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sandman_6472 ·


Coral Springs, FL
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Vehicle(s) that interest me
Compact luxury vehicles and crossovers
More about me
Have loved automobiles since I was about 3 and that love grows every year!!!
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/ 2005 Mazda 3s/ 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/ 2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Wife called on the way to work, the "a/t" light came on but about 10 minutes later, it went off. Told her it's time, she said yep, I want the Mazda so told her to call her sales lady and see if she can find us a silver I Touring with the added things we want. Told her if that price quote was an otd one, then we'd come on in by Saturday and do the deal. She mentioned that she likes the Rio size but wants the safety stuff but she doesn't like the A3 price point...said the logical choice is the Mazda. So, hopefully they can locate a silver one for her and then we're going to buy! Hoping to test drive tomorrow afternoon with a Saturday pick up but could even do a Saturday/Sunday pick up at this point. The time has finally come!!!

    The Sandman :) B)
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    No, I doubt she'll get the Prius though because with luggage in the small hatch, it's just a bit too small plus the noise factor could be an issue. Think since her friend just got a used Prius, she wanted to see what it was all about. Honestly think it's going to come down to the Mazda 3 I Touring, the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Elantra. We, she, likes the Accent but the dash is just not as user friendly as the Rio's is and I told her she needs to get exactly what she wants since it's no fun to feel that you made a mistake every time you turn the vehicle on. Told her to get exactly what she wants and with her budget, probably $20k plus her old '05 Mazda3, that should be sufficient to find the perfect vehicle. And if she does find one that's a bit more, she'll just do it because now that she'll be doing even more driving, just makes sense. At least she finally got the itch to go test her short list which was a big move for her...and it's definitely time to give the daughter back her Accent even though it's finally getting the use it needs.

    The Sandman
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Seems to me Acura and Honda should use the Honda engines because they seem to run more efficiently with better mpg figures. Looking back, my Civic was pretty economical and wish I had the same numbers with the Tuscon especially now since my commute is a bit longer. I probably should've waited a few months to buy because if I did, I suspect the Civic would still be in the garage right now. Hell, if the wife had green lighted that '05 3 Series drop top, I'd have 2 vehicles now but in a way, it was a good thing. But if the first one I tried, the gray over black drop top had the same specs as the black one, I would've pushed back a bit harder because I truly really liked that color combo. And trust me, I bet if I had bought the bimmer, she would've eventually taken it over as her d d. Funny how the decisions we make could've turned out differently if we had just chosen curtain B instead of curtain A!

    The Sandman :) B)

  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Wife and girls are going away today for work/vacation and I've got the Acent on my side of the garage till they return. Besides needing a bath, badly, all is good with it and I plan to drive to to work Friday and Saturday to get it on the highway and blow it out a bit. Have already powered up my ipod since we didn't extend the XM radio or use the flash drive but something tells me there is no connection. Still a very nice small vehicle that checks all the boxes for basic tranport. And talking with the wife lately, she's leaning towards a 2015 model of the same vehicle for her next ride. Who knows, we could be a 3 Hyundai vehicle family by this time next year!

    The Sandman :) B)

  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    The rental version Jetta is so boring I try to avoid driving one. Have yet to get the new Mazda3 yet or even the 6 for that matter. Did drive the new Impala again yesterday and GM has hit a home run here especially with the 6 cylinder engine, really the first GM I'd consider purchasing if we needed a larger vehicle.

    The Sandman :) B)