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 +===== Car Hacking =====
 +Will brought it up. http://opengarages.org/handbook/ebook/ Looks like a great book for security of cars.
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 +===== To Replace or Not =====
 +Tradeoff between cost of repairs and presumably less likelihood of repairs.
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 ===== Tutorials ===== ===== Tutorials =====
 Schrodinger's Box, Scanner Danner. There a lot of other that seem pretty good too! Schrodinger's Box, Scanner Danner. There a lot of other that seem pretty good too!
  
 LinkedIn of Matt: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-bernstein-03258810/. Bam... LinkedIn of Matt: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-bernstein-03258810/. Bam...
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 +===== Safety =====
 +Do I really need a giant SUV to stay safe on the road? What types of crashes are there, and would driving a big car have helped?
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 +==== Defensive Driving ====
 +I think the primary way to stay safe is probably defensive driving. NFSA series looks great. {{youtube>fUndGF6QiQ4?medium}}
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 +  * Stay off the road when drunk drivers are out. 11pm to 5am.
 +  * <Going to the next intersection> is a slight inconvenience, but less than having your car sitting in a smash repair shop!
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 +Safe driving school (skid car, $350 for 3 hours): https://www.prodrive.net/car-control-and-defensive-driving-course
 +
 +==== Crash Test Ratings ====
 +Head-on collisions aren't comparable between car sizes (big cars win), but other collision types (angle, sideswipe) are comparable.
 +==== FARS Data ====
 +However, how many of the crashes are from a drunk driver?
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 +Very similar for each year. FIRST reporting system (easier query): https://cdan.dot.gov/query
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 +For 2017
 +^ Type ^ Fatal Crashes ^ Non-Fatal Crashes ^
 +| 1-car collision | 20975 | 563257 |
 +| Rear-End | 2473 | 614959 |
 +| Head-On | 3494 | 78831 |
 +| Angle | 6437 | 496422 |
 +| Sideswipe | 970 | 120837 |
 +| Other | 141 | 14228 |
 +| Unknown | 70 | 0 |
 ===== Next Car? ===== ===== Next Car? =====
   * Leather   * Leather
   * Is hatchback necessary?   * Is hatchback necessary?
 +  * Wagon is kinda nice, but kinda lame too? At least prius sized, 4 door
 +
 +=== No ===
 +  * Air suspension
 +  * Salvage title? Dealer?
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 +
 +=== Don't Forget ===
 +  * Try out seat height of various cars at used car dealership
 +    * Toyota Scion xA and for sure Nissan Versa didn't fit well. What about Mazda 3?
 +  * CarComplaints.org
 +
 +=== Results ===
 +Don't fit for various reasons: Prius N (don't fit in back), N-1 (seat isn't adjustable), Civic N, Accord N & N-1. Corolla (back seat not tall enough), Avalon (feels like a cockpit).
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 +Fits: Civic N-1, C-Max (George Magher at Ford place). Focus (had issues with transmissions that were supposedly fixed in 2016+?), not sure about Fiesta.
 +  * C-Max battery should last. Also might need to reset it with ForScan. https://www.fordfusionforum.com/topic/19361-my-instructions-on-restoring-the-hybrid-ev-function-on-the-ford-fusion-hybrid-approaching-the-89-years-mark/
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 +To Try: Versa & Sentra (reliability is ?). Matrix.
 +
 +What car would be fun to drive? They all look the same on the inside and they go from point A to B...
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 +Honda salesman is David Stephens. Ford guy's name is...I forget.
  
 +===== Sounds =====
 +^ Sound ^ Cause ^
 +| Higher pitched whining at all times while engine running | Torque converter (transmission) |
 ===== Hybrid battery testing ===== ===== Hybrid battery testing =====
 Prius: https://artsautomotive.com/publications/7-hybrid/140-predictive-battery-failure-analysis-for-the-prius-hybrid/ Prius: https://artsautomotive.com/publications/7-hybrid/140-predictive-battery-failure-analysis-for-the-prius-hybrid/
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 Need to be warm (700F) in order to operate correctly, plus a cold engine runs rich to <heat up the engine more quickly??> Need to be warm (700F) in order to operate correctly, plus a cold engine runs rich to <heat up the engine more quickly??>
 ===== 2001 Ford Focus Automatic ZX3 ===== ===== 2001 Ford Focus Automatic ZX3 =====
 +
 +=== Pluses ===
 +Replaced things on time / when needed. Don't hear any funny noises.
 +
 +=== Minuses ===
 +There are minuses, but they haven't affected me enough or I found a workaround. I provide all that I remember so it saves both of us time and energy.
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 +  * Sun blocker missing on driver's side. Passenger's side is on but loose. However a small bungee cord should hold it up fine.
 +  * No AC
 +  * Windows squeak when rolled down on some days
 +  * Driver side flip forward mechanism handle broke. However, I've found that using the nearby seatbelt hook is an excellent replacement.
 +  * No ceiling liner
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 +Other less noticeable:
 +  * On idle lights dim and bounce around brightness-wise. Probably from generator friction.
 +  * Small leak in back hatch area
 +  * No ceiling ... thing.
 +  * Removed hard trunk cover. Usually got in the way + no good place to store it.
 +  * Back hatch closes, but needs an occasional squirt of lubricant in the latch.
 +  * Apparently someone "keyed" the right door at one time. Whatever :)
 +  * Left driver side wheel finish is halfway gone. Doesn't seem to be rusting, so there looks to be no issue.
 +  * Rear underside of car is quite rusty looking, but I don't think it's gone anywhere in this milder Oregon weather.
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 +
  
 ==== Costs ==== ==== Costs ====
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 ^ When ^ What ^ ^ When ^ What ^
-| Apr 2019 | Bolt on outer tie rod wasn't tightened properly by me (doh), so came off while driving. No accident!  I couldn't easily find the right bolt, so ended up buying new tie rod end, but couldn't get it off (too rusty). Cut it off, installed new inner tie rod and had Paceway do the other side and alignment. $50 / hour of labor is cheap in my book. $300 + 5 hours time | +| Spring 2020 | Leak in radiator pipe/hose, fixed with Stop Leak. However pipe split on trip to beach, thankfully at the beach. Got replacement part and more coolant/stop leak just in case. \\ $50 | 
-| Apr 2019 | $50 for ball bearing and $50 for repair, plus time |+| Apr 2019 | Bolt on outer tie rod wasn't tightened properly by me (doh), so came off while driving. No accident!  I couldn't easily find the right bolt, so ended up buying new tie rod end, but couldn't get it off (too rusty). Cut it off, installed new inner tie rod and had Paceway do the other side and alignment + tire rotation. $50 / hour of labor is cheap in my book. $300 + 5 hours time | 
 +| Apr 2019 | $50 for ball bearing (fixed the sound!) and $50 for repair, plus time |
 | Dec 2018 | Changed oil (what mileage?!), replaced tires $300. Replaced left driver side axle $40 on saturday (6 hours), didn't fix sound. | | Dec 2018 | Changed oil (what mileage?!), replaced tires $300. Replaced left driver side axle $40 on saturday (6 hours), didn't fix sound. |
 | Summer 2018 | $1k for Front lower control arms and ball joints and timing belt | | Summer 2018 | $1k for Front lower control arms and ball joints and timing belt |
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 | MetLife | $68 | | MetLife | $68 |
 | Metromile | Base cost of $33.50 + $.026 per mile, per month. For 300 miles/mo, it's $41.28. \\ Comes out to ~Geico, but Geico allows more miles | | Metromile | Base cost of $33.50 + $.026 per mile, per month. For 300 miles/mo, it's $41.28. \\ Comes out to ~Geico, but Geico allows more miles |
 +| Amica | $68 |
  
 I feel like going with GEICO. About $15 cheaper per month ($42 vs $56) for the 2001 Ford Focus. I feel like going with GEICO. About $15 cheaper per month ($42 vs $56) for the 2001 Ford Focus.
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 Jennifer from Moda Health at 10:30AM on 8/19/2014 said all they needed in a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) exhaustion letter is just the coverage of the 3rd party, that that amount has been paid out to the doctors, and to bill the health insurance for the rest. That's all folks... Jennifer from Moda Health at 10:30AM on 8/19/2014 said all they needed in a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) exhaustion letter is just the coverage of the 3rd party, that that amount has been paid out to the doctors, and to bill the health insurance for the rest. That's all folks...
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-===== Dashcam ===== 
-Mounting on rear view mirror seems most consistent and not blocking view. The handheld dashcam has a tripod mount, and a smartphone holder probably can come with a tripod mount too. 
-  * Another "smartphone grabber" option is a PVC pipe or binder clip screwed/epoxied onto the stand. Or use a bike light mount thing. :-/ This is taking a lot of time... 
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-Trying to see whether iPhone records good nighttime video or not (the display can be deceiving).  
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 ===== Car Parts ===== ===== Car Parts =====
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