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master5 
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Posted: November 25, 2006 at 11:22 PM / IP Logged  

Its funny..the list of vehicles I see that no one will work on..those are the ones I get stuck working on all the time. either I am a nightmare magnet..or they just end up with me because NO one else will touch them..guess the buck stops here so to speak.

Now don't get me wrong..I have my battles and everyone tells me I am nuts to not turn down these difficult jobs. But I have yet to lose a war...lost a few battles yes, and have the scars to prove it..but so far not any wars.

Ravendarat 
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I cant think of anything I WONT work on. I charge extra for some vehicles in the hope that they wont go with my shop but it rarely works. To be fair I have never worked on a new saab but I have no problems taking on a BMW or Benz so long as the customer knows that I will have their car for the Day. Some JDM stuff can be a bit of a pain in the ass due to the wire colors not being listed in most software, but that means it just takes more time, not that its hard.
double-secret reverse-osmosis speaker-cone-induced high-level interference distortion, Its a killer
rudydapimp 
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Posted: November 26, 2006 at 8:09 PM / IP Logged  
really, I was looking for a list of cars to watch out for, as being tough and what not. Im not a fan of the pontiacs with the ignition harness behind the radio. small area to work in.
master5 
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Posted: November 26, 2006 at 8:45 PM / IP Logged  

I had a local mechanic in my area refuse to work on one of my cars (a 99 escort ZX2 "POS"). I can tell you I will never go there again or reccomend him. To me he's a ***** if he will turns down a car becuase it's "difficult".

Now with some of the electronics in newer cars today I can understand that it might be too complex for a "newbie" but to turn down a particular car just because it is more difficult to work on is a cop out . The only way to really learn something is to get your hands dirty..and sometimes rack your brains and test your patience...but you will be amazed how much quicker and easier the same job will be 2nd time around.

But once again..I do not suggest anyone attempt something they feel is beyond them or if they may cause extensive damage..but I can't stress enough the feeling of accomplishment when you can do a job everyone else has turned away..and it is good for business as well.

gus1 
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Very very short list.....
-2006+ Saab 9-3
-Anything that uses Lucas Electrics
Pretty much anything out there is fair game for us. We have wivers for things such as rear speakers in a 93 GM extended cab truck, old Corvette dashes, and other brittle wonders. Mostly to protect our asses..... we know they are going to break. Some of these things were brittle brand new..... let alone baking in the sun etc. for the past 10 years. As long as you keep the customer apprised beforehand that something may break due to its age, then they are usually OK.
Wherever I go, that is where I end up......
cavsfan 
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Early 90's Mazda Miata's. Almost every one I have ever done the dash crumbled when I took out the screws. Those dashes are VERY brittle. I will still do them but I tell the customer that this will more than likely fall apart.
mustangfoo 
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lol yea master 5 those are a real PITA to work on! The darn kit and harnesses are ~$60 alone. First time I worked on one, I didn't know what I was getting into, took me about 2 1/2 hours to install it alone. Now I have more knowledge on that particular vehicle and can probably do it in an hour and a half. But the more you do something the better you get at it is how I see it!!!
master5 
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Posted: November 30, 2006 at 10:15 PM / IP Logged  

Well I have no problem doing a deck in those..pops right out with ford tools..yeah the kits are high price to buy new retail but I have them laying around . certian taurus are a bit more involved because you need to run wires and ant from the trunk..but I have done so many thay take me less then 1/2 hour.

The problem is the engine on the ZX2..it is sideways and against the shock towers so all the stuff that you need to service like the timing belt..pullys..water pump etc..are difficult to get to...but still..for any reputible shop to turn down that job just because it is difficult..but they still have the skill to do it, is just afraid to get thier hands dirty and do a little work IMO. I know it is mechanics and we are discussing installation but the princple is the same. to turn down a job you know you can do just because it is difficult is not cool IMO..I may charge more money of course..but I like a challenge ...my life would be pretty boring if I just shoved decks into 94 ford F150's all day long.

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Remote Starts on Dodge Caravan/Town and Country NEVER AGAIN
Stephen Theno
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The new caravans/town and country
Stephen Theno
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Lawrence,KS
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