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I am planning on going to San Diego the 24th in my ZX(about 750mi.). Any suggestions on what I should bring for emergencies? What extra parts? I've got all my tools, changed all filters and oil. What gas mileage should I get on the highway if everything is working right?
 

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> I am planning on going to San Diego the 24th
> in my ZX(about 750mi.). Any suggestions on
> what I should bring for emergencies? What
> extra parts? I've got all my tools, changed
> all filters and oil. What gas mileage should
> I get on the highway if everything is
> working right?

make sure your spare tire is in good shape, and your can of air is full.
 

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A good thick sleeping bag (in case you get caught on a pass), AAA membership, flashlight, a big jug of water (for yourself or the car), maybe a fan belt, chains and heavy clothes to put them on in.

Also make sure your wiper fluid is filled all the way and that every light on the car is working properly. As long as you're on the interstate that drive isn't too bad.

Have fun!

> I am planning on going to San Diego the 24th
> in my ZX(about 750mi.). Any suggestions on
> what I should bring for emergencies? What
> extra parts? I've got all my tools, changed
> all filters and oil. What gas mileage should
> I get on the highway if everything is
> working right?
 

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Suburban with a trailer? n/c

> I am planning on going to San Diego the 24th
> in my ZX(about 750mi.). Any suggestions on
> what I should bring for emergencies? What
> extra parts? I've got all my tools, changed
> all filters and oil. What gas mileage should
> I get on the highway if everything is
> working right?
Sorry - couldn't resist. If you've had the car a while you probably know any area that seems a little sketchy. If you've got 150,000 on the car nearly anything on it could go South - or nothing at all. That's the way old Z's are. The ZX is probalby in good enough shape that you can just engage the cruise and let it go. You will be going through some pretty desolate areas so I'd recommend a CB radio that you can get on and call for some help if something does break. Don't bother with a cell phone. If it breaks it will be 50 miles from nowhere and no repeater towers around..
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Re: spare tire

> make sure your spare tire is in good shape,
> and your can of air is full.

I have a small air compressor, it works OK. I had to use it last night, when my tire blew on the way home. I was just asking this, because my parents don't think it is a good idea because it is an old car. I've driven it a few time in 2 different Ford Escorts with more miles on them, so my Z should have no problem.

Driving in the snow isn't a problem for me. The worst part of it will be leaving here from Utah which I've driven in the snow with my rear wheel drive Datsun 210 many times. Rear wheel drive just makes it more fun.=) You can do cool things that you can't with front drive.

I wanted to know what extra parts. Fuel pump, injectors, etc. I get them cheap at the local pick n' pull.
 

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Re: spare tire

> make sure your spare tire is in good shape,
> and your can of air is full.

I have a small air compressor, it works OK. I had to use it last night, when my tire blew on the way home. I was just asking this, because my parents don't think it is a good idea because it is an old car. I've driven it a few time in 2 different Ford Escorts with more miles on them, so my Z should have no problem.

Driving in the snow isn't a problem for me. The worst part of it will be leaving here from Utah which I've driven in the snow with my rear wheel drive Datsun 210 many times. Rear wheel drive just makes it more fun.=) You can do cool things that you can't with front drive.

I wanted to know what extra parts. Fuel pump, injectors, etc. I get them cheap at the local pick n' pull.
 

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Re: Suburban with a trailer? n/c

> Sorry - couldn't resist. If you've had the
> car a while you probably know any area that
> seems a little sketchy. If you've got
> 150,000 on the car nearly anything on it
> could go South - or nothing at all. That's
> the way old Z's are. The ZX is probalby in
> good enough shape that you can just engage
> the cruise and let it go. You will be going
> through some pretty desolate areas so I'd
> recommend a CB radio that you can get on and
> call for some help if something does break.
> Don't bother with a cell phone. If it breaks
> it will be 50 miles from nowhere and no
> repeater towers around..
> Phantom

Ive worked out just about any problem the car had, and haven't had any problems, in the rain or snow. Good idea(the CB Radio). I didn't think of that, and I happen to have a couple lying around. I'll bring my big hitch hiking thumb too.=) That isn't safe anymore though I think...

One more thing... In you subject heading you put n/c. N/C = no comment, right? Is that the same as no message?
 

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> Sorry - couldn't resist. If you've had the
> car a while you probably know any area that
> seems a little sketchy. If you've got
> 150,000 on the car nearly anything on it
> could go South - or nothing at all. That's
> the way old Z's are. The ZX is probalby in
> good enough shape that you can just engage
> the cruise and let it go. You will be going
> through some pretty desolate areas so I'd
> recommend a CB radio that you can get on and
> call for some help if something does break.
> Don't bother with a cell phone. If it breaks
> it will be 50 miles from nowhere and no
> repeater towers around..
> Phantom

Actually, I live in SLC, UT and have made the trip down the I-15 corridor to Southern Cal many times. You will have cell phone the entire way and it is so heavily traveled that in emergency you would have help almost immediately.

As far as the weather and road conditions, if it gets real bad, and you can't get the traction, pull over and wait for a plow, they will be covering the passes pretty regularly.

Additionally, I would leave pretty early in the day so that you can cover Utah during light. From about St. George on, you will be below any treacherous weather the rest of the way. There is only one pass in CA that may get ugly.

Good luck and have a great christmas vacation.

PS. If the weather is good, you will have a fun drive down there. If you don't already know the following, take note:
You can really open your car up after St. George through what is known as the narrows. It's about 12 - 15 miles of perfectly engineered turns. At the time, back twenty-five years ago, it was actually the most expensive stretch of highway in the US. The beauty of it for driving enthusiasts is that is is rarely, rarely patrolled. The reason is most of it lies in the corner of Arizona. There is no easy way for AZ HP to get to it. So, once you enter the AZ stateline, which is almost emmediately south of St George, it's free running for about 20 miles. Have fun. I could tell you stories from my youth, but I won't.
 

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> You can really open your car up after St.
> George through what is known as the narrows.
> It's about 12 - 15 miles of perfectly
> engineered turns. At the time, back
> twenty-five years ago, it was actually the
> most expensive stretch of highway in the US.
> The beauty of it for driving enthusiasts is
> that is is rarely, rarely patrolled. The
> reason is most of it lies in the corner of
> Arizona. There is no easy way for AZ HP to
> get to it. So, once you enter the AZ
> stateline, which is almost emmediately south
> of St George, it's free running for about 20
> miles. Have fun. I could tell you stories
> from my youth, but I won't.

Um, are you sure about that. I think AZ highway patrol has two or so patrol cars dedicated to the virgin river gorge pass. Its still fun to speed through there though. :) Those banks are almost perfect with no lean or pull. Plus, the scenery is great. I've known more than a few people who've gotten tickets there. So, as anywhere else, just be careful and mindful of who's around. Have fun. SLC to San Diego is a long drive. I live in San Bernardino and have driven to SLC a few times. UGH!! I hate that drive. And it takes about 1.5 hours extra to get to San Diego, maybe less. At the end of that drive, an extra hour so is a real bummer.

Have a safe trip.

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> You can really open your car up after St.
> George through what is known as the narrows.
> It's about 12 - 15 miles of perfectly
> engineered turns. At the time, back
> twenty-five years ago, it was actually the
> most expensive stretch of highway in the US.
> The beauty of it for driving enthusiasts is
> that is is rarely, rarely patrolled. The
> reason is most of it lies in the corner of
> Arizona. There is no easy way for AZ HP to
> get to it. So, once you enter the AZ
> stateline, which is almost emmediately south
> of St George, it's free running for about 20
> miles. Have fun. I could tell you stories
> from my youth, but I won't.

Um, are you sure about that. I think AZ highway patrol has two or so patrol cars dedicated to the virgin river gorge pass. Its still fun to speed through there though. :) Those banks are almost perfect with no lean or pull. Plus, the scenery is great. I've known more than a few people who've gotten tickets there. So, as anywhere else, just be careful and mindful of who's around. Have fun. SLC to San Diego is a long drive. I live in San Bernardino and have driven to SLC a few times. UGH!! I hate that drive. And it takes about 1.5 hours extra to get to San Diego, maybe less. At the end of that drive, an extra hour so is a real bummer.

Oh yeah, watch out for the Utah HP sitting at the port of entry.

Have a safe trip.

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> Um, are you sure about that. I think AZ
> highway patrol has two or so patrol cars
> dedicated to the virgin river gorge pass.
> Its still fun to speed through there though.
> :) Those banks are almost perfect with no
> lean or pull. Plus, the scenery is great.
> I've known more than a few people who've
> gotten tickets there. So, as anywhere else,
> just be careful and mindful of who's around.
> Have fun. SLC to San Diego is a long drive.
> I live in San Bernardino and have driven to
> SLC a few times. UGH!! I hate that drive.
> And it takes about 1.5 hours extra to get to
> San Diego, maybe less. At the end of that
> drive, an extra hour so is a real bummer.

> Oh yeah, watch out for the Utah HP sitting
> at the port of entry.

> Have a safe trip.

> Chris

You may be right. It's been a number of years since I drove that road regularly. I know there are often UT HP waiting just inside the UT border as you suggest, and I have received one or two tickets from these guys years ago until I learned to slow it down there.

Life sure has gotten better on the long road trips with the new speed limit increases. You will get run over if you're doing under 80 anywhere along I-15 SL to Vegas. The HP typically won't stop you unless you're well over 85. I haven't driven in Southern Cal recently, but I know in the past to abide the speed limit was the exception.

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Well, driving anywhere under 80 will get you smashed from Vegas to the Cajon Pass in Cali too. People are just too impatient and drive like tailgating retards. Seems like even the semis are doing Mach 3. Depending on the time day/time of day this drive is made, it can be **** or heaven. You really don't start seeing CHP untill you get close to Barstow. Until or beyond that, depending on which way you're going, I think its all patrolled by aircraft.

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don't worry

> Well, driving anywhere under 80 will get you
> smashed from Vegas to the Cajon Pass in Cali
> too. People are just too impatient and drive
> like tailgating retards. Seems like even the
> semis are doing Mach 3. Depending on the
> time day/time of day this drive is made, it
> can be **** or heaven. You really don't
> start seeing CHP untill you get close to
> Barstow. Until or beyond that, depending on
> which way you're going, I think its all
> patrolled by aircraft.

> Chris
That's right don't worry we don't drive everywhere looking to catch you speeders
 

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Re: Suburban with a trailer? n/c

> Sorry - couldn't resist. If you've had the
> car a while you probably know any area that
> seems a little sketchy. If you've got
> 150,000 on the car nearly anything on it
> could go South - or nothing at all. That's
> the way old Z's are. The ZX is probalby in
> good enough shape that you can just engage
> the cruise and let it go. You will be going
> through some pretty desolate areas so I'd
> recommend a CB radio that you can get on and
> call for some help if something does break.
> Don't bother with a cell phone. If it breaks > Phantom

> it will be 50 miles from nowhere and no
> repeater towers around..

Phantom I agree with ya I have a 148gt Cobra in my car the the range on this baby is about 60 miles.
 

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Re: spare tire

> I have a small air compressor, it works OK.
> I had to use it last night, when my tire
> blew on the way home. I was just asking
> this, because my parents don't think it is a
> good idea because it is an old
> car. I've driven it a few time in 2
> different Ford Escorts with more miles on
> them, so my Z should have no problem.

> Driving in the snow isn't a problem for me.
> The worst part of it will be leaving here
> from Utah which I've driven in the snow with
> my rear wheel drive Datsun 210 many times.
> Rear wheel drive just makes it more fun.=)
> You can do cool things that you can't with
> front drive.

> I wanted to know what extra parts. Fuel
> pump, injectors, etc. I get them cheap at
> the local pick n' pull.

Hehe I got rid of my ford escort for the z escort and not built well for me that is.
 

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> That's right don't worry we don't drive
> everywhere looking to catch you speeders

Ok the way my family do it is get on the trucker stason on the CB I think it 19. I m not sure I will ask my dad when I get in the morning I know the I 5 is 15 look for the trucks if there flying then it probley safe if there slowing down to there speed limet there might be a Smokey behind u or infront of u. and Keep a eye to the sky that what the tops are good for hehe.
 
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