• Cheap Car

    From Andy Ball@1:261/38 to All on Fri Jun 21 23:24:28 2013
    Hello!

    I have to find a "very affordable" used car for a family
    member (somewhere between US$ 1,000 and 2,500?) Ideally an old hatchback or perhaps a subcompact sedan. At this price point I realise that whatever he buys should be considered a temporary vehicle but if it lasts him a year or two, that would really help him out of a difficult spot.

    Sadly I know very little about things with engines. I
    can't even get my 2-stroke strimmer to start. :-| That said, he's more mechanically-minded than I am and I know he'd be able to patch up rusty bodywork and fix brakes, suspension and things.

    Which manufacturers or models should we be looking at?
    Do some have more simple engines than others? Affordable spares would be a plus. Any constructive suggestions or advice would be most welcome.

    Thanks,
    -Andy Ball

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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to Andy Ball on Sat Jun 22 10:08:23 2013
    Andy Ball wrote to All:

    Hello!

    I have to find a "very affordable" used car for a family
    member (somewhere between US$ 1,000 and 2,500?) Ideally an old
    hatchback or perhaps a subcompact sedan. At this price point I
    realise that whatever he buys should be considered a temporary
    vehicle but if it lasts him a year or two, that would really help him
    out of a difficult spot.

    My advice would be to go to a supermarket or a dedicated book store and
    find a copy of an automotive consumer's report. Also find a copy of "Blue
    Book" automotive values. Some cars are created equal and others are bad
    news. You'll get the idea once you read blue book values.

    Then there are such places as Craigslist.com, where people advertise cars
    all the time. Some good, some bad and the old cliche' of 'Buyer Beware' applies. Others like "AutoTrader" publish a weekly magazine where you can
    look at pictures and read what the owner has to say about it, how much
    they want for it, etc.. Their magazine is usually published for a certain market, like; Chicago, Rockford, Los Angelos, San Francisco, Dallas and a
    slew of smaller cities...you can find these on display stands at
    restaurants, drug stores, etc...

    Personally, I wouldn't consider anything that isn't made by Chevrolet, or
    any of the other GM divisions. One caveat with GM products is to steer
    away from (no pun) front wheel drive vehicles if you can. (I no longer own
    any of those because they're harder to work on) Another option that
    youngsters like to have today is a pickup truck. They're a dime a dozen
    and you can find one almost anywhere. In fact, I have 5, rear wheel drive
    Chevy vehicles and my daily driver (also my favorite) is a pickup.

    Sadly I know very little about things with engines. I
    can't even get my 2-stroke strimmer to start. :-| That said, he's
    more mechanically-minded than I am and I know he'd be able to patch
    up rusty bodywork and fix brakes, suspension and things.

    Your trimmer's 2-stroke carburator is probably gummed up from sitting over
    the winter months. You can find 2-stroke carburator cleaner at Home Depot and/or Lowes. When winter comes again, drain the tank and let the trimmer
    run until it runs out of fuel. Put some gasoline stabalizer in it and in
    the spring, drain it all again and fill with 2-stroke gas. It'll start
    next year.

    Which manufacturers or models should we be looking at?
    Do some have more simple engines than others? Affordable spares
    would be a plus. Any constructive suggestions or advice would be
    most welcome.

    Find a few potential cars that your family member (grandson?) would like
    and come back for advice on those...


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  • From Jim Haight@1:322/757 to Roy Witt on Sun Jun 23 08:05:09 2013
    Re: Cheap Car

    any of those because they're harder to work on) Another option that youngsters like to have today is a pickup truck. They're a dime a dozen
    and you can find one almost anywhere. In fact, I have 5, rear wheel drive Chevy vehicles and my daily driver (also my favorite) is a pickup.

    I also was thinking Chevy S-10 as basic and easy to work on. They seem to go forever.

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  • From TOM WALKER@1:123/140 to ROY WITT on Sun Jun 23 08:12:00 2013
    I have to find a "very affordable" used car for a family
    member (somewhere between US$ 1,000 and 2,500?) Ideally an old hatchback or perhaps a subcompact sedan. At this price point I
    realise that whatever he buys should be considered a temporary
    vehicle but if it lasts him a year or two, that would really help him out of a difficult spot.

    My advice would be to go to a supermarket or a dedicated book store and RW>find a copy of an automotive consumer's report. Also find a copy of "Blue RW>Book" automotive values. Some cars are created equal and others are bad RW>news. You'll get the idea once you read blue book values.

    Just checked my 2013 CR Buyers guide.

    Basicly look for a Toyota or a Honda and AVOID a GM or Chrylser and
    most other Foreigh Cars

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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to Jim Haight on Sun Jun 23 10:22:22 2013
    Jim Haight wrote to Roy Witt:

    Re: Cheap Car

    any of those because they're harder to work on) Another option that
    youngsters like to have today is a pickup truck. They're a dime a
    dozen and you can find one almost anywhere. In fact, I have 5, rear
    wheel drive Chevy vehicles and my daily driver (also my favorite) is a
    pickup.

    I also was thinking Chevy S-10 as basic and easy to work on. They
    seem to go forever.

    That'd work, but I would only buy the 94-200x model or a Colorado if he
    can afford one.


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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to TOM WALKER on Sun Jun 23 11:52:38 2013
    TOM WALKER wrote to ROY WITT:

    I have to find a "very affordable" used car for a family
    member (somewhere between US$ 1,000 and 2,500?) Ideally an old
    hatchback or perhaps a subcompact sedan. At this price point I
    realise that whatever he buys should be considered a temporary
    vehicle but if it lasts him a year or two, that would really
    help him out of a difficult spot.

    My advice would be to go to a supermarket or a dedicated book store
    and find a copy of an automotive consumer's report. Also find a copy
    of "Blue Book" automotive values. Some cars are created equal and
    others are bad news. You'll get the idea once you read blue book
    values.

    Just checked my 2013 CR Buyers guide.

    Basicly look for a Toyota or a Honda and AVOID a GM or Chrylser and
    most other Foreigh Cars

    Which is typical for Consumers Reports...they must have Japanese owners
    or a majority of share holders, since they have never recommended American vehicles. Never in the last 50 years that I've scanned their pages. And Japanese cars used to be no better than their 'beer can' toys.



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  • From Andy Ball@1:261/38 to All on Sun Jun 23 16:45:36 2013
    Thanks for the advice. So far what I've read here meshes
    with what I've heard from people I've asked in person: some like American cars (usually GM/Chevrolet) and some recommend Honda with Toyota as a close second.
    Are American cars easier to work on than Japanese ones or does that depend entirely on the model? Are Japanese cars less prone to rust? I'm intrigued.

    -Andy Ball

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  • From TOM WALKER@1:123/140 to ROY WITT on Mon Jun 24 07:33:00 2013
    I have to find a "very affordable" used car for a family
    member (somewhere between US$ 1,000 and 2,500?) Ideally an old AB>> hatchback or perhaps a subcompact sedan. At this price point I AB>> realise that whatever he buys should be considered a temporary AB>> vehicle but if it lasts him a year or two, that would really
    help him out of a difficult spot.

    My advice would be to go to a supermarket or a dedicated book store RW>> and find a copy of an automotive consumer's report. Also find a copy RW>> of "Blue Book" automotive values. Some cars are created equal and
    others are bad news. You'll get the idea once you read blue book
    values.

    Just checked my 2013 CR Buyers guide.

    Basicly look for a Toyota or a Honda and AVOID a GM or Chrylser and most other Foreigh Cars

    Which is typical for Consumers Reports...they must have Japanese owners RW>or a majority of share holders, since they have never recommended American RW>vehicles. Never in the last 50 years that I've scanned their pages. And RW>Japanese cars used to be no better than their 'beer can' toys.

    Well the Stats do not LIE, and they are compiled from actual Owners
    opinions NOT the Editorial Staff.

    YES Japanese cars used to be pretty bad. I embember the origional Toyo
    Pet cars imported to Hawaii. But things have changed. With out a doubt,
    despite what you GM lovers think, the Toyota and Honda are better
    quality cars than the GM or Chrysler Product.

    The Only down side is that the Toyota and Hondas cost more on the Used
    Car Market becasue of the Superior Quality.

    And as a side note the CU 2002-2011 "Used Cars To Avoid" listing has 30 Chevrolet models on it where as Toyota has 3 and Honda 2.
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  • From TOM WALKER@1:123/140 to ANDY BALL on Mon Jun 24 07:39:00 2013
    Thanks for the advice. So far what I've read here meshes
    with what I've heard from people I've asked in person: some like American ca AB>(usually GM/Chevrolet) and some recommend Honda with Toyota as a close secon AB>Are American cars easier to work on than Japanese ones or does that depend AB>entirely on the model? Are Japanese cars less prone to rust? I'm intrigued.

    Since the toyots and Hondas most have the Side saddle engine and front
    wheel drive they are harder to work on. BUT since typically they require
    less work.
    The old days of "easy to work" on vehicles are almost gone because of
    the down sizing of Cars for better miledge.
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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to Andy Ball on Mon Jun 24 11:25:22 2013
    Andy Ball wrote to All:

    Thanks for the advice. So far what I've read here meshes
    with what I've heard from people I've asked in person: some like
    American cars (usually GM/Chevrolet) and some recommend Honda with
    Toyota as a close second.

    My Chevrolet Service Manager friend, Harry recommends a Honda or a Toyota
    for youngsters who have a mechanic in the family. His youngest daughter
    drives a Honda that he bought for her after it was crashed. Parts for them
    are more costly than for GM products because GM products are domestic and
    so are the parts they use to build and repair them. Honda parts cost more because they have to be imported. Importation requires a duty (import
    tax). His 2nd oldest daughter drives a GMC mini-pickup. Each one of his
    girls got their choice, but he wouldn't have bought them what they wanted unless they were reliable. I forget what the oldest drives. His son,
    before he was killed, drove a Chevy Silverado pickup and he rode a
    motorcycle. His daddy tried to keep up with him, but he's a Harley
    Davidson kinda guy (big and tall) and his son had one of those sports
    bikes.

    Since your young family member will be inclined to do his own work and his peers may own a Honda, he may be more acceptable to them in a Honda. If he
    were my son, I'd recommend a pickup and tell him to find some pickup
    truck fans.

    Are American cars easier to work on than Japanese ones or does that depend entirely on the model?

    I've never cared much for front wheel drive cars, since they're more
    suseptible to breakage in abusive service. It seems that CV joints and suspension get in the way of horsepower and building them strong enough to
    stay together.

    Kids these days will abuse these cars because that's what their peers do. Street racing takes its toll on them, but if you're young, rich and mechanically inclined, that's no issue.

    OTH, a pickup would be the easiest to work on since they're built like a conventional rear wheel drive vehicle has been built since inception.

    They have a strong steel frame under them and not one unibody (frameless) vehicle among them. No unibodys to whither away under stressful condtions,
    all engines and transmissions are aligned, one after the other and when
    your youngster decides to leave home, he won't need a moving van.

    Are Japanese cars less prone to rust? I'm intrigued.

    LOL! That's only a problem if they're driven on salted roads, like in the
    rust belt of America...Here in Texas they rust, but the rust is surface
    rust as the hot sun burns the paint off of steel. This happens to all
    cars, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda and Toyota...In fact you can tell when a
    car has been imported from up north, they already have rust.

    I think it is Chrysler who is experimenting with coating steel bodies with
    a rust inhibitor before painting them. It was AMC who started that back in
    the 60s, but they didn't have much luck with it, as most AMC products disappeared from the roads within a few years due to rust that made their unibodys dangerous to drive.


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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to TOM WALKER on Mon Jun 24 11:36:11 2013
    TOM WALKER wrote to ROY WITT:

    I have to find a "very affordable" used car for a
    family member (somewhere between US$ 1,000 and 2,500?)
    Ideally an old hatchback or perhaps a subcompact sedan. At AB>>> this price point I realise that whatever he buys should be
    considered a temporary vehicle but if it lasts him a year
    or two, that would really help him out of a difficult spot.

    My advice would be to go to a supermarket or a dedicated book
    store and find a copy of an automotive consumer's report. Also
    find a copy of "Blue Book" automotive values. Some cars are
    created equal and others are bad news. You'll get the idea once RW>>> you read blue book values.

    Just checked my 2013 CR Buyers guide.

    Basicly look for a Toyota or a Honda and AVOID a GM or Chrylser
    and most other Foreigh Cars

    Which is typical for Consumers Reports...they must have Japanese
    owners or a majority of share holders, since they have never
    recommended American vehicles. Never in the last 50 years that I've
    scanned their pages. And Japanese cars used to be no better than
    their 'beer can' toys.

    Well the Stats do not LIE,

    They do when you get them from CR...

    and they are compiled from actual Owners opinions NOT the Editorial
    Staff.

    BS - watch the CR TV program and tell us how many owners are interviewed
    there. If they wanted to reach a large audience, then that is where such
    lies would be more convincing. Magazine circulation doesn't even compete.

    YES Japanese cars used to be pretty bad. I embember the origional
    Toyo Pet cars imported to Hawaii. But things have changed. With out a doubt, despite what you GM lovers think, the Toyota and Honda are
    better quality cars than the GM or Chrysler Product.

    Another lie. You forget that I worked in the industry for a time. What I witnessed to be true isn't what you're saying.

    The Only down side is that the Toyota and Hondas cost more on the
    Used Car Market becasue of the Superior Quality.

    They cost more because they initially cost more. That may not be due to
    any of them taking high profits, but it is certainly a possibilty.

    And as a side note the CU 2002-2011 "Used Cars To Avoid" listing has
    30 Chevrolet models on it where as Toyota has 3 and Honda 2.

    I wouldn't give any positive credit to anything CU prints...


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  • From Andy Ball@1:261/38 to Roy Witt on Mon Jun 24 23:55:58 2013
    Hello Roy,

    RW> Since your young family member will be inclined to do
    > his own work and his peers may own a Honda, he may be
    > more acceptable to them in a Honda.

    The family member in question is 36, so he's younger
    than I am but old enough that he shouldn't give a monkey's what the young people think is cool and trendy. He's fallen on hard times and our objective is something that will get him from A to B, that he can patch up should the need arise.

    RW> ...a pickup would be the easiest to work on since
    > they're built like a conventional rear wheel drive
    > vehicle has been built since inception. They have a
    > strong steel frame under them and not one unibody
    >(frameless) vehicle among them.

    I never knew that about pickups. I'm sure they burn a
    lot more fuel but if I can find one for the right price it might still work for
    him, since he wants it primarily for getting to and from work. Any thoughts on Gas Vs. Diesel for a pickup?

    -Andy Ball

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  • From TOM WALKER@1:123/140 to ROY WITT on Tue Jun 25 07:50:00 2013
    Well the Stats do not LIE,

    They do when you get them from CR...

    Have you Ever Suibscriber to Consumer Reports???
    The Stats are compiled from the Annual Survey of products Mailed to
    each suscriber every year. It aslks spmewhat detailed question
    about ones experiences, Repairs etc, about the Vehicle you own. It also
    covers items you have in the household. Items like TV, Refigerators,
    Washing machiens etc.

    and they are compiled from actual Owners opinions NOT the Editorial Staff.

    BS - watch the CR TV program and tell us how many owners are interviewed RW>there. If they wanted to reach a large audience, then that is where such RW>lies would be more convincing. Magazine circulation doesn't even compete.

    Interwstihng that ANYONE that disagrees with you even slightly is
    automaticlky a LIAR.
    BUT this tiem, like the incident about when atv what miledge I changed
    the sparkplug wires on my S-10 Truck you are TOTALLY WRONG!!!

    YES Japanese cars used to be pretty bad. I embember the origional
    Toyo Pet cars imported to Hawaii. But things have changed. With out a doubt, despite what you GM lovers think, the Toyota and Honda are better quality cars than the GM or Chrysler Product.

    Another lie. You forget that I worked in the industry for a time. What I RW>witnessed to be true isn't what you're saying.

    I don't care WHERE you worked. GM is known for producing Junk. They do
    have some Fine cars but those are he exception instead of the Rule.
    AND THAT FACT is proven from OWNERS opinions, and some mechanics.
    My favored Transmission man out here in El Cajon states that he dod more replirs on the Tranny i nmy V-6 S-10 thna almsot any other
    vtransmission. And I wil not even mention the joke turbo 200 tranny they
    put in their cars for a while.

    OPEN YOUR EYES and Smell the Roses.

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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to TOM WALKER on Tue Jun 25 10:21:41 2013
    TOM WALKER wrote to ROY WITT:

    Well the Stats do not LIE,

    They do when you get them from CR...

    Have you Ever Suibscriber to Consumer Reports???

    Once.

    The Stats are compiled from the Annual Survey of products Mailed to
    each suscriber every year.

    All owners of Japanese cars, no doubt. Thus the biased opinions printed in their publication.


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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to Andy Ball on Tue Jun 25 10:23:02 2013
    Andy Ball wrote to Roy Witt:

    Since your young family member will be inclined to do
    his own work and his peers may own a Honda, he may be
    more acceptable to them in a Honda.

    The family member in question is 36, so he's younger
    than I am but old enough that he shouldn't give a monkey's what the
    young people think is cool and trendy. He's fallen on hard times and
    our objective is something that will get him from A to B, that he can patch up should the need arise.

    You're posting from Janis's BBS in New York, so I take it you're both in
    the area?

    ...a pickup would be the easiest to work on since
    they're built like a conventional rear wheel drive
    vehicle has been built since inception. They have a
    strong steel frame under them and not one unibody
    (frameless) vehicle among them.

    I never knew that about pickups. I'm sure they burn a
    lot more fuel but if I can find one for the right price it might
    still work for him, since he wants it primarily for getting to and
    from work.

    Some of the late model mini pickups do very well on mileage. They usually
    have a 4 cyl engine and manual transmissions, which help with the fuel
    mileage. A Toyota will bring a premium price, but they are very
    dependable. So is a Chevrolet or GMC mini, as well as most of the other minis...

    Any thoughts on Gas Vs. Diesel for a pickup?

    My dad always stressed the point that a diesel is for a work truck. Such a truck would be expected to carry heavy loads and pull trailers on a daily basis. The drawbacks to a diesel are the higher cost of fuel and the more frequent maintainence required to keep the fuel system and engine oil
    clean. Not an ideal situation if all you need is A to B transportation.

    A gasoline engine that burns regular unleaded fuel will be cheaper to run
    and cheaper to maintain with less frequent oil changes and the occasional
    fuel filter change and a change of spark plugs around 80k miles. The only drawback is that it will get slightly less mpg than a diesel...but then,
    the cost of gasoline vs diesel makes up for that.


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  • From Bickel, Russell@1:275/89 to Andy Ball on Tue Jun 25 11:58:45 2013

    Hello Roy,

    RW> Since your young family member will be inclined to do
    > his own work and his peers may own a Honda, he may be
    > more acceptable to them in a Honda.

    The family member in question is 36, so he's younger
    than I am but old enough that he shouldn't give a monkey's what the young people think is cool and trendy. He's fallen on hard times and our objective is something that will get him from A to B, that he can patch up should the need arise.

    RW> ...a pickup would be the easiest to work on since
    > they're built like a conventional rear wheel drive
    > vehicle has been built since inception. They have a
    > strong steel frame under them and not one unibody
    >(frameless) vehicle among them.

    I never knew that about pickups. I'm sure they burn a
    lot more fuel but if I can find one for the right price it might still work for him, since he wants it primarily for getting to and from work. Any thoughts on Gas Vs. Diesel for a pickup?

    Vogtle> If you want cheep then go for gas, I had both a Ranger and a Datsun Hardbody as I was growing up and they were great. Never needing ramps
    to work on them, getting parts for next to nothing at the scrap yard. even if
    I had to buy new they were never expensive.

    -Andy Ball

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  • From Andy Ball@1:261/38 to Roy Witt on Tue Jun 25 19:14:38 2013
    Hello Roy,

    RW> You're posting from Janis's BBS in New York, so I
    > take it you're both in the area?

    No. We're in Illinois.

    RW> Some of the late model mini pickups do very well on
    > mileage. They usually have a 4 cyl engine and manual
    > transmissions, which help with the fuel mileage.

    I invariably buy a manual but he can't drive stick, so
    I'll have to find something automatic for him.

    RW> The drawbacks to a diesel are the higher cost of fuel
    > and the more frequent maintainence required to keep
    > the fuel system and engine oil clean.

    I've noticed that in the U.S. Diesel isn't consistently
    less expensive than gasoline. I think that back home in the U.K. we taxed Diesel at a lower rate, to help industry out. I've heard that Diesel engines over here have "lower compression" that makes them less efficient, too.

    -Andy Ball

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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to Andy Ball on Wed Jun 26 08:16:16 2013
    Andy Ball wrote to Roy Witt:

    You're posting from Janis's BBS in New York, so I
    take it you're both in the area?

    No. We're in Illinois.

    Ewwwww. I grew up in IL...snow and ice isn't my favorite weather. I left
    IL in 1966 and have only been back to visit.

    Some of the late model mini pickups do very well on
    mileage. They usually have a 4 cyl engine and manual
    transmissions, which help with the fuel mileage.

    I invariably buy a manual but he can't drive stick, so
    I'll have to find something automatic for him.

    No time like the present to learn stick. It's not that hard to do.

    The drawbacks to a diesel are the higher cost of fuel
    and the more frequent maintainence required to keep
    the fuel system and engine oil clean.

    I've noticed that in the U.S. Diesel isn't consistently
    less expensive than gasoline.

    At one time it was. Early 1980s it was cheaper to buy than gasoline. But
    it was awfully hard to find it when on the open road. I had one of those
    GM diesel cars then and stopped at a truck stop and begged the guy to let
    me buy from his truck pumps. My tank was nearly empty and those pumps are
    set to pump a lot faster than a gasoline pump. The tank which had a 25
    gallon capacity was full in less than a minute.

    I think that back home in the U.K. we taxed Diesel at a lower rate,
    to help industry out.

    In Texas, diesel is taxed the same as gasoline. About 18-20cents/gallon.
    The federal tax is much higher, but it's consistant across the country. My sister and BIL live just a few miles south of the Wisconsin border and
    don't buy fuel in IL because it's too expensive. When I drive there to
    visit, I always fill up in Clinton, IA and don't have to fuel up again if
    I don't drive long distances when there. I stopped taking the shortcut
    through St Louis because of the prices in IL.

    I've heard that Diesel engines over here have "lower compression"
    that makes them less efficient, too.

    22.5:1 is low? Maybe diesels have changed since I owned one. My neighbor
    has a Chevy Duramax diesel pickup that he says gets better milaage than
    the gasoline pickup he had before it. Plus the performance is better than
    the gasoline counterpart. The only thing he doesn't like is the urine injection, which cleans up the emissions, but makes fuel costs higher.


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  • From TOM WALKER@1:123/140 to ROY WITT on Wed Jun 26 07:05:00 2013
    TOM WALKER wrote to ROY WITT:

    Well the Stats do not LIE,

    They do when you get them from CR...

    Have you Ever Suibscriber to Consumer Reports???

    Once.

    The Stats are compiled from the Annual Survey of products Mailed to each suscriber every year.

    All owners of Japanese cars, no doubt. Thus the biased opinions printed in RW>their publication.


    LITSEN UP ROY!!!!!


    The report is seperate report and it onlt shows what ACTUAL Car Owners
    report as to what prolbems they have had with their Cars, TV's,
    Applinaces etc.

    IT IS IN NO WAY conected with the views of the editorial staff.
    IT is a true depiction of what is happening in the REAL World.
    What is so difficuly about to understand??
    staff.
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  • From Moderator@1:387/22 to TOM WALKER on Wed Jun 26 10:38:56 2013
    TOM WALKER wrote to ROY WITT:

    LITSEN UP ROY!!!!!

    Listen up, Tom...take a one week vacation from the echo...have Ed Koon
    netmail me when you're ready to come back.


    R\%/itt


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  • From Andy Ball@1:261/38 to Roy Witt on Wed Jun 26 18:35:56 2013
    Hello Roy,

    RW> Ewwwww. I grew up in IL...snow and ice isn't my
    > favorite weather. I left IL in 1966 and have only
    > been back to visit.

    We don't get as much snow as we used to.

    RW> No time like the present to learn stick. It's not
    > that hard to do.

    I have suggested that but he needs a car now to get to
    work every day and it'll probably take him a while to gain enough comfort in a "stick shift" to do that.

    RW> 22.5:1 is low?

    I'd have to look up some European cars to compare that
    with. That's what I've been told though.

    -Andy Ball

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  • From TOM WALKER@1:123/140 to MODERATOR on Thu Jun 27 08:03:00 2013
    TOM WALKER wrote to ROY WITT:

    LITSEN UP ROY!!!!!

    Listen up, Tom...take a one week vacation from the echo...have Ed Koon MO>netmail me when you're ready to come back.


    R\%/itt

    Now why does this not supprise me. I have bene totally civil but
    whatever floats your boat and makees you feel like the BIG MAN on the
    Block.

    It reallyjust shows how small you really are!!!
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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to Andy Ball on Thu Jun 27 11:46:20 2013
    Andy Ball wrote to Roy Witt:

    Hello Roy,

    Ewwwww. I grew up in IL...snow and ice isn't my
    favorite weather. I left IL in 1966 and have only
    been back to visit.

    We don't get as much snow as we used to.

    LOL! I remember snow in Illinois that covered up the 1st story of a house
    and piled up to the roof when the wind blew. Times when you couldn't go anywhere because you couldn't get out the front door.

    No time like the present to learn stick. It's not
    that hard to do.

    I have suggested that but he needs a car now to get to
    work every day and it'll probably take him a while to gain enough
    comfort in a "stick shift" to do that.

    I have only one car that is a stick shift. It is cumbersome to drive if I haven't driven it in a while. My Z28 is a garage queen and doesn't get out
    much around here.

    22.5:1 is low?

    I'd have to look up some European cars to compare that
    with. That's what I've been told though.

    Ideally a diesel compression ratio can be within a 15-20:1 ratio to be efficient. Of course, the higher number will be more efficient. Too high
    and you get a compression damaging engine knock similar to a gasoline
    engine with a 10-12:1 compression ratio using low octane gasoline. My GM
    4.7L V8 diesel was 22.5:1. The problem I had with it was that it didn't generate enough torque to back up a small incline...

    - = to


    R\%/itt


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  • From ED KOON@1:123/140 to MODERATOR on Thu Jun 27 21:05:26 2013
    TOM WALKER wrote to ROY WITT:

    LITSEN UP ROY!!!!!

    Listen up, Tom...take a one week vacation from the echo...have Ed Koon netmail me when you're ready to come back.

    I would think as dead as this echo is the mod would not running
    participants off.

    Take that netmail you sent me and wad it up in a tight little ball and
    shovel it right up up your ass!


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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to TOM WALKER on Fri Jun 28 10:19:52 2013
    TOM WALKER wrote to MODERATOR:

    TOM WALKER wrote to ROY WITT:

    LITSEN UP ROY!!!!!

    Listen up, Tom...take a one week vacation from the echo...have Ed
    Koon netmail me when you're ready to come back.


    R\%/itt

    Now why does this not supprise me. I have bene totally civil but
    whatever floats your boat and makees you feel like the BIG MAN on the Block.

    FYI, I take typing in all caps as shouting and more punctuation marks than
    one to be overboard. This isn't being civil, it is an attempt to shout
    down someone whom you disagree with and won't be tolerated here.

    It reallyjust shows how small you really are!!!

    Now you can take four weeks off...the same rules apply to everyone and
    you've broken them several times without moderator intervention. You got
    off lightly with a one week vacation. If you can't be civil and continue
    with the tirad, you will be out of this echo for life.


    Never mind. I'll be cutting Ed Koon's feed for this echo today. A PC will follow shortly...


    R\%/itt


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