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The Automotive Thread

Discussion in 'Permanent Threads' started by Backroom, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. GTE

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    Nice!

    Are car prices nuts up in the great white North also? I seriously contemplated selling my car as I can sell it for $15-20k more than I paid for it. But, all I'd do is take that money and put it towards someone else's overpriced car.
     
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    I know truck prices are fucking nuts right now.
     
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    This is actually a really, really good price for the car... even pre-pandemic. Right now it sounds like the big problem is the delivery time for new Porsches. They are so backed up that it's more than a year out, if you can get an allocation. I had a friend cancel his order because they couldn't guarantee a new delivery before 2022, as that's when a HUGE "we have to pay for the pandemic" luxury tax hits anything over $100k, so it was an additional 36% on the car. He's instead trying to find something faster/used if he can.
     
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    Yeah, I'm glad I placed my order months ago when the prices weren't as nuts as they are now. Inventory is hard to find due to delays in the factories. All the "just in time" logistics went out the fucking window with COVID and they're screwed for a while.
     
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    Congrats on the good deal. Rare words to hear these days.

    But wait, 36% luxury tax?! So a $100k car is now $136k?
     
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    That's the Federal luxury tax, and some Provinces are adding their own on top of that.
     
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    Step son's 2006 Ford Escape (I4, FWD, non-hybrid 180k-ish) was driving home and he said the radio turned off, gauges went to zero, steering became really difficult (assuming it's elec P/S?) and then shut off after a block or so. Won't start now. I asked him if it just turns over or won't run. He said it starts for a moment and then shuts off. Battery terminals don't look corroded. Maybe a bad alternator which eventually killed the battery?
     
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    Try jump starting it and see what happens.
    Sounds like a bad alternator, except for the starting-then-dying part.
     
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    I was hoping you'd be online. Thanks.
    When he says it starts and stops, I think he means it's just cranking over.

    I put our shop jump box and voltmeter in the truck and I think I'll grab an alternator on the way home so I have it and won't have to head back out. Worst case is I have to return it.
     
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    Screwed up voltage regulator?
     
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    Well, that was a royal pain in the ass. I jumped it, started right up, took the jumper box off and just watched the battery voltage drop like a rock. Ford, in all of their infinite wisdom put the Alt on the back, bottom of the motor. Ford's instructions are to undo half the suspension, pull the RT axle out and drop it down from the bottom. Found a YouTube guy who shows how you can pull it out from the top by removing one of the Alt studs and loosening some other items. That kind of worked but the model in the YouTube video was slightly different and my step son's Escape which has the AC dryer right in the way. Fought that bastard for 30 minutes Monday night trying to get it physically out of the engine bay. It was now dark, I'm filthy, my arms and hands are scraped to shit. I gave up. The car won.

    I readied myself to pull the RT axle yesterday but thought I'd take one more look at removing it from the top. Decided to take the exhaust heat shield off to give me another 1/4" of clearance. First bolt broke. Neat. Zip tied some stuff out of the way, removed a bolt from some bracket that the Alt kept getting caught on, loosened the AC dryer and fought that MF'er for another 15 minutes but was able to barely sneak it out of there. The aftermarket Alt didn't have some large plastic cap that the OEM did so it dropped in pretty easy. Buttoned it up. Gave it a jump and checked the battery. Steady 14.2 volts. Drove around for a bit to charge the battery and runs flawless.
     
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    Why I now pay other people to work on my car: The Post

    I'm to old and my back is to messed up to even consider doing something like that anymore. I changed the plugs in my '66 Impala and walked crooked for a week, and that was about a dozen years ago.
     
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    The way I handle those is I disconnect the lower motor mount and push the engine forward with a prybar.

    It took me awhile to figure it out, but now that I know it, it's not too bad.
     
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    My parents had a 94 Taurus with a 3.4L the back 3 plugs where a fucking bitch to change you always came out with blood on your arm from jamming it in against the fire wall. I am sure if you did the same thing tilt the engine forward it would of been nice.

    edit: 3.8L thanks dixie
     
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    Just went on a 3 hour rip around the area, to the lake and back, back country roads… holy shit was it ever fun.

    This thing is a beast!

    Mom came with me… and she gets it. Showed her the 0-60 in 4s launch, WOT twin turbo passing power, and emergency braking capabilities… she loved it.

    All she asked was that as we were pulling down the court back home “make the exhaust rumble”… so, sport exhaust engaged, first gear… it was a hell of a loud noise. The neighbours looked.

    Mission accomplished!

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    Wow. You actually make a German car sound cool.
     
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    Even though it's older, I really like my Cayenne. The added bonus of being able to haul 8,000lbs with it is no joke. It's kind of nice being the Porsche red-headed stepchild. Not sure why people don't like the Cayenne except for snobby Porsche reasons, but I think for the price on the used market there aren't many other cars with the mix of luxury and being able to haul ass.