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To: kormac who wrote (75)11/6/1999 4:22:00 PM
From: WTMHouston
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seppo:

All very true. The most common knocking sound from the local methane exhaust system is caused by the sound of knuckles upside my head when the sheet bushings are looser than necessary to maintain a seal. Seems, though, to be an inherent gender problem that has little chance of every being fixed or cured. <g>

My BMW problem is not a typical shimmy and ONLY occurs during braking. I plan on printing out the stuff Cheecky linked to, taking it to the folks that work on my car, and letting them figure it out. Fortunately, and unlike the dealer, they never charge me to figure out the problem, just to fix it. The $900 radiator just after I got the car about 6 years ago broke me of any desire to ever take it to the dealer again.

Troy

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To: rustyjack who wrote (71)11/6/1999 4:42:00 PM
From: Jon Khymn
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Ron, which car do you think gives the best value for your money?
Can you give some recommendation for $20k, $30k, $40k, and $50k range?

All I want from a car is trouble free, safe and quiet .
I am the kind of nerd that doesn't even know how to change oil...(well actually I've done it once in my life, and the oil leaked the next day.)

Since I enjoyed Accord so much, thinking about getting another one, but would like to upgrade a little bit next time.


I was very impressed with Lexus LS400.
Even after the engine was turned on, I thought the engine was still off, so I turned the ignition key again.(ooops) It was that quiet.
And they seem to be #1 on customer satisfaction ever since they came out a decade ago.

Maybe we were just unlucky but we had a few US & European made cars before but it seems US cars either leak or something falls apart, and with European's a lots of electrical problems.

BTW, the distributor you mentioned, I had to change it when the car had about 100k miles. Found out it was a recall item so Honda dealer changed the distributor free after 100k miles!

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To: WTMHouston who wrote (60)11/6/1999 5:14:00 PM
From: Terry Whitman
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Tread is very important to your car's driving safety in wet or snowy conditions. I would not wait until it was hydroplaning on moderately wet streets.

If it is dry- a slick tire actually offers better traction. They are quite dangerous to drive on in wet conditions.

Regards,
TW

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To: Jon Khymn who wrote (77)11/6/1999 5:15:00 PM
From: Cheeky Kid
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Well not in that price range, but I have had great experience with Honda and Toyota. These cars run forever. It's not uncommon to see a Toyota with 500,000 KM + on it and still running fine. One good thing about these cars is they retain their value.

I am now a Honda Civic kinda guy. In 94 I purchased a brand new Honda Civic CX hatchback, the dealer gave me a super good deal, I paid 10,800 before taxes. I sold it 3.5 years later for 9,500. I was checking market value on that similar car last week and they are still going in the 9,000 dollar range. (Low mileage)

What other cars do you find that only loose 15-20% of their value after 6+ years? Not many.

The Japanese cars are great in cold climates. It was rare that I would ever plug in my Honda, even when temperatures reached -30C during cold spells. In addition I have noticed that Asian model cars, built in Japan (J first character in the VIN) seem to have better quality control than that of the same Asian models built in Canada or the USA (1 or 2 first character in the VIN). Quality control seems to be better in Japan models compared to the same built in USA or Canada.

Sorry I can't help you on the more expensive type cars, though I see them everyday in my business, as many of our clients own them. I have changed over the years and have preferred cars that don't depreciate as much as others and are very good on fuel consumption.

However, I do love the F355:
unicus.com

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To: WTMHouston who wrote (73)11/6/1999 5:27:00 PM
From: Terry Whitman
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WTM, Have you replaced your rotors? I understand that many braking shimmies are caused by rotors that have overheated and warped. It has become a larger problem with newer asbestos-free pads, because they do not dissipate the heat as well.

FWIW,
TW

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To: Terry Whitman who wrote (78)11/6/1999 5:28:00 PM
From: WTMHouston
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TW

We don't get snow down here, but you are right about hydroplaning. I should have said "about" to hydroplane. Poor choice of words on my part. Actually, I was thinking about an incident on vacation with the family a few years ago, driving the old Chrysler van down the highway in a storm, barely able to control the vehicle because of the front end hydroplaning, having to constantly slow down to maintain control, stopping at some service station a long way from anywhere just to buy two front tires (actually only needed one, but the other was going to need it soon). Got full value out of those tires, but they should have been replaced just a wee bit sooner. <g>

Troy

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To: Terry Whitman who wrote (80)11/6/1999 5:35:00 PM
From: WTMHouston
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Terry:

I think (i.e., don't remember for sure) that I have replaced the rotors, but after looking at one of the links Cheeky got me, I'm going to re-check it and maybe replace them again.

garageboy.com

I am also going to try and figure out what the CCA discount is for BMW parts. I probably can't get it even if I figure it out, but 20% to 40% off of parts may be worth the time to look.

Troy

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To: Cheeky Kid who wrote (79)11/6/1999 5:37:00 PM
From: Jon Khymn
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High resale value means higher quality after 5 years...

Caldillac probably lose 50% of its value after 2 years.

>>I do love the F355:<<

Have you seen new Honda S2000 Roadster?
I wouldn't mind having that one for my toy car.
autos.yahoo.com

(Hope no one think I am a Honda dealer salesman -g-)

I think you're right about where it was assembled makes difference. My sisiter bought 97 Accord after my recommendation, but she had more trouble in two years than mine with 10 years...

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To: WTMHouston who wrote (82)11/6/1999 6:02:00 PM
From: Terry Whitman
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You might as well search the net. I get a lot of parts for my Benz at reasonable prices over the net. I bought a new set of rear rotors for $50 + shipping. 1-800-MBTECHS. Not sure if they carry BMW parts. There are those that do, I'd bet.

TW

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To: WTMHouston who wrote (73)11/6/1999 8:17:00 PM
From: margin_man
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I had the exact same problem with my 1989 Honda Accord last year.
The mechanic replaced the left front drive shaft and the problem
went away.

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