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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    A lot of cars were only pre-wired for stereos back then.

    Cars are heavier and a typical FWD has about 60% of the weight on the front axle, so people would complain about it being hard to park.

    My wife owned a Mirage with no power steering, so I've driven those. Fine at speed, but a pain in a parking lot.

    I would reach over and help her with 3 point turns, so I was the "power steering" for her.

    Really notchy shifter on those, was yours like that?
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,306
    I like bluetooth and a nice screen interface where you can safely and conveniently control the phone, radio, ipod, etc. I also really like blind-spot monitoring, which I had on the CX-9, but haven't had since. And that "silly" power tailgate on the Odyssey that I didn't care about? I don't know if I'd get another van without it.

    For my E39, I added one of those bluetooth speakers that clips on to the visor - it works pretty well, especially for $40. I also added an interface for my iPhone/iPod to connect to the existing stereo, as well as a nice mount that secures the iPhone so I can dial calls easily.

    My wife's wagon is at the BMW dealer getting Satellite (Sirius) "installed." It's all prewired, but you have to pay for a "code" and reprogramming. She didn't have the option on her X3, so she's pretty excited about it. She loves the old-time radio station on Sirius - where they air old mysteries and thrillers (i.e., the Whistler). She also loves TCM - before I married her I was only faintly aware that there were movies before the '70's :P .

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Do you have Sirius radio at home?
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,306
    No - we had the "on-line" account for awhile where you can access Sirius radio anywhere through the internet, but we didn't use it all that much.

    At home, we actually don't listen to music that often, and when we do, the music channels through our cable provider seem to be just fine.

    I never cared all that much about Sirius/XM until I had a free trial, and I got used to having the variety of music channels, along with sports and comedy (which of course, is exactly the point of the free trial).

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

  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,499
    edited January 2013
    I used to stream this old time radio site (Antioch). They broadcast shows that aired on the same day, umpteen years ago. Fun but after a while all the organ fanfares get to you. :)

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,574
    My first new car out of college had only a few requirements:

    * manual trans
    * tachometer
    * A/C
    * cassette player


    My first new car (after flunking out of college... twice) didn't have A/C or a cassette player...

    The 2nd new car didn't have A/C or a cassette player, either...

    My first car with A/C was an '84 model that I bought in 1990, when I was 32... (it also had a cassette... ;) )

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  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Hmmm .. first car I bought with my own money ('79 Pontiac Sunbird) had a 4-speed manual and no A/C. I think it had power steering and brakes. I installed an aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette (Kraco!).

    My first car out of college ('85 Accord LX) had A/C, cruise, cassette. Can't remember if it had power windows. Might have had power mirrors.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,452
    Honestly, this long after, I don't remember details, but I don't remember it ever bothering me. This was also my first FWD stick (though I did drive my parents Omni, and it was way better than that!)

    It did have the best handling (stick) I had ever experienced. That had more to do with the gumball tires I guess, but you could take off ramps at ridiculous speeds. Probably a good thing, because with 68 HP, you needed to maintain momentum at any cost!

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They were feather weights so that's not as little as it sounds.

    Hard to find cars under 3k pounds now.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,456
    edited January 2013
    "...no power steering..."

    Had a 1980 dodge omni w/o power steering and never missed it except those few times I had to parallel park.

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

  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Add me to the list....

    12/17/12 mark156 2013 Honda CR-V EXL w/nav (purchase)
    12/23/12 anon 2013 Honda Accord
    01/xx/13 steine13 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS (lease)
    01/08/13 breld 2011 BMW 335xi
    01/15/13 breld 2010 BMW 328xi wagon
    01/18/13 qbrozen 2013 Nissan Leaf (lease)
    01/19/13 anon 2013 Toyota Sienna (lease)
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,452
    an Omni and my Colt were a breeze.

    Now, the 1969 Volvo 140, that took some muscle. Even worse was the parking brake. There were days when me or my Dad put it on, and my mom or sister couldn't get it off, and had to call for help!

    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: 2,659
    edited January 2013
    Got to drive a Ford Edge, Ford Focus, Jeep Liberty and a Nissan Altima at my new job today. Was tons of fun and though the Focus tranny was a bit crazy and the seat fabric was horrible, a nice little runabout which I could see in my garage next time around. The Liberty accelerated like crap...kept downshifting, but the power drivers seat was heaven sent and it had the best steering wheel of the bunch! But would never purchase one. The Edge was just not my cup of tea...and larger than I like...the seats were just too low for me on their highest settings, but a power throne might solve this issue. The Altima was a great all around car...and it was the last generation to! Comfy power driver seat, great fabrics and interior and that 4 banger kicked some serious butt on I-95 when I could pass others. I really liked it.

    I did learn something today...and just called the wife who's at my middle kid's house for a couple of days...my next, and last, vehicle will have a power seat...I won't settle for anything else anymore! With my spinal issues, I learned today that with the power seat manipulated in such a way, I can drive, I think, for stretches of time with much less spinal pain than in my everyday car. Having a power seat makes all the difference in the world!

    Hoping to drive a Fuzion and many others next time they call me in to work! This is my dream job which I knew, in time, that G-d would provide for me. It was such a fun day, though very exhausting and my spine really hurts right now, but I can't wait till I go in again! The wife's happy that I'll be out of the house more and making some extra $. And I think it's time I got back into the world, talking and laughing with people after being home since October of 2010 when Uncle Sam showed me the door and told me "to get lost"! This is a good thing!!! Thank you G-d up above for this wonderful opportunity!!! :)

    The Forever Thankful Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,499
    A reporter would like to speak to someone who is going to be in the market for a new car in the next few months because their lease is expiring. If you fit this description, please email your daytime contact info to pr@edmunds.com by Friday, January 25, 2013 at noon PT/3 p.m. ET.

    (congrats Mark!)

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,452
    well, sounds good. I must have missed the news. I assume you got a job doing dealer swaps? Or are you a runner for a chop shop?

    and I love a power driver's seat. There are very few fully adjustable manual seats these days, and I really like to sit with the front cushion tilted up. Can't do that with the ratchet up dump seats.

    actually, the driver's seat is the reason I ended up with a Accord back in 2005, instead of a new design 2006 Civic (or a Mazda 3).

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,452
    with this crowd, much easier to find someone that is trading out of a lease well before the end of the term. Not sure anyone on the lease hamster wheel ever get to the end!

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,114
    Congratulations on your new job! It sounds like a lot of fun.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,452
    Rare bird, but one of a kind "hotrodded"

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3565114074.html

    has "needs" = can't get there from here. run, Forrest run.

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3564993535.html

    Rusty rockers on a Porsche is no big deal, right?

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3537198542.html

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

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    stick - why are you trolling cl at midnight?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,452
    what else am I supposed to do, go to bed?

    I was watching legendary motorcars, and just stayed on into Graveyard Carz. yes, I am a junky.

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

  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Wow! Sandman! New Job! :shades: Give us the details! Congrats!

    Mark156
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,565
    Few is a pretty vague term. The lease is up on my BMW in September 2014. That's a few months;)

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

  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,499
    Ha, 8 months is forever around here. You can always do an early return. :D

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,317
    My first vehicle had no radio at all, no AC, no PS, no PB, no power anything at all. At least not when I bought it. Oh, and it had 32x12" tires, so you had to really put your back into steering it.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,317
    So, I know what they mean about "range anxiety" now. I drove the Leaf to work yesterday. After finally getting here, I was a bit concerned about the trip home. It showed I was on target for about 77 miles on the charge. It is 29 miles to work and the car was showing 48 left to travel. However, it was showing just half the battery capacity left (6 bars out of 12). Although, temps below 30 are supposedly the worst conditions for an electric car. Range is greatly reduced. And we are below 20 degrees this week in NJ in the morns. So its a harsh test.

    I started the warmup like 20 mins before leaving the house with it plugged in and then drove the whole way with climate control off. Have warm socks to do this! I drove the speed limit, which I never do, and took all the backroads, which are half 50 mph and half 40 mph. Seems to me that getting up to speed at a good pace is better than creeping up to speed. I would see 2 to 3 miles disappear off the range when accelerating slowly, while rapid acceleration and then coasting would see 0 to 1 mile decrease.

    Where I saw the biggest decrease was on the 50 mph road. The range just kept dropping quickly. When I left the house, it read 102 miles. By the time I had travelled 15 miles at 50 mph, it was down to 50 miles left. But that's where speed limits dropped to 25 to 40. So the rest of the way it stayed right around 50 until I got to work, and then dropped to 48 as I parked.

    When I left work, it was reading 45. I now discovered the biggest problem driving it in the cold ... I couldn't pre-warm it and I couldn't use climate control and be confident I'd still make it home. This time, since it used so little in the lower-speed areas, I drove BELOW the speed limit in the 50 mph zone. This is SO HARD for me to do! Luckily, I had nobody behind me. It was a cold and long drive home, but I made it with 12 miles of range to spare. So could I have used the climate control for a little while? Maybe. Could I have driven the speed limit on the way home? Possibly. Could I have done both? Probably not. Will I drive it in 20 degree weather again? Hell no.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,456
    "...forever thankful..."

    Is that the transporter job? Great! Tell us more.

    To get paid to basically test drive new cars is indeed the dream job.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,456
    Rare bird---so rare it flew the coop and got flagged.

    72 MB---$4200 for a broke down bucket with a brake pump that has a "liking"? Sounds great.

    911---he's not in a hurry to sell...but he oughta be. Are those old 911 worth that kind of money in THAT condition? Must have been driven in winter to rust like that.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,456
    "...a cold and long drive home..."

    I have to put up with that kind of suffering on my $900 van but why you would do that on a new car that you paid money for is beyond me. Even my van will have heat if I run it long enough, especially if I whack the heater fan motor with a stick to get it off the dead spot.

    Do you think of Al Gore to keep you warm? :P

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,704
    The fractured ESL ad copy for that old SL makes my head hurt. It's roughly a 10K car in nice condition, and you can't get there from here for 5K.

    It does appear to be a very early car anyway, I wonder about the serial number - wouldn't add value, just curiosity.
  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,411
    edited January 2013
    Oh yeah, I forgot to supply the date; it was

    01/11/13 steine13 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT (lease)

    I'm mentioning the "LT" because it's a different engine... so if anyone wants to know about the 1.4 l mill, ask away... it's in several of their cars now...

    BTW, it appears that email addresses are not visible anymore in ppls profiles.

    We used to have a choice about that.

    Cheers -Mathias
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