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  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    qbrozen said:

    I feel left out

    Well, unlike me, @kyfdx holds onto his cars for a long time, so the GTI has a home for awhile.

    But you could always place dibs on my new fun car - maybe the Avalanche will be in the playoffs by the time I'm selling. :)

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    I've had the replacement for the GTI for weeks now - bought on the same day as my wife's GLC. That was a fun day.




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

  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    Nice break from the snow this weekend in Denver - was a nice opportunity to spend time sprucing up the GTI for its new owner tomorrow.





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

  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    @pensfan83 - congrats on the "new" ZHP! It's beautiful!

    Was it the availability of @kyfdx's ZHP specifically that made you choose to move on from the Prelude, or was that something you were already thinking of?

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 27,031
    breld said:

    I've had the replacement for the GTI for weeks now - bought on the same day as my wife's GLC. That was a fun day.




    A well-used example, I hope.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    Now I can't remember what I posted yesterday about the car show. It was a good time, but I did skip a lot of cars I normally would have spent time with. Was with the wife so we concentrated on what we were looking at for her, along with a few things I did want to see. It was crowded and we arrived later than normal so I was already getting hungry for lunch.

    sat in most every midsized to larger CUV. She really did not feel that she wanted anything in the CX9/Ascent/Pilot size range. She still likes the previous usual suspects (RDX and Santa Fe). The x3 also, but that wasn't at the show. The notable addition was probably the XC60. It helped that she really liked the color (denim blue I think). So will add that.

    various other models didn't move the needle. A couple where the drivers compartment (seat room or console encroachment) took it out. Too big or too small, or thought it was funny looking. Rav 4 just didn't move us.

    I liked the Palisades, though it was quite big. Highlander seemed nice too. Did not care for new interior style on the Q5.

    in non-CUV stuff, I really liked the Ranger but it needs an interior remodel. Nice size though. New Corvette is darned good looking. I am too old to be hoisting in and out of a Miata on a regular basis. New Ram is seriously nice, but at $71k, it better be. Lincoln has a lot of style these days.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    so what year is the 2 series? is is a turbo 6?

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    qbrozen said:

    breld said:

    I've had the replacement for the GTI for weeks now - bought on the same day as my wife's GLC. That was a fun day.




    A well-used example, I hope.
    This is one I posted a while back.

    2014 w/ 45k miles. 228i RWD manual - well equipped with Premium, Nav, Cold Weather and M-Sport. The brown interior is a nice break from the usual black. This was a local CO car and is in incredible shape.

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    stickguy said:

    so what year is the 2 series? is is a turbo 6?

    Naturally I'd like an M235i, but the value is pretty great on this 228i. It's a great replacement for the GTI. I was telling @michaell yesterday that it's a nice mix/compromise between the GTI and Miata - great 4 cylinder turbo but with the RWD dynamic.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 27,031
    Interestingly, I traded my GTI on my 135i. I thought it was a great replacement. It proved me wrong.

    But yours should be more reliable. Theoretically. And, no matter since you won't have it long enough to find out.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    I remember that one. I really, really liked it when you posted the listing. I approve!

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    QB, I just remembered. Last Friday on the way to dinner I passed an orange Daytona that looked a lot like yours. Same generation. Don't see many of them out and about.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 27,031
    stickguy said:

    QB, I just remembered. Last Friday on the way to dinner I passed an orange Daytona that looked a lot like yours. Same generation. Don't see many of them out and about.

    you sure it wasn't me? ha.
    Let's see ... no, didn't have it out last Friday. Took it out yesterday for the first time in probably a couple of months. It was NOT happy to be out in the cold. And there was a good bit of frozen condensation inside the car.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,799
    Wow! Congrats to all! Nice work finding new homes for your cars with fellow CCBA members.

    As @Michaell mentioned, I had a serious hockey weekend this weekend which involved LOTS of driving and one of the coldest rinks in the state so I wasn’t able to keep up with the CCBA punches.

    My son Henry’s state hockey tournament was in Bolton, CT which is about 90 miles from here. Game 1 was Thursday night. It took 2 solid hours to get there. Well worth the trip. 2-1 victory. Drove home 1 1/2 hours and then to work Friday. Drove home Friday night, then to work on Saturday. I had to work on Saturday. My wife took her parents and our kids back up to Bolton. They won 9-3. I drove from work 2 hours up to Bolton. They won 5-3! On to the semi finals this AM. A very exciting game. Unfortunately they lost 4-3.

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    Congrats to your son and his team @nyccarguy! And kudos to you and your wife for doing all you do to support your kids!

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 49,491
    Is he the goalie? Congrats. Some of the time put in by the hockey parents I know through playing is really staggering - a few of the guys on my rec league team have kids who play, so they seem to live at a couple local rinks. On tournament weekends, adult games get bumped later than usual, 10pm tonight. Tweaked my back a little and lost (but to a team in a higher division), but it was still fun. Cold rinks are the best, nice crunchy ice. I hope your kids end up playing for the long haul too.
    nyccarguy said:

    Wow! Congrats to all! Nice work finding new homes for your cars with fellow CCBA members.

    As @Michaell mentioned, I had a serious hockey weekend this weekend which involved LOTS of driving and one of the coldest rinks in the state so I wasn’t able to keep up with the CCBA punches.

    My son Henry’s state hockey tournament was in Bolton, CT which is about 90 miles from here. Game 1 was Thursday night. It took 2 solid hours to get there. Well worth the trip. 2-1 victory. Drove home 1 1/2 hours and then to work Friday. Drove home Friday night, then to work on Saturday. I had to work on Saturday. My wife took her parents and our kids back up to Bolton. They won 9-3. I drove from work 2 hours up to Bolton. They won 5-3! On to the semi finals this AM. A very exciting game. Unfortunately they lost 4-3.

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 148,043
    stickguy said:

    I remember that one. I really, really liked it when you posted the listing. I approve!

    Yeah, when he bought it, I'm thinking: Wait a minute, why am I not getting that car, instead of this GTI? :p

    Did you get a good deal? Be sure to come back and share!

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    kyfdx said:

    stickguy said:

    I remember that one. I really, really liked it when you posted the listing. I approve!

    Yeah, when he bought it, I'm thinking: Wait a minute, why am I not getting that car, instead of this GTI? :p
    I would probably take the BMW too. Even though it is out of warranty

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,799
    @breld - congrats on that 228i! I like that A LOT. Is that car CPO?

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

  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,849
    @breld .... @kyfdx congrats on the great punches, swaps, new rides. Love them!
    2018 Acura TLX 3.5 SH AWD A-SPEC
  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    nyccarguy said:

    @breld - congrats on that 228i! I like that A LOT. Is that car CPO?

    No CPO. It was too old to be certified.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,799
    breld said:

    nyccarguy said:

    @breld - congrats on that 228i! I like that A LOT. Is that car CPO?

    No CPO. It was too old to be certified.
    Did you have a PPI inspection done?

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    nyccarguy said:

    breld said:

    nyccarguy said:

    @breld - congrats on that 228i! I like that A LOT. Is that car CPO?

    No CPO. It was too old to be certified.
    Did you have a PPI inspection done?
    No, it could turn out to haunt me, but I placed a lot of trust on it being sold by a BMW dealer and it being a local vehicle its whole life.

    And from my own visual inspection, it’s in incredible shape (not that I can tell much of anything from a mechanical perspective).

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,712
    The F22 and N20 have a very good track records with regards to reliability. If I wanted a 2er I wouldn’t hesitate for a nanosecond.

    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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,799
    So how did this all go down? Were you all colluding offline? Who got the ball rolling in this epic 3 way deal? Is this the 1st time in CCBA history that one poster bought a car from another poster?

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

  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 3,112
    nyccarguy said:

    So how did this all go down? Were you all colluding offline? Who got the ball rolling in this epic 3 way deal? Is this the 1st time in CCBA history that one poster bought a car from another poster?

    Inquiring minds want to know...

    Congratulations to all with the new rides.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,799
    sda said:

    Good news, the garage that did such a poor job replacing the starter on the Accord, which necessitated replacement at the Honda service department last month, gave me a total refund on the botched job.

    I'm glad that worked out for you!

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    That is nice news

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • breldbreld Posts: 4,773
    nyccarguy said:

    So how did this all go down? Were you all colluding offline? Who got the ball rolling in this epic 3 way deal? Is this the 1st time in CCBA history that one poster bought a car from another poster?

    Since @kyfdx already had been interested in my last GTI, but the timing didn't work out, I understood he may be interested this go around. So we just worked things out offline - agreeing on a CCBA-friendly and fair price was quick and easy. And I believe that started the ball rolling on finding a buyer for his ZHP, for which @pensfan83 was the lucky winner. But I'll let them relay that story.

    I chose not to share the purchase of the 228i right away, even though it was tempting to share the 2-punch day! I didn't really want to "give anything away" too early with the related GTI punch for @kyfdx.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    And he gets a nice 1,200 mile shake down cruise to get it home.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,223
    Clunk! Jaw drops to the floor. :D
    2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1, 2017 Ford F-150 Limited
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    My wife would have a coronary if I ever tried something like that.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,885
    Yeah, I wouldn’t get away with that one!

    Congrats to all involved in the swaps. I think everyone is going to be happy.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • dad23dad23 ColoradoPosts: 473
    It does make for a great story, and keeping it all in the "family" :D
  • dad23dad23 ColoradoPosts: 473
    edited February 17
    breld said:

    Finally! The cat’s out of the bag! 😀

    Not like @kyfdx bought a plane ticket today...we’ve been making plans for weeks now!

    @michaell and I are picking him up at the airport tomorrow, we’ll finalize the little paperwork that’s required and then @jpp75 is joining us for dinner and an Avalanche game!

    I trust the game isn't in the Springs again, heard that one was a mess getting home...
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    organized my notes and made a list for the wife, and sent her an email with links to each model, of what my list currently has on it that I want to go visit in person and test drive. It includes the couple she specifically said she liked, a few we saw at the car show that attracted her eye, and some that I just want to look at anyway. All items that fit the general criteria to replace the RDX, and be a LT keeper to serve as her DD and commuter wheels, but also serve as our primary travel and go places together vehicle. IOW, the "good" car.

    depending on what she settles on (and the cost associated) might not happen immediately since I do already have a new car. But you never know.

    current list for those keeping a scorecard:

    BMW X3
    Acura RDX
    Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0t
    Volvo XC60 (added back for a 2nd look)
    Mazda CX5 GT (ditto)
    Honda CRV Hybrid (not out yet, and only looking at Hybrid)
    Toyota Highlander XLE (just because it looked very nicely done, would be our one larger option considered).

    Any one of these would be a great option. Some variety in luxury content, performance, capacity. And of course Price. But they would all work, and I suspect that the wife would be more than happy with any of them. Some likely have a longer learning curve though!

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,799
    @stickguy

    Funny you should mention about "the good car." "The good car" has always been my car that we'd use to go out on date nights or if taking just 1 or 2 kids somewhere. Now with the Tacoma, we end up taking her Pilot. Don't get me wrong. The Pilot is nice, but it just isn't a nice coupe or sedan.

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,333
    I pulled the Tahoe into my garage to drive the G37 to a nearby park to go hiking. Went to switch cars so I could drive the Tahoe tomorrow and the electrical system threw yet another tantrum. When I tried to start it, all the lights went dead and the door locks started clicking. Tried again a couple of minutes later and it started up fine.

    My options at this point are:
    1. Dump it and hope it runs when the next victim owner drives it off the lot.
    2. Take it back to the mechanic and demand that they replace the positive and negative battery cables (I'm about 80% sure this is the issue, parts are about $150 or so, but I have no clue on labor).
    3. Take it to a different mechanic, explain the repair history, and request that they replace battery cables.
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,885
    Now that we have the Volvo, we almost never take the Enclave if it’s just us. We both just prefer the sedan.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,885
    You are in CCBA. Option 1 is the only option.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,333
    I guess I need to take some test drives. I liked riding in my friend's 4Runner, but I think the antiquated powertrain might be a deal breaker for me. I like driving the F-150, but the Tundra leases really well. So long as I end up with something reliable, I don't think I'd mind having it longer than 24-36 months, though.
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,235
    The wife let me know that since my mileage has dropped so severely on the Golf, that going forward, it'll be the vehicle we use going out instead of the A3 so she can stay under the 7500 miles/year we told the insurance company. I'm at just shy of 63K now while she just hit 51K so this will be doable I'm thinking. Anyways, still safe until after tax season ends as she's super busy still.

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

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,235
    Congrats on the new vehicles and owners, a bit complicated but all parties seem very happy. Really loving both the GTI and the 228i, I could be happy in either but with an auto tranny. Would love a BMW but to be honest, don't think one's in the cards for me. They don't seem to make one in the size I need and want. The 128i would've been perfect if it had a 4 cylinder turbo but again, they don't make one. And nothing that MB makes that I like except the new "A" Class but again, a bit pricey and not the perfect size.

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

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,480
    corvette said:

    I pulled the Tahoe into my garage to drive the G37 to a nearby park to go hiking. Went to switch cars so I could drive the Tahoe tomorrow and the electrical system threw yet another tantrum. When I tried to start it, all the lights went dead and the door locks started clicking. Tried again a couple of minutes later and it started up fine.

    My options at this point are:
    1. Dump it and hope it runs when the next victim owner drives it off the lot.
    2. Take it back to the mechanic and demand that they replace the positive and negative battery cables (I'm about 80% sure this is the issue, parts are about $150 or so, but I have no clue on labor).
    3. Take it to a different mechanic, explain the repair history, and request that they replace battery cables.

    Sounds like a grounding issue. Maybe resistance in the cable, also maybe corrosion on the post where the negative cable attaches to the distribution block / starter / etc.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 35,841
    we have almost always taken my car locally. largely because I am always the one doing the driving. Unless we needed the big car for some reason, then we took hers. Trips, also depended on amount of stuff coming with us. that was the problem with the Elantra. Even though it was the new car, the wife just did not riding in it much. The Sonata and TLX, those she had no issue with!

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,480
    @breld @kyfdx @pensfan83

    Quite the epic story, guys! Congrats to all of you on your respective buys. I'm thrilled to see that we finally have some additional road trips going on to bring cars home, even if they are (relatively) short.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,480
    I need to take my Q7 in for a recall programming in a couple of weeks.... 800 miles round-trip. :D
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
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