Bad vibes are gone
rctothefuture last edited by rctothefuture
You ever have something in your life that feels cursed? A toy, some clothing, furniture, a car. Something that no matter what you do with it brings you bad luck?
I had that with our $400 4Runner. I'm not one to complain about things, so I never complained about the injuries and issues this truck gave me over the past year. Looking back on it, I received a concussion from parts hitting me in the head while working on it, had the hood fall on my hand, shocked myself a few times thanks to weirdly exposed wires. I've almost gassed myself due to an exhaust leak, and almost crashed into a wall thanks to ABS deciding not to work properly.
I towed a boat that killed the wiring on the boat. I got new tires and the car fell off the jack as it was coming down, almost taking out the young guy at Discount Tire. Getting out my jacket got caught on the door, causing my phone to fall out and be run over by the truck. This thing was a Christine in Toyota form, or maybe I just see it that way.
On Saturday, I tried to replace the leaking fuel tank and instead started my deck on fire. At that point, the bad juju from the 4Runner just told me to sell it and get something else for the Misses. Had a buddy willing to come and pick it up for what I bought it for, and it still fought back.
He showed up today, and it gave one more good fight. Working to get it on the trailer, the winch we had failed as it was half way up the ramp. We brought the truck down, and pushed it into the street. We then tried pushing it onto the ramp. After getting it half way up, I said to hell with it.
I grabbed a can of starting fluid and sprayed it right into the intake as my buddy cranked. I stood on the brush guard and ran it off the spray, and he accelerated it right onto the trailer. Damn scary, but I wasn't going to be beat by this truck one last time. I as I put the intake tube on, I got a cut on the side of my hand. Fucking bitch.
Needless to say, I'm happy to see her gone and I feel like a weight is lifted. Anyone else have something like this happen in their life?
Highlander last edited by
@rctothefuture Sounds like the 1991 Subaru XT-6 I had. After thinking I fixed everything the power steering went out driving home one day. Do you know how hard it is to steer a car that is equipped with electric power steering? It's fucking impossible. Shortly after that the pneumatic suspension pump failed so I called it a day and donated it to charity.
@rctothefuture I was jealous of your $400 4runner find. I get it now.
MUSASHI66 last edited by
Seriously, that car sounded like a bad omen. I’ve been trying to finish a really bad movie with Nicolas Cage - basically a condemned Chucky Cheese like place with animatronics possessed by the souls of dead serial killers trying to kill and eat everyone - and your car reminds me of that. Here’s hoping that whatever else you get won’t be like that.
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by
There's only one sure way to get a good Vibe.
Wow, that really does feel cursed. Totally understandable. My only question is why you didn't do it sooner. It only took threatening your life and your loved ones as well as nearly burning down your house I guess.
flatisflat last edited by
@rctothefuture Red cars. Both red cars I've owned required new engines. Within a year. And even getting the engines initially repaired was a debacle for both cars. So no more red cars.
And my 2002 Mazda Protege5. I had it 9 months. It was hit twice while stationary, and had something akin to a pry bar kicked up into it on the highway. In 9 months, the car required a front left fender, a hood, a passenger headlight, a passenger taillight, a front bumper cover, and a touch-up repair on the driver's door and passenger rear quarter.
The 2nd time it was hit while stationary was the same evening of a day I had gotten it out of the shop.
Good Vibes Only
@whoistheleader That's a damn Toyota under that skin!
Honestly, it was stubbornness and just writing off little things as part of the "charm" and "experience" in owning a $400 4Runner. My goal was to get us out of it and just have it be a side project but taking a step back I realized that this car had a bloody streak that I just didn't see until after I took time to reflect. We've got a nice replacement on the line from a family friend, 2014 Kia Sorento with AWD. 4 cylinder unfortunately, but they are good SUV's that I liked from my time at Kia so we'll see if we can become Kia fans like @Chariotoflove.
@ibRAD all cheap things come with a catch.
Taylor Martin last edited by
@rctothefuture Yikes, sounds like a real nightmare, but it's over now... until the 4Runner gains a consciousness and comes back for revenge...
Chariotoflove last edited by
@taylor-martin When strapping it down, he told me plans on building it into a trail rig and I can go with him whenever we're free. Don't think I'll take him up on that offer, hell hath no fury like a lover scorned...
Boxer_4 last edited by
@highlander I am hoping that modern EPS is more robust long term than the Cybrid system Subaru was using in the XT6. Also, I hope to never own a car with pneumatic suspension.
Highlander last edited by
@boxer_4 I hope that you never own a car with pneumatic suspension. It was terrible.
dtg11 last edited by
@rctothefuture Now I know why it was only $400...
barnie last edited by
A buddy at the Ren Faire used to go to Egypt and near countries back in the early 90s to get stuff to sell in his Arabic Bazaar booth. One year I gave him a couple hunnert bucks to bring me back a nice knife. He presented me with this rustic, cheap-ass wooden scabbard and handle. But I trusted him...
Inside was the most beautiful curvy, shiny/dark Damascus kris I've ever seen. Provenance showed it was over 100-years old. Maybe a foot long and terrible to look at. And it demanded blood. It got it - every time it was pulled even a bit from that scabbard, someone bled on it. Most cursed thing I've ever seen and I'm only a little stitious.
DipodomysDeserti last edited by
@rctothefuture I'm surprised a $400 4 Runner even has a body on it.
Shop-Teacher last edited by
@rctothefuture Good riddance!
My bad seed was a CPO '04 Pontiac GTO that I bought in February of '06. Traded it in 3-1/2 months later, because it spent 31 days in and out of the shop in that time (thankfully under warranty). I traded it in for the truck that I'm still DDing 15 years later.
beefchips last edited by
@dtg11 seems the P.O. was sending the curse down the river.
@barnie That is insane, the fact it's from Egypt really makes you wish an object could talk. Oh the stories of bloodshed that thing could tell...
@DipodomysDeserti it was pretty nice, I mean the body was rusty but for a Wisconsin truck, I've seen a hell of a lot worse.
barnie last edited by
@rctothefuture Oh yes. It was really creepy having that thing around. Never carried it in Faire for fear of what it would do. Showed it at home a few times, but it always cut someone. Yea, what sort of history did it have? Who did it torture or maim in all those years in the hands of some fanatical nomads. It never needed sharpening. Even when used as a steak knife, it cut a human.
TexturedSoyProtein last edited by
@rctothefuture Felt like that when I got rid of my 335xi. There was always something with that car, including hydrolocking the motor and having it replaced under comprehensive insurance 3 months after I bought it. It wasn't quite a basketcase, but there was always one more thing not quite right and/or waiting to go wrong with it. As much as I loved that car I also was happy to wash my hands of the frustration it brought me.
annoying_salman last edited by annoying_salman
@rctothefuture Not a car, but there is this infamous locomotive (a GE U18C) owned by the Indonesian Railway SOE that always have troubles, such as various unexplained mechanical failures even though the test shows that nothing is wrong with it, which leads to accidents numerous times.
Finally our SOE called the engineers from GE to check the locomotive, and they said even during the assembly this locomotive already caused all sort of troubles and accidents.
So they decided to do some rituals to "cleanse" the locomotive from bad spirits – hanging a couple of used horseshoes, gilded a few grams of gold and nickel at the underside of it, and giving it offerings.
Weirdly after that the locomotive stopped acting up.
Old livery at the top, latest livery at the bottom.
Here's a link to a snippet in Wikipedia article about that problematic locomotive. It's in Indonesian, but you can use Google Chrome's "translate to English" feature.
@annoying_salman Wow, that's an incredible story! I love how even GE knew this thing was cursed from the start. I'm sure the production engineer probably knew he'd get a call on this some day. Funny how the super natural seems natural sometimes, eh?
annoying_salman last edited by
@rctothefuture I'm curious whether similar things had happened in western countries, and how they solved it. Here, if you can't explain how a bad phenomenon constantly happens, giving offering to the spirits / djinn is a fool proof way to solve it. I wanted to hear the rational reasoning about how this method (somehow) works.
trivet last edited by