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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 11,791
    thebean said:

    ab348 said:

    I saw one of these in traffic today. Was surprisingly cute and in looking up what it was, it is remarkably civilized inside. Seemed to keep up well with traffic though I wouldn't want to drive it on a windy day.

    image

    It's a Honda Vamos, made up until 2016. The one I saw looked almost brand-new and was in well cared-for condition, even had wind deflectors on the side windows. Maybe the ideal solution for @qbrozen if he can handle RHD... :laughing:

    To me, that’s great looking. I would definitely buy one of those were it offered in the US. Van-like space that fits in your garage. Never seen one before.
    Here you go, just waiting for you to buy it.

    https://www.japanesevehicles.com/vehicle_details.php?vid=199778

    Odd thing about that site, it told me that vehicles had to be 15 years of age or older to be imported into Canada (and for the US, it basically said forget it). The one I saw is a late model and was registered here with local plates, so I wonder how that was done.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,832
    I have a confession to make. My little one and I glanced at a last-gen Jeep Liberty and thought it wasn’t all that bad looking. May even consider the right one. I am also thinking of test driving a Nitro.

    Nothing good today. Visited 2 dealers that had all garbage cars. Not worth my time. Would have liked to shop more but I have a couple guys here putting up fence at the slowest pace I have ever witnessed.

    '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!

  • andres3 said:

    qbrozen said:

    If you could buy a $56k used car for clean trade-in value ($48k), but you had to do it without an inspection, would you do it?

    What kind of car? I don't think there is any used car I'd buy at that price without an inspection.
    qbrozen said:

    If you could buy a $56k used car for clean trade-in value ($48k), but you had to do it without an inspection, would you do it?

    It depends. $56k could represent a wide range of vehicles, ages, and mileage. As y'all know, I've bought cars with no inspection. ;)
    It's a 2015 MB GL63 AMG with 37k miles and one-owner. Cosmetically beautiful. It's like 200 days past a major service. VSC 4yrs, 40k miles is $7800!
    Oh, a 5-yr-old ridiculously complicated luxo-barge? Oh sure! I mean, what could POSSIBLY require inspecting? Not a worry in the world on that one.

    That definitely needs an inspection and possibly an exorcism.

    I once purchased a pre-owned $20k Mercedes diesel without my own inspection that ended up needing over $30k worth of work (essentially a new engine, new suspension, and diesel particulate filter). I traded it in when I got the Q8. Lost so much money, but did win a small judgment against the dealership. Illinois law is now such that I could have returned the vehicle.
    Speaking of suspensions, my TTS is getting a new rear suspension assembly. I took it in for a seat heater button not lighting up correctly in the left side vent, and the tech said the TSB on the rear suspension mounts applied to my car (he heard noises that shouldn't be there), so they ordered that as well. Bring in my car a week later, and they call the next day to confirm the need a whole rear shock assembly (from Germany). They said to get comfortable with my old loaner, the '16 A7 TDI that's black on black that I'm borrowing, it could be up to 3 weeks.

    While I'm upset they tried to get away with just the mounts, I'm happy to get a fresh set of shocks for the rear. I was just thinking KW Variant 3 Coil-overs might be a nice upgrade. I asked about the fronts and they said they were fine. Apparently the rear threw a code (they are magnetically adjustable). Interestingly, the TSB included a suspension software update (who'd of known, but I guess I should have since they are adjustable electronically and magnetically), I believe it has ended my train of "don't ask don't tell" policy regarding my tune. They will cover this one, but the younger newer service adviser (I knew I should have stuck with my old veteran guy), said that Audi USA was getting terrible about paying warranty claims for tuned cars, and he'd likely have to pay for this through his own "account" or something like that. I mentioned how the shocks had nothing to do with the tune (though he just gave the tuners another idea to "tune" the suspension with software for the track). He said while he didn't agree with Audi USA, that's what they are doing now.

    Should have stuck with the adviser that turns a blind eye. Maybe my tech got mad for calling him out on changing fresh Motul 600 brake fluid for the normal dealership stuff, or maybe mentioning the odd brake fluid raised too many flags.
    It would have been flagged TD1 no matter who your service advisor was. When they hook up to your OBD2 port they know how many flashes the ECU has received vs how many it should have. They can also check an actual vs spec on multiple parameters and see that you are outside of the factory parameters on multiple specs.

    You have to pay to play.
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,031
    Test drove a Bolt EV Premier today. Really fun car - quick, excellent interior, nice layout. The cabin was very quiet and the backseat was big. Probably the same size inside as the i3 but with regular doors it was much more accessible.

    The big problem? The seats are horribly uncomfortable. My back was hurting after all of 2 miles driving it. The manual adjustments simply don’t do enough and there is no lumbar adjustment.

    I really wanted to love it but it just didn’t work for me.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 11,791
    edited September 2019
    qbrozen said:

    I have a confession to make. My little one and I glanced at a last-gen Jeep Liberty and thought it wasn’t all that bad looking. May even consider the right one. I am also thinking of test driving a Nitro.

    A former co-worker had a Liberty for 3 years (a lease). Guzzled gas, and was troublesome. He was glad to turn it back in. I have not heard many people sing their praises (or that of the Nitro which is the same under the skin). Lots of problems it seems.

    Here's a good deal on a Ridgeline (hint hint):
    https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/viewDetailsFilterViewInventoryListing.action?sourceContext=untrackedExternal_false_0&newSearchFromOverviewPage=true&inventorySearchWidgetType=AUTO&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity=c2083&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity2=c21833&zip=08608&distance=200&searchChanged=true&modelChanged=true&filtersModified=true&sortType=MILEAGE&sortDirection=ASC#listing=245545448

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 137,597
    I took my test drive today. I convinced @breld to accompany me to a Mazda dealer where I drove a 2018 Mazda 3 GT sedan with a stick shift. CPO with only 1100 miles on it, and a price tag under $21,000.

    Blue over black leather, pretty well-equipped with the Bose stereo. I liked the way it drove - the lack of a turbo was more than made up by for the row-your-own transmission.

    Could be a contender - if I was in the market

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    the big If.

    I was really smitten by the Santa Fe's I saw today. really gotta drive one. Might hit the sweet spot of cost, features, size, and a biggie, wife being comfortable with it.

    Recently I think she is going backwards being able to handle tech stuff (work PC, phones, etc.). An X3 or new RDX (even an XC60) might put her over the edge. Santa Fe does all the same stuff, but just simpler (more like a "normal" car)!

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    oh, the Outback would probably be even more perfect, if she can get over it being a "wagon"

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,584
    qbrozen said:

    I have a confession to make. My little one and I glanced at a last-gen Jeep Liberty and thought it wasn’t all that bad looking. May even consider the right one. I am also thinking of test driving a Nitro.

    Nothing good today. Visited 2 dealers that had all garbage cars. Not worth my time. Would have liked to shop more but I have a couple guys here putting up fence at the slowest pace I have ever witnessed.

    I like the Liberty- especially the Renegade.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    My neighbor had a Liberty (I think an earlier one). It was not a great car. and definitely not something that fits the rough and tumble "macho" look.

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

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 11,244
    mjfloyd1 said:

    andres3 said:

    qbrozen said:

    If you could buy a $56k used car for clean trade-in value ($48k), but you had to do it without an inspection, would you do it?

    What kind of car? I don't think there is any used car I'd buy at that price without an inspection.
    qbrozen said:

    If you could buy a $56k used car for clean trade-in value ($48k), but you had to do it without an inspection, would you do it?

    It depends. $56k could represent a wide range of vehicles, ages, and mileage. As y'all know, I've bought cars with no inspection. ;)
    It's a 2015 MB GL63 AMG with 37k miles and one-owner. Cosmetically beautiful. It's like 200 days past a major service. VSC 4yrs, 40k miles is $7800!
    Oh, a 5-yr-old ridiculously complicated luxo-barge? Oh sure! I mean, what could POSSIBLY require inspecting? Not a worry in the world on that one.

    That definitely needs an inspection and possibly an exorcism.

    I once purchased a pre-owned $20k Mercedes diesel without my own inspection that ended up needing over $30k worth of work (essentially a new engine, new suspension, and diesel particulate filter). I traded it in when I got the Q8. Lost so much money, but did win a small judgment against the dealership. Illinois law is now such that I could have returned the vehicle.
    Speaking of suspensions, my TTS is getting a new rear suspension assembly. I took it in for a seat heater button not lighting up correctly in the left side vent, and the tech said the TSB on the rear suspension mounts applied to my car (he heard noises that shouldn't be there), so they ordered that as well. Bring in my car a week later, and they call the next day to confirm the need a whole rear shock assembly (from Germany). They said to get comfortable with my old loaner, the '16 A7 TDI that's black on black that I'm borrowing, it could be up to 3 weeks.

    While I'm upset they tried to get away with just the mounts, I'm happy to get a fresh set of shocks for the rear. I was just thinking KW Variant 3 Coil-overs might be a nice upgrade. I asked about the fronts and they said they were fine. Apparently the rear threw a code (they are magnetically adjustable). Interestingly, the TSB included a suspension software update (who'd of known, but I guess I should have since they are adjustable electronically and magnetically), I believe it has ended my train of "don't ask don't tell" policy regarding my tune. They will cover this one, but the younger newer service adviser (I knew I should have stuck with my old veteran guy), said that Audi USA was getting terrible about paying warranty claims for tuned cars, and he'd likely have to pay for this through his own "account" or something like that. I mentioned how the shocks had nothing to do with the tune (though he just gave the tuners another idea to "tune" the suspension with software for the track). He said while he didn't agree with Audi USA, that's what they are doing now.

    Should have stuck with the adviser that turns a blind eye. Maybe my tech got mad for calling him out on changing fresh Motul 600 brake fluid for the normal dealership stuff, or maybe mentioning the odd brake fluid raised too many flags.
    It would have been flagged TD1 no matter who your service advisor was. When they hook up to your OBD2 port they know how many flashes the ECU has received vs how many it should have. They can also check an actual vs spec on multiple parameters and see that you are outside of the factory parameters on multiple specs.

    You have to pay to play.
    Yes, but nothing says the service advisor or tech can't ignore a TD1 and turn a blind eye to how many flashes are on the counter. Besides, Audi keeps updating the software themselves, they could easily lose count.

    There are companies out there that thinks they've outsmarted the system, but the easiest way is to find a tech that turns a blind eye.
    '16 Audi TTS quattro 2.0T, '15 Audi A4 quattro 2.0T, '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 734
    edited September 2019
    andres3 said:

    mjfloyd1 said:

    andres3 said:

    qbrozen said:

    If you could buy a $56k used car for clean trade-in value ($48k), but you had to do it without an inspection, would you do it?

    What kind of car? I don't think there is any used car I'd buy at that price without an inspection.
    qbrozen said:

    If you could buy a $56k used car for clean trade-in value ($48k), but you had to do it without an inspection, would you do it?

    It depends. $56k could represent a wide range of vehicles, ages, and mileage. As y'all know, I've bought cars with no inspection. ;)
    It's a 2015 MB GL63 AMG with 37k miles and one-owner. Cosmetically beautiful. It's like 200 days past a major service. VSC 4yrs, 40k miles is $7800!
    Oh, a 5-yr-old ridiculously complicated luxo-barge? Oh sure! I mean, what could POSSIBLY require inspecting? Not a worry in the world on that one.

    That definitely needs an inspection and possibly an exorcism.

    I once purchased a pre-owned $20k Mercedes diesel without my own inspection that ended up needing over $30k worth of work (essentially a new engine, new suspension, and diesel particulate filter). I traded it in when I got the Q8. Lost so much money, but did win a small judgment against the dealership. Illinois law is now such that I could have returned the vehicle.
    Speaking of suspensions, my TTS is getting a new rear suspension assembly. I took it in for a seat heater button not lighting up correctly in the left side vent, and the tech said the TSB on the rear suspension mounts applied to my car (he heard noises that shouldn't be there), so they ordered that as well. Bring in my car a week later, and they call the next day to confirm the need a whole rear shock assembly (from Germany). They said to get comfortable with my old loaner, the '16 A7 TDI that's black on black that I'm borrowing, it could be up to 3 weeks.

    While I'm upset they tried to get away with just the mounts, I'm happy to get a fresh set of shocks for the rear. I was just thinking KW Variant 3 Coil-overs might be a nice upgrade. I asked about the fronts and they said they were fine. Apparently the rear threw a code (they are magnetically adjustable). Interestingly, the TSB included a suspension software update (who'd of known, but I guess I should have since they are adjustable electronically and magnetically), I believe it has ended my train of "don't ask don't tell" policy regarding my tune. They will cover this one, but the younger newer service adviser (I knew I should have stuck with my old veteran guy), said that Audi USA was getting terrible about paying warranty claims for tuned cars, and he'd likely have to pay for this through his own "account" or something like that. I mentioned how the shocks had nothing to do with the tune (though he just gave the tuners another idea to "tune" the suspension with software for the track). He said while he didn't agree with Audi USA, that's what they are doing now.

    Should have stuck with the adviser that turns a blind eye. Maybe my tech got mad for calling him out on changing fresh Motul 600 brake fluid for the normal dealership stuff, or maybe mentioning the odd brake fluid raised too many flags.
    It would have been flagged TD1 no matter who your service advisor was. When they hook up to your OBD2 port they know how many flashes the ECU has received vs how many it should have. They can also check an actual vs spec on multiple parameters and see that you are outside of the factory parameters on multiple specs.

    You have to pay to play.
    Yes, but nothing says the service advisor or tech can't ignore a TD1 and turn a blind eye to how many flashes are on the counter. Besides, Audi keeps updating the software themselves, they could easily lose count.

    There are companies out there that thinks they've outsmarted the system, but the easiest way is to find a tech that turns a blind eye.
    It is not up to the tech. If it is hooked up to your OBD2 then it is up to Audi corporate. The tech is entirely out of the equation. Audi will not pay the local dealership to perform the repairs (should driveline only).

    Some fixes can be done without hooking up to OBD2, but a software update is not one of them.

    I wish that you were right but not so much.

    Not a single company that upgrades power for Audi by ECU flash will guarantee you that you will not get a TD1. Audi can even detect tuner boxes and give you a TB1.
  • ab348 said:

    qbrozen said:

    I have a confession to make. My little one and I glanced at a last-gen Jeep Liberty and thought it wasn’t all that bad looking. May even consider the right one. I am also thinking of test driving a Nitro.

    A former co-worker had a Liberty for 3 years (a lease). Guzzled gas, and was troublesome. He was glad to turn it back in. I have not heard many people sing their praises (or that of the Nitro which is the same under the skin). Lots of problems it seems.

    Here's a good deal on a Ridgeline (hint hint):
    https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/viewDetailsFilterViewInventoryListing.action?sourceContext=untrackedExternal_false_0&newSearchFromOverviewPage=true&inventorySearchWidgetType=AUTO&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity=c2083&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity2=c21833&zip=08608&distance=200&searchChanged=true&modelChanged=true&filtersModified=true&sortType=MILEAGE&sortDirection=ASC#listing=245545448
    Just factor in approx $1000 for a timing belt service at 105,000 miles (IIRC) - this is an interference engine. Same motor as my old MDX. A buddy and I did it for $300 using OEM parts.
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Same as jmonroePosts: 1,313
    qbrozen said:

    jmonroe1 said:

    xwesx said:

    qbrozen said:

    My driveway was ripped up today. We are having them lengthen and widen it while they are at it. 21 feet wide and I believe something like 130 feet long.

    Wow! That's a hefty driveway! Are you painting a yellow line down the center while you're at it? ;)
    Far be it from me to put anything in his head but after his road is finished and lines and numbers have been painted, he could get his friends and neighbor's together on weekends for the @qbrozen 130. B)

    jmonroe
    I looked over the completed project today (well, almost completed), and I was quite a bit under on my number. It is approx 70 yards long from tip to tip.



    Lines, numbers? Oh well, at least you got the starting rope ready to be dropped. ;)

    jmonroe

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,832
    Got a couple of PP sales lined up for viewing tomorrow ... I think.

    One is a 2011 Equinox AWD 4-cyl with leather. 120k miles but asking only $4900.

    I am slowly going back and forth for info on a ML500 with 91k, but he is asking $9500, which is full retail, so I’m not sure I want to waste my time.

    If the Equinox fails, I may go look at a quad cab Dakota. Then a couple of v8 JGC’s are speaking to me. BUT, my time tomorrow is limited, as usual.

    '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: 9,565
    I am thinking JGC may fit the bill perfectly for you. Plus .... and I could be wrong but you definitely have a like for Mopar.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    here is one they make sound like it is cleaner than the board of health. Price within budget.

    https://www.turnersvilleautomall.com/details-2007-jeep-grand_cherokee-4wd_4dr_laredo-used-1j8gr48kx7c618882.html

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,832
    stickguy said:

    here is one they make sound like it is cleaner than the board of health. Price within budget.

    https://www.turnersvilleautomall.com/details-2007-jeep-grand_cherokee-4wd_4dr_laredo-used-1j8gr48kx7c618882.html

    Thanks for the find. But when a dealer is using “incentives” on a used car, it is likely one I will avoid:

    As low as $7700*

    *Internet price reflects $500 Nissan of Turnersville College Grad and all Financing Rebates/Incentives up to $500.

    '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!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,832

    '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!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    Dakota sounds good. but that thing definitely worked hard with that beast of a tow hitch on it!

    Equinox, if the miles don't bother you, looks clean and pretty cheap.

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

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,632
    What about a prior gen Pilot?
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,832
    pensfan83 said:

    What about a prior gen Pilot?

    Saw one at the dealer i was at yesterday. Entire truck had been badly repainted.

    '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!

  • @qb good luck on the searching can’t wait to hear about it tomorrow.
  • @qb learn the driveway and Friends are coming along very nice.
  • @qb I happen to really like the last generation pilot, love the sheep the Boxee style, the third row is so roomie was in the ones my aunts used to have gone to my brothers for four hours and I was fine. Also love the last generation 2005 to 12 pathfinder a lot. Or even an Xterra two. One day would love to get my hands on one not rusty and abused either first or second generation Xterra, although prefer the second generation.
  • The last generation liberty I like to, and nitro, I think they might’ve made a third one the aspirin based on those two but not sure how those look.
  • Unfortunately those FJ cruiser nice to put their way overpriced if no one wanted them they wouldn’t be purchased because everyone wants them they’re overpriced just like the used wrangler we overpriced because everyone wants them main reason.
  • @ stink guy happy belated anniversary to you and your wife. Love those Santa Fe’s to set up a few other dealers recently love them. When you’re ready either buy or lease if lease to try to go through a broker probably will do better maybe what do you all think. If by I know you know what to do.
  • @ Fabian, love that Honda that they don’t unfortunately sell here love the maxi style.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    edited September 2019
    nice. and you got a Hemi Daytona and a clean looking CUV for hauling crap around, all for the price of a Ford Fiesta.

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

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,031
    Interesting plays, @qbrozen. Curious to see how happy you are with this stable.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX
  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWPosts: 2,844
    @qbrozen, enjoy!
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    at these price points, and since he can DIY most anything, not much in the way of exposure. You get bored of one, cut it loose!

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

  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Same as jmonroePosts: 1,313
    @qbrozen, from the Burgh it looks pretty good but I know you want to put your hands all over it.

    Good luck with it.

    jmonroe
  • mb_enthusiastmb_enthusiast IllinoisPosts: 202
    andres3 said:

    qbrozen said:

    If you could buy a $56k used car for clean trade-in value ($48k), but you had to do it without an inspection, would you do it?

    What kind of car? I don't think there is any used car I'd buy at that price without an inspection.
    qbrozen said:

    If you could buy a $56k used car for clean trade-in value ($48k), but you had to do it without an inspection, would you do it?

    It depends. $56k could represent a wide range of vehicles, ages, and mileage. As y'all know, I've bought cars with no inspection. ;)
    It's a 2015 MB GL63 AMG with 37k miles and one-owner. Cosmetically beautiful. It's like 200 days past a major service. VSC 4yrs, 40k miles is $7800!
    Oh, a 5-yr-old ridiculously complicated luxo-barge? Oh sure! I mean, what could POSSIBLY require inspecting? Not a worry in the world on that one.

    That definitely needs an inspection and possibly an exorcism.

    I once purchased a pre-owned $20k Mercedes diesel without my own inspection that ended up needing over $30k worth of work (essentially a new engine, new suspension, and diesel particulate filter). I traded it in when I got the Q8. Lost so much money, but did win a small judgment against the dealership. Illinois law is now such that I could have returned the vehicle.
    Speaking of suspensions, my TTS is getting a new rear suspension assembly. I took it in for a seat heater button not lighting up correctly in the left side vent, and the tech said the TSB on the rear suspension mounts applied to my car (he heard noises that shouldn't be there), so they ordered that as well. Bring in my car a week later, and they call the next day to confirm the need a whole rear shock assembly (from Germany). They said to get comfortable with my old loaner, the '16 A7 TDI that's black on black that I'm borrowing, it could be up to 3 weeks.

    While I'm upset they tried to get away with just the mounts, I'm happy to get a fresh set of shocks for the rear. I was just thinking KW Variant 3 Coil-overs might be a nice upgrade. I asked about the fronts and they said they were fine. Apparently the rear threw a code (they are magnetically adjustable). Interestingly, the TSB included a suspension software update (who'd of known, but I guess I should have since they are adjustable electronically and magnetically), I believe it has ended my train of "don't ask don't tell" policy regarding my tune. They will cover this one, but the younger newer service adviser (I knew I should have stuck with my old veteran guy), said that Audi USA was getting terrible about paying warranty claims for tuned cars, and he'd likely have to pay for this through his own "account" or something like that. I mentioned how the shocks had nothing to do with the tune (though he just gave the tuners another idea to "tune" the suspension with software for the track). He said while he didn't agree with Audi USA, that's what they are doing now.

    Should have stuck with the adviser that turns a blind eye. Maybe my tech got mad for calling him out on changing fresh Motul 600 brake fluid for the normal dealership stuff, or maybe mentioning the odd brake fluid raised too many flags.
    The problem with the Mercedes AIRMATIC suspensions, for me, is that they cost so much. The factory warranty on them is like a year or three years—it's something ridiculous. Arnotts have a lifetime warranty, but the parts are still extremely pricey and independent mechanics run about $120/hour in my area. Add in ADS or Active Curve, you are easily $6k+ for a total replacement.
    2019 Audi Q8, 2017 Porsche Cayenne S, 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG, 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL450, and 2005 Mercedes-Benz E500W4

    Previously owned/leased BMWs, Volvos, and Volkswagens
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,227
    @qbrozen nice looking Equinox! Is that an LS or LT? I thought only LT had leather seats, but they could be aftermarket.
  • @ stink guy happy belated anniversary to you and your wife. Love those Santa Fe’s to set up a few other dealers recently love them. When you’re ready either buy or lease if lease to try to go through a broker probably will do better maybe what do you all think. If by I know you know what to do.
  • @qb con-grads on the second punch!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,832
    corvette said:

    @qbrozen nice looking Equinox! Is that an LS or LT? I thought only LT had leather seats, but they could be aftermarket.

    It's a rather odd configuration. I also thought only LT had leather, but these really don't seem to be aftermarket. No moonroof or anything else. VIN comes up as an LS. I don't get it. It definitely has the BT package, though.

    So far, I've already ordered a front push bar and replacement headlights with black buckets. Only $300 total. I know I'll get some hate, but I plan on blacking out the wheels (unless I have another set that will fit) and other chrome bits. I am going to figure out how to raise it up a little and then slap on oversized M/T tires. Maybe a roof basket and extra lights, too. mwuhahahah.

    '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!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,832
    going for a look kind of like this.

    '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!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    so, basically, you are going into your second childhood?

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

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 11,791
    I'm sure that rip-roaring 2.4L Ecotec will buy loads of street cred. :)

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    just put a 4" tailpipe opening on it. all you need.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,732
    Congrats on punch #2 @qbrozen !

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,632
    qbrozen said:

    corvette said:

    @qbrozen nice looking Equinox! Is that an LS or LT? I thought only LT had leather seats, but they could be aftermarket.

    It's a rather odd configuration. I also thought only LT had leather, but these really don't seem to be aftermarket. No moonroof or anything else. VIN comes up as an LS. I don't get it. It definitely has the BT package, though.

    So far, I've already ordered a front push bar and replacement headlights with black buckets. Only $300 total. I know I'll get some hate, but I plan on blacking out the wheels (unless I have another set that will fit) and other chrome bits. I am going to figure out how to raise it up a little and then slap on oversized M/T tires. Maybe a roof basket and extra lights, too. mwuhahahah.
    Bring that bad boy west and well find some trails :)
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,832
    obviously, that rogue is quite the exaggeration. lol.

    The 2.4 really ain't all that bad. More power than pretty much any economy car. Yeah, OK, its 3900 lb. It actually reminds me A LOT of our first gen Forester. Very quick off the line, but passing at speed takes a great deal of planning. I will say it makes good noise. My son keeps commenting it sounds very racy from within the cabin when I step on it.

    '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!

  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,796
    Q....nice punch #2. You’ve been quite the wheeler-dealer. Big congrats!
    2018 Acura TLX 3.5 SH AWD A-SPEC
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,565
    qbrozen said:

    obviously, that rogue is quite the exaggeration. lol.

    The 2.4 really ain't all that bad. More power than pretty much any economy car. Yeah, OK, its 3900 lb. It actually reminds me A LOT of our first gen Forester. Very quick off the line, but passing at speed takes a great deal of planning. I will say it makes good noise. My son keeps commenting it sounds very racy from within the cabin when I step on it.

    I’ve driven one of that vintage. The 4 isn’t bad at all. Cruises at high speed just fine and enough torque to get you moving.

    Keep us posted on the progress.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,183
    When does the Daytona arrive? That should cure the passing power problem.

    Could easily go pick it up. Short flight from EWR to Norfolk, then 5-6 hour trip back to see what you got.

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

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