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Mr_Shiftright ·


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Vehicle(s) I currently own
Mini Cooper S; parts of other cars
  • Re: Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    oh, that's cold.
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Be sure to get the extended warranty, AAA Premium membership, a flare kit and emergency rations.
    I might have just saved $15K on the wife's next car!

    Out running errands yesterday, and the daughter spots a Fiat 500L. "Mom, you should get a 4 door Fiat". I explain that the 500L only comes with FWD.

    But, it got me to thinking, and I jumped on-line this morning to confirm.

    Yep, debuted this past week at the LA Auto Show - Fiat 500X. 2.4L TigerShark engine with 180HP, available AWD, lots of tech and toys.

    Wifey likes.

    No official release date, but expected 1H 2015 as a 2016 model.
  • Re: Toyota replacement cv boots

    It is often easier, and no more expensive, to just buy a rebuilt axle, complete with CV joints and boots, and just bolt it in. You will save a lot of labor and you'd be surprised how inexpensive these "axle kits" can be.

    If you do the boot, you'll have to completely clean and inspect the CV joint prior to installation if you want to do the job right. If you're strapped for cash, then yeah, you can just slap on a split-boot, but think of it as a "patch" for the time being.

    Not a bad solution if you're doing your own work.
  • Re: What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    I think Steve's right. Most of that shale oil could be going to Asia. Oil companies have no national loyalties. They are beyond the rules of national sovereignty. If Asia will pay more for fuel than we will, it'll go there. My feeling is that all our natural resources are the birthright of the population and we should have a say in where it goes.
  • Re: Do I still have to pay my parking tickets if I sell my car?

    That's true, you could leave town and MAYBE beat those tickets---but I've heard some states have reciprocity agreements about these things.

    Yeah, parking tickets make me sick when I get them, too, but it only gets worse when you ignore them. I have fought them sometimes, though, and once I beat a ticket entirely and another time I got a reduced fine. So if there's even a sliver of an argument, it's worth a shot. At least it FEELS better than just lying down and taking it.

    The one I beat was for parking too long in a 2 hour zone. I actually moved the car before the 2 hours but kept it on the same street. The law says that you have to move it at least one block away. My argument was well why isn't that on the sign with the two hour warning? The referee or judge or whatever she was said "well, okay, just this once".