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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Add me to the list....

    12/17/12 mark156 2013 Honda CR-V EXL w/nav (purchase)
    12/23/12 anon 2013 Honda Accord
    01/xx/13 steine13 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS (lease)
    01/08/13 breld 2011 BMW 335xi
    01/15/13 breld 2010 BMW 328xi wagon
    01/18/13 qbrozen 2013 Nissan Leaf (lease)
    01/19/13 anon 2013 Toyota Sienna (lease)
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,174
    an Omni and my Colt were a breeze.

    Now, the 1969 Volvo 140, that took some muscle. Even worse was the parking brake. There were days when me or my Dad put it on, and my mom or sister couldn't get it off, and had to call for help!

    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: 2,626
    edited January 2013
    Got to drive a Ford Edge, Ford Focus, Jeep Liberty and a Nissan Altima at my new job today. Was tons of fun and though the Focus tranny was a bit crazy and the seat fabric was horrible, a nice little runabout which I could see in my garage next time around. The Liberty accelerated like crap...kept downshifting, but the power drivers seat was heaven sent and it had the best steering wheel of the bunch! But would never purchase one. The Edge was just not my cup of tea...and larger than I like...the seats were just too low for me on their highest settings, but a power throne might solve this issue. The Altima was a great all around car...and it was the last generation to! Comfy power driver seat, great fabrics and interior and that 4 banger kicked some serious butt on I-95 when I could pass others. I really liked it.

    I did learn something today...and just called the wife who's at my middle kid's house for a couple of days...my next, and last, vehicle will have a power seat...I won't settle for anything else anymore! With my spinal issues, I learned today that with the power seat manipulated in such a way, I can drive, I think, for stretches of time with much less spinal pain than in my everyday car. Having a power seat makes all the difference in the world!

    Hoping to drive a Fuzion and many others next time they call me in to work! This is my dream job which I knew, in time, that G-d would provide for me. It was such a fun day, though very exhausting and my spine really hurts right now, but I can't wait till I go in again! The wife's happy that I'll be out of the house more and making some extra $. And I think it's time I got back into the world, talking and laughing with people after being home since October of 2010 when Uncle Sam showed me the door and told me "to get lost"! This is a good thing!!! Thank you G-d up above for this wonderful opportunity!!! :)

    The Forever Thankful Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    A reporter would like to speak to someone who is going to be in the market for a new car in the next few months because their lease is expiring. If you fit this description, please email your daytime contact info to pr@edmunds.com by Friday, January 25, 2013 at noon PT/3 p.m. ET.

    (congrats Mark!)

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,174
    well, sounds good. I must have missed the news. I assume you got a job doing dealer swaps? Or are you a runner for a chop shop?

    and I love a power driver's seat. There are very few fully adjustable manual seats these days, and I really like to sit with the front cushion tilted up. Can't do that with the ratchet up dump seats.

    actually, the driver's seat is the reason I ended up with a Accord back in 2005, instead of a new design 2006 Civic (or a Mazda 3).

    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: 14,174
    with this crowd, much easier to find someone that is trading out of a lease well before the end of the term. Not sure anyone on the lease hamster wheel ever get to the end!

    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!)

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,080
    Congratulations on your new job! It sounds like a lot of fun.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,174
    Rare bird, but one of a kind "hotrodded"

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3565114074.html

    has "needs" = can't get there from here. run, Forrest run.

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3564993535.html

    Rusty rockers on a Porsche is no big deal, right?

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3537198542.html

    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!)

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    stick - why are you trolling cl at midnight?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,174
    what else am I supposed to do, go to bed?

    I was watching legendary motorcars, and just stayed on into Graveyard Carz. yes, I am a junky.

    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!)

  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Wow! Sandman! New Job! :shades: Give us the details! Congrats!

    Mark156
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,420
    Few is a pretty vague term. The lease is up on my BMW in September 2014. That's a few months;)

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

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    Ha, 8 months is forever around here. You can always do an early return. :D

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    My first vehicle had no radio at all, no AC, no PS, no PB, no power anything at all. At least not when I bought it. Oh, and it had 32x12" tires, so you had to really put your back into steering it.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    So, I know what they mean about "range anxiety" now. I drove the Leaf to work yesterday. After finally getting here, I was a bit concerned about the trip home. It showed I was on target for about 77 miles on the charge. It is 29 miles to work and the car was showing 48 left to travel. However, it was showing just half the battery capacity left (6 bars out of 12). Although, temps below 30 are supposedly the worst conditions for an electric car. Range is greatly reduced. And we are below 20 degrees this week in NJ in the morns. So its a harsh test.

    I started the warmup like 20 mins before leaving the house with it plugged in and then drove the whole way with climate control off. Have warm socks to do this! I drove the speed limit, which I never do, and took all the backroads, which are half 50 mph and half 40 mph. Seems to me that getting up to speed at a good pace is better than creeping up to speed. I would see 2 to 3 miles disappear off the range when accelerating slowly, while rapid acceleration and then coasting would see 0 to 1 mile decrease.

    Where I saw the biggest decrease was on the 50 mph road. The range just kept dropping quickly. When I left the house, it read 102 miles. By the time I had travelled 15 miles at 50 mph, it was down to 50 miles left. But that's where speed limits dropped to 25 to 40. So the rest of the way it stayed right around 50 until I got to work, and then dropped to 48 as I parked.

    When I left work, it was reading 45. I now discovered the biggest problem driving it in the cold ... I couldn't pre-warm it and I couldn't use climate control and be confident I'd still make it home. This time, since it used so little in the lower-speed areas, I drove BELOW the speed limit in the 50 mph zone. This is SO HARD for me to do! Luckily, I had nobody behind me. It was a cold and long drive home, but I made it with 12 miles of range to spare. So could I have used the climate control for a little while? Maybe. Could I have driven the speed limit on the way home? Possibly. Could I have done both? Probably not. Will I drive it in 20 degree weather again? Hell no.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,237
    "...forever thankful..."

    Is that the transporter job? Great! Tell us more.

    To get paid to basically test drive new cars is indeed the dream job.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,237
    Rare bird---so rare it flew the coop and got flagged.

    72 MB---$4200 for a broke down bucket with a brake pump that has a "liking"? Sounds great.

    911---he's not in a hurry to sell...but he oughta be. Are those old 911 worth that kind of money in THAT condition? Must have been driven in winter to rust like that.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,237
    "...a cold and long drive home..."

    I have to put up with that kind of suffering on my $900 van but why you would do that on a new car that you paid money for is beyond me. Even my van will have heat if I run it long enough, especially if I whack the heater fan motor with a stick to get it off the dead spot.

    Do you think of Al Gore to keep you warm? :P

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,515
    The fractured ESL ad copy for that old SL makes my head hurt. It's roughly a 10K car in nice condition, and you can't get there from here for 5K.

    It does appear to be a very early car anyway, I wonder about the serial number - wouldn't add value, just curiosity.
  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,411
    edited January 2013
    Oh yeah, I forgot to supply the date; it was

    01/11/13 steine13 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT (lease)

    I'm mentioning the "LT" because it's a different engine... so if anyone wants to know about the 1.4 l mill, ask away... it's in several of their cars now...

    BTW, it appears that email addresses are not visible anymore in ppls profiles.

    We used to have a choice about that.

    Cheers -Mathias
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