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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 352
    All great pics and neat that you have these photos. You should hold onto the old fintail as long as feasible, such a great car.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,138
    "I'm just trying to figure out the best way to pay for it..."

    PenFed has a 1.49% 60 month loan (anyone can join) and Park Federal Credit Union in Louisville will do 1.99%. There's just not a huge incentive to pay cash anymore.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    It's a good old car - has a million needs, but like Mr. Burns, they all kind of cancel each other out, and it keeps running. I have no logical reason to keep it, but I am sentimental and I like driving it.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    My family documented few of our cars over the years, so I didn't want to make that same mistake. I also only buy something if I really like it, so I am proud and take pics.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    That S Class looks nice and clean, euro bumpers (I think), good color, clear corner lenses. I bet your new E is even bigger than your old S Class if parked side by side.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    That W126 was pretty gorgeous, I loved the color. NA bumpers but Euro lights - I now feel kind of dumb about those corners, but at the time (10+ years ago), they seemed to make the car look fresh. I agree, the new car is about the same size and probably weight too. Everything has moved up a size, which might make sense as to why we are getting the CLA.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    CLA looks decent but with Front Wheel Drive it's a bit of a turnoff for me. I bet for the same money you could pick up a nice used CLS, probably AMG package too.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    I am not sold on small cars with trunks - if they are too small, they just look weird. If we had a normal A-class hatch, I would find it more attractive. A250 diesel could be a hoot.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,805
    edited February 2013

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,507
    Nice series, for sure! Hey, where's the fourth one?!

    I should have done that with all the various rigs I've had during my tenure with the '69 Econoline, but the problem is that none of them were newer versions of itself, so what's the point? I do have a fun one from when we were first building the house. The year was 2002, but the vehicles in the photo were all from the 1960s, so who's gonna know? :P
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    Here's the latest (oops fintail is on the wrong side):

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    I wish I had pics of my first car or the various cars in the family during my childhood. Guess I am making up for it. My family always had a 60s car in the driveway through the 90s too, as my dad had a thing for 60s Fords. Sadly, he didn't have a thing for taking pics.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,507
    edited February 2013
    I think the reversed sides can be forgiven. I love the lines on both of those cars; they flow very nicely.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,656
    I love that era C43! I also think its great you took shots of each of your cars with The Fintail. I do have pics of all 6 cars I've owned since I was 16.

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

  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    edited February 2013
    Absolutely wonderful pics! 18 in '95?, you're just a kid! LOL! I was 37.

    I really liked my W126 ('91 560SEL)... then the 2000 E430 Sport came along and soon after, the 2002 ML500 (had '00 and '02 at the same time). Kept the E430 for 9 yrs. and then sold it to my brother with only 39K miles (then I bought the '09 Bentley to replace it).

    The old Rolls has 91,000 original miles. It had 86,000 miles when I bought it in 1998. I think it's worth about $35-$40K now?....I paid $29K plus tax 15 yrs. ago. I've probably put $15K (tune-up, oil changes, repairs, etc.) over 15 yrs. in it which includes $2,500 for new big white-wall radial Coker tires 12 yrs. ago.

    It's been worth every penny of enjoyment and the thumbs-up I get when I drive it around makes me keep it. :blush:

    Mark156
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    They both do have an angularity to them - the newer car is losing some of that for the next model year, I like the current design just fine.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    I am a youngster for most of the cars I have owned. Not many people in their teens have a fintail, not many in their 30s either. And not many 20-somethings would be thrilled to find a nice W126, but I was. I am young for the new car too - not just because of its price. I have a few mature tastes maybe.

    Fintail has gone around the clock a couple times. It also photographs a little nicer than it is - it is a decent survivor car, but no concours piece. You are probably right on the Rolls value. Speaking of those tires, that's my next plan for the old car, a set of wide whitewall (2 1/4" I think) radials. Probably going into the shop tomorrow morning to see if it can be aligned properly, as the tires wear kind of weird now.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    Oh yeah, I forgot you like some MBs of that era. The C43 was a neat car, it was immaculate and I was the 2nd owner, but it rode pretty hard and had a few quirks, I had it for only a couple years. Finding the E55 was a good excuse to upgrade.

    I wish I had pics of the 60 Ford my dad had when I was a teen.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,656
    There's ALWAYS a good excuse to upgrade!

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,656
    Michaell - While your wife's commute will become longer, my wife's has become shorter. From 20 miles one way (3 days per week) to 2.6 miles one way (3 days per week). No, I'm going to run out and trade in our perfectly good 2011 Pilot EXL w/ Nav & buy (or lease) a 2013 Pilot? NO WAY JOSE!

    I'm less than a month away from my year anniversary with driving heaven my 328xi. Miles as of tonight are in the 19,200 range. Good thing I took the 20K per year lease. Things will even out mileage wise. I'll take her Pilot to work once a week, once the weather gets warmer I can drive my Prelude to work too. If I keep piling on the miles, that just means I'll have to focus my car shopping earlier in the summer of 2014.

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,677
    Would love to upgrade right now but it's just not logical at this point. With hitting 37k on tomorrow morning's commute, my car is just not worth trading. As much as I'm tempted after driving so many new and better vehicles, I'm staying the course and will take care of things. The headliner gets replaced at home on Wednesday morning then it's off to get the tires rebalanced and rotated. The brake pedal is real low and after hard usage, I hear a grinding noise nut will wait till I hear the wear sounds. It just might need the back one's adjusted also, just not sure. Hopefully they'll look them over on Wednesday when they have the wheels off and can really view the pads. I was told that Tires Plus uses a metallic blend pad but I want pads that are really good with minimal brake dust. Hate going to Midas as they upsell too many things but wondering if their warranty is better on a brake job?

    All I know is that I'm going to spend some coinage on the Civic this week. Am also due for an oil change as 3/23 is a year, but the mileage minder says I still have 60% life in my oil. Since I do so much freeway driving now, it might be wise to just do the change as I need this vehicle to continue to be as dependable as it has been up to now.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,626
    well, it is a 1 year regardless of miles, so you are pretty close at this point. might as well do it while it is in.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,677
    My thoughts exactly after I read the post. Do have a $17.95 coupon for the Honda dealer so might just go over there afterwards and throw them the change. They always do some kind of look see so I can tell what else might be needed. usually I take that list to my guy and he tackles what ever is needed, if anything. But it's nice to get over to the Honda store and shop a bit as they do the service. Luckily I'm not an impulsive guy so the wife knows that I won't be coming home with a new rig. But she does realize that I've got that itch that eventually will have to be scratched! As I said in an earlier post, some guy at work asked me when I got a new car! He did ask it the day after it was detailed though and it did look fantastic I must say. The guy I found at the supermarket parking lot does a classy job each and every time and since I do the 4 at the same time, he cuts me a bit of a break.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,530
    I believe that this is the earliest photo
    of a car that I have,
    1972 Volvo 164E, I purchased in 1974.

    http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/rayainsw/media/Volvo164E1972Photo_2005_5_27- _12_58_.jpg.html?sort=3&o=40

    Interesting [ to me ] that I now drive a car with
    the same engine displacement [ 3.0L ]
    and the same layout [ I6 ] as that 1972...
    - Ray
    Though some things HAVE advanced since then .....
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,805
    edited February 2013
    I've looked for years for pics of the family's beloved '53 Buick Special. My brother finally found a couple, but you really can't tell much about the car.

    At grandma's house and at the cabin. The date stamp on the cabin shot is probably pretty close to when the photo was taken, so the Buick would have been 9 that year. Thus my old man would not have been posting in here. :)

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  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    I am a youngster for most of the cars I have owned

    I definately fall into that category. I remember buying my 2003 Avalon at 24 and the salesperson said I was the youngest Avalon buyer ever at their dealership. LOL, I said did you realize I pulled up in an 89 Town Car?

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited February 2013
    There's ALWAYS a good excuse to upgrade!

    Bad weather - need AWD. Your life depends on it.

    Gas price spike - FWD. Can't afford not to.

    Bored with the new car - must get RWD, they have soul, YOLO, etc.

    Rinse, repeat.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,424
    I can't think of a good reason at the moment. I love my 135i too much. I would prefer better gas mileage on the beater, but the volvo has such low miles and is so pleasant for a beater that I can't currently make sense of getting rid of it. The Leaf, of course, is a lease. The only one that has even crossed my mind is the T&C... but what the hell would we replace it with? A new comparable one is WAY too expensive, and I'm pretty damned sure we are upside-down in the current one anyway.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,656
    Ha!

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    The new 3.0 probably puts out 3x the power and gets 50% better mileage.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,791
    You, Andre, and lemko seem to have very similar tastes. I do have to say an Avalon is the Toyota I would consider most, too. Funny line about the TC.

    I was asked more than once if my W126 was inherited, and I've had many similar questions about the fintail.
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