I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:23 pm

Well, it's time for another episode!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

This time it was my brother - not me for a change. His truck was parked at work, & in typical GM fashion, it reached ZERO on the self-destruct timer while in the parking lot at his work. The block heater shorted out & lit the second battery on fire, which then melted the windshield & all the paint off the corner of the hood. What a friggin' mess!!

GM built lots of shitboxes in early '00. They must've known bankruptcy was right around the corner. In addition to all this, the waterpump is leaking like a sieve. My ol' man took excellent care of this truck since new. Has close to 200K on it now & everything seems to be self-destructing on it, one after the other. It's an '02. Body is still mint on it, although the rear bumper frame is eaten up pretty bad. Can't see it unless you crawl under it.

Anyway, this was his perfectly timed incident (Christmas Eve, wtf ...):
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: rberq On: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:42 pm

Never owned a GM vehicle, and I have heard enough stories from others that I am not likely to. Owned AMC -- the ones I had were pretty good. Fords and Chryslers -- something was always broken. Once you go Jap, you'll never go back. And yet no matter what the make some go well over 200K with minimal trouble.
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: Sting On: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:42 am

Just about spit my coffee this morning watching this

I think it fits here

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and wish I could!


http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7452561/
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: Dann757 On: Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:02 pm

HAHAHAHAH great movie. I was a charging system mechanic in Delray Beach , Fla for a year. Back in 1980 when vehicles were not too complicated. At the end of that year when the manager called the police on me ( I was resigning abruptly); I could diagnose any vehicle. They rebuilt their starters, generators and alternators there for swap with a 1 yr. guarantee.
Our shop Weir Auto Electric, was run by a good ole Florida family. I was getting $5/hr. At the end of a year they gave me a raise to $5.03/hr. That's when I quit, but there were extenuating circumstances.
The lot also had Evaul's Auto Repair. Bob Evaul looked like Rod Serling on meth. He would literally scream at the customers, mostly retirees. He was an honest guy, would only scream at unreasonable customers. One day he screamed a customer into an epileptic seizure.
We used to crack up, the majority of customer's would say , "I think it's the solenoid."
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:21 pm

Sting wrote:Just about spit my coffee this morning watching this

I think it fits here

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and wish I could!


http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7452561/
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :up:

That was great!! I can think of many times that those exact thoughts were going through my head .... but because I'm such a nice guy I kept them to myself. :D

My wife is a hairdresser ... and people expect miracles from her, too.
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: rberq On: Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:21 pm

Dann757 wrote:Back in 1980 when vehicles were not too complicated ... We used to crack up, the majority of customer's would say , "I think it's the solenoid."

Back in those days, they probably were right. :!:
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:36 pm

Sting wrote:Just about spit my coffee this morning watching this............



Too late for coffee but I enjoyed it a bunch. I definitely spread it around to my mechanic and body shop friends.


Several years ago, we had a customer try that type thing here. He accused us of repairing a part rather than replace it. My dad dove down to the bottom of the dumpster and threw the part at the customer. It landed at his feet. My dad asked him "Is this the part you are accusing me of fu..ing you out of ? " Customer paid the bill and threatened to never come back. Good riddance !!!!

We dealt with a huge contingent of Middle Eastern and Far Eastern engineers while they were building the Nuke plant near here. They always thought everyone was out to rip them off while they were the ones doing the ripping !!!!!



Thanks for the find Sting




Rick
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: rberq On: Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:04 pm

Rick 386 wrote:We dealt with a huge contingent of Middle Eastern and Far Eastern engineers while they were building the Nuke plant near here. They always thought everyone was out to rip them off while they were the ones doing the ripping !!!!!

In so many countries, nothing gets done unless you grease the palm of everyone in your path. In other countries, no everyday financial transaction takes place without haggling over the price. I wonder if you were just seeing a cultural difference ....
"Ah! Beautiful bananas! But what?!? Three dollars for one bunch? You are trying to take everything, so me and my crippled elderly mother will be out on the street with no home??? I give you one dollar."
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:25 pm

Just got word that GM is issuing a recall on '11 trucks, due to a potential problem that could cause the rear axle to lock up. :clap: Way to work, GM.

Haven't they been building axles for 100 years now? And they still haven't figured it out??? Makes you wonder: which part were they trying to save a buck on?

I'm soooo done with new vehicles.
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: heartofcoal On: Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:27 pm

I've been driving Ford trucks since "87" Never had much trouble. Just normal wear and tear.
Then again, any truck is a good truck until it breaks down. then it's a piece of........
Anyway,I was pricing the new Fords a couple months ago. Holy crap!!!!!! $45,000.00 for a F150?
The thing is, nobody's making a "Work truck" anymore. They're building them for the wannabees. White collar guys with hands like a girl.
I don't need all this stuff their calling standard equiptment either. Don't even care much for the A/C.
Hate the power windows because my dog likes to ride shotgun and he's stepping all over the buttons. Windows are goin' up and down, up and down.
Remember when you had to get out and lock in the hubs? It just felt right, did'nt it? Manually LOCKED IN!!!
Shift on the fly is just one more thing to go wrong.
But I'll admit, if I had money to burn, I'd be sitting in one of those new Ford Raptors. :punk:
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: vwgtiman On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:57 am

2009 Chrysler Town & Country Touring LOADED
Loooooong story short... many brake issues (rotors replaced 5x in a year, pads, calipers, hoses.....) transmission noise, pwr doors broke (all of them), in dash DVD player broke, exhaust mounts, AC hoses, water leaks, shuts off for no reason while driving...

My repair receipts are as thick as a phone book...

Got a lemmon law attorney involved and after much waiting got a buy back!

NO MORE CHRYSLERS FOR ME
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: Dann757 On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:07 am

vwgtiman wrote:NO MORE CHRYSLERS FOR ME


My brother came home once with a 67 Chrysler. It had 100k on it, he got a great deal. This was around 1974. He let me drive it, I just got my license. What a land yacht! Great tank of a car!
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:22 pm

Nice pic Dann - that car is sweet! I love big cars - the bigger the better. They last forever, & are simple to fix too.
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: rberq On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:43 pm

vwgtiman wrote:2009 Chrysler Town & Country Touring LOADED
Got a lemmon law attorney involved and after much waiting got a buy back!
NO MORE CHRYSLERS FOR ME


Didn't they tell you, with the 2009 and up models you are supposed to buy two. One of them is just for parts. You park it out back in the field and pull parts off it as needed. Seems expensive, but it's actually cheaper than buying parts one by one. As a bonus the little kids can sit in it and pretend they are driving.
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Re: I own a wheeled toilet! Vent about automotive nightmares

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:20 pm

I love Chrysler, especially Dodges. But my cut-off for purchase is 2000. I won't buy anything made after 2001 because of the Daimler fiasco, of course, Chrysler is no longer owned by Daimler but I still stick to the 2000 thing. 1999 is my favorite year though, second generation Dakotas for the wind. Don't get me wrong, I love the third gen Rams (Dakota is in that classification now) but after my wife's Caliber we won't buy any.
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