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Freya
02-09-2011, 07:55 PM
So I just bought a "new" car. 2002 VW Jetta.

EoFF tell me what you drive, if you can even drive and possibly how you drive! CAR TIME!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/thegirlhasgone/Freeware%20Pixels/carred.gif Vrrrooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom

If you can't drive tell me about that rad bus you rode the other day or something. TRANSPORTATION TIME!

Peegee
02-09-2011, 08:10 PM
I drive a 2007 Mazda 3 - 5 speed AT, which I will sell next year in order to lease something better. Bwahaha *zzzz*

Bunny
02-09-2011, 09:42 PM
I drive a 2000 Saturn L-Series. I drive like a pissed off maniac with enhanced road rage.

Tai-Ti
02-09-2011, 11:43 PM
1992 Toyota Camry, totally decked out with 'Hello Kitty' accessories.

FEAR ME!

after I get back from Thailand, a new car is what's next on the list of 'things to save for'.

Clo
02-10-2011, 02:31 AM
I drive a blue '99 Chevy Cavalier with a bumper sticker that says, "My other ride is a chocobo."

I wish I was lying.

I'm surprised no one's done in my windshield with a brick yet.

NorthernChaosGod
02-10-2011, 02:46 AM
I drive a white '99 Ford Explorer. It drives like :bou::bou::bou::bou: and I hate it, but at least it's size let's me bully other drivers.


I drive a 2007 Mazda 3 - 5 speed AT, which I will sell next year in order to lease something better. Bwahaha *zzzz*

How many miles on that bitch?

Wait, aren't you Canadian?

sharkythesharkdogg
02-10-2011, 03:12 AM
I have a bit of an addiction. I work on cars as one of my jobs. I love them.

My usual driver is a red 1990 Mazda Miata. I also have a white 1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II, a red 1987 BMW 325is (beat to hell, project car), and a Blue/Black Suzuki GSX-R 600. I probably drive the RX-7 and ride the GSX-R equally.

None of them remain unmodified. It's really a sickness.

PeeGee, the Mazda 3 is an awesome little car. You just picked a crap-o-matic! :p

Shlup
02-10-2011, 03:19 AM
I drive a 2007 Toyota Carola, which I've had since 2006 and made a thread about it when I bought it.

I will probably keep it for a long time. It's only failed me once because of some on board computer issue that they recently recalled the model for.

Before that I drove a 1990 (I think) Nissan Sentra and before that a 1974 Opel Manta.

sharkythesharkdogg
02-10-2011, 03:24 AM
I drive a 2007 Toyota Carola, which I've had since 2006 and made a thread about it when I bought it.

I will probably keep it for a long time. It's only failed me once because of some on board computer issue that they recently recalled the model for.

Before that I drove a 1990 (I think) Nissan Sentra and before that a 1974 Opel Manta.


NICE!!!! :)

fire_of_avalon
02-10-2011, 03:57 AM
I have a bit of an addiction. I work on cars as one of my jobs. I love them.

My usual driver is a red 1990 Mazda Miata. I also have a white 1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II, a red 1987 BMW 325is (beat to hell, project car), and a Blue/Black Suzuki GSX-R 600. I probably drive the RX-7 and ride the GSX-R equally.

None of them remain unmodified. It's really a sickness.

PeeGee, the Mazda 3 is an awesome little car. You just picked a crap-o-matic! :p
Why no love for the domestics?

I drive a 1995 Subaru outback with 305,000~ miles. It will last forever or turn into dust. Before that I drove a 2001 Chevy Cavalier and before that a 1992 F-150. So far the F-150 was my favorite because it was the nicest at the time (and I drove it at a time when gas didn't cost my bodily organs to buy.) The Subaru, though, is a tank. I can do anything to that car and it just keeps on running along. I think my next car will probably be a Subaru, even though I'm a sucker for muscle cars.

NorthernChaosGod
02-10-2011, 04:43 AM
I have a bit of an addiction. I work on cars as one of my jobs. I love them.

My usual driver is a red 1990 Mazda Miata. I also have a white 1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II, a red 1987 BMW 325is (beat to hell, project car), and a Blue/Black Suzuki GSX-R 600. I probably drive the RX-7 and ride the GSX-R equally.

None of them remain unmodified. It's really a sickness.

PeeGee, the Mazda 3 is an awesome little car. You just picked a crap-o-matic! :p
You have to post pictures of your cars, especially the RX-7.

sharkythesharkdogg
02-10-2011, 04:55 AM
Why no love for the domestics?

I drive a 1995 Subaru outback with 305,000~ miles. It will last forever or turn into dust. Before that I drove a 2001 Chevy Cavalier and before that a 1992 F-150. So far the F-150 was my favorite because it was the nicest at the time (and I drove it at a time when gas didn't cost my bodily organs to buy.) The Subaru, though, is a tank. I can do anything to that car and it just keeps on running along. I think my next car will probably be a Subaru, even though I'm a sucker for muscle cars.

Subies are awesome, if a little quirky. Like Volvo. I have much love for domestics!

The Mazdas I own were built when Mazda was majority owned by Ford. ;)

Of course Ford is international.

Those were just the cars I drive some what regularly. Some other cars running or not that I have/will inherit are a '66 Ford Mustang drop top (with cruise-o-matic and pony package), a '68 Ford Mustang Coupe, 3 Triumph Spitfires (can't remember the years), a '65 Chevrolet Corvair, a '59 Austin Healy Sprite (Mark 1 FTW!), a '75 Volkswagen Scirroco ( I love that car), '79 Ford Fiesta (heavily modded), '80 Ford Fiesta, '79 Mazda RX-7 (heavily modded), a Blakely Bantam. They're all in various states of repair.

Then there's the race cars. We have 3 Zink Z-10 Chassis's, and 4 Miatas that have been prepped to different levels for road racing.



You have to post pictures of your cars, especially the RX-7.

Petunia? She's a fickle bitch that decided to drop compression in one of the chambers last week, which means I have either two stuck seals or two blown seals. :mad2: I can't stay made at her.


I'm working on getting a Mitsubishi Starrion Turbo, and I HATE Mitsus. Cars are addictive. :(


EDIT: I uploaded a few pictures of some of the vehicles, but it says the pictures are pending.

Here's a link to another forum I'm on. I think it will let you access the photo albums. It's the Miata, and the other album is the Turbo II.

Petunia and Sneezer (http://www.mx5atlanta.com/forums/album.php?u=356)

escobert
02-10-2011, 05:02 AM
My current vehicle is a 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS. I <3 it.
in the past I've had a 1989 Chevy S10 Blazer, 1999 Saturn SL1, 1996 Saab 900, 2002 GMC Sonoma ZR2, 1996? Chrysler Town & Country, 1994 Ford Escort EX hatchback, 1996 Honda Accord EX gold edition

Casey
02-10-2011, 05:32 AM
1992 Ford Mustang Lx, it gets me from 'Point A' to 'Point B'...

Freya
02-10-2011, 06:01 AM
Do you guys name your cars? :3

sharkythesharkdogg
02-10-2011, 06:06 AM
Do you guys name your cars? :3

Yes. There's Sneezer, Petunia, Bernard, and Coma.

Freya
02-10-2011, 06:17 AM
Benard xD

Rye
02-10-2011, 06:35 AM
I drive a 2010 Toyota Corolla S. She's a cute little thing. I named her Ladybug, because she's red.

asukaevaunit02
02-10-2011, 07:16 AM
Do you guys name your cars? :3
Yes, my first (and current) car is named Chad, after the late rapper Pimp C.

1999 Ford AU Fairmont, with 17' Tickford XR8 rims! Just need to lower it and its complete! :)
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/63404_10150359148965601_828370600_16375289_7819071_n.jpg

Bunny
02-10-2011, 07:48 AM
Do you guys name your cars? :3

No, I don't have attachment issues.

Ace Protorney
02-10-2011, 09:51 AM
I drive a black 2005 Honda Civic. It's pretty cool, I guess. It's my second car ever. My first was a red 2001 GMC Jimmy. *shrugs*

theundeadhero
02-10-2011, 04:00 PM
In order of preference:

2010 Harley 1200Low. I love her.

1979 Ford F-250. This was my first truck and I still have it. It's pretty much a monster truck and I drive it as such.

2006 Ford Ranger. Eh, it's my every day. I already have my big truck and wanted something smaller with better gas mileage. I'm pretty tempted to trade it in for a full sized newer truck though.

I've also had a '78 Ford LTD which my friends nicknamed The Yellow Submarine 'cause it was a big yellow boat car, a 1996? Ford Ranger, and a 2004? Honda Civic.

LunarWeaver
02-10-2011, 06:21 PM
A huge piece of :bou::bou::bou::bou: with two pedals and an engine attached.

Jiro
02-10-2011, 06:28 PM
I still drive a '95 Lancer with a peeling paint job. But she gets me from A to B and that makes me happy.

I want a "My other ride is a chocobo" sticker.

cloud_doll
02-10-2011, 06:29 PM
I drive a 1992 Honda Accord. It's an automatic, however the transmission is shot to hell and will only go into first and fourth gear manually. Also my left indicator recently stopped working.

I need a new car :cry:

Oh and his name is Tyler Durden.

NorthernChaosGod
02-11-2011, 02:54 AM
Here's a link to another forum I'm on. I think it will let you access the photo albums. It's the Miata, and the other album is the Turbo II.

Petunia and Sneezer (http://www.mx5atlanta.com/forums/album.php?u=356)
Have to register.


Do you guys name your cars? :3
No.

Rostum
02-11-2011, 03:17 AM
My girlfriend and I just bought our first brand new car together - a 2010 Mazda 3 6-speed.

http://1.images.zibe.com/sites/stockchrome/exterior/6908/6908_8.jpg
http://2.images.zibe.com/sites/stockchrome/exterior/6908/6908_9.jpg

Rye
02-11-2011, 03:23 AM
Hugchugchgchhh, that car is hot!

I'm happy with adorable Ladybug, but on my commute to school, I see this sexy model of a car and I drool over it because it is exactly the classy type of car I want to drive.

http://chrysler300.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/chrysler-300c.jpg

Bunny
02-11-2011, 03:29 AM
That is a man's car, Rye. You would only crash it.

Rye
02-11-2011, 03:33 AM
I will parallel park my car with superb excellency into your buttcheeks, Bun-Bun. >:3

NorthernChaosGod
02-11-2011, 05:37 AM
I will parallel park my car with superb excellency into your buttcheeks, Bun-Bun. >:3

Apparently only if you weren't trying though.

sharkythesharkdogg
02-11-2011, 06:40 AM
Have to register.

I found one picture in my phone of the RX-7. If you want I'll track down and add more of the other vehicles. I love talking cars.

NorthernChaosGod
02-11-2011, 06:52 AM
Hell yeah I do! All your cars are modded, right? What's the hp and torque of Petunia?

Bunny
02-11-2011, 06:55 AM
Oh NCG, pretending you know what those words mean is cute on the internet.



I will parallel park my car with superb excellency into your buttcheeks, Bun-Bun. >:3

I'm game if you are.

NorthernChaosGod
02-11-2011, 07:16 AM
I used to do some street races they held at the football stadium. :|

sharkythesharkdogg
02-11-2011, 07:17 AM
Hell yeah I do! All your cars are modded, right? What's the hp and torque of Petunia?

Well, she's never been dynoed so it's all ass-o-meter, but driving it compared to other cars we estimate around 240-260hp. I'm not sure about torque. Rotaries aren't the torquiest beasts known to man. Boost comes on around 3, and from there it's pretty strong. I've only had the car a year, so right now when I have time and money I'm just going through her and tidying things up. The car was a wiring nightmare, and a lot of the soft interior bits need some TLC. She has a full Racing Beat exhaust (that damn exhaust is 1,600 dollars on it's own so I'm glad the PO coughed up the money for that) that really helps spool, and a 9 lb. HKS flywheel to help things spin up much faster. The biggest issue right now is that under heavy(I say heavy, but I mean about 10 lbs.) boost she breaks up a little, and can't get a clean pull. We're talking to some stand alone ECU guys (DIY Megasquirt) about using her as a test bed to create an aftermarket ECU for a Turbo II. There's nothing out there like that unless you build it from scratch yourself. Right now she's using a Gameboy Advance to run a rudimentary boost controller program, but that's not ideal. :(

Once that's done, I plan to upgrade from the S4 to the S5 turbo, and switch the stock Hitachi turbo housing to a Greddy housing. Hitachi is basically a poor man's Greddy and switching the housing out is supposed to be straightforward. The nice thing about a rotary is that you don't need to upgrade to forged internals, so you just change the shape of your ports, get a good engine management system to control AFRs, spark, blah blah blah, and we should see 400hp and similar torque with just the stock s5 turbo and slightly better housing.

All this is long-term. I have school, racing, and plenty of other projects. She'll get there though. She gets some love about once a week.

That red hood in the background is a customer's Miata. It'll be putting down 375-400 rwhp, and going after z06s or Carrera Turbos here soon. We're pretty excited about that.

NorthernChaosGod
02-11-2011, 07:22 AM
You pretty much answered any and every question I could ask. There's just one thing...


Right now she's using a Gameboy Advance to run a rudimentary boost controller program, but that's not ideal. :(
How the hell did you get this to work? :lol:

sharkythesharkdogg
02-11-2011, 07:29 AM
You pretty much answered any and every question I could ask. There's just one thing...


Right now she's using a Gameboy Advance to run a rudimentary boost controller program, but that's not ideal. :(
How the hell did you get this to work? :lol:

:lol: You probably already know the term, but it's called a "piggy-back" system. It uses the stock ECU and an aftermarket communication box talks to it. Various sensors (WB02, knock, intake temp, exhaust temp) are used in tandem with the stock ECU and sent to that box. That box reads all the data and helps the ecu controls fuel, air, etc. to the engine. The Gameboy itself is actually your interface to that box so that you can monitor what it's seeing, and make adjustments to fuel maps and what not. It has it's cute little digital boost gauge, and other stuff. It's not terrible, it's definitely better than nothing, but to go further it really needs a more powerful complete stand alone system.

Then I can control AFRs, spark/ignition, injector load (opening and closing time), launch control, adjust rev limit, customize and auto-tune my AF maps. All that jazz.

NorthernChaosGod
02-11-2011, 07:56 AM
That's pretty fucking awesome for a GBA. Care to take a picture of that?

sharkythesharkdogg
02-11-2011, 08:03 AM
Sure.

rubah
02-11-2011, 11:06 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5219/5431643538_303970713f_z.jpg

I bought a 2010 Altima last October. I loooooooooooooove her. She's kinda named Frona after someone who was basically my third grandmother, but I don't really refer to cars by name so that's only an "official" title.

DMKA
02-12-2011, 03:49 AM
A 2006 Chevy Equinox.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/devilmaykickass/Florida_20082520454.jpg?t=1297478888

I was driving a 2010 Toyota Prius before it. A really pretty shiny blue one that had a kickass stereo and got 50 mph.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2571/4177955076_a9480d8e08.jpg

I miss it. ;_____;

sharkythesharkdogg
02-12-2011, 04:46 AM
Okay NCG, it was a busy day at work, but I snapped a few quick pictures. When I tried to load them some worked, some failed. I didn't get a picture of the GBA for example. I'll try again tomorrow. Here's a picture of the GSX-R, and the Miata. Also Petunia's engine bay.

The Miata pretty heavily modified, but it's not a straight line performance monster. I've added different chassis stiffening braces, thicker front and rear sway bars, Tokico 5-way adjustable gas shocks, and lowering spring. I added larger brake calipers and rotors. Dropping the cars center of gravity and firming up the ride really helps the Miata's already phenomenal handling, and also helps get the most of my brake up grades. The wheels are Kosie K-1's. That same we use on the race cars. They're light (11 lbs?), tough, and give the car a larger footprint. With handling cared for, I moved on to the motor. It's nothing crazy. I've added an Eaton M45 roots style supercharger with smaller diameter nose pulley. Right now it's making 8-10 lbs of boost. The 1.6l Miata is not a powerful car from the factory. About 116 hp at the flywheel. This one is making around 150hp give or take. I'm adding a stand alone ECU to it here in the next week or two. This will allow me to get more from my set up safely with out damaging my power plant. The ultimate goal is to swap in the same type of power plant Petunia has. A turbo 13b would be really interesting in a Miata. That's far down the line.

In preparing to wire up my new ecu I went ahead and pulled the entire interior out of the car to make wiring cleaner and easier. It originally had an all black interior. That one picture is with the tan carpet installed while I'm still wiring before I added the rest of the tan pieces.

Cosmetically, I've added a different front end. The nose provides a larger opening for an intercooler to be installed at a later date, and also provides openings for brake ducts and secondary coolers for the oil and/or transmission. The car has been re-painted, and the lower chip guard removed, sanded smooth, and painted to match the rest of the car.

I'll try to get a picture of the car all cleaned up here sometime.

The other mystery vehicle is Coma. She's called that because I don't have much time to ride her so she's basically in a coma. Also, eventually she'll put me in a coma. Nothing major has been done to her. She has some larger jets, and a different clutch setup. I might do a few more things to her, but 108hp on a 450 lb motorcycle is about plenty for me.

Freya
02-12-2011, 05:21 AM
What happened to it DMKA?

Bunny
02-12-2011, 06:44 AM
He let Rye borrow it for a day.

Peegee
02-12-2011, 07:06 AM
don't be hating on my car. there's less than 70000 km on it. That's less than 44k miles to you backward yanks.

sharkythesharkdogg
02-12-2011, 03:07 PM
*yawn* Okay, NCG, here's some more things of interest.......I'm assuming there's no sort of security on my photobucket, and you can access these. I don't know, I'm tired.

Petunia's GBA boost controller set-up (http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/?action=view&current=P1010200.jpg)

Part 2 (http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/?action=view&current=P1010201.jpg)

Bernard the beat to hell BMW 325is (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/0508001122.jpg)


Bernard with one of the race Miatas on top of him. (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/0508001123.jpg) Bernard has a powerplant swap, but it's nothing incredible. It was really done just because that was the engine we had a available. He's lowered on Bilsteins struts and springs, but really needs a lot of TLC. We might make him a race car.

A very quick first gen. Mazda RX-7. (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/P1010182.jpg) Faster than Petunia, and Petunia is pretty quick. It's been modified a good bit as well.

The bike again. (http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/?action=view&current=P1010190.jpg)

Rye
02-12-2011, 03:16 PM
He let Rye borrow it for a day.

>:O

I parallel parked for the first time yesterday. And I mean real parallel parking, in a crowded village street between two cars. It was beautiful. Those are two lines that will never, ever, meet.

It's a precursor of what I'll do to your butt, Bun-Bun. >:3

NorthernChaosGod
02-12-2011, 09:58 PM
*yawn* Okay, NCG, here's some more things of interest.......I'm assuming there's no sort of security on my photobucket, and you can access these. I don't know, I'm tired.

Petunia's GBA boost controller set-up (http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/?action=view&current=P1010200.jpg)

Part 2 (http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/?action=view&current=P1010201.jpg)

Bernard the beat to hell BMW 325is (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/0508001122.jpg)


Bernard with one of the race Miatas on top of him. (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/0508001123.jpg) Bernard has a powerplant swap, but it's nothing incredible. It was really done just because that was the engine we had a available. He's lowered on Bilsteins struts and springs, but really needs a lot of TLC. We might make him a race car.

A very quick first gen. Mazda RX-7. (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/P1010182.jpg) Faster than Petunia, and Petunia is pretty quick. It's been modified a good bit as well.

The bike again. (http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/?action=view&current=P1010190.jpg)
This makes me wish I was still friends with the other guy that I used to work on cars with.

And I want an RX-7.

Blue Harvest
02-12-2011, 10:02 PM
I can't drive, YET, but I own a hideously coloured fiat punto.

In my defence, my brother gave it to me free of charge. Who the hell would say no to a free car?

sharkythesharkdogg
02-12-2011, 11:56 PM
There's nothing wrong with a Fiat Punto (other than the name :p). Especially a free one. They're fun little hatches. manual?

sharkythesharkdogg
02-12-2011, 11:58 PM
*yawn* Okay, NCG, here's some more things of interest.......I'm assuming there's no sort of security on my photobucket, and you can access these. I don't know, I'm tired.

Petunia's GBA boost controller set-up (http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/?action=view&current=P1010200.jpg)

Part 2 (http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/?action=view&current=P1010201.jpg)

Bernard the beat to hell BMW 325is (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/0508001122.jpg)


Bernard with one of the race Miatas on top of him. (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/0508001123.jpg) Bernard has a powerplant swap, but it's nothing incredible. It was really done just because that was the engine we had a available. He's lowered on Bilsteins struts and springs, but really needs a lot of TLC. We might make him a race car.

A very quick first gen. Mazda RX-7. (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/P1010182.jpg) Faster than Petunia, and Petunia is pretty quick. It's been modified a good bit as well.

The bike again. (http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/?action=view&current=P1010190.jpg)
This makes me wish I was still friends with the other guy that I used to work on cars with.

And I want an RX-7.

I posted some other pics earlier, I'm pretty sure. We have that first gen., my second gen., and another second gen. convertible we're about to do a v8 swap into. Should be a fun little drop top after that.

In storage we have two more first gen. 7's that time forgot, and some power plants.

NorthernChaosGod
02-13-2011, 12:35 AM
Jesus, man. Which engine are you dropping into the convertible?

sharkythesharkdogg
02-13-2011, 08:33 PM
Jesus, man. Which engine are you dropping into the convertible?

The GM 5.7liter. I think it's an LO. It's the engine model before the LT1.

LS1 swaps are fairly common, but this car is a convertible. If it were a coupe we might go that route for performance. The conv. chassis isn't ideal for a performance monster. This big v8 should still be PLENTY to help it get out of it's own way. We bought a Buick Roadmaster for 300 bucks for the powertrain. The plan is to pull the engine and transmission, and scrap the rest. The beast weighs so much, that at scrap value we'll get enough money back to basically have gotten the engine and trans for free.

If you want to know more about why, I'll continue to ramble. Just let me know. I'll add some pics of the future cruiser.

Pic 1 (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/P1010189.jpg)

Pic 2 (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/P1010188.jpg)

Pic 3 (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/P1010187.jpg)

Pic 4 (http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/sharkythesharkdogg/P1010185.jpg)

See FOA? It'll be a domestic powered import! Nothing but domestic love. ;)

NorthernChaosGod
02-13-2011, 09:40 PM
That's pretty cool, man. About how long will that take you to finish?

I remember one of my friend's wanted to drop a Northstar engine into his Ford Probe and he wanted me to help. :|

sharkythesharkdogg
02-14-2011, 05:07 AM
I'm not sure. We haven't done this particular swap before, so it will take longer than normal just from learning the specifics as we go.

why do you want an RX-7 anyway? and what generation?

NorthernChaosGod
02-14-2011, 05:17 AM
It's one car that I'd like to own as a daily driver but work on little by little. I have a list of cars actually.

I was thinking either second or third generation, with the second probably being easier and cheaper to acquire.

escobert
02-14-2011, 05:24 AM
I'd love to do an engine/tranny swap in my impreza. and like 45million other things to it :p

Hollycat
02-14-2011, 05:46 AM
2000 jag s

sharkythesharkdogg
02-14-2011, 09:49 PM
The issue with rotaries is ones that aren't properly rebuilt. People see drag and race rotaries that turn and turn and turn and won't fire. Or the engines that just pop when they get wrung out. The thing is those are race motors, and aren't built to last.

They get bad wrap as being :bou::bou::bou::bou:ty motors when it's just not the case. A properly rebuilt 13b will give you 300k easy as long as it's maintained. Thing is that parts aren't cheap. One of the main reasons we're doing this 5.7 swap is that it will be cheaper, even after rebuilding the thing, than correctly rebuilding and installing the 13b.

It will have more room under the hood for the v-8 than the same era or more modern Camaro. It will weigh less than the same era Camaro, and have better brakes/suspension than the Camaro. Win, win, win.

Why don't you want a first gen 7? Those little things are beasts.

NorthernChaosGod
02-15-2011, 12:46 AM
Yeah, I've heard a bit about rotaries. The general consensus seems to be about just what you said.

And it sounds like you got a pretty beastly car in the makes.

I don't actually want to do much to the appearance and I like the look of the later generations a bit more. And at least with the second gen there isn't a big hike in price.

sharkythesharkdogg
02-16-2011, 02:58 PM
Yeah, I've heard a bit about rotaries. The general consensus seems to be about just what you said.

And it sounds like you got a pretty beastly car in the makes.

I don't actually want to do much to the appearance and I like the look of the later generations a bit more. And at least with the second gen there isn't a big hike in price.

It's not all pixie dandruff and unicorn farts. They have cons just like any other design. They're thirsty, and by design have issues with emmisions. People assume since they're burning oil they're crummy engines. They try to compare them to traditional piston engines too much. Most don't understand that a rotary is SUPPOSED to burn oil. It's normal. The oil lubricates all the seals. It's better to look at them as a hybrid between a 2-stroke and a 4-stroke.


If you get a second gen you won't have to worry about it, but if you get a first gen make sure it doesn't have the 12a. There's nothing wrong with it, but parts are even harder to find than for a 13b. You never said why you weren't looking at a first gen. What's the deal?

People give them a bad wrap, but you'd be wise to look at a first gen Miata. They're perfectly balanced, RWD, easy to work on, cheap to maintain, and the sky is the limit for tuning. Food for thought.

Peegee
02-16-2011, 06:09 PM
baka question - is learning to drive manual difficult or does it just require practice?

sharkythesharkdogg
02-16-2011, 10:01 PM
Learning manual is easy, with the stipulation that you've chosen a vehicle with a nice light clutch and easy throttle manipulation.

This rules out most Jeeps and trucks. It also rules out learning on your friend's "mad tyte JDM yo" modified Prelude with a stage four drag clutch.

Find a nice compact four cylinder, and it's patient owner/friend. I've taught many "unteachables" and there's one common theme in my observation. They get apprehensive at the moment of clutch engagement. Learning to simultaneously engage the clutch and apply gas is a steep coordination curve. As soon as some feel the clutch start to engage they quickly jerk their foot all the way off of the clutch pedal. Meanwhile they still haven't given the car enough gas, the engine RPM's dip too low, and the engine stalls. They get nervous and embarrassed, and the situation snow balls.

I take my car and manually raise the idle rpm up. Now the car idles much faster than normal, but as the new person engages the clutch, the RPM's will never dip enough for the car to stall. So the student can then concentrate on learning the feel of the clutch engaging and practice shifting. Once they've mastered clutch engagement, I drop the RPM's back down and let them practice gas pedal modulation.

By separating those two learned skills, it keeps the person from getting overwhelmed and discouraged. I've never had anyone who learned manual regret it, or feel it was a waste of time. Seriously. No one. It's just fun.


EDIT: Here's a little bonus for NCG.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h306/hunter006/Avatars/Rotary.gif

NorthernChaosGod
02-17-2011, 02:23 AM
It's not all pixie dandruff and unicorn farts. They have cons just like any other design. They're thirsty, and by design have issues with emmisions. People assume since they're burning oil they're crummy engines. They try to compare them to traditional piston engines too much. Most don't understand that a rotary is SUPPOSED to burn oil. It's normal. The oil lubricates all the seals. It's better to look at them as a hybrid between a 2-stroke and a 4-stroke.


If you get a second gen you won't have to worry about it, but if you get a first gen make sure it doesn't have the 12a. There's nothing wrong with it, but parts are even harder to find than for a 13b. You never said why you weren't looking at a first gen. What's the deal?

People give them a bad wrap, but you'd be wise to look at a first gen Miata. They're perfectly balanced, RWD, easy to work on, cheap to maintain, and the sky is the limit for tuning. Food for thought.

I pretty much just like the looks of the second gen over the first gen.

Miata's are only two-seaters, aren't they?

sharkythesharkdogg
02-17-2011, 03:47 AM
I pretty much just like the looks of the second gen over the first gen.

Miata's are only two-seaters, aren't they?

Looks are important, but certainly not the most important. Tell me this doesn't look good.

http://tigermack.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p162585745-4.jpg


Miatas are two-seaters, but so are RX-7's. So I'm not thinking that would be a deal breaker for you. I love mine. I am curious why you asked though.

Another fine car is a something like that 325is I have. It's a two door with a back seat. With the right additions you can have a kick ass car with a stout straight six. There's a reason they went with the "big six" theme. People who drove them swore it felt like a V8.

Really, there's a ton of options.

Do NOT get the Mitsubishi Starion like the one I'm working on obtaining. You have to be masochistic to want a DSM vehicle.......:p

NorthernChaosGod
02-17-2011, 04:53 AM
It's certainly nice, but I kind of prefer the rounder look of the second gen.

Also, I could have swore RX-7s had back seats in some. :confused:

fire_of_avalon
02-17-2011, 05:13 AM
I am learning so much in this thread.

Shiny
02-17-2011, 05:37 AM
My girlfriend and I just bought our first brand new car together - a 2010 Mazda 3 6-speed.

http://1.images.zibe.com/sites/stockchrome/exterior/6908/6908_8.jpg
http://2.images.zibe.com/sites/stockchrome/exterior/6908/6908_9.jpg

This reminds me of Edward Cullen. I don't know how to feel about that.

Bunny
02-17-2011, 06:34 AM
Looks are important, but certainly not the most important. Tell me this doesn't look good.

http://tigermack.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p162585745-4.jpg

This (http://i879.photobucket.com/albums/ab359/tbcx/P1010553-1.jpg) looks better :x

Or it would if the photo wasn't so bad.

(Also aware this is not the type of car you are talking about)

NorthernChaosGod
02-17-2011, 07:34 AM
xD That is a very different car. Now if we're getting into that, I'm going to have to go with the '71 Hemi Cuda.

sharkythesharkdogg
02-17-2011, 01:33 PM
It's certainly nice, but I kind of prefer the rounder look of the second gen.

Also, I could have swore RX-7s had back seats in some. :confused:

The Japanese ones (and maybe some other markets) had back seats TECHNICALLY. Really they were grocery bag shelves with seat belts. It was done so that the RX-7 would fit a better tax bracket. The seats were child safety size. If you look in an american second gen that area has been replaced by two storage compartments which actually come in hand for all types a great ideas.

I couldn't see your post, bunny??? American muscle? Edit: I missed the link. Mustangs are everywhere. They're good, but I'll take the same car with different, and in my opinion, better looking sheet metal (http://image.automotive.com/f/featuredvehicles/mercury/mufp_0510_1967_mercury_cougar_xr7/9791435%2Bpheader/mufp_0510_01_z%2B1967_mercury_cougar_xr7%2Bfront_view.jpg).



And to the person that got the new Speed3, very nice purchase! You won't be disappointed.

NorthernChaosGod
02-18-2011, 12:52 AM
I learned something today. :monster:

sharkythesharkdogg
02-18-2011, 03:11 AM
If you have your heart set on a rotary with a usable back seat you're left with the

R100 (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/2940341212_1fee327944.jpg) Never shipped to the U.S., and you simply won't be able to get. Ever. Let it go.

RX-2 (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2676284723_1433984d21.jpg?v=0) First rotary to be used in a race series. It was very succesful. Was considered the family sedan, as opposed to the

RX-3
(http://www.k4.dion.ne.jp/~zeon/LOVELOG_IMG/RX-3.JPG) Which was the sporty coupe. I think it looks awesome until I look at the

RX-4 (http://image.importtuner.com/f/10336295/impp_0808_03_z+hot_import_nights_la+1974_mazda_rx4.jpg)

and that's it except for the Cosmo which was never offered in the U.S.

Throw in Mazda's rotary truck, the REPU (http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2009/07/30/05/48/pic-11575.jpeg), all the different versions of the Cosmo (http://www.earlydatsun.com/cosmo.jpg), the rotary motorcyle called the RE-5 (http://autoresourse.ru/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Suzuki-RE5.jpg) that they helped Suzuki develop, and of course the RX-8, and that's pretty much every Mazda rotary I can remember.

sharkythesharkdogg
02-18-2011, 07:33 PM
I am learning so much in this thread.


Like how anyone with a penis can't remember the significant other's birthday or anniversary unless the female in question has four wheels. :p

sharkythesharkdogg
02-28-2011, 03:27 AM
It's been beautiful riding weather for the motorcycle this past week or so. Anyone else stupid enough to ride?

I'm working on getting one of these, but it's probably still at least a few months off if it even happens. Seems a little more likely that it might.

Mitsubishi Starion Turbo. Opinions?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/2727390869_61e96bfe1c.jpg

http://www.performance-car-guide.co.uk/images/L-Mitsubishi-Starion-Turbo-Wide-Body-5.jpg

sharkythesharkdogg
03-01-2011, 03:59 AM
The Lancia Stratos is one of my most favorite cars. Once of the most influential rally cars of all time, from the most successful manufacturer to compete in the WRC. What are some thoughts of the new concept? Do you think it does the old one justice?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oMDUl8aCzLs/TGwCrw3Im1I/AAAAAAAAAnc/-3hrhdM0eoU/s1600/new-lancia-stratos-web003.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_D_RRrIu8FXM/TGr4D1hfTbI/AAAAAAAANJA/OXk1lQnpZ6A/s800/New-Lancia-Stratos-8+2012.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_FoXyvaPSnVk/TQZxjDPkw2I/AAAAAAADu9o/kMngM0K45Fg/s1600/New%2BStratos_21.JPG

http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/12/2010/08/new_lancia_stratos__2_.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FoXyvaPSnVk/TP0mEFw-ViI/AAAAAAADtrc/OkxGqNMw5uk/s1600/Stratos%2B4.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk303/boxcarracerll/big_nuovaStratos_01.jpg

escobert
03-01-2011, 05:37 AM
Anyone else stupid enough to ride?
We have about 5 feet of snow on the ground atm :p

sharkythesharkdogg
03-01-2011, 11:24 PM
:p So is that a maybe? Snowmobiles are fun too.

A customer might be interested in us building them a 500hp (yay!) Honda Civic (aaawwwww). Probably just wishful thinking anyway.

escobert
03-01-2011, 11:31 PM
I'd love a sled but, you never know how much snow you're gonna have and stuff like that. If I were to get anything it'd be an 4 wheeler so I could use it all year-round.

sharkythesharkdogg
03-22-2011, 09:47 PM
The paint seems a little sketchy, but if some one wants a unique, fun car with all the hard work done for them, this one isn't a bad price. Tasteful engine swap, and seems to fit okay. You'd have to see it in person to make sure, but if I lived in California I might check it out.


HIGH OUTPUT V8 MAZDA RX-7...STATE REFFED AND BARED - $6000 (FRESNO)
Date: 2011-02-19, 12:28PM PST
Reply to: sale-gvvbv-2223505763@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

1983 mazda rx-7 gls with a 1993 cobra 5.0 v8 swap. State reffed and bared. Clean title, immaculate condition inside and out. swap was professionally done and drives amazing. very very very fast!!!! This car is not for a first time driver, has t5 high rev transmittion, msd complete ignition system, electric fan, 3" aluminum radiator, long tube headers, mild street cams, kyb struts and full urethane bushing kit, and MUCH MORE!!! TO MUCH TO LIST, car will be smogged and have 10/2011 stickers upon purchase. this is a one of a kind car and priced to sell. no joy rides. only testdrives when cash is present. call for more info (559) 824-3077. MUST SEE IN PERSON TO SEE QUALITY. PICTURES DO NO JUSTICE

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc97/bilalkq/6dca32ae.jpg

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc97/bilalkq/8c10b0bf.jpg

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc97/bilalkq/95160bfe.jpg

* Location: FRESNO
* it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

NorthernChaosGod
03-22-2011, 10:45 PM
Okay, that sounds badass. But I wouldn't buy a Goddamn car with cash.

Peegee
03-22-2011, 11:25 PM
Okay, that sounds badass. But I wouldn't buy a Goddamn car with cash.

I don't even.

Why did you copy pasta the ad for it? ADVERTISEMENT!

sharkythesharkdogg
03-23-2011, 03:47 AM
Okay, that sounds badass. But I wouldn't buy a Goddamn car with cash.

I'm confused. Why wouldn't you want to buy with cash? I've easily talked people down several grand on cars just by being able to pay up front with cash. This one has been available for a while. Either there's something up with it, or it's just another victim of the slow car market. I've seen plenty of tuned cars like this around where I live that I know to be good, solid cars that people have sold for no where near what they had in them. That's the catch of tuning an older car like this. You'll never be able to sell it for what you invested in it. I bet he'd let it go for around 4k if you had cash. If it's a solid car, that's a killer deal.

Brennan
03-27-2011, 08:57 PM
Eh, back on the topic's subject for a sec:
An '02 GMC Sierra Regular Cab with the 4.3 V6. Metallic Pewter color. No power door locks/windows, cruise control, A/C, and 4 spd auto transmission.

And I learned a lot in the above posts in this thread...

sharkythesharkdogg
03-31-2011, 04:24 PM
/threadjack

Off subject, but car related.

We just assembled an ECU for a customer's car so he can get the most out of his super-charged set up. I'm excited because I can make something similar for the Turbo II RX-7 and the 325is and have fun with them. Actually, I could make one for my motorcycle too. I don't plan to, but this hardware is pretty flexible in it's applications.

Anyone else on here trying to do some engine management for their vehicle on a budget needs to check these guys out. DIYAutoTune.com (http://www.diyautotune.com/)

My Miata already has an aftermarket MSpnp ECU by them. So do the race cars we campaign. So far, I'd stand by it.

Probably only NCG will find this interesting. :p

NorthernChaosGod
03-31-2011, 09:38 PM
That's pretty cool. I should buy a car and start tuning that bitch up, and you can offer advice. :p

sharkythesharkdogg
04-27-2011, 03:42 AM
We're getting some long term customer projects out the door and once we rebuild the head in our race care, we'll probably have enough time and space to work on one of our long term projects.

We were planning on that 2nd gen rx-7 with a v-8 I mentioned previously. Like this, but red.

http://www.rx7convertible.com/RX7%20Main%20Copyrighted3.jpg

Then we remembered we had this sitting on a storage lift, and have been meaning to get it back on the road for years. It's a Blakely Bantam.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2784/4396395374_765b6caaf4.jpg

Either way, the project probably won't start until sometime in the summer. Just curious which car tickles people's fancy more. Sometimes, outside opinions are interesting to hear.

Hollycat
04-27-2011, 03:54 AM
I drive a 2000 jaguar x type and have never crashed or gotten a ticket. I like to take tight turns without slowing down. This car could probably take a 120 degree turn at 90 miles an hour, but can be taken out by a fast moving bumble bee, and becomes difficult to drive at speeds over 70 miles an hour. at 75, a breeze will actually turn the car.

NorthernChaosGod
04-27-2011, 05:20 AM
Definitely that Bantam, much more unique and badass looking.

sharkythesharkdogg
04-27-2011, 05:48 AM
I drive a 2000 jaguar x type and have never crashed or gotten a ticket. I like to take tight turns without slowing down. This car could probably take a 120 degree turn at 90 miles an hour, but can be taken out by a fast moving bumble bee, and becomes difficult to drive at speeds over 70 miles an hour. at 75, a breeze will actually turn the car.

People are sort of surprised at the x-types because it's a Jaguar, but it doesn't have quite the pedigree of other Jags. It's supposed to be Jaguar's entry level sedan, so it's really a Ford Mondeo with extra gadgetry. I guess Jaguar thought entry level was 40k+ for nicely optioned one. :roll2

So it has a decent platform it's based of off, but it's more of a hybird. Still with the v6, and especially if you have 4 wheel drive, I'm surprised that you get blown around. Those are pretty heavy cars. Weird. Sorry. :(


Definitely that Bantam, much more unique and badass looking.

Thanks. I've always been fond of the ol' gal. Even if she is just an American Super 7. I've never driven it, so that's one reason I want to get it on the road again.

sharkythesharkdogg
06-01-2011, 05:28 PM
NCG, you mentioned looking at a RX-7 in your area. It's a lot of the stuff I've covered before, but here's a little guide on what to look for specific to a rotary when thinking of purchasing it.

Just FYI. (http://rx7.voodoobox.net/infofaq/bguide/bguide.html)

rubah
06-01-2011, 05:31 PM
My parents decided that they wanted a convertible and then bought a used Mazda Miata.

Then I drove it yesterday.

ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh no sports cars for me. I don't fit in them!

Peegee
06-01-2011, 06:23 PM
My parents decided that they wanted a convertible and then bought a used Mazda Miata.

Then I drove it yesterday.

ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh no sports cars for me. I don't fit in them!

I have never wanted to visit your parents more than this moment.

sharkythesharkdogg
06-01-2011, 09:13 PM
You either like the size or you don't, but if someone wants a sports car there's no better deal going than a Mazda Miata as far as pricing to fun factor/real actual sports car.

I love 'em.

Polnareff
06-01-2011, 09:36 PM
I drive a crappy 1996 Plymouth Neon and it's pretty much falling apart in every way it can. Air conditioner's blown, the speakers are terrible quality, the speedometer and gas hand don't work, the thing leaks oil everywhere, and has really bad gas mileage (it's probably like 10 MPG, no lie.)

I strongly believe that the Neon is the Yugo of the Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler world. I haven't been proven wrong yet.

Before that I was driving my dad's 2006 Ford Taurus, until we had to give it back due to something that happened after he died. I hate driving big cars but at least everything in the car worked and it got great gas mileage.

NorthernChaosGod
06-01-2011, 09:48 PM
NCG, you mentioned looking at a RX-7 in your area. It's a lot of the stuff I've covered before, but here's a little guide on what to look for specific to a rotary when thinking of purchasing it.

Just FYI. (http://rx7.voodoobox.net/infofaq/bguide/bguide.html)
Thanks! Now I may actually go take it for a test drive.

sharkythesharkdogg
06-01-2011, 09:59 PM
I drive a crappy 1996 Plymouth Neon and it's pretty much falling apart in every way it can. Air conditioner's blown, the speakers are terrible quality, the speedometer and gas hand don't work, the thing leaks oil everywhere, and has really bad gas mileage (it's probably like 10 MPG, no lie.)



uuummmm, damn. Neons are completely boring econoboxes, but they aren't that bad usually. They're just typical appliance/point a to point b style commuter cars.

Does it have a check engine light? Is it waay down on power, or sluggish? It sounds like you have a bad catalytic converter or something along those lines. There's no reason for that little 4 cylinder to have such terrible gas mileage. Is the area around the exhaust really black?

Polnareff
06-01-2011, 10:23 PM
Yep, the check engine light is always on. The area around the exhaust seems fine, but the problem here is, I can't afford to get the car fixed currently. I'm doing my damnedest to save to get it fixed though. And yeah, the car is pretty sluggish. I have to push the pedal down to the floor to even begin to get the car over a hill.

Two of my friends have much newer Neons (one has an '08, the other an '09) with some pretty bad problems akin to the ones mine is having. It's just strange and funny to see.

Pike
06-01-2011, 10:26 PM
My car is a 2002 Toyota Corolla which I love dearly. I'm currently putting about 50 miles on it a day due to my job being 25 miles away, but it handles it with aplomb.

Overall it's been MUCH better to me than my last car, which was a 1992 Chrysler LeBaron which imploded on itself spectacularly about three or four years ago.

I love driving. It's one of my favorite things in the world. I drove from Montana to Washington recently when I moved, and I wasn't bored for a second.

Shorty
06-02-2011, 03:33 AM
I strongly believe that the Neon is the Yugo of the Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler world. I haven't been proven wrong yet.

I'll contest that theory with the Plymouth Breeze.

I currently drive a 2003 white chevy blazer, but god I want this. (http://www.cartype.com/pics/6942/full/aston_martin_lagonda_2_09.jpg)

sharkythesharkdogg
06-02-2011, 05:40 AM
Yep, the check engine light is always on. The area around the exhaust seems fine, but the problem here is, I can't afford to get the car fixed currently. I'm doing my damnedest to save to get it fixed though. And yeah, the car is pretty sluggish. I have to push the pedal down to the floor to even begin to get the car over a hill.

Two of my friends have much newer Neons (one has an '08, the other an '09) with some pretty bad problems akin to the ones mine is having. It's just strange and funny to see.

Well, with out knowing what engine code/codes the thing is giving you it's all speculation, but my guess is that you have a faulty o2 sensor. The o2 sensor monitors exhaust emissions, and among other things, helps the engine computer maintain a proper air/fuel mixture for the engine. If the o2 is malfunctioning, the ECU (engine computer) might be telling the car to burn way more fuel than it really needs. This would obviously harm gas mileage, cause the car to become sluggish, and since it's no longer burning a clean mixture possibly cause the catalytic converter to fail.

Once the catalytic converter fails, the exhaust gases aren't cleaned properly, the o2 sensor gets an even MORE erroneous exhaust gas reading, and the ECU gives an even more improper air/fuel mixture. Plus a failed catalytic converter obstructs the flow of exhaust which makes the car lose power, and you guessed it, lose mpg's. It's like a perfect circle of crap. :|

But car's are complex little beasts, and it could be something completely different. A place like Advance Auto will read your engine code for free. While that won't give you a definite idea for a fix, it will at least get you pointed in the right direction. Free is good.

NorthernChaosGod
06-02-2011, 12:44 PM
I strongly believe that the Neon is the Yugo of the Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler world. I haven't been proven wrong yet.

I'll contest that theory with the Plymouth Breeze.

I currently drive a 2003 white chevy blazer, but god I want this. (http://www.cartype.com/pics/6942/full/aston_martin_lagonda_2_09.jpg)
It looks like a partially aborted SUV.

sharkythesharkdogg
06-02-2011, 02:57 PM
I strongly believe that the Neon is the Yugo of the Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler world. I haven't been proven wrong yet.

I'll contest that theory with the Plymouth Breeze.

I currently drive a 2003 white chevy blazer, but god I want this. (http://www.cartype.com/pics/6942/full/aston_martin_lagonda_2_09.jpg)

While those are all great candidates terrible cars, one of my favorites is the Plymouth PT Cruiser. It's built off of a Dodge Neon with bigger heavier body work making the cabin space a little more cramped, the car heavier and slower, and generally making it harder and more expensive to work on.

It's the greatest.....

Polnareff
06-02-2011, 06:06 PM
Yep, the check engine light is always on. The area around the exhaust seems fine, but the problem here is, I can't afford to get the car fixed currently. I'm doing my damnedest to save to get it fixed though. And yeah, the car is pretty sluggish. I have to push the pedal down to the floor to even begin to get the car over a hill.

Two of my friends have much newer Neons (one has an '08, the other an '09) with some pretty bad problems akin to the ones mine is having. It's just strange and funny to see.

Well, with out knowing what engine code/codes the thing is giving you it's all speculation, but my guess is that you have a faulty o2 sensor. The o2 sensor monitors exhaust emissions, and among other things, helps the engine computer maintain a proper air/fuel mixture for the engine. If the o2 is malfunctioning, the ECU (engine computer) might be telling the car to burn way more fuel than it really needs. This would obviously harm gas mileage, cause the car to become sluggish, and since it's no longer burning a clean mixture possibly cause the catalytic converter to fail.

Once the catalytic converter fails, the exhaust gases aren't cleaned properly, the o2 sensor gets an even MORE erroneous exhaust gas reading, and the ECU gives an even more improper air/fuel mixture. Plus a failed catalytic converter obstructs the flow of exhaust which makes the car lose power, and you guessed it, lose mpg's. It's like a perfect circle of crap. :|

But car's are complex little beasts, and it could be something completely different. A place like Advance Auto will read your engine code for free. While that won't give you a definite idea for a fix, it will at least get you pointed in the right direction. Free is good.

Shoot, thanks for even taking the time to tell me any of this.

It sucks trying to keep gas in the car. I just filled it up two days ago and it's already down to half, and I haven't really been anywhere other than Hilliard which is only 3 miles away from here.

This problem could have been avoided if the dopes where we got the Taurus from 4 years ago would have allowed us to refinance the car. Could have sold the Neon and just kept the Taurus and there would have been no problems. I only got the Neon in the first place because I didn't feel right driving my dad's car (plus if I would have been in an accident in it, even if it wasn't my fault, both my parents would have held that over my head, so.....). But then things changed only a week after getting it, and I decided to try to keep the Taurus, but it didn't work out.

Also, I'd never be caught dead driving a PT Cruiser. :jess:

Shorty
06-02-2011, 08:13 PM
It looks like a partially aborted SUV.

You're deranged. It's magnificent.

NorthernChaosGod
06-02-2011, 11:11 PM
It looks like a partially aborted SUV.

You're deranged. It's magnificent.

No, I just like cars that have gone full-term. :)

sharkythesharkdogg
06-04-2011, 04:16 PM
Well that brings up, what do you think of these cars?

They're getting a lot of flack for being ugly, and I don't want to work on 'em, but I think they look great.

Ferarri FF http://uncrate.com/p/2011/01/ferrari-ff-xl.jpg

Porsche Panamera
http://www.cartype.com/pics/6397/full/porsche_panamera_gran_turismo_blue2_09.jpg

BMW 3-series hatch http://www.bmw-auto.org/uploads/posts/2008-04/1215437249_bmw-3-series-shooting-brake-2804.jpg

Rye
06-04-2011, 05:40 PM
My parents decided that they wanted a convertible and then bought a used Mazda Miata.

Then I drove it yesterday.

ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh no sports cars for me. I don't fit in them!

I adore Mazda Miatas. ;_; They're so cute. I want oneeeeeeee.

NorthernChaosGod
06-04-2011, 11:32 PM
Well that brings up, what do you think of these cars?

They're getting a lot of flack for being ugly, and I don't want to work on 'em, but I think they look great.

Ferarri FF http://uncrate.com/p/2011/01/ferrari-ff-xl.jpg

Porsche Panamera
http://www.cartype.com/pics/6397/full/porsche_panamera_gran_turismo_blue2_09.jpg

BMW 3-series hatch http://www.bmw-auto.org/uploads/posts/2008-04/1215437249_bmw-3-series-shooting-brake-2804.jpg

The Porsche looks fine as far as I can tell, but the Ferrari and BMW look ridiculous. :|

Polnareff
06-05-2011, 12:55 AM
That Ferrari is seriously the ugliest car I've ever seen, and I've seen some in my time.

sharkythesharkdogg
06-05-2011, 05:26 AM
I would drive the bejeezus out of all of 'em. :p


Of course I also love this beastie.

http://nigelhoneyphotos.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/bronze-jensen-interceptor-iii.jpg

I saw one which is crazy, and rare enough. It was crashed on the side of the interstate which was awful. :(

NorthernChaosGod
06-05-2011, 11:00 PM
I would drive them too; it's a Ferrari and a BMW. They're still silly looking though. :p

Pike
06-05-2011, 11:16 PM
Speaking of cars, I got an oil change today and apparently mine has an oil leak as well as a cracked driveshaft boot, and I also need new tires.

Now I need to figure out how to get the money to be able to fix ANY of that. D:

sharkythesharkdogg
06-06-2011, 01:26 PM
Turning tricks on street corners?

NorthernChaosGod
06-06-2011, 11:15 PM
Sell drugs?

sharkythesharkdogg
06-08-2011, 04:00 AM
You ever go look at that 7?

Jess
06-10-2011, 11:19 PM
I drive a 99 Ford KA. It's my first car, and I've had him for 4, maybe 5, years now. He may be 12 years old, but he only has 45,000 miles on the clock and he's never let me down. Plus, he's cute.

His name is Kenny. Some day in the future I plan on getting Kenny V2, a new style Ford KA.

My dream car is an Audi R8. I love Audi's in general but they're expensive! :jess:

Shorty
06-10-2011, 11:51 PM
NEW CAR

love me my mazdaaa <333

http://i548.photobucket.com/albums/ii325/demosthynes/mazdaaa1.jpg

http://i548.photobucket.com/albums/ii325/demosthynes/mazdaaa.jpg

Not my car shown but it's the same~

NorthernChaosGod
06-11-2011, 01:22 AM
That is much cuter than that other car you said you liked.

sharkythesharkdogg
06-11-2011, 05:50 AM
Shorty, the Mazda 3 is a solid reliable car. Obviously I'm partial to Mazdas, but I'll still be honest about them. Their automatic transmissions aren't the greatest, and they don't make the most powerful four cylinders out there.

I think they just make a car that is more fun to drive than average. They handle and drive so well and balanced. Little touches like factory strut bars, mag wheels, and four wheel disc brakes coming standard on even some of the base models.

You should be pleased, and it looks really sharp.

Shorty
06-11-2011, 08:08 AM
It totally is! It's a dual trans but I go with automatic because it's more comfortable to me than manual. Some things I wish it had are 1) power windows 2) cruise control and 3) flat folding seats. But other than that, it's a sporty red dream~

I drove 30 miles today and the fuel gage barely went down at all. Jackpot.