Saturday, November 6, 2010


Question 1

1)   Sure. I think it's more of a man's car than a woman's tbh - PiercingtheSnowdrift

2)   hell no - chris

3)   I don't think I have ever seen any men driving them so I don't think so. - milton b

4)   I really don't like to put gender labels on things like this, but I would have to say, probably not. - fawdown

5)   if u have to ask.......then its not

if u look at a car and it makes u - grez m

6)   HELL NO. go buy a real mans car like a camaro or a GTO or an EVO - Steven

7)   Only the Turbo version... the other is just to wimpy to be a real mans car... - Pat

8)   It's a car! Not a statement on your masculinity. If you have the worry about it, then you need to man up! - C-Tech

9)   Yes it is a mans car. Think about it, there is a lot of men driving prius's and smart cars including famous actors. The PT Cruiser is much more of a mans car then those two. - Maximilian King

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Question 2
Why is Chrysler sitting at the free money trough with Ford and GM?...  Ford and GM are publicly traded companies and their stock is subject to impact average Americans and their retirement plans. I don't agree with a bail out, but I see why they are at the table begging. I can't believe no Senator or Representative in either of these trips to Washington asked Chrysler why they were there also. They are a private firm held by a private company that has plenty of money. If they need money shouldn't they just ask the parent company for it? Are we really going to give a few billion dollars to a hand full of guys that already have a few billion dollars in the bank?

1)   Big Corporations have discovered a new way to make profits by getting Hand Outs from the Federal Government.

You see, the Government will give you money if you simply meet a few qualifications on paper. Many people believe that when you get ASSISTANCE from the Government it's because your in NEED of that assistance. This is false. You can get plenty of FREE MONEY from the Government if you simply find out the tricks/steps to receiving it.

A lot of people simply take hand outs rather than WORK for their money. Now, big corporations have decided to get in on the handouts.

Welcome to the New America. The Let's all Live off the Government America. - Mark

2)   Ford didn't get bailed out. GM and Chrysler got bailed out because the US cant afford to let another entire industry disappear. We used to make a lot of stuff that is gone now like electronics. A country cant survive as a service economy. We did it because we need to have jobs in our country.

The Germans bailed out their auto industry and so did Japan. Both of their governments heavily fund their companies even in the good times. - emiller1998

3)   Yeah, the big 3 have the govt buffaloed.

All 3 are cash strapped. Chrysler is a fairly new company that is privately held and does not have the backing of a huge number of stockholders. Daimler still holds 20% of Chrysler, but Daimler is not interested in putting any more money into the company. Chrysler's intent is to eventually buy out Daimler.

But Ford and GM need Chrysler to keep out of monopolistic charges. For example, if there were only 2, and one of them did not offer a specific product, the other company could claim monopolistic practices and the lawyers would get rich at our expense. Back in the '60s, GM financed Chrysler's greater warranty program in order to keep Chrysler afloat.

If the car makers were smart, they would crank out a high quality model and private lable it to the other car makers. Like Toyota Matrix does for the Pontiac Vibe. Why should each company produce very similar models? All cars are going to look virtually alike because fuel economy dictates a shape that moves through air efficiently. - Doreen

4)   The way they ended up with money was to sit around in nice suits and convince other people to let them use their money. It’s called using other People’s Money, or OPM. In that business you never leave any cash on the table. Other People’s Cash. If legislators are dumb enough to stack the thousand dollar bills to the ceiling, no Wall Street type is going to leave a dollar on the table.

And they don’t have that much money either. You see money is *all* they have. Once that is gone the show is over. No more yachts and cigars. And if you publicly blow all your money on a bad investment, the OP are somewhat reluctant to let you manage any more of their M. - Rowena

5)   management of these companies without restrictions who screwed up and, in the case of Bank of America, won't give a loan to that company where the employees are picketing. And all of those bonuses and golden parachutes that are being paid to those executives with our money. Who is protesting against that? Not enough people that I can see. But I do believe this feeling against the Big 3 is a backlash.

The loan (not bailout) is being given to the Big 3 so that our last manufacturing base in this country (thanks to the Bush administration) does not go under. Manufacturing cars has always been a tremendous industry in our country, and in WWII the assembly lines converted to war production and helped us win the war. This is a gift to main street, the hourly guy who breaks his back everyday for maybe $28 per hour (not the $72 talked about). If we allow them to go belly up, there are about 3 millions jobs across the U.S. that will go under because they are small businesses that get their income from the auto industry. You are talking of crippling Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. This will tip us over into a real Depression. This is a lot like locking the barn after the horse has run away. You think things are bad now, just let the Big 3 go under.

I admit that the public is disgusted with the previous bailouts, but the emphasis on punsihing the Big 3 for the others, is unfair. The automobile companies are guilty in the past of riding the gravy train, but so was everyone else, the American public for instance. How much have you charged to credit cards? Can you pay your mortgage? Let's get real.

I come from Michigan and know how much the Big 3 supports the Mid-west. My family is still there and things are so bad now with layoffs that there are a rash of home robberies going on now. People are afraid that if the Big 3 goes down, the state will become a welfare state and crime will become rampant.

But, as I said, this loan affects main street, not corporate executives, and we have enough people floudering because of the home failures, let alone adding a 3 million job loss to the burden that Obama will take over in January.

To put things in perspective, Bush just bought a $2 million house in Dallas where he will reside after his presidency. He gets us in two wars, bankrupts the surplus, in debt to China, and leaves us with a near disaster of an economy. Why isn't anyone angry about that?

It's smart business to save the Big 3, and it's a loan people not a bailout. - Fido Steik

6)   At the moment, GM isn't publicly traded, though a stock offering was announced this week and will presumably take place shortly.

Ford wasn't bailed out, though they did borrow a relatively small sum for development of "green" vehicles. (Ford stock, which had dropped into the $2 range, is now selling around $16.)

And Chrysler was in straits as dire as GM's; they went through a similar bankruptcy process. The majority of Chrysler stock today is held by the UAW's Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association, set up to cover benefits formerly paid by the automakers to UAW members. Fiat owns 20 percent and will eventually, I think, take majority control; they're already calling the shots in the boardroom. - Windowphobe

7)   The automobile industry in America is absolutely huge. I can't tell you why the CEOs decided to ask for a bailout, but I can tell you that we've got to do it. There are way too many possible seriously negative outcomes if we don't bail them out. I understand that we're going to have some hefty governmental oversight of their businesses after the money is received. I'm furious at all the wealth some of the car manufacturer CEOs and higher management have socked away. If they had been saving some of that excess money they wouldn't need a bailout. Mis-management for sure, among other things.

Not to mention disgusting that they showed up for their first go-round at asking for a bailout in private company jets. What nerve! - caviness

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Question 3
2.7L engine 2003 Chrysler sebring Can you replace a cars crankshaft in the car?...  I have a 2.7L engine Chrysler sebring that spun a bearing Can you replace a cars crankshaft in the car I hear it's bear to take out the motor where it needs to come out from the bottom my guess drop tran and replace the Crank? or replace it with a 3.2\ 3.5 eng

1)   has to come out/this ain't no job for amateurs - ken k

2)   Must come out. I recommend the 3.5 swap, it's a much more reliable engine. - Mr3000

3)   I just did a 3.2 which came out the top easy enough, and I don't think it is easy to drop the crank out the bottom because of the bolt access for the 4 bolt mains. - done wrenching

4)   yep your call!!!! - Juergen

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Question 4
passenger rear door are they interchangable 2003 chrysler concord/2002intrepid?...  

1)   I believe they are different body styles, and not interchangeable. call a wrecker with an interchange catalog to make sure. - badbill1941

2)   Ask a Chrysler dealer parts person. He will look them up and if they both have the same parts no. then they are the same. - Jackolantern

3)   There are many interchangeable parts on those two cars but I believe that the doors may look the same but are different. - helpful bob

4)   No. The doors are different. - C-Tech

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Question 5
I drive a 2005 pt cruiser and im trying to figure out what type of oil it takes?...  and yes I know it says it on the car but unfortunately my car isn't with me and I need to know now can anyone help? and if I wanted full synthetic is there a difference?
how long will full synthetic last me?

1)   Your car most likely takes 5w30. Regular crude oil is less expensive and doesnt last as long as fullsynthetic does. full synthetic protects your engine much better then crude oil but costs nearly double. if you planning on keeping your vehicle for 150xxxkms + i would get synthetic in it asap.! hope i could help abit - Hyundai_chick

2)   It depends on your engine but your owners manual will tell you the best to use. Sometimes it'll say right now top of the engine what type of oil to use. Newer cars usually use 5w20 now. - Scott W

3)   Full synthetic oil is very good and very expensive torun.. it depends on your
car and the service interval you wish to achieve.. Regular oil in today's
market does not require changing for 5000 miles (not 3000). There are
many who will balk at the idea of 5K oil changes, but technological
advancements in engines and oil refinement allow for the increased
mileage.. - Pat

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