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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,116
    I am fine with the monthly, but a touch short on the $38K DP. And not looking forward to the DMV and tax hit.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,361
    qbrozen said:

    now i'm still debating on SUV vs pickup as the other vehicle. Pickup sucks when doing something like carrying all our karate gear, but obviously great to have when carrying stuff you don't want dirtying up the minivan's carpet.

    Have both, get a Ridgeline. ;)
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,361
    edited September 2019
    tjc78 said:

    LOL. Well, before reading tjc's vote, I made the decision, made the call, and made the deal.

    Well,
    After seeing the links... I have to say I see why you hesitated on the SRT. Lots to change on that one to make it look good. Those wheels, UGH.

    Congrats.

    I could probably live with the other stuff, at least for a while, but the wheels are just so horrible. That would be a $2K deduct right there. The red exterior and two-tone interior are great.

    Although... Aside from the graphics, the exterior on the other car is good, too.
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,361
    tjc78 said:
    If I lived in a warmer climate, that would be tempting. Dummy who took out the lease would have to eat that down payment, though. That's his problem. :D
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • @qB congrads on the punch! Good luck with. It now for the second car I also vote for the flex!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    nyccarguy said:

    qbrozen said:

    now i'm still debating on SUV vs pickup as the other vehicle. Pickup sucks when doing something like carrying all our karate gear, but obviously great to have when carrying stuff you don't want dirtying up the minivan's carpet.

    What karate gear? A couple duffle bags with uniforms? Or cinder blocks to smash through?

    #waxonwaxoff
    #paintthefence
    #paintthehouse

    I say pickup
    All 4 of us train, so 4 duffel bags. No cinder blocks, but we do have a set of rebreakable boards, 3 sets of focus mitts, and each one of us has leg guards, headgear, and 3-4 types of gloves. Oh and forget about anything short of a wagon when we are in weapons training. I could just barely cram the 4 bags in the 3-series trunk, but it had to be me because my wife couldn’t comprehend getting them to fit.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    xwesx said:

    qbrozen said:

    now i'm still debating on SUV vs pickup as the other vehicle. Pickup sucks when doing something like carrying all our karate gear, but obviously great to have when carrying stuff you don't want dirtying up the minivan's carpet.

    Have both, get a Ridgeline. ;)

    That and the Flex have definitely crossed my mind.

    I found a nice-looking hemi Durango online for $6k. Texted the guy and was meeting up with him just an hour later. After finding hidden rust on the rockers of both sides, I thanked him for his 5 mins and left.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    Eh. I don’t think the design of the Ridgeline has aged well at all (if you were even one of the few who liked it before).
    https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/share/245545448

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,017
    My BIL and SIL have a Flex Limited with Sport Appearance and EcoBoost. Thing is an absolute hoot to drive.
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,361
    qbrozen said:

    Eh. I don’t think the design of the Ridgeline has aged well at all (if you were even one of the few who liked it before).
    https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/share/245545448

    It is not pretty design, though I do like it far better than the new model. It is so imminently practical, though. I could almost ignore the appearance. Deep red does a lot for the looks, IMO, though. A neighbor had one for many years that had a color-matched canopy and a Thule rack atop the canopy / cab roof. It was a decent looking truck, and really quite versatile.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,116
    I do think the new ones are a lot nicer looking.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,200
    But they basically look like a Pilot from the front. Nothing wrong with the way the Pilot looks, but it’d be nice if the Ridgeline were better differentiated.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,116
    well, it is a pilot from the front, so that makes sense! Maybe they will adopt the Passport nose instead. Still just a pilot, but with a blockier more "butch" grill and hood. More rugged image, just worse visibility and aerodynamics.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,200
    edited September 2019
    It's amazing how 80%+ of the IIHS Top Safety Picks are only top picks "with specific headlights." Maybe that will goad the manufacturers into making a decent headlight, especially if IIHS changes the criteria in the future to make it so that a car is completely disqualified if it doesn't meet their standards.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 136,969
    Question for you Panther fans (Fords, not football).

    I happened to catch the beginning of the classic Tom Cruise movie "Cocktail" last week. During the opening credits, a mid-80's LTD is chasing a Greyhound bus, filled with Tommy-boy and his Army pals. I noticed that Tom has his head and torso stuck out of a sunroof, and it made me wonder if that was a factory option, or if the car was modified for the movie?

    Filed under Things that make you go "Hmmmm"...

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    Couple of things have grabbed my attention thus far while perusing cheap SUVs.

    Circa 2010-2011 GMC Terrain AWD 4-cyl
    2009’ish CX9.

    Terrain would have lower miles, of course, and, frankly, I prefer the looks of it. Reliability of either is unknown to me.

    '19 Ioniq plug-in, '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 50-car history and counting!

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,536
    edited September 2019
    I know the scene well. Only the Town Cars had factory moon roofs. All others were dealer installed.

    Even all the way to the 03/04 Marauders.... they were factory option, but sent out to be installed by ASC.

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  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,621
    @qbrozen any luck offloading the BMW yet?
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,200
    qbrozen said:


    Circa 2010-2011 GMC Terrain AWD 4-cyl

    Those drive pretty well, I had one as a rental, but weigh around 4,000 lbs. The 4-cylinder is way underpowered and MPG suffers as a result, in addition to not being so great to drive. I'd look for a newer model with the 3.6 liter V6 if possible.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 136,969
    tjc78 said:

    I know the scene well. Only the Town Cars had factory moon roofs. All others were dealer installed.

    Even all the way to the 03/04 Marauders.... they were factory option, but sent out to be installed by ASC.

    I suspected as much, and I knew you were the right guy to answer my question.

    Always thought that was a bit hokey - what government agency buys cars with a sunroof? But, movies. Suspend disbelief. Still enjoy that movie.

    "Beer is for breakfast. Drink or be gone!"

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,536
    It’s one my favorites. It has some of the best one liners....

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,017
    Cool @tjc78 !
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 144,931
    qbrozen said:

    Couple of things have grabbed my attention thus far while perusing cheap SUVs.

    Circa 2010-2011 GMC Terrain AWD 4-cyl
    2009’ish CX9.

    Terrain would have lower miles, of course, and, frankly, I prefer the looks of it. Reliability of either is unknown to me.

    I know people that have had to replace engines in both of them.
    GM paid for the one, even though out of warranty.

    The Mazda owner had to eat their repair.

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  • @ TJC congrads on the punch on the camp ground land!
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,200
    edited September 2019
    @tjc78 congrats on the park model! I've considered those for when I eventually retire, assuming I'm still single. As a primary residence, the narrow width makes the bedroom tight. The loft is a great idea, though, and one like yours with a sunken bedroom and taller loft above the bedroom should really provide a lot of extra room. The mini-split HVAC and loft A/C should be great.

    I've also looked into the "tiny house" option, and a lot of what I've seen makes it look like people tend to understate the cost, and sometimes use non-standard parts which will be a bear to replace. I'm not really interested in kludges like trying to retrofit a small (but inefficient) RV water heater to work in a tiny house. The least expensive water heater, after discounts, is generally a 40 gallon electric (or a little more for gas), so why not work around that?

    I think I'd be fine with a studio-style single family residence modeled after the Home2Suites I recently stayed at, slightly larger, with a connected utility/storage room accessible from the outside, and a patio with a pergola. I'm sure it wouldn't be inexpensive the way I'd want it built, though! :'(
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,536
    Thanks! We plan to build an attached sunroom next year. Most people do that and it adds so much more space. Our friends have one and it’s awesome. Great spot to hang out.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,116
    pretty roomy. I have seen smaller condos in Avalon (converted motel rooms).

    so you buy the RV then just get a lease on a spot in the RV park and leave it there? Or do you get it through the park?

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    corvette said:

    qbrozen said:


    Circa 2010-2011 GMC Terrain AWD 4-cyl

    Those drive pretty well, I had one as a rental, but weigh around 4,000 lbs. The 4-cylinder is way underpowered and MPG suffers as a result, in addition to not being so great to drive. I'd look for a newer model with the 3.6 liter V6 if possible.
    Yes, I almost bought a v6 model previously. Those are currently out of my wife-imposed budget.

    '19 Ioniq plug-in, '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 50-car history and counting!

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,621
    That's very exciting. We have friends who have places in the Laurel Highlands who have really customized their camps and they enjoy spending time there, as do we when we can.
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    kyfdx said:

    qbrozen said:

    Couple of things have grabbed my attention thus far while perusing cheap SUVs.

    Circa 2010-2011 GMC Terrain AWD 4-cyl
    2009’ish CX9.

    Terrain would have lower miles, of course, and, frankly, I prefer the looks of it. Reliability of either is unknown to me.

    I know people that have had to replace engines in both of them.
    GM paid for the one, even though out of warranty.

    The Mazda owner had to eat their repair.
    Sounds like those people and my brother are cut from the same cloth. ;)

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  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,621
    Nice!
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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,536
    edited September 2019
    stickguy said:

    pretty roomy. I have seen smaller condos in Avalon (converted motel rooms).

    so you buy the RV then just get a lease on a spot in the RV park and leave it there? Or do you get it through the park?

    We will be leasing a lot for it. We know where, just need to pick a lot out Saturday.

    Yes, we looked at some pretty small condos...at 5x the price!

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,116
    Can park a lot of extra cars on that runway!

    Man, I want a 3 car garage.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 144,931
    stickguy said:

    Can park a lot of extra cars on that runway!

    Man, I want a 3 car garage.

    Looks like room for another detached two-car garage at the end of the driveway!

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 144,931
    edited September 2019
    qbrozen said:

    kyfdx said:

    qbrozen said:

    Couple of things have grabbed my attention thus far while perusing cheap SUVs.

    Circa 2010-2011 GMC Terrain AWD 4-cyl
    2009’ish CX9.

    Terrain would have lower miles, of course, and, frankly, I prefer the looks of it. Reliability of either is unknown to me.

    I know people that have had to replace engines in both of them.
    GM paid for the one, even though out of warranty.

    The Mazda owner had to eat their repair.
    Sounds like those people and my brother are cut from the same cloth. ;)
    Actually, both cars were maintained well, which is why I mentioned it. I think the Equinox/Terrain 4-cylinders had a known issue.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,116
    Known to be dog slow at least!

    What’s the SUV budget? $10k?

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,116
    My BIL has a similar layout. Long driveway with turned 3 car garage. Opposite that he extended the driveway he built a free standing 2 car garage, so the doors face each other. One advantage of living out in the sticks. Lots of land!

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,116
    Killing time.

    I always liked these. Miles are steep, but it is cheap!

    https://www.royaleasing.com/details-2006-subaru-b9_tribeca-5~passenger_ltd_gray_int-used-4s4wx82c464420546.html

    Thus one actually interests me. Age and miles not bad, and price seems OK.

    https://www.royalautogroups.com/vehicle-details/2013-bmw-x3-awd-nav-prem-pkg-panoroof-silver-certified-suv-f999dfceec9e4a448f986df174e74451?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI84WYg_LN5AIVGq_ICh1Ijwr4EAAYASAAEgK4PvD_BwE

    This is a good deal. Low miles. If you are willing to do an equinox, why not! It’s cheap.

    https://www.royalautogroups.com/vehicle-details/2014-chevrolet-captiva-sport-ls-conv-pkg-silver-certified-suv-8559c229c4f32844aeb79c70efbe438d?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI84WYg_LN5AIVGq_ICh1Ijwr4EAAYASAAEgK4PvD_BwE

    Speak of the devil

    https://www.royalautogroups.com/vehicle-details/2012-chevrolet-equinox-ltz-suv-ee9104b4d816c741845420d9c9ecfe50?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI84WYg_LN5AIVGq_ICh1Ijwr4EAAYASAAEgK4PvD_BwE

    A lot newer with more motor

    https://www.royalautogroups.com/vehicle-details/2016-dodge-journey-sxt-7-pass-conv-pkg-siver-certified-suv-0ade106bdd14e243aca58a66c8c13d6a?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI84WYg_LN5AIVGq_ICh1Ijwr4EAAYASAAEgK4PvD_BwE

    Sharp looking, in case you require 300 HP

    https://www.royalautogroups.com/vehicle-details/2012-ford-edge-sport-nav-conv-pkg-rvc-silver-certified-suv-c96568a3ebee1044a346583c11366964?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI84WYg_LN5AIVGq_ICh1Ijwr4EAAYASAAEgK4PvD_BwE

    And since you liked CX9. I wonder if this is the store you found theses at?

    https://www.royalautogroups.com/vehicle-details/2012-mazda-cx-9-gt-awd-nav-comfort-pkg-rvc-silver-certified-suv-ceded888aa2f7d419d003988e4e0a634?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI84WYg_LN5AIVGq_ICh1Ijwr4EAAYASAAEgK4PvD_BwE

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,017
    On today's agenda: tree trimming. We have 3 60 foot fir trees and 1 60 foot western red cedar that all sit between 6-10 feet from our house. With how bad windy season was last year, we have an arborist here trimming everything back.
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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,116
    Smart idea based on that math!

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    stickguy said:

    Known to be dog slow at least!

    What’s the SUV budget? $10k?

    yes, $10k.

    I bet that 4-cyl Terrain would still easily outgun a Hummer or a Wrangler Unlimited 3.8. :)

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    kyfdx said:

    stickguy said:

    Can park a lot of extra cars on that runway!

    Man, I want a 3 car garage.

    Looks like room for another detached two-car garage at the end of the driveway!
    yup yup. Trust me, it has been top of mind since we first toured this house.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,017
    @nyccarguy and @tjc78 - How old were your kids when you turned them forward facing in their car seat?
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    Thinking things through ...

    So I want something with a decent cargo area and at least has the potential to look mean. I'm all about appearance on this truck deal, it would seem.

    As I came upon vehicles ...
    CX-9, I've decided will NEVER look mean.
    Terrain, definitely has potential, but starting to think it could be too small. Not ruled out yet.
    Tiguan, certainly on the smaller side.

    Then I finally thought of something that I really should have thought of earlier. A 4runner. Could definitely check all the boxes.

    https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/mySavedListings.action#listing=249712576
    https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/mySavedListings.action#listing=251528210

    I could maybe dig on this, too: https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/mySavedListings.action#listing=248515380

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,017
    I know you don't want to lease, but I'm pretty sure the Ally/USBank leases on 4Runners are a great deal. Just a thought.
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,805
    for as little as I'm driving now, it doesn't make sense. I could buy an old 4runner, keep it 18 mos, and maybe lose $2k tops on it. Pretty sure I ain't gettin a $111 lease.

    '19 Ioniq plug-in, '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 50-car history and counting!

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,719

    @nyccarguy and @tjc78 - How old were your kids when you turned them forward facing in their car seat?

    We followed the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. We turned our boys around at 1. We waited until our daughter was 2.

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