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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous



  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    Yes, our crew chief drives the big shuttle van and drives us all back to the meeting place. The only bad thing is that it's very uncomfortable. I got to use the front seat on one trip but an old cranky guy had a problem with the newbie riding shotgun so I made up a comfy cushion to sit on. It seems to do the job so all I need do is remember to take it with me when we change vehicles. A few of the other folks also have back issues so I decided to come up with a comfortable solution for myself. Just wish all seating positions had head rests cause after awhile my neck hurts also. Ah, the joys of getting older! But I told my crew chief to please treat me like anyone else and I will manage best I can...period. And I will!

    Seems like we get paid a certain amount for each airport we go to and by the hour when we move cars around the Ft. Lauderdale airport. Sometimes we have to move vehicles within the garage just at FLL. Each day is different and on Friday, we had to do two different jobs for two different company's...we just never know what orders will come through. So we do what we have to to get the work done. After my small trip today, some of the other guys were going to do a Tampa run...and this was at 3 p m already...they won't return until after midnight! So glad they didn't need me for that as it would've been to much for my spine. I have to be smart here and not hurt myself, it's just not worth it! This is only supposed to be part time for me unlike some of the other guys who have this as their only job and for them I feel bad. I just need to get my 40 quarters so I'll be able to collect social security when I reach 65. I get a pension from the government as I was a civil service employee for my whole postal career.The pension is great to have but I also want ss later on in life and the extra $ from this part time gig is coming in very handy to boot. I want to fund last years and this years Roth IRA and then save whatever I can for the future. So this job is just perfect for us.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,301
    For those of you who don't visit the Stories from the Sales Frontlines topic:

    I took my son's X3 in for an Oil Service today and my dealer gave me a new X1 loaner. I drove it to a hearing located in a town 100 miles away. Herewith my impressions:

    While our X3 handles almost like a 3 Series, the X1 drives better than a new 3 Series. Unlike the current 3er, the X1 still uses a hydraulic steering rack that lets you know exactly what the front wheels are doing. The ride is on the soft side of firm. The interior is functional and attractive; most all of the instrumentation and switchgear has been lifted from the previous(E9x) generation 3 Series- which suits me just fine. The only nod to form over function is the "beer tap" shifter- an excellent example of a Bavarian answer to a question no one has asked.

    This car had the start/stop enabled and it seemed to function much more smoothly than in the new 5ers and 3ers I have driven. Vibration was minimal, and I couldn't tell the engine had stopped without looking at the tach. Most of my time was cruising at 70 or better on the interstate, so I activated the "Eco Pro" mode, which is the über-efficient fuel economy mode. According to the OBC I averaged 29.7 mpg. The OBC also alleged that the Eco Pro mode allowed me to travel 30 miles further on the fuel consumed. And speaking of Eco Pro, it's a great feature to use at a steady cruise, but it is unpleasant in city/suburban driving; Eco Pro softens up response to the accelerator to the point that you think you are driving a car with 55 bhp.

    So, would I buy an X1? If I needed AWD capability with BMW driving dynamics-and I could live without a third pedal-it would be my first choice. I'd really like to try an X1 M Sport; I suspect that it is a much more involving drive than most anything in Munich's US line up aside from the 1 Series and the ///M cars...

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I should take Rock Creek home once a week to remind me why I bought it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We sat in one at the car show and my daughter's back seat comment was priceless:

    This is NOT a car for tall people!

    She's only 13 and still growing. Fine for an empty nester or a young single.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    It definitely will depend on the car. I only have 1 factory USB port, and that's in the Chrysler. That, unfortunately, doesn't read off that port. If you plug in a stick, you have to copy the playlist to the hard drive in order to listen to it. Pretty silly.

    However, in both my aftermarket units with USB ports, it will play right from the stick.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    So, would I buy an X1? If I needed AWD capability with BMW driving dynamics-and I could live without a third pedal-it would be my first choice.

    Except you can get it without AWD.

    Too bad you can't get a RWD 35i, though.

    A RWD 28i with premium and tech totals near $42k. Pretty pricey, IMHO. And I can't package cold weather with the sport steering wheel. :(

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Real world price around $38k or so?

    Nowadays that's not even a high transaction cost.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    edited February 2013
    Tough for me to wrap my head around a 4-cyl compact CUV for that money, though.

    I agree, its probably competitive. I mean, lousy CRVs are over $30k and a FWD SEL Tiguan is near $35k. So its there. But I think all of those are too much money.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,172
    makes my AWD RDX, with an incredibly nice powertrain, look like a bargain at 33.5k!

    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!)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Pretty funny revelation of what the mainstream lux cars have become, when a little mommymobile pretend SUV handles better than normal cars. Americans really do want Buicks after all, and the makers are just catering to this. You can still get a sportier model, but you have to join the 1% and buy a tuned variant, or find that one odd model that hasn't been beiged.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,415
    I noticed that too! You can't get the heated steering wheel with the M SPort Pkg! I love my E90's heated steering wheel. I use it pretty much every dya it is in the 40s and under.

    Too bad you can't get a RWD 35i, though.

    They don't want us to have TOO much fun!

    A RWD 28i with premium and tech totals near $42k

    You'd most likely have to special order something like that.

    Personally I like the $40,645 (MSRP) 35i I "built" on the website. As much as I would LOVE the ///M Sport Seats, Suspension, & various other goodies, getting an N55 Turbo Inline 6 powered BMW for under $40K (brand new) would suit my daily driving needs just fine.

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

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    edited February 2013
    Fin, I've had a perpetual grin on my face since I was hired for this great job! Just get to do something you love and to then get paid $ to do cool is that?

    You would have loved my previous automotive job then. I was a marketing manager for a local exotic car dealer for about a year.

    My job consisted of photographing the entire inventory (Porsches, Ferraris, Bentleys, and such), putting them online, updating our social media pages and website, and organizing high end events for our clients.

    We sponsored a lot fo luxury related events aroud the city which required us to take some of our cars there on site. Basically I got to drive $200k+ cars, go have fun, mingle with some folks, and drive the car(s) back.

    At one product launch we had over $2 million in cars (4 in the picture plus a few more) on site that we towed for liability reasons which I was responsible for, but I still had to drive and park them in the appropriate spots.

    And my first week there we had a track day organized for our clients where they brought their cars and we brought some of ours. So I got to pilot a Ferrari there and back (about 1 hour drive each way) and got to drive in on the track. Although I miss the fun stuff, I don't miss the job as it was stressful as hell. :sick: :mad:


    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,367
    Not really a Ferrari guy, but I do like that FF.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Nice two door wagon there :shades:

    I bet some of the clientele and management in a business like that would grate on me.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    I hope jobs like that exist when I hit my older years. Seems like a way to keep active and have a little fun at the same time - fun for car people anyway. I think I mentioned my grandfather did that after his retirement (public sector, I think at age 61 or so). He kept on doing the rental car transits until he was maybe 75-76, got him out of the house.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    The FF received very mixed opinions from the established clients and at nearly half a million dollars Canadian for almost a fully loaded model, it was not a "no brainer" purchase even for the wealthiest clients. That's RR territory in terms of price although now I hear they have some pre orders for them with a bit of a wait.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,367
    This youtube review of the FF came out a few weeks ago; any supercar you can take for a week of skiing works for me, personally.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    That's the exact idea behind it. Since Ferrari doesn't offer an SUV this is the next best thing to take up to the mountains with all your gear.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,252
    Rented a brand new Camry for a week in Phoenix. Very surprising vehicle. First, it was tight,solid, quiet, with a nice transmission. The seats were a bit too firm and lumpy for me but they were passable. The ride was super firm -- lots of feedback over every expansion joint. They must be looking for folks who like a euro ride. My prius is smoother without being sloppy and more comfortable seats. On power mode, it has just as much pep and gets double the mpg. The Camry averaged 23.5 in mixed driving. I have a feeling the new Accord has a broader target audience.
    Test drive a new Camry and see what you think about the ride.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Was it an SE? Maybe the wheels and cladding make it firmer.
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