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by watkins
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1465396

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Rope-Pusher wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:45 pm
I still had to deal with the lawless physicists.
Working as I do at a dealer called Lawless, I can attest that those physicists and their physics arent always quite right
by watkins
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1465396

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

With the two door, the wheelbase is going to be the limiting factor for towing. I think the reality is that most people don't pay very close attention to tongue weight or overall payload number; they just take the max trailer weight number published and go off that. And as you know, tongue weight, ...
by watkins
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: You Fixed the Ops, Now Fix My Car!
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: You Fixed the Ops, Now Fix My Car!

A few things of note: -A good dispatcher will make sure both the gravy and shit work are fairly distributed, as well as monitoring every techs hours to make sure nobody is falling too far behind. -Flat rate wages are almost always higher than hourly since there is less of a chance of a loss for the ...
by watkins
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: You Fixed the Ops, Now Fix My Car!
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: You Fixed the Ops, Now Fix My Car!

Flat rate is definitely both a blessing and a curse. I can make serious money when the work is good, especially with our bonus plan. But god forbid I get stuck with two or three crap warranty jobs. Fortunately we have a guarantee plan, but that only pays out 75% of the time we're on the clock at wor...
by watkins
Tue May 28, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1465396

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

I have finally confirmed that the Jeep doesn't mind towing. Put about 2100 pounds behind it (that little 1200 lb capacity Harbor Freight trailer is a champ) and it did quite well both acceleration and braking. Being a two door, the tow rating is only 2000 lbs, but I see no reason that it couldn't ha...
by watkins
Mon May 20, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today

Didn't bother to read comments. Being lazy. As a technician who deals with this stuff all day and also understands the physics involved and the driving habits of most morons on the road: Good tires go on the front more often than not. They have far more important work to do than the rears. Steering ...
by watkins
Thu May 16, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Honest Engines
Replies: 211
Views: 36937

Re: Honest Engines

Would there be a way to design that platform to take transverse 4 cylinder engines and longitudinally mounted inline 6 cylinder engines? Or would it have to be RWD/AWD only? Curious because RWD platforms for large cars are usually expensive, at least when they're sold. This intrigues me though eith...
by watkins
Sun May 05, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Most you ever paid for a car (used or new)
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Most you ever paid for a car (used or new)

That would be the nearly $40k for the JL last year, and thats not really even for me. I think I paid around $10k for my first car back in '07
by watkins
Thu May 02, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: How much do you drive manual for the performance reasons vs. the experience?
Replies: 15
Views: 433

Re: How much do you drive manual for the performance reasons vs. the experience?

Experience, control, and not being bored. Also the sound, but that wouldn't be a thing without a nice exhaust.
by watkins
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1465396

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

I wonder if my parents will be bummed when I never have kids. Its probably in my sister's best interests to not reproduce either. My mom keeps asking me when the kids are gonna come. I don’t know. I’m 35 but I don’t feel like I’m ready for a kid and luckily neither is my GF. We both feel like there...
by watkins
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: Well I found the Focus replacement...
Replies: 82
Views: 2533

Re: Well I found the Focus replacement...

It’s a reworked version of the Mercedes E-class left over from the days of DaimlerChrysler. FCA was going to put it on an Alfa Romeo platform, but that didn’t work out. So they’re revamping the existing platform and it should be in showrooms within the year. Well at least it will still be relativel...
by watkins
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1465396

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Kids are nothing to take lightly. You ought to be ready to say "It's not about me anymore", and not regret it, before you have any kids. Blah blah blah patience Blah blah blah I have no patience. I deal with so much stupidity that I don't have the mental capability to not snap immediately when face...
by watkins
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1465396

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

I wonder if my parents will be bummed when I never have kids. Its probably in my sister's best interests to not reproduce either.
by watkins
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1465396

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

"A recent survey of 35,000 dealership technicians by automotive consulting firm Carlisle and Co. found that the flat rate system is a prime reason for job dissatisfaction among techs and a key motivator for them to consider leaving dealership shops for other fields. Among the beefs technicians have...
by watkins
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1465396

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

saying nice things about turbos and recommending staying with the Europeans. Is it safe to say that the formats you're used to are such that the engine itself is enough to motivate the vehicle and the turbo is just a nice add-on, they're not quite so badly stressed as the micro-turbos that are beco...