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Old 02-11-2005, 09:29 AM   #1
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Winter car stories

so winter is almost 3/4 over, what has your winter beater put you through this winter.

mine is and 86 325 that i got for free.

so far

blew a tire
horn start randomly going off
fuel gauge is the only one left working
sister stole it and lost the faceplate for the cd player
blower motor went
wiper motor is shot
tail lights work when they feel like it
passenger headlight works somtimes
devours anifreeze
door dinger will start going off when driving and will still be on when i get to my car the next morning
glove box broke
passneger seat does not fold anymore
had trannie probs but fixed them
passenger window switch is acting up
can't lock car from drivers door anymore
belts skweak like a mother****er
hole in the cat converter makes the whole car smell

but at least the ****in thing still runs, and a couple more months and we can get our babies back on the road again
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Old 02-11-2005, 09:44 AM   #2
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My car is 1" off the ground...enough said....
91' CRX Turbo - Sold
94' 318i/M50 swap - Sold
95' 325i - Sold
97' Jetta - Sold
2006 Ford Freestyle - Sold
Looking for a E46 (00-04)

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Old 02-11-2005, 10:02 AM   #3
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Lets see my beater was good untill this winter.

94 Tercel Bought Brand New In 94...

Change The Gas Tank And Fuel Lines
Changed Thermostat
Heater Works Only On Recycled Air (Temp Guage Drops To Cold When Driving)
When Stopped The Temp Guage Shoots Through The Roof, And Heater Works Like A charm Then.
Goes Through At least a litre of Oil A Week.
Had To Charge The Battery About 4 Times Since December.
Shakes Like A Mother F***Er when driving Over 100KM
Driver Side Window Doesn't always go up. Bolt Rattled Loose from the scissors when I had my system.
Driver Side Can't unlock or lock from the outside.
Car Starter Works Woohoo

Other Then That I Miss My Bimmer And If This Ottawa Weather Keeps Up She'll Be Out By Mid March

1994 318is-Sold July 13th 2010.. Sad Sad Day
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Old 02-11-2005, 10:28 AM   #4
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My winter car is a 87 Dodge Lancer ES . . paid $250 . . . 6 years ago with 67,000 miles . . . . now has 112,000 miles

Not many problems other than went to get the plates renewed and it failed emissions . . .
New o2 sensor
Tune up

and she leaks oil . . . . I hate leaving oil stains.

but I can't wait to drive my Bimmer again . . . . . . damn groundhog ! !

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Old 02-11-2005, 10:54 AM   #5
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mine is an 88 mazda mx6, bought it for 500 bucks in 2001, fixed it up for 2500 $ right away ( gas tank , brakes, bearings, tune up , little electrical stuff, suspension...), and never caused me problems ever since, knock on wood ( has 450,000 km on original engine/clutch/tranny so far ).
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Old 02-11-2005, 01:24 PM   #6
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I've got a 1991 Dodge Colt 200E with 270K km. The engine is a Mitsubishi so she runs like a top but just last week my front right axle went "bad", infact so bad that sometimes the steering wheel shakes so violently I have to stop the car and crank the wheel all the way to the left until I hear a loud crunch noise and all is well. Oh well another month and my baby can come out of the garage! It's so embarrasing when making turns either left or right because this thing cracks and squeels and clicks so loud!!

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Old 02-11-2005, 02:26 PM   #7
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G20 winter beater. 3months trouble free

starts at -30, runs like a champion. Only thing I have to add air to tires every week or so
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Old 02-11-2005, 02:32 PM   #8
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My E30's been good so far. Except for the god damn water leak in the trunk!! I need to find the source soon, my sub box is all rotten.

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Old 02-11-2005, 02:37 PM   #9
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e30 318 M10 NO Heater with a themostat bypass the car never gets warm
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Old 02-11-2005, 03:27 PM   #10
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My winter beater is ghetto...

1991 Buick Riviera

So far...
-Car alarm is bugging out, I have to walk around the car, unlock the passanger door with the key, then do the same on the drivers side dorr before opening any of the doors or else the alarm sounds
-Gas tank door does not open, so I have to carry a hammer with me to pry it open.
-Engine stalls on its own from time to time, while driving, and stopped
-I get like 5 mpg
-And a bunch of other little annoying things

It's all I can afford to have right now. Being a full-time college student with a crappy min wage part-time job doesn't exactly lead to many other options

I can't wait to start driving my bimmer again soon, now more than ever since I've added some new mods while it's been stored for the winter
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