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post #301 of 546
I'd definitely take the wagon option over small SUV if it were my choice. Too bad Americans don't buy wagons anymore so the market is pretty pitiful for them...
post #302 of 546
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@Nobleprofessor A couple friends have older RXs and love them. Definitely keeping that in mind. Had not considered the Explorer much - I'd rather not have to repair it in the first place than have one that's cheap to repair, hence my comments about Japanese models above. But maybe I should rethink that.

 

When I said Explorers were easy and cheap to repair, I didn't mean to suggest that you will need to do much to them.  I just meant if you need something just in case AND mostly I was thinking about maintenance items.   If you pull up to JimBob's Shade Tree Car Service shop in an Explorer and you need some brakes, it is going to be a lot easier and cheaper for Jim Bob than if you pull in a BMW or Lexus.  That doesn't mean I am advocating to avoid BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, etc.  I have two BMWs and I love them.  But, I know its going to cost a little more to maintain them than it would if I was driving a Taurus. 

 

Regarding the Explorer, I had one and it was a great vehicle.  I bought it used with about 75,000 miles and drove it to 150,000 miles.  The only thing we ever had to do was brakes, 2 sets of tires and right before I sold it, the water pump went out. 

 

I paid about $6400 for it and we drove it for 3 years.  I spent $600 on two sets of tires, $300 on water pump and I had a $100 transmission service (as a maintenance item).  So, that's $1000 over three years.  I sold it for $3800.  So, in 3 years it cost me $3600 to drive that car including purchase price.  That's pretty amazing. 

post #303 of 546

Thought this was a pretty interesting article.  A few of these I have never heard of.  Some of them I LOVE: 

 

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/classic-cars/features/g4278/51-coolest-cars-of-the-last-50-years/?src=arb_fb_d&mag=roa&dom=fb

post #304 of 546

Probably not a lot of will appreciate this car the way I do.  I loved the old Big American Broughams.   This is an 83 Buick Park Avenue with only 920 miles!   It is in incredible shape (obviously with such low miles).  But, it is also relatively rare because it is has leather seats.  I had the oldsmobile version of this car years ago and it was a great car.  But, mine had 200,000 miles.   I actually really like these wheels.  They are the factory Buick wheels and I always thought they looked great on a lot of cars. 

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141934299288?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

I wonder how high this is going to go? 

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Probably not a lot of will appreciate this car the way I do.  I loved the old Big American Broughams.   This is an 83 Buick Park Avenue with only 920 miles!   It is in incredible shape (obviously with such low miles).  But, it is also relatively rare because it is has leather seats.  I had the oldsmobile version of this car years ago and it was a great car.  But, mine had 200,000 miles.   I actually really like these wheels.  They are the factory Buick wheels and I always thought they looked great on a lot of cars. 

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141934299288?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

I wonder how high this is going to go? 


That is the swag. :drool:

 

so, i saw a BMW 735il for under 3k. looks to be 2002 ish. do i forget it? or keep an eye on it?

post #306 of 546
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That is the swag. :drool:

 

so, i saw a BMW 735il for under 3k. looks to be 2002 ish. do i forget it? or keep an eye on it?

  The buick is incredible.  But, its up to $12K!  

 

The 735 hasn't been sold in the US since the early 90's.  But, I know worldwide BMW makes a lot of models that don't make it to the US.  If its a 2002, that means its an E65/66.  If it is, then it is the first year for that chassis.  If its a 2001, it would be an E38 and it was the last year for the E38.  The E38 is, in my opinion, the very best of all BMWs.  If its an E65 (E66 if it is really a long wheelbase model), I would avoid the first few years of the E65/66.  They had a lot of issues.  In the later years, they were much better cars.   If you want a 735iL that is dependable and don't mind it being older, the E32s were great cars.  

post #307 of 546
Sigh, bought an extra set of rims, brabus, for my 08 clk, 245/18 and 255/18. Either they fucked up the balancing or they sold me bent rims, as there is now a vibration between 90 and 120 km/h. Will get it sorted on Thursday at the earliest, and give them a call tomorrow as its too far away to stop by.

It's just such a hassle, seems that honest good car shops are soooooo rare these days...
post #308 of 546
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Sigh, bought an extra set of rims, brabus, for my 08 clk, 245/18 and 255/18. Either they fucked up the balancing or they sold me bent rims, as there is now a vibration between 90 and 120 km/h. Will get it sorted on Thursday at the earliest, and give them a call tomorrow as its too far away to stop by.

It's just such a hassle, seems that honest good car shops are soooooo rare these days...

Probably just a balance issue. If it's bent, they'll know when they rebalance.
post #309 of 546

Finally pulled the trigger.  Not my favorite generation of the Z, but cheaper than the s30 and I like the looks better than the s130.  Crazy digital dashboard and lots of 80's goodness.  

I've gotta fire up the ol' Craigslist and get rid of the crap in my garage to make more room to work, but parts are hopefully getting ordered this week.  Aside from the the obvious wash/polish/interior detail, the big ticket items are:

  • small coolant leak.  Probably bad hose or connection.  
  • new shocks (maybe springs) on all 4 corners
  • new subframe mount bushings
  • smoking exhaust.  Could be any number of things, but no obvious oil leaks so hopefully not a HG job.  
  • General sorting out of the HVAC and Radio.  I haven't had time to really fiddle with it, but weird sounds are made and I can't make them stop. 

Other than that, it's really just cleaning and tuning up of normal wear items for a 30-year-old car.  There's NO RUST, seals seem pretty good except for a couple that seem a bit melty, and only minor crazing/peeling of the clear coat, so I think it must have been garaged most of its life.  

 

If nothing major rears its ugly head, then I got it for a complete steal.  And partially thrift-funded to boot.

post #310 of 546
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Finally pulled the trigger.  Not my favorite generation of the Z, but cheaper than the s30 and I like the looks better than the s130.  Crazy digital dashboard and lots of 80's goodness.  

I've gotta fire up the ol' Craigslist and get rid of the crap in my garage to make more room to work, but parts are hopefully getting ordered this week.  Aside from the the obvious wash/polish/interior detail, the big ticket items are:
  • small coolant leak.  Probably bad hose or connection.  
  • new shocks (maybe springs) on all 4 corners
  • new subframe mount bushings
  • smoking exhaust.  Could be any number of things, but no obvious oil leaks so hopefully not a HG job.  
  • General sorting out of the HVAC and Radio.  I haven't had time to really fiddle with it, but weird sounds are made and I can't make them stop. 
Other than that, it's really just cleaning and tuning up of normal wear items for a 30-year-old car.  There's NO RUST, seals seem pretty good except for a couple that seem a bit melty, and only minor crazing/peeling of the clear coat, so I think it must have been garaged most of its life.  

If nothing major rears its ugly head, then I got it for a complete steal.  And partially thrift-funded to boot.

Sounds like a fun project! 80s imports will have their time in the sun, but it'll take a few more years. Where in Nova are you?
post #311 of 546
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Originally Posted by Sleeves345 View Post
 

Finally pulled the trigger.  Not my favorite generation of the Z, but cheaper than the s30 and I like the looks better than the s130.  Crazy digital dashboard and lots of 80's goodness.  

I've gotta fire up the ol' Craigslist and get rid of the crap in my garage to make more room to work, but parts are hopefully getting ordered this week.  Aside from the the obvious wash/polish/interior detail, the big ticket items are:

  • small coolant leak.  Probably bad hose or connection.  
  • new shocks (maybe springs) on all 4 corners
  • new subframe mount bushings
  • smoking exhaust.  Could be any number of things, but no obvious oil leaks so hopefully not a HG job.  
  • General sorting out of the HVAC and Radio.  I haven't had time to really fiddle with it, but weird sounds are made and I can't make them stop. 

Other than that, it's really just cleaning and tuning up of normal wear items for a 30-year-old car.  There's NO RUST, seals seem pretty good except for a couple that seem a bit melty, and only minor crazing/peeling of the clear coat, so I think it must have been garaged most of its life.  

 

If nothing major rears its ugly head, then I got it for a complete steal.  And partially thrift-funded to boot.

 

What year is it? 84?  I love all the different styles of the Z cars.  Obviously, the old Z cars (240 and 280) are super desirable because they were so iconic, but these 80's versions were cool too!    How many miles? 

 

The exhaust smoke and the coolant leak combined would have me a little worried.   What color is the smoke?  Is it white (possible coolant, i.e. Head Gasket) Or is it Blue (oil -- valve seals or rings),  or could be turbo issue.   

post #312 of 546
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Sounds like a fun project! 80s imports will have their time in the sun, but it'll take a few more years. Where in Nova are you?

Centreville, near where 66 and 28 cross.  That's also part of my thought process.  I reckon by the time I'm done with it, my sweat equity will have increased the value significantly, as well as 80's nostalgia working its magic on cars of this vintage.

 

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What year is it? 84?  I love all the different styles of the Z cars.  Obviously, the old Z cars (240 and 280) are super desirable because they were so iconic, but these 80's versions were cool too!    How many miles? 

 

The exhaust smoke and the coolant leak combined would have me a little worried.   What color is the smoke?  Is it white (possible coolant, i.e. Head Gasket) Or is it Blue (oil -- valve seals or rings),  or could be turbo issue.   

My bad, forgot to mention the year.  1986.  ODO reads 180xxx, but the title says that's not actual.  I presume it's had a dash replaced during its life - the digital ones apparently had issues.  But 180xxx can't be too far off base because the title report says it had 132xxx in 1998.  Clean title, apart from the ODO issue.  

 

The coolant is leaking on the radiator end, probably a bad fitting or hose - I can't see exactly where it's coming from without taking out a headlight or removing the bumper.  It's not coming from the engine.  However, the exhaust was smoking grey/white so you may still be right.  Or could be bad injectors running rich, could be a bad O2 sensor, vacuum leak, or something else.  I'm going to have to do some digging.  But I'd rather have to do a HG than rings.  So praying for good news.  No turbo, it's the N/A version. 

post #313 of 546
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Centreville, near where 66 and 28 cross.  That's also part of my thought process.  I reckon by the time I'm done with it, my sweat equity will have increased the value significantly, as well as 80's nostalgia working its magic on cars of this vintage.

 

My bad, forgot to mention the year.  1986.  ODO reads 180xxx, but the title says that's not actual.  I presume it's had a dash replaced during its life - the digital ones apparently had issues.  But 180xxx can't be too far off base because the title report says it had 132xxx in 1998.  Clean title, apart from the ODO issue.  

 

The coolant is leaking on the radiator end, probably a bad fitting or hose - I can't see exactly where it's coming from without taking out a headlight or removing the bumper.  It's not coming from the engine.  However, the exhaust was smoking grey/white so you may still be right.  Or could be bad injectors running rich, could be a bad O2 sensor, vacuum leak, or something else.  I'm going to have to do some digging.  But I'd rather have to do a HG than rings.  So praying for good news.  No turbo, it's the N/A version. 


you got a great car, time to break out the tool box. :nodding:

post #314 of 546

Parts are slowly rolling in.  Going to have to devote a weekend to a shock-absorber install, as I'm learning as I go.  I suspect I'll have to do a lot of bushings sooner than later, but they're going to have to wait until I get a little more cash set aside.  

 

Meanwhile, anyone have any idea WTF this is?  It was under the driver seat.  It's heavy, aluminum, looks like it bolts onto the licence plate area, but unfolds into a step-looking thing.  Spring-loaded so it folds back up if you don't hold it open.  Not really sure what it'd be useful for.

I can't see any markings on it as far as brand goes.  Anyone recognize the star logo?

 

Edit: Nevermind.  That's exactly what it is.  Why i'd have it on a sports car I don't know.  But google helped me out.  http://uniqueconceptsusa.com/catalog/item/344

post #315 of 546
Haha I can't possibly imagine why that would be on that car.
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