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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

    "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)
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    As of now, our trip to New York has been officially canceled. After agonizing for weeks, have decided that it's just going to be too much for me even having another family member to go, I'm just not up to it physically. We even thought to cut a couple things out or shorten it but I'm just not feeling good physically, working part time is more than I should be doing right now. Have decided to take a mini vacation within an hours drive time, a nice hotel on the beach where we can sit out and relax for a few days is on the agenda now.
    Once the decision was made, felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Figure I can wait till the next reunion happens and by then, I should be retired...again. I know this is the right decision at this time. Turns out, I found a few certified birth certificates and my drivers license issue has been rectified since yesterday afternoon. No need to go to the clerks office in Peekskill for the certified copy. Guess all ends well except I am a bit disappointed with canceling but deep down, at this juncture, it is the right thing to do!

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

    Got that cable from to sync my android phone with the iPod connection which came in my Golf, has a mini usb connection so fits right into the charging great and for $2.31, my issue is solved. VW had a similar connector cable but the other end was a regular usb port and they wanted $46+ tax for it so mine was so much cheaper and smartphone specific as this one was very specific, what I wanted.
    I do prefer android while my oldest loves her iPhone and think the wife will settle on an android once she decides the time is right to give up her windows phone. Prefer a larger phone so got an LG small "phablet" they call it, has a 5.7 screen which I prefer. Wanted the Samsung Edge but was just more than I wanted to spend at the time I got the LG Vista. Using the AT&T Next Plan since didn't want any contract on any of our phones. And to keep our multiple discounts, this was the best way to go. Our son got his own plan a couple months back so down to 4 lines on our family plan and expect one or both girls to also leave eventually even though I've told them we're happy to have them on our family plan.

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

    Drove in a CX-5 today at work all day and was quite impressed really with the whole package. Sorry now that I didn't test drive one before I bought the '14 Tucson but that was the next dealer I was going to go to but just gave up at the Hyundai store. Even though the Trax is a nice vehicle, definitely would go for the Encore for all the extra's one gets...might cost a skosh more but definitely worth the entry fee. Think Hyundai did a great job on the new '16 Tucson, much nicer looking then the one I had.
    I think when it comes down to it, I'm just a small vehicle person, seems the wife is to, we like smaller vehicles with good mpg's though I miss the higher ride height most of all...sitting a little above traffic makes for a more pleasant driving experience in this man's eyes. But the fun quotient of my smaller vehicle is the thing I preferred most of all along with the better mpg numbers, something a small CUV just doesn't give one. Did I do the right thing trading out so early...for me, YES! A costly mistake and totally illogical but felt like that moment in time was the time to pull the trigger and swap out of the Tucson. And the better half hasn't mentioned it at all since I brought it home like I thought she would...over and over again. But nothing after I explained to her my logic and to be honest, don't think she ever liked it in the first place and was secretly happy that I downsized again!

    The Sandman :) B)
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