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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,061
    edited June 2015
    Michaell said:

    The salesman I talked with could be a member here. Three weeks ago he sold his MB E500 4Matic and bought a Chevy duramax pickup with 176,000 miles on it. 

    That's even more extreme than my recent trade! :D

    Bought some transmission fluid and was able to suck out about 4 quarts through the dipstick tube and refill. The fluid was dark but not burnt. Checked the air filter and it's an ACDelco part, looked very clean and almost new. Should be good for another 50k.
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,573
    A3 calls for a synthetic oil change at 5k it seems while according to my manual and the service writer, the Golf calls for a change at 10k. Curious as to why the difference since the engines are almost identical...there must be a reason why VW calls for the longer intervals than Audi does? Wife has an appointment for next Saturday and my thinking is that if mine were supposed to be done at the 5k mark, they would've mentioned it when they had it in their shop over the Memorial Day weekend as I was well into the 6.2k mark. No mention was made so going with what the book says but sure would like to know why Audi is the opposite here?

    The Sandman :)B)

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,061
    I think it's a historical thing, when I leased an Audi, the first service was at 5k, then every 10k thereafter. VW used to have services at 5k and 10k then every 10k thereafter, but got rid of the "break in" 5k service.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,427
    Yeah, it's got a ...

    Pentastar. I know, I know, there's no replacement for displacement. Go big or go home. A V8 is on my personal automotive "bucket list." The 707 horsepower Hellcat motor needs no introduction, the 6.4L HEMI in the scat pack & SRT 392 pump out a healthy 485 hp, the "generic" 5.7 L HEMI is rated at "only" 370 horsepower. What about the base motor? Yup, the 3.6 L V6 that gets you a nice, round, 300 hp rating when you check the "Rallye Group" box on the option sheet.

    This is not like the "base" Mustangs & Camaros that were little more than a joke when I started driving in the early '90s. You could spot the cheapo models from a mile away. The V6 powered Charger actually gets good write ups. 300 horsepower routed through an 8 speed automatic is nothing to sneeze at. They all look nice. I'd give it a look. AWD is only available with the V6. I'm sure the V6 is no torque monster, but more than likely I'd be quite satisfied with its acceleration & passing power coming from my 175 hp, 4 cyl Legacy. The way our roads are patrolled around here, I set my cruise anywhere between 60 & 70.

    I just would have to focus and not drive the V8. I'd also have to ignore the fact that I could get a helluva deal on one because I could get my hands on a corporate "friends & family coupon" very easliy plus I qualify for USAA rebates in addition to whatever other trunk money Dodge is throwing at the car at that particular month in time. I'd have to be crazy not to get a HEMI powered Charger.

    Just random thoughts that popped into my head after I saw a very nice looking 2015 Charger SXT parked on the street outside my store today. Goodnight & Have a great weekend everyone!

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

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 170,724
    A couple more car related tid-bits today.

    Subaru went in for it's first service ... just under 3500 miles on it. Oil change and full inspection; no issues found. Also had them clean off some of the adhesive still on the alloy wheels that wasn't taken care of at PDI. All is good for our road trip staring tomorrow. Just under 400 miles planned to Santa Fe; then another 400 or so on Monday to Sedona.

    While the Outback was in, we arranged for a loaner car, as I had to drive my wife across town so she could attend a meeting. We got a 2015 Forester. Not sure of the trim level (no XM, for example), and it was the first time I'd ever been behind the wheel of one.

    First off, I'm not sure if it's true or not, but it sure felt like we sat higher in it than in our Outback. It could also have been the stubby body, but it was noticeably harsher on surface streets than the Outback. Short wheelbase contributes to this as well. Never worried about power as I didn't get it above 40 or 45 MPH. Overall, it was OK - wife asked if they came as loaded as the Outback, to which I said yes.

    I mentioned earlier that I stopped at a Mazda dealer over where my wife was attending her meeting (breld, she was at Colfax and Havana, so you might know which Mazda dealer I was at). Turns out they just underwent a change of ownership in the past week, and the dealer group gave up their Kia franchise to get Mazda instead (they also have Hyundai, Subaru and now, Mitsubishi).

    While talking to the salesperson, he was asked about a Subaru that had just come in on trade. An '09 Outback with only 41,000 miles on the clock. Pristine condition. I think a bidding war was about to break out between some customers who had come in to see it.

    CX-3's are expected later this summer, so I'll have to go back and test drive one when they arrive.

    Everybody have a good week; not sure how much I'll be on-line while I'm out of town. @kyfdx will take care of things in my absence on the lease boards.

    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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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,061
    Enjoy your vacation, Michaell!
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,088
    edited June 2015
    This came out of left field; my wife REALLY likes it- I guess that I'll take it for a spin tomorrow: 2015 CPO STI.
    They will really need to cut the price if they want a sale, however...

    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: 2009 328i

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,299
    that is certainly different. Probably quite the hoot to drive.

    some random thoughts from NH: There are plenty of potholes. and Subarus. lots and lots of Subes. quite a few old Volvos too.

    Keene was beautiful. Now that the snow finally melted. I would probably hate it in the winter.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,408
    Wife drove a 2015 CX-5 GT AWD today and loved it. Looks like there are deals to be had.

    Put an offer in to trade the CC in on a 24 month lease. Long shot but we shall see. 
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,299
    I like the CX5. if something happened to the RDX now, I would push the wife to get one of those to replace it.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,408
    Dealer stated they can't take lease vehicles on trade. Never heard that one before....I'll shop around a bit.

    Anyone here know how VW credit handles lease trade-ins?
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,299
    odd. I have heard of people doing it. They just have to deal with the buy out, similar to if you just had a loan on it.

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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,573
    Saw the pic of the 2016 Tucson, looks like a 3/4 Sante Fe Sport, a much better looking vehicle than the current one. Like the Sportage, am hoping the '16's do away with the hard plastics as they just look cheap and with the current crop of cuv's out now, Hyundai and Kia need to up their game. Can't wait to see the new Smallest Mazda to compare it to the Honda HR-V, as I think it will become the new benchmark in this category. Can honestly say that both the Golf and HR-V have become my favorite vehicles out there as I like their size and the ability to throw them around, if you will, and they just get it right!
    Just drove the A3 to get some petrol, and it does drive just like my Golf...guess I just had forgotten since it's been a couple of months that I've been behind the wheel. Must explain why she has under 5k on the clock while I am just under 7k.


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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,061
    edited June 2015

    Dealer stated they can't take lease vehicles on trade. Never heard that one before....I'll shop around a bit.

    I wonder if that is code for "the lease buyout was far higher than we could ever offer on trade, and we didn't want to make you mad?"

    Changed the coolant in the Yukon today. Had to use the fluid extractor again (stuck it down the upper radiator hose) because the skid plate and the frame are in the way of getting to the lower radiator hose. It was still very messy. Would let a mechanic do it if I had to do it again, but as it stands, it should be good for five years.

    I may get rid of the fluid extractor, it seems like I make a mess every time I use it and vow to let a professional do it next time. It was handy when I had a BMW with a dipstick and a top mounted oil filter, but now that I don't, I can't see much use for it.
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,408
    Maybe. The number they said they "would" peg it at was comical. 
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,830
    edited June 2015
    stickguy said:

    odd. I have heard of people doing it. They just have to deal with the buy out, similar to if you just had a loan on it.

    Yes, it can be done. Stick is correct about the buyout and the calculation really isn't that much different than if it was a loan eg:

    5 remaining lease payments @ $250 = $1250. Residual of $20k would mean they have to put at least 21,250 into the trade to make a deal happen, unless of course you want to roll negative equity. I have been told that the dealer often isn't subject to some of the end of lease fees as well.

    I traded a leased TSX for my 2011 E92. Its usually difficult to do unless you are very near the end of your lease. Some manufacturers, BMW in particular, inflate the residuals so high that you are upside down until the bitter end of the lease.

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

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 25,238
    corvette said:

    because the skid plate and the frame are in the way of getting to the lower radiator hose.

    Is there a drain plug on the lower radiator? There's usually an access hole to that valve through the factory parts. On my car there's a hole through the lower air cover for a socket to go through and twist the drain plug enough to open it. Of course the coolant comes down and over everything so you move away quickly as soon as it opens.

    2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT, 2015 Cruze 2LT,

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,299
    buying new cars is fun. but man, dealing with selling the old one is just a pain in the posterior. I seem to have unearthed all the lowballers when I reposted my ad (not sure if it is 1 guy scamming, or really 3 people all offering the same $, sight unseen).

    So Fezo, better jump in while my defenses are down!

    these responses "I'll give you $x tomorrow and can pick the car up any time" are just annoying. No questions about car (I guess my superior CL ad skills make that unnecessary? ) And who buys anything that way, and why should I even assume they are real? I'm sure there is a catch to it, and I don't feel like finding out.

    easy to see why the majority (I assume) of people are willing to take the hit to trade their cars in.

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  • suydamsuydam Posts: 4,677
    Our local Credit Union lets us park it on their lot with a sign and a phone number. I've sold all my cars that way except the last one, which wasn't safe to drive. That one I traded in. I notice it is still on the car dealer's lot.
    '14 Buick Encore Convenience
    '17 Chevy Volt Premiere
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,299
    I don't really have a good park and sell place that I know of. If there was, I would try it.

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,457
    Another wrinkle for buying and selling it yourself - Police Set up Safe Havens for Online Transactions. (Wall St. Journal).

    Doesn't help with tire-kicking and test driving, but does help with the payment.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,088
    stickguy said:

    buying new cars is fun. but man, dealing with selling the old one is just a pain in the posterior. I seem to have unearthed all the lowballers when I reposted my ad (not sure if it is 1 guy scamming, or really 3 people all offering the same $, sight unseen).

    So Fezo, better jump in while my defenses are down!

    these responses "I'll give you $x tomorrow and can pick the car up any time" are just annoying. No questions about car (I guess my superior CL ad skills make that unnecessary? ) And who buys anything that way, and why should I even assume they are real? I'm sure there is a catch to it, and I don't feel like finding out.

    easy to see why the majority (I assume) of people are willing to take the hit to trade their cars in.

    I've only run an ad once- and that was in 1995 in the local BMW chapter newsletter as well as Roundel magazine. It sold in three days, but I got phone calls for months from the magazine ad- all legit.

    In the case of the '02 I simply let people know it was for sale on some of the BMW CCA and 2002 Facebook pages. I found a buyer almost immediately, but I had to wait a couple of months until he sold his Beemer.

    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: 2009 328i

  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,830
    edited June 2015

    stickguy said:

    buying new cars is fun. but man, dealing with selling the old one is just a pain in the posterior. I seem to have unearthed all the lowballers when I reposted my ad (not sure if it is 1 guy scamming, or really 3 people all offering the same $, sight unseen).

    So Fezo, better jump in while my defenses are down!

    these responses "I'll give you $x tomorrow and can pick the car up any time" are just annoying. No questions about car (I guess my superior CL ad skills make that unnecessary? ) And who buys anything that way, and why should I even assume they are real? I'm sure there is a catch to it, and I don't feel like finding out.

    easy to see why the majority (I assume) of people are willing to take the hit to trade their cars in.

    I've only run an ad once- and that was in 1995 in the local BMW chapter newsletter as well as Roundel magazine. It sold in three days, but I got phone calls for months from the magazine ad- all legit.

    In the case of the '02 I simply let people know it was for sale on some of the BMW CCA and 2002 Facebook pages. I found a buyer almost immediately, but I had to wait a couple of months until he sold his Beemer.
    Never sold a car privately either. I've leased a lot but the few I was purchasing just never felt like messing with the private sale and the trade offer was good enough vs private party potential.

    Should I ever part with the ZHP I would definitely do a private sale on that.

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

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,482
    Are you okay with that wing thingie? Is there a "wing delete" option?

    This came out of left field; my wife REALLY likes it- I guess that I'll take it for a spin tomorrow: 2015 CPO STI.
    They will really need to cut the price if they want a sale, however...

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,061
    because the skid plate and the frame are in the way of getting to the lower radiator hose.
    Is there a drain plug on the lower radiator? There's usually an access hole to that valve through the factory parts. On my car there's a hole through the lower air cover for a socket to go through and twist the drain plug enough to open it. Of course the coolant comes down and over everything so you move away quickly as soon as it opens.
    Not that I was able to see. Keep in mind the lower radiator is well over a foot off the ground and hidden behind the skid plate. The Altima had a drain plug and I was able to easily change its coolant with all four wheels on the ground! At least the Yukon doesn't have a fussy coolant bleed procedure like BMW. 
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,088

    Are you okay with that wing thingie? Is there a "wing delete" option?

    This came out of left field; my wife REALLY likes it- I guess that I'll take it for a spin tomorrow: 2015 CPO STI.
    They will really need to cut the price if they want a sale, however...

    There used to be a subdued STi Limited that deleted the boy racer gear, but no longer. It doesn't bother me one way or the other.

    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: 2009 328i

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,427
    @roadburner - be careful with used Subarus, especially STis. The previous owner most likely didn't "only drive it to church on Sundays." For the asking price, you might as well get a new one. The guy I buy my auto parts from who knows a lot about cars got burned buying a used STi. He bought the car used, in perfect shape, and looked like it hadn't been modified. The PO had to sell it because his insurance skyrocketed from too many speeding tickets. The car ran great for a little while, but then the car just wasn't running right. He looked everything over. One day the car literally started smoking in the engine compartment after a spirited run when he pulled into work. The PO had chipped the car with one of those "undetectable" chips. He removed the piggy back chip and every single light on the dashboard lit up.

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

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,299
    My daughters friend just bought a 2008 WRX. Same day he brought it home, the turbo burned up (I think it caught fire? Or maybe just started smoking.

    Lucky for him,meh bought it at a dealer, and they agreed to replace it.nmprivate sale, would have been an expensive "as is where is" lesson!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,088
    stickguy said:

    My daughters friend just bought a 2008 WRX. Same day he brought it home, the turbo burned up (I think it caught fire? Or maybe just started smoking.

    Lucky for him,meh bought it at a dealer, and they agreed to replace it.nmprivate sale, would have been an expensive "as is where is" lesson!

    That's what I like about the CPO STI I found- 7 year 100k mile powertrain warranty...

    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: 2009 328i

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,408
    stickguy said:

    My daughters friend just bought a 2008 WRX. Same day he brought it home, the turbo burned up (I think it caught fire? Or maybe just started smoking.

    Lucky for him,meh bought it at a dealer, and they agreed to replace it.nmprivate sale, would have been an expensive "as is where is" lesson!

    Funny enough, one of my best friends bought a CPO Subaru WRX STI (a 2008 I believe it was) and within a day of bringing it home, there was a small fire in the engine compartment that required a rebuild of much of the engine. Then, about 6 months ago, the car threw a rod which the dealer claimed was due to poor maintenance. Subaru ended up covering the cost after a fight, but he flipped it shortly after.

    Definitely a car to buy new.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,088
    I suspect a lot of the engine failures on the STI are similar to the a lot of the Mazdaspeed 3 failures- any doofus with a COBB AP can tune their own engine. Then there are the guys with meth injection, etc. In the Mazdaspeed forums these types of owner-induced failures are often referred to as ZZB: Zoom-Zoom-Boom!

    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: 2009 328i

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,482
    You want to watch out for STIs that have been modified. I'd certainly check out the turbo carefully (play in the shaft) and hopefully see lots of service records.
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,379
    Oh, I view a wing like roadburner views a hole in the roof.

    Tomorrow I drive a Tesla. I'll offer him an even trade on the 5. Only seems fair.
    2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring, 2014 Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback, 1999 Mazda Miata 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,299
    Fezo, the latest road and track has a big article on the Tesla (don't ask me which model). they drove it in the snow, and on the track (I think at the same time). You would probably find it interesting.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,088

    You want to watch out for STIs that have been modified. I'd certainly check out the turbo carefully (play in the shaft) and hopefully see lots of service records.

    It's a CPO with just 11K that was serviced at the selling dealer- so I'm not expecting to find any surprises.

    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: 2009 328i

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,299
    I was stopped at a light yesterday next to one just like that, except it was dark gray instead of white. Looked fast just sitting there. Nice color for that car (disclaimer: I normally dislike white cars!)

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,427
    fezo said:

    Oh, I view a wing like roadburner views a hole in the roof.

    Tomorrow I drive a Tesla. I'll offer him an even trade on the 5. Only seems fair.

    My friend just traded in his troublesome black/black 2013 BMW ///M5 for a White Tesla Model S P85D on Saturday. I'm interested to hear his impressions and get over to his house so I can see how it drives:)

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

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,482
    Quite right, but actual surprises occur when we aren't expecting them :smile:

    Forgive me, I am eternally suspicious. If my grandmother sold me a car, I'd run a CARFAX.

    You want to watch out for STIs that have been modified. I'd certainly check out the turbo carefully (play in the shaft) and hopefully see lots of service records.

    It's a CPO with just 11K that was serviced at the selling dealer- so I'm not expecting to find any surprises.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,088
    I think all of Munich's twin-turbo V8s are a sketchy ownership proposition- and definitely will result in multiple debacles should you be foolish enough to keep one much past the warranty period.

    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: 2009 328i

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,427

    I think all of Munich's twin-turbo V8s are a sketchy ownership proposition- and definitely will result in multiple debacles should you be foolish enough to keep one much past the warranty period.

    The problems my friend had with his 2013 ///M5 & 2012 X5///M were enough for him to say "that's it" to Munich after a very loyal relationship (2008 X5 4.8, 2010 X5///M, 2012 X5///M, 2013 ///M5, 2010 750Li X Drive, 2014 B7 Alpina L X-Drive). The Alpina is now the only BMW in his stable. He replaced the ///M5 with the P85D this past weekend & his X5///M with a 2015 Escalade.

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

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 170,724
    Made it to Sedona! One tank to Santa Fe and one tank to Sedona. Love the Outback as a road trip car. More to come when I have time. 

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  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,830
    nyccarguy said:

    I think all of Munich's twin-turbo V8s are a sketchy ownership proposition- and definitely will result in multiple debacles should you be foolish enough to keep one much past the warranty period.

    The problems my friend had with his 2013 ///M5 & 2012 X5///M were enough for him to say "that's it" to Munich after a very loyal relationship (2008 X5 4.8, 2010 X5///M, 2012 X5///M, 2013 ///M5, 2010 750Li X Drive, 2014 B7 Alpina L X-Drive). The Alpina is now the only BMW in his stable. He replaced the ///M5 with the P85D this past weekend & his X5///M with a 2015 Escalade.
    7 Series and V-8's...not exactly paragon's of BMW reliability.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,427
    @au1994 - He can well afford to get rid of the cars once they are out of warranty, take the depreciation hit, & write a check for the full boat on a new one. BMW couldn't fix the cars under warranty. There was a code. He stomped on the gas to merge onto a highway, the car went into limp mode, & displayed "critical drivetrain malfunction" on the screen. Back to the dealer. The last time he got a flat in the Alpina, it took the BMW dealer 3 weeks to get him a tire for it. To top it off, he had to fight them for a loaner car.

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

  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,830
    nyccarguy said:

    @au1994 - He can well afford to get rid of the cars once they are out of warranty, take the depreciation hit, & write a check for the full boat on a new one. BMW couldn't fix the cars under warranty. There was a code. He stomped on the gas to merge onto a highway, the car went into limp mode, & displayed "critical drivetrain malfunction" on the screen. Back to the dealer. The last time he got a flat in the Alpina, it took the BMW dealer 3 weeks to get him a tire for it. To top it off, he had to fight them for a loaner car.

    Wow...search a BMW forum for limp mode and you will see far too many hits. Another reason why a BMW will most likely not make my short list this time. Its a shame as I really like(ed) the cars. Pricing has gotten out of control as well. I was browsing my dealers site the other day and they had a 435 convertible for 69k. That's right a 3 series non-M convertible for nearly 70k. Even the 428 convertibles were pushing 60k.

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

  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,379
    Will have to check out that Road and Track article. Drove the Tesla today. What a hoot. That thing flies and does it silently. It was $108K so not today thanks.
    2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring, 2014 Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback, 1999 Mazda Miata 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999.
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,573
    Tried to charge the cell in the Golf today with no luck with either power plug and multiple car chargers. Looks like another stop tomorrow over at VW to see what's up, possibly a blown fuse. They worked on the way home Saturday afternoon after work and the car has sat in the garage since then. Odd really but seems my scheduled work hours were canceled for tomorrow so guess I will drive over to the dealer to see what they can do.
    I knew going in that things might happen but another unscheduled dealer stop so soon is just a bit too much right now. Time will tell what's going on here!

    The Sandman :@B)

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

  • berriberri Posts: 10,165
    Hey Mr. Sandman, you're supposed to appreciate those German car quirks ;)
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 170,724
    Wife is getting a spa treatment so I have a few minutes to post. 

    Just filled led up for the third time on trip. First tank - Colorado to Santa Fe - yielded just under 27MPG. 

    Second tank - Santa Fe to Sedona - gave us 29 MPG. 

    Last tank was all in town driving - 21MPG. 

    We leave tomorrow for Santa Fe, then home on Saturday. 

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  • breldbreld Posts: 5,454
    Safe travels Michael!

    2018 X3 M40i - 2020 Supra - 2020 MINI JCW Hardtop - 2020 Leaf

  • breldbreld Posts: 5,454
    Speaking of the WRX and STI, I've been looking a little longingly at WRXs as they pass me on the road these days. :(

    2018 X3 M40i - 2020 Supra - 2020 MINI JCW Hardtop - 2020 Leaf

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