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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,348
    If I had the garage space I would have bid on this. Far from perfect but I could have it looking much better with a weekend or so of effort..

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,844
    cool looking. But IMO that generation just got too bargey.

    I just couldn't get something like that with the automatic. And personal issue, I despise that design of the shifter that Ford used back then.

    My future (at the time) BIL had a 72 or 73 Mach 1 FB somewhere in the mid 70s, that I got to ride in a few times. His was IIRC a 302, but it did have a manual (3 speed though). bet that is a rare combo these days.

    Oh, and I do remember one thing. be really careful cresting a hill on a wet road. that back end, had a mind of it's own.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,844
    now this one, is right up my alley. For the right price, I would love to have one of these as my toy.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1985-dodge-omni-3/


    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,844
    oh, picture posted using Chrome on a Win10 antique laptop. I just copied the link and stuck it in the drop down box URL section..

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,673
    kyfdx said:

    The best used cars are from @breld ;)

    Plenty of inventory, that’s for sure! :smile:

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,673
    stickguy said:

    now this one, is right up my alley. For the right price, I would love to have one of these as my toy.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1985-dodge-omni-3/


    I have a soft spot for those and the Shelby Chargers since I was a kid. Dad had an 86 Shelby Charger. It was such a cool car to ride in when you were a kid in the 80s.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    kyfdx said:

    The best used cars are from @breld ;)

    But an @breld clutch is a ticking time bomb 💣
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,529
    Burn.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2007 BMW 530xi Touring 6MT (on loan), 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 14,567

    Burn.

    Both the clutch itself and @breld? :laughing:

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 14,567
    Back in the dark ages when I was in high school, a classmate's dad bought a '71 Mach 1 new and let his son sometimes drive it to and from school, incredibly. I got rides home in it from time to time. I think the designers of the last couple of generations of Camaros got their inspiration from that. Visibility was like sitting in a deep bathtub with the windows being up by the ceiling. The view to the rear was essentially nonexistent.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,187
    tjc78 said:

    kyfdx said:

    The best used cars are from @breld ;)

    Plenty of inventory, that’s for sure! :smile:
    Lots of turnover on his lot, as well. If you can't find something you like, just check back in a few weeks days.
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,529
    @breld is really such a good sport...
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2007 BMW 530xi Touring 6MT (on loan), 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,844
    tjc78 said:

    stickguy said:

    now this one, is right up my alley. For the right price, I would love to have one of these as my toy.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1985-dodge-omni-3/


    I have a soft spot for those and the Shelby Chargers since I was a kid. Dad had an 86 Shelby Charger. It was such a cool car to ride in when you were a kid in the 80s.
    or an adult! If you count mid-20's as adult.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,607
    My dad bought a 1972 Ford Torino GT, possibly one of the worst vehicles ever made! I drove it home from the dealership with my best friend and we never made it home...it died 1/2 way there and had to be towed back to the dealer. They promptly put us into a Mustang loaner and they were super embarrassed. It was back and forth to the dealer for about 6 months until they got it all figured out. Horrible vehicle and the worst we ever had. I pushed for the Pontiac LeMans or the GTO and was surprised my dad went with my older brothers wanting the Ford. We had always been a GM family except my mom driving a '66 Lincoln Continental four door and a '72 Lincoln Continental coupe. Both Lincolns were fine automobiles and a nice change after like 5 Cadillacs.

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,607
    I've had my brakes checked a few times over the last few years and they always tell me they're fine. Mentioned it again when the axle boot was replaced and again, was told they were fine but, he must've one something because the pedal seems firmer now and not as much travel for them to bite. Having disc breaks at all four corners, wondering what he could've tweaked to make me feel the slight improvement? I really wanted him to swap out the pads with something a bit better than original equipment pads but he said, not needed.
    I know one can adjust rear drum brakes but just not quite sure what he did to the discs to give me that slight improvement?

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,815
    stickguy said:

    now this one, is right up my alley. For the right price, I would love to have one of these as my toy.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1985-dodge-omni-3/


    That bid will skyrocket

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 180,186
    mjfloyd1 said:

    kyfdx said:

    The best used cars are from @breld ;)

    But an @breld clutch is a ticking time bomb 💣
    I have no worries about the clutch.. ;)

    Did you get a good deal? Be sure to come back and share!

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  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    Well his wife was driving the all track. Maybe that’s the missing piece?

    That really was an odd fluke in all honesty
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 180,186
    mjfloyd1 said:

    Well his wife was driving the all track. Maybe that’s the missing piece?

    That really was an odd fluke in all honesty

    Yeah... and, in the end they covered it. Which says something, as well.

    Did you get a good deal? Be sure to come back and share!

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,265
    nyccarguy said:

    A few weeks ago, the Pilot needed service. In preparation, I bought all my own parts for the mechanic. At close to 3 years & 58K miles I decided it was time for a brake fluid change, the rear differential fluid needed changing, it needed an oil & filter change, & a Tire Rotation.

    $4.59 for a bottle of OEM Honda Brake Fluid & a $100.00 Labor Charge (the dealer wanted $150 for a brake fluid service).

    $15.26 for 2 bottles of OEM Honda Dual Pump II Fluid & a $75 Labor Charge (the dealer wanted $120 for a rear differential service). Plus the last time I had the diff fluid changed (15K miles), the dealer put too much fluid in (the mechanic measured when he drained it).

    Oil & Filter Change was most likely a wash. He charged me $30 Labor and I supplied the OEM Honda Filter & Mobil 1 0W20 Full Synthetic Oil.


    Your mechanic didn’t mind you bringing your own parts? A shop I occasionally use has a sign that says “you don’t bring your own bacon and eggs to a restaurant, don’t bring your own parts here”.

    My main go-to guy did agree to install my custom exhaust and strut tower brace however but I asked permission first.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,265

    If I had the garage space I would have bid on this. Far from perfect but I could have it looking much better with a weekend or so of effort..

    Could you ever be happy with 175 emissions choked horsepower?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,265
    stickguy said:

    now this one, is right up my alley. For the right price, I would love to have one of these as my toy.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1985-dodge-omni-3/


    That could be fun.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,348

    If I had the garage space I would have bid on this. Far from perfect but I could have it looking much better with a weekend or so of effort..

    Could you ever be happy with 175 emissions choked horsepower?
    That is easily fixed.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,187
    I'm confused by this one. I guess someone decided it was a good idea to make fake buttresses to make a Silverado look like an Avalanche? It looks like it may be part of the tonneau cover, but still...
  • breldbreld Posts: 5,591
    edited November 2020
    mjfloyd1 said:

    Well his wife was driving the all track. Maybe that’s the missing piece?

    That really was an odd fluke in all honesty

    I’d agree with it being more of a fluke than anything, but once it happened I did enough research online to discover that a prematurely failed clutch was not the most unusual thing for VW.

    She was in bumper to bumper traffic in the mountains - I’m sure that put strain on the clutch, but for it to completely fail on a car with 7k miles was hard to accept. My wife is a bit north of 50 - meaning she grew up driving manuals and has had plenty of them during the time we’ve been together...a Jetta, a couple MINIs, her BMW wagon...and those were her primary cars; she obviously drove my cars too.

    We got the feeling the VW sales advisor thought she bought the manual Alltrack as a novelty - she went to great lengths to let him know that she was well versed in operating a clutch. 😀

    2018 X3 M40i - 2020 Supra - 2020 MINI JCW Hardtop - 2020 Leaf

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    edited November 2020
    I’ve just been teasing you. I don’t think that it was anything other than a fluke
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,516

    nyccarguy said:

    A few weeks ago, the Pilot needed service. In preparation, I bought all my own parts for the mechanic. At close to 3 years & 58K miles I decided it was time for a brake fluid change, the rear differential fluid needed changing, it needed an oil & filter change, & a Tire Rotation.

    $4.59 for a bottle of OEM Honda Brake Fluid & a $100.00 Labor Charge (the dealer wanted $150 for a brake fluid service).

    $15.26 for 2 bottles of OEM Honda Dual Pump II Fluid & a $75 Labor Charge (the dealer wanted $120 for a rear differential service). Plus the last time I had the diff fluid changed (15K miles), the dealer put too much fluid in (the mechanic measured when he drained it).

    Oil & Filter Change was most likely a wash. He charged me $30 Labor and I supplied the OEM Honda Filter & Mobil 1 0W20 Full Synthetic Oil.


    Your mechanic didn’t mind you bringing your own parts? A shop I occasionally use has a sign that says “you don’t bring your own bacon and eggs to a restaurant, don’t bring your own parts here”.

    My main go-to guy did agree to install my custom exhaust and strut tower brace however but I asked permission first.
    He doesn’t mind. I do always ask. He’s said to me: whether you get the parts or I get them, it doesn’t make a difference.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • fintailfintail Posts: 52,663
    With the fintail, they are usually more than happy to let me provide a part for unusual jobs, saves them the work, as some bits aren't easily accessible.
    nyccarguy said:


    He doesn’t mind. I do always ask. He’s said to me: whether you get the parts or I get them, it doesn’t make a difference.

  • breldbreld Posts: 5,591
    mjfloyd1 said:

    I’ve just been teasing you. I don’t think that it was anything other than a fluke

    Oh I know. I just quoted your post as an easy way to respond with my wife’s driving resume! 😀

    2018 X3 M40i - 2020 Supra - 2020 MINI JCW Hardtop - 2020 Leaf

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,844
    I would have a fight to the death if the dealer tried to tell me it was my fault for trashing a clutch that quick. I was discussing manuals with my son this weekend (in terms of him looking at stuff like an M2 and Cayman) and I went back over the math, and I think I have driven over 1/2 million miles in a manual trans, and if you count trying out other peoples cars and test drives, rental trucks, etc. I must have driven 60-70 different ones. So I think I am capable of doing it!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    Strong work defending your wife’s driving skills.

    I’m almost 56, but I don’t think that I’ve done any favors for any clutches... awkward
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,265
    corvette said:

    I'm confused by this one. I guess someone decided it was a good idea to make fake buttresses to make a Silverado look like an Avalanche? It looks like it may be part of the tonneau cover, but still...

    My question is do you really believe they are discounting it $9500 in a market where trucks are overvalued?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,500
    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and all the head bolts were in good shape, so should be no worries on the head gaskets.

    What is "the issue" with the factory bolts?
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,815
    xwesx said:

    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and all the head bolts were in good shape, so should be no worries on the head gaskets.

    What is "the issue" with the factory bolts?
    They are a bad design. They are Torx. It is kind of concerning that any engineer would not realize taking AWAY metal from the top of the bolt reduces the thickness at the point you need to be the strongest, and they will snap with time under enough stress. The replacements are inverted so the top is properly thicker.

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  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 12,799
    I understand the Chrysler was coming out of the dark days of having to beg the U.S. Gov’t to guarantee loans for them to survive at the time. But, I always thought that while the products they put out in that era were a reflection of what they were going through, couldn’t they have shown at least a little styling flare?

    That GLH is a perfect example. It looks like they did the absolute bare minimum to put a body over a frame. Box made with metal panels. I don’t think the grill could possibly look more generic.

    Instead of Omni they could have called it the generic “Acme” car.
    2019 Kia Stinger GT2
  • dad23dad23 ColoradoPosts: 578
    I heard back from the seller of the Swapalease link I posted a few days back. It was legit and the truck is already in the process of being transferred. He told me despite his request, they didn't want him to take his post down until the deal was complete, he said he's had over 100 calls!
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 14,567

    I understand the Chrysler was coming out of the dark days of having to beg the U.S. Gov’t to guarantee loans for them to survive at the time. But, I always thought that while the products they put out in that era were a reflection of what they were going through, couldn’t they have shown at least a little styling flare?

    That GLH is a perfect example. It looks like they did the absolute bare minimum to put a body over a frame. Box made with metal panels. I don’t think the grill could possibly look more generic.

    Instead of Omni they could have called it the generic “Acme” car.

    Actually I recall it received criticism from auto journos at the time for being more or less a blatant copy of the hugely successful VW Golf/Rabbit body design. Don't recall much criticism of the VW design.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 1,994
    qbrozen said:

    xwesx said:

    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and all the head bolts were in good shape, so should be no worries on the head gaskets.

    What is "the issue" with the factory bolts?
    They are a bad design. They are Torx. It is kind of concerning that any engineer would not realize taking AWAY metal from the top of the bolt reduces the thickness at the point you need to be the strongest, and they will snap with time under enough stress. The replacements are inverted so the top is properly thicker.
    You can reuse the head bolts? I seem to remember MB used TTY bolts some, but that may have been quite a few years ago.

    2020 Ascent Limited, 2020 Legacy Touring XT

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    He replaced the head bolts
  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 1,994
    edited November 2020
    mjfloyd1 said:

    He replaced the head bolts

    He said "Oh, and all the head bolts were in good shape, so should be no worries on the head gaskets." so I assumed he was using the ones that were in there. B)

    I meant to ask; How's the Stingray working. Are you driving it?

    2020 Ascent Limited, 2020 Legacy Touring XT

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    edited November 2020
    He left the head gaskets and replaced the head bolts If an original head bolt would have been broken then he would have had to replace the head gaskets.

    Sting Ray is good. I had the gauge cluster refurbished (after the tach needle fell off) and reinstalled it along with a new dash wiring harness. The new dash wiring harness had some pins that were not well engaged at the firewall connection so I was lucky enough to have to pull it all out and send in the wiring harness. They sent a replacement and all is good now. I need to install the radio an shifter console

    Still drives like a tractor...but I grin from ear to ear
  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 1,994
    mjfloyd1 said:

    He left the head gaskets and replaced the head bolts If an original head bolt would have been broken then he would have had to replace the head gaskets.

    Sting Ray is good. I had the gauge cluster refurbished (after the tach needle fell off) and reinstalled it along with a new dash wiring harness. The new dash wiring harness had some pins that were not well engaged at the firewall connection so I was lucky enough to have to pull it all out and send in the wiring harness. They sent a replacement and all is good now. I need to install the radio and shifer console

    Still drives like a tractor...but I grin from ear to ear

    I know what you mean.

    I had a '65 and '67 coupe. I always wanted a '63 coupe, but I waited too long until the prices got crazy.

    2020 Ascent Limited, 2020 Legacy Touring XT

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    venture said:

    mjfloyd1 said:

    He left the head gaskets and replaced the head bolts If an original head bolt would have been broken then he would have had to replace the head gaskets.

    Sting Ray is good. I had the gauge cluster refurbished (after the tach needle fell off) and reinstalled it along with a new dash wiring harness. The new dash wiring harness had some pins that were not well engaged at the firewall connection so I was lucky enough to have to pull it all out and send in the wiring harness. They sent a replacement and all is good now. I need to install the radio and shifer console

    Still drives like a tractor...but I grin from ear to ear

    I know what you mean.

    I had a '65 and '67 coupe. I always wanted a '63 coupe, but I waited too long until the prices got crazy.
    You got the disc brakes tho.

    I sweat and swear when someone pulls out in front of me with these drums. I never know what wheel will lock up. I try to keep my distance but it is tough sometimes
  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    Strong work @qbrozen on the MB repairs.

    Interesting that they reassembled the cams incorrectly. Should really go like stink when you are done!
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,265

    I understand the Chrysler was coming out of the dark days of having to beg the U.S. Gov’t to guarantee loans for them to survive at the time. But, I always thought that while the products they put out in that era were a reflection of what they were going through, couldn’t they have shown at least a little styling flare?

    That GLH is a perfect example. It looks like they did the absolute bare minimum to put a body over a frame. Box made with metal panels. I don’t think the grill could possibly look more generic.

    Instead of Omni they could have called it the generic “Acme” car.

    I believe they were styling it after the VW Rabbit with which it was often confused. That was an era of square cars for the most part.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,673

    I understand the Chrysler was coming out of the dark days of having to beg the U.S. Gov’t to guarantee loans for them to survive at the time. But, I always thought that while the products they put out in that era were a reflection of what they were going through, couldn’t they have shown at least a little styling flare?

    That GLH is a perfect example. It looks like they did the absolute bare minimum to put a body over a frame. Box made with metal panels. I don’t think the grill could possibly look more generic.

    Instead of Omni they could have called it the generic “Acme” car.

    Yeah but it had a Turbo :smile:

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,500
    mjfloyd1 said:


    You got the disc brakes tho.

    I sweat and swear when someone pulls out in front of me with these drums. I never know what wheel will lock up. I try to keep my distance but it is tough sometimes

    Same was true for me with my '69 Econoline (and still true for my '69 C20)... best modification I ever did was the disc brake conversion on that machine! It is amazing the difference in braking... especially with directional control when doing a hard stop.
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
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