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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • breldbreld Posts: 1,119
    I met up with the previous owner of the wagon last night and bought his winter wheel/tire set, along with a few accessories he pulled from the car before trading (floormats, cargo tray, black kidney grills). Pretty good deal for both - I wanted those things anyway, got them much cheaper than buying new, and he has some extra space in his garage and is a bit richer.

    Fun chatting with him - he's definitely more a VW/Audi guy and leased the 3 wagon before it was known the Golf R was coming over here. So, makes sense, with his lease about up, that he traded for the R.

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

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    A reporter would like to speak to a loyal F-150 owner who is considering replacing his old truck. If you have owned F-150s, think it may be time to replace your aging truck and would like to share your story, please send your daytime contact info to PR@edmunds.com no later than Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,004
    I don't know, this style just caught my eye.

    http://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/cto/3551120523.html

    Seems pricey even for that low milage. I saw one restored to showroom condition this summer and it was sweet. Edmunds says $1200 but that seems low.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,267
    edited January 2013
    I don't know that I'd call that pricey, but any fancy car like that is bound to have expensive problems. At 60,000 miles, I might be tempted to offer $3,500 and settle for as much as $4,000 if I was really gung-ho about it.

    I was just chatting about a 92 Cadillac Seville that my grandmother has, and Shifty was suggesting $1,800 on it. She wants $4,000, but I told her straight up she'd never get that out of it.

    It looks nice, but I drove it tonight and it has some issues: vibration through the steering column - feels like maybe the tires are out of balance, and it pulls to the left. The handling is freakishly horrendous, but I guess that's just the way it handles because it feels nice and tight.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The question with an "elderly owned" car is did it sit for long periods of time? Those very low miles combined with a 22 year old car are a concern.

    You know what I mean. Snow birds spend the winter in Florida, the car could have sat for 4 months every year.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,194
    Just read Nissan is dropping prices on the new Leaf --- TTAC--- but with a lease you are in good stead.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,091
    We always joke on this thread that it is fun to spend other people's money. Well, I've been given the oppurtunity to. I have a friend living in Australia who wants a Shelby Mustang GT500. There's a company over there that handles the transportation, importing, & right hand drive conversion. He's got to pay them the money, and they'll wire the money from their account to the dealer's bank.

    We found this 2012 GT 500 with just over 2000 miles at a dealer in Glenns Falls, NY.

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    Asking price of $47,493. I offered $42,000. Maybe they'll bite. We'll see. I'll keep you all informed.

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

  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,627
    Sweet.

    Last year at the Chicago auto show, Ford had a 2012 GT 500 convertible on a dyno. Wow, it sounded awesome at full bore.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Would be awesome to play with, but I think a Boss is easier to live with day in, day out.

    Of course this is CCB. Buy it, and if you feel remorse, sell it tomorrow and then buy a Boss 302. :D
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  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,627
    Would be awesome to play with, but I think a Boss is easier to live with day in, day out.

    I see a '11 or so GT500 all of the time running around a small town near the lake we go to on the weekends. Who ever owns it treats it like his work beater. Every time I've seen it, it's covered in dirt, mud, and/or leaves and tree sap. Such a sad sight.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sad.

    Drive it, sure, but take care of it. C'mon...
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,004
    edited January 2013
    "...could have sat for 4 months every year..."

    Yeah, that's the other side of the low milage coin, isn't it?

    My father bought a new 98 Lasabre and only put about 25k miles on it before he passed in 2001. The car mostly sat for the next few years until I bought if from my mother for my son in 2005. He still has it and except for the obligatory intake gasket replacement it has needed no unusual repairs. It has about 90k miles now and doesn't leak any fluids (which would be my main concern with a rarely used car).

    I suppose you pays your money and you takes your chances. :lemon:

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    I was out playing in my Outback in about 6" of fresh snow today. But it'll sit most all summer, like the van currently is doing.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,004
    "...Glenns Falls NY..."

    That's GLENS Falls. Is the dealer Garvey or D'Ella?

    That money exchange sounds like some kind of Nigerian Prince deal. Be careful.

    I would be happy to drive that car to Australia for your friend if you like. :)

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,004
    "...it will sit most all summer..."

    If it's prepped right, sitting isn't necessarily a killer. But you never know what the other guy did.

    I have two cars off the road until spring. One I did some prep on, the other I just start up every few weeks. We'll see in spring.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    edited January 2013
    My mechanic told me to drive the Outback more in the summer. But around here, unless we are on the road somewhere, most of the miles are on the shoe leather and bikes. It's really time to get one new car and just sell these two, but I'm too cheap to get too excited about that plan.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    Have been watching the auction for hours now and it's a great look see, they have some amazing rides and some of the prices they are fetching are mind blowing. Love the late '50's GM metal the best but seem to see more Chevys than Buicks, Pontiacs or Oldsmobiles for some reason and the Buciks and Ponti's from those years were just awesome. Ah, to just have a few hundred thousand sitting around would be wonderful to pick up a few of these babies. Man, I just love cars! :)

    Mr. Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,556
    had it on for a while tonight, but my wife got tired of it. Need to send her to bed so I can put it back on.

    My BIL and SIL are out there for the weekend, so maybe you will see them on TV!

    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: 2,576
    Mine just left the room once I turned it back on...she hates car stuff and only cares that her car works and has gas in it. So far, the car I liked best was that '58 light blue over light blue Chevy Impala vert...simply outstanding and it went for $130k I believe! They did an overhead shot and those suckers were pretty long, about as long as the Caddy's my mom drove from those years.

    Approaching 10 pm now so it's time to hit the rack...luckily I can tune in again tomorrow and Sunday as I'll be a bachelor for a few days. Is this heaven or what!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

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