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  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Three weeks into Fusion ownership and so far nothing has been hit with it which is a miracle considering the last 2 commuters had bumps at 3 did the '15 Focus.

    We are VERY impressed with the car, comfortable, quiet, almost luxury feel to it with great handling. Best part about it is its possible to comfortably fit 5 people in it with one being in a car seat. The car seat fits much better in the Fusion than my Explorer. We were able to take the Fusion on an hour long trip to go to dinner with 5 of us in the car. My oldest is tall and had plenty of leg room plus room on either side of the car seat was more than adequate. Can't pull that off in the Explorer, someone has to go in the 3rd row and that's whoever pulls the short straw since nobody wants to go back there.

    No there won't be another punch this year and no I will not be trading my Explorer for a Fusion. I really do like my Explorer, its only had 2 issues in 60k miles, both fixed with no trouble. I don't see another punch in our future for a long time unless some critter or bad driver wipes out one of the fleet.....I really hope not, we like all of our cars!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    New Fusion in the driveway. Plates switched to new ones on the Focus (hubby has veteran plates with permanent registration, so we had to pay registration and get new plates). We meet the buyer at his bank tomorrow morning. I think the Focus is trying to hang on for dear life.....if it could go wrong this week it did! Thursday morning it was scheduled for a new windshield, well the installers showed up at the house and I put the car inside the garage, then they said that the windshield they had was different than the one that was in the car. Car still had its factory windshield, they said the placement of the rear view mirror was different. Turns out to be a design change, but didn't find that out until a whole lot of stress passed by.

    So, windshield replaced, next on the list was getting the part replaced to make the battery light turn off. Dealer said it was some sort of relay for some sort of air fins or something in the cooling system that opens when driven. (I have no clue so guessing here) Tech went to install the part and finds a dead bird instead, he wasn't amused. Codes went away but the battery light stayed on, so they tested the alternator which tested fine last week. This week its showing that its failing and of course there isn't one in the state so they have to order it and can fix the car on Tuesday....did I mention the guy is taking the car tomorrow?

    So, I paid the extended warranty deductible ($100) and arranged it so the new owner can drop the car off and have the repair done. I also did the paperwork to have the extended warranty transferred to him.

    $230 for registration, $102 for the warranty deductible, and $75 warranty transfer fee, I really think that car wants to stay at this point!

    Starting to think trading it in would have been a whole lot easier!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Put me down for a punch (so much for turning in my CCBA card). Hubby is picking up a brand new 2016 Ford Fusion SE on Thursday. We sold his Focus (gonna miss it) for $7500, not too bad since the dealer was only offering $5500 (after I went off on them about their original offer of $2000). Focus has 87k on it and is still a great car but we felt it was time to upgrade to a little more family friendly car. My Explorer is nearing 60k and it would be nice to have another vehicle we can use as a family car. Speaking of my Explorer, its sitting at the Ford dealer waiting for repair, in the meantime I'm stuck with a 2014 Edge Limited. I really really want my Explorer back. Daughter is still thrilled with her 2015 Focus.

    Love the deals right now on the Fusion, we used my x-plan through work, $2500 rebate, and 0% for 72 months, yes please!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    We have gone a year now with the same 4 vehicles and no plans to replace any of them. Just put a new stereo and speakers in the truck, hubby was so tired of blown speakers and a stereo that barely worked. Daughter got a job and took over payments on the '15 Focus, I gave her an ultimatum, get a job and pay for the car/insurance or I was going to sell it. I haven't driven it in months but she drives it all the time, that being the case I figured she could pay for it too. Surprisingly she was more than happy to do that, 60 pmts left on the car at 0% interest, pretty sweet deal for her I think.

    Can't complain about any of the 4 vehicles currently in the fleet, all reliable and low cost to own. Just finished the detached 1 car garage giving us a place for all 4 vehicles to now be inside. Bad news is hubby may be facing medical retirement and if that happens we will have to sell the house and move to the lower 48, way to expensive to live in Alaska at that point.

    On another note, my son is working on dumping the RX-8, he is suspecting electrical problems and doesn't want to go down that road. He's in the car approx. $4500 so hopefully can recoup those funds.

    That's about it from the car front, about time to turn in my CCBA card!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Well, it seems my son has caught the bug. He's back from Italy (long story but involves a soon to be ex). Anyway, he's been commuting to the base on a bike, 25 miles round trip and finally decided he needed a car. He sold his '14 Focus ST before he went to Italy, still has his '96 Firebird but its broke down up near Travis AFB. He has a buddy that's going to fix it and sell it for him. He had a Fiat of some assort in Italy, sold it before he left. Prior to all these, he had a '95 Escort as his first car and a '12 Elantra.

    This brings us to this week. He told me he bought a car.......not from a dealership, I asked if it was CL, he said no. He went to an auto auction in San Diego (where he lives now). Honestly, I cringed but the kid does have a pretty good eye for a nice car. He said he scoped out a couple decent trucks, a Colorado and a Dakota, figured he'd grab one of those. Then a 2005 Mazda RX-8 came across the block and he decided to bid on it. He paid $3500 for it, its clean and in good shape, clean title, car fax (I pulled one after he bought it, terrified at what I would find), and a 3 owner car. Its a Shinka edition, 6-spd manual, leather, sunroof, 140k miles.

    He said it runs good, but has a few issues. He ran it to the shop after he picked it up at the auction, needs brakes and the rear main is leaking. He took it in to have the rear main fixed and found the clutch was burnt up, thankfully the shop is only charging him parts for that and no extra labor. Stereo had a blown fuse and the a/c compressor is shot. Not too horrible for an auction car. I know he could easily sell it if its a stinker like the bird is, although the bird had help from that soon to be ex.

    When I saw the pics of the RX-8 I can't say as I blame the kid for grabbing it, its beautiful!

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