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Old 11-10-10, 05:11 PM   #1
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bike Mobile's Last Trip??

On a business trip out of town today and my 20 year old Bike Mobile with 540,000 miles really acted up. It "bonked". It was struggling up the simplest of hills. I knew exactly how it felt! I was able to nurse it back to a garage that is about 60 miles from my house-I grew up with the mechanic so at least its in trusted hands! I usually have my bike with me and have told folks when the van dies I'll just jump on my bike and leave the van wherever it quits-but I did not have it in the van today.

We will see what he finds tomorrow. I don't want to reinvest in the bike mobile but if it's minor I'll probably let him fix it, along with 2-3 other items. It feels like it's just tired.
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Old 11-10-10, 07:01 PM   #2
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I had a bike bonk. I was riding it along and it got this soft ride suddenly. Came to realize that the the downtube had separated from the bottom bracket.
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On a business trip out of town today and my 20 year old Bike Mobile with 540,000 miles really acted up. It "bonked". It was struggling up the simplest of hills. I knew exactly how it felt! I was able to nurse it back to a garage that is about 60 miles from my house-I grew up with the mechanic so at least its in trusted hands! I usually have my bike with me and have told folks when the van dies I'll just jump on my bike and leave the van wherever it quits-but I did not have it in the van today.

We will see what he finds tomorrow. I don't want to reinvest in the bike mobile but if it's minor I'll probably let him fix it, along with 2-3 other items. It feels like it's just tired.
I am finding it costs more and more to keep me "running." I sure wouldn't want someone to give up on me because I cost too much. I think you owe it to your van not to discriminate because of age or mileage!! It will seem like losing an old friend.
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Old 11-10-10, 07:11 PM   #4
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Gee, I feel bad that I got rid of my old bike hauler when it only had 170,000 miles. But I'm a one vehicle family and it needed around $2500 in repairs.
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Does Bike Mobile have an Advance Directive? Have you talked with it about end-of-life decisions?
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Old 11-10-10, 08:09 PM   #6
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if you can nurse it though the next five years you can call it a classic when you sell/junk or otherwise lose it's services
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One thing we DON'T want here is a death panel!!
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Without knowing the BM's make or model, my money is on a bum fuel pump. She may need sparkplugs and wires too.
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Without knowing the BM's make or model, my money is on a bum fuel pump. She may need sparkplugs and wires too.
My guesses in order of guess:

spark plugs/wires-I think they have about 200k+ on 'em
fuel filter clogged up
catalytic converter plugging up
fuel pump

It's pretty funny the similarities between how it was running and how I've felt on some hills after a lot of miles..........it was mostly ok on the flats and dowhills but I could have ridden my bike faster up some of the hills.

And it's a '91 Toyota Previa
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My bike hauler is the same year, Chevy S-10 Blazer (4dr). It's a one-owner vehicle, with over 328,800 miles on it. Last year, both heads on the engine cracked, and were replaced. As long as it runs, and can be fixed, I'll drive it.
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You're easing my concern that my bike hauler (Toyota Tacoma) is about to roll over 100,000 miles. Thanks.
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Old 11-11-10, 11:53 AM   #12
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My bike-mobile resides in the carport all week, only being used to ferry my track bike to the local indoor velodrome, or my fixie or tandem down to Seattle for a weekend ride. It's all those long highway miles (lots of trips to Seattle, Oregon coast, Redding, Las Vegas) that have put the odo over 240,000 km in the past ten years, but it's a Subaru that's been well-maintianed and runs (and looks) like new! If I didn't haul my bikes around so much, I'd have more kilometers on the bikes than on the car.

I have had four bikes fail on me while riding. I had a Canadian Miele (one of those Northern Italian frames re-branded as a Canadian bike, like Cramerotti) fail at the right chain stay while sitting in the pack waiting for the final sprint that I probably would have won in a BC Masters Road Championship. I had two Performance titanium frames (Chinese Ti) break underneath me (one catastrophic seat tube fracture just below the seat post, so that the post fell off!), and I had a Benotti track bike fail at the top tube just behind the head lug in October 2009. I was able to nurse the bike (holding the top tube on descents, avoiding the front brake, to the bus stop where I put it on the rack and took the bus home. Good thing all the buses in Greater Vancouver have bike racks!

Component breakages are the worst. I had one handlebar (Profile Hammer, known for breaking) fail during a race where I was on a solo break. I was madder than a wet hen when I got up after the crash. Had a couple of Campag seat posts break, but never crashed as a result.

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Old 11-11-10, 12:07 PM   #13
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Previa problems

As the owner/operator of Don's Automotive -- 30 years + specializing in Asian vehicles -- I can tell you fuel pump and fuel filter problems are just about unheard of on your Toyota. Now Ford, Chevy, Dodge....................that's another matter!!

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I'd guess catalytic converter plugged.
I don't get emotional about my cars. I had a truck for 19 years and sold it for more than I paid for it and didn't get emo, it's just a thing.
I've been driving the S10 Blazer for 14 years and I'm thinking about getting something newer. If my job didn't suck so much I would have already. It's a car, not a family member.
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If it can regain a road worthy condition for @$1K, it sounds reasonable. Even if you only get another year, those are cheap miles. Winter is coming though, your old friend the Bike Mobile would feel horrible if it left you hanging in bad weather. Can the van be converted to an axleless storage facility at your house. 540K miles. That is a lot of memories. It deserves a place in your future, it sure has been part of your past.

I'm going to have to discuss some of these issues with my 03 Durango with 108K miles. It has a slacker entitlement attitude.
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As the owner/operator of Don's Automotive -- 30 years + specializing in Asian vehicles -- I can tell you fuel pump and fuel filter problems are just about unheard of on your Toyota. Now Ford, Chevy, Dodge....................that's another matter!!

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It appears to be a fuel filter very clogged up--still doing some diagnostics.
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Swami predicts you will also need a fuel pump.
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Swami predicts you will also need a fuel pump.
You might be on target-still working on it-issue is intermittent. Fortunately I've been in Az for a week so have not needed it.
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Assuming this is a modern EFI engine, shouldn't they be able to plug in the diagnostic computer and tell what is going on pretty quickly via the trouble codes?
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