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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    What would she use for the commute on bad winter days?

    We'd keep the CX-7.

    The state job would pay more than the job she currently has - anywhere from $1K to $10K more per year. She's tired of being a center director and wants to do something different.

    I think she would qualify for mileage reimbursement so that would help defray the costs, plus she might also be able to work from home some of the time.

    I'm wondering if perhaps a high mileage lease might be the way to go. 15K or 18K miles per year and keep the monthly tab to a couple of hundred bucks.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,930
    just keep the CX-7 and use that. hard to imagine that you can save enough in gas to cover the costs (service, insurance, even taxes) of a 3rd car. Never mind depreciation.

    35 miles isn't that far.

    doing my quick math in my head after a bottle of mothers day wine (etc...), 70/20 is 3.5 gallons per day, so 17.5/week, at $4.00/gal = 70.

    flipping to something that gets 40 MPG, cut the gas bill in half to 35.

    so about $140/month savings. Can you buy a new car that gets $40MPG for $140 - insurance - running costs?

    and if you only go to 30mpg average, you save what, $70/month?

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

  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,413
    Woah there, stick, this is CCBA!

    You can't just go doing math on someone's car buying plans and expect to get away with it...

    That's three demerits for youand a repeat offence will cost you a week in a Festiva.

    That said, of course you're right. Happy Birthday, too. Forty or Fifty?

    Cheers -Mathias
    {I'm 47 but don't look a day over 46}
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,930
    well, I vaguely remember 40, and I appreciate you not shooting 60 at me! so I'll confess to the middle figure.

    oh wait, doesn't that mean I am supposed to run out and get myself a mid life toy?

    And that is what Michael should do. If he gets his wife another commuter, he'll never get out of the Ion!

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

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Drove my Cousin's new Maxima this weekend. As always Nissan's VQ engine is impressive and strong. Way too firm of a ride for me but very nice car.

    I believe they run fairly subsidized leases to move them as well.

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

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    just keep the CX-7 and use that. hard to imagine that you can save enough in gas to cover the costs (service, insurance, even taxes) of a 3rd car. Never mind depreciation.

    35 miles isn't that far.

    doing my quick math in my head after a bottle of mothers day wine (etc...), 70/20 is 3.5 gallons per day, so 17.5/week, at $4.00/gal = 70.

    flipping to something that gets 40 MPG, cut the gas bill in half to 35.

    so about $140/month savings. Can you buy a new car that gets $40MPG for $140 - insurance - running costs?

    and if you only go to 30mpg average, you save what, $70/month?


    Darnit, it sucks when logic impedes on a perfectly good plan.

    However, you're right on all counts. I was just hoping to keep the miles off the CX-7 (it'll cross 20K in the next week or so).

    This wouldn't be a flip, but an addition to the fleet.

    And you're right, I'll never get out of the ION this way. I'm hoping to keep the ION for many years (68K at the moment) and add something fun down the road.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,795
    We can make the numbers work, if you agree to trade the CX-7.. just let us know... ;)

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,517
    That's damned cheap!
    Yeah, its a handshaker, but with sport, premium, NAV, and low miles?

    I wonder why its not CPO.

    Anyhoo... I bet they could get $21-$22k for that at auction. I'd jump on it even at the full asking price.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,517
    is it gone? I'm not seeing it.

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

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,684
    "oh wait, doesn't that mean I am supposed to run out and get myself a mid life toy?"

    Why, yes. Yes it does. Absolutely. Immediately. Post haste. Just do it. No time like the present. Why put off to tomorrow what one can do today. Your life is getting close to the midway point, time to panic...

    I waited a little over a year beyond my half-life before buying the Jag. But, I did done do'd it. So, you do it, too, you.

    Just remember the pre-requisite gold chain (if you're going Corvette, that is... :P )

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,930
    yeah, went down yesterday after I first saw it. No clue how long it was there. Was a 1993 Subaru impreza (sport? the wagon version). Blue, looked clean, 5 speed FWD (assume it really was), with only 107K on it. Listed for $1,595. A nice bargain if it ran strong, and I doubt he would have listed it if it was crap.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,517
    edited May 2012
    Was watching this one earlier. It has been relisted now $400 cheaper. Looks pretty nice, and low miles, too. Too bad I'm not ready to do anything yet.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,517
    edited May 2012
    Another oddball.
    I wonder what the seller wants for it.

    It actually gets pretty poor mileage, now that I've looked up the specs (18/25). That's surprising.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,759
    That IS300 is a nice driving car, especially with a stick. Quick steering & razor sharp handling. It was built (rebadged) to compete with the E36 3 series. Unfortunately, by the time it was released BMW had already come out with the E46 3 series. The car only came with a 5 speed manual (instead of 6), hence the lackluster fuel economy. It also wasn't geared very aggressively and only managed 7.1 - 7.2 60 mph times. So it handled well, but wasn't very fast, & got crummy mileage. Plus traditional Lexus owners said the car rode too rough. That might be worth looking at.

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,340
    We've been really content with our fleet, so browsing trips have been few and far between, but my wife and I went out over lunch last week to look at this:

    2007 530xi

    It is uncanny how close this is to my old 530xi, even the same exterior and interior color. 6-speed manual, sport, premium and cold packages plus navigation. 1 owner and only 40k miles for a 5+ year old car.

    It drove nice as expected and was in nice condition. Price seems a tad high, but no crazy mark-up.

    But, it just wasn't very compelling. Part of it, of course, is even though I do have some nostalgia for my old 530xi, I've "been there done that." I like the variety of having the e39 530i and the GTI. When we returned from the test drive, we parked right next to my 530i, and my wife remarked on how there's no way we could give up the e39. The salesperson quipped that I should trade it in - when I asked him if it's because he would buy it, he smiled and replied yes.

    We could probably come close to a straight trade on the GTI, but I like the VW too much and the contrast it offers with the e39. Obviously the contrast would be much less between the two 5's.

    Fun trip, but it's nice to walk away happier with what you have.

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,340
    Did they ever make the IS300 wagon in a stick? Now that would be a rare find indeed!

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,759
    I believe the IS300 Sportcross (don't dare use the W word - lol) was only available with an automatic.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,930
    You people are killing me here today!

    NYC, yes, the sportcross was AT only, otherwise I may have bought one back in the day. I do like these, but as noted, they are pretty piggy gas wise. That one looks nice, certainly rare, but with 111K on it and some boy-racer stuff, gives me pause. But, if cheap enough?

    the P-5 looks pretty sharp, though black over black is not nice. And I would be embarrased to have to swap out a clutch before 100K! I do think the price is a bit high still, for 97K on a 10 YO economy car. I could, however, be very happy with one of those at the right price.

    the BMW? can't comment on the price, but man that is load, even the high-zoot seats. pretty sure I could learn to live with that one. I think I like the color even, but hard to tell on the monitor (some cars you just have to see in person)

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I guess this was before Subaru made AWD standard

    Yep, that was 2 years later, 1995.

    The EJ22 engine is generally bullet-proof, far more reliable than the EJ25.

    At that age, though, who knows what it needs.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The Elantra uses a direct injection engine

    Oddly enough, it's one engine from Hyundai that does not. The Accent and Sonata do, but the Elantra doesn't.

    When when the Touring launches it will have it.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,517
    Price isn't bad on the P5. Clean ones are getting $4k at the block.

    Exhaust and shifter on the IS bug me... but then there is no CAI, so ... I dunno. Could be they just went aftermarket on things that needed replacing as it aged.

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,171
    D'oh! :sick: I thought the Elantra and Accent had the same engine.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,672
    Mazda3- might as well combine some driving pleasure along with the frugality.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    so what, 50/50 that it stays at the dealer and something else comes home with you?

    Nah, I don't feel like paying $50k to replace it with a new truck and I highly doubt I can find another truck as nice as the Sierra for what I paid for it. It was a rare truck by Alaska standards, extreme low miles for an 07 (42k), no accidents, 1 owner, dealer maintained, non-smoker, no dogs, yeah, rare truck!

    I don't think our car family is going to change much other than the Escort getting shipped out in the next few months.

    My son graduates in 2 days and turns 18 in 13 days......I'm feeling a bit old these days. He leaves for boot camp in about 6 weeks. :sick:
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    edited May 2012
    Mazda3- might as well combine some driving pleasure along with the frugality.

    Yeah, that's what I'm leaning towards.

    Got some hypothetical parameters from the wife:

    Hatchback
    Automatic
    Leather (or leather like substance)
    Bluetooth
    iPod connectivity
    Silver or Grey

    She'd like a sunroof, but it's not a deal breaker

    The only tough one is the leather or vinyl seats. Not sure how many cars in this segment offer it.

    EDIT: The Mazda 3i Grand Touring comes standard with leather and moonroof. Adding the tech package provides bi-xenon headlights. MSRP of $24K

    One other thing to note .. both jobs that she is applying to would offer mileage reimbursement, so there would be some remuneration for all the driving she would do. Depending on which job she got, she could possibly do enough driving to defray most, if not all, of the costs of the payment, gas, insurance, etc.

    Phone interview with the non-state job this morning. The state job app was submitted last night.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,171
    edited May 2012
    The Prius C offers fake leather seats, and the Insight EX has combination cloth/fake leather seats.

    Other than the hybrids, I think VW, BMW, and Mercedes are the main purveyors of vinyl seats in mainstream cars these days. Of course, I've seen real leather that looks and feels a lot worse than the vinyl in some of these cars.
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Other than the hybrids, I think VW, BMW, and Mercedes are the main purveyors of vinyl seats in mainstream cars these days. Of course, I've seen real leather that looks and feels a lot worse than the vinyl in some of these cars.

    My daughter's MINI has the fake leather seats. Since she and my wife take turns driving to work, my wife has said that she likes them quite a bit.

    Have been reviewing the long term test blog on the Mazda 3 that Edmunds is driving. Biggest complaints so far:

    1) Lack of USB/iPod connectivity (it is a dealer option, however)
    2) Crappy OEM tires that don't match the chassis calibration of the car
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,672
    The Carfax shows an accident but doesn't say anything about the severity. I'm kind of tempted; I'd feel better if it was inspected thoroughly...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,517
    OH, I didn't realize. I saw their little checklist about it having no issues and didn't click on the link.
    That's bad news. A mark on the carfax is why I turned down a good deal on another 135i. Its just not worth it for someone like me who changes cars way too often. I would need a serious discount to make up for it.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,517
    man... reserve met at just over $4k and 4 hours to go:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280877756380

    I'm really really tempted to throw out a bid and see what happens. My wife would kill me, though.

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

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