Just wanted to know - how many of you have already replaced the hood shock (or damper as it's called)? Never had problems with mine until today when I came up to my car and tried to open the hood and had to hold it manually since the damper is not working anymore...
I wonder why did it go out, since most of the time it's in the rest position and the hood is kept closed... and it's 2003! My old 1992 VW Golf 3 never had issues with dampers...
Every time I fix something in my car then something else tends to break... Couple years ago I had a tremendous wish to sell my car and get a tough built SUV. I bought it in 2009 for $12500 from the dealership auction with the help of my friend. He then offered me to sell it for $13500-$14000, make some money and get a different car. But I just loved it and that was my dream car so I kept it! Now, as of March 2013 the car is worth $6500 !!!! And that's in Excellent condition! The price just dropped to the floor... And with the dealer prices to fix if anything breaks it's cheaper to get a new one!
Back in my country I could sell that car now for $18000-$20000!!! That's just insane how the value of cars drops here in the US.
So after my first visit to the shop I started fixing it myself. It turned not to be a rocket science
I did a lot of things on the car myself simply because I like to fix things myself, and I helped my dad back home when he was messing with his car. And interesting thing - every time I fix something I love this car more and more. I do cuss sometimes when working on it but who doesn't?
My friends think that I'm crazy since I spend too much time with my car and fix it. But it feels soooo good when my sweetheart is running smooth, nothing buzzes or vibrates, and when it's washed and waxed...oh man... I park it and I hear: "Nice car". I reply with Thank you and have a smile on my face for the rest of the day =D
Anyways, these are my couple words which I wanted to share with you folks!