but when the interior and trim(plastics) begins degrading,and the car has a
million rattles and squeaks,then it's nice to get a new car.
you folks up North don't have the intense sun degradation we have in the
OTOH,you have salted roads in the winter....
(although living near the seacoast also corrodes autos.)
Cold weather does have its advantages. Interior is perfect outside of
sun fading and localized salt deposits in the carpets.
My own ears are very poor and unreliable. One of them does not work, the
other has a hearing aid stuck in it. For these reasons I cannot tell
what rattles/squeaks my car has or where they come from if present.
My wife, whose hearing is thankfully impeccable, tells me my car has no
rattles or squeaks of any kind, which I find kind of astonishing. There
is plenty of mechanical noise, but no rattles or squeaks. Well, there is
just one sort of a sizzle noise that occasionally comes from the
driver's seat belt upper mount, but that goes away if you put the belt
on or push on the rear quarter trim with your hand.
Air bags galore
Side air bag OPDS
Intrusive EVAP system
Two oxygen sensors
Even more plastic than I've got.
You need to ask?
No thanks. I'll just live with the old-car foibles. Yes, old cars can be
annoying, but new cars contain a fright factor I don't care to get
involved with just now.
Treat the old girl like the old girl she is and you'll be fine. I can't
afford to peel rubber at every stoplight like I used to any more, but
then again I'm not 29 years old any more either...
Salted roads are worse than a crumbly, sagging headliner and cracked
dash. Believe me.
I have a pic somewhere I took two summers ago of a chain link fence at
Redondo Beach. The side facing the ocean is corroded to holes. The other
side still has the zinc coating on it. Amazing.
On Fri, 14 Dec 2007 03:13:01 GMT, Grumpy AuContraire
Can I just do that? My 91's roof does lack something in shinyness and,
well, consistency. I thought about having a paint job done but it's
expensive and if I were going to spend that amount ($700 or so I
think) I'd rather look into having the shocks done. But spray paint,
that I can handle.
Now that I think about it, there is some sort of paint sprayer in the
garage. I'll have to open the box and see what it is.
Well, since the demographic interested in those cars is the under 20 lot
then the intelligence of the thieves can explain itself - ever see a kid
with the oversized baseball cap, moon boot running shoes, puffy jacket
and size 50 pants look like anything other than a moron? So stealing a
17 year old car would seem like a good idea.
just because the car is old doesn't mean it's parts are not worth
stealing,to the dishonest.
Thieves went to the trouble of stealing the plastic "Acura" and "GS-R"
badges from my 94 GS-R. $60 bucks at the dealers.I didn't replace them.
Personally,I would rather cars not have such badges;they are a PITA to wax
around.I like the "no chrome" look,too.
Then they took the ECU;$800 and 6 weeks wait.
Then they took the whole car. 3 weeks to get paid for the total loss.
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