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[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 11:05:05 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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The Vibe is also strictly front wheel drive. There is a small cargo area in the rear and the rear seat folds down - with it todled down it was just barely enough room to haul skis around Tahoe. And we still had to put chains on the tires. Definitely not SUV material (or else the rental car company would have charged us ten times as much)

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 11:05:38 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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todled = folded

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 12:29:19 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I could swear I rented one once, oh well, silly vehicle from from detroit.

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 16:43:47 EST from jock @ Uncensored

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The Toyota version has AWD as an option, and a supercharger. I almost bought a Matrix, but I didn't like the fact that it's hard for me to get in it. So I got a Camry Solara.

[#] Thu Mar 02 2006 23:40:35 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Ford - My 1991 Subaru Legacy wagon has over 261,000 miles on it and is very dependable, though after all these years, little things need fixing. I need to make room in my garage for the car so I can do repairs in out of the Seattle rains.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 13:54:35 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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my subaru wrx had 19,000 miles on it when the front pads went away and the front rotors were warped beyond useability.
When I went to the sports car shop place they said "yea, everybody comes in complaining about that, here try these."
doubled the mileage since then, haven't had a single problem.
Right rear shock leaked by mile 10,000, sure it was waranteed, but shouldn't have happened in the first place.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 13:58:22 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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heh, your wrx does not works.

how often is typical for replacing brakes anyway? I'm one of those guys who tends not to catch the problem until the pads have worn thru and i'm grinding down the rotors ;)

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 15:20:52 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Ford - bummer that you've had to make those repairs. I can understand you being pissed and/or disappointed.

But my experiences with my two subarus's, sequentially, are that they are better than any american made car I've ever had, and better than any other japanese car I've had.

I'm not interested in european imports, too pricey for my blood. The last european import I drove was my brother's VW bug (original) back when I was learning to drive. That was like the mid 70's. Not interested in anything from europe except maybe a Volvo. Do they make those in all the time 4 wheel drive?

I guess what I'm saying is I'm sold out head over heels in love with my Subaru.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 15:41:19 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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You would think that by now, car manufactuers would have given up on having their own brake pad designs and their own brake assemblies for their cars and started using the same assemblies across the whole industry.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 15:46:48 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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how often is typical for replacing brakes anyway? I'm one of those
guys who tends not to catch the problem until the pads have worn thru

and i'm grinding down the rotors ;)

Well, I got 19K out of my wrx, and I've 67K on my gti's original front brakes, so it depends on the car :-)
Definetly check at around 30K or so, you should probably be more than halfway at that point, and you can see how much is left.
I don't think I'll ever change the rears on the gti, I dunno why but I've never had brakes last this long.
Fronts will go much earlier than rears, but it depends on your driving style, and quality of pads, Do you engine brake a lot, or do you use the brakes more?

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 15:51:09 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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their cars and started using the same assemblies across the whole
industry.

apparently it was only recently (like past 5-10 years) that gm stopped making their own spark plugs.
(I think it was gm, I forget who)
There seems tobe a lot of that in the industry.
What I heard that was kind of surprising is this:
Lots of certain (I can't remember models) gm cars are stolen because they use the same computer module.
What works in one works in a lot of them.
I was surprised that this made it an item for theft, of all things.
You'd think that car manufacturers would want to use as many common parts across their model line as possible to maximize economics of scalability (I forget that term but you know what I mean) but for some reason they don.t
I marvel at how many parts change on the same model car from year to year that have NOT been overhauled.
I never understood that.
Seems to me if everybody used a lot of the same parts for everything, it'd be real cheap for 3rd party companies to come along and make cheaper versions then you wouldnt have to steal because you could get it cheap at autozone.
But like everything else, proably because it makes for a lot mroe jobs and money to make 1000 differenyt parts for each model.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 15:51:38 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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well I have an automatic, but I do engine brake on longer downhill grades.

The subaru has good gear ratios for engine braking even in an automatic. The same wasn't true of my volvo.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 16:03:32 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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how often is typical for replacing brakes anyway? I'm one of those
guys who tends not to catch the problem until the pads have worn thru

and i'm grinding down the rotors ;)

Depends entirely on the car, conditions and your drivign habits. A lightweight Honda Civic used for freeway driving might get 60,000 miles out of a set while an aggressive urban driver with a heavy car might only get 10,000 miles. Extrapolate.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 16:04:52 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Electric Car moves Pope in style

WASHINGTON POST

The Pope who ears Prada also has a set of chic custom wheels.

Pope Benedic t XVI, who has made headlines with his high-style, red designer
loafers and his Gucci shades, is tooling around hte grounds of Vatican City
in an electric car outfitted in luxurious Natuzzi Italian white leather. His
latest fashion statement was donated to the pontiff by Global Electric
Motorcars, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG.

"It was a very special project and an honor to be involved in it," said
Daniel Tranchini, chief global sales and marketing officer for Natuzzi, the
world's largest manufacturer of leather upholstery.

The Pope's car, which bears a vague resemblance to a golf cart, has the
papal seat on the front and back and was made for short hops behind the walls
of Vatican City, according to officials in Rome.
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[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 16:28:39 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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They don't want you to get it cheap at Autozone, they want you to get it expensive through their dealer.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 17:34:55 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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yeah, but the very thing that allows for that is costing them millions on every car every year, and maybe, just maybe that's why they're doing so bad (yeah, it's a lot of health car responsibilities, but every penny helps)
I hate to say something good about the phone company, but they split up, and then everybody was in on making phones and they got cheaper.
Better they spend money on making a bettter car than trying to keep parts prices inflated.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 17:36:26 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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that said though, I marvel at how many aftermarket companies DO make parts for all those different cars. There's a whole pile of places I can get replacement struts and springs for my gti, and while it doesn't change EVERY year, it does change every few years, and there's tons of cars that they make aftermarket parts for, the hondas, the vw's, the toyotas, hell, you can get sporto parts for hyundais I think.

[#] Fri Mar 03 2006 17:37:41 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I agree but I think that's the world they are stuck in.

[#] Fri Mar 17 2006 16:13:04 EST from jock @ Uncensored

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Does anyone own or know something about Isuzu SUV's? I saw a cute little Vehicross at a dealer lot. It does have some blind spots in the back, though.

[#] Fri Mar 17 2006 18:34:40 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I had a 96 Rodeo.  Spare tire came up a little too high, in the rear...wound up in an accident, once, because I couldn't see the car I backed into.


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