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Offline Blom

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Learning how to speak Car
« on: April 26, 2017, 05:14:20 AM »
Are there any skilled knowledgeable car mechanics/enthusiasts in Angeles city?

I seemingly bought a car for the wife as the need arose and would like to understand everything better about the mechanics of cars. Wiring, maintenance and so forth. Lifting it up, looking at it with knowledge. understanding where are the wires, breaks, catapultseat, how to skillfully check for things that need to be checked. changing or replacing or repairing the car at a more thorough and adept level.
When something isn't working or breaks in my computer, I understand everything even remotely related to the error before I even check. I'd love to have a little bit of that kind of understanding with the car as well so I can take proper care of it.

This is an elderly but still good looking 2002 bmw.

So I'm looking for someone who feel they exceptionally understands car, thoroughly..who are bored, and who might want to bring their wife to hangout with my wife and they can talk about what the heck ever women talk about while we drink coffee and have dinner and slowly teach me car for dummies. I'm all made of questions.. I spend an eternity trying to open the hood and it's still a mystery to me which button to push. Apparently it's more complicated than setting up a mailserver, who would have thought.

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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 07:27:02 AM »
i could help but im in imus cavite but im sure there are many motor head expats in angels look for one in a nice older car that looks like its been looked after good and ask around .i am not a mechanic per say but i have worked on cars my whole life taken morors apart rebuilt them changed engines fixed body damg ect. even an old car with good regular maintanance can last very long time with few issues but if you short cut go cheep things can go bad fast . 1 small thing forgotten or missed can leed to many big things further down the road.
good luck with the car .

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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2017, 07:52:39 AM »
Whenever I would get a different car, I always looked them up on youtube and watched the videos to learn about the car, it might be worth a try and help you with whatever questions you might have about the car.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=2002+bmw
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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2017, 08:21:45 AM »
Yep, I tried that and got the hood opened about an hour ago. sneaky stuff. anyway, It only got more complicated from there, there is apparently a lot of stuff in there. Not entirely surprising thou. Think I need more tools and.. soap.. that place is just dirty.

Sometimes it's nice having a professional show it and point out in particular what not to do when playing with random wires, so if anyone is living nearby that would be super. Meantime I'll find some more videos of interest and see what I can figure out without setting anything on fire.


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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 10:02:29 AM »
I have always been amazed at the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, carpentry etc skills of many of the members on this forum.  I on the other hand am a mechanical retard.    It never bothered me going thru my professional life, but it really is a kick in the ass now.   
One piece of advice I can offer.... SAFETY First!!!

Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 10:17:36 AM »
I'm a "Jack of all trade, but a master of none"!
Now I just pay someone else to do all the work.
Labor is cheap in the Philippines. Besides, I'm
old now and this body of mind has too many
aches and pain to do any manual labor.
I have a personal friend mechanic of mine
that maintains 2 of our vehicles. :o ;)
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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 06:32:29 PM »
Are there any skilled knowledgeable car mechanics/enthusiasts in Angeles city?

I seemingly bought a car for the wife as the need arose and would like to understand everything better about the mechanics of cars. Wiring, maintenance and so forth. Lifting it up, looking at it with knowledge. understanding where are the wires, breaks, catapultseat, how to skillfully check for things that need to be checked. changing or replacing or repairing the car at a more thorough and adept level.
When something isn't working or breaks in my computer, I understand everything even remotely related to the error before I even check. I'd love to have a little bit of that kind of understanding with the car as well so I can take proper care of it.

This is an elderly but still good looking 2002 bmw.

So I'm looking for someone who feel they exceptionally understands car, thoroughly..who are bored, and who might want to bring their wife to hangout with my wife and they can talk about what the heck ever women talk about while we drink coffee and have dinner and slowly teach me car for dummies. I'm all made of questions.. I spend an eternity trying to open the hood and it's still a mystery to me which button to push. Apparently it's more complicated than setting up a mailserver, who would have thought.

Hi Blom
I'm not sure if you have bought the car or are about to buy it.  I hate to be a scare monger but I wouldn't go near a 15 year old BMW, especially with the cost and hassle of arranging spare parts etc etc.  I have always done the maintenance and servicing on my really old classic cars Chevrolet, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar and motorbike Ariel SQ4, because they were fairly simple and straightforward.  These days, especially with the more exotic cars, aka BMW everything is a lot more complicated.  I am nowhere near your location so can't help directly I'm afraid.  I hope you're able to find somebody that can help you.
Best wishes,
David
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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 09:43:10 PM »
BMW is a bad choice if you want to tinker with the engine. It needs specially trained mechanics with specialist computerised equipment to work on the engine.
Just keep all fluid levels checked regularly. That should be enough.

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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017, 10:57:21 PM »
Not sure this would help.....
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Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2017, 07:10:21 AM »
Maintaining an old vehicle can be an expensive proposition, especially when not too many of the BMW model in question are around, not like Japanese vehicles where parts can still be had or found in a lot of junk yards.
I've had my 1979 Toyota Corolla SR 2 door Coupe (my pride and joy as a hobby vehicle) since 2000 and have had her restored in and out, since parts are readily available over the counter or at many junk yards all over the city and or country side. There are at least about half a dozen models like mine around our area of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Mine is not completely original, but I'm happy the way she turned out, aka my "Little Red".   
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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2017, 11:50:11 PM »
And I'm back with an update.

I did buy the BMW. But after I took it to BMW service center they did mention something about some internal serials in their database that didn't add up and a few other things. I took it back to the salesman about a week after I bought it and demanded my money back and got it. Not entirely sure what was wrong in details. Most was in tagalog. I tipped a mechanic to go with me and explain it to the salesman and 3 min later that was solved. He was a really great guy that mechanic so now I got a new friend too. His wife have a very funny humor and enjoyed hanging out also with my wife, so everyone was happy except the sales guy. He was crying and his boss was angry. I think they might have a big problem on their hand with that car.

Now I have a time/appointment with Toyota tomorrow for an elder Camry. It looks nice. Alot. Didn't know Toyota had such a neat car model I was quite surprised. So spacious and pleasant. If it checks out I'll get that one instead, it's even cheaper. I just wonder where to buy a better looking Grill so it doesn't have such a sleepy dull front. I'll probably have the mechanic take a look at that, he seemed really helpful.

Some people warned me to never buy BMW or Mercedes or any other relative expensive brand again because of kidnappings, so I guess it was all good I returned it anyway :)

Thank you all for the kind and thoughtful replies :)

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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2017, 02:27:12 AM »
And I'm back with an update.

I did buy the BMW. But after I took it to BMW service center they did mention something about some internal serials in their database that didn't add up and a few other things. I took it back to the salesman about a week after I bought it and demanded my money back and got it. Not entirely sure what was wrong in details. Most was in tagalog. I tipped a mechanic to go with me and explain it to the salesman and 3 min later that was solved. He was a really great guy that mechanic so now I got a new friend too. His wife have a very funny humor and enjoyed hanging out also with my wife, so everyone was happy except the sales guy. He was crying and his boss was angry. I think they might have a big problem on their hand with that car.

Now I have a time/appointment with Toyota tomorrow for an elder Camry. It looks nice. Alot. Didn't know Toyota had such a neat car model I was quite surprised. So spacious and pleasant. If it checks out I'll get that one instead, it's even cheaper. I just wonder where to buy a better looking Grill so it doesn't have such a sleepy dull front. I'll probably have the mechanic take a look at that, he seemed really helpful.

Some people warned me to never buy BMW or Mercedes or any other relative expensive brand again because of kidnappings, so I guess it was all good I returned it anyway :)

Thank you all for the kind and thoughtful replies :)

Thanks for the update and glad that all worked out well.  Quite honestly buying an old BMW, unless it is a classic and has some inherent value, is not a good idea, which is the message I hoped I got across earlier.  Good luck with the Toyota, what model is it?
Cheers
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Re: Learning how to speak Car
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2017, 02:26:55 PM »
Blom,
Once you have found a reliable mechanic/friend, stick to him forever!
"Life is what we all make it to be"!
"It's always a matter of money"!
"Do on to others as they would do on to You, but do it first"!
"Different strokes for different folks"!
"Que Sera Sera"!

 


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