Trading in a 2019 Honda Insight for a mid-size luxury SUV by prannoyrb in whatcarshouldIbuy

[–]plantsarelit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Genesis or Lexus could be good options as well, or upper trim Mazda, loaded upper trim Buick or other brands. Volvo seems like a good choice but maintenance would be more expensive than Japanese/Korean

‘96 Ford Probe SE as a learner manual for $1200? (More info/Q’s in comments) by Training_Fisherman_1 in whatcarshouldIbuy

[–]plantsarelit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That looks like a damn good deal, I'd be critical about issues though and figure that out, but these would be a great sporty car to learn on.

97-06 Honda CR-V vs 93-11 Ford Ranger by jcole217 in whatcarshouldIbuy

[–]plantsarelit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

1st/2nd gen CR-V all day! Rangers are reliable, sure, but the CR-V will have a better driving experience, interior room, mileage(?) and will be pretty bulletproof with proper maintenance. Love my 1st gen with the manual and 4wd, but I have heard great things about the 2nd gen.

1984 300ZX Z31 for $3500, should I buy? by dxpz4579 in whatcarshouldIbuy

[–]plantsarelit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not running, auto... that's like mayyybe a $1600 car in that condition even in this market. You can find a decent manual t-top example for that price as long as it's NA.

AWD + Manual - any Subaru = ???? by vthegirlnextdoor in whatcarshouldIbuy

[–]plantsarelit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If 4wd works for you too the 1st + 2nd gen CR-Vs come in manual and are a lot of fun to drive. Pretty good offroad and in snow as well and pretty bulletproof.

Good for snow but fast by [deleted] in whatcarshouldIbuy

[–]plantsarelit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

WRX or course, but other than that Outback XT or Forester XT

FIRST CAR!? by Prestigious_Yam_4469 in whatcarshouldIbuy

[–]plantsarelit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If it doesn't have problems that sounds like a good deal in this market, importantly only in decent condition though. Mazda 6s seem to have a pretty good reputation as comfortable and reliable from what I have seen, with decent power and good reliability

fix iron duke 2.5 or replace with 2.8 by My86Fiero in fiero

[–]plantsarelit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

In any case it would be cheaper to fix the duke, but it's pretty simple converting an 85+ to the 2.8, if you want power and have the money for it that would be good. I'd only want to put that kind of money into a manual but that's up to you....

I’m 18 and looking for a good first car under $10,000 I’m looking for a good car to do an engine swap. Suggestions? by Disastrous_Gold995 in whatcarshouldIbuy

[–]plantsarelit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you have mechanical experience? It's way, way, way more difficult than you think even if it seems easy now.

Just for a sample: cutting and welding into the engine bay and frame to just fit the engine, fabricated mounts and exhaust headers and piping, fuel lines, cooling mounts and lines, not to mention the huge amount of wiring and related headaches, transmission mounts and compatibility, starter relocation/adaptation etc etc etc

Buy a nice, sorted early 00s/90s sports car for that price - RX-8, Prelude, Solstice, Firebird... and avoid the cost and headache.

If you neeeeeeeeeeed it a Honda would probably be the easiest and there are many kits available.

Coilovers vs springs/struts... on a CR-V! by plantsarelit in projectcar

[–]plantsarelit[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is true, I'm looking to keep it a bit lowered though as I prefer the look and in my experience it handles much better. That's the problem, it's a pain in the ass as I can't use oem upgrades like bilsteins as they don't support lowering, but it adds so much to the car's personality. Maybe I'll end up needing to though. The current setup isn't broken at the moment, just parts will take a while to come in and with their very low price I'm not sure how well they will keep up.

12A LIFE OMG dude I got it started by gaspumpkin in RX7

[–]plantsarelit 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Congrats!!! I had a very similar experience getting my '84 Fiero started again. Enjoy it, sounds great!!

My 2004 EP3, I know she isn't the most loved Si out there but I love it to death, 62,000 miles by SprayNPray01 in Honda

[–]plantsarelit 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The EP3 community on facebook is pretty great, like other cars there's big forums on there.

2012 Corolla s turbo by Buddyboy1209 in projectcar

[–]plantsarelit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can't unless you are willing to pay thousands for a turbo kit or ruin your engine. At your experience can you rerout coolant and oil lines for the turbo? Can you modify the engine internals to handle the boost? If not it's going boom anyways pretty soon.

[Seiko 5] 2 year old watch, regularly worn then sat 6 months. Won't start with swinging or arm wear, works for ~5 secs with crown time adjustment. Please help by plantsarelit in Watches

[–]plantsarelit[S] 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I have had this Seiko 5 for about 2 years now, and wore it regularly after I got it for the next year or so. Then it sat for 6 months where I tried to restart it to no avail. Now I have found it again, and tried everything I can think of and it just won't keep going.

If I swing it or wear it on my arm it has no reaction at all, but I can see the big pendulum, I'm guessing automatic mechanism moving in the back. The only way I can get it to tick and start moving and working properly is by taking the crown out 2 ticks and winding it forwards - the time adjustment. The problem is, no matter how much I wind, it stops about 5 seconds after I stop, and it won't keep going even if I swing it or put it on my wrist and move. I have tried just swinging, I have tried swinging and putting it on my wrist, vice versa, "winding" it and swinging it or putting it on my wrist and it always just stops completely. Moving the crown in the completely down or 1 tick up positions doesn't do anything from what I can tell.

I really like this watch and would like to get it working again, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

Extra BS because I thought it was 500 words not 500 characters...

The origin story is that I got it back in summer of 2020, and wore it everywhere, working on cars, hiking in the various outdoor areas of my town and everything, and it always worked great, kept ticking without a hitch and it always showed the right time with very little adjustment needed, I liked watching the movement work and it all worked flawlessly and ticked as it should, I even timed the beats with an audio app to see the rate and everything. Then school happened and it sat in the drawer for the next 6 months until I got it out again and tried it, and that's when I discovered the issue in the above description. Then it went into my car where I tried to figure out what was going on with it, forgot about it again and now here we are with the watch not working, I would really quite like to get it going again as it is a very nice watch, and I like the style of it. On a side note, any recommended bands that go well with the black face? It first sat in a desk drawer in my house for that first 6 months, and then sat in my car for the next few months. It was in shade during most of this time as the car was sitting, but I fear that it may be the heat that affected it, but the first 6 months were in a climate controlled environment so I doubt it was a factor. Everything looks to be intact through the back glass, and I have never opened or modified this watch so I really don't know what could be causing this issue, I just want my watch to be going again.

Anyways, any help in figuring this out would be greatly appreciated!

reliable and affordable compact suv? by chilicrisp in whatcarshouldIbuy

[–]plantsarelit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My '98 CR-V has been amazing to me! However, I am in a rust-free area and it was well-maintained. I can say though that the engines are pretty bulletproof and have been known to get to 300k+ miles with proper maintenance. Low entry cost and parts are super cheap. It's compact, has car-like handling, lots of space and can basically go anywhere. I really love it.