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Edmunds Member Spotlight - Meet Qbrozen!

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,032
Qbrozen credits his father for much of his mechanical knowledge: "My father has been a mechanic for over 40 years. He's worked on everything from army aircraft to kids' dirt bikes. A seriously gifted man. I think the most important thing I learned from him (and I'm still learning) is to not be intimidated by a repair. Get in there and get your hands dirty!"

We are very grateful that Qbrozen has helped countless members dealing with mechanical issues by sharing his knowledge and expertise in Edmunds Forums.

What was your first car?
My first vehicle was a '79 CJ7 with the inline 6, 3-speed manual tranny, manual brakes, manual steering, and 33" x 12.5" tires! I swear I will teach my son on such a vehicle! The effort that it took to drive that jeep is astounding. I loved it! Everything else since that has been a piece of cake in comparison. And it was absolutely bulletproof ... just not phone-pole proof, as I found out.

Of all the cars you've owned, which was your favorite and why?
I've never been able to figure this out, so I'll just go with my current love, my '08 135i. It is silly quick, handles great, looks good, and its comfortable. My '98 S70 T5 is still in the running, though.

If you were a car which car would you be and why?
Ummm... how about a Unimog? Awkwardly tall, not particularly attractive, not particularly athletic, but very functional and resourceful.

If you could invite 3 cars over for dinner which would you have?
The last Saab 9-5 because that poor orphan would be in need of a meal and probably a place to crash. A new Ferrari California and Porsche Panamera, both for the same reason: they are underappreciated cars that I personally find sexy. They need love.

What do you like and dislike about today's auto industry?
I very much dislike the size and weight of the majority of today's car. I appreciate, however, the direction they are now being forced to go with reduced weight and smaller, forced-induction engines. I loves me a turbo!

What is the highest mileage you've ever put on a car?
The most miles I've ever personally put on a car was 85k miles on my '98 S70 T5 (bought with 30k and sold with 115k). However, the highest miles on any car I've ever owned was 169k on an '85 300Z. I think I bought that with around 162k.

How often do you log into Edmunds Forums?
During the weekdays, typically every couple of hours. I follow a huge number of threads and don't want to get too backed up.

Which forums do you frequent and why?
Besides Edmunds? There is 1addicts.com, Bimmerfest, Swedespeed, N54tech, and the occasional trip through SCCAforums and BMWCCA. Why? Cars are my passion, obviously, and I can't get enough. And, unfortunately, I don't have actual in-person contacts who are similarly minded, so my fix is through the internet. Hi, I'm Rob, and I'm a car addict.

Congratulations, Qbrozen! Edmunds is very happy to enable your addiction!
:-)

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,689
    I definitely spend too much time here! :P

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963
    edited September 2012
    You can come to my house anytime you want to get away from it all.

    (Bring your tools.) :shades:

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    I wouldn't count on it. I offer to bring my car up and I'm in the same county (if you want to be a spotlighted member you might want to move to Ocean County, NJ - and certainly the east coast has a lock on this....)
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963
    Well, both of y'all come and you can walk across "the bridge". I'll even run shuttle.

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    Hey, that works!
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    Hey, Q! Another car to flip!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963
    Too late; it's "off" the market.

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    Oh, darn!

    Just as well. Not generally the market he operates in...
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,689
    darn, I missed it. Assuming it was a forbidden post? Someone trying to sell a car here? Kind of appropriate. ;)

    What is the time limit for a car to be considered a "flip" anyway? I would think I probably keep mine a bit too long to qualify. :blush:

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    Yeah, maybe a long term curbstoner?

    Indeed someone trying to sell a car here. Would have been OK but it was a Camry and we knew you wouldn't approve.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Nice writeup! Everyone lets not forget all the help Q gives in the RWTIV's thread.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,546
    Hey Q....cool.....featured member.....very cool!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,689
    Hey, ya know, if you can't be appreciated at home, might as well look for validation online. :P

    I see Edmunds has really stepped up their swag quality!
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    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,032
    You're welcome!

    I don't even have either of those items, so that should prove you're very special. :blush:

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,986
    Hey, where's MY nifty Ferrari red coffee mug accented in brushed silver? :cry:

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    Gee, I didn't get the coffee mug.....
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963
    Some people are over-caffeinated.

    Just saying. :P

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    Could be.... Not like I don't have enough such things....
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,918
    Hey, fezo, you were a prime inspiration for the Edmunds featured member category, so consider yourself a pioneer. I mean, dude... you were the first, by unanimous vote! Isn't that better than a mug? Methinks.
    (every featured member thereafter has, also, BTW, been nominated and met with no objections, only a chorus of "all in favor say 'ayes'")
    [and I don't have a fleece OR a mug, so there - your SFTSFL participation dues will increase accordingly. :))

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,918
    Mr. Rosen, so happy to see you here in this spotlight! You are one of those members who (quietly) attracts attention - you are always polite, and you give a LOT to these forums. Kudos!

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,689
    Aw, thanks. But its Brosen. hahaha.

    Sorry, fez. I was concerned posting that pic would makes waves. ;)

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    your SFTSFL participation dues will increase Oh, no! They could double!

    Unanimous? That IS worth more than a coffee mug!

    I have to say your choices (commenting on the last two - how can I argue with the first one?) have been excellent.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,918
    Oops - my bad, typo... kinda like the "q" in your user ID, eh? :)

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    What? It's not a g? Took me a while to learn that one....
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,689
    And this site taught me to use cap Q on all other sites. ;)

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,444
    hmmmm... so maybe we can use time spent here as a deductible education expense?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,689
    you mean you haven't yet? :P

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • I have an 04 VW beetle. The dash lights indicating heater temperature, fan, and air position will be dark most of the time. They come on from road vibration, it seems, but if I turn the temp knob they go out again. I have been told this is a $400 board. Any thoughts? Thanks for the help and Happy Trails!
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,670
    It's a VW, so sounds normal to me!

    seriously, you might want to check around some specialist sites, because sometimes there is a known failure point that can be fixed. maybe resoldering the board or some such. Or a much cheaper replacement.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,689
    yup, VW.

    Anyway, since they are intermittent, it could be either cracks in the board or just bad connections. Personally, I'd take it apart, clean up the connections and inspect it for cracks.

    There are also plenty of online places that will repair boards like this. I'd search around and see if you can find one that will repair this board specifically.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

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