Come for the cars, stay for the anarchy.
Greetings! I like cars and have my motorcycle license, but currently do not have a motorcycle. Need to get my wife a horse, then I can get a bike, that's the deal.
Trying to convince my wife that a JDM mini Truck will be perfect for our Family, regardless of the lack of adequate seating. Have not yet been successful...
So some of you may have noticed that my signature indicates that I don't have a vehicle of my own, and I was looking for something cheap and reliable with a manual. My intro post was about how I had one, but the trans died, and I couldn't fix it/afford for my local shop to fix it, and donated it for the tax monies -and hey, my tax deduct is what I paid for it, so can only complain but so much.
Well, I got a raise and bonus at work, so I could now afford a down payment and monthly payments! So I started hunting. And hunting. And in the midst of the hunting noticed that most used cars cost more than they did a year ago, and came to the realization that practically, I needed to get an automatic. I can take the train into work, no problem, so don't NEED a car. We have two little ones, and they will need to get ferried around, and while we like my wife's truck, if it's in the shop their three lives grind to a halt. So if our second car was an auto, I can still go in to work, and my wife can drive.
And YES I've tried to teach her manual, but her parents were always weird about cars, so she stalled out once, freaked out, and refused to try it again.
So here it is! A 2011 Ford Fusion in Blue!
Its got 87k miles on the odometer, and the owner followed the recommended service intervals exactly, and brought it to a dealer for all services except one. And as I live in PA our state inspections are ridiculously thorough, so I'll take it to my mechanic and have him check it out.
Now wait, I bought it THEN am taking it to a mechanic?? Yeah, I bought it from a dealer(friend of my brothers works there, and told my bro about this one as it was so clean) in NC, who shipped it up here. So yeah, freaked out until I drove it -but having driven a exact same spec fusion over the summer, knew it would be, well, fine.
It's not the v6, no sport package, so no "fizzing" sensation. And I'll probably press on the carpet where a clutch would be until there IS a clutch to press. It's a car from point A to B. It's got enough pickup, it corners surprisingly well, super clean/very slight rust underneath (and not in the frame) and handles well. It's a practical car.
Just convinced our 6yo that my Dad commuted on a Triceratops, and we had Pterodactyls, but the T-Rex was extinct by the "Old 80s", I had to use an outhouse growing up, and my wife did her schoolwork in cuneiform because this was before tablets, however we still managed to have working phones(on a cord), stoves, refrigerators, and didn't use torches because we had electricity.
Edit: I'm 36
Powerslide shopping carts as they grocery shop? My wife calls it ridiculous, and I had a lady exclaim "Really?" as I slid around her + her adult daughter.
It's interesting seeing the difference of weight distribution in the cart as it slowly gets filled, and depending on what's in the cart, and how it effects the handling of the cart and how easily/difficult it is to slide. Sometimes it doesn't work, or there are too many people at the store to do safely (my wife also swears I run over old ladies, which has never happened. I say I'm on a mission, get in, get the food, get out) but other times the aisles are open, the weight of the cart is just right, and it corners like a dream.
@hammerheadfistpunch I've got a lot of plates spinning in the air right now, do you have some bandwidth to knock this out if the park, or should we put a pin in it and revisit next week?
Calling @RallyDarkstrike they have a Fiat 126. Needs a different motor, but the pricing seems excellent.
Not sure if anyone has seen this article yet, but over at The Drive, Kristen Lee (formerly Jalopnik) has been writing articles about AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Month, and the article she published yesterday was an interview with Sung Kang, also known as Han from Tokyo Drift. It's a really good interview:
They've done a really good series of articles over there, also talking about who was in charge of the drifting action IN Tokyo Drift, as well as Initial D.
I've been enjoying reading about them, figured I'd share so you folks could as well!
@miss-mercedes It's absurd/fantastic how you can find these deals! I enjoy reading about them, and living vicariously through you!
I am NOT David Tracy.
I live in the 'burbs of Philly, in an apartment, am married, and while I like Jeeps and regret selling the '89 Comanche (with 4.0L engine, only surface rust, rear Wheel Drive) have never really owned/ridden in them much. I have an aversion to overly rusted vehicles, and if I own 8? 9? I would much rather them all be running at the same time or only one be broken at a time.
However, I read a lot of his articles, and wanted to see if I could get a car I could tinker on and be a regular daily driver that was enjoyable to tool around in. Small and Zippy. I hadn't had a vehicle for years, not since my '99 Contour died (pretty sure it was just the fuel pump, but it's long gone by now) and with Buttercup 2.0 being in Kindergarten and the Mrs Buttercup working full time, it seemed like time for me to have a vehicle. So I sold some stuff I haven't used to people who would use them (Guitar, bike, amp) and Enter the 2003 Lancer ES:
It was $500, had 182K on the clock, a good stereo, and best of all:
Yes, you could row your own gears! Within a month I had changed out the air filter, spark plugs, cabin filter, PCV valve, and put in a new passenger side-view mirror. I was going to look at getting a new thermostat dial as this one had broken off and been replaced by a cable that was pulled for heat and pushed for cool - but pushing didn't really do anything, and the AC didn't work either. I had plans to change out the brake pads, we got a mechanic to change the timing belt, and I was going to try and troubleshoot the radiator fan, which I was pretty sure wasn't coming on. One hot summer day I was going through a drive-through and the engine was running a bit warmer than normal, and kept revving. Never heard of that, and never heard it again, but that's what it did.
There was some Rust-Rot on the back quarter panels, so I figured over time I'd have a house+garage and would get Grinder and welder and go to town.
I had PLANS for this thing. But remember, I'm not David Tracy.
Over time, I noticed that the transmission was a bit noisier than it should be, and was only really quiet when the clutch was depressed. So I figure it needs a new clutch, but I'd confirm that with the mechanic for the inspection - which, living in PA, takes a morning, and they check EVERYTHING - so I'd ask about it then, and get them to replace it.
Quick side note - I will admit that I think I did cause some of the additional noise. Driving to work/wearing shoes during the week, and then driving barefoot later at night... well, you learn the clutch point is different when you have 1/2 rubber sole, and the grinding noises remind you. Wear shoes people, wear shoes.
So I take it in for the inspection, let him know that yes I know I need a new clutch as well, if he could price one of those up for me as well. 1/2 day later he calls me up, tells me I need new struts (given the age I figured it was time) and then... "Yeah that noise isn't coming from your clutch, it's coming from your trans."
"Yeah, we had a stethoscope we used, and it's definitely the trans, sounds like a bearing has let go. The noise stops because when you press the clutch in it stops spinning."
So did I fix it? Tear it apart in my apartment parking lot? Nope, didn't even cross my mind. I got prices for a used one, but the best one had 120K miles on it, and the price for replacing it AND making it so the car could pass inspection was a few times more than what was paid for the car. So what is someone then to do?
I donated it to NPR, and will be using the tax credit on my 2020 Tax returns.
So no, I am not David Tracy. One day I will have a garage (next Thursday, as long as closing goes well!) and then I'll get something and tinker. Until then, both the current place and the new place are very close to a rail line, so I'll be commuting via train a few more
months years yet.
(In all seriousness, I thoroughly enjoy reading David's articles, and David if you by chance read this, PLEASE keep buying beaters and tinkering so I can keep living vicariously through your articles!)
@musashi66 Yeah, that's it! We're fans of them, and while a friend of mine used to give me grief about it, a blue moon with an orange slice is fantastic.
@musashi66 Had a Hoegarten (sp?) and now just letting the fire burn out.
@tripper Oof, good luck, and glad that you're getting upward movement! A five hour meeting does sound tedious to be honest, but there are some meetings that need to happen, and good work comes out of them, so seems like this will be that type.
In terms of questions, spicy food, or non spicy?
@huzer I'm of the opinion that if you take care of what you have, it'll last. Preventative maintenance. Yes sometimes things just die suddenly, but usually there is some indication or warning.
On the other hand, sometimes you've just gotta keep what you have and make it work. We had to take out a loan to put a transmission in our truck(05, 220k miles at the time in 2018) because the bell housing cracked and we couldn't afford car payments. We trusted the truck because her family had owned it, and we knew the history. Since then, aside from the starter, has yet to let us down, so was worth the loan. Would I have loved to buy my wife a new Subaru? Absolutely! Would still like to, but right now it's just not in the cards. But we have a short commute, and she likes her truck, so onwards.
Plus, the frame is in good shape, and one day might be worth doing an electric conversion....
@essextee Track the Volvo, burn the caddy,and DD the stang and listen to "Ice Ice Baby" far too loud when driving around town.