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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    edited January 2013
    Nevertheless, I hope this person lives the life of a fugitive and is wrought with guilt. :mad:

    Unfortunately, that probably won't be the case.

    Glad to hear your wife is safe. I'd think being side swiped at interstate speeds could have ended up much worse.

    My dad was involved in a hit and run a few years ago. Someone ran a red light in a pickup and clipped the rear quarter of his Accord. He was going about 40 and was completely spun around. I think it caused over $6k worth of damage. The perp kept going like nothing happened. Considering where it happened, the likelihood of them having insurance was probably nil.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,470
    "...I officially own the thing..."

    Congrats! At the end of this month I make the last payment on the Eclipse. Wife wanted to pay the whole thing years ago and it's been a constant struggle explaining how keeping the money invested was better than paying off a 0% loan.

    She hates owing money.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,455
    If my wife had thought like that, I wouldn't owe money on an RDX for the next 4 years! Tried to convince her that a used X3 was a better idea. Just didn't work.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,470
    "...according to KBB..."

    I cringe when someone quotes Kelly. Don't know where they get their values. Even if you consider those as "asking" prices they don't make sense. Of course the sellers don't factor the "asking" part when you to try to bargain.

    When you mentioned your BILs S2000 I ran it through Edmunds and got a value of $7600. Kind of low I thought, so I tried KBB. Kelly said $22k! :surprise:

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hmm, this just popped up on my radar.

    The C-Max is actually shorter than the Prius (I want small), but nearly as roomy as the bigger Prius V.

    Everyone complains about the Focus' auto gear box, but the C-Max gets a CVT.

    They're not getting the claimed 47mpg, but they are still high 30s, and prices have dropped to the high $23k range for that exact reason, from $26k asking originally.

    Finally, the gas tank has more capacity than either Prius, so the all important range ought to be good.

    Anyone driven one? Does it feel at all like the Focus?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,455
    working from home + our 2 day "spring" holiday came in handy. So far, have 2 of 3 int he fleet washed (the RDX went out in the snow, and was filthy white from salt). Just have to give the Integra a quick wash later, and will be all set until the next road treatment event comes along.

    just odd to be out in the driveway at the end of January, in NJ, in sweats wishing that I had put on shorts and a T shirt instead, since I was getting all sweaty!

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,455
    I saw one at the auto show and liked it. Just not the Energi model, where the battery takes up most of the cargo area.

    If we had not already bought, I would have taken my wife to test drive one. probably on the small side for family duty, and she does refuse to buy a Ford!

    coincidentally, I was out earlier and saw one (my first) on the road. Looked nice.

    I got the new issue of Car and Driver yesterday, and they had a test of it (pretty sure it was C&D). Might want to look that up if you don't get the magazine.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,455
    I saw edmunds being that low. I know it will go for more, due to miles/condition on a "specialty" car. KBB is insane. You must have made a mistake there! I can guarantee if you show up and offer him 22K, he will hire a truck to bring it to your house.

    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
    Will search, I think my C&D subscription elapsed.

    TrueDelta does not yet have any reliability date on the C-Max. They usually come out with them first. That's a concern, given all the botched launches Ford's had lately.

    I had a real bad experience with Ford Credit a while ago, but I'd pay cash, so trying to keep an open mind about it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Found it:

    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-ford-c-max-hybrid-first-drive-review

    Pano roof but on SEL only. Would push it over $30k. At that point I'd add Navi, too. A little spendy but it's almost more than I need.

    Hmm, lithium ion batteries. That scares me a bit. Very new tech, and look how many fires have come from other Li-ion setups.

    Might wait-and-see on that. Until I knew reliability was good I'm not sure I'd buy one.
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,306
    You and I seem to be on the same track - I was just thinking about the C-Max as well. The styling is really conservative, but I kinda like that - we weren't a big fan of the look of the Prius V when we looked at them last weekend.

    I was doing some research last night, trying to confirm when the next Mazda3 would be released. That's probably my favorite right now, but I do think the styling could use a bit of an update. All the word online points toward a redesign for the 2014 model year, though I think that would mean only a 4-year run on the 2nd gen, but that's certainly possible.

    Given our recent purchases, waiting a year certainly wouldn't be a bad thing. And as attractive as the current Mazda3 is, a redesign would bring the updated styling cues of the CX-5 and 6, and probably more efficiency.

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Plus, they didn't get to do the whole SkyActiv treatment on the current 3. The next one should add headers, lighter weight materials, and maybe start/stop (speculation on my part).

    But ... I bet it costs a bunch more than $18k for an i Touring.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,461
    Yeah, dang... sorry about that breld, but always good when the driver (occupants) can walk away (relatively) unscathed!

    Speaking of pickups running lights, I saw that happen in Morgantown, WV, while I was there last spring. I was walking in the downtown area when a pickup blatantly ran a red light, a spendy sedan (a BMW, if I recall correctly) was going through the intersection on the green, and the truck slammed on the brakes, tires squealing, and missed that car by inches. It was an impressive reaction time (given that there was about zero sight distance on the intersecting street), but would have been more impressive if the driver had seen the red light and stopped before the intersection. ;)
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,306
    But ... I bet it costs a bunch more than $18k for an i Touring.

    Well, it could be wishful thinking, but I think Mazda would have to hold the line to remain competitive.

    But yes, the 3 getting the complete SkyActiv treatment has to net some gains in efficiency - to a car that's already pretty darn good in that category.

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, Autoweek had a neat article on the 40mpg club, and the only 2 that really lived up to the 40mpg promise were the 3 SkyActive and the Golf TDI.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,574
    That's really terrible what happened to your wife. I'm glad she's OK.

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

  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,529
    Yeah, hope the "day after" didn't bring on any aches or pains.

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  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,376
    Trying to remember, this was a short lease on a G37, right? awd or rwd? Do you like it?

    15 Leaf / 08 RDX

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,376
    I've been away from here for awhile, so nice to see that 2013 is progressing smoothly on punches. Even Mathias! I had a punch in 2012 for the Miata, and will have one this year for sure, maybe two. I'd guess 34 total for this year, but it all hinges on what breld and anony do...they have become the all star players in this league and will single-handedly affect the season greatly . Jolie will always be a hall of famer, though.

    15 Leaf / 08 RDX

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    I had a punch in 2012 for the Miata, and will have one this year for sure, maybe two. I'd guess 34 total for this year,

    Details on the Miata punch, please .. date, model year, new/used (miles if used) .. I'll add it to the 2012 punch list.

    Have added your guess of 34 for 2013 punches; will repost the entire list once I get the above information.
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,376
    OK - 2/12/12, 07 Miata PRHT, used 14k miles.

    Its been mid 60's and sun here in the bay area; who says a Miata isn't a winter car?

    15 Leaf / 08 RDX

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    tifighter - thanks!

    Updated list:

    2012 Punch List:
    01/12/12 corvette 2003 BMW 540i 85K
    01/29/12 anon 2007 Toyota RAV4 72K
    02/12/12 tifighter 2007 Mazda Miata PRHT 14K
    02/15/12 breld 2012 BMW X3
    02/15/12 stickguy 2007 Volvo S40 91K
    02/28/12 breld 2009 Honda Odyssey 45K
    03/22/12 nyccarguy 2011 BMW 328xi (lease)
    05/02/12 anon 2012 Toyota Prius
    07/31/12 breld 2011 Audi A5 17K
    08/05/12 qbrozen 1998 Volvo S70
    08/20/12 breld 2007 VW Beetle 56K
    08/23/12 xwesx 2012 Ford Fiesta 14K
    08/31/12 stickguy 2013 Acura RDX AWD
    09/14/12 steine13 1995 Toyota Camry 123K
    09/23/12 andre1969 2012 Dodge Ram
    09/25/12 anon 2008 Honda Odyssey 57K
    10/30/12 jpp5862 2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 135K
    11/xx/12 jayrider 2012 Buick LaCrosse AWD
    12/17/12 mark156 2013 Honda CR-V EXL w/ nav
    12/21/12 stickguy 2000 Acura Integra LS 166K
    12/23/12 anon 2013 Honda Accord

    2013 Punch List:
    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)

    Punch guesses for 2013:
    Michaell 15-17
    Xwesx 22
    Stickguy 25
    Qbrozen 28
    Au1994 30
    Anon 31
    Tifighter 34
    Jpp5862 35
    Steve 36
    Nyccarguy 38
    Rayainsw 39
    Ateixeira 40
    Kyfdx 45
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I had my top down today! :shades:

    Near 70 in DC before the rain.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    A reporter used something I said in a article on the new Corolla in Bloomberg News...I heard about him right here in this forum! I know others in here have also been quoted before...kind of surreal to see your name and opinion in print though!

    Toyota Spices Up Middle-Aged Corolla to Bolster Profits
    By Anna Mukai & Alan Ohnsman - Jan 30, 2013 4:14 AM ET

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,529
    Very cool.

    Here's the link.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,115
    I agree with his sentiment about Toyota. :)
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,529
    Toyota will be Furia to read that. ;)

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,574
    I'd like an autograph, Mr. Grossman. Congrats on getting published!

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

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,876
    Congrats! And thanks so much for taking the time to respond to our request and talk to the reporter.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    If memory serves me correctly sir, you were the first I've seen published from our group in here. I just followed your lead...and I do like the compact and sub compact segments the best but that's probably because they are what we can afford. As much as I lust for the MB, Lexus or BMW, I don't think we'd buy any of them unless we get a big windfall. Ah...but it's nice to dream!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

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