Hello ... NEW owner of a USED car ...

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  1. Zeppo Shanski

    Zeppo Shanski Active Member

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    Hello everyone. My last car that I loved dearly, a 1998 Ford ZX2, gave up it's ghost mid-December and I replaced it last week with an '05 ... 142,000 miles. It's nice.

    It's kinda funny that my sales-guy gave me much more credit than I deserved. After I pulled away I made another stop. When I got back in I realized that I was screwed. He never showed me how to start the car. It took me 10-minutes to figure it out. Anyway ... when I got home I read the book and watched some YouTube vids.

    I've only replaced 1 thing since I took ownership. The dealer was nice enough to just give me a cabin filter when I asked. Wow ... stock OEM parts sure are flimsier than common aftermarket.

    The stock standard radio kinda sucks ... but I'll live with it. It's a drag not having regular common gauges too. I'm halfway through my first tank of gas and I'm averaging 45-mpgs. What the what is going on with that?!? 45 mpgs could make me put up with a lot of crummy radios. LOL @ Me.

    Thanks for having me.


    ZEPPO

     
  2. Skibob

    Skibob Senior Member

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    Welcome. You can always change that radio out for an aftermarket one.
     
  3. Zeppo Shanski

    Zeppo Shanski Active Member

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    Yes my friend ... you can.




    It takes $$$. ... Of which I am not blessed with any excess. LOL.
     
  4. JimboPalmer

    JimboPalmer Tsar of all the Rushers

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    The are a number of ways to get 'Car Guy' gauges.
    I use a scan gauge II, it can show over 100 gauges, 4 at a time. I use instant gas mileage, water Temp, Voltage, and intake air temp. You have a lot of choices. It is pricey. $160.
    www.amazon.com/ScanGauge-Automotive-Computer-Customizable-Real-Time/dp/B000AAMY86

    If you have an old Android device laying around. You can get software and a Bluetooth to OBDII dongle and get guages much cheaper.
    Torque Pro (OBD 2 & Car) - Apps on Google Play
    www.amazon.com/Panlong-Bluetooth-Diagnostic-Scanner-Android/dp/B00PJPHEBO

    Android and iPhone
    Carista OBD2 App | Diagnose, customize and service your car
     
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  5. JC91006

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    Is this a Toyota dealer that sold you a 14 year old car? Normally dealers won't dare sell a car that old, but it's a Toyota......
     
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    bisco cookie crumbler

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    congrats and welcome! good luck, you're gonna need it!(y)
     
  7. Zeppo Shanski

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    LOL. ... Luck?!? ... A Wiseguy you are.

    As it was, I bought the car Friday afternoon. Last night the "Check Engine" light comes on. After 4 clown places refuse to computer-check it I get to an auto-parts store. Five(5) minutes later we see a code that came up for some coolant switch. I was at the dealer at 4:30 this afternoon. The good service guy I was dealing with talked to management and they said it was +/- $450 and I had to pay. I answered with two(2) words ... "Lemon Law". He went back and talked to them again. Two(2) hours later I drove home with a fixed car ... ON THEM. ... NO problemmo.
     
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  8. Zeppo Shanski

    Zeppo Shanski Active Member

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    All in all ... It's a nice car. I'm generally happy.
     
  9. New2CarandOCD

    New2CarandOCD New Member

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    Probably depends on what state you live in? Where I hail from, the minute you pay for your 'out of manufacturer's warranty didn't buy an extended service contract from the dealer' used car, its 100% yours - you lose even the protection of "usability for stated purpose". So if it becomes in effect nothing more than a multi thousand dollar paperweight exactly 60 seconds after you pay the dealer, that's not their problem.
    Its a cold cruel world out there in used car land. Well, in this state it is. Although the state does have a lovely online site dedicated to explicitly explaining that to folks such as myself who don't know from nothing about used car sales and As-Is sales.
     
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