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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,296
    edited October 2012
    I had a full size stack set in Anchorage, front loading Frigidaire. Had lousy reviews but worked fine. About got a hernia moving it in. Got a new scratch and dent front loader washer in Boise; don't remember the brand (GE?). It weighed a ton too. The old set that came with the current house walks all over the basement, so I'm guessing there's no concrete blocks in the bottom like the new ones.

    And yeah, we had some tearing of clothes initially until we figured that you really need to do all loads with the full tub selection.

    I'd probably buy whatever is currently on sale per Fatwallet.

    And that's another reason I won't be a chronic car buyer - the old minivan is so useful for hauling stuff like this around. I can fit a washer and a dryer inside at the same time and it'll hold a frig with the hatch closed. Who wants to ding up a nice new van hauling appliances around?

    (sort of topical, LOL).

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,582
    I completely agree - vans are immensely useful! I'd still have my Grand Caravan if it weren't for that electrical gremlin. I'm still frustrated about that.

    As it is, I cannot justify buying another van because we don't "need" it, and fuel economy is ~50% of my Fiesta. It doesn't make any sense. I'm sure I'll miss it on our next trip, though!
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    I completely agree - vans are immensely useful!

    They may be useful, but considering I've had 2 altercations with minivans since 2011 I'm terrified of the darn things!! I park as far away from them as I can.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,977
    now that we downsized from an Odyssey to a compact SUV, the wife and I have the space to travel conversation quite often. I already know when we go for a week at the short it will require 2 cars (assuming, of course, the shore is still there next summer!), but that is fine since it is only about 50 miles.

    Christmas though, that is going to be interesting. Something is going to have to be left behind!

    to be fair, a couple weeks ago we went to NY for a christening. 3 of us, with a normal amount of luggage and extra crap, plus a big bag of apples we picked and a bunch of pumpkins. All that fit fine. Plus, we took 2 people to the airport, so going to 5 people (tons of room for everyone, the backseat in the RDX is cavernous) with their luggage and carryons too, now that was packed! Not much view out the back window.

    would have been a big non-issue in the odyssey, but my theory is, if we can make it fit the 1-2 times a year we need it, then it is big enough the rest of the year!

    though I do think about getting some kind of PU (not a 1/2 ton, something odd like a car/truck hybrid say) as my spare car someday.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,582
    Trailer hitch with a cargo tray. It makes a HUGE difference for cargo capacity and has negligible impact on fuel economy. ~$250 total investment, maybe an hour of install time, and you're set!

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    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,582
    Well, there is that. :P

    I had one close call when we owned the van... a pickup rear-ended us on an icy road when we slowed for a left-turner in front of us. To be fair, it was an incredibly icy road and we did have to brake hard, so I couldn't really hold it against him (the difference was that I had studs and he didn't). Thankfully, our bumpers connected, the weather was relatively warm (~20 degrees), and there was no damage apparent to my van, with the only "damage" on his truck being his license plate being nearly torn off the bumper.

    So, we called it good and went on our ways.

    Let's see... my other run-in was with a pickup as well. Mr. Psycho. It's a good thing I'm not terrified of them, though, or I'd simply have to leave Alaska! :blush:
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,582
    Well, gosh. "One close call" isn't exactly true, but I digress (further).
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • ronsteveronsteve Posts: 435
    Can't speak for the new generation XC70, especially the T6, but my '06 V70 has served quite well as it just clicked past 104K miles. It's been mostly trouble-free, with only 3 unscheduled maintenance visits in 5+ years, all for nuisance problems.

    Practicality IS its strongest suit for a cyclist, as either one of my bikes lays down just right in the cargo area with the seats folded down. Getting two back there might require some creativity, however.

    Seats are awesome and I do enjoy the low-rpm boost of the Volvo turbo. Just wish it wasn't so de-tuned in the low gears.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,317
    breld....I've never been in the market for a Volvo. My older sister had two of them (one a 240, the other a newer one that was a model I can't remember). She had great luck with both, exceeding 150K miles.

    Now, she's got a Jag, which she's had no problems with in over 120K miles. She's looking at Volvos again. She said Volvo has gone the BMW route and covers all maintenance (along with warranty) for the first 5 years of ownership.

    Only thing I can say is that they do have very comfy seats, at least they felt that way the few times I've sat in them at car shows.

    But, just as I like my women, I've always preferred the very fast, high maintenance sort of cars. :P
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,348
    The new volvos are great cars and apparently much better in reliability. The first year depreciation however is catastrophic. Check on line search engines for cpo models --- you could save thousands.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,694
    I was all set to trade my '06 Civic for a S40 a couple years back due to my severe lower spine problems but frankly, the seats weren't all that great, so I passed. I had heard that Volvo seats were the best of almost any car maker but was so underwhelmed...got a great cushion from the Relax The Back store and just kept my Civic. Looking back, and after having a long talk with my mechanic, it was the best decision to not trade.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,348
    the seats on the 2013 Altima are pretty impressive. Sat in a leather one and it felt about as good as it can get for my back and posterior.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,977
    Sandy, I know we have had this discussion in the past, but the S40 seats are different then the bigger models (like the S60/V70) which have the traditional thrones. The 40 seats are a bit smaller and harder.

    I never liked them, until I bought a 2007 S40. They are actually very comfortable, and very good on a long trip. Just not quite as cushy or wide.

    might help that I have the leather instead of the hi-tech fabric they used. Or maybe they are just broken in now!

    The new Volvos still have fantastic seats.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,342
    Thanks for all the feedback on the XC70. It's still very much on the list for my brother, along with the Allroad and 3-series wagon. Despite starting out as a longshot, I think he's probably going to end up with the Volvo, due to it's great functionality. Plus, FWIW, he thinks it's a bit less pretentious than the BMW or Audi (he's probably right).

    But, I think he's so intrigued with the 3-series right now that he'll end up putting off the decision.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2015 GTI - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Neighbor just bought a CPO Traverse, a handsome granite metallic color. Spent high 20s for a mid-level model, well equipped, a couple of years old.

    Meanwhile, a close friend went to Fitzgerald Buick and picked up an Enclave, but not the 2013 refresh.

    Paid $42k (mama-mia) but it's really nice. Pearl white color, leather package, Navi in the dash (smallish screen though), backup cam, twin moonroofs. Very plush, soft seats, and I like the fabric wrapped A- and B-pillars. Definitely nicer materials than the Traverse.

    He traded a Chevy TrailBlazer and got $7k for it, so the net was $35k. Then he added an extended warranty and financed the whole kit and kaboodle for 6 years.

    Seems like a long loan but he got a 9 year bumper to bumper OEM warranty, so he should be good, I just hope he likes it.

    Funny thing is he felt VERY self conscious about driving a Buick, in his mind an old man's car. I said no worries that stereotype is slowly breaking. Oddly I think I liked the Enclave more than he did, and his wife sorta put pressure on him to get something nicer and more expensive than he had planned.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,977
    his wife sorta put pressure on him to get something nicer and more expensive than he had planned.

    I know that feeling...

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 327
    I don't mind the Enclave but boy are those things expensive.

    Frequently, I see 2012 Traverse LTs with decent miles and AWD for roughly 25000. I think this is a nice deal but the same car new is over 30,000.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My friend got an ex-Enterprise rental, which is a bit risky IMHO. Like buying a bed from a motel, lots of people have used it.
  • gouldngouldn Posts: 219
    edited November 2012
    I just got back from a nice vacation to Hawaii (the big island) and rented a Chevy Sonic. Surprisingly this was the LTZ (surprised to get the high trim level on a rental). It was an automatic (of course) and had the 1.8.

    This unit had 23k on it, and 23k of rental miles should probably be measured in dog years on a rental ... but the interior was as good as new. The car handled quite well and felt more powerful than I'd expect for a 1.8 litre with a A/T. I think the car would have been downright sporty with a m/t. The interior was snappy with two tone plastic dash and leather seats. The ambient lighting at night was kind of cool ... much nicer than my 01 Forester .. I guess things have improved in general.

    When I think back on the Chevy Cavaliers, and Luminas I've rented, and how awful GM small cars used to be, I have to say things are getting better.
  • gouldngouldn Posts: 219
    "Like buying a bed from a motel, lots of people have used it."

    Ewww ... but true :)
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    But we have a top loading Maytag with no agitator. The first one out of the box was a dud, but the second one has been great. It fits a truckload of clothes and seems to clean them well.

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,850
    Thanks for sharing that.... not sure what all this car talk is about.. ;)

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,977
    picked up a rental today for a business trip. a 2012 Malibu LT. sounds like a 4 cyl. Not that bad of an interior, and in the 1 mile drive home the driving dynamics seemed OK, but not thinking I am ever putting one of these on my shopping list!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    The kid is in California and his car is headed that way. Of course he can't wait for it to get there, poor car going from 10 degrees to 80 degrees. He was ready to get out of Alaska and on with his life. Naturally I had to give him the lecture on taking good care of the car.....to which he said "I know mom, I know". Gonna miss having him around.

    The GMC goes into the body shop on Monday, should have it back in a few days. In the meantime I get the Yaris, although I was offered a rental, but I'd rather have a car with winter tires on it. Glad I was able to get the truck in before the major snow hits and the body shops get slammed.
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,536
    Oh, stickguy, a reporter is looking for you. :P

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They could write the entire article about him. :D
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    Ha, I had to look through the entire inventory of 2012-2013 Ford Focus stock in the state of Alaska to find one with a sunroof and manual transmission for hubby. That was fun.....
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,977
    why, just because I refuse to buy a "real" car without one?

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 358
    I posted a while back about a couple of 2002 Pathfinders I found online and got nostalgic for my old one, as I said the only car I've ever loved. A local dealer had one here, 135,000 miles on it, exactly what I had in mind except the color was silver instead of the greyish/brown I had before. I drove it a couple of times, had it checked out and made the purchase last week. $6,000 for a little bit of nostalgia and a vehicle I genuinely love driving, plus it helps with Home Depot runs, the dog, and keeps miles off the Inifiniti, which not surprisingly has hardly moved the last few days. :)

    Overall I'm really impressed with the Pathfinder, it was a one owner, bought and serviced at a Nissan dealer here. In decent shape for a 10, going on 11, year old vehicle. I'm sure it will service me well for around town driving. Now on to what to do with the G37 when the lease is up at the end of next year.........
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