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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous



  • dad23dad23 Posts: 430
    Are you going through Discount? I remember you mentioning Les Schwab, they recently opened one here in Parker, did you happen to shop them? The Pilot has a little over 34K miles on it, Schomp mentioned replacing the tires soon at my last service. I'm just trying to decide if I want to do that or get something new...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    Yeah but fussy MINI requires premium fuel (and good premium fuel at that--I've even had to switch to colder spark plugs), whereas funky Ford PU runs on any old crap.


  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,496
    " I'm just trying to decide if I want to do that or get something new... "
    Well, I vote 'get something new'
    - Ray
    Surprise, surprise ........
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Yes I am using Discount in Castle Rock. I've not contacted Les Schwab in Parker.

    I've got just over 37k on the OEM Duelers. Everyone I've mentioned that to are surprised by that longevity. But it's time - maybe a bit overdue.

    I think my problem is I'm looking for a tire that does everything - quiet, good mileage but also handles rain and snow well. I've never done dedicated winter tires, even after 20 years in Colorado.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    Hey there dad23. I also have a 4WD Pilot and recently replaced the OEM Good Year Fortera HT after 31K miles and change with the Michelin Latitude tires that came standard on the Pilot Touring. They were more expensive, but get excellent reviews on Tire Rack for comfort & longevity. Almost 10K into them, I'm really impressed and happy with my purchase.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    On my way home from the Yankees game last night, I was able to have some fun with the roads that got soaked during the rain storm that delayed the game in the 8th inning. I chucked my BMW around some tight turns with the transmission in DS mode. My new Michelin MXM ZP tires held on for dear life. I didn't see the stability control light flash even for a split second. On similar turns with the OEM Continentals, it would flicker a few times during spirited, wet driving.

    Not only do they handle better & bite quicker, but they provide a much more compliant ride.

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,075
    103k? It's probably due for a timing belt, if you haven't done that, yet. Probably time for something new, before something major goes wrong. How has the A3 been, reliability wise?
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,367
    16 for the year, so far. Keep 'em coming, people!

    Wow. Even with jolie, ray and myself punching cards in the past 2 weeks, we are only at 16? Sorry breld, but you are going to have to pick up the slack. Again...
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    Just got called for a gig at Hertz tomorrow. It's not as good as a road trip but I'll take whatever I can get now. Can't wait till after Labor Day so things will pick up again!

    The Sandman

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,140
    Hey, I'm willing. just send me some cash and I will get right on it!

    I told my wife this morning that I was mistreated, since I don't have a car. she tried to claim I had 2 (since both kids cars are in my name), but I told her that would never fly. Because if I tried to take the daughter's car back, she would find me floating face down in the pool! And the son will be working (temp job) soon.

    Scarily, after labor day when school and his job start, I will be stranded at home every day unless my wife decides to WFH occasionally. I might get the shakes from that.

    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!)

  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    It's somewhat surprises me the 4WD Pilot doesn't have the tires that came on my 2006 Ridgeline. A Ridgeline is a 4WD Pilot with a bed. It has Michelin XLT (or something like that). They are no longer made, but there is a XLT MS or something which seems to be somewhat the same tire. These have been the best tire of any I have owned. The Ridgeline has 53,000 miles on them and they could easily go another 10,000. They are quiet (not as quiet with this much mileage now) and have great traction in snow. 8 inches on flat ground and the truck just goes thru it. They are expensive, about $190 per tire. I need to decide what to do with the truck, but if I decide to keep it, this tire is what is going back on it.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    Not sure about those 1st generation (pre 2009) Pilots, but '09 - '11 LX, EX, EXL, EXL w/ Nav, EXL w/ RES all have these good year FORTERA HT tires. My biggest problem with them is how quickly they wore out. At 31K miles after 18 months with regular rotAtions, I couldn't afford to buy them again. I have this thing where I notice every little detail about cars, like the fact that the Pilot Touring came with Michelins instead of Good Years. I read the reviews on TR & bought them at my local tire shop. The ride is so much quieter & much smoother.

    I am pretty impressed with our Pilot's 4WD capabilities. In 18" of hard, packed snow, I shoveled a small path (because I couldn't see my BMW), backed out of the garage, shifted into 2nd gear, locked the VTM-4 differential, & literally drove like there was nothing on the driveway but blacktop.

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,249
    Mmmm...I do have the itch again already.

    BUT, I'm really trying to wait until next year. Maybe if we need another punch toward the end of year I can push that up. : )

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,249
    38.7 MPG on the new Accord??!??

    That is very compelling for what I'm looking for, particularly for the lower priced models (I like the Sport personally). The only, somewhat shallow, catch is that I'd like a non-sedan body style to vary the lineup.

    I'll be curious to see real world mileage results on the new Mazda6 - Mazda has been pretty true to their EPA ratings, so they should be good.

    That'd be a tough choice if I went that way - Accord Sport or Mazda6 Touring.

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

  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    Well, the first 50K miles are much more expensive than the second 50K miles on a car, at least depreciation wise.

    At least, this is what I tell my wife so she won't become a chronic car buyer.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    I did the timing belt between 80-85K. They lowered the recommended interval from 100K to 75K miles in the service manual for Audi's. Guess too many were causing major damage and havoc in the 95 to 100K range.

    Reliability wise it has been very good, not perfect, but very good, and that includes 2 weekend HPDE per year the last 3 years. I drive the heck out of it; as I expect all my cars to be able to handle being driven.

    Audi covered a failed AC at 53K miles (good of them to step up). They also reimbursed me for failed intake runner control modules to the tune of almost a $700 check (it was covered to 120K 7 years voluntarily by Audi).

    Besides those things which Audi handled, I've paid for:

    1) spark plugs and coil packs; normally a maintenance item, but I mention it because the coil packs were recalled during warranty, so probably only had 50K on them, the spark plugs only 30K. $125
    2) Recirculation valve $400 repair at about 65K miles.
    3) Diverter valve; never failed, but I preempted it with an upgrade $165 right after the other valve failed (known trouble spot, but Audi upgraded the replacement part pro-actively).
    4) My center armrest I live with the latch being broken. (repaired under warranty once too).
    5) the right rear window switch doesn't work, but driver's control of that window does; I live with it.
    6) The pump and/or tubing doesn't get washer fluid to the rear window (I live with it).

    And lastly, lots of tires and brakes, pads, and rotors, but that's the way I drive. You got to pay to play I've learned.
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,367
    Second commute, stop & go traffic and A/C on got 36.2mpg. Happy camper here.

    When I went to look at the Accord, I went thinking Sport. At the end of the day, it was missing a few things I appreciate, like a sunroof and smart key. The Sport only illuminates the driver power window switch, 4 speaker base stereo, no auto up/down passenger window, etc. It sounds minor but little stuff like that is what bugs me over time and makes me CCBA in the first place.

    For me, I've found that its better to spend a little more upfront for the a more featured car since it helps me keep cars longer. It has worked on my Acura, and I hope it works on this Accord. Plus I think the EXL, at its current $25-26k street price loaded, is a pretty strong value. And seat memory+wife=happiness.

    Regarding the 6 Touring, be sure to check the leatherette seats first. I sat in one on a warm day and found they were pretty clammy, and I'm not usually sensitive to that kind of thing. And they aren't heated, so expect the opposite problem in the winter. I honestly think they should have done cloth on the mid would have solved both issues.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,075
    Thanks, the reason I asked is that I'm considering ponying up for VW's factory-backed extended warranty... That would ease the sting of paying for a lot of those repairs. It's a little less expensive if you purchase it before the vehicle has 10,000 miles. I need to read the exclusions again--I know I was disappointed to read that it doesn't cover CV boots.
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,496
    edited August 2013
    "VW's factory-backed extended warranty"
    Please let me know what 'level' you choose -
    and how much you pay?
    - Ray
    Considering this for the GTI...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    tifighter - I'm glad you are happy with the Accord. I've been seeing quite a few Accord Sports around lately and the price is very inviting to say the least. I dig all the superficial stuff that to me makes the Accord Sport look cool (dual exhaust, 18" wheels, rear lip spoiler).

    I like my sunroof, but could live without one. There is really nothing more disappointing then a crummy stock stereo though. I do like heated leather seats and the Honda lane watch technology seems fantastic.

    decisions, decisions...

    My next punch is most likely 12 months away.

    Maybe they'll come out with an EX Sport:)

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

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