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Old 06-09-2004, 09:35 AM
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Hmmm

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IMHO, seems like you either get treated with respect, or not.
Not only does what you describe to be irrespectful, it sounds damn incompetent.

I would get my car the heck out of there, and certainly wouldn't think of threatening someone with a lawyer who was about to work on my vehicle.
Are you familiar with the BAR? (Bureau of Auto Repair)
I have never looked into them, but have heard from mechanic freinds that the meer mention of them is enough to instill great fear into the psyche of a disreputable shop.
I do wonder how the professional mechanics on this forum feel bout this.
IMHO:
A proctology exam by a gorilla is much more fun than the Bureau of Auto Repair.
I would rather have hemorrhoids than a visit from them.
Their rule seems to be bend and spread them.
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:05 AM
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I can see that the "write off the car" idea created a fair amount of concern. I was speaking in a practical sense. When your car is involved in a love-hate relationship with an indifferent mechanic it becomes the least satisfactory solution to the problem of transportation. You, the owner, will alternate between irrational optimism and profound gloom, neither of which are realistic emotions when actually driving.

In short, you become involved in reward-feedback loops that really don't have anything to do with automobile mechanics.

If you mentally write off all that has happened to date, you'll be able to think more clearly about what you really want to do.

Naturally, everyones mileage may vary.
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:12 AM
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PS- still haven't 'profiled' myself so let me just say I started with pontons in the late 60s, actually wore out a dodge slant-6 in a 63 Valiant convertible (do you have any idea how LONG that takes?), and currently drive an 80 240D and an 85 190-e. Along the way I've formed the opinion that the laborer is worthy of his hire.
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Old 06-09-2004, 11:52 AM
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I can see that the "write off the car" idea created a fair amount of concern. I was speaking in a practical sense. When your car is involved in a love-hate relationship with an indifferent mechanic it becomes the least satisfactory solution to the problem of transportation. You, the owner, will alternate between irrational optimism and profound gloom, neither of which are realistic emotions when actually driving.

In short, you become involved in reward-feedback loops that really don't have anything to do with automobile mechanics.

If you mentally write off all that has happened to date, you'll be able to think more clearly about what you really want to do.

Naturally, everyones mileage may vary.
Well, I sort of said **** it about 3 weeks ago. By that I mean, I wasn't going to sweat it much as I have alternate modes of transportation. So yes, I mentally detached myself so as no to fret over it.

It's sort of difficult when I drive by the place everyday, though.

I'm the kind of person who will let something like this go on as I try to be understanding(the xtra car helps) until I'll go there one day, get a half assed answer and then I'll take my car the **** outta there, damn the consequences. In this case there won't be any because I have witnesses that will attest to the fact that the car has been there for an excessive period of time.

This post was inspired because I actually went and sat in it the other day and realized how much I love my car......torture.

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Plantman, I feel your pain. I took my car to the local MB dealer service dept to have the top end of the OM603 rebuilt. I don't have the other receipt handy, but the job required a second visit that took another 3 weeks.



Not only did they go over the estimate by $1000+, but the real clincher is this...

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Old 06-10-2004, 11:24 PM
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I ran into him today and he pleaded with me to stop by tomorrow morning.

m guessing he has a few excuses to give me.

Keep u posted.
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Old 06-14-2004, 10:23 PM
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Spoke with him and again the apologies seem genuine.

Karl is a really nice guy who probably has a problem saying "no", and take more cars in than he can handle.

The good news is that the car is on the lift and is "the next problem car" he has to deal with.

According to him, he has been working on it sporadically, and has not been able to pinpoint the problem. He says that the pump and cpu are not in sync. I think he will remove the pump to verify it's proper placement.
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Old 06-14-2004, 11:05 PM
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I think Karl ought to stick around state-side and train his own flunkies.
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Old 06-15-2004, 02:25 AM
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The good news is that the car is on the lift and is "the next problem car" he has to deal with.
What's it doing on a lift if the problem is between the IP and EDS?

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Old 06-15-2004, 03:25 AM
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What's it doing on a lift if the problem is between the IP and EDS?

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...puffs from his pipe...the plot thickens, eh gentlemen?
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Old 06-15-2004, 07:33 AM
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...puffs from his pipe...the plot thickens, eh gentlemen?
The car is on a lift because they store another car under it, and all cars that are elevated overnight. I should have said inside the gargage as opposed to outside with no hope.

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Old 06-22-2004, 01:02 PM
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I see light at the end of the tunnel.

I drove my car today, no smoke, very quiet and am a lot happier. It should be ready today or tomorrow.

He just wants to make sure the shift points in the tranny are calibrated with the IP.

He said he removed the ip and replaced some electrical component that wasn't sending/receiving signals with the cpu.

Yeah baby, i'll be dieseling soon. Can't wait to get rid of my Cherokee.

Regular here is 2.02. Diesel is around 1.65 in some spots. 1.71 at the most.
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Old 06-22-2004, 05:59 PM
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My car is now safely tucked away in my driveway.

As I said in my earlier post, running great, very little smoke and tranny shifts perfect. What a happy day.

Gonna go out and wash it right now. Even though it's raining.

BTW, Karl didn't mention $$$, but I will go by and speak to him tomorrow. Or maybe 11 1/2 weeks.
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Old 06-22-2004, 10:21 PM
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BTW, Karl didn't mention $$$, but I will go by and speak to him tomorrow. Or maybe 11 1/2 weeks.
LOL!!! Thats just beautiful!!!
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Old 06-23-2004, 12:07 AM
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Thanks for reminding me why I do my own work, sometimes I forget and wonder if it is worth it.
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