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Apr 26, 2013 (9:19 am)
Salespeople sometimes pitch diesels as "never needs a tune up!" or "these babies are known to go 500,000 miles!"
Naturally, these statements sound good, but are in fact full of potholes.
#8940 of 11692 Re: - [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 26, 2013 (9:53 am)
Defacto anything over 100k miles (much better than old school back in the day) needs repair/maint etc. To expect anything different is illusionary.
So for example in the first 100k miles on a diesel, I can expect to do a min of 4 oil and filter changes.
#8941 of 11692 Re: - [ruking1]
Apr 26, 2013 (9:40 am)
You guys have $10 pizzas down there? Delivered? :green:
Something else I have always been curious about, although knew the answer during the years I ran the south eastern seaboard in the truck a couple decades ago..is..are there any States that charge sales tax on meals? Here we only get a break (on sales tax of 8%...we STILL have to pay GST of 5%) if it is under $4.00. One cent over 4 bucks and we pay the full 13% on top.
Becomes a pretty BIG deal if you are at KFC or Swiss Chalet (wor$e) and you're picking up for a feast. You could literally buy extra dinners..plural...just with what is paid extra in tax
#8942 of 11692 Re: - [gimmestdtranny]
Apr 26, 2013 (9:55 am)
LIFE is GUUD !
The answer to your second question is selective and depends on STATE. We went to MC Dee's in OR for a .99 egg mc muffin (2 actually) and got back .02 cents on two dollars in payment. Some states will have the vendor ask: for here or to go? To go, .... NO tax. Sit down or here, YES tax. Opaque to the customer some states see cooking as value added and may impose a tax that you pay and dont really know that you do even as food is not supposed to be taxed. And yes, I agree with you, it IS a BIG DEAL on seemingly such a SMALL point.
#8943 of 11692 low compression is the pressing issue behind hard diesel starters
Apr 26, 2013 (9:52 am)
That is...usually.. and especially in the cold. If you're really lucky, the reason for a hard start, is poor battery performance. But if you have new batteries and all the connections are good and the lines aren't thinned down within inches of their life (something that usually diesels destined for cold climates still avoid) and if it has to turn a lot then worn rings and all the other compression-related components, valves etc although rings being far more common...in the hands of those who think because it's a diesel it never needs an oil change...don't cry...I've talked with this level of ignorance in the past are usally behind the hard or no start. if you get a bit of a gallop then can be an injector and/or glow plug related. If it starts and (a 4 cyl) runs on 3 and then as it warms, the 4th starts to fire, that usually a glow plug more often than a bad injector. Galloping can also be related to injection timing, but in those cases it is more likely to be a gradual degradation and doesn't just start doing it overnight (unless was fussed with the day prior of course).
#8944 of 11692 Re: - [ruking1]
Apr 26, 2013 (9:56 am)
I'd love to have the no tax on 'to go' stuff. There'd be a lot more chomping down while people watching in the parking lot from the comfort of the car...playing The Doors or SRV instead of Muzak half off frequency.. haha
Here, places like Swiss Chalet..you have those right? They are owned by...forget...but the same owners as Harvey's..will charge you more even pre-tax for sitdown meals than togo.
Kara foods I think??
#8945 of 11692 Re: - [gimmestdtranny]
Apr 26, 2013 (11:00 am)
In one home town, we just had another and new Starbuck's put in with a drive through. So for a host of reasons, it seems to pencil out as economically viable, or is part of a new modified Starbucks going forward vision. As you know, you really have to buy (rent, lease, get approvals, build) far more "non productive" land etc. to run a drive through.
As for the Swiss Chalet South Tahoe, CA DID have one for oh,...(I am told) 60 or so years. Sadly IT closed. I am not too much up on the actual ownership.
#8947 of 11692 Re: GLK250 First Look [dudleyr]
Apr 26, 2013 (12:50 pm)
..."Several European automakers, long diesel proponents, have figured this out and started installing them in their SUV lineups. Mercedes-Benz is the first one to put a diesel in its smallest SUV. (Read our Mercedes GLK350 road test.)"...
The above quote OBVIOUSLY was not vetted. MB might be first to market for a so called small "CUV/SUV"
#8948 of 11692 Re: GLK250 First Look [ruking1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 26, 2013 (1:30 pm)
I told automakers YEARS AGO to put diesels in SUVs and Jeeps, not cars, for the American market.