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  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 7,363
    Underinflation is the #1 tire killer. IIt takes a sharp eye to tell when a radial tire is underinflated unless it is half-flat.
    I try to keep checking mine with a tire guage...

    I used to be really good at checking the pressure. Used to do it almost every Saturday morning. Not so much anymore. I think I'm going to return to my old ways though. I learned my lesson. Those two tires cost me $300 OTH and the worst part is, I probably won't have that car in two weeks.

    My Son was at the junk yard two days ago getting rims for his car so he could swap tires to take it to a 12 turn track in a few weeks. So he calls and says, "they have 2 used tires here for $50 for your car (225 x 50 x 17), would you be interested. The guy can bring them over so I can look at them"? I said, "yeah, take a look at them and if they are OK get them"! Guess what? They weren't. They were the reverse of the ones I had. They suffered from over inflation. Is there a way to weld those things together? :confuse:

    I thought for a minute there I could save a buck. Yeah, right. :mad:


    '15 Genesis V8 with Ultimate Package and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Condition is very important for a Miata - it's a sign that the car may have been neglected in other ways, also.

    When I sold mine I washed it just before each time I showed it to a potential buyer.

    I ended up getting $2700 for a 1993 C package with 78k miles, but it needed shocks and the top I replaced about 5 years ago had a couple of small cracks, so it's got 2-3 years left in it at most, which is surprising for a Robbins top. I did patch the cracks with automotive epoxy and showed the flaws to the buyer.

    I figured I wasn't going to install another top myself again, too much work, so that's $1100 for the top. The shocks installed would push that bill total up to $2000. That was more than I was willing to spend, plus I had my eye on a power retractable hardtop.

    Used PRHT models go fast. Ignore blue book, they're gone the day they're put for sale. I had my eye on 2 of them and one warm weekend and both sold. Soft tops are a dime a dozen.

    I figure that will help me on resale, if I ever sell it.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 7,449
    You must have a bead on that new Genesis. $9400. for your Sonata sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Wait and see what VM has to say and then go for it.

    2013 LX 570 2016 LS 460

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    I think you are all over it at $9400.
    If you can get another couple hundred great.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    I'd figure @ $5000
  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 7,363
    I think you are all over it at $9400.
    If you can get another couple hundred great.

    Thanks for the reply VM. I'll try to get a little more. Afterall, we've learned if you don't ask you don't get. You car biz guys taught us that.

    It's a great car and when I told Mrs. jmonroe if we bought another car I would be trading in her Sonata. She said, "why, if you want a car and that car is for you, why don't you trade your car I like my car just fine"? You have to know her (how could you, I don't :confuse: ) but what she means is she doesn't want to get used to another car.

    That Sonata is a very nice, very clean car but it's the one that will go if I can make the deal I want on the Genesis.

    It's not like my car (05' XG 350) is a piece of crap, you know. :(

    Wish me luck, thanks again.


    '15 Genesis V8 with Ultimate Package and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,561
    She said, "why, if you want a car and that car is for you, why don't you trade your car I like my car just fine"? You have to know her [..] but what she means is she doesn't want to get used to another car.

    I feel your pain. Some women, they just don't understand. Getting my wife to switch vehicles is like pulling teeth.

    It is important not to let little details like that get in your way. The upside is that this type of person cares so little that once the new car is there, they won't worry about it anymore. Trust me on this ;->

    I would strongly suggest you try putting the car on craigslist for private sale for $10,900... if there's any interest at all, you should come to an agreement.. it'll be good for you ($1k extra) and the new owner will get one heck of a deal. Maybe sales tax rules in your state will mess it up, but I'd try it.

    Good luck,
  • lilelvislilelvis Posts: 82
    Thanks for the help:

    Wash DC area

    2002 Ford Explorer XLT V8 4wd
    Blue/Grey cloth
    power seats/3rd row/rear ac
    No accidents, body good except the "Explorer Crack" on the rear liftgate plastic (cosmetic).
    Tires Premium at 75%
    Brakes are new
    A/C compressor leaks

    The car has never left me stranded but I am getting tired of fixing all the "typical" explorer problems - time for a 4runner.

  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    My guess would be 2500,,specially in the DC area.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Funny to see the differences in prices. 1st gen. Miata prices are higher in the NW. I think mainly because of more limited availability. They're a dime a dozen in CA.

    I think I'm going to hold onto mine for a while. Going to upgrade the brakes. Maybe even paint it at some point.
  • lilelvislilelvis Posts: 82
    Thanks for the reply. I was hoping to get 3000+ but wouldn't be suprised by any number.

    Vmax, do you have a guesstimate?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Thanks for the reply. I was hoping to get 3000+ but wouldn't be suprised by any number.

    Vmax, do you have a guesstimate?

    I'd say $3-3500.
  • lilelvislilelvis Posts: 82
    Thanks for the "good" news . . . relatively speaking. ;)
  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 7,363
    I think you are all over it at $9400.

    I have a confession to make. I was wrong when I said $9,400, I must have been thinking that’s what I WANTED because when I looked at my notes, there it was as plain as my hand writing would allow, $9,000 even was the dealers offer. That car was worth way more than that and when I got to the dealer, we did some talking. Not much but enough.

    If you can get another couple hundred great.

    I bumped him up to $9,600 even. Like I said over in SFTSFL, he must have really wanted that beauty for his used car lot.

    That V8 Genny is some machine alright. I think I’m going to like it.

    Thanks again VM. I just needed to know I wasn’t dreaming about the value of the 06’ Sonata LX.


    '15 Genesis V8 with Ultimate Package and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • bjssbjss Posts: 51
    Looking for Trade-in Value

    05 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Minivan
    DVD, Leather, Stow-n-Go. Rear AC
    3.8 liter, FWD
    Mileage - 46K
    Dark Blue/Grey Interior
    Good Condition - no accidents or major repairs
    New Tires/Brakes
    Maintenance Records
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    2004 Honda Accord EX-L
    82,000 miles (I know - we used to live 40 miles one-way from work)
    5-speed manual transmission (I know - but it's more fun)
    Burgundy exterior/gray interior
    Leather, 6-disc changer, sunroof, alloy wheels, front and rear spoiler, fog lights
    Exterior is in average to above average - some light scratches on the rear bumper. Minor nicks from a couple of door dings.
    Interior is spotless. No wear marks, no stains, no rips, non-smoker.
    Mechanically in excellent shape. All oil changes done at dealer. New brakes. Tires have about 20k left on them.
    I am the only owner- the rear bunper was replaced 3 years ago because someone bumped into me. No major damage. Receipt from dealer repair shop was $800 in damage.
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    Hi,This is a follow up post regarding my vehicle purchase for which I had requested info here.

    I traded in a :

    2003 Dodge Durango-SXT- 2WD SUV - 4.7L V8 engine [Texas]
    67k miles[ Just did 60k mile service at dealer,cost me $700]
    Blue exterior with black cloth interior
    Good condition
    New tires with 90% tread left
    Options: ABS,Cruise,Keyless entry,tow package

    The minivan I bought was :

    2004 Nissan Quest SL model [minivan] -3.5l,auto,FWD
    59 k miles
    Red exterior with gray cloth interior
    Good condition
    Tires 70% tread left
    Options: ABS,cruise,Keyless entry,trip computer,power sliding door and hatch

    The autocheck and carfax reports were clear.

    Volvomax had suggested 3k to 3.5k as a OTD offer.
    I started at 2k and then 2.5k and finally we agreed to a OTD price of $3000 including ttl.
    I am very happy with the deal.Transaction took less than 20 minutes.Very nice pleasant independent used car dealer.
    The Quest is much better than Durango- more space,7 seater,stylish,better fuel economy,more bells and whistles.
    Plus there was still 1000 miles left of factory B2B warranty as Nissan extended the B2B warranty on the 04 Quest to 5yr/60k.
    Thanks Volvomax and all u other folks for your help.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Figure somewhere in the $7-8,000 range.
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  • bjssbjss Posts: 51
    Thanks Volvomax
  • songbird54songbird54 Central NJPosts: 41
    Looking to trade up to a bigger car or suv
    location central new jersey
    2006 Elantra GLS
    4 doors- blue
    4 cy auto
    32,000 miles
    2 new tires and new battery
    some door dings and scratches from city parking
    a few dents from other cars hitting it while parking!
    maintenance up to date- no claims or repainting

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Figure @ $6000
  • 2008 Honda CR-V AWD EX
    14000 miles
    Tango Red Pearl exterior / grey interior
    Excellent condition
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Should trade in the $18-19k range.
  • songbird54songbird54 Central NJPosts: 41
    thanks volvomax!
  • Thank you volvomax!!
  • murnmurn Posts: 3
    Kinda scared to ask, but here goes:

    Atlanta, GA
    2002 Porsche Boxster S
    3.2L RWD, 6-Speed Manual
    55,000 miles
    Seal Gray/Black Top/Black Interior (has what Porsche calls "Partial Leather")
    17" Sport Classic wheels (BBS-style, honeycomb pattern)
    Sport Touring Package (in-dash CD, remote 6 CD changer, Bose sound, alarm, cruise, wind stop, on-board trip computer)
    Power Seat Package (electrically adjustable seats, with driver side memory function and passenger side mirror control when reverse is engaged)
    Colored Crest Wheel Caps
    Added Dansk (OEM manufacturer) aftermarket sport exhaust last year

    Exterior Condition - no dings; front bumper has very small scratches at tip and a small vertical crease
    Tires - Goodyear F-1's, about 30% worn, still good condition
    Brakes - Serviced at 50,000 miles (pads and rotors replaced, brakes flushed)
    Maintenance - Major services at dealer; have records for other repairs through non-dealer Porsche specialist

    Thanks for any insight. Shawn
  • tijuana19tijuana19 Posts: 97
    San Diego, CA
    2008 VW GTI 4DR HB
    DSG Automatic/Manual Trans.
    16,700 miles
    United Gray Metallic /Charcoal Interior
    Excellent Condition in/out. Dealer serviced with all records.

    Thanks! :)
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Low mile car,which helps.
    I'd say trade in the $14-15k range.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    figure $15-16k
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