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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous



  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
    Maybe someone in here is helping someone who fits the request?

    A reporter would like to speak with a recent buyer or current car shopper who stayed on the sidelines or was turned down for a car loan during the recession and has since returned to market or is about to buy. If you fit this description and would like to speak to a reporter, please send your daytime contact information to no later than noon PT/3 p.m. ET, Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

    (Congrats jpp5862!)
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,895
    whatever makes you happy. :)

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,127
    I dropped off my A5 yesterday at the dealership to have the window trim replaced (they had agreed to do that when I bought it, and just now got the parts in) and the service advisor asked if I'd like them to go ahead and perform the routine maintenance, even though it'd be a bit early. I declined, figuring I'd just wait until it was needed, but then asked how much I should expect it to be. He replied that there would be no cost since my car had the "Audi Care" prepaid maintenance plan. :surprise:

    I guess the original owner had purchased the plan and it stays with the car. Usually the surprises at the service department go the other way. :)

    2014 Passat - 2010 328xi M-sport wagon manual - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,195
    You need to check what they would have charged you for the work if it wasn't pre-paid. Inquiring minds are interested.
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,127
    Yeah - I'll ask when I pick it up today.

    By the way, they gave me a fancy new A6 as a loaner car and I am really impressed. I can see why it's been winning comparison tests. It has a great balance between sport and comfort - something that BMW seems to have lost a bit with their new 5'er.

    2014 Passat - 2010 328xi M-sport wagon manual - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Who says no free lunch? :shades:
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,127
    edited November 2012
    Seems a little slow around here, so I thought I'd go ahead and share my "almost" CCBA punch.

    So I turned 40 this past Sunday, and my wife suggested that instead of having some party, we go on a road trip, just the two of us. So we took the A5 down to Dallas, where we have a friend we hadn't visited in awhile. On Friday, when he was working, my wife and I thought, "Hey, we should check out the Dallas BMW dealerships." :)

    Well, the thought was that they would have primarily RWD 3-series (which they did), which in turn would raise the likelihood of finding a manual transmission (which they sort of did, barely).

    Anyhow, a Fort Worth dealership had a new 328i, minimially equipped but with the "right" equipment - manual trannie, sport package, moonroof and heated seats. We didn't have much time to spend at the dealership, since we had to meet our friend for dinner (I suppose that's why we drove all the way down there :P ), but I ended up negotiating over the phone with the BMW dealer that evening. I say negotiating, but they came out right away that they would sell the 328i at invoice less any incentives. So, invoice (about $40,900) less $750 BMW loyalty, less $1,000 USAA incentive and another $1,000 for BMW incentives. About $38k for a new 328i? I was game, but not surprisingly their trade offer on the A5 was a bit low (their offer on the BMW stood whether I traded or not).

    We discussed going by the dealership in person Saturday morning before heading back to Denver, just to see if they'd come up on the trade if we were there in person, but I decided I wasn't confident enough about the whole thing to go through the hassle. So we headed up north through beautiful Oklahoma and Kansas, en route back to Denver. :)

    2014 Passat - 2010 328xi M-sport wagon manual - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,127
    My wife, bless her heart, loves driving and was happy to take shifts on the way down to Dallas. Well, she doesn't really like driving behind semis, so as we were passing one, quite speedily, a police car coming the other way tags us and drives over the median to pull us over.

    93 in a 70 mph zone. The cop was awfully polite about it (probably due a bit to how quickly my wife pulled over, and way over to the side of the road as consideration for the cop) - he even said he'd get everything written up quickly so we could be on our way, to which my wife wittingly replied "well, not too quickly right, 'cause the speed limit is 70."

    $250 fine! Looking at the ticket, at least there was one more price bracket above ours. My wife had said she thought she was safe 'cause we were just coming up on the outskirts of a small town :confuse: . I suppose she thought they'd be more "in" the town.

    It didn't take long after that before she said she wasn't having fun anymore and that I could drive.

    2014 Passat - 2010 328xi M-sport wagon manual - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
    edited November 2012
    Ouch. I was going 75 in a 70 yesterday on the Interstate when a cop I didn't see at all in the rearview passed me. I eased off on the cruise a couple of mph for a while. On the other side of Flint toward Port Huron, lots of people were going 80.

    Y'all should shop for a minivan. Something about a bigger target makes cops give you a pass.
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,591
    edited November 2012
    93 in a 70 mph zone
    $250 fine!

    Have you beat by a long shot! July 10, 2010.....87 in a 65 $196 + expired tags $150, July 30, 2010.......70 in a 45 $310 fine! Needless to say that was an expensive month, all of those with the '07 Pilot.

    Only one ticket since then, December 12, 2011.....68 in a 45 $286 fine. That was with the '11 F-150. For me it seems like bigger vehicles get me into trouble, lots of trouble. Or maybe it's my lead foot and ball bearing ankle......I have slowed down, my driver's license can't take any more points if I want to keep it.

    I did get pulled over one time in a small Texas town, alaska plates, alaska dl, coming back from the ER with my daughter the day after we got there. I didn't realize the speed limit dropped from 65 to 55 to 45 to 30 so quickly and I was doing 65 in a 30 at 2 am. Never saw the speed limit sign or the cop. He pulled me over and I explained, he wrote me a warning and told me to slow down coming into town.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106
    Just "built my own" X1 Xdrive 35i with leatherette & heated seats. MSRP of under $40K for 300 hp/300 lb ft torque! Yummy!

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

  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    edited November 2012
    I'm going to jinx myself. The last time I got a speeding ticket was in 1985 while driving my sister's Ford conversion van in Mississippi. I'm not even sure of the speed overage as it was so long ago. :sick:

    I had one parking ticket in 1997 after my meter ran out on a rainy Los Angeles afternoon.... boy, those meter maids must do a stake-out looking for the very second the meter turns red. :cry:

    My saving grace is driving with the cruise control on 99% of the time, especially in the city. It's like second nature to me. :blush:

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
    edited November 2012
    If you are in the process of car shopping, using online forums and tools and plan to visit a dealer soon, a reporter would like to hear from you. Please email by Tuesday, November 13, 2012 and provide a few lines about your experience so far.

    (I love posting these "are you car shopping?" requests in this discussion. :D )
  • michaellmichaell Posts: 4,300
    My saving grace is driving with the cruise control on 99% of the time, especially in the city. It's like second nature to me.

    My last ticket was a year or so ago while delivering pizzas. Failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign. $120 fine plus a $40 contribution to the "victims assistance fund" for the city - $160 total.

    Last speeding ticket was a year or two before that. I think it was something like 74 in a 65, but since I was polite to the officer he knocked it down to 69. IIRC, the cost of the ticket was under $100.

    Now that I'm driving more in town, I find myself following the speed limit (and other traffic laws) more closely ... a ticket will wipe out a week's worth of tips.

    So, like Mark, I use the cruise control even when I'm in town.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,895
    Mine would come to $43,995.
    Alpine White M sportline with coral red leather and premium package.

    For some reason, I can't figure out how to get heated seats on there. When I try to add them, it downgrades me from M Sportline to Sportline. Strange.

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Minivans are indeed nearly invisible to cops.

    Drove to Florida once with my little brother, when I napped he started flying. We got to Jekyll Island about an hour earlier than I had projected.

    I didn't ask....
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,476
    I have not had a ticket for anything but speeding in well over 20 years.

    I drove a red Corvette [ every traffic cop seemed to pay very close attention to that car ] for over 30,000 miles without a ticket. And I will admit that I did exceed the posted limit – on occasion.

    My last ticket was before I moved here from NC. Officer caught me on radar – I was just not paying attention. 50 in a 40, as I recall. I pulled over, turned off the car, lowered the window and rested both hands on top of the steering wheel.

    Cop: ‘License and registration.’

    Me: gave him my license and registration.

    Cop goes back to his vehicle. Writes ticket. Walks back up to my window, hands me the ticket and my license and registration. Walks back to his vehicle and pulls away.

    A literal ‘one liner’.

    I paid the fine and moved out of state shortly thereafter.

    - Ray

    Business transaction – with no negotiation . . .
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,771
    I was stopped about 5 years ago on the outskirts of a small town. The road was 2 lane, curvy and heavily wooded. I came around a curve and a cop was shooting with his radar and flagged me over.

    He asked me if I knew how fast I was going. I said yessir, about 45 mph. He got a shocked look on his face and asked me if I knew the speed limit. I said yessir, 35 mph.

    He then proceeded to give me a warning and told me to slow down a little. He said most people would deny, deny, deny, and argue with him. He said he usually let the honest ones off with a warning and saved his tickets for those who argued.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,127
    I've been doing a lot of "building my own" X1 as well, except I've been focusing more on the 28i model. Sportline with the "Ultimate" package and HK comes to $44,295.

    When I was down in Dallas last week, one of the dealers had an Alpine White with literally nothing else other than the M Sport (xDrive 28i model). I think it was something like $37k - really nice car if you didn't need all the "premium" stuff.

    My wife thinks it's a bit quirky, but I like it for the way it drives like an E90 and adds some functionality with the hatch.

    Q - I know that 35i model retains the older 6-speed auto. Is that the same trannie that's in your 135i? 'Cause you like it quite a bit, right?

    2014 Passat - 2010 328xi M-sport wagon manual - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,895
    Q - I know that 35i model retains the older 6-speed auto. Is that the same trannie that's in your 135i? 'Cause you like it quite a bit, right?

    Does it? Huh. I wonder why when the 3-series is using the 8-speed. In any case, yes, its been good so far.

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

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