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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,457
    Thanks for your $.02 jpp! It seems like a lengthy test drive will be in order. I know it won't be nearly as fast as my BMW, the handling won't be as responsive, & hopefully the brakes will be adequate. I just hope the car overall doesn't suck. All of the owner reviews & reviews from civilian "car guys" I've read seem to say the same thing: they were pleasantly surprised, drove better as a whole rather than judging it on what the specs say.

    I really do take everyone's input into consideration & appreciate your feedback.

    I'm sure I'd like an RDX, but don't have the deep pockets like stickguy (sarcasm). Maybe a dealer demo or CPO without NAV might fall into my price range.

    Stick - your RDX has a backup camera, right?

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

  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 326
    Oh the CR-V won't suck, not at all. It's exceptionally competent in all areas, but that's just it, it's competent. You can't go wrong with it, just like your TSX, it will be absolutely fine and will last forever, but it won't be engaging or fun.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,632
    That's exactly what I want next time. Saw a bunch of new Tiguans and Minis at the Sixt rental lot in Miami today and I liked what I saw. Got to drive a new Beetle and a MB ML350 and our chase vehicle was a Prius. some others in our crew came down from Lauderdale in MB E convertibles and they had a Volvo S60 as their chase. Sixt has some great vehicles to rent...love when ever we work for them.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,264
    well, at this point, my pockets only seem deep because they are empty. Not even car keys, since I am the only guy here that doesn't even have a car of his own (never mind multiples like most of you!).

    Yes, the RDX has a backup cam, which is the exact same one as the CRV. Cool gizmo.

    I still can't see you moving from the BMW to a CRV. But, if that is your plan, don't make the same mistake I did and drive the RDX right after looking at the CRV. That was an expensive mistake on my part (not so much me, but taking my wife to the Acura dealer, when all I wanted to do was see one in person for the first time!).

    once she experienced the RDX, I was never getting her to settle on the CRV!

    and one thing working against the CRV? It had too much "Hondaness", meaning it was very similar to her to the Odyssey. I know some people think that is a good thing, but she wanted something that seemed like a change.

    and for you, sounds like the RDX would give better MPG. I just did another trip to NY, so highway up, mixed roads coming back, and a bunch of running around town in between, and overall I got over 27mpg doing that. So I suspect you could easily average that in the driving you do if you don't spend an excessive amount of time in stop and go.

    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!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,264
    sounds like what I want. something that isn't too big, has nice features, and is interesting and not super common. And of course, fun to drive.

    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!)

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,272
    "and one thing working against the CRV? It had too much "Hondaness", meaning it was very similar to her to the Odyssey."

    That's exactly what I thought when I drove the CR-V - it was a great ride with surprisingly good power, but it was sort of like driving my Odyssey. So, since we already have an Odyssey...

    Again, not that there's anything wrong with it - it just seemed too redundant in our fleet.

    On another note, checked out the new Mazda3 yesterday. They had a fully loaded model in the showroom (about $27k). My wife, who really disliked the previous 3, liked the new model - even liked the red, and she is not a "red" person.

    Kind of a lot of money, but this model had everything, including the heads-up display. Very sharp, BMW-like interior.

    Didn't have time to drive it, but trust that it drives as well as the mags claim so far. About the closest thing to a Mazda6 wagon we'll get over here.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2015 GTI - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,264
    pretty much what my wife said when she was sitting in it. It looked so similar, she might as well just keep the odyssey. So apparently getting something less big was only an excuse to get something "luxury".

    I did not fight too hard (hey, I drive it too!). and after driving a minivan for 17 years (not the same one of course) I guess she deserved something nice!

    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!)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,457
    "- it just seemed too redundant in our fleet."

    Says the guy with 2 E90s in his fleet;)

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,457
    You know I was just jerkin your chain with the "deep pockets" comment;)

    I'm talking big right now about wanting something less expensive, less performance oriented, & more practical. My big problem is going to be test driving a CRV or RDX or __________... I'm going to walk out into the parking lot thinking: "that was nice..., I could definitely get used to it..." Then I'm going to hop into my BMW, turn on to the highway on ramp without touching the brakes, slap the shifter into DS & nail the throttle, smile, & say to myself: "this feels good. How on g-d's green earth can I give this up?"

    OK, you guys have talked me into adding 2, CPO vehicles to my list: a 2011 328xi & an Acura TL SH-AWD (2012).

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,264
    just for the heck of it, go drive an RDX. I am curious to know what you think of it. I find the roadholding quite good, keeping in mind any SUV is going to feel less "planted" than your 328. But I can guarantee you will be just as happy with the thrust when you bury your right foot. This baby gets up and scoots.

    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!)

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,632
    Drove one of these to the Mercedes dealer today and was amazed at the smoothness of it, was like driving a magic carpet, totally incredible! Was about to go in and look at the new CLA but my coworker came out and we had to go. Think I learned a valuable lesson today in that I am probably going to move up into a more lux vehicle to get what I really want next time and an econobox is just not gonna cut it anymore. Might just have to spend a bit more and get a nicer vehicle but it'll have to be in the 180" range as I won't go into the midsize category as they are just too big for me. Right now, the VW Tiguan and Mini are starting to look very doable and the couple I saw at the Sixt outer lot today were absolutely beautiful...I fell in love again!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,261
    Sandman, don't you have back issues ? You might want to reconsider the Mini.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,457
    I can totally picture you "Rollin' in a Benz" Sandy;). Go for it when you are ready! You deserve it my friend!

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,457
    Ok. RDX added to the potential test drive list. You guys are going to get sick of my ramblings at some point;)

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,264
    it is OK. living vicariously is the only living I am going to be getting for the foreseeable future (car wise at least!)

    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!)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,457
    Just did a quick search & found quite a few CPO 328xi Sedans for sale with less than 30K miles for $25K.

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,272
    Ha! You got me there!

    I guess to be specific, we have an E90 and an E91, so not totally redundant. : )

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2015 GTI - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,272
    I can certainly appreciate you may be in the mood for something different when your lease is up, but for $25k, a CPO 328xi may be perfect - and may have a longer warranty than a new Honda.

    And by the way, I for one don't get tired of your ramblings - it's gonna be fun hearing of your journey toward an eventual purchase.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2015 GTI - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • Agreed - don't stop the ramblings!
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,632
    Yes, and they are pretty severe at times but I love the look of the new Mini and want something totally not me. I'm sure I'll be changing my preferences a bunch of times before now and when I do eventually purchase. Logically i know that an econobox is the prudent thing to do and the wife agrees but the car lover in me wants more and I think I can make everyone happy with my eventual choice but I've still got a few years here, as I just rolled over to 45k this week. Hopefully my job will keep going strong, though with the lack of work lately I am a bit scared, and I'll be able to keep driving these cool vehicles so I will know exactly what I want...and can afford!

    But I always have to keep my spinal issues in the equation as I need a vehicle I can get into and actually drive!

    The Sandman

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

  • ohenryxohenryx Posts: 285
    I assume this is some sort of spoof? My first thought was spam, advertising of the worst sort, but after actually reading the two posts, I think it is some sort of spoof.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,127
    Just good old spam.

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  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,598
    In my travels yesterday, did a lap of the local Cadillac dealer. See if the '14 CTS was on the lot. Didn't see one, but I did see:

    XTS with the "Presidential Package!:" Black car, complete fake convertible roof (four door, with sunroof) and gold emblems and pinstriping! Guess Obama's coming to town to buy this? I mean, this car is obviously not for the hoi poloi, as the windshield was wildly and colorfully marked noting its Presidential Pkg!

    There are flames on my BMW!

    Of course, no offense meant to those of you who may find this a worthy option...

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • ohenryxohenryx Posts: 285
    Are you, perchance, in Florida? I would think most of the potential customers for this "fake convertible roof" would be in Florida.

    Obligatory disclaimer: No offense intended, of course. (smile)
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,598
    No, Florida North: South Suburban Boston. You know, home of the Red Sox and (according to some, worst ever) 4-0 Patriots! But, better to be a bad 4-0 than a really, really good 0-4!

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,457
    There's an "Auto Shopper" Insert in today's NY Post. A BMW dealer on Long Island is advertising some interesting cars that might catch my eye if I'm in the market say... less than a year from now:

    2011 328xi 18K miles $27,997
    2011 328xi 25K miles $28,444
    2011 335xi 29K miles $31,997

    I'm sure if I focus my efforts the CPO route, I'll be able to buy a 2011 with 1/2 or less than 1/2 the (50K) miles my car will have CPO for less than my car's buyout.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,264
    well, I am a Giant's fan, so I know what a really bad 0-4 team looks like.

    and hey, Caddy had to produce something for the traditional buyer. Like Lemko.

    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!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,264
    I just have trouble thinking of spending that much money on a 3 MY old car. Just seems like if I am blowing that much coin, I should be getting brand spanking new!

    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!)

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