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[#] Mon Oct 10 2005 20:26:52 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Curly - What do you think of the Pirelli's. I have them on my volvo and have liked the experience so far.

[#] Mon Oct 10 2005 22:36:17 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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I bought the high-mileage Pirelli's, not the sticky model, and have been pretty satisfied but haven't yet encoutered wet weather. High-mileage usually means harder rubber and therefore less traction in bd weather.

Plan on getting another set for Mrs. Curmudgeon's Volvo 760 soon. Miss Curmudgeons 740 has new Michelins which stick extremely well but already show signs of wear. The previous Dunlaps sucked, wore out very quickly and didn't handle very well. All have been 185SR65 15's on the 4-cylinder and 205SR65's on the 760.

[#] Tue Oct 11 2005 00:55:03 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I put Pirelli Scorpions on my Rodeo about 6 months ago and I'm pretty happy with them. Much better than the Goodyear Wranglers that came from the factory.
They're much better in the rain, fairly quiet (for a truck tire) on regular dry road, and still pretty good off-road. On my old car, an Integra, I used Dunlop D40's and they were great performers, but soft and easily damaged.

[#] Tue Oct 11 2005 09:53:37 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I used to have pirelli p600s on my gti and they were the best tires I'd ever driven on up to that point, so Iwas impressed, but later I got yokohama something orothers which were even stickier. I've had tires that are sticky and suck in the rain and tires that are sticky and good in the rain, so I dunno, all the tires I've ever liked are no longer made, so finding model numbers would be pointless.

I will say this though: the best all around sticky long wear inexpensive tire I ever had were eagle GT +4's. They came on my bishi and were really really just plain good.
Then they stopped making them.
Then they reintroduced them for like twice the price, so they stopped being so economical.

[#] Fri Oct 14 2005 10:30:26 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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So I brought my wrx to the dealer to get the abs fixed.
It took them all day, I picked up my car, and no charge. yay.
Why? They didn't do anything. They said the ordered a part.
They also said the computer didn't say there was a problem.
Anybody know if generally the ABS system reports problems to the computer?

[#] Fri Oct 14 2005 17:32:44 EDT from jock @ Uncensored

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Have sore arm from trying to replace the fuel filter. I gave up and paid the mechanic $25. I hate borrowing my dad's truck, because it eats gas and has a very leaky transmission. I may buy one of those Hyundai 'clown cars' or finally get a Jeep Wrangler. If I'm going to pay this kinda insurance, then I'm going to drive what I want, not what old farmers tell me is a Good Car. They hate CJ's and Wranglers because there's no space like a truck. My cousin has a couple for sale. Anyone want a CJ7 ?

[#] Fri Oct 21 2005 01:12:42 EDT from casa @ Uncensored

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sure Jock, what year? It'll go great with my 89 Grand Wagoneer in the driveway(speaking of heavy metal gas hogs). BTW, I picked up a Volvo 240 GL for 250$ plus a 100$ to register it and pay off a ticket. It's a funnny story, and if ya wanna hear it i will spit it out. however, the question here is how the hell do I disengage the dams button on the driver's side that turns the overdrive on/off?

[#] Fri Oct 21 2005 01:34:02 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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re: Volvo 240 overdrive button.

Don't disengate it, just keep your ham-handed thumb off. Comes in real handy when you learn to drive the car, it's only 2.3 liter 4-banger in a huge heavy body.

[#] Fri Oct 21 2005 12:19:40 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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you didn't buy a volvo 240 because you wanted to drive fast, so the overdrive is useful as a gas saver above 50mph or so.

[#] Fri Oct 21 2005 19:36:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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casa: if you've got the time, I'd love to hear the story!

[#] Sat Oct 22 2005 13:38:26 EDT from jock @ Uncensored

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The CJ7 is from 1979. 304 ci engine, and good lift kit. He has a large custom shop. It's galloways4wdcenter.com . Lester is having a truck show and sale Oct. 29. Shameless plug.

[#] Mon Oct 24 2005 09:03:47 EDT from casa @ Uncensored

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Curly, you will find out how ham handed I am when I re-do your circumcision…I have a 19 year old who has as well already damaged 3 vehicles and had a collision in 11 months.

[#] Mon Oct 24 2005 09:16:21 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Hell, Casa, I'm about as far from male as you can get but even I felt that!!

[#] Mon Oct 24 2005 09:34:42 EDT from casa @ Uncensored

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Anyway, story of the Volvo--I 'm driving along and I see this good looking 240 Gl wagon on the steet with a for sale sign on it. Since the 19 year old has 1/hit another car with the 89 Grand Wagoneer (totalling the other guy of course), thrown a rod on the Totyota Camry by putting transmission fluid in the oil AND not putting the oil cap back on then driving all the oil out of the car, then burned out the seat adjustment motors on the GW holding them in place "because the seat wasn't close enough to the wheel" (she's only 5'4"), I thought "AHA! a nice safe car for the kid! (Not to mention the number of times I have been hit because that's another story ) I call the number. We are in San Antonio, the number is in Fort Worth. The owner says she has already sold the car but thanks for calling anyway. Well, four months later the Volvo hasn't moved, so I call again and the owner says "Oddly enough, the people I sold it to haven't bothered to register it." SO I offer to keep an eye on the vehicle and sure enough, the apartment complex puts a notice on it for selling a car on the grounds, and within a month it has a ticket for being abandoned. I call the owner again and offer to deal with the ticket and get the car off the street, and she gratefully accepts. It turns out that when she sold the Volvo for $2500, the buyers handed her the money, decided to go for another test drive while she got the title out and so on, and they never came back. So, for my kindness, she offers to sell me the V for $2K, which sounds good, but since my step-daddy was the Bexar County chief mechanic for 20 years, and my daddy raced stock cars, and my younger brother is a mechanic, I ask if it's okay if I take it to a mechanic and find out what it will cost me to fix before I committ to that price. Well, in spite of the fact that the oil change records are perfectly in order for the life of the car, no other maintenance has been done so every seal and gasket needs to be replaced since it leaks oil like a sieve now and the brakes are grindy, and I tell her that it will cost me about $2000 to pay Vollmer's Automotive to fix it. So, I offer her $200 and to pay the ticket and she accepted. Another hundred bucks to register the expired registration and I have a great fixer-upper. The interior is in good shape except that the drivers seat has been replaced with a black seat and someone's kid left oatmeal cookies and fritos everywhere (there were used diapers in the car-peeeuuuuuuuu!) but the tires are perfect, and aside from the speakers and grilles (which I foun on e-bay for $20) and the file baskets on the doors it's in great shape. No idea how it got from Fort Worth to San Antonio, or what became of the other buyers, so it is a small mystery. BTW, I have found that you can buy replacement tracks for Grand Wagoneer electric windows for about $20 on e-bay plus shipping, new window motor and track for $35 and seat motors for about $40 apiece. I can recommend a seller very highly : Nickspartsplus. I could find the parts cheaper by going to a pick a part or some such, but I wouldn't be able to gurantee the parts functioned, so Nick is the best for my dollar. I haven't looked very hard for Volvo parts yet--one car at a time says my brother who's doing the work--he doesn't do volvos anyway, so I will have to pay Vollmers to do the work, boo. Hows that for a story though?

[#] Mon Oct 24 2005 09:37:35 EDT from casa @ Uncensored

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Dear Lady, I am also an ethnic jewess, lol. However, I do embroider, and it sounded like curly needs a trim

[#] Mon Oct 24 2005 09:41:47 EDT from casa @ Uncensored

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wish i could- maybe you could make it an anniversary present? Friday October 28 Inky & I will have been hitched for umm, ahh, eerrrrr, (counting on fingers) fifteen years since our big wedding, and on December 13 (a Friday!), 1989 we actually got married, so it's 16 years this year. Wow, time flies when you are over 30.

[#] Mon Oct 24 2005 09:46:25 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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<laughs>  Shear genius, casa!

Nice story, btw.  ;-)



[#] Mon Oct 24 2005 09:48:30 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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And congrats! :-)

[#] Mon Oct 24 2005 11:06:02 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Heh. That's a great story.

[#] Tue Oct 25 2005 20:16:09 EDT from casa @ Uncensored

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Thank you thank ya very much--we are very lucky is all I can say. We have a monster fight about once eery 3-5 years (the kind you can hear down the block) but other than that we don't fight. So, like I said, we are damn lucky, and thanks for the good wishes. Isn't that a great car story though? and it's the truth too. Damnedest thing. And in spite of burning oil and needing various mechanical replacements, the Volvo runs smooth. Go figure.

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