Ownership Verified: An Italian from Illinois

PelicanHazard

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Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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'13 Dart 1.4T mtx, '03 Ranger, '20 KTM 390 Duke
Interesting, thank you. I did my own confirmation and found that a couple alternatives are now available, but not at brick and mortar stores and still with some expense. Quite punctual that they posted that, as my car is about 5,000 miles away from the spark plug service, so I'll be ordering them end of this month at the latest.

I still laugh at their mileage, though. If they're using their loaner for long road trips and can only manage 29mpg, they're either going into the mountains to ski or driving at nearly a hundred mph.
 

PelicanHazard

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Feb 22, 2008
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Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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'13 Dart 1.4T mtx, '03 Ranger, '20 KTM 390 Duke
Man, I looked back at the pictures when I bought this car and it was so shiny. Nowadays....

It's definitely showing the wear of a daily. It's been in two accidents since I last posted. The first one was a single-vehicle. Slid on ice and into a concrete barrier exiting the interstate by my house. Screwed up the front left corner so bad I could only limp it out of the roadway and then had to get it towed to the shop. Paid for that one on my insurance rates for a few years...

Second accident was in a parking lot. Backing out of a spot when the lady directly across the lane from me backed up fast without looking. Had time to stop and blow the horn before it hit, which wound up being in my favor since I could provide the dashcam footage with audio proving what I said so I didn't take a rate hit. The car remained driveable with damage to the trunklid that looked unsightly but didn't prevent it from closing, so I tooled around like that until the shop had the parts in to minimize my time without it.

Amusingly enough, shortly after that the car was sidelined from doing as much driving as when I originally bought it, since my work pays for a bus pass and I live within a 5 minute walk of the bus stop. So it went from a 40+ mile daily commute to zero as I only need it for errands and weekend trips, and not even all of those as I do have the Ranger still for when it's better to have a bed.

Some other faults it's developed:
  • Bluetooth failed a few months after warranty ended. Costs too much to replace for a feature I rarely used so it's remaining unfixed.
  • I was less than diligent about washing salt off it, so I had to have the rear wheels fixed after corrosion in the valve stems caused a 5-psi-per-day leak in both.
  • At some point, one winter when I was still street parking it, something that I can only guess at happened to dent in the sill below the driver's door.
  • It has an electrical gremlin now. Something sometimes doesn't switch off right and drains the battery while it's parked in about 3 days. It's not consistent, and I don't know when it developed, since after the aforementioned sidelining from daily driving I bought a battery tender since it can sometimes sit in the garage for 3 weeks between uses.
 
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