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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 161,703
    dad23 said:
    I'll pass on the slush box on the TSX, thanks.

    @breld sent me a link to a nice stick shift TSX earlier this morning.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    I was all set to get a stick TSX back in 2005, but fell into a killer deal on the accord EXL instead, so got that and saved a ton of money. Good car. Should have kept it.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,070

    I'd like dibs on that green Mini Cooper to be honest. I liked the red Countryman I sat in the other day and think I'd be happy with a smaller vehicle right now. I sit on a cushion from the Relax The Back Store so not to worried about dropping in a bit. I do like that green color, a lot, so yes, please put my dibs in for it!
    Thanks.

    Are you sure you'll be ready to buy that soon? :D
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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,831
    edited September 17
    G37 is sold... Different process this time, the Carvana rep came out and did the paperwork, then left the car at the end of the driveway with the keys in a lockbox. The tow truck driver will come by later to collect it. Last time, the guy driving the tow truck did the paperwork and picked up the car at the same time.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 161,703
    corvette said:

    G37 is sold... Different process this time, the Carvana rep came out and did the paperwork, then left the car at the end of the driveway with the keys in a lockbox. The tow truck driver will come by later to collect it.

    Perhaps we should start to track the number of sales this group is making, without an immediate replacement.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,070
    stickguy said:

    Now this, is what a toy should be. Must be a hoot, though probably a death trap.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/rb1Q0qRQ/1985-toyota-corolla-based-locost-7

    Yeah, but it is very cool. A true project, and a fun one at that!
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,070
    corvette said:

    G37 is sold... Different process this time, the Carvana rep came out and did the paperwork, then left the car at the end of the driveway with the keys in a lockbox. The tow truck driver will come by later to collect it. Last time, the guy driving the tow truck did the paperwork and picked up the car at the same time.

    Congrats! Hopefully they make the last part of the transaction swift. It would be annoying to have the thing sitting there for an extended period of time with no way to access it, move it, etc.
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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,831
    They said it would be sometime today, otherwise I would have had them leave it on the street.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,070
    pensfan83 said:

    A few cosmetic updates were done on the ZHP. The shift boot, e-brake handle, and e-brake boot are custom with tri-color stitching. The rear parcel shelf was also recovered in black suede material as the original fabric had faded to a light purple over the years and a few other areas were refreshed. Really happy with how things turned out.

    Yes; wow! Those look really nice. I'm sure even moreso to you... but, then, you didn't offer up any "before" shots! :D
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,124
    pensfan83 said:

    A few cosmetic updates were done on the ZHP. The shift boot, e-brake handle, and e-brake boot are custom with tri-color stitching. The rear parcel shelf was also recovered in black suede material as the original fabric had faded to a light purple over the years and a few other areas were refreshed. Really happy with how things turned out.






    Did you do them? Or did you get “the guy”?

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  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 2,059
    Ha. Fair point





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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,719
    pensfan83 said:

    A few cosmetic updates were done on the ZHP. The shift boot, e-brake handle, and e-brake boot are custom with tri-color stitching. The rear parcel shelf was also recovered in black suede material as the original fabric had faded to a light purple over the years and a few other areas were refreshed. Really happy with how things turned out.






    Very nice! I had to re-do the parcel shelf on the M6.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    WatchPensFanGo! Very nice. Amazing how some relatively small items can transform a car.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 167,259
    @pensfan83 Just noticed... you replaced the cupholders, too?

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    Chatted with my son before. I think he’s worse than me. He started with a comment that a Tacoma would fit in his garage, then flitted over to deals on a Supra, cheap lease on a Bolt, or maybe he would get a Tesla (since he now has a place to charge an EV).

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 13,609
    stickguy said:

    Chatted with my son before. I think he’s worse than me. He started with a comment that a Tacoma would fit in his garage, then flitted over to deals on a Supra, cheap lease on a Bolt, or maybe he would get a Tesla (since he now has a place to charge an EV).

    The nut apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. :D

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  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 2,059
    qbrozen said:

    pensfan83 said:

    A few cosmetic updates were done on the ZHP. The shift boot, e-brake handle, and e-brake boot are custom with tri-color stitching. The rear parcel shelf was also recovered in black suede material as the original fabric had faded to a light purple over the years and a few other areas were refreshed. Really happy with how things turned out.

    Did you do them? Or did you get “the guy”?
    The guy made and installed them for me. Could I have done it? The front ones, definitely. The shift and e-brake boots are basically glued to plastic rings that snap in place under the trim and center console respectively and the e-brake handle will slide off with some force. The rear shelf basically required removing the entire back seat area, speakers, c-pillars, etc.

    @kyfdx the cupholders, coin holder, console base, and armrest trim are new which I installed.
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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    You still planning to sell the prelude at some point? Or just developing your own hooptie fleet?

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 167,259
    stickguy said:

    You still planning to sell the prelude at some point? Or just developing your own hooptie fleet?

    Hey now... the ZHP is not a hooptie! :D

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 161,703
    kyfdx said:

    stickguy said:

    You still planning to sell the prelude at some point? Or just developing your own hooptie fleet?

    Hey now... the ZHP is not a hooptie! :D
    Having had a ride in that very car, I will agree. Not a hooptie.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,058
    I'm toying with the idea of transferring the i3 and capitalizing on a Bolt lease. But then that just seems like so much work.
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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    I should go look at a bolt. But I really can’t see myself working out that kind of deal. Especially without Costco helping!

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 161,703
    stickguy said:

    I should go look at a bolt. But I really can’t see myself working out that kind of deal. Especially without Costco helping!

    Article in Jalopnik about the Bolt deals, today. Lots of comments, good and bad, about it. Many folks complain about the seats.

    @stickguy, knowing how important that is for you, I'll guess you won't like it, very much.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    edited September 17
    Oh, I’m sure I would hate it. But it’s so cheap, and probably the perfect spare car.

    Did I mention cheap?

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 167,259
    stickguy said:

    Oh, I’m sure I would hate it. But it’s so cheap, and probably the perfect spare car.

    Did I mention cheap?

    If you can find a Costco that has opened up since September 1st, you can sign up there, and still get the $3000. :o

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 161,703

    Did you get a good deal? Be sure to come back and let us know! Post a pic of your new purchase or lease!


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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,124
    Right now, I can’t justify even a free Bolt. It would just sit in the driveway

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 161,703
    qbrozen said:

    Right now, I can’t justify even a free Bolt. It would just sit in the driveway

    The wife is very likely going back to work full time (she's having her final interview as I type this), and we talked about continuing to share the Outback. I'll shuttle her to/from work every other week, and she'll take the car every other week.

    Only a 10 minute drive, so not a huge inconvenience..

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  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 948
    Michaell said:

    kyfdx said:

    stickguy said:

    You still planning to sell the prelude at some point? Or just developing your own hooptie fleet?

    Hey now... the ZHP is not a hooptie! :D
    Having had a ride in that very car, I will agree. Not a hooptie.
    So more of a hooptie-do?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    edited September 17
    kyfdx said:

    stickguy said:

    Oh, I’m sure I would hate it. But it’s so cheap, and probably the perfect spare car.

    Did I mention cheap?

    If you can find a Costco that has opened up since September 1st, you can sign up there, and still get the $3000. :o
    good thing. I think a new one close by just opened this month!

    Edit: just checked. Doesn't open until 10/21.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    Michaell said:

    qbrozen said:

    Right now, I can’t justify even a free Bolt. It would just sit in the driveway

    The wife is very likely going back to work full time (she's having her final interview as I type this), and we talked about continuing to share the Outback. I'll shuttle her to/from work every other week, and she'll take the car every other week.

    Only a 10 minute drive, so not a huge inconvenience..
    I can share a car when we are both home and it is always here. But if the wife is taking it to work, I refuse to be stuck here carless. Plus, chauffeuring her back and forth is a non-starter. So that would be a definite reason to get myself something!

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 161,703
    stickguy said:

    Michaell said:

    qbrozen said:

    Right now, I can’t justify even a free Bolt. It would just sit in the driveway

    The wife is very likely going back to work full time (she's having her final interview as I type this), and we talked about continuing to share the Outback. I'll shuttle her to/from work every other week, and she'll take the car every other week.

    Only a 10 minute drive, so not a huge inconvenience..
    I can share a car when we are both home and it is always here. But if the wife is taking it to work, I refuse to be stuck here carless. Plus, chauffeuring her back and forth is a non-starter. So that would be a definite reason to get myself something!
    As you've pointed out, the daughter will be at home for many days during the winter (no obligations at the cooking studio some days, and on other days she goes in later in the day for evening events), so the MINI is here a lot of the time, in case of emergency.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,719
    qbrozen said:

    Right now, I can’t justify even a free Bolt. It would just sit in the driveway

    The Bolt would definitely just sit in my driveway.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,058
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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    that is a nice one. But not cheap. Love the color! if it was cheaper would work for me.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 16,199
    edited September 17
    qbrozen said:

    Huh. I never knew they made a hardtop convertible Sebring
    https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/share/277601733

    Yes, and with that wonderful 2.7L V6 it probably has at least another thousand miles left in her before it blows up. Never mind, the hardtop had the 3.5L. Much better.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    it has the 3.5l motor. Not sure if that is more durable, but definitely should be quick.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 16,199

    Only on Hoovie can you find a mechanic to engine swap a p-car for $1600.

    I was impressed by that low price too. I doubt you could get a domestic engine swap for that.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 16,199
    edited September 17
    dad23 said:
    That link takes you to a page with a lot of 2020 Elantras.

    We were delivering tons of those all over the Northeast today. I always like the Elantras but the new ones we have in our fleet were really cheap. Plastic interior like a Corolla and unsupportive seats. No lumbar support at all.

    They must have given the company a deal.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 16,199

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237

    Only on Hoovie can you find a mechanic to engine swap a p-car for $1600.

    I was impressed by that low price too. I doubt you could get a domestic engine swap for that.
    well, doesn't include the price of the motor, so most likely you can. Probably doesn't take that long to yank the engine out of something like a Tahoe or old style explorer.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237

    dad23 said:
    That link takes you to a page with a lot of 2020 Elantras.

    We were delivering tons of those all over the Northeast today. I always like the Elantras but the new ones were have in our fleet were really cheap. Plastic interior like a Corolla and unsupportive seats. No lumbar support at all.

    They must have given the company a deal.
    there is a brand new redesign (I assume baby Sonata) due out shortly.

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  • breldbreld Posts: 5,191
    I imagine the new Elantra will have plenty of resemblance to the Sonata, but there was an article just today on C&D about how Hyundai states they want distinctive looks for their models (like the new Tucson’s grill not being the same as their other SUVs).

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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,465
    The A3 had the 65K service done yesterday. Besides the induction service, coolant flush and rotation of the tires, they suggested, recommended, a serpentine belt replacement. I happened to be right across the street picking up a Audi A5, so stopped in and talked to the service adviser. He said the belt should be changed every 5 years or 60K miles. Told the wife if she plans on keeping the A3 for awhile, then might as well do the belt. If not keeping it much longer, might as well skip it.
    From the rest of you guys, was this the right answer? Should she just have the belt replaced sooner than later? I still haven't approached her about trading in the Golf and getting herself something new. I'd take the A3 and just add the difference between the Golf and A3. Makes some sense if she really wants something new since my drive is so small right now that it would take me a couple of years to put on maybe 10K miles. The Audi has just a bit over 56K on the clock. Besides it needing a quart of oil added every 8K or so miles, it hasn't been in for an unscheduled stop yet. All I'd have to do is have the tint guy replace the back window tint as we'd use him again for her new ride and he did give us a lifetime guarantee on it. I think I could live with the A3 for a couple of years if need be.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 13,609
    stickguy said:

    that is a nice one. But not cheap. Love the color! if it was cheaper would work for me.

    I’m sure the shipping from Seattle to NJ wouldn’t amount to much at all... ;)

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 13,609
    breld said:

    I imagine the new Elantra will have plenty of resemblance to the Sonata, but there was an article just today on C&D about how Hyundai states they want distinctive looks for their models (like the new Tucson’s grill not being the same as their other SUVs).

    Pictures of it are out now. It looks fine except for some odd-looking tortured sheet metal stamping on the body sides to give it a triangular look, bizarre. The new Tucson looks like they tried a revival of 1940s GM pontoon fenders. Distinctive doesn’t necessarily mean good.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    ab348 said:

    stickguy said:

    that is a nice one. But not cheap. Love the color! if it was cheaper would work for me.

    I’m sure the shipping from Seattle to NJ wouldn’t amount to much at all... ;)
    I am willing to fly and drive, but that is a bit beyond my limts.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,237
    ab348 said:

    breld said:

    I imagine the new Elantra will have plenty of resemblance to the Sonata, but there was an article just today on C&D about how Hyundai states they want distinctive looks for their models (like the new Tucson’s grill not being the same as their other SUVs).

    Pictures of it are out now. It looks fine except for some odd-looking tortured sheet metal stamping on the body sides to give it a triangular look, bizarre. The new Tucson looks like they tried a revival of 1940s GM pontoon fenders. Distinctive doesn’t necessarily mean good.
    I am interested in seeing the N line. If it addressed the flaws of the Sport I had, could be a nice option vs. the Si or GTI.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,070
    pensfan83 said:

    Ha. Fair point.

    Oh, yes. Huge improvement, particularly with the back.

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