Double M

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  1. Happy Holdays to all you Reatta heads!
  2. I dont know what they are talking about, unless they are trying to sell you a new hosting plan. Are you running out of room? What Techinical issues could be involved by NOT changing something? Ronnie, seriously, I am a web guy. I know we have had some disagreements, but your site and the info it holds is important to all of us Reatta heads. To be honest, I once considered making a site to compete with yours. I decided that it would too large a project and in the end, I would not have the same time and effort to make it better, and if I wasnt going to be better than your site, then it would be a waste of my time. I didnt awnser your survey, but I do have a suggestion. First and foremost... Drop the forum. It is probably a space hog and a ***** to maintain/moderate. This forum has way more action than yours (no offence meant) and can serve just as effectively. This also might work to solving some of those "Social Issues". I know I dont post on your forum, so it cant be me they are complaining about! LOL! I'm not going to start waving my professional Webmaster banner around, but... I do hosting and I would be happy to host your site for FREE. If you could let me know how much room it needs, I could find out if I can meet your sites requirements. I will try my best to assist you in any way I can with technical, design and hosting issues.:cool:
  3. Why would ANYTHING be removed? I really dont understand.
  4. Funny thing, even though it was an expensive car when new, I bought mine because it was so cheap $1200 on Ebay. Most things that go for $1200 nowadays need to be towed home. It was the coolest looking thing I found in over a year of searching for cars under 1500 and within 200 miles of my location. I still look on ebay and to date havent found a deal yet to compare. Times are very rough now (News Flash: we are in the biggest Depression since The Great Depression of the 1920s) and as a result I had to sell my 2004 MINI Cooper a few years ago. While the MINI was an awesome machine, The Reatta is a nice replacement. In fact I get more compliment about the Reatta than any other car I have ever owned.
  5. That CarFax is a deal killer for sure, but it is a reality we have to live with nowadays. In 2004 I sold a Jeep thru an ad in the Newspaper. The guy asked me if it had ever been in an accident, I said "No", then he whips out a CarFax that says it was! A lady hit the plastic running board, cracking it and I NEVER reported it to my insurance company cause the damage was so minor. CarFax found out thru the police report. I showed him the cracked running board and explained and he showed me $8000. But your typical Dsyfunctional Human would have walked at the first sign of trouble because they probably couldnt comprehend anything besides whats on the internet. Question here... I have had many cars, the 1990 Reatta being the newest GM I have ever owned - but none of them had the VIN on EVERY body part, is this something "new" that GM did/does? If so when did this start and was it an industry wide change?
  6. Double M

    OMG $700!

    Now that IS funny! I have decided to wait on this project. It is just too costly for me at the moment. You see I suffer from Old Car Disease (OCD) and I am trying to save for another car, a 1966 Plymouth Fury II. If I bought another Reatta, I guess I would have Reattaitis. Which I hear is incurable. If you read that thread about our stories, you'll see many of us have the Old Car Disease, of which I was re-infected by this Reatta. For more on this horrible disease see this thread of mine in the General Forum... http://forums.aaca.org/f169/there-has-cure-315008.html My Reatta rides & handles nice, but the front is a little bouncy, but after all it's a Buick and isnt it supposed to ride like a boat?!
  7. My windshield on my 1990 Buick Reatta has an extrodinary amount of specs (pits) on the drivers side but not the passenger side. It looks like it got blasted by sand perhaps. I usually dont notice, but I drive right into the sun and it is pretty dramatic. A new Reatta windshield is $1500 bucks and that is more than I paid for the whole car, so that is not an option... Are there any Glass Cleaners/Polishes that may help?
  8. Keep it, those are minor/common items that go wrong on a Reatta. If you are going to be selling it, you want to limit how much you spend on it to get it ready to sell, many solutions you will get are based on creating a for show car, not a for sale car. Many solutions you'll get are also based if you have unlimted time and money. If you dont have a complete and expert knowledge of auto mechanics, complete set of tools, working knowledge of automotive computer diagnostics, a lift in your garage, welding and power tools and so forth, take those easy DIY suggestions with caution. Let your wallet dictate your actions not a show points book. But these are easy fixes you describe that will require little of that. Here are my low cost easy to do suggestions based on experience and my rather skinny wallet. Headlights: You'll get great advice from Kingsley, he helped me with my issues, but there is a seldom mentioned hidden Headlight Relay that can cause major issues that I just found about recently. I am about to embark on that adventure myself. Stay tuned... Windows: Before taking apart the door and start doing surgery on rivets and bolts with drills and more, make sure the door track sills are clean with WD40 and lubricate them with White Lithium Grease. IT DOES WORK. It helped my windows tremendously and you would not know there ever was an issue, let the next guy. Taking apart the door and power window assemblies and drilling out rivets is not a job to take lightly if you have no experience doing these kind of things. Antenea: An aftermarket Power Antenea costs $60 bucks at Auto Zone and installs easy. I could not afford that, so I used a $9.99 "Rubber Duckie", non power on mine and its fine, just fine. I dont mean any disrespect to the very fine solutions and advice that have already been posted, but we all dont have the money, time and resources to do everything by the book. Especially on a car you may just want to get rid of. Just my 2 cents and good luck whatever you deside to do.
  9. Double M

    OMG $700!

    My mechanic says he will charge me $100 a side and he also recomended replacing the strut mounts. Maybe I can find those on ebay too?
  10. Double M

    OMG $700!

    I just got a quote from Firestone... $650. They all want to include an Alignment. They want $175 each for just the struts.
  11. You know what seems to be a common point here? How the car itself lured the person to buy it. Seems like our Reattas called out to many of us and said "Buy me"! I know mine did. It was alot nicer looking than all those bland grey Hondas everyone seems to want to buy. Value is a big factor. The Reatta is in what I call "The Zone" now. Not an Antique or Classic, their overall pricing now is probably at it's lowest point. Add to that that it sometimes requires more than just a trip to the corner mechanic to maintain one sometimes, the effort may turn alot of people off and the car either ends up for sale, cheap or is junked if something not easily repaired breaks. It also says alot for the styling, which seems timeless. Also as previously noted, the much lamented electronic nature of the car, has really held up to the test ot time. I think Barneys records indicate 62% of them are still on the road. In all of my tinkering with the Reatta, I have always been impressed with the build quality and how after 20+ years, not a single rattle or squeak and the paint job, led my neighbor to proclaim my car "The shinyest car on the block".
  12. Double M

    OMG $700!

    Is that a common part I can or a mechanic can get? Or is something I have to hunt for?:confused:
  13. Double M

    OMG $700!

    I just called my local Monro Brake & Shock place. They want over $700 to put a new set of Front stuts in my Reatta! I asked how much they were charging me for the stuts, they said $185 each and that they were Monroes... Monroe list 2 different struts, 1 is listed as a premium stryt, the Sensa Track. I found them on Ebay for $69 each, BTW http://www.ebay.com/itm/Monroe-71854-SENSA-TRAC-PREMIUM-STRUT-/250925411055#vi-content Has anyone used these? Has anyone else come across these outreagous charges? Is it an extrodianarly hard install?
  14. "The topic here seems to be Internet Defamation Law. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act clearly grants immunity from liability for defamation for websites like this forum that are considered distributors of information not publishers. " Bravo! The AACA is not legally libel for negative posts. Period. End of story. You may now continue with your regularly scheduled programing...