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86 ssinit

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Yes as a race car or track car they are relavent! 98% are out there slowing up the fast lane :).
At least the guys with there classic cars know what lane to drive in. Put a guy in a Vet and all is forgotten!! I just don’t get it.
 

Cheesecake

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Hanzla Khan said:
Yeah the new Z definitely takes the W in the looks department. Honestly, I love the new design and retro-aspects, but the only thing that I don't like is the flat-rectangle grille on the front bumper. It's just too sharp imo. Aside from that, the whole thing is a beauty!
I think everyone doesn't like the grille. Other than that, it's pretty good looking.
Maybe a grille similar to that of the GT-R (which, as the rumors say, might be going away) would help.

DarkOne said:
I'm not brand loyal but I thought Chevy hit homeruns starting with the C6. The C8 is the way it is because it's a true mid-engine car and can't really look like a traditional Corvette with long hood. The Corvette has been one of the best sports car values since the C5. They still need to work on their sales people. Back in '98, I was looking at one and they acted like it was a Ferrari and wouldn't even let me sit in one. I went to BMW and they threw me the keys to a M3 and said, "Try not to crash" and let me loose. I ended up buying a M3.
Lol that's a good story. Ahh, the glory days of BMW.
IMO the C7 is the best looking of the modern Vette's. They nailed it.
Yeah the C8 looks great, but I still think it's a little jagged, or too "busy" when it doesn't need to be.

86 ssinit said:
For me the only corvettes I liked were 60s models. None after that have ever caught my interest. Do they even sell outside of the U.S.? Here it’s not a car it’s a status symbol. That’s why you see hundreds in the fast lane driven by post 80 year olds doing 55 or less.
The '63, for me, is not only the best looking Vette of all time, it's also one of the best looking cars of all time.
I know they sell them in the U.K. Lol British people always get excited when they see them.
 

MomeWrath

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I got a MINI again. But after the above conversation, I don't expect anyone will be impressed. I consider myself a "Car Girl" but I don't have the specs on the latest $100K+ car that I will never be able to drive. I prefer to get the best, most fun, right-for-me car that I can actually own.
My BMW had some strikes against it, things coming down the pipe I didn't want to deal with - multiple chips in my rain-sensing windshield, and it was an SULEV. I don't live in a SULEV state, so in another four years or so when I would've had to replace the fuel system to the tune of 5-6 grand, it would have been completely on me. It had a vibration at speed that was a little disconcerting to me...and all other justification aside, I missed my old MINI every day. Yesterday I drove my stepson's MINI just to see if it was as much fun as I remembered. It was. So I went home and got the BMW and traded it on this. Yes, I took a bath in negative equity. I don't wanna talk about that part lol.

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86 ssinit

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Congrats!!! Looks like fun!!!

For me looks and speed are second to fun!!
 

Cheesecake

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MomeWrath said:
I got a MINI again. But after the above conversation, I don't expect anyone will be impressed. I consider myself a "Car Girl" but I don't have the specs on the latest $100K+ car that I will never be able to drive. I prefer to get the best, most fun, right-for-me car that I can actually own.
My BMW had some strikes against it, things coming down the pipe I didn't want to deal with - multiple chips in my rain-sensing windshield, and it was an SULEV. I don't live in a SULEV state, so in another four years or so when I would've had to replace the fuel system to the tune of 5-6 grand, it would have been completely on me. It had a vibration at speed that was a little disconcerting to me...and all other justification aside, I missed my old MINI every day. Yesterday I drove my stepson's MINI just to see if it was as much fun as I remembered. It was. So I went home and got the BMW and traded it on this. Yes, I took a bath in negative equity. I don't wanna talk about that part lol.

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Basically still a BMW lol.
Nice acquisition! My brother was looking at a Countryman...until he did a car fax and found out it was a rebuilt title :(.
Buuuuut he ended up with something WAY cooler and rarer. THIS bad boy :).

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It's hard to see from this pic, but the wheels are red. When this picture was taken, it had no muffler, so it was, um, very loud. The turbo, coilovers and ECU are all upgraded (a stage 1 tune if you will). It's pretty cool :).
 

NBettas83

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I was almost sure it was a Pininfarina. I could just make out the logo on the side. Looks great.
 

MomeWrath

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Cheesecake said:
Basically still a BMW lol.
Nice acquisition! My brother was looking at a Countryman...until he did a car fax and found out it was a rebuilt title :(.
Buuuuut he ended up with something WAY cooler and rarer. THIS bad boy :).

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It's hard to see from this pic, but the wheels are red. When this picture was taken, it had no muffler, so it was, um, very loud. The turbo, coilovers and ECU are all upgraded (a stage 1 tune if you will). It's pretty cool :).
Stage1 tune is the first thing I'm doing to my Countryman :)
Oh and it got it's name this morning...I'm leaving from my husband's work to head to my office and flicking it around and enjoying my turbo and "Highway to the Danger Zone" comes on the radio...so it is now "Maverick" :)
 

Cheesecake

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NBettas83 said:
I was almost sure it was a Pininfarina. I could just make out the logo on the side. Looks great.
Yeah! I just hope it isn't way more expensive then what's projected.

MomeWrath said:
Stage1 tune is the first thing I'm doing to my Countryman :)
Oh and it got it's name this morning...I'm leaving from my husband's work to head to my office and flicking it around and enjoying my turbo and "Highway to the Danger Zone" comes on the radio...so it is now "Maverick" :)
Lol. I assume an exhaust will be one of those items :D?
Are you gonna do any cosmetic upgrades, like wheels/maybe wrap?
Lol well there you go. Vanity plate maybe?
 

MomeWrath

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Cheesecake said:
Yeah! I just hope it isn't way more expensive then what's projected.



Lol. I assume an exhaust will be one of those items :D?
Are you gonna do any cosmetic upgrades, like wheels/maybe wrap?
Lol well there you go. Vanity plate maybe?
Exhaust will probably be a thing I do. Not as loud as my previous MINI... There are neighbors who still hate me for that. And yes, a MINI must have a vanity plate! Now to figure out how to spell it because being NC (Camp Lejuene, Cherry Point AFB, Fort Bragg...) I'm fairly certain some Mustang driver already has "MAVERICK"
I don't know if I'll change anything cosmetically besides tinting the front windows (rear and sides are factory tinted). I love the way this one looks just like it is :)
 

Cheesecake

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MomeWrath said:
Exhaust will probably be a thing I do. Not as loud as my previous MINI... There are neighbors who still hate me for that. And yes, a MINI must have a vanity plate! Now to figure out how to spell it because being NC (Camp Lejuene, Cherry Point AFB, Fort Bragg...) I'm fairly certain some Mustang driver already has "MAVERICK"
I don't know if I'll change anything cosmetically besides tinting the front windows (rear and sides are factory tinted). I love the way this one looks just like it is :)
LOL. People always remember the things they didn't like about your car lol.
Lol for sure he does. MAVRCK?
So do I, I was just curious. In Maryland window tinting is pretty strict, which is unfortunate :(.
 

MomeWrath

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Cheesecake said:
LOL. People always remember the things they didn't like about your car lol.
Lol for sure he does. MAVRCK?
So do I, I was just curious. In Maryland window tinting is pretty strict, which is unfortunate :(.
It's not too bad. Because it's classified as a "compact SUV" I could have the sides and rear as dark as I want. And...having a visually impaired person would qualify us for a medical waiver for the fronts if I wanted, too. But, when inspection time comes, you just gotta have a guy.
I'm thinking MAVRYK. If nothing else, we have no front plate here so I can get something made for the front. That's what I did on the old MINI, Lucky.
 

86 ssinit

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Met DarkOne yesterday to pick up some of his sterbai corys. Great looking corys!! And thought this was appropriate:).
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Hanzla Khan

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Hey guys! I ran into somewhat of a weird issue yesterday. So my dad has a 20' Infiniti QX80 that we got a few months ago, but due to the current situation around the world, we haven't driven it that much. Usually, we start it up and take it for a little spin one or two times a week, but recently we hadn't driven it for around 10 days. So yesterday when I go to start it, the car wasn't responding to the key fob, and when I unlock the door with the key and go inside it's completely dead. No response or nothing. This was quite shocking to me as it had only been 10 days since we last started it, and we've left it unstarted for 10 days a few times ago too, but never has the battery died. So any suggestions as to what to do? We tried jumping it but that didn't work either.
 

86 ssinit

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I’d say the battery’s dead. New cars have so much going on. So much feeding off the battery. Didn’t happen before because you were using it regular and the battery was fully charged when you parked it for 10 days. This time with the lack of use before the battery wasn’t fully charged so it was drained.
Why it won’t take a charge I bet is because the computer isn’t letting it. May need a computer setting to recharge. Time to call the dealer.
 

Hanzla Khan

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86 ssinit said:
I’d say the battery’s dead. New cars have so much going on. So much feeding off the battery. Didn’t happen before because you were using it regular and the battery was fully charged when you parked it for 10 days. This time with the lack of use before the battery wasn’t fully charged so it was drained.
Why it won’t take a charge I bet is because the computer isn’t letting it. May need a computer setting to recharge. Time to call the dealer.
Yeah the battery is dead for sure, so I contacted the dealer and I'm waiting on their response.
 

DarkOne

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Do you have a multimeter? You can check the charge of your battery. It should be at a minimum of 12.2v.

If the battery is too low, you'll need to connect the jumpers and let the running car run for a few mins (10-20m) to charge the dead battery before it will start. Jumper cables can't pass the amperage needed to start a dead battery but it can boost a weak battery.
 

coralbandit

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I use a Battery Tender on my vehicles as I can not drive them all regularly . They are not chargers that will over charge your battery but instead keep your battery from becoming depleted keeping them perfectly charged ..
 

Mii

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david1978 said:
I have been a diesel mechanic all my life and finally got one to have fun with. Always been into cars but a gas engine to keep it meeting emissions is so limiting so only so much you can. Finally got a diesel truck. 2004 f250 6.0. Rebuilt injectors to 125%. Intake. 4" straight exhaust. Only successful trip down the 1/4 mile it ran 13.3 seconds on borrowed slicks. Running 33 11.5 mud diggers now. Right now I probably have about $5000 in the motor. Black smoke don't mean it's broke. Lol.
If emissions regulations are causing you grief maybe get an electric? Lots of power, INSANE torque, pretty much always in it's optimal power range regardless of rpm, if i ever did a drag car i would totally go electric, electric drag cars are crazy.

I'm really into Japanese tuner cars. At first i thought i was one of only a few people who where into both cars and fish but maybe these two hobbies are linked
 

fish 321

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Mii said:
If emissions regulations are causing you grief maybe get an electric? Lots of power, INSANE torque, pretty much always in it's optimal power range regardless of rpm, if i ever did a drag car i would totally go electric, electric drag cars are crazy.
But electric cars don't go vroom vroom.

Mii said:
I'm really into Japanese tuner cars. At first i thought i was one of only a few people who where into both cars and fish but maybe these two hobbies are linked
Jdm tuners are cool, but then there are the ricers.
 

Mii

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fish 321 said:
But electric cars don't go vroom vroom.
That is true, also electrics don't have stick shift (manual) transmissions, aka the most fun type if transmission. Because electric cars have such a wide power band, that they don't need to shift gears, which is both a blessing and a curse, as it results in a faster 0-60, but also means you can't go rowing through gears, which is a lot of fun.
 

DarkOne

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coralbandit said:
I use a Battery Tender on my vehicles as I can not drive them all regularly . They are not chargers that will over charge your battery but instead keep your battery from becoming depleted keeping them perfectly charged ..
I have the one linked and the smaller .75a tender. I also have a Battery Minder which desulfates batteries and reconditions old batteries. It works better than Battery Tenders but I use all 3 for various motorcycles and car batteries.
https://www.amazon.com/BatteryMINDer-Model-1500-SmarTECHnology-Motorcycles/dp/B00Q3CM2QY/
Mii said:
That is true, also electrics don't have stick shift (manual) transmissions, aka the most fun type if transmission. Because electric cars have such a wide power band, that they don't need to shift gears, which is both a blessing and a curse, as it results in a faster 0-60, but also means you can't go rowing through gears, which is a lot of fun.
Some people don't like change. Shifting gears is fun but it's slow and no one can do it as fast as a modern auto dual clutch transmission or electric CVT.

My '98 M3 could do 0-60 in 5.2 sec. After I got a tune, it dropped to about 4.8 sec because the top speed in 2nd gear went from 58mph to 62mph so the 0.4 sec increase was from not having to shift to 3rd to get over 60mph. This was tested at Willow Springs race track. I had a friend that worked for European Car mag and they brought some testing gear so we played around. The 5.2 sec was the fasted time taken from car mags back then and the 4.8 sec was what my car actually did.

If I were to buy a sports car today, I would definitely get an automagic trasns if it was a true dual clutch system and no torque converter.
 

NBettas83

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I've developed a very large interest in the Fiat 500, IDK why.
 

Mii

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DarkOne said:
I have the one linked and the smaller .75a tender. I also have a Battery Minder which desulfates batteries and reconditions old batteries. It works better than Battery Tenders but I use all 3 for various motorcycles and car batteries.
https://www.amazon.com/BatteryMINDer-Model-1500-SmarTECHnology-Motorcycles/dp/B00Q3CM2QY/

Some people don't like change. Shifting gears is fun but it's slow and no one can do it as fast as a modern auto dual clutch transmission or electric CVT.

My '98 M3 could do 0-60 in 5.2 sec. After I got a tune, it dropped to about 4.8 sec because the top speed in 2nd gear went from 58mph to 62mph so the 0.4 sec increase was from not having to shift to 3rd to get over 60mph. This was tested at Willow Springs race track. I had a friend that worked for European Car mag and they brought some testing gear so we played around. The 5.2 sec was the fasted time taken from car mags back then and the 4.8 sec was what my car actually did.

If I were to buy a sports car today, I would definitely get an automagic trasns if it was a true dual clutch system and no torque converter.
I would rather have a car i enjoy driving than making it less fun just to go a bit faster.
 

DarkOne

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Mii said:
I would rather have a car i enjoy driving than making it less fun just to go a bit faster.
Paddle shifters are a lot of fun. You just crash at higher speeds :p
 

coralbandit

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DarkOne said:
Paddle shifters are a lot of fun. You just crash at higher speeds :p
Paddle shifters are pretty handy if you have driven standard long enough to be tired of them [ and fun !] .
I shift when I want and drive auto when I want with the sport mode on the C6 .
 

John58ford

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Only issue I have run into with electronic shifting (paddle or step) is the electronic nanny fighting the shift based on wheel speed. If I pull down to 2nd at 100+, it should be assumed I mean it, and failure to comply will produce significant under-steer, and possibly even excessive traction on entry leading to a stability issue. I wouldn't pull down to 2nd at speed if I didn't fully expect the engine to give the feedback required to scuff the tires in, and provide the right power band to exit the corner on the line I want to hold.

I've had issues with this in BMW, and Chevy made vehicles. I don't want to be stabbing the brake messing with my front tires traction circle and blow my line out because some enginerd says "hey, this rpm does not equal that wheel speed so don't shift when he tell you to".

Note: I won't argue auto cars don't have their place in traffic, eating cheeseburgers and yelling at your children while you check twitter and run over motorcycles. I won't argue that in a straight line with a high end set up you never plan to modify even the tire width on it can out shift a human. But I will say theres a major difference in the dual clutch manual-matics with air/electronic shifters that are actually just manual, and the trash they make so you can feel cool pushing a button leaving cars and coffee in an automatic car that even in "manual mode" decides what gear you are allowed to use. I can't drive one like that for fun, and I can't afford a dual clutch manual-matic with actuators so I guess that puts my track and toys firmly in the manual only camp.
 

Mii

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i don't really care what transmission other people use, i just like manuals
 

MomeWrath

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John58ford said:
Only issue I have run into with electronic shifting (paddle or step) is the electronic nanny fighting the shift based on wheel speed. If I pull down to 2nd at 100+, it should be assumed I mean it, and failure to comply will produce significant under-steer, and possibly even excessive traction on entry leading to a stability issue. I wouldn't pull down to 2nd at speed if I didn't fully expect the engine to give the feedback required to scuff the tires in, and provide the right power band to exit the corner on the line I want to hold.

I've had issues with this in BMW, and Chevy made vehicles. I don't want to be stabbing the brake messing with my front tires traction circle and blow my line out because some enginerd says "hey, this rpm does not equal that wheel speed so don't shift when he tell you to".

Note: I won't argue auto cars don't have their place in traffic, eating cheeseburgers and yelling at your children while you check twitter and run over motorcycles. I won't argue that in a straight line with a high end set up you never plan to modify even the tire width on it can out shift a human. But I will say theres a major difference in the dual clutch manual-matics with air/electronic shifters that are actually just manual, and the trash they make so you can feel cool pushing a button leaving cars and coffee in an automatic car that even in "manual mode" decides what gear you are allowed to use. I can't drive one like that for fun, and I can't afford a dual clutch manual-matic with actuators so I guess that puts my track and toys firmly in the manual only camp.
YESS! This! My BMW had a dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters that I never used because I'd shift down, and she'd go thirty feet and shift up again. Nanny-shifting is a perfect way to put it.
Now, Maverick has this lovely feature that revs the engine to match your wheel speed when you downshift, which is nice for not throwing my dear husband against the dash when I downshift to go hard into a corner (although sadly usually it's just the corner onto the freeway ramp). But it also makes traffic less jolting when I'm constantly speeding up and slowing down. I got an automatic BMW because I thought I was tired of shifting gears on my sometimes-long commute, but it turns out I just needed a better reason to shift gears than I could find in a Civic. I'm sure I was doing something wrong before. When I first learned I went through 2 clutches on my '85 Fiero in three years, and I'm pretty certain because my ex rode it like crazy. So I'm leery of "feathering" as my husband puts it, because to me I can't see the difference between feathering and riding. Maybe one of yall can splain it to me.
Oh....and I got stickers. +10 HP...
 

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Katie993

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I’ve always been into classic cars. Grew up going to multiple classic car shows every year, helping my dad with pretty much anything that needed fixed from trucks to tractors and implements (my brothers were always too busy), and we all had classic cars for our first vehicles. Mine was an ‘89 Chevy Luv. Then later, I had a ‘79 Grand Prix. Now I have a ‘76 Jeep J10. Love them! I don’t know everything about fixing them or working on them. Just enough to get me into trouble lol
 

Katie993

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MomeWrath said:
YESS! This! My BMW had a dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters that I never used because I'd shift down, and she'd go thirty feet and shift up again. Nanny-shifting is a perfect way to put it.
Now, Maverick has this lovely feature that revs the engine to match your wheel speed when you downshift, which is nice for not throwing my dear husband against the dash when I downshift to go hard into a corner (although sadly usually it's just the corner onto the freeway ramp). But it also makes traffic less jolting when I'm constantly speeding up and slowing down. I got an automatic BMW because I thought I was tired of shifting gears on my sometimes-long commute, but it turns out I just needed a better reason to shift gears than I could find in a Civic. I'm sure I was doing something wrong before. When I first learned I went through 2 clutches on my '85 Fiero in three years, and I'm pretty certain because my ex rode it like crazy. So I'm leery of "feathering" as my husband puts it, because to me I can't see the difference between feathering and riding. Maybe one of yall can splain it to me.
Oh....and I got stickers. +10 HP...
Stickers definitely add more horsepower lol I think I know what you mean by feathering. If you’re talking about what I think you’re talking about, it basically is riding a bit but shouldn’t cause you to have to replace the clutch twice in three years. Somebody had to be riding the clutch fairly hard for that! That’s actually one of the last major fights my ex and I had lol him riding the brand new clutch I put in my Wrangler. I taught him how to drive a stick but that’s not how I taught him! Lol the look on my dads face when he found out my ex didn’t already know how to drive a manual was just priceless
 

MomeWrath

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Katie993 said:
Stickers definitely add more horsepower lol I think I know what you mean by feathering. If you’re talking about what I think you’re talking about, it basically is riding a bit but shouldn’t cause you to have to replace the clutch twice in three years. Somebody had to be riding the clutch fairly hard for that! That’s actually one of the last major fights my ex and I had lol him riding the brand new clutch I put in my Wrangler. I taught him how to drive a stick but that’s not how I taught him! Lol
Ha I have a Wrangler too! Going from the Wrangler to the Mini and back in a day makes for some interesting stops and starts, I can tell you. Plus we have re-geared the Wrangler with 5.56 gears so it's like driving a dump truck. By the time the wheels go around once it's time to shift into 2nd gear.
 

Katie993

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MomeWrath said:
Ha I have a Wrangler too! Going from the Wrangler to the Mini and back in a day makes for some interesting stops and starts, I can tell you. Plus we have re-geared the Wrangler with 5.56 gears so it's like driving a dump truck. By the time the wheels go around once it's time to shift into 2nd gear.
Haha! I bet that is odd!
 

86 ssinit

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Yes it’s funny going from one clutch to another :). The Porsche is a 5 speed and the STI a 6. Unfortunately reverse is where 6 should be:rolleyes:. I drive the sti regularly so whenever I’m playing around in the porsche the wife says “Still no 6th gear”. And oh yeah it grinds.
 

Hanzla Khan

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DarkOne said:
Do you have a multimeter? You can check the charge of your battery. It should be at a minimum of 12.2v.

If the battery is too low, you'll need to connect the jumpers and let the running car run for a few mins (10-20m) to charge the dead battery before it will start. Jumper cables can't pass the amperage needed to start a dead battery but it can boost a weak battery.
Yea so turns out that the battery was really dead. I connected the jumpers with another car and had to leave them for ~45mins in order for it to start. Been running just fine since, which means that the only reason it died was because it sat for too long.
 

Cheesecake

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NBettas83 said:
I've developed a very large interest in the Fiat 500, IDK why.
My bro's got you covered ;).

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New Fish in Town

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The Total 24 Hours of Spa is about to start. You can watch it live in the USA on YouTube. They have an English broadcast.

 

DarkOne

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So my car battery has been getting weak since I don't drive much. I bought a 25' jumper cable but it's a pain to use so I came across these little jumper kits. After doing some research, I decided to try one.

https://www.amazon.com/LOFTEK-20800mAh-Starter-Portable-Battery/dp/B0863CG2T7/

I know a lot of people aren't using their cars during this pandemic so there's a lot of dead/dying batteries out there.
 
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