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Old 06-06-2006, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! It's a beautiful warm morning here is Missouri but it looks like its snowing! The pollen is so thick that I'll start sneezing just looking out the window. So I'm stuck here inside.

I've wanted a Sidekick for so many years and when a mechanic aquaintance of my boyfriend's was selling one, I wanted it no matter what it cost. It is a '89 Sidekick JX, 1.6L, Apple Red, Tan Interior. I spent (or rather, my boyfriend spent) $1800 to get it for me a month ago (May 2006).

Let's start with the interior problems. The doors won't lock. No dome lamp. The side view mirror controls don't work. The radio doesn't work. The horn doesn't work. The seats are ripped and have cigarette burns in them. Both top latches for the soft top are broken. Although I can hook up my iPod to the "CD in" jack, three of the four speakers don't work. The passenger side window doesn't come down and the driver's side window is crooked and required three hands to roll up. The fuel indicator doesn't move past half tank even when I fill up the tank.

Other problems: The grille is broken, no spare tire, it leaks oil, while running, smoke comes from underneath the hood. The engine itself "self revs" between 1.5 and 2.5 rpm while the car is idling. The engine sounds like a playing card in the spokes of a bicycle wheel while in 1, 2, and 3rd gear. The battery wires are severly frayed. It's supposed to be a 4x4, but when we took it for an oil change, the mechanic pointed out that the something-or-other (sorry, can't remember the name for it) was missing from the front two wheels, making it a rear-wheel drive only.

I think my boyfriend is too proud to admit he made mistake, and he wouldn't return it, and the seller refused to take it back when I approached him. I'm torn between fixing it up myself and making it my own, and trading it in for another Sidekick -- a better one.

Thanks for listening. Have a wonderful day!

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Old 06-16-2006, 05:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello Islareina

I believe the latin phrase is "caveat emptor".

Good luck with the renovations.

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Old 06-30-2006, 10:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Islareina you poor thing!

I'm afraid you let your heart rule your head and the result is sitting in your driveway. Its ok to follow your heart in matters of love but for the rest of your life including all matters financial, housing and transport you had better get into the real world and leave your emotions behind.
Best trade the junker in even though you will get f*** all for it and save up and buy a better vehicle when you can afford it.While your at it trade the boyfriend in too. He should have least supported you though I can understand the seller not wanting to give your money back.
I'm sorry this happened to you, you sound like an nice person but if this whole misadventure costs you $1000 then it will still be a cheap lesson won't it?
Another thing (speaking as a former motorcycle mechanic) don't buy vehicles off mechanics- they know what exactly is wrong with a vehicle and only sell when it is too expensive to fix (remember their labour is free).
Good luck hope your hay fever gets better too.
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I'm sorry to hear that Missouri has struck yet again - both with pollen AND junk cars.

As a fellow Missourian, I understand exactly what you are going through. I just finished looking for a commuter car and was disgusted with what people try to pass off as a vehicle around here. I wound up paying a lot more than I had planned because so many lower priced cars were junk. Anything I looked at that was priced under $2,500 had problems that I didn't want to deal with on a daily driver.

Personally, I would try to get as much out of the Sidekick as you can and save up some more to get one in much better condition.

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maybe you could trade the boyfriend in a a new side kick.
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TonyV, First intelligent thing you've said.
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, thank you for the compliment ! Actually my friend and i were discussing her message and i said she should part out the car on e bay and he said the statement of the new boyfriend, so just to set things straight, he deserves all of the credit, i will be sure to pass the message on to him, im sure he will be pleased.
p.s. does this still mean that i am zero and none ?
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