The Sprite's gas gauge was non-functional (I think Lucas had a hand in
it) and I ran out a few blocks from home. It was level ground and the
car was so light just walking beside it with a hand on the steering
wheel and pushing was no problem. Then I came to an intersection with a
cop directing traffic. He stopped traffic and I crossed but his parting
shot was "Do you always take your car for a walk?"
Then there was the startled deer that headed straight for me. I wasn't
sure if it was going to try to jump the car or join me in the cockpit.
fortunately, it veered off.
Or the time I stopped at a road construction site. They skimped on the
blast mats so when they set the charge off the sky was filled with
rocks, all seemingly with my name on them. Fortunately the only damage
was a headlight as the guy in front of me tried to back up out of range.
I don't know about the traffic jam part. I've been parked on my bike on
an LA freeway and it wasn't all that much like a park bench. Unless your
parks are heavy on exhaust fumes, that is.
On 4/1/2015 8:13 PM, Meanie wrote:
Thank you, gents.
I have limit knowledge of how dealers work. You've extended that
knowledge and helped me make easier decisions.
Anyone live in Kissimmee who wants to check out a car for me? LO...just
My greatest concern with used cars is reliability - reliability of the
vehicle not being a lemon, having a false odometer reading, or having
undisclosed damage, and reliability of the dealer to offer a reasonable
warranty, stand behind it if necessary, and still be in business to
respond to a warranty problem.
I keep my cars until they become unreliable and/or unsafe - usually 8-11
years, and feel sorry for whoever purchases my car from a used car
dealer. Therefore, I always worry that a used car may not just be a
repo or a trade-in of a perfectly fine vehicle for something snazzier.
If I were to buy a used car, I'd shop at a large, national-chain used
car store that has a good reputation for reliability, gets and uses
vehicle history reports as a matter of policy, has a good warranty, and
has been in business for at least 5 years. You might pay a little more
up front than at the local corner lot, but I suspect that you'll end up
paying less overall (if you plan to keep the used car more than a year
Well, all but one of my very numerous vehicles have been purchased
used. As far as dealers and used car lots - about half. The rest have
been bought privately or wholesale and "as is"
1961 mini - private
1963 Valiant-used car lot
1969 Dart -wholesale as is
1953 Coronet - scrap yard
1965 Rambler - as is off the back row
1972 Colt - used off dealer lot
1957 Fargo - private (family)
1974 Dart - Private
1976 RamCharger - New off lot - total pain in the butt dealing with
1975 Pacer - off the back row of dealer lot as is when I sold the
Ramcharger back to the dealer
1972 Firenza (Vauxhaul Viva HC/Magnum - private
1980 Corolla - wholesale from dealer I worked for
1982 Tercel - wholesale from dealer I worked for -made deal with
1976 Monarch Ghia -wholesale off back row of dealer I worked for
1973 Ambassador - private
1990 Aerostar - from Chrysler Dealer
1992 Areostar - private - family
1995 Trans Sport - Private
1985 LeBaron - Private
1988 New Yorker - wholesale from auto broker - as is.
1995 Mystique - private
2003 PT Cruiser - private
1996 Ranger - Private
2002 Taurus - used from Ford Dealer - as traded
plus half a dozen or more "project cars" purchased privately and
either never driven or owned for less than a year (or both).
I generally buy about 6 years old and drive 5 or 6 years -
occaisinally as long as 12.. Only 2 went to the scrap yard when I was
done, and 2 or 3 were sold "as is", needing some work.
Two had over 240,000 miles, and several over 240,000km on them when
2 current vehicles are 19 and 13 years old, with 331,000 and 91,000km
- would take either one of them accross north america tomorrow, and
both look like 2 or 3 year old vehicles, condition-wise.
Only the Mini, the LeBaron and the TransSport required large amounts
of maintenance/repairs, other than the brand new RamCharger that was
back to the dealer numerous times for problems I eventually ended up
None of those listed will attract me. I drove military vehicles as a
U.S. military civilian, company cars all those years getting replaced
every 3 years(I got them at book value most of time and gave to family
members or sold for some profit). Now I drive my own paid for new car
already 7 years old. Looks like have to get another one B4 I go, smaller
one so wife can handle, she will drive longer than me for sure.
I've noticed one thing among our farmer customers. They don't seem
to mind repairing equipment as much if it can be DIY. It seems to be
more of an issue if they need me out to do the repairs.
I think there's more to it than the cost. It just bugs people more
if they can't fix their own.
On 04/02/2015 10:00 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Sad day when hopping up a sled involves reflashing the EEPROM. Even the
bikes are getting to the point where you change the pipes and go with a
high flow induction and you need to diddle the electrons.
Yeah, that's the summary of the Toyota maintenance schedule. Change the
oil and filter every 5000 miles and rotate the tires until you or the
car dies. They throw in an air filter change every 30,000 just to break
up the monotony. The 2007 Yaris called for a coolant change at 30000 but
I guess they've sorted that out to lifetime coolant for the 2011.
When I bought the Yaris I popped the hood to make sure the oil filter
wasn't a pain in the ass and it looked maintainable. I sort of assumed
the plug wires were under the plastic shroud. Oops. It seems to work
very well and I can't say I miss all the extra parts.
If it was a new Honda Fit (or one of litteraly dozens of other recent
vintage vehicles) even THAT has gone electric/electronic. About the
only pressurized fluid left on many vehicles is gasoline, engine oil,
brake fluid, and windsheild washer fluid.
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