So today was a nice enough day out so I figured I'd get some things done outside. One of those things was removing my chrome rims and cleaning them up for storage over the winter. I was waiting on a shipment from TireRack.com
to show up so I could have my snow tires mounted and balanced on my set of 'honeycomb' winter rims. After I got the bonnie up on jack stands, removed all 4 rims, and cleaned them up nice I just walked around and had a look at all of the bushings, brake pads, rotors, struts, springs, etc.
When I came to the front bumper to inspect around the radiator and lights, I noticed something that I find pretty disturbing... It is F'n easy to pop the hoods on these cars! Don't know how easy it is on an SE, but on the SLE & SSEi'* (with clip in grill meshes), it is about a 15 second ordeal. I'm not going to go into details, but you guys with SLE'* and SSEi'* go have a look at it. It is really quite simple. So if you ever brake your hood release cable, you'll atleast be able to get under your hood quickly and without complication.
The crappy part about the day was that I had to leave my winter set of rims and the brand new tires at the local tire shop (best tire shop in the area) overnight. All because the damn UPS guy didn't get here until 4pm today to deliver my new Dunlop Winter Sport M3'*. Tomorrow is supposed to be a mix of rain and sleet. Atleast I got the summer rims off and cleaned while it was nice outside. I would have been really screwed if I had of waited to do all of that at once. It just sucks that my bonnie has to be up on jackstands overnight without her shoes on... lol...