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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    edited December 2012
    Congratulations on starting college! You will love it.... nothing like enriching your life with upper level education! Your degree is something no one can take away from you! :D

    Mark156
  • We have a spot in a garage (scene of the flood). It certainly reduces the number of dings and scrapes but that still happens.

    My gut is telling me to get a low(er) mileage used car that still has some warranty remaining. The lack of driving is a plus from a mileage perspective, but there is some worry about realability when the car is not driven for weeks at a time.

    Thanks for the Used Car List.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,412
    I have a suggestion for what to replace your "totaled" ML Bluetec with:

    Buy yourself a Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. I'm sure you can find a new one with options well within your price range. It's easy to park, has higher ground clearance than most vehicles, tall sidewall tires, a tight turning radius. Best of all, it's a JEEP. So you won't have to worry about dings, scrapes, & scratches (they build character).

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,671
    Until you have to park that barge..

    Also, note.... if you haven't been in one.. the interior is pure Wrangler... It's not like riding in a normal $35K+ SUV..

    (my friend just got one...)

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,006
    edited December 2012
    some worry about realability when the car is not driven for weeks at a time.

    I barely drive my Subaru 8 months out the year and it does take a toll.

    The good thing about a Grand Cherokee is that you should be able to dump it pretty fast up in the northeast if you didn't like it. This may not be the best time of year to buy a 4WD rig, although a 2012 could be a "deal" over a 2013. Looks like there's still ~150 of the 2012's within 50 miles of NYC. (link)

    My Car Match can be a fun exercise.

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  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,411
    edited December 2012
    It's a sign of old age, and of technology.

    A few weeks back, I was visiting in Germany with the folks and drove my dad's new car. Exactly what I told him not to get, a Focus C-Max turbo(!) diesel(!) with the dual-clutch-or-whatever-it-is automatic(!).

    The reason I advised against it is he drives almost nothing but short hops, but daily. I'm talking between half a mile and two miles at a time, ferrying relatives, shopping, etc.

    But when I drove it, I *really* liked it; quiet, torquey, comfortable, and the auto is well matched to the engine.

    But what really got me is the kind of driving we do there. The town's center is medieval in origin (and layout) -- we had the 1200th anniversary celbration when I was a kid. So that makes for lots of stopping and maneuvering and waiting to let people get through and ducking in between parked cars... and I found myself thinking, this is the perfect powertrain for this kind of driving.

    Especially since there are steep hills on top of the tightness, so you really have to know how to use the clutch.

    I'm planning to buy a 6MT Outback this spring, and that'll be my last stick. Not counting toys :) I can pretty much guarantee the wife's next ride will be something hybridy and 50mpg, and no sticks in those... for the running-around car, that's the only thing that makes sense, unless diesels go back to being Mercedes 200D kind of reliable.

    And just like stickguy I bought a well-preserved old car and find that I kind of got used to nice, clean, new-ish cars. The rattles and niggling problems get to me more now than they did when I was in my 20s. Signs of old age indeed...
    Cheers -Mathias
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,170
    no issues with nasty hills around here, but the integra is a little more labor intensive to drive than the accord was (I think a combination of a smaller hi rev engine vs. the bigger torquier motor + an older clutch with a bit more travel).

    I just sort of got used to the modern amenities. And the lower ride with big seat bolsters, while nothing like my Miata was, still is a little harder to get in and out of!

    but you are right that the fancy stereo stuff, smoother ride, and the little nicities become addictive.

    I probably have to wait it out until the spring to see what happens with my Son. If he gets a job I will inherit the TL back, and could keep that. Or sell them both and get something else.

    Though I am keeping my eye out for a Lexus or some such ride. if I find a too good to pass up deal, I will just get it and deal with the overflow afterwards.

    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!)

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    edited December 2012
    can be a fun exercise.

    Pretty dead on for me.

    Lexus ES, Avalon, Genesis, LaCrosse, Maxima (owned 3 out the 5 and have tested the other 2)

    The two that puzzled me were the 3 series (Never!!) and somewhat less a TL.

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

  • Found out we have Baby #3 on the way. So in the last couple of months we have bought another Odyssey (2008) and tonight we traded the Prius and Tiguan for a 2013 Accord EX 6mt. Really feels like old Honda.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,170
    congratulations. Though the Accord will have a short life span after you discover the joy of 3 kids on a bench seat, when 1 of them is in an infant seat!

    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: 7,412
    Congrats on baby #3 & the 2 punches! We haven't heard from you guys in a while & are glad you are OK. So hopefully you'll like the '08 Odyssey better than the '11 that you had.

    Accord EX 6MT sounds like fun! You guys had that Tiguan (S 6 speed?) for a while anyway. The Prius too. Over a year for the VW?

    Hopefully you did good on both trades & got a good price on the Accord:)

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

  • The Accord will rarely be tasked with carrying all five of us. We will use the van mostly.

    We did OK on the Prius and VW considering we owned the VW right at a year and the Prius a little over 7 months. We walked away with the Accord for less than invoice and a check back for our equity. Deal was surprisingly easy. Dealer emailed a quote without me even asking and it was below invoice even with the $500 dealer fee added. Most negotiation was centered around what the VW was worth. It was a 6 speed manual so I'm sure it won't be as easy a sell for them as the Prius.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,412
    As long as you have one car (the van) to schlep all 5 of you around, that's fine. How many miles on the '08 Ody?

    We've got my wife's '11 Pilot EXL w/ NAV for her DD/ family hauler. When I traded my 2010 TSX in & leased my BMW in March, I was concerned about the smaller Size of the 3er. 90% of the time it's 1 person driving the BMW & the other times it has 1, maybe 2 car seats in it.

    Each car serves a purpose.

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,078
    This looks interesting. It's equipped about like I would want it (the description says it's a stick but the pictures show an automatic). I love the aluminum trim--to me, it looks better than wood in a sporty car.

    http://www.swopetoyota.com/used/BMW/2011-BMW-3+Series-84886d4c0a0a0002007c0754b3- 2d1e98.htm
  • We bought the Ody with 57k, it has just over 60k now. It's pretty basic, LX with leather. We didn't want to deal with the power doors of the EX or the VCM of the EX-L. A younger guy in a truck rear ended it less than a month after we bought it so I'm glad we went used and cheap.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,170
    Well, if you aren't carrying everyone in the Accord, why the need to upgrade from 1 5 seater to another?

    and yes, I see the irony of asking you that question!

    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: 14,170
    looks nice, like the color, but that is a boatload of miles for a 2011.

    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: 7,412
    Don't forget stickguy, that 2011 was a long model year for the 3 series. 2011s came out way early in 2010 & they were still on sale well into 2012 (I bought mine in March). So that car could be 2 years old already.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,170
    still a lot of miles compared to the flood of other 2011s that are out there (or soon will be!)

    not an issue to someone like me that puts on low miles, but only if the price really reflects the clicks.

    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: 14,170
    Took the integra out before and went shopping with my daughter. This was the longest drive so far. Did good. Really does drive well for a car with the miles on it. Could pass for 1/2 as many. Just have to get used to revving an engine (since the other 2 cars normally stay well below 3k!).

    My daughter even approved. Not sure what that means coming from a 17YO, but I will take it as a positive.

    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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