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User Info The Lament of The Farmer (Go Fornicate Yourself); entered at 2018-08-09 10:59:37
Whitehat
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Registered: 2017-06-27 The People's Republic of New York
there is a little benefit to having somewhat older vehicles in great condition. after a period of time most states stop emission testing them and/or checking the OBD. it is possible to adjust/replace/remap/rechip the ECU which controls nasty things like excessive EGR to make up for the ethanol. the computer controls of the nineties and early 2000's make this particularly easy. a lot of car guys did not like computer control, some for good reason, however they allow precise control for the knowledgeable person with lots of good data input. just avoid cars that are so modern that they phone home or cannot be hacked regardless of their age. some people that i know have cars that will still require the OBD plugin test for another decade or more, but simply swap out ECU's after compliance testing. this requires that they know what they are doing, not for everyone. some even prefer older cars, eighties cars are particularly fun, such as Japanese models.

people often ask me what i am going to do when things like engines finally wear out. they lease and others trade in after five or so years. simple, rebuild the engine. it is good to be able to do things. learn quickly, the skills might be required soon.
2018-08-09 10:59:37