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Old May 10th, 2012   #11
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Where were you yesterday? I also paid way too much for the thermostat. I am actually disgusted with myself for trying to play by the rules. I am so mad I could sell Echo to China as stew meat.
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Hey Redfish! Hope you ordered the Oring along with the Stat???Did my Stat last saturday and was glad I ordered the o-ring as well...Needed it! What a diff in the bike...unbelievable! I also bought a a honda shop manual from a dealer used for $40.00... for my 04!
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Completely off topic, my wife drives a 2011 BMW 328i and it is the best vehicle we have ever owned, so far.

What did that cost?
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Yes, I ordered the O-ring as well. And the only reason I knew to do that was from reading and re-reading on this forum! I truly get more out of this forum than just an opportunity to harass Echo, I have learned much. It is worth the $100.00 a month that Joe Z. charges me. Of course I am too lazy to apply most of it.
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My goodness Echo! That's kinda personal! In truth by the time we got done with the finance manager, the sales manager, the general manager, the salesman, and me throwing a little Red-neck fit in the middle of their sales floor, I have no idea what the final price was. The sticker started off at $39,974. I traded in a Pontiac that was worth less than $3000 on it, we really did not fit in at the BMW dealership. It comes with free maintenance for the first 50,000 miles and if it so much as coughs at me before that, I will be looking to trade it in-if my wife lets me. It is the most enjoyable driving experience I have ever had on 4 wheels and the wife loves it. Here is my very useful and simple philosophy: Happy wife, happy life.
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My goodness Echo! That's kinda personal! In truth by the time we got done with the finance manager, the sales manager, the general manager, the salesman, and me throwing a little Red-neck fit in the middle of their sales floor, I have no idea what the final price was. The sticker started off at $39,974. I traded in a Pontiac that was worth less than $3000 on it, we really did not fit in at the BMW dealership. It comes with free maintenance for the first 50,000 miles and if it so much as coughs at me before that, I will be looking to trade it in-if my wife lets me. It is the most enjoyable driving experience I have ever had on 4 wheels and the wife loves it. Here is my very useful and simple philosophy: Happy wife, happy life.

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My goodness Echo! That's kinda personal! In truth by the time we got done with the finance manager, the sales manager, the general manager, the salesman, and me throwing a little Red-neck fit in the middle of their sales floor, I have no idea what the final price was. The sticker started off at $39,974. I traded in a Pontiac that was worth less than $3000 on it, we really did not fit in at the BMW dealership. It comes with free maintenance for the first 50,000 miles and if it so much as coughs at me before that, I will be looking to trade it in-if my wife lets me. It is the most enjoyable driving experience I have ever had on 4 wheels and the wife loves it. Here is my very useful and simple philosophy: Happy wife, happy life.
Hmm. If Mama aint happy theres nobody happy?

Mine was THRILLED in 1980 when I bought her a 73 Chevy Biscayne for $150 with 135k miles on it. It needed a water pump, exhaust, and left front caliper. That was another $100 or so.

However I explained in no uncertain terms she could only drive it once a week 15 miles into town to do our laundry.
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Hmm. If Mama aint happy theres nobody happy?

Mine was THRILLED in 1980 when I bought her a 73 Chevy Biscayne for $150 with 135k miles on it. It needed a water pump, exhaust, and left front caliper. That was another $100 or so.

However I explained in no uncertain terms she could only drive it once a week 15 miles into town to do our laundry.
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I have never purchased a maintenance manual for my ST. The minor stuff I do myself, anything really involved it goes to the dealership. Yes, I know it is painfully obvious that I am lazy and that I am a bad person.

My question is, do I purchase the Honda manual or can I get by with the Haynes? I have read that the Honda manual must be ordered through a dealership, is this true?
I would get the factory manual, as an auto technician/shop foreman I find the factory manuals are always the best. You will save the price of the manual in grief. I think I got my ST manual on e-bay. You have to be careful on e-bay sometimes the manuals on there are copies.

On that BMW they are phenomenal driving cars, just don't keep it after the warranty runs out. You have to sell your ST to keep it on the road.

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My wife and I had a 328i for a while too. Very nice cars. Had an M Roadster too.

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Completely off topic, my wife drives a 2011 BMW 328i and it is the best vehicle we have ever owned, so far.
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