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Edmunds Member Spotlight - Meet Fezo! - June/July 2012

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
The Member Spotlight will be a regular feature that recognizes the outstanding people that make the Edmunds Forums the best automotive community on the internet.

Karen-Edmunds Community Manager



  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
    edited June 2012
    It gives me great pleasure to announce Fezo as the first person selected for Edmunds Member Spotlight. Got a question for Fezo? Just ask!

    What was your first car?

    I learned to drive on a 67 Pontiac Tempest station wagon. The first one I actually bought was after I got out of college in 1973 - a 1969 Volvo 142 that cost $1,500. Now such a car would seem like a pretty tame choice for a 22 year old guy but what got me on the lot was an MGB which tuned out to already be spoken for. To this day I think about an old MG. Maybe a Miata.....

    Of all the cars you’ve owned, which was your favorite and why?

    Funny thing that. Now I am a stick shift fanatic but my two favorite cars I've had were both automatics - both used cars that happened to come that way. One is my current ride which is a 2007 Toyota Solara SLE convertible. The obvious thing I like is that the top comes down. For a convertible it has a good sized trunk (13 cubic feet - only one less than a plain old Accord sedan). Lets me pack guitars and such no problem. It's not one of those feel of the road fun to drive cars but a top that comes down covers a multitude of sins. It is quiet for a convertible and has more bells and whistles than I've had before even though by 2012 standards it's already kind of an antique....

    The other one was a 1987 Nissan Maxima wagon. Had to buy in a hurry because a guy ran a stop sign and totaled my 85 Accord - and nearly me with it! That Maxima had a wonderful feel to it and was really quick. Being a wagon it was a real sleeper. People would kind of look confused pulling out from a light.

    Oh, and I should mention when I was a senior in high school my dad realized he needed a third car in the family to shuttle my brothers around as needed and asked me if he bought me a car would I do those chores as need. What a silly question. Any question that started with "If I get you a car" was going to get a yes answer. He traded a dishwasher worth $250 for a 1954 Mercedes 300B Adenauer. What a car! I was the talk of the high school at a time when the other guys were driving muscle cars - GTOs, souped up Mustangs and such. Wish I still had that.

    If you were a car, which car would you be and why?

    I'd like to say something like a BMW M of some sort but more likely I'd have to be something like a Corolla since I seem to have parts go bad in me and replacement parts would at least be readily available....

    If you could invite 3 cars over for dinner, which would you have?

    Well, maybe I'd have a 58 Edsel over just to ask it "What were you thinking??!!??"

    Maybe a 62 Corvette and see if I could talk it into staying.

    Maybe I'd invite that new electric Fit because it wouldn't eat much....

    If you could design the car of the future, what feature would it have?

    The ability to convert into a hovercraft.

    What is the highest mileage you’ve ever put on a car?

    I've got 245K on my old 00 Accord that I bought with 46 miles on it. My daughter drives it now and hates that it's a stick shift but of course I have the standard dad reply - "When you buy your own car you can have whatever you want!" I hope to break 300K with it.

    What originally brought you to Edmunds?

    I was poking around on that new Internet thing in 1997 and somehow stumbled onto the forums. A bunch of folks that were basically car nuts just talking away. What was not to like? Lots of good folks then - a few are still around all these years later. That daughter that I argue stick shifts with was 8 at the time....

    How often do you log into Edmunds Forums?

    If I'm online I've always got an Edmunds window up, so pretty much every day for hours.

    Which forums do you frequent and why?

    I pop into a lot but am a sucker for chatty forums that move around a fair bit which puts me regularly in the Stories from the Sales Frontlines and Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous but I look at loads of stuff and will tend to comment whenever something just seems to be asking for my comment...

    How did you pick your screen name and why?

    Ha! Fezo dates back to when I was 12 years old and trying to cheat my 6 year old brother in Scrabble for Juniors. It had pictures around the side of the board with the words under them. One was of a fez and my brother had the z and played it. I had nothing but vowels including three Os. So I played one and tried to convince him that fezo was a word. He didn't buy it but the word stuck. My family and friends started using it for everything. I was in a band called Fezo for years. My license plate says FEZO as do plates in three other states (Maine, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire - two bothers and a friend who is as much a brother as my brothers).

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,626
    Well live and learn. And I thought "fezo" had something to do with you being Turkish! :P

    So, are you the oldest active member in the Edmunds Forums?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,556
    how did they miss the most obvious question?

    SO fezo, how many wills have you sucked your way into?

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Only two and neither of them mean it.... Well, maybe Richard will at least put that "Hi, Steve" in there. The other one is clearly just a tease......

    Oldest poster - I think that would be isellhondas (who should properly now be isoldhondas) but we're pretty close. Both date back to 1997.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,023
    Now that your famous, you shouldn't need anyone's will. The money will start pouring in! :P

    Nice writeup!

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,327
    Maybe I'd invite that new electric Fit because it wouldn't eat much....

    lol, good thinking!

    The ability to convert into a hovercraft.

    Don't you have a vacuum cleaner?

    It's not one of those feel of the road fun to drive cars

    You didn't mention me once, but at least you stole my phrase :P

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Well, I didn't mention you by name but you did get recognition as being the tease on putting me in the will....

    Yeah, that "feel of the road" was just for you. If not I might have said something like "driving dynamics" and made roadburner happy.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,767
    Well, there you go. Not a word of thanks to all us little people whose shoulders you are standing on to get all this attention !!

    Just kidding Steve. If anyone deserved this honor it is you buddy ! Congratulations!

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,910
    edited June 2012
    In your honor, I drug the Subaru out of the garage, grabbed my gas coupons and filled it up (first time since February). After getting twenty cents a gallon off, the price came in at $3.49 a gallon. Was able to cram a bit over ten gallons in it.

    New Joisey Turnpike prices. :)
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Very good! Right on the nose.

    My usual Sunoco station is 2 cents cheaper but a lot of good it does me - I'm 100 miles away.

    Going home for a long weekend next Thursday and by a month from now will be home for more or less good.
  • omarmanomarman Posts: 674
    Fezo dates back to when I was 12 years old and trying to cheat my 6 year old brother in Scrabble for Juniors. :D

    Funny! Until reading this, I thought "fezo" was a Steely Dan reference. :shades:

    Ain't never gonna do it
    Without the fez on, oh no
    That's what I am, please understand
    I wanna be your holy man
  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,593
    Nice going, Fezo. It's like this honor was custom tailored just for you.

    Milk that hospital stay for all it's worth. Hopefully you'll be out soon.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    See that? I was ahead of my time! :D
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,011
    An extremely fitting first choice. Congrats, Sir!

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,886
    Steve: "my name is Fezo, and I'm addicted to Edmunds."
    All: "hi, fezo!"


    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,682
    "My name is Fezo"

    Is there a 12-step program for this addiction? Or at least one to help maintain marital harmony while spending time on Edmunds.

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,682
    The Kroger store (and some of it's other name stores) are allowing up to $2.00 off per gallon through its discount program. $.10 off for each $100 spent in the store. The good thing is that prescriptions count as $50 and gift cards count double their face value toward the $100 increments. Occasionally and currently the gift cards count as 4X their face value--e.g., buy $150 of Lowes cards for planned purchase of fence or replacement disposal or paint, and you get $600 credit ($.60 toward fuel purchase). Cashier told my wife last week she had just checked out the largest sale in her decades at Kroger: $3500, gift cards for remodeling at Lowes.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,091
    Congrats on being número uno! You deserve it!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,910
    edited June 2012
    Is there a 12-step program for this addiction? Or at least one to help maintain marital harmony while spending time on Edmunds.

    Just log in from work. Not that Fezo ever did that from the office. ;)
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,682
    I posted in another discussion, but I'll make it clear here, I think it's great you were selected as the first one in the spotlight. You are very deserving.

    And I think it's great Edmunds is doing this.

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