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Unread 05-31-2013, 05:00 PM   #16
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It was a bit of a morbid joke.

Thing is, I can't bring myself to buy a "normal" commuter car.
I've never owned anything that I would consider mainstream

Taurus SHO 5 speed
Jaguar XJ6
Chevy Chevelle
1986 GMC 1500
Lifted Wrangler <- probably the most "normal" of the group.
blah blah blah.

I get too much enjoyment out of actually driving.
The Audi S4 has literally everything that I want in a vehicle.
AWD, manual trans, luxury, 340hp 4.2L V8 etc, the downside of course is fuel and maintenance costs.

I'm both in love and a bit intimidated by this setup on the 4.2L though:
<3
And that picture was probably taken at the dealership after breaking down and sometime before giving the owner a $5000 bill for some trinket buried beneath a mountain of "German engineering".

I agree that Jeeps aren't that reliable, but if that's what you're after you shouldn't be buying a German car.

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Unread 05-31-2013, 07:35 PM   #17
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And that picture was probably taken at the dealership after breaking down and sometime before giving the owner a $5000 bill for some trinket buried beneath a mountain of "German engineering".

I agree that Jeeps aren't that reliable, but if that's what you're after you shouldn't be buying a German car.
Jeeps are very reliable if taken care of bit if routine maintenance isn't done nothong will stay reliable especially when they are beat on like we do

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Unread 08-28-2013, 01:41 PM   #18
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Well, I'm half-way through the ultimatum for the Jeep.
$100 in parts to last 6 months.

I'm happy to say I'm at the end of the 3rd month without having invested a single dollar into the rig and it has held up OK.

Today, I just got a P0301 misfire in cylinder 1 code.
Here we go again...

$100 left to spend.
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Zombi's are in fact very unpleasant to be around, they smell, and bite--also, they eat babies.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 06:43 PM   #19
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I'm already eyeballing Audi's as a more reliably option than the Jeep hoping that the Jeep gets the hint.
Many, many years ago I bought one of the first Audi models to hit these shores. That sucker would rust on a cloudy day. I doubt you'll even see any of those in auto meets because none have survived.

While Wrangers have some reliability issues, the are probably the most fixable current vehicle on the road (especially before JK). Everything is accessible, everything is replaceable.

A former Audi owner claimed the minimum price for visiting a dealer was about $1500.

For a fun car that's not hard to live with, I've had good results with Subarus.

But at the end of the day, there is no reason a Jeep can't be a long term daily driver. My 89 YJ is my primary vehicle, daily driver, off road toy and road trip vehicle. Fixing anything on that is much easier than most any other car.

German cars are cool, but they are FAR from economical to maintain. MB quoted me $150 for a window switch for my wife's car (and she needed two). Fortunately I found after market ones.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 06:58 PM   #20
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A former Audi owner claimed the minimum price for visiting a dealer was about $1500.
No thank you!
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Unread 08-29-2013, 10:16 PM   #21
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While Wrangers have some reliability issues, the are probably the most fixable current vehicle on the road (especially before JK). Everything is accessible, everything is replaceable.

As a former owner of a JK and now a TJ, I can assure you that working on a TJ is a breeze, a walk in the park, compared to a JK.

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Unread 08-30-2013, 06:39 AM   #22
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$15 gone, had to replace a burned out headlight, again.

$85 left to go in the next 3 months before she's gone!
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Unread 08-30-2013, 07:05 AM   #23
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Unfortunately in my situation that won't work. I have only 1 parking spot in my apartment and I just lost my secondary storage area that I'm currently using for my project Chevelle.
As it is I need to find storage space for the vehicles I already have.

For the guys talking about Hondas and Toyotas, have you priced one of those things out recently? They're damned expensive for what you get.
A normal no frills Accord/Civic (2000-2005) around here is selling for 5-7K with over 130K on the odometer.
I do not see how purchasing a vehicle like that could be considered an upgrade. I would lose 4wd, have a vehicle with more miles, a bank loan on top of it all and STILL be running the risk of getting a lemon.

It feels like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one.
This $100 investment needs to last 6 months before I need to do anything else to it or it's gone.
Anyone want to buy a low mileage Wrangler? Lots of new parts!
Low milage?? Then why so many repeat bushings? You must have some mutant rubber eating microbes where you live.
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Unread 08-30-2013, 07:28 AM   #24
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Low milage?? Then why so many repeat bushings? You must have some mutant rubber eating microbes where you live.

It hasn't even hit 97k yet. For a 1999, thats awesome.
7k miles/year average, 48% less than the national average

It's the poly that was an issue, I learned that the hard way, same with cheap RC flex joints.
The PO had poly bushings in it from RE that just deformed and wallowed out the bushing sleeves.
Not to mention poly bushings in the shocks that did the same.
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Unread 08-30-2013, 02:01 PM   #25
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No matter what car you buy, it's going to have it's share of issues. Honda's vtech solenoids like to go out, bmw's window regulators, Toyota's can have issues with the computer that ends up affecting the cooling fan so the car overheats, buick transmissions love to **** the bed, ford Taurus transmissions like to fail right after the warranty expires. Sometimes these issues happen no matter what type of maintenance you do, even strictly by book. Much of what you've replaced are considered wear items. You've already invested many dollars to get your jeep running correctly, I've been down your road and I'm still going down it every once and awhile. Cars break. Think about your decision before buying another car or truck, because you may end up spending just as much on another vehicle.
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