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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:48 am 
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In 2007, our Suburban broke down on the way to the beach. We sat at an Exxon in Dillon for 4 hours while they tried to figure it out. They eventually got it started, and we drove on in to Myrtle Beach. As soon as we stopped at a stoplight on Hwy 17, it stalled out. I had to PUSH that huge Suburban to a beach store parking lot.

We had it towed to a mechanic in Little River, and then got a taxi to a car rental place. By the time we went back (twice) to transfer our stuff to the rental car, it was nearly 7pm. Lost the whole day.

Rental car leaked and smelled bad. Two days later, got a call to come pick up the Suburban. Left the beach and went to get it. Stopped for lunch and the darn thing died again. Had it towed in again.

Same thing happened 2 days later and had it towed back to the mechanic for a THIRD time. On our last day, they told me to come and pick it up. Got it started, loaded our stuff and drove straight back to Morgantown without stopping (about 9 hours). Darn thing died in my driveway when we got back.

Three tows, $1800 in repair bills, much lost time on the beach equaled a very frustrating vacation. Our local mechanic was never able to fix it, so I had to buy a new car that year. THAT was our worst experience.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:56 am 
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What year Suburban? Thats why I feel confident to Drive the 1970 DeVille to the beach every year its simple if you got gas and spark it runs no mystery to how it works. I intensely distrust new vehicles for the very reason that happened to you a mechanic should always be able to deduce the problem.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:02 pm 
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Been thinking back through our years of trips. Several less than perfect rentals but looking back those minor problems were what made the trips memorable. Never thought about mechanical problems.

Late 80's. Cherry Grove.(Where else?) City water was lousy. There was a spring in back part of Little River Neck where you could fill jugs with good water and leave donation to local church. The road to the property wasn't paved and was like driving on washboard.
'85 Chevy Celebrity had major vibration in front end driving out the road. Not bad on pavement unless you hit manhole cover or storm drain. Couple days of hitting bumps on purpose I finally decided to get it looked at before heading home.

Had car up on rack. Couldn't duplicate the sound and vibration up in the air. Started out with struts. Made sense. Replaced them...Next day......Vibration....Back on rack....Only thing left under there was rack and pinion steering....Replaced........Drove home...Not a sound. Not a lot of manhole covers on the highway. Mile from house...Noise was back.

Jacked it up in driveway.....Sliding under it my hand grabbed car body....Plastic grill/faring below the bumper. Held in place by row of screws. Loose. 30 seconds with a screwdriver....Problem fixed.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:53 pm 
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Not a horrible experience, but it was an inconvenience. I had a tire that was losing air before we left a few years ago. It had a fairly new plug in it and a slow leak around it. I took it to the local shop and had it replugged the day before we left. Checked it before pulling out on Sat. and it was OK.

Went to the beach on a Sunday and came to the car and the tire was really low. Tried to make it to a station, but it was flopping before we got to 17. Luckily we were next to a vacant lot and pulled over. AAA sent a tow truck from Defalco and they put the spare on within about 30 min. I like to have a clean nice looking vehicle on vacation and even though the spare was a full size tire it didn't match the other tires and had a black rim. So, no way was I going to ride back home with a tire and rim that didn't match.

Toward the end of the trip I ran the flat over to the Goodyear place in Surfside to get a new plug and to throw the wheel back on. Told them to plug it and I would come back and switch it after we got back from the beach. Left the tire over there four hours and when I went back to get it some guy gave me a spill on how the valve stem was what was leaking and I would have to purchase a special tpms $70 stem or he couldn't out my tire on. I told him to just give me my tire. He went back to the back and I overheard a worker arguing with him because he wouldn't just throw a $2 stem on there and fix it. The worker actually handed me a stem before I left and told me I could fix it.

After I left there I went straight to Defalco in Surfside. Should of went there first but didn't because the Goodyear was closer to the room. Defalco took the truck straight back, put a new plug in, a $2 valve stem and handed me the keys and said no charge. Thats what I call customer service. Any work I have to get in MB will definitely be with them.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:59 pm 
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My brother in law works for Ford as a service manager. The TPMS sensors are $2 cost. They're charging over $40 at some places. He says a third of the ones they receive are defective right out of the box. Technology is awesome.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:07 pm 
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phroggy wrote:
My brother in law works for Ford as a service manager. The TPMS sensors are $2 cost. They're charging over $40 at some places. He says a third of the ones they receive are defective right out of the box. Technology is awesome.

Another reason I love to drive the 1970 DeVille

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:25 pm 
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phroggy wrote:
My brother in law works for Ford as a service manager. The TPMS sensors are $2 cost. They're charging over $40 at some places. He says a third of the ones they receive are defective right out of the box. Technology is awesome.



Sad thing was I had already had a defective tpms on one of the wheels since I bought the vehicle. It has thrown a code since day one. Regardless of what kind of stem went on I would still have the warning showing. I call bull on not being able to put a regular valve stem on.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:56 am 
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Yeah I used to work at the garage at our local Walmart. They tpms sensors would run from $40-90 per stem, and we weren't "allowed" to put standard stems on the car if it had tpms. The few good, reasonable workers there would just make people sign a waiver, and or give them the tpms stem for free lol

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:54 pm 
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I have a few "Worst " experiences..
1 - After spending most of the day at the beach, we decided it was time to go up to the condo and shower then head out to dinner. Well I decided to go out to the balcony for a minute because some pelican's flew by and in my rush left the sliding door to the balcony open. When I turned to tell my hubby and kids to come out and check out the pelican's...I slammed straight smack into the glass door. And next thing you know...the kids and hubby are on the floor laughing their (@ #@#@)
off !! They couldn't stop the laughter for quite some time..hubby finally asked if I was ok ...I thought I broke my nose!!! I asked who shut the door while I was out there and hubby said he did because I was letting all the air conditioning out the door. So...to this day, as soon as we get to our condo the kids put "neon sticky notes" on the sliding door, so no one (meaning me ) walks into the glass... At the time I didn't think it was funny, but of course, now we still joke about it.

2 - We were in Myrtle Beach during Hurricane Charley... if anyone else was there that year and had to evacuate by 8pm.. because we were told that the water/power would be shut down by 10pm..just a whole lot of outbound traffic... didn't have GPS at that time, so we got the map out and found a "Cow path" of a road that we drove on for a couple of hours that lead us right to 95.. Only cut 1 day off vacation, but better to be safe than sorry.

3 - And last ..we were staying Sat. - Sat 3 years ago and on Monday evening I ended breaking my toe.. But of course it wasn't just your typical break.. I heard it pop and when I looked...I knew it was bad.. Hubby took one look and said you need to go to the ER for that.. My toe popped out and the top of my toe was facing completely upside down and the toe went over the others... So after x-rays the Dr said that I should have surgery on it and have a medal rod put in to put it back in place and wait for it to heal...I asked if their was any other option because we just started our vacation and he said yes, but your not going to like it.. well I chose plan B .. I won't get into it but I nearly past out.. Dr said I have a feeling your not going to stay off your feet and I said not a chance.. so I wabbled around in a hard shoe for the rest of vacation. I did get some pretty strong meds to take but after the first night I just dealt with the pain because they made me too sleepy.
I saw a specialist when we got back home from vacation and I actually had a "double spiral " break in one toe and split the little toe right down the center. Dr said he's never seen a break like that ever. Had my toes cast for nearly 4 months.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:51 am 
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I think my worst experience was passing out drunk in front of the elevators at the Coral Beach Resort several years ago. I was vacationing with three buddies and that first night I went crazy with alcohol. I had to be dragged back to the room where I proceeded to light a cigar on the burner of the stove then fighting with my best friend before heading out for a walk to downtown with one of the other members of my party. I nearly died that night as I was sleeping. I won't go into further detail about that. I didn't drink too much the rest of the week. I hated the fact that I became THAT guy. The type of guy I despise. So I don't do that anymore. I know my limits now.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:35 pm 
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Many years ago when we were Myrtle Beach rookies and didn't yet know a lot about it, we decided at the very last minute to go to Myrtle Beach. By last minute I mean we were leaving the next day. It was the middle of the summer and we figured it would be tough to find an oceanfront room. Sure enough, the first 2 places we called didn't have anything available. So we booked a room at the first place who told us they had an available OF room. And that's how we ended up spending a week at the Polynesian. Need I say more?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:12 am 
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I take it you did not have a good stay. I just Google'd the Polynesian, not seeing a lot of good as far as reports and pictures lol. I am sorry that happened to you.

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