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[#] Sat Feb 18 2006 17:35:55 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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At Kragen's you can buy the meter for about $40.

[#] Sat Feb 18 2006 17:29:56 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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urrrp, saved too early.
YOu can take your car to most auto-parts stores (AutoZone, Checker, etc) and ask
to get a check engine diagnostic done. They hand you a computer thingy, you
plug it into your car and press the button.

Bring it back into the store and they'll plug it into their computer and print
out a few pages of what's wrong with your car.

[#] Sat Feb 18 2006 21:13:01 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I use a combination of products.... One is called MobyDic, which allows you to connect your laptop to the OBDII port and the other is software called Digimoto.

Depending on the vehicle, you can also get real time sensor charts.

One of the coolest things it can do is do quarter mile stats! :)

[#] Sun Feb 19 2006 03:40:13 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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sounds like ragnar has one of these so next time I don't wanna pay $50 to a store for this service I can stop by his place?

[#] Sun Feb 19 2006 03:41:56 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I saw the funniest thing the other day.
There's a hot rod shop next door to my favorite bagel place, so there's always some rice rockets outside.
The other day I saw one that had this cute thing. You know the passenger side rear view mirror always has that phrase "objects in mirror are closer than they appear?"
Well this guy had a little sticker over it that said in red "Objects in mirror are losing."
made ma laugh a lot.

[#] Sun Feb 19 2006 07:58:28 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Ford - Yeah, if you need some code reading, we could probably work on meeting up.

[#] Mon Feb 20 2006 17:04:18 EST from jock @ Uncensored

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The problem of the cylinders burning too lean has been corrected. I added 1 bottle of injector cleaner, put 10 gallons of 93 octane gas in the tank, and lastly added a bottle of Heet to get rid of water. I then reconnected a vacuum hose which the dealer's mechanic had nudged loose. Now all I have to add is 1 bottle of octane booster or some racing fuel and I can blast off for the moon.

I just lost an eBay auction where I could get a good accessory for my car. A pair of big sneakers for that leadfoot experience.



[#] Wed Feb 22 2006 17:11:19 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Was at the Marina in San Francisco this weekend for a crab picnic. As my wife prepared to open the door the little Toyota next to her suddenly jumped forward and ran into a Cypress up the curb.

What was weird was that the car was empty. Evidently the car spontaneously began to start and run without a key or driver. Being left in 1st gear without the parking brake on and with both the engine and starter driving the wheels it had a lot of power. Good thing the tree was there to stop it.

[#] Thu Feb 23 2006 14:45:08 EST from harry @ Haven BBS

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Ghosts?

;-)

[#] Fri Feb 24 2006 11:09:47 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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automatic starter? I know they don't put those in manuals, but you never know.

[#] Sat Feb 25 2006 20:16:26 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Ford2: That's what I thought but it's doubtful in San Francisco. After the engine stalled the idiot lights were on for a while too. Made me a bit freaky about wlking behind parked cars.

[#] Wed Mar 01 2006 20:50:32 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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DETROIT - For the first time in nine years, all of the top picks in Consumer Reports' annual vehicle guide are made by Japanese automakers.

Another article mentioned that Honda's US market share was up 3% and Ford's was down 4%.

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 00:17:41 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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If an american car maker could make a car that I would like as much as I like my Subaru, I might buy one. But my Subaru handles like a dream. I've out-steered problems that had I been in a lesser car it would have been in an accident rather than past it.

And this hasn't just happened once but many many times. With all the time 4 wheel drive, which Subaru is NOT a rookie at designing, it just handles extremely well.

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 07:15:45 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Ford and GM both have crap low end cars. The mid range cars are okay, and the high end are pretty nice. But the low end is so bad, it's completely understandable that they're both losing marketshare.

That top 10 pick also has no European cars either.

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 08:54:55 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Drove a Plymouth Vibe rental while I was out in Tahoe. It had descent suspension and the car was light enouh to feel snappy, but the torque steer was HORRENDOUS.

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 09:00:19 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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plus, the front end is /fugly/

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 10:58:11 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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That top 10 pick also has no European cars either.

yeah, I thought that odd, I wonder exactyl what they're measuring.

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 11:00:26 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I drove a vibe once, that's like the small suv thing right?
too topple tendant.

my gti outhandles my subaru hands down, subaru's good in the snow, but other than that I find it good for using up gas quickly. Too many problem (even if they are minor) for a relativly new car.

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 11:01:22 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Mar 1 2006 8:50pm from curly surmudgeon @dogpound2 (Dog Pound BBS II)


DETROIT - For the first time in nine years, all of the top picks in
Consumer Reports' annual vehicle guide are made by Japanese automakers.


Of course it has no European cars. What was being remarked on was the above. Consumer Reports is definitely not biased by nationality.

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 11:02:54 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Mar 2 2006 11:00am from Ford II @uncnsrd
I drove a vibe once, that's like the small suv thing right?
too topple tendant.

No, it's not really an SUV. It's kind of like a Ford Focus or an Impreza "wagon", only it sucks a lot more. You know, like halfway between a hatchback and a station wagon.

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