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  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 326
    Any thoughts on what I should be paying for a 2005 G35x with 38,000 miles in Pittsburgh, PA. It is an auto with premium sound and moonroof. The color is white. Dealer has it stickered for 18,900. How much do I have to play with?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Edmunds is pretty close. Can be anywhere from the high $13's to low $14's.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Probably have a couple grand to play with . Wholesale is in the $14-15k range.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Edmunds is pretty close. Can be anywhere from the high $13's to low $14's.

    Thx Volvomax, much appreciated. Hmmm, I'm only a little bit upside down, maybe that Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Orange isn't so out of reach after all.

    I know I know, I should wait. But when I was a young lad, that was the first car I tried out when I was car searching with my dad. I fell in love with it, but my dad's fatherly wisdom was right. I probably wouldn't be here right now if I bought one back then.
  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 326
    Thanks for the info Volvomax.
  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 5,540
    Location: Pittsburgh

    2006 Hyundai Sonata LX (no sun roof), 3.3 V6

    Miles: 12,800

    Color: Aquamarine

    Condition: As near perfect as you can get, inside and out, EXCEPT, the right mirror needs replaced (you know who did this so I ain’t going down over this. :mad: ). About 2 years ago the dealer price to replace it was $264. I would have had it replaced then but I thought the other driver needed more practice backing out of the garage so I waited. So now you know the tale about this.

    Tires: Front: brand new, (just replaced today). Rear: 12,800 miles will need replaced in about 5K miles.

    Over the phone I’ve been offered $9,400 max if dealer agrees it is as good as I say (yes, I told them about the mirror).

    So, what do you experts think about the offer? I think $9,600?

    Thanks,

    jmonroe

    '09 Genesis V8 and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • dougb10dougb10 Burlington, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 185
    I am not the one who has the expertise to comment on the car value. It sounds like you have a nice car that has been well cared for.

    How come the tires needed replacing after only 12,800 miles?

    This is the kind of car that normally isn't driven aggressively.

    Doug
  • bjssbjss Posts: 51
    Looking for Trade-in value:
    Dallas/TX
    02 VW Passat Wagon GLS
    1.8T
    Mileage - 68K
    Dark Blue/Tan Interior
    Good Condition - no accidents or major repairs
    New Tires/Brakes, Timing belt, Water pump
    Maintenance Records
  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 5,540
    How come the tires needed replacing after only 12,800 miles?

    This is the kind of car that normally isn't driven aggressively.


    That’s what I was thinking also. So I’m going to blame this on Mrs. jmonroe. She must have been taking her beauty to the track without my knowledge while I’ve been working so I could pay for her habit. :surprise:

    Seriously, I was a little at fault here. They were worn on the edges because of under inflation. The center was just OK, would have passed PA state inspection but just barely. All the tire shops said that the front end seemed to be OK alignment wise. They were OEM Michelin’s and each of the five tire stores I went to said, “that’s about what you should expect from OEM tires”!! Although I’ve heard that before when I bought tires for my 05’ Hyundai XG 350 at the end of 07’. They lasted 22,000 miles, still not good but better. So, I think this is probably a standard line that tire shops pass out when you go in to buy replacement tires. One tire shop said, “if you had a Cobalt, you’d have been in here at 8,500 miles”. :cry:

    jmonroe

    '09 Genesis V8 and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • dougb10dougb10 Burlington, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 185
    I think you have identified the culprit. Underinflation is the #1 tire killer. IIt takes a sharp eye to tell when a radial tire is underinflated unless it is half-flat.
    I try to keep checking mine with a tire guage, but in our Canadian winters, it is a good day if you can keep your "brass ones" from freezing off....so a regular tire pressure check just may not get done.

    Doug
  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 5,540
    Underinflation is the #1 tire killer. IIt takes a sharp eye to tell when a radial tire is underinflated unless it is half-flat.
    I try to keep checking mine with a tire guage...


    I used to be really good at checking the pressure. Used to do it almost every Saturday morning. Not so much anymore. I think I'm going to return to my old ways though. I learned my lesson. Those two tires cost me $300 OTH and the worst part is, I probably won't have that car in two weeks.

    My Son was at the junk yard two days ago getting rims for his car so he could swap tires to take it to a 12 turn track in a few weeks. So he calls and says, "they have 2 used tires here for $50 for your car (225 x 50 x 17), would you be interested. The guy can bring them over so I can look at them"? I said, "yeah, take a look at them and if they are OK get them"! Guess what? They weren't. They were the reverse of the ones I had. They suffered from over inflation. Is there a way to weld those things together? :confuse:

    I thought for a minute there I could save a buck. Yeah, right. :mad:

    jmonroe

    '09 Genesis V8 and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Condition is very important for a Miata - it's a sign that the car may have been neglected in other ways, also.

    When I sold mine I washed it just before each time I showed it to a potential buyer.

    I ended up getting $2700 for a 1993 C package with 78k miles, but it needed shocks and the top I replaced about 5 years ago had a couple of small cracks, so it's got 2-3 years left in it at most, which is surprising for a Robbins top. I did patch the cracks with automotive epoxy and showed the flaws to the buyer.

    I figured I wasn't going to install another top myself again, too much work, so that's $1100 for the top. The shocks installed would push that bill total up to $2000. That was more than I was willing to spend, plus I had my eye on a power retractable hardtop.

    Used PRHT models go fast. Ignore blue book, they're gone the day they're put for sale. I had my eye on 2 of them and one warm weekend and both sold. Soft tops are a dime a dozen.

    I figure that will help me on resale, if I ever sell it.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,862
    You must have a bead on that new Genesis. $9400. for your Sonata sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Wait and see what VM has to say and then go for it.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    I think you are all over it at $9400.
    If you can get another couple hundred great.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    I'd figure @ $5000
  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 5,540
    I think you are all over it at $9400.
    If you can get another couple hundred great.


    Thanks for the reply VM. I'll try to get a little more. Afterall, we've learned if you don't ask you don't get. You car biz guys taught us that.

    It's a great car and when I told Mrs. jmonroe if we bought another car I would be trading in her Sonata. She said, "why, if you want a car and that car is for you, why don't you trade your car I like my car just fine"? You have to know her (how could you, I don't :confuse: ) but what she means is she doesn't want to get used to another car.

    That Sonata is a very nice, very clean car but it's the one that will go if I can make the deal I want on the Genesis.

    It's not like my car (05' XG 350) is a piece of crap, you know. :(

    Wish me luck, thanks again.

    jmonroe

    '09 Genesis V8 and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,411
    She said, "why, if you want a car and that car is for you, why don't you trade your car I like my car just fine"? You have to know her [..] but what she means is she doesn't want to get used to another car.


    I feel your pain. Some women, they just don't understand. Getting my wife to switch vehicles is like pulling teeth.

    It is important not to let little details like that get in your way. The upside is that this type of person cares so little that once the new car is there, they won't worry about it anymore. Trust me on this ;->

    I would strongly suggest you try putting the car on craigslist for private sale for $10,900... if there's any interest at all, you should come to an agreement.. it'll be good for you ($1k extra) and the new owner will get one heck of a deal. Maybe sales tax rules in your state will mess it up, but I'd try it.

    Good luck,
    -Mathias
  • lilelvislilelvis Posts: 82
    Thanks for the help:

    Wash DC area

    2002 Ford Explorer XLT V8 4wd
    82K
    Blue/Grey cloth
    power seats/3rd row/rear ac
    No accidents, body good except the "Explorer Crack" on the rear liftgate plastic (cosmetic).
    Tires Premium at 75%
    Brakes are new
    A/C compressor leaks

    The car has never left me stranded but I am getting tired of fixing all the "typical" explorer problems - time for a 4runner.

    Thanks!
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    My guess would be 2500,,specially in the DC area.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Funny to see the differences in prices. 1st gen. Miata prices are higher in the NW. I think mainly because of more limited availability. They're a dime a dozen in CA.

    I think I'm going to hold onto mine for a while. Going to upgrade the brakes. Maybe even paint it at some point.
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