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  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Yes I remember the madness of the Residuals. Drove me nuts when I was leasing Toyotas. Just talked to Mom, she is thrilled and deal will be done. All that is left is to negotiate the GAP which is listed at $800 I told her we will pay under $400. They won't loose the deal over that.

    Guess I need to get back to work!
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    Nice looking G M for sure and think you'll get some bites. If it were down here in South Florida, you'd have a line to buy it, I used to know folks who'd look in the retirement communities for good deals on cars just like yours. I also had a retirement community for my last route and a few carrier buddies would always ask me to let them know when anything came up as my customers usually asked me first for some reason. Guess they figured with 3 kids, I could use a cheap older vehicle for a third car for them to use.
    Nice color combo there also, think you should have no trouble selling that puppy.

    The Sandman :) B)
    I hope everyone is right. I've joked and called the car a "Florida" edition. At least I took off the chrome wheel well moldings!

    Got the first CL flake reply... "$1500 cash today" Um no, I'd trade it to a dealer first and take the tax credit.
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Last Monday, a week ago, took the wife's 2011 X3 to the dealer for regularly scheduled maintenance. Oil change and spark plugs, plus a few other things. 75K miles. Estimate was $550.

    I knew that rear brakes were a possibility, but the call I got later that morning was a gut punch.. The new total estimate? $2750.

    I won't go into the gory details, but one of the items was the belt tensioner pulley. I think it's spring-loaded or hydraulic or something like that. Anyway, it was losing it's "spring", and wasn't keeping the belts taut. "We really need to fix this, because the belts are starting to work their way off of the pulley, and if that happens, you'll be stuck on the side of the road".

    The car had a recall that involved the body shop, so they had it all week. Picked it up on Friday. Final bill was $2685. (Rear brakes, leaking transfer case seal, aforementioned other items).

    Wow! I'm not rich enough (or profligate enough) to ever buy a new BMW or Mercedes. And the above is a very good example of why I wouldn't own a used one that is out of warranty.
    Wow, big bill. I may have lost whatever is left of my mind if it stranded me for the exact problem I just fixed!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Lots of VW and Audi love on these boards. Only two American cars. Wow.
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    @roadburner Sounds like a quick lube setup!
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