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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • breldbreld Posts: 1,452
    Thankfully, it does have heated seats. Like my 335, the buttons for those were moved up I believe starting in 2009.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,670
    agreed about the 318. If you have the ability to pull the engine and replace all the gaskets, certainly looks like a solid platform to work with. Probably overpriced since it has been sitting for 4 years, is not really usable, and the engine work will not be cheap. Plus it is only a 4 cyl.

    also, once you have the engine apart, might as well go all the way and rebuild the whole thing.

    could be a good option if you have a wreck with a strong low-mile engine to swap in. that could work.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,670
    I was talking about the gray RWD one in VA. that does not have heated seats.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,452
    Oh gotcha - got confused with all the BMWs in the discussion. :)

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,452
    On the way into work after that pre-purchase inspection at our mechanic, my wife gets pulled over for speeding. Remember this is the same person who got the ticket in Texas on our roadtrip for going 90-something. To be fair, she was going 44 on a three lane road which for some reason has a 30 mph limit.

    The officer took her information and then came back to the car and replied that she didn't want to ruin her new car experience by giving her a ticket on the first full day of owning the car. :D

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,689
    So dealer finally secured a Leaf today. Wound up being a blue one, which will make my wife happy. They are getting it in tomorrow and we will pick it up Friday night.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,810
    E30---not familiar with old BMWs but are the ok'd ones good for that kind of milage?

    4 banger--mush have been a good one, sold already.

    88 BMW---new paint (coving what?). Strange noises? Scary.

    76 BMW---wow, strut towers, floor pans, rockers. Whole lota rust goin' on.

    99 BMW---now that's more like it.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,810
    edited January 2013
    84---overheats, unknown miles, won't pass emissions....what's not to like?

    98---nice. If the drivetrain is solid with all this miles it might be a nice little cruiser.

    94 vert---what's he hiding? But it is a convertible.

    84---$1200 plus the possible cost of a new tranny. What's the total?

    98---seems pretty pricey for a TMU.

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Suprised they did not try to fix it with beer

    Ever seen Rocket City Rednecks? In one episode they used empty beer cans in an armored car. Hilarious show.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,874
    And to that point, I actually did a search and found a thread on a BMW forum where the original owner was trying to sell the car (just a couple weeks ago).

    When I found that gorgeous Velvet Blue Individual E46 M3(with the horrid SMG box :mad: ) I inadvertently found the owner when I was searching for images of Velvet Blue BMWs to show my wife. One picture was from an M3 registry and the picture was of that exact car(I knew that because the page listed the VIN). Through that registry I was able to contact the original owner.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,452
    I met up with the previous owner of the wagon last night and bought his winter wheel/tire set, along with a few accessories he pulled from the car before trading (floormats, cargo tray, black kidney grills). Pretty good deal for both - I wanted those things anyway, got them much cheaper than buying new, and he has some extra space in his garage and is a bit richer.

    Fun chatting with him - he's definitely more a VW/Audi guy and leased the 3 wagon before it was known the Golf R was coming over here. So, makes sense, with his lease about up, that he traded for the R.

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

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,956
    A reporter would like to speak to a loyal F-150 owner who is considering replacing his old truck. If you have owned F-150s, think it may be time to replace your aging truck and would like to share your story, please send your daytime contact info to PR@edmunds.com no later than Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,810
    I don't know, this style just caught my eye.

    http://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/cto/3551120523.html

    Seems pricey even for that low milage. I saw one restored to showroom condition this summer and it was sweet. Edmunds says $1200 but that seems low.

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

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    edited January 2013
    I don't know that I'd call that pricey, but any fancy car like that is bound to have expensive problems. At 60,000 miles, I might be tempted to offer $3,500 and settle for as much as $4,000 if I was really gung-ho about it.

    I was just chatting about a 92 Cadillac Seville that my grandmother has, and Shifty was suggesting $1,800 on it. She wants $4,000, but I told her straight up she'd never get that out of it.

    It looks nice, but I drove it tonight and it has some issues: vibration through the steering column - feels like maybe the tires are out of balance, and it pulls to the left. The handling is freakishly horrendous, but I guess that's just the way it handles because it feels nice and tight.
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The question with an "elderly owned" car is did it sit for long periods of time? Those very low miles combined with a 22 year old car are a concern.

    You know what I mean. Snow birds spend the winter in Florida, the car could have sat for 4 months every year.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,450
    Just read Nissan is dropping prices on the new Leaf --- TTAC--- but with a lease you are in good stead.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 8,005
    We always joke on this thread that it is fun to spend other people's money. Well, I've been given the oppurtunity to. I have a friend living in Australia who wants a Shelby Mustang GT500. There's a company over there that handles the transportation, importing, & right hand drive conversion. He's got to pay them the money, and they'll wire the money from their account to the dealer's bank.

    We found this 2012 GT 500 with just over 2000 miles at a dealer in Glenns Falls, NY.

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    Asking price of $47,493. I offered $42,000. Maybe they'll bite. We'll see. I'll keep you all informed.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,653
    Sweet.

    Last year at the Chicago auto show, Ford had a 2012 GT 500 convertible on a dyno. Wow, it sounded awesome at full bore.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Would be awesome to play with, but I think a Boss is easier to live with day in, day out.

    Of course this is CCB. Buy it, and if you feel remorse, sell it tomorrow and then buy a Boss 302. :D
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,918
    A reporter is looking for a subcompact car owner or shopper to weigh in on what kind of impact a sleeker design, like the "Furia" concept released in Detroit, would have on their purchase decision. If you own or are looking for a subcompact car, and think a sleeker design would impact which car you buy, please send your daytime contact info to pr@edmunds.com no later than Monday, January 21, 2013 at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.

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  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,653
    Would be awesome to play with, but I think a Boss is easier to live with day in, day out.

    I see a '11 or so GT500 all of the time running around a small town near the lake we go to on the weekends. Who ever owns it treats it like his work beater. Every time I've seen it, it's covered in dirt, mud, and/or leaves and tree sap. Such a sad sight.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sad.

    Drive it, sure, but take care of it. C'mon...
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,810
    edited January 2013
    "...could have sat for 4 months every year..."

    Yeah, that's the other side of the low milage coin, isn't it?

    My father bought a new 98 Lasabre and only put about 25k miles on it before he passed in 2001. The car mostly sat for the next few years until I bought if from my mother for my son in 2005. He still has it and except for the obligatory intake gasket replacement it has needed no unusual repairs. It has about 90k miles now and doesn't leak any fluids (which would be my main concern with a rarely used car).

    I suppose you pays your money and you takes your chances. :lemon:

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

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,956
    I was out playing in my Outback in about 6" of fresh snow today. But it'll sit most all summer, like the van currently is doing.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,810
    "...Glenns Falls NY..."

    That's GLENS Falls. Is the dealer Garvey or D'Ella?

    That money exchange sounds like some kind of Nigerian Prince deal. Be careful.

    I would be happy to drive that car to Australia for your friend if you like. :)

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,810
    "...it will sit most all summer..."

    If it's prepped right, sitting isn't necessarily a killer. But you never know what the other guy did.

    I have two cars off the road until spring. One I did some prep on, the other I just start up every few weeks. We'll see in spring.

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

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,956
    edited January 2013
    My mechanic told me to drive the Outback more in the summer. But around here, unless we are on the road somewhere, most of the miles are on the shoe leather and bikes. It's really time to get one new car and just sell these two, but I'm too cheap to get too excited about that plan.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,815
    Have been watching the auction for hours now and it's a great look see, they have some amazing rides and some of the prices they are fetching are mind blowing. Love the late '50's GM metal the best but seem to see more Chevys than Buicks, Pontiacs or Oldsmobiles for some reason and the Buciks and Ponti's from those years were just awesome. Ah, to just have a few hundred thousand sitting around would be wonderful to pick up a few of these babies. Man, I just love cars! :)

    Mr. Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife)/2015 Golf SE (me)/2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1)/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,670
    had it on for a while tonight, but my wife got tired of it. Need to send her to bed so I can put it back on.

    My BIL and SIL are out there for the weekend, so maybe you will see them on TV!

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,815
    Mine just left the room once I turned it back on...she hates car stuff and only cares that her car works and has gas in it. So far, the car I liked best was that '58 light blue over light blue Chevy Impala vert...simply outstanding and it went for $130k I believe! They did an overhead shot and those suckers were pretty long, about as long as the Caddy's my mom drove from those years.

    Approaching 10 pm now so it's time to hit the rack...luckily I can tune in again tomorrow and Sunday as I'll be a bachelor for a few days. Is this heaven or what!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife)/2015 Golf SE (me)/2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1)/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

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