Questions of the Day: 'why Cant You Put General Altimax Rt 43 All Saeson Tirres on a 2007 Bmw 328i 2 Door Coupe?'

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

Welcome back my friends, to the show that has yet to end! In this episode of QOTD, I answer the questions that you, the people, have entered into search engine-queries that landed you at TTAC. Let’s get the show on the road:

why cant you put general altimax rt 43 all saeson tirres on a 2007 bmw 328i 2 door coupe? Well, they might tell you that there’s no reason, but there’s a reason, my friend, oh yes there is. And that reason is called… the Illuminati.

what does it mean when they flash high beams? It means they are on to you.

diplomat sales munich scam? Oh yes, I remember this one. It was 1978, the German people were hungry for M-body Mopars, and they didn’t much care what they had to do in order to get them. An unscrupulous man named Qvell Kjale opened up an office in Munich, taking 50 percent deposits for “grey-market” Diplomats with the 318 V8 and velour trim. He took hundreds of deposits before vanishing into the night, leaving heartbreak and sorrow in his wake. The elite group “GSG-9” tracked him to Geneva, where Kjale was seen behind the wheel of an optioned-up 1980 LeBaron. But, despite their best efforts to kill him, the massive power of the de-smogged Chrysler V8 kept him easily ahead of their BMW 520i sedans. Recent rumors have placed Kjale in China, where he is attempting without success to convince the Chinese elite that “Avenir” is a real brand.

what transmission will fit my 1998 grand prix gtp? The one you just removed, you moron! Put it back!

why are jeep patriots so cheap? It’s the Illuminati.

144 payments for auto? Ed Bolian, is that you?

the howling rx7? I saw the best rotaries of my generation / blowing their apex seals, and crying with joy

how much does it cost to repair deployed airbags on the passenger side of a 2016 dodge ram? $1,812.46.

test drove a z71 truck and sugned lease papers dealership brings me an lt double cab truck do i have to take it? You should have thought about that before you sugned the lease papers, pal.

can cold temperatures make dents on body of a f_150? I hate to be the one to tell you this, my friend, but your wife did that at Lowe’s. She’s just telling you stories because it’s worked in the past.

anybody running g force tires on c4 corvette? Anybody? Bueller? Fry?

has porshe corrected the ims issues on the 996? Yup, and they paid for all of them to be fixed out of the goodness of their hearts. Just kidding! You’re screwed.

how did the 4 wheel drive work on a ww2 jeep? Not as well as you’d think. It was open diff city, pal.

curbside classic? Nice try, Paul, but last I heard your requested $50,000 was about $49,900 more than our parent company wanted to spend.

irv gordon’s secret to reaching nearly 3 million miles? Performance enhancing drugs.

cars people own after 10 years? Usually it’s the same car they owned after 9 years.

do street outlaws get paid? No, they usually rely on the revenue from their Los Angeles thrift shop.

pontiac sunbird wagon? You know, it’s not a bad idea, but they didn’t do it past the first restyle.

2011 third row mash up? Right here.

2009 gmc yukon denali transmission won’t shift? Have you tried swapping it for the transmission from a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP?

That’s all, folks! See you next time!

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  • DJM DJM on Jan 13, 2018

    I'm driving a rental Camry like an a$$hole right now. It's really confusing the hell out of the other drivers...

    • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jan 13, 2018

      I'm not sure how that makes you different from most Camry drivers I see. I would be confused to see a Camry using its turn signals, not hogging the left lane, and not attempting to bumper-kiss the car in front of it at 75 mph.

  • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jan 13, 2018

    Somewhat serious question, and remember I was a teenager at the time with limited knowledge, but.... Was I the only one who thought the Cadillac Catera was a RWD variant of the period Corsica-replacing Malibu? To the untrained eye, the Caddy looks like a badge-and-grille job.

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    • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jan 14, 2018

      @Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man Yep, I knew one was RWD and the other FWD, but I guess i must've thought it was some kind of modular platform. In related news, Ford is supposedly working on a modular platform to accommodate FWD, RWD or AWD. Not sure how the decision to indefinitely postpone the Fusion redesign has played into its development. Stands to reason the next gen would have been on the platform, along with replacements for Explorer, Continental, MKZ, Nautilus, Edge and MKT.

  • 3SpeedAutomatic At this time, GM had a "Me Too" attitude towards engine development:[list][*]the Euro luxury brands have diesels, so can we via an Olds V8[/*][*]variable value timing, welcome to the brave new world of Cadillac V8-6-4[/*][*]an aluminum block V8 engine via the HT4100, the go-go 80's[/*][*]double overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder, no sweat, just like the Asian brands via NorthStar. [/*][/list]When you mindset is iron block and cast iron heads, life if easy. However, each time, GM failed to understand the nuances; intricate differences; and technical difficulty in each new engine program. Each time, GM came away with egg on its face and its reputation in ruin.If you look today, the engines in most Cadillacs are the same as in many Chevrolets. 🚗🚗🚗
  • 3-On-The-Tree I don’t think Toyotas going down.
  • ToolGuy Random thoughts (bulleted list because it should work on this page):• Carlos Tavares is a very smart individual.• I get the sense that the western hemisphere portion of Stellantis was even more messed up than he originally believed (I have no data), which is why the plan (old plan, original plan) has taken longer than expected (longer than I expected).• All the OEMs who have taken a serious look at what is happening with EVs in China have had to take a step back and reassess (oversimplification: they were thinking mostly business-as-usual with some tweaks here and there, and now realize they have bigger issues, much bigger, really big).• You (dear TTAC reader) aren't ready to hear this yet, but the EV thing is a tsunami (the thing has already done the thing, just hasn't reached you yet). I hesitate to even tell you, but it is the truth.
  • ToolGuy ¶ I have kicked around doing an engine rebuild at some point (I never have on an automobile); right now my interest level in that is pretty low, say 2/5.¶ It could be interesting to do an engine swap at some point (also haven't done that), call that 2/5 as well.¶ Building a kit car would be interesting but a big commitment, let's say 1/5 realistically.¶ Frame-up restoration, very little interest, 1/5.¶ I have repainted a vehicle (down to bare metal) and that was interesting/engaging (didn't have the right facilities, but made it work, sort of lol).¶ Taking a vehicle which I like where the ICE has given out and converting it to EV sounds engaging and appealing. Would not do it anytime soon, maybe 3 to 5 years out. Current interest level 4/5.¶ Building my own car (from scratch) would have some significant hurdles. Unless I started my own car company, which might involve other hurdles. 😉
  • Rover Sig "Value" is what people perceive as its worth. What is the worth or value of an EV somebody creates out of a used car? People value different things, but for a vehicle, people generally ascribe worth in terms of reliability, maintainability, safety, appearance and style, utility (payload, range, etc.), convenience, operating cost, projected life, support network, etc. "Value for money" means how much worth would people think it had compared to competing vehicles on the market, in other words, would it be a good deal to buy one, compared to other vehicles one could get? Consider what price you would have to ask for it, including the parts and labor you put into it, because that would affect the “for the money” part of the “value for money” calculation. An indicator of whether people think an EV-built-in-a-used-car would provide "value for money" is the current level of demand for used cars turned into EVs. Are there a lot of people looking for these on the market? Or would building one just be a hobby? Repairing an existing EV, bringing it back into spec, might create better value for the money. Although demand for EVs is reportedly down recently.
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