Sunday, April 28, 2013


If you are still reading articles on this site, you may want to redirect your blog reader to That's the new location of my car blog. I post occasional articles about Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and any Backyard Mechanic episodes I experience in my driveway.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Go somewhere else!

I've made the decision to discontinue posting articles at this blog. From now on, I will be posting them at

Friday, March 27, 2009

Andy's Auto Center

Have you seen this commercial on It starts with a salesman named Andy getting ready for a big sale at Andy's Auto Center. Everything looks good until the crowds go instead to the Subway sandwich sale across the street. Nice.

Sales at Leikin Volvo have not been too bad the last two weeks. I've sold two cars and split two other sales with another salesman. I hope that the trend continues.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Now that I no longer own a Jaguar, I'm not sure what to call my blog. Sending any of my customers to a blog named High Maintenance seems a bit counterproductive. So, I've been transferring some of my favorite articles over to a mirror blog at Unfortunately, I'm still trying to learn how to add comments. So, until I do, you'll have to use the 'contact me' page. Hopefully, it will work better this way. We shall see.

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1999 Mercedes SLK230

Volvo convertibles are very nice. They are safe, stylish, and hard to find used. So, when a customer asks for a $30,000 Volvo convertible, I tell them about the list of people I have at my desk that keeps getting longer. Used hard top Volvo C70 convertibles are hard to find under $30k. But...

...this morning as I was walking back from Speedway with my wake up cappuccino, I passed a nice looking hard top convertible that might fill in the gap until the price of Volvo hard tops drops (no pun intended). It was a 1999 Mercedes SLK230 roadster.

This two door hard top convertible is quite the looker. It's Mercedes version of the Mazda Miata (if I can say that without getting into trouble). It' a small luxury convertible with enough bells and whistles to keep most people happy throughout the year. And while you might think that a Mercedes would be a costly purchase, you might be surprised that we are offering the convertible for a reasonable $17,990.

For more information, read the Auto Channel's review of the 1999 Mercedes Benz SLK230.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mystery Car #58

As I drove into Affordable Auto Salvage yesterday, I thought of two things: (1) I shouldn't have driven my recently washed 2007 Volvo S60 company car to this dusty junk yard, and (2) what kind of car is that sitting on top of the dumpster? I had to call the salvage yard for the answer. Can you guess it by yourself?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

1995 Saab 900: Sun Visor Repair

After having our 1995 Saab 900 S detailed, I took it for a spin and subsequently broke the sun visor out of its ceiling mount. Nice. And to make matters worse, none of the junk yards within easy reach have any NG900s. Sure, I could have contacted English-Swedish Spares, but I really wasn't interested in putting more money into the car. So, I just drove it without a sun visor ... until Monday.

Monday had to be one of the brightest days we've had in a long time. The sun was shining bright enough to warrant a raised hand and a heavy squint. So, I decided that Tuesday would be the day to fix it. And thankfully, that happened to be the day my parents were up to visit as well. And my dad's good at fixing things. Nice timing.

The problem with the visor was not an easy one. The plastic shaft which holds the visor into its ceiling socket had snapped in two. My first instinct was to try super glue, but with constant use, that was sure to fail sooner than later. What to do? My dad looked over the situation and suggested using JB Weld. But with constant use, would it do any better than super glue? Another paternal idea solved the problem.

Dad suggested using the JB Weld to stick the broken piece back on and then to drill down the shaft and "weld" in a nail. The whole process involved "welding," clamping the entire visor in a vise, drilling through the center of the shaft, and then placing a screw in the shaft to help hold the two pieces together.

Now, I must admit that it wasn't as easy as that sounds. The first weld snapped once I put it in the vise. So, I worked on the shaft and connecting the two pieces before attempting the weld again. What ended up working best was drilling the top piece with a larger bit so that the screw didn't grip the sides. Once through the top piece, the screw was able to dig into the smalled hole in the other piece. Does that make sense? The end result was that when I applied the JB Weld, it held very well. And, thankfully, it's still holding two days later!