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  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    Towards the end, I believe that everything Saab was peddling was shared with something else. The 9-2 was a rebadged Impreza. The 9-3, although it wasn't blaringly obvious, was on the same platform as the Malibu, G6, and Aura. The 9-5 and Saturn L-series had some commonality. And the 9-7 was nothing but a rebadged Trailblazer.

    Oddly though, I tended to prefer the Saab versions to the other cars they were based on. The styling just seemed more pleasant, somehow. And, the interiors usually seemed to be of a higher caliber.
  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    The main reason Japanese cars from the 70's and 80's are so highly regarded is that they were relatively simple for the most part. Think about it...even by 1980, the biggest Japanese car was the Cressida. A nice little car, but in domestic terms, it's not even a Granada. And as Japanese cars go, it was an anomaly. Most of their cars were fairly basic...stick shift transmissions, no a/c, and so on. The Japanese came up short in a/c, automatic transmissions, and rust proofing. When the domestics built a rust-prone car it was front-page news...i.e., Vega, 1976 Volare. When the Japanese built a car that DIDN'T rust, it was considered a miracle.

    The domestics fared poorly with smaller cars mainly because they had intermediate and full-sized cars down to an art. And they were able to produce them economically, and pass the savings on to the customer. For instance, a 1976 Accord stickered at something like $3995. In the GM ranks, that would get you a Nova Concours V-8 sedan, which was the same price. A V-8 Camaro started at $3927. Even an Impala 4-door sedan started at $4927, and included a standard 350 V-8, automatic, power steering, power brakes. You couldn't even get a fully automatic transmission on an Accord until 1980.

    If the Japanese had tried to compete head-to-head with something like, say, a 1980 Caprice, you can rest assured it would have been an utter failure. It would cost about twice as much. Its a/c and automatic transmission would fail in record time. And it would rust so bad that it would make a '57 Plymouth look like the epitome of excellence. KnowWhatIMeanVern? :p
  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    It had a bit over 150,000 on it. It was still running well when it got totaled out, and probably had a lot of life left. The damage to it wasn't all that bad, but given the age and mileage, book value was low enough to total it. out. I briefly thought about trying to fix it myself, until the insurance adjuster mentioned that if I did that, I'd have something like 90 days to get it Maryland inspected, and then only have a salvage title issued. So, I decided to quit while I was ahead. I got about $2000 for it from the insurance company.

    Even though it was still running well, I figured it was time for something else. I could have fixed it up, only to have the transmission crap out a couple months later, and then I'd have a car worth nothing. Well, maybe $300...that's the salvage value the insurance company assigned to it, if I had wanted to hang onto it.
  • Re: Buying American Cars What Does It Mean?

    Well, I think whatever fascination I once had with Nissan is pretty much over with. If y'all remember, they told my buddy with the 2006 Xterra that it will probably be needing a new timing chain soon. Well, they also said it could be needing new front wheel bearings, or hubs, or something like that soon as well.

    Now, to top it all off, the oil gauge is acting funny. When you first turn it on, it spikes all the way to the top of the range, and reads high the whole time it's on. However, I noticed that it reads high even when the key is turned to "on", but with the engine off...a time when you would have no oil pressure. So that suggests to me that it's something wrong with either the gauge, sending unit, or wiring or something, but the real oil pressure is most likely okay.

    Yesterday, I had him pop the hood just on the off chance that I could find the sending unit, and I noticed that the paint on the inner fenders in the engine bay is starting to peel off.

    I guess in its defense, the thing is 8 years old now. And nothing stays new forever. So maybe I am judging Nissan a bit harshly. Although some of y'all did warn me that their quality did start slipping around this timeframe.

  • Re: Photo Radar

    If you get a photo radar ticket and the picture doesn't clearly show who is the driver can you beat it by the "it wasn't me" defense? IOW, someone else might have been driving.

    I got a photo radar ticket on Thanksgiving Day, 2009. It was $45, and treated just like a parking ticket, so no points, and no impact on my car insurance. And, being treated as a parking ticket, it becomes the responsibility of the vehicle's owner, not the driver. And, in the pic, you could not tell who was driving.

    I think they keep the fee low and don't assess points, figuring that makes you more likely to just pay the fine and not try to fight it in court.

    Makes a good case for driving a pickup truck and keeping the tailgate down, if you ask me! :P

    Oh, the other week, two speed cameras went up along the road on my way to work, but they were taken down within a day. I'm guessing the right person must have complained.

    One thing they did that was really dangerous, was place each one on the shoulder, right at the end of an acceleration lane. Not too intelligent. And to make it worse, they had traffic cones set up around them effectively blocking the whole shoulder, so any pedestrian or bicyclist would be forced into the traffic lane.

    The way they had them jacked up on blocks, they also looked pretty unstable, like it wouldn't be hard to tip one. Not that any of us law abiding citizens would ever think of such a thing... :shades:
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