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...
  15. Wow, our stories are as varied as our opinions and thats what makes the world go around. Previously I owned a 2004 MINI & 1986 Dodge Diplomat. The Depression forced me to sell the MINI and I bought the 86 Dodge for $500 from my mechanic... It was costing me over $100 a week in gas to get to work, so I started looking for something more economical. Well, fate played a part one day when President Eisenhowers' Great Grandson called me up at work and I sold him TWO 540 Cubic Inch Big Block Chevy Engines for his Boat. I work for a High Performance Automotive Manufacturer, BTW. This resulted in my biggest Commision check to date - $1100. Determined to use this bonus to improve my life and gas mileage, I hit ebay once again. After about a week, a Reatta poped up on my radar. It was for sale at a Used Car Lot in Conneticut. I'm on Long Island in NY. I knew of the Reatta and it's story, so I was intrigued. I dont have Internet access at home and I noted that the Auction ended on a Sunday and I figured I would never see it again and I also figured many people would wait till the end to bid on this beauty. That Sunday, I was watching the Football game at a freinds house and as usual I was bored and had a few too many beers, so I used his Internet. I jumped on Ebay and it was still there, the bids where nly up to about $1100 bucks and it was ending in 20 minutes. I sobered up fast and I waited till 5 minutes until it ended. I placed ny bid of $1200 and 5 minutes later I won it! I took a Train up North to pick up this car that I now owned but never laid hands on. I drove it home for 3+ hours w/o incident. 14 months and $3000+ more dollars later, I have one hell of a Reatta... The only fly in the ointment of my story is, the same day I paypaled the $1200 for the Reatta, they turned off my Electricity. I spent 10 days w/o power, but I had my car!
  16. So moving right along... How did, why did you get into owning a Reatta in the first place? Tell us your story! Dont be shy!
  17. Now that IS funny! Joke: A lady comes in to Caddy dealer and her brand new Eldo has a blown engine and transmission. They give her a new one. A few days later she comes in again with a Blown Motor and Transmission. The Service Manager asked for a more detailed explanation. She responds... I was driving along the parkway at about 65MPH, when another Eldo just like mine pulled up and wanted to race. So I put the car into Race mode by putting into R and that is when my trouble started! You may return to your regularly scheduled broadcast.
  18. Thanx Bushwack. Proof that resonable responces come from the members. Asking me to leave. Yeah, that is not reasonable or a show of leadership. Next, you will "solve" the problems you are having with vendors by banning me. Yeah that will work. However, I admit it would be unfair for me to point out a problems without suggesting a solution or two... First off stop with the semantics... Who is, what is a vendor? Do they have to regisister differently? If not, why not? I am a member of many forums. I also admin/moderate them as well. For a living, in fact I get paid for it. People that are selling things publically on a forum are usually specially registered as vendor or a sponsor and should only be allowed to post their sales publically in a special Buy/Sell Forum. Your precious rules also should be spelling out in a simple disclaimer that you have no liability as to the truthfullness of the ads or the vendors, as is very common practice on many sites, forums, newspapers and organizations. Saying you are liable for their actions because you allow them to post is pure nonsense. Wow, I wonder where we could find a Reatta Buy/Sell Forum? Secondly. Manners. It is beyond Rude to come here and tell us what to say and not to say about a particular subject, regardless of how you interpert your own rules or what your title says. We are Adults, could you please treat us like Adults? Your whole online posting demeanor is confrontational and holier than thou and we have way too much of that in this forum as it is. Third. Respect. You want respect, then perhaps you could try earning it. You come on to this claiming to be the leader of all, yet you know nothing about it. You say you dont read all the posts, but do you read any of them? Do you have any idea of the nastyness that goes on here? I have recieved Threatning letters, official nastyness from official members of the Buick Club, both publicly and private, and the latest attempts to rewrite the Brake history of The Reatta are just the short list. None of this ever warrants your leadership, it seems, but if someone complains about a vendor, here you come to save the day. What Drama. Am I coming thru out there? Because you are. Fourth. We have a great Moderator in Rawja. Why do I say that? He has earned his respect thru his actions and words, you are demanding it. You should work thru him and stay on your high horse, respectfully. While my posts may seem like an attack to the uninformed, the things I talk about are a matter of fact to those of us that actually participate in this forum. You should WELCOME my complaints as a warning signal to pay more attention to this, your most popular forum. That way you will be armed with the same facts as a I am. I am not on thin ice, I am standing on a strong foundation of Reality and I invite you over for a look see. You claim that you are trying to "keep this forum alive" is a shining example of how little you know about your own forum. It is the most popular and well attended of all the forums on your site and you think it's survival is in danger? Pure Drama is all that is and we dont need anymore, thank you very much. Please stop starting fires so you can put them out. That is not Leadership at all. Niether is banning members YOU dont agree with. As I said before , we are Adults and we would like to be treated as such. You original post is more inflamatory and insulting to us members than you seem to be able to understand or want to understand. It smacks of a guy that wants to protect the business practices of "Bad Vendors" on this forum and your claims of your liability are very very thin. Why? Because now you seek to protect a certain vaugely defined group of members by chastizing the rest of us. That is were the Honey/Vinegar analogy comes in. That rest of us, BTW is the Majority and you owe us, the majority, a major apoplgy. By saying we cannot post negatively about a negative experience with a "Vendor" good or bad, inadvertantly supports both those good and bad events. Who is going to point out the bad guys? You? No. You want to protect them and limit what we can say about them. Is that looking out for us or them? Hence my claim that you are benefiting from all this. If you are to be a leader, then do something to protect US, the members, if you are so worried, instead of yelling at us, the members, how about LEADING us to a better way, instead of chastizing us for trying to protect ourselves. It all comes down to this... you have put the Good AND the Bad vendors ahead of the members, so then why do you think it so outreagous to suggest you are one of them? It makes no sence for a leader to seek protection for those hurting your members and to limit what we can then say about it unless you are benefiting from it. You are supporting the wrong side, or you are just a far removed dictator that has no idea what is really going on. This is not an attack, but a LOUD & CLEAR call for change of attitude amongst these "leaders" that focuses on giving respect to the members first. I am a paying member of the AACA, not just some lurker or trouble maker. I have gotten much help here as well as some problems. You take the good with the bad, thats life, you will only fail if you try to mirror some utopian ideal. You have good helpfull members, a good moderator and we are very capable of governing ourselves, so I am sorry if my way of informing you is a little "over the top" but if you really care about us the members more than the vendors, you will "look over the top" and see these problems very clearly what I am talking about. IF you want to help, it would be WELCOMED, otherwise let us be. Please. Angelo / Double M PS... I did take my meds!
  19. Then fight your battle here and stop sending me your Drama Queen private messages. We can say all we want about each other, no matter how nasty, especially if you are an official of the AACA or the Buick Club, but we cant say anything negative about a vendor publically. Try and use that administrative yelling power of yours to figure out how that makes you sound. If you cant figure that out, then you have no business being involved with this or any other forum. At an early age, you should have been taught that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. You have alot to learn about forums and earning respect, sir.
  20. We cant say bad things about these precoious venders you seek to protect, but we can say bad things about each other. Take note where this guys priorities lie... not with the members or users of this forum but with the vendors. Makes me wonder which one of these vendors he is. This is the most ridiculous post I have ever seen on this of any other forum.
  21. Here are some more... All found with a simple Google search, but here in Reatta Fantasy Forum, these problems just dont exist... It is all OUR fault. BUICK REATTA Comments and Complaints ID:11105 - Information for BUICK REATTA Which includes 10 pages from this very forum on the subject. Reality.
  22. On this very page... http://forums.aaca.org/f116/abs-vacuum-conversion-141390.html The problems of this Brake System are well documented on this forum and many others. What purpose does it serve to try and rewrite history? How about the NHTSA... REATTA | The Center for Autosafety You "keepers of the faith" are doing an incredible diservice to anyone trying to cope with these issues by denying they even exist or making the problem their fault. It has nothing to do with viewpoint, it has everything to do with... Reality.
  23. That is great. Congratulations. Maybe, you could reappear again sometime when some of us members are bickering with each other and issue a similar statement concerning civility amongst ourselves. Stop by and visit again sometime. FINAL REQUEST.