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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 15,085
    nyccarguy said:

    Just another Sunday at my son’s flag football game in Greenwich, CT

    Turns out, people who drive fancy cars are just as bad at parking as everyone else! :D

    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTMember Posts: 15,976
    edited June 14
    That must be the reserved parking area, The Defender is in #8.
    Those people were just leaving the Jr Hedge Funders vs Jr Trust Funders game. B)
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,491
    stickguy said:

    You can I think get FWD 2.0t. Based on Ford site build your own.

    I think they need to basically replicate my old 1991 Nissan king cab (jump seats, but could have down a small bench like Mazda had). That was about 195” long (I think the Maverick will be about 198”?). And the bed was about 6’2”. Garageable, but nice useful bed size.

    stickguy: The new Maverick truck is 199.7 inches long, and so about 200. I know cars and trucks are different things, but you were saying earlier that the new TLX, which is 194.6 inches, was probably a bit big for you. The Maverick is an appealing package in some ways, but I'm not sure how much fun it would be to drive.
    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,842

    @roadburner - huh? How did they land at that?

    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xE, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,682
    The multiple lines under the Defender give me a mixed message, the LR4 is a bit close, and the angled front wheels of the Bentley aren't a good sign.
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,682
    Was he going to do a cooling system replacement, clutch, transmission rebuild, and top end rebuild all in the first year?

    I've got a lot of similar comments about keeping old MBs - may not be like a Camrolla, but I'm also not driving a 50 year old MB 600 - it's not that bad.

    Maybe a couple of E46 owners here can commiserate with the brain dead moron who posted the following in the Comments section on the Car and Driver website:

    “Years ago I bought a very standard, low mileage, well kept, stock, clean, E46 330ci 6-speed. It was going to cost $1000 a month to keep up for at least the first year.”

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,501
    Maybe not on a 6 cyl, but I’ve been watching legit street cars project on his CLS63 V12. Engine out, complete tear down, to replace a leaking oil seal O ring ($.50 part). Dealer cost, parts $.50, labor $9,999.50. A $10k job. Plus the “while you are in there’s”.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,901

    @28firefighter- I responded:
    “Wow. I budget $400 per month to maintain all five of the following vehicles;
    2015 X1 xDrive28i M Sport
    2014 M235i
    2009 Cooper Clubman
    1999 Wrangler Sahara
    1995 318ti Club Sport
    For the year I'm running a $900 surplus. I'm replacing the M235i with an M2 Comp, so I fully expect to have 4-5 Visa cards bouncing off their credit limits while I subsist on rain water and ramen noodles.
    Such is life...”

    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: 2018 330i xDrive

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Member Posts: 1,611

    @28firefighter - I thought you were on vacation????

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Member Posts: 1,611

    Finally talked to adjuster- they still have not talked to bus driver. They asked us to send the cell phone pictures that we took.

  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,244
    mjfloyd1 said:

    Finally talked to adjuster- they still have not talked to bus driver. They asked us to send the cell phone pictures that we took.

    Wow, my patience would have been long expended at this point. I forget, are you at least in a rental yet?

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

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Member Posts: 1,611

    Nope

  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,463
    Tried to get a Jeep update. This is all they could tell me so far:

    Thank you so much for holding. I am showing all of the materials needed to start the build process have been received. Your Jeep Wrangler 4xe should be entering the build process soon. I would say the Delivery date is a good ETA, but is subject to change.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,463



    You’re in D1. I sat there for a bit but then it completed build quickly.

    When did yours show up in the automated system? I still get the screens that no information can be found for both Window Sticker and Build Sheet.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,842

    @qbrozen said:
    When did yours show up in the automated system? I still get the screens that no information can be found for both Window Sticker and Build Sheet.

    Right after it went to paint the build sheet appeared. I didn’t get a sticker until it was marked as shipped.

    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xE, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXMember Posts: 3,245
    xwesx said:

    Got up early this morning for some reason, I don't start today until 12:30. Found out that on Saturday, after the Camry got it's flat tire, they had to pull one of the older shuttle vehicles from the back, an older Scion, not sure which one though. I usually end up with the Prius since I start later in the day. We've been told that new vehicles are coming, just not sure when and what kind they will be. Hoping for some Camry's and Rav4's as they both have more room for customers and are probably more comfortable for them also. They'll have to be wrapped with the owner's logo on them but really, how long can that take to do? I know I'll be a much happier camper driving either one of those vehicles around, especially for the better low end torque. The Prius doesn't have much low end torque to speak of and think it's got an older CVT transmission to, a bit of a lugging issue on takeoff. Flooring the accelerator doesn't help and actually makes it worse...just would love a nicer vehicle to use going forward!

    I'm surprised your dealer uses those cars as shuttles. The Toyota dealers in Alaska exclusively use Siennas for their shuttles.
    The Ford dealer closest to me uses Transit vans. When I had a Volkswagen, the independent repair shop that I went to used a Sienna minivan. I don't believe I've ever been in a sedan for a dealer supplied trip.

    Well, here lately I've been in several Uber rides, 2 of them paid for by the dealers to whom I sold my truck and minivan. And those were sedans, of course.
    2019 Chrysler Pacifica, 2013 Ford F150 XL
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTMember Posts: 15,976
    Over the last decade or so, the shuttles have been Flex's. A time or 2, MKT or MKX.
    Usually, I just wait.
    I am going to see if my wife is ok with the Lincoln pick up/drop off for her next appointment.
    There are a couple of campaigns in addition to oil change/tire rotation, so that's going to take longer.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 15,085
    edited June 14
    henryn said:



    The Ford dealer closest to me uses Transit vans. When I had a Volkswagen, the independent repair shop that I went to used a Sienna minivan. I don't believe I've ever been in a sedan for a dealer supplied trip.

    Well, here lately I've been in several Uber rides, 2 of them paid for by the dealers to whom I sold my truck and minivan. And those were sedans, of course.

    I like the Transits. I suspect that our local Ford will move to TransitConnect (or Transit) soon; currently, they use Flex. And, I love riding in those for some reason. They are just incredibly roomy and comfortable regardless of what seat you get.

    But, who knows? For access to AWD, they might even go with Explorer, even though, capacity-wise, those just aren't up to snuff in the third row department.
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,279
    My Cadillac dealer suspended the shuttles in March 2020 due to Covid and when I was last there a couple of months ago they still had not reinstated them. I wonder if they decided to get rid of them entirely. The last few times I used them, they were using GMC Acadias.

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

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,501
    Transit comes as AWD too. I never thought it did, but the one I rented recently had an AWD badge on the back, so I assume it does!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,501
    I decided to amuse myself by looking at local dealers to see what they actual list as new car stock. So far I looked at a Nissan dealer. a few of most things, but a pretty good stock of Roques. Maybe 35 of them, and 20 total of everything else? something like that.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXMember Posts: 3,245
    If the online inventories are any indication, then Toyata / Honda / Nissan are better off than Ford or Chevy. Of course, those online inventories could be total fabrications. You would have to go there and walk the lot to get a real indication of current stock.
    2019 Chrysler Pacifica, 2013 Ford F150 XL
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,331

    As most of you know, my son and I aren’t interested in very many domestic vehicles; Jeeps and the occasional V8 ponycar/muscle car are just about it. Well, I saw this for sale and my son likes it too- it’s so over the top that we both think I should buy it to drive to Nashville next weekend for the Cup race.

    LOL, the ugliest car Chevy ever built.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,463



    LOL, the ugliest car Chevy ever built.

    Oh, come on, you can't really think that. Don't make me post pics of way worse designs.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,331
    nyccarguy said:

    Just another Sunday at my son’s flag football game in Greenwich, CT



    I would be so paranoid to own any of those cars and park them like that among other cars. One scratch and I’d slash my wrists.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,331
    I mentioned the nutty offer that Carvana gave me on my car to the boss this morning and he said that he traded in his Traverse for an up trim model and got $9k more for it than he paid.

    Also we were told today that the company would be getting in some EV Hyundai Konas in the near future. That should prove interesting since our stores routinely give us units which are out of gas. While filling up an empty gas vehicle is merely annoying, trying to drive an out of charge EV a few hundred miles might be a problem.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,331
    mjfloyd1 said:

    Finally talked to adjuster- they still have not talked to bus driver. They asked us to send the cell phone pictures that we took.

    Get a lawyer.

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

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 15,085
    edited June 14

    I mentioned the nutty offer that Carvana gave me on my car to the boss this morning and he said that he traded in his Traverse for an up trim model and got $9k more for it than he paid.

    Also we were told today that the company would be getting in some EV Hyundai Konas in the near future. That should prove interesting since our stores routinely give us units which are out of gas. While filling up an empty gas vehicle is merely annoying, trying to drive an out of charge EV a few hundred miles might be a problem.

    Well, I think transport with full batteries is likely to be a lot different in terms of safety protocols than transporting a vehicle with a full fuel tank. In other words, it's possible that they'll give you charged, or at least reasonably charged, cars. :D
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,331
    qbrozen said:



    LOL, the ugliest car Chevy ever built.

    Oh, come on, you can't really think that. Don't make me post pics of way worse designs.
    Go ahead, I double dog dare ya! ;)

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,901

    qbrozen said:



    LOL, the ugliest car Chevy ever built.

    Oh, come on, you can't really think that. Don't make me post pics of way worse designs.
    Go ahead, I double dog dare ya! ;)



    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: 2018 330i xDrive

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,501
    the MAXX I can appreciate because I am a big 5 door hatch fan. That Monte, not good looking (but the Pontiac version was very sharp).

    but I always despised that vintage bathtub Caprice. Just horrible.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXMember Posts: 3,245
    I admit the Caprice is bad. I wouldn't want to be caught riding around in it. Not that I would rather walk, but I could just stay home.

    When I first saw a Taurus I had a similar reaction. Eventually it sort of grew on me, at least to the point that I could ride in or drive one. But I would never have owned one.
    2019 Chrysler Pacifica, 2013 Ford F150 XL
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,501
    I think the worst was one vintage smaller Buick that was all weird swoops and curves, inside and out. 2 door especially bad.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,901
    stickguy said:

    I think the worst was one vintage smaller Buick that was all weird swoops and curves, inside and out. 2 door especially bad.


    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: 2018 330i xDrive

  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,682
    The beak Skylark. IIRC George Costanza had one.

    Count me in as another who doesn't mind the Malibu Maxx.

    stickguy said:

    I think the worst was one vintage smaller Buick that was all weird swoops and curves, inside and out. 2 door especially bad.


  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,463
    edited June 14





    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,463

    I mean, really, the Lumina is all one needs to win this discussion!

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 15,085
    qbrozen said:

    I mean, really, the Lumina is all one needs to win this discussion!

    Don't you be hating on the dustbusters!
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,279
    qbrozen said:

    I mean, really, the Lumina is all one needs to win this discussion!

    So says the guy who has one of these in his driveway... ;)




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

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTMember Posts: 15,976
    The later Caprice's look a bit better with the rounded rear wheel wells.
    Not really an attractive car, though.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,463

    @ab348 said:
    So says the guy who has one of these in his driveway... ;)

    The Fiat is a gorgeous car, IMHO.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Member Posts: 1,611

    @qbrozen - check your pm

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,331
    edited June 15

    qbrozen said:



    LOL, the ugliest car Chevy ever built.

    Oh, come on, you can't really think that. Don't make me post pics of way worse designs.
    Go ahead, I double dog dare ya! ;)



    Well, yeah....those are pretty bad. Although the SS version of that Caprice is considered collectible in the same circles as that signature Monte Carlo.

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,547
    I can understand the B-body Impala SS as a collector's item. The FWD Monte Carlo, not so much.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 15,085
    edited June 15
    qbrozen said:



    @ab348 said:

    So says the guy who has one of these in his driveway... ;)

    The Fiat is a gorgeous car, IMHO.



    ---------------------------

    And, even if it's not, he keeps it in the garage in order to protect the eyes of innocent passersby. :D
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,682
    I see those NASCAR-themed FWD Montes as turn of the century boomer kitsch. Heck, the dustbuster is cooler, especially as nice ones are getting thin on the ground now - nobody saved them. There's an Olds Silhouette in my neighborhood, at a hoarder house, so it kind of looks the part. A real rarity in 2021.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,331
    corvette said:

    I can understand the B-body Impala SS as a collector's item. The FWD Monte Carlo, not so much.

    I think all the value in that Monte Carlo is written on the back.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,331
    fintail said:

    I see those NASCAR-themed FWD Montes as turn of the century boomer kitsch. Heck, the dustbuster is cooler, especially as nice ones are getting thin on the ground now - nobody saved them. There's an Olds Silhouette in my neighborhood, at a hoarder house, so it kind of looks the part. A real rarity in 2021.

    I may start a Pontiac Aztec collection and hold them until the public comes to appreciate their value.

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

  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,483
    Though no threat to @breld or @qbrozen for number of cars owned, I compiled a list of cars that I've owned since my first car that I bought in 1977 as a junior in hs for $100, a 62 Galaxie 2dr sedan. I won't list them all but thought I'd share those brands I owned the most. Of 45 cars and one truck, 10 VWs, 6 Oldsmobiles, 5 Cadillacs, 5 Hondas and 4 Mazdas. The other makes total 1 or 2.

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

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