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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • We had a 08 EX, sold it for a 2011 EX-L because the interior was awesome and we "had" to have one. Within a few months, we started getting a vibration between 40-60 which made us afraid of the transmission. The sliding doors were also temperamental. So we sold it once our youngest was out of his stroller. We figured we were done with minivans. THEN we found out about baby #3 right as this cheap 08 LX presented itself. So we bought it, even though we don't have a good track record with white Hondas.

    We bought the current 08 Odyssey on 9/25/12... It's been in two accidents since we bought it. Therefore, I'm convinced its bad luck.
  • We like the Edge and Santa Fe , but we need three rows. We did briefly consider a Traverse but Gee can't see himself buying a GM product.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,109
    The Traverse is pretty dated. I remember the XC90 driving really well, but it's been several years. The third row probably isn't very big (I was looking at models without the rid row).
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,441
    with a 3rd kid, and the stuff they require, you really should have a minivan if you actually plan to use the 3rd row. Unless you are moving up to a suburban, about the only what to have enough cargo and passenger room. Plus a usable 3rd row, since the mid size SUVs are pretty useless.

    A Sienna, or another Odyssey, make sense. or maybe a really cheap lease or slightly used Chrysler would be cheap.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,552
    Have you guys thought of a Pilot? We've got 3 kids (6, 3.5, & 13 months) and find the Pilot very spacious and comfortable. We have an '11 EXL w/ Nav.

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

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    I saw three Leafs (leaves?) in short succession yesterday on I5 headed south from Portland. I had not seen a single one before that. Kinda ugly little cusses... typical Nissan. ;)
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,109
    The Chrysler T&C and VW Routan are supposed to drive and handle very well, especially after the latest refresh with the new 3.6 liter engine. You could probably find a used one cheap--especially a Routan.
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,303
    So just this weekend as my wife and I were driving around in the new 335, I remarked on how I love it so much and hope we can find something like it for her (meaning a nice 3-wagon that she's always pined for).

    328xi m-sport wagon

    Coincidentally, this is being offered by a broker that was trying to (unsuccessfully) sell my A5 for the past two months on consignment.

    So one-owner, low miles m-sport, manual 328xi wagon with navigation. I was joking with my wife that they did indeed make these but finding one would be next to impossible. So here's a nice one in our backyard.

    We might do it and have coordinating 3's.

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

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,287
    Two CPA's with chronic car fever is a beautiful thing. I do give you credit for staying within a reasonable budget by buying used. Definitely helps at trade-in time. I am however, almost afraid to predict what will happen when you are empty nesters with all your kids on there own. Should be fun.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,441
    that is a seriously nice looking car. i would be very happy with that. Wonder if I can trade in my 17YO on it? Getting rif of her, and the pending college bills, is the only way I could afford it now!

    even better, read the summary. that is the extra special, 7 passenger model! Unless there is really a rear facing 3rd row I don't know about, in which case, never mind...">

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,441
    the key is, used and buy outright. once you own something of value free and clear, making lateral moves really does not cost much if any at all. Kind of like rearranging your furniture, or trading pieces with your neighbor!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,655
    Tag transfers and registering with the state, titles, I guess would be the only expenses. Not much else I can think of.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,287
    Another important key is having plenty of scratch to handle the itch. :shades:
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,289
    eh... i think its kinda cute. Nothing special though.

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

  • I don't post often (i read regularly, though) and have to say; that wagon is awesome. Being an enabler, I say go for it, and have matching 3's.
  • tommister2tommister2 Mechanicsville, VAPosts: 131
    Congrats on the Leaf! I've heard they make you get a charge port at home, is that true? If so, do you know how much that will cost you?
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,303
    Okay - so two punches within a week? I'm more amused with ourselves than anything, but if anyone understands, it'd be you all on this forum. I mean last week was the 335i xdrive m-sport manual, then this week we find this 328i xdrive m-sport manual WAGON. How does one resist? :P

    So we just got back from our lunch hour checking out the wagon, and pending a pre-purchase inspection from our mechanic, we'll do the deal tomorrow. It's still under warranty, so I wouldn't normally do the inspection, but it looks to me like it's been lowered and has an aftermarket exhaust. Both are subtle - especially since those "x-drive" model ride a little high anyway - but given those mods, I'd feel better having it looked at.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,429
    "...here's a nice one..."

    It's great to be rich! :)

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,411
    Seems totally reasonable to me....

    Cheers -Mathias
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,552
    Hey breld, I can spot an E46 "xi" from a mile away. I know the E90 "i" Sport Models are lower, but I'm not sure the E90 "xi" is any higher than its non sport "i" counter part.

    Keep us informed! Punch #4 and its not even January 15. So what is leaving if you go with the wagon?

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,495
    There was a 2011 RWD wagon on the Fest... stick and M-Sport... Wants $37K... :(

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  • breldbreld Posts: 1,303
    Yeah - I could be wrong on the lowered suspension. I guess I could compare it with the 335xi I just bought to see if there is a noticeable difference. It could have just been my mind playing tricks - the previous owner removed all the badging, including the "x-drive" badges under the sidemarkers. So at first, I actually thought it was a RWD model and that our search would continue. But we confirmed that it was indeed AWD through the VIN #.

    So, my wife is trading in her X3 for it. Truthfully, we were actually searching for an E90 wagon when she "settled" on her X3. Kinda like the A5 for me, the X3 was great - functional and comfortable and she justified it for those reasons, but she and I are similar - she really likes the overall feel of the 3.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,441
    I need to start looking harder. and rob a bank or something to pay for it.

    Unless I sell something first, I really hate to see how crappy a car my budget will get me!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,552
    I forgot about your X3. Current body style with the good old N52 Inline 6:). What are they giving you for the X3?

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,303
    $36.4k for the X3.

    No getting around a decent loss on that car, but at the end of the day, my wife gets her very hard-to-find 3 wagon, and we get some back on the difference. There are worse things.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,289
    Congrats on the Leaf! I've heard they make you get a charge port at home, is that true? If so, do you know how much that will cost you?

    Thanks.

    No, they don't make you do anything. The car comes with a cord that will plug into a standard 110v outlet. Problem is, that takes forever to charge. If you want faster charging, you have to get a 220v setup. However, you are free to get that anywhere you want. There are several options available, one of which is to send the standard cord to a company that will upgrade it to 220v charging for you. Cost is about $250.

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

  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,522
    Do you have a link to that company?
    Thanks,
    - Ray
    Friends looking at electric cars .....
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The 2014 Leaf gets a price drop and a quicker charger on all but the new base model. I'd wait.

    I did some math, with the $7500 federal credit and a $2000 local credit in MD, the new base price is $20,150, though the base model did go through some cost cutting of content.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,289
    edited January 2013
    well, of course that is IF you want a base car. I'm wondering what they will strip out of it. I would assume the Nav, but then again, the Nav seems like a necessity since it tells you where charging stations are.

    And I wouldn't expect to see anything that comes close to the current Leaf lease program for a LONG time, even on the new base model. But, if buying, yes, I'd probably wait to see how the new one stacks up with the range.

    Here is the company that does the upgrades:
    http://evseupgrade.com/

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My guess is that lease special already brought pricing down to the new levels.

    Volt lease is $329, you got a Leaf for $199, right?
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