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    MichaellMichaell Moderator Posts: 243,184
    edited April 22

    I really like the CX-50. Rode with my sister when she test drove a Turbo Premium Plus a couple of years ago.

    Mazda builds a nice complement of vehicles.

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    stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,759
    I would bet that it is still way more power than your mom is likely to ever need or use.

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    xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,836
    Looks great. Black always works with white, so I think the black wheels are way better than silver for the rest of the car's appearance. I suspect she'll tell you next time that she wants another Mazda. LOL
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
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    corvettecorvette Member Posts: 10,316
    Nice. To paraphrase Warren Buffett, I'd rather get a fair deal on a great car than a great deal on a fair car.
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    Sandman6472Sandman6472 Member Posts: 6,981
    Not a fan of the black wheels either but that seems to be "hate it" or "like it" thing. But on a lease like this , does it really matter. If it were mine & I was buying it, those wheels would be history. And when the heck is Mazda going to bring their infotainment systems into the current century already? As bad as Audi's and to me, a real safety hazard to use. Hated the one we had in the recently departed A3 and would keep me from purchasing one. Think I could like the Mazda CX-30 but the audio system takes it off the list. Have no clue why they can't come up with a better design after so many years? Have to say, my current Golf has an excellent Fender system with two knobs and a screen high up on the dash. I can use it without looking at it as it's all done with the hand controls. I'm still very happy with it after all these years.

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    stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,759
    Seemed a bit picking at nits for the sake of it to me. The interior is certainly simple, but that can be a good thing these days. Though I have the lariat so much nicer seats (not a fan of the XLT cloth) and different colors, and the better infotainment, so that might sway things. But on the plus side, super simple to use everything.

    heavy steering? No clue where that comes from. Steering is well weighted, and very good feedback. Acceleration is fine, if you need it just have to boot it harder. Normal use (as in, hybriding it!) will certainly be more leisurely. But it has respectable giddyup when required. compared to a "real" truck, this thing drives like a Lexus.

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    oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,782
    edited April 23
    corvette said:



    Here’s another lease bargain from my FB feed. Anyone want to lease an MDX for $839/month (effective) plus tax?

    With that much of a down payment, why not just buy it outright?

    Is that why jmonroe is thinking of me, he’s planning on buying me one for my birthday next month?🥳🥳🥳

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    oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,782
    qbrozen said:

    Poor bed liner design had led to this tailgate’s condition. It wraps around the bottom and is (was) glued in place, covering the drain holes. Pics are after I cut away the wraparound piece of the liner.



    I’m running out right now to check the condition of my tailgate!😫

    I have a liner on the tailgate also so I checked that area when I bought the truck. The drains are clear but I see the first hint of rust forming on the welds just above them. When it warms up I’m going to seal those welds with rust encapsulator and spray Fluid Film up into the drain holes.

    Around here the fight with rust is never ending.

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    stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,759

    I’m too old for fighting. So going with plan B. Don’t keep them long enough for it to matter. And if I do have a keeper, hide it in the garage all winter.

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    oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,782
    qbrozen said:

    The hinges are still solid, so I am attempting to just make it look decent with trim and wrap. The problem is by the GMC badge where there is not much metal left for the trim to attach to. I may have to rig some support.

    I’d look for a junkyard replacement. You’re not in a rust belt area are you? There should be some from front end collisions that are in decent shape. I can almost guarantee that the rust you see isn’t all the rust there is.

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    tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,997
    edited April 23

    @Sandman6472 said:
    Not a fan of the black wheels either but that seems to be "hate it" or "like it" thing. But on a lease like this , does it really matter. If it were mine & I was buying it, those wheels would be history. And when the heck is Mazda going to bring their infotainment systems into the current century already? As bad as Audi's and to me, a real safety hazard to use. Hated the one we had in the recently departed A3 and would keep me from purchasing one. Think I could like the Mazda CX-30 but the audio system takes it off the list. Have no clue why they can't come up with a better design after so many years? Have to say, my current Golf has an excellent Fender system with two knobs and a screen high up on the dash. I can use it without looking at it as it's all done with the hand controls. I'm still very happy with it after all these years.

    I’m not so sure it’s that out of date. Wireless CarPlay and AA, large touchscreen, redundant console controls with a dedicated volume knob. Hard button HVaC and steering wheel controls.

    Not sure what more you’d want. Her car has the base audio system. Nothing to write about, but better than some non-premium systems I’ve heard.

    The next level up comes with premium sound

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    stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,759

    That’s a touchscreen now?

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    au1994au1994 Member Posts: 3,407
    tjc78 said:

    @Sandman6472 said:

    Not a fan of the black wheels either but that seems to be "hate it" or "like it" thing. But on a lease like this , does it really matter. If it were mine & I was buying it, those wheels would be history. And when the heck is Mazda going to bring their infotainment systems into the current century already? As bad as Audi's and to me, a real safety hazard to use. Hated the one we had in the recently departed A3 and would keep me from purchasing one. Think I could like the Mazda CX-30 but the audio system takes it off the list. Have no clue why they can't come up with a better design after so many years? Have to say, my current Golf has an excellent Fender system with two knobs and a screen high up on the dash. I can use it without looking at it as it's all done with the hand controls. I'm still very happy with it after all these years.

    I’m not so sure it’s that out of date. Wireless CarPlay and AA, large touchscreen, redundant console controls with a dedicated volume knob. Hard button HVaC and steering wheel controls.

    Not sure what more you’d want. Her car has the base audio system. Nothing to write about, but better than some non-premium systems I’ve heard.

    The next level up comes with premium sound



    If its wireless CarPlay, its ahead of a lot of the things I’m shopping and at a lower price point.

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    au1994au1994 Member Posts: 3,407
    It’s time to play another round of “Feed My Indecisiveness”. Today’s musing is a Maverick XLT with the Tremor package in Terrain over black.

    Thoughts??

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    xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,836
    au1994 said:

    It’s time to play another round of “Feed My Indecisiveness”. Today’s musing is a Maverick XLT with the Tremor package in Terrain over black.

    Thoughts??

    I'm shaking.
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    stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,759
    tremor looks pretty cool. and has some real off roady type upgrades (rear differential I think). You lose the 4K tow package option though if that matters to you.

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    ab348ab348 Member Posts: 19,171
    stickguy said:

    That’s a touchscreen now?

    Apparently they upgraded it to a touchscreen last year after receiving heavy criticism for the old console knob control being outdated. Not sure making it a touchscreen is a Great Leap Forward though since the screen is still about the same size (small) and located a long reach away on the top middle of the dash.

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    tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,997

    @ab348 said:
    Apparently they upgraded it to a touchscreen last year after receiving heavy criticism for the old console knob control being outdated. Not sure making it a touchscreen is a Great Leap Forward though since the screen is still about the same size (small) and located a long reach away on the top middle of the dash.

    Yes it is touchscreen. It’s not a huge display but wider than most so side by side map/music looks good.

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    qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 33,029

    @oldfarmer50 said:
    I’d look for a junkyard replacement. You’re not in a rust belt area are you? There should be some from front end collisions that are in decent shape. I can almost guarantee that the rust you see isn’t all the rust there is.

    I’m in NJ. Rust is a way of life. I can get a new one online for less than $200. But then it won’t match. I’d rather nurse this one along for a while for the little bit of time and money it is costing me.

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    xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,836
    qbrozen said:


    In other news, I think maybe the stereo is dead. It was flashing while I read systems and cleared codes, but I can’t figure out how to get it to come on otherwise. Perhaps it won’t work with the CD changer removed? Hmmm… That is the one code that remains in fault: no signal from CD changer.

    That could possibly be it. I know the system in my Q7 will fail to operate if any components fail on it, including the CD drive and the Sirius module. They are all connected with fiber optics, though, and you can install a bypass loop in place of the bad component in order to retain the remaining functionality of the head unit. Just plug and play.
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    oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,782
    au1994 said:

    It’s time to play another round of “Feed My Indecisiveness”. Today’s musing is a Maverick XLT with the Tremor package in Terrain over black.

    Thoughts??

    Are you talking about the Tremor off road package or the Tremor appearance package?
    Do you want show or go?

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    au1994au1994 Member Posts: 3,407

    au1994 said:

    It’s time to play another round of “Feed My Indecisiveness”. Today’s musing is a Maverick XLT with the Tremor package in Terrain over black.

    Thoughts??

    Are you talking about the Tremor off road package or the Tremor appearance package?
    Do you want show or go?

    On the Maverick its functional.

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    stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,759

    Only 1 on the Maverick. Tires, locking differential, bumpers and some other off road tweaks.

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    explorerx4explorerx4 Member Posts: 19,425
    I think Mav Tremor has a 1 inch suspension lift, too.
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    ab348ab348 Member Posts: 19,171
    I don't like the word "tremor". Whether in neurology or in seismology, they are never good.

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    au1994au1994 Member Posts: 3,407
    I have a line on a great deal on an XLT Tremor. My hesitation is its in Terrain. Not my first color choice.

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    oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,782
    stickguy said:

    Only 1 on the Maverick. Tires, locking differential, bumpers and some other off road tweaks.

    This must be outdated information then:

    “ The 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor Off-Road Package costs $2,995 MSRP and Tremor Appearance Package costs $1,495. Both packages are available for ordering in September.”

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    explorerx4explorerx4 Member Posts: 19,425
    When I did a quick Build and Price, only 1 Tremor Pkg is available.
    Maybe it's a change from last year.
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    nyccarguynyccarguy Member Posts: 16,501
    au1994 said:

    I have a line on a great deal on an XLT Tremor. My hesitation is its in Terrain. Not my first color choice.

    English please for those of us too lazy to look on the ford website:)

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    jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,670
    nyccarguy said:

    au1994 said:

    I have a line on a great deal on an XLT Tremor. My hesitation is its in Terrain. Not my first color choice.

    English please for those of us too lazy to look on the ford website:)
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    Some car buff you are. Ain’t you heard of Terrain White before?

    Disappointed with you VERY disappointed. :/

    jmonroe
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    au1994au1994 Member Posts: 3,407
    nyccarguy said:

    au1994 said:

    I have a line on a great deal on an XLT Tremor. My hesitation is its in Terrain. Not my first color choice.

    English please for those of us too lazy to look on the ford website:)

    It’s a sand color.


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    jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,670
    au1994 said:

    nyccarguy said:

    au1994 said:

    I have a line on a great deal on an XLT Tremor. My hesitation is its in Terrain. Not my first color choice.

    English please for those of us too lazy to look on the ford website:)

    It’s a sand color.


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    Goes well with beach front property. That’s what’s gonna cost you. o:)

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    au1994au1994 Member Posts: 3,407
    stickguy said:

    actually stumbled upon a legit good lease deal on Rodo. almost hit the button but the wife would kill me.

    new Ridgeline trailsport. $46k sticker. 36/10K. With all taxes and fees rolled in (so true 1st payment only sign and drive), $411/month. That is like the good old days.

    if Carvana was still offering over MSRP on Maverick purchases might be tempting! Sell that truck, use it to pay off the house, and lease a bigger replacement!


    Thats a really good deal.

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    nyccarguynyccarguy Member Posts: 16,501
    au1994 said:

    nyccarguy said:

    au1994 said:

    I have a line on a great deal on an XLT Tremor. My hesitation is its in Terrain. Not my first color choice.

    English please for those of us too lazy to look on the ford website:)

    It’s a sand color.


    That's nice. The Wrangler had a color like that in limited availability (Gobi?) and The Tacoma was available in Sand for a few years. I like it.

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    au1994au1994 Member Posts: 3,407
    nyccarguy said:

    au1994 said:

    nyccarguy said:

    au1994 said:

    I have a line on a great deal on an XLT Tremor. My hesitation is its in Terrain. Not my first color choice.

    English please for those of us too lazy to look on the ford website:)

    It’s a sand color.


    That's nice. The Wrangler had a color like that in limited availability (Gobi?) and The Tacoma was available in Sand for a few years. I like it.

    Yes, it was Gobi on the Wrangler. The Tacoma shade was a little darker which I wish this one was. My 1st choice would be Hot Pepper Red but this would be a consideration. I don’t want black or gray so those are the only 2 hard passes.

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    ab348ab348 Member Posts: 19,171
    Not quite Invisibeige, but close, Ward, close.

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    ventureventure Member Posts: 2,922
    Q,

    That's clean looking car.

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    pensfan83pensfan83 Member Posts: 2,582
    edited April 24
    Tacoma #1 was that color, Quicksand. I was a fan because it stood out in a parking lot of grayscale vehicles. Same with # 2 (Army Green).
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    roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 17,439
    If that Alfa was LHD I'd be very tempted.

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    stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,759
    Color is nice. Makes it easy to find my relatively bright blue Maverick. The white SUV? Yeah, better remember where you parked that one.

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    jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,670
    stickguy said:

    House is now officially on the market. Showings start tomorrow after work, and have 1 already scheduled so far.

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    It only takes one.

    Good luck.

    jmonroe
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    oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,782
    stickguy said:

    House is now officially on the market. Showings start tomorrow after work, and have 1 already scheduled so far.

    So if I bought enough mud covered coffee cans with me even I could wander around your house?

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    stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,759
    show up at the open house and you can do it for free.

    enough coffee cans and you can take it home with you.

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    nyccarguynyccarguy Member Posts: 16,501

    @qbrozen

    The Alfa looks great! Those seats look 10/10!

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