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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 165,702

    @qbrozen said:
    North, I guess. I have no clue what I'm doing. But home base will be Tahoe for 1 week (north) and then St George for 1 week. We are taking our time with most things. For instance, flying into Vegas Thurs night but not getting to Tahoe till Sat night after a Fri night stay somewhere in between and a Sat visit to Yosemite. The longest nonstop drive I have planned so far is the 8 hrs to get from Tahoe to St George. From there, I think all the visits are just a few hrs away.

    Not really been to Tahoe, but have been to (and through) St. George multiple times. DIL was born and raised there and that's where the kids got married.

    It'll be interesting to get your take on desert weather ... highs in St. George are hovering around the triple digit mark for the next few days.

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  • slorenzenslorenzen Posts: 694

    @qbrozen said:
    North, I guess. I have no clue what I'm doing. But home base will be Tahoe for 1 week (north) and then St George for 1 week. We are taking our time with most things. For instance, flying into Vegas Thurs night but not getting to Tahoe till Sat night after a Fri night stay somewhere in between and a Sat visit to Yosemite. The longest nonstop drive I have planned so far is the 8 hrs to get from Tahoe to St George. From there, I think all the visits are just a few hrs away.

    Hopefully all the smoke from forest fires will clear by the time you get to Yosemite. It's breathtaking when you can see it!

    http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/webcams-videos

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,482

    Hey you guys, give qbrozen a break! First it's triple digit heat, now it's forest fires---LOL! Can't we throw in something more encouraging?

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 165,702

    @Mr_Shiftright said:
    Hey you guys, give qbrozen a break! First it's triple digit heat, now it's forest fires---LOL! Can't we throw in something more encouraging?

    Here's a positive --- you won't encounter the type of traffic you're used to seeing in NJ! If you're taking US 95 in Nevada, you can probably count the cars per hour going the other way with the fingers on both hands.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,190

    @slorenzen said:
    It's breathtaking when you can see it!

    Hey, if the smoke is thick enough, it might be breathtaking anyway! :p

    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 2,678
    edited July 2014

    Add a punch.

    It will probably make Q cringe, but I leased a 15 Leaf SL. 24 months. We recently moved to a townhouse in a denser urban area; one car garage and street parking is tough. The Accord was just too tight, and my wife wants nothing to do with squeezing the RDX in the garage.

    My usage/commute is freeway, stop and go and predictable. I can charge at work and home. Western Washington has a good charging infrastructure with 90% of the electricity coming from hydro (and its cheap). Drove 26 miles this morning and still showing 75% chg, though that will obviously change in winter. Quiet, rides nicely, good torque keeps it from feeling too slow. I like it. I also drove the i3, which is a very interesting car and worthy of its own post, but I could lease 2 Leafs for the same cost.

    Two year lease seems okay; big commitment for a CCBA guy, but the EV landscape will probably be pretty different in 2016 anyhow.

    SO the city car is covered. The RDX will get replaced with the next 6 mos to year, and will be replaced with something for ski and outdoor trips, maybe a bit more space.

    (Punch streak - 2008, 09, 11, 12, 13, 14. 2010 was a motorcycle year...)

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 13,899

    Did you trade the Accord?

    I dunno, we may have to drum you out of the automotive forum now that you have a Leaf. Perhaps someone can recommend a good appliance forum for you to participate in. ;)

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,306

    Hope it works for you ti. Can't wait till our lease is up. Its just such a waste for us.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 52-car history and counting!

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 171,447

    Doesn't seem like you will be coming in from that direction, but the drive in to the South Rim from the East is spectacular.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,910

    I remember taking US 95 out of Vegas to get to Death Valley when I was out that way in 2007... There is a roadside placard commemorating the nuclear bomb testing which took place in that area. They actually do a bus tour of the site a few times a year, but you have to sign up in advance and they don't allow photography. (Back in the good old days, when they were conducting atmospheric testing, you could haul your family out to the middle of the desert and watch a live detonation, upwind of the blast, of course.)

    tighter, congrats on the punch. We're at 20 for the year.

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 165,702

    @corvette said:
    I remember taking US 95 out of Vegas to get to Death Valley when I was out that way in 2007... There is a roadside placard commemorating the nuclear bomb testing which took place in that area. They actually do a bus tour of the site a few times a year, but you have to sign up in advance and they don't allow photography. (Back in the good old days, when they were conducting atmospheric testing, you could haul your family out to the middle of the desert and watch a live detonation, upwind of the blast, of course.)

    tighter, congrats on the punch. We're at 20 for the year.

    People who grew up in St. George are known as "downwinders" due to the prevailing wind patterns and the nuclear testing in Nevada in the 50's and 60's. We're pretty sure that our DIL's lymphoma was due to the fallout permeating the food supply there. Her grandfather was a firefighter for the gov't back in the 50's and dealt with the blast sites frequently. I've been told he died of cancer.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,306

    I grew up in the NJ cancer cluster, so I'll probably fit right in.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 52-car history and counting!

  • steverstever Posts: 52,457
    edited July 2014

    Do you have an opinion on the dynamic pricing of cars? If you would like to share your opinion of car pricing being dependent on factors like availability or consumer demand (much the way plane tickets or hotel rooms are priced), please send your daytime contact info to [email protected] no later than Friday, 8/1/14 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.

    (Posted while crusing a blue highway in upstate NY looking at a rainbow, and yeah, my wife is driving).

  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 12,603

    @stever said:
    Do you have an opinion on the dynamic pricing of cars? If you would like to share your opinion of car pricing being dependent on factors like availability or consumer demand (much the way plane tickets or hotel rooms are priced), please send your daytime contact info to [email protected] no later than Friday, 8/1/14 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.

    (Posted while crusing a blue highway in upstate NY looking at a rainbow, and yeah, my wife is driving).

    Of course we have opinions....plenty of them. Email sent.

    Have fun on what sounds like a beautiful drive!

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,457
    edited July 2014

    Thanks, we're taking the back roads down to my sister's in VA. I did get some raised eyebrows going through customs today with the well loaded rig. Managed to hit 26.2 on one stretch of calm highway.

    (Soon to be a WIPP upwinder, and hopefully far enough upwind....)

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,192
    Tifighter - whereabouts in Western Washington are you located?

    We recently moved into a standalone townhome-style house in a more urban area in Seattle. My CC is probably the biggest I can fit in our garage. Lots of Leafs around my neighborhood.
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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,867

    We have just about decided to roll the dice and let RB Jr. take the X3 to SC. It was due for an Inspection I so I took it to my dealer today; I'm having them change the ATF and brake fluid while they are at it. My Service Advisor and I both think that any major problem areas have been addressed and it IS paid for.

    So anyway, my loaner is a 328d xDrive Sport Line. Pretty nice, and great power and economy- I'm averaging @45 mpg so far...

    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: 39,733

    Did some shopping yesterday. Actually for my SIL since her ancient odyssey died for good this time. Looked at and drove a Subaru outback and forester along with a honda CRV. Subes were vastly nicer. She loved the comfort of the outback but liked the forester too. And dang, such a big moonroof! Crv, seemed cheap in comparison. And slow delivering power, plus noisy.

    She needs to look at Toyota and Hyundai when she gets home (we are all on vacation at the jersey shore this week). But I smell a sube purchase next week if she can get the $ to work (not much of a budget )

    Also had the best salesman ever atvthe Subaru dealer. Sil knows nothing about cars and he worked with her perfectly. Made get totally comfortable.

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  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602

    @stever said:
    Do you have an opinion on the dynamic pricing of cars? If you would like to share your opinion of car pricing being dependent on factors like availability or consumer demand (much the way plane tickets or hotel rooms are priced), please send your daytime contact info to [email protected] no later than Friday, 8/1/14 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.

    (Posted while crusing a blue highway in upstate NY looking at a rainbow, and yeah, my wife is driving).

    We have that now in the St. Louis area. " Totally overstocked with new cars ! We need to move inventory no matter what the cost. Prices will never be lower. Special prices and financing. Sale ends next Sunday."

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,910

    @stickguy said:
    Did some shopping yesterday. Actually for my SIL since her ancient odyssey died for good this time. Looked at and drove a Subaru outback and forester along with a honda CRV. Subes were vastly nicer. She loved the comfort of the outback but liked the forester too. And dang, such a big moonroof! Crv, seemed cheap in comparison. And slow delivering power, plus noisy.

    What year was the CR-V she drove? The 2015 has a CVT to replace the 2014's five-speed auto.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,457

    @jayrider, you'd think the manufacturers would catch on to the end of the month/end of the quarter dynamics and change the time periods for paying bonuses. A big Honda sale in the middle of the month could cause a lot of grief at the Nissan store next door.

  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXPosts: 2,575

    Sterling McCall Lexus posted an ad on Autotrader for a used 2004 Cadillac, one owner, very low miles (53k), clean Carfax. I called, spoke to a salesperson, made an appointment to test drive the car. I went down on my lunch hour. The power seat is in the most forward position, and will not move. Impossible for anyone over 5’6” to drive the car. I really would not recommend buying a used car from any dealer who performs no inspections whatsoever of their cars.

    And yes, I just wrote a review here on Edmunds, and another one on Yelp.

    2018 Ford F150 XLT Crew Cab, 2016 Chrysler Town & Country Touring
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,733

    Crv was 2014. The 15s aren't out yet.

    I did see a gray 2015 golf Tsi 4 door while out. Very nice.

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  • gouldngouldn Posts: 223

    I have been watching this forum since it started 10 years ago, and contribute less than most here, but put me down for a 'punch.' I tend to keep one fairly new car and rotate a cheaper one in and out. Well somehow the 'new' car was a 2001 Subaru I bought new in 2000 and today it turned 226K. I replaced it this afternoon with a 2011 Acura TSX SportsWagon with the 'tech' package. Bought it at a Caddy dealer, and they were anxious to move used units since today is the last day of the month. The car handles pretty well for FWD, and I like it so far (2 hours) :)

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 171,447

    Is it a 4-cylinder or V-6? That's a nice choice, either way.. Congrats!

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,867

    Nice!!!

    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

  • gouldngouldn Posts: 223

    It's a 4 ... I don't think they made the wagon in a six, although I might be wrong. Here's the link http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/609987445/overview/, I got it for $23.8.

  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 12,603

    @gouldn said:
    It's a 4 ... I don't think they made the wagon in a six, although I might be wrong. Here's the link http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/609987445/overview/, I got it for $23.8.

    Very nice. 'Gratz. I'm betting you have another 200K+ miles of happy driving in it.

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  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602

    @gouldn said:
    It's a 4 ... I don't think they made the wagon in a six, although I might be wrong. Here's the link http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/609987445/overview/, I got it for $23.8.

    Nice car --- enjoy.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,190

    Nice looking car, even for an Acura! I was shocked when I saw this photo, though:

    That reminds me of my Fiesta's rear seat leg room, or maybe a pre 2010 Outback. :p

    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 39,733

    Those front seats look all the way back. And somewhat reclined.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,190
    edited August 2014

    They do. But, I do that with my Forester, and there is more than twice the leg room of that car. Really, it looks just like my Fiesta. :s

    I strongly suspect that gouldn won't be sitting in the back seat, though, so no worries!

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  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602

    @xwesx said:
    They do. But, I do that with my Forester, and there is more than twice the leg room of that car. Really, it looks just like my Fiesta. :s

    I strongly suspect that gouldn won't be sitting in the back seat, though, so no worries!

    Reviewers mark the wagon down for a limited back seat.

  • gouldngouldn Posts: 223

    It's true on both counts! The backseat is cramped, but the seats were reclined back in that pic. However we don't have kids, so this is a non-issue. We do have two dogs, but they get the 'way back.' On the way in I found that the previous owner liked mariachi music and had loaded 100's of songs of it onto the hard drive. Also the screen has a wall paper feature where you can load your own pic as a screen saver ... well she seems to have loaded a pic of a grave site (I assume her parents or something). That's gotta go!

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 13,899

    Mariachi music and gravesite pics? I think it's fair to say the P.O. is somewhat... unusual.

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,457
    edited August 2014

    Nah, just a Day of the Dead fan, honoring some ancestors. No marigolds on the dash though?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,482
    edited August 2014

    I like that car! I thought the dash was supposed to be body color? Maybe I'm just not remembering right. Price seems just about market correct if it's a solid #3 car.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 51,860

    I agree with Shifty on price, maybe no harm done if it is nice as it looks. Paint could be original, hubcaps need body color centers, and I have never seen velour like that on a Ponton (I only know of leather, Tex, or a checkered cloth). Sunroof is a HUGE plus, and this thing would look pretty cool with correct hubcaps and maybe wide whites.

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,662

    @nyccarguy said:

    Summer vacation 2014 has been a stay-cation so far. We went to see the Statue of Liberty last week, went to the beach here in Stamford, went to Jones Beach, visited Lake Compounce (amusement park in Bristol, CT), hired a baby sitter so I could pay tennis & have lunch with my wife, the wife worked a few days so I got to play "daddy day care."

    Instant Wayback machine with the mention of Lake Compounce! My Dad started taking us there in the '60s, he went in the 50s! Great wooden roller coaster, but the park has been sold a couple of times since I visited. Modernized, hopefully thriving.

    LA, as I'm sure y'all know, is just car ridonkulous. Less than a week, saw at least two of everything. Hard to be awed, but the Lambo with the R8 right behind it was a nice sight. Somewhere out there is Tagman, I was at Duke's for lunch Saturday. Tag, were you there?

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,867

    Dodged a bullet; a friend of mine was at an estate auction and a 1979 733i popped up in decent shape with only 86k on the clock. He sent me a text but my phone was off. It went for $700, which based on it's age and complexity would have also been the monthly running costs...

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  • slorenzenslorenzen Posts: 694

    Barn find: http://eugene.craigslist.org/cto/4590325366.html

    Might be as much per month as that 733, RB...

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,867

    Nah, the TF is cake to work on. On the 733i, R&R of the heater core is a nine hour job- and the in-dash HVAC controls run $150 each(or more).

    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

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 24,168

    @roadburner said:
    Nah, the TF is cake to work on. On the 733i, R&R of the heater core is a nine hour job- and the in-dash HVAC controls run $150 each(or more).

    If it's any consolation, I've heard that the heater core on your typical Ford fox-body is about 8-9 hours. So it's not just expensive, complex German luxury cars that can kill you on repairs. So can a Fairmont!

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,662

    One other note re: my trip to LA. Saw three Caddy ELRs on the road! Although, may have seen the same one twice, so let's say 2-3 ELRs. Handsome beast. And, took my son to the Tesla store in Santa Monica. He seems to want one. At least it would be the least expensive on his rather pricey list of automotive desires. Good luck, son.

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 51,860

    And when you get everything in order and have it looking immaculate, it might bring 5K. Gotta love old German barges.

    @roadburner said:
    Nah, the TF is cake to work on. On the 733i, R&R of the heater core is a nine hour job- and the in-dash HVAC controls run $150 each(or more).

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,867

    @andre1969 said:
    If it's any consolation, I've heard that the heater core on your typical Ford fox-body is about 8-9 hours. So it's not just expensive, complex German luxury cars that can kill you on repairs. So can a Fairmont!

    Funny you should mention that; my 1984 T-Bird's heater core went south back in 1994. Luckily I have a mechanic friend who is a "Ford man;" he knew a few tricks that let him do the job a lot faster than book. I went on vacation and left the 'bird with him for a week and he worked on it between more time-sensitive jobs. I think it wound up costing me less than $400 altogether...

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,867

    @fintail said:
    And when you get everything in order and have it looking immaculate, it might bring 5K. Gotta love old German barges.

    Yes, but when you get the car for just $700 you have at least a small chance of coming out ahead... B)

    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

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 165,702

    Greetings!

    Went to lunch with the wife yesterday. On the way to the restaurant, she commented that she was concerned about her "carbon footprint". Wait ... what?

    She's concerned that the CX-7 is too big for her most of the time. Her job has been redefined so she isn't doing as much carting around of stuff, she's thinking she'd like to go smaller.

    How much smaller?

    By this time we were at the restaurant (in the bar section) and she catches a RAV4 commercial on one of the many TVs. Something like that, she says.

    Weeeelllllll, she's also got a bit of a power fetish and I don't think a 4-cyl cute ute is gonna satisfy it. And, she still wants 4WD or AWD. And something with a rear lift gate - no sedans for her.

    I whip out my phone and find a picture of the new Lexus NX .. I show it to her and tell her it's basically the same as the RAV4, but with a turbo engine. She's intrigued. I also tell her there is a hybrid version available which gets even better mileage (I don't tell her it's slower than the turbo, but, one argument at a time).

    I don't think she's ready to do any serious shopping yet, but she is thinking about it. I've told her that this next time, the decision is all on her - she has to do the research and the test drives, then I'll help her with the numbers side.

    She still likes the CX-7 - a lot. It just crossed 54K this past week and there haven't been any major problems. It needs an oil change soon, but no other scheduled maintenance that I'm aware of.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,910

    Congrats on the TSX wagon, gouldn! We're at 21 punches for the year.

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