Another car repair question
I have a Chevy Malibu, 6cyl 3.1l, with the (apparently) infamous manifold gasket leak. Starting to get coolant in the oil.
Been quoted from $900-1400 to have it fixed. Daily driver, only car, busy family. Also, broke as broke gets.
Don't want to drive it, kinda have to...
Any less expensive options out there? I'm almost ready to drop an egg into the coolant reservoir.
You could do it yourself, it's not that hard and that would save you some serious loot. I had a car that had not one but two go(every100k miles) when I was so broke I couldn't even pay attention.
If you are mechanically inclined..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUlBJNK-80s I did a quick search and this came up.
I don't know how GM gets away with those gasket problems. They've had issues for a dozen years or more and there has never been a real recall. I thought it was mostly ten year old Ventures and similar sixes and it's disheartening to hear about other newer models continuing to fail.
C'mon US car manufacturers! Make right what you messed up before the bailout or we'll keep buying "foreign" cars that run forever without failure.
Good luck OP.
I grew up in poor neighborhood in a GM town. I was fiercely loyal as their money made our nine person home possible. (My dad didn't work for them but their money made the local economy) and after my car blew two and GM didn't take care of it I did the same thing as I do with Ampeg; I stopped buying them and started telling anyone who would listen to consider just what you get when you buy from those types of companies.
Integrity is earned by and in the choices we make everyday.
Yeah, not currently a GM fan. At all.
Got another estimate for $950.
Probably going to do it myself, get it running, and trade it in on something newer.
Something not from GM.
Not exactly a job for the average DIY'er, despite how easy the youtube video makes it look. There's steps in the video he didn't need to take (like completely removing the fuel rail from the lower intake, completely removing the rocker arms) and steps he humped the pooch on (like tightening the intake to head bolts in the totally wrong sequence). I also noticed the complete lack of a torque wrench in the video. I've done hundreds of them and can have one completely apart in 30 minutes. The harder part is cleaning everything for reassembly.
Wraub, if you're anywhere near the Western NY area I'll do the job (parts and labor) for $500.
Remember those 70s basses that sent people buying Ibanez?
I think it's Hyundai that can't make enough cars.
I just put my American made guitar down for a rest. I would stack this against any off shore axe. Terry takes pride in his work.
He also signs it.
I think that having people sign their work would be a simple but effective way to link them to the job. When I used to roof there was a real connect between the job and I as I finished.
Gahhh.....yeah, you COULD do it yourself if you are a decent mechanic. Lots of parts coming out in that how-to video (rocker arms and push rods!) - I'd figure on two days. And your back will hate you. Sorry man.
Recall ? That only happens when it's a safety issue.
There's no reason your Ampeg isn't at least as good as this amp.
Sorry, I mean no GOOD reason. The same with GM cars..
I had a 1990 Ford Mustang and they seemed to take the same attitude. I tend to try to 200K plus out of a car. So they didn't get a second chance. Too bad.
I believe it's Hyundai who's running short and needs to build more production space. In Korea every car is a piece of national pride.
I don't always get that feeling with US cars.
Many of the "foreign" cars are being built in the US. By people making much less than those at GM. I think they are incented by more than just the money. I think they take pride in the cars they build as well as the fact they are supporting their familes. I think the folks at GM could take some pointers from Hyundai.
As we approach labor day between the burgers and beers remember what the holiday is about. Working for a living used to be a thing of pride. Pick up a Pedulla bass. Mike has every right to be proud of his basses.
I can't make a bass like that man. Heck, I'm not sure I can anything as well as that man makes a bass. But I try.
Paul Revera mentioned that having his name on an amp makes all the difference. Both of these men are working in the US today.
Have a happy labor day.
Uugggggh. Government Motors. There's a reason they needed to be bailed out. That's why I'll buy a Ford every time.
Second on the Pedulla build quality! They rock over there! Pure quality. Love both of mine! My '99 PentaBuzz is in Michael's hands right now getting a fingerboard refinish after playing the snot out of it every day for many years! Also getting a not needed, but wanted, color change for only $300 more.
Any updates from the OP on this?
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