Subject: [DML] Digest Number 1967
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2004 3:56 PM
There are 2 messages in this issue.
Topics in this digest:
1. Auto Box Shift Points?
2. D-1 Again
From: Tom Watkins <dmctom_at_dml_earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 10:34:15 EDT
Subject: Auto Box Shift Points?
I would make sure that the full throttle switch that controls shifting is
working and that the throttle position cable going to the AT governor is adjusted
properly. Let us know what you find after you check those things out.
Dave & 6530
Computer Govenor being modified.
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 08:36:25 -0400
From: Tom Watkins <dmctom_at_dml_earthlink.net>
Subject: D-1 Again
(Moderators Note: I said that we have ended this topic, and we have. The following note from Tom touches on this topic but also has some very good additional information which is worth posting, so here it is. Marty, this weeks moderator)
This comes up from time to time and the thread is always the
same......That Ed/D1 is unprofessional, rude, and elitist. Ed is Ed
and that's the way it is. No amount of complaining is going to change
his business practices. I take the viewpoint that the split between Ed
and Steven created a different order in the DeLorean community for
information, parts service etc....and of course, James Espey starting
the DML started a tidal wave of new, faster communication that bucked
the traditional way things had been done, not only for Ed but also the
DeLorean World Magazine and that community. When you are king of the
hill and a rival comes along it is in your best interest to protect your
investment and livelyhood. Why else would a man who has so publicly
denounced the DML still monitor a list that he tried to legally crush
when it first started? All of this just to find out who each of us are
and our VIN numbers.
I feel that Ed is simply trying to protect his domain and chooses to
serve only those customers that are loyal to him. I guess there's
nothing wrong with that except for the way in which he seems to do it.
I feel that he is trying to reserve his parts inventory for those
customers that use him as their only place for parts and service. So
let's put this out there again.....Don't Call D1 Unless You Are Going To
Be A Permanent Customer!!! This may not be the way you or I would
choose to do business but let's all agree to the fact that Ed has the
right to do whatever he wants. It's his business and if he doesn't want
to sell to you there is nothing you can do about it. Ed has his reasons
and I think that we must honor that even if we don't agree. If Ed has
a hard time coming up with parts for his own customers due to the fact
that he has to also buy from DMCH why do you think he would let go of
his inventory to those that are not regular customers? What if he
needed a part for one of his regulars and he sold it to someone who
lives too far away to bring their car to him for service? It doesn't
make sense for Ed or any vendor to want to deal with the constant phone
calls from people trying to "vendor price-hop" I think all of our
vendors agree that it is time consuming to handle all those phone calls
from people who want to compare every price on every item, get the
information and then call the other vendor and try to dicker.....It's
this kind of practice that has probably caused Ed to be blunt with you
on the phone.
I take my car to Rob Grady for service and usually drive down once a
year with my "list" While at his shop you wouldn't believe the number
of phone calls Rob gets for advise, parts info etc.....It's clearly a
large part of his day and he still needs to serve his customers who's
cars are there as well as getting mail order items ready etc.... I
wish that we could all stop and try to understand and look at this from
another point of view. If you don't like the way Ed does things
choose to buy from our other vendors but remember to be respectful of
their time and efforts.
For those of you pissing off our vendors with your constant price
shopping tactics I hope you take a moment to realize you may screw it up
for all of us so STOP IT! You may very well contribute to another vendor
choosing to only serve regular full-time customers and not want to deal
with "looky-loo's" who want to feel better about themselves for getting
a bargain at the expense of all of us. Our community is too small to
overburden our vendors with this kind of crap. If you want to pull this
kind of thing sell your car and buy a major-brand vehicle with lots of
dealerships and aftermarket vendors for you to call up and brow-beat.
That's my opinion and I'm stickin to it!
#05732 Loyal customer of all our vendors to help keep them all in
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