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Old 07-24-2009, 10:46 PM
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I just wonder how well we can actually recover since so many jobs simply disappeared from this continent. Manufacturing and such (and even outsourced or entirely eliminated office jobs) made up a big part of the middle class income/economic sector....those jobs are just gone....thanks to sending them overseas....it will be interesting to see if the economy ever recovers. When it gets really bad is when people who've been unemployed a real long time lose their unemployment benefits, then what do they do? Crime? It should be an interesting future.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:51 PM
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Unemployed for six months now after lay off. Been DIYing every regular upkeep thing I can on the car since then with much help from this forum! Car needs a new exhaust though
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:14 PM
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Barely employed and need to put in new accumulators in the wagon along with new paint before winter. The Sd just got trans replaced with a used "rebuilt" Peter Schmid unit -saved about 1,000.00 on that. Hoping for a day job to augment my night job so I can get this stuff done -cars are running great however, just did valve adjustment on both. I get lazy when I have money and go to my indie more often then not. This time period has me realigned with my priorities, diesel and otherwise
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:09 AM
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I'm recently re-employed, but was out of work for 8 months. To support my cars while I was unemployed I started rebuilding injectors and bought a wagon for cheap to repair and sell. With the new job I now don't have much free time to work on them now.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:05 AM
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I am employed and have just enough money to buy parts and repair my self, but i work too much and my job dose not like greasy hands or black oil stained hands/fingernail's (hospital regulations ).

Here's an advice if you need a job fast i would suggest to get a CNA certification and apply at an hospital, they are never enough of tech nurse at an hospital, avoid nursing homes though.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:22 AM
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How many are unemployed, and/or cutting back/not repairing your car?.

Which defered repair is bugging you the most?
not unemployed, but with the bad economy i'm definitely cutting back on repairs i'd normally have had done--would rather pad my savings at this point than dumping more money into the diesel.
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:16 PM
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I was unemployed from 10/08 through 3/09, since then I've had some work, but it's been, well, a little less money.

Haven't really deferred any maintenance on the wagon. It's up to date on everything and has been since before I bought it. So maintenance isn't a big money spending item on this car for me. I've done smaller repairs, i.e. an SLS resevoir, blower motor, hood cable, and numerous interior trim upgrades (not broke, just found better parts) have been done over the past six months.

I figured that I've got all the time to do some repairs, don't need the car to get to work, and save some money by DIY work, not to mention keeping busy, was worth the expense during times when money was uncertain.

That said, the steering box and some front end component repairs are looming in the near future. These aren't things that I could do in my driveway, so I'll probably pay good money to get these things sorted.
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:00 PM
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I'm employed, but have other living expenses to take care of and I only work part time.

I was saving up to have my AC fixed, but then my master cylinder went bad so I had that replaced. Oh well, maybe by next summer I'll have cold air again.

Other then that there really isn't a whole lot wrong with Norm, but at $1100 for the repair it makes affording it hard. Once that is out of the way my body repair and repaint fund will go in to effect, but that will also take a long time to afford.

So pretty much if my cars are safe, then I'm satisfied.
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:15 PM
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Well, fuel lines are new, oil cooler lines are new (thank whomever that they came off without all the aluminum threads from the cooler!!!!) and the upper control arm waits for another day.... At least I can now park in the preferred spots in my driveway, without leaving spots in my driveway
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:15 PM
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Well the bank of canada our equivelant to your federal reserve. Has announced the recession was over today in canada. Their credibility is highly suspect as the basis of this optimisim was not clarified enough.

Seeing is believing as far as I am concerned. I am just not seeing any particular resurgence in any important sector. Maybe I am missing something?

My thoughts exactly. What a load of #%@^!

Honestly though, I have seen little change in this area so far. More people back from Alberta due to work stoppage from the oil fields there.
My friend was out there for 4 years, says there is a place where they call it 6 miles of Iron...he says 6 miles of heavy equipment parked along side of the road, not being used for months due to the lack of work. If so...Wow!
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:04 PM
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Not unemployed, but my workload has tripled (pretty much not an exaggeration) with my salary frozen ... I'm giving up a lot more hours and am a lot more wiped out as a result, so it's kind of eating into my wrench time. I've also been trying to keep costs under control due to the fact that I very much want to leave my job, and want to feel like I can afford to do so. I volunteered for severance earlier this month and was turned down, watching my friends get laid off instead. On top of that I'm living with my parents, which is not the best situation, and I'm hoping to invest in a house soon. So I'm not skimping on the vital stuff, but I'm trying to hold off on some biggies ... especially on the 240D, which is well beyond its golden year. I try to focus on cheap-but-challenging repairs ... right now I'm doing some low-budget bodywork after taking care of the vitals: brakes, steering linkage and maintenance. Most of it hasn't cost me that much, but the 240D is going to need a new exhaust and new tires, both going to be $$$. If things keep going the way they are, I may end up shelving the project altogether ... employment or no employment ...
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:11 PM
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Not unemployed, but my workload has tripled (pretty much not an exaggeration) with my salary frozen ... I'm giving up a lot more hours and am a lot more wiped out as a result, so it's kind of eating into my wrench time. I've also been trying to keep costs under control due to the fact that I very much want to leave my job, and want to feel like I can afford to do so. I volunteered for severance earlier this month and was turned down, watching my friends get laid off instead. On top of that I'm living with my parents, which is not the best situation, and I'm hoping to invest in a house soon. So I'm not skimping on the vital stuff, but I'm trying to hold off on some biggies ... especially on the 240D, which is well beyond its golden year. I try to focus on cheap-but-challenging repairs ... right now I'm doing some low-budget bodywork after taking care of the vitals: brakes, steering linkage and maintenance. Most of it hasn't cost me that much, but the 240D is going to need a new exhaust and new tires, both going to be $$$. If things keep going the way they are, I may end up shelving the project altogether ... employment or no employment ...
better than my situation, a broke student lackling skills for jobmarket so Im going to toyota t ten program so at least you have marketable skils and something to go everyday. Not to add I have bill collectors calling multiple times everyday. alots of people out there who have it much worse than you
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:20 PM
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better than my situation, a broke student lackling skills for jobmarket so Im going to toyota t ten program so at least you have marketable skils and something to go everyday. Believe there alots of people out there who have it much worse than you
Definitely ... I wasn't making the case that I was the worst-off person in the world. I'm pretty lucky. All I was saying was that, like most people here and elsewhere, the economic situation has affected the way I approach my car hobby.

If you're a student, even a broke one, at least you're doing something in the right direction, i.e., acquiring a skill. That's way ahead of a lot of people, who are just waiting for someone to save them.
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:54 PM
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I'm well employed (Dept of Navy), but my wife's business - art school for kids - has been down for the last two years.

Putting off - Replace Rear Window - probable water leak, fogged edges, defroster lines only work on upper half of window.

Next thing to fix - Driver's seat completely collapsed. have the springs from the 300D passenger side, but will have to take the daily driver completely down to remove seat and rebuild. That's the hard part to schedule.
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:56 PM
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Been unemployed since Feb. '08 - thanks to my former boss's insight into this economy crash. Picked up a P/T job this Feb. which lasted until a couple of weeks ago. Unemployment rules!

On the other hand, I have started receiving SS benefits, which will barely pay the bills. So we keep on trying for the job...........

Edit: Smacked someone in the rear end the other day, messed up the radiator, aux. fan, AC condenser among who knows what. So far, looking at $500 in parts to get running again & who knows what else after the smashed stuff is pulled out & replaced. Just what I needed.........
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