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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,396
    kyfdx said:

    I really like Bosch ICON wiper blades.

    I use the Bosch ICON as well on all my vehicles; they are excellent for year-round use. I tend to replace mine annually, as they tend to get a little beat up after use in the winter. I should probably just keep the old ones and put them on for a couple winters, while doing the same for the new ones so that they last somewhat longer.

    I get items like this at RockAuto, and I usually buy three or four years' worth at a time. Yes, yes, this would be a bad move for most of you. :D
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,796
    @oldfarmer50 ...it’s been a long time since I cared about badge snobs (although, to a certain degree, I was once one myself). I drive a Kia. See there, I said it with no remorse.

    Now, if I were in a Smart Car or a Fiat 500, I would probably deserve being chastised and made fun of.

    @qbrozen ....hope your recovery is swift and painless. Hang in there.

    @laurasdada ....funny...I was talking with a colleague yesterday after he inquired about the Stinger, so far. He’s looking to trade his “C Class” in for something else. He is somewhat of a badge snob. He asked if the Stinger had LCD screens for all the gauges and infotainment. I told him that gauges were all analog, but the infotainment was a mix of buttons and LCD. Relayed my experience with the C Class I test drove a month or so ago. I told him his is a fine choice. But, given the price differential and the upgraded interiors of both the “A and CLA Class” he might want to save a few bucks and test drive them. This is where the badge snobbery morphs into model snobbery. He said the A and CLA class were too “low rent” for him (his words, not mine).

    His 2017 is a lease. He’s wanting to lease another one. My gut feeling is the 2017 is the same as the 2019 or 2020.

    I also told him to look at a 3 Series. He said he’s a BMW bigot.

    I left our conversation feeling “glad we had this talk”! LOL!
    2018 Acura TLX 3.5 SH AWD A-SPEC
  • breldbreld Posts: 4,752
    The snobbery talk reminds me of a conversation I had with a New Home Builder saleswoman last year.

    I was in there looking at their model home and the salesperson commented on my Q7 (and how she liked it). Being who I am, I noticed she had a CX-9 in the lot and complimented her on what a great car that is and I had one previously. She was quick to say that they also had a Cayenne and the CX-9 was their beater car. Well, I continued the conversation to say how my wife drove a Macan....her response was something along the lines of, "Oh, those don't really seem like real Porsches."

    Wow.

    2019 Volvo V90 XC - 2019 MB GLC300 Coupe - 2014 BMW 228i

  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 8,723

    That would have immediately made me discredit ANYTHING she said about the homes she was selling.

    I would have sought out another salesperson.

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis V8 with Ultimate Package and '18 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • fintailfintail Posts: 49,101
    A snobby realtor? Say it aint so. Now there's a racket.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 14,171
    stickguy said:

    I’m the car guy, and will buy anything if I like it. Including back to back Hyundai’s. Yet my wife, who can’t tell one car from another, is the brand snob.

    As long as my wife gets to pick the color she couldn’t care less if I bought a Kia or a Cabbage Patch Doll.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 8,723

    stickguy said:

    I’m the car guy, and will buy anything if I like it. Including back to back Hyundai’s. Yet my wife, who can’t tell one car from another, is the brand snob.

    As long as my wife gets to pick the color she couldn’t care less if I bought a Kia or a Cabbage Patch Doll.
    That's how I conned Mrs. j into getting the replacement Subie last April. I was just an innocent by stander.

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis V8 with Ultimate Package and '18 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 3,054
    qbrozen ....hope all goes well for you !
    - Ray
    Back in the driver's seat SOON, I hope !
    2016 BMW 340i
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,598
    My wife doesn’t care what I drive(although she confessed that she was glad I didn’t buy the Plum Crazy Challenger SRT I looked at). As for her, she would consider a Jeep product but I don’t think she could be coerced into owning anything else from FCA, Ford, or GM. I do think she’d like a CX-5 or a Clubman as much as the X1, so at least her automotive tastes are fairly consistent with mine.

    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: 35,240
    I never can quite figure out my wife's "style". It is more like a collection of items. Some sort of upscale badge seems to be important (but a Hyundai, Honda or Subaru, maybe, would be OK). But no Ford or Chevy. Preferably an Acura/BMW level badge though.

    other than this, it needs buttons for normal controls, not too complicated to understand, reasonably quick (she is used to the hot rod Acura), seat belt that does not come across her neck wrong, stuff like that. It is not a defined niche, more like knowing it when you see it.

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

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 2,437
    My wife won't even try to use our TV remote, but has no issues with the touchscreen on the 3. I think they nailed to UI on that one.

    Tesla X Performance / Tesla 3 Performance

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 145,625
    tifighter said:

    My wife won't even try to use our TV remote, but has no issues with the touchscreen on the 3. I think they nailed to UI on that one.

    When I see Dual Motor on the back of the Model 3, does that mean anything special?

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,240
    AWD. and faster, and more expensive.

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

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,641
    I think they make a Dual Motor RWD Model 3 too.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 735
    @qbrozen - how are you getting along?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 49,101
    tifighter said:

    My wife won't even try to use our TV remote, but has no issues with the touchscreen on the 3. I think they nailed to UI on that one.

    If Apple made a car, right?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,240
    not sure if I posted this one before, but for a relatively "basic" car for a 2nd one, this seems to be getting pretty cheap now, but still relatively new without crazy miles.

    https://www.subaruofcherryhill.com/used/BMW/2015-BMW-3+Series-cherry-hill-nj-9615b3ba0a0d0c140da0284ae3d22d46.htm

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

  • ronsteveronsteve LooavulPosts: 720
    edited January 22

    Made a real rookie mistake on Friday, never ever had this happen before. Took a 2019 Rav4 up to a Toyota store in Vero Beach. Since we were leaving it there, did my usual routine. Attatch the keys to my personal key chain, it had push button start, got my screwdriver out to remove the plate, got back in to put my driver back into my backpack and handed the keys to my lead. Only problem...I never gave them to him. Went out to Okeechobee next and then back to Palm Beach International. Was sent to a location on Northlake Blvd. and by this time, it was just about 5. Seems like we were having company from D.C., so the roads around PBI were ridiculously crowded. Got to the Northlake store, and noticed I had not one set of keys on my pants keyholder holder, I had two!!!

    Different kind of mistake in our family last week, but on-topic here because it is related to push-button start. I went for a run with my wife and a friend, but left the fob with the wife because she was going to run shorter and would get back to the car first. So once we all got back, my wife was re-arranging her gear from her run while I was stretching and chatting with my friend to confirm coffee with her and her roomie.

    After a couple minutes, we're off to the coffee shop, and I jump in and start up, unaware of anything wrong and figuring my wife has the fob in one pocket or another. A couple blocks up the street, I hear a strange noise on the roof, as if I were dragging under low hanging branches, but there are no low-hanging branches on that block. Get to the coffee shop and shut the car off. As we're getting out, I ask my wife to confirm she has the fob on her. She said she thought I had it. I told her she never gave it to me, and after a little looking around, I thought I'd just try to re-start... "HOLD REMOTE NEAR RECEIVER TO START" So NOW I know what that noise was!

    Luckily I remembered to within a block or two where I heard that noise, and my friend was able to drive us back there to search for the fob. We found it right along the curb, thankfully out of the way of traffic and undamaged. It's a damn good thing that our friend was joining us for the coffee stop on the way home! The wife is not used to the push-button start thing, and now I know to make damn sure I know where the fob is whenever I start the car!
    2015 Acura RDX AWD / 2013 VW Jetta 2.5SE
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,734
    @qbrozen - speedy recovery my friend!

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,240
    that is an issue with keyless. I always keep my keys in my pocket for both cars, but occasionally will take one out (or it ends up in a coat or some such). Not an issue if I go to drive by myself, but if I leave with the wife and she has hers (they just stay in the bottom of her 15 pound purse) the car doesn't tell me. Unless I notice for some reason the memory settings are wrong. Until she gets out of the car, and it wants to stop running!

    at least in the old days I had to pull it out of my pocket to even get the car started.

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

  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 3,046
    I do like the keyless entry and ignition. With the Accord I have had the following learning experiences: If the wife puts her purse with the Accord key fob in the trunk and I attempt to lock the car, it won’t. I end up with two sets of key fobs in my pocket. I have a magnetic money clip that supposedly blocks people from scanning my credit cards. After driving down the road and having a message displayed ‘key not recognized’, I discovered the money clip was also blocking the signal from the key fob. I no longer keep both in the same pocket. Battery life seems to be about 2 years. I keep spare batteries handy.

    2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus w/tech, 2013 Honda Accord EX, 2006 Acura TL w/nav

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,240
    you can lock the keys in the car, just not with the button on the door. Need to use the other fob. Definitely works if a fob is in the car. I think it works in the trunk too, though now I think of it, on the TLX it might not let you close the trunk lid. which is kind of silly since you can shut the doors.

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,598
    edited January 22
    stickguy said:

    not sure if I posted this one before, but for a relatively "basic" car for a 2nd one, this seems to be getting pretty cheap now, but still relatively new without crazy miles.

    https://www.subaruofcherryhill.com/used/BMW/2015-BMW-3+Series-cherry-hill-nj-9615b3ba0a0d0c140da0284ae3d22d46.htm

    I had a fairly spartan 320i for a loaner back in 2016. I really liked it. We had one RWD with a manual and the Track Handling Package. It was a hoot.

    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

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,184
    OF, hate the way the Rav4 drove as I changed lanes. Too herky jerky for my tastes and if owned one, would turn it off if possible. Nice vehicles though.
    Now that 320IX was cool. No sports seats but, has a moon roof and betting it could get XM radio. But not really sure I'd do well with a BMW as they seem a bit high strung and need a certain kind of maintenance. I do better with "cheap to keep" to be honest.
    Heard back from my local VW store. The new 2020 Golf is coming to their store soon, a blue one among them. But, there's only going to be one model and they're not sure if it'll have a moon roof and the Beats audio. Asked her to let me know when they get it in stock and I'll come over and give it a test drive. Made sure she understood that I'm not ready to buy anything right now. I just want to drive everything on my short list and see which ones I can remove from consideration.
    Lastly, sat in a 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman at one of our locations and it was quite nice. I was very excited about how nice I fit in the front seat and had everything within easy reach. And it's not the small Mini Cooper either. I think I could live with one as my d d without any issues. Now, to test drive one and if I like it, come to a deal with my Golf as a trade in. And if it drives as nice as my Golf does, I could be in trouble here. Because I will buy it if it's as good as I think it will be!

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,846
    mjfloyd1 said:

    @qbrozen - how are you getting along?

    Sorry, I had posted in the catch-all thread. Doing fine. No pain meds needed. Should be an easy recovery.

    '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!

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 14,171
    stickguy said:

    not sure if I posted this one before, but for a relatively "basic" car for a 2nd one, this seems to be getting pretty cheap now, but still relatively new without crazy miles.

    https://www.subaruofcherryhill.com/used/BMW/2015-BMW-3+Series-cherry-hill-nj-9615b3ba0a0d0c140da0284ae3d22d46.htm

    That’s pretty cheap and not a horrendous amount of miles. Is that version prone to any serious mechanical problems? Could be a fun little week end toy.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,846

    OF, hate the way the Rav4 drove as I changed lanes. Too herky jerky for my tastes and if owned one, would turn it off if possible. Nice vehicles though.
    Now that 320IX was cool. No sports seats but, has a moon roof and betting it could get XM radio. But not really sure I'd do well with a BMW as they seem a bit high strung and need a certain kind of maintenance. I do better with "cheap to keep" to be honest.
    Heard back from my local VW store. The new 2020 Golf is coming to their store soon, a blue one among them. But, there's only going to be one model and they're not sure if it'll have a moon roof and the Beats audio. Asked her to let me know when they get it in stock and I'll come over and give it a test drive. Made sure she understood that I'm not ready to buy anything right now. I just want to drive everything on my short list and see which ones I can remove from consideration.
    Lastly, sat in a 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman at one of our locations and it was quite nice. I was very excited about how nice I fit in the front seat and had everything within easy reach. And it's not the small Mini Cooper either. I think I could live with one as my d d without any issues. Now, to test drive one and if I like it, come to a deal with my Golf as a trade in. And if it drives as nice as my Golf does, I could be in trouble here. Because I will buy it if it's as good as I think it will be!

    I’ve always liked the Countryman. Wish they would have opted for a bigger engine, though.

    '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: 35,240
    OF, I think they are pretty reliable. Just a basic 3 series. Nothing crazy. So I would not worry too much about it if it was maintained and checks out OK.

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,233
    De-powered turbo, no HIDs or backup cam? Hard pass.
  • breldbreld Posts: 4,752
    I’m a little intrigued by this. It’s no M335i, but with the manual and at that price, I’ve gotta imagine it’s a fun package.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/798278542/overview/

    2019 Volvo V90 XC - 2019 MB GLC300 Coupe - 2014 BMW 228i

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 137,915
    breld said:

    I’m a little intrigued by this. It’s no M335i, but with the manual and at that price, I’ve gotta imagine it’s a fun package.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/798278542/overview/

    Was expecting a black interior on that.

    Imagine my surprise. Nice car.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 49,101
    Someone picked all the right options on that one.
  • ronsteveronsteve LooavulPosts: 720
    stickguy said:

    Until she gets out of the car, and it wants to stop running!

    How quickly would the car actually want to stop running? I got close to 2 miles down the road without even a warning message.
    2015 Acura RDX AWD / 2013 VW Jetta 2.5SE
  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,641
    Michaell said:

    breld said:

    I’m a little intrigued by this. It’s no M335i, but with the manual and at that price, I’ve gotta imagine it’s a fun package.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/798278542/overview/

    Was expecting a black interior on that.

    Imagine my surprise. Nice car.
    Was thinking the same, nicely optioned too.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 735
    qbrozen said:

    mjfloyd1 said:

    @qbrozen - how are you getting along?

    Sorry, I had posted in the catch-all thread. Doing fine. No pain meds needed. Should be an easy recovery.
    Excellent. Don’t over-do it since you are pain-free though.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,240
    ronsteve said:

    stickguy said:

    Until she gets out of the car, and it wants to stop running!

    How quickly would the car actually want to stop running? I got close to 2 miles down the road without even a warning message.
    I don't know when/how it would die. I am sure if you turn it off, it won't turn back on. And I do know that as soon as you take the key out of the car while it is running, you start getting warning messages about it.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,240
    Michaell said:

    breld said:

    I’m a little intrigued by this. It’s no M335i, but with the manual and at that price, I’ve gotta imagine it’s a fun package.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/798278542/overview/

    Was expecting a black interior on that.

    Imagine my surprise. Nice car.
    it is. Just about the best you can do in 2014. Love the interior. I actually prefer the smaller wheels and taller sidewalls, but if you lived with the roads around here, you would too!

    I could be very happy with that car. If it had BLIS and CarPlay would have it all!

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 145,625

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,734
    Bring a Trailer is jumping the shark with this one. The guy is still LEASING the car, and has 4 months to go. He wants the winning bidder to essentially pay his remaining payments (on a $60K MSRP 3 series Wagon), plus the buy out, plus sales tax, then register is in the winner's name where the winner will have to pay sales tax. Nice lookin car though.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2017-bmw-2017-330i-xdrive-sport-wagon-m-sport/

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 145,625
    edited January 22
    nyccarguy said:

    Bring a Trailer is jumping the shark with this one. The guy is still LEASING the car, and has 4 months to go. He wants the winning bidder to essentially pay his remaining payments (on a $60K MSRP 3 series Wagon), plus the buy out, plus sales tax, then register is in the winner's name where the winner will have to pay sales tax. Nice lookin car though.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2017-bmw-2017-330i-xdrive-sport-wagon-m-sport/

    Nice option package...

    But, for $60K, you don't even have leather. And, flat white paint.
    And, it's a 4 cyl automatic. Yes, that's the only way they came, but still... track handling package, why?

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,734
    kyfdx said:

    nyccarguy said:

    Bring a Trailer is jumping the shark with this one. The guy is still LEASING the car, and has 4 months to go. He wants the winning bidder to essentially pay his remaining payments (on a $60K MSRP 3 series Wagon), plus the buy out, plus sales tax, then register is in the winner's name where the winner will have to pay sales tax. Nice lookin car though.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2017-bmw-2017-330i-xdrive-sport-wagon-m-sport/

    Nice option package...

    But, for $60K, you don't even have leather. And, flat white paint.
    And, it's a 4 cyl automatic. Yes, that's the only way they came, but still... track handling package, why?
    So he could try sell it for more than the residual at the end of the lease.

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

  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,796
    kyfdx said:
    Was surfing YouTube car shows last night. I like REDLINE REVIEWS. Not saying the deal this person got was bad. But, the reviewer was scathing with criticism of both Nissan and Infiniti in general.
    2018 Acura TLX 3.5 SH AWD A-SPEC
  • breldbreld Posts: 4,752
    edited January 22
    I may check out that 228i this weekend. Like others have pointed out, it’s optioned nicely - I’d assume it was a special order, and it seems that most who would order something like this tend to forgo some of the creature comforts, but not so on this one.

    Normally I’d stay away from a RWD version for resale here in CO, but at that price it could have appeal on the enthusiast front, given it’s the only way to get the manual anyway.

    Clearly out of warranty - anyone know of particular issues of concern on the 4 cylinder?

    2019 Volvo V90 XC - 2019 MB GLC300 Coupe - 2014 BMW 228i

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,240
    not quite as fast as the 6?

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 14,171
    kyfdx said:
    That’s pretty cheap. Is Nissan having trouble moving those?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,240
    and who cares about AWD on this. It is for a toy, and if there is snow it will be in the garage with your CC doing slop duty. Or put snows on it and drive it everyday.

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

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