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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • Got rid of the Legend, and naturally, the E30 had to go into the shop the next day... $800 later, it's back on the road.. :sick:

    So, in a month, once we have some decent weather, the plan is to sell the E30, and get something newer and maybe more reliable for my college student to drive... I've set a price ceiling of $10K (though hopefully a few thousand lower)..

    Just to get an idea of the top end of our range, we went out to eyeball a couple of cars at local used car dealers.. It's a nasty day, so we weren't planning on any test drives.. just wanted to look..

    First stop: '03 MINI Cooper S.. 90K miles, for $9800... Typically equipped.... bright blue (one color... no contrasting roof).. 6-speed.. Nice shape, 17" wheels with newer tires... a little curb rash on the wheels.. No moonroof, which isn't bad on a MINI, as they are huge and only have a screen, rather than a solid shade.. Teenager makes note that even with the seats down, he isn't positive his skis will fit, without interfering with the gearshift (he is tall and skis are long). He isn't thrilled, but the blue looks better in person, than on the website.

    2nd stop: '06 VW Jetta GLI.. 92K, $9995.. Salsa Red, with black leather (!), 6-speed, 17" alloys, moonroof, spoiler, heated seats, auto temp control.. manual seats.. Car has a massive trunk (seems 5 feet deep), 60/40 fold down seats with a ski pass-through.. Amazing to me, he likes this one better.... He says it has everything he'd want, except RWD... (price seems very good, as well..)

    So.. that's how we spent our Saturday.. :)

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,020
    edited February 2013
    "...need to be smart and not hurt myself..."

    Could you have your back doctor give you a brace or something that would take the strain off your spine? Hard to work even at a job you love if you're in constant pain. You sure don't want to be driving around on pain meds either.

    Personal Note: for what's it's worth I cured a persistent bad driver's back by switching my wallet from one back pocket to the other.

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    That is probably something that won't happen. I think Backy does an outstanding job in that area and I pale in comparison actually. When I reread my posts, they don't seem all that articulate...more like the ramblings of a guy who just loves cars. Technically, I don't know squat, I just enjoy the driving experience and the facets of a really good interior...more like a "Car For Dumbies Basic 101" sort of analysis. But I appreciate your thoughts here and will just keep doin' what I'm doin' until I get to the point where I bore folks, something I don't want to do!

    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: 2,579
    Have all that stuff but will just use my cushion that I got from the Relax The Back store...tempurpedic stuff and it really is an outstanding item...had it since 2006 and it's still in perfect condition! Had to fight workers comp as even with a doctor's prescription, they still balked at paying for it which finally, after months of needless phone calls and letters, they sent me reimbursement. I just wanted what I needed. And the best part is that it retains it's shape no matter what unlike that cushion advertised on the tube right now...all the owners reviews have dissed the product saying it loses it flexibility and stays flat as a pancake after a few uses making the product useless. After reading all the negative reviews, I decided to get something with a proven track record. And that is what I'll do. It has a handle so it'll be easy to cart around with me and I won't look like a dweeb walking around.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,020
    Mini---do they really handle as well as they say? Always wanted to drive one and see. Would never buy one after trying to fit in one at the auto show but would like to see if the handling hype was true.

    Jetta---We got one as a rental last time in Florida. Bigger than I expected (thought it was a Taurus in the dark). It had a sport mode in the tranny that kept the idle high and moved the shift points for higher revs. Fun at first but got old fast.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,589
    might be leery of an early Mini S with high miles. That could turn out bad.

    The Jetta, I do like those too. Almost bought a 2.0t (2006) when that style first came out. Fun car.

    I am sensing a Euro vibe here, though to me $ really came into play for a college ride.

    What about a Mazda 3S hatch? That is pretty sporty.

    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: 13,589
    I test drove a Mini (S) when they very first came out. It was a blast bombing that little buggy around some twisty back roads. Just not a real option when I needed to be able to put 2 people in the back 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!)

  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 297
    The hybrid is very rare here, in fact I can't remember the last time I saw one.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,985
    edited February 2013
    will just use my cushion

    Okay, so you may need a slightly larger togo bag. And save some room for the Garmin.

    Maybe I missed it but the other question is how do you get back to your own car?

    (Kyfdx, $800 is only a couple of car/lease payments, so it just needs to run a few months for a payback. Sorta. ;) ).
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,020
    You know thats AWD, not RWD like it says in the ad?

    The VIN decoder says it is RWD as well...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,020
    Mini---do they really handle as well as they say? Always wanted to drive one and see.

    We would probably be a one or two Mini family today if the local dealer hadn't ticked us off...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,589
    I was wondering if he thought it said xdrive on the side? Some chrome there, just can't make it out.

    Of course, one of the pictures shows the odo with 22K vs. the 35K the ad says. Maybe they got the wrong pictures to go along with the vin?

    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: 2,579
    We all park in a designated meeting area, in the grass behind a post office...I know, not an ideal location, and the van gets us all there. We then proceed to whatever location or airport we need to be at. It's all a very finely played out routine. Except like today, I spoke with my boss, and he said they weren't ready at FLL, Lauderdale, and they had to wait about an hour to get, check, and leave for TPA. That is one of the variables that we can't alter. The other one is traffic, which there is a lot in South Florida right now. Season is in full swing and there are vehicles everywhere...so many lost folks wandering around. But now, I now how they feel when I go to a new location. But the unknown makes things that much more interesting actually...it's nice to know that every trip will not be the same. So all is good. I truly hope that they like my work and I can keep this job for as long as I'd like. I still need quarters to qualify for social security...I was a civil service employee for my whole postal career, so I need to catch up now to be able to get ss when I reach 65. I have some quarters already from summer jobs and a few other ones while in school. And this gig fills in all the boxes for something for me to do since I'm retired. For once...yay me!!!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Love reading your stories, keep 'em coming.

    Back in college I got a valet parking gig, and it was similar except very short test drives. It wasn't a job to me, more a hobby, LOL.

    This late 80s so not the best era for cars, but it was funny how even a 2 minute quick drive was enough to like/dislike a car.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    Absolutely, just a few minutes behind the wheel is plenty to like/dislike any vehicle as one's senses tend to take over almost immediately. That tactile feel of the steering wheel, the switchgear, the feel of the seat fabric/leather...it all is a feast for the senses which affect one's feelings. Luckily, I tend to like the majority of what I get into. I am a slushbox guy all the way...blasphemy I know, but I never felt comfortable rowing my own gears truthfully. So guys, let me have it here on this but that's just me.

    I am glad you like my recent posts as I don't want to bore anyone and if anyone gets tired of 'em, just say the word and I'll be silent once more. Just trying to entertain a bit if possible. It's nice to find others who eat, sleep & love the automobile as much as I do. I always knew I'd end up in the automobile area eventually...my maternal grandfather, the best guy in the world who did things my dad should've done with me, once owned a Dodge/Chrysler dealership when I was very young. I remember playing in the store before he sold it when I reached 10...it's in the blood that love for the automobile that has only grown stronger throughout my 58 years on the planet. So when I get too tedious folks...please let me know!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,111
    Keep em coming! You know I'm a fan of yours:). I'm really happy for you that you found this job you enjoy.

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    As a rental car follower, I find your experiences very interesting, continue to post whatever cars you might get to drive.

    Today I heard the National group is getting 2013 Avalons, and a lot of G37s - probably to clear out the old model.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,589
    Teix, the latest issue of Consumer reports also tested one of these. I think they liked it OK.

    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!)

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,020
    Yes, I like reading of your experiences as well!

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Looks like an x-drive emblem on the side. They may have a RWD loaner, but I don't think it's the one in the picture.

    Steve: 2 lease payments? I hear that argument for every car repair, like an old car is never going to need another one. Since purchase in September, 2011.

    $1000
    $650
    $900
    $800

    $3350 in maintenance/repairs on a $4K car, in less than 18 months. That doesn't count the $1450 in collision repair, or the gift of tires/wheels for $900.

    After all that the car might be worth $4500, except now it's been wrecked. :(

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