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    First new vehicle purchase

    Yeah that whole deal made me look like a fool. I wanted a Toyota for reliability, it left us stranded. I said if we bought the Explorer we should get the extended warranty because an APIM for the sync system is about a $1000 repair and they’re a pretty common failure point. 3 years and 60k later...
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    First new vehicle purchase

    The wife and I both wanted a mini van for the functionality when we got the Explorer. The combination of me being employed at a Ford Dealership and a 2 year old 40k mile Toyota Sienna leaving us stranded on a test drive led to us buying the Explorer Sport. Which was her top choice on based on...
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    First new vehicle purchase

    I tried for a Maurader when we got the Explorer. The wife hates the look of all the panther platform cars though. It has the 3.6.
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    First new vehicle purchase

    We sold the Explorer outright to the local Ford dealership when we ordered the Pacifica. My truck will seat 6 but not comfortably so that was the family vehicle until the Pacifica in, with the Prius being used as commuter/slash not everyone is going car. We sold the Prius to the Ford dealership...
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    First new vehicle purchase

    Not right now as my wife has a long commute to work. When she gets on maternity leave the more frequent short trips should be where the plug in hybrid aspect of it shines. Currently showing 30 mpg average. I believe epa average was 35/35 but I know how the wife drives so 30 sounds about right.
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    First new vehicle purchase

    Never thought I’d see the day when I bought a brand new vehicle. Never thought I’d be ok with paying (almost)msrp but here we are! Needed a vehicle that would fit the whole family and our Explorer only had 6 seats. So with baby number 5 on the way it was mini van time. 2022 Chrysler Pacifica...
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    Hercules Ironman tires

    A set of new Ironman tires came on our used Prius. They hydroplaned in wet conditions since day one. 20k later they’re sitting just above the wear bars.
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    Post your latest oil change

    2011 Ford Focus 85000 miles 5k interval Out Pennzoil Platinum 5w20 and an STP extended life filter In Pennzoil Full Synthetic and a Wix filter
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    Gearing in 1980s 4-cylinder cars

    My 02 Escort ZX2 had a 4.10 final drive ratio. That’s why it’s fuel economy on the interstate wasn’t the greatest. Still the most reliable long term vehicle I’ve had. Although of all things our 17 Explorer(not the most reputable platform)was on par, just not kept as long.
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    Thread for photos that 100% do not violate any Terms Of Service, not political, not too lewd, no gas price pics etc.

    Thank you! It is a mid 50s(early build 57 I believe)model 600. It pulls a 6ft brush hog quite well still and holds great oil pressure. I know it was overhauled sometime in the late eighties or early 90’s. There are WAY too many of them around to be valued collector items but as you said most of...
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    Thread for photos that 100% do not violate any Terms Of Service, not political, not too lewd, no gas price pics etc.

    This is what happens when the cowl drain tubes are left off of a Transit. Surprised it never had a misfire. Owner had installed some to replace the ones that were missing when he bought it. They were already plugged up so I cleaned them out.
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    My own fault for ever subscribing to SIRIUS

    Same. It’s worth the $5/month I’ve always paid.
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    What are you working on today?

    Front brake job and tune up on a 2017 Ford Transit. It was a 3.7 so the plenum had to come off, still not too bad but the 3.5 EB is a cake walk to do plugs on in those things. Passenger side window regulator and several dash trim pieces on a 99 F150
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    Bye bye Valvoline EP Give these guys a look if you like supporting American made products. They run some decent sales like $10 Tees, free shipping and 20% off if you sign up for email list. I too try to support American manufacturing when it makes sense. Sometimes the lack of...
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    This is Sad

    Well ever since you put my new engine in the transmission slips, what did you do when you had it! Never did that before! I can’t blame any business from wanting to avoid the ever since club. I’d want to be really familiar with the customer before I’d jump on the grenade of putting an engine in...
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    New tires for my 2008 Nissan Titan?

    Falken is made by Sumitomo. Nitto is made by Toyo. Out of your options, I’d go with the Nitto. Personally, I’d be looking at General Hts60, Michelin Defender or Continental Terrain Contact HT or AT(a very mild AT). I’ve seen good results from all of those.
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    What are you working on today?

    Replaced two hub/bearing assemblies on a 12 Malibu. Freed up, cleaned and lubed a stuck slide pin and changed the oil. Just chasing down some electrical gremlins on it too before it goes home to its owner.