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#501 TK-421

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:28 PM

There's a reason I bought a Mazda. ;)

Only reason we sold our 1990 Protege a few years ago is because we lived in the north, and basically magic was holding the radiator up, due to all the rust. I wouldn't be surprised if it was still going, if we had been driving it down here and it hadn't spend it's entire life in snow.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:37 PM


Sooo my ranger is in need of a new clutch. There goes $750.


its a ford, i am surprised it only needs a clutch...



Ford transmissions suck.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:41 PM

There's a reason I bought a Mazda. ;)

Oh? And how's that working out for you? ;)

My Aunt also has a Mazda 6, and hers is going in this week to get the control arms replaced again. Apparently, they're known for front suspension issues.
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:04 AM


There's a reason I bought a Mazda. ;)

Oh? And how's that working out for you? ;)

My Aunt also has a Mazda 6, and hers is going in this week to get the control arms replaced again. Apparently, they're known for front suspension issues.


It'd be working out a hell of a lot better if the dealership I bought it from could do their job and get cars working properly before they put them on the lot. :angry:

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:04 AM

The front end issues seem to have been put out in a manufactures bulletin the last time I looked into it. Were the front control arms squeaking/knocking?

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:14 AM

The front end issues seem to have been put out in a manufactures bulletin the last time I looked into it. Were the front control arms squeaking/knocking?


It's either the control arms or the C/V joint (according to my Uncle), if there's a difference between the two. I don't remember exactly what the guy at the dealership told me, but I'm pretty sure he told me they're going to replace a control arm. Apparently they mucked with some stuff, took it out for a test drive, and the sound was still there, but there wasn't enough time in the day to replace the control arm. So they'll do that tomorrow, and it had better be fixed finally.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:22 AM

my buddy has a mazada, he always has issues with it... its a sporty ford, what do you expect...

as for my jeep... i did a little digging into the 545FRE transmission... turns out its a 6 speed trans thats gor 5 gears in up shift, and 5 different gears in down shift... in tow/haul mode, i get crisper shits, and zero issues... so its not hte transmission, its the module that controls the shifting thats causing me problems... 30 dollar replacement part...

still, i am goign to be selling my WK as soon as i can get my hands on a road worthy CJ-7 thats passed inspection and been registered...
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:39 AM

my buddy has a mazada, he always has issues with it... its a sporty ford, what do you expect...

as for my jeep... i did a little digging into the 545FRE transmission... turns out its a 6 speed trans thats gor 5 gears in up shift, and 5 different gears in down shift... in tow/haul mode, i get crisper shits, and zero issues... so its not hte transmission, its the module that controls the shifting thats causing me problems... 30 dollar replacement part...

still, i am goign to be selling my WK as soon as i can get my hands on a road worthy CJ-7 thats passed inspection and been registered...

Well I'm glad to see you don't have to replace the whole trans, but what do your supposedly crispy shits have to do with it?

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:29 PM

Got my Mazda back from the dealership, it's working fine now. They replaced a control arm, which got rid of the clunking. Didn't charge me anything either, fortunately. Still have to try and get reimbursed for the $100 though. Supposedly the burning smell was coming from the clutch, according to the shop. According to an Uncle of mine, the clutch tends to get warm when used, but cools off between uses. The constant starting and stopping on the hill didn't give the clutch enough time to cool down, so it just kept getting hotter and hotter, hence the burning smell. But I drove the car home from the dealership, rather than wait for mom and let her do it, so now I'm more confident about taking it out on the street, so I won't be doing tons of starting and stopping in a parking lot, so I won't have to worry about a burning smell anymore.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 03:11 PM

When I turn the tow/haul feature on the transmission uses a tighter gear range to better accelerate and decelerate while towing of hauling a heavy load. I typically use tow/haul i the wintef and when driving in the mountains.
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:09 PM

And the gas SLS probably has close to three times that?

Sure, electric is a neat idea, but until they can get the price, the range and the fill up time equal to that of a gasoline car, I'll just stick with gas, they sound cooler.


well we are never going to have a fundamental shift in society if we have just as many expectations of a gen1 car as a gen-evenetybillion car. thats just silly.
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:12 PM


And the gas SLS probably has close to three times that?

Sure, electric is a neat idea, but until they can get the price, the range and the fill up time equal to that of a gasoline car, I'll just stick with gas, they sound cooler.


well we are never going to have a fundamental shift in society if we have just as many expectations of a gen1 car as a gen-evenetybillion car. thats just silly.


Oh I don't have any expectations of electric cars as extreme as that, I'm just twiddling my thumbs and waiting a few years for the technology to pick up, costs to go down, and to see if battery stations open up. Similar to gas stations, but with hot-swappable batteries, so that you can switch batteries and keep going, instead of having to stop and let the batteries charge.

However, I think we need to come up with a cleaner, more environmentally friendly solution to the oil problem than what electric cars present.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:26 PM

Here's to hoping it ends up taking the top speed crown from that ugly ass Bugatti. :lol:

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:28 PM

Here's to hoping it ends up taking the top speed crown from that ugly ass Bugatti. :lol:

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:37 PM

They should just bring the damn thing to Ehra-Lessien and do the test properly.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:42 PM

Here's to hoping it ends up taking the top speed crown from that ugly ass Bugatti. :lol:
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Reminds me of the Dagger GT, anybody remember that? :lol:

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It was some car that never made it past renderings IIRC, and they claimed 2000hp and 315mph top speed. Stock. Here's the website if you wanted to see more. I know the Venom GT is definitely real, but the whole top speed rivalry made me laugh whenever somebody mentioned the Dagger GT.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:46 PM

Having gone 300kph in a car, I couldnt imagine going any faster haha. I mean, I know its possible, and I'msure F1 drivers and shit do it all the time, but god damn... At that speed shit just flies by you. :lol:

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:41 PM

This on the passenger side of the dash.

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And these on the mirrors.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:36 PM

Putting some serious thought into getting one of these if I get the job I'm after:
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:58 AM

Good luck with traction.


But on another note, I think I might pick up a vintage bug.
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:02 AM

Good luck with traction.

Fun begins where traction ends :)

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:05 AM

Good luck with traction.


But on another note, I think I might pick up a vintage bug.


My uncle has an iridescent purple one, with a hand cranked sun roof. And he also has the beginnings of a stretch bug limo, which has been sitting on my grandpa's property for like the last 20 years. Says he'll finish it eventually, but everybody knows he won't, lol.

My uncles grew up with bugs, don't remember the reason why though.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:52 AM

save your money on that camera and get a challenger SRT....
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:20 PM

Negative. I'm afraid my bowtie-shaped blood cells will not allow me to do that.
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:40 PM

I'd skip out on both. Neither of them are particularily well designed, and they drive like boats with the weight/body roll.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:11 PM

To pick up on someone's facebook post, I too have an unhealthy attraction to Porsche 928s. I know they are all gigantic money pits that aren't any faster than my 2009 Civic Si was. But I still want one so bad. The cool headlights, the minimalist styling, the sweet interior, the fricking V8 up front where god intended it to be.

That Top Gear where Clarkson bought that terrible one just made me want it more.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:54 PM

I'd skip out on both. Neither of them are particularily well designed, and they drive like boats with the weight/body roll.

Then wait until around 2015. The Chalenger will supposedly move to a new chassis, which is shorter and lighter. It will also have a new 8-speed trans, new interior, and the Supercharged 6.2l Hemi that is currently in development. Not to mention the SRT Barracuda.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:59 PM

the charger and challenger, as well as the camero and mustang, were not meant to go fast in the curves... they are big, heavy, powerful strait line speedsters... when i worked for New England Dragway, MOPAR drag cars always dominated the imports and "supercars" that were brought to the track... european and asian car manufactures may make a faster track/road course car... but you simply cant beat american muscle in a drag race
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 02:03 PM

typically, i'm a mopar fanboy, but i like alot of the classic muscle, regardless of manufacturer ... shelby mustang, cougar eliminator , the old cuda, old camaros, i dig going to the classic car shows every summer

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:18 PM



Sooo my ranger is in need of a new clutch. There goes $750.


its a ford, i am surprised it only needs a clutch...



Ford transmissions suck.


It has a mazda transmission actually...
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:20 PM




Sooo my ranger is in need of a new clutch. There goes $750.


its a ford, i am surprised it only needs a clutch...



Ford transmissions suck.


It has a mazda transmission actually...





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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:41 PM

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:46 PM

It has a mazda transmission actually...

Depends. What kind of trans does it have? Better yet, what is the trans code, which is located on the safety compliance certification label on the drivers door post?

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:47 PM

at least thats the connection i've always made... every ford dealership i know is also a mazda dealership and vice versa... i've never really cared enought o look into it... but always been told that mazda's were made in partnership with ford using sport tuned ford parts
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:50 PM

at least thats the connection i've always made... every ford dealership i know is also a mazda dealership and vice versa... i've never really cared enought o look into it... but always been told that mazda's were made in partnership with ford using sport tuned ford parts

Sounds about right to me. They are still two separate companies, but they are definitely in a partnership with shared parts and whatnot.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:53 PM

if its not a jeep, i dont tend to look too much into it... there are a few exceptions, like the H1... which, if i had an extra 200k in my bank account i would call up AM Generals Sales department and order my own humvee... and the nissan frontier, which in my eyes is the most capable production off road truck on the market... yeah, the powerwagon is a bad ass truck, but its too damn big... the tacoma is too fancy to take wheeling, unless you buy an old used one... and the ford raptor is just a gigantic piece of gosa...
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

To pick up on someone's facebook post, I too have an unhealthy attraction to Porsche 928s. I know they are all gigantic money pits that aren't any faster than my 2009 Civic Si was. But I still want one so bad. The cool headlights, the minimalist styling, the sweet interior, the fricking V8 up front where god intended it to be.

That Top Gear where Clarkson bought that terrible one just made me want it more.

that shark faced nose is just epic good in person

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:01 PM


I'd skip out on both. Neither of them are particularily well designed, and they drive like boats with the weight/body roll.

Then wait until around 2015. The Chalenger will supposedly move to a new chassis, which is shorter and lighter. It will also have a new 8-speed trans, new interior, and the Supercharged 6.2l Hemi that is currently in development. Not to mention the SRT Barracuda.

The car I'm looking at is the SS 1LE, which is new for 2013. It has heavier front and rear sway bars, a strut tower brace, wider tires (Goodyear Eagle F1's), heavy duty half-shafts, better exhaust, and a higher rear-end axle ratio. It handles a lot better than your standard SS.

Also: 8 gears is too many, and most likely an automatic, which I wouldn't be caught dead driving.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:06 PM

just had an SCCA autocross national champion tell me that its impossible to estimate weight transfer mid corner.

i sometimes believe being an engineer and a technical person ... is a curse.
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:07 PM

if you are racing, i see the value of a standard... but for offroading i'll take a 6 speed automatic... less to think about then trying to navigate rough terrain... esp if you need to use a spotter... i know a few people that will only crawl with a standard, but they tend to stall out way too much due to the low rps and high torque needed
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:55 PM

Ahh the 928.

Back in my college days (in college for heavy equipment repair). I spent a good while working on electrical issues on my one instructors 928. Such a oddly attractive car but by god was it a MAJOR PITA to work on. I actually almost bought the car as the instructor replaced it with a 944 turbo as he wanted something more track worthy less grand tourer. And I would have bought it if the insurance was not retarded. I loved the view when you popped the tiny hood on that car and seen nothing but engine. It was only a 5l v8 if I recall but physically it was much bigger than ford or Chevy small blocks.
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:57 PM



I'd skip out on both. Neither of them are particularily well designed, and they drive like boats with the weight/body roll.

Then wait until around 2015. The Chalenger will supposedly move to a new chassis, which is shorter and lighter. It will also have a new 8-speed trans, new interior, and the Supercharged 6.2l Hemi that is currently in development. Not to mention the SRT Barracuda.

The car I'm looking at is the SS 1LE, which is new for 2013. It has heavier front and rear sway bars, a strut tower brace, wider tires (Goodyear Eagle F1's), heavy duty half-shafts, better exhaust, and a higher rear-end axle ratio. It handles a lot better than your standard SS.

Also: 8 gears is too many, and most likely an automatic, which I wouldn't be caught dead driving.

The eight speed helps keep the engine in its optimal range much better, and requires less tradeoffs in tuning. It also claims to be much more efficient, which means better fuel economy, but also shifts faster than you can even perceive it.

And as far as drag racing goes, correct me if I'm wrong, an automatic is what you want.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:01 PM

A standard is so much fun to drive, I really enjoy it. I love it so much better than driving an automatic. I actually feel like I'm having fun, and enjoying the ride, rather than just being bored and waiting for the ride to be over.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:01 PM

Ahh the 928.

Back in my college days (in college for heavy equipment repair). I spent a good while working on electrical issues on my one instructors 928. Such a oddly attractive car but by god was it a MAJOR PITA to work on. I actually almost bought the car as the instructor replaced it with a 944 turbo as he wanted something more track worthy less grand tourer. And I would have bought it if the insurance was not retarded. I loved the view when you popped the tiny hood on that car and seen nothing but engine. It was only a 5l v8 if I recall but physically it was much bigger than ford or Chevy small blocks.


Chebby swaps are not unknown to 928s, but I think it reduces the car's allure.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:15 PM

Stick vs Autos they both have benefits and drawbacks.

An auto can be made to be very good performance wise. And the new duel clutch auto shift transmissions can be even better. BUT one thing a computer CAN'T DO better than a human is anticipate the needed requirements. A AUTO transmission is Reactive to changing conditions while with a manual and a good driver you can be Proactive with your shifting.

Personally I like both for different purposes. I to enjoy driving stick and have for many years. I'm glad I was able to track down my current truck as a new model 4x4 pickup that stick has become a rarity. But I'm a way I sometimes wish it was auto. Like presently my left leg is broken and can not drive the truck for a while lol.
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:24 PM

most of the drivers i talked to a the drag stip ran custom geared 3 and 4 speed transmissions, the guys that ran 4 typically did more then 1/4 mile drags... our strip would sometimes do half mile
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:57 PM

There are plenty of higher end sports cars running with 7 or 8 speed gear boxes, and it'sbasically for the reasons Pred gave. It keeps the engine right in the powerband, and usually the top gear is just meant for highway cruising to increase fuel economy anyways.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:48 PM

Automatics have enough trouble figuring out what gear they want to be in when you have 4 speeds, I can't imagine how often the car would be shifting if it had 8. And no, I'm not talking about racing, I'm talking about every day driving.

If I want the RPM to be in the power band, I'll put it there. If I want fuel economy, I know which gear that belongs to as well. The allure of a manual transmission to me is that the car does what I want it to, not the other way around.

...plus, it's much better for shenanigans :dodgy:
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:57 PM

Automatics have enough trouble figuring out what gear they want to be in when you have 4 speeds, I can't imagine how often the car would be shifting if it had 8. And no, I'm not talking about racing, I'm talking about every day driving.

If I want the RPM to be in the power band, I'll put it there. If I want fuel economy, I know which gear that belongs to as well. The allure of a manual transmission to me is that the car does what I want it to, not the other way around.

...plus, it's much better for shenanigans :dodgy:

You have to try one out before you can say anything. They may not be a stick, but they are pretty damn nice.




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