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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,308
    I've always liked Michelins too - ran them on the W126 and E55, they just felt and looked right. Not cheap, but usually good quality. C43 had a new set of Yokohamas when I bought it - something about the design seemed to make them susceptible to tramlining, which drove me nuts.

    Speaking of tires, I am ordering a set of these for the old car this week - a pain for the wallet, but long overdue - tires on the car now date from the second Clinton administration.
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    When I bought the tires for the ION on Saturday, I asked them about replacements for the CX-7 (235-55/19).

    Best bet would be a Pirelli tire at $211 each. $987 with mounting and balancing. The OEM Bridgestone Duelers have 28K on them; tire guy thought we might get another 5K before they needed to be replaced.

    Wife mentioned yesterday that they felt "odd" - of course, we had a quick 1-2" of snow yesterday so that might have contributed to the feeling.

    Wife is talking more and more about the Juke. A former co-worker of hers just got one last week. Her new boss drives a Prius, and another co-worker at her new job recently traded in a Land Rover for something smaller and more fuel efficient.

    I think the cost of filling up the CX-7 with premium all the time will get old for her. I'm going to keep close track of the MPG for her .. last tank was below 19 MPG.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,653
    I've always had good luck with Michelin tires. Currently have Michelin MTX S/2's on my Expedition and they've been great. I've got about 48k miles on them and they still have well over 1/2 of the original tread depth. Honestly, they are just now starting to show signs of wear.

    But there is no free lunch. These Michelins do ride firmer and aren't quite as good in the snow as the OEM Continentals. I did get 68k miles out of those, and could have gone longer.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    I think they will look really nice on your Benz. Please post up some pics, when you get them mounted.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,673
    Well, like I said, just needs to be cleaned every 50k or so. Just another maintenance item, IMHO. However, I have heard that meth injection can help the cause. That's that last mod I haven't purchased yet.

    There is an extended warranty on the turbos/wastegates from BMW on my car. I'm not sure what years it covers. I have a feeling only the '08s since the '09 switched to single turbo. In any case, turbos don't scare me one bit. Before I bought my first turbo car (s70 T5), I was quite hesitant ... but after my trouble free experience with that... and all my turbos since then... I'm not the least bit concerned.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,653
    but long overdue - tires on the car now date from the second Clinton administration.

    Good move, tires definitely go bad with age and I wouldn't trust any tire being that old. You're saving yourself some potential grief by replacing them.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    it seems that no one has solved the intake valve deposit issue

    Toyota has - they use both port- and direct-injection, combined. So the fresh fuel acts as a solvent to rinse out exhaust gasses that get recirculated.

    It's funny, compare reliability for the IS250 (DI only) to the IS350 (Port + DI), it's night and day. Folks on club lexus will tell you to buy the latter.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,308
    They don't have any cracks or obvious rot, but are are pretty worn, especially with some now (hopefully) repaired uneven wear issues on the front. But as I might drive it a mere 1K miles/yr now, it was hard to justify sinking a grand into it. It's time now - when I took it in to have the suspension repaired and aligned, they even put "needs new tires" on the bill, and highlighted it in yellow :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,308
    I will for sure. I am looking forward to it, I think the car will look amazing with correct style tires. The narrow whitewalls technically aren't correct, as MB used wide whites through the 1964 model year.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,220
    I have had good wear with Michelins. It seems like they last longer than competing tires. If you have irregular wear causing noise issues, cross rotating the tires can help prevent that issue if you don't have directional tires. That way, each tire spends some time in all four positions, which can help prevent irregular wear from forming.
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  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,308
    Speaking of tires, I just ordered a set - found a west coast seller who also had decent prices. Claimed delivery could be by the end of the week, so next week I might have them installed. I even ordered a spare, to replace the bias ply tire that is probably older than me (but not original to the car).
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,673
    I ordered 2 new front tires for the bimmer's summer set. Because I set such extreme negative camber, it chewed through the edges of the runflats pretty quick. I have the all-seasons on now (of course) and pushed my camber back. Figure what I should do is dial back in the negative once at the track.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,308
    Years ago, the fintail had camber issues and would eat up front tires in under 5K miles. The kingpins were worn - I lucked out and won a set on ebay for like $75, and that problem was solved. I had it in the shop last week for an alignment, and they replaced a tie rod end and steering part. This apparently solved all issues and it aligned perfectly. I am kind of geeked to see how it will look.
  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 376
    Yeah those will look good on it, a nice contrast with the color of the car too. How many miles do you have on the car itself?
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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,658
    funny, but I have only had 2 cars where the tires wore out prematurely (actually, 3 including my Accord) and all 3 were OEM Michelins.

    and it was not just alignment type wear, they ran out of tread. My Odyssey tires were practically bald at 30K, but the replacements (yokohamas) still had decent tread when I sold it with 74K on it.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,811
    edited March 2013
    Had this on the 1st Ft. Myers run as I didn't see the Mustang convertible my buddy had secured for me...damn! Someone else grabbed it by the time I got ready to claim my prize. It was a perfect top down day also. But the 200 is a fine driver with it's 17" rolling stock. Smooth and even when I had to pass another vehicle at 90+ miles, it rode perfectly smooth...and it was very comfortable. Another guy had the upmarket 200 with the 18" tires and I bet it drove just as smooth. Got a Stang vert for the 2nd run but just as we were about to roll out, it was canceled as Ft. Myers called and said they had no more room until the morning. We're scheduled for a double Ft. Myers run in the a m if all goes according to plan. Hopefully my Stang will be right where I left it so I can motor topless. Have my hat all ready since the top of my head is losing it's coverage and I don't want to burn it too much!

    This job is the coolest!

    The Happy Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife)/2015 Golf SE (me)/2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1)/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,308
    edited March 2013
    The old car has a few miles on it - around 255K, I think (there's a 13 year records gap from 1976-89 that coincides with either a 13K or 113K mileage gap, so it's that or 155). But they were so overbuilt of such durable materials, that it looks and feels like a lot less.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,856
    In any case, turbos don't scare me one bit. Before I bought my first turbo car (s70 T5), I was quite hesitant ... but after my trouble free experience with that... and all my turbos since then... I'm not the least bit concerned.

    Well, I'm on my third turbo car(T-Bird Turbo Coupe, Volvo 740 Turbo, Mazdaspeed 3) so I'm not all that averse to them- even though the MS3's went south at @26,000 miles. I just know how hot they get on the track, and it is an added layer of complexity.
    Anyway, it's a moot point as 135i M Sport sold today...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    And boomcheck you're spot on with the comment about being the customer the want (need), but they definitely aren't appealing to that demographic.

    I'm in my mid 30s, married, with a child. Wife and I have decent incomes. We like german cars probably more than anything. Right now we have our 07 BMW 328i that my wife drives, an 01 Acura MDX, and an 04 Toyota Echo. Both the MDX and Echo are for sale, and will probably be replaced by another BMW unless I score a deal on a used car that I can drive for a bit and make money on when I sell it.

    When we were looking for a second car to lease or finance about a year and a half ago a Buick was not on our list whatsoever. There are just so many other better choices in terms of brands and models that a Buick would probably be on the bottom of my long list of cars to consider. We went with a different route, prefering not to tie up money in payments or a huge pruchase price only to be hit with depreciation later on. So now I just buy older cars and if I spend less than $300/month on depreciation AND maintenance then I feel like I'm ahead. Most times I end up making money in the end on whatever I drive which is a bonus for me :D

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

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    Congrats, Boom. I have to think you have successfully convinced Q out of a Maserati. You've certainly convinced me.

    That wasn't my intention. They're nice cars to drive but not when it comes to maintenance.

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

  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 376
    It definitely doesn't look like it has that many on it from the pics you've posted. Growing up I remember seeing a mid 70's model that had over 225k on the clock and still looked and sounded fine, this would have been in the early 90's or so. I remember being amazed as I hadn't seen a car with over 200k on the odometer before.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,308
    edited March 2013
    Being a west coast car has also helped it age well.

    I've seen MB diesels with 400K++ odomoter readings, but I can't vouch for how much work was needed to get it to that level. The cars from before the 70s have 5 digit odometers, so mileage proof becomes an issue.
  • gouldngouldn Posts: 220
    CCBA'ers:

    I'm still searching for my Forester replacement, and nothing is really floating my boat right now. I'm thinking of trying a short term 2-year lease. I guess after 13 years of ownership on my primary car, there's nothing out there I want to commit to for that long again. I know it's not the cheapest way to own a car and some people like to refer to them as 'fleeces' etc, but I'm thinking it might be right for me, this time. I even cleaned out my garage so that I can keep it inside, and in better shape.

    Is there a central website that shows which leases are the best in term of either incentives or artificially high residuals?
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    edited March 2013
    None that I know of.

    Since I'm a Chronic Car Leaser I always browse the lease discussions here on Edmunds. You can get a feel for what looks good.

    From what I've seen Nissan and Infiniti are usually good leases with low MFs and high residuals.

    Right now with interest rates being so low to start with I would think that most any car that you can get a 50-55% (3 yr) residual should be a nice lease. This is of course assuming you can get a good purchase price near invoice.

    Since you are looking short term, I also would browse Swap a Lease and Lease Trader. I am constantly intrigued by these sites. Be warned, the good deals (where someone put a lot down) get swiped up quickly.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,673
    Oh, don't worry. You didn't tell me anything I didn't already know.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,673
    I second looking at those lease trade sites. I've seen some good deals.

    As far as 2-year leases being bad... that's just an untrue blanket statement. I've seen some 2-year deals that are so heavily subsidized that it makes better sense than buying or leasing longer. 2 examples that come to mind are my BIL's mazda3 from a few years back, and my current Nissan Leaf.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,220
    edited March 2013
    "Is there a central website that shows which leases are the best in term of either incentives or artificially high residuals?"

    http://www.ridewithg.com

    He has some sort of scoring system for lease deals. The residual on the GLI I bought wasn't that attractive (low 50% range for 36 months, IIRC), so I financed it.
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    OK, so the wife wants to look into purchasing a Juke. SL trim level, AWD with CVT. Color preference is 1) Metallic Bronze; 2) Silver; 3) Gun Metallic

    Next step is to have her take a look at the car and drive it to see if she likes it. Her new office is only a mile or two from a Nissan dealer. She's agreed to meet me at the dealer after work tonight, so I jump online to see what they have in stock.

    Nothing! Lots of units "in transit". So, I use the "chat" feature of the dealer's website (they are an AutoNation dealer) to see if I can get an answer quicker.

    Nope - I get a automated email saying I'll hear from the Internet Dept within the next 24 hours.

    Guess I'll have to go old school and pick up the phone.
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