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| Originally posted by mrogers@Jun 6 2005, 06:03 PM |
FINALLY had my catalytic converters replaced today with Magnaflow 53005's by a local muffler shop. They had to do some custom welding, but they did a great job. Very good guys there. $108 for the pair of cats (online), and the shop charged $100 for the install. And it feels SO GREAT to finally have my power back...felt like I was driving a 525i there for awhile :P for the 525i guys, I'm just kidding...
Side story, this shop was in a not-so-great location, and while I was in the waiting room a couple of...um, how do I put this..."hood brothers" in all their bling-bling came in saying, "Yo, we wan' yo' to raise dat up" pointing to a stock Ram 1500 outside. The owner looked at them and said "I'm sorry, you want what?" "Raise dat truck up, yo!" The owner says, "What are you trying to do? Are you wanting to put 22s on there or something?" "Yeah, man!" The owner points out the window. "Take it across the street. They'll do that kind of thing for you." I don't know, it just cracked me up, it seemed like the owner wanted to only take REAL work and not waste his time jacking up some dude's truck. LOL...ok it doesn't sound so funny now, but I was amused.
Anyway, more repairs to come later this week: my left tie rod and my left thrust arm are totally shot, those being the source of my clunking noise and play in the steering, and those are getting replaced on Friday morning to the tune of $180 parts + $70 labor. Then, right after that it's new tires, so about $400 - $500 there. I'm probably going with the Continental ContiExtremeContacts because they have good reviews and a need a good-handling all-season tire, and they're only $92 each at TireRack. Any thoughts on tires?
Finally, I have determined that my SRS light that keeps coming on is a result of a Technical Service Bulletin from 2000 that states replacement of the seat sensors is necessary upon customer complaint. Well guess what? DeFouw BMW in Lafayette charged me $75 last year to turn off the light, and said they found nothing wrong. Stupid ****** . How do you guys think I should handle that? Call them up and ask nicely why they ignored the TSB and charged me for doing nothing? Ask them to refund my money?
BTW, car has 91k miles on it with all of these problems.
| Originally posted by mrogers@Jun 6 2005, 11:47 PM |
Thanks for the input. I've been looking in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category at Tire Rack, because I need good performance and snow traction. The Continentals I mentioned are pretty good, but after reading a Tire Rack road test I think I'm going with Kuhmo ECSTA ASX's.
Side note, after the tie rod and tire job I'm going to have to go about 120 miles before I can get an alignment; is that a huge deal?
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