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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 30,043

    @oldfarmer50 said:
    There are some companies that sell patch panels that use impact resistant epoxy glue that requires no welding which can restore the metal to an original look. I assume you’ll spray rust converter onto everything.

    I had some fun playing with body work on my van last year. Somewhat less than professional results but it looks ok.

    Yes, rust converter. Is this patch that you speak of what you used for your less than pro result? You kind of lost me at “original look.” How do you hide the seams?

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  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 5,528

    @Sandman6472 said:
    $195 bi-weekly...isn't that the same as $390/month? Is that a Canadian thing as I've never heard that here in the United States.

    26 bi weekly periods in a year. So take payment x 26 and then ÷ 12 to get exact monthly amount ($422.50)

    If I stretched the lease to 48 months the payment would have been the same due to dropping residuals over the 3/4 years so didn't make sense to do that. Anyways since I switxh cars often, 2 years should be just right. Maybe in 2 years I can get the new Integra of its enticing enough.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 15,373
    qbrozen said:

    I have a appt this afternoon to see a 2005 Tribute Awd Limited. Would rather not have leather but I’ll put on covers.

    I thought I’d have to register the car in SC, but then thought “maybe I need an SC license to do that.” The interwebs agrees, but also tells me you can have only one license at a time. So, evidently, although the car will live in SC, it must be registered and insured in NJ. Huh. So how the heck does that work? I can’t be the only person wanting to do this. I do not want to drive it to NJ and back every 2 yrs for a new inspection sticker.

    Interesting dilemma! I fully planned on the Crosstrek never seeing Alaska, so if we would have put it in the garage before we left, it would be in the same boat of living in another state and having plates in Alaska. Thankfully, we don't have the need to physically inspect it in-state any more, so I guess that's a plus here.
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  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 5,528
    Michaell said:

    boomchek said:

    Finally pulled the trigger and got myself a new WRX.

    Cheap short term 2 year lease for a manual awd car I can drive kids to school in and commute my 15 minutes to work in.

    Since this is a manual transmission, my wife will drive our Audi A7, the WRX will be my daily.

    This is my 3rd purchase this year after my older C class and my older Civic coupe I had earlier this year. Older wholesale trade ins are almost impossible to come by right now for me to buy as commuters, so new it is this time.

    Congrats!

    Time to update your signature....
    Thx for the reminder. Just did.

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  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 5,528
    Michaell said:

    $195 bi-weekly...isn't that the same as $390/month? Is that a Canadian thing as I've never heard that here in the United States.

    And, $390 Canadian dollars, which is around $315/mo USD

    That’s a good payment for that car. Also.ends me to believe that the lease programs up north are much better for shorter terms.
    Surprisingly, most short term lease deals are pricey, at almost 50-100% higher payments than a 2 year lease. You need to do 4 years to keep payments low, except in Subarus for some reason. Residual is at a high $24k even though the sticker price is $32k. And on a WRX if you stretch payments over a longer term they don't go down at all. So to me it doesn't make sense to go longer term if I don't need to.



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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,933
    Michaell said:

    $195 bi-weekly...isn't that the same as $390/month? Is that a Canadian thing as I've never heard that here in the United States.

    And, $390 Canadian dollars, which is around $315/mo USD

    That’s a good payment for that car. Also.ends me to believe that the lease programs up north are much better for shorter terms.
    You left out the "worthless" adjective to describe Canadian dollars, but since you're not Canadian I'll overlook it. :D

    Up here both manufacturers online and dealers use the bi-weekly payment number as their default these days. I guess in the era of $80K pickups and SUVs it looks a little more reasonable than a 4-figure monthly payment number. Recently many have gone to quoting weekly payment numbers in their promos.

    Only certain makes are offering sweet lease deals here right now, mostly Hyundai and a few others on certain models. I don't think any domestic makes are doing it as they have no inventory to move.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,043
    edited October 17
    qbrozen said:

    @oldfarmer50 said:

    There are some companies that sell patch panels that use impact resistant epoxy glue that requires no welding which can restore the metal to an original look. I assume you’ll spray rust converter onto everything.

    I had some fun playing with body work on my van last year. Somewhat less than professional results but it looks ok.

    Yes, rust converter. Is this patch that you speak of what you used for your less than pro result? You kind of lost me at “original look.” How do you hide the seams?


    This video explains it. I found it interesting because I have no welding equipment and this looks like you could do it in your driveway.



    My hillbilly repair was decidedly less sophisticated:



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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 30,043

    Oh hell no. That dude is a pro. I’m not going through all that. Lol

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  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZMember Posts: 5,182
    edited October 17
    There are 4.3 weeks in a month, average. Otherwise there'd be 48 weeks in a year. Or you could do the 4-4-5 approach. Either way, it was a big deal when working with complex engineering budgets based on 40-hour weeks and, of course, twelve months in a year, with some stuff based on quarterly expenditures.
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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 196,249
    boomchek said:

    Michaell said:

    $195 bi-weekly...isn't that the same as $390/month? Is that a Canadian thing as I've never heard that here in the United States.

    And, $390 Canadian dollars, which is around $315/mo USD

    That’s a good payment for that car. Also.ends me to believe that the lease programs up north are much better for shorter terms.
    Surprisingly, most short term lease deals are pricey, at almost 50-100% higher payments than a 2 year lease. You need to do 4 years to keep payments low, except in Subarus for some reason. Residual is at a high $24k even though the sticker price is $32k. And on a WRX if you stretch payments over a longer term they don't go down at all. So to me it doesn't make sense to go longer term if I don't need to.



    We don't have any access to Canadian lease programs; interesting that Subaru uses an APR rather than a Money Factor for their leases.

    The only big brand to do that in the US is Ford/Lincoln - easy enough to convert from one to the other.

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  • rny421rny421 Member Posts: 154
    I kind have an itch for a convertible again... As you may or may not remember, I had a 2007 Sky Redline, which I got rid of because I was barely using it. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that it was SO small, that it was impractical to even take on a weekend trip.

    Looking at used convertibles that are available in a manual transmission, I've come to the 328i (would prefer the 335, but don't want to deal with the known issues) and the and Audi TT. Ideally, I'd like to be in the $15K range, but could go to $20K if it was right. A lot of these are up there in mileage.

    Am I signing up for a world of hurt with these models? These are two that interest me currently:

    2008 Audi TT

    2012 BMW 3 Series

    I am telling myself that patience will help me because even if I get a convertible now, I won't really be able to drive it because winter is coming. Also, there may be the potential for the impacts of the chip shortage to be alleviated come spring, bringing the values of these down a bit? One can hope...
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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 8,117

    Out of curiosity, what is the 24 month residual here on a WRX. Typically they’re not high enough over 36 month values to be worth it.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,968
    I would trust the BMW more. and for that much less would pick that one of the 2. But man, the folding hardtop decimates trunk space. But you do get a back seat to make up for it.

    pretty wide net, NJ and Ill. I almost was at the dealer this week that has the BMW. Probably a little pricey (but these days, who knows) but I really don't like black over black on anything, and especially not a convertible. If that was colors I liked, different story!

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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 6,049
    From all that I've been reading regarding the chip issue, looking like it's going to be 2023 before we get back to normal. I've read various articles which all suggest that things will start to improve by the end of 2022 but it'll be going into 2023 for things to be fully back to normal. And have a feeling that by then, there will be so many folks wanting to purchase that prices will still stay high as demand may well be greater than supply at that time. There will be a lot of pent up demand for folks wanting something newer so car dealers will still be in a great position...for awhile. For folks like me who want something newer but don't need something, waiting will be our best bet to be honest. Luckily, I don't drive that much anymore and we've finally found a very good mechanic that doesn't just throw parts at a problem hoping it'll work. And he's reasonably priced which means he's busy and one must make an appointment. Found him through word of mouth and he seems to understand German vehicles, which we have two of.
    At least for myself, I'm willing to wait awhile to get my next ride and hoping that those crazy bogus admin fees are a thing of the past as I won't pay them, no way...no how! I'll just find a dealer that no longer has them and purchase there. Down here in South Florida, there are many Toyota & Hyundai/Kia dealers, so have plenty to choose from. I've also added the Kia Seltos to my short list as the more I see of them on the roads, the more I like them. Gives me the added height I'm looking for but only drawback is I'd have to get an AWD model since I want the 1.6 turbo engine top of the line model. Don't really need AWD down here but might have to bite the bullet on this one but the Toyota C C is still the number one vehicle I want to look at.
    Volunteered to do a four hour shift at Toyota today, they have service from 7 to 4 on Sundays, so, gotta run! I'll be working six days in a row this week...am I crazy or what???

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 54,212
    Speaking of leases and how much of a seller's market it is at least for some models, another wonderful deal from an E-class group:

    Just locked in my build for a 2022 E450 All Terrain. Not a crazy build and MSRP is $77,180. For a 3 year lease, 10k miles/year, $0 down, MB wants $1,619/month. Residual is $42,449. Per my sales rep, MB is offering no discounts and no incentives on the All Terrain. Might just buy instead.
  • rny421rny421 Member Posts: 154
    stickguy said:


    pretty wide net, NJ and Ill. I almost was at the dealer this week that has the BMW. Probably a little pricey (but these days, who knows) but I really don't like black over black on anything, and especially not a convertible. If that was colors I liked, different story!

    Knowing that my requirements narrow down the number of available vehicles (specific model, manual, convertible) - I'm not afraid of coordinating travel to get what I want. Actually, all of my cars have been purchased out of state (Maine, Rhode Island, NJ), other than the e-tron, which was delivered to me. Depending on how serious I get, I may have you take a look at it for me if you're be open to it B)

    According to KBB, the BMW is $1K overpriced, and the Audi is $5K overpriced. I would think KBB has adjusted for recent inflations in the vehicle market, but who knows.
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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,043
    rny421 said:

    I kind have an itch for a convertible again... As you may or may not remember, I had a 2007 Sky Redline, which I got rid of because I was barely using it. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that it was SO small, that it was impractical to even take on a weekend trip.

    Looking at used convertibles that are available in a manual transmission, I've come to the 328i (would prefer the 335, but don't want to deal with the known issues) and the and Audi TT. Ideally, I'd like to be in the $15K range, but could go to $20K if it was right. A lot of these are up there in mileage.

    Am I signing up for a world of hurt with these models? These are two that interest me currently:

    2008 Audi TT

    2012 BMW 3 Series

    I am telling myself that patience will help me because even if I get a convertible now, I won't really be able to drive it because winter is coming. Also, there may be the potential for the impacts of the chip shortage to be alleviated come spring, bringing the values of these down a bit? One can hope...

    Certainly this time of year will give you the best price but by spring any sort of warranty from the dealer would be over. I’d hate to go start my toy after 6 months storage only to find it had problems that now aren’t covered.

    I like that Audi. I was considering one in 2008 but the price exceeded my budget.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 15,373
    rny421 said:

    Depending on how serious I get, I may have you take a look at it for me if you're be open to it B)


    I think you would need to twist his arm pretty hard to get him to trek out just to look at / drive cars. :D
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 200,591

    Out of curiosity, what is the 24 month residual here on a WRX. Typically they’re not high enough over 36 month values to be worth it.

    Subaru USA leases are terrible for 24 months

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 8,117

    That’s what I thought.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,884
    Great pics @kyfdx!

    I ran the code reader on the Prius and the good news is that it's not the same code. The bad news is that its a P0420, which generally means a bad catalytic converter. The previous owner had the OEM cat replaced--I assume with an aftermarket--but I don't know how long ago. The aftermarket ones generally do not last as long as OEM, from what I can tell, so it's very possible it could have gone bad again. Anyway, I reset the code and we'll see whether it comes back.
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Pittsburgh areaMember Posts: 3,502
    kyfdx said:


    When did you put siding on your house?

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,968
    that lease is absurd. borrow 77K @3% for 60 months, and that is only $1,384/month. and at the end of 3 years, would only owe about $32K on it

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  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Pittsburgh areaMember Posts: 3,502
    corvette said:

    Great pics @kyfdx!

    I ran the code reader on the Prius and the good news is that it's not the same code. The bad news is that its a P0420, which generally means a bad catalytic converter. The previous owner had the OEM cat replaced--I assume with an aftermarket--but I don't know how long ago. The aftermarket ones generally do not last as long as OEM, from what I can tell, so it's very possible it could have gone bad again. Anyway, I reset the code and we'll see whether it comes back.

    Hint: You’ve got to remember the “tape” fix.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,968
    I have time Monday if you need me to go beat the snot out of it give it a nice gentle test drive. Not that I am any kind of expert, but I can spot the obvious stuff, and had decent spidey senses to tell me if something seems off.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,968
    the Celica seems to be missing a hood. based on that, and the mid-80's Supra wheels, guessing that it may not be stock, engine wise.

    I like that though. I would be happy to have one of that vintage to toy around with, assuming it was not rusty (highly unlikely at this point, especially if it was ever used around here).

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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,288
    edited October 17
    jmonroe1 said:

    corvette said:

    Great pics @kyfdx!

    I ran the code reader on the Prius and the good news is that it's not the same code. The bad news is that its a P0420, which generally means a bad catalytic converter. The previous owner had the OEM cat replaced--I assume with an aftermarket--but I don't know how long ago. The aftermarket ones generally do not last as long as OEM, from what I can tell, so it's very possible it could have gone bad again. Anyway, I reset the code and we'll see whether it comes back.

    Hint: You’ve got to remember the “tape” fix.

    jmonroe
    You might try Cataclean; it worked on my wife's X3 for about 10k miles. The final option is to put a spark plug anti-fouler on the downstream sensor.

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  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,502
    rny421 said:

    I kind have an itch for a convertible again... As you may or may not remember, I had a 2007 Sky Redline, which I got rid of because I was barely using it. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that it was SO small, that it was impractical to even take on a weekend trip.

    Looking at used convertibles that are available in a manual transmission, I've come to the 328i (would prefer the 335, but don't want to deal with the known issues) and the and Audi TT. Ideally, I'd like to be in the $15K range, but could go to $20K if it was right. A lot of these are up there in mileage.

    Am I signing up for a world of hurt with these models? These are two that interest me currently:

    2008 Audi TT

    2012 BMW 3 Series

    I am telling myself that patience will help me because even if I get a convertible now, I won't really be able to drive it because winter is coming. Also, there may be the potential for the impacts of the chip shortage to be alleviated come spring, bringing the values of these down a bit? One can hope...

    I had a ‘11 328 coupe and a ‘13 335 convertible. The 328 is more than adequate power wise and both are a nice overall package. If you can find a 335 the step up from the 328 is…holy cow! Plus it makes a great noise with the top down. As someone else noted, trunk space is nil when the top is down but if its just 2 of you and a spare car, probably not a big deal. Plenty of info out there about potential faults. I think there are some window gremlins and you’ll want to make sure the top has been taken care of. All of that origami needs lubed from time to time. Nearly 17k seems a little dear to me but thats the world we live in.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,043
    corvette said:

    Great pics @kyfdx!

    I ran the code reader on the Prius and the good news is that it's not the same code. The bad news is that its a P0420, which generally means a bad catalytic converter. The previous owner had the OEM cat replaced--I assume with an aftermarket--but I don't know how long ago. The aftermarket ones generally do not last as long as OEM, from what I can tell, so it's very possible it could have gone bad again. Anyway, I reset the code and we'll see whether it comes back.

    Looks like it’s time for the old lacquer thinner in the gas tank trick.

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  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,502
    edited October 17

    $36,2 for the Outback. Bets how high this goes?

    I have to laugh when I think about what a hot shot I thought I was in September of 2020 when I flipped the Crosstrek for ~1500 more than owed. That little booger would probably net me a positive 5k now!

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  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,502

    jmonroe1 said:

    corvette said:

    Great pics @kyfdx!

    I ran the code reader on the Prius and the good news is that it's not the same code. The bad news is that its a P0420, which generally means a bad catalytic converter. The previous owner had the OEM cat replaced--I assume with an aftermarket--but I don't know how long ago. The aftermarket ones generally do not last as long as OEM, from what I can tell, so it's very possible it could have gone bad again. Anyway, I reset the code and we'll see whether it comes back.

    Hint: You’ve got to remember the “tape” fix.

    jmonroe
    You might try Cataclean; it worked on my wife's X3 for about 10k miles. The final option is to put a spark plug anti-fouler on the downstream sensor.
    I ran a bottle through the Land Cruiser and cured a smell I was getting when I turned it off.

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  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Pittsburgh areaMember Posts: 3,502

    corvette said:

    Great pics @kyfdx!

    I ran the code reader on the Prius and the good news is that it's not the same code. The bad news is that its a P0420, which generally means a bad catalytic converter. The previous owner had the OEM cat replaced--I assume with an aftermarket--but I don't know how long ago. The aftermarket ones generally do not last as long as OEM, from what I can tell, so it's very possible it could have gone bad again. Anyway, I reset the code and we'll see whether it comes back.

    Looks like it’s time for the old lacquer thinner in the gas tank trick.

    At the start of the lawnmower season I pour a few once’s of lacquer thinner in the gas tank. I know it’s doing something because the color of the metal at the outlet of the muffler is a beige color not the black that it was. That color reminds me of what a good spark plug looks like. I haven’t harmed a lawnmower engine yet doing that. I think my lawnmower looks forward to the first start-up in the Spring.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 196,249

    Out of curiosity, what is the 24 month residual here on a WRX. Typically they’re not high enough over 36 month values to be worth it.

    Between 66% and 69%.

    However, the 24 month MF is .00260

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  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Pittsburgh areaMember Posts: 3,502
    au1994 said:

    jmonroe1 said:

    corvette said:

    Great pics @kyfdx!

    I ran the code reader on the Prius and the good news is that it's not the same code. The bad news is that its a P0420, which generally means a bad catalytic converter. The previous owner had the OEM cat replaced--I assume with an aftermarket--but I don't know how long ago. The aftermarket ones generally do not last as long as OEM, from what I can tell, so it's very possible it could have gone bad again. Anyway, I reset the code and we'll see whether it comes back.

    Hint: You’ve got to remember the “tape” fix.

    jmonroe
    You might try Cataclean; it worked on my wife's X3 for about 10k miles. The final option is to put a spark plug anti-fouler on the downstream sensor.
    I ran a bottle through the Land Cruiser and cured a smell I was getting when I turned it off.
    Your supposed to take the cat with you when you get out of the car. :s

    jmonroe
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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 8,117

    @Michaell said:
    Between 66% and 69%.

    However, the 24 month MF is .00260

    Woof

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 30,043

    Drive home was uneventful. Everything works, brakes are good (I had no idea you could still get rear drums on an SUV in 2010), tires are almost new Goodyears. It does stink inside. From our discussions and the clues, I believe it to be a result of him getting the interior steamed and then locking it up and leaving it for weeks. Just cosmetics.








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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 196,249
    qbrozen said:

    Drive home was uneventful. Everything works, brakes are good (I had no idea you could still get rear drums on an SUV in 2010), tires are almost new Goodyears. It does stink inside. From our discussions and the clues, I believe it to be a result of him getting the interior steamed and then locking it up and leaving it for weeks. Just cosmetics.








    Nice looking - a good detail will have it looking great. Seems like a perfect fit for the intended use case.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 200,591
    stickguy said:

    the Celica seems to be missing a hood. based on that, and the mid-80's Supra wheels, guessing that it may not be stock, engine wise.

    I like that though. I would be happy to have one of that vintage to toy around with, assuming it was not rusty (highly unlikely at this point, especially if it was ever used around here).

    Front hinge hood. I'm a bad photographer.

    Everything looked stock, other than an aftermarket head unit.
    I actually took this picture for you. 1977 model

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  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Pittsburgh areaMember Posts: 3,502
    qbrozen said:

    Drive home was uneventful. Everything works, brakes are good (I had no idea you could still get rear drums on an SUV in 2010), tires are almost new Goodyears. It does stink inside. From our discussions and the clues, I believe it to be a result of him getting the interior steamed and then locking it up and leaving it for weeks. Just cosmetics.








    Once you get it a bathing suit and golf clubs, it’ll feel right at home in Myrtle Beach.

    Let us know how it does on the trip down there.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,968
    I forgot those were front hinged. not a lot of them around.

    I like it. looks well used but honest. I would take it for a price that was not absurd.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,043
    qbrozen said:

    Drive home was uneventful. Everything works, brakes are good (I had no idea you could still get rear drums on an SUV in 2010), tires are almost new Goodyears. It does stink inside. From our discussions and the clues, I believe it to be a result of him getting the interior steamed and then locking it up and leaving it for weeks. Just cosmetics.








    The rust on that doesn’t look too bad although you can’t tell what’s brewing on the inside. Don’t let that hatch lip go too long or chunks will be dropping.

    All in all that’s a winner in this market.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,968
    it does look OK for the price, if the mechanicals are as good as expected. Shouldn't be too hard to make some respectable backyard repairs on the body. just hope when you start grinding, you find metal before daylight!

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 30,043
    I already ripped off the silly window vent thingies. doused the interior with a delouser or whatever it is called. made for animal stinks. Started digging into the tailgate. Had the thought that, worst case, I can stick on a straight black trim piece to cover it. Kind of like how all the manufacturers do to their vehicles to make them look tough. I found a set of fender flares I think might work, so ordered those up. Have POR-15 and some bondo on the way. I'll see what I can do.

    '21 Wrangler 4xE, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited, '10 Escape XLT v6. 56-car history and counting!

  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,884

    @roadburner said:
    You might try Cataclean; it worked on my wife's X3 for about 10k miles. The final option is to put a spark plug anti-fouler on the downstream sensor.

    Thanks. I’m being careful what I put in the tank on account of the rubber fuel bladder, which sometimes goes bad. If the code returns, I will do some research on the cleaner. Otherwise, I think an aftermarket cat is about $250-400 installed (source: my friend who had hers stolen).

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