[DML] Re: My DMC is a financial hole - what should I do at this point
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[DML] Re: My DMC is a financial hole - what should I do at this point

Been there, done that myself. I own the original "DeLorean from Hell".

It's not easy when you have all these hopes and dreams of what the car
is going to be, and then suddenly it's not. Plus you spend all this
extra money, and then you almost feel embarrassed about it all, and
then that leads to allot of resentment towards the car. Sure, it's a
used car like any other, so there are things to be expected. But how
bad can it be? I remember those feelings, and I still loath them to
this day.

My car had a hack job done by numerous mechanics over the years. I'm
confident that it was overheated at least once due to someone smearing
RTV sealant around my heads where the O-Rings are. And the fact that
because of bent alternator blades, it would chew any fan belt at about
4,800 RPMs. The old engine overheated 9 times in 4 years on me because
of little things here and there. With the exception of two things (bad
wiring on the inertia switch, and a broken pivot bolt on the shift
linkage), every single problem was due to either neglect or past
incompetence of inept mechanics.

Now to really blow you mind about all this, not only did I NOT have
any A/C in Las Vegas, but the DeLorean was also my ONLY car! So rather
than a fun hobby project, it quite vital to me.

So, when is enough enough? At what point does it no longer become fun?
Truly only you can answer that question. For me I put a spin onto it.
I learned about the car from the inside out. It wasn't another problem
that I faced, it was a learning opportunity. And believe you me, the
rewards of conquering things was great! I loved the thrill of it all!
Was I younger and more foolish? Perhaps, but it was still an awesome
feeling, that sense of accomplishment!

My advice to you is not to give up just yet. There is a great support
group in Las Vegas that is available to you.

If you need a good mechanic, I would recommend Owen's Auto. That shop
has been servicing DeLoreans since the dealership closed down, and
Roger Daniels who started it was factory trained and passed along that
knowledge to all mechanics. I myself have used him to complete repairs
on my car that I was unable to (clutch, CO Adjustment), and every
DeLorean owner that has ever used him will vouch for his shop as well.
His prices are reasonable, he's far cheaper and closer than the
California shops, he will combine labor rates on jobs to save you
money, he is quick and efficient, and most importantly he's honest.
Next time you need a major repair, give him a call. Having seen his
work first hand versus D-1's, I would trust him more (vin 789's
leaking fuel hose all over the engine block).

Owens Auto Repair
211 N Mojave Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89101  

Aside from local mechanics being available, you do have the support
group of fellow owners in Las Vegas. Cameron out in Vegas has brought
the group together in a big way (hats off to him, and much respect
too). So you also have fellow owners who are more than willing to help
you. Least of all myself. In fact once my wife and I return to Vegas
after my job moves me back there (currently taking care of casinos in
Biloxi, MS), we're looking to just rent a house so I can work on my
cars. So once I get back, Tech Day at our house in case anyone is

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Best advice I ever
got. And I'll pass it along to you. Don't be so overwhelmed by things
right now. Just attack things one at a time. Things won't seem so bad,
and you'll be in much better spirits. And as a result, you'd be
surprised at just how easy things start going for you with this car.

So, let's start easy.
This is the buyers checklist. It will help you evaluate you car and
see where you stand with it. If you haven't already filled this form
out, do so now. Evaluate your car honestly, and let's see where you
stand. And when I say honestly, I mean that both ways: Don't skirt
over things you don't like, and if things are up to par, evaluate them
fairly so that they don't seem as bad as they actually are.

That's the first step. And in no time at all, you'll be off and
running before you know it. Only request I have is to have an open
mind and a willing wrench to learn to work on your car. Whatever you
do, don't be afraid to get dirty. Even if you don't have prior
experience with any car, as long as you're mechanically inclined, you
don't have anything to worry about.

My advice, keep the car for now, and let's see if with a little help
we can't change things around for ya!

vin 6585 "X"

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "daviddlasvegas" <daviddlasvegas@...>
> Hi all. Just got finished with my last DMC fiasco and wanted some 
> advice...
> I bought a 1981 with 12,000 miles on it for $14,000 (I know now that 
> the millages is obviously wrong) from the cars second owner. The car 
> was advertised as "excellent condition" etc. I took it for a test 
> drive and bought it.
> Well, to make a long story short within 2 months I had to pay Delorean 
> One Motors of Los Angeles, CA almost $20,000 for repairs. The car was 
> a chop job and all the major systems and components had to be 
> replaced. I've just spent another $3,000 in repairs for more things 
> that popped up and now I have a fuel system issue. I haven't even 
> begun to refurb the interior (I want to replace the seats and carpet).
> I don't see the car as a financial investment; I just love and enjoy 
> owning and driving it. I'm just sick of every day a new problem 
> popping up and don't know when to call it quits as far as putting 
> money in it.

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