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Old 09-28-2015, 01:06 PM   #421
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Having gotten 270,000 miles out of my 2009 Chevy Impala (and she was still in good shape when I traded her), I found that the secret to a long life with your car is regular maintenance and a good mechanic...and good tires.
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:08 PM   #422
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... I found that the secret to a long life with your car is regular maintenance and a good mechanic...and good tires.
Brakes don't matter?
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:26 PM   #423
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Included in regular maintenance...but I emphasized tires because you really get what you pay for on them. Don't buy cheap ass tires.
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:32 PM   #424
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A 78 Malibu don't start? It's fire, fuel, or air. And there are only a couple places where either can cause problems.

Popdigr's 01 Grand Cherokee? The diagnostics says it has a bad O2 sensor. There are four. Which one is bad is not specified. If his GC doesn't start, it can be, literally, one (or a dozen) of 75 different things creating the problem.
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:33 PM   #425
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I think it's fair to say that cars are more reliable now and don't need fixing as much as cars back then did. But when they do need fixing, it's exponentially more complicated.
Agreed, 100%.
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:35 PM   #426
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I don't even work on my own cars.
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:49 PM   #427
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I can turn nuts and bolts and replace stuff...but, I'm no diagnostician.

This is the last car I 'worked on' with any regularity:

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