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SSizler
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Post by SSizler » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:09 pm

Hello,
My name is Jim. I am a car-a-holic.
I recently purchased my first Vibe, a well equipped Frosty 2003 base model with 183,000 miles in excellent condition. (pics to follow when I figure it out)
This forum has already provided much valuable information, particularly about replacing the blend door actuator and the HVAC and shift indicator lamps. The forum needs a thumbs up smilie! :D
I am a car guy for life and enjoy working on my own vehicles.
I purchased a Toyota pickup brand new in 1987 (sold to a friends father long ago), and current drive a 2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 in Thunder Gray Metallic that is also in excellent condition. What a wonderful truck.
I owned a 1987 Bonneville SE and a 1992 Bonneville SSEi, and swore I would never buy another Pontiac after those two.
I purchased the Vibe because it is basically a Toyota product at a Pontiac price. :lol:
My garage also holds the rest of my current fleet:
1969 Camaro Z/28 survivor, owned since 1978,
1999 Camaro SS in Hugger Orange with White interior owned since 1999
1971 Honda CL175 in Candy Topaz Metallic
1994 Honda Pacific Coast in Black
2001 Yamaha FZ1 in Blue purchased new
and a 2007 Harley Davidson Sportster inherited when my father passed away in 2018.
My wifes ride is a 2012 Impala LTZ in white.
There are many other vehicles in my past that I have not mentioned.
I am also an avvid snowmobiler.
I maintain and care for all of my vehicles and enjoy every minute of it.
Anyway, I wanted to introduce myself, and hope to have many pleasant conversations with the members here.
Thank you all for sharing your Vibe knowledge. I really appreciate it!
TTYS!
Jim
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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Post by Bookworm » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:20 pm

Welcome, and enjoy the car. Sounds like you must have your own mechanics bay as well. - what kind of vehicle lift do you use?

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Post by zbyers » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:18 am

Welcome to the best group on the internet. You get brownie points for a great introductory post, and adding your location to your profile. I believe there are a few members on here in Iowa too.

Looking forward to seeing the pics of your fleet! Yes, there is an L in there. :lol:
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Re: New Member

Post by wagonis » Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:08 am

Welcome to the board, thats a hell of a garage you got there, post some pics.

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Post by SSizler » Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:24 pm

Hello Bookworm, thanks for the welcome.
I wish I had a lift, but am confined to a floor jack / jack stands due to a low ceiling height. (darn zoning laws)
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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Post by SSizler » Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:28 pm

Hello zbyers, thanks for the welcome.
Iowa, the land of salted winter roads and summer humidity. :lol:
Glad you didn't want to see my feet, I don't have any photos of those size 13's. :shock:
Quick view of part of the fleet:
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2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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Post by SSizler » Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:32 pm

Hello wagonis, thanks for the welcome.
Here is a winter pic of the garage:
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2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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Post by vibrologist » Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:53 pm

Welcome to the Vibe family, SSizler!

Your past and current fleet is impressive!
I am getting the vibe that you may be interested in this website:
https://www.curbsideclassic.com/
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Post by Bookworm » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:32 pm

They have 'portable' flat jacks out there, that operate as scissor lifts. I've eyeballed them a few times myself, rather than doing the 'jack it, stand it' route.

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Post by SSizler » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:43 pm

Hello vibrologist / fellow Iowan!
Thanks for the welcome, and the link to a site I have not seen before.
I checked it out briefly, looks interesting.
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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Post by SSizler » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:48 pm

Bookworm wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:32 pm
They have 'portable' flat jacks out there, that operate as scissor lifts. I've eyeballed them a few times myself, rather than doing the 'jack it, stand it' route.
I have researched them also. I just can't justify the cost at this time.
I have been watching Craigslist for a used one that is reasonably priced in my area. They are never close by. :?
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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Post by vibrologist » Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:33 am

SSizler wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:43 pm
Hello vibrologist / fellow Iowan!
Thanks for the welcome, and the link to a site I have not seen before.
I checked it out briefly, looks interesting.
Oh, yeah! Urbandale.
I am in Ames and the founder of CurbsideClassic (Paul Niedermeier) lived in Iowa City during his youth.

Small world.
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Post by tpollauf » Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:27 am

Welcome to GenVibe Sizzler! Excellent intro and you fulfilled ALL the "non required requirements" to being a member here: Posted pics, posted location, and gave a good history of your automotive background :D Plus bonus pics which give us a better idea how serious of an auto enthusiast you really are! I can truly understand the lift thing as when I was younger, I did EVERYTHING using floor jacks on my earlier rides (specifically GM "f" bodies) and it was no fun. I now have the luxury of a full 6000 ft2 shop/warehouse just 5 miles away from where I live. Lift, paint booth, welders, milling machines, etc. It's not in the greatest neighborhood and is extremely dirty. Oh well the trade-off is worth it! I share it with a couple of retired Mopar fanatic brothers.


I doubt one of these wont fit in your garage :roll:

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Post by SSizler » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:46 pm

Hello tpollauf,
Thank you for the welcome!
Yes, the lift thing is getting important. (looks like we are about the same age)
I used to be able to lay on my back all day, not so much any more.
I am actually planning to build a new garage within the next year, as I have recently moved to a new home close to my old one.
I own both and still have / use the old one daily.
The new garage will definitey have a higher ceiling height AND a lift. ;)
That is a sweet looking GT you have. I love the color!
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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