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  1. 3,700 miles on my 2012 (Purchased new in Apr 2012) . Only goes out in perfect weather.
  2. "Yes, I got a reasonable trade" Curious as to the number they gave you for your 2012 Shelby.
  3. Good advice. After washing my Shelby I drive it around the block a couple of times to dry the brakes before putting it in the garage.
  4. Go to the Startron website. The additive is made for all gasoline engines (http://mystarbrite.com/startron/). Boat engines ARE a good example. I used the example because boats sit for a very long time with little use and the fuel is subject to the effects of long term degradation. The problem is no different for a car that sits for a long period of time without use. As I said previously, I have used Startron in all my vehicles and small engines for years with no fuel related issues. Empty gas tanks will accumulate condensation and you will have water in the tank over time. I would NEVER advise anyone to store a vehicle with an empty tank unless they were prepared to drain the water out before use. Very hard to do for most cars (and boats).
  5. I think the owners manuals for every car made today recommends against using fuel additives. All I can tell you is that the consequences of running stale fuel in you engine are far more serious than any risk associated with using a high quality additive like Startron. As I said above, I never heard of any problems with anyone using Startron in their boats. We had a lot of problems with customers that did not use a stabilizer when storing boats. I currently use Startron in every vehicle I own and have done so for many years. Never a fuel related issue of any kind.
  6. Agree that starting and idling a car in storage would do more harm that good. It takes a significant amount of time to "cook" the condensation out of the engine and exhaust system that forms when it is started. Actually, I never start my Shelby unless I can drive it for at least 15 miles.
  7. Here are my recommendations to prepare your Shelby for storage. I was in the marine industry for years and the proper winterization of boats was important. Some of my suggestions come from that experience: 1. Change the engine oil and filter prior to storage. Used oil contains chemical contaminants that can cause corrosion in to internal engine parts during long periods of storage. 2. Put a fuel stabilizer in your gas tank. I recommend StarTron. It is particularly effective for preserving ethanol fuels up to 2 years. Boats and yachts often sit for long periods of time without use. Never heard of a single fuel related issue for those using StarTron. Actually, I use Startron year around to prevent fuel problems from occurring. http://mystarbrite.com/startron/ 3. Make sure the gas tank is 95% full when stored (leave some room for expansion when the weather gets warmer). This prevents open space in the tank that can allow condensation to form and run into the fuel under certain atmospheric conditions. A full tank greatly reduces the risk of this occurring. 4. Get an intelligent battery maintainer that will keep the battery charged but automatically regulate the current to prevent overcharging. I use a CTEK Multi US 7002. Very good piece of equipment. I also leave the battery in the car. http://smartercharger.com/products/batterychargers/ctek-multi-us-7002/ 5. Check the engine coolant levels. Test the coolant for proper anti-freeze protection levels. If the coolant is bad, flush the system and add new coolant. Don’t forget the SC coolant system as well. 6. Inflate the tires to the correct pressure. Use Flatstoppers to prevent flat spots on your tires http://www.autogeek.net/tire-supports.html 7. Chock the back wheels (I use large rubber chocks) to prevent the car from rolling. Release the emergency brake. If left on for long periods, the metallic brake pads can fuse to the rotors. 8. Wash the car and apply a good protective coat of polish. I recommend Liquid Glass. http://www.autobarn.net/liquid-glass.html 9. A car cover to keep the dust out is OK as long as it is porous and can breath. Heavy, non-porous covers allow moisture to collect underneath and corrosion can result. This is true for both indoor and outdoor storage under a cover. 10. If you live in a damp area or store the car in a damp area. Put some No-Damp canisters in the interior to absorb any moisture that gets in. http://www.starbrite.com/category/no-damp-dehumidifier 11. If you have a rodent problem, cover the exhaust pipes to prevent the critters from building a nest inside. Rodents can also chew up wires and get into other places in the car and cause havoc. I recommend mouse/rat traps if the circumstances warrant. Another alternative is to get a garage dwelling tom cat. That is correct. Your dog cannot help you with a rodent problem. Good luck!!
  8. Love the clip. Thanks for sharing. Spent 27 years in the AF. Never gets old even after being retired for 18 years.
  9. Wow. Defective MPSS tires. And all the hype about how great they are. Glad I stuck with my OEM Goodyears. Wearing Perfectly.
  10. Might try some door edge guards. There are many different sizes and colors available at this site. You can cut to size. http://www.brandsport.com/trimgard1.html
  11. Well if it is against the law, that is news to me. If so, it must be a federal law (and VERY recent) if it applies nationwide. I "assume" that this sort of matter is covered by state laws. Here are some articles to support my "assumption." http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-28/classified/chi-dealers-defend-car-loan-mark-ups-20140528_1_interest-rate-cfpb-loan http://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/2014/02/27/how-auto-dealers-cheat-borrowers-with-interest-rate-markups http://www.bankingmyway.com/credit-center/auto-loans/pricey-car-loan-blame-dealer And yes a lot of dealers are "taking you" because the same loan can be had directly from the financial institution for substantially less. In addition, the dealers "forget" to mention that and many make it seem like they are working hard to get you the best rate. At best it is deceptive. My point was to let forum members know that it is wise to do some advance research and determine the best rates available to them before going to the dealership and that is still good advice. In my experience, the dealers tend to take advantage of those that can least afford it (people with bad credit that don't think they can get financed at all). A lot of these types of customers just want to get financed no matter what. Easy pickins.
  12. The guy is obviously trying to sell something. However, I can tell you that finance mark up is a common practice. Dealers will get the loan quote from a bank or finance company and then add 1 or more percentage points to the loan (as much as they think they can take you for). It is always best to check with your own bank, credit union, or finance company BEFORE going to the dealer. Dealers will quickly drop the mark up if need be to get your finance business. The uninformed and unprepared always pay more than necessary.
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