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Getting under your car

I know some raise their cars with jacks and use stands but that seems to be a lot of effort to change the oil or rotate tires. Some use ramps but that can present problems if you need the car to be level. Both methods also yield limited height.
So one question is how many of you own or have considered buying a hydraulic lift and, if you decided against it, why?
Second question is how many have access to a lift?
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Jacking a car and putting it on stands take maybe 15 minutes. I really haven't been all that limited by it. Even helped a guy do long tubes on his Mustang with it. I personally would love a lift, but I can't justify it for oil chances and basic services I would do a few times a year.

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I have one, below is a picture from one of my security cameras;


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I thought about buying one of those mid raise lifts where you can do basic things to the car. For example: Automotive Lifts by Ammco - Mid Rise Scissor Lift Series I wouldn't do major maintaince with one. I live on base and don't own a house. I've worked on cars and equipment with floor jacks and jack stands for years, so it doesn't bother me much.



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I run a shop out of my garage and still kick it old school with jacks and stands. Would love to have a lift though, but low ceiling prevents it.
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Yes, I've been thinking about a scissors jack too. I'm thinking $1300 doesn't take too long to recover when a shop is hitting you for $50 just to change the oil. I have no experience with a scissors jack but I'm assuming it would be suitable for fluid changes, exhaust and brake work, and tire rotations. It would appear to be easier than jack stands and would get the car a lot higher. Anyone have experience with one?
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You may not be able to do exhaust or tranny/driveshaft work with a scissors jack as the working of the jack get in the way. Which is the major reason I haven't bought one.
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I can see where that would be the case and it's one of the reasons for the thread. I'd hate to get one only to find that it's severely limited in its applications.
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I think the GTO is one of the easiest unibodies I've ever had to lift. Having the cradle to lift from in the front is awesome, instead of like my Grand Am, which requires a jack on each side behind the front wheels, either on the frame rails/weld seams or the subframe connectors.

I just wish my jack took the car higher. It's just low enough all the way raised to make it uncomfortable to use a creeper... so I'm stuck with using old-fashioned carpet remnants.

And ramps? Jeez, I haven't been able to use those since I got rid of my '84 Parisienne. Sucks, because those were nice and quick to use.
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Yes, I've been thinking about a scissors jack too. I'm thinking $1300 doesn't take too long to recover when a shop is hitting you for $50 just to change the oil. I have no experience with a scissors jack but I'm assuming it would be suitable for fluid changes, exhaust and brake work, and tire rotations. It would appear to be easier than jack stands and would get the car a lot higher. Anyone have experience with one?
05GTO, you put that picture on there just to be cruel.
Exhaust work would be a strech. Other than that I would limit the amount of work under the car with that kind of jack. Not because of the scissor assembly but its hard to tell what kind of safty measures are in place to keep it from falling on you. That why I said it would be nice for basic work.



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