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Why Did You Replace Your Last Car(s)

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,020
    The next car I'm dumping is my 2007 Mazdaspeed 3. It was my first -and most definitely LAST- FWD car...

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

  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    What are you considering as a relacement for your Mazdaspeed?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Just saw a CL ad from someone selling his Speed3, $18,500, "cash only or we go to the bank TOGETHER and I WATCH you get the cashier's check". LOL!

    The GTI/A3 powertrain is more acceptable in a front driver without being actually boring, but it certainly doesn't have the cojones of the MS3....

    Getting an '11 Mustang to replace it?! ;-)

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,020
    What are you considering as a replacement for your Mazdaspeed?

    Well, I just checked out a gorgeous 2004 M3; the down side was it was an SMG car. I couldn't put up with that tranny on a daily basis. As for other possibilities, I'm open to about anything with at least 300 bhp, a manual, and RWD.

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,020
    Getting an '11 Mustang to replace it?

    I really do like the 2011 GT. The problem is, optioned to my specs(Brembo Brake Package, 3:73 gears, Xenons, heated seats, and Shaker 100 audio) the MSRP is over $38,000. And I love the new Boss, but it will cost in the mid $40K range I'll bet... :(

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

  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    I had a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 5-spd from which I got about 48.4 MPG over the two years I owned it.

    The Camry Hybrid came out, and I was *unduly intrigued* and traded the HCH for the TCH.

    I rationalized it that my kids (7 and 10 at the time) were getting bigger and needed more legroom over time. The TCH was larger, heavier, perhaps a little "safer" in a crash.

    I got a decent price on the TCH, got a good trade-in price on the HCH, so I went for it.

    Since then, I have driven about 68,000 miles on the TCH and have gotten about 34 MPG, and have liked it just fine, in a "drab, boring CAMRY" sort of way.

    Partial Regrets: Losing the 14+ MPG. Higher payment and longer payoff time for the TCH.

    If I could "time travel" back to June 2006 and reconsider? I'm not sure. I might still have bought the TCH. But I might have bargained harder for a better deal.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    edited August 2010
    Yeah, the problem, as you mention in your response to nippononly, is price. There aren't any RWD cars in the Mazdaspeed's price range, other than used. The Hyundai Genesis coupe may be the closest.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    edited August 2010
    Since you're happy with your TCH, don't look back. The little better deal you might have gotten - maybe - wouldn't have made the difference between a right and wrong decision. Prorated over 68,000 miles, and counting, the difference would be small.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,020
    The Mazdaspeed isn't a bad car; I'm just ready to return to a RWD car. Luckily I'm in no hurry, so I can window shop to my heart's content...

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

  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    The civic was not well made-moldings, pillars, etc. fell off or became loose numerous times, cruise control stopped working, radio had to be replaced, power windows stopped working, etc.
    We have owned the sonata almost one month. It is the base model. Comparing that to the tsx that cost about $10,000 more but it does have more equipment such as the sunroof, power heated memory leather seats, etc. Very impressed with the sonata but it has 107,000 less miles. The tsx is also a great car still with the original brakes.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,594
    A friend of mine has a Toyota Camry Hybrid, and I rode in it a few times. That thing is a really nice car! And I'm not even a fan of the Camry! This thing was fully decked-out, too, and I'm sure would make a Civic feel like crap, in comparison.

    Going from 48 mpg to 34 mpg, over the course of 68,000 miles, the Camry has used maybe 583 more gallons. Even if gas stayed at $4.00 per gallon, that would only come out to around $45-50 per month extra.

    Back in May, I saw a used 2008 or 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid for sale, with fairly low miles, and asking around $22K. It was well-equipped, with Nav, sunroof, leather, etc. I gotta admit, I was pretty tempted, although in my case, I don't drive enough for the fuel economy to matter much. I just thought it would be kinda cool to have!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    I have been surprised to notice lately that the 2001-2005 Civics were made really poorly. Everywhere you look the 4-doors have the headliners falling down, on cars that are only 5 or 6 years old! I thought we had left that behind in the 70s.

    My mother has been most annoyed at her '01 for the last couple of years as the power lock in the driver's door quit in '08, rendering her keyless entry useless and causing her to forget to lock the car some of the time. Many of the bits in the interior of her car have come apart too, starting with the sun visors which shredded and fell off their mounting posts last year or the year before.

    It only has 70K miles, but she won't be keeping it much longer, and she has said it will be her last Honda.

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

  • My 20 year old daughter is in New England and wants a USED AWD type of car, preferably a hatch/wagon and absolutely not an SUV/CUV. Of course we are aware of the Subaru's. I've had an Audi quattro but I think that would be too much money. She wants to spend about $15K. What would you nice people suggest? I've found it hard to filter search results with awd specified. What's good out there?

    Mark
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,594
    I have a friend whose sister and sister's boyfriend both have Civics from that 2001-2005 era. One's a sedan and one's a coupe. I'm kinda curious now, to ask them how the cars are holding up.

    As for the headliners, I've been noticing that problem on the 2002-2006 era Camry, for some reason. Not so much the fabric coming undone and billowing down, as the padding behind it dissolves, but more the whole thing popping loose by the back window, and hanging down.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,159
    Toyota Matrix?

    Regarding Subies, my wife and I both have them and IMO they're the best cars of the money if you want AWD. Good power, top safety scores, reliability that is near the Toyo and Honda levels and they are fantastic in the New England weather. I've had snow accumulate up past the rocker panels of my little Impreza the thing just chugs right through it without issue. :D
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    edited August 2010
    There aren't many models that fit the parameters your daughter is looking for. However, the Suzuki SX4 is a cute AWD hatchback. I'd view it as an alternative to the Subaru Impreza.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Interesting question. For me the last car I traded in was a 200 Hyundai Elantra Station Wagon with around 175K miles on it. I mst likely would be still driving it today as the car was still running great and had given me no real issues.

    What happened was that my wife kept on stating that when we were going to get a new car we she would like to get a convertible. Well it just so happened that last year I spotted a used Sebring convertible for sale at a dealership down the street from where I worked. Price was great, a few grand less than what all the guides said it should go for. So the opportunity presented itsef, the car was priced right, appeared good and rode well so we decided that now was the time.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,623
    edited August 2010
    Our 02 Accord was having some issues, some of which were caused by a branch of a tree falling through the window in a storm. It was fixed, but it was never quite the same. I think the new window didn't quite seal 100% and so we had more road noise. And it wasn't super quiet car to begin with. Plus it was due for a timing belt change, had one lose piece of trim, etc.

    Then saw an add for a new Mazda5 manual mini-minivan/station wagon from just $14,900 something. What a deal. Didn't get much for the Accord, but I realized they had to make up for their loss leader a bit.

    Anyway, so far we love the Mazda5. The Accord gave good service, but I'm glad we made the switch.

    I think the first 8 years of a cars life--if it's a good car to begin with, anyway--are the charmed years. After that it's one thing after another....

    So that means our 08 Accord maybe ready for a new owner by...2016? Still love our 08 Accord. It's so much better than the 02 in every way.
  • ajvdhajvdh Posts: 223
    The last car I replaced was a '95 M3. I bought it In June '09. One owner, dealer serviced, all records and only 88k miles. SWMBO and I drove it back from Florida. In February of this year, my son got rear-ended in his car. The other party's insurance paid for everything including the rental car we'd need for the one day my son's car was in the shop.

    The fly in that particular ointment was that my son couldn't actually drive the rental as he was only 17. "Dad, since there's no school, can I take your car up snowboarding, and you drive the rental?" "Sure" (he'd driven it up to the mountains before with no ill effects).

    You know where this is going: Coming back down, he put two wheels into some gravel and spun it backwards into a several ton boulder. According to the cop, he was probably 5 MPH under the speed limit when he lost it. In other words, no rampant idiocy, just a new driver's mistake.

    No injuries, no other parties involved. At first glance it didn't even look too bad. Until you noticed the crease in the roof and that the wheels were pointing in three different directions. And that the doors couldn't be opened.

    My insurance co cut me a check for almost exactly what I'd paid for the car (including sales tax). They then raised our rates $100/year, so they'll get it all back in a bit less than a century.

    I replaced it with an '04 330 coupe. It's a bit softer in its reactions than the M3 and a tick slower too, but it's much quieter, the interior materials are better and it gets slightly better mileage. Being nine years newer doesn't hurt either.
  • I only get rid of my vehicles when most of their usable life has been exhausted. My 1987 Mazda 323 lost its starter (along with a few fly wheel teeth), air conditioning, radio, shocks and had developed a severe case of cancer. I gave it to a kid who limped it around for about 5000 miles and then sent it to the scrap heap.

    My 1996 Corsica was quite a war horse that really gave me little trouble, with the exception of the classic GM leaking intake on its 3100 V6. It lasted for 150,000 miles and, out of charity, I gave it to my brother-in-law who was heading off to college. He got rid of it last year with 200,000 miles on the odo.
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