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    Thread created on 20:32:07 - 24/01/21 (9 months ago)
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    I've been in the automotive world since 2006 (selling cars, working in business development centers, parts, service and management) .... If anyone has any questions about things, hit me up. I may not know the answer, and will tell you such but 15+ years experience has taught me a few things. (I currently manage an automotive repair shop)... Though, I have never worked as a technician so can not tell you how to fix XYZ on your 20XX Ford Focus. (Though if you tell me what the problem is, I can probably point you in the right direction ... I may not have ever done the repairs personally, but as a service advisor I could usually tell my technicians what failed based on what the customer has told me) 

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    Posted on 12:59:02 - 05/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    I'm looking at lower mileage (up to 125,000km) Audi A6 (C7) / Merc-Benz C-class Coupe (W204) / BMW 5 series (F10).

    What are your opinions on these cars? The C-class is the most expensive if we take into account the fact it's not a luxury sedan like the other two. (I don't like the E-class (W212))

    I'm looking at 1.8 to 2 liter engine models mostly, petrol or diesel both are fine.
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    Posted on 15:00:36 - 07/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Mobb-Deep [1731104]

    I'm looking at lower mileage (up to 125,000km) Audi A6 (C7) / Merc-Benz C-class Coupe (W204) / BMW 5 series (F10).

    What are your opinions on these cars? The C-class is the most expensive if we take into account the fact it's not a luxury sedan like the other two. (I don't like the E-class (W212))

    I'm looking at 1.8 to 2 liter engine models mostly, petrol or diesel both are fine.
    Great questions and sorry for the delay (Torn should add notifications for forum posts, if you ask me :) ) ... All are great cars and I understand why some buy used versus new. Personally, based on average repairs and part costs, if I was buying any of those 3 with over 100K ---- it would be the A6 as my cost of driving would be likely be lower. However if I was buying new I'd go for the BMW or again, the Audi. 

    Mercedes is a good brand, don't mistake that fact however I feel that they have been going backwards on quality of a product versus forwards. The industry average (in Canada) is approximately 20K kms/year and such is a good measurement of a vehicles worth when compared to book value. After the 100K mark (excluding for collectors or die hard fans of the brand) all 3 do nose dive in value for a reason. While the vehicle was probably more carefully driven and used (compared to a ford focus for example) though are not usually as well maintained.

    All three normally, are bought more for the luxury and the "ego boost" which they've done well in Canada to establish as a high end car. Though most of the owners from new, are less likely to maintain it as a Focus owner may. (Most of these brand owners are buying it for the status associated and/or comfort... not as a vehicle they want/need to keep for 20 years).
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    Posted on 15:41:29 - 07/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Mobb-Deep [1731104]

    I'm looking at lower mileage (up to 125,000km) Audi A6 (C7) / Merc-Benz C-class Coupe (W204) / BMW 5 series (F10).

    What are your opinions on these cars? The C-class is the most expensive if we take into account the fact it's not a luxury sedan like the other two. (I don't like the E-class (W212))

    I'm looking at 1.8 to 2 liter engine models mostly, petrol or diesel both are fine.

    Canadianfootboy [2629981]

    Great questions and sorry for the delay (Torn should add notifications for forum posts, if you ask me :) ) ... All are great cars and I understand why some buy used versus new. Personally, based on average repairs and part costs, if I was buying any of those 3 with over 100K ---- it would be the A6 as my cost of driving would be likely be lower. However if I was buying new I'd go for the BMW or again, the Audi.

    Mercedes is a good brand, don't mistake that fact however I feel that they have been going backwards on quality of a product versus forwards. The industry average (in Canada) is approximately 20K kms/year and such is a good measurement of a vehicles worth when compared to book value. After the 100K mark (excluding for collectors or die hard fans of the brand) all 3 do nose dive in value for a reason. While the vehicle was probably more carefully driven and used (compared to a ford focus for example) though are not usually as well maintained.

    All three normally, are bought more for the luxury and the "ego boost" which they've done well in Canada to establish as a high end car. Though most of the owners from new, are less likely to maintain it as a Focus owner may. (Most of these brand owners are buying it for the status associated and/or comfort... not as a vehicle they want/need to keep for 20 years).
    I'm looking at those 3 because I want a luxury car at an affordable price. I've seen countless BMW's, Audi's be driven as dailys even deep into 250k+ kilometres done. I also don't really care about the brand so much, but these 3 seem to have an interior that to my eye, looks much nicer and less plasticky than a Honda Accord for example. After owning a Kia, premium brands are definitely on my go-to list for the next purchase. Cheaper cars just aren't that nice to spend time in.

    I think buying brand new cars is a waste of money, be it a Ford Focus or a Ford Mustang GT. You can always buy a brand new lemon car and have it break down many times in the warranty
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    Posted on 18:26:12 - 07/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Why do Vauxhall (Opel) vehicles suck ass?

    Were you expecting a picture or something?

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    Posted on 19:30:45 - 07/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Why do Vauxhall (Opel) vehicles suck ass?
    No idea. lol ... We don't have them in Canada. Though I can do some research if you really want, however the info I'd be getting would be based on the internet, not experience.
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    Posted on 22:56:47 - 07/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Mobb-Deep [1731104]

    I'm looking at lower mileage (up to 125,000km) Audi A6 (C7) / Merc-Benz C-class Coupe (W204) / BMW 5 series (F10).

    What are your opinions on these cars? The C-class is the most expensive if we take into account the fact it's not a luxury sedan like the other two. (I don't like the E-class (W212))

    I'm looking at 1.8 to 2 liter engine models mostly, petrol or diesel both are fine.
    I had the 1.8l kompressor w204 and the timing chain jumped teeth on the cog at 40k miles, then again at 60k. Thing did handle very well for a long car and the esp system is one of the best.
    I would never own another merc after that and my experience with merc uk customer service.

    Similar reason why I would never own another audi.

    Never owned a modern BMW so can't comment but haven't heard any horror stories
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    Posted on 13:05:23 - 10/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Mobb-Deep [1731104]

    I'm looking at lower mileage (up to 125,000km) Audi A6 (C7) / Merc-Benz C-class Coupe (W204) / BMW 5 series (F10).

    What are your opinions on these cars? The C-class is the most expensive if we take into account the fact it's not a luxury sedan like the other two. (I don't like the E-class (W212))

    I'm looking at 1.8 to 2 liter engine models mostly, petrol or diesel both are fine.

    oldskoolsuzuki [70196]

    I had the 1.8l kompressor w204 and the timing chain jumped teeth on the cog at 40k miles, then again at 60k. Thing did handle very well for a long car and the esp system is one of the best.
    I would never own another merc after that and my experience with merc uk customer service.

    Similar reason why I would never own another audi.

    Never owned a modern BMW so can't comment but haven't heard any horror stories
    That right there is why some companies can't grow. Mercedes and Audi don't have systems to make the customer service suck. What they do have though is an expectation to continue increasing profit so they don't pay receptionists, call center employees, etc. nearly enough and get an employee of a "Get what you pay for caliber". 

    Most dealerships, for example in Edmonton AB hire attractive 18-23 year old women who they pay minimum wage to (or just above) yet they don't seem to realize, "This person is talking to every single one of our customers". You should have one of the best customer service driven people you can find (and pay them enough they don't look elsewhere) dealing with every customer. Especially when you consider you need to spend about 10X more money on advertising to attract new customers, compared to what it costs to advertise to and retain your customers who will offer the best results in growth as they will refer people to you.
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    Posted on 22:46:30 - 11/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Sooo, wisconsin weather killed my battery in my 2010 chevy impala, i put the key in and tried starting after forgetting that the battery is dead, and now the key is locked in acc and wont go to off so i can remove it..... i've tried looking up multiple tutorials and all say it's a wiring issue and to remove the center console ( can post pics if needed of the inside my car (it is really dirty atm)) i tried, but i can't remove the center console, i removed all screws i could see and was told too, they say it should just pull right out but it doesn't, and no video i find shows exactly how to, just the screws and them popping it off....... any suggestions????? could it be a battery issue and it's preventing the car from turning off? could it actually be the wire and i'm SOL unless i pay 500$+ for a dealership to fix it?

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    Posted on 00:19:20 - 12/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    A. A dealership will charge more than "ABC Auto Repair" ... so check with them ;) 
    B. The key being locked is typically a problem with the key, ignition cylinder, steering column and/or a problem with the gear shift not recognising the vehicle is in park (alternatively, if it is a "new to you" vehicle, it may have a button (some manual transmissions do) on the steering column itself or near the ignition cylinder)
    C. If you suspect I'm wrong on B (which I could be lol), if you boost the vehicle with cables + another vehicle, that should restore power long enough to remove the key (and will also indicate it is a battery issue)
    D. Block Heaters (don't know if your is equipped) will do nothing to help a battery but rather keeps the oil in the engine warm so on start up lubricates more easily ...

    Though let's back up to the very beginning ---- when you say the weather killed your battery ... When you attempted to start the vehicle initially what happened? Did lights come on and nothing else? Did it making a clicking/ticking sound and the lights on the instrument panel flickered? Did nothing at all happen?
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    Posted on 00:52:47 - 12/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Guess i should have stated more info..

    Before the battery fully died on me, I would go to start it up, lights would come on and flickering when trying to turn the car over..

    As for B statement, I have to actually fit a flat head screw driver down and press a release button to shift from park to any other gear (without the need of break being pressed in even) so i know that's a wiring issue there that i can't fix and probably wont fix, I've never had the key issue before until now, even last winter when it got really really cold... I believe we're gonna try to buy a Walmart battery (i know, worst thing to do as they suck...) and hopefully that works, otherwise i'm gonna "charge" my battery with a motorcycle charger which I've read can be done, will just take forever... I'm half tempted to save up and buy a "new to me" car that's "cheap/reliable" any recommendations? probably about the $1000 range, maybe pushing $1500.

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    Posted on 15:42:17 - 13/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Guess i should have stated more info..

    Before the battery fully died on me, I would go to start it up, lights would come on and flickering when trying to turn the car over..

    As for B statement, I have to actually fit a flat head screw driver down and press a release button to shift from park to any other gear (without the need of break being pressed in even) so i know that's a wiring issue there that i can't fix and probably wont fix, I've never had the key issue before until now, even last winter when it got really really cold... I believe we're gonna try to buy a Walmart battery (i know, worst thing to do as they suck...) and hopefully that works, otherwise i'm gonna "charge" my battery with a motorcycle charger which I've read can be done, will just take forever... I'm half tempted to save up and buy a "new to me" car that's "cheap/reliable" any recommendations? probably about the $1000 range, maybe pushing $1500.
    It'd be super difficult to recommend something aside from stating the obvious, "Find the best car you can for that price". Low KMs is ideal but not always an indication that less can go wrong. A higher mileage vehicle which has been maintained well can last longer than something with 100K KMs that someone has driven like it's stolen for the last 4 - 5 years. 

    I'm not sure where you are located but I'd strongly recommend having one of the conditions to buying any used vehicle, is it's subject to an inspection at your expense at a shop of your choosing. For $50ish where I am, you can get a vehicle inspected and that will either give you the peace of mind knowing it's a decent car and/or having a tool to help negotiate a price. "Well Mr. Seller, you're asking for $1500 for this car which I agree it is worth based on book value. However book value is based on the vehicle being in a safe condition. This needs a $500 brake job with pads, rotors and a caliper which will need to be done for it to be worth that $1500. Would you prefer to have that done and I can pay your asking price or would you prefer me to do it though I'd need to take a day off work so can only offer $900."

    If it happens at a place of the sellers choosing, he may know a mechanic who is willing to not mention something because it is not yet a safety concern. On the flip side, if you know someone, they can go over it with a fine tooth comb and make recommendations that don't need to be done (yet) as they are not safety items (for example, where I am, brake pads at 3 MM or less is considered unsafe .... 4 MM depending on driving habits can become unsafe in less than a month) to help you negotiate.
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    Why do Vauxhall (Opel) vehicles suck ass?

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    No idea. lol ... We don't have them in Canada. Though I can do some research if you really want, however the info I'd be getting would be based on the internet, not experience.
    Lol its fine, you're lucky, if they do to come to Canada avoid them at all costs.

    They used to be manufactured in the UK as Vauxhall. They weren't amazing but they produced a few models that have now become classics. They now share vehicle models with German manufacturer Opel but allowed us to keep the Vauxhall name and badge for marketing reasons, but they are still well known for being affordable but shit

    Were you expecting a picture or something?

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    Posted on 03:32:05 - 20/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Samorost [1655145]

    Why do Vauxhall (Opel) vehicles suck ass?

    Canadianfootboy [2629981]

    No idea. lol ... We don't have them in Canada. Though I can do some research if you really want, however the info I'd be getting would be based on the internet, not experience.

    Samorost [1655145]

    Lol its fine, you're lucky, if they do to come to Canada avoid them at all costs.

    They used to be manufactured in the UK as Vauxhall. They weren't amazing but they produced a few models that have now become classics. They now share vehicle models with German manufacturer Opel but allowed us to keep the Vauxhall name and badge for marketing reasons, but they are still well known for being affordable but shit
    I'd buy an Mk 4 Churchill though lol
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    Posted on 17:32:08 - 22/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    I own a 2007 ford mustang GT with a rear end problem. I have had 3 rear seals installed but it still leaks. any suggestions?
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    I own a 2007 ford mustang GT with a rear end problem. I have had 3 rear seals installed but it still leaks. any suggestions?
    Which seals? Rear main (which is engine), rear diff., etc.... ? 

    Do you live in a place where the temperature fluctuates a lot? How do you drive it (like a racecar, like "a little old grandmother")? How often are the seals leaking (and is it a leak or a sweat) and need replacement or has it been back to back?
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    Posted on 18:33:56 - 27/02/21 (7 months ago)
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    Why do Vauxhall (Opel) vehicles suck ass?
    the older vauxhalls were legendary, would never have bought anything other than vauxhall, sadly that all went downhill from the release of the vectra b onwards, with the exception of the omega mv6
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    Posted on 22:33:35 - 02/03/21 (7 months ago)
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    Why do Vauxhall (Opel) vehicles suck ass?

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    the older vauxhalls were legendary, would never have bought anything other than vauxhall, sadly that all went downhill from the release of the vectra b onwards, with the exception of the omega mv6
    As a Canadian, I've never even heard of the brand prior to this. Though looking at the website, from a strictly superficial/cosmetic view (and subjective) I like the Mokka.
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    Posted on 23:18:34 - 03/03/21 (7 months ago)
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    I'm looking at getting a Chevy Camaro and have a couple of questions.

    How big of a difference is there between the v6 and v8 engines? Will I notice a difference in everyday driving?

    I live in Washington state and it rains pretty much year-round. Will RWD be a problem?

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    Posted on 04:23:01 - 04/03/21 (7 months ago)
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    KingLouisCLXXII [2070312]

    I'm looking at getting a Chevy Camaro and have a couple of questions.

    How big of a difference is there between the v6 and v8 engines? Will I notice a difference in everyday driving?

    I live in Washington state and it rains pretty much year-round. Will RWD be a problem?
    v6 vs v8 if you are doing mostly city driving - yes... big difference..... in fuel cost ;). 

    RWD and rain will mostly be fine depending more so on tires. However, if you move to Canada and it's snow and icy conditions vs what Seattle or Vancouver has... then tires are even more important.
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