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Old 02-17-2005, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by blau928
Eric,

Good choice, suck it up, and trace down the leak..

You have 3 kids..? No, you have 3 kids and 1 mistress... or 4 kids..!

I have 2 kids, my dog and my shark...! Granted, I live in CA, and my Mercedes has been parked for a long time... I lived on lake Ontario for about 1.5-2 years in college... I know about lake effect snow, and white outs....

Just trace down the leak, and every day the weather is reasonable, drive the car... You will be rewarded...! trust me....!

No wife, but no comment on mistresses or lady friends...
You are so wise on all areas of advice – lay low – find the leak and keep on keeping on!

Cheers!
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>Hey maybe you are onto something – time to upgrade!

Hey now, don't get me in trouble with the "better halves"... I know a lot of them balance the check book and check Credit card statements every month :-)

PLUS, I always have a great time with them around you guys Birthdays, Christmas and of course meeting them at SITM. I really don't want to be ganged up on by a bunch of lovely ladies at this years event.... hmmmm... on second thought....... :-)
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:14 PM
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Eric,
I know that you will take the time to consider all this sage advice: should you decide to maintain the status quo by keeping your ride, then please motor on with that ****e-eater, ear to ear grin gleaming from inside the cockpit, enjoying every moment. As these moments of doubt may periodically return, then avail yourself again of all this feely-touchy self-help support circle group.
Should this not have provided adequate impetus to lift you out of this mid winter crisis that is frequently diagnosed as 'cabin fever', then you can consider a more drastic approach: Perhaps a period of separation is in order, much like a trial divorce: each of you can seek appropiate therapy.
For you, I would prescribe a sunroof equipped Yugo - although a well massaged Kia could do. This would be your only driver for the next six months, after which a summary report is to be submitted to 'Dr. Phil'.
For the 928S, a similar period of separation to a gentle maritime (Atlantic) climate could be arranged: Brisk driving through valleys and pastoral country side by day - long, slow drives by the seashore at night, etc. are known to have beneficial therapeutic results. Should the gremlins of sticking relays, coolant drips, whatever return - help would be at hand. Should the problems be more psychic, then a consult can be arranged with a well known 'Dr. Phil' poseur.
Options remain open - a sanctuary for the 928 could be found ...
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by bigs
I always view my 928 using the analogy of a woman...

If you just want a trusty gal who will cook, clean, do the laundry, and grudgingly make love once every couple weeks, get yourself the "Honda" of womanhood.

If you want a woman who will bring passion and fireworks into the relationship, well... she's probably gonna require a little more maintenance.

Depends upon how much you like fireworks.
Some are lucky enough to have both. Hoping my shark is like my wife....low maintenance but lots of fireworks.
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Garth S
Eric,
I know that you will take the time to consider all this sage advice: should you decide to maintain the status quo by keeping your ride, then please motor on with that ****e-eater, ear to ear grin gleaming from inside the cockpit, enjoying every moment. As these moments of doubt may periodically return, then avail yourself again of all this feely-touchy self-help support circle group.
Should this not have provided adequate impetus to lift you out of this mid winter crisis that is frequently diagnosed as 'cabin fever', then you can consider a more drastic approach: Perhaps a period of separation is in order, much like a trial divorce: each of you can seek appropiate therapy.
For you, I would prescribe a sunroof equipped Yugo - although a well massaged Kia could do. This would be your only driver for the next six months, after which a summary report is to be submitted to 'Dr. Phil'.
For the 928S, a similar period of separation to a gentle maritime (Atlantic) climate could be arranged: Brisk driving through valleys and pastoral country side by day - long, slow drives by the seashore at night, etc. are known to have beneficial therapeutic results. Should the gremlins of sticking relays, coolant drips, whatever return - help would be at hand. Should the problems be more psychic, then a consult can be arranged with a well known 'Dr. Phil' poseur.
Options remain open - a sanctuary for the 928 could be found ...

Hell I know a trial separation – in desperation I started to take the bus to work – that’s it no more vehicles in my life! The problem is this – it dawned on me one day as I saw the wet freezing rain drip from a leak in the seal of the window of the bus. I saw it and I just smiled to myself like a crazy man – why you ask – because when I saw that leak I realized – “that is not my problem! – I am going to get off this bus and somebody else can take care of it – hell this bus could catch on fire and all I have to do is get off!” Now I know I am not driving the bus so where is all the fun in life – ahh yes but as I have discovered on the bus you can take it while you are drunk, you can take it when you are asleep, you can listen to music, you can check out the other bus riders, hell you can take it now or you can take it later, the anchor of the responsibility of making sure the bus is clean, or has gas, or has a loose tie-rod end or whatever sometimes outweighs the joy you get from navigating. Yup need to get my head checked out – maybe I am losing the plot! I rented a Chrysler 300 for a business trip – took the traction control off and you know what that was a panic to drive – you can have a lot of fun and then give it back. Does anyone want lend me their well running shark for the weekend?

Cheers there fellow Cannuck!
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:28 PM
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Eric, get it fixed and take it for a drive......best medicine ever for what ails ya.........
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Originally Posted by deliriousga
Some are lucky enough to have both. Hoping my shark is like my wife....low maintenance but lots of fireworks.
Hey John – how long have you had your shark?
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Gretch
Eric, get it fixed and take it for a drive......best medicine ever for what ails ya.........
Yup I know the drill – you get mad you swear off the stuff and then you come crawling back. Once you light up the tires and make every light count – you realized why you fell in love. Thanks for the encouragement!

Cheers!
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:32 PM
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Eric.
Not beeing a stranger to long and snowy winters over here..the 928 proved to be the best winter car I have ever ridden( except for a 4 wheel drive car or two). At the time when my 928 was used during winter, I even used studless wintertires. There is something to be said about the weight distribution... Now ..it's been sitting for a loooong time and things are starting happen to this fine piece of machinery that are requiering quite a bit of attention.

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Old 02-17-2005, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Hoyo
Eric.
Not beeing a stranger to long and snowy winters over here..the 928 proved to be the best winter car I have ever ridden( except for a 4 wheel drive car or two). At the time when my 928 was used during winter, I even used studless wintertires. There is something to be said about the weight distribution... Now ..it's been sitting for a loooong time and things are starting happen to this fine piece of machinery that are requiering quite a bit of attention.

Geir
Maybe you are right – I have been too good to it – when I was younger I worked at a Lada dealership and the rule of thumb with Lada’s was that you needed to be HARD on it all the time – give it some love and it had no idea what to do other than to break down. Seriously – so that’s it I need to start driving it now! Cheers!
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by eric.dewhirst
Hey John – how long have you had your shark?

Even better question: How long have you had your wife?!
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:41 PM
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Eric,
It sounds like you are suffering from a form of depression(Canuckus winteruptus). But you are mis-diagnosing the cause. It's NOT THE CAR! Its where you live! If I had to live in Ottawa and deal with those long, cold, snowy winters,( not to mention the stupidity of our nations political elite), I'd be buck naked up on the roof with my deer rifle by now. And they just declared the NHL season is dead! Hell! The only thing keeping you from going totally over the edge is your 928. Hang on to her like a drowning man with a life preserver.
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:42 PM
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Eric,

Your true love is punishing you. You cannot let her sit in a garage for extended periods of time. She needs to be with you, to feel loved and she will give you love in return. If you won't let her out each day, she at least needs a night out on the town once in a while, rain or shine (or snow - just drive slow). Plus, the 417 is almost always clear anyway.

They are meant to be driven and will bite you hard if you don't give them what they want.
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I know what you are talking about.

It's that sinking feeling you get, if you are on a road trip in the middle of nowhere, and you hear a strange noise, or you feel the car acting strange. Or you see that puddle of oil or coolant when you pull out of a parking space...

It is much nicer to have a fun car that does not do any of that.
A car that fires right up, has no problems, and runs like a champ.
But the 928 is not a new car.
It's a used car.
And it is likely to have problems, even if you have it in perfect condition.

You need to have a different attitude about the car.
Think of it as your "toy".
Something to take out once in a while, but something that is not your daily driver.
You need to have the attitude that the 928 WILL break down,
and may break down, but it is still a blast to drive.
Think of it like a motorcycle, or like an old musclecar, etc...
It's NOT supposed to be perfect, or perfectly reliable.
It's purpose is to be fast, and look cool.
But you have to be totally prepared to deal with breakdowns.
Be prepared to tow it home.
Don't be upset or surprised if it breaks down.
Consider it part of the bargain.
You get a really amazing car for a great price.
So just accept the fact that it may not be as reliable as a Honda, etc...
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I've had her for about 4 months now. She's in surgery, doing the catch-up maintenance the PO ignored right now, but I believe she'll be back on her feet after this weekend. I think I'll have less trouble than some others because we have one to maybe five snow days a year here. She'll be driven almost daily year 'round.

Like you said, the bus can be ok...as long as your neighbor is decent. I don't know what kind of transit system you guys have there, but here it's pitiful. New York's was great with stops everywhere, but here there's alot of walking in places you don't know to get from one place to another. That, and the streets of Atlanta are deserted after 6:00pm...mass exodus.

Hope it all works out for you.
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