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Would you buy your vehicle again?

steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,509
Would you buy your vehicle again?

Why or why not?

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    Nah. It's got 182K on it..... :P
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,327
    94 Town Car Signature = yes, especially if it had 300 hp & 5 speed automatic.

    95 T Bird 4.6 V8 = yes, but this time don't expect the quality of the Town Car.

    66 Mustang GT = yes without any hesitation, reservation, or imagination.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
    2000 Honda CR-V still chugging with 120K. I'm religious with maintenance and haven't had any major...whoops, not going to say it for fear of a jinx. :blush:

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  • odsurnodsurn Posts: 1
    edited March 2010
    Absolutely! I have a 2002 Sequoia that we bought brand new and now has 170K miles on it and I will keep it until my mechanic can no longer keep it running. It has been an awesome car, driven from Calif to Georgia and everywhere in between! It is so comfortable and reliable! I will buy Toyota again. Wouldn't think twice about it! My husband has an 07 Tundra Crewmax, he has owned every other truck made. Ford, GMC, Dodge, Chevy and said he will NEVER buy anything but a Tundra from now on!
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,175
    Both of us love our Subies and my little Honda S2000 still brings a grin from ear to ear after a long drive though the curviest roads I can find. :shades:
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    I absolutely love my Cadillac DTS and my wife feels the same about her Buick LaCrosse. She was eyeing-up a loaded LaCrosse CXS at the Philly Auto Show.
  • fastruckfastruck Posts: 5
    I have a 05 mustang with 98,000 miles very fun to drive . Living in ohio with all the snow and salt on the road in the winter I thought that the paint would start to dull after 5 years but to my surprise it still shine like the day I drove it off the car lot minus a few door dings .would I buy another mustang definitely . Its like being in a club when ever you see another mustang you always wave or rev your engine with a smile.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,470
    edited March 2010
    1975 2002A- Probably. I always wanted one and my son wants to use it when he gets his license. I still wish it was a stick.

    1995 318ti- Definitely. With over 120K it has required virtually no repairs outside of scheduled maintenance. It looks brand new inside and out and always puts a smile on my face.

    1999 Wrangler Sahara- Yes. Fun to drive and fairly reliable as well.

    2004 X3 2.5- Yep. In over 90K all it has required is an SRS sensor(warranty) four tires, and pads and rotors at all four corners. My wife loves it, but I think she will replace it with a Mini Countryman in a couple of years.

    2007 Mazdaspeed 3- Maybe/Maybe Not. Let me tell you, I have never been so ambivalent about a car in my entire life. I was not happy that it required a LF strut and a turbo before it hit 27K. That said, it has been fairly reliable since then, only needing a VVT repair pursuant to a TSB. A 23 mpg average is pretty decent considering that the engine -equipped with a Mazdaspeed Cold Air Intake- puts out 287 bhp. Next, a new set of Pirelli PZero All Season rubber improved the street handling considerably(along with my disposition), so I might just fit a set of Bilsteins as well as a set of track wheels/tires and see if it can last through another couple of HPDE seasons. By that point I might be able to justify/afford a used Cayman S...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • smalltownsmalltown Posts: 72
    Currently driving Kia Spectra5. I'll retire in a few years and will need a new car. Since Spectra is no longer made, my short list includes the spied Forte hatchback, Hyundai Veloster, Kia Soul, and perhaps Ford Fiesta or Honda Fit. Must be a small hatchback or wagon, no sedan.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,968
    I like my 2000 Park Ave Ultra, but there's just lots of minor little things about it that bugs me. I probably wouldn't have bought it as a new car unless it was very deeply discounted, but as a 56K mile, $7500 used car, it seemed like a great value.

    Now my 2000 Intrepid, which got totaled, and hence the reason for the Park Ave, I would have DEFINITELY bought that car again! The only difference would be that I would have tried to find an ES model with the 3.2 and a power seat. Or at the very least, a base model with a power seat.

    In fact, when the Intrepid got totaled, one of the first cars I found was another 2000 Intrepid...a well-equipped ES model with the 3.2, sunroof, leather, etc. It had something like 75,000 miles on it, and I think they wanted around $5,000 for it. The main reason I didn't go for it was that after having an Intrepid for 10 years, I just thought it was time to try something a little different.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    That something different is the only reason I might not follow up with another Honda after the current ones. They are fine (though not nearly as interesting as older Accords were) but getting generic.

    Maybe a Mazda or a Subie. The cheapskate in me is looking at used Hyundais....
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Huh .. good question.

    Generally speaking, if I knew then what I know now, probably not, given that Saturn is no longer around.

    Regarding the particular cars and when I bought them:

    1) 2003 Saturn L300 ... nope, I think I would have gone with an '03 Accord EX-L. After 95,000 miles, 2 BCM's, a rebuild of the front brakes and other miscellaneous repairs, I believe that the Honda would have been a more reliable choice. Plus, it would have retained more of its value after 7 years.

    2) 2006 Saturn ION ... jury out on this one, since my daughter drives it. It hasn't presented any problems in almost 4 years and 33,000 miles other than routine maintenance, and we never shopped anything else at the time.

    3) 2008 Saturn VUE ... this one kills me. We traded in our '05 VUE for the '08. The '08 is miles better in terms of fit and finish, but the end of the Saturn brand has meant that the value of the vehicle has dropped like a stone off a cliff. Like the ION, we didn't look at any other competing vehicles.
  • gouldngouldn Posts: 217
    2001 Forester. 100% yes. 145K, and still my main commuter. Fun to drive, and the best outward visibility in any car I've owned.

    2007 X3. Maybe not, but nothing against the car, I am just finding it to fancy to leave at remote trailheads for runs/hikes etc. I would look at BMWs again though, it's been plenty reliable despite all the advice telling me I was gonna go broke.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,201
    At the risk of deserving a dope slap, what are BCMs?
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
    edited March 2010
    I had a bit of expensive trouble with the VANOS module after I first acquired my 2000 BMW 528iA in 2004 but I enjoyed driving the car so much that I decided to hang onto it and it has given me no trouble since.

    It still looks good and runs well with 120,000. There are very few cars with good performance, good looks and good gas mileage but the Blue Max has all three>

    image.

    There are some cars I regretted buying but not this one.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,509
    Body Control Module.

    One of those expensive computer gizmos. :)

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,470
    I would look at BMWs again though, it's been plenty reliable despite all the advice telling me I was gonna go broke.

    Yep, there are quite a few "experts" who know all about BMWs- even though they've never owned, driven, or even sat in one.
    Envious imbeciles, mostly.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    ...but my next purchase probably will be with a different make. It has more to do with the type of vehicle I'm interested in. Unlike many others who browse theses forums, I have yet to develop brand loyalty.
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Body Control Module.

    One of those expensive computer gizmos.


    Yep ... about $600 to replace each time - once at 45K and again at 65K.

    $1200 for new pads, rotors and calipers at 45K. $400+ for an O2 sensor. $135 for a power steering line. $185 for a new horn assembly. Front pads and rotors at 74K for $375. Plus all the regular maintenance.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,509
    edited March 2010
    Lot of money, but spread out over almost 100,000 miles, it's not too bad. I got to 120,000 miles on my van before I had to start peeling 100s out of my billfold. :)

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,968
    I got to 120,000 miles on my van before I had to start peeling 100s out of my billfold

    I had a similar experience with my 2000 Intrepid. It didn't really start hitting me hard in the wallet until 130,000 miles.

    With any luck, the 2000 Park Ave I recently bought will hold off that long. It only has 58,000 miles on it right now, and at the rate I'm driving, it could be 10-12 years before I get it up to 130K!
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Lot of money, but spread out over almost 100,000 miles, it's not too bad.

    Yeah, I keep telling myself that the few hundred dollars I spend every now and again is less than a new (or used) car payment.

    Though it could have been worse .. when I was shopping, I was seriously considering a Passat V6 4Motion.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,509
    edited March 2010
    I need new tires on the van. I really do sort of hate to spend money on an upgrade like that - new tires will almost double its value. :D

    Finally got around to changing the oil (12,000 miles plus interval - whoopsie). Noticed a nice inch deep dent in the oil pan about 3 inches long. No leaks. Whatever I hit over the winter may have taken out the ebrake cable since it quit working a month ago.

    Where's C4C when you need it?

    Yeah, ignore and abuse a car and it won't quit? Sure, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    My Accord is almost reaching the point where its value on the market would vary by how much gas is in it - but it keeps going and going. it's time for tires and in about a year another timing belt. At this point I'm likely to do those.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,690
    for which I can say yes. The Echo has been completely repair-free and hasn't even needed brakes or a clutch, now at 135K and still pulling 40 mpg consistently.

    Too bad Toyota made the car slower AND less fuel-efficient when it turned it into the Yaris. Unless they do something about both of those items for the next release this year or next, I have bought my last Toyota.

    And the new Outback Sport is just great - a real driver's car considering it only cost $20 grand, plenty fast enough for me, and I love the growl of the boxer. Only at 10K miles, but at that mileage I was already thinking wistfully of trading with my last two new Toyotas. If Subaru can boost their very mediocre gas mileage, the replacement for the OBS will be a Subaru as well.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,509
    Maybe Subaru can borrow some tech from Toyota to help the mpg improve. After all, Toyota owns almost 17% of them now.

    If you aren't careful, you may own 17% of a Toyota next time. :)

    Too bad Toyota didn't keep the boring boxy shape of the old Tercels when they came out with the Echo.

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  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    1989 Ford Tempo - Owned it for 5 years and put 85k miles on it. Only 2 problem areas, failed EGR valve (Ford paid for the part; I paid labor) and tie rods.

    1994 Honda Accord - Loved that car!!!

    1996 Ford Explorer (V8) - Probably the last good year for Explorers. Ran it to 150k miles before wife backed it into a loading dock (don't ask)

    1989 Buick Century - bought used. Served it's purpose. Not sure why people bought this car new???

    2001 Chevy Malibu - I figured GM finally ironed out the problems by the 4th model year, right??? Hell no! Worst new car I ever owned. Only car we ever traded in while still paying on the loan. The reason why i am hesitant about GM.

    2000 Olds Intrigue - bought used. Great buy used; not so much new. made it to 178k miles. Learned to do the maintenance myself. Would buy again used.

    2004 Nissan Quest - Never buy the first year of a new model!!! Sliding door still rattles, cheap plastic, rotors warp. Thankfully it has a nice motor. Definitely pass on this one again.

    2006 Toyota Camry - bought used in June 2009. I understand why the Camry is the benchmark for the class.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,201
    One way for Subaru to boost mileage would be to offer buyers a choice of FWD or AWD, as it used to do. Would you buy a 2WD version to gain ~2 mph?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,690
    Nah, I would have bought a Mazda if I wanted FWD. But I wouldn't buy FWD.

    Steve: yeah, I liked the angular look of the Tercel too. But the bubble roof on the Echo gives it this huge amount of headroom that I really enjoy. It's kind of like the New Beetle that way.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • carstrykecarstryke Posts: 168
    01 Rio - heck no
    05 Impala - Yes
    09 Equinox - No
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