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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #630 on: October 17, 2018, 07:54:04 AM »
Do you ever use that manual mode?  I mean for real driving purposes. 

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #631 on: October 17, 2018, 08:02:58 AM »
I could do that with the manual shift and see, and there is no noise. 

And maybe it is something different but the only thing for sure was my transmission fluid was low for sure.  After putting some in yesterday, it really did drive better, but there was still some slipping this morning (there wasn't any yesterday afternoon or evening) but not nearly as bad as it was previously.  I checked my dipstick again and it looks like it's still a bit low so put a little more in.  I guess I'll see if that makes a difference, but I am starting to think that low fluid was just part of maybe a larger problem.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #632 on: October 17, 2018, 08:19:23 AM »
Do you ever use that manual mode?  I mean for real driving purposes.
Rarely. When I was driving an Audi with the shift paddles I used it a fair amount. When I use it now is mostly if a cop shows up behind me I can downshift to control my speed without hitting the brakes.


I could do that with the manual shift and see, and there is no noise. 

And maybe it is something different but the only thing for sure was my transmission fluid was low for sure.  After putting some in yesterday, it really did drive better, but there was still some slipping this morning (there wasn't any yesterday afternoon or evening) but not nearly as bad as it was previously.  I checked my dipstick again and it looks like it's still a bit low so put a little more in.  I guess I'll see if that makes a difference, but I am starting to think that low fluid was just part of maybe a larger problem.
This is generally the case. When ATF heats up it expands, creating more volume and therefore more pressure. So any any internal faults causing problems aren't as bad once there's "more" ATF spinning around in there. When the car cools down the ATF "lessens" and the problems are back.

And I'm sure your buddy told you this, but you have to make sure the car is hot when you check the ATF, for the reason I just gave.

Sometimes just having the tranny serviced (properly serviced) will make problems better. A bad filter will certainly foul things up. Sometimes it'll make the problem worse (older ATF is thicker, so new, thinner fluid wont' be as effective at mitigating the problem). That's really a crapshoot.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #633 on: October 17, 2018, 08:24:50 AM »
Yea, that's what my understanding was (and I added it while hot).  We will see. I don't plan on putting any serious money into this car, if it's just the fluid that's no issue, but if I need to get a mechanic involved, I'll most likely just part ways with it as its not worth the hassle and money to me at this point and I am financially ready to buy another car.  Although, when I get my oil changed again next month I can look into their transmission services and if things are better or still the same, I can try that out.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #634 on: October 17, 2018, 12:03:41 PM »
Getting some work done on my truck today and getting it ready for winter. New tires, new brakes and rotors for the rear brakes, a remote start is getting put on, and an oil change and inspection.

Did a lot of research on tires and looked at what the dealership offered for my truck. Ended up going with Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. When I set up the appointment to get the work done, the salesman tried talking me out of them. Wanted me to go with Goodyear Wrangler Adventures. They were cheaper and that's what he had on his truck. I initially decided to go with his suggestion, but I did more research and the Adventures aren't even rated for snow, which is my biggest concern and need for the All-Terrain tires since we spend a lot of time in snow here in Minnesota. Then I found out that the Adventures are the stock tire on F-150s now, so I didn't really want to get a stock tire to replace the stock tire and the reviews weren't that good for them.

I know maybe it was dumb to go against his suggestion, but I felt more comfortable with the Duratracs. Sure, they are a tad bit more of an aggressive tire, but I just liked what I read. They did well on dry pavement, rain, and are rated for severe snow.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #635 on: October 17, 2018, 12:25:46 PM »
Getting some work done on my truck today and getting it ready for winter. New tires, new brakes and rotors for the rear brakes, a remote start is getting put on, and an oil change and inspection.

Did a lot of research on tires and looked at what the dealership offered for my truck. Ended up going with Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. When I set up the appointment to get the work done, the salesman tried talking me out of them. Wanted me to go with Goodyear Wrangler Adventures. They were cheaper and that's what he had on his truck. I initially decided to go with his suggestion, but I did more research and the Adventures aren't even rated for snow, which is my biggest concern and need for the All-Terrain tires since we spend a lot of time in snow here in Minnesota. Then I found out that the Adventures are the stock tire on F-150s now, so I didn't really want to get a stock tire to replace the stock tire and the reviews weren't that good for them.

I know maybe it was dumb to go against his suggestion, but I felt more comfortable with the Duratracs. Sure, they are a tad bit more of an aggressive tire, but I just liked what I read. They did well on dry pavement, rain, and are rated for severe snow.
Gotta go with the tires you're comfortable with. If you notice a difference it really matters. The previous owner of my car put Pilots on it, like all good BMW owners, and they're great. When it came time to replace them (way too soon because of a tie-rod end) I decided to save a few hundred by going with Continentals (the Extreme Contact DWS line is the stock tire for 3-series). They're the highest rated tire at TireRack.com for my car and everybody loves them. I had them installed on a Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning 11:00 I'm at the store demanding they be taken off my fucking car. Those things were terrible. The sidewalls were so flimsy a canoe would have been more stable. I was afraid to drive on them (and I'm a fairly fearless driver). Tires I was comfortable driving on were worth far more than the ~$200 savings.

On a side note, all of this tire bullshit is Ford's fault. When they scapegoated Firestone for their POS, rollover prone SUVs Firestone had to scale back their line considerably, and a casualty was much of their Firehawk line. Those were awesome tires at an awesome price and they haven't been available since. Repeatedly letting lots of people burn alive rather than fixing their cars is one thing, but ruining my tire selection really pisses me off.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #636 on: October 17, 2018, 12:49:30 PM »
Actually, it's funny that you mention Ford not fixing the cars. Recently, my rear window defrost stopped working on my F150, and I started googling if anyone else had that problem. Turns out, it's the contact for the defrost not working and there have been some stories of people having the contact start a small fire and blow out the back window. Instead of issuing a recall and fixing the problem, Ford has said it's not their problem and will replace them only if the car is under warranty. So, I guess I won't be using the defrost in the back, which is okay because I don't ever really need to use it...I don't think I've ever had the rear window frost up.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #637 on: October 17, 2018, 01:02:02 PM »
On a different note, I had a 2009 VW Beetle, 2.5 L PZEV, 5 speed. Black and in great cosmetic shape for being nine years old (aside from some ripping on the seats). Had a new stereo system and speakers put in (sounded amazing) last summer, etc. I never drove it (only 64k miles, with maybe 500 accumulated over the last year or so), so it ended up sitting in the garage, and we decided to sell it.

KBB priced it out as like $2,300. Dumbfounded. Took it to Carmax - just $3,000. I couldn't believe how far the value dropped on the car in just the last two years. I could have went through the process of selling it privately, but to be honest, most kids (16-24) wouldn't want it, as it was a stick, and would probably take me a long time to sell, and get the 4k I was eyeing for it. So we bit the bullet and just sold it to Carmax.

Had to vent. I was really annoyed. I mean, depreciation and all of that -- I get it. But holy crap. Just a year ago I could have gotten like $5000. I mean, the car would have needed some front end maintenance pretty soon (tie rods and struts had some play), but it was immaculate and ran great. As much as I love the little thing, it was time to let it go. I probably would have only gotten 1500 for it if I waited another year.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #638 on: October 17, 2018, 01:07:02 PM »
Actually, it's funny that you mention Ford not fixing the cars. Recently, my rear window defrost stopped working on my F150, and I started googling if anyone else had that problem. Turns out, it's the contact for the defrost not working and there have been some stories of people having the contact start a small fire and blow out the back window. Instead of issuing a recall and fixing the problem, Ford has said it's not their problem and will replace them only if the car is under warranty. So, I guess I won't be using the defrost in the back, which is okay because I don't ever really need to use it...I don't think I've ever had the rear window frost up.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #639 on: October 17, 2018, 03:04:04 PM »
Samsara, the car market is all kinds of f'ed up lately around here (Northeast).  I used to buy/sell cars often enough to have an idea of what they're worth and even after I stopped moving them you still have an idea.   I've helped my son now on three sales and three buy/sells of my own, and I don't think I've been in shouting distance of but one of them.   Some cars are inexplicably getting crazy money (Saabs) and some are being firesaled (VW GTI, my Tacoma).   

I blame social media.   :) 

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« Reply #640 on: October 17, 2018, 03:26:16 PM »
Samsara, the car market is all kinds of f'ed up lately around here (Northeast).  I used to buy/sell cars often enough to have an idea of what they're worth and even after I stopped moving them you still have an idea.   I've helped my son now on three sales and three buy/sells of my own, and I don't think I've been in shouting distance of but one of them.   Some cars are inexplicably getting crazy money (Saabs) and some are being firesaled (VW GTI, my Tacoma).   

I blame social media.   :)

Glad (but not glad) its not just me. I was really shocked how far it dropped in value. Not surprised about Saabs. They have a cult following. I forget when they stopped making them, but when I was in law school in the very early 2000s, I had a guy whose family were die hard Saab owners/fans.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #641 on: October 18, 2018, 08:58:47 AM »
Sooooo

Yesterday going to lunch, no issues with the car.  Played around in the parking lot shifting between gears 1,2,3 (that's all I can play with on my automatic civic) and I didn't see any issues.  I go home last night from work and am happy because in the cold and without warming up I was able to do everything I did during lunch in the parking lot again.  I hit the road, no issues.  It's driving the best it has been, until...  lots and lots of traffic.  Sitting in stop and go for 30 minutes and finally when the traffic is about to break and im just going 7 mph, I hit the gas and nothing.  Revs go shooting up, MPH doesn't move an inch.  I change gears, nothing.  Luckily I am just slowly moving at 7mph still that I was able to move the car to the side (with lots of angry people at me now, and understandable).  I put the car in park, put it back in drive.  No issues.  I drive home cautiously but experience no further issues.  I take the car around my neighborhood doing more tests with changing gears manually and staying in them.  I see no issues.  I don't sleep at all because I'm worried if the car is dead.  I need a car for this weekend and I'm freaking out if this is going to be safe to drive 500 miles round trip to PA.  I take it to work and not a single issue, before leaving I did more tests and messing around in my neighborhood.  I saw some slipping, but nothing bad, nothing like it had been the last two weeks and nothing like where it completely stopped working last night.  To be safe in the massive amounts of traffic this morning, I kept it in gear 3 until the traffic would move above 30 mph and then put it in drive.  Really seemed to work fine.  I'm not sure what to do but I started car searching this morning anyway because maybe I will just do what I've been wanting to do for the last 2 years and upgrade to a new civic.  I found this used one that is exactly like the one I wanted two years ago.  I may have to go take a look today

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #642 on: October 18, 2018, 06:02:21 PM »
Anything flashing on your dash? Check Engine Light? What about the 'D' Symbol? Transmission Light?

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #643 on: October 18, 2018, 08:19:53 PM »
Anything flashing on your dash? Check Engine Light? What about the 'D' Symbol? Transmission Light?

Nothing.

Went to the dealer and bought the civic I linked earlier.  They gave my current car a test drive and said they were scared to drive it  :lol they think my second gear is just destroyed and wondered why I didn't stall out more like I did last night (not like an engine stall, not sure how else to explain it).  They definitely said it was the 2nd gear for sure too.  Needless to say, they didn't really want the car and just offered their minimum (I also have the front bumper hanging on by zip ties, and other minor cosmetic issues).  I feel like this is an upgrade over every aspect of my old car that I would be thrilled to get the life out of similar to my old car.  Also, finally, a sun roof!  :hat

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« Reply #644 on: October 20, 2018, 06:11:02 AM »
Well it's a bummer your old car is having issues but a new car would be nice too.

I think my bmw has finally died. I went to go pick up my brother from the airport two nights ago when I got the battery light and power steering loss. I've been down this road before, my serpentine belt broke which is strange since I just replaced it a couple months ago. Leave the car at the airport get a lyft home. Come back to the airport with a new belt, my old belt was fine my belt tension broke and took a piece of the oil filter housing with it. Now I'm going to get the car towed home. So basically I can fix it, again but I just have no desire to. I know I said I enjoyed working on it a few posts ago but I enjoyed doing things to better improve the car. This is the third time it's shit the bed with a similar issue.

My big dilemma is I need a car, my mustang hasn't started to be built and if it was summer I'd commute on my bike. Do I buy a cheap car and sell it when my mustang shows up? Do I fix my M3 and then light it on fire when my new car shows up? I'd share my gf's car but she is now working weekends so she needs the car during the week and I hate relying on her.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #645 on: October 20, 2018, 06:22:11 AM »
Im not sure what makes financial sense, but if you knew how to fix and what to do to fix your car, I'd probably think that's cheaper than buying a temp car, but maybe not since I have no idea of the cost of parts and time itll take you.  Sounds annoying though to deal with that timing since you are waiting for a new car.

Absolutely loving my new civic.  I can feel it's got a little extra umph with its turbo compared to my old civic which is great for highway passing (not like this car hits off quick from stop, but feels great  and reactive once at speed).  Having all the extras is really where it's making a difference for me though, the heated leather seats, the 450 watt sound system, android for the car, sunroof, remote start.... these things are what I am really loving the most right now since otherwise it's mostly the same but newer car.

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« Reply #646 on: October 20, 2018, 12:34:38 PM »
Well it's a bummer your old car is having issues but a new car would be nice too.

I think my bmw has finally died. I went to go pick up my brother from the airport two nights ago when I got the battery light and power steering loss. I've been down this road before, my serpentine belt broke which is strange since I just replaced it a couple months ago. Leave the car at the airport get a lyft home. Come back to the airport with a new belt, my old belt was fine my belt tension broke and took a piece of the oil filter housing with it. Now I'm going to get the car towed home. So basically I can fix it, again but I just have no desire to. I know I said I enjoyed working on it a few posts ago but I enjoyed doing things to better improve the car. This is the third time it's shit the bed with a similar issue.

My big dilemma is I need a car, my mustang hasn't started to be built and if it was summer I'd commute on my bike. Do I buy a cheap car and sell it when my mustang shows up? Do I fix my M3 and then light it on fire when my new car shows up? I'd share my gf's car but she is now working weekends so she needs the car during the week and I hate relying on her.
The problem is a cheap temp-car can have the same sorts of problems. It's also a hassle to buy another car and then have two to sell, as well as insure.

If you're planning to sell the M3 (and of course you are) it'll be better sold repaired. If you're planning on trading it in for the Mustang then it dosen't matter. You could charge it up and drive it onto the lot with no power steering and then it's their problem.
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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #647 on: October 22, 2018, 08:09:38 PM »
Alright so update:

M3 needs a new oil filter housing unit. That will fix the issue I had with it. I plan on doing this because I also bought a new car (well almost new). I picked up a 2017 Lexus RC350 AWD this week. My plan was not to buy the car, I was shopping for a cheap car I could get rid of when my mustang came. My brother (who is a big Lexus fan) told me stop by the dealership to take a look. I did and I drove the RC. It's an awesome car, it's not the fastest (it's heavy as shit), but it really surprised me and how nice of a package it was. I talked to the soon-to-be misses and I decided I'm going to get the car. My options are now keep the lexus and cancel my order (eat the deposit), sell the car when my mustang gets here, or most likely the misses will take the car when her lease expires early next year. I got a phenomenal deal on the car and it's looks brand new, not single scratch or nic on it. The M3 stays for now because I'm a glutton for punishment and I drive my german shepherd around a lot, I don't really want him in the new car right now.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #648 on: October 31, 2018, 12:33:46 PM »
Maybe I'm just a fanboy, but this thing in white is freaking sexy.



Quite a step up from the first generation
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« Reply #649 on: October 31, 2018, 01:09:55 PM »
First gen was pretty much just a Lotus Elise with an electric drivetrain. ;D

That new looks awesome though! Hopefully it is really as fast as Elon Claims..

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« Reply #650 on: October 31, 2018, 01:16:58 PM »
I saw a segment from Jay Leno's show where they gave him a ride in this. He just started yelling when the guy driving stomped on the gas and as it was still accelerating yelled "I'll buy it!". There's no doubt in my mind they'll get it close to that 250mph+ mark. I'm looking forward to seeing if they can actually get the acceleration figures they're talking about. Getting that kind of power down could be a real challenge. I can't imagine what kind of tires you need to get a street car up to 60mph in under 2 seconds.

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Re: Anything related to automobiles
« Reply #651 on: December 12, 2018, 04:55:55 AM »
Anyone watch Regular car reviews?

They did one on the BMW 850i and through in a mention of Dream Theater at the end of the review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_SknARfADQ

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« Reply #652 on: December 17, 2018, 12:37:53 PM »
Anyone watch Regular car reviews?

They did one on the BMW 850i and through in a mention of Dream Theater at the end of the review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_SknARfADQ

I actually really enjoyed that review.

I started watching, paused it for a few hours, then came back to it forgetting that I found it here and there was supposed to be a mention of DT. Made me :lol
I just don't understand what they were trying to achieve with any part of the song, either individually or as a whole. You know what? It's the Platypus of Dream Theater songs. That bill doesn't go with that tail, or that strange little furry body, or those webbed feet, and oh god why does it have venomous spurs!? And then you find out it lays eggs too. The difference is that the Platypus is somehow functional despite being a crazy mishmash or leftover animal pieces

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« Reply #653 on: January 10, 2019, 07:18:31 AM »
Elon Musk mentioned the new Roadster having jets on it to counter roll and whatnot when cornering, or to add additional down force at low speeds for traction.

I guess he wasn't kidding.