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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,613
    Extended warranties for CCBA members? Seems like a bad idea....

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  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,367
    I dig all the superficial stuff that to me makes the Accord Sport look cool (dual exhaust, 18" wheels, rear lip spoiler).

    I agree. I'm thinking about adding a set of Sport wheels...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    The wheels are one thing, then there's the lip spoiler, the dual exhausts, the 18" tires that go with the Sport Wheels, & is the rear bumper different to accommodate the dual exhausts?

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

  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,496
    I hear you - and for me, it depends partly on how it
    is structured. I have had 2 extended wty plans
    in the recent past and each refunded a prorated
    amount, based on the unused portion.
    - Ray
    We shall see.....
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,075
    edited August 2013
    That's one of my thoughts. On the other hand, VW's warranty will give you a prorated refund if you decide to cancel it/sell the car, so it's not like you've flushed thousands of dollars down the drain if the CCBA instinct kicks in. And, not paying for every little thing that breaks provides one less excuse to get rid of the car. :P
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    What is the retail price for a 7/70k bumper to bumper zero deductible? My Prius was $651 --- dealer initially asked 2700.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,075
    I have no idea what the retail price is. There is a dealer on the TDI forums that sells them for a little over cost. On a Jetta TDI, it would be $1900 for 7 years/100k or $1413 for 7 years/70k (both with $100 per visit deductible), if you purchase it with less than 10,000 miles on the odometer. I don't have pricing for the GLI yet.

    I'm not shocked at all by the low cost on the Prius warranty. Toyota/Honda both seem to offer extended warranties that are very inexpensive compared to the European brands... I'm guessing VW's prices are higher because you're much more likely to use the warranty.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    Pretty steep price --- almost 2K in repairs before you break even. The power train is covered for 5/50 --- If it gives you peace of mind, It may be worth it. I've had lots of extended warranties on some pretty unreliable vehicles (88 Chevy Astro) and never needed one repair on any of them. If you want a reliable car , just get the warranty. That's been my experience.
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Thanks, Corvette!

    (I assume you updated the shared doc)

    As of 8/15/13:

    2013 Punch List (total 16):
    01/08/13 breld 2011 BMW 335xi 27K
    01/11/13 steine13 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT (lease)
    01/15/13 breld 2010 BMW 328xi wagon 21K
    01/18/13 qbrozen 2013 Nissan Leaf (lease)
    01/19/13 anon 2013 Toyota Sienna (lease)
    02/13/13 corvette 2013 VW Jetta GLI
    02/16/13 fezo 2004 Mazda6 wagon 77k
    02/17/13 fintail 2013 Mercedes E350 Bluetec (lease)
    03/22/13 js06gv 2013 Ford F150 King Ranch 2WD
    04/04/13 kyfdx 2011 BMW X3
    04/09/13 au1994 2013 BMW 335i (lease)
    05/01/13 abacomike 2014 MB E350 Sport
    05/27/13 breld 2013 Hyundai Veloster
    05/29/13 qbrozen 2013 Ford Mustang GT
    07/31/13 rayainsw 2013 VW GTI
    08/12/13 tifighter 2013 Honda Accord EX-L

    Punch guesses for 2013:
    Michaell 15-17
    Xwesx 22
    Stickguy 25
    abacomike 25
    Qbrozen 28
    Au1994 30
    Anon 31
    gimmestdtranny 33
    Tifighter 34
    Jpp5862 35
    Steve 36
    Roadburner 37
    Nyccarguy 38
    Rayainsw 39
    Ateixeira 40
    sandman 43
    Kyfdx 45

    I'm still in the running so long as only 1 more car is purchased between now and the end of the year.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    There is really nothing more disappointing then a crummy stock stereo though.


    Smart Key and moon/sun roof are worth about $0.01 to me. However, I agree, the lousy stereo is a turn off. HOwever, it should be easy to upgrade the sound system in the aftermarket, but only they didn't puposely make it so hard with such an integrated dash.
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,496
    edited August 2013
    'The power train is covered for 5/50'
    The VW GTI powertrain wty is 5 years \ 60,000 miles.
    - Ray
    More concerned about stuff like the A/C components, etc. past 36,000...
    [ edit ] and a lot of electronic 'thingys'
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Tomorrow at 8:30 I take the CX-7 down to the local Discount Tire to have them install a set of Yokohama YK-580's.

    After much thought and research, I decided against the Ecopias and the Scorpion Verdes, as the silicone content of the tires (used to improve gas mileage) also make them less capable in bad weather. I asked the wife about it and her comment was "I'd rather be safe in the snow than save 6 cents on gas".

    A wise woman I married.

    Discount is quoting $969.05 with all taxes and fees, and there is a $60 gift card rebate available, so the net cost is closer to $900.

    I got just over 37K on the OEM Bridgestone Duelers, which is about 5K more than expected. It's been almost 2.5 years since we bought the car, so it's probably time.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,613
    In tires, I always vote for performance over longevity..

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
    edited August 2013
    I used to go for high tread wear and I was always disappointed. I go for "performance" now too (and since I wind up trashing so many tires, I wasn't coming out ahead buying high tread wear ones anyway).

    It's really nice being on the road and not getting anxious if we hit a rainstorm. Been enjoying the "premium" (for me, lol) wipers currently installed too.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    edited August 2013
    Me, too. I'm content to eat up tires in order to gain the control I want.

    Ultimately, there is nothing holding you to the road but those 4 little patches where the rubber meets the asphalt.


  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 323
    I'm in the exact same boat as you, except a shorter time frame. The lease on my G37x is up in January. While I'm happy with the car, given the intro of the Q50 and the continuation of the G37 as an entry model it makes no financial sense to buy out this car. My buyout (~$32k) is just below the entry price for the G going forward.

    The new Q50 is attractive but based on the delayed launch and the reported problems with the technology so far I'm not wowed. The new Lexus IS is very attractive and seems to get great reviews, but it gets pricey quickly with the IS350. The 250 is adequate, but when I can get more power out of a V6 Accord/Camry it loses appeal.

    Lots to figure out in the next 5 months....
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,075
    I agree. I also replace them well before they reach 2/32" of tread. Most tires begin to feel dodgy in the rain by the time they hit 4/32".

    (The OE tires on my Pontiac G6 felt dodgy in the rain even when they were new. I'm glad I didn't have that car long enough to experience them when they began to wear!)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    I need sure-footedness in the MINI Cooper. Being such a buckboard, with stiff suspension, on rougher roads it doesn't always go where you point it, so being able to put it back on track quickly is quite important to me.


  • ronsteveronsteve Posts: 435
    100K is a very good time to pull the rip cord on an Audi IMO. As you know, major repairs on this car are expensive and after 100K, it is not unreasonable that major components could fail.

    I plan to "save" my aging MINI by buying an inexpensive pickup truck. I bet I could pay for a good chunk of the truck itself in a couple years by not having to do major work on the MINI.

    We're in the same boat here, as my Volvo just turned 120K, and the wife's Elantra is approaching 100K. These days the Volvo is getting about 18K/year while the Elantra is driven about 7K a year. If we replace her car sooner than later, that becomes the primary road trip vehicle and takes some of the mileage from the Volvo (think closer to 12-13K a year on each car).

    The CCB itch has been there, just getting that much closer to being able to justify having a car payment and pulling the trigger. Of course, I just did the 120K on the Volvo, to the tune of $1300 (almost $500 of that because the coil packs were cracking) and the PS pump might be starting to leak, and that will be $650 when it goes. Almost makes me wonder if we're trading the right car, but if we did that the replacement would be an SUV and I'd be driving the Hyundai during the week.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    I'm still in the running so long as only 1 more car is purchased between now and the end of the year.

    Bwahahahahahahahhahahahah! Best laugh of the day! What's more, Jolie's Explorer isn't on the list. :P
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