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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
2015 Golf SE/ 2015 Audi A3/ 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/ 2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Drove a newish SLK 250 the other morning and liked it, a lot! Have always liked MB especially the 2005 to 2007 C Class Sports. See a lot of these and the next generation on the lots down here and even did a free test drive a few years back when the wife won a free detail at a local MB store. Took the detail for the Civic and did a test drive while waiting. I was in lust back then but German makes weren't really on the radar back then. And again, after driving that 328i a few months back at work, loved it so much knew that eventually, I'd be going down this road. At this stage in my life, the Golf just checks all my boxes especially the mileage one since my commute is 59 miles round trip the 3 days /week I do work. Once I retire again in like another 4 years, can see myself getting a C Class or a 328i just to putt around in to do my errands. Definitely want all the lux goodies going forward plus the fun ride something the German brands seem to have in spades.
    Don't get me wrong, really like the Japanese/Korean vehicles I've been driving lately but just something about an Audi, BMW or MB that puts that big [non-permissible content removed] grin on my face and don't mind paying for it in a CPO unit eventually. Have nixed the idea of trading the 2015 for a 2016 model as it really makes zero sense and even with the dealer cash right now, don't think it's possible to swing it for less than $4.5K. Better to keep the cash, wait another few years until I decide to stay home full time and get my 4 door lux vehicle. If I could do the Golf swap for around $2.5K all in, might seriously consider it but from looking at the available inventory, not enough SE's on the ground yet and am taking this as a signal from above that I need to stay the course.
    Though, it would be fun to get a 2016 and start with 5 or so miles on the clock!!!

    The Sandman :) B)
  • Re: Entry Level Luxury Performance Sedans

    I know one thing, the wife's A3 and my Golf both have the 1.8T engine but hers just seems to drive smoother. Think hers is heavier and maybe that's the reason why. While hers calls for premium, mine wants regular. And her first oil change was at 5K while mine was at 10K. I do know her interior looks and feels a bit nicer than mine. Being our first time going German, these are just my initial reactions to what I see and feel. Maybe next time I'll try a BMW just to see but hope they still make a small vehicle like the 1 Series by then.

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

    Interesting drive at work today and drove something which really blew me away. A 2015 Kia Sedona...what a nice vehicle!!! Drove flawlessly with 12K on the clock with no rattles or noises, tracked straight and true and have to say, Toyota and Honda, watch your backs!! Have driven numerous Odyssey's and Sienna's and the Sedona is really right at the head of the pack. It was a base model so can only guess how nice the better equipped models must be. My lead driver knows I love anything foreign so he threw me the keys for the ride to MIA with a big grin on his face. Like I said, was a base model but drove real nice and the fabrics and plastic was pretty decent. A smallish back up camera but was there, the engine handled 5 of us with no issues at all. I just can't say how impressive it was...seriously, Honda and Toyota as well as you domestics really need to step it up because the playing field is definitely changing!
    Right now, Hertz is bulking up it's fleet with new 2016 models and it couldn't have come at a better time. I feel totally blessed that I get to drive so much new iron, just never know what keys will be handed to me. Have approached my upper management a number of times about getting some more hours but all falls on deaf ears so might write a letter to the next level and see what happens on this. I really want to work 30hours/week and with those others who just aren't showing up, they really need to do something about this. here they have an employee who just wants another 4 to 6 hours a week, an employee who shows up when scheduled. What is the problem here...seriously!!

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

    "My Golf has very comfy seats, extremely happy."

    You know the guy who does Alex on autos said really it's more important to drive what you like. I also think that of the VW line, Golfs have a pretty good reliability standing. So enjoy yours, Sandman!
    Yep, happy as a pig in you know what and honestly, I think this really is my favorite vehicle I've ever owned, both of them are now. Just wish the wife would give me some actual seat time in her A3. Amazed at how similarly they both drive to be honest. Guess I should let it go know but I've always had a deep deep passion for the automobile that started as a young child where I'd actually stand behind either one of my parents when they drove. I could name most makes, models & year of vehicles back then. Loved those little Matchbox toys and anything automotive. Growing up, we were a mostly GM family with a Lincoln or two thrown into the mix while my grandparents loved Dodge and Chrysler. Heck, my one grandad owned a Dodge dealership when I was very young.
    Definitely lucked out with my current retirement part time gig at Hertz. Get to drive most makes and models and my lead driver is very good about giving me nice vehicles to transport. I think if I didn't have the Golf right now, a used BMW 1 Series would really float my boat as I like the small size of it and even don't mind that it's not a 4 door. At first I was a little bummed out about the longish 29 mile hike to work but now with the Golf, I actually look forward to getting in and going...the exhaust sound to me is intoxicating, crazy as that might sound. Just glad that I finally have the funds to afford what I really like without having to ask permission but have worked long and hard to get to this juncture!

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

    My Golf has very comfy seats, extremely happy. Got to drive a 2015 VW Bug today, just a regular base model and do not think it had the 1.8T engine since it drove differently than mine did. Nice vehicle, our neighbors folks have a black over black drop top but it is not a base model. Did drive nice today and could see owning one to be honest though with just 2 doors, glad I don't have one as the Golf is a better fit for me.
    On the other end of the spectrum, drove a Caddy SRX sport ute also and though nice, think I'd rather have a MB or BMW to be honest. This last 10 months, I discovered that I really really like German vehicles at this point in my life. There's just something about the way they drive and feel, like a bank vault and the switch gear just have a certain tactile feel to the way they operate. It's something hard to explain really and coming from the hard plastics that the last generation Hyundai's had to what I have now, there's such a real difference that I'm really enjoying.
    Lucky my job gets me behind the wheel of so many different vehicles and I usually get what I want to drive. Luckily when I see something I've never driven before, my lead lets me try it once I let him know I'd like to try it.

    The Sandman :) B)
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