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Blake Noble

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I'm finally starting to believe I'm meant to have bad luck with cars. The Buick starting making a nasty, unprovoked knocking today that has me a bit confused because I can't quite pinpoint where the sound is coming from. One on hand, it sounds like the flywheel or torque converter could going bad when you start it up, but say when you raise the hood to give it a good listen, it sounds like it could be a loose timing chain.

God help me if it turns out to be a rod. I'll get rid of it.

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I wonder if this is fate, and it's 'kindly' nudging you to not buy any more old cars. :P

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I would say no to that Firebird based on your 2 in a row duds dude. Maybe get a nice Cobalt LS :P.

Or if you wanted something that was actually fun, an SS or an SRT4.

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Jeez that really sucks... I hope you get it sorted out and that it's not a rod.

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In all seriousness though, that sucks man, good luck with it. hopefully you'll be able to get it sorted out. However a knock of any sort is never a good sign.

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Being a baller is hard when you ain't got no money. Believe me, I know. Good luck in getting it straightened out.
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This thread makes me want to cry.

Don't be a little bitch. Focus on the task at hand, and remember that at this point in life: maintenance-free longevity should take precedence over flash.

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Drill Sergeant Croc, yes SIR! *salutes*
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He's got the Cutlass bought and paid for.

Perhaps maybe Whitenight gets out of school and buys a nice low mile Grand National as another toy and a gently used current gen V6 Camaro as a daily?

Chris

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Worst case scenario - Yank the Rocket out of the Regal and rebuild it at your leisure, then get a good, used, warrantied SBC (only because they're so plentiful) from a junkyard for a few hundred and run with that.

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The smart thing to do would be to ditch the regal, or keep it if you really want it but you haven't even finished teh Cutlass yet, and get a cheap, economical, reliable, small car as a daily driver.

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Moral of the story, with old used cars, don't expect reliablity and 100% driveability. Get a new Cobalt, Corolla, etc if you want that in your life...old used cars are money pits and can make decent occasional use cars, but are not suitable as daily drivers.

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You don't even need a car to be new to be reliable. You just have to research what used cars and powertrains are known to be reliable. Often times that means more Japanese than American but I know there's a selection of reliable American cars as well.

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You don't even need a car to be new to be reliable. You just have to research what used cars and powertrains are known to be reliable. Often times that means more Japanese than American but I know there's a selection of reliable American cars as well.

True, but the newer they are, and the lower the mileage, the more likely they are to be reliable than something 25 years old.

In my experience, old high mileage cars are more often a source of pain and misery than joy. Old and cheap usually means worn out.

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Don't be a little bitch. Focus on the task at hand, and remember that at this point in life: maintenance-free longevity should take precedence over flash.

Agreed there. Move on. There are many a things in life which will not go your way. Life does not stop just because you did not get what you wanted because guess what you will never always get what you wanted. Such situations should make you tougher not make you cry.

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True, but the newer they are, and the lower the mileage, the more likely they are to be reliable than something 25 years old.

In my experience, old high mileage cars are more often a source of pain and misery than joy. Old and cheap usually means worn out.

Well one way to look at it would be your GC, which has been pretty reliable besides the seat thing. The Prizm is coming up to 197,000 miles on it and runs like a top. Yes we had to replace the transmission and master/slave cylinders four years ago, but really its been without any major issue since then...even after being "totaled". I drive it every day and would trust it to take me anywhere.

As an aside, that check engine and non working speedo issue I had a couple months ago was my fault...I didn't ground the wires going to the battery securely enough when I replaced the terminal connectors.

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Well one way to look at it would be your GC, which has been pretty reliable besides the seat thing. The Prizm is coming up to 197,000 miles on it and runs like a top. Yes we had to replace the transmission and master/slave cylinders four years ago, but really its been without any major issue since then...even after being "totaled". I drive it every day and would trust it to take me anywhere.

As an aside, that check engine and non working speedo issue I had a couple months ago was my fault...I didn't ground the wires going to the battery securely enough when I replaced the terminal connectors.

My Jeep I bought brand new, have kept to the factory maintenance schedule, so I know it's history and trust it to drive cross country without failing. Similarly w/ my '87 Mustang, got it new, know it's history, know what's been replaced.

Not a used car with a questionable history...like...sister's '84 and '91 Mercedes, both were bought used w/ over 100k. Both are total money pits that I barely trust to drive around town. They break, and they break often, and it's always $1000-1500 in repairs. Old and worn out. I wish she'd unload them and get a new car. (since she's a traveling consultant home 2-3 days a week, she doesn't drive much..hence the old cars..she always drove new cars when she worked normal local corporate jobs). Enough w/ the family dysfunction frustration, though. :)

I hate cars that I can't trust, and want nothing to do with them. And most old used cars fall in that category. For a daily driver, I'll never trust something that I didn't buy new or as a low mileage CPO.

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Well they are Mercedes after all. The Germans can engineer quite a car but nothing about German Engineering implies reliability. :P

I think I did well with my car. Yes I changed the engine out but that was mostly because the cost of doing the timing chains was about the same as putting a more powerful engine in it...and more power wins every day. :smilewide:

The Mercury has also been very good to us. We put 15,000 miles on it in a year and the only times it left us sort of stranded were 2 flat tires on two separate occasions. It only lost 2nd gear because my mom lost her temper and floored it in reverse for like 5 minutes on ice :stupid:

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I agree with Cuticle on this one. Never buy an old car to use as a daily driver if you need to get somewhere every day without fail. Only if you have the time and knowhow should a person even consider one as a toy, because spending money to have somebody else fix it is moneypit central.
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It all depends on what you buy and how old it is. granted there is a certain a mount of luck involved, but going for something as old as what he bought and expecting it to be a daily driver without flaws is just asking for trouble.

I'd love to buy a new car, but considering the last thing I had to do for teh Prizm was put tires on it, and the only thing left it needs are new belts, I feel I'm good on monthly payments I know I couldn't make.

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To be really rational about it...

Knight could almost fix the 'bird as a reliable daily driver.

Get an estimate on frame work, etc. if the rest of the car is solid.

If you really want the Buick...just hold on to it. Old cars are a HOBBY. Expect to spend about eleventy billion dollars MORE on it than its worth, even if you do your own work.

But I do agree with blue and Cuticle-when you get out of school, buy a Cobalt or Malibu new or nearly new so you have a car as reliable as gravity to get around in.

Chris

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