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  1. Hey Everyone, The question I posed was as follows: "What company FIRST comes to mind when you think of the color brown?" RESULTS: UPS ~~~~~ 94 Hershey ~~~ 3 Cadbury ~~~ 1 Echostar ~~ 1 Charmin ~~~ 1 My paper is on the integrated marketing campaign of UPS utilizing the colour "brown" and the slogan "What Can Brown Do for You?" I'm actually kind of surprised that so many people thought of UPS first. I knew that it woudl be popular, but didn't think that it would get 94% of the votes! Thanks to all who helped out, Bryan
  2. Oops . . . can you please delete your post to this thread? You are going to sway the decision of other posters. Please use Private Messaging. Thanks! Bryan
  3. Hey Everyone, Wow, it's been a LONG time since I have posted here since selling my ES and getting a Passat (which is a BAD BAD BAD decision!!!). I have a favour to ask of everyone. I am doing a marketing project and could use your help. Could everyone please send me a PRIVATE MESSAGE with a response to the following question? "What company FIRST comes to mind when you think of the color brown?" There is no right or wrong answer. I want the first company that comes to mind, not what you think is the "right" answer. Please don't post in this forum, because I don't want other people to be influenced by your post. I will post up the results once I have enough. Thanks!!!! Bryan
  4. I know that in my '92 it was located under the front passenger seat . . . not sure about the '97 though . . . Regards, Bryan
  5. I doubt that it will screw up there car. It probably will just have like no range and be unreliable. I wouldn't worry about selling it on Ebay. You'll probably only get like $5-10 for it anyways :P Regards, Bryan
  6. I had a BULLDOG SECURITY car alarm back about five years ago, and that thing was junk. If the remote starter is anything like their alarms, then I suggest it isn't even worth your time installing . . . Regards, Bryan
  7. If you've got any invites left, I wouldn't mind one. bdonkersgoed@hotmail.com Thanks!!! Bryan
  8. I could have bought a 1999 GS300 Premium Package with 150000kms with all the money I am spending on my car :cries: I LOVE the GS! Regards, Bryan
  9. Just think of all the mods I could have done with the $8000 I just blew on nothing I makes me sick just to think about it :( Regards, Bryan
  10. I had the EXACT same problem as described in the quote (low dribble of basketball). I replaced my rear struts, adn the noise went away. Now that the back is silent, I could hear that my front needs some work too :P Do a search on "clunking" . . . I think that should bring up previous threads. Hope this helps, Bryan
  11. Well, I am guessing it will be about $4000 for my car and $2000 - $4000 for the hydro pole. Take note that this is all Canadian currency . . . I have spoken to my insurance broker, and things are maybe not as bad as they seem. Worst case scenario is that I claim the accident and get convicted of careless, and I will end up with about $8000 a year for insurance. Basically, I am confident that I can have the charge reduced. I am also pretty sure that I can pay for all damages out of pocket and avoid insurance (about $8000). This will cause my insurance to only be $3000 a year, which will then go down to $1500 a year the year after. It is definitely worth while to pay for all damages myself. Anyways, thanks for the sympathy. Hopefully I can get this mess cleaned up soon. I think my Lexus is happy that I am driving her again . . . although I think she is still mad at me for my affair with the Passat :P Regards, Bryan
  12. Yeah, I know what you mean. It makes intuitive sense. However, there seems to be lots of exceptions. For example, I am actually towing my car 2 hours to Toronto from my small hometown of 5500 people to have body work done on my car. I am towing it to Toronto because it will be like half the price and equal quality. Regards, Bryan
  13. Well, I flew to Ottawa and picked up my '99 Passat on Saturday, and enjoyed most of my 5-hour drive home. You guys won't believe this . . . I was about 4 kms from my town when I woke up to realize that I was on the gravel shoulder. CRAP! Instinctively, I pulled hard to try and get back on the road (because you don't think really well when you just wake up). My front tries caught the pavement, and my rear end pulled out. I did a full 360 spin, tires sqeualing, and then went into the ditch sideways, back up the other side of the ditch, and I could see that I was approaching a hydro pole! I smucked the drivers's side of my new car into hydro pole and did another little spin on the farmer's lawn. My side impact airbag went off (kind of cool that it worked :P) and I was lucky and escaped with just scraped knees and a slightly stiff neck. I got out of the car right away, and a truck stopped to see that I was OK. I also woke up all the people in the house and they came out too. I couldn't believe it was happening! The SECOND car that I crashed on the first day of owning it (because I was rear-ended when my Dad just bought his rebuilt Mercedes)!! But this time, it was MY fault! After getting out of the car, the guy from the house (who knows my parents :P) pointed toward the hydro pole. I had knocked it so hard that it snapped off at the top and was hanging by a small piece of wood still left intact. I was super lucky that the wires hadn't fallen to the ground! I wasn't even thinking about live wires when I got out! Anyways, I kept telling everyone not to call the cops until my dad got there (it was 12:15AM). They swear they didn't call, but two cop cruisers showed up within 10 minutes anyways. I told him I had fallen asleep, which I REALLY regret now. Now, not only do I have the friggen accident, but a careless conviction as well! That is criminal charge equal to drunk driving, 6 demerit points, $320, and it will automatically double my insurance preiums. Add the accident to that and the fact that I was paying $5000 a year with a clean record, and you can see that I am in serious trouble here. I have called Pointts (ticket fighters) and they are confident that they can get the conviction reduced, which is good news (although it will cost me $700) Anyways, I have been doing lots of calling to avoid insurance in the matter. I have got Ontari Hydro to bill me for the pole instead of my insurer so that they won't find out, and I already paid towing (which the jerk ripped me off for $350 for 4 km towing!) and I will pay the farmer to fix his lawn. I have no idea what the pole will cost. I'm guessing $2000 - $4000 for the pole and about $4000 for the Passat . . . all that I have to pay out of pocket :( Another funny thing, my brother was driving to my hometown to pick me up the next day, and his transmission blew :P He went with the other towing company in town and only had to pay $107 for 30 kms of towing!! Anyways, my brother-in-law had to come to my town and pick us ALL up :P What a weekend. I have the worst luck in the world! The best-case scenario is that I can clean this all up myself for about $8000, avoid insurance and keep my Driving Record 5, and get my Careless reduced to a lesser charge. I hope all goes well! I really need my car, and don't know what I'll do if I can't get affordable insurance :( I work at an insurance company, and was able to do a worst-case scenario for insurance . . . my quotes were coming out in the range of $14,000 - $21,000 a YEAR!!! Yikes!! I really hope things work out! So, luckily, I never put the Lexus for sale yet, so it is back to driving that until the Passat gets fixed :P Maybe my Lexus put a curse on the Passat because it was *BLEEP*ed off at me for abandoning it :P Anyways, the whole situation just sucks. It all costs tonnes of money either way, and I am broke to begin with. I have no idea what I am going to do :cries: Regards, Bryan
  14. Not really . . . You would be surprised. I can actually get my hair cut in Toronto for cheaper than in Waterloo. Same thing goes for buying a car, or car audio. More competition = lower prices. I do know that city folk have a lot more overhead to pay though . . . Regards, Bryan
  15. Check out the following website . . . it can be of great help: Car-Part.com It tracks the inventories of many car dismantlers across North America! Good luck! Bryan
  16. How much does a rustproofing job like that cost again? I forgot . . . Thanks, Bryan
  17. Hahahaha Did we really need the clarification? :P Regards, Bryan
  18. You're talking about Canadian currency, right? The conversion to US currency is: $104 Canadian = $79.54 US. That was at noon today. I think I'll bring my car up to Canada for service since it's a lot cheaper then here in the states. :D Yes, I am talking Canadian currency as well! Bring you car to Heffner Lexus/Toyota in Kitchener, Ontario! It's a lot cheaper than Brampton. I think it is worth the drive for the guys in Toronto to come to Kitchener . . . it's only about an hour drive, and the service was excellent. Shop rate is only $91CAN/hr or approximately $68.40US/hr! PLUS, the free fully-loaded 2004 ES as a loaner when I surely didn't buy my '92 ES300 off of them. It's an awesome trade . . . I give them my '92 and they give me the fully-loaded '04! :D :D :D Regards, Bryan
  19. Well, you had better believe it, because EVERYTHING that he listed in the SportDesign package was on the loaner I had! That loaner was fully loaded, and that made for one fully satisfied customer! :D Regards, Bryan
  20. Thanks guys for the kind words . . . will still be around from time to time. At least I have found a second home is clubb5.com (for VW Passats) that is extremely extremely active. Hopefully by the time I get my new Lexus down the road, LOC will be just as active. The people on LOC are so kind and willing to give help/suggestions. NeiLtYmE, I know I am still going to hae repairs with the VW, but at least I don't have to worry about the timing belt, clutch, fuel lines, brake lines, rough idle, huge body rust, cv joints, low idle, high pressure lines in the A/C (which no longer works) etc. etc. These current problems are just too much to bear . . . The Passat is like brand new, so hopefully major problems should surface for a while, and by that time I'll be wanting a Lexus again :P amf1932, I appreciate the input that everyone has given me, and I'll still be around the board every once in a while. At least the questions that are asked are now in the LOC history and can hopefully help members in the future . . . skperformance, no, the dealer I bought it off of doesn't do trade ins so I am going to have to sell it myself, and I don't expect to get much at all given it's condition. the only positive is that it has brand new brake pads, rotors, calipers, and rear suspension. Kind of sucks that I spent all that money just before getting rid of it :( Lexusfreak, thanks for the reminder on rust proofing . . . it is deifinitely worth looking into, and if I get it done, I will be sure to mention you name B) Maybe you'll get a discount the next time you have your car done Well, I'll see everyone on the board every once in a while. Best of luck with your Lexuses, and may God have mercy on me and my new Passat :P Regards, Bryan
  21. Hey everyone, Well, I think I am finally giving up on my beloved ES :( The car has just too many problems, many due to it's age (1992) and the fact that stupid Canada has harsh winters and road salt. I have way to many rust-related problems, and my clutch is going to go in the next month or so, so it is time to part with my ES :( I have just bought a 1999 Volkswagen Passat 1.8Turbo, so I'll see how that goes. I know VW isn't known for stellar reliability, but it is 7 years younger than my ES, so it should give as many HUGE expensive problems. It is also more powerful feeling than the ES and only has 53,000 miles. I hope it all goes well. BUT, do not fear, as soon as I am done school and have some money, I will be back at the board with a brand new Lexus on hand! I haven't lost my love for Lexuses . . . I just cannot afford it anymore. Regards, Bryan
  22. Hey man, Check out my last couple of posts in this thread: Other Thread (Dealer Outcome) Sounds like I may need a nwe car :( Anyways, the rough idle and exhaust fumes were due to a vaccuum hose or something. Not really sure, but they fixed it and it wasn't too big of a deal. The idle isn't perfect yet, but that is because the independent mechanic put in A/C Delco plugs instead of the orignal Densos like I told him 5 times!! Oh well, hope this helps, Bryan
  23. The car doesn't have the navigation system, but it most certainly has the Mark Levinson stereo system B) It was very nice . . . very well balanced with nice deep bass. 6-CD in-dash changer. It also had something called RDS that I never really figured out. I think it might have been some kind of satellite radio or something? Not really sure . . . Also, by the way, the dealer treated me so nicely and I am only 21 years old and am driving a rusty '92 ES! Excellent customer service! He even told me not to be in a hurry bringing back the loaner ES330 . . . as long as I dropped it off before they close at midnight! They don't close 'till midnight!! B) Now how cool is that? Regards, Bryan
  24. Well, my car made it's trip to the dealer, and they did an entire (and I mean ENTIRE) check of the car, which is what I wanted them to do. Basically, with all of the repairs, the estimate is in the neighbourhood of $6000CAN The guy I dealt with was extremely polite, and spoke straight with me. Most of the repairs needed were not outrageous and were not stated just to make a profit . . . they are things that I kind of expected to need fixing. He didn't expect me to do the repairs anyways, and told me I should look for another car. He could have pushed for the repairs (to make some money) but he didn't do that. Overall, the dealer was awesome. His technician spent 4 hours on the car, but he only charged 2 hours of labour because he felt so bad about charging me 4 hours labour just to tell me bad news. They even washed and waxed my car, conditioned the leather, vaccuumed and everything for free! Even my rims looks brand new (and they were REALLY dirty from a year of neglect and brake dust). Anyways, here are some of the repairs that he said need to be done now or in the very near future: - Brake lines ($1400CAN Yikes!) (I knew they were bad) - Fuel lines (I knew they were bad) - Muffler (I knew this was bad) - Leaking high pressure lines in A/C (reason for blowing warm air) - C/V boots - Replace stupid A/C Delco plugs with Denso Platinums (reason for rough idle) - Leak in exhaust flew pipe due to cheap fix (I had that done at Midas :( ) - Clutch ($1500CAN) (this is expected to be changed at 213000 kms) - Climate control bulbs (said the lcd needs to be replaced, but I think that is just because he doesn't know of the bulbs) - tranmission and coolant flush (regular maintenance) - timing belt is due for a change (regular maintenance) - Couldn't look at rear brake because the bolts were rounded off by my previous mechanic :( - He didn't mention it, but my car has some nasty rust that should be fixed ($2500CAN for complete body job) Al in all, he told me straight out that I should start looking for another car, as mine has seen better days. I think I am taking his advice. I just can't sink any more money into this car. What sucks is that I just spent over $2000CAN in the last few months getting all of the brakes, calipers, and suspension, and power steering in shape :( This is so frusterating . . . I really do love my Lexus, and hate to part with it. But, for anyone in the Kitchener/Waterloo area of Ontario, Heffner Lexus Toyota is the way to go! For $200CAN I had a really thorough inspection and a few things fixed (while they were inspecting), a complete car detailing, and the use of a 2004 ES330 for two days! I think I would pay that amount of money just for the thrill of driving that new car for the time I had it . . . it was fun B) Regards, Bryan
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