High-end autos are jes a crappy as cars on the other end of the price
I usta want a BMW. That was until I saw my buddies used Beemer with
the padded dash that was cracked wide open from UV sunlight. I had
older cars w/ no such problem. Another buddy hadda Mercedes which was
the same age as my Honda Civic. My Honda did not leak oil like a BP
oil spill, even if my paint job was almost as faded and peeled as bad
as his Mercedes. I won't even go into whatta trainwreck my other
buddy's Audi is.
Now, I feel quite comfortable buying end-of-life cars. More often
than not, they have proven their worth by still being on the road. I
sold my Civic w/ 250K miles on it. The engine still purred. I'm
currently looking at an '81 El Camino in mint condition. V6 engine w/
a factory stock 3 spd on the floor.
I carried a spare alternator around in my VW Rabbit. For some reason the
alternator on my 1979 Rabbit was an odd model with a longer shaft than
most of the Rabbit models used. It failed about every 25-50K miles. I
would put in the spare and take the failed one in to a shop to be rebuilt.
Around 1980-ish we bought a Rabbit and it might have been close to the
model you had. It was a nice car for a while, but then it developed
some electrical issues and would just quit running for not apparent
reason. Had it fixed like 4 times and eventually just got rid of it.
On 8/8/2015 8:56 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
IIRC, they had weep holes in the pinchweld on each lower corner. The
holes would get dirt in them which would cause water to buildup and
spill into the car. We (I was in the glass business) would seal between
the gasket and the body on the sides and top and unplug the weep holes
from underneath with a piece of wire.
Yes, now that you mention it, that was the cause of the water leaks onto
the fuse box.
Was just in England and Ireland. VWs are extremely popular there, and I
presume in the rest of Europe, but in the U.S. their market share is
very small. They finally opened a U.S. factory after closing the one in
Pennsylvania decades ago. But I think that the Jetta and Golf sold in
the U.S. still come from Mexico (not sure about the TDI models).
Personally, I have no problem with buying a foreign nameplate vehicle
built in the U.S., or a foreign nameplate vehicle built in the country
of the company that made it, but a big problem with vehicles from the
The Rabbits also had a problem with the movable vent glasses coming
loose because the 2 hinges and lock were glued to the glass. That was
really stupid. I was able to re-glue them using rear view mirror glue
but it wasn't easy to get the alignment correct.
I know, blah, blah, blah....lol
On 8/8/2015 5:56 PM, email@example.com wrote:
There was an issue with leaks into the fuse panel, but IIRC it was not a
windshield leak it was some other leak through the firewall. On mine it
resulted in water in the relay that controlled the intermittent wipers
with the wipers coming on by themselves.
On top of what I wrote above about the windshield (not in this post -
another post above this one), there was a rubber hose in the cowl area
that would stop up and cause a build up of water which would come
through the firewall.
I do like the KIA Soul, too, so maybe I should investigate one of those
more. Test drove one about a year ago, and kind of liked it, but didn't
want a black interior. Couldn't find any with a lighter interior, either.
I have 2 family members and a best friend that have Kia Souls. They are
great cars, and you can't beat their warranty. Next time you are out and
about, count the Kia Souls that you see. me and my g/f have a game we
play when we go somewhere counting Souls. They are EVERYWHERE!
On a 6 mile round trip to our favorite place to eat ever Friday, we
count at least 10 of them. I think our record is 15. And that doesn't
include the 4 that are parked in our neighborhood.
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