The term cause and effect comes to mine as I write this article. The tough economy brings out the desperation and creativity of thieves looking for away to make a quick dollar. I’m sure it common all over the country when copper plumbing goes missing in many construction sites and phone companies are experiences a large amount of thefts to copper cabling.
Check the tail pipe. With the engine running, go to the tail pipe and stand there and smell it. Yes I did say that. If it burns in your eyes and throat, it has a vacuum leak in the motor, often a simple fix but time consuming trying to find it. It will not pass smog with this problem. If the exhaust smells of gasoline and the tail pipe looks black, the engine is running too rich and will need an adjustment. It may or may not pass smog. Likely you will need to replace the spark plugs as well. If it smells like any other car with a catalytic converter recycling, it is probably fine.
My local utility, PG&E, is offering a special Plug-in-Vehicle rate of only 3 cent per kilowatt hour rate from 12:00 am to 7:00 am, compared to the standard top tier rate of 40 cents per hour, a 92% discount. That means the Leaf’s 100 mile drive will cost me 72 cents. This is the same as buying all the gasoline I want at 15 cents per gallon! In other words, the fuel is basically free. Not bad when compared to the $4.29/gallon demanded by my local gas station.
The suspension system supports the weight of the car. It has wheels, axles, tires and springs. Most cars have shock absorbers to guarantee a smooth ride. Springs are between the axles of the wheels and the body of the car. They allow each wheel to move up and down on its own. The tires also help to make driving smoother. They are built so that they give the car grip on roads in all conditions.
Scrap prices have started to rise again and lots of people are now junking. My uncle has been doing it for years on the side and he makes pretty decent money with it. You can really get a lot of money for things like old recycle catalytic converters and copper. The thing is, that you have to go to the right places so you don’t get ripped off. A lot of places claim that they pay the highest prices for scrap and also the most cash for junk cars in RI, but a lot of them are taking you to the cleaners.
Like the Wrangler, users are reporting these problems fairly early on the life of the car(2). Symptoms of the transmission problem include harsh shifting, noise when shifting, and the engine dying. The band-aid repair is a torque catalytic converter recycler, which often does not work for very long if at all. The electrical system problems include gauges not working and the car simply shutting off. Both of these problems are extremely expensive ($500 or more for each, according to my local mechanic) to fix and can run in the thousands of dollars. If you don’t yet have one, avoid it. If you do, get the extended warranty while you still can!
Why is the person is selling it? Ask why they are selling it. People try to lie if they are getting rid of it because it has developed a problem. So try to push them to tell you the truth about why they want to get rid of it. Remember, its okay to buy something with a problem that you are willing to repair.
Don’t be tempted to buy anything there and then. The sales assistant will tell you they’ve had several people interested in it, that its an amazing bargain. Always go away and think about it. Do a bit of research on that make and model of that year. Always use your common sense, most reputable dealership will offer a warranty; check that this covers parts and labour.