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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,101
    edited January 2013
    I'm with you stickguy. I love my 2001 Prelude Type SH. It is lightweight, tossable, & has a slick shifting 5 speed manual transmission.

    My BMW has pretty much everything: Automatic Dual Zone Climate Control, 3 Stage Heated Front Seats, Leather, Heated Steering Wheel, Navigation, Bluetooth, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Trip Computer (with avg speed, avg mpg, & distance to empty), smart cruise control, power folding mirrors, auto leveling Bi-Xenon headlights that swivel, automatic transmission, a sophisticated (rear wheel drive based) AWD system, traction control, stability control, power seats, iPod integration...

    The BMW is also a fantastic driving car & is perfect as my daily driver. My only problem with it is that my wife has a set of keys to it too (good thing I leave before everybody gets up). I'm glad I only drive the prelude when I WANT to now.

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think we are spoiled.

    My house doesn't have keyless entry.

    My sofa is not heated or cooled. No power adjustments either.

    Bluetooth? LOL.

    Single zone A/C and heat at home, not dual, much less 3 zone like my van.

    The doors at home do not open and close with power sliders.

    Lights do not swivel in the direction I'm heading, though at least they are equipped with motion sensors.

    So basically our vehicles are better equipped than our houses.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,014
    Either one will stand out on cruise night.

    http://albany.craigslist.org/cto/3562937204.html

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

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    edited January 2013
    The doors at home do not open and close with power sliders.

    I have a wide shed where I keep the mower and garbage cans and stuff. It has a sliding barn door which is real handy this time of the year, since I can just move one shovel's width of snow to get it open.

    Back to the topic, I've changed houses twice as many times (4) in the last 15 years as cars.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,014
    "...I need my luxury..."

    Just more stuff to break down. :lemon:

    There's something to be said for the simplicity of a 88 van with no AT, no AC and no radio (broke last year). Nothing but a man and his thoughts.

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Here's the funny thing - for me it depends on the car.

    My new Miata has a bunch of new features I never use. I miss the simplicity of the old one. It was lighter, more pure. I dunno, hard to explain.

    For the van I want EVERYTHING. Power shoe polisher, even.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    I would be insulted if I got shoved into a ratty old buick for my final car ride!

    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: 13,584
    I don't need "everything". Just some comfort, and the "basics" as I now see them.

    I can live with less than what the RDX has. maybe.

    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!)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My first new car out of college had only a few requirements:

    * manual trans
    * tachometer
    * A/C
    * cassette player

    That's it!

    Now I want a back massager, heating seats and steering wheel, and an accelerator pedal that gives me foot rubs. LOL
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    heck, I bought a new 1985 Colt that did not have the AC or the radio. It did have the other 2 items.

    I think it came with no radio. I do know that I had one put in, but i suppose that could have been an upgrade?

    I am sure about the AC though! Also had no PS, and man, did it handle good. Don't get steering like that anymore.

    maybe instead of electric PS, just skip power all together, and save more gas?

    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!)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    A lot of cars were only pre-wired for stereos back then.

    Cars are heavier and a typical FWD has about 60% of the weight on the front axle, so people would complain about it being hard to park.

    My wife owned a Mirage with no power steering, so I've driven those. Fine at speed, but a pain in a parking lot.

    I would reach over and help her with 3 point turns, so I was the "power steering" for her.

    Really notchy shifter on those, was yours like that?
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,127
    I like bluetooth and a nice screen interface where you can safely and conveniently control the phone, radio, ipod, etc. I also really like blind-spot monitoring, which I had on the CX-9, but haven't had since. And that "silly" power tailgate on the Odyssey that I didn't care about? I don't know if I'd get another van without it.

    For my E39, I added one of those bluetooth speakers that clips on to the visor - it works pretty well, especially for $40. I also added an interface for my iPhone/iPod to connect to the existing stereo, as well as a nice mount that secures the iPhone so I can dial calls easily.

    My wife's wagon is at the BMW dealer getting Satellite (Sirius) "installed." It's all prewired, but you have to pay for a "code" and reprogramming. She didn't have the option on her X3, so she's pretty excited about it. She loves the old-time radio station on Sirius - where they air old mysteries and thrillers (i.e., the Whistler). She also loves TCM - before I married her I was only faintly aware that there were movies before the '70's :P .

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Do you have Sirius radio at home?
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,127
    No - we had the "on-line" account for awhile where you can access Sirius radio anywhere through the internet, but we didn't use it all that much.

    At home, we actually don't listen to music that often, and when we do, the music channels through our cable provider seem to be just fine.

    I never cared all that much about Sirius/XM until I had a free trial, and I got used to having the variety of music channels, along with sports and comedy (which of course, is exactly the point of the free trial).

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

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    edited January 2013
    I used to stream this old time radio site (Antioch). They broadcast shows that aired on the same day, umpteen years ago. Fun but after a while all the organ fanfares get to you. :)
  • My first new car out of college had only a few requirements:

    * manual trans
    * tachometer
    * A/C
    * cassette player


    My first new car (after flunking out of college... twice) didn't have A/C or a cassette player...

    The 2nd new car didn't have A/C or a cassette player, either...

    My first car with A/C was an '84 model that I bought in 1990, when I was 32... (it also had a cassette... ;) )

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • michaellmichaell Posts: 4,300
    Hmmm .. first car I bought with my own money ('79 Pontiac Sunbird) had a 4-speed manual and no A/C. I think it had power steering and brakes. I installed an aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette (Kraco!).

    My first car out of college ('85 Accord LX) had A/C, cruise, cassette. Can't remember if it had power windows. Might have had power mirrors.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    Honestly, this long after, I don't remember details, but I don't remember it ever bothering me. This was also my first FWD stick (though I did drive my parents Omni, and it was way better than that!)

    It did have the best handling (stick) I had ever experienced. That had more to do with the gumball tires I guess, but you could take off ramps at ridiculous speeds. Probably a good thing, because with 68 HP, you needed to maintain momentum at any cost!

    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!)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They were feather weights so that's not as little as it sounds.

    Hard to find cars under 3k pounds now.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,014
    edited January 2013
    "...no power steering..."

    Had a 1980 dodge omni w/o power steering and never missed it except those few times I had to parallel park.

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

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