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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,963
    Try asking in the General Questions about Leasing Vehicles discussion.

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,963
    The closest thing I can think of right now is the Best Vehicles for Taller/Larger Drivers discussion. Maybe it's time to let him drive .... :)

    The Article Comments: Small AWD SUVs Comparison discussion and linked article may help.

    This one may give you some leads too:

    Forester Interior & Passenger Comfort Questions

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  • Hi, I'm hoping I get get a pointer in the right direction here. I'm 21 years old and looking to get my first real job. I'm currently unemployed, and where I'm living the only option for work is to commute. There are no bus routes, no nearby (within 20 miles) rental locations, etc. I have flawless credit, but very little of it, and of course I'm sure any bank is going to recoil at the fact that I'm currently unemployed, so I seem to have run across a catch 22: I need a car to get a job, but I need a job to get a car.

    My question is, well, everything basically. Do I even have any options? What are my chances of getting a loan in this situation? Would it help at all to have a co-borrower with poor credit (perhaps with good income)? Would it help if I were set for an interview at a job or tentatively hired? Are there any particular cars I should aim for (Currently I'm looking at the Chevrolet Aveo for its price tag and used car dealerships, less money lent means less risk)? Any particular lenders? I understand there are non-profit organizations to help low income citizens with down payments on houses, are there any organizations that might help me out?

    Any information at all is appreciated. I'm sure my situation can't be completely unique, but it seems rather difficult to escape without any reliable family members or connections to speak of. :confuse:
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    You have to have some means of income in order to get a loan. The bank isn't going to lend money to someone with no means of repaying it.

    You need a cash car to start you out or buy a bike.

    If you can find someone who will go on the loan as primary (someone who has income) and then you can sign secondary, you should be able to secure financing. That is about the only way I can figure you could get a loan.
  • However, your first comments are not true evidently for a house loan over the last 5-10 years or so. Seemingly there were many house loans made for which people had little or no means to repay. (See tongue-in-cheek!)
  • I would like to drain the radiator of my mazda.neo and cannot find a bung. Please help me as to how to go about this. Thanks
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,963
    There is a Mazda 323 discussion here, so try posting in there.

    I'm not up on this model, but if yours is newer, I think the equivalent model in North America would be the Protege, in which case you should try posting in the Mazda Protege Maintenance and Repair discussion. A Mazda fan in either discussion should be able to steer you in the right direction.

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  • My wife are in a difficult financial situation (like most amercians) and we were thinking of purchasing a second car since the one I had is very beat up and literally falling apart. I just wanted to take the time to say, that we did a lot of research and we were still torn as to what to buy. Gas prices, the amount of passenger room (I have 4 children) and different kinds of variables. So after contacting more then 12 dealerships via internet we came to the conclusion that no one really wants to sell us a car. I'm one of those customers that just wants to know the payment. Yes I'm shopping around but after I give someone the parameters I just want the best payment. I told all of the dealers that credit is not a problem, and I wanted to put a total of 2k down, and lesser mileage is fine for a lease. Would you believe out of all the dealers I contacted 2 THAT'S RIGHT 2 were willing to give me what I was looking for. I'm a very reasonable customer I know a lot about the buisness, and I'm willing to listen via internet to what they want to say. Needless to say after I got the 2 dealers to give me what I wanted the vehicle I was looking at just didn't fit our budget. I'm still in the market and still not sure what I'm going to buy, but I thought it was interesting how much these dealers just ignored me, gave me the run around, etc. given that car sales are so bad. One dealer told me their having some of the best months ever and that I should come back when I know what I want!!!! Needless to say I won't be buying from them. Thanks for listening.

  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    I'm sorry you are having so many disappointing auto shopping experiences. If you like, you can post reviews about the dealerships here:

    You also might try these discussions in Smart Shopper for some advice.

    Purchasing Strategies

    Internet vs. Traditional Car Buying

    Got a Quick Question for a Car Dealer?

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  • oboringoboring Posts: 2
    i recently bought i house with a three car garage and the garage is full of car and motorcycle parts. I have found several V8 engine blocks, valves and carbs. I am not very engine familiar and was wondering if there is a way for me to find out what the blocks or other parts are out of without finding someone who knows more about them. Any info would be appreciated. Thank You
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    An engine block will likely have the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) stamped on it. Our How to Decode VIN Numbers should help you after you find those numbers.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    If you took photos of the engines and posted them in our


    we could probably tell you what make of engines they are, and from that, we could then tell you where to look for ID numbers.

    But without photos, no way, as all engines have different ways to be identified.


  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Older (don't look at newer stuff) General Motor blocks have the VIN number stamped into the metal at the right, front where the head bolts down. A head in its correct place will not cover this VIN. Get the VIN and run it thru the VIN id link given in tidester's message.

    But if a motor was rebuilt in its past, in many cases the machine shop doing the rebuild would 'deck the block' which means they mill down the block, removing the VIN.

    There are some blocks that could be worth a lot of money. But, something that someone abandoned in your new house probably don't fall into this case.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Don't think that will work for engine blocks, using vehicle VIN decoders, although you are right there are #s on GM blocks on passenger side in front of right side cylinder head. Some GM cars match vehicle VIN to block but are often incomplete sequences + a suffix + a date code. This can be very confusing.

    Mopar has some ID on left front cylinder head, (engine type) or above water pump, or along oil pan on passenger side. Ford engines are very difficult to identify precisely as engine codes are often on discarded metal tags. Casting numbers on various blocks can also help. Photos are really needed to know what block we are looking at.


  • i have a door and a rear seat that i dont know what they go to. i believe the door is from a 50-52 belair. maybe seat is too i have pics that i can send.
  • How about an Audi Q5 forum in the prices paid / lease questions forum?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,963
    You could try posting the pics in the Mystery car pix.... discussion. They might be able to tell you what car the door and seat belong to.

    Please see the Help link at the bottom for pic posting instructions. And your CarSpace page is a good place to put the pics for posting - we have free photo albums for car pics there.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,640

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  • i also have a bumper piece. it looks like it is part of a 3 piece bumper. there is also a pic of the tag i found on the underside of the seat

    car pics
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