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- Apr 16, 2014
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Back in Florida. The wife is super happy with the new ride. Daughter already drove it around the neighborhood as she is ready to get her drivers permit on 1 November. She asked me to pick her up from school one day this week in the Suburban because she missed it. The nostalgia. Ummm ok, no worries. I proceeded to listen to her and her friend, whom we carpool with, talk for 20 minutes about all kinds of stuff. You sure can learn a lot by not saying anything. lol ammaright?
That was a loooong trip. Some calculations based on a full tank at the start in AZ.
Distance 2480.8 miles.
Fuel Economy 29.9mpg.
Average Speed 68.7 MPH
34 hours from AZ to FLL
$65.86 / 14.016 gallons in Deming, NM
$47.14 / 12.089 gallons in Fort Stockton, TX
$45.41 / 12.080 gallons in San Antonio, TX
$30.43 / 8.117 gallons in Baytown/Houston, TX (Buc-ees)
$38.10 / 10.081 gallons in Mandeville, LA
$50.57 / 12.458 gallons in North Tallahassee, FL
$50.52 / 12.059 gallons in Okeechobee, FL
TOTALS $328.03 / 80.9 gallons
AVERAGES $46.86 / 11.557 gallons per fuel stop / $4.04 per gallon
I sent my mechanic buddy the tire pic. A new one is on order. $300 ouch!! Continental ProContact 245/45/20. Will get mounted before the weekend. Tire pressure still holding strong.
I gave the Buick and Suburban a solid wash to get the bugs, bee poop and rain dirt off. Then it hammered down even harder in successive storms.
I ordered new Husky X-ACT Contour mats for the Buick (I have the Weather Beaters in the Suburban, but wanted to see how much nicer the step up was.)
I am still battling the Suburban rear sway bar bushing issue. I pulled the current one out as the new ones from Cognito in California had arrive while I was in Arizona. NOPE!! Too big. They are 1.5" and it appears that the bar and current used bushings are more 1.25-1.3". Grrr....old ones back on.
Wrote to Cognito. Traded messages and they had 1 pair that they are sending me at no charge, no shipping and to keep the other set. They are no longer selling that Cognito bar. I asked her to send me 2 sets. She said we don't have any, nor any of the brackets (see previous posts about the larger bushings and brackets) but to contact Hellwig as it is their sway bar.
Well at least good info, customer service and new bushings should be here in a week from California.
The Buick has one very small ding in the leading edge of the hood which I may get taken out at some point. They actually put a clear bra on the front of the hood, so not sure how it got thru that.
I also noticed that my dad ran it throught the car wash and the fine line scratches on the wheels are pretty bad. I pulled out the DA the other day on one of the wheels with a coarse pad and polish and it brought it back to life with lots of shine. I might just pull the wheels one at a time and give them a solid detail to knock down those scratches and make them shine really well. Hard to show in pictures and nobody else would notice or even care, but it stood right out to me. Since the wife like's the dark wheels (very dark grey, almost black with a bit of small flake in there, they might as well be in better shape...so that will happen.)
Other than that, the vehicle is in really good shape. A few small paint chips, a missing floor mat (solved with the Husky's), some marks on the visors and A pillars from dirty hands and the fine line scratches, the vehicle (can't call it a truck, not really a car, but listed as a compact SUV, so there we go) is in great shape. All the tech and plenty of room in all 4 seats. The front seats are raised from where they bolt into the floor, so the kids in the back have plenty of leg room, which I noticed in the front too. Impressive for such a small ride.
It is possible I ran 2400 miles with that nail in the tire. Didn't cause me any problems once I had the same PSI in the tire.
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Near Gainesville at 0730 on my final push home.
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Before even washing it, I removed the 4 badges from the rear end PRONTO!! Looks way better. Much cleaner. AZ plates coming off soon with new FL registration.
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Just different enough that the bushing was too big and never touched the bar.
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Sorry Michael, he’s definitely in a better place. Love the ‘finger’ pic.
Sad to hear of you dads passing!! Praying for you and the family right now!
Thanks guys. Appreciated.So sorry to hear of your loss. It's never easy to lose someone you love, but like you already said--he was suffering and he's in a much better place now. Always nice to do a celebration of life, instead of mourning his death.
Yes it is. Nice house and property they were able to get from the sale of our other house we had since 1985. Super nice area under development and the houses all have 3 cars garages. The odd part is that the 3rd single door is manual at their house? Stupid for the oldies. So I moved a storage rack in front of that door since there is only 1 vehicle now. Now the garage is open to walk across and be able to see what else is on the racks.That garage is sik.
Thx Tony. Glad you enjoy the storytelling. I am also hoping it will be a good vehicle. We have some warranty time left, so I told my wife if you don't like it or it gives us trouble other than normal maintenance, we can trade it in on something else, but enjoy if for now while the warranty is good.I love your road trip stories. You're like a great novelist. When I read your stories, I'm right there with you. I can picture everything you've experienced on the road. That's some awesome story telling. Glad you had a safe and mostly uneventful trip back home. I hope the Buick will be as good as a vehicle as the 'Burb is.