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#506 of 4850 Re: So imagine your day starting off like this. [isellhondas]
Nov 12, 2012 (5:37 am)
I used to have a 1979 Chrysler Newport, that I bought from the junkyard in late 1996. In April 1997, the transmission failed on it. Luckily, less than a mile from a local transmission shop that had a good rep, so I had it towed there.
The guy that owned the place told me that, if I had happened to come by there about 5-6 months earlier, I could've had that car for free! I didn't understand what he was saying at first, so he explained. Turned out, the previous owner had brought that car to them, and when they said it needed a new transmission, he didn't want to put the money into it, so he just left the car with them. They swapped the wheels, which were the extra-wide 15x7 road wheels, and gave them to a friend to use on a horse trailer, and they threw some junky Ford wheels on that had the same bolt pattern, but the center part was smaller so they cut the opening out. And eventually, they sent it to the junkyard.
And as luck would have it, I happened in that junkyard on the very day the car came in, so I saw it, complete and solid, before they started dismantling it and then parting it out. Paid $250 for it.
It actually drove out of the junkyard, and made the trip home just fine, and the transmission never gave any indication of trouble. And the inspection never found anything, but then again, I don't think a transmission is part of a "safety" inspection. However, one evening after work I used it for my part time job delivering pizzas, and it acted up pretty quickly. I tried to get it home so I could get another car, and got within about 1/4 mile. So I just left it along the road, ran home, got another car, and figured I'd deal with it later.
That night, after I got off, I put some transmission fluid in it, and it went into gear just fine. So I made sure to just keep transmisison fluid with me. But, the second time, that didn't work!
The transmission shop only charged me $650 to put in a rebuilt transmission, which seems cheap to me...too cheap to total a car over. But then, maybe the previous owner was just getting tired of the car. And, it did need other work. I bet that transmission shop is happy that the previous owner didn't say go ahead and fix it, and THEN refuse to pay! Also wondered if they thought I was an idiot for pulling it out of the junkyard and then paying to get it fixed?
#510 of 4850 Re: MOM (Motor Oil Matters) [thecardoc3]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 19, 2012 (5:22 am)
"Those who are licensed will be put in an online directory for consumers, which can be used as an advertising tool."
Such a deal. And if you don't pay the $400 a year, someone like that Marsha guy will claim you're incompetent when they sue the shop.
Don't forget to top up the tank with some Top Tier gas.
#511 of 4850 Re: MOM (Motor Oil Matters) [steve_]
Nov 19, 2012 (5:36 am)
Doesn't mean squat for those of us that change our own oil.
#512 of 4850 Re: MOM (Motor Oil Matters) [srs_49]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 19, 2012 (5:56 am)
Until the manufacturer tries to deny your warranty claim for doing your own maintenance "wrong".
#513 of 4850 Re: MOM (Motor Oil Matters) [steve_]
Nov 19, 2012 (6:23 am)
Of course, trying and succeeding are 2 very different things.
#514 of 4850 Re: MOM (Motor Oil Matters) [qbrozen]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 19, 2012 (6:30 am)
Lots of hassle in the meantime. Especially if you have to go get that Marsha guy to help you out.
Even when you win, you lose.
Sort of nice owning older cars that you couldn't even buy an extended warranty for. The trick now will be finding parts and mechanics who can work on them.
#515 of 4850 Re: MOM (Motor Oil Matters) [steve_]
Nov 19, 2012 (7:40 am)
Such a deal. And if you don't pay the $400 a year, someone like that Marsha guy will claim you're incompetent when they sue the shop
Who is Marsha?
BTW we don't use bulk oil. We stock twelve different oils because the "one size fits all" approach has been incorrect for more than a decade.