daves87rs

Cutbacks and your car....

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With things looking rough, everybody is looking for ways to cut back.

At this point, even our cars will be affected...

I've started a few things....

Cheaper oil and air filters (gotta love private brands-both are made by Wix)

Changing my own brakes and rotors (something I have not tried yet)

I got lucky and found some good deals on wax (mothers) to clean them up.

I'm trying hard not to cheap out on the cars....gotta shop smarter. 8)

Is there anything you guys are doing on cutting back?

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Only thing I'll cut back is I'll start doing more of the non-warranty work myself (my ext. waranty goes to 7/70K bumper-bumper). I'll still get OEM quality or better equipment for it. I'll go to work in a burlap sack and eat spam every night before I cheap out on the parts I use for my car. I have a set of AC Delco cross drilled/slotted rotors and ceramic-metallic pads waiting for a free Saturday. I'll be adding rear shoes and front struts to that list soon.

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I expect photos of the job Z!

If but "cut back" you meaning buying a more powerful engine, oil cooler, planning to have the a/c fixed, installing leather seating, and chrome accents, then yes I'm cheaping the hell out. :D:P

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Also, I don't qualify finding a deal on a quality product as cutting back...I just call it shopping smarter.

I go OEM or better besides things like hoses or lifetime guaranteed parts (like the Shadow's waterpump from Autozone).

Or I get things like interior trim and such from the junkyard.

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Actually I'm paying off one car and trying to pay off the other.

But hopefully if things get better I'll go 20K in debt and buy a nice Solstice GXP.

Chris

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Cutbacks? That would be assuming I spent much money on my car in the first place. Besides repairs and maintenance, zilch has been spent on the Cobalt thus far. Besides a set a floormats and some little things, the same goes for the Jetta as well. You can't really cutback on that sort of stuff without harming your car.

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If anything I've been doing a lot of catch-up on the small repairs on the 500SEC.

Today on my lunch break I finally disassembled, repaired & reassembled the

glove box door, including the hand-cut wood trim... & I added a Mercedes benz

emblem (the aluminum silver-dollar style one) to the outer egde.

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Cutbacks? That would be assuming I spent much money on my car in the first place. Besides repairs and maintenance, zilch has been spent on the Cobalt thus far. Besides a set a floormats and some little things, the same goes for the Jetta as well. You can't really cutback on that sort of stuff without harming your car.

That is the nice thing about new cars....

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I didn't really cut back at all. Still using Mobil 1 oil and Filter on the truck (costs me about $45.00 every oil change). Ive always done the mechanical work either by myself or with my dads help. Always washed my own vehicle too. I have cut back on accessory buying though.

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Saving money by not buying a new one. Though I'm very tempted to buy a new car, but since I don't have an extra garage space currently (wouldn't want anything outside in AZ) coupled w/ the uncertainty of the economy, I'd rather keep my Jeep going another year or two. Going to go get an oil & filter change and new battery on Saturday (the first 100 degree days have weakened my 4 1/2 yr old battery).

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>>"Cheaper oil and air filters (gotta love private brands-both are made by Wix)"<<

While the buy-in price may be lower, WIX quality is excellent, so there- it's not 'cheaper' at all.

Haven't cut back on anything, and I continue to do what work I can & have time for. Last weekend; wife's GP - new rear rotors. Oil & trans fluid change due on the 2500HD- no time right now.

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If anything I've been doing a lot of catch-up on the small repairs on the 500SEC.

Today on my lunch break I finally disassembled, repaired & reassembled the

glove box door, including the hand-cut wood trim... & I added a Mercedes benz

emblem (the aluminum silver-dollar style one) to the outer egde.

You either have a really long lunch break or a turbocharger built into you somewhere.

Either way, I envy you, sir.

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You either have a really long lunch break or a turbocharger built into you somewhere.

Either way, I envy you, sir.

Or he's done it before and can do it blindfolded. I can take my entire dash apart and put it back together in about 20 minutes. :P

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You either have a really long lunch break or a turbocharger built into you somewhere.

Either way, I envy you, sir.

If you ever meet 68, you will soon discover that he is, in fact, turbocharged!

:AH-HA_wink:

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If you ever meet 68, you will soon discover that he is, in fact, turbocharged!

:AH-HA_wink:

Especially if you ask him to tell you a story. :P

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I didn't really cut back at all. Still using Mobil 1 oil and Filter on the truck (costs me about $45.00 every oil change). Ive always done the mechanical work either by myself or with my dads help. Always washed my own vehicle too. I have cut back on accessory buying though.

Still using M1 for the wife's Cav, but I have changed the filter, as I used to buy Wix, Napa Golds, or M1s.....

I've switched to partmaster filters, which are made by Wix, but they only cost 4-6 bucks...

This weekend's oil change should be about 30 bucks (instead of 40)

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>>"Cheaper oil and air filters (gotta love private brands-both are made by Wix)"<<

While the buy-in price may be lower, WIX quality is excellent, so there- it's not 'cheaper' at all.

Haven't cut back on anything, and I continue to do what work I can & have time for. Last weekend; wife's GP - new rear rotors. Oil & trans fluid change due on the 2500HD- no time right now.

Yep, and the oil is in such better shape longer with the Wix than the delcos...

Her car suffered through a nasty winter, a tad over 4k miles, and the oil still looks decent.... 8)

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Hell, no. If anything I will be adding another one to the fleet, like the '01 GP Coupe I have my eye on. Why would I want my cars to suffer? Especially my Pontiac's?

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nah. I just dont clean my cars anymore..

put brakes on the vibe for 51.23 in parts duralast gold ceramics

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I'm going to pour money into the Buick once the engine gets put back in. Its going to get new tires and a new stereo. The other cars get work done at the dealership, at least until the maintenance plans run out.

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