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Old 08-11-2019, 08:13 PM   #5581
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Is such a thing as a good Ford dealer service shop? I have always known they were expensive but I assumed they were at least competent.

I have service agreement for my commercial van. Basically free service for the duration of the lease (oil, filters, brakes etc).

Maclin sucks, after doing tire rotation on each service call (6 out 8 visits), they failed to reset the air pressure sensor properly, so light goes off within 24 hours of the service, PIA.

Separate private mechanic changes my tires twice a year from all season to winter, no problem with resets on the sensor.

Drop off vehicle once to get a minor thing look at, they did the normal oil change etc, which I didn't ask for (it only had been 2k since last change). They never did look at the problem i was having, so vehicle down for one day, freshly change oil, problem not looked at, and obviously not resolved.

Fired them went to Woodridge, initially had no issues, had brake pads changed Thursday, brakes failed today, luckily I didn't get in an accident. Not exactly sure what they did wrong, but the van is going to be down for another day at least.

Any suggestions / tips, other than dealer service sucks and don't get the service package.
I use Universal through my work, there are several service advisors there who are absolutley top notch and I would recommended. Over several years I have been routinely impressed with their service.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:40 PM   #5582
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Universal has been alright for my work vehicles but I've personally liked cam Clark in Airdrie

Negative experiences with Woodridge and Maclin as well

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Old 08-11-2019, 11:36 PM   #5583
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Can't understand how they sell any Rangers or Colorados. They don't look nearly as cool and won't hold their value the same.
The Hennessey Ranger Velociraptor is one of the few trucks I'd consider owning, personally.

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Old 08-12-2019, 01:51 PM   #5584
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Anybody own or have owned a Land Rover Discovery Series II? Specifically a 2003?

Thinking about getting one as a used side vehicle just for fun, and then drive it into the ground. Anyone have any experiences with these?
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:08 PM   #5585
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Anybody own or have owned a Land Rover Discovery Series II? Specifically a 2003?

Thinking about getting one as a used side vehicle just for fun, and then drive it into the ground. Anyone have any experiences with these?
"Driving into the ground". That is the ideal outlook to have when considering the purchase of a pre-owned Land Rover of that vintage.

The only question is, what sort of timeline are you expecting? Do you want to make it all the way home from the purchase? Or are your expectations not that high?
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Hoovie drove his into the ground.

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Old 08-12-2019, 02:39 PM   #5587
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"Driving into the ground". That is the ideal outlook to have when considering the purchase of a pre-owned Land Rover of that vintage.

The only question is, what sort of timeline are you expecting? Do you want to make it all the way home from the purchase? Or are your expectations not that high?
Haha, it'd be nice to make it home! Let's just say I'd only be paying four digits for this, so expectations are low. Vehicle seems to be in great shape, otherwise I wouldn't be inquiring about it. It definitely wouldn't be for anything more than a part-time vehicle , maybe to take it to the mountains during the winter and stuff. I like the looks of these models, hence the interest.
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:54 PM   #5588
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Anybody installed their own trailer hitch? I looked at the instructions for the ones they sell and install at Uhaul and it looks pretty straightforward on the Rav4, is there any reason why this wouldn’t be a DIY task?
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:56 PM   #5589
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Anybody installed their own trailer hitch? I looked at the instructions for the ones they sell and install at Uhaul and it looks pretty straightforward on the Rav4, is there any reason why this wouldn’t be a DIY task?
I have done it and it's weirdly easy. I did it on my Toyota Sienna. Maybe it's a similar deal on a Rav? There are pre drilled/threaded holes ready to rock. No tricks or special skills needed.
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I recall needing to use a torque wrench. If you don't have one, they're pretty cheap at CT.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:00 PM   #5591
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I DIY almost everything, but when I found the cheapest price for a hitch it was about the same price The Hitch Shop charged with it installed. The Impreza requires a few tricky maneuvers, so I just let them do it. Give them a call and see what they charge.
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Anybody installed their own trailer hitch? I looked at the instructions for the ones they sell and install at Uhaul and it looks pretty straightforward on the Rav4, is there any reason why this wouldn’t be a DIY task?
I've done this too on my SUV. The most critical part of the install IMO is making sure and threaded inserts used to mount the hitch structure are free of debris.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:06 PM   #5593
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Anybody installed their own trailer hitch? I looked at the instructions for the ones they sell and install at Uhaul and it looks pretty straightforward on the Rav4, is there any reason why this wouldn’t be a DIY task?
Depends on the vehicle. For one that just requires an exhaust drop or a frame bolt-on, a DIY is easy. If you start cutting body panels, less so.

Any time the hitch question comes up, the answer is always "Call Standens". 9/10 times its close to or cheaper than the DIY job. Plus they have a sweet cafeteria you can grab breakfast in while you wait. I had mine done there for $20 more than I could have bought the hitch for. My GF got hers installed cheaper than a DIY. Buddy of mine saved $450 from dealer cost.
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Why do hitches always pre-maturely start rusting?
I assume it's because the shape (flat spots, corners) provides an optimal spot for moisture to collect and remain?

I had an aftermarket one put on just last year by The Hitch Shop and its already showing signs of rust.

OEM hitches are also not immune to this problem.
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Hyundai, we had one of their mini vans, which at the time was good value and ended up being a great hassle free vehicle.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:45 AM   #5596
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Why do hitches always pre-maturely start rusting?
I assume it's because the shape (flat spots, corners) provides an optimal spot for moisture to collect and remain?

I had an aftermarket one put on just last year by The Hitch Shop and its already showing signs of rust.

OEM hitches are also not immune to this problem.
I've wondered this too. I have a trailer hitch that basically started rusting after only one year. It could be the location for moisture to collect but I would think there are other spots for moisture to collect down there that barely rust or take years for rust to start. I've looked at other cars and same issue, lots of rust on the trailer hitch but not much elsewhere
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Why do hitches always pre-maturely start rusting?
I assume it's because the shape (flat spots, corners) provides an optimal spot for moisture to collect and remain?

I had an aftermarket one put on just last year by The Hitch Shop and its already showing signs of rust.

OEM hitches are also not immune to this problem.
I used to do the old tennis ball trick on my hitch...until someone stole it...

Was nice and rust free until then...
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I used to do the old tennis ball trick on my hitch...until someone stole it...

Was nice and rust free until then...
That's just the ball, though. I think these guys are talking about the whole hitch assembly.

I think the next time I buy one I'm going to have it stripped, then powder coated before I put it on. It has to just be poor quality finishing on these. Maybe finish it in box liner?
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That's just the ball, though. I think these guys are talking about the whole hitch assembly.

I think the next time I buy one I'm going to have it stripped, then powder coated before I put it on. It has to just be poor quality finishing on these. Maybe finish it in box liner?
The ball!?

People who drive around with the ball in are the worst. Off to tow something bud!? Oh you haven’t towed anything in 6 months?? Take it off.
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