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Oct. 22nd, 2016 11:39 am
tegyrius: (cars Outback)
I'm seriously considering a change of primary vehicle. I'll be selling the Outback, which is currently at 93,600 miles.

Body is in average condition for age and mileage. It has a few scratches and door dings, one weird dent at the bottom of the driver's door, and the imprint of someone's trailer hitch receiver on the front bumper. No structural issues.

Maintenance is current and I have full records. Issues to date have been new constant-velocity joints, head gasket replacement, and an airbag sensor - all resolved.

Tires have less than 10,000 miles on them.

Available extras include a full-size spare (I still have the donut), a rooftop cargo pod (never used), an iPod/iPhone integration kit (using the proprietary pre-Lightning connector), and a Canvasback cover for the cargo area.

If you're in the market, ping me.

Quantrell

Oct. 9th, 2016 10:19 am
tegyrius: (cars Outback)
Quantrell Subaru's service department has failed me for the last time. After five years of consistent inattention to detail, I will no longer allow them to touch any vehicle my household owns.

The Outback will be up for replacement in the next one to two years. Despite the Subaru Forester and Volvo V60/S60 Cross-Country being near the top of the list for potential replacements, I am highly unlikely to purchase any of those vehicles if Quantrell remains Lexington's only option for Subaru and Volvo service.

Empowered

Aug. 13th, 2016 04:25 pm
tegyrius: (Warning Antimatter)
Although I'm unlikely to ever go on a transcontinental expedition, I follow a couple of offroading blogs because they're well-written and interesting. Last year, one of them recommended the Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start XP-1. It sounded interesting enough for me to put it on my "do want" list and [livejournal.com profile] elalyr bought me one for Christmas last year.

Holy crap, folks. This thing underpromises and overdelivers like nothing I've seen before. I recently started the VR-4 for the first time since February. The car's battery, as you might expect, was deader than disco. Usually, jumping that vehicle requires me to hook up the cables to the Outback and wait a good 15 to 20 minutes to build enough charge to crank.

With the XP-1? 30 seconds from hooking up the leads to starting the VR-4 on the first try - and the battery pack still was showing 4/5 bars of charge afterward. And that was after charging the XP-1 in December and leaving it in the Outback's cargo bay (parked outside, I remind you) with no top-off charging for eight months.

If you ever go anywhere that a jump-start or emergency power (it also comes with a metric assload of adapters for personal electronics) might remotely be necessary, make one of these things part of your car kit. Order today. I'm not kidding.

Horsepower

Feb. 8th, 2015 09:23 pm
tegyrius: (cars Outback)
I can't justify a subscription to Motor Trend as "what Dad would have wanted" but I sure can classify it as "what would have entertained him." And their writing is somewhat better than Car and Driver's, IMO.

Manual

Jun. 11th, 2014 07:12 pm
tegyrius: (cars Outback)
Seen on the rear window of a Saturn Aura this evening:

LEARNING STICK
STAY BACK
SORRY

Wheelman

Jun. 9th, 2013 09:18 pm
tegyrius: (gunstuff most interesting man)
[livejournal.com profile] elalyr and I have been working our way through Top Gear on Netflix. A couple of nights ago, we watched the Winter Olympics special, which was eighteen shades of hilarious. The biathlon event that substituted SUVs for skis got me thinking, though. America loves guns. America loves motor sports. Why haven't we combined the two?

I'm thinking... the obvious answer is to combine rally racing with 3-gun. Picture this...

Shooter begins seated at conference table, pistol in holster, car keys in pocket. Rifle and shotgun are secured in the shooter's vehicle. Upon the start buzzer, the shooter must stand, draw, and engage hostile targets while moving to his vehicle. He drives the first half of the course, stopping at a position overlooking a roadblock. He must exit his vehicle with his rifle, take cover (using vehicle or terrain as appropriate), and engage hostile targets at the roadblock. Upon clearing all targets, he re-enters his vehicle, drives past the roadblock and through the rest of the course, and stops at a final shoot house. He then exits the vehicle with his shotgun and clears the shoot house, engaging hostile targets while on the move. Penalty time is added for misses, hitting no-shoot targets, and leaving the course.

Call it the Wheelman Games. Because Spycraft.
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A couple of weeks ago, [livejournal.com profile] elalyr ran across this post on Marksbury Farm. It's a local meat processing facility about 45 minutes south of Lexington that recently opened a retail shop. Today, we went exploring. )

Retired

Jan. 18th, 2011 09:23 pm
tegyrius: (cars Outback)
Wandered out of the office yesterday to find a random shard of scrap metal in the Outback's right rear tire. Made the mistake of yanking it out with my Leatherman, thinking it might not be all the way through the tread, and was rewarded with a slow hiss. Changed it out for the spare in 40-degree rain and limped to the local S&S. Diagnosis: unrepairable.

One of the lesser-known joys of owning an all-wheel-drive vehicle is that all four tires need to be very close in diameter - which means the same model and the same amount of treadwear. Get a mismatched tire and you have marginally different rates of rotation. Over time, you can trash the center differential as it tries in vain to keep all four tires turning at the same speed.

Therefore, if it's time to replace one partially-worn tire with a new one, it's time to replace all of them.

I expected this, just not so soon...
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I gotta wonder... how many drivers are killed every year when their airbags deploy and ram their lap dogs into their sinuses at 270 feet per second?

Just askin'.

I swear, one of these days I'm gonna brake-check someone just to see a terrier ejected from between a driver's face and her airbag like a furry, howling watermelon seed.

The headline, to paraphrase Denis Leary, will, in fact, read, "woman killed by best friend."

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