/url] :)
[QUOTE=zotic;35036698]Trust me, they are set for sale... i dont want them, i want 16' Borbert A's instead The guy who had it before has ruined the entire exhaust, just today i ordered a new complete exhaust from [url]http://www.supersprint.com/[/url] :)[/QUOTE] Ahh, good, good. I'd suggest at the minimum re-packing the wheel bearings when you do get the new wheels, although replacing them wouldn't hurt.
[QUOTE=TestECull;35037042]Ahh, good, good. I'd suggest at the minimum re-packing the wheel bearings when you do get the new wheels, although replacing them wouldn't hurt.[/QUOTE] Those wheel bearing are non-serviceable.
[QUOTE=bradley;35037722]Those wheel bearing are non-serviceable.[/QUOTE] Derp design. Should be repackable. Oh well, I'd still change 'em if it was mine.
[QUOTE=TestECull;35035057]Not difficult at all as far as parts complexity, but you may find it a bit tight underneath the car. I suggest putting it on four jack stands to give yourself some literal breathing room underneath it. It's flat impossible to not end up behind someone on the road. Don't be stupid. By bug I take it he means you're supposed to do something to the electrical system to break it. Find the crank position sensor and disconnect that. I guarantee you it will make them rage. It is a Chrysler, actually. What the god damn fuck did Dodge do to get that unreliable heap of shit onto a best selling platform list? 160,000 miles, immaculate service, never abused, and the transmission is FUCKED. The Fords? One has 300K, one has 200K, one has 194K, all three have perfect gearboxes and none of them have been rebuilt. The one with 300K has been beat on and neglected as well, and on top of that it's ten years older. Fuck Caravans. they're disposable heaps of shit. Then why is mine sitting in my driveway with no fourth gear and burnt transmission fluid when the Fords we have work flawlessly? We have one F150 with 300,000 miles on it, another F150 that just past 200K, and a '97 Explorer with 194K on it's original powertrain. All three run flawlessly. The '96 Caravan with 160K on the clock? NO FOURTH GEAR FOR YOOUUU! Looking past the Ultradrive failure, the engine runs like ass. It misfires, it stumbles, it has no power, it's sometimes hard to start. The ignition switch is going out as well, sometimes you have to jiggle it to get the van to power up. It's got a parasitic drain too, killed a brand new battery in two weeks of sitting. When it was running it only averaged 14-16MPG, no better than the Fords can muster. It barely revved past 4500 when you buried it, just fell flat on it's face. There was no power to speak of. Every bushing was clunking like crazy, the axles were popping, the dome light didn't work, the driver's side power window didn't work properly(REAL slow to roll up), T the seat position memory didn't work, the power mirrors didn't work, the headlights were so dim they might as well not be there at all, the paint is flaking off in six inch chunks, the gauges don't work when it's cold, it creeps around like the throttle can't close more than 25%, the parking brake needs to be jammed to the firewall if it is to hold the engine back, and there's numerous shot body seals that make it whistle like crazy on the freeway. Lastly, the head liner is collapsing and several of the doors covering the storage containers up front have literally fallen off to the point you can't use them. And don't get me started on the 'comfort'. There is none for the driver. The steering wheel isn't centered with the seat, there's no legroom for someone 6' tall, the dashboard doesn't hardly tell you a damn thing(Fuel, water temp, RPM, speed, PRNDL status, that's it? Where's my oil pressure? Where's my amperes? Where's my tranny oil temp?). The seat reminds me of those desks they have in high schools. The seatbelts try to strangle me. The airbag in the steering wheel is so big it obscures what precious few gauges you do have if it is turned more than 90º or so. Oh, and getting to the parking brake is an exercise in contortionism, and releasing it ends up with the hood ajar as often as it doesn't thanks to Dodge's bright idea to put the hood release where you expect the parking brake release to be. Chrysler minivans are disposable junkheaps that were built to warranty. Once you get past the warranty you're supposed to trade it in/scrap it and buy the new model. They have all the longevity of an ice cube in the middle of the Sahara, and I wouldn't buy one if you held me at gunpoint and ordered me to. If I want a van I'll buy a Chevy Astro, mainly because those things will last forever. They're just a longbed regular cab Silverado underneath the van body, and I've NEVER heard anyone say those were unreliable. If you're wondering how we acquired the Caravan, relax, we didn't buy that heap. It was given to us for free by my grandfather on my mom's side. He bought a '98, didn't need the '96, and we were relying on my 300K+ mile F150 for EVERYTHING. The only 'cost' was putting me on a bus to Florida and then driving the van back. Funnily enough, aside from some clunking and flaking paint, it ran fine on the trip up. But it started falling apart within three months of getting it to Tennessee.[/QUOTE] Whoa there man, sounds like you've had a really bad experience, my lord. 96 must have been a bad year. My 98 has 263,000Km and is still running mostly the parts it came from the factory including the trans. Also, all my options (everything electrical) works fine, and the motor is in almost pristine condition. Am I saying you did something wrong? No, but it's weird to me nonetheless. The transmissions are weak on any Chrysler from the 90's for sure though. Also, I'm 6"2 and it's the most comfortable thing ever, so wat
Anybody in canada wanna buy a 95 saturn? No ? :< its really reliable
[QUOTE=TestECull;35037985]Derp design. Should be repackable. Oh well, I'd still change 'em if it was mine.[/QUOTE] Most wheel bearings are like that... Not every car is an old pickup truck, with dinosaur bearings. If it were mine I'd check bearing play and replace if needed but there is no point in replacing a wheel bearing that is perfectly fine.
[QUOTE=bradley;35037722]Those wheel bearing are non-serviceable.[/QUOTE] Yes they are [img]http://www.germancarpartsonline.co.uk/ekmps/shops/planttransport/images/corrado-passat-front-wheel-bearing-kit-for-n-s-or-o-s-424-p.jpg[/img] They are the same as for a Passat i35
You can change them, but you can't pack them with grease. That's what servicing a bearing means -- check it for wear, repack it with grease, reinstall. You have a sealed bearing, you have to replace the entire unit. Sealed bearings are non-serviceable.
Fuck I want to get a car-related job so I can start learning more about them, but most of them require me to be 18+. Only a couple months left but this waiting is too intense aaaaaa
Anybody interested in a free VIN check? I've got a one month unlimited pass with Autocheck. Just PM me the VIN of a car you want checked out.
[QUOTE=>VLN<;35040229]Anybody interested in a free VIN check? I've got a one month unlimited pass with Autocheck. Just PM me the VIN of a car you want checked out.[/QUOTE] The fuck is that?
man the wait before a car you purchased is ready is the most awful thing ever
[QUOTE=Ldesu;35040673]The fuck is that?[/QUOTE] Vehicle Identification Number, you can find out a lot about a car with checkers, like original car colour any reported accidents, reported stolen or lost ectect
[QUOTE=ice445;35038304]Whoa there man, sounds like you've had a really bad experience, my lord. 96 must have been a bad year.[/quote] Really bad is an understatement. It's pretty much made my whole family swear off any Mopar newer than 1985. It's not the only Chrysler that's given us problems, either, though it certainly has given us the most. We also had an '87 Dakota that ran fine, but then a stoner blew the bellhousing up by driving it on pavement in 4Hi. We never could get it to work again, we put three transmissions in it before we just gave it away to a local guy that picks parts off of cars. All three gearboxes failed within 200 miles. We had a '94 minivan as well, and that was a heap of rust. And I mean that literally. The driver's door was held on by luck and good wishes. That also had a miss, although oddly a solid transmission. And then this 96 has given us more problems in 30,000 miles than my F150 has given us in 100,000 miles, and the van's such a bitch to work on that my dad and I flat refuse to even try to turn a wrench on it ourselves. So it costs more to fix it than it does the Ford, which we do the work on ourselves. We absolutely hate that vile thing. We're going to give it to my cousin, who has decent luck with Mopars. She's gonna have a tranny put in it, and I wish her the best of luck. Personally I'd ship it to the Mythbusters and be done with it, but my name's not on the title so oh well. [quote] The transmissions are weak on any Chrysler from the 90's for sure though.[/quote] From the research I've done 96 was, indeed, a horrible year for them. That was the year that the majority of the bad Ultradrives were made. There was huge, sweeping recalls and buybacks. Our van was given a clean bill of health when it was taken in for that recall, so they didn't replace the transmission. [quote] Also, I'm 6"2 and it's the most comfortable thing ever, so wat[/QUOTE] They may have adjusted the footwell a bit. Either that, or the seat's fubar as well in mine.
I should be getting my Blazer by the end of next week, at the most. My uncle already mailed the 2500$, he -[B]really[/B]- wants my- err, his truck back.
[QUOTE=TestECull;35041340]Really bad is an understatement. It's pretty much made my whole family swear off any Mopar newer than 1985. It's not the only Chrysler that's given us problems, either, though it certainly has given us the most. We also had an '87 Dakota that ran fine, but then a stoner blew the bellhousing up by driving it on pavement in 4Hi. We never could get it to work again, we put three transmissions in it before we just gave it away to a local guy that picks parts off of cars. All three gearboxes failed within 200 miles. We had a '94 minivan as well, and that was a heap of rust. And I mean that literally. The driver's door was held on by luck and good wishes. That also had a miss, although oddly a solid transmission. And then this 96 has given us more problems in 30,000 miles than my F150 has given us in 100,000 miles, and the van's such a bitch to work on that my dad and I flat refuse to even try to turn a wrench on it ourselves. So it costs more to fix it than it does the Ford, which we do the work on ourselves. We absolutely hate that vile thing. We're going to give it to my cousin, who has decent luck with Mopars. She's gonna have a tranny put in it, and I wish her the best of luck. Personally I'd ship it to the Mythbusters and be done with it, but my name's not on the title so oh well. From the research I've done 96 was, indeed, a horrible year for them. That was the year that the majority of the bad Ultradrives were made. There was huge, sweeping recalls and buybacks. Our van was given a clean bill of health when it was taken in for that recall, so they didn't replace the transmission. They may have adjusted the footwell a bit. Either that, or the seat's fubar as well in mine.[/QUOTE] Sounds like your trans should have been swapped but the people working there were lazy, lol. And yeah, in mine at least the footwell is pretty roomy. I've had to do 300 mile trips in it and was comfortable the whole time (and I don't believe in cruise control).
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