Bought a new car last October and it’s been hell. I have no idea if I have any options but I’m scared I just threw away a lot of money. – Consumer question

I purchased a brand-new Jeep renegade latitude from a dealership on October 31st, 2016.

I've been driving four-wheel-drive vehicles my whole life, and when my old truck was finally going to cost me more than it was worth to repair, I decided to get a new vehicle with a warranty so I wouldn't have to worry about getting where I wanted to go or unexpected major repairs.

I went to the dealer at the recommendation of someone else I knew who had purchased a vehicle from them, and looked at a wrangler and a renegade and was steered towards the renegade by the salesman (Brian, who does not work there anymore) because it was four-wheel-drive and had better gas mileage.

I specifically asked Brian if when I shifted into four-wheel-drive the wheels just spun, unregulated by anti lock brakes or any of that fancy engine killing differential crap that is on all cars these days. (I live on a dirt road and this was very important to me.) He said yes, and you know where this is going.

I bought the car, and less than a month later I found myself stuck on flat wet grass because the antilock brake and some engine regulating system kicked in and I could not move the vehicle. My anger was immediate, intense, and is ongoing.

When I called the dealership, the only response was "buy new tires".

That is the first issue.

The second issue is that the aluminum wheels did not hold the wheel weights on even mildly bumpy roads, or maybe it was just the car washes over the winter, either way I had to spend $300 rebalancing my tires THREE TIMES in just the first few months I owned the vehicle.

The first time I called the dealership, the response was "buy new wheels". I was pissed.

Eventually, a third issue arose where the electronic system and entertainment system kept shutting on and off while I was driving distracting me to no end and frustrating me beyond my ability to recover, which is an issue that is complicated by the fact that I am a veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder and prone to high anxiety already.

Because of this third issue I brought the jeep in to be rebooted or something, and talked to another salesman (Matt) about the wheel weight issue. He offered the solution of installing ceramic beads in all the tires for free so I did not have to worry about wheel weights falling off. I took him up on the offer, thinking I was going to get at least this one issue resolved, except…

When I asked him whether or not I could still use the fix-a-flat tire sealing repair kit that was the only flat tire repair option that came with my vehicle with the new ceramic beads, his answer was no, but he was going to see what he could do about finding me a spare tire.

I also talked to him about the possibility of returning this car and buying another car from them but wasn't going to have these continuing issues, and his response was a thinly veiled suggestion that I commit insurance fraud and total the car!

Obviously informed him that this was not an option for me, and he said there was nothing he could do. I just resigned myself to owning this car and trying to change my own mind about how I felt about it.

I went on vacation for a month, returned, and had more electrical problems that needed resetting. When I brought the jeep in for that repair, I inquired about the spare tire I was promised, I was told that I was going to have to pay $350 for a spare tire kit!

I just left it alone and walked away, I could not handle the level of anger I had at being forced by the dealership I bought this crappy car from to spend more money to fix the (problematic) solution that they gave me to a problem that should not have existed in the first place!

Now I have to bring the vehicle in for another electrical issue, and I have no desire to own this vehicle anymore. I've put 14,000 miles on it since October, I am definitely going to be upside down on this vehicle until I can get rid of it and eat whatever money I am going to lose, probably between $2000 and $5000.

I am, as I said, a veteran on 100% disability and that is my only income. I do not have a lot of money and was hoping this vehicle was going to lower the stress in my life and save me money, not increase the stress and cost me money.

At this point does anybody think I have any legal recourse here? Or am I just completely at the mercy of this horrible dealership?

Edit: added details

Getting ready to start a family, live in Maine (snow… lots of snow), and $10k budget – Consumer question

So like the title says… my fiancé needs a new car. She is a medical professional, and she needs to be able to get to work, period. Snow days aren't an option for her. Since we live in Maine, there's a whole lot of that (and they don't plow well). There will also be a baby in the not-too-distant future.

We are looking for an SUV that is $10k, or less. $10k is really the higher end of the budget, really we need something closer to $5k, but I'm trying to be realistic. Here's what we need:

  • Something that handles well in the snow, always. There is a difference between "being able to get through snow" and "being able to handle well in snow (and ice)." note- whatever we buy will have snow tires in the winter
  • Something that is very reliable. We will be extremely dependent on our vehicle, and can't afford to be without it for days on end.
  • She is a resident and I'm a student. We are broke. We need something that is cheap to maintain.
  • We'd also like something that doesn't drink too much gas, but I realize that is likely asking too much, and it's probably the lowest of our priorities.

I have been researching and researching, and I can't figure out the best option. Here's what I'm considering:

  • 4th gen 4runner. My biggest concern with these 4runners is that they weren't yet offering the full-time awd. How do the 4th gen 4runners handle in the snow?
  • 04' or 05' BMW X3. I know BMW's are generally expensive to maintain, but I've read that they are one of the most dependable vehicles on the road in the past decade. Plus they have great safety ratings, and they have a great AWD system.
  • Older Ford escape. Not sure about the reliability at the high mileage we'll need to buy at in our price range.

Does anyone have any advice? Additional suggestions? I pretty much refuse to buy a Subaru.

Thank you!

I’m a new automation custom integrator, looking to buy a ladder rack for my F-150. Where do you guys get your truck accessories? Difficulty: SW ON, Canada. – Consumer question

I see department store ladder racks (costco, Canadian Tire, etc.), offroading stores, and transport truck accessories, but having a hard time finding a local dealer with a selection of ladder racks and other contractor accessories in the St. Thomas, ON area. Any of you seasoned construction guys have any tips for me?

Looking for advice about a vintage Fiat. – Consumer question

Hey all! I found a vintage Fiat Spider 124 2000 '79 for $3300.00, and I am considering buying it. I've spoken with the guy who is selling it already, but I figured I'd ask around on Reddit for some information as well. What I'm wondering is how much am I going to be spending on maintaining this car if I decide to buy it? I know it's going to be more work than if I get a different car, but I'm just curious if I am going to be spending hundreds monthly, hundreds yearly, thousands yearly, etc. Does anyone have any rough estimates on what to expect time and money wise, should I decide to buy this car? According to him, pretty much all of the parts have been replaced and it has been very well taken care of. He said that it has never given him any problems. Any advice is appreciated!

What the car ad says:

FOR SALE: Original Good Condition. 1979 Fiat Spider 2000! Rebuild engine with 500 miles on it. Brand new nice canvas top (cost$400). Interior is brown and in decent shape. It's comfortable, clean, nice, and original. All electrical works. Has a few little paint bubbles that have been stopped for rust but will need to be redone. Rebuilt transmission 500 miles ago. Good bumpers. Brand new tires. Mechanically sound and awesome. New fuel pump. If you put a little into it and keep it nice, these hold their value and increase over time.

Pictures:

http://imgur.com/a/d3TlM

Looking for advice about a vintage Fiat.(x-post /r/Fiat) – Consumer question

Hey all! I found a vintage Fiat Spider 124 2000 '79 for $3300.00, and I am considering buying it. I've spoken with the guy who is selling it already, but I figured I'd ask around on Reddit for some information as well. What I'm wondering is how much am I going to be spending on maintaining this car if I decide to buy it? I know it's going to be more work than if I get a different car, but I'm just curious if I am going to be spending hundreds monthly, hundreds yearly, thousands yearly, etc. Does anyone have any rough estimates on what to expect time and money wise, should I decide to buy this car? According to him, pretty much all of the parts have been replaced and it has been very well taken care of. He said that it has never given him any problems. Any advice is appreciated!

What the car ad says: FOR SALE: Original Good Condition. 1979 Fiat Spider 2000! Rebuild engine with 500 miles on it. Brand new nice canvas top (cost$400). Interior is brown and in decent shape. It's comfortable, clean, nice, and original. All electrical works. Has a few little paint bubbles that have been stopped for rust but will need to be redone. Rebuilt transmission 500 miles ago. Good bumpers. Brand new tires. Mechanically sound and awesome. New fuel pump. If you put a little into it and keep it nice, these hold their value and increase over time.

Pictures: http://imgur.com/a/d3TlM

[VA] Someone keeps causing damage to my mother vehicle – Consumer question

Hopefully this somewhat fits into this subreddit. Someone has been damaging my mother's vehicle for quite some time. At first, we thought it was random events but it can no longer be a coincidence. I'll try to keep this short. My mother purchased a new to her, used Jeep. After a few months of ownership, the first incident occurred. Someone had put sugar into the gas tank. We are talking about pounds-heavy in weight. After paying hundreds of dollars for fixing the gas tank… She drove the vehicle without any more incidents. Eventually after fixing her credit up a bit, she was able to buy a new year model Honda. The second incident happened not a month ago, someone broke into her car and stole clothing and a bag. Nothing that you can say was of any value (value in terms of money spent on the items yes, but nothing like an expensive electronic, etc). On top of the theft, the driver seat was moved all the way to the back. So who knows what else they did to the vehicle. We didn't report the issue. We should have but, it wasn't really too important to do so. She drove the vehicle without putting too much thought into it. Not until later when it "hit her". The third incident happened yesterday. She noticed her tire was flat. You might think this is not a big deal, but intentionally lowering a vehicles tire pressure change damaging to the vehicle and dangerous to anyone in or around the vehicle. All these incidents happened while the vehicle was parked at home. She managed to get the spare tire on. Took the tire to a mechanic and the were no punctures. The mechanic himself said someone lowered the air pressure on the tire. Now she has to spend more money on getting a new rim. She drove it for a bit.

Now this is where all of this comes down to. We believe that we know who it was. We believe it's someone we share rent with and lives with us. He has a history of doing these kinds of things and he particularly hates my mother because he is racist and my mother has been with a black man for 10 years now. He's an alcoholic on top of everything and is always drunk. I don't really want to go into too much detail, just enough to give you a rough idea of the situation. My legal advice comes down to this, what can we do? We believe we know who the person is but we simply have no proof. What the heck can we do? This person is out there walking free, causing damage to my mother's vehicle and making her spend hundreds and/or thousands of dollars on fixing the damage he's causing. You can begin to see our frustration now. Damaged has been caused to private property and it may not be the last time.

And yeah, we are working on getting the fuck out of there for our mental wellbeing.

Positive review for small PvE friendly gamers X-Post Ark/Survival Gaming – Consumer question

Hey everyone. So I jumped on EA last night for Dark and Light and even amidst all the hate I have some positive things to say about it. What I don't get in today's day and age is people who buy a fantasy themed Ark in early access the second it comes out and then complain that it's a fantasy themed Ark. Like, with so much info at your fingertips, why? Anyway.

So some caveats. I love Ark, I have 650 hours in it and it's one of my favorite games. In the right conditions. I play with a small group of friends, we play PvE Coop, and it's all about the story, the adventure, building together, working together to achieve something in a fantasy world. We don't do PvP, we don't do public servers, we don't do mega tribes and we add things like Structure+ and accelerated rates because we have lives, kids and work. So if that's not you, then this review probably won't mean much to you because I honestly don't know how the other stuff is going. I couldn't tell you about alpha tribe faction based PvP and voting for king or any of that jazz.

So with that in mind. I really enjoy Dark and Light. Is it an Ark clone? Of course it is. I mean the engine is basically Ark, we all know/knew this so I'm ok with that. Does it have some of Ark's issues? Yup, but not enough to make it ragequit. Now I enjoy Ark's setting but man Dark and Light just oozes high fantasy. I can be an elf throwing fireballs at goblins riding a dragon? Yes please! Granted the goblins are creepy af right now with their sorta tooth grin shudder. And the little bastards can knock you out and steal all your stuff! Kill them from afar! Anyway. Setting wise it's right up my alley. I love how you have starting citadels with NPCs and guards! You can sell and buy stuff! There's even a tutorial quest line to teach you the game! Granted I think the sell goods for 100g is bugged but that's ok.

I can't talk about performance really. Yes the initial load is long but I have a brand new rig, 1080, i7, 32gb and 1440p and i'm running 35fps on highest settings. It looks great, runs great but again not the typical setup.

The mechanics are familiar with Ark players but instead of leveling up and unlocking engrams you unlock recipes by doing stuff in that tree. Want to be the house builder? Keep building stuff and unlocking things in that tree. It also means you don't have to grind narco for 3 hours because you really want a saddle. Just play the game like you enjoy and unlock what you use and do. I do like that a lot.

LOVE the magic stuff. A spell to give you more weight? A spell to lessen the weight of stuff in your inventory? Heal? Light without holding a torch?? Fireballs? Drain resources without a pick?? Oh man, again I'm a fantasy buff but I love love the magic stuff. And I'm only getting started! The downside to the magic though is this focus concept. Basically as you cast magic your focus goes down and you need to rest to get it back. That part was confusing because you need a bedroll which is a one time rest, and eventually a bed. But without "healing" focus you die. Now that I know it's not an issue but that part was a little odd.

Taming is challenging. Instead of knocking something out and then feeding it it's more of a shoot it with arrows with ropes until it tires, then build a trough next to it to feed it. Took me some time to adjust from Ark and of course there are different types of creatures and some can only be tied down with bigger ropes etc so that's just a learning curve but once I figured it out it sorta made sense. There's also no concept of perfect tame, that I can tell, so you end up shooting the tame a few times midway to keep him tired.

I had no crashes, only a few bugs like the quest line and random mobs poofing from in front of me. I also built my base on a "meteor site" which is a loot drop, and now with loot drops come skeletons or wraiths, so that's fun inside your house 🙂

All in all, really really enjoying it. If you hate Ark or survival crafting this is not the game that will change your mind though. I played for 5-6 hours last night instead of playing Ark or Horizons or anything else. So keep what I said in mind as for how I like to play and don't believe all the hate. I also play 7d2d and Empyrion so I love the genre and this is a pretty good entry. Needs some work? Of course. Have I experienced it all? Not by a long shot, but I'm excited to get back into it.

Now the controversy … Citadel comes out next week. I'll be buying that too, because duh wizards and crafting. So we'll see in a week which one of these two games gets the limited playtime I have.

Positive review for Ark fans for Dark and Light as a small PvE friendly gamer X-Post D&L/Ark – Consumer question

Hey everyone. So I jumped on EA last night for Dark and Light and even amidst all the hate I have some positive things to say about it. What I don't get in today's day and age is people who buy a fantasy themed Ark in early access the second it comes out and then complain that it's a fantasy themed Ark. Like, with so much info at your fingertips, why? Anyway.

So some caveats. I love Ark, I have 650 hours in it and it's one of my favorite games. In the right conditions. I play with a small group of friends, we play PvE Coop, and it's all about the story, the adventure, building together, working together to achieve something in a fantasy world. We don't do PvP, we don't do public servers, we don't do mega tribes and we add things like Structure+ and accelerated rates because we have lives, kids and work. So if that's not you, then this review probably won't mean much to you because I honestly don't know how the other stuff is going. I couldn't tell you about alpha tribe faction based PvP and voting for king or any of that jazz.

So with that in mind. I really enjoy Dark and Light. Is it an Ark clone? Of course it is. I mean the engine is basically Ark, we all know/knew this so I'm ok with that. Does it have some of Ark's issues? Yup, but not enough to make it ragequit. Now I enjoy Ark's setting but man Dark and Light just oozes high fantasy. I can be an elf throwing fireballs at goblins riding a dragon? Yes please! Granted the goblins are creepy af right now with their sorta tooth grin shudder. And the little bastards can knock you out and steal all your stuff! Kill them from afar! Anyway. Setting wise it's right up my alley. I love how you have starting citadels with NPCs and guards! You can sell and buy stuff! There's even a tutorial quest line to teach you the game! Granted I think the sell goods for 100g is bugged but that's ok.

I can't talk about performance really. Yes the initial load is long but I have a brand new rig, 1080, i7, 32gb and 1440p and i'm running 35fps on highest settings. It looks great, runs great but again not the typical setup.

The mechanics are familiar with Ark players but instead of leveling up and unlocking engrams you unlock recipes by doing stuff in that tree. Want to be the house builder? Keep building stuff and unlocking things in that tree. It also means you don't have to grind narco for 3 hours because you really want a saddle. Just play the game like you enjoy and unlock what you use and do. I do like that a lot.

LOVE the magic stuff. A spell to give you more weight? A spell to lessen the weight of stuff in your inventory? Heal? Light without holding a torch?? Fireballs? Drain resources without a pick?? Oh man, again I'm a fantasy buff but I love love the magic stuff. And I'm only getting started! The downside to the magic though is this focus concept. Basically as you cast magic your focus goes down and you need to rest to get it back. That part was confusing because you need a bedroll which is a one time rest, and eventually a bed. But without "healing" focus you die. Now that I know it's not an issue but that part was a little odd.

Taming is challenging. Instead of knocking something out and then feeding it it's more of a shoot it with arrows with ropes until it tires, then build a trough next to it to feed it. Took me some time to adjust from Ark and of course there are different types of creatures and some can only be tied down with bigger ropes etc so that's just a learning curve but once I figured it out it sorta made sense. There's also no concept of perfect tame, that I can tell, so you end up shooting the tame a few times midway to keep him tired.

I had no crashes, only a few bugs like the quest line and random mobs poofing from in front of me. I also built my base on a "meteor site" which is a loot drop, and now with loot drops come skeletons or wraiths, so that's fun inside your house 🙂

All in all, really really enjoying it. If you hate Ark or survival crafting this is not the game that will change your mind though. I played for 5-6 hours last night instead of playing Ark or Horizons or anything else. So keep what I said in mind as for how I like to play and don't believe all the hate. I also play 7d2d and Empyrion so I love the genre and this is a pretty good entry. Needs some work? Of course. Have I experienced it all? Not by a long shot, but I'm excited to get back into it.

Now the controversy … Citadel comes out next week. I'll be buying that too, because duh wizards and crafting. So we'll see in a week which one of these two games gets the limited playtime I have.

Help with drivetrain replacement components for old Trek 930 – Consumer question

Hello bike mechanics, I could use your feedback on which components I should get.

I have a Trek 930 mountain bike, 22”, True Temper OS Comp II double-butted frame, I believe a 1996, that I bought on Craigslist for around $100. I commute to work on this bike, 6 miles each way on smooth and semi-rough pavement. I like this bike because I can ride 2” wide road tires (Schwable Marathon Supreme) and I like the upright riding position and general comfort.

Link to 4 photos of Trek 930 components

The frame is in good shape but the chain and freewheel are worn out, and the chainring teeth probably are too, and I want to change from gripshifts (which are also worn out) to rapid fire shifters, and I’m seeking advice on the right replacement components to get.

This model has a 7-speed drivetrain. Front and rear derailleurs are Shimano STX, and they work well (and would work better with a new chain and freehub). I’ve considered going to a 9-speed (or 10?) but I’m not sure if that will work with my Shimano Alivo FH-MC12 rear hub which is classified as a 7-speed hub. I also prefer (slightly) a 7-speed drivetrain because the thinner 9/10-speed chains wear out faster.

I’m asking for any comments on what I’m proposing to buy, and if you think this will work, and if the parts are compatible.

Crankset – Shimano FC-M361 Acera Crankset (Black, 175-mm 42/32/22T 7/8 Speed) – ($39) – I looked into getting replacement chainrings for the current crankset, but I can’t find replacement chainrings that are cheaper than buying a whole new crankset 😦

Concern: this crankset requires “Square taper crank accepts 68×122.5 mm spindle”. I’m not sure if my stock BB will support this. I know the current BB is a square taper but I don’t know the width.

Freewheel: Shimano MF-HG37 7-Speed Tourney Freewheel ($20). 13-28 teeth

Chain: Shimano CN-HG71 6/7/8-Speed Chain – described as a “hyperglide” chain. ($18)

Shifters: Shimano Acera SL-M310 Rapid Fire Shifter, 7-speed (right), and 3-speed (left). ($32 for both)

Concern: the bike has Dia Compe brakes levers. I assume these shifters are independent of the brake levers and I can just slide them up flush with the brake lever collars on the handlebar?

Total components cost: approximately $110.

Tools: I think I have all the necessary tools including a freehub tool, chain tool, chain whip, and a 8mm allen wrench for the crankset.

Skills: I’m a junior mechanic. I haven’t installed derailleur cables before but I’ll watch a YouTube video and hope I can figure it out. If not, I’ll take the walk of shame to my LBS and ask them to finish the job.

Alternate Packages

9/10 speed?: As noted above, given that I’m replacing everything in the drivetrain except for the derailleurs, should I upgrade from a 7-speed to a 9 (or 10?) speed? If I do that, would I be able to use my current hub? I’d like to avoid spending too much.

Integrated Shifter/Brake? I could also replace the cantilever brakes with V brakes – thinking of going all out with Shimano ST-EF51 Right/Left Alivio/Acera/Altus 21 Speed Shifter Set and Brake Levers ($29) and Deore V-Brakes (T610) and cables for $50, or cheaper Shimano Mountain Bicycle V-Brakes (BR-T4000) for $35.

Thanks for any assistance!

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-liter V-6 engine, 98k miles for $9500 – Consumer question

VIN came back clean, car being inspected at 3PM today. Excellent condition, spotless leather interior, new tires and brakes installed this month. Car has 98,000 miles and has never been off-road.

Owner is asking for $9500 cash. Car is for commuting to work 40 miles/day plus planned trips through the east coast. Is this a good buy assuming everything checks out?