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Chris V.

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  1. Those are just hubcaps and they are plastic. You can get plastic hubcaps at any good auto parts store or salvage yard. They aren't aluminum wheels and the wheels themselves UNDER the hubcaps are probably not damaged at all. BTW, they are 16" not 15" https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Wheel-Covers-Hubcaps-Fits-2011-2016-Hyundai-Elantra-16-Silver-Set-Of-4/143344742047?hash=item2160032e9f%3Ag%3AhWIAAOSwX~9dQ0Dh&fits=Year%3A2013|Model%3AElantra|Make%3AHyundai
  2. Not a bad price for that generation of Jetta. If it has no check engine light on, then it's probably ok to drive for a while. Rust should not be an issue for that car yet. See if you can get an OBDII code reader put on it to check to see if there are any pending trouble codes. The engines in those are reliable, but the transmissions can be a bit iffy at higher mileages (over 200k will be when you really notice any shifting problems). If the seller won't let you check it out at a mechanic's shop, then maybe have them take some money off for potential repairs that might be necessary. Where are you and the car located? Do you have to get the car inspected to get it registered to you?
  3. I love electric cars. I have two of them, a 2013 Chevy Volt and a 2020 Chevy Bolt. Both are quick, quiet, luxurious feeling and have excellent acceleration and handling. They save me a ton of money for commuting as I don't use gasoline at all to commute with anymore. And both can be used for long distance travel, the Volt because it has an onboard generator and the Bolt because it has DC fast charging that allows for a 20 minute top off from 20-80% charge. Absolutely love driving them. The Bolt is much like a hot hatch in that it has 200 hp, 260 lb ft of torque, and a low CG for excellent handling. It's just a really fun car to drive. The Volt is now 7 years old and is one of the most reliable cars I've ever had (and I've had over 100 cars in the last 40 years). My Bolt: My Volt:
  4. Should be just two, the pivot bolt and the mounting bolt (used to be adjuster bolt on the older ones, but with a serpentine belt the alternator doesn't adjust). It's possible that it's just crusty and will require a crowbar or the like to remove it.
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    Wish the admin was around to make you a moderator. Most of us can't be here very often and the spammers just overwhelm. I'm only here about once a month, to be honest. This place used to have massive amounts of communication in heavily populated threads. But that all ended about 5 years ago, if not longer, with the advent of FB Groups and the like draining forums of conversations.
  6. The main reason is that we either get hydrogen from electrolysis of water which takes more electricity than you get out, or we get it from breaking down hydrocarbons which is not environmentally friendly. It takes less electricity to just use that electricity directly in a battery than to make hydrogen.
  7. Nash Metropolitan. Obviously a 1960 model.
  8. Volkswagen Wolfsburg crest, probably off an older Beetle.
  9. 3 years into ownership now and I've spent a total of $300 on repairs since I bought it. Almost a year ago I spent $100 on a rear window regulator, but that's been it for the last year. It's been my daily driver and it's been on road trips to upstate NY and out to Summit Point WV this past weekend. I love driving this car...
  10. Audi A5 or S5 (same car, different trim levels)
  11. Your car does not have an OBD1 or OBD2 system (OBD2 started in 1996) that's an old Jag connector, but not OBD. So you won't be able to connect the HUD to it.
  12. Depending on the car, you can try to start with http://www.3dtuning.com/en-US/ then bring the result into photoshop or similar to tweak it.
  13. Are you serious with your advice on this forum? A 911 for a first car for his daughter?
  14. The light won't turn off if the fault is still present. Were you able to get the codes from the system? Most likely a passenger seat mat sensor or passenger seatbelt retractor. There are bypasses you can get for the seat mat sensor on ebay, but it's just a bandaid for the real problem and will cause the passenger airbag to fail in an accident.
  15. What part of "don't want to spend over $7000" did you miss? Or being good quality and cheap on gas?
  16. Non of those classics will be cheap or good for a teenager just learning to drive.
  17. 944s, as all good Porsches, handle great. But the Lotus 7 is in another league entirely. You sit so low and exposed that even slow speeds feel like F1 speeds and the cornering forces in such a light car are tremendous. If you have the chance to get one instead of the 944, do it. You will not be disappointed.
  18. Stay away from the Chrysler. Bad period for them and not very reliable. Of the two, the Blazer is the better bet, though it has it's own set of issues, too. Normally in your situation I'd recommend Japanese makes, as they tend to be the most reliable, but Mazdas have rust issues, Nissans can be finicky, and Hondas and Toyotas cost too much (though they tend to be worth it in the long run). I'd suggest finding the best condition Accord you can for your budget. You didn't say where you are located, but I'm sure that some can be had in that price range nearby.
  19. Hahaha. You suggest a NEW SUV for a high school student who's looking for a cheap USED car as a first car? I suggest an E39 BMW 5 series (1998-2003) with enough cash on hand for repairs. Fun to drive, room for 5, stylish, and CHEAP (you can pick up a nice on for about $5-6k and have a lot of money left over to maintain it). Cheap on insurance and if you get the 6 cyl version, fairly cheap on gas, too. Bonus, it has a huge internet forum following so that you can learn to DIY anything that goes wrong. But the 6 cyl ones should be fairly reliable.
  20. Looks like an old Datsun logo off a Datsun 1200 from the early '70s: from a Datsun 1200 pickup:
  21. Nothing more expensive than a cheap European luxury vehicle. so stay away from the Mercedes. Those are 17 years old at this point and will need a lot of work to keep them up. And the VW with 100k miles will need as much. As you can see, the Japanese cars in this price range will have more miles, as people value them more, but with high miles comes it's own set of issues, even with Japanese cars.
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