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Oh no not another anti-EV post. We’ll it’s here because this past week has been another fun round of what electric car is being discussed today. I’m already tired of having to explain why I don’t want one to EV enthusiasts.

With people clamoring about climate change and the recent green protests by children no less (it happened in the 70s I think) yet I’m not ready to give up on gasoline (internal combustion) engines yet. And why buy a car you’re going to hate to drive. I have driven an EV and there is only only one gear. An automatic transmission vehicle is more fun to drive but I really like manual ones better. Nothing more than feeling that surge of power with very gear shift. I haven’t bought one mainly because it would end up a hassle on daily driving. Plus I’d like to hire an instructor or a friend to show me what I can or can’t do so I’m not ruining the drivetrain. I’ve driven a few manuals in the past, recently in 2004 on my grandfather’s ranch (now my uncles) had driven a Suzuki around the farm and it was pretty easy even though I probably tore the thing apart it was just fun to drive.

If you can’t find joy in driving a vehicle you drive then it’ll seem worse when you are annoyed by other drivers. Even though that will happen regardless and daily driving sometimes feel repetitive there are times when you can have fun and enjoy your vehicle, it’s better if the vehicle is made for fun sort of like a Dodge Challenger, a lot of horsepower will make you smile.

Electric vehicles take the fun out of it. Even with modern automatic transmissions they made it so you hardly ever feel any gear shifts. Hence the fun with manual transmissions. You feel the momentary loss of power then re-engage when you shift to another gear. Its a lot of fun but i haven’t driven one in awhile so it would take some getting used to and I prefer not to be in heavy traffic trying to relearn it. If I was out in the country though I’d jump at the chance. Another is reduced fuel economy with manual, automatics are more fuel efficient so as a daily driver autos are better if you are a bit concerned with that. Especially in stop and go traffic it makes sense for an automatic. Unless you absolutely want a manual.

So besides the batteries in an EV, the lack of experience with them, there is not even a real interesting EV out there, reliability factors and the fact they don’t feel right I really just hate the idea of EVs replacing gas. Hopefully the U.S. and especially Illinois won’t force people to drive them any time soon because other countries have and really considering less than 12% of emissions are caused by cars. So switching over wouldn’t make a difference and climate change will happen no matter what. We can’t control it.

We need ground rules to prevent carbon taxes, forced EV adoption and hopefully people will fight to keep gas vehicles from being banned or shunned away due to some scientists with a government paycheck and environmentalists who positively believe that gas vehicles harm the planet (the same people who say warming up your car harms the engine). It doesn’t take a genius to see that from the recent EV craze comes the crazy environmentalist who think we need to get off fossil fuels in 10 years or we’ll pay the price.

Many auto manufacturers are investing in electric vehicle production like GM and VW, that actually scares me if people start opting to buy one. Sure it’ll sell in places where EVs are widely adopted but I do hope they do research and see that EVs are not a good replacement for gas. Most of the adoption comes from environmentalists or EV enthusiasts that care about 1/4 mile runs.

The problem is that the government won’t stop making laws, laws that could potentially kill the gas vehicles in favor of trying to save the planet (even though it won’t do any good) by imposing carbon taxes or preventing manufactures from selling gas vehicles. In the end the cost of living will go up on those unwilling or unable to give up on gas vehicles.

If these electric vehicles are the future then I don’t want to be a part of that future, because its depressing. I don’t have a problem with clean energy but that doesn’t mean we should give up on gas vehicles. Someone could invent a 0% emissions catalytic converter or a cleaner fuel that will be effective in combustion engines. Why give that up so that people have a choice instead of being forced to buy an EV if they don’t want to.

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As if the fire hazard for EVs wasn’t bad enough we got Teslas with bad wheels…

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Seems scary right, well herehere’s more in a flicker collection, Tesla – Whompy Wheels

Go ahead and look, I’ll wait…

It seems like Teslas are just unsafe period. With the model 3 out it’ll be interesting what could be wrong with it, oh by the way..

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It’s kind of hard to see but you’d notice it right away if you seen it up close in person. The picture doesn’t really show it, well it does but it doesn’t show the other side which is claimed to be perfect.  It’s just another thing wrong with Teslas and why people should avoid them.

Tesla recently announced that they are going online only and that’s not good for a company that can’t even keep up demand like other auto companies can do. With the Tesla 3 out for a couple of weeks, the fanatics only had a theory on how much were sold or preordered which is like 500-1,000.

Unlike Ford which usually has vehicles ready to be sold in auto dealerships sold out the Ford Ranger within 2 weeks, The New Ford Ranger Is in Crazy Demand up to 300,000 people are interested in the 2019 Ranger and while it’s possible that like the article says, people can bail out at any time but already they’re being sold quite well,

Ford Ranger U.S. Sales
January: 2,153
Febuary: 2,899
Total: 5,052

That’s pretty impressive. It’ll be interesting how many will sell through the year but it’s already a strong beginning and that’s just for the U.S.

I was already considering one and since they got a diesel version, that’s even better, though it may be awhile I hope to find a used one that has been well taken care of. Anyway in comparison to Tesla, Tesla pushes delivery timeline for new standard Model 3 orders as demand soars “550 vehicles in about 2 days”
In 2 days isn’t bad but to say 5,000+ orders happened by Elektrek is a bit premature. You also have to remember that this model 3 started later and the reliability factor has been pretty bad for Tesla so they could have pushed back the timeline for better quality and oh there’s less workers as Tesla is downsizing so a month could mean 700 vehicles have been purchased but it’ll take that long to make them. Either way we need actual sale numbers, not predictions. The fact any EV sells 5k units in a month is a bit premature and these EV enthusiasts will try to make it sound like Tesla is doing well.

In fact CR has dropped Tesla 3 as reliable, Tesla Model 3 Loses CR Recommendation Over Reliability Issues

The fact is there really is no reliable Tesla. There are problems with them, as shown above and while they may sell quite a few units, if they do rush them out these problems will become worse. So I don’t believe that 5k+ will sell within a month, even though it’s already March most of these sales would most likely be from Tesla fanatics who want to see Tesla survive even though they can’t make a quality vehicle. This is expected with a major automotive company that produces an abundance of vehicles that need to meet the needs of millions of consumers a year. It’s normal to have defects but you don’t normally see a Camaro lose it’s wheels and the paint job is always superb. If not they’ll bend over backwards for you to get satisfaction out of your brand new vehicle, usually anyway. Bottom line is we’ll have to wait and see on actual numbers. While Tesla may have sold a lot of units 4th quarter, 60k units sold 4th quarter that’s abysmal for any automotive company. Dodge Challenger sales for an example is pretty low in general but Dodge cares about performance over sales and it may pick up a little before they release their hybrid models.

Honda for an example, Honda sales collapse should be worrisome from the company and its possible it’s less due to people shifting to larger vehicles and sales of EVs and performance vehicles are part of the lack of sales. It might change then it might not. All I know is anytime I think of Tesla I see this,

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And I have to say Teslas are just no good, overpriced junk. Here are some reasons not to buy a Tesla or EVs in general.

Reason #1: The lithium ion batteries.

1. If the batteries overheat they become very dangerous. It’s only a matter of time before they start exploding due to faulty engineering or just that something stops working correctly or someone decides to try to DIY or modify a Tesla or other EV they’ll end up in an explosive fire.

2. Recharge time still takes too long and it’ll take you more time to find a charging station than it is to find a gas station to refuel a gas vehicle. A lack of garages also makes it difficult to charge overnight. A family with multiple vehicles, or you just have more than what your garage can take, recharging can be difficult and its both tacky and dangerous to run an extension cord.

3. Lifespan claims to be 500k or 20 years but real world averages need to come into play and it’ll be another 15-20 years to get proper results.

4. Lithium ion technology isn’t easy to mine or produce. Child labor for lithium mines is a problem and could get worse as demands for lithium will increase. The price will also go up.

5. They don’t like the cold, you lose over 40% of power in 20F or lower. Generally the lower the temp the less charge you have. Sure you can do some tricks and leave the thing plugged in but it uses more power and it will prematurely wear out the heater in your car. Most likely will end up not having heat on the worst day.

6. Batteries make used EVs more difficult to sell, the cost to replace one is over $10,000. Who would buy one even if it’s fairly cheap when they’ll have to fork out money that could go towards a good $10k Gas vehicle.

Reason #2: Reliability and longevity.

It just doesn’t seem like Tesla can get their reliability up and this was already mentioned in this article. Whether major automotive EVs such as GM will have reliable vehicles will be interesting but should avoid at all costs. The Nissan Leaf has terrible battery life and you’ll be replacing it in 10 years, maybe less. Frustrated buyers will go back to gas.

Batteries have a finite lifespan so it’s not the same as a gas vehicle engine that can potentially last 100 years if properly stored. It’s also difficult to find a recharging station so you have to drive around to find one. Not everyone has a garage capable of recharging an EV. Also you lose up to 40% of power in the cold climates. You could leave it plugged in with the heater running but as I said above, your heater will die unexpectedly. Gas vehicles you just start, let it warm up for a few and your ready to go. A full tank of gas won’t lose 40% overnight.

Reason #3: Resale value.

Resale value will continue to be extremely low and some like Teslas may be high but most people who buy preowned/used vehicles don’t have a garage. It takes certain dedication to wait hours for your EV to recharge, something that most people don’t have time for. So these vehicles will sit and deteriorate in used dealership lots. I doubt even the most dedicated Tesla fanboys will buy them when no one else will. It’s just financial stupidity.

Either way resale values for EVs will either continue to be extremely low or will plummet because used dealerships won’t sell them. While there is no real world data on this I talked to a few local used dealers who keep a few EVs in the back of the lot if anyone wants them but they dont sell so they get rid of most of the trade in EVs. No point in keeping them if they won’t sell. Used dealer won’t give you a whole lot and the depreciation of an EV after even several years is over 75% of lost value. Just imagine a 10 year old EV. It would be worth the same as a 30 year old gas vehicle.

Reason #4: You need electricity to recharge.

I don’t want a vehicle that uses the same power source as my fridge. Electricity costs are low and I like it that way. Mass EV usage will increase electrical loads and will artificially raising the price of electricity. Sure it’s cheap now and its cheaper than filling your tank up with gas but as demand goes up so will costs. Already companies are being coaxed into switching to more efficient lighting and raise up the temps of air conditioners so it runs less often. So we already are sacrificing comfort in the name of EVs. Pretty soon we’ll be told to turn off air conditioners throughout the day and limit our tv watching. Or we can stick with gasoline vehicles.


Reason #5: The future is not determined yet.

If you still haven’t been deterred from buying an EV yet consider the fact that electrical vehicles may not be the future. It hasn’t made a dent in vehicle ownership and will remain low for many years to come. In 10 or 20 years they may come out with a 0% emissions gas vehicle and find alternative fuels. A combustion engine is still far from total extinction and we may have them for years to come. Whether they are run on gas or some synthetic fuel they are still here to stay.

Lots of issues with EVs from unknown battery longevity, if many of them stay parked for years we’ll find out if they last 15 years or 50 years. Some batteries in EVs and hybrids have already needed replacing so it’s doubtful they’ll last even 25 years. Internal combustion engines have a 100 year lifespan. Of course usage is a factor and will reduce the life of that engine everytime you drive it to the store or drive 30 miles to work. But bottom line is they are proven. EVs still have to prove themselves.

They catch fire if punctured, the cold climates reduce range and power output by 40%, lack of overnight charging for many and the resale value is what is keeping most from buying one. I have the money and the means to buy one, however I don’t want one for the above reasons. I am familiar with lithium ion technology and I don’t trust them to power my car. I don’t want an unreliable Tesla with crappy paint jobs and terrible suspension and handling components. Not to mention the price and the lack of range when cold and I don’t want to wear out my heater by leaving it run all night causing the electric bill to go up higher. I like the low cost of electricity. I don’t have to worry about how much electricity im using by watching tv or how many times I open my garage door. Mass EV adoption would change that.

Also lack of maintence of a mass EV adoption will lessen jobs all over the globe. It’s already happening with GM closing factories. Those people lost their jobs most likely due to a few thousand EV adopters. I don’t know this information first hand but it’s a little interesting that an EV adoption rate will lower sales of the Chevy Cruze.

So with this in mind, just avoid aknd ignore EVs for now. It hasn’t become the future, considering you can still buy gas cars I’d focus on that. While Teslas model 3 might sell those sales will drop once the fanboys get their fix.

Edit: One thing I forgot to add, Tesla crashes into river, owner claims it accelerated on its own
I wouldn’t be surprised if this really did happen, but it’s hard to say whether the Teslas do accelerated out of control. It might be a good idea to avoid them for now. Most Tesla owners wouldn’t be lying about it though, most of them are Tesla fanboys who would still say Teslas are great cars. To say it accelerated out of control shows that maybe there is a problem with them. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter wheels falling off and exploding batteries are enough to keep away from them, EVs from major manufacturers are just cheap and I wouldn’t buy one. Once the craze ends and there is not a chance for EVs to take over the U.S. then maybe if they were under $500. I probably wouldn’t keep one for long though.

Actually not, this guy had his foot off of the pedal and the Tesla software for the car claims he had hit the gas when the driver claimed he didnt, Sudden Unintended Acceleration – Forum the computer must have been falsely detecting pedal movement. I don’t trust EVs even more now. It sounds like to me that Tesla doesn’t even care if it was a software glitch. Either way something is off with this. It may just be the soft braking of these vehicles are not completely safe. At this point I really don’t want an EV and I don’t recommend them.

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So another Democrat, Ocasio-Cortez with one of their ridiculous ideas is a green deal that forces Americans to give up gas, flying and cows. Yes, cows. Because of their farting. Oh these libtards way of thinking never ceases to amaze me. And no matter what they tell you Democrats all want the same thing, they wanted to ban gas cars for quite awhile. Look at what California is doing, pushing people to drive EVs. And this is funded by none other than taxpayers.

But Ocasio is looking to kill off the fossil fuel industry, vehicle part manufacturing and mechanics jobs all for zero emissions in 10 years. That’s a lot of jobs. Sure there will still be part manufacturing and mechanics jobs and part stores but think Circuit City, Target and Sears. All the retail stores are downsizing, reducing hours and like GM, many workers are left stranded without jobs or enough money. This will cause a chain reaction which will cause the worst depression America has faced. Sure Ocasio is willing to give money to those unwilling or can’t work due the changeover but where would that money come from?

Oh yeah, taxpayers! As if Americans are not already at their limits (government shutdown is apparent of this) they can’t afford to pay more because they already live paycheck to paycheck. But leave it to the Democrats to try something like this anyways. As for the green deal, these people need to dial it way down. They got this environmental problem blown way out of proportion and it’s got people panicking the sky is falling. Relax folks. The planet is ok. It’s the people who are the threat here and the threat is legalized theft of your money.

That’s not to say our pollution isn’t causing some problems. But it’ll take a very long time before we finally get off fossil fuels. You got people already pushing electric vehicles but wait what about Hydrogen Fuel Cells?

Why hydrogen isn’t gaining momentum?

Well that was a bit of information but some is blown out of proportion, like I’m not even sure if half of what they say is even true. Maybe I need to research this. Much of what hydrogen (or HFC) offers is a major improvement over gas and it offers some things like fast refueling and no battery to use the vehicle.  This can be used in existing gas vehicles with some modifications but it is possible. And there are some problems like the volatile nature of hydrogen and how to produce it. These were the only two things I could see a problem with a long with now there’s people who are against it in the name of “being able to charge at home”. This doesn’t account to the fact that EVs are worse than gas in the cold. Whether hydrogen is a debilitating problem or not in reality so is battery operated vehicles. I need some truth in the matter and so far electric is taking up more market share. But it’s not a viable replacement to gas. Hydrogen would be if all the problems could be addressed.

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Hydrogen vehicles has been around for awhile but has never took off. There’s been talk about a zero emission gas vehicle and even though it sounds like a rumor it doesn’t mean it’s not being developed behind closed doors. This sounds like a good plan and far better than a vehicle powered by a battery which recently has been criticized for not working well in the extremely cold weather.

However there’s no telling if or when it will be a viable option. California and other states wants to phase out gas vehicles by 2050. Electric vehicles or EVs only account for 2% of the United States. Even though California shows the highest adoption rate, it’s also a big state with many who share the same values.

What does this mean with environmentalists and EV advocates trying to convince gas vehicle drivers to go electric? All I can say is you don’t have to listen to them. Buy the vehicle you want. It is encouraged to wait on EV tech as they will keep improving but for those who want to stick with gas, just stick with gas and be aware of what is going on in your state. It may be a good plan to move to a different state if necessary but the best option is to try to keep the gas vehicles from being pushed or phased out.

Pro-EV people will try to tell you that your gas vehicle will be fined, taxed or banned all together but unless there is an actual truth to it you may want to consider looking for either a way to prevent it or to move out of state.

Remember they can’t really do much if you don’t give in to their demands that you switch. Especially when there is little adoption happening. If you’re worried, buy a gas vehicle and take really good care of it. Even if you plan on selling it, it would be wise to keep up on the maintence. If your very rich you could buy several. Even if dealerships will only sell EVs they won’t sell many and it will halt the demand for them.

Basically, there are ways to avoid EVs and the less sold, the better. It’ll be far more likely they won’t push it as more people will prevent the banning of gas vehicles and instead look for improvements for gas or alternative fuel sources for them.

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Remember when I wrote about how EVs or electric vehicles are not the future? Yeah well more car makers are investing a lot of money in being optimistic about EV adoption. A few countries have heavily invested in replacing gas with EVs. California is pushing EVs but isn’t exactly pushing when much of the state already would embrace this newish technology and Colorado wants to do the same.

Illinois governor JB Pritzker recently signed off on the Paris Accords so now Illinois has to reduce its carbon emissions by 28% and that deadline is 2025. That means reducing the amount of gas vehicles and coal plants.

Now I’m all for cleaner energy but not at the expense of spending more money, or affecting what I can or cannot buy. I don’t know what will actually happen because really this carbon reduction goal is way out of reach. Especially when many people already purchased a new vehicle.

And I’m looking to buy a new car but still not enough money saved and most likely won’t have it until 2021. Between now and 2021 this gives this dumb governor enough time to come up with moronic laws or regulations pertaining to what kind of vehicles you can get. In which I hope not because I’m looking for a new Dodge Challenger. Yes, but the V6 option which has more than enough horsepower to drive during the summer. Hopefully by then I’ll have some way to fix the rust underneath my aging Grand Am that I want to keep on the road for awhile at least until I can get a truck or SUV. The Grand Am will be for winter driving and eventually be retired in a barn somewhere so when I’m an old geezer I can still take the car out to drive if I want some nostalgia. Most people wouldn’t hold onto their vehicles for very long and generally because they don’t take extra care with them. That’s another subject matter though.

I don’t know where this JB Pritzker guy is making Illinois heading towards but with a couple of states already pushing EVs out and 11 other states considering this, I worry what’s going to happen. I’m a firm believer in people spending the money they earn on what they want and need. A car can be both, you need one and you might as well buy one that you can enjoy.

The reason for me wanting the V6 Challenger and not the V8 isn’t for the sake of the environment or for trying to avoid an EV so if I use less carbon emissions it might be ok it’s mostly because I wouldn’t need all that horsepower, if I could even handle 500+. 300 hp is enough for now and I save money at the pump. 30mpg highway is pretty good and that’s what im looking for at the moment. I get about the same with the Grand Am but it’s possible that I may get more than 30mpg with the Challenger saving even more money since I’m not really a leadfoot and mostly stick to speed limits. We’ll see what happens there. On a side note Dodge is implementing a mild hybrid which is an advanced stop and start system. If you let off the gas to coast the car shuts off while the 48v battery takes over basic functions like power steering, brakes, A.C. or heat, lights and radio. Sounds interesting but is fairly expensive. I doubt the 2020 will have it and may not be employed until 2025 when car companies have to meet certain emission deadlines.

Now like I said I’m all for cleaner emissions saving the environment, blah blah blah. However that doesn’t mean changing to a Tesla or other EV because this is relatively new technology and there’s a big paradigm shift in the way these vehicles are refuled. Most people who don’t own a garage will never see the benefits in owning an EV. And the costs may not drop down anytime soon although Tesla and the other major car makers are trying very hard to make it possible.

They got many issues ahead and I don’t really have anything against EVs. It’s that they’re not ready for prime time because of the different fueling methods and the additional costs that come with them. There’s also a lack of options making it less appealing. It shouldn’t be rushed because we’ll still be here in 50 years still trying to change for the sake of the environment. There’s a lot of theories going around. Yes we should cut our pollution and dependency on fossil fuels but there is plenty of time. There really isn’t any need to toss away billions of dollars all at once or jobs as if everyone switched to EVs there’s going to be a lot of lay offs. Less moving parts is less maintence, less parts being produced and sold in part stores. It’s going to cause another recession. For me I would prefer to keep driving a gas vehicle, there’s always alternative fuels for gas that hasn’t been discovered yet. So I wouldn’t want to own an EV because the technology is too different for an expensive vehicle. And it’s powered by batteries. So it wouldn’t be a very good idea to toss away billions of dollars towards junking gas for EVs.

EVs are good in the sense that not everyone wants to maintain a gas vehicle and it’s an alternative fuel source but for right now, it’s not a replacement for gas as the technology is different and takes longer to refuel, not everyone has access to a charging outlet rated for EV charging. I don’t want an EV and shouldn’t be forced into it and neither should anyone else. This also includes hybrids.

One last thing to note while Tesla has shown that it has incredible acceleration the Dodge Hellcat and Demon (both Challenger trims) is still faster due to more horsepower. The only reason Teslas are quicker in the 0-60 tests is they are heavier, all wheel drive and this reduces wheel slippage. Their stock tires are most likely better as well. Dodge doesn’t put proper racing tires on. There’s a couple of videos on a Tesla vs a Hellcat or Demon where the rematch shows the Dodge winning after some proper tires. So while Teslas are quite impressive in launching power it’s really just dumb luck the massively heavy battery is actually a benefit. Most other EVs don’t have this sort of power.

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This will be my 2nd post this weekend and I’m combining a few of different topics starting with brand loyalty and my disdain for those who hate particular car makers for no particular reason. I’ve got a lot to say so make some popcorn or something.

Brand loyalty and the unwarranted hate for American cars.

Ive noticed many people are only Ford fanatics others GM, while others are Toyota only and so forth. I’m okay with liking a particular car maker im a GM person myself while i do have a particular set of favorites  (in order of course) with Chevrolet, Ford, Honda and lastly Dodge. Most of my favorite car makers are of American, considering that well i was born and raised as an American, besides the fact my grandfather was a Chevy only guy.

The fact remains however that some really go out of their way to hate a particular brand of car. One of them being Pontiac. It seems like since i took this job in the auto industry that uses old machines that Ford automaker originally had that we now use and possibly other automaker machines from the 70s that still get the job done. Anyway i have had several people i should get rid of my Grand Am because its junk? Except the fact that it runs beautifully and i wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I was planning on keeping the car running and considering they don’t make Pontiac any more im sure eventually someone might want to pay more money than it’s worth. I am saving money for another car, just in case i need that money for a new vehicle, because the Grand Am is over 20 years old. Driving over 60miles a day certainly will one day take its toll but if people were at all concerned about reliablity of Pontiacs and American cars in general, they are just as reliable as any other car provided that they are well cared for.

This one guy i work with trades his car in every 6 years. Then tells me i need to get a new car. Funny thing considering switching cars can be just as unreliable as buying a used car with little care.

Besides the Ford jokes being funny the feud is often between Dodge, GM and Ford. Some people hate American cars all together. That certainly doesn’t make any other automaker any better and while there are differences they are all using the same or similar technology. And every automaker has its defects. While certain cars are more reliable than others, it all comes down to defective parts. A lot goes into building a car and therefore a lot could go wrong.

Even my car has some defects or issues. The windows for an example has plastic and often break if you try to open them in cold weather. BCM or Body Control Module malfunctioned, a gasket leak which was under warranty at the time the hazard switch was not soldered correctly and a few other small things. But they were inexpensive to fix and i stuck through them and now the Grand Am is doing well, which it always has done well.

But had i bought a new car every 5 years or so i may not be so lucky. And its always a gamble. But people can and should have the right to drive what car they feel most comfortable with without prejudice. And its sad that some people call a car, junk based on what the name says on the outside.

Driving reckless, road rage.

This seems to be getting worse as when i first had drove, people seemed to be less in a hurry and didnt speed all the time but with accidents becoming worse and people staring at their cellphones instead of driving the highway has become a dangerous place to be. I drive to Chicago via 290 and you have people doing 90+ swerving in between lanes just so they don’t have to slow down in order to get to their destination 2 minutes faster. I take about half an hour. I used to drive 65-70 with bursts of 80 to pass in the left lane but after seeing driving only 60 im saving 1-2mpg. Driving back and forth i saved about 3-4mpg and in some cases 5! That ends up being a lot and instead of using 1.3gallon of gas per drive im only doing 1 gallon per drive. That translates to bigger savings and im only taking an extra 2-3 minutes out of my day.

However impatient drivers can’t see this logic the faster you go the more gas you consume. And i have to figure out my mileage by dividing the mileage trip counter and how much gas i have to put back in. Most current cars you can see this in real time. So theres no reason they can’t see their dimished mileage capacity on the dash. Or maybe its because they don’t care. However some of us do and wasting gas to get to your destination a couple of minutes faster is just ridiculous. Of course people do what they want and they probably never get pulled ovet for it.

Cities tried to put in speed cameras but that was removed. People got upset that they were breaking the law by speeding. But their speeding is causing problems on the highway because for one you got people racing one another to work and another,

WHAT IS THE SPEED LIMIT?

Seriously, the fact you got someone doing 45, another 60 and then 65, 70, 80 (you get the idea) so it makes driving on the highway that much more dangerous not to mention you have someone lingering in the passing lane going slower than the middle lanes. So this makes driving hazardous and people die on the highway because of this.

If these people feel they need to speed across the highway unsafely, then they really should evaluate their schedules. Leave earlier, move to a different location whatever the case is there is ni need to endanger yourself and others. The speed limit is there to avoid this sort of problem but without it being enforced there is little hope that this will change.

On a side note, i sometimes get rocks thrown at me due to the fact trucks do not clean their cars off and already its damaged my windshield, but not to the point where its cracked, just irritating. Something should be done about this.

Car preventative maintenance for maximum life.

Engine oil. Most people know to get the oil changed and there is still controversy on when that should be done. It used to be every 3 months or every 3,000 miles but automakers and oil companies claim you can go longer. Some new cars mainly Ford and GM have oil life percentage monitors that tells you when you are in need of changing the oil in your car. People claim this is accurate however i always err on the side of caution and when it gets past 6,000 miles, 6 months or 30% of oil life remaining to get the oil changed. Some might be bothered by it but for those who want to maximize engine longevity this is the way. I personally change my oil after 4,500 miles  (its an older car) which is about every 3-4 months. I always try to change it during summer and winter as the changes in temp could affect the oil. May not be completely necessary but i sometimes would then change it early or extend it to 5,200 miles depending on climate history. City driving with lots of stop and go traffic requires more frequent oil changes as early as 3,000 miles. Especially when driven hard.

Other fluids need changing and lifetime fluid is false.  No matter what anyone tells you those fluids in your car break down over time just like oil so while fluid change is different for every car its best to follow your trusted mechanics advice. No fluid is lifetime especially transmission fluid, people were told this and then 100,000 miles or so later the transmission locks up and  like your stuck in neutral. Get that changed every 30,000 miles. Or if your mechanic can’t work on it, get rid of it and post negative reviews. Cheaply made cars without the means to change the fluid is bad. Not that I’ve heard of this but auto makers are making fluid changes more difficult.

Fix any problems or noises right away.  Sometimes a problem might creep up, sometimes it’s normal but other times a small problem can turn into a big one. If it sounds odd or you have a smell or a leak have someone check it out. Note the AC unit will produce water when ran during the summer especially in humid areas so dont panic. If you want to be sure stick a finger and look at it, you might have to smell it too but if you dont want to do that, run the car without the AC in the morning. Check all the fluids, make sure you are not losing anything.

If you do have a leak get it checked out. If it looks like an oil leak, find out if the oil plug bolt needs replacing, sometimes the oil filter is not tight enough or something is wrong with the seal.

Some problems like windows won’t function might not need attention right away but if you plan on keeping the car for life, may be a good idea to get it replaced provided you have the money.  Other problems may creep up that’ll cause a chain reaction of “oh that doesn’t need fixing” to this car is junk now.

Clean undercarriage and body, if possible keep the car out of direct sunlight.  Keeping the car clean is just as important as keeping the engine in proper working order. Washing and waxing will help prevent sun fade and using touch up paint will help prevent rusting. However that’s only half the battle. Cleaning the undercarriage is just as important and will prevent rotting. I’ve made this mistake and can be costly to repair. And people will then say its not worth to fix. If you want to go the extra step and get additional protection which is highly recommended is to have an autobody shop put a protective oil underneath. The autobody shop owner i spoke to uses Fluid Film (you can look it up) and it costs about  $300. It may be different elsewhere but if i do this every couple of years my car won’t fall apart rusting.

It works best with a new car with very little rust but its important to check up on this and is easily done by looking under the car.

If you live in a snowy/salty place this oil should protect your car. Its recommended to follow what your autobody guy tells you but its important to verify they are doing the correct way.

Even if you don’t plan on keeping your car the resale value of your car will remain well due to little or no rusting, especially in snowy climates.

Don’t wide open throttle your car or do burnouts and other advice. This may sound like you can’t ever have fun  constantly flooring your gas pedal and doing burnouts can wear out your car quicker, requires additional and more frequent maintenance. If you want to extend the life of your vehicle, don’t do them all the time. Every so often though its not a bad idea to floor it every so often to get everything going. Just dont do it when the engine is not fully warmed up when the temp gauge hasn’t reached its normal peak spot (usually in the middle of cold and hot). Do it safely too and if you got a performance car it may be better to learn what not to do when hitting full acceleration. Safety first. Also Seafoam in the gas tank is good once in awhile (but research this first). I also use Shell V-Power premium gas, more expensive but my cars fuel system is happy.

 

Other tips like warming up your car, i had previously talked about this in an earlier post but it must be said, for safety reasons and for longevity warming up your car in winter for a couple of minutes is recommended.

Some people may claim that they never warm up their car and never have any issues but its most likely that they dont hold onto their cars for very long. Some auto experts may say its unnecessary and that you should drive slowly after a 30 sec warm-up. You should take it easy on the throttle during the first 5 minutes anyway but not to the point where you are going too slow.

Im right near the entrance to the highway so i have little time to allow my car to fully warm up but during winter i let the temp gauge move before taking off. And i try to increase speed on the ramp as early as i can to get up to speed. You have to time it right. On the way home though i got ample time to reach optimum temp. For some though its going to take a little more than 3 minutes of warm up time especially if you don’t have a garage and live near the highway.

Another tip if you got a garage, use it. I see many people that do have a garage but don’t use it for their car. I could understand people using it for projects and some don’t have the space but sometimes its better to have someplace to shelter your car from the cold and sunrays. The dash can warp, and can fade the paint.

Hopefully this was informative and sorry it was really long but i havent written a post (besides yesterday) but i wanted to talk about this.

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