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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 6,049
    Drove the A3 after work today, new sneakers do make a big difference. Car tracked straight & true down the roads around our house, so think we're good for awhile now. Hopefully, both vehicles will behave going forward with no lights coming on in the dash. I do maybe 40 miles/week now and she's lucky if she gets up to 60, so think we're good for a long while here. Both vehicles could use a good detail as it's been about a year now, a friend gave me a guys number who does a good job at one's house. Think I'll give him a call & see what his prices are like to get them both done. The Golf's blue paint still looks good so won't take much to get it looking like new. Our rainy season is coming to an end so think the time has come to finally do both.

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

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,945

    Drove the A3 after work today, new sneakers do make a big difference....

    New tires sure can make a difference. What brand and model of tire did you end up buying?
    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 200,873
    @corvette Our 2017 BMW has real-time traffic data. Where does the info come from? No idea.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,072
    carnaught said:

    I think the “moron” part applies to the buyer who will pay $5k over MSRP for the car.

    The way things are going $5k over might soon be the killer deal.

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

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 6,049
    Pirelli tires which came OEM on the vehicle from Audi. She had one tire get replaced in ear one due to it being unrepairable so we've been out of sync ever since. I'd have gone for a different brand and just of gotten all four but she wanted to keep what came on the vehicle, which I had no problem with. I's her d d and she needs to feel comfortable with everything about it, so I do what she wants.
    Now, she's happy again so I can be happy. And to be honest, the A3 is a nice little driver and meets all or needs. I'd have one myself but I want a hatch for those times I need to pick up mulch, lava rocks...whatever, and she likes a trunk. Also, don't really want two of the same vehicles in the garage but if it ever did happen, no prob really. But I will say this, doubt we'll buy/lease German next time around. Still waiting to try the new 2022 Corolla Cross but since it's a 5-door Corolla, think I'll feel right at home. The CH-R is also a strong contender if I can get a light interior to help down play that rear blind spot where the rear door handle is. With the black interior, it's a real issue for me but less so with a lighter interior. And I do prefer the white pearl paint. So, we shall see what the future brings. I'm finally ready to let go of the Golf, a long time coming as I truly have liked it overall. I just want something simple going forward, easy to drive and easy to maintain.

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,302
    corvette said:

    FWIW, the vast majority of BMW buyers I dealt with preferred the OEM navigation over CarPlay- including acolytes of the Blessed Church of St. Jobs.

    Does the OEM navigation have some sort of real time traffic data? Because Waze has saved me from being mired in traffic more times than I can count.
    Yes, and you can set the system to automatically re-route you around accidents or traffic jams.

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  • breldbreld Member Posts: 5,948
    @28firefighter - a little delayed response, but I think it’s absolutely the right way to go to finance/purchase the Tesla as opposed to leasing. I could be wrong, but I believe a Tesla lease is very restrictive - I think Tesla basically has all the rights to take the car back from you whether you want to terminate early or run to the lease maturity. So no flipping it to another dealer or Carvana or whatever.

    And like you pointed out, if by chance additional federal tax incentives are passed, you may become eligible for that. I’m certainly hoping that happens.

    2021 Polestar 2 - 2022 M340i - 2021 Volvo XC90

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,954

    Still waiting to try the new 2022 Corolla Cross but since it's a 5-door Corolla, think I'll feel right at home. The CH-R is also a strong contender if I can get a light interior to help down play that rear blind spot where the rear door handle is. With the black interior, it's a real issue for me but less so with a lighter interior. And I do prefer the white pearl paint. So, we shall see what the future brings. I'm finally ready to let go of the Golf, a long time coming as I truly have liked it overall. I just want something simple going forward, easy to drive and easy to maintain.

    Sandy, have you driven or looked at the Hyundai Venue? Not my sort of vehicle but I see them everywhere locally and they certainly meet your size requirements at 159" in length. They appear to have good visibility too. The Kona is 166" so it might fit also. The Kia Seltos is 172" so I don't know if that works for you.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,896
    Took the Prius to Discount Tire this morning for a balance and rotation--they did that for free even though the tires weren't bought there and I didn't buy lifetime B&R. They also found two bad TPMS sensors, so my wallet is about $125 lighter.

    Also, the CEL came back on with the same P0420 code, so I ordered two bottles of Cataclean from Amazon, as @roadburner (and maybe others) have recommended. Much cheaper than a new cat!
  • breldbreld Member Posts: 5,948
    On another note, regarding garage floor coatings, does anyone have experience on Epoxy vs. Polyurea?

    I’ve received two quotes for coating the new garage floor, both from co-workers/friends who are very happy with their results. The place that boasts the benefits of Polyurea is significantly higher than the Epoxy. Both will be done professionally, meaning it’s commercial grade product and a thorough prepping of the surface.

    Given my neighbor with the Epoxy is very happy with the results after a couple years, I’m leaning strongly to saving the money, but just figured I’d see if anyone has experience here.

    2021 Polestar 2 - 2022 M340i - 2021 Volvo XC90

  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Pittsburgh areaMember Posts: 3,522
    qbrozen said:

    Changed brake pads at all 4 corners on the van this morn. 2 hrs total, without a lift, jacking up one wheel at a time. Pads were $80. This is a job the dealer wanted $800 for.

    That dealer is never going to talk to you again. :@ His kids college fund gets no help from guys like you (or me).

    jmonroe
    '15 Genesis just like jmonroe, '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Pittsburgh areaMember Posts: 3,522
    corvette said:

    Took the Prius to Discount Tire this morning for a balance and rotation--they did that for free even though the tires weren't bought there and I didn't buy lifetime B&R. They also found two bad TPMS sensors, so my wallet is about $125 lighter.

    Also, the CEL came back on with the same P0420 code, so I ordered two bottles of Cataclean from Amazon, as @roadburner (and maybe others) have recommended. Much cheaper than a new cat!

    Gee, folks in my hood can’t give cats away. :s

    jmonroe
    '15 Genesis just like jmonroe, '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,072
    edited October 23
    corvette said:

    Took the Prius to Discount Tire this morning for a balance and rotation--they did that for free even though the tires weren't bought there and I didn't buy lifetime B&R. They also found two bad TPMS sensors, so my wallet is about $125 lighter.

    Also, the CEL came back on with the same P0420 code, so I ordered two bottles of Cataclean from Amazon, as @roadburner (and maybe others) have recommended. Much cheaper than a new cat!

    Take a look at the active ingredients in that product. Regular Acetone or lacquer thinner might be cheaper. Check out some of the YT videos on doseage rates.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,072
    breld said:

    On another note, regarding garage floor coatings, does anyone have experience on Epoxy vs. Polyurea?

    I’ve received two quotes for coating the new garage floor, both from co-workers/friends who are very happy with their results. The place that boasts the benefits of Polyurea is significantly higher than the Epoxy. Both will be done professionally, meaning it’s commercial grade product and a thorough prepping of the surface.

    Given my neighbor with the Epoxy is very happy with the results after a couple years, I’m leaning strongly to saving the money, but just figured I’d see if anyone has experience here.

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,302
    corvette said:

    Took the Prius to Discount Tire this morning for a balance and rotation--they did that for free even though the tires weren't bought there and I didn't buy lifetime B&R. They also found two bad TPMS sensors, so my wallet is about $125 lighter.

    Also, the CEL came back on with the same P0420 code, so I ordered two bottles of Cataclean from Amazon, as @roadburner (and maybe others) have recommended. Much cheaper than a new cat!

    I followed these directions:
    Run your car until you have no more than a quarter of a tank left – approx 4 gallons
    Pour in the whole bottle
    Drive normally for at least 15 minutes
    Refuel when you need to – suggest waiting until the low fuel light comes on

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTMember Posts: 16,554
    Doesn't the Prius have something like a 9 gallon fuel tank?
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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,848

    @breld said:
    On another note, regarding garage floor coatings, does anyone have experience on Epoxy vs. Polyurea?

    I’ve received two quotes for coating the new garage floor, both from co-workers/friends who are very happy with their results. The place that boasts the benefits of Polyurea is significantly higher than the Epoxy. Both will be done professionally, meaning it’s commercial grade product and a thorough prepping of the surface.

    Given my neighbor with the Epoxy is very happy with the results after a couple years, I’m leaning strongly to saving the money, but just figured I’d see if anyone has experience here.

    Interested in this as well. I need something in my garage. The raw concrete floor isn’t working for me. I was thinking about doing the DIY Rustoleum kit.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,945
    edited October 23
    corvette said:

    Took the Prius to Discount Tire this morning for a balance and rotation--they did that for free even though the tires weren't bought there and I didn't buy lifetime B&R. They also found two bad TPMS sensors, so my wallet is about $125 lighter.

    Also, the CEL came back on with the same P0420 code, so I ordered two bottles of Cataclean from Amazon, as @roadburner (and maybe others) have recommended. Much cheaper than a new cat!

    Your Prius must be in really good shape now!

    I think Toyota's hybrid system is better than Honda's. Alex on Autos has had some videos about this, and it's complicated but overall Toyota's system gets better mpgs. Ford's hybrid system, which is more like Toyota's, now seems to be really good too.

    And it seems like the Prius often goes over 200,000 miles, and so like all Toyota's they are really built to last.

    What year is yours again, and how many miles do you have on it?


    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 44,055
    I would go with the epoxy if you trust the installer. Especially since you are not going to give it hard use (such as working on cars, dropping tools, spilling lots of fluids).

    when I move, I plan to do something. Depending on condition (and price) either epoxy or racedeck tiles. That I can install myself.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,896
    edited October 23

    Doesn't the Prius have something like a 9 gallon fuel tank?

    10.9 in my generation. It has the bladder fuel tank, though, so usable capacity seems to vary.
    benjaminh said:

    What year is yours again, and how many miles do you have on it?

    It's a 2007 with 223,000 miles on it. I'm debating on taking it on a road trip to Charleston next week. The Tundra would be more comfortable overall.

    Also, thanks for the instructions, @roadburner!
  • greg128greg128 Member Posts: 478
    mjfloyd1 said:

    How were you able to listen to a 20018 vehicle’s sound system? Time travel? Is this a DeLorean rather than a Buick? :)

    got me. In 20018 the music will probably be beamed directly into the driver's brain via advanced electromagnetic WIFI waves. No need for speakers.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTMember Posts: 16,554
    A lot of people listen to talk radio or podcasts, so speaker quality maybe not as important.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Pittsburgh areaMember Posts: 3,522
    greg128 said:

    mjfloyd1 said:

    How were you able to listen to a 20018 vehicle’s sound system? Time travel? Is this a DeLorean rather than a Buick? :)

    got me. In 20018 the music will probably be beamed directly into the driver's brain via advanced electromagnetic WIFI waves. No need for speakers.
    There ain’t no fun in that.

    jmonroe
    '15 Genesis just like jmonroe, '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 200,873

    And the Outback is gone. Took about 90 mins start to finish. They were very pleasant about it.

    Congrats!!

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 44,055
    quite the good deal. Congrats.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,896
    Got the registration renewal for the Tundra in the mail. US Bank already paid the property tax, so I only owe $21 for the tag. Annoyingly, you can't renew the registration for a leased vehicle online.
  • breldbreld Member Posts: 5,948

    @tjc78 said:

    @breld said:
    On another note, regarding garage floor coatings, does anyone have experience on Epoxy vs. Polyurea?

    I’ve received two quotes for coating the new garage floor, both from co-workers/friends who are very happy with their results. The place that boasts the benefits of Polyurea is significantly higher than the Epoxy. Both will be done professionally, meaning it’s commercial grade product and a thorough prepping of the surface.

    Given my neighbor with the Epoxy is very happy with the results after a couple years, I’m leaning strongly to saving the money, but just figured I’d see if anyone has experience here.

    Interested in this as well. I need something in my garage. The raw concrete floor isn’t working for me. I was thinking about doing the DIY Rustoleum kit.

    I’ve done the DIY kits - they’re not bad at all, but within a year or two, there are spots that become worn.

    2021 Polestar 2 - 2022 M340i - 2021 Volvo XC90

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 8,123
    edited October 23

    Few minor issues for Tesla to resolve. Fog light cover has some condensation, one minor panel gap, and they forgot the mudflaps and PPF…not enough to reject delivery.

    2021 Tesla Model 3 SR+, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xE, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,896
    edited October 23
    Nice Model 3 you have there!
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,848

    Congrats!

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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,302
    Nice!

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 15,057

    @28firefighter - new car day! Big Mazel-Tov & congrats!

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 15,385
    Congrats on the car change-over, @28firefighter ! That's some solid wheelin' and dealin'!
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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 196,417
    CarMax (via Edmunds) just offered $22K for our 2015 Outback 3.6R, with 45,000 miles on it.

    Problem is, it's not a spare car, and replacing it would be quite expensive.

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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,945
    @28firefighter : Congrats! Looks like an awesome vehicle. Looking forward to more impressions.
    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,945
    Inside the Ford Maverick factory....

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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,945
    Getting access to the spare tire in the Maverick. The spare for our 1986 Mazda B2000 was in the same place, and getting it out was a similar process.

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,945
    @stickguy : Iirc Ford has already given you a vin for your future Maverick build. Just for kicks, have you considered plugging the vin into the Edmunds or Carvana sites? But since it's new maybe they won't have values for it yet.

    https://www.edmunds.com/sell-car/
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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,945
    A 12-minute video of a guy taking apart a 2004 Prius engine with c. 300,000 miles. The engine was still working, although burning some oil. Impressive.


    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 44,055
    edited October 24
    benjaminh said:

    @stickguy : Iirc Ford has already given you a vin for your future Maverick build. Just for kicks, have you considered plugging the vin into the Edmunds or Carvana sites? But since it's new maybe they won't have values for it yet.

    https://www.edmunds.com/sell-car/

    Troublemaker! No, I had not thought of doing that. I assume they don't have data yet anyway. Plus the estimator tool only goes up through 2021 MY.

    I was discussing this with the wife over dinner Friday. Unless I detest it, will probably buy it anyway considering the chances that more raw materials shortages can shut down production even worse. Banking on prices staying strong and if something pops up I really want in the spring (like an Integra) I can just trade it in. as long as I get about what I paid for it, with sales tax credit I pretty much would drive it for free!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 30,081

    @xwesx so what is in the trailer and what do you normally pull it with?

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 200,873

    My wife tonight: “I’m never driving a gas car again.”

    …that didn’t take long.

    Congrats, again!!

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