Just to update the rear seat airbag issue, you were right Sean. I ended up pulling up the rear seat, and there were two jumpers in the two air bag harness connectors. Put the bulb back in, removed them both, cleared the codes, the light stayed off. The jumpers are used from the dealer to bypass the airbag in the rear for child seats like you said. I also resolved the cowl/sun roof and knee bolster rattles. Short circuited the front brake sensors from behind the speedo... because it was flaky. And lets see what else? Oh, both outer tie rod dust boots were pooched, only 10k on them, and caused them to start popping at every turn. Passenger front upper control arm ball joint boot also split, 10k on that item too, also audible. Replaced those already. I hate none-OEM gear. Anyone able to weld aluminum? Need it to tack my wiper linkage!-ripcurlNovember 28th 2016
Maybe it's a child-seat related disconnection done at the dealer?-booneylanderFebruary 6th 2016
So I opened the glove box today and noticed two stickers on the inside that read : "Rear Airbag Disconnected".... :S there were two of them. Kind of funny. Asking around to see if any other fellow four ringed members have come across this. Also havent had a chance to dive into the rear seat to see if it is indeed still disconnected, but it is most likely so.-ripcurlFebruary 2nd 2016
I do happen to have two rockferd amps and nice 10" sub doing nothing, and an abundance of trunk space! -ripcurlJanuary 28th 2016
Sounds like mostly easy fixes. If you tear into the interior I think we should put in some subs+amps and fun things! This is a car for cruisin!-booneylanderJanuary 28th 2016
oh wheres the edit button... thats a typos if i've ever seen one.-ripcurlJanuary 28th 2016
I've been driving this unit full time since January 6th. Everything is kind of tickety boo. I couldnt resolve the airbag light, something about the occupancy sensor disconnected somewhere for the rear passenger. It defaults to on, so its harmless, so I pulled the light... not my proudest moment. The windshield wiper linkage is broken, but works, just never resets to the cowl 100%, and I need to change the brake booster. Its leaking a bit allowing a small hisssing noise to be heard/which in turn I believe is allowing unmetered air into the intake causing a idle control code. She idles buttery smooth and pulled nice and hard. The other things that are driving me up the wall are some interior rattles... one is coming from the cowl, which is present at any road vibration and the sunroof which is only audible on sharp bumps, which I can live with, but will fix eventually... the entire interior pretty much needs to be disassembled. The one at the cowl drives me mad... I might have a bead on a fix for it.
Other than that, shes been burning through the gas like a champ! I cannot believe I took so long to get into a AWD for the winter, I've been urinating for more snow!
I dont get the air chisel and pinch bolt thing. I've tried it before and it does jack shit to pinch bolts.-ripcurlJanuary 28th 2016
Hey Blake are you driving this thing on the regular now? Everything tickety boo?
BTW Pinch bolts don't scare me one bit. I have an air chisel.-booneylanderJanuary 27th 2016
Barry; maybe Sean will lend me his 2.7tt motor...-ripcurlJuly 18th 2015
You're right Brad, he should be working on removing a pinch bolt then, which would not have him smiling.-ripcurlJuly 18th 2015
That guy looks way to happy to be around that car!-spkrJuly 17th 2015
That guy looks shady. Should probably keep him away from moving parts.-booneylanderJuly 17th 2015
Strip it and turn it into a twin turbo race car :)-q20vJuly 16th 2015
I need to look into repairing plastic because some of the smart car bodywork is a bit beat up and cracked so I'd like to learn how to fix that as well. There are products out there, just a matter of practicing and seeing what works.-booneylanderJanuary 29th 2016
Yeah I ususally buy my paint from Metro Paint. They have everything. But if we get to painting it, I'll grab the paint because I have a bunch of half empty hardeners and stuff so I want to make sure I get the right urethane to match the hardener, since you'll only need like half a quart, or less, to do the bumper.-booneylanderJanuary 29th 2016
yea... its going to need something for sure, there are two pretty large holes... but something to consider for a summer project. i guess paint could just be purchased from a shop eh?-ripcurlJanuary 28th 2016
Surely it's repairable? Take it off and bring it to the garage some day and we'll bondo that B up and slap some fresh paint on it.-booneylanderJanuary 28th 2016
I wish I could say it was the PO, but unfortunately I cannot... It was pretty much the second time I had the thing in reverse, and you would think after driving Buicks all my life, that I would have learnt something. Nope. Gave her a little kiss on the corner with brick. it fucked the bumper up too, which I am quite pissed about, especially because everyone wants $400usd for a chewed up piece of garbage bumper that has been dragged through rocks and pavement. One guy who had a shitty bumper on the west coast wanted me to meet him in detroit or something. He wanted an obscured amount for the bumper and he wanted all his expenses paid! smh, people. -ripcurlJanuary 28th 2016
Who backed into a house? And what house? And how did they manage to back into a house?? I mean, it's a house! hahaha-booneylanderJanuary 27th 2016