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Old 1 Week Ago   #11
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Sorry about your luck chaissos,but glad the 4 runner did it’s job. My daughter swears by the Toyota’s.
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I tell folks that if they spent the opening 30 minutes in the service department of whatever brand of vehicle they want to buy, just watching and listening, they might be surprised.

A comparison of the service department size vs. the sales area size is another good indicator.

There are no perfect vehicles but some are clearly better than others.
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From what I've found out, the dealership I purchased from sells, in an average weekend, about 500 cars. That's a bunch! Now, with the maintenance on all those and other vehicles of the people who also own Toyota's, the service department has to be pretty big. hearing numbers like that, I'm surprised there's anything else on the road.
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Those numbers are more common than you would think and they are not just from Toyota dealers.

We have a Chevrolet dealer, one of three in town, that averages 12 Corvettes a month and has been doing that for more than a few years, through the Economic Downturn they maintained those numbers.
In a city with the a mean salary of $32,000 those are astounding numbers.
They put them in the top 10 Corvette dealers in the U.S..

Their service department is far and way the largest building on the property.

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Maintenance visits in the service department are one thing, warranty and repair are another thing entirely. You can usually tell by the facial expressions of the owners what brought them there.

I had the misfortune to work the service counter at a Dodge dealership in the mid 1990s. If it was front wheel drive and had "Dodge" on it anywhere it was junk. That was the worst job I ever had.
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I had the misfortune to work the service counter at a Dodge dealership in the mid 1990s. If it was front wheel drive and had "Dodge" on it anywhere it was junk. That was the worst job I ever had.
We had a Plymouth Voyager with the infamous A304 transmission - actually the thing had four of those transmission in it while we owned it. It had a number of other nickel and dime problems as well but the crap transmission was the reason we got rid of it (it was starting to hint it wanted a 5th). The 3.3L engine was a sweetie, not all that powerful but never gave us any issues. At 160K everything else on the car was about to go out though.

Went back to Toyota (first year Sienna) and was much happier.
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Glad you weren't more seriously hurt , bummer about your truck though....but hey, you got newer technology, and that has to be good for something. ...right?
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Glad you weren't hurt worse. I always just assumed I'd heal when I was younger, but I'm glad now that modern cars are increasingly protective, not to say I'm getting decrepit...

I like to keep my vehicles forever too, but I usually enjoy all the improvements in the newer models I move to when the old crap out, whether suddenly or piece at a time...
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Well, it's been a couple weeks now, and I'm over 500 miles, and I will admit I like the new one - but I also miss the old one.

This is a whole new truck to learn, from front to rear. I knew every bolt on the old one, knew exactly how to care for it, and if any noise popped up or something seemed not quite right (very, very rare), I knew what it was and how to fix it. If I happen across one, I'll get it.
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I shoehorned a 351 Cleveland into my 73 Ford Supervan and drove it for 25 years.
I had the grille out so many times to work on, that it became quick and routine.
I built the engine and fabbed a fibreglass extension on the dog house.

It was a fun vehicle to drive.
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