I wanted to drop you guys a quick update on all things with cars, my health, and some general quips, and maybe a quick review of the 2017 Nissan Altima, that I currently have as a rental car.
No, I’m not talking about those people who start crap with you after toking it up, but rather the artillery craters that cover just about any road in Indiana. They are bad, please be careful around them. We’ve experienced significant car damage (possibly seized motor in the W8 – which is likely a total loss, and 7 flat tires). [Edit: Be sure to read a later post on 3/1 that talks about the other type of toking potholes.]
Starting out with my health, I had impact testing last week, and failed it miserably, in respect to both my reaction time, and my visual and verbal memories. I am extremely disappointed with these tests, which could likely keep me off the track this spring. Also had a balance assessment with The Balance Point, that showed that I have balance issues that need to be addressed with vestibule rehab therapy. In top of all of this, I’ve been asked by the state to go to 2 appointments in regards to my current health, one last Saturday and one again on Monday of this week. I’m tired of being stuck for shots, stuck for blood draws, poked, prodded, cold water poured into my ear, etc.
The basics is, I am dealing with either post-concussive syndrome, or more likely, with 50-70 concussions over the years (with a good mix of bumping my head, getting hit in the head, and explosive blasts) likely CTE. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma (often athletes), including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic sub-concussive hits to the head that do not cause symptoms. This includes concussions received from being too close to an explosive blast.
Post-concussive syndrome, is something that can heal, even though it may take a long time to do so. CTE is degenerative, and really there is nothing they can do, or even test for without a post-mortem exam of my brain.
2003 VW Passat W8:
My Passat is back in the shop as of about a week ago. Returning from a trip in mid-southern Indiana (Columbus, Seymour, etc.) the “STOP, Loss of Oil Pressure” light came on. I immediately pulled off on the Greenwood Main Street Exit, and pulled over. There was oil still on the dipstick, but the motor showed as if it were locked from starting by a low oil pressure switch, or some other relay that wouldn’t allow for the car to start. It was towed to Tom Wood VW at 146th Street, and they are going to have to diagnose the non-start condition and show it was part of the issue that happened with I hit the pot hole on 1/12/18 (see: Early February Update for more info). What is known, from the “crash” (insurance is calling this a crash), the bottom of the engine hit the ground so hard, 3 tires were flatted, the oil pan and the oil cooler had big gauges in it, the belly pan is destroyed, and I’m sure many other issues still yet to find. Currently, the car is at Tom Wood, State Farm has not paid them as of yet, and once Tom Wood is paid, they will start an engine tear down to find the cause of the loss of oil pressure. If it is due to to the crash, they will likely total the car, as replacing the engine is likely more than the cost of the car. If this is not due to the engine, it is my problem. I truly thing it is related to the pothole issue, so we’ll see. So, my question to you is what German wagon, preferably manual and all wheel drive, should I be looking at? It has to be in the sub-$5k category (age is less important than the shape of the car – but for example sake, I currently have a 2003 VW Passat W8, which is actually a very luxury wagon especially from VW and for a 2003. It has electric everything, a 8 cylinder engine (W8), dual gas tanks capable of 500 highway miles without filling up, and a host of other goodies. I’m partial to my VW, and would love to find an VW TDI Stick-Shift Wagon, but an Audi wagon fits well, as well as a BMW wagon and a diesel or gas Mercedes. Let me know your thoughts on what car I should look into next, if and when State Farm decides total the W8.
Played around with the P car for a few hours this week. Motor turns over on ether, and will start (ever so briefly), with a jumper box on the fuel pump and one on the coil. Both the D and the B sensors are missing ($45-$50 for both), and I believe replacing these will fix the issue, and the car will start right up. Once I know it’s going to run well, there are plenty of other little things that need to be bolted back together to be road ready. Heck, depending oh how well this runs, I might use it as a daily driver for a bit…
I just also ended up with a 924 found sitting in some weeds in Argos. I figure this car will have many of the interior bits and pieces I will need for the 944, and the price was so inexpensive, if it has 2 working B and D sensors that I can use in my 944, I’ve made money on the deal… This has the potential of being stripped bare and becoming a track car for someone… More on this soon, as I need to work on getting this picked up and back to here, but you can check out the car more on the Porsche 924 page.