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Mojo31 04-27-22 01:34 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22486639)
When I was at the witch doctor's yesterday there was a station wagon version of the Saturn in the parking lot. Not sure what it's called.

Old.

Velo Vol 04-27-22 01:42 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22486648)
My daughter graduated 7/225 in her class, and chose UT because of how much fun it would be, especially football weekends. She could have gone anywhere else in the country that she wanted, with the one exception of Baylor.

I guess the W/L result of games is secondary to the funness? See post #3008

Mojo31 04-27-22 01:45 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22486660)
I guess the W/L result of games is secondary to the funness? See post #3008

While she was an athlete, she was not a football player so the win/loss record had no bearing on the quality of her life. But, she was disappointed that they did not have more wins while she was there. Probably still is considering that she is a season ticket holder.

Mojo31 04-27-22 01:52 PM

Compare for last 10 years:

University of Tennessee - 62/61 record with 5 winning seasons

University of Texas - 70/55 record with 6 winning seasons

Time to shut the yapping up and recruit some new volunteers.​​​​​​​

Bah Humbug 04-27-22 01:53 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22486660)
I guess the W/L result of games is secondary to the funness? See post #3008

UT is unquestionably, incomparably, indisputably more fun than A&M or Tech. Itís not even close.

Bah Humbug 04-27-22 01:57 PM

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...307ada5b7.jpeg

^ I spoke with the woman whose car this is. It’s not ironic. Does that look like a fun college town?

datlas 04-27-22 01:58 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22486639)
When I was at the witch doctor's yesterday there was a station wagon version of the Saturn in the parking lot. Not sure what it's called.

My wife had a SW-1 which is the base model wagon. It was a 1995 and only lasted until 2007 or so. Sad!

Mojo31 04-27-22 01:59 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22486684)
UT is unquestionably, incomparably, indisputably more fun than A&M or Tech. Itís not even close.

Having first hand experience with kids at both UT and A&M, I would say that is correct. Although A&M has that after graduation network down pat. Its people are rabid about being an Aggie, and they take care of each other like it's nobody's business.

Mojo31 04-27-22 02:01 PM

There is nothing fun about Lubbock, Texas.

Probably the dustiest place I've ever been.

Velo Vol 04-27-22 02:02 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22486683)
Compare for last 10 years:

University of Tennessee - 62/61 record with 5 winning seasons

University of Texas - 70/55 record with 6 winning seasons

Time to shut the yapping up and recruit some new volunteers.​​​​​​​

Irrelevant to the question of whether Texas or Texas A&M (or Baylor) has the better football/basketball programs today.

I can say, as terrible as it has been, that real UT is unquestionably king of the state over Vandy and Memphis. All the other SE states on the map are accurate, too.

Bah Humbug 04-27-22 02:04 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22486700)
There is nothing fun about Lubbock, Texas.

Probably the dustiest place I've ever been.

On one of the cross-country drives we got stuck in an actual dust storm in the vicinity of Lubbock. Can confirm.

I rest my case on UT vs the others to avoid any more clutter.

abshipp 04-27-22 02:39 PM

Fun ride today. A bit of a chilly 55į at the start for shorts and a summer jersey + baselayer but I'm glad I didn't overdress. Ended up with 45 miles and 4000'.

For the railroad fans, here's Runaway Track #2 on the now decommissioned Saluda Grade, the steepest standard gauge mainline railway grade in the US.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...86cee3a25d.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2024f2dfcd.jpg

big john 04-27-22 03:15 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22486534)
You're joking. That's a Camry. They run forever. After the Nuclear Apocalypse, the cockroaches will be driving them.

2007 Toyota Camry Engine Blew Up: 18 Complaints (carcomplaints.com)
2003 Toyota Camry Engine Died: 19 Complaints (carcomplaints.com)
Toyota Camry Blown Head Gasket → Symptoms, Causes, and Cost | Drivetrain Resource (700r4transmissionhq.com)
Toyota Camry Blown Head Gasket Problems (carproblemzoo.com)

They may have a reputation for durability and it may be deserved, but they are still machines which will fail when neglected. From what I hear, their reliability has suffered in the more recent models.
I actually had a Toyota. It was a bit of a P.O.S. and suffered more failures than I felt it should have. Not the worst car I've had but, meh.

My friend who runs an independent garage sends his Prius customers to a guy who does nothing but head gaskets or heads on Prius cars. He will even do it at the customer's house for extra $$.

I'll stick with GM cars, at least the ones I like. I understand them and can get help when I need it.

Trsnrtr 04-27-22 03:17 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22486233)
Well, around here, you're likely to be passed by an e-car. Teslas are like belly buttons here.

We have Teslas but I assure you that pickups, vans, and SUVs rule the roads around here. Even sedans and coupes are way outnumbered by big vehicles.

Trsnrtr 04-27-22 03:19 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22486251)
I won't lie; the water concerns me about moving to CO. Not sure what to do about it though; not like staying in Texas is a great hedge against global warming.

My wife and I were considering buying a house in Green Valley, AZ back in 2014 but Iíve got to believe that there is a crisis on the horizon.

indyfabz 04-27-22 03:22 PM

Our bus driver missed a turn this afternoon. A bunch of us got out and walked. He was lucky that he did so in an area where the streets were wide enough for the tandem bus to make turns around corners so he could get back on route.

genejockey 04-27-22 03:27 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22486791)
2007 Toyota Camry Engine Blew Up: 18 Complaints (carcomplaints.com)

They may have a reputation for durability and it may be deserved, but they are still machines which will fail when neglected. From what I hear, their reliability has suffered in the more recent models.
I actually had a Toyota. It was a bit of a P.O.S. and suffered more failures than I felt it should have. Not the worst car I've had but, meh.

My friend who runs an independent garage sends his Prius customers to a guy who does nothing but head gaskets or heads on Prius cars. He will even do it at the customer's house for extra $$.

I'll stick with GM cars, at least the ones I like. I understand them and can get help when I need it.

All I can tell you is that Mrs. GeneJockey's Sienna will be old enough to drink in another month, and shows no signs of failure, imminent or otherwise. It's old enough that some bits have gone bad. I had to replace the passenger side electric window mechanism, a couple of speakers, a door handle that got taken off by a falling branch. When the dealer said it would be $500 for the window, I found out how to do it for $70 and an hour of my time. It was easier than servicing a watch.

genejockey 04-27-22 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 22486743)
Fun ride today. A bit of a chilly 55į at the start for shorts and a summer jersey + baselayer but I'm glad I didn't overdress. Ended up with 45 miles and 4000'.

For the railroad fans, here's Runaway Track #2 on the now decommissioned Saluda Grade, the steepest standard gauge mainline railway grade in the US.


I remember riding along on somebody's trip west on Rt 30 across the Appalachians. I gotta say, the "Runaway Truck Road 1/2 Mile Ahead" signs we slightly anxiety inducing. Especially because one of the trips I was in our pastor's VW microbus. He took 30 instead of the Turnpike because the Turnpike had a 45mph minimum speed. So, 30 was kinda like a rollercoaster - slowly crawling up to the crest of the hill, and then zooming down.

And, being a ute, not even thinking about there being only a window and a little bit of sheetmetal between myself and anything we might run into.

LesterOfPuppets 04-27-22 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22486801)
All I can tell you is that Mrs. GeneJockey's Sienna will be old enough to drink in another month, and shows no signs of failure, imminent or otherwise. It's old enough that some bits have gone bad. I had to replace the passenger side electric window mechanism, a couple of speakers, a door handle that got taken off by a falling branch. When the dealer said it would be $500 for the window, I found out how to do it for $70 and an hour of my time. It was easier than servicing a watch.

I guess minivan #1 is old enough to drink also, going by model year. It might be almost 22 by now, I'd have to check the build date.

LAJ 04-27-22 04:01 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22486791)
2007 Toyota Camry Engine Blew Up: 18 Complaints (carcomplaints.com)
2003 Toyota Camry Engine Died: 19 Complaints (carcomplaints.com)
Toyota Camry Blown Head Gasket → Symptoms, Causes, and Cost | Drivetrain Resource (700r4transmissionhq.com)
Toyota Camry Blown Head Gasket Problems (carproblemzoo.com)

They may have a reputation for durability and it may be deserved, but they are still machines which will fail when neglected. From what I hear, their reliability has suffered in the more recent models.
I actually had a Toyota. It was a bit of a P.O.S. and suffered more failures than I felt it should have. Not the worst car I've had but, meh.

My friend who runs an independent garage sends his Prius customers to a guy who does nothing but head gaskets or heads on Prius cars. He will even do it at the customer's house for extra $$.

I'll stick with GM cars, at least the ones I like. I understand them and can get help when I need it.


Much of the problem came about when Toyota upped the oil change interval to 5,000 miles. Of course, people used that merely as a guide, and the V-6 didn't appreciate 7,500 to 10,000 mile intervals very much. Sludging ensued.

Of course, people are weird. The Sienna I'll never forget... 39,000 miles. Came to us for an oil change. The oil pressure light was on, which I immediately let my writer know. "Yes. That's why we brought it to you. We've had it since new, and now that the light is telling us to get the oil changed, we would like you to do it."

Yeah.....

No.

big john 04-27-22 04:11 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22486801)
All I can tell you is that Mrs. GeneJockey's Sienna will be old enough to drink in another month, and shows no signs of failure, imminent or otherwise. It's old enough that some bits have gone bad. I had to replace the passenger side electric window mechanism, a couple of speakers, a door handle that got taken off by a falling branch. When the dealer said it would be $500 for the window, I found out how to do it for $70 and an hour of my time. It was easier than servicing a watch.

I would never say you couldn't have a good experience with a particular brand or model, just as I would never say any model would always provide a good experience.

I sold my S-10 with close to 300,000 miles after neglecting it badly just to see if it would quit. It was still running pretty smoothly and not using much oil. It's just another anecdote.

LesterOfPuppets 04-27-22 04:12 PM

I only have one more 3 than I have 5s now. :(

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big john 04-27-22 04:17 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22486838)
Much of the problem came about when Toyota upped the oil change interval to 5,000 miles. Of course, people used that merely as a guide, and the V-6 didn't appreciate 7,500 to 10,000 mile intervals very much. Sludging ensued.

Of course, people are weird. The Sienna I'll never forget... 39,000 miles. Came to us for an oil change. The oil pressure light was on, which I immediately let my writer know. "Yes. That's why we brought it to you. We've had it since new, and now that the light is telling us to get the oil changed, we would like you to do it."

Yeah.....

No.

I've seen a number of cars that people bought new and just drove until the engine failed. No oil changes, ever. They scream and cry and make threats and eventually GM will give in and warranty it for them, at least partially. The last one I remember the customer brought in some fake receipts for oil changes from an independent shop. Took them a few weeks to come up with the receipts.

genejockey 04-27-22 04:22 PM

On the other side, my Dodge tells me when it wants its oil changed, which is supposedly based on use. Every time, it gets to about 10,000 miles. That's why I switched to synthetic.

MoAlpha 04-27-22 04:30 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22486866)
I've seen a number of cars that people bought new and just drove until the engine failed. No oil changes, ever. They scream and cry and make threats and eventually GM will give in and warranty it for them, at least partially. The last one I remember the customer brought in some fake receipts for oil changes from an independent shop. Took them a few weeks to come up with the receipts.

My brother did that to the brand new Subaru my parents bought him when he graduated from college. It went something over 50k before seizing up. No claims made.

His immature avoidance, rooted in big-time anxiety, mutated over the years to morbid conscientiousness and, of course, he's been very successful.


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