[DML] Young, Stupid, Lucky, and thrilled as heck!!!!
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[DML] Young, Stupid, Lucky, and thrilled as heck!!!!

Hello everyone,

I am the proud new owner of vin 2277, a five speed black interior 
DMC with 34,000 miles. My wife and I flew from Los Angeles to 
Denver, purchased the car (after a thorough checkup) and drove it 
back to LA via Albuquerque (the 70 was snowed in!) We made it! The 
car performed very well, and I would like to outline some of the 
relatively minor issues I noticed on the way home.

DMC Weaknesses:

Cooling system- Stayed cool for the entire trip. I did notice 
however that one of the coolant hoses was slipping off so I promptly 
tightened it and purchased some extra hose clams to add some 

Electrical- Lots of minor problems and one major. The headlight 
switch stopped working! I pressed it down and the running lights 
came on but I could not get the headlights to come on unless I held 
the button down. Not only that but now the running lights will not 
shut off! I had to disconnect the battery at night so it would not 
drain. I think it is just the switch. Dome light does not work, door 
lights on drivers side don't work. 

Power- didn't notice this one until we hit the hills in California. 
I had to down shift to third just to make it over the pass! Totally 
gutless, is this a vacuum hose issue or a tune up issue or both? The 
engine runs well, just no power. 

The engine will not stay started until the third crank or so. If I 
pump the gas pedal it slowly sputters to life. Does this hot and 
cold. Also sometimes when I start it the engine cranks up too 2500 
RPM and sits there for a while. If I revv the motor it will 
eventually drop back to 950-1000. 

Angle drive died within the first 100 miles, bummer. No speedo but I 
did bring my trusty garmin for just such an occasion! 

24-26 mile per gallon. WOW! Indicates a clean motor I would think.

PLEASE anyone shout out possible solutions to these problems, they 
would be much appreciated. BTW I am located in Mar Vista just south 
of Santa Monica in So Cal. Is there anyone down here near me?

Nathan Sobieralski

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