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What is Your Automotive New Year’s Resolution?

Avatar By Yoav Gilad
December 24, 2014
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Photography by Yoav Gilad and courtesy of FCA

Some of you may have heard that our local Cars & Coffee, the one that started them all, shut down last week. It’s a sad fate for a Southern California institution, but we’re not too worried as there are a couple of other regular, local meets that have become quite popular such as Supercar Sunday, Morning Octane, and an upstart Cars & Coffee located in Malibu (about seventy miles away from the original, located in Irvine). It was as I pulled into the first Cars & Coffee Malibu that the upper radiator hose in my first-year Dodge Viper GTS finally gave up the ghost. I made quite an entrance as the blue Viper billowed steam like a nineteenth-century locomotive. I backed into a spot, steam escaping through the wheel wells, lower grill, and NACA duct and shut the engine down. There was a trail of coolant from the parking lot apron to my car, and little yellow-green droplets all over the Viper.

Another attendee happily offered “repair” tape and once the car cooled sufficiently, we wrapped the hose back up. It held for about six miles. Then I had to call a flatbed as there are no auto-parts stores remotely close to this part of the Pacific Coast Highway. Well, at least I wasn’t in the middle of the desert somewhere.

I’ve never replaced any of the Viper’s hoses and frankly they’re getting to the age where this should have been expected. So for 2015 I have resolved to be more pro-active about my cars’ maintenance. I change the oil, do the brakes, etc… regularly, but there are other wear-and-tear items that need to be inspected as well. Lesson learned. It isn’t earth-shattering but will hopefully help avoid a couple of headaches.

So have you made any automotive resolutions for the coming year? 

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Steve G
Steve G

To be debt free by paying off my Boss 302 by the end of this month. Then save up to pay cash for the next set of wheels.

Ryan Corneliusen
Ryan Corneliusen

Bring my 106k-mile 330Ci up to factory spec; buy an E30 or E46 M3, or E39 M5; and maybe an F30 for the wife and baby. And I definitely want to get a caterham soon. Oh and a house with a garage for all the toys.

Track track track!

Dan Oh
Dan Oh

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Jason Fitzpatrick
Jason Fitzpatrick

Drive my Esprit more often…it deserves it!

John Johns
John Johns

I also owned a blue/white GTS for 8 years. Mine was a 97. Radiator hose blew while chugging up I-70 in heavy traffic approaching the Eisenhower tunnel. A friendly passerby provided duct tape for a patch and we made it home, another 200 miles. Next maintenance item was silicone hoses. A great lesson in preventative maintenance.

Matt C
Matt C

To either dig in on my very rusty basketcase Super Beetle or replace it with a less rusty version. I also plan on selling my trusty Sonoma and plan on buying an older truck. Finally, money and time permitting, I want to buy an older Miata as an autocross car.

Stephan P
Stephan P

Get my Alfetta race car back together ( after a small mishap) before the first race of the season.

Tyler
Tyler

Spend more time on the track!

Richard Love
Richard Love

See the completion of the restoration of my ’52 Morgan Flat radiator TT special. Then drive it!

Steel Lezarwood
Steel Lezarwood

I have some work to do on my cars: I’ll do that quickly and I’ll sell them… and then I’ll buy another one ! Just one, but a beautiful one.

Hayden
Hayden

My New Year’s Resolution is to make more money… Enough to be able to properly restore my ’89 MR2. My next steps are era-appropriate wheels, new tires, an engine rebuild, and 6-speed transmission swap (maybe).

SoyBoy
SoyBoy

Drive the pants off my Fiesta ST this winter in the snow.
Take as many 5000 mile road trips in my 07 GT3

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

Roadtrip through Northeast USA and a bit of Canada!

Jake Williams
Jake Williams

I want to work up the money to restore my Alfa so I can have a bit of fun before I go off to college.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Happy new year all.

I have the same resolution as most years, – to use the Daytona more. The current collapse of oil prices (and the resulting fuel bill) will make that rather easier 🙂

Christopher Wilmot
Christopher Wilmot

My resolution is to actually finish all the car projects I have before I turn 22! Slam the E28 and paint it (just rebuilt BBS’s for it). Put in the big turbo on my TT and aim for 400whp on E85. Swap my 49′ Chevy body onto my S10 (body already off the S10). Lower my MGB and get an exhaust and hardtop. Lastly, pick up the Volvo PV445 from a family friend who’s husband recently died (they had it sitting in their yard for the past 30 years.

Gregory J. Liebau
Gregory J. Liebau

I recently purchased a 1983 Mercedes 240D and have been driving it daily for the last couple of months. I plan to keep her for a while, and for 2015 I’ve decided to use it to get around on a couple of trips I have planned. The major goal is to visit every National Park up and down the West Coast (sans Alaska), which comes in at 16 parks from Arizona to Washington. Looking forward to it!

Jon Volk
Jon Volk

Drive this more.

Brent D
Brent D

My automotive resolution is to get out and drive the fantastic roads in Northern California more. Just got a pair of driving shoes, ready to master rev-matched downshifts and heel toeing.