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

Well said (again!).  Great info for soon to be owners.
 Robert, how long have you been on this group?
--- therealdmcvegas <dmcvegas@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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  
> 702-598-3773
> 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
> interested.
> 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!
> -Robert
> vin 6585 "X"
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "daviddlasvegas"
> <daviddlasvegas@...>
> wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> >

Royce Holden

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