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02-05-2008 09:19 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Jimmi

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Southern Ca. U.S.A.

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I put car woes in so you guys can tell your car story good or bad.
The trial and tribulations of owning a car,van or truck. I will start with mine. I bought a bronco 1993 new and it was at the end of its warranty. I bought it in because it wouldn't start and I was getting no fuel so I thought possibly a fuel pump. Well guess what I was right but the fuel pump was electric and it was in the fuel tank. Before I took the truck in I told the guy, to let me know what the problem is and how much its going to cost. Well I called the dealer and they told me it was fixed. I told them thats impossible I never told anyone to fix it. He told me sure you did you told me on the phone to fix it. I said ok let me get back to you. I went to the phone machine and by some luck I had the person from ford who I spoke to recorded. On the recorder you can hear me tell the guy to please let me know before you start to work on my car and you can hear him say ok agreed. Well I took my recording to the dealer since I didn't give him permission to work on my vehicle. I wanted to see top management and I did. Told them my story and told them I had proof that I didn't give the ok. Anyways to make a long story short they didn't want to listen to no recording first off I guess they believed me or wanted to get rid of me. I suspect dealers will get away with anything they could and this was another scenerio but not in there favor. Since my car was only a few hundred miles out of warranty they decided it was under warranty. Just another day at my friendly dealer. Jimmi

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02-05-2008 01:01 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Learn to Fly

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Yalesville Connecticut

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I own Hondas. Nuff sad.

I owned a couple American cars. I think they are junk. Well My 91 Mustang GT was fun...since I built the crap out of it.

Got 350K out of my first 91 Honda Accord wagon. It still ran great, but needed struts, bushings, and a few other items to make it safe...but the motor ran strong.

Got another 91 Accord that went 250K and same thing needed items to make it safe. So my best bud and I took it out to try and kill it. Rode against guard rails, hit trees, dropped it from 4th gear at 70 down to first gear...We could not blow this car up. Just bounced off the rev limiter. Held a brick on the gas for a good 5 mins and still no blown motor. Drove it to the junk yard and told them my story...they laughed. But before we went, my buddy drove his quad into it a shattered a window FINALLY!!!

We have a 93 Accord with almost 200K now. Runs awesome, but was hit by a lady. Wife came home with no police report, saying lady wants to do this out of her own pocket. Well we got two estimates from the two highest places in town. 3K to fix, we only payed 3K for the car!!

My 04 Pilot is my favorite car I have ever owned. Makes use of all the space very well. Drives like a car, yet is as large as a truck. OK on gas and it rips!! Perfect heli hauler.

My wife is almost done with school, I want her to get the S2000, over the MINI. choices choices...


Jeff
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02-05-2008 02:44 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Camp

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PA kinda. Mostly OTR driving

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I own Hondas. Nuff sad.
No, I own Hondas, with my VW Corrado.

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02-05-2008 03:07 PM  10 years agoPost 4
1stPlace

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Ohio USA

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Car woes

Every car my wife has ever purchased has had gremlins. When we were still dating she bought a Buick Regal. It had a faulty computer that would just quit, leaving her stranded on a regular basis. After replacing the computer, the fuel pump went out. After that was fixed, the transmission would down shift for no particular reason.

Next up was a Nissan 4x4. Long story on this one. It had an intermittent oil pressure drop. The dealership "fixed" it three times. We ended up suing the dealership and getting a new engine installed by an independent shop.

She bought a 1995 Mustang GT for fun. The transmission died suddenly at 31K miles

Now, she has a new Mercedes. It is no better. Less than a week after driving it off the lot, her C230K received a cracked windshield when a truck kicked up a rock in front of her. Luckily, our insurance covers windshields without even charging a deductible. The new windshield was $1390.00 installed

Since then, the A/C has gone out three times, with three different problems. There is an intermittent electrical problem that causes all the lights to go out without warning (Yeah, that's safe!). It has been in for warranty work because the brake warning light comes on once in a while. The dealership doesn't believe that these intermittent problems really exist, because they never happen when they have the car.

Luckily for me, every vehicle I have ever owned (Except for a 1978 Chevy Malibu) have been great, requiring nothing more than routine maintenance. My current daily driver, a 1999 Dodge Dakota has 140K miles on it and has had no major problems yet

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02-05-2008 03:26 PM  10 years agoPost 5
helimatt

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Lafayette, IN

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Older BMW's baby!
I have had 3 E30 model BMW 325's. First was a '91 323i, which I paid around $4700 for (most I ever paid for a used car). It was great until the head cracked (Common problem I've come to understand), and I got a rebuilt head and did my first major engine work on a car engine, got it back together great, three days later- was rear ended and totaled the car (gladly nobody was hurt in the three-car pile up). His insurance paid me $5300 and I had driven the car on my 120 mile daily commute for 1 1/2 years, so good deal. Sorry to see it go though, after I had operated on its innards I felt sorta close to it.

So I kept driving the '91 Corrolla I bought in the time I was working on the Beemer. It was great, for $600 and another $160 in parts, I drove it for 2+ years. Found another 325 ('86 325e in sorry shape for $550), and got it going by replacing the cam shaft, rockers, exh. valves (for good measure) and springs. These BMW inline-6's are old hat to me now. Got that one road worthy and sold the Corrolla for $900 after putting like 60K miles on it. The new ower will likely drive it another 100k if she knows what's good for her. I miss the fuel economy.

I now drive the '86 beemer, and got an '87 325es to fix up (my wife thinks, no, KNOWS I'm nuts). The '86 developed rear bearing noise- which I first thought was the front, replaced the front bearing/hub assemblies (easy), no change, so realized I had a job on my hands doing the rear bearings. They are very difficult to remove and install withough specialized tools which I did not want to buy. So I put it off, TOO LONG turns out, because when i went to get the rear driver's side bearing out- the axle nut was effectively welded to the axle. Had to drill and cold chisel it out in the recess of the hub- very tedious job which I spend every evening the better part of a week to complete. I will not put off replacing wheel bearings ever again.

Now my daily driver has 201K miles, very strong, original clutch and lower end of the engine. I think this summer I'm going to get a lesson on manual transmission building because 2nd gear is getting finicky.

Did I mention- driving a even an old BMW is a real gas- the Ultimate Driving Machine.

I am now eyeing a '72 Bavaria for sale here locally- for $700 but I think I'll talk him down.

I will likely NEVER bring a car of mine to a dealer for service- never had or really even heard of anyone having good experiences. In fact, I won't let anyone else change the oil (except my kids- gotta train them up right).

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

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02-05-2008 08:11 PM  10 years agoPost 6
easyrider1

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motorhome

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i've owned 7 toyotas(corola,celica and camry)and have had excellent service from them,1 nissan sentra about 1985 was ok but not great.the first 5 chevy astro vans were pretty good but the 97 astro i have now is a piece of crap,one problem after another(won't buy another one). all the other cars i've owned over the years (probly 40-50) were all made by some over paid american union workers and designed by moronic never had to work on a car so i don't care if it dosen't make scense and is hard to get to as long as it fits in there somewhere a$$hole engineers. does anybody out there (besides the $70hr. mechanics)that work on cars wish they could get 5 minutes alone with one of the sobs that mechanical design some of this crap? anyway from now on it's gonna be pretty much toyota or maybe honda for me. and yes i do work on my own vehicles as you can probly guess from the above rant. i do it pretty much out of necessity,necessity for knowing the job is done right and complete the first time. i have the tools and i don't normally make $70 an hour so it's cheaper for me to do it and more importantly is the peace of mind knowing it is done right and nobody is bending me over and sticking it to me.one final thing, you only need 1 set of tool to work on a foriegn car(metric) but on the american made crap you need two sets of tools (sae and metric) what gives with that?

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02-05-2008 08:24 PM  10 years agoPost 7
Camp

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PA kinda. Mostly OTR driving

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For good service find a good small business mechanic. Some of them are still honest and know cars.

Do not go to a chain like Monro. They're order of business is to sell everything they can. You come in for an oil change and you go out with new brakes, including rotors and/or drums, Injector service, power steering flush and a trans flush if the manager's good.

I got fired from one cause of a secret shopper to whom I did not try to sell new brakes to. The vehicle just did not need em and I can't rip people off. Guess that's why I'm doing so badly but I honestly believe in honesty.

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02-05-2008 08:24 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Grant H

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Madison, WI

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Did I mention- driving a even an old BMW is a real gas- the Ultimate Driving Machine.
Yeah.. They dont call it an Ultimate Driving Machine for nothing.

See my thread on the new twin turbo they let me have while mine was getting serviced. My only complaint about my E90 is that its slow. 14.4 quarter mile @ 96mph. The new twin turbos certainly take care of that!!!

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