Ever want a car, get it, and regret it all most immediately? Meet Finn, The SmartTrooper Finn was acquired in January, 2016, in central Illinois. Finn was designed to dart in and around little European villages. While there are little villages in Illinois, they tend to be separated by millions of acres of farm...Connected by miles and miles of roads maintained by the lowest bidder. Sometimes, Illinois winters result in cars in the ditch. Sometimes the cars spin...backwards...in the ditch. I drove Finn home after my son pulled me out of the drift... Twice. Sometimes, radiator fans fail. On Finn, his fan is buried under the radiator, which is buried in the nose of the car. Finn's engine is in the rear. When Mercedes wants $500 for a new factory fan, sometimes an Amazon $29.99 fan is made to work... Also sometimes on marginally maintained Illinois highways, springs break. The very small gap between the tire and arch is not the result of the car being "stanced", as my son puts it, but the result of both coil springs being broken, thus contributing to the already kidney stone breaking ride quality... Last but not least, cars have alternators that fail. Finn's alternator is located where many alternators are located, near the top front of the engine. Unfortunately, the top of this particular engine is nearly impossible to access without dropping the engine 6 inches with the rear wheels off. Finn's final fate is to be a demo mule at the local community college automotive repair program, to help young men and women learn to repair modern European cars.
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