A Dodge Journey decided to make one across the intersection at a red light into my car early October, totalling my car.
The middle of my semester, I decide to stop by the local pier for a break and play around with my Hero 5 so I do better with it. I figured since its my only dedicated camera and I want to get into media, I need to get better with it and night photos is something I want to be great at. Granted it's a GoPro, so it's not going to be stunning, but it's better than my iPhone 5s. For some reason, the app was giving me trouble and my battery was soon dying, so I cut my time short and decided to head home. That's when disaster struck.
(Photos ironically not taken with my GoPro)
Unforunately I was looking at where I was turning onto and didn't catch him in time. The guy was nice, but he really fucked me. This threw me into quite a loop because it killed not only my car, but routine and I like my routines when it comes to keeping my momentum going. My school work took a toll, my mental health took a toll, the fresh club I started in college took a toll and failed. Everything was going well. In reality, it's not totally his fault for ruining these things. If I were a bit stronger mentally and if I was more alert I might not have ended up in this position, but I digress. I came out with no bodily harm, so far. I guess I have my health and this is about my car.
The following day, I started looking at cars to replace mine with. I had more photos, but I lost them; I knew she was totaled. I tore out the full sound system, including the wiring, I put into her and had enjoyed for about a year. I wanted to pocket some of the money I got for her, but there was no car acceptable at the prices I wanted, so I broadened my horizons.
I was raped in total loan for the car, but I got the payments to what I can afford as a full time student and part time worker, and its for a car I've always wanted.
One owner, 78k miles, no mods but the wheels, and all maintenance was recorded in CarFax, including no accidents. I knew exactly what I needed to hunt for and she showed no signs of damage. Hard to find cars in this condition with low mileage. I hopped on it.
I started on what needed to be done, maintenance included. The rear motor mounts on all 3s are super hot garbage absolute garbage.
I never did this mod on any of my previous 3s because the power was miniscule, but the mount issue was even present there. This is where I decided to start and ordered the CP-e Stage 2.
Holy f*** was this mod a pain in my a**. I've never done anything more than just tire rotations, oil changes, filter changes and electrical fuckery. This was daunting to me and it took me more than an hour to do it, while it takes other something like 15-30 minutes. I hope I never have to do another mount in my life again.
I settled on this mount because it was the mount that offered me the least amount of NVH, while still offering me great performance. I installed it a couple of days after I received it. Not horrible NVH and it's suppose to get better to completely unnoticeable. Torque steer is curbed quite a bit and the other motor mounts that are reported to be terrible are showing no signs of needing replacement. Hopefully they'll never need to be replaced.
At the same time I was down there, I replaced the transmission fluid with Redline MTL. The mount was causing grinding and I figured the transmission fluid has never been changed and I would like to get rid of whatever metal filings I could. I would have liked to put magnetic plugs, but I didn't want to shell out $26+ shipping for them. While I was at it, I changed the motor oil, too. Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30
MS3s love this stuff, according to all Blackstone Labs results. Not cracking that I discovered she was overfilled by a quart. Not sure how long she was running with that, but I hope none of my gaskets and seals are damaged.
I figured my plugs might have been damaged, too. So I threw fresh NGKs. I don't believe those were ever changed, either.
And the power steering fluid was smelling burnt and got that as well. It goes in red, by the way.
Scared the hell out of myself. While she was on jacks, I wanted to rotate the tires. I didn't realize those are wheel locks, so I threw on the 17mm deep socket and took one off. Got stuck in there
Got it out of the socket by tightening it back on and then going further until I heard it unstick. Ordered the key immediately lol.
The air filter is in good standing. I have a little bit of a rough idle. Just a tiny one. The needle doesn't even register it, but I feel it and hear the exhaust from it. Might be a boost leak and the stock rubber hoses are prone for cracking as any turbo car will have. I ordered JBR boost tubes and recirculation tube. I wanted to service the stock BPV, but I can't figure out how. If you guys happen to know how, let me know. When I'm there replacing the tubes, I'm going to clean the throttle body and MAF sensor, too. Hell, might even get to the EGR valve and clean that with the connecting pipe, but that will depend on the weather. I want to discover if there is a vacuum leak ASAP because knock. The coolant doesn't need to be changed and the belts were changed at 30k. I checked them and they look good still. I'll double check the bounce when I'm there replacing the tubes.
Anyway, after maintenance is completely done, I can hopefully put in things I want and the first on that list is tint.
Hope you enjoyed! Maybe I'll post updates in here. I will post pics of her after I completely detail her. Her eyes have a little bit of glaucoma.