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Mr_Asa PowerDork
5/25/22 11:41 p.m.
Trent said:

I genuinely don't come in contact with many modern cars so the car that raises my ire the most is.......


Jaguar E-Types. 

I honestly never gave them a second thought for most of my life. I just didn't care about them. Then I got into the restoration game and we always have 2-3 in progress at any time.

I hate them. There is no nice way to put it. Doing anything to them is a fight. The bonnet doesn't open far enough to access anything so you are constantly wedging yourself between the tire and the wheel opening. Just removing the carbs takes custom bent and ground wrenches and an hour of your life. Bleeding the rear inboard calipers? Boy I hope you have extra long, incredibly thin alien arms. Adjusting the timing? well, get a buddy to lay on the ground pointing the light up at the crank pulley to shout at you which direction you need to go with the distributor, it is a two person job.

And then you drive them...... The coupes are damn near impossible to get in and out of, The convertibles are better when the top is down but as soon as you are seated you realize you are looking directly at the chrome on the top of the windshield and what else you can see is distorted by the bends in the glass. At least there is no place for your left foot while driving though. I mean, they really leaned into the whole unpleasant from every angle thing. The driving position sitting so far back from the front end that slopes off out of your sight is like driving a boat with an outboard motor.

I don't even see them as attractive anymore. The person who coined the phrase "a car is a penis extension" was clearly thinking about this rolling phallus shaped object. 



Whew......Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

Chuck, who I have spoken of in the past, became an Italian and English exotics mechanic in Tallahassee in his later years.  Taught me to be smarter than the tools I was using.

Anyways, I often visited his shop and would hear him muttering while under a vehicle, or wedged halfway into it (sometimes an E-Type, although a Ferrari or Maserati were more likely.)  I once asked him what he was saying, and he said it's his mantra for reaching maintenance items in these cars.

"Hands of a child, arms of a woman, strength of a gorilla."

Never made my hands smaller or got my arms to shrink, but it helps when you are barely there.

That reminds me, I have a rounded nut I need to replace on the truck.

seadoorider New Reader
5/26/22 12:10 a.m.
Antihero said:
A 401 CJ said:
Antihero said:

70s Cherokees. My parents had a 76 and it was a screaming pile of garbage.


Sad because I think they look cool

I've heard a lot of people say that.  We had 4 of them when I grew up and they treated us quite well except for the rear power glass.  That was always troublesome 

I really hated that, my overwhelming memory of them since I was about 10 when we got it, was dust. Lots and lots of dust.


The 4 wheel drive system was horrible along with pretty much everything we had to work on


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nlevine (Forum Supporter) Reader
5/26/22 11:05 a.m.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDi turned me off of VWs for a while.. I wanted to love this car. Great power, engaging handling. Bought it new. It was supposed to be my forever car.

Some of the wounds were self-inflicted when I, um, rearranging its front end a couple of times. Most of the real issues were its own fault...

  • Broken coil springs - How do coil springs break? You'd think a major suspension component should outlive most of the other parts on a car
    • Broken rear coil ended up falling inside the rear beam, causing a very hard-to-locate rattle from the back of the car
    • When the front coil spring broke, it took out the strut with it, on the highway, on a holiday weekend
  • Sunroof failures
    • Beautiful panoramic sunroof would stick open, or closed, depending on the weather, or its mood
    • All drains broke, or, clogged and backed-up, staining the headliner. Headliner had to be removed to fix the drains.
  • Diesel particulate filter failed just after the warranty expired, but before the Diesel-gate buybacks were announced
    • That was a few thousand bucks to fix...
  • Rust - rear hatch, rockers all were starting to get eaten, much earlier than I had expected for a 2010 vehicle

I was more than happy to take VW's money and give them the car back. Had the sketchiest drive to the dealer for that transaction, though, in a snow storm, on bald summer tires (I kept my snows and steelies), but that's a story for a different day...

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