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I got lube, oil, and filter service before this all got out of whack.  I now wonder how the mechanics or dealers will deal with cars when they have to work on them.  They will have to touch the steering wheel, the keys, the shifter, etc. and will have to go in and out of the limited airspace of the passenger cabin to start it, check how it's running, move it, etc.  The same applies to the customers and their cars.

I'm trying to look for some humor in the fact that I might be cutting my own hair for the first time and it will be without one of those contraptions you see for $39.99 on an infomercial.

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My Jeep needs an oil change, but I probably haven't driven it more than 100 miles since the end of January, the Trax I drove back from Florida at the end of January, and to a couple doctor's trips here w/ my sister (with her broken foot, she really can't easily get in and out of the Jeep).  The STS hasn't been out of the garage since January, but I start it every couple of weeks. 

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Let’s see:

Trax is 70% OLM

Equinox is 55% OLM

Cobalt is at 77% OLM

Cavalier’s oil is still pretty clean, but closing on a year old.

Should be good at least for a little while.....

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Still at 70%, but my cubicle is one wall away from a mechanic shop.

Per my boss pleading with our dealer principal, our department will no longer be on a split schedule starting Monday.  We will be a full crew M-F, 8-2 for the public, longer if we have work to do after official closing time.

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Quebec closed auto repair shops deeming them not essential as well. :palm: 

And check this out...the dealership part to buy cars are open.   Try to figure out that idiotic move...

Other than that, Quebec politicians and health advisors  are managing this pandemic quite well.    Kudos to them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sales is closed here.  Right now, it seems to me, it is much more important to keep your present car running v. getting a new one.

On the other hand, the whole process starts with selling a car, which will need maintenance, and possibly a ding or two repaired along the way.

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10 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

Sales is closed here.  Right now, it seems to me, it is much more important to keep your present car running v. getting a new one.

On the other hand, the whole process starts with selling a car, which will need maintenance, and possibly a ding or two repaired along the way.

Correction...

I just researched and I will retract my statement.   

Dealerships in Quebec are  indeed closed.  Along with the auto repair shops. Until April 13.   I misunderstood the news from a week ago.    Quebec shut down all non-essential business last week except pharmacies, hardware stores, grocery stores  and gas stations. Restaurants with drive thrus could remain open (YAY!!!) but only serve peoples through the drive thru...

Dealerships are closed and the auto repair shops would remain open...but 24 hours later, our politicians deemed auto repair shops non-essential, so those closed after. As of now, all auto related businesses are closed. 

But..the idiocy shall remain...

Bicycle  repair shop owners complained and convinced our politicians that THEIR services are essential so...BICYCLE repair shops are open...

Also...we are in complete shut down of ALL businesses EXCEPT pharmacies and gas stations on Sundays. 

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19 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

 

Also...we are in complete shut down of ALL businesses EXCEPT pharmacies and gas stations on Sundays. 

That kinds of sounds like how parts of the US were in olden days as a 'normal' Sunday. 

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11 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

That kinds of sounds like how parts of the US were in olden days as a 'normal' Sunday. 

Yup...in Quebec too.  

We still have that in some ways still today.  Stores close at 5:00 PM on the week-ends.  Actually, it has been barely 20 years that stores  open until 9:00 PM on the weekdays.  Stores closed at 5:00 PM all week long.  

 

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2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

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Inspiration:

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Also...it kinda looks like a high on meth Ford designer was trying to green light a Taurus coupe. 

1997 Ford Taurus Review

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Was there a Pontiac Sunfire COUPE concept? Those are the Sunfire’s wheels.

This looks like a photoshoppe, because everything from the front wheels back screams of that concept.

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The Sunfire was much prettier than the Ford Ghia Vivace.

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Bleh - was recently released to a private owner, is not street legal, IIRC

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OK- Not quite the same wheels. Or car.
I always liked the Sunfire concepts. And those wheels are very cool.

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Today was my first trip to get groceries in April.  There are more masked and gloved customers in the stores.  Adults seem to be evaluating other people's masks (preformed/cupped, home made cloth,  and purchased across the face types), just like little kids in school look to see who has the best lunch pails.

At the first supermarket, people were very well behaved.  Then, I went to a drug store chain I like.  As I was walking in, an older lady with a noticeable enough white trash quotient comes stumbling out of the store, and coughs ... and then later coughs again.  She did not bother to aim for her elbow.  She was walking under the covered walkway, so I walked over to area behind the cars to approach the store.  As I was about to walk in, I happened to make eye contact with a person in the handicapped spot waiting in his car and we both shook our heads at what we just saw.

It's people who choose to remain oblivious to what we are told, and is spelled out for us, that are hindering most well intentioned people's efforts.

 

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Je me souviens...

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Therefore...I will never agree why anything below an S Class is deemed luxury from Mercedes Benz. 

 

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Luxury from MB is rather simple: S class before 1990 and since; E class after 1990 or so; the ML class (nowadays the GL classes).  The C class is a tweener (i.e. near luxury) and the CLA class is just a cheap fake luxury Mercedes. Any questions?

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1 hour ago, riviera74 said:

Luxury from MB is rather simple: S class before 1990 and since; E class after 1990 or so; the ML class (nowadays the GL classes).  The C class is a tweener (i.e. near luxury) and the CLA class is just a cheap fake luxury Mercedes. Any questions?

Not happy with that definition. Id further define that to:

The E Class after 2005  is 1950s and 1960s Oldsmobile/Buick luxury as even in the 1990s, the E Class was a Chevrolet Caprice equivalent in the Euro market. From cop car duty to taxi service. The C Class eventually took its place and that happened sometime in the 2000s.   

Id even peg the current E Class down to late 1950s Pontiac Bonneville levels.  Even to Impala SS levels...So no...I dont think the E Class is all that luxurious...

The C Class and equivalent before the mid 2000s was a compact econobox.  

The S Class and its predecessors were always luxo barges.  But...from after the war and up until the late 1990s, the interiors were horrid.   Especially up until the 1970s.   

Pre WW1 and WW2 Mercedes Benz cars were pure luxury.  Nobody could deny that. 

After the WW2, Mercedes Benz had to build cars for the masses in war torn Europe in their home turf of Europe. Poverty and rationing was a way of life in Europe from 1945-1980.  ESPECIALLY from 1945-1975. 

What they exported to the US and to oil rich Middle eastern countries after WW2, were the the efforts of luxury. "Efforts" is the key word here as there was no monies for R&D to be state of the art and for quality control.   Sure, the 1950s Gullwing was a techno tour de force. But that car lasted 3-4 years as a supercar for the day. Another 20 years went by before Mercedes engineered another car for the market that was state of the art for the day.  The late 1960s S Class predecessor, the 600 Pullman.  And even then, no match for what Detroit was pumping out at the time. That car had a high high high price tag only to try to get people with money in the US to look at it. In reality, what SMK says about other car companies needing discounts to compete with Mercedes Benz cars today...well what he says is true for Mercedes and that car...   

Very few folk bought it.  OK...Dictators bought it. Only because it wasnt their money they were wasting... They just wanted to flaunt and to lavishly spend...so they saw a car with a huge price tag and just bought it.  

Irony is that those people that were suppressed and oppressed  by those dictators that drove the 600 Pullman always looked down on American cars and their excessiveness and the American way of life.  Anyway...that is for another discussion on another day... 

The W123 Mercedes was built like a tank...for work and utility duties...for it being a workhorse. Yeah...kinda like pick-up trucks and that B-Body Chevrolet I posted... 

What R&D monies were available after WW2, it was all monies subsidized by the US and UK governments to rebuild West Germany...to shove it to those Commies.   You know...Ich Bin Ein Berliner and the like...Cold War chess games.

The ONLY reason why Mercedes, VW, and BMW exist today...IS because the US and the UK governments sunk money into West Germany... 

1 hour ago, balthazar said:

Question : Is this a luxury car interior? 

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Nope. Nope its not.

 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, balthazar said:

So they just call it a luxury car, and so it is.  so EASY! ;)
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And price it like one, even when it wasn't a luxury car.  Perception (to a lot of people) is reality.  But that was the 80s.  MB and BMW and Audi don't do that now. . . . . .

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32 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

And price it like one, even when it wasn't a luxury car.  Perception (to a lot of people) is reality.  But that was the 80s.  MB and BMW and Audi don't do that now. . . . . .

Ahem...

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4 hours ago, balthazar said:

Question : Is this a luxury car interior? 

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No.  Being high-line Germanic and relying on its storied heritage will get it to be billed that way, though.  I don't like this dash, just like I didn't like the boring and utilitarian dash of the BMW 3## series of that same era.  Now, I would take cloth seats, like those shown, over leather any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

Right after college, a friend of mine bought a nice house in the suburbs and a Mercedes 190.  It was always in the shop.  He said that they were "throw-away cars."

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