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#481 GWCGWC

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:55 AM

I know a couple of people who like the Hyundai suvs. They may not have a big enough model for your needs but I think they're really safe if you're gonna keep playing smash em up derby with your daily drivers.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:22 PM

Dodge is crap. Take one for a test drive but just pay attention to how CHEAP everything is on the interior. I got one as a rental when I was in Hawaii last year, and I couldn't believe how cheap it felt, after driving exclusively Mazda for the last few years. Hyundai, and surprisingly, Ford have taken pretty big steps forward in quality in the last 5 years, from what I've seen. Honda, Toyota, Mazda are all safe bets as well. Lots of good stuff out there now. Just avoid Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep, Kia, and Mitsubishi like the plague.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:15 PM

I disagree with everyone saying that Dodge is complete crap. They historically have transmission issues that they can't seem to engineer out of, but other than that, quality will vary wildly model to model. If you like the journey, definitely give it a test drive. You are smart to assume you should avoid first year production models. I would definitely have concerns about that. You are much safer going 2011 or 2012, but really you won't start seeing super high quality until 5 to 7 years after the initial run.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:26 PM

My dad has had Dodge 3500 diesel trucks for almost 15 years. He's on his 4th. Puts 250-300K miles on them each before he dumps them, never had any issues. I don't think anyone has built a better diesel engine than the turbo Cummings.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:33 PM

Every Dodge my family or myself had sits at the top of worst cars we have ever owned. We never owned a huge Diesel though.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 06:09 PM

Pickup trucks are their own category

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:39 PM

So I'm borrowing my parents old 2002 Pontiac Grand Am since my other car is a write off while I car shop.

Anyway, a really strange thing is happening with it. The sound of the turn signal (tick tock tick tock) is randomly happening while the car is turned on. Sometimes it's nonstop, othertimes a few tick tock tick tocks, different intervals etc. This is not while I have the turn signal on, this is just while the car is running. I'm assuming a loose wire but have you heard of this one?

The signal lights do not blink while the ticking is happening, it's just the sound itself going off. Is there a specific place I can easily look for corrosion or a problem?

Thoughts? Thanks

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:55 PM

when this tick tock sound occurs, do you also smell burning toast?

it's not a tumah,
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Posted 02 March 2014 - 02:16 PM

I don't think so hank, though we have had a couple weird smells. The tick tock literally can happen for minutes straight before stopping and when it does stop if I turn on the signal and go around the corner it rekicks and does it very quick for another minute.

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 10:53 PM

Intermittant electrical issues suck.

Could be a relay.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:39 AM

What Scram said is very true. Do you have an electrical engineer friend? Mechanics are kind of terrible at diagnosing in general -it's the absolute #1 battle- but they are far far worse at electrical diagnosis.

It could also be a turn signal switch going bad. (in some cars they are near the steering column under the dash)

This is definitely a question for Beans.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:17 AM

View PostGovernator, on 02 March 2014 - 01:39 PM, said:

So I'm borrowing my parents old 2002 Pontiac Grand Am since my other car is a write off while I car shop.

Anyway, a really strange thing is happening with it. The sound of the turn signal (tick tock tick tock) is randomly happening while the car is turned on. Sometimes it's nonstop, othertimes a few tick tock tick tocks, different intervals etc. This is not while I have the turn signal on, this is just while the car is running. I'm assuming a loose wire but have you heard of this one?

The signal lights do not blink while the ticking is happening, it's just the sound itself going off. Is there a specific place I can easily look for corrosion or a problem?

Thoughts? Thanks

Check your firing order and using low octane gas can sometimes cause this ticktock sound. Can also be an issue with a remote car starter going bad.

Anyways, hope you find out what's wrong, Good luck! :)

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 11:10 PM

View Postbrvheart, on 04 March 2014 - 12:39 AM, said:

What Scram said is very true. Do you have an electrical engineer friend? Mechanics are kind of terrible at diagnosing in general -it's the absolute #1 battle- but they are far far worse at electrical diagnosis.

It could also be a turn signal switch going bad. (in some cars they are near the steering column under the dash)

This is definitely a question for Beans.

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How accessible he keeps a torque wrench and a multimeter.

Top mechanics will have them on top of the tool pile since they're always using them.
Mediocre mechanics will have them in a drawer somewhere, but accessible.
Shitty mechanics will own one, but have no idea where it is.
Run like hell from a guy who doesn't even own both.
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Posted 25 April 2014 - 09:53 PM

i wish i had a bigger garage so i could go get a pre-micro chip care to tinker with and have on hand for post-emp apocalypse. oops wrong thread.
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