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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    My 328xi thanks you for the compliment:)

    17,550 + miles and it is still (as it should be) rock solid.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,141
    Driving is half the savings. There are a billion hotels, so competition is stiff and rates are low. last month, we used a timeshare, but when the wife and I went many years ago, the Amerisuites right on International Drive was a great location and quite cheap.

    If you are going to the parks, buying the tickets in advance from undercovertourist was the best option I found.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,140
    If you have a high enough pain threshold, go to a timeshare sales pitch to get some of the free tickets!

    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
    Stay near old town Kissimee when they have the car show there.

    Let the family go to Disney while you check out cars. :shades:

    For a firmly of 4 that is 25% off!

    With 3 of you even more, 33% off!

    Unbelievable savings!!!1111eleven!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,141
    short term gain... but after your wife divorces you and takes half of everything ...

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    We could make you my stepbrother and I could get the government rate for a hotel though AAA always seems to be cheaper than the government rate. We're both landsman so it could work...lol! We stayed at a nice place once right off the I-4 and 535 I think...an Embassy Suites as i recall. Great hotel with a nice pool. My kid was an intern at Epcot back in '09, so we'd go up frequently. just remember, even in July there's lots of traffic which can be very annoying.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    Just got home from my 2nd day on the job. We were at Hertz today driving cars to the airport from their outer lot. The group moved 110 cars and just got home...exhausted to say the least! This job is gonna be great! Like I died and went to car heaven!!

    Drove some interesting iron today. Was very surprised with the Dodge Dart...extremely comfortable drivers seat with good lumbar support and the fabric was very soft. The dash layout left me cold but they definitely got the size right. The engine isn't as smooth as some of the others, a bit thrashy under medium to hard acceleration but the engine note at cruise was very acceptable. For anyone looking for a comfortable, energetic and affordable midsizer, I'd have to say go with the Optima...yes, Kia Optima. It must've been a mid grade car as it was equipped just the way I'd do it and it had the Sirius radio. Outstanding vehicle which looks good and will give the Accord a run for it's money.

    I snatched up a Passat SE with just under 300 miles on it and it is a nice car though I was expecting so much more actually. It was a dark blue over black with power chairs so I got real comfortable. But compared to the Optima, I don't really think the price premium is really worth it. I tried to get a Jetta but someone else snagged it from me. The Cuze was a total disappointment and I've definitely crossed it off our short list. Felt cheap with mediocre appointments and a crappy ride where I was jarred over the railroad tracks and numerous rattles and noises over all roads. this car only had about 4k on it so I'd hate to see one at 44k! Just a poor showing from GM compared to the Verano, a much better driver.

    Drove what I thought was an Equinox but turned out to be a Captiva after I got out and looked at the badging. Uninspiring to say the least but one did sit a bit higher up...about the only positive thing I could say about it. Why can't GM compete in the cute ute segment is beyond me and what's with the cheapo switch gear folks? GM, I know y'all can do this...study what the Koreans, Japenese and Germans are doing with their interiors and follow suit!

    But the best of the day, and I drove several of these, was the...Hyundai Elantra!!! This car is just outstanding in so many ways. Great visuals through all windows, switch gear that felt very luxo, at least to me, power at the ready with no harsh noises and ergonomically, everything was right where my hands needed it to be...it was just so intuitive for me and very "Hondaesque" for lack of a better term! The dash layout is very cool and the lighting really pleased my eyes. Once it got dark and the dash was all lit up, I felt like I was on a really cool ride. The cars i drove all had about 5k or a bit under on them but at this point, the best car in the compact class, one I might seriously consider trading my beloved Civic for in the near future and the one I know my wife should buy without question...our winner...put your hands together for the 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The Sandman's choice for the best econocar of the year...right now! Am very exciting to drive a Jetta next time.

    Was told that we will be doing trips to Orlando, Key West and the Tampa area within a few weeks which will be very cool! It'll be nice to drive these cars for a few hours at a time to really see how they all perform...I can't wait! Another bonus, I got my 1st paycheck in over a year and a half and it's a great feeling! Tired and my spine aches a bit so it's off to the showers for this dude. Later all!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    Awesome write up Sandy! I can hear the excitement through your words. I'm glad you are happy with your new gig;)

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,249
    Like others have shared, we found staying off the park was a fraction of the cost. We stayed at the Sheraton Vistana Villages and took advantage of the kitchen for breakfasts and a couple dinners. Also took a bunch of snacks to the park to avoid buying too much food all day. Check out mousesavers.com for other tips.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,249
    I'm only at 75k miles on the 530i, but haven't had any issues to speak of. A coworker has an '02 525i with 135k miles and doesn't seem to have had major issues. Seems to be part of the price of the 540i.

    I wholeheartedly endorse your idea of replacing it with a 335i. :)

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,249
    Sounds like a great day Sandy. I'm with you on the Elantra - we had a rental of the new model a couple years ago and I was very impressed. I remember remarking to my wife throughout the trip how much I enjoyed driving it. I recall it being surprisingly peppy, quiet and comfortable. And we hardly used any gas tooling around Austin.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    My daughter lived on I Drive right near that place you mentioned...over by the Walgreens and Publix. Her place was called Discovery Palms. It's gone condo but we got her a nice 2 bedroom for a very reasonable price and it's very close to Epcot employee parking. She did her gig back in the Winter/Spring of '09 but still talks about the fun she had working there in the greenhouse...a life experience she'll never forget. And she still loves all things Disney which is why she and the wife return twice a year. I, on the other hand, enjoy the quiet, empty house when the wife is gone.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,249
    Yup - we made use of the Publix and Walgreens a number of times for snacks, cold medicine, pop tarts.... Everything to keep four kids happy. :)

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    Yes sir...I drove 3 different Elantra's and they were all the same...peppy, quiet and comfortable. Hyundai has taken the Civic goodness from Honda and put it all, and then some, into this new Elantra. The other drivers in my team must also agree as a few of us made beelines to the available Elantras need to be transported. I really feel like I've gone to car heaven here and just wish this was a full time job. Being part time, I only will get called when needed and most times my chief told me he doesn't get much notice at all. He called me at 9:59 for an 11:30 meet at the designated area which takes me a good 1/2 hour to get to...and that's with not much traffic. It will take longer depending on the hour and the accident rate on I-95 and I-595 and trust me, with all the construction still going on, some days I could be in real trouble! A shame that he doesn't know about most jobs the night before. But since I am retired, my schedule is extremely flexible and I can be out of the house within 20 minutes if need be.

    This is going to be sooooo cool!!! ;)

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,367
    Good write-up.

    I had a 13 Cruze LTZ w/1500 miles as a rental last week. Boring gold color, but it was loaded with push button start, leather, the new touchscreen with apps, etc. I surprisingly liked it a lot; quiet, smooth, comfortable. Seats were decent, heated but manual rake. The little 1.4T seemed torquey enough for the real world, trip computer showed 31 mpg after about 500 miles, but it may have been optimistic, I don't know, and it wasn't broken in obviously. Makes me think a Verano would probably be a pretty nice car.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    The Verano I sat in was so much more comfortable than the Cruze...great seats. Also drove an Altima today...push button start. Nice ride!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    Drove a couple of these today...nice cars, the 2012's, but not a fan of the push button start system. The Captiva had this also as did the Passat. I'm just not a fan of this technology...I guess it's pretty cool but just used to the old regular key system. Granted, I think this is the way tech in cars is going so will get used to it when the time comes but still believe some things should not be changed or messed with. The Quest also had this starting system which once one learns how to use it, it does work as intended. This van is large though and feels bigger than the Caravans I used to pilot at work. But those were the regular models and I suspect the Quest, Sienna and Odyssey are all sized like the current Caravans.

    Very curious to drive the brand new 2013 Altima and Sentra...both very attractive rides that are not to far out there.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,140
    I don't really care about the smart key/push button start. I always keep my keys in my pants pocket, and fishing out the fob was 2nd nature.

    but my wife loves it, and will never give it up (good thing she is good for another 10 years with her new Acura!). She likes it because her keys get lost in her mess of a pocketbook. And mostly, when I am driving, she does not have to wait for me to open the car (and sometimes the 2nd push didn't catch, and I did not realize right away she was still standing outside, waiting for a door to open!). Now, she walks up, car opens.

    that part is fine, but the button can be a pain in the buns. if you don't do things just right (foot on brake to stop engine) it gets all cranky, displays messages, and half the time I end up starting it unintentionally just so I can turn it back off!

    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
    Sandman, congratulations on the new job!!! Getting to drive so many different cars is a blast for sure. I'll be look'n forward to your reviews as I enjoyed the previous ones! :D

    Mark156
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,496
    I really appreciate and enjoyed your posts.
    Do please continue - and congrats on the job!
    - Ray
    Not likely to drive any car but mine for a while .....
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