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    Ownership Verified: Brought home a new Volt

    Still works great. Just got it's annual oil change. Have to replace the rear brakes as they so rarely get used that they get a rusty surface that grinds grooves into the rotors when you back up and the friction brakes are activated. So weird to have brakes needed becdaue they aren't used...
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    Ownership Verified: Brought home a new Volt

    7 YEAR update... since the pictures went away, here's the pics of the day I brought it home: 7 years later, I have 45k miles on it and since we brought a 2020 Bolt home as my wife's car and our errand runner, I decided to undertake an upgrade program for the Volt. To that end I’ve added...
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    Ownership Verified: Latest aquisition, E38 Sport

    Well, just about 3 years into ownership and it's still a completely reliable daily driver with now about 180k miles on it. I put the rear window regulator in it about 6 months ago, as it was making noise. Other than that, nothing new to report. It's been to upstate NY a couple more times, and...
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    Ownership Verified: Latest aquisition, E38 Sport

    After the February Fakeout (sunny and 77 degrees for a couple days) it went back to being cold and nasty here. It's back to being filthy and I need to wash it bad, but the rain makes it pointless...
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    Ownership Verified: Latest aquisition, E38 Sport

    technically it's just about pressing the throttle pedal harder, but it's really a major difference in responsiveness when you switch it off vs on one of it's 9 settings. Instead of mashing the throttle and waiting a bit every time you use it, it happens MUCH faster with less effort, making it...
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    Ownership Verified: Latest aquisition, E38 Sport

    Ok, it's been 2 1/2 years with it, and all I've spent in repairs is about $200 for minor stuff here and there (a few bulbs, a rear window regulator, and a coolant level sensor). Still reliable as my daily driver. I've put the Alpina front air dam on it, and added a Sprint Booster throttle...
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    Cars everyone likes that you hate.

    The shape is reminiscent of a woman's back, starting a the front it's like starting at the nape of her neck, over the shoulder, tapering that long distance down to her waist, curving back up over her ass and tapering off again. it's smooth, like a beautiful woman, not all veiny and lumpy like a...
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    Cars everyone likes that you hate.

    What? It looks like the female form, it has shoulders and hips and is very NOT gay. Just look at it. It?s hard to imagine doing better. Nominate any new car you can think of, and the rusty old Jag beats the pants off it. The E-Type, with its long, flowing body, accentuated by graceful swells to...
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    Manual Vs. Automatic

    Well, that would be the automatic part of "semi" "automatic". Semi automatic does not mean that it's never automatic. It means that sometimes it's more than just "automatic." No it's never a full manual, but it's no longer acting automatically, either.
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    Ownership Verified: Latest aquisition, E38 Sport

    One of the best rules of thumb is buy the nicest one, most well maintained one you can find, and keep it under $10k. Even though KBB excellent retail on one is only $4500, when you get down to that price range, you only find beat up, high mileage ones that haven't been maintained. High miles...
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    Ownership Verified: Latest aquisition, E38 Sport

    And again, with the new club plates: And a month ago parked in the driveway: And not long after I got it with my buddy's Imola Red '01 Sport: I got my Alpina airdam from him and that was when I was picking it up. This is a concept of what it should fit like: Hopefully I'll...
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    Manual Vs. Automatic

    We're not calling DSGs and Steptronics "manuals." We're calling them "semi automatic" in that part of the time, they are automatic (put it in D and it shifts for you) and part of the time you can select the gear you want and it stays there, like a manual, making the trans "semi automatic."...
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    Manual Vs. Automatic

    I'd say semi automatic is any automatic, be it clutched auto or torque converter auto, with a full manual mode, where you're still choosing the gear and it hold in that gear when selected. The Steptronic in my E38 is the latter. When you go to the manual mode, it only goes into whatever gear...
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    Ownership Verified: Latest aquisition, E38 Sport

    Thanks! I've got some more minor mods planned. I have the Alpina front spoiler to install after I get it painted this spring, and I'd like to do coilovers to drop it about 2" all around (Fortune coilovers with 9k lb springs gives it the stock ride and handling while dropping it nicely. They're...
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