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Old 23rd October 2013, 02:13   #3376
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You da man . It was a small plastic clip that used to connect it to the exhaust, I couldn't figure it out when i had jacked the car up and checked underneath. Took it to a local mechanic and he fixed it in 5 mins and didn't charge me anything.

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Happy that it worked out. Had the same issue in My Corolla. I fixed that with duct tape. After 12 months or so the duct tape falls off, I buy a new roll and stick it again.
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I thought I'll share these photos here too. Merc CLS63 AMG V8 Turbo and Nissan GT-R parked in my apartment.

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Old 27th October 2013, 11:47   #3378
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Progressive International Motorcycle show is going on at San Mateo, CA. Here is the link http://www.motorcycleshows.com/san-mateo.

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Didn't know the baby Mercedes.... CLA was out already? I saw a black one on the street.

Looks kinda awkward from front 3/4 angle. Loonnggg front snout

This one had halogen headlights...needs HID badly !
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Old 27th October 2013, 23:13   #3380
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Didn't know the baby Mercedes.... CLA was out already? I saw a black one on the street.

Looks kinda awkward from front 3/4 angle. Loonnggg front snout

This one had halogen headlights...needs HID badly !
I saw another black one in the apartment too. Couldn't get a good look at it from the front.
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Old 28th October 2013, 23:15   #3381
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Help needed!

My 2006 Mazda3 manual trans. with 85K on odo makes a slipping sound during hard acceleration from stop and if I quickly release the clutch while changing gears. What could be the reason?

Thanks very much.
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Old 29th October 2013, 00:56   #3382
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Help needed!

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Jose - I checked with a local mech here. He had 2 qns

a) Does the slipping resemble a grinding noise?
b) Is this perceivable only during sudden gear changes and Pedal to the metal acceleration?
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Old 29th October 2013, 01:18   #3383
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Jose - I checked with a local mech here. He had 2 qns

a) Does the slipping resemble a grinding noise?
b) Is this perceivable only during sudden gear changes and Pedal to the metal acceleration?
Hi ToroRosso,

a) Please pardon my ignorance, I'm not sure what it means a grinding noise, but I surely feel it's a slipping noise.
b) Yes, the noise is audible only during quick gear changes and quick acceleration.

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a) Please pardon my ignorance, I'm not sure what it means a grinding noise, but I surely feel it's a slipping noise.
b) Yes, the noise is audible only during quick gear changes and quick acceleration.

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Did you resolve this yet Jose?

When was the last transmission oil changed? I'm no pro, but typically griding noise is due to clutch you may want to get it checked soon.

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Old 31st October 2013, 10:12   #3385
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Did you resolve this yet Jose?

When was the last transmission oil changed? I'm no pro, but typically griding noise is due to clutch you may want to get it checked soon.
Hi Vivek,

Gave the car to a Mazda "specialist" (Yelp says so). However he was not able to find out the problem.

Today I left the car with him to look into the problem and also for oil change and tire rotation. But after driving around for 45 minutes he did not hear any slipping or humming noise. When I came back to collect the car I asked him to hop in and drove around his garage compound. Within a minute I showed him the noise.

He took the car back inside the garage but came back saying he couldn't find anything wrong and there is no "life threatenin"g situation. He's never seen this problem in his 25 years of experience with Mazda cars.

So basically I wasted a day and $250 just for oil change and labor .

You guys please don't pound on me for the foolishness I committed today.

BTW, after coming to the USA, this was my first day to use the public transport. Felt like school days.

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Hi Bhpians in the US,
In my next visit to the US i am planning to buy a Used car for my commute ,please advice my budget is 6000 USD +1000 USD for extras .
My friend and i when we were in chicago last year had bought a 2005 Audi a4 1.8T ,all power,leather seating but no wooden inetriors,done only 66k miles for 7000 USD and spent 3000 USD on heater ,timing belt etc issue and the car then was in execellent condition,hes moving back to india now and offering me the same ,price yet to be decided over bar table .
Now the car has done close to 80k and KBB value says 7500 USD for very good condition,offlate i havent seen the car but my friend keeps his car very neat ,washed and regularly serviced. I think the car needs new tyres and good music system .
Car is in Chicago and i am coming to St.louis MO in a few weeks.
Please advice.

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I think the car needs new tyres and good music system .
Car is in Chicago and i am coming to St.louis MO in a few weeks.
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You could still have the car inspected by a mechanic to determine what kind of initial investment you would need. I would be more worried about larger mechanical issues than tires and music system - since you say he had heating issues and had to get work done on the timing belt. Audis of that era are not renowned for their reliability - but that doesn't necessarily mean that this car has or will have problems. Just get it evaluated and ensure that there are not any surprises.
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Old 31st October 2013, 22:41   #3388
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Hi Vivek,
That is weird!
And BTW my name is not vivek
not good jose.. you have met me and not TR

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My friend and i when we were in chicago last year had bought a 2005 Audi a4 1.8T ,all power,leather seating but no wooden inetriors,done only 66k miles for 7000 USD and spent 3000 USD on heater ,timing belt etc issue and
I would evaluate based on how long you want to keep the car and you average commute. German cars are expensive to maintain and car hitting close to 100k miles may have some maintenance that is coming up.

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That is weird!
And BTW my name is not vivek
not good jose.. you have met me and not TR
shoot me. I'm so sorry. I replied thinking it was ToroRosso since we were sending couple of PMs regarding my car. My bad.

Allow me to take you to Gravity House next time you're in San Jose.

Sorry again.

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I have arrived in the bay area last week for a foreseeable future (have a work visa/I94 stamped for 3 years from now) and obviously, ride is something I am looking for.

Since family (wife and 2 toddlers) would be joining me in a few months time, at this point of time, I have shortlisted Nissan Altima 3.5 SL for my daily commute.

However, due to lack of credit history in this country, I need to fall back on Nissan for financing the vehicle. From the information which I could gather from the dealership (over phone) -
1) The interest rate could be anything between 7 - 11%; and
2) The maximum loan term that can be offered is 3 years (equal to the length of my visa)

Interest rate is something I can live with initially and once the credit history is built, I can switch loan; however, loan term of 3 years would make me re-plan the finances.

Could the folks in the know in US help me with verifying the authenticity of the above points please?
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