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Old 06-05-2016, 03:10 PM   #169
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I have found the 370LE of my dreams.....Thanks to Charly for pushing me over the edge on this one at the Get-Together. If this deal goes down I will be putting the 2007 396XL up for sale in July. Reagrds, Bob
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Old 06-05-2016, 07:34 PM   #170
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Bob,

Sorry to hear about your frustrations. I was very excited your cruze was a diesel, and thought I'd watch them for the next five years to see how they do. I like to buy cars at about 5-10years old, and drive them until they fall apart. I always keep an eye out for the next family car, and was hoping the Cruze might be it. Well on the plus side, at least I know to steer clear of it. Currently we are enamored with the looks of the veloster, and the potential of a Smart. I have considered a 4-door wrangler, but find them uncomfortable with the top on. Will see.
If I were you I'd stay with that Saturn stationwagon you had at the meet; dirt simple and fairly easy to get parts for. The late model dual cam 1.9 SW2 or SL2 were the ones to get I heard.

Nothing but trouble are the new modern diesels IMHO. Too many sensors, EGR systems, DEF, catalytics and particulate filters......all for nothing, as they must in some cases shut these systems down just to get the bloody cars to work. Too complicated and very expensive to maintain.

Before you bite my head off, just remember I'm a big diesel fan....but older mechanical diesels.

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Old 06-06-2016, 02:48 AM   #171
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Tony, completely agree, but I always think long term, so I know I have to get a replacement in ten years. Oddly, I have a second SW2 I use to go back and forth to work. It's manual everything, and maintenance is a breeze.
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:30 PM   #172
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OK....so here it is.....wait for it....the diagnosis from the Chevy dealer on the diesel Cruze.....the EGR valve was stuck open....virtually impossible to get to. But, it's fixed and secondly all the more reason to get rid of it. Had we not had the dolly in PA, we would be driving back there this weekend to pick it up. Computer controlled diesels are one thing....but emission controlled are another. With only 45,000 miles on the vehicle you would not expect this sort of problem, and by the way....isn't that supposed to be the job of the DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) no more.....I'm done !!!! Bring on that old 370LE BEAST with the gas guzzling 460......less expensive in the long run. Regards, Bob
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:46 PM   #173
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Hey Bob,

Congrats on the gas guzzling 370!!!! When are you picking it up?

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Old 06-07-2016, 05:58 AM   #174
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We will be at the international rally (our first one) Lewisburg, West Virginia, then drive for a day to Charolette ? NC to do a final inspection before purchase.
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Old 06-25-2016, 04:28 PM   #175
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So we're off to the International rally in West Virginia...will let you know what classic motor homes we see...we are going incognito! Regards, BobClick image for larger version

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Goodluck and have a safe trip Bob, Debbie and the girls.

That setup is so long, with the rack ahead of the Suburban I'm pretty sure you could be in three time zones at the same time.

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Just in case you haven't noticed.....you have something attached to your tow hitch Bob!
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Just in case you haven't noticed.....you have something attached to your tow hitch Bob!
Bob's using that as ballast to help keep the front wheels on the ground....
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Bob's using that as ballast to help keep the front wheels on the ground....
Actually I was seeing the trailer as WD for the load on the TV front bumper . . .

What a rig! Do you need special masthead lights like tugboats with long tow barges following well behind at the end of a long tow hawser?



Seriously, what is total combined length of this rig, including the rack on the front bumper? Even if non-commercial, do any federal or state DOT regs require signage on the front or back of such a long rig? Passing from behind on a two-lane road would require a lot of forethought . . . to be accomplished safely.
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I'm waiting to see the 370 pulling that trailer....
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If he does the diesel conversion on that 370, then it probably would pull that trailer!
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We arrived at the International rally today around noon. Of my,,,,,,talk about aluminum...it's going to take me three days just to look at them all. To hot to walk around this afternoon...about 93 outside. Have seen three classics so far, 2, 345's and a 360 gasser. A great ride coming down I 81, but I 88 sucks, we are done with I 88 for a while, been under construction for at least the last 8 years that I have been driving it. Regards, Bob
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