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About mxmaniac637

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  1. Just guessing, but even at $250 per month, sounds like a "bait and switch" con job to me -JMHO
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    Motor Job 1997 Galloper

    In the United States, auto repair incompetence and outright scams generate more complaints than virtually anything else. In the Latin American countries I've lived in, that incompetence and scamming seems to be even worse. I myself would look into buying a completely "factory rebuilt" engine in the United States, from, for instance, "NAPA" (their rebuilt engines are TRUELY "rebuilt") and having the whole thing shipped over to Costa Rica and installed by a good "taller". The people that rebuild engines for "NAPA" or "Jasper" (a specialty engine rebuilder), etc. are professionals that do it every day, all day long and it's ALL they do, so they know how to do it right and for a decent price. The cost, including shipping, will be more expensive than having a rebuild done Costa Rica, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are actually getting a TOTALLY,PROFESSIONALLY rebuilt engine that will probably run another 150,000 Km or so. This is just a suggestion that you "look into" the costs. I don't know what shipping or customs would be on a deal like this, but I myself am skeptical of the integrity or competence of the majority of auto repair shops--- both in the US and Latin America---and in the long run, I believe the higher cost of getting an honest, reputable, professionally rebuilt engine from the US, will prove to be worth it.
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    We know what's in our roof!

    I don't blame the squirrel for not nesting in the grill anymore---I don't like Old Spice either !!!!
  4. By the way, I don't mean to plagiarize so I'll have to say that the phrase about Costa Ricans thinking they are electricians because they can strip insulation from a wire and twist two of them together came from another poster on theis forum.
  5. Web Dictionary Definition of "Grumbling" ---Mutter discontentedly, to complain in an unfriendly manner, show one's unhappiness in a non-constructive way. My definition----*itch about something un-necessarily. 'Nuff said. I think everyone would agree that it's much better to do an ounce of prevention instead of spending thousands of colones in repairs and REGULARLY changing oil in a car is good prevention. Now, on a note about the cost of repairs----just like many Costa Ricans think they are electricians because they know how to strip insulation from a wire and twist two of them together, so too, there are many Costa Ricans who fancy themselves(and purport ot others)to be mechanics---these people, no matter how much or little they charge, are a gamble. A shoddy, incompetent job is overpriced at ANY cost.
  6. " My ford pick up I finally installed sunthetic oil because you do not need to change it for about 100,000 miles, just the filter." CAUTION !!!! I'm guessing that it's the oil company and not the car maker that says you can go 100,000 miles without changing the oil. I learned the hard way not to believe any wild claims that oil companies make. Many years ago, when Mobil 1 synthetic oil first came out,they claimed you could go 25,000 miles without changing the oil. Foolishly (and EXPENSIVELY), I took them at their word. I had a fairly new Ford Bronco at the time with about 19,000 miles on it when I changed the oil to Mobil 1 and merrily went about my driving. Over the next 20,000 miles, I had to add a quart or quart and a half of oil when, at about 23,000 miles into the oil change, the red oil light started "flickering" on and off. I stopped and checked the oil---Yup, still had oil--but the flickering got worse until, when I got home, the oil light was "full on". I thought it was probably the oil pressure sending unit so I changed that ---still no oil pressure. After further checking, I finally discovered the engine was completely "sludged up" and needed a $2,800 rebuild. I was ticked off because, after all, in Motor Trend Magazine "Smokey Yunick" said I could go 25,000 miles and would Smokey lie? Moral of the story, believe nothing that you hear and only half of what you see. Please don't try and go 100,000 miles without changing the oil or I think you'll regret it.
  7. I say "TO MAAAAYYY TO" and you say "TO MAAAHHHH TO". I call it a vegetable and you call it a fruit but in the end it all tastes good on a hamburger. I don't really mean to make light of terminology, because many a lawsuit has been brought to determine the "true intent" of words in a contract. However, the main thing is--- I hope I will be able to explain what I need to the agency to whom I send my requests. If I'm unsure of my terminology I would think it would be wise to send an example of the format I need ( a sample of a letter of good conduct, etc. ) and then explain what I need and why.
  8. I'm thinking that, hopefully in the near future, because Costa Rica has ratified the Apostille Convention, having to send your paperwork to the Costa Rican consulate in Wash DC. or L.A. etc. for certification will be a thing of the past. Instead, you will be able to have your state attach an Apostille to your paperwork, as an allonge, and everything will be accepted in Costa Rica as being legal and genuine. At least that's my undestanding of how an Apostille should work.
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    Slow Forum Speed

    Today, the 25th, I couldn't get on at all from about 10:00 AM to about 6:30 PM ---the connection would "time out" every time. I am finally on here at 7:50 PM but it's still SLOW SLOW SLOW.
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    Count me in too!

    Bienvenido a Costa Rica!! Veo que ya tiene alguna competencia en Espanol---Buena Suerte
  11. I was just wondering---the new immigration law was just recently fully augmented and now, because of the ratification of the Apostille Convention, is the immigration law going to have to go thru a formal change to accept documents with an apostille or if foreign documents can just carry an apostille and automatically be accepted ---without having to wait for a change in the letter of the law?
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    Moving to San Carlos area and wx?

    That's one of the BIG issues I see so often here in CR ( and other Latin countries as well)is there seems to be lack of professionally trained skilled tradesmen---Plumbers, Electricians, Mechanics, Carpenters, etc. I don't know if these trades have to be licensed here like they are in the States, but I have seen more than a few poor and sometimes dangerous plumbing and electrical installations,etc. here and in Colombia, Guatemala etc. I'm sure there are some very skilled and professional people working in all of these trades here, but it seems to me that the majority are somewhat lacking ( sometimes GROSSLY lacking) proper training or knowledge. Being that I am a totally hands-on type of guy (having built my own house including doing my own electrical and plumbing, fixing my own cars, motorcycles, etc.) I have fixed--at my expense-- a number of problems in some of the places I have rented just for my OWN safety. Fifteen years ago, on my first trip to Costa Rica, I was soooo amused at some of the outrageously CRAZY, LOONEY electrical installations that I just HAD to take a picture of a telephone pole in Tamarindo that had a "BAZILLION" wires dangling from it--all loopy and going every which way. I brought the picture back and showed it to some friends who are professional eletricians--what a laugh they had !!!! Anyway, someday when you decide to buy a house---especially if it's a "TICO STYLE" house--- be SURE to have it thoroughly checked out by a COMPETENT electrician, plumber, etc. ( even if you have to bring them from San Jose).
  13. Very impressive !!!!! You must be quite fluent in Spanish --no?

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