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#27324 of 32401 Re: for the NY peeps [au1994]
Sep 17, 2012 (10:13 am)
Those three had similar genes, I think.
I also remember Lincoln bustleback and Mk VII Continental diesels, Ranger and Escort diesels, of course the big GM diesels (I remember finding a diesel Monte Carlo on a used car lot about 10 years ago - how rare is that?), and IIRC the first gen Camry was also offered in a diesel.
#27325 of 32401 Re: for the NY peeps [steve_]
Sep 17, 2012 (10:15 am)
I suspect they weren't as bad. The engines made for other parts of the world where diesel is more common were probably better engineered.
There was a diesel Maxima hanging around my area until a few years ago...I bet it sold to someone out of the area, that would be weird enough to keep.
#27327 of 32401 Re: for the NY peeps [fintail]
Sep 17, 2012 (10:18 am)
someone that lives near me has an early vintage Rabbit diesel, and I occasionally would get stuck behind it on the way to work. Did not smoke much at least.
I had to laugh though, since it has a trailer hitch on it. Hope it is not a very heavy one!
#27328 of 32401 Re: for the NY peeps [stickguy]
by steve_ HOST
Sep 17, 2012 (10:22 am)
Wow - "The high-water mark of diesel sales in the U.S. was 520,788, in 1981."
I had just moved up north the year before and only remember some pickups that wouldn't start in the winter.
Funny reading all the "black cloud" comments in the article.
#27329 of 32401 Re: for the NY peeps [stickguy]
Sep 17, 2012 (10:30 am)
I remember that. Lovely color for that W116, too bad it was a worn out heap.
I think old slow smoky early 70s diesel MBs and troublesome Rabbits hurt diesels as much as the GM issues.
#27330 of 32401 Re: for the NY peeps [stickguy]
Sep 17, 2012 (10:30 am)
He was being European. You'll see trailer hitches on insane stuff there, and they use them too. Note to caution, never buy a normal used car with a trailer hitch.
#27331 of 32401 dead acura issue
Sep 17, 2012 (11:53 am)
Just heard from the kid. Dealer got to the Acura today (the one that was towed in Saturday, dead as a doornail). They could not even jump it in the parking lot, so had to put a new battery in. After doing that, they said it was running fine in the shop and everything seemed to have checked out. So must have been a complete battery meltdown.
too bad he did not make it to walmart. Would have saved me some money! Or if he had tools and knew what to do with them...
hopefully this is now it for the year. Just need him to make it to May (graduation) and get a job, then go get his own car!
Sep 17, 2012 (12:07 pm)
Oh yeah, yesterday I went for a ride in my sister's new Sonic. I forget the trim level, but it has fancier wheels, foglights, bluetooth and XM radio, etc. Not a turbo. It's a blandbox, but she had it on the road after tax, fees, and gap insurance for 18K even - so you get what you pay for. Made in the USA, that's a plus. Seemed smooth and quiet enough for a small car, I didn't notice any assembly problems. Sportbike-style instruments are funny. I am sure it will survive it until it hits around 150K or so and she's ready to move on again.
It replaced an 04 Focus, which she loved, but she feared was about to have problems - not to mention it was over 160K, worn brakes, cracked windshield, had been in an accident, and she claimed was consuming coolant and she couldn't figure out where. So maybe not a bad time to move on. Equivalent new Focus she shopped was over 22K, which exceeded her comfort level.
#27333 of 32401 Re: for the NY peeps [fintail]
Sep 17, 2012 (1:07 pm)
there was a used car dealer around here that had an 80's Cutlass diesel that was a stick no less. Oddest of the odd birds for sure.