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Viva Las Cruces
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Vehicle(s) that interest me
minivans, hatchbacks, wagons, hybrids
More about me
Road Trip! Follow me on Twitter @SteveForumsHost
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
  • Re: A Mechanic's Life - Tales From Under the Hood

    Heck Steve has just about made it a crusade to promote google guesses over really doing diagnostics.
    Not me, I use DuckDuckGo and try to avoid Google as much as I can. That and using in-private browsing helps keep me from getting Repair Pal and Mitchel1 ads following me around the net. :p

    But yeah, info is good and I research everything. I may not find the answer but I can converse with my mechanic or doc or realtor or whoever.

  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    The surprises mostly go away though if you lease again. Especially if you lease the same brand again - the dealer will overlook the wear and tear items and maybe even eat some of the miles if you go over. Just like rolling over negative equity in a new car loan eh?

    My frugal side keeps telling me that people will figure out that leasing is overly complex and not a cheap way to own a car at some point, but everyone else finances for six years now and keeps paying through the nose for cars, so it's really not much different.

    It was a lot fun talking cars yesterday in person with various online co-workers - it kind of floors me how many people (like @Kirstie_H) have extra cars "just because". Working couples who both work at home, yet have three cars to share, and often one of them gets driven just 1,000 miles a year.

    The other thing I can't figure out is how new cars sales keep growing. I thought they'd taper off the second half of the year, but Edmunds is predicting another boom year. With the continued urbanization of the country, more transit (went to downtown LA on a train. LA!), more Uber -- why are people still buying and driving cars?

    And get off my lawn. :D
  • Re: VW TDI Settlement - buying a TDI now

    Horsehockey. Got 200k on the AC in the Quest and have 160k on the Grand Caravan's AC here, where we use it ~9 months out of the year. Maybe if you were shopping a last generation CR-V instead of a VW, but even then, it wasn't the refrigerant that was killing them. This poor slob just lost his today. At 225k in an XC90.

    Sounds like the old "paint was better in the old days" argument, except it wasn't.
  • Re: VW TDI Settlement - buying a TDI now

    Darn it. I have to drive all the way into Anchorage?! This is getting worse and worse..... :D
    C'mon, you hit all the mess at Houston now - Anchortown is just more of the same, just with better scenery.
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    lol, that must have been a "best of" ad on craigslit.

    (Got excited when I saw your name in the new posts list; figured some lucky soul wound up with a killer deal on your Dad's Karman Ghia).
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