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Vehicle Question

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Reformed, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. church mouse guy

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    Do you mean GM or Chrysler?
     
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    Ford, GM, Chrysler. Any of them, if they are properly maintained should get 200,000 miles.

    I'm in Minnesota where we use road salt in the winter to melt ice. Surely you can remember cars from the 1960's, 70's, and 80's that would rust out in five, six, or seven years. You don't really see rusted out cars very much nowadays. That's a huge upgrade. Trucks still have the problem to a lesser extent.
     
  3. church mouse guy

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    That's true that paint & rust prevention are much improved. Central Indiana has mild winters sometimes but we still use a lot of salt for minor snows and ice. So you are right about that. Transmissions are not very strong and have to be babied. Chrysler air conditioners are bad. Big city driving is bad for cars, don't you think?

    Do you have 4 wheel drive?
     
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    Have a friend who drives a Toyota PU, w/4 speed x-mission & he told me 'bout 2 months ago that he had the pads replaced first time - at approx 250,000 mi.
    Course he commuted one way about 60 miles (probably 75-80% highway) for 10 years+/-, AND, like you , he always down-shifted for braking.
     
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    You're right, transmissions don't seem as bulletproof as they used to be. Still, with recommended fluid changes they can do very well. One of my friends runs a transmission repair shop so I hear all about this stuff. Remember, in the "olden days" automatic transmissions were typically 3 speeds. Nowadays they are 8 speed or even 10 speed transmissions. There's a lot more moving parts inside of them.

    As far as air conditioners go, they are vastly more improved than they used to be, across the board of manufacturers. For a while, back in the 1990's, and 2000's, Chrysler had a bad reputation, not so much anymore.

    City driving is harder on a vehicle than highway driving, for sure.

    I have a 4 wheel drive Ram 1500 pickup. My wife has an all wheel drive Dodge Charger. Both have been great vehicles, but they aren't very old.
     
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    CVT technology has not been perfected. Car manufacturers are going to CVT's because they cost them less to make and reduce vehicle weight. That helps vehicles get better mileage and helps manufacturers meet CAFE standards. Unfortunately, CVTs have a high failure rate.
     
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    Dodge minivans had weak transmissions. Some foreign cars are noted for having weak transmissions. Chargers! I like Wranglers.
     
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    Here is where government has ruined cars. To make light weight parts has sacrificed durability. The consumer cannot afford the luxury of government notions.
     
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    I rented a car from Enterprise once, and there was no spare tire, just a "Fix-a-Flat" dispenser. When I went out to the car one morning, I noticed that my tire was flat and it was too badly blown for the"Fix-a-Flat" to do any good. Enterprise wouldn't bring me a new wheel because the said that they deliver cars, not wheels. They brought me a replacement car on a flat-bed wrecker and took the car with the flat tire back.
     
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    When I rent a car - I look among other things - in the trunk - no spare - no rentee!
    (and yes, I blow the horn as well)
    If the employee says all is okay - then I will ask for their home phone number.......
     
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