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Well, no more helis for a while, and not because my mom didn't want me to have any more.
Been looking for a Jeep, but there was too many drawbacks last minute... then my parents found a 2000 Toyota Rav4 that I've fallen in love with. Needs a few things, but nothing major. Just needs undercoated and two paint bubbles need taken care of. Pretty good looking little green thing, definately acts like a huge tiny car. Golf Kart motor, big-ish body, but still tiny. AWD, so definately good for the kind of stuff I need it to do.
I'll add a photo of it at some point, but first I have to put it on the photo section of the forum I found-Rav4World. Don't worry, nt leaving here by any stretch, just got annother thing to take care of.
(I think this link won't work for anybody but me, but... http://pittsburgh.craigslist.o.....07992.html ) Why it works for me, but nobody else, I don't know...
Alright, well here's my garage on rav4 world.
that's mah baby.
CPD,I have been in the used car business for 35 years.my last position was used car Manager for a local Toyota dealership- the cars we sold the best were Corollas and Rav's.The only warranty problems with the Rav was my area is near the sea and the radiator used to oxidize and not get full water into the motor and could blow a head gasket-so pressure test radiator-the other tip rotate your wheels to help even wear as being all wheel drive they get hard points and sound like a wheel bearing gone.
They really are a great vehicle,you will enjoy the Rav- SF
Thanks for that, SF. Just got it re-inspected yesterday to make sure it was good (had a good one until October, but just to make sure it wasn't bad) and found out I need to add brake hoses to the list of things to get fixed. 🙁 Well, more like 😐 because it means I don't have to spend that later on. I'd think that they'd check the radiator. At the very least, the water pump and timing belt were replaced 5k miles ago. Obvious that they were taking care of it by replacing them regularly at about 70k miles before they get bad at about 80k.
I don't have the problem with corosion because of the ocean, but if you saw what our well water does, boy I'd hate to put that in a radiator! Bad enough our hot water heater has to have the stuff in it! (it's supposedly safe to drink, but personally, after seeing what it does to pipes from the iron in it... Never would want to drink that stuff!)
As for the tires, well, the current ones are good until the end of the summer. Then, new winters, then new summers, then new winters... Tires last us only one season, or two at best. Some people put all-weathers on and run them year round, but I'd think they're just good summer tires. Winter, well you should be able to offroad mildly with the winters we like to use. What's nice is we have a place locally that re-caps tires, so we can, in all of our hillbilly ways, find a set of rims somewhere, and find a set or tires that the tread's bad, but the sidewalls are good and there's no holes in the tread, then we can just take them and get them re-caped a number of times until the sidewalls start giving out, and by then we have to get summer or winters on because it's the end of the season anyway. The only glitch is the rims are $100 a peice! For the other cars we've had, they've only been $100 for a set! That means a lot more of getting tires put on and off rims too. 🙁 Costs a lot more in the end...
The Rav is one easy car to work with-rims you need not panic with-just get 4 good tires rotate every 5000 miles-spend only required costs-to explain,at your age changed all my rusty cars ,like lowered them,painted them well one,orange with a huge flower on the bonnet-Was in the age of flower power and total free life-was a 105E Anglia-had a lot of love from that car!!forgot put a small lotus engine in it and also cut the roof off-how could one now even register the car-mad days dude-can talk on cars for ever,raced a few,stock car smashing-just go for it--SF
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