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#27180 of 32382 Re: story [stickguy]
Sep 11, 2012 (10:56 am)
Sounds like a real cluster frigg at the dealer and you came out ahead. Why not take the minivan to them and try to squeeze a decent trade-in that ends your selling fun and saves a bit on sales tax. Nothing ventured -----. Good luck on the TL.
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Sep 11, 2012 (2:02 pm)
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#27182 of 32382 Re: Help needed from the experts. [stickguy]
Sep 11, 2012 (6:32 pm)
Not sure how this one turned out, stick, but if he was having issues with power while he was driving, the issue was most likely his alternator. Probably good at this point to replace the battery, too, but the alternator should keep stuff rolling while the car is on even if the battery took a poo (getting it started is the trick).
Either a bad connection or a failed alternator. Wal-Mart or an auto parts store should be able to diagnose. Alternator is super easy to R&R. Probably 20-30 minutes even for a novice.
#27183 of 32382 Re: Help needed from the experts. [xwesx]
Sep 11, 2012 (6:52 pm)
Not sure if I want him loose in a walmart with something not a battery. And no way he is going to be changing anything himself.
May be better to just bite the ($) bullet and tell him to take it into the dealer to see what is going on If it turns out to just be the battery, I may end up paying a little more for it, but not the worst thing in the world.
a good case study in the pitfalls of keeping a car indefinitely and running it in
#27184 of 32382 Re: Help needed from the experts. [stickguy]
Sep 11, 2012 (7:25 pm)
I know for a fact that a bad battery in an E39 can cause problems exactly like you described. That said, I'd like to see an alternator output test AND a battery load test before parts start getting thrown at the problem.
#27185 of 32382 Re: Breld [fintail]
Sep 11, 2012 (7:50 pm)
Factory nav, when done correctly, is beautiful, but I generally only use the nav system once every month or two, vacations excepted. Also, my Garmin updates four times per year. I don't know of any factory nav systems that offer lifetime map subscriptions.
#27186 of 32382 Re: Breld [corvette]
Sep 11, 2012 (8:30 pm)
The one in my car never was offered an update. I know of issues in my area already, roads and commercial areas that have developed in the past decade that are empty according to my car.
Sep 11, 2012 (9:41 pm)
Looking very seriously at trading the civic in. Have a great deal hammered out on a 2012 Chevy Sonic LT. They are offering $6k hard money on the civic (no over allowance since the Sonic is a loss leader car for them). Civic has 108k miles on it and with upcoming mantainence + repairs not covered we are looking at dropping nearly $2k into the car. Still it's a tough decision. On one hand the civic is reliable, but with the long drive and harsh climate we wonder how much longer that will continue. So we came home to think long and hard about it. Nada trade on the civic is $7k so with the damage to the front of the car $6k seems fair.
The Sonic has a few pluses going for it, higher safety rating, stability control, traction control, and it's new. The Civic we know well, it's paid for, and it's already pre-damaged.
#27188 of 32382 pre-damaged ? Re: Punch #3? [akangl]
Sep 12, 2012 (3:19 am)
New term, to me...
Good luck with your choices here.
'pre-damaged' - kinda like gettin' that
first parking lot door ding?
#27189 of 32382 Re: Breld [corvette]
Sep 12, 2012 (7:10 am)
I just updated my Garmin and the full ICC finally appears (in MD, DC area).
I also own a Magellan and just updated that, and it does not yet have it. They also do quarterly updates so not sure what the hold up is, it's been open for a while.
Around here they're re-doing the mixing bowl where the DC beltway meets I-95 and also the whole Tysons Corner, VA, area. If you have maps that are 2+ years old you may as well not use it, as it can send you the wrong way and actually hinder proper navigation.
Generally, though, even old maps will get you there, though it may not be the most efficient route.
Personally, I had problems in Orlando last time, the exit off I-4 for Old Town changed and the GPS would send you right past the ramp. It's one of those where you have to get on the local lanes first.
To go back to being car related, Old Town Kissimmee has lots of cool car meets, if you ever go to the area and get sick of the whole theme park thing (Day 1 for me).