The Official Cars Discount / Thrift & DIY Questions and Bragging Thread.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Thrift Vader, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. noob15

    noob15 Senior member

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    Thank you!. Actually 4Matic is tempting.

     
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    @Nobleprofessor , you sir, haz a PM.
     
  3. Fueco

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    For the Subaru fans... I saw this old wagon while walking my dog yesterday.

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    I wonder how many Subie Snacks it takes to start her up?
     
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    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    Several friends of mine had pretty much that exact Scubie, color and all, in high school and college. Solid and reliable beaters.
     
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    That doesn't mean much if we don't know what timeframe you're talking about... ;)

    While I was walking past, the owner and her dog got out. She was an aging hippie type. I would guess she's the original owner.
     
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    Well, most high schoolers don't beat brand new cars (maybe that's a geo-economical thing) and it's getting old enough now where you don't see many on the road anymore... But this was early to mid 2000's.
     
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    You don't see them because they're all in Boulder County...

    Kona loved her first ride in the Forester. I picked it up from the shop earlier this afternoon while out walking her.

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    Sweet! How did I know it would be red! They might not much be to look at it, but these are workhorses. They get great gas mileage (considering its a fairly large family car), they are cheap to repair, they are very reliable, and they are comfortable. I would guess anyone under 30 would look at this and think there is nothing redeeming about it. But, I can sure appreciate them.

    I had a 1990 Olds 88. In 1990 they had a little bit of a facelift and it was a little cleaner design. I really like the 98, too. In fact, even though they are 25+ years old, I would still really like the have a 98 Touring Sedan.

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  10. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    It's been a while, but had to share with you guys this thing my friend has been working on for a customer.
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    FD3S RX7 RE Amemiya full widebody kit, (has a big badass wing somewhere) Rays TE37 Rims, Racing tires, $$$$$ Suspension and brakes, engine specs unknown.... @Cj52racers , i swear you'd do anything to get a seat in this thing. i have seen it go from a shell to this. and omfg, it is like a JGTC car. he is aiming for lap time supremacy. and i don't doubt it. if the dude can drive.....[​IMG]
     
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    Close Horse Well-Known Member

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    Looks awesome Vader.

    Recent work on my car (not thrifted): new strut mounts and strut bearings, new front drive axles. Sounds and feels a lot better. The bad strut pieces made driving on rough roads sound like Blue Man Group banging trash can lids.

    I did snag one of these bushing replacement kits off eBay for cheap due to being a cosmetic second. Hoping to tighten up steering response once spring time rolls around.
    http://www.whiteline.com.au/product_detail4.php?part_number=KCA428&sq=24160

    That and finally replace my A/C compressor.

    Hopefully you can share more customer work with the new gig.
     
  12. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    it's a beast. 40k in before the engine work........

    how do you like the Whiteline products?
    A/C is goine to be easy. but dealing with the gas sucks. unless you get a workshop to empty it for you.
    which whip are you working on?
     
  13. jcman311

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    Thoughts on struts after 50k? Living in pothole country (midwest) I've put on 50k on my ride (2010 Murano) I know I've got brakes that probably should get done (city driving) and so I was hoping to tighten up the suspension at least in the front. Brakes are a piece of cake (I've done more than my share of brake jobs) but I've only swapped struts once and replaced the whole assembly when I did (no spring compressor). Should I just wait until I really notice something? Maybe another 25k miles or so?
     
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    Struts usually last much longer than shocks. Unless you are really having a problem, I wouldn't worry about them until much later.
     
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    Ill keep an eye on them. I remember reading 50k for shocks but it says struts too. I just like to baby my cars, but at the same time abused them. Nothing clunking in the suspension yet but the ride is a little more bouncy than when new. Thanks
     

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