the dealer by my parents' house is really great too, but its far from me (even being my "local" dealer). the manager is a cool guy and has like 12 rovers from D1s to a L494. I have the service managers card and he said to call him anytime I need help working on something. I think most people get angry with the dealer because they go there not understanding that if they only service their luxury vehicle every 2 years and 20k miles its $2500-3000 a visit...
@akioohtori lol yea I know that feeling. they're prob fine tho, you'll blow that u-joint apart well before the bolts let go. I just put in a trans pan retrofit kit from AB that was bripart, quality was actually pretty good but I'm sure it was the same pan and hardware used by everyone in the aftermarket... its a stock ford raptor 6R80 trans pan.
@akioohtori You can try the ABS bleed our Indy mechanic used on my parents Ford Flex. Get everything bled normally, then go to a large gravel lot and do some hard stops. Supposedly the ABS fighting the gravel gets the air out.
@jminer Another odd one, and more in keeping with the "weird mechanical contrivance surviving in a quirky British application" question of the transmission brake, is the Jaguar independent rear suspension.
Just mind-blowing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_independent_rear_suspension
Sure, it was a Jaguar-unique setup, but the overall design is like some of the first pre-war fiddling with independent suspensions far more than anything remotely modern.
... and early Mustangs almost ended up featuring a similar setup.
@hammerheadfistpunch I'm doing repaint work on the Galaxie, and let me tell you, the nerves only get worse while doing the fix.
I dunno, maybe it's just me but I don't get particularly nervous working on my own cars. If I fuck it up, it's my own car and my own fault so why get worked up? I'll take that over someone else causing a problem any day.
Remember the 80s, when fuel economy was the biggest selling point? Everyone had a Dodge Omni Miser, or a Chevette Scooter or Sentra MPG, or similar stripped-out econobox with a little decal telling the world how thrifty they were.
no haha. none of the cars you mentioned were sold where i live. like most of the world, we weren't hooked on huge cars so we didn't have to pivot hard into awful small cars.
and luxury pickup trucks are still extremely niche here thank god