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Old 11-02-2011, 08:37 PM   #261
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So really how bad could a car from Toronto or Quebec be? Something like this:

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Audi/A5/T...0704163105932/

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http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Audi/A5/L...c/19_4594271_/

Both under 40,000km (the red one under 30,000km). The one in Toronto is Audi Certified and comes with the extra warranty.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:12 PM   #262
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Photon, are you sure you want an automatic? You're gonna miss out on a huge fun-factor. I can kind of understand if you got the Infiniti, but it seems like it would be a real shame with this nice german metal. Isn't this a bit of a "go big or home" purchase for you? Why limit yourself to half the experience?
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Jeep Cherokee Sport 2000

First snowfall in Saskatoon yesterday, so when I go to drive my Jeep, I put it in 4HI to get out of the alleyway, but the 4WD doesn't stick, it just goes back to 2WD when I start driving. Put it back in 4WD, this time it works for a bit, then the drivetrain goes into neutral, I'm getting no power, and when I stop to put it back into 2WD, it grinds until I put the car into neutral, and even then I have to heave on the handle to get it back into 2WD.

I'm going to bring my car in soon to get this checked out, but with my girlfriend coming into town on thursday I don't want to be without a car, so I want to just keep using it in 2WD till I get this checked out. Anyone here with Jeep knowledge know if my car will be safe to drive? I've been driving it in 2WD all summer and had no problems with it.

Looking online it looks like it my be a linkage problem, or low transfer case fluid. I just had the transfer case fluid changed back in August, so I wonder if they made a mistake when they did that.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:06 PM   #264
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I am thinking about getting another vehicle and currently deciding between 2003 BMW 745 Li 4.4L V8, Leather, Navigation, 138000 kms or 2008 Mercedes C300 3.0L V6, Leather, 125000 kms.

Any suggestions? Pro and Cons for either vehicle?

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745 is one of the worst depreciated vehicles ever made with one of the highest maintenance costs. C300 will have a much, much better used market 5 years down the road. That 745 will be near worthless.
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So really how bad could a car from Toronto or Quebec be? Something like this:

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Audi/A5/T...0704163105932/

or

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Audi/A5/L...c/19_4594271_/

Both under 40,000km (the red one under 30,000km). The one in Toronto is Audi Certified and comes with the extra warranty.
VW and Audi certified vehicles are pretty safe bets. However, the best of the best is if you can find a 'prequalified' one. They are ones that have been serviced by Audi and VW before they go through auction and get to a dealer. No short cuts are made on those ones.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:28 PM   #266
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How would I find one of those? Just ask the dealer?

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Photon, are you sure you want an automatic? You're gonna miss out on a huge fun-factor. I can kind of understand if you got the Infiniti, but it seems like it would be a real shame with this nice german metal. Isn't this a bit of a "go big or home" purchase for you? Why limit yourself to half the experience?
The one I test drove had a tiptronic with paddle-shifters and that was pretty neat.

My wife doesn't know how to drive a standard, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want her to learn on the A5, and city driving with a standard gets tedious.

I think I'll enjoy the tiptronic more.
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How would I find one of those? Just ask the dealer?


Yes, They should be able to tell you if it is or isn't.
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Jeep Cherokee Sport 2000

First snowfall in Saskatoon yesterday, so when I go to drive my Jeep, I put it in 4HI to get out of the alleyway, but the 4WD doesn't stick, it just goes back to 2WD when I start driving. Put it back in 4WD, this time it works for a bit, then the drivetrain goes into neutral, I'm getting no power, and when I stop to put it back into 2WD, it grinds until I put the car into neutral, and even then I have to heave on the handle to get it back into 2WD.

I'm going to bring my car in soon to get this checked out, but with my girlfriend coming into town on thursday I don't want to be without a car, so I want to just keep using it in 2WD till I get this checked out. Anyone here with Jeep knowledge know if my car will be safe to drive? I've been driving it in 2WD all summer and had no problems with it.

Looking online it looks like it my be a linkage problem, or low transfer case fluid. I just had the transfer case fluid changed back in August, so I wonder if they made a mistake when they did that.
I would check the transfer case fluid level right away. There are two large plug bolts on the rear of the transfer case. Undo the top one and the fluid should be at least an inch or so below the hole. If the fluid is low, use a turkey baister to add some ATF fluid. It SHOULD be okay to drive in 2wd if the fluid is okay but you may want to get an experts opinion.

I assume you have a SelecTrac with the lever? 4hi, lo and 2wd?
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:52 PM   #269
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I would check the transfer case fluid level right away. There are two large plug bolts on the rear of the transfer case. Undo the top one and the fluid should be at least an inch or so below the hole. If the fluid is low, use a turkey baister to add some ATF fluid. It SHOULD be okay to drive in 2wd if the fluid is okay but you may want to get an experts opinion.

I assume you have a SelecTrac with the lever? 4hi, lo and 2wd?
Ya it's a SelecTrac, I'll check the fluid tomorrow morning, thanks!
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Anybody here use the engine wash at the coin op car washes? I was just replacing a headlight bulb and started thinking how dusty and dirty the whole engine area has gotten. I am a little apprehensive about the coin op, as I don't want the high pressure to dislodge a hose or flood something. I also assume they are somewhat safe, otherwise they wouldn't exist... so any tips for using these if at all, or is this not a good DIY endeavour?
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Anybody here use the engine wash at the coin op car washes? I was just replacing a headlight bulb and started thinking how dusty and dirty the whole engine area has gotten. I am a little apprehensive about the coin op, as I don't want the high pressure to dislodge a hose or flood something. I also assume they are somewhat safe, otherwise they wouldn't exist... so any tips for using these if at all, or is this not a good DIY endeavour?
You wont dislodge or flood anything. I use it on the high pressure soap (and rinse) all the time...and I switch vehicles once or twice a year. The only problem I ever had was years and years ago on my first car, a Ford Tempo, that had a crack in the distributor cap. Anything newer or better than a Tempo is a-ok for an engine wash.
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You wont dislodge or flood anything. I use it on the high pressure soap (and rinse) all the time...and I switch vehicles once or twice a year. The only problem I ever had was years and years ago on my first car, a Ford Tempo, that had a crack in the distributor cap. Anything newer or better than a Tempo is a-ok for an engine wash.
Thanks. So you don't bother with the engine cleaner setting? Anything that I should avoid spraying? I am just imagining the caps for the anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid getting off or getting water into the vents.
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Thanks. So you don't bother with the engine cleaner setting? Anything that I should avoid spraying? I am just imagining the caps for the anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid getting off or getting water into the vents.
I would thinkt he engine cleaner setting probably isn't as strong? The thing you probably have to watch out for is making sure you don't get water into your Cold air intake, and any electrical components... wires etc.

If you have a newer car you probably have less to worry about as newer car engines are pretty well built.
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Thanks. So you don't bother with the engine cleaner setting? Anything that I should avoid spraying? I am just imagining the caps for the anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid getting off or getting water into the vents.
The amount of water that would get into either of those systems is negligible, if the caps where to dislodge, which is unlikely. I use a pre-soak on the engine. The engine is usually the first thing I do, then wash the rest of the car, it gives the degreaser agent time to penetrate.
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Ya it's a SelecTrac, I'll check the fluid tomorrow morning, thanks!
The SlecTrac can be finicky. They really need to be exercised every once and awhile to work properly or else you may have trouble getting it engaged when you need it. If the fluid looks fine, just get it nice and warm and try to shift it in while moving with your foot off the gas. If it doesn't work, get it checked out. It's most likely something simple like the linkage.

I've never had trouble getting it into gear before but I have gotten it stuck in 4lo on both a TJ and my KJ. My ZJ always worked flawlessly but leaked like a mother.
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Cover the brake master cylinder with a plastic bag, the cap is vented so it is possible for water to get in. If you get water elsewhere, it will probably just evaporate, but brake fluid is designed specifically to displace water, the more it displaces the less effective it becomes.
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Speaking of car washes, is it still true about Calgary that you're not allowed to wash your car in your driveway with any sort of cleaner? I prefer to wash my own car instead of a car wash, but I vaguely remember that rule.

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It's true, you can't wash you car on the street anymore. The concern is with soap getting into the storm sewers which dump out in the Bow.
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It's true, you can't wash you car on the street anymore. The concern is with soap getting into the storm sewers which dump out in the Bow.
Which kind of sucks btw. I'm sure a few of us would prefer spending time washing our own cars.

Is there a place in Calgary to do it?
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