Snuze: The New Slobalt
markg
9/13/19
2:04 PM
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For what it’s worth, my experience with FCA was a few old K-cars my dad had as company cars, a Dodge Colt that my mom drove when I was a kid, and I had an 01 Ram. So everything was pre-Fiat, and in fact mostly pre-Diamler. Maybe Diamler and Fiat have fixed the rust issues and turned them back around to at least having

9/13/19
1:53 PM
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Owned the previous gen Grand Prix, and it was also one of the most comfortable cars I’ve ever been in.  

9/13/19
1:08 PM
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My FCA experiences, though limited, have generally been good platforms, good powertrains, shit sheet metal. They all seem to run good, handle good, pretty mechanically reliable, they are just rust buckets and the interiors fall apart, rendering them unusable as a car.

9/13/19
12:53 PM
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I coach a junior smallbore & air rifle league, and we shoot a lot of fancy schmancy european guns (mainly Anschutz & Feinwerkebau) and as a by-product of that I’ve become somewhat familiar with the laws in Europe and the UK. The pellet guns you are referring to that anyone can buy are limitedin power to 5 Joules of

9/13/19
12:35 PM
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I’m to the point I’m basically over anything German for long term ownership in terms of reliability. At least anything made in the last couple years.

9/13/19
12:00 PM
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Mrs Snuze drove a 2004 RX330 for about 9 years. It was a hand-me-down from her mom, who has owned 4 of them now (a 300, two 330s, and now a 350). All of them have been CPOs and I would describe my MIL as being both thrifty and choosy, so for her to buy 4 of the same car says something, I think. As far as I know none

9/13/19
10:33 AM
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My Vo is FWD, so that should make it easier. I've already found RobertDIY and watched his video about 20 times. Hes got a lot of great content. I've also found MatthewsVolvoSite to be helpful as well.  

9/12/19
2:14 PM
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You read my mind - I’ve been looking at both FCP and IPD, as well as Rock Auto. Theres some stuff I’m probably going to be ordering from each one. RockAuto has a premium Dayco kit with all the stuff you mentioned for $193 shipped so I’m leaning towards that. I’m also going to throw a new serpentine belt on it since

9/12/19
1:46 PM
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Mine does the same. But I don’t feel like fronting an extra ~$200. Its also just as good, at this point I can’t get the parts for the weekend anyways without paying an arm and leg, so I can verify tonight, use cheap shipping and save myself some money.

9/12/19
1:25 PM
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I’ve got a bunch of parts queued up at Rock Auto, I just need to check the engine casting code when I get home. There are apparently 2 different block castings so I need to make sure I get the right parts. 

9/11/19
7:29 PM
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I recall reading somewhere that the GM 60 degree V6 engines are a relatively easy swap. The first versions went from 2.8L to 3.4L and made up to 185HP (aside from the special 205 HP McLaren Turbo 3.1L and 215 HP 3400 DOHC). This engine evolved into the 3.5 & 3.9L High Value V6 which made up to 242 HP.

9/11/19
10:21 AM
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Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out a bit later. I do recall also reading (maybe this is covered in the link) that the middle seating position usually contained radio gear which was impossible for the turret gunner or bombardier to get to the pilots seat in the event he was incapacitated.

9/11/19
9:54 AM
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I also always forget they have a little compartment below for the bombardier. He also opperated a lower rear gun, but had to sort of stand/bend and spin around.  It sounds wildly uncomfortable.