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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
and two children were planning their summer trip to visit her
family. Before leaving, I decided to do routine maintenance on
'95 Mazda Millenia, including changing the fuel filter. Following
the shop manual procedure, I ran the engine while
pump relay to minimize gas in the line. Through a small access
in the trunk, I had a very difficult time removing the old filter
the rusted bracket on top of the gas tank. After cutting through
old bracket, I had to devise a new way of securing the new fuel
filter. Finally, I was finished and the car was ready for the five
Once they reached their destination, my wife
called to inform me that
the car had been starting to hesitate toward the end of the
now would not start at all. My heart sank as I realized that
was not successful. I packed my tools and went to fix the car.
I finally arrived, I checked the fuel pump relay and the fuel
pump pressure, and surprisingly, both were OK. Still, I was
convinced the problem was fuel related. Tired and upset, I started
straws and decided to remove one of the fuel injectors. My
mistake was that I first did not void the fuel line, and a fair
leaked from the fuel rail into the cylinder.
Knowing that the
gas needed to be removed from the cylinder, I removed
the spark plug and cranked the engine. Gas shot up in the air
all over my tools in the trunk of the adjacent car. After
cleaning up the mess, I was out of time, and I needed to take
and kids home. Broken, but not defeated, I borrowed a truck
and rented a tow dolly to tow the car back home.
Once home, I
changed the spark plugs, and surprisingly, the car would
run, although somewhat rough and smoky. I attempted for days
the elusive problem until at my wits end, I enlisted the help
friend who is a professional mechanic.
The verdict: BAD GAS.
I quickly mailed a note and a copy of the
receipt to the gas station my wife had patronized on the trip.
days later, I received a phone call from the gas station. "Sir,
please look at your receipt. You did not pump mid-grade as
You pumped diesel". My wife had allowed my six year-old son pump the "gas" for
Tom in Indiana
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Playing The Car Market
in today’s financial
markets leaves the majority of savers and investors wondering
what to do with their money. Watch it wither away in a bank account
paying 1.5%? Follow the crowds running to buy gold? The choices
I am heavily invested in a favorite financial
instrument, but I feel there is no conflict of interest when
it. If you are thinking of investing in Beanie Babies do you
want to talk to the McDonalds manager selling behind the counter?
No. You talk to the six-year-old sitting in a booth with a
stack of Beanie Babies on the table in front of her.
You should invest in large quantities of low
cost (just above junk grade) used vehicles. Do not buy something
one COPO Camaro or
Hemi Cuda for a zillion bucks. Buy a bunch of tired Ford Econoline
vans for $800 each. This is not about emotional, dream car
investing, but you can still invest with your conscience. Choose
to buy only Chevrolets, Volvos, or whatever your favorite brand
Diversification is a benchmark for any good investment strategy.
Used cars are a great way to invest in diverse commodities
markets, protect against inflation, and maintain maximum liquidity
while minimizing downside risk.
An example of a single vehicle investment
might make everything clearer. My brother bought a ‘77 Lincoln in ‘85
for about $400. Today’s news tells us steel prices are
up 60%, copper is selling for $4 a pound; oil futures are at
$120 per barrel and so on. The Lincoln is nearly 5000 lbs.
(2268 kg) of steel, copper, magnesium, a dab of platinum, etc.
The gas tank holds 24 gallons (91 liters) of refined oil. (I
remember borrowing the car and filling up the tank around ’95
so I know the gas is fairly fresh.)
You can see this car is a commodity
bonanza! But my brother did not buy just one car. He kept
steadily investing. He bought
a Ford in ’86, a Dodge in ’92, and so on over many
years. Roughly add up the tonnage and it is easy to see how
a buy and hold strategy has built up quite a nest egg.
The liquidity of a cheap used car cannot be beat. Sell the
entire car or sell it in pieces at any time. Used cars in the
$1000 range have depreciated fully and if maintained are likely
to retain their inflation adjusted value no matter what the
commodities markets do.
Storage space is a legitimate concern for some investors.
But there are often solutions. My brother put a lift in his
garage and stores a car raised up in the air.
Another great option is to find a neighbor
with a big yard already full of old cars. Buy the cars from
the neighbor, but
be slow about hauling them home. If the neighbor has cash in
his pocket, he might not mind if the cars sit on his land for
another decade or two. But keep in mind, the neighbor could
very well also be a savvy, long term used car investor so don’t
be surprised if he runs you off!
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this 90 'Olds Cutlass Ciera SL two years ago. This is my first
American car and I am very happy with it. Despite the high price
of gasoline here
in France (€1.40 for 1 liter of 98 octane...over $8
a gallon), American cars are less costly to maintain than
the French cars.
I find all the parts I need at RockAuto with very good prices.
I thank the USA for manufacturing such excellent
cars. They are comfortable and solid. They are the best cars
in the world!
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