As Project 200K progresses, there is a way to go, the car has 144,000 kms. Yes...we have done a bit of driving this past summer.
What transpired during these past few months.
For the 3rd year at almost the same time of year (end of August), and with the same climatic conditions (hot, humid, and rain), returning from a road trip the air conditioning stops working. You almost can't make this stuff up, that for 3 consecutive years the air conditioning stops working under similar circumstances; at almost the same place on the 401.
This time the system shuts down, is it refrigerant, or something else. A visit to our friendly mechanic, and its some sort of temperature sensor (photo) behind the dash that is defective and shuts down the air conditioning.
At this point while delving in the HVAC system, the valve (under the hood) that controls the water flow for the 4 zones was replaced. We knew the valve was occasionally "acting up".Its a common/known issue, and especially during the summer hot air comes out of the rear vents when the valve "acts up".
Checking the entire HVAC system, replacing the sensor and valve amounted to a few hundreds.
From the new cabin filter during the previous visit, to replacing the temperature sensor, and valve we have hopefully resolved all the HVAC issues. Obvious that its more pleasant when its cool in the car on a warm day.
Although the Falken Azenis are great "sticky" summer tires, they are probably useless in snow.
A quick word on tires:
As you know high performance tires do not last a long time. We drove approximately 80,000 kms on a set of summer and winter tires.
This car has 2 sets of wheels and tires, and 2013 is the year to replace tires. We replaced the summers in the spring and now came the time to replace the winters. We installed a set of Falken Eurowinter HS449 on the 17 inch winter wheels.
Agreed, replacing 2 sets of tires in one year ads up to a few thousands. Keeping in mind that these 2 sets will last a few years.
As winter arrived a few days ago, we also replaced the wiper blades. There are all sorts of wiper blades at all sorts of prices. For some reason the most expensive are from M-B and they are also the ones that work the best.
Perhaps we forgot to mention, this past summer "Walter's" paint was clay barred to remove all sorts of stuff that makes its way on the paint of cars, and was waxed. Yes...its good exercise to clay bar and wax a car.
Wondering about fuel economy on surface streets and short trips? Take a look at Walter's fuel economy, as you probably know colder weather is not conducise to improved economy.