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post #71 of 81 (permalink) Old 12-03-2006, 05:25 PM
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Wow, that's awsome, 400K. Did you rebuild the engine? I have 168K on the original engine with no loss of compression, no leaks and runs super clean. My emissions readings are incredible too.
Believe it or not, I bought an engine from Mazda. Delco Remy (GM) has the contract and has done all the Mazda factory rebuilds for probably 5 years now. My new engine showed up with TWO new rotor housings. I didn't rebuild mine because it was a high mileage motor and I thought the rotor housings and side housings were out of spec. Housings alone would have cost close to what I paid for the complete engine.

The original engine died because I changed radiators and thought Dex-Cool was a good choice for coolant. Two words describe that: STU-PID. I installed the new radiator, put in the Dex-Cool, and 8 months later my BRAND NEW radiator was leaking from a seam. I pulled the radiator and took it to the best radiator tech I knew where I was told, "Whatever you're using for coolant is devouring the radiator." When I told him Dex-Cool, he said the heater core would be next. I flushed the coolant and went back to plain green Prestone, and six months later, at 367,000+ miles, my original block lost a coolant seal. I've written articles about DEATH-Cool for both MazdaNews and RotaryNews.

That engine photo is from one of Dave Gibson's engine clinics. Someone from Mazda R&D (where SevenStock used to be held) showed up and filmed that clinic. Dave owns Speed Machine Performance (a Mazda shop in San Diego) and the ClubFC3S dot com website. This is the type of thing I'm looking for in the Mercedes-Benz community - clinics. Suspension, engine tuning, brakes, dyno days, track days, and things along this line. That, and we could use a performance magazine.
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post #72 of 81 (permalink) Old 12-03-2006, 05:50 PM
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That's amazing, I saved my engine from being toast just in time. A couple of years ago I was very pressed for time due to my work so I had Jiffy Lube replace my oil and flush my radiator and fill with new coolant. Big mistake! They cross threaded my oil plug and worse yet my heating core failed within a month and the radiator (fairly new) started to leak under pressure. I was lucky that I pulled over as soon as coolant gushed into the cabin.
It took me three full days to clean up the mess, remove the dashboard, replace the heating core and the radiator. Luckily the engine was still ticking.
That was the only time in 20 years I had allowed anyone to touch the car and that's what I got for doing that. Never again!
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No doubt about it -- Audi A4 2.0T. Had one as a loaner while my A8 was in for routine service, and fell in love with it. Cute, quick, comfortable, and very stylish. I live in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and this car is made for jetting around town. Handling is amazingly sharp -- nearly as good as any BMW (and I've had two of them). I almost got the A4 2.0T instead of what I will wind up with one of these days, whenever it gets here -- the SL 550. And my Audi dealer puts my Mercedes dealer to shame, too.

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RX-7s? My brother has built & ported over 1,000 blocks - he built the ported motor in my CYM (~400 rwhp).

Nice FC's guys. I sold my black Turbo II a few years back - got the SLK55 to replace it. Here are a few pics of some of my cars. See ya.
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I'll second that! Check out a Volvo S60 T-5 or a lightly Used S60R... Before you make a final decision, go to your local Volvo dealer and ask them about the S60 T-5, S40 T-5, and if you really want a crazy Volvo look for an S60R... these cars are well worth your time to at least check out!
I haven't driven the S60R and I wanted to buy the S40 T5 instead of the E I have now. But I did drive the 2006 S60 and S80 recently (several FWD/AWD and T5 variants) and those cars cannot be compared to any good luxury car. Both the S60 and S80 simply sucked at handling, the interior was poorly designed, the controls (i.e. window controls) were in horrible hard-to-reach-while-driving places. The Cadillac DTS, Lincoln LS and Dodge Charger I drove around the same time behaved much more like luxury cars (even though the Charger isn't one at all) than every single Volvo I have driven...

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What other car would you buy besides a benz? Like what's the next best luxury car? Keep in mind I have a C230, so something equivalent? I'm thinking either a Lexus IS250 or IS350, or an Acura TSX or TL? Which one is better?
The TL is awesome... If I wasn't such an MB slut, I would be driving a TL right now...

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The TL is awesome... If I wasn't such an MB slut, I would be driving a TL right now...
I LUV SLUTS!!!!

U see a hottie at a party & go up to her & say, I'm fantastic in bed- That's Marketing
U R at a party with friends & see a hottie, a friend goes up to her & says U R fantastic in bed- That's Advertising
U R at a party & see a hottie, U walk up to her & pour her a drink. U open the door for her, offer her a ride, & then say, By the way, I'm fantastic in bed- That's Public Relations
U R at a party and see a hottie, she walks up to U & says, I hear U R fantastic in bed- That's Brand Recognition!
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I LUV SLUTS!!!!
Congrats!!!

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The TL is awesome... If I wasn't such an MB slut, I would be driving a TL right now...
well that's good to hear, because that's probably what I'll be getting next

BTW...what color should I get?!
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Good choice, CB! My wife loves hers! If you need any questions answered, feel free to PM me. Look at the colors in person... lighter colors tend to be easier to keep clean as they show less dirt. There are a few dealer installed accessories that you may want to consider, rear spoiler, etc.

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