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Old 08-10-2013, 07:29 PM   #27551
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So, my identity was stolen a few years back, and now, after years of trying to get it all fixed and repaired, I finally have a competent attorney who is fighting all of it for me. Hopefully my credit score will go up. Its a 449 now, so you can imagine how much this identity fraud has impacted my life.
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I told some kid the other day that if something has my full name and address on it, I rip it up. He said, what? You worried someone might steal your identity?"

And I'm over here like, "you're not? Were you born that dumb or did you have to work at it?"
Seems like every day I receive at least one CitiBank credit card offer. I hate having to spend the time shredding all that crap. If you just throw that in the trash, that's the easiest way for someone to steal your identity, max out the card and have the bill sent to you.

I'm seriously considering just writing "NOT INTERESTED" across the front of the application, putting all the junk they sent me plus their outer envelope into the No Postage Required envelope and sending it back to them. Pretty sure they have to pay postage on whatever gets sent back that way.

Does anyone know whether they are charged more for envelopes that weigh more? If they are, I'll stuff a bunch of other junk mail in there with it and tape it shut! Maybe when the cost of not getting any business from me gets high enough they'll stop bugging me.
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Seems like every day I receive at least one CitiBank credit card offer. I hate having to spend the time shredding all that crap. If you just throw that in the trash, that's the easiest way for someone to steal your identity, max out the card and have the bill sent to you.

I'm seriously considering just writing "NOT INTERESTED" across the front of the application, putting all the junk they sent me plus their outer envelope into the No Postage Required envelope and sending it back to them. Pretty sure they have to pay postage on whatever gets sent back that way.

Does anyone know whether they are charged more for envelopes that weigh more? If they are, I'll stuff a bunch of other junk mail in there with it and tape it shut! Maybe when the cost of not getting any business from me gets high enough they'll stop bugging me.
I either compost that stuff, or toss it on the next brushpile I burn.
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the Duramax is actually a pretty decent engine. one of it's biggest problems was the fuel injection system. it was designed to run at very high pressure and was very fuel quality sensitive. fuel filter changes are definately a requirement, and the fuel filter is pain to replace. the Dodges with the Cummins had the worst transmissions, automatic or standard. pure junk. at least the Duramax got an Allison transmission.
From what I hear, the 5R110 in the 6.0's is just as stout as the Allison's. But the Cummins transmission I believe was built by an 8th grade science fair project.
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I would take a Ford with a Cummins in it, if someone gave it to me. I honestly haven't known anyone to have problems with the Duramax, but then I've never claimed to know everything. Either way, I'll stick with CAT, Cummins, and Detroit and I'm talking 14 L Cummins not 5.7 L

Today in class we were looking up specs my instructor made it VERY clear that it's spelled C-U-M-M-I-N-S no G the website is quickserve.Cummins.com he said, "if you type that in wrong I'm sure you'll get some interesting stuff."
Oh I thought we were talking consumer trucks, not commercial...

But yeah, the Duramax was just as problematic as the 6.0. Super expensive problems too. But the biggest issue with the 6.0 was it's design. And not the design performance-wise, but rather maintenance-wise. For example, to get to the heads, you have to strip the ENTIRE engine. I heard when they designed the 6.7L they cut a head gasket job by 7 hours worth of labor! Yeah...changing the head gaskets or head bolts is a damn 10 hours worth of labor! Insane!
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From what I hear, the 5R110 in the 6.0's is just as stout as the Allison's. But the Cummins transmission I believe was built by an 8th grade science fair project.
I'm pretty sure it's a Dodge transmission which is why it's crap.
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Oh I thought we were talking consumer trucks, not commercial...

But yeah, the Duramax was just as problematic as the 6.0. Super expensive problems too. But the biggest issue with the 6.0 was it's design. And not the design performance-wise, but rather maintenance-wise. For example, to get to the heads, you have to strip the ENTIRE engine. I heard when they designed the 6.7L they cut a head gasket job by 7 hours worth of labor! Yeah...changing the head gaskets or head bolts is a damn 10 hours worth of labor! Insane!
Well, I was talking about the Powerstroke but like I said, I prefer real diesels.
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The 6.0 is a good engine after some work is done. The design by International was not the best. The oil cooler would restrict with casting sand from the block casting process which in turn caused egr coolers to crack. That caused superheated coolant to be sucked into the combustion chambers when the egr valve opened making excessive cylinder pressure stretching head bolts blowing head gaskets. But they were easier to do the head gasket replacements by removing the cab!!

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The 6.0 is a good engine after some work is done. The design by International was not the best. The oil cooler would restrict with casting sand from the block casting process which in turn caused egr coolers to crack. That caused superheated coolant to be sucked into the combustion chambers when the egr valve opened making excessive cylinder pressure stretching head bolts blowing head gaskets. But they were easier to do the head gasket replacements by removing the cab!!
Yeah... Sounds like a great engine.
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Dodge used the Aisin manual. I thought that's where their autos were coming from too.

Personal experience between dodge and Chevy, about 100k miles in two specific trucks, the Chevy's torque converter exploded. No trouble with the dodge.

My old 1 ton Ford work truck never had a problem until it turned over 600k (2004 model, no idea what engine, manual transmission). I've since become firmly convinced that was blind luck. Can't keep a transmission in my 6 cylinder the city has me driving. On number 3 right now with 12k miles. You read that right, TWELVE THOUSAND. As in, it's getting its 4th oil change next week.

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Dodge used the Getrag and Aisin manual trannies (Wanna blow a tranny? Drive a Dodge!) But they also had the New venture 4500 which is a right stout tranny.

My '01 Ford has a ZF 6-speed. Damn fine truck, had no problems with it to speak of.

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wow, my experience has been the opposite.... I can kill anything but a dodge or International (Of course, I drive real Internationals, not those "Navstar" ones... )

I had a fifth ave. I tried my best to destroy, I treated it like a 4x4, never did any maintenance what so ever (no oil changes, never put fluid in the trans., stuff like that), would overheat it at least 4-5 days a week, EVERY week, sometimes to the point it would stop running. but that car ran great 'till the day I sold it. Not so much as strange noise, no ticks, clunks or anything....
My current Rampage is doing great and both my Internationals from 1973 still run...

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