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    1. Member Senior Member's Avatar
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      07-08-2020 05:05 PM #1
      Someone asked me today "what happened with your old car" I replied, I traded it in, the dealer bought it. Which made me think, I wonder where it is now. Then I realized that I still have the app, and what do you know, it still works and fully functional.

      Two months later, I can still lock, unlock, start, stop, etc...




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      07-08-2020 05:22 PM #2
      Thanks for reminding me that is important to clear/reset all data in your vehicle when you sell/trade/etc. because dealers are lazy and won't do it.
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      07-08-2020 08:28 PM #3
      I did not try to track mine down, but I did get a towing notice months after I traded my 1st gen Supra into the dealer. It was left on the side of the interstate a few miles north of here. I expect it ran out of oil as it leaked and burned over 1L every couple of weeks.
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      07-08-2020 08:50 PM #4
      I used to. A bunch of my old cars are still running around 20 years later. I get a kick out of that.
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      07-08-2020 08:55 PM #5
      I thought this would be a thread about buying a new car and turning the old one into a race car. There were parking lot pics and everything.

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      07-08-2020 09:45 PM #6
      I started my C43 at the dealer I traded it in to. My salesman called me and asked if I still had the app active because the car was randomly starting and honking it's horn. I told him no, then started the car. He laughed and hung up.
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      07-08-2020 10:30 PM #7
      Yeah. The track is brutal. I could really do with a coolant and brake cooling upgrade.

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      07-08-2020 10:59 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by whalemingo View Post
      I started my C43 at the dealer I traded it in to. My salesman called me and asked if I still had the app active because the car was randomly starting and honking it's horn. I told him no, then started the car. He laughed and hung up.
      That is fantastic!
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      07-08-2020 11:49 PM #9
      I don't track past cars because I have no attachment to them. However, I did find out recently through a Facebook group that my old C6Z dropped a valve and did quite some damage to the motor. I had "fixed" heads and a slew of other NA parts done with no issues in 5k miles after the build. In 12k miles since I sold it there's been four owners and who knows what kind of abuse. Glad it is no longer mine!



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      07-09-2020 10:41 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by nix6speed View Post
      I don't track past cars because I have no attachment to them. However, I did find out recently through a Facebook group that my old C6Z dropped a valve and did quite some damage to the motor. I had "fixed" heads and a slew of other NA parts done with no issues in 5k miles after the build. In 12k miles since I sold it there's been four owners and who knows what kind of abuse. Glad it is no longer mine!

      https://i.imgur.com/aJPkMLM.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/9MpXWvk.jpg
      Saw the head and thought "that looks like a really good repair shop could probably fix that..." then saw the block and thought "nevermind".

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      07-09-2020 10:44 AM #11
      As much as I doubt it's still on the road, I do wonder whatever happened to my Corrado. Sadly, I don't have a record of the VIN.
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      07-09-2020 10:45 AM #12
      Sold my old Miata to a Lemons team, they're using the engine and transmission in their racecar.

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    14. 07-09-2020 10:46 AM #13
      I very briefly owned a Ford Ranger, and the dude who bought it from me was the shadiest mother****er I've ever met. We're talking like, came to see the truck at 11PM on a weeknight, came back again the next night well after 10PM to pick it up, paid me from a wad of $100 bills, and brought a dealer plate with him...

      I assume it's been exported, because googling the VIN doesn't turn up any sale ads.

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      07-09-2020 10:48 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      I thought this would be a thread about buying a new car and turning the old one into a race car. There were parking lot pics and everything.
      x2.

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      07-09-2020 11:09 AM #15
      I keep a list of all my old VINs. As you can guess, a lot were wrecked and crushed.

      97 Nissan Truck 1N6SD16S7VC425469
      Date of loss: 2008-12-31
      Cause of loss: Collision

      04 Accord Grey 1HGCM55374A078620
      Date of loss 2017-12-06 Cause of loss Collision
      Damage Type:Junk And Salvage
      Disposition:CRUSH

      03 Ion2 1G8AJ52F03Z107267
      Salvage: Damage or Not Specified
      10-02-2015 CALIFORNIA

      03 Ion3 1G8AL52F53Z101524
      2018-08-02 Dallas TX Junk And Salvage SOLD

      09 Mazda5 JM1CR29L890345835
      Location: Hartford CT
      Auction: 01-09-2020
      Mileage: 138,370 miles
      Condition: Salvage
      Damage: Front End

      17 Accord 1HGCR2E19HA177573
      Lot IAAI #27517486
      Auction Date 2020/05/20, Wednesday
      VIN 1HGCR2E19HA177573
      Primary Damage Front End
      Secondary Damage Rear
      Odometer 42889 mi Actual
      Start Code Run & Drive
      Keys Key(s) Present
      Title State/Type: SALVAGE (New Hampshire)

      Some just dropped off the face of the earth, my guess is salvage as there are no new registration, emission or service records.

      My old 2015 QX60 just turned up for sale less than a year after I traded it. I was behind my old Pilot the other day, still looked mint being driven by a nice family.
      Last edited by GolfTango; 07-09-2020 at 11:12 AM.
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      07-09-2020 12:50 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by PZ View Post
      I did not try to track mine down, but I did get a towing notice months after I traded my 1st gen Supra into the dealer. It was left on the side of the interstate a few miles north of here. I expect it ran out of oil as it leaked and burned over 1L every couple of weeks.
      1st gen Supra?
      Wow, I've only ever seen one in person, and it was already a beater.
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      07-09-2020 01:06 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Chazwozza View Post
      I very briefly owned a Ford Ranger, and the dude who bought it from me was the shadiest mother****er I've ever met. We're talking like, came to see the truck at 11PM on a weeknight, came back again the next night well after 10PM to pick it up, paid me from a wad of $100 bills, and brought a dealer plate with him...

      I assume it's been exported, because googling the VIN doesn't turn up any sale ads.
      Probably set it on fire with the murder victims in it.

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      07-09-2020 02:42 PM #18
      I sold my S13 back in 2005. Saw it in a magazine in a Reader's Rides section maybe 6-7 years ago, painted white and with an SR20 swap. Knew it was my car by the plate (2MYM600). I posted on Zilvia.net a couple of years ago looking for it but got no responses. CA's smog history report says it's still around and was last smogged last year, so it's still around.
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      07-09-2020 02:51 PM #19
      Funny timing for the thread as I did this yesterday with the help of a certain forum member. I learned that my first car, a 1999 Passat V6 manual in Colorado Red w/tan is still on the road living in Arlington, TX. Currently it's on owner #7 (I was #2, my brother was #1). Ironically I got rid of the car in 2006 because I was tired of breakdowns and would not be economical to keep it going any further.
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      07-09-2020 03:31 PM #20
      OK this thread made me curious. I couldn't find much of anything on most of my cars which I think is a good thing.

      My old E92 was totaled last month though, and auctioned for $1900. Still had the same wheels and blackout grill I sold it with 4 years ago, looked to be decently clean otherwise. I'm actually kind of sad now, I don't think I like this game.

    22. 07-09-2020 03:54 PM #21
      I know the fate of my two old VWs, both ended up as parts cars that fellow enthusiasts could use.

      Though I am curious what happened to the 97 Integra automatic, sold it to a friend who sold it to his friend's ex. She had it for nearly 3+ years putting even more miles on it, but then sold it after she a miata, I always check the local market place to see if I can find it, but so far nothing. It was your typical 3 door silver automatic integra that used to be pretty common...

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      07-09-2020 04:01 PM #22
      If you make an account on My Carfax, you can sort of see where your old cars are for free, and it will even tell you where they are being serviced.
      https://www.mycarfax.com/garage

      Like I can see that someone bought the 2010 Ranger I sold to CarMax in 2011, then immediately drove it to NYC. It's had a windshield replacement, etc etc. It doesn't seem to show the ultimate fate, but you can kind of get an idea of where they end up.

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      07-09-2020 04:02 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Senior Member View Post
      Two months later, I can still lock, unlock, start, stop, etc...
      Well that's a little dangerous, but cool

      I didn't try to track mine but saw it a few months ago on a random highway. Still looked in great condition, made me happy.

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      07-09-2020 04:08 PM #24
      I would love to find the e30 vert I sold a few years back.. gonna dig through old emails and forum messages now!

      Hopefully the search doesn’t turn up a total loss..
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      07-09-2020 04:08 PM #25
      Came expecting rally cross or 24 hr lemons racing. But this is fine too I guess.

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