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Old 11-29-2005, 10:25 PM   #1
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Hey there everyone! I'm pretty new to Automotive Forums, and I just wanted to start to get to know everyone a little bit. I'm starting my senior project in just a few months and I've decided to fix up my dad's old DeLorean. I know very little about cars in general, let alone DeLoreans, so this should be a real learning experience. I'll be working with a local technical school on the project, but just in case I have any questions they can't answer, I'd love to have someone to turn to here. In fact, I have a question for DeLorean drivers right now: How's gas? I know it's no economy car - but I imagine it can't be too bad. I'd love some feedback, or just a reply with hello. Have a great day! And I look forward to meeting you all.
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Hey hows it going? Welcome.

Mine gets about 20 mpg. I think I remember seeing an old Delorean window sticker online that listed it as 19mpg street/21mpg highway but don't quote me on that one.

you should check out Delorean.com if you haven't already, they sell all the parts and have good diagrams pictures.
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that's a pretty big project if you're new to cars. deloreans aren't exactly newbie friendly. i highly suggest getting the factory repair manuals if you're really serious about this.
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that's a pretty big project if you're new to cars. deloreans aren't exactly newbie friendly. i highly suggest getting the factory repair manuals if you're really serious about this.

a delorean isn't a good car to learn on. even seasoned mechanics have trouble with them.
it is a known fact that the designer of these cars was a coke-head.

truly a collector's item, though. it should be a fun project. just don't get frustrated. it is an ass-backwards design.
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Hey hows it going? Welcome.

Mine gets about 20 mpg. I think I remember seeing an old Delorean window sticker online that listed it as 19mpg street/21mpg highway but don't quote me on that one.

you should check out Delorean.com if you haven't already, they sell all the parts and have good diagrams pictures.
Thanks for saying hello/for the suggestion (Delorean.com)! I'll have to go there. 20mpg... well, I guess it's what I expected. Thanks a lot!
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a delorean isn't a good car to learn on. even seasoned mechanics have trouble with them.
it is a known fact that the designer of these cars was a coke-head.
Haha, SOMEBODY'S a little pessimistic! I'm not worried about it. I don't expect it to be an easy job, and I'll have TONS of help. Thank you for considering me, though! I really appreciate it.
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that's a pretty big project if you're new to cars. deloreans aren't exactly newbie friendly. i highly suggest getting the factory repair manuals if you're really serious about this.
I think we might have one of those around the house somewhere. My dad is an Electrical Engineer and used to own a garage - so I'm hoping the two of those will aide me in some way. Not to mention, I'm working with a local technical institute (as I stated before). So, hopefully, between my dad and the folks over there I'll have plenty of assistance. I'm trying to remain positive - my grade on the project determines whether or not a graduate... So wish me luck. You guys are making it sound like I'm going to need it! haha.Thanks for the reply. Have a great day!
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Your welcome.

Make sure to check out This Site as well. It's a pretty active Delorean forum.

I have heard of other Delorean owners getting better gas milage after doing some modifications.

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Old 12-20-2005, 01:43 PM   #9
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it is a known fact that the designer of these cars was a coke-head
Really?
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Really?
yes, really.
you don't get busted for trying to import $1.8 million in coke without ever doing it.
http://eightiesclub.tripod.com/id305.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_De_Lorean
http://ask.yahoo.com/20010927.html

now, this i didn't know, apparently he died just this year.....now i feel bad for picking on a dead guy.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/03/20/obit.delorean/

DMC12, don't be mad . . . i didn't say they were bad cars, just different, very different. if someone said to me that the designer of the datsun z cars was a heroin addict (he wasn't BTW), it wouldn't change my mind about the car. both are still beautiful, classic auto designs, despite any personal flaws that the designers might have had (everyone has them).

it was just a joke, lighten-up.


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DMC12, don't be mad . . . i didn't say they were bad cars, just different, very different. if someone said to me that the designer of the datsun z cars was a heroin addict (he wasn't BTW), it wouldn't change my mind about the car. both are still beautiful, classic auto designs, despite any personal flaws that the designers might have had (everyone has them).

it was just a joke, lighten-up.


Ahhhh Don't fight! Haha, yeah I actually knew DeLorean was a coke-head. But, I mean, good thing he was. What would Doc have ever done without the DeLorean??
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Actually, coke-head would imply he actually used coke. He was never accused of using it, just selling it. Whether or not you believe he intended to sell it or was framed is another story. For the record, he was acquitted of all charges and never spent any prison time. Also, for those who believe urban legends, no cocaine was ever smuggled in hidden compartments of Delorean cars.
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