Well, the Pathfinder really ticked me off. I got the transmission in, got everything put back together, except the exhaust, and took it for a (loud) drive. Drives fine, shifts fine, and the transmission itself is a lot quieter.
Problem is, when I bolted the Y-pipe back to the exhaust, and drove the car to work, it started burning something (probably sound insulation and/or carpet) up under the dashboard. I couldn't really see where it was burning, and it really seemed odd, because the Y-pipe doesn't go anywhere near there. It has to be something with the exhaust, but I had just plain had it.
Well, I lost my temper and said to hell with it. Rented a car, and started seriously looking for a spare. Ended up getting this sweet little 2006 Mazda MX-5.
If you think this is a girl's car, that just tells me you: A. Never drove one, or B. Have no idea what actual driving is. It's not blistering fast, but it's quick. The 2006 NC has about 170 horsepower, but a curb weight under 2500 lbs. The only thing that will turn or stop faster than this is a sport bike. There's an ENORMOUS amount of aftermarket support, too. It's just a simple, durable little car all around. No fancy BS to break on these.
It is tiny, but not uncomfortable at all. I have plenty of leg and head room. And I've been running a lot of unnecessary errands, just 'cause it's so darn fun. Mine's the 5-speed. They offered a limited slip with the 6-speed in the fancier cars. That would be nice, but this is pretty darn good. It's seriously a shit-load of fun to drive.
Yeah, got the car at CU. They seem OK for the whole dealer experience. They were no-hassle, no hard sale bullcrap. They didn't want to dicker with the price, but in all fairness, they had a darn good price to begin with. I have no complaints so far. These pictures are theirs... I hope they don't mind!
I'm going to tear into the Pathy again on Saturday. Shouldn't be too much trouble to figure out what I did wrong. Then I gotta give it a really good wash inside and out. Once that's out of the way, I can get the old tranny back for the core charge, and hopefully can re-focus on the Camaro again. . .