Ex-500.com - The home of the Kawasaki EX500 / Ninja 500R - Reply to Topic
Thread: Cars you drive Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ex-500.com - The home of the Kawasaki EX500 / Ninja 500R forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
2-13-2020 5:29 AM
GarrettCarLover I've just purchased an old merc w211, the outside condition looks okay for now, will need painting. I don't have that kind of money, so am working on the interior now. I've sent my sterring wheel to woodensteeringwheels.com to get it retrimed. I couldn't find anything second hand that's decent codition.
12-11-2019 12:14 PM
Saabnut
Quote:
Originally Posted by mangosmoothie View Post
I always liked how those looked. Someone at my college had a pearl white WRX hatch. I don't know the year but it was the same gen as yours, slightly newer. I was secretly jealous after a while.

Looking back, I probably would have been happier with a WRX and AWD. It definitely comes in handy as a daily driver.
This particular generation went for an unusually long time for the WRX. The standard Impreza and Outback sport went from 2008-2011 in this body style, but the WRX kept it until 2014.

I love it. Traction hasn't been an issue in any weather, though I've yet to drive it up to Tahoe and test it out in the snow.
12-11-2019 2:43 AM
z00t3ch Picked this up in November last year. It's a 2007, had 102k on it when I bought it, 117k now. Clean CarFax, spent its life up til now in Friendship, Texas likely shuttling kids to soccer and mommy to nail appointments. It's a Lexus GX470, built alongside the overseas Toyota Landcruiser Prado, so it's a 120-series with a 4.7 V8 for the American market. I have a hitch mount motorcycle carrier good for 600lbs and this truck handles it perfectly, has auto-leveling airbags in the rear to keep things kosher with a bike on piggyback.
12-10-2019 11:32 PM
Apriliarider Hey Mangs!! How ya been. Was wondering how things worked out for ya? Did ya get the gig? Lemme know, you gots my email ........sean
12-10-2019 11:04 PM
mangosmoothie I always liked how those looked. Someone at my college had a pearl white WRX hatch. I don't know the year but it was the same gen as yours, slightly newer. I was secretly jealous after a while.

Looking back, I probably would have been happier with a WRX and AWD. It definitely comes in handy as a daily driver.
12-10-2019 2:46 AM
Saabnut Don't think I've posted it here, but got myself an extremely well kept 2008 Subaru WRX earlier this year.





I took those pictures a few days after I bout it in February of this year, the first clear day we had. Yep, I bought it in the rain. Got it from a very nice guy in his late 30's who wanted a bigger car due to having a kid. He had a folder with receipts for everything that has been done to it, which is actually not a whole hell of a lot considering the car isn't that old. It's had one major engine service done and that was a few years ago around 100,000 miles when it burned an exhaust valve. Both heads were pulled, all the valves lapped and I think the one burned valve was replaced and then put back together with other appropriate new parts. Done at the dealer too, not cheap. Clutch was done a year before I bought it, also by the dealer. In fact, almost every service was done at the dealer.

Only thing I've done to it since I bought it, aside from changing all fluids as a precaution, was to replace the notoriously leaky steering rack input shaft seal. 12 bucks or so from the dealer and did it in my garage. It now leaks nothing and burns no oil.

The nicest part about this car is the interior. It seriously looks brand new, a challenge certainly for a black cloth interior with 150,000 miles on it.

Thing is a base model WRX, so no silly extra stuff to break in old age. No sunroof, no heated seats, no fog lights, no extra radio buttons on the steering wheel and no side skirts or front bumper lip to scrape on everything. It's got a manual trans that shifts well, it was thankfully never abused, no hard launches as young guys like to do. Michelin tires all around and always regularly rotated and are evenly worn. Car is entirely stock save the 50 series Flowmaster I had installed along with a very subtle tailpipe which looks like it should be stock. The thing came stock with this massive, heavy and way too quiet muffler. I wanted just a hair more sound, like you would expect out of a newer stock WRX, but I didn't want it to look like all those cheesy aftermarket muffler that hand way low. The muffler is tucked up out of sight and painted black. With the windows up cruising on the freeway, there is no audible exhaust sound, or any sound really.

For the exterior, it needs the plastic around the hood scoop and the rear upper little spoiler on the hatch painted, the clear coat has failed, the paint is good everywhere else but it has a lot of hard water spots, so a good buffing is in order, and I need to paint the wheel center caps. All minor stuff.

Recently took it on a 2,000 mile road trip and it was fantastic. Cruise control is far more refined than what was on my last car with a functioning cruise control (1989 Saab 900 SPG) and the boost is more than plenty to keep the speed up the hills with cruise on. Seats aren't plush sofas, but in a good way. They're firm but not hard and give excellent support and are extremely comfortable long distance. Much like a Corbin saddle. It's got plenty of headroom for my 6'3" frame and my legs are't cramped either. Going to take it on a 700 mile road trip end of this week and I foresee it performing just as admirably.

So far, I have been most pleased with this car. I'd been wanting this body style, as a wagon, since I first saw it when it came it out. Didn't think I would ever have the money to buy one, yet here I am.
12-9-2019 11:52 PM
mangosmoothie Well I did a thing.





2014 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R spec. 429 hp / 376 tq, 8 speed conventional auto, rwd. All the luxury features I wanted (minus blindspot monitoring). Multi-link front and rear suspension. I test drove one locally and loved it.

I got tired of the Mazdaspeed posted earlier in the thread. I threw the sink at it with mods but I came to the true realization everything is a compromise. With intake, blow off valve, and exhaust it was LOUD. Hated driving it distances on the highway and just felt weird driving around in such a loud car. It was pretty fast with a 60-100 time on par with a C7 Corvette, but that was all it was good at. No traction in 1st or 2nd. 3rd was hit or miss. 4th gear absolutely ripped but again, only good for 60-110 mph. How often is that useful? And every pull felt like russian roulette with 175% of the stock power. But most of the time I owned it, it wasn't quit that fast. I usually had it in a trim that trapped about 108 in the quarter. I stocked it out in an effort to like it better. Now it's just slower and slightly less loud. Still a rattlebox in the winter and terrible nvh/road manners.

My new commute is bad traffic so I wanted an auto. And just wanted out of the car. Someone that loves the mazdaspeed platform wanted to buy it and made a good offer. Figured I'd sell it before something went wrong. The Hyundai matches the 108 trap speed (or close enough). I was impressed when I drove it. Smoother ride than the BMW and quieter on the highway. I think I'll be pleased with the car for quite a while.

Anyone else have any "new" 4 wheeled vehicles?
The extensive options on the Genesis are heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, cooled driver seat, auto folding mirrors, mirrors angle down when you put it in reverse, backup cam, 17 speaker sound system and pretty sure there's a 6 disc changer, radar cruise, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive head lights (turn with the wheels).

Seems like one of the best values in used cars out there right now. I looked at a BMW 335ix but the Hyundai is faster and I'm hedging my bets it's going to be more reliable. Also wanted to get away from the whole forced induction thing. I don't think natural aspiration can be beat from a reliability standpoint when planning to keep a car past 80k miles. I would have liked a Chevy SS or Charger 392, but they just cost too much more than this to be worth it to me. And I genuinely think the Hyundai will be more reliable long term. Even if it isn't, the 5 year warranty coverage was silly cheap so I went for that too.

This one I had shipped from Nevada so it isn't here yet. Should be shortly. Super excited to have a quieter car with a warranty that I just don't worry about.
2-1-2019 4:41 AM
po18guy
Quote:
Originally Posted by tokomiko View Post
Well Iíve had the van a couple months and ended up doing a solid axle swap on it
What's that? An NBA team mini-van?
2-1-2019 12:00 AM
K-woppa
Quote:
Originally Posted by tokomiko View Post
Lol, might consider it, it developed a pretty good shimmy when going down the road, I suspect control arm bushings are worn out after hearing a Ďpopí every time I take a corner with some speed. It has a pretty weird suspension setup but doesnít look too hard to replace all the rubber- and I think energy suspension sells some poly urethane replacements. Also saw a few companies sell replacement struts with air bags... trying to convince myself I donít need a van on air ride.
Why prolong the agony? Go for it.
1-31-2019 3:22 AM
tokomiko Lol, might consider it, it developed a pretty good shimmy when going down the road, I suspect control arm bushings are worn out after hearing a ‘pop’ every time I take a corner with some speed. It has a pretty weird suspension setup but doesn’t look too hard to replace all the rubber- and I think energy suspension sells some poly urethane replacements. Also saw a few companies sell replacement struts with air bags... trying to convince myself I don’t need a van on air ride.
1-27-2019 4:48 PM
K-woppa
Quote:
Originally Posted by tokomiko View Post
Well Iíve had the van a couple months and ended up doing a solid axle swap on it
Well, I didn't see THAT coming. LOL!
1-27-2019 1:37 AM
tokomiko Well I’ve had the van a couple months and ended up doing a solid axle swap on it
12-28-2018 6:46 PM
taddpole77 Are there any Toronado owners on here? I have a 69. 455 front wheel drive.
12-18-2018 6:36 PM
Ze Guillermo ahhhh, talking about cars.... my other passion.................. I've been affortunated to drive and owned more than 50 cars at least..... some they come, and other go.....but my favorites are listed below:


1) 1970 Pontiac Le Mans Sport, 350 engine, 5.7 V8, manual shift, with Muncie M22, 4 speed.... GONE and regretful a lot....
2) 1984 Chevrolet Blazer K5 Silverdado, 6.2 Detroit, with 44 axl...........GONE and regretful a lot.
3) 1998 BMW M3, E36, 4 doors, with AC Schnitzer tuned, ..........GONE and regretful a lot..
4) 1977 Colt Celeste GTS, 2.0 cc, dual carburetors,.... (my fisrt car)..............GONE and regretful....


and now, I'm driving a 2004 BMW 325ci SULEV...........my daily drive............... and looking for the next one.........
12-17-2018 10:36 PM
Apriliarider
Quote:
Originally Posted by K-woppa View Post
For some reason, I felt compelled to google "Chevy Venture lift kit"
LoL
Good to see your still kickin about here Miko......sean
12-17-2018 8:42 PM
K-woppa
Quote:
Originally Posted by tokomiko View Post
well delayed

I fixed that van, crossed my fingers for all they were worth and no luck came my way. I replaced lower intake manifold gaskets and the leak was still there, so it was worse case scenario, blown head gasket, even though there was zero coolant in the oil and vice versa.

Venture by Miko Hall, on Flickr

tiny crack from coolant passage to block exit.

Venture by Miko Hall, on Flickr


Venture by Miko Hall, on Flickr

Venture by Miko Hall, on Flickr


Had to deal with brakes and transmission with no pressure from sitting so long, but really glad I took care of it because it is a great daily driver.

folks said if I can fix it I'll own it- so I guess I'm a minivan owner? I went a little overboard giving it a tune up with e3 plugs taylor 8.2 plug wires, heated wiper blades, and new headlights and swapped all the bulbs to L.E.D.
For some reason, I felt compelled to google "Chevy Venture lift kit"
12-17-2018 2:35 AM
tokomiko well delayed

I fixed that van, crossed my fingers for all they were worth and no luck came my way. I replaced lower intake manifold gaskets and the leak was still there, so it was worse case scenario, blown head gasket, even though there was zero coolant in the oil and vice versa.

Venture by Miko Hall, on Flickr

tiny crack from coolant passage to block exit.

Venture by Miko Hall, on Flickr


Venture by Miko Hall, on Flickr

Venture by Miko Hall, on Flickr


Had to deal with brakes and transmission with no pressure from sitting so long, but really glad I took care of it because it is a great daily driver.

folks said if I can fix it I'll own it- so I guess I'm a minivan owner? I went a little overboard giving it a tune up with e3 plugs taylor 8.2 plug wires, heated wiper blades, and new headlights and swapped all the bulbs to L.E.D.
3-27-2018 11:23 PM
drillhead 17 Mustang GT with performance pack. It's like having a second rent.
2-8-2018 12:59 PM
Marc_P
Quote:
Originally Posted by tokomiko View Post
Thanks for the input guys- I honestly still haven't had time to even look at it, it's been sitting for months now.


The leak on my mom's venture seems to be in the same place as that video it would be awesome if that is the source of the leak, the other place I've heard is a coolant line running behind the timing cover. With how clean the coolant looks running out of the engine it very well could be those elbows I would suspect behind timing cover gasket would add a bit of black/oil color.

Haven't seen anything on google about the elbows being on a 3.4L, just the 3.8L, I need to start taking stuff apart to figure it out I guess
I repaired a coolant leak from the timing cover gasket in our '03 Venture a month or so ago. Not the worst job in the world (easier than replacing the alternator in my opinion) and looks scarier than it is. Yes, there's a lot to take off and put back on, but if you have an impact wrench for the harmonic balancer pulley (and get the puller from Autozone) and just keep track of where everything goes, it's not too bad. There are a few write-ups and youtube videos floating around. Note I had to disconnect both power steering pump hoses in order to move the PS pump out of the way, though others apparently did not need to. Would probably take most of a Saturday to do.
2-4-2018 11:28 PM
Apriliarider Hey Miko, good to see you back..........sean
2-3-2018 11:24 PM
tokomiko Thanks for the input guys- I honestly still haven't had time to even look at it, it's been sitting for months now.


The leak on my mom's venture seems to be in the same place as that video it would be awesome if that is the source of the leak, the other place I've heard is a coolant line running behind the timing cover. With how clean the coolant looks running out of the engine it very well could be those elbows I would suspect behind timing cover gasket would add a bit of black/oil color.

Haven't seen anything on google about the elbows being on a 3.4L, just the 3.8L, I need to start taking stuff apart to figure it out I guess
10-12-2017 11:42 AM
dmende0919 I did the LIM gasket, coolant elbow, and engine mounts over the summer on my GP.
10-12-2017 2:13 AM
one_evil_monkey The 3.4 and 3.8 are different animals.
Just did upper intake on g-maís Buick with 3.8 and have done more than my fair share of 60 degree V6. (2.8, 3.1, 3.4)

Your case @tokomiko it sounds like water pump let go.
Have the LIM gaskets been done yet?
Water pump isnít big deal, takes some part removal. Canít say 100% on Venture thinking on FWD 3.1... PS pump set aside, support engine, removal of engine mount, water pump right there.

Not the worst thing in world... although donít envy the van aspect.
Itís doable.

Hell, Iím in need of a 2003 2wd S10 2.2L std cab short bed frame. Haha

O_E_M
10-9-2017 3:20 PM
Apriliarider They look like this:

Usually, it's the o-rings that fail but the plastic stocker elbows are known to deteriorate and simply fail without warning......there are youtube videos on this.
This is for the 3.8L V6 but you've likely got something similar going on.........sean
10-9-2017 3:18 PM
Apriliarider
Quote:
Originally Posted by tokomiko View Post
Bummer....


Chevy venture van (3.4L) while I worked on the truck and today I was letting it warm up and it started gushing coolant out the bottom and was starting to overheat.
There is a plastic coolant elbow above the timing cover at the right side cylinder head. There are two IIRC. There is a fix using a cast aluminum elbow that you should investigate.

Probably quite a bit more difficult to access on a van, but I did a set on a 3.4L V6 for my neighbor a year or two ago. Not difficult on his car at all. Some parts must be removed to reach them though.....sean
This thread has more than 25 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome