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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #595 on: July 01, 2018, 06:47:32 PM »
I am so stupid, so fucking stupid. Warning semi-long story ahead:

So not sure if anyone remembers but a few months back I ended up changing my water pump and oil filter gasket in my bmw. I had a small oil leak which is why I did the oil filter gasket. Well I finished and my car started leaking even more oil. I pretty much said fuck it, I getting rid of my car soon and I'm tired working on it. Today I'm doing an oil change and I go to reach for oil plug crush washer and realize it's different from the one I found on the garage floor a few months back. It then clicked! I opened my hood and saw one of the wiring harnesses was wearing away underneath the VANOS feed line. Turns out there are two crush washers on the VANOS nut, I only had one. I remember moving my car and seeing it on the floor, I just thought it was from an oil change I did previously and never saw it before.

I finished my oil change and put a clean paper towel under the nut and started my car, sure enough that's where the oil was coming from. Put a new washer on and hopefully no more leaks.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #596 on: August 14, 2018, 03:44:16 PM »
Car died today. The engine is shot. Made it 110,000 miles so I'm not crazy surprised, but I wanted to ask:

Anyone ever salvage a car? Its shot so I don't want to mess around with trying to sell it. I just want it to go away. Do I just call a junkyard and sign the title over.

I was also thinking about just donating it to purple heart.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #597 on: August 14, 2018, 04:45:49 PM »
You got it, call the junkyard and get it towed and sign over the title.

What car was it?

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #598 on: August 14, 2018, 05:39:50 PM »
Car died today. The engine is shot. Made it 110,000 miles so I'm not crazy surprised, but I wanted to ask:

Anyone ever salvage a car? Its shot so I don't want to mess around with trying to sell it. I just want it to go away. Do I just call a junkyard and sign the title over.

I was also thinking about just donating it to purple heart.
If the tax write-off is greater than what the junkyard will give you then do that. I'd call a few junkyards, though. They won't tell you anything concrete, but you should get a sense of what they're willing to pay. If it still has the original cats it'll make a huge difference in what they offer.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #599 on: August 15, 2018, 06:57:04 AM »
Car died today. The engine is shot. Made it 110,000 miles so I'm not crazy surprised, but I wanted to ask:

Anyone ever salvage a car? Its shot so I don't want to mess around with trying to sell it. I just want it to go away. Do I just call a junkyard and sign the title over.

I was also thinking about just donating it to purple heart.

I donated a 2004 Chevy Cavalier to Cars (Kars) for Kids 5 years ago.  The car ran fine, but the side was all smashed in from an accident. They parted it out and I got a letter a few months later confirming a $1,200 tax write off. 

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #600 on: August 15, 2018, 07:02:43 AM »
I put my Mini with a blown engine on Craiglist.

I said "Mini cooper. Blown engine. $1000. Buyer is responsible for moving it"

I had 28 people reach out to me in 48 hours. I actually ended up selling it for $1300. First time I ever sold something for more than I listed it for on Craigslist. I wish I had listed it for $2000. I bet I could have gotten $1500+.


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« Reply #601 on: August 15, 2018, 08:10:50 AM »
Good call, Chino.  I'm trying to do the same thing with my '98 Tacoma with a cracked frame.   

The salvage market here isn't that hot.  I had a 2002 Volvo S40 and best I could get was $200 if I brought it in, $150 if they picked it up.    Depends on the car, of course, but not that much. 

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« Reply #602 on: August 15, 2018, 08:27:08 AM »
Cruising through the local ford dealership sites like I do every other morning to see if any cars with my spec have shown up so I can cancel my order and grab the new car on the lot instead of waiting for my build.

I saw a used 2018 model that is exactly how I ordered my 2019 (except it's silver) with 2k miles. I'm thinking of checking it out Monday when I get back and if they take 36k I'll take it. I'd be saving 13K off my order and the only think I'd lose is taht it's not new, not the color I want and a 2018. It may be worth it for $13k savings.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #603 on: August 15, 2018, 08:28:35 AM »
Thanks for all the advice guys.


You got it, call the junkyard and get it towed and sign over the title.

What car was it?

It was a 98 Toyota corolla.  It served me very well. Made it to 110,000 miles.

 From what I was able to put together is the Check oil light was faulty and the engine was leaking oil. At some point, it went almost totally empty and I was driving it like that and it destroyed the engine. So in the future, I am gonna just pull the dipstick every few weeks or so just for peace of mind on the next car.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #604 on: August 15, 2018, 08:48:30 AM »
Cruising through the local ford dealership sites like I do every other morning to see if any cars with my spec have shown up so I can cancel my order and grab the new car on the lot instead of waiting for my build.

I saw a used 2018 model that is exactly how I ordered my 2019 (except it's silver) with 2k miles. I'm thinking of checking it out Monday when I get back and if they take 36k I'll take it. I'd be saving 13K off my order and the only think I'd lose is taht it's not new, not the color I want and a 2018. It may be worth it for $13k savings.

You might get charged some sort of processing/increased inventory fee for cancelling an order on a car that was already started. When I bought my Mini new, you'd typically have to wait 10-16 weeks for your car to be built/shipped. I took over an abandoned order and only had to wait 3 weeks. I remember the salesman telling me the owners that bailed on the order were charged a fee to do so.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #605 on: August 15, 2018, 08:57:19 AM »
So the worst case is I lose my $1000 deposit, but since this dealer is within the delearship network I might try to talk my way out of it. Iím still undecided, I fucking hate silver as a car color.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #606 on: August 15, 2018, 09:51:47 AM »
Iím still undecided, I fucking hate silver as a car color.

I feel like "car people" really don't like silver cars  :lol Both cars I've bought have been silver and I always get crap for it from my friends who I consider to be "car people" which I am definitely not.  I just fine silver to be the easiest color for looking clean and not attracting attention on the roads.   I'm not sure the next car I get will be silver again though.

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« Reply #607 on: August 15, 2018, 09:56:07 AM »
Iíve seen some silver cars that look ok but I definitely donít like it. Out of all the mustang colors I think silver looks the worst.

I will agree with you that silver is one of the easiest ways to keep clean.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #608 on: August 15, 2018, 09:57:52 AM »
Yea, I wouldnt get a silver mustang. What color did you go with for your build?  I like the black or blue on Mustangs personally.

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« Reply #609 on: August 15, 2018, 10:05:32 AM »
It was tough but I went with black. There is a color that they make for 350rís called Lead Foot Gray:




I wish I couldíve gotten that color, no stripes.

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« Reply #610 on: August 15, 2018, 10:07:59 AM »
Nice, the black goes well IMO

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« Reply #611 on: August 15, 2018, 10:10:39 AM »
Yea there were a few other colors I liked. They had a charcoal gray, white, blue. I liked burgundy but when I saw it in person it didnít look good. Itís sort of why Iíll try the silver mustang out, who knows maybe itíll look good in person.

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« Reply #612 on: August 15, 2018, 10:52:17 PM »
The past week, I feel like my truck has been falling apart. In reality, nothing bad has been happening and it's only two things, but I'm so particular and careful with it, that it feels like one thing after another.

1) Driving into work Saturday morning, a giant rock hit my windshield. It was a loud cracking noise, but I didn't see any damage to the windshield. I shrugged it off and considered it another victory and considered myself lucky. I go to work and carry on with my day. I leave work, get in the car and notice on the passenger side, there are three cracks starting at the bottom below the windshield wipers  passenger side and going up to the middle of the windshield. Check for any other damage, only cracked the top layer of glass. Call insurance and repair company, they're coming to my work next Monday to replace the windshield.

2) Get home from work on Monday. Type in my garage code and wait for the door to go up. I look over at my truck and see a giant screw stuck in the middle of the tread on the driver's side tire. It's a 30 mile drive back to work the next day to go to the mechanic across from my store to do the repair. I know I could take it to a tire place and they do it for free, but I trust these guys.

Minor things, but I have a reputation at work for being meticulous with my truck and really do try to take care of everything so to have all of this stuff happen in a span of three days felt like the whole thing was falling apart  :lol
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« Reply #613 on: August 17, 2018, 10:10:44 AM »
Iím still undecided, I fucking hate silver as a car color.

I feel like "car people" really don't like silver cars  :lol Both cars I've bought have been silver and I always get crap for it from my friends who I consider to be "car people" which I am definitely not.  I just fine silver to be the easiest color for looking clean and not attracting attention on the roads.   I'm not sure the next car I get will be silver again though.
There are certain cars that should only ever come in silver, though.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #614 on: August 24, 2018, 06:34:20 AM »
Thank god for carfax

Was going to go look at (and was planning to buy) a car today. 2013 honda civic. Low miles and reasonable price, but there was no available carfax on it, which almost every other car I have looked at online has had, so I ran the report myself.



Not actual mileage...
Salvage...

No thanks.  That just saved me thousands of dollars and a 45 min trip
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« Reply #615 on: August 25, 2018, 06:50:20 AM »
So update on my mustang drama. I went and checked the silver on out and I actually loved it. In person it's a great color and the car was flawless. I was going to buy it but it got sold out from me the morning of the day I was going to buy it. Turns out the Sales Manager (who I was working with) had a buyer already, called the buyer and he ran down and bought it, neither me or my sales guy knew about it. I knew it was fishy when I offered the sales manager a deposit to hold the car and he wouldn't take it.

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« Reply #616 on: August 29, 2018, 05:26:39 AM »
That's annoying that they wouldn't be upfront with you on that

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« Reply #617 on: August 29, 2018, 07:37:44 AM »
Talking to my buddy who worked at ford he told me this was common. If somebody was working on a sale and another sales guy has a potential buyer theyíll try to sabotage that sale and push their sale.

My sales guy had no idea his sales manager had anybody interested.

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« Reply #618 on: August 29, 2018, 07:42:46 AM »
Iím still undecided, I fucking hate silver as a car color.

I feel like "car people" really don't like silver cars  :lol Both cars I've bought have been silver and I always get crap for it from my friends who I consider to be "car people" which I am definitely not.  I just fine silver to be the easiest color for looking clean and not attracting attention on the roads.   I'm not sure the next car I get will be silver again though.
There are certain cars that should only ever come in silver, though.



I don't know how I missed that the first time, but I would commit multiple felonies for that car.    I LOVE those cars (unfortunately, Datsun - yes, that's who made it - put them out in pine green, piss yellow, pumpkin orange, and a shit brown.   They had the worst original colors. https://zcarguide.com/datsun-280z-stock-paint-interior-colors-us-canada/

FYI, mine was "red" (what I called "pumpkin orange"). 

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« Reply #619 on: August 29, 2018, 07:44:08 AM »
I don't know why, but this gets under my skin in a big way:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/this-man-was-so-fed-up-trying-to-get-his-tesla-fixed-that-he-ended-up-doing-it-himself/ar-BBMy7GB?ocid=ientp

WTF did he expect?   And oh, by the way, I've been doing that - without the whining, crying and complaining - since I was 19 and figured out how to turn a socket wrench.    I call him a p****.