Love cars always have been obsessed with cars and everything about them, always wanted to be a mechanic... I've always been obsessed with finding out everything about them, but i dont know enough (i know a lot... but not enough) other than family -cause mine is an asshole- how did you learn about cars because i need to know everything!! What videos do you watch, pages you follow, magazines tv shows everything... i need to learn more about cars they are my life #cars
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Well, I mean, I had Hot Wheels and model cars and car calendars and stuff as a kid ever since I remember. So there's that.
Since my family is pretty much on the lowish end of the middle class or something, I had to work at a grocery store for minimum wage, part time, in order to save up for a car.
I ended up with about $2000 to spend, so I had to look on craigslist.
I mostly just clicked on the cars that looked cool enough, or I already knew about, and then narrowed them down by mileage and stuff. I did lots of research on the models after narrowing them down, to see if they were reliable enough.
I ended up getting a '94 Cadillac Seville as my first car, and MAN it was a fuckin sweet ride. I felt very impressive driving around in that thing. It was so classy.
Unfortunately, in 1994 they had started using the Northstar engine, which is one of the worst engines to work on. But, on most of the reviews, people talk about all the other great things... it's only when I was trying to find solutions to problems with that engine that I finally found out how shitty of an engine it was. And even then, it worked really great and efficiently until you had to fix it. In fact, I think it was a "reliable" engine for the most part, but if it broke, you went broke.
So yeah, my dad and I (mostly me doing the work until I had to ask him how to do something) fixed a lot of problems with that car, and eventually realized that the head gasket was fucked, which was the main problem for many Northstar owners, and basically meant the whole engine would have to be replaced. (And the engine would cost more than I bought the car for).
Somehow we were able to sell it, probably only because it was in PERFECT condition cosmetically, despite being 20 years old.
My parents and my brother and I have bought cars off craigslist for the past 5 years or so because that's all we could afford, and we have learned lots about cars from that...0