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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797
    I would sell my car tomorrow if I could, and just live with one until we actually have some need for a spare. would not have been any issue for the last 5 months having 1.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 158,009
    I'd love to pick up a third car, just for fun, but don't really need it.

    Things are going just fine with the two we have in the household.

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  • ronsteveronsteve LooavulPosts: 876
    edited August 5
    I can probably count on one hand the times that my wife has gone somewhere while I have been at the office since the pandemic started. The vast majority of miles on the Jetta have been me driving it to work.. not quite 1400 miles since late February. At this rate, it'll be another 7 years before it hits 100K... and just over 2 years before we get to 100K on the RDX. (assuming I don't trade it, and now I'm pretty sure I wouldn't move to an Outback)

    She's said she'll drive the Jetta "until the wheels are falling off" but I think she will be tired of it long before that. I drove the V70 until it was a crapshoot whether the tailgate would open (with struts, PCV, and rear brakes just around the corner).
    2015 Acura RDX AWD / 2013 VW Jetta 2.5SE
  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 2,054
    Our driveway is long enough to be able to park a car near the end and still have room to maneuver around so it's not an issue for us to have 3 at the house. The truck currently gets the driveway the TLX one garage spot and the other 2 split time in the other. Still undecided whether to store the BMW for the winter or just driven on clear days.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC - 2006 BMW 330Ci ZHP
  • ronsteveronsteve LooavulPosts: 876
    edited August 5
    We don't have room for a 3rd unless I knock out a fence and either extend the driveway and/or put in a detached garage. Then again, we barely need the 2nd car anymore, as her job has gone to permanent telework (except for oddball meetings, and who knows when their virtual orientations will be in person again?).
    2015 Acura RDX AWD / 2013 VW Jetta 2.5SE
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,983
    edited August 5
    pensfan83 said:

    I'm surprised I'm not hearing more about having 4 cars.

    My wife doesn’t mind my 4 cars as long as one of them is easy for her to get into and is available for me to drive her around in.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,983
    pensfan83 said:

    Our driveway is long enough to be able to park a car near the end and still have room to maneuver around so it's not an issue for us to have 3 at the house. The truck currently gets the driveway the TLX one garage spot and the other 2 split time in the other. Still undecided whether to store the BMW for the winter or just driven on clear days.

    For me, to drive/not drive depends on salt. My two summer cars don’t go out when there’s still residue on the road.

    How much road salt do they use in your area?

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,623
    I drive everything on my side of the garage at least once per week.

    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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,766
    edited August 5

    I drive everything on my side of the garage at least once per week.

    The single width driveway I have is a mild hinderance with two cars. I could fit 2-3 more cars, but that would make it a royal pain shuffling cars around.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797
    actually when I had the Miata I also had my Maxima. I put the Miata in the garage and if I parked the Nissan at the bottom of the driveway, I could snake in around it to get the Mazda in and out of the garage. Helped of course that it was tiny.

    only worry was having the wife back her minivan into the Maxima trying to get out of the driveway!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 10,789
    Same basic frame, but really a totally different vehicle.

    Different engine and trans
    Different rear suspension
    Different front suspension and steering (rack and pinion)

    The late run Panthers were great cars and I enjoyed mine, but the last of the “box” models are the sweet spot of the entire Panther run. Give me an 88-89 Town Car or an 88-91 Vic or Marquis any day.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,983
    tifighter said:

    Went camping last night with some friends, did some stargzing, and woke up to this today. Also, the X Camper is comfy-

    I have a coworker who went absolutely ga-ga when he first saw those gull wings. He must have opened and closed them a dozen times.

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

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 13,461
    tifighter said:

    Went camping last night with some friends, did some stargzing, and woke up to this today. Also, the X Camper is comfy-

    Pretty area. Are the dead trees remnants of the Mt St Helens eruption? (I don't know if you're near that area obvs)

    Hope you have enough KWH to get home.

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

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 158,009
    rayainsw said:


    Early morning at the beach in Maine...
    - Ray
    Vacationing !

    Great pic!

    I spent two weeks in Portland for work, years ago. Lovely town, and had a chance to take a harbor cruise.

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  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 12,486

    This is what my wife bought me to wear when I return to work Monday.


    Love it. Obviously I missed your re-entry into the work force!
    2019 Kia Stinger GT2
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797
    Didn't she realize you have a Mustang? You are going to be thrown out of the club for wearing a Chevy shirt.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,957
    I have a very similar shirt that I got for father's day that is a picture of a mustang on the front and says "still plays with cars"
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,983

    This is what my wife bought me to wear when I return to work Monday.


    Love it. Obviously I missed your re-entry into the work force!
    I mentioned it over on C&C. I was due to go back Monday but the boss just called and asked if I could start tomorrow. I’m glad, I was starting to think this was permanent.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,983
    stickguy said:

    Didn't she realize you have a Mustang? You are going to be thrown out of the club for wearing a Chevy shirt.

    She correctly pointed out that she had a Camaro when we met similar to the one on the shirt.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797
    edited August 6
    I’ve been watching videos on the new HiLux. I want one. But of course, can’t have that here!

    One comparison (from Australia) had that and 7 other models. Some interesting stuff. Of which, only the ranger is actually here (there was a Colorado of some sort, not sure if identical). The Mazda looked great. Nice interior. Really an Isuzu uNderneath now. VW Anorak.

    So many compact to midsize models out there. Still seems like modern stuff done right should sell here.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797
    Nice looking wagon. Was that a 335 6 speed? X or S drive?

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,766
    @breld, ask if you can get on "the list" to buy it from the new owner when he's ready to sell!
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,426
    Took the Golf to that indie mechanic my friend uses. Very honest guy, said only the right front axle boot is throwing grease, left one is fine. Said not necessary to change them out in pairs when I asked. Said it's not critical at this point but could wait few months but, will have to be done if the Golf is staying in the stable. Also said vehicles like mine can be "problematic" when we discussed me just sending it away. Said it would be a two hour job and cost somewhere around $350 or so. Felt confident that he wasn't bs'ing me here and will definitely use him in the future.
    So, now I've really got to decide what the next move will be, fix it and keep it until something else happens or stop spending $ on it and get something new. Which brings up what to get and when? Luckily I don't drive much anymore and it's not something I need to do like tomorrow.

    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: 5,426
    Drove a new BMW X3 the other day and was very wowed by how smooth it drove, much better than the Mercedes I drove right before it. Too big for my needs and not sure if I want to go in this direction again. Liking the Mini Cooper still as they fit my size variable perfectly. Have found a couple of the 2019 Countryman's for sale used at the Chevy store across the street. Ex-rentals they seem to be and got a feeling they could be from Enterprise as we do have them in our fleet. Price wise, save a bunch going pre-owned but wondering, is this the sort of vehicle that one should just get brand new? Or do I just get a lower priced Asian vehicle which would be fine also? Luckily I do have some time to think about all this as I think 0% financing ain't going away so soon. For once, I'd love to take advantage of the cheap financing and not pay all cash like we usually do.

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,766
    WatchJRGo just bought the cheapest Volvo C30 he could find. Haven't watched the video yet, but thought some here might be interested since I think at least a couple of members have had them.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797
    corvette said:

    WatchJRGo just bought the cheapest Volvo C30 he could find. Haven't watched the video yet, but thought some here might be interested since I think at least a couple of members have had them.

    I watched it earlier. Definitely going to have some needs (that will be the next episode), but not bad looking for $3,000. Base model (no roof) and doesn't even have cruise. And sadly, an automatic.

    Oh, also featured, one of his cronies picked up an E46 ZHP at the same time, for $3,700. I imagine that one is a bit ratty.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797

    Took the Golf to that indie mechanic my friend uses. Very honest guy, said only the right front axle boot is throwing grease, left one is fine. Said not necessary to change them out in pairs when I asked. Said it's not critical at this point but could wait few months but, will have to be done if the Golf is staying in the stable. Also said vehicles like mine can be "problematic" when we discussed me just sending it away. Said it would be a two hour job and cost somewhere around $350 or so. Felt confident that he wasn't bs'ing me here and will definitely use him in the future.
    So, now I've really got to decide what the next move will be, fix it and keep it until something else happens or stop spending $ on it and get something new. Which brings up what to get and when? Luckily I don't drive much anymore and it's not something I need to do like tomorrow.

    Sandy, I assume that was putting a new axle on? Been a while, but I seem to recall that depending on how early you catch it, just the boot can be replaced. But if dirt, etc. got in there, not getting away with that. But, not really a big deal. Happens to a lot of cars.

    And if you want my opinion after reading your posts on this, get something you like from the Asian options, but splurge on something a little higher on the trim level scale.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 158,009
    corvette said:

    WatchJRGo just bought the cheapest Volvo C30 he could find. Haven't watched the video yet, but thought some here might be interested since I think at least a couple of members have had them.

    Watched it last night. Since he flipped an S60 with the same engine, he's got a head start on dealing with the issues.

    Needs an interior detail, for sure.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,623

    Took the Golf to that indie mechanic my friend uses. Very honest guy, said only the right front axle boot is throwing grease, left one is fine. Said not necessary to change them out in pairs when I asked. Said it's not critical at this point but could wait few months but, will have to be done if the Golf is staying in the stable. Also said vehicles like mine can be "problematic" when we discussed me just sending it away. Said it would be a two hour job and cost somewhere around $350 or so. Felt confident that he wasn't bs'ing me here and will definitely use him in the future.
    So, now I've really got to decide what the next move will be, fix it and keep it until something else happens or stop spending $ on it and get something new. Which brings up what to get and when? Luckily I don't drive much anymore and it's not something I need to do like tomorrow.

    If you want something new I completely understand, but flipping a car just because it needs a $350 repair?

    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

  • breldbreld Posts: 5,157
    stickguy said:

    Nice looking wagon. Was that a 335 6 speed? X or S drive?

    328 (no 335 on the wagon unfortunately), 6 speed manual, xdrive, Msport.

    2019 Cayenne Base - 2020 Supra - 2020 MINI Hardtop S

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,426
    Point is, when does it stop? $359 last month, $350 in a couple of months...when does one just say enough already? Apparently, some do feel these vehicles can be problematic, as he said today, and I don't want to keep dealing with problems. Just that there's not much out there that really makes me want to have it now, nothing gives me that feeling I got within 5 minutes of driving the Golf. So that's where my issue is, not going to buy just to buy. But don't want to make another error like I did back when. So I just do nothing for awhile and continue to think it out.
    Best I think that I think about it in silence. Best for me to just read what y'all are doing and take a break from thinking about it.

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

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,941
    edited August 6
    Now that I replaced an axle boot, I would definitely just replace the boot since it is still early in the process (e.g., the CV joint itself has not deteriorated). However, if doing it at a shop, you are not going to save much at all by just replacing the boot, which is why most just put a new half-shaft in there and call it good: Costs about the same, but is way less messy.

    For me, though, it was only $25 and a small shred of my remaining sanity. :D
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 869
    edited August 6
    Try and look at it from a new monthly payment amount vs random repair $. $700 isn’t bad at all if you like the car. If you don’t like the car or just want something new, then move on and don’t look back.

    I’d recommend an Asian vehicle if you move on. You really won’t like the upkeep cost on a European car.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797
    you can (usually) make the case on a spreadsheet that it is cheaper to keep repairing the old car than to buy the new one. But, many people just don't want to deal with problems and having to get the repairs done. And of course, always some measure of "want new" justification. IMO the not wanting to deal with hassles aspect (and being afraid of breakdowns, etc.) is the bigger issue than the actual cost of the repairs.

    so if your current car is giving you grief, and you no longer really trust it, have a yen for something new and have the money to afford it, go for it!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 13,461
    If it was me and I still liked/felt an attachment to the vehicle, I would do those sort of minor to moderate repairs 3 or 4 times but I suspect at some point they would push me over the edge.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,983
    corvette said:

    WatchJRGo just bought the cheapest Volvo C30 he could find. Haven't watched the video yet, but thought some here might be interested since I think at least a couple of members have had them.

    He likes the sound system.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,983

    Point is, when does it stop? $359 last month, $350 in a couple of months...when does one just say enough already? Apparently, some do feel these vehicles can be problematic, as he said today, and I don't want to keep dealing with problems. Just that there's not much out there that really makes me want to have it now, nothing gives me that feeling I got within 5 minutes of driving the Golf. So that's where my issue is, not going to buy just to buy. But don't want to make another error like I did back when. So I just do nothing for awhile and continue to think it out.
    Best I think that I think about it in silence. Best for me to just read what y'all are doing and take a break from thinking about it.

    $350 isn’t too bad for repairs but I get your apprehension at future costs. When I bought the PT Crusier I wanted to keep it until at least 100k miles but it frustrated me at every turn. It didn’t have European fun qualities but it had all the repair bills. I dumped it at 62k miles.

    Do you really want to buy a company car? Maybe lease a new one.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797
    hey, the holy grail. Not sure if this one was posted before. I actually tried out that auto tempest. Really works! I love this car (color, equipment, interior and RWD manual). But the combo of steep miles and steep price, is, well, steep. But reading the list of work done, this just might be ready to rock and roll.

    https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/cto/d/new-paltz-2007-bmw-e91-328i-touring-6/7169081549.html

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,957
    E91 6MT wagons are skyrocketing in value.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 38,797
    and that one is RWD which must be super rare.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

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