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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

    We get a "service plan" every years for the appliances, electrical and light plumbing and we do use them. The toilets need adjustments with the master being original to the house. The guy who came last month said we need a new elongated toilet but we'll see. They've kept the oven working, the stove, the fridge though the ice maker went south and am using plastic ice trays now. They've worked on the washer and dryer and the a/c unit. Since I'm just not handy, I gladly pay the yearly fee and they keep everything running nicely.
    I have put some funds away for a new oven/stove and side by side refrigerator since they are both approaching 28 years old and do not have replacement value on them. Have it on the hot water heater, still original though numerous parts have been replaced, and they've replaced the disposal twice already. Have noticed with the kids mostly gone now, we use everything less so call the company only about 4 times a year. Best $ I've spent here!!
    Have talked about possibly staying here longer than we thought and if so, will probably do the kitchen since it is getting a bit thread bare in some places. Refacing the cabinets is a possibility along with new counter tops which go over the existing ones. Don't want to do a complete gut job but a less expensive project will probably work. There's not much in this price range out there now, $250K to $310K, so doing a small fix up would tide us over a few more years. All it takes is...$$$$$$!!!

    The Sandman :) B)

    P.S. Might be going to the auto show after all. My oldest mentioned she'd like to go see what's out there in her price point, around $20K or so and smallish. Really is the best place to go to comparison shop everything. Saturday is looking like it might work!!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Garage door has been acting a bit wonky for the last week or so and turns out the rollers needed to be replaced. I had been very good at lubricating them monthly but they still had to be replaced after 9 years...we got the new door after Wilma swept through South Florida, think in early 2006. Looked at the paper work and the rollers aren't covered in the long term guarantee so we had to eat the cost. Used HomeAdvisors and was very pleased with the results. Guy called me within 5 minutes and came the next morning, very early...he woke me up. An hour later, we're up and running and now, all is fine. He adjusted the door and checked the whole system and seems all is good. Glad it wasn't the springs as they've gone twice in almost 29 years here, both times on a Sunday when the cars were in there. Both times we heard a loud bang and I knew exactly what it was.
    Homeownership...not for everyone but at this stage of our lives, am happy to be here. Just not sure I want to move into a condo as we's need a 3/2 or even a 3/3, and those are few and far between. Like having a garage and I have stuff, too much stuff that I really need to purge.

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

    The black interior of our white gloss A3 just seems to fit the size of the vehicle. On my blue Golf, got the ivory interior and so glad I did because in the hot South Florida, black is just too hot for me. When I had a loaner Jetta with the black inside, I just knew I made the right decision. The wife has not complained about her A3's black guts and I don't ask. In the A3, don't think the ivory inside would look very nice, black just seems to work. The Audi has been flawless though the Golf has had a few teething issues but now, all has quieted down as I rack up the miles.
    Our first foray into the German vehicle ownership and funny that we both did it within a couple of weeks of each other but I fell in love with her A3 but had a smaller budget to work with. Look at my Golf as the poor man's A3. Just love the way they both drive, just seems like a well tuned machine and I always smile when I walk into the garage now. Just wish I could get more seat time in the A3 but don't get much of a chance!

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

    Called VW service just now, no news on my Golf, so looks like the '15 red Jetta will be staying for another night. Definitely like the push button start though can see it being a potential issue down the line. Has the same 1.8 as the Golf but seems a better fit in this vehicle and assuming it is a heavier vehicle since it's a bit longer in length...have been keeping it outside since don't want to have any issues with the garage door or the A3. Funny, the neighbor came over and asked my wife if I bought another vehicle, again!! She laughed and said no, just a loaner...besides, my vehicle always goes into the garage, always! Had all 4 vehicles home for the long weekend so I just let it sit and we used the kids vehicles...the Versa needed an oil change/rotation and an alignment check, got her a 3 year policy which came out to be well worth the price.
    Guy comes out and says the battery is "marginal" and as he starts with the price I ask him to check his computer and sure enough, we replaced it in September '13 so a new one is installed gratis! Glad I service the vehicles at the same place and keep all the receipts as not sure they would've looked if the kid went in by herself. She's almost at 72k and hoping to get this puppy up to 100k before we start looking, she drives a lot for her job so don't want her in something that continually breaks down.

    The Sandman :) B)

    P.S. Even though she likes Nissan, plan to show her the HR-V when the time comes as I think it'll be the perfect vehicle for her needs at that time. Also, would love one in the family to be honest!! And I plan to keep my Golf for a long while!!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    We've never ever owned a vehicle for less than 3 years until the Tucson, and truthfully, if the wife had not bought her A3, we'd still have it right now. I just wasn't in love with it or the was a bit big for what I am comfortable with but guess I had to get it out of my system since I've only owned economy cars. And I don't really consider the Golf an economy vehicle, think it's a step above really. The Tucson did move when I punched the accelerator though, the 2.4 was a sweet engine and I was never at a loss for power but again, the size was just a bit too large for what I felt comfortable with.
    So far, am loving the Golf though I'm thinking the black interior would've been a better choice since there are a few marks right now, nothing too bad but I know they're there. But 90% of the time, I'm the only occupant. Mine has more miles than the A3 now but I drive a bit farther on the days I do work and lately when we go out, I drive. But in time, hoping things even out though it doesn't really matter because I don't see myself in the market for a pretty long time...expect to do about 13k per year if things keep the way they are now. Have been cutting my commute down to 3 days a week which should help a bit. Great vehicle though and I really do love it more than anything up till now, even the '06 Civic, a tough act to follow. Only regret is that the 2016's will have an upgraded sound should've gone into the new 2015 model!

    The Sandman :) B)
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