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#506688 - 05/05/09 07:04 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: willametteriveroutlaw]
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I agree with Stam. Can't fathom which Ameican cars those would be that are more reliable than foreign brands when it comes to driving forever. I also admit that many European models are champs when it comes to keeping the little stuff working, like lights, signals especially. Must be a shortage of electical engineers over there.

Just had the 120 K tune up on the Outback last week. Should be good for the next 100 K.

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#506689 - 05/05/09 07:08 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: willametteriveroutlaw]
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I'm only referrring to cars made in the last few years. Lets say 2004 and newer.

I am just getting out of a Nissan Pathfinder, and wont buy another Nissan . [censored] is falling off that car left and right including trim pieces and weatherstripping breaking and coming unglued, Plastic parts on the interior breaking, Switches breaking etc. I've read reviews about the Toyota Sequoias having a lot of problems with the fit and finish that leads to my post, handles break, lights not working, etc. Just my observations of late as I'm in the market looking for a full sized SUV. GM seems to be leading the Game in that dept.

I agre ethat over the last 20 years Forqign auto makes have put domestics to shame. Too bad the execs here in america wont throw themselves out a window if they fail to meet whats expected of them..

One theme seems to prevail in favor of foreign cars from Japan, Import automakers are more concerned about building a quality product. Domestic automakers seem more concerned about making a big profit.



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#506690 - 05/05/09 07:14 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: Sky-Guy]
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Japanes automakers are never concerned about profits, they just want to gift us incredible cars that never break, hardly use any fuel, actually improve the environment and they want to do it for free because they like us. While the domestics want to sell us unreliable fuel hungry death traps that spew noctious chemicals into the atmosphere at huge profits because they are a bunch of devil worshippers.

I have to go, my Tundra just finished cooking my fresh crepes for brunch. After which in need to go to the bank to deposit the Gold Eggs my wifes RAV-4 laid. Thank you Japan.
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#506698 - 05/05/09 07:39 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: Sky-Guy]
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Originally Posted By: Sky-Guy


Just my observations of late as I'm in the market looking for a full sized SUV. GM seems to be leading the Game in that dept.




I honestly hope it does work out for you smile .

I've mentioned before that all rigs are good when they are new, some just stay new alot longer, I don't mind driving a truck that is 10 years old, or even older if it still does all I need, some people like new car smell, I do not, my daughter said my truck smelled like permafart last time she rode in it. rofl If you cycle through rigs every few years domestics could get you by, but, there is payment involved...

I easily save enough in a year by not having a truck payment and not having to dump any money into trannys, engines or electrical probs to go on a trip or two to faraway places and fish and fuckaround.. and until something changes in the dependabilty factor I will continue to do so. Just trying' to help a brutha' out. wink

Good luck
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#506701 - 05/05/09 07:52 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: Tackle Shack]
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Team Toyota +1. 220k miles and only thing to "go wrong" with my Tacoma is that the aluminum heads warp with heat and start to not seat with the Exhaust Manifold, causing leaks. ...that, and I need my starter contacts cleaned.


That said, I LOVE my "new" car. American muscle +1. It just never gets old stomping the pedal and hearing the roar... smile 400+ horses can't be wrong.


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#506717 - 05/05/09 09:15 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: ]
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Then we'll be "even"...


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#506719 - 05/05/09 09:37 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: hohbomb73]
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If you switched the ICMs and then had a miss fire on #5 AND #2 then I guess you have two problems. A bad ICM and a burnt valve. If it were just the ICM you shouldn't have had the miss fire on #2 when they were swapped. A compression test will let you know if it's a valve.

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#506751 - 05/06/09 12:22 AM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: donno]
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Before i would spend any more dough. do a cylinder leak down. you want to make sure you have less then say 10 % leakage. also at the same time if you have more then 10 % you can figure out what is going on by listening for where it is going. also what about a bad injector ? i agree you may have more then one problem. just do not make the mistake and spend a bunch of money on needless parts if the valves or rings are junk.v i would think you could have it diagnosed for about 100 bucks at the dealer. it may save you money in the long run by not buying needless parts.

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#506774 - 05/06/09 04:58 AM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: Sky-Guy]
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Originally Posted By: Sky-Guy
In my experience and from others opinons that I have read lately about Toyota, Nissan, and other foreign cars, is that a lot of little things are breaking on later model vehicles.


"Little things." Compare the little things breaking to major things on domestics like intake gaskets (GM 5.3), spark plug threads (Ford 5.4, google spark plug blowout), steering & front brakes (Dodge), cab welds (Dodge), transmissions (Ford plus the rest), front suspension (F-series), electrical gremlins (GM 5.3).
For the record, the one domestic I've owned, an F-150, has been a good truck, minus the ECU shitting the bed and being fixed under warranty. The three Toyotas I've had have been rock solid.
As for the Audi, it's a European car. Expect mucho bucks to get it fixed.

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#506809 - 05/06/09 11:53 AM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: hohbomb73]
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Originally Posted By: hohbomb73





. ...that, and I need my starter contacts cleaned.







Replaced, after about 100,000 cycles the copper just erodes away on the positive side and at some point just will not make contact anymore, 5.00 bucks and an hours labor fixes it.
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#506812 - 05/06/09 12:04 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: stam]
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i own a 1990 Ford F-150 with all the bells and whistles. i have spent thousands on it...lift, oversize tires, flowmaster, air intake, chip, etc.... i have never had a problem with it other then replacing belts and giving it a couple tune ups. still running strong. Plus i have run over 3 deer (not on purpose) and didnt even get a dent in the bad ass warn bumper....i love my truck and wouldnt get anything else

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#506815 - 05/06/09 12:20 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: stam]
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Is it even a "foreign car" anymore?

Toyota spokesman Xavier Dominicis said the company’s cars consistently receive high marks for quality. The automaker employs 36,600 Americans, he said, and about 60 percent of Toyota vehicles sold in the United States were manufactured here.

http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2008/12/10/autoside.html
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#506847 - 05/06/09 02:27 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: Mikespike]
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Aunty,

If you gonna add some boost to the stang, I would suggest a Kenne Bell blowzilla 2.2l. I had one my 03 Cobra, I replaced it with the stock Eaton. Alot better. Or you could Just throw a pair of garret GT28 or 35r Turbos and your stang would be insanely fast.

I am going to do a compression test and see what happens from there.
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#506848 - 05/06/09 02:42 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: Mikespike]
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Originally Posted By: Mikespike
The automaker employs 36,600 Americans, he said, and about 60 percent of Toyota vehicles sold in the United States were manufactured here


is that 36,600 union or non-union? wink

Unless toyota really screws something up, I will own nothing but toyota trucks...

My Tacoma kicks A$$.

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#506853 - 05/06/09 03:05 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: ]
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I found this on another site. I am soooooo, sooooooo, sorry honey. frown


"Just got my car towed back to my house from Chris's shop. The diagnoses is not good. We tested the ignition system and everything is good there. We then decided to do the compression test. This did not turn out so well. 3 of the 6 cylinders are running 175 for compression. 2 of them were around 155-160 and then cylinder number 3 (the one that was having the most misfires) had a big fat 0. Thats right, a 0. We looked into it further and concluded that I indeed have a blown head gasket and also have fried the piston rings. Woopty Freaken Do."




"Many things can lead to a blown head gasket but water injection coming on a few PSI to early is not going to be one of them unless the extra boost leads to a already weak stock headgasket blowing.

And it appears from what I have found The Audi and VW have a weak stock headgasket prone to Premature Head Gasket Failure. If your going to replace it I would go with a Felpro set. Engine out is always easier than trying to do this stuff with it in. If it was just the headgasket I would leave it in. Your misfires were probably coming from coolant leaking into the combustion chamber. You really won't know if the piston rings are bad until the heads are off. "
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#506867 - 05/06/09 03:41 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: RichardSimmons]
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#506961 - 05/06/09 08:06 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: Sol Duc]
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At least one of My ICMs are bad due to the misfire jumping from #2 to #5 when switched. I will do a compression test tomorrow evenging. Hopefully everything reads about the same. If I get a ZERO in #2 I will be pissed to say the least.
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#506981 - 05/06/09 09:01 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: Blades™]
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I heard one of the Docs at work talking on the phone to the Audi dealer saying it was the worst car he has ever owned. I've also heard good things about them. Women like them.

But sensible women like Toyotas.
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#507090 - 05/07/09 12:35 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: blue water pro

People who like Toyota's obviously don't buy them for heavy duty hauling or towing. ....

Tow Rates: Ford F-350 Super Duty: 19,200 pounds. GMC Sierra 3500: 16,800 pounds. Chevrolet Silverado 3500: 16,700 pounds. Ford F-250 Super Duty: 16,500 pounds. Dodge Ram 3500: 16,400 pounds. Toyota Tundra: 10,400 pounds. Toyota Tacoma: 6,500 pounds.



Dude... your comparing 3/4 and 1 ton trucks to half ton and smaller toyotas.... duhhhh Of course their gonna tow more...

My V6 tacoma pulls my 21' travel trailer like a champ, plus it fits in my garage and will turn around in my postage stamp driveway... it is a no brainer for me

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#507112 - 05/07/09 03:06 PM Re: Any Mechanics out there?? [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: blue water pro




Tow Rates: Ford F-350 Super Duty: 19,200 pounds. GMC Sierra 3500: 16,800 pounds. Chevrolet Silverado 3500: 16,700 pounds. Ford F-250 Super Duty: 16,500 pounds. Dodge Ram 3500: 16,400 pounds. Toyota Tundra: 10,400 pounds. Toyota Tacoma: 6,500 pounds.



The old ratings game..

some manufacturers tend to "slighty exaggerate" the ratings to impress those that are easily impressed by numbers. wink

Some manufacturers don't. you figure out which is which and who is who. rofl
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