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Yesterday 10:41 PM
hcompton
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Originally Posted by Rodnit View Post
Seriously? It was mid/upper 60s and sunny today....... Spring is fighting all the way....

Holy crap thats cold for this time of year. We have all out summer fighting its way in it was 87 yesterday and 80s today but did get down to 68 when the t showers came by. Low for tonight is 56 going to be a cold one. Brrr.....

I am so glad i moved to the south. Its been cold all year in md lots of snow and man just no fun at all. When you stop getting off from school because it snowed it lost its magic.

Didnt realize it was still so cold up there. We been in the 70 off and on for a month. With a bad day tossed in every so often.
Yesterday 09:16 PM
Rodnit Seriously? It was mid/upper 60s and sunny today....... Spring is fighting all the way....

Yesterday 05:05 PM
whinny I always paid cash for all my cars or had a company car until 91, I started my own company so cash for new cars was out of the question. At one time I had 5 vehicles on the road, I had to pay on credit, it was the only way I could grow. I had to have brand new because of the k's I was travelling. I'm semi retired now so work vehicle is new and paid for. Might outlast me?
My mum paid cash for everything and I did too....til a point. Life changes.

Later gator
Russ
Yesterday 04:50 PM
Rodnit
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Originally Posted by hcompton View Post
Dont see why they dont all show the tire thats flat and the pressure the tires is actually at now. So if it said 8psi i would stop if it said 31 i could drive to the next gas station or rest area.
I got lucky, my truck reads the exact pressure on all 4 corners at any given moment. I just change the screen to the tires and can tell in an instant if one is going low..... That part is kinda nice......
Yesterday 02:23 PM
hcompton On most 80s cars i take the abs off since it does not work right. Its just not fast enough to pump the brakes the hundreds of times per second needed to actually be better. I find it a never ending source of amusement the sales pitch is hundreds of times per second. In some condition i feel like they take away braking. Dead locked tires put up a heck of a fight when you have to snatch them to lock with mildly damp roads when they get good and hot they still grab pretty hard.

Works great on ice and does a bit when turning but yes most of the time there is no time for it to even work or the driver to adapt to the change. So things like this do happen. But letting off the brakes cause they felt funny during a crash is pretty much a stupid thing to do. Not sure if that would have prevented a crash maybe just delayed it till a few cars later on down the road. But would not be the first person surprised by anti lock brakes. Lots of countries require skid control and recovery on there driving test some just require you drive around in a circle look like you got a clue. Many countries require the ability to know what is under the hood and how it works and how to make minor repairs.

tpms is very annoying these days as well. I had a car that didnt like the factory setting to be more accurate it was right close to the softest number when it was happy. And of course out of any 4 cast aluminum wheels only three of them hold air. Even on a brand new car once every 4 months it needed air in the tires. The dealer loved to refill the tires but a week after leaving the dealer the light would be on for sure. Finally had to tell them to stop messing with the air pressure in the tires its where i want it.

In stead of tpms why the hell didnt we just make rims that dont leak. Any ford gm or just about anyone thats ever owned a car with alloys has seen this problem. Which is very annoying.

I am also not changing tires on the side of the road thats a great way to get run over in the DC area where i used to live. I will stick two cans of fix a flat in it and drive it home or some place that changes tires. TPMS be dammed. To date have not had one go bad from fix a flat.

TPMS is one of those things that get on my nerves should be so great but turned out to be total crap. If i ever had a flat tire i wouldnt know it because the tpms light is already on anyway. Dont see why they dont all show the tire thats flat and the pressure the tires is actually at now. So if it said 8psi i would stop if it said 31 i could drive to the next gas station or rest area.

Just like speedos. Cops get super laser and we got the 1900's tech on the dash might as well have to wind it up its so useless. I have digital dash in my vette but still could be a lot better. I think they spent more time making the dash readable and usable in the 1950's than they do today.
Yesterday 12:09 PM
Rodnit Speaking of computers, most vehicles these days have TPMS. My '12 had it and when I sold it I kept the extra set of rims that I use just for plowing. When I bought the '16, the computer couldn't read the '12s sensors. Had to replace all sensors.......
Yesterday 11:59 AM
idrivejunk Yep the security crap starts in 01 on the GPs. DBW starts at 2004 and after 06 or so, theres not much that can be altered. I know ABS totaled my el Camino. The lady crammed the brakes in her Caravan and had never felt the pump work before so she let off the pedal and knocked me into a line of cars at a dealership! Made me bleed.
Yesterday 11:49 AM
hcompton
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
You touched on some reasons why I selected 1998-2000 Grand Prixs from among all the aging cars whose transmission rebuilds cost more than another good car. They are cable throttle, and most of the features designed for losers can be disabled by unplugging stuff without affecting usability. The computers are very durable even now, and just about any parameters can be altered to suit the driver with common tuning software but without any security interference. I drive carefully selected junk, lol. They are so plentiful today that they almost free... and thats the only thing I can afford!

I recall when drive by wire became commonplace. My reaction: Cm'on, man! And now they are messing with the connection between foot and master cylinder... wow. I was raised on the mentality of fixing things you own, and don't really like using technology that is designed to not be fixed.
Agreed the steering wheel thats not connected the the rack and shifter thats not connected to a transmission and the key that not connected to a power switch have all lead to terrible crashes the driver in the car could have avoided if they werent at the hands of failing technology. There must be a 100 other things these days. I am surprised the throttle have not gone wide open and killed people yet but of course there are several claims being made.

Not like were in space and need this crap we just dont. cables and shafts work great lets keep using them.

Not sure if you know this but most computers are very very locked these days. You can reprogram them but not all of them some allow changes without giving access to the base programming and some will tune around your changes and bring things back to there proper factory specs over time.

Some cars like merc and bmw nissan and many others you cant touch the modern ecus without the nissan computer interface dealer only tool and its up to date software. Because if it does not contain the version that is on the ecu it wont mess with it just says you need an update. Easy if your a dealer but a small shop with a 25K computer and piles of update packs every month its hard to keep up. Most new cars require specialty shops to make mods. I had a 2010 genesis and as far as i have known they still have not cracked the stock v6 computer. Some upgrades can be made by a few shops but not many and not easy to get done or cheap.
Yesterday 11:18 AM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by hcompton View Post
Well the problem is cost for parts and labor hours. A c4 corvette can be one of these cars with just a few things wrong it can cover the cost of a similar car in good shape. But many many mercs and bmw and lots of other cars just break and they will never go back on the road because the cost of repair is more than the price of the car. I think merc has a car that has a bad drive by wire throttle body that commonly goes out and cost 1500-2500 to replace 1500 is used. So the cars often get tossed aside and held onto cause they cost so much but pretty much they all are never going back on the road. the throttle bodies from used cars and on ebay along with all the new ones ever made will not cover the amount of cars sold that now will not drive outside of limp mode.

Limp mode is the curse of all new cars. If it wasnt there most cars could run just fine with the problems they have but once thrown into limp home mode the computer will not give up full power again.

I think the first computer cars are going to be the hardest to get running and driving as they become classics. We will have suvivers and rebuilds but no repaired cars from the 90-20?? Since the tech in them is what fails and there is almost no way to repair it without replacing the stock parts with the same or similar part. Once thats all gone not sure how were going to get these cars up and running again.

Just think of how many clutches and brakes need to be changed but at least these parts can be made up or modified to work but computer brains for strange things will never be worked out. Like security systems and skid control.
You touched on some reasons why I selected 1998-2000 Grand Prixs from among all the aging cars whose transmission rebuilds cost more than another good car. They are cable throttle, and most of the features designed for losers can be disabled by unplugging stuff without affecting usability. The computers are very durable even now, and just about any parameters can be altered to suit the driver with common tuning software but without any security interference. I drive carefully selected junk, lol. They are so plentiful today that they almost free... and thats the only thing I can afford!

I recall when drive by wire became commonplace. My reaction: Cm'on, man! And now they are messing with the connection between foot and master cylinder... wow. I was raised on the mentality of fixing things you own, and don't really like using technology that is designed to not be fixed.
Yesterday 10:43 AM
hcompton
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Drivejunk was my first forum user name (long ago on a deceased forum) and my message to the world. One day the login didn't work so I added the "i" and its been with me ever since. Much of the world will junk a car thats bent up or needs a transmission nowadays just to avoid labor. I believe fixed junk provides transportation as well as new junk, and that the responsible thing to do is use up what you bought. New vehicles are an alien concept, I can't imagine how they still sell them. Maybe you and I are just out of touch with reality and thats why we drive "junk".
Well the problem is cost for parts and labor hours. A c4 corvette can be one of these cars with just a few things wrong it can cover the cost of a similar car in good shape. But many many mercs and bmw and lots of other cars just break and they will never go back on the road because the cost of repair is more than the price of the car. I think merc has a car that has a bad drive by wire throttle body that commonly goes out and cost 1500-2500 to replace 1500 is used. So the cars often get tossed aside and held onto cause they cost so much but pretty much they all are never going back on the road. the throttle bodies from used cars and on ebay along with all the new ones ever made will not cover the amount of cars sold that now will not drive outside of limp mode.

Limp mode is the curse of all new cars. If it wasnt there most cars could run just fine with the problems they have but once thrown into limp home mode the computer will not give up full power again.

I think the first computer cars are going to be the hardest to get running and driving as they become classics. We will have suvivers and rebuilds but no repaired cars from the 90-20?? Since the tech in them is what fails and there is almost no way to repair it without replacing the stock parts with the same or similar part. Once thats all gone not sure how were going to get these cars up and running again.

Just think of how many clutches and brakes need to be changed but at least these parts can be made up or modified to work but computer brains for strange things will never be worked out. Like security systems and skid control.
Yesterday 10:30 AM
cozwurth
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Drivejunk was my first forum user name (long ago on a deceased forum) and my message to the world. One day the login didn't work so I added the "i" and its been with me ever since. Much of the world will junk a car thats bent up or needs a transmission nowadays just to avoid labor. I believe fixed junk provides transportation as well as new junk, and that the responsible thing to do is use up what you bought. New vehicles are an alien concept, I can't imagine how they still sell them. Maybe you and I are just out of touch with reality and thats why we drive "junk".
That's why I'm fixing up my '98 pickup. New is way too expensive, and used in good shape is almost as bad. Crazy.
Yesterday 10:23 AM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by CrashFarmer2 View Post
I thought it would reach the point where people would stop buying new cars a long time ago.
Drivejunk was my first forum user name (long ago on a deceased forum) and my message to the world. One day the login didn't work so I added the "i" and its been with me ever since. Much of the world will junk a car thats bent up or needs a transmission nowadays just to avoid labor. I believe fixed junk provides transportation as well as new junk, and that the responsible thing to do is use up what you bought. New vehicles are an alien concept, I can't imagine how they still sell them. Maybe you and I are just out of touch with reality and thats why we drive "junk".
Yesterday 09:48 AM
CrashFarmer2
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I don't get it, they were taken and then someone else brings them back to sell to the guy?

Brian

Some people have more nerve than brains. The cameras are everywhere these days and they're only getting better and more numerous. If your in a city I'd bet there is very few places left where there isn't video coverage.

I know somebody that has been arrested for shoplifting from a store and bringing the items back she stole for a refund. They have her on camera doing this at least 10 times. How stupid can you get? Those drugs must really cloud your judgement.
Yesterday 09:44 AM
Rodnit
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I don't get it, they were taken and then someone else brings them back to sell to the guy?

Brian
"These subjects used their girlfriend's car to carry out the crime. The property management company was able to locate the house where the Solara was registered, and subsequently were able to recover the tenants wheels."
Yesterday 09:29 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by Rodnit View Post
Not exactly the brightest bulbs......... Good security camera......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrjdBwg6juw
I don't get it, they were taken and then someone else brings them back to sell to the guy?

Brian
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