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Cars We Drive!

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

  1. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    ^ My father agrees, he just placed an order for the S5 Convertible. Funny thing is delivery wont be until Feb!
     
  2. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    I's convertible season all year round, the only days you can't drive with the top down is in rain and snow.
     
  3. deepitm

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    I really like the new Ford Escape. I saw one this morning on the way into work. I think it's a cool looking car for the masses.

    I also really like the Buick Regal Turbo. I would like to drive that thing some time. I feel like it would be fun to thrash around in. It looks great in black with the big gunmetal factory wheels.
     
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  4. Douglas

    Douglas Senior member

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    Car question, not sure where else to ask it.

    I recently had my rear brakes replaced and was a bit irritated afterwards because the parking brake no longer really worked. When I pulled up on it it went all the way to the top, barely engaged, and parking on any kind of a hill it wasn't enough to hold the car in place. So I'd had to get into the habit of putting the car in gear after parking, which has led to at least 3 or 4 embarrassing incidents where I did my new routine (engage parking brake, clutch in, put car in gear, push "engine stop" button, disengage clutch, remove key) in the wrong order, and just sitting in a spot, clutched out before hitting "engine stop" and lurching the car into an unintentional stall.

    :facepalm:

    However, as of two days ago, all of a sudden the parking brake is dead tight. Two or three clicks in, it engages. It was the "old" way for at least 3 or 4 weeks, then bam, it's like the thing re-set itself.

    Anyone ever heard of anything like this?
     
  5. Ty_Webb

    Ty_Webb Senior member

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    No, but I would be inclined (pun not intended, but enjoyed upon spotting) to keep the car in gear on a hill, just in case it decides to revert to its "old" form.
     
  6. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    My first thought is that you should talk to the mechanic who did the job, and see if he can come up with a credible explanation for this.

    I'll assume you're not driving one of the few cars that uses calipers for their parking brakes (Ferraris, Audi R8, Lambos, Tesla S), and instead have brake shoes inside your rear rotor that pushes outwards on the inside part of your rear rotor hat. If you look at a rotor as a top hat, the "hat" part is the tall cylinder. Think of action movies where the hero can't stand on the floor, and does the splits pushing against opposite walls of the hallway to stay off the floor. Sorry for the stupid analogy, but that's the only one I can think of right now.

    Sometimes when changing rear rotors, the new surface inside will be thicker than the old brakes, because it's new. They have to back off the brake shoes for the parking brake so that the brake engages at whatever number of clicks the manufacturer specifies. They may also change the brake shoes if they're worn. The first case could explain your first few weeks if they had backed off the brake shoes too much, but doesn't explain the reset. The second case may explain the reset because the brake shoes may have needed some sort of break-in, perhaps to wear off some kind of surface treatment used by the manufacturing process. After using it a few times, it may have worn off the new surface of the shoes and given you grip, "resetting" the brakes, but it shouldn't be at 2 or 3 clicks. 5 or 6 is more normal.

    If this is the case, the best way to deal with this in the future, besides talking to your mechanic, is to drive around slowly with your parking brake engaged so that you wear off the surface. You shouldn't need to go more than a block (or indeed a few revolutions of the wheels).

    There can be more complicated reasons for your problem, but these are the most obvious ones to check first.

    Anyway, talk to your mechanic, and he may need to readjust the shoes.
     
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  7. Seahawk

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    Third of fourth gen? What year?


    Love the car (and watch)!
     
  8. Kai

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    It's Gen 3, 2004 SRT-10. I bought it new back in 2004.

    It's pretty heavily modded, and puts out over 700hp and 700lb/ft (naturally aspirated.)

    More info on my CarDomain site, here:

    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/681231/2004-dodge-viper
     
  9. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    Very sweet, Kai.
     
  10. habitant

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    they did three events in canada this year. Toronto, Montreal & Vancouver. Co-sponsored by scotiabank.

    edit.

    Maybe you just saw one of these

    http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/ctd/3314224002.html
     
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  11. dufferin1

    dufferin1 Senior member

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    The Lancair aircraft is a beauty as well, is it yours? Very cool.
     
  12. Seahawk

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    Very cool! And yes, that is insanely modified.

    I am curious about that sub enclosure....Did you manage to build that into the existing center console somehow (I don't know what the stock console looks like), or is that entire thing a custom fiberglass enclosure?
     
  13. Kai

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    No, the plane belonged to a very good friend of mine.


    The entire center panel is a custom piece. It looks a lot like the stock piece, but it isn't. The dash with the tire pressure monitor is also custom.


    I've been a Mopar fan for a long time. My first car: (age 17)

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  14. xpress

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    My business partner just traded in his 1 series for a 335is.

    Interior aside, I love this car.

    As a daily driver, I'd be tempted to take this over an M3.
     
  15. deepitm

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    Nice Mopar. Used to have a 73 'Cuda.

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. Strange

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    I have a 2008 GL and absolutely love it. I'm really looking forward to the current ('13) model; most likely we'll buy next year and let someone else take some of the depreciation. The '63 would be insane but I really can't justify the price over the 550. I'm hoping to find one with the Designo interior and I'll be a happy camper :nodding:
     
  17. habitant

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    A friend had a ml63, ended up trading it in after a few years for a diesel..
     
  18. Dean Keaton

    Dean Keaton Well-Known Member

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    What a machine!!!. I'm surprised nobody listed it as one of the cars in their dream garage. Definitely want - an EVO. I just thought this beauty needs to be shown to the world more often.
     
  19. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    My neighbor has one of those in mint condition and it sounds evil, not sure if it's an Evo or what. I just know that it's a Delta Integrale, might have OZ or Sparco rims on it. He has one of those cool concrete modern Japanese mini-homes and had a small one-car garage and one day the garage door was changed to wooden French doors, and his wife opened some designer fruit juice stand in there and he had to move the car to a rental garage next to me. I don't know if he still has the car or what, because the same spaces he used now have a mint 930 turbo and that NSX-R i posted awhile back.
     
  20. JuyLe

    JuyLe Senior member

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    Delta Integrale's scream "Hey I have car taste!". Can't be a bad thing I guess.

    Also I know everyone loves combi muscle cars so
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