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Old 08-29-2009, 03:48 PM   #1
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Almost 3 weeks ago now, I was driving in some flood water in my little 2002 VW Golf which is pretty low to the ground. I only have liability, and the car was paid for in cash.

I was almost out when I started to hit the gas and probably go up towards almost 10mph. Clearly enough to force water high enough on my front end to choke.

The mechanic told me it would cost about 1500.00 to fix.

So I called him this past week to find out what was up.

"Well, I had gotten the engine back together again, but "auto-babble I can't understand", and we'll have to take it apart again."

My girlfriend has been letting me borrow her Ranger, or dropping and picking me up from work during this length of time. Getting up at 5am with me even though she needn't be at work until 9.

This upcoming week she said she can't pick up me from work because of work, but she can still drop me off. So I'll need one of the guys who passes through my area to drop me off.

1.) I've learned my pricey lesson about driving in f*cking New Orleans flood water in a little car

2.) Next vehicle I buy is going to be a truck that won't drown in 6 inches of water.

3.) By the time I can buy another vehicle, I probably won't be living in New Orleans, anyway.
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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That sucks man.
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That sucks man.
No, the engine did.
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No, the engine did.
You got that right.
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A lot more than the engine can fail like the wheel bearings and differential. If the tail pipe is underwater and the engine dies it will suck the water into the engine from just the back pressure. As you found out the pistons can’t compress water and the rods bend or snap.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:22 PM   #6
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Yeah, a car is kinda useless in New Orleans.
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Wasn't it not too long ago that you were getting around by bicycle?

I actually wish that I could retire someplace in a downtown busy city so that I didn't have to even own a car.
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:48 PM   #8
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Wasn't it not too long ago that you were getting around by bicycle?

I actually wish that I could retire someplace in a downtown busy city so that I didn't have to even own a car.
Well, not to and from work.

I've always had a car for that, but since we've moved from the uptown area this past spring, I've been riding less because everything is that much farther away.

As Tigabait said, even if it didn't flood down here, the roads are so bad it warrants driving a truck anyway.

I'm not talking potholes, I'm talking rises/dips in the street that require off roading capabilities.

I should take a picture of my street, it's so bad on one end I always go the long way to get out.
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:07 PM   #9
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Where did you move? Lakeview? If so, thats the worst streets I've ever seen.
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What's the matter, good old mayor Ray Nagan not taking care of business??
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:19 PM   #11
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Ray is the most clueless mayor in the country. The streets were bad here before him and will be after.
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Nah, I'm just off of fountainbleau, not too far from the intersection of claiborne and carrollton ave.
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The man tells me my car will be ready tomorrow.

It's been over a month since I took it in.

I can't wait.

I also need to find out what the warranty is on their service...besides that, I don't think I'll ever take my car to them again.
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