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  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    I realized the other day that its been over a year since the last time I test drove any car. That's pretty sad. My explorer is just over a year old with 18k on it. Its kind of nice having a car I could care less about, I don't worry about scratches or dings or if the baby spits up on the floor or seat. I'm enjoying that!

    On another note, I did test drive a car today but its nothing I was looking at, my son was looking for a new car and talked me into a test drive. Long story short, the car was amazing and he bought it. I got to work a car deal with someone else's money. Considering he has to ship it out and its a somewhat hard to find car he got a very very fair deal on it. He bought a 2014 Ford Focus ST, leather recaro seats, sunroof, basically loaded with every option a Focus ST can have. Awesome driving car, that much I can say about it. That was fun, but I'm good, have no desire to buy anything for myself. Should I hand in my CCBA card?

  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    I hope you are all buying lots of cars and staying out of trouble. I never have time to pop in here anymore, let alone read posts! I'm coming up on a year with the Explorer, I think it has around 17k on it, haven't had any issues with it and gas mileage is decent at 20 mpg mixed driving. Its a good car, reliable, but there's nothing exciting or endearing about it. I think its the first car that I could care less if it gets a ding or scratch (has a huge door ding in the rear door and scratches on the rear bumper), I drive it and put gas in it, probably should get the oil changed eventually too. My daughter drives it as well, although she prefers the Silverado.

    My son bought himself a different car, I helped him with advice over the phone and text, but he did the deal himself and I think he did ok. He found a 1996 Pontiac Firebird with 124k on it, V8 with a 6-spd manual with an asking price of $3500, no accidents, 3 owner car with a good history. Had a pre-purchase done and the mechanic basically told him to walk away. The owner of the car was with my son and heard everything the mechanic said. I guess the guy didn't know there was much if anything wrong with the car. Mechanic said rear main and crankshaft seals were leaking, rear brakes were bad, water pump, hoses were leaking coolant, and it had rust on the undercarriage. My son decided to take on the project and offered the guy $1500 for it, they settled at $1900 which included a second set of wheels/tires.

    A few days later my son decided to take the car to the gm dealer to get a second opinion. The rear main seal is fine, its the oil pan gasket that's leaking, the crankshaft seal is leaking but its minor, it needed a water pump, hoses, and rear brakes. GM tech also said the rust on the undercarriage is very minor and nothing to worry about. He had most of the work done on the car and put new tires on it. Eventually he will have to fix the A/C (the only issue the prev owner said it had) and fix the clear coat issues on the roof and hood.

    He's happy and his 2011 Elantra will be sold tomorrow.

  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Stick: Yup we bought it. It's a super nice truck. It is an automatic which is fine since it means daughter can drive it. It's a 6.0L so not quite as thirsty as a V10. Much nicer truck than we expected to get for $7k that's for sure.

    I haven't even been in the truck yet, hubby drove it and I stayed in the explorer with the little guy. I'm going to take it later and fill it up. I did see enough to know it was well cared for. The leather in it looks new, no tears or cracks anywhere. Non-smoker, no pets, can't ask for better than that in the low price range.
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Just popping in to say hi and see how many punches are on the old CCBA cards. I'm at ZERO for this year and until hubby buys an old pickup it will stay that way.

    Daughter gets her license tomorrow cringe. She will drive the Explorer until she learns to drive a manual transmission then will switch off with the Focus when she needs to go somewhere. Her plan is to work this summer and save her money then put a nice down payment on a CPO Hyundai Elantra. We have been very impressed with Hyundai and how they have taken car of our older son's Elantra. When it blew the engine they put him in a rental car and fixed his car quickly with no question.

    My '14 Explorer is closing in on 8 months old and just turned 12k today. Solid SUV, great on bad roads and very reliable, absolutely no warranty repairs. The '12 Focus has 40k on it and no issues at all, great little car.

    I had my little boy on January 17th, life has been nuts since then! College + baby = no car shopping.....Not that I need to, I like my Explorer.