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    Free Solo

    Any housebound folks looking for something to watch, I'm strongly recommend Free Solo. <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7775622/" target="_blank">https:/<wbr>/<wbr>www.imdb.com/<wbr>title/<wbr>tt7775622/<wbr></a> In terms of "Greatest Athletes of All Time", I'd put this guy on any top 5...
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    One for the wagon lovers

    Just spotted this in the wild. Just a reminder that we can't have have nice things in the US, at least when it comes to wagons... In person, it's a really nice looking vehicle.
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    Do people actually purchase new BMW's?

    A friend is looking at small SUV's/CUV's, and has it pretty much narrowed down to an X1, F48 style. In looking at BMW's, I'm beginning to think that no one actually purchases these new. There are tons of lease returns, almost zero for sale private party. I guess a bigger question would be...
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    A 40 thousand dollar Golf??

    I actually remembered <a href="https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4158380/1" target="_blank">this thread</a> from a while back. Since that was a theoretical one though, and I actually own the car, I thought I'd post a new one. First off, since context is important...
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    Future for GM

    <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2019/02/14/general-motors-unveils-crowdsourced-name-for-new-e-bike-brand-ariv/#2d2f56376f56" title="httpswwwforbescomsitescarltonreid20190214generalmotorsunveilscrowdsourcednamefornewebikebrandariv2d2f56376f56"...
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    Mobil1 5W30ESP VW1.8T EA888 Alltrack, 5011 miles, APR Tune

    Thought I'd post this as a "before and after tune", since some folks may find it helpful. Here is the first UOA before my stage 1 tune: <a href="https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4842444/mobil1-5w30esp-vw1-8t-ea888-alltrack-5077-miles"...
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    Mobil1 5W30ESP VW1.8T EA888 Alltrack, 5077 miles

    there are 11,500 miles on the car, 5077 miles on the oil. I dumped the factory fill early, 1,500 miles--with ESP, then changed it again a bit after 5K w/ ESP. This is that oil. I was curious to see 1) how fuel dilution looks with the stock tune, and 2) how the low saps oil held up. Car split...
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    Testing PCV system

    Greetings, I just picked up a '06 Focus Wagon, 2.0 Duratec/manual tranny, 89K on it--private party. Oil changes every 5K, one wheel bearing replaced, front rotors and pads--no other maintenance. The car was garage-kept, looks great, drives great. So, far I've changed all of the fluids...
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    My New Beater Wagon

    I really don't expect most folks to understand, but this is pretty much my dream car. Modest dreams! Bottom line: I'm cheap, and thought this would be a fun project. After looking at everything from Caprice Wagons to A4'Avants, I ended up back to where I once was before... I put about 200K miles...
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    Mazda 3 vs Ford Focus Shootout!

    So, I just spend about 400 rental miles (apiece) in these two cars last week. I was pretty psyched, because I think the hatch version of one of these may be on my 'next car' list. Unfortunately, I had the auto/sedan version and I'd get the hatch/manual, but it was still nice to compare: Mazda3...
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    1980's GM Wagon??

    OK, so just for laughs, I'd like some input from anyone with experience with 1980's GM stuff. Would this thing be able to do some occasional hardware store and dump runs without breaking down on a guy? Will it get 4 mpg while doing so? It this way too much money for this thing (or a great...
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    Air Filter @ 67K..warning, GRAPHIC PICS!

    I finally decided to change the air filter on my '05 Ford Freestyle. This is a Motorcraft filter. I installed this filter at 88K miles. I opened the air box up @ 92K and installed a restriction gauge--but didn't change the filter. I did actually visually inspect the filter one a year, but...
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    Eco-Tech 2.2 Cavalier Intake Manifold removal

    I pulled an air intake tube in order to more easily access the oil filter on this car (a friend's kids car) and there was a significant amount of oil in the intake tube. Evidently this isn't a huge deal because of the location of the PCV port (though it freaked me out at first!), but I'm...
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    Easiest Way to unstick frozen brake shoes??

    I have a Eurovan that I'm donating. The car has been sitting, unmoved, in my garage for about 4 or 5 years. Amazingly, while this thing spent the last couple of years starting about 40% of the time, it started right up today. I moved it out to my parking pad getting ready for pickup, and the...
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    Going to look at a car tomorrow

    <a href="http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/ctd/3443672343.html" target="_blank">Transit Connect</a> I've been looking for a while, but I'm yet to drive one. I'm looking at this as a passenger car to haul stuff. I guess I'll see whether or not I can deal with it as a daily driver. This...
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    How to Fix Your Broken Cell Phone In 2 Easy Steps!

    1. Step one: put problematic phone in pocket and go to Verizon store 2. Step two: walk into Verizon store with said phone and remove from pocket. That's it, all problems fixed! Short story long, I dropped my phone (Droid Bionic) about a month ago while traveling. Desperate, I went into a...
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    Woodworking Finishing Question

    Fellow wood destroyers, I'm finishing some clear fir doors and windows (interior), and I'm using Watco's Danish finish in natural, this stuff here: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Watco-Danish-Oil-Finish-Natural/dp/B00176TCU0" target="_blank">LINK</a> It is absolutely perfect for the...
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    LeMay Car Museum!

    For anyone in the PNW wondering if this is worth the trip, my answer would be an enthusiastic "yes"! There's so much there that almost hard to digest it all, and they only have a fraction of the entire collection there, something like 300 cars. I feel lame for not getting down there sooner, but...
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    Who Makes Ford Genunie Rotors?

    It's time to do the brakes on my Freestyle. I would wait, but I don't want to do it in the "winter" (read: rain) and my project car is sitting in the garage... So, I'm going to bite the bullet. The front rotors have 130K on them and they actually look pretty good. If I could be guaranteed that...
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    Help With 2003 Cavalier Transmission Fluid Swap

    A friend's kid has a new (to him) 2003 Cavalier. There's no documented maintenance history, besides the fact that it went 23K on its last oil change (and had 2.5 qts of oil in the sump). Before anyone points out that I need better friends, let me just say that I realize that... Anyway, the...
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