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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,832
    oooo... this was always my favorite style of Legacy. Ever since the first Gran Turismo.
    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9nmJqA4G/1995-subaru-legacy-touring-wagon

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,898
    Cool car. I had a generation prior legacy wagon. 5 speed. But no turbo. Too bad this one is an automatic. Plus I can’t get over the pesky issue of steering wheel being on the wrong side!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,832

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,522
    qbrozen said:

    Besides the fact that it is an automatic, what's with that god-awful color combination? Red? Yellow? Black? I've even seen once in a dark grey with a red interior that was striking.

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

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 2,738
    Was someone looking for a convertible?
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1995-jaguar-xjs-53/

    18 Tesla X Performance / 18 Tesla 3 Performance / 11 BMW Z4 6MT

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,898
    Too bad about the terrible transmission. And ditto on yucky color combo.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,898
    tifighter said:

    Was someone looking for a convertible?
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1995-jaguar-xjs-53/

    Love the unique colors. And not a V12. That’s about all I like though!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,311
    edited November 2020
    Got some good news today. My old cargo van was at the shop because I noticed that it was losing coolant over time. I couldn’t see any drips so my fear was it was leaking intake manifold gaskets. It seems a lot of GM engines had this problem including my 4.3L Vortec. I requested a pressure test.

    To my surprise it turned out to be an upper radiator hose leaking under the clamp. A $50 fix vs. a $1000 fix. Good news. A gasket repair would be almost what the van is worth.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,311
    qbrozen said:
    That is beautiful. Much more so than the Magnum PI version of the 70s. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to maintain it. Are parts still available?

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,311
    tifighter said:

    Was someone looking for a convertible?
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1995-jaguar-xjs-53/

    6 owners in 44k miles? Much have been in the shop a lot.

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

  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,891
    edited November 2020
    tifighter said:

    Was someone looking for a convertible?
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1995-jaguar-xjs-53/

    Unique color to say the least. Power train doesn’t bother me.

    These are like the crazy but hot girl you always wanted to date. When you finally get that date, hold on, you never know how its gonna go...

    2008 Toyota Land Cruiser White over Tan
    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,207
    edited November 2020
    stickguy said:

    Too bad about the terrible transmission. And ditto on yucky color combo.

    Back in the 1990s before Porsche tried to be all things to all people, the local dealer shared space with Mazda. I remember going there with my dad to look at the 911s, and the only thing they kept in stock were a handful of silver over black or silver over grey ones with almost no options. I'm guessing most customers ordered what they wanted. But, those demo models had to get sold to somebody eventually!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,832
    nyccarguy said:

    qbrozen said:

    Besides the fact that it is an automatic, what's with that god-awful color combination? Red? Yellow? Black? I've even seen once in a dark grey with a red interior that was striking.
    Well, F1 auto-manual trans. And I love the color.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,516
    Interior is meh, but I do love the exterior color!
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 14,607
    nyccarguy said:

    qbrozen said:

    Besides the fact that it is an automatic, what's with that god-awful color combination? Red? Yellow? Black? I've even seen once in a dark grey with a red interior that was striking.
    I'm seeing a silver-grey Ferrari with a black interior. Are you referring to something else?

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

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,424
    I'm with nyccarguy, looks to bland for a Ferrari.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,832
    It is blue. So, yes, I’m seeing something else. Lol

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,832
    PLEASE let this get out of financial reach!
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1994-alfa-romeo-164-12/

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,522
    qbrozen said:

    PLEASE let this get out of financial reach!
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1994-alfa-romeo-164-12/

    Gorgeous car! So simple, but so well done. I LOVE those seats, and of course the color combo . Do BAT auctions have a reserve?

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

  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,891
    Double the cylinders and a better color combo

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1986-jaguar-xjsc-6/

    2008 Toyota Land Cruiser White over Tan
    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 14,607
    qbrozen said:

    It is blue. So, yes, I’m seeing something else. Lol

    I'm still looking for the red/yellow/black car.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,832
    nyccarguy said:

    qbrozen said:

    PLEASE let this get out of financial reach!
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1994-alfa-romeo-164-12/

    Gorgeous car! So simple, but so well done. I LOVE those seats, and of course the color combo . Do BAT auctions have a reserve?
    They can, yes. Usually states No Reserve otherwise.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,714
    Live the Alfa. I bet that engine sounds sweet to rev up.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,207
    tjc78 said:

    Live the Alfa. I bet that engine sounds sweet to rev up.

    Probably almost like angels revving their angelmobiles.
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,616
    The Golf has been behaving and am very happy I fixed what needed to be fixed. Still nothing out there that I really want at this point. Would like to drive the new Seltos a some point but think it might be a bit too long for my needs. The more I've read, the new GTI and Taos will probably be the best ones to fill my need going forward. Luckily with the little driving I am doing now, it's very possible that I could wait till 2022 and then get something newer. Since I'll most likely be putting less than 5K on each year, a good bet that it'll have maybe 75K by that time. Time will tell and am willng to wait at this point.

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

  • omarmanomarman Posts: 2,637
    More recently Doug rated this 2004 Maserati Coupe an "exotic car bargain" and more reliable than the E46 M3.


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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,424
    There are probably some pretty unobtanium or at least very specialized parts on that Alfa.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,898
    corvette said:

    tjc78 said:

    Live the Alfa. I bet that engine sounds sweet to rev up.

    Probably almost like angels revving their angelmobiles.
    That was a classic. Wonder if it ever sold? And the answer, as always with this vintage exotic, is get the manual tranny. And find someone like the Weezard to take care of it.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,832
    omarman said:

    More recently Doug rated this 2004 Maserati Coupe an "exotic car bargain" and more reliable than the E46 M3.>

    A bit of hyperbole there, I’d think. You’d need to get a manual Maser, for one, and those are rare. Second, while I believe the M3 has more common trouble spots, they won’t cost a mortgage payment to fix.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,898
    Cool Alfa, even with terrible color combo. But that’s personal taste. Gray market import worries me a bit. I also did not know they offered it in AWD.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,898
    My old TLX must have sold. Not on the site any longer. That’s nice, it it finally has a new home. Unless they dumped it elsewhere!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,891
    edited November 2020
    stickguy said:

    My old TLX must have sold. Not on the site any longer. That’s nice, it it finally has a new home. Unless they dumped it elsewhere!

    Funny, I was genuinely sad when I saw the Crosstrek posted on Vroom. It’s easy for me to make an emotional connection to a good car. Weird, I know.

    2008 Toyota Land Cruiser White over Tan
    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,898
    Easier when it’s a lease. You go in knowing it’s a relatively short term fling then you move on. So no reason to get attached.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 175,978
    stickguy said:

    Easier when it’s a lease. You go in knowing it’s a relatively short term fling then you move on. So no reason to get attached.

    I really liked the Jetta I had, and was sorry to see it go.

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,714
    I’ve had a few leases that I was sad to give back. I have a feeling the Volvo is going to be one of those. The other was the 2012 LaCrosse.

    The rest I was ready to move on.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,616
    Think that's my problem with the Golf, I really like it! I knew within a few minutes of driving it that I was going to own this car. I've always done the econobox thing since I bought my first vehicle. Can't really count my grandpa's '67 Olds Cutlass Supreme as my mom bought it for her folks and after he passed, it became my high school driver. It sat home for my freshman year but we took it to school for my sophmore year. During that time, the folks downsized from a 7/6 to a 3/2 at the country club and didn't want or need three vehicles any longer. Plus, they bought a golf cart to use at their new place so I took the Cutlass while my older brother got the '72 Ford Torino GT. We paid my dad a nominal fee just so it was fair to the two other siblings.
    But the Golf is the first vehicle I bought just for pure fun. That blip with the Hyundai Tucson was a total mistake from the get go and it still was the right thing to do to cut it loose as early as I did. And now that I drive so many different vehicles at work, I'm still happiest when I get back into my Golf and go home. My gut tells me that next time I should go "cheap to keep", but just not sure that'll play out. Just afraid I'll get bored real quick and want to move on.

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

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 2,133
    I was sad to return the A4 because I knew that was likely the last manual DD I would own. Such a fun car.

    I think the Tacoma may fall into that category too but for different reasons. It's been a very practical vehicle for us and it's utility as a hauler or tower has been used numerous times. If prices fall back to earth by next August and we can snag a reasonable deal I'm pretty sure we'll get another one.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC - 2006 BMW 330Ci ZHP
  • dad23dad23 ColoradoPosts: 578
    edited November 2020
    pensfan83 said:


    I think the Tacoma may fall into that category too but for different reasons. It's been a very practical vehicle for us and it's utility as a hauler or tower has been used numerous times. If prices fall back to earth by next August and we can snag a reasonable deal I'm pretty sure we'll get another one.

    Would you mind me asking what you're paying again for that one? I know you've probably said it in the past. They're advertising a $326/month payment for 36 months, $0 down here for a 2020 Tacoma Double Cab V6 TRD Sport 4WD. I was considering that being another vehicle the boys could share for now, myself included :)
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 3,966
    I was a little sad when I saw my Accord listed online. I traded it on a late Friday evening and they had it listed early Monday. By Wednesday it was sold. 7yrs, 1mo, a record for me.

    2018 VW Passat SE w/tech, 2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus w/tech, 2006 Acura TL w/nav

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 2,133
    dad23 said:

    pensfan83 said:


    I think the Tacoma may fall into that category too but for different reasons. It's been a very practical vehicle for us and it's utility as a hauler or tower has been used numerous times. If prices fall back to earth by next August and we can snag a reasonable deal I'm pretty sure we'll get another one.

    Would you mind me asking what you're paying again for that one? I know you've probably said it in the past. They're advertising a $326/month payment for 36 months, $0 down here for a 2020 Tacoma Double Cab V6 TRD Sport 4WD. I was considering that being another vehicle the boys could share for now, myself included :)
    We did a one-pay lease but the equivalent monthly is $235-$240 if I recall correctly. 24 months/12K miles, matures next August. Just turned over 10K so we'll be under on mileage by probably 7K.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC - 2006 BMW 330Ci ZHP
  • dad23dad23 ColoradoPosts: 578
    edited November 2020
    Wow... Is the Prelude still for sale?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,522
    pensfan83 said:

    dad23 said:

    pensfan83 said:


    I think the Tacoma may fall into that category too but for different reasons. It's been a very practical vehicle for us and it's utility as a hauler or tower has been used numerous times. If prices fall back to earth by next August and we can snag a reasonable deal I'm pretty sure we'll get another one.

    Would you mind me asking what you're paying again for that one? I know you've probably said it in the past. They're advertising a $326/month payment for 36 months, $0 down here for a 2020 Tacoma Double Cab V6 TRD Sport 4WD. I was considering that being another vehicle the boys could share for now, myself included :)
    We did a one-pay lease but the equivalent monthly is $235-$240 if I recall correctly. 24 months/12K miles, matures next August. Just turned over 10K so we'll be under on mileage by probably 7K.
    My Tacoma goes back next September. I think I'm well over 10K over my miles.

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

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 175,978
    nyccarguy said:

    pensfan83 said:

    dad23 said:

    pensfan83 said:


    I think the Tacoma may fall into that category too but for different reasons. It's been a very practical vehicle for us and it's utility as a hauler or tower has been used numerous times. If prices fall back to earth by next August and we can snag a reasonable deal I'm pretty sure we'll get another one.

    Would you mind me asking what you're paying again for that one? I know you've probably said it in the past. They're advertising a $326/month payment for 36 months, $0 down here for a 2020 Tacoma Double Cab V6 TRD Sport 4WD. I was considering that being another vehicle the boys could share for now, myself included :)
    We did a one-pay lease but the equivalent monthly is $235-$240 if I recall correctly. 24 months/12K miles, matures next August. Just turned over 10K so we'll be under on mileage by probably 7K.
    My Tacoma goes back next September. I think I'm well over 10K over my miles.
    nyccarguy said:

    pensfan83 said:

    dad23 said:

    pensfan83 said:


    I think the Tacoma may fall into that category too but for different reasons. It's been a very practical vehicle for us and it's utility as a hauler or tower has been used numerous times. If prices fall back to earth by next August and we can snag a reasonable deal I'm pretty sure we'll get another one.

    Would you mind me asking what you're paying again for that one? I know you've probably said it in the past. They're advertising a $326/month payment for 36 months, $0 down here for a 2020 Tacoma Double Cab V6 TRD Sport 4WD. I was considering that being another vehicle the boys could share for now, myself included :)
    We did a one-pay lease but the equivalent monthly is $235-$240 if I recall correctly. 24 months/12K miles, matures next August. Just turned over 10K so we'll be under on mileage by probably 7K.
    My Tacoma goes back next September. I think I'm well over 10K over my miles.
    But you knew that, going in, and you chose the Toyota because of the low excess mileage charge.

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  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 2,133
    dad23 said:

    Wow... Is the Prelude still for sale?

    Not at this time, for what I was being offered I'll just keep it. The suspension is definitely in need of a refresh at this point in its life and I haven't driven it as much this year as a result. I'll probably slowly purchase parts over the winter and install in the spring.
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  • dad23dad23 ColoradoPosts: 578
    Just curious, one of our three seems to be leaning toward old school cars, like the Prelude, Supra or Celica. His dream car would be a Delorean, an obvious long shot, make me wonder where I went wrong with him ;)
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 175,978

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,516
    Range Rover... RETURN IT! :D
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,832
    T&C is finally home! Didn’t realize how badly it needed those lower control arms. Never even noticed they had gone bad. Just thought it was the van loosening up with age. It feels SO MUCH tighter now.

    For FCA dragging their feet, and probably because I never once called him or gave him grief, the SA comped the oil change. With the $100 ded, $29 tire rotation, and tax, we paid $137 and FCA coughed up $3500. The timing chain cover leak is common on the 3.6, he told me, so they always look for it, and replacing that means the valve covers and intake also come out, so new gaskets there, too. Then we have the new driver’s seat frame and controls, passenger seatbelt, speed sensor, and those lower control arms.

    In speaking with him about my rental, he explained that I had the Voyager, and he is of the opinion the Pacifica feels like an entirely different vehicle. Better suspension, parts quality, etc.

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  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,891
    xwesx said:

    Range Rover... RETURN IT! :D

    Ditto

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    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 175,978
    au1994 said:

    xwesx said:

    Range Rover... RETURN IT! :D

    Ditto
    Feel free to jump over there and let the OP know...and why.

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