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Old 08-26-2011, 12:32 PM   #41
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Lucky you, to get a knowledgeable and honest technician. Must be rare. It's true that HD over the air is top quality and better than you can get with cable or satellite. (However, the number of available HD channels is smaller.)
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:54 AM   #42
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Already has, but has anyone noticed that a lot of basic cars are base priced with manual transmissions still, with automatics a $1,000+ option? You probably won't find any non-sports car with a manual transmission on a lot anywhere, and they would probably hate to even order one.
Nothing sadder than a modern re-start of a hot sports car (like a Mustang) with a six-speed automatic...

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I was talking to a 15 Y/O who collects old outboard engines last weekend. His dad has a 67 Chevy. The kid didn't know anything about timing lights and plug gap/valve gauges. Do they get used for anything these days?
Ouch. That one hurt. I guess they're only good for working on '67 Chevys now.

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I remember that day. I'm on the main floor on the right but I can't find myself in the video. It certainly seems primitive now.
Were you the guy swinging a hammer in such a threatening manner that it inspired a commercial?
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Were you the guy swinging a hammer in such a threatening manner that it inspired a commercial?
Naw I was one of the numerous guys drinking the Koolaid, hoping that I could buy two Macs.
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I've heard that happens often. When I was 15 my Dad was the dumbest idiot east of the Mississippi. By the time I was 20 he sure learned a lot.
Here, here! It absolutely amazed me that during the first couple of years that I was in college that I was studying so darn hard but it was my Dad who was the one getting smarter. During that time, in my eyes he went from dumb to smart as a fox.
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I wish they still put them there. It was a lot more convenient than that stupid multi-function stalk thingy.

That way people wouldn't be so prone to drop their coffee, hamburger or cell phone while driving....
I miss the headlight dimmer switch on the floor as well, I liked it better as a driver. They did tend to corrode and malfunction more than the current dimmer on the stalk though.

Also, remember manual shift on the column? or push button automatic transmission controls? Actually I remember one of our cars with an automatic transmission having a short shift lever on the dash that you would move to the left, then move up or down to your desired gear then return to the right.
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Actually I remember one of our cars with an automatic transmission having a short shift lever on the dash that you would move to the left, then move up or down to your desired gear then return to the right.
We have one of those on our 2006 Prius. It also has a "Park" button.

When we registered the car the clerk said "Automatic or manual transmission?"
I said "I don't know. It's a continuously variable transmission, and it doesn't really "shift" like other automatic transmissions."
Impatiently she said "It's either automatic or manual."
Belatedly realizing this wasn't a gearhead conversation, I said "Oh, automatic."

We're picking up a 2005 Prius on Thursday and registering it on the way home. Same shifter. Same transmission. Hopefully that same clerk isn't on duty...
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When we registered the car the clerk said "Automatic or manual transmission?" ..........
It is a good thing that she didn't ask "gas or electric". That might take 10 minutes to explain the various modes of operation.
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We're picking up a 2005 Prius on Thursday and registering it on the way home. Same shifter. Same transmission. Hopefully that same clerk isn't on duty...
Great choice!

Just remember to say "automatic" and you'll be set.
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It is a good thing that she didn't ask "gas or electric". That might take 10 minutes to explain the various modes of operation.
My answer would be "Yes!"

Unfortunately it wouldn't result in me walking out of there with a registration slip, so it'd still be the wrong answer...

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Great choice!
I sure hope so! The price is fair and we were willing to wait the three weeks for them to pack out their possessions and get ready to leave the island.

We'll have to verify that the car is in the same shape as the last time we saw it, but the owner is one of those people who runs to the dealer at the first "Maintenance Required" light or every six months (whichever comes first) and he has the two-inch-thick file to prove it.

The car's material condition may be irrelevant since my spouse has already made the emotional commitment to being a his&hers Prius family. Our 2006 is silver and this 2005 is black, so she's trying to decide between the names "Salt 'n' Pepa" or (my nomination of) "AC/DC" & "Back in Black".
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I miss the headlight dimmer switch on the floor as well, I liked it better as a driver. They did tend to corrode and malfunction more than the current dimmer on the stalk though.
Shh! Don't tell my 76 Chevy Monte Carlo. That is one of the few parts I haven't replaced in the last 25+ years.
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Nothing sadder than a modern re-start of a hot sports car (like a Mustang) with a six-speed automatic...
That's a dual clutch automatic. In general they have faster acceleration through the gears than a manual tranny and better gas mileage than a single clutch auto. Considerably less soul, however. That probably doesn't matter in the slightest to those raised on video games.
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That's a dual clutch automatic. In general they have faster acceleration through the gears than a manual tranny and better gas mileage than a single clutch auto. Considerably less soul, however. That probably doesn't matter in the slightest to those raised on video games.
Hey, you can still pick classic muscle cars in the latest release of Gran Turismo. And choose "manual transmission" too!
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did anyone post about 8 tracks? I tried to explain to my kid about how the song would fade out and then come back in................
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But do they ever choose it?
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A long while back, a friend had a 33 1/3 yr birthday party. People dressed as (and brought) their favorite record/song/group/singer etc.

I was telling that friend's children about it. Blank stares. 33 1/3
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did anyone post about 8 tracks? I tried to explain to my kid about how the song would fade out and then come back in................
Yours was much better than my friends.... his changed with a CLUNK... no fade out...
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Yours was much better than my friends.... his changed with a CLUNK... no fade out...
Radio on my BMW wagon quit with no clunk or nuttin' one day. Maybe this IS tech the kids understand - turned out the radio (hidden back by the spare tire) sends a signal through the navigation cd player/computer (hidden below the rear side window)and thence to the display unit on the dash (silly me - thought that thing with a screen and knobs and buttons was the radio). If the navigation graphics display (?) gets sick then some other bit of BMW gimmickry, the I-bus, notes that the system is gerflunken and shuts off the radio after 2 minutes. 'Course the car is a 2000, I'm sure things are much better now..
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I started a tractor with a hand crank last Saturday. And again last Tuesday. I really don't miss that! I have another tractor where you throw over the flywheel. Another fun day followed by an evening of Vitamin I (Ibuprofen).
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I started a tractor with a hand crank last Saturday. And again last Tuesday. I really don't miss that! I have another tractor where you throw over the flywheel. Another fun day followed by an evening of Vitamin I (Ibuprofen).
Preferred the Poppin' Johnnies. Open the brass pressure relief on the two cylinders, rotate the flywheel to the proper spot and give it a swing, close pressure reliefs it it started and was rotating the right way. None of that leaning over jazz.
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