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Subject: [DML] Digest Number 885
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2002 7:11 AM

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There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Delorean Maintenance?
From: "psychopowerrr" <PsychoPower_at_dml_Hotmail.com>

2. DeLorean Dealer Sign
From: Dmc3360_at_dml_aol.com

3. auto tranny problem
From: Andrew Prentis <aprentis_at_dml_rocketmail.com>

4. Re: Vacuum issue? (Resolved)
From: "Ed Garbade" <edgarbade_at_dml_hotmail.com>

5. Re: Delorean Maintenance?
From: Mike Substelny <msubstel_at_dml_lorainccc.edu>

6. Re: Delorean Maintenance?
From: Louie Golden <louielouieco2000_at_dml_yahoo.com>

7. High Idle Questions
From: "Willie Mack" <wmack_at_dml_vt.edu>

8. Re: auto tranny problem
From: "Adam Price" <acprice1_at_dml_hotmail.com>





Message: 1
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 03:18:47 -0000
From: "psychopowerrr" <PsychoPower_at_dml_Hotmail.com>
Subject: Delorean Maintenance?

Hi, I'm looking to buy a used Delorean, but my friend says if I get 
one it will break down a lot and it will cost me a lot of money to 
fix and it requires constant maintenance. I want to ask Delorean 
owners if this is true. Do Deloreans usually break down or have 
something go wrong often?
Thanks for the info in advance.




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Message: 2
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 23:50:05 EST
From: Dmc3360_at_dml_aol.com
Subject: DeLorean Dealer Sign

I have listed one side of a DeLorean Dealer Sign on ebay for those looking 
for one.  I had too many people ask me for it so this is the only way I know 
to let it go fairly.  If someone from the DML wins let me know and I will try 
to help them with shipping or transport arrangements.  Here is the URL for 
the item.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=601511863

Gary



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Message: 3
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 01:28:59 -0800 (PST)
From: Andrew Prentis <aprentis_at_dml_rocketmail.com>
Subject: auto tranny problem

Hi Group,
         Theres a DeLorean being auctioned here in
Sydney which I'm intrested in.When I went out for a
spin in it on the weekend it seems the transmission
wouldn't downshift to first gear, but after about 15
mins when the car had warmed up the problem seemed to
go away.Is this likely a computer governer issue or
something else?Please forgive my ignorance,but I don't
know much about automatic transmissions.
Cheers,
Andrew Prentis
Australia

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Message: 4
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 07:41:12 -0500
From: "Ed Garbade" <edgarbade_at_dml_hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Vacuum issue? (Resolved)

Went home last night and checked for water in the spark plug wells.  Sure 
enough cylinder number 6 was about 1/3 full of water.  Cleaned it out and it 
runs great!

Problem solved (at least this one).  Thanks to all for the assist.

Ed
10541

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Message: 5
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 11:31:39 -0500
From: Mike Substelny <msubstel_at_dml_lorainccc.edu>
Subject: Re: Delorean Maintenance?

Taking psychopowerrr's questions out of order:

> Do Deloreans usually break down or have
> something go wrong often?

A well-maintained DeLorean is very reliable.  But, like any 20+ year old car, a poorly
maintained DeLorean could be prone to problems.

I took mine on two fairly long trips last year, from Cleveland to London, Ontario and
from Cleveland to Evansville, Indianna.  I was not worried about my DeLorean having any
mechanical trouble, and it did perform perfectly on those long trips and on the many
short trips I took last year.

> . . . my friend says if I get one it will break down
> a lot and it will cost me a lot of money to
> fix and it requires constant maintenance.

I have not found that DeLorean repairs cost more than other car repairs.  In fact, in the
past three years my 1992 Pontiac Trans Sport has cost more in parts and labor than my
DeLorean.  I put about the same miles on both every year.

I am confused about your reference to "constant maintenance."  If you are looking for a
maintenance free car, forget it.  Every car requires maintenance, and 20 year old cars
require more of it than new cars.  But one nice advantage of the DeLorean is that is has
a very low maintenance body.

- Mike Substelny
VIN 01280, 8 years






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Message: 6
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 10:28:09 -0800 (PST)
From: Louie Golden <louielouieco2000_at_dml_yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Delorean Maintenance?

It sounds to me like you need to do some homework. Read the DML
for a while, get to know some owners in your area, go to some
DeLorean meets, and then see if a DeLorean is really for you. A
DeLorean CAN be an unreliable car if you buy the WRONG ONE. Some
general advice is to steer clear of extremely low mileage
completely original cars which have been sitting. Those will
absolutely bleed you dry. We are talking you can drop
$10,000-$15,000 into one of those pretty quickly. There are also
factory recalls, and updates which are also essential to having
a safe, reliable DeLorean. Those deal with the cooling,
electrical, and fuel systems. A lot of people also feel that you
should steer clear of the really early and really late cars, and
that 5-speeds are more reliable than the automatics... but those
points are still debated. The bottom line is that DeLoreans are
now 20+ years old, and will require some TLC, money, and time in
the shop. On the upside, you can't find a cooler car with more
personality :).

Louie Golden
#10115

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Message: 7
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 15:32:41 -0500
From: "Willie Mack" <wmack_at_dml_vt.edu>
Subject: High Idle Questions



I took my D to a garage yesterday to find out where my all my anti freeze is
leaking from.  While it was in the shop i asked them to diagnois why she was
idling so high.  There answer today is, that my spark plugs are arcing and
my fuel injection needs to be purged?  What does fuel injection needs to be
purged mean?

Thanks
  Willie
  Vin 5043
  http://filebox.vt.edu/users/wmack




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Message: 8
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 17:34:39 -0800
From: "Adam Price" <acprice1_at_dml_hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: auto tranny problem

I am pretty sure this is a computer/governor problem. My car does the same 
thing. It can be combated by starting the car out with the gear selector in 
a lower setting other than Drive. If I start the car out with the lever in 
2nd (or 1st), it usually signals it and it actually will shift to 1st. But 
if your gov is bad, it will get worse and eventually will be an extreme pain 
to drive. I am dealing with this now. I have stopped driving it until I 
install my new gov!

There is some good info on the DMCnews tech info pages about this.

Adam

>From: Andrew Prentis 

>   There's a DeLorean being auctioned here in
>Sydney which I'm intrested in. When I went out for a
>spin in it on the weekend it seems the transmission
>wouldn't downshift to first gear, but after about 15
>mins when the car had warmed up the problem seemed to
>go away. Is this likely a computer governer issue or
>something else?



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