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    Tell me the truth...

    For those people with 200,000-300,00 plus miles on your car and “never did anything but tires and oil changes”. What did you really do to get there? Tell me the truth. Here‘s my only trip to 250,000 plus, land... 1999 Honda Accord (purchased new). Babied. Highway mileage. Oil changes every...
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    How dirty do your work vehicles get?

    A true work pickup truck gets filthy. Especially if you live in the salt belt. I mean, I can’t even keep my daily driver clean and it’s not used for “work”. I can only imagine a work truck...in and out, up and down construction sites with dirt roads. Throwing all your gear inside and the back...
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    Looking for a $9,000 - $10,000 Vehicle AWD for a nephew going to College in Cleveland, and suggestions?

    But they're not “pretty much the same”. Your driving skills and my driving skills, or someone else’s driving skills are really what you’re referring to. And I get that. Ive driven in snow, winter, ice, slush, freezing rain, blizzards...all of my life. It’s all I know from November till April...
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    Looking for a $9,000 - $10,000 Vehicle AWD for a nephew going to College in Cleveland, and suggestions?

    What do mean exactly? Do you mean, better tires on a rear or front wheel drive car will generate better results than an AWD/4WD car/truck? Because that, I don’t agree with. Unless we’re talking a comparison of studded snows vs bald tires on that AWD vehicle. I do certainly agree that snow...
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    Looking for a $9,000 - $10,000 Vehicle AWD for a nephew going to College in Cleveland, and suggestions?

    My suggestion...don’t go to college in Cleveland. Haha. No, seriously, get a used Honda CRV. Very reliable, good on gas, pretty roomy, good in the snow, easy to work on, parts a readily available. 2009-2011. Or save and get a 2007-2008 for $5,000-$6,000 grand.
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    Why all the hate for Chysler/Dodge/Jeep auto's

    I think they get a bad reputation in the automotive/technician community because back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s they had a lot of transmission problems, evap codes, O2 sensor codes, leaking intakes, leaking fuel rails, AC condensers. I used To be a tech for a fleet...we only had GM, Ford...
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    That time of year.....

    One if my biggest fears is rodent damage. Between them eating wires under the engine cover (they love the oil that’s on the wires), or them nesting up in the heater area...and leaving a stench in there that lasts for years. It’s a problem. I’ve heard dryer sheets works, it doesn’t, tried that...
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    Car maintenance and home equity

    Reminds me of the old Yiddish proverb...Man plans...and god laughs. And that’s true.
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    Is AFM still an issue for 5.3L Chevy trucks?

    Honestly, I think you’re right. The less these things switch back and forth between V4-V8, the less wear on the pins in the lifters. Less stress on the transmission constantly shifting.
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    Is AFM still an issue for 5.3L Chevy trucks?

    Yeah, I tend to agree. AFM not really a huge deal anymore, but torque converters, condensers, starter motors, injectors (misfires), vacuum pump, frame rust, Chevy shake are the issues. And out of all those, the torque converter and fuel injectors are really the only thing that bothers me. I...
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    Car maintenance and home equity

    Life certainly is a journey, you will make lots of mistakes but learn from them and always try to make the very best decisions you can. When I was young I managed to stay living at home as long as I could and saved...moved out at 24 and bought my first house with a 30,000 dollar down payment...
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    Would you use 0W30 instead of 0W20?

    I’m assuming they’re experts.
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    Water softener making my water bill very high?

    I checked it the other day, it said “next regeneration in two days”. So it’s not doing it every other day. I grabbed the owners manual...didnt get a chance to look through it yet.
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    “I need a new car because” blah blah blah thread

    It is hard to reach car payment level with repairs, but the thing that usually finally gets me is the BIG repair and the multiple little repairs that just keep happening. There’s two things going on there...decisions needing to be made and aggravation. But I keep telling myself...next time you...
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    “I need a new car because” blah blah blah thread

    It is harder to keep a vehicle long term than some people think. I'm talking over 200,000 miles and keeping it as your daily driver with a decent commute. But I love high mileage stories and always intend on keeping my cars long term, but it is some work. I kept a Honda Accord all the way till...
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