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  1. Low/high odometer readings

    The deal about it being built in Mexico was just an aside, not intending to make any point at all. It's just a personal quirk, I guess. One might say that there is a general principle taught in the Old Testament, that no matter where you live, you should seek the prosperity of the country where you live. So when in the USA, I try to buy American. I did not intend it as a criticism. (I am a systems builder, and almost none of the parts I use are manufactured here in the USA. But that seems unavoidable. I know that it is a world economy now-a-days. I just got off topic on my own thread, on the first post.....)
  2. I don't think I've seen one here, but many forums have a thread where folks sort of brag about how many miles they have on their vehicles. This is the opposite in our case. We purchased our 2009 Journey in December of 2010, and it's been one of the very best vehicles we've owned. Ours is the 4-banger, and sure, it's a bit wimpy on the hills, and you don't get into races with this thing. Anyway, we bought it low miles, and it just passed 80,000 miles. (We don't travel a lot to start with, and we've taken my work vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Caravan on several longer trips since we bought it a few years back.) My only disappointment was when I was signing the papers, realizing that it was not built in the USA, but in Mexico. Nothing against Mexico, I just like to drive vehicles built in the country where I'm living. So when we lived in Brazil, we drove a Brazil-built vehicle.
  3. Killing off the cigarette smoke stank!

    I would be interested to hear how an ionizer performs for this task. I have wondered in the past, and tried to get my father-in-law to go that route to defume an apartment the family manages for him. (We ended up pulling all of the carpets and flooring, and painting the subfloor with an oil-based paint. The carpet had to be replaced anyway, as did the flooring. The smell was still there to some degree, under the paint smell.) A friend who has a bed-n-breakfast has one, and tells me that they work well. I've heard of others say (real) charcoal left in a vehicle will help. I bought a used PU some years ago that reaked of cigarette smoke, and since the seat was broken down anyway, I pulled it out & replaced it with one from the salvage. While I had it out I used a commercial carpet cleaner my wife had rented anyway to do the carpets in our home, and shampooed the carpets, headliner, and door panels. It did a pretty good job of it, but interestingly, the time when I could still smell it the most was on a real cold morning - more than when it sat outside in the summer. (I would have thought that the heat would bring it out more than the cold.)
  4. Winter Wheels and Tires - Ready To Mount!

    It sounds like a good deal as you've priced it, but I guess I'm just too far away. I've heard of people shipping via Greyhound, but that was 35 years ago. Hope you can find a buyer closer to you. Thanks for trying, though.
  5. Winter Wheels and Tires - Ready To Mount!

    I tried to enlarge the photo of the invoice, to see what the total weight was (234?). Wondering what it might run to ship to Ohio, zip code 44610.
  6. Front license plate

    I have mine fastened on with pull ties. Now 6 years that way. I just cannot bear to drill holes in the bumper skin.
  7. Neto

  8. I think this post has a clue as to what the problem may well be. I've had several vehicles (none were Journeys, but all with disk brakes in the front) that had this clunking noise when going over some irregularity in the road surface. Raise the vehicle under the lower control arm. Have some one hold the brakes, then see if you can get the clunk by rocking the wheel back & forth. What I have encountered on these other vehicles (Some Chrysler products, others not) is that the sliding half of the calipers is banging back & forth against the stops. So when you are on the brakes a bit it won't do it, because the extra drag will hold it against the one side. It may be the slides or pins that are worn out, but in my case I needed to replace the calipers for other reasons anyway, and it stopped the noise. (I do live in the "Rust Belt".)
  9. Rear in floor cargo storage wont open

    I tend to think that if they designed it into the body structure from the beginning, it shouldn't add too much material or cost. I'm thinking that if it was done that way, that structural member would serve for some other functions as well. And if you've ever pulled the side panels on these vehicles, you know that it is a good deal of work. Small planes (like the Cessna 206 we always flew in) are not built real hefty inside - they can't be and stay as light as they are. The grass airstrip we always flew into was only a bit over 500 meters. The planes all had the STOL (Short Take-Off & Landing) modification, but it could still be touch & go, if the grass was wet, or if the wind changed directions on you just as you landed. (Happened one time. The pilot did a ground loop, where they spin the plane around and use the prop to stop it.) I should look at out Journey in the back, to see if I can tell where the third row seat belts would have attached. (Ours came w/o the 3rd row.) The net itself would be the biggest expense. The easiest place to install something like they have in small aircraft would be in the floor. They have these runners set into the floor, and you use special clips to attach at any place along the length of the runner.
  10. Rear in floor cargo storage wont open

    Speaking of hazards in case of a collision (or roll-over), this is something I've been concerned about since we got our first minivan (1993 T&C, in 2000). We did a lot of traveling back & forth to a remote village in the Amazon via Cessna, and all baggage was always secured or covered with a net. I have always wondered why this is not a concern in vehicle safety. A 50 lb suitcase could do a lot of damage to passengers. Just wondered why it is not at least an option. All they would have to do is design in some latch points along the side just below the windows.
  11. What grinds your gears?

    The whole idea of driverless cars.
  12. Third raw seat

    2009 with no 3rd row. I have never missed it, and like the extra storage space back there. It's a 4-banger, & I imagine the weight difference helps the MPG, and acceleration. (But I have a 2010 Caravan for work that has the stow & go, so we have another option in the rare cases when we need more seating.)

    I just said: "Welcome! (I am an American, but I lived in Brazil for 18 years, the majority of that time close to Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia. We returned to the States 13 years ago.)"

    Seja bem vindo! (Sou Americano, mas morei no Brasil para 18 anos, o maijoria perto de Porto Velho, RO. Estamos de volta nos EUA uns 13 anos agora.)
  15. anyone do their own oil changes

    In the years since I got my first car (1976, at age 20, almost 21) I have never once taken a car in to get the oil changed. I like to evaluate the oil myself, its color, viscosity, any grit or shavings, etc., and to let it have enough time to drain out as completely as possible. I won't argue one brand over another, but always use the same brand consistently. (I also use the largest filter I can find that will fit the engine. Again, I won't argue about it, but it's what I do.)