Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The 14 Year, 8 Month Warranty

I need this for doing my makeup.

My 1991 Eagle Talon TSI AWD started falling apart, all at once, Friday night. I guess the warranty must have expired.

When I got home Friday night I got out of my Talon, locked the doors, then tried to arm the alarm. But nothing happened. I pushed the 'arm' button, and silence followed. I knew how to fix the problem. I needed to reset the alarm.

The instructions describing the procedure were in my glove box. So I climbed back into my car and opened that particular compartment. To my surprise the glove box broke off its hinge and dumped its contents to the floor. A toothbrush, a bottle of Armour All, a tire pressure gauge, a pen, and some papers, including the instructions I was searching for.

I think I yelled "You gotta be kidding me!" and leaned over my console to begin picking up the mess on the floor. That's when it hit me. Literally. "It" was my rearview mirror, and it landed on my head. It simply fell off my windshield.

"F*#%" declared I.

I didn't know how to reattach the mirror, but I wondered if my mechanic would. Turns out he couldn't, but he told me about the kit I had to buy in order to glue the mirror back on.

'Professional Formula' as opposed to their less successful 'Amateur Formula'I bought this kit at Canadian Tire. It's called "Rear View Mirror Adhesive Kit" by a company called XCel, from their exclusive U-Fix-It line of products. It was the only one they had.

On the box is a picture of a Chrysler LeBaron and a Ford Ranger. I assumed it would still work on my Talon, but I couldn't find anybody to ask. What set my mind at ease was the picture in the top right corner. It was virtually identical to my rearview mirror! It had the mirror thingy, the swivelly part, and the brackety thing that sticks to the glass. I felt confident that my mirror was compatible with this kit.

I paid $4.99 for the kit, which promises that their Professional Formula results in a fast, easy and permanent bond of the mirror to the glass.

Stay tuned for the update which will illustrate just how easy and fast the process really is.


Blogger Ellie Creek Ellis said...

believe me, they stick back on, so only adjust it once, if you try to adjust it again, it will pop back off!

2:18:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

It's a conspiracy to force us all to buy new cars! Nuts to you GM!

4:36:00 PM

Blogger ~*Stephanie*~ said...

My Eagle Talon was a total piece of shit all together...Get rid of it.......


5:50:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

YOU had a Talon? WOW! What did you have... don't say the DL. Oh no....
Well, keep watching and maybe I'll do a post about it one day. Mine is not your typical Talon! I'm hoping to keep it until I die.

6:27:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

Why is it that I can picture you with a glove box and an instruction book glued to your hand tomorrow?

8:08:00 PM

Blogger ~*Stephanie*~ said...

Did you hook it up?

Why do you plan on keeping it till you die?

2:51:00 AM

Blogger Laura Brown said...

Yeah, did the mirror stick? Did you adjust it too many times? I can see that happening. My car is a 93 Toyota, each time I start it I give a little prayer, just like the song says. When I'm driving people will sometimes stop what they're doing to look at my car, it's just that fantastic, or noisy, one or the other. It is a very pretty colour. :)

4:03:00 PM


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