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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    edited February 2013
    No runs schedules for tomorrow as of now, the run to Ft. Myers was very smooth. Had a Toyota Rav4 with just over 29k on the clock. Exhausted now so will write a report of the last to days in the morning. The Rav was pretty basic but did have a power seat which was appreciated...just wish it had lumbar support because it was not a comfortable seat and this is one car that The Sandman would never purchase because of this faux pas. Also, the steering wheel tilted but didn't telescope, another faux pas in a car at this price point! Toyota, please keep your eye on the ball folks! There really are much better cuv's on the market.

    Until tomorrow readers...I am,

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,559
    ended up not being an issue since my wife nixed my desire to get a Santa Fe, but they had the same issue there. They packaged up some options (notably the roof) so if you happened to want that, you pretty much had to get everything they offered.

    the previous model was actually more normally equipped. More Honda-like.

    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: 13,559
    I saw the title, and had all kinds of jokes ready. But it actually looks a lot better done than I expected. Have to be losing some money on this baby. Probably still an adventure to drive though.

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3596800192.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!)

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,011
    A few years ago my wife's 3 Series was involved in a small fender-bender and the insurance company provided a Camry rental car. Now, my wife is most definitely NOT a car buff, but she absolutely HATED the Camry. She commandeered my Pathfinder SE(my DD at the time and her former DD) while I drove the Club Sport. Between the two of us we drove the Camry less than 50 miles over the 7 days we had it.

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    Drove an '11 Camry SE on Sunday to Tampa and it was a very uncomfortable car to say the least...felt like Fred Flintstone I was so low and this was with the power seat at it's highest position. I just couldn't get a comfortable position! The car had decent pick up though the brakes were a bit mushy. I've been told by another driver that the new generation is so much better and I'm anxious to get to try one soon.Today's offerings were a bit bland except there was a new Ford Fusion that I totally missed unfortunately as I heard the driver saying it was a real nice driver across the Alley. Will keep my eyes out for another one in the near future.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Welcome to the 21st century. ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Was that the old model or the brand new one that just came out?

    At first glance I like the CR-V better.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That would be really fun for about a week.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sounds like the GT I drove, you put huge rims and a stiff suspension on a car not engineered to be sporty from the get-go and the results are less than ideal.

    If you drive the Fusion let me know if the narrow footwell bothers you.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,887
    Maybe you'll get to drive some higher line vehicles too. I've read the turbo model ATS exists in the National fleet now - would be fun to try out something fancy.

    In my area, a 26 mile drive could easily be 60-90 minutes during the morning or evening rush :sick:
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,886
    would like to know dyno numbers.

    would also be far better without the hood scoop.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My 13 mile drive takes 45-60 coming in, 35 or so getting home.

    Average speed 20mph per the GPS. :sick:

    I should be comparing 0-20 instead of 0-60. Might end up with a Leaf! :D
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,194
    Your commute is perfect for a prius. Whenever I'm in a prolonged traffic jam[rare], my mpg is up around 70.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Haven't driven the current model. I drove the previous one when it came out, to see what all the controversy was about. Seems like the most loved and most hated car ever. It was OK, I didn't really understand where all the criticism was coming from.

    Guess where Toyota hosted the test drive event?

    Whole Foods. :D

    Only the V has a panoramic moonroof option, though, right?

    Searching cargurus....cheapest one is $30,371. No used ones as of now.

    How big is the regular Prius' moonroof?

    The Prius C's is pretty small.

    Was really hoping to like the C-Max better than I did.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,194
    The prius tests much better if you wear a pair of Birkenstocks.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I thought those were for Subaru owners.

    Yet we don't own any so shame on us. :D

    How are you liking yours? Did you get a moonroof? Nav? New or used, remind me...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,092
    If you are a chronic car buyer (or like me) a chronic car looker, stay away from swapalease.com & leasetrader.com. I saw a 2012 Mustang GT listed with 14 months to go. 1600 miles per month. $275 per month (plus tax).

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,000
    Yeah, I've played around on those sites quite a bit. It can be difficult to find good deals. I've seen quite a few sellers who put way too much down on a lease in order to make the payment lower and expect to get their down payment back when they swap out of the lease.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,092
    I'm sure if they REALLY wanted to get out of the lease, they'd eat the downpayment. It's a good way to not lay out bank fee, security deposit, and numerous months of lease payments. You would have to pay the disposition fee though.

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

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,023
    Before I got the Lacrosse there was an MKS fully decked out with a payment in the mid 4s. The seller mentioned a 7k down payment. He was letting it go for no cash. It was gone quickly before I had a chance to react. That would have been a sweet two year term for a 50k car.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

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