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Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by koda2000, January 1, 2018.

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    1. koda2000

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      Do you remember the old Midas Muffler commercials? They had some old geezer with a model "T" Ford, or something, driving away saying "see you again boys". I say that anytime I go back to AutoZone for a new set of brake pads.
       
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      Please disregard, dupl post.
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Yes I did. I would MUCH rather work on a 2005 and up over anything older. 100% of the time. Autobody or mechanical.
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      For reals ? I can assure you I am straight as an arrow, I am pretty sure I look straight too, but I have no clue how you can make such a distinction based on someones physical appearance, but that is kinda an ass hole thing to say either way.
      Not to mention likely inaccurate, but whatever. Play your games.


      I am sure the factory employees a few thousand American workers.
      I would much rather pad the pockets of the working man versus some suits.
       
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      Just curious on why the newer stuff? Easier to get parts?

      I drive a 2015 Silverado as a company truck. But I own an 04 Silverado (254k), 01 Explorer (157k), 93 Ranger (203k) and an 84 CJ7 (unknown). I like the older cars so much more. My purely bias opinion is the 90's and early 2000's were the best vehicles made. Decent power and mileage. They have a decent amount of comforts but are not so full of things like the new cars. That and about every new car looks the same.
       
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      I just saw a one owner '65 Impala on Friday night. He had the paperwork for 13 "free replacement" batteries. LOL
       
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      Was that a diehard battery? I recall those in the 70's being a forever battery deal. My dad had gotten one after they stopped the promotion.
       
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      I bought an $80 dollar muffler for my first Mounty. It was just a ‘lifetime warranty’, and not a ‘limited’. I replaced it every spring for 7 years. On the 8th they told me it was out of luck. They quit making that muffler. I told him he owed me a muffler. We went back and forth, and the best he would do was give me credit for an upgrade. I wouldn’t have up, and ended up with $80 in cash that I ended up buying my muffler elsewhere. (This is after being asked to leave Autozone earlier in the year due to them trying to refuse my front driveshaft warranty insisting I needed the Supelift 5.5 driveshaft since my truck was ‘lifted’. I actually drew it all out on paper so he could understand why I didn’t, and was asked to leave and never come back.)
       
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      I bought a Firestone Forever battery that was supposed to last forever. Turned out forever was just over a year. I didn't bother with a warranty and went elsewhere. The Firestone Forever battery wasn't around long.
       
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      Mechanically the reason is computers.
      What would otherwise take half a day of testing and diagnosing, disassembling and checking. Now I just plug in, push a few buttons and I have it narrowed down to one or two issues. Cars today are FAR more forgiving. You get it running with in these parameters and the car will do the rest.

      Bodywise, cars are just assembled in a manner that makes sense. The availability of information is outstanding.
      It is all so easy and logical.
      Plus the old stuff gets frail and brittle.
       
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      Plus, the cancer of the automotive world, rust.
       
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      Yeah, but I don't see a lot of that on stuff from about 2005. Except on Nissan.
       
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      I meant it being a drawback on older vs newer. In my neck of the woods rust is a major player underneath almost all vehicles 10+ years old.
       
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      Non Issue in California where I am at. Spent time in Buffalo NY and was amazed by the rust. I feel sorry for those that have to deal with it.
       
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      One of the reasons I never left AZ after visiting from the rust belt ;)
       
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