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Old 01-22-2003, 04:41 AM
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Post Alright...I have had it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, so I just got back from driving for 45 miles to drop off my Jetta at the dealer to get the drivers window fixed. Let me start from the start...I get a recall letter last week from VW, they are recalling 850'000 new Jettas because the front door window regulators and clamps are failing and allowing the window to drop down into the door. So my wife goes to Alabama last weekend, no problems for 1100 miles, she gets home yesterday from getting the kids from school and as soon as she pulls up to the house the drivers window drops down into the door, call VW, they say bring it over we'll fix both doors free of charge. So I bundle up like Nanook the friggin' Eskimo and drive to Columbus with no window in the car at 5* temp.
I have had it with all the plastic ***** on newer cars...I build new Hondas and Acuras for a living, same story, plastic crap! New cars are build like Legos and designed by Rubbermaid. Materials are getting cheaper and cheaper and the prices are going up,up,up.
I told the wifey that when this car is paid off we are selling it and I am buying an older 60's car, something made out of REAL metal with REAL screws/bolts holding it together.
You figure a new cars costs an average of 25'000 - 30'000 to buy. I can pick up an older 60's rod for about 4-5 grand. Put another 5 - 10(on the high end) into it and still have a nice ride with the comforts of a newer car(power windows,locks,cruise,a/c,etc...)
And if I would decide to sell it, I believe that it would sell easier. If you are looking in the classified and see an average Toyota/Honda its just another Toyota/Honda, BUT if you see a nice 60's Impala, GTO, Fairlane, etc, you are going to stop and think about it for awhile.
That is stuff the America Dreams are made of, real metal, rear wheel drive, dual exhaust, V8...not a 4cyl, front wheel rubber machine.
ARRRGH!!! I am going back to bed now...
Later,
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Weimer I decided to do that a long time ago.I have seen to many of the plastic car after a wreck. My newest car or I should say van is an 89 still has metal in it.
But I do know where you are coming from.
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i agree 101% with you man, new cars suck a**!!!!!!
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Old 01-22-2003, 06:28 AM
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Yea they suck, but that is how they are getting government mandated mileage - reduced weight. We are heading for government issued Algores in the near future. Witness the all out assault on SUVs. It won't bee too far in the future that all this brainwashing will take affect and we will all be forced into 50hp hybrid commuter modules.
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Old 01-22-2003, 06:34 AM
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I parked the '96 Dodge Intrepid to put the '86 Suburban on the road. The Intrepid has approx. 120,000 miles on it and it runs good still, but it's the little things that are driving me crazy on it. Only major problem I've had with it was the transmission. Got quotes from 5 different shops, cheapest rebuild in this area for that transmission was $1,500. Used one from the local junkyard, was $500 plus core and only had a 30 day guarantee. Had to replace an alternator; rebuilt alternator approx. $240 from parts store, new one from Dodge was $400 plus. Got one from a junkyard for $40. When something does go wrong it's nearly impossible to work on it.

My theory is, when the light bulbs in a new car start to burn out, it's time to trade it off. You've done got your usable 1000 hours of operation out of it.
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ill tell you what, i was at work the other day and somebody was telling me that their was a 1992 pontiac gramd am for sell, heater works, air works, only 65,000 miles on it, i thought it would be one of them cars over a grand, come to figure the old lady only wanted 100 bucks for it, yep no joke 100 bucks peeps, but the only bad thing was it had a big dent in the driver side door. you get that fixed and sell it for 4 time more than what you payed for it, i meen come on the paint job even looked new, and and old lady had so you no it was in good shape and never went over 50 mph, you know how those old peeps are, lol.

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Old 01-22-2003, 12:30 PM
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Weimer, don't those factory guys have those recall letters timed perfectly? Once you get one of those you know theres impending doom, it never fails. I used to have a beat up old '81 chevy 4x4 on 38" tires, it was white and looked pretty, but it was a real peice of work...They recalle these trucks because the gas tank was mounted under the cab. 6 days after I saw the recall on the news That mother caught on fire. I was broke so there wasn't much gas in it considering the 38" tires, but it still sucked. On to the next peice of sh...vehicle.
"Lady luck can't exsist, because if she does, I'm going to kill her, eat her and wear her skin."

Did you get that light yet? Lemme know when you do, it take a while, but it gets to wear it has to go.

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Old 01-22-2003, 01:02 PM
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All right!!!!!!! I've had it.
If you've got it go to the Dr. and get rid of it. Mavin Johson- movie, The Jerk
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I agree...
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Guys,GUYS: They don't expect these cars to be worked on after they reach the warranty life. These New Cars are built to be replaced not repaired. We know the plastic stuff will degrade while you are still paying for the car. The engine may or maynot outlive the life of the payment book but only then with a lot ao LTC on the part of the owner. Most lawnmowers are built better than the New Cars nowadays. My lawn trimmer has out lived 2 cars. Its a 2 stroke and I never have to change oil,just the air filter. I never thought I would see disposable cars but the Auto makers don't even make parts for a car over 10 years old.


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Old 01-22-2003, 05:51 PM
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I dont care what they say about new cars i aint ever owning one my daily driver is 68 biscayne 4 door 3 on the tree big boat but i love it shure the fuel milage isnt great but its the real thing they never burn enough fuel for us any ways cause if they did we would stop workin on them .when they can build a new car that smells like my 68 i will buy one 4 door
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Old 01-22-2003, 07:02 PM
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Any one know anybody that had a dodge product minivan that **** its tranny? my inlaws have one, tranny went out on a trip, dodge dealer charged them $2200. They got home and told us about it and I in my own special way informed my fatherinlaw that there was a service bulletin out from dodge on the tranny in that minivan. he went to the local dealer and asked about it and when he saw it the church elder was cussin. pisses me off that a corporation would screw their customers like that. oh, and he did get his money back, but only after calling the bbb on the dealership that gave him the richard.
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The full advice is " Don't trust whitie, God loves a workin' man, and see a doctor and get rid of it".
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<--- Detroit iron! 6000 lbs. empty! The only plastic on this puppy is the steering wheel and side reflector lenses.
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I do agree with you guys that our older cars are more fun and definately have a high cool factor. But, I'm not going to take the Nova through the mountains in Tahoe. Or I couldn't take the 61 pickup on an 8 hour drive up north to visit my folks. For those types of drives you need the comfort of a newer vehicle. Plus, I think I've got a crush on my cruise control! <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" />
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