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On 6/8/2018 at 7:10 PM, Road Guy said:

anyone have any experience with a Mazda CX-7? its got 90K miles but owner only wants $3000 for it? has a little hail damage on the hood, but basically a car for a kid to keep at college.

I'd better take it to service for inspect. I had mazda 6 2 turbo, which was nice looking and worked well. But then suspension failed, replacement of the turbo charger and several more surprises. Glad I don't have it anymore.

 

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I still plan to sell my new POS jeep if I ever get it back from Chrysler... but picked this 01 TJ up for my daughter today... in line 6? Don't mind if I do... actually I may just keep this for myself and get her something else once the POS JK is back...

Not sure what happened to the hood... may have to pick up some plasti-dip...

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That's pretty nice for a kid car...Shouldn't cost too much to get the hood painted.

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Its the same age as my daughter - I think that's a good rule for kids cars.. & the price was right on this one, $3500 - just hoping I can get it to pass emissions without too much of a beating..

previous owner cut the electric lines to where the O2 sensor "used to" plug in - I spent 2 hours trying to make that work and am just saying F it and taking it to my mechanic -

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From the looks of the ends of the bumper and the fender flares, it just looks like it has been sitting out in the sun a lot.  I wouldn't even bother worrying about it, because I'm sure it's going to see it's share of "oops".  The chrome grill cover is :f_115m_e45d7af: though.

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Yeah that was my thought as well on the grill - defin like 1990.. may seriously plasti dip spray it black

I put some goof off on the hood with som elbow grease and some of the Home Depot paint started to come off -

Other than it sounding like an outboard motor with no o2 sensor - drove it to the shop last night and it rides pretty good - defin needs new shocks but felt good to be back in a less plastic jeep

Also check out the radio - totally upset I threw away my 3 shoe boxes of cassette tapes :(

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That's pretty impressive, a Jeep that old having a docking station for an iPod.

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That reminds me of a phone call from my mother about 20 years ago.  She called me from work, two of her coworkers beside her, for some tech support.  Computer wouldn't read a CD.  In fact, it wouldn't even TAKE the CD.  They were trying to cram a CD in the floppy drive.  

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5-1/4 or 3 1/2?

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3 1/2.

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so starting to learn some new stuff on the old jeep and maybe why I was able to get it for $3 grand.. my mechanic is trying to hard wire the o2 sensors, but checked the vin # and the jeep was originally a 2.5L 4 CYL & at some point someone changed it to the 4.0L 6 CYL. Said whoever did that did a good job with it, but thinks they left the computer in from the 4 banger and that's messing with the emissions "info"  supposedly trany is the same for both engines... I think the computer is  a $200 fix. just hope I can get the damn thing to pass emissions.......

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Yikes.  Here in NC, we wouldn't even be able to register that.  Any change in # of cylinders isn't allowed, even if it was a factory option (and this is another reason why I want to move to SC.)

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If I lived 10 miles to the north I wouldn't even have to deal with emissions here  :(  I told myself if I get more than a grand into this it will go back to craigslist! 

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Do you guys have the computer based emissions test?  That usually ends up pulling the VIN from the computer, which means you'd have to have the computer reprogrammed to match.

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I think so, mechanic didn't think it would be a major issue -just may take an iteration or two - the title lists the vehicle as a 6 CYL so hoping it was previously titled correctly

They think it was tested  for emissions with the wires not connected from the O2 sensor, which obviously wouldn't pass..

When I was looking there wasn't a single 2001 Wrangler in Colorado for sale for less than $10K so I am hoping I wont take too much of a beating if I can get "the papers"

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My car wouldn't start this morning.  Would turn over, but was weak and wouldn't catch.  Pretty sure the battery has had it.  Considering it's original to the car, and I got the car 12 years ago this week, I think that's a pretty good showing.

 

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damn what brand was that? That impressive!

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Week and a half ago, while taking the week off, the fam was en route to the new pizza joint in town.  Long story short, a car merging onto the street merged square into our passenger door with me in the passenger seat.  Ok, well, sh*t.  Pull into the Walgreen's parking lot so we can exchange info.  This f*cking woman BOLTS!  I get the first 3 digits of the plate while looking over my shoulder and we high-tail it into pursuit mode.  Bitch is gone.  Dammit.  Pull into grocery store parking lot, continue call with police, and start to walk over to burger joint next door when my call ended.  Woman (witness of accident) pulls up next to us and gives us her name, number, and the license plate number of hit-n-run bitch.  Call insurance and from that number, they know who hit us, where she lives, and all of her insurance info.  Police arrive, we give our statements, he states we're not at fault, and adds that HNRB now has a criminal charge facing her for running.  F her.

Now, being in the accident didn't ruffle my feathers too much.  Yeah, it sucks, but we're all fine and the damage isn't detrimental.  What pisses me off is that bitch fled the scene of a basic accident without one freakin' care in the world of who we are.  We could have been a family living pay check to pay check, no way to pay for repairing car, no other means for transportation, been injured in the accident, etc... and she had not one ounce of thought for the well being of those she hit or about taking responsibility for property damage she caused.  Her insurance has already contacted us and I can only imagine the law has caught up with her, as well.  I can only hope it has.  F her.

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yeah cant imagine people actually get away with fleeing the scene, just seems like it only makes things worse for them - glad you are all okay and hope you nail them on the insurance claim! - I would maybe start saying my back hurts to their insurance company!

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43 minutes ago, Road Guy said:

damn what brand was that? That impressive!

 

OEM, AC Delco.

 

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You flee the scene in NC, it's a Class 1 misdemeanor bare minimum.  Major damage or injury (>$1000), you just committed a felony.

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Our damage is $2k per the estimate.  I'm just glad it's not totaled.  We're talking about a 17 year old car here.

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& it sucks when an older car (or any car that is paid for) is totaled cause you just never get the value back of a car that runs when you have to replace it.

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The last couple of weeks has been rather interesting for vehicles in the Dex household.

We've been using our 2016 Kia Cerrato (Forte in the US), since we bought it new. Been a great car, very reliable, good gas mileage, etc. Sometime last year, Mrs Dex was in an accident. Girl in the car behind her was on her phone and didn't see the light turned red. Smashed into the back of Mrs Dex and forced our car into the car in front, damaging both ends of the car (almost entirely cosmetic damage). Girl was un-insured, but our insurance took care of everything and would "recover" the costs from the girl.  Car got fixed, been running like a champ since.

That is, until 2 weeks ago. Had a couple of really cold mornings so we would wake up to ice/frost on the windows. Start the car to warm it up but the heater wasn't working properly. Sometimes would heat up just fine, other times would just blow cold air. Wasn't a huge deal because we don't drive very much and was only really cold in the mornings. After a few days, the car throws a "overheating" code on our way to work. Sure enough, temp gage is pegged. Luckily we were just a few hundred feet away from the office, so we parked it and popped the hood. Nothing looked out of the ordinary. Still had plenty of coolant, engine wasn't overly hot (not any more than usual), so we considered it confirmation that the thermostat was messed up and Mrs Dex would just drive the car to the dealership for them to have a look. She drives it home, calls the dealership to schedule an appointment, and they tell her to not drive it at all and they will send a mobile repair truck.  Truck shows up and immediately spots a coolant leak (engine had cooled off by this point and was obviously covered in coolant).  Car is towed to the dealership to review.  Dealership calls a short time later to say they've discovered a crack in the radiator that appears to be the result of an accident, so we call insurance to say they missed it during the earlier accident repair.  Takes a couple of days for insurance to make it out there to review, and they confirm it appears to be part of an accident, but say it was from a separate accident from the one previously repaired. They provide photo proof that radiator was fine.  Shit.  Dealership says it's been running with low/no coolant for a little while and could potentially have some significant engine damage.  More than just a radiator replacement, and could end up being weeks of gremlin chasing (read: $$ repairs). 

At this point, we've been about a week without a regular daily driver and have been using Bee to get around when we absolutely have to drive (take the bus or Uber otherwise).  Not a big deal, gave me an excuse to drive Bee and keep the cobwebs at bay. Small win.

Meanwhile, while at the dealership during one of the repair conversations for the Kia, we notice one of the cars in the showroom. Didn't recognize it, but it was a sportier sedan/hatch that we had seen around town that we were curious about.  We didn't have much time to really look at it that night (they were getting ready to close and we needed to get home for dinner), but we said we'd be back on the weekend to check it out more.  I made an off-comment about "it'd be really cool if it was yellow" as we were leaving and they said that yellow had been discontinued and was out of stock, but they had a cool dark grey and a red that Mrs Dex really liked.

Next morning, dealership called and said another dealership had just taken a yellow fully loaded one on trade and if we were interested they would give us a "first look" price on it.  We went in to check it out, car is awesome. Love the color, all the options we want, Mrs Dex loves how it drives (it would primarily be hers), and to top it off the dealership gives us a good price for it (including trading the busted Kia) because it's used.

So let me introduce you to the newest member to the Dex family, Queen Bee:

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Picture is not our car because we don't take possession until later this week (need to clear all the mechanical checks first).

Car is a 2018 Kia Stinger GT Sport. Has a twin-turbo 3.3l V6, rear wheel drive, 8sp auto trans, and all the bells and whistles.

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