Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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  2. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    LS400.
     


  3. ridethecliche

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    Doesn't sound like a terrible idea after my adventure on sunday. On the way to a rotation in western mass on sunday night and this happens...

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    Crank pulley sheared off the bolts. I think a belt from the road came up and the metal end got lodged in there and ripped the damn thing out. My damn luck is so terrible right now...

    I called insurance and reported it as an accident. I recovered a few of those industrial belts from the area when the massdot worker came by and drove me around for a few minutes to help figure out what was going on.

    Do I have to go through the insurance song and dance for evaluating damage etc or can I just call it off? I don't want there to be red flags.... but I also just kinda want to fix this and move on with life. They may give me a rental which would be nice for the upcoming rotation out of town, but this is pretty fixable...
     


  4. jbarwick

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    For insurance, at least in my experience, you can cancel a claim at any point prior to them writing you a check. This is usually around the time the claims adjuster looks at the damage and gives you an estimate. The only problem is, they give it a once over from a visual standpoint, so if you cancel the claim then find out it will be a lot more $$$, you may be SOL at that point.
     


  5. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    I currently have a ton of spare parts in my garage... like enough to put together like 2 engines if I had to. I'm concerned about the damage here, but honestly I'd rather just fix the shit up and and be on my way instead of dealing with insurance. There was no frame damage or anything.

    I doubt that they'd do it, but I don't want them to total the car. I also don't want it to sit at a body shop for a year.

    I would, however, like the option to get a rental for a bit. I don't mind submitting pictures to the insurance, but this is something I can probably fix over the weekend if things don't get totally fucked.
     


  6. slyguyWT2

    slyguyWT2 Well-Known Member

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    Why not a new 'hoe?

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  7. brokencycle

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    If you were going to look at a Tahoe, why not look at the GMC version instead? I know he has looked at the Escalade in the past.
     


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    double00 Senior member

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    what happened to the sedan? is that no longer on the table?
     


  9. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    @ridethecliche I'm telling you man. what you got right now, is a project. and a money pit.
    grab a clean lexus LS400 before you get priced out of one. Here in Japan, the Aristo V300 (GS300) has doubled in value over 3 years. and non turbo ones are creeping up slowly. the Celsiors? (LS400) super clean ones are disappearing. fast.
    back on point. the Miata is your project car. the poverty spec subie? cut it loose. your rebuild money could go towards a much more rewarding daily.

    shameless plug:
    https://www.styleforum.net/threads/...d-bragging-thread.508742/page-39#post-9016419
     


  10. ridethecliche

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    I don't entirely disagree with you, tbh, but any used car in that price range with as many miles as a used LS400 from the 90's would probably result in a solid amount of money being spent in repairs as well...

    Honestly, I might be best of getting a used trans and having it installed and looking for someone that might trade an LS400 for the subaru in the winter. This has been frustrating to say the least. If I'd started with an LS400, I'd probably have a much better looking and more reliable car than the subaru currently is.

    Only reason to repair the subie to trade or sell would be that it would have little to no value in its current state. That said, I could always look for a swap candidate, i.e. car with a junk motor.

    Gahhh.

    Help me find a decent one locally? Maybe I'll look in PA too...
     


  11. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    @ridethecliche here is an example of where values are going....
    https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/cto/d/1999-lexus-lsk/6317252347.html

    worth a look.
    https://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/d/2001-lexus-gs-430-in/6321824707.html

    possible winner.
    https://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/d/2001-lexus-ls-430/6319112298.html

    this is a deal.
    https://longisland.craigslist.org/cto/d/1992-lexus-sc300-one-owner/6306762402.html

    deal if you can wrench.
    https://longisland.craigslist.org/cto/d/lexus-gs300-nice/6311462893.html
    i'd look at it. hard.

    potential here. a hood can be had cheap.
    https://longisland.craigslist.org/cto/d/lexus-ls400/6297671633.html

    if you want a sweet ride for cheap? you are going to work for it. but we all know. a lexus will love you back.
    dig one up. they are getting harder to score by the day.
     


  12. brokencycle

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    My GS hasn't been expensive to maintain, but it hasn't been cheap either. The LS certainly will be more.
     


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