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Ryan Kiefer
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The Veloster! 3750 miles as I left Enterprise.

Dimwitted dual-clutch auto loves to keep the gonads-free 1.6l below 2000 rpm, but is also not smooth. So you get a combination of lurching and zero go-pedal response. Putting the trans in sport mode kept the revs higher between shifts, but didn't help the lurching.

Paddle shifters: why?

Ride: jittery.

Steering: annoyingly quick for interstate work. Zero dead center, which I'm absolutely not used to. Might be fun on a back road.

Seats are swole-shaming. My thighs felt seriously pressed inward in the 6" or so closest to my knees. Uncomfortably pressed.

HVAC: worked.

Audio: acceptable. I paired my phone and played Pandora relatively easily. It was loud enough to drown out the highway racket.

5/10 not a Mirage. 
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Can any of my sales contacts with access to Ford's window sticker database pull the info for this truck (VIN in ad)?

It's at a BHPH lot, and looks way too good to be there (most others on the lot are <$10k). I'm planning on looking at it tomorrow. The primary things I'm interested in are whether it has a towing or payload package and what the diff ratio is.

I'd like to go in with as much information as I can.

Also, thoughts on the price? Around these parts, it appears excellent.

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So, for those of you who have never driven highway 129, there are professional photographers stationed all along the way.

I'm tempted to buy one, just for giggles. 

Looking at a 2005 Z71 Tahoe with 126k for $14k.

Three owners, looks pretty dammed clean.

This is to replace the Odyssey. Are we insane?

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At Vintage Mission, they've got some interesting, possibly collectible inventory. 
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7/16/16
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Had two weak starts in the 300SD.

Figured the battery was bum. It was dated 11/13, with a 5 year warranty, so I took it into Walmart (battery came in the car) to see if I could get a prorated replacement battery.

They insisted on putting it on a machine to see if it would charge, and it did. Fully.

So I took it home and put it back in the car, and I guess I'm replacing an alternator this weekend instead.

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Mercedes diesel people, to me!

Getting a whistling/high-pitched metallic sounds for about 30s after a cold start. It rises and let's in lock step with engine rpm changes, then it goes away and doesn't repeat again until the engine is cold. If I wait before driving and hold the engine at about 1000rpm for about 20s, I won't hear the noise.

My initial thought is oil flow. The car has the correct amount, but it might not be circulating quickly enough after startup for the cold weather.

I have about 1500 miles on this 15w30 Delvac, which I thought would be good for year-round. I'm way overdue for a valve adjustment, though, so could that have caused early oil death via too much thinning?

I really need to get my act together with this car. I've been using school as an excuse to ignore it as long as it continues to start and run, but I don't want it to get to a state where it won't run at all, because I've got a feeling that by the time an OM617 is neglected to non-runner status, it will take a lot to bring it back.

Kitten picture for your trouble. 
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Derg. 
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This is from an estate sale we're going to this weekend. Looks like they've got an all-home stereo set up.

Using all Marantz amps. Can anyone identify these? Would they be a flipping opportunity if they're being sold cheap?

+Cool Cadillac Cat?

Do I know anyone in the Denver area?

The missus and I will be in town for a getaway Tues-Fri this week.

Suggestions on things to do? We like to eat and drink, with the occasional cultural experience tossed in for good measure. Weird is okay and encouraged, as long as it's also good.
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