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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,049
    breld said:
    stickguy said:
    Michael, good list. I liked the looks of the CX-3. Also just got a teaser about the next Tuscan coming out. Probably will be nice. and bigger.
    Denver auto show is next weekend. I'll get a chance to see them up close and personal I hope. 
    Hey Michael - with kids' activities next weekend, if my wife and I have any chance of getting to the auto show, it'll probably have to be Wednesday evening. I know you generally go on the weekends, so we probably won't get to meet up for this year's show (once again). Maybe we should plan on a lunch next week or the week after to "catch up" and talk about the show.
    This coming week is out - having tile installed in the family room. I'm hoping they are done before the weekend so I can get to the show. 

    The week of the 13th will be much better. 

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162
    Here's one for all the barge fans. Doesn't get bigger than this. I have actually seen this one out and about a few times (well, assuming it is this one, because I can't believe there is a 2nd one like it around here!)

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/4883808097.html

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    That thing must eat gas like a blue whale eats krill.
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162
    just caught the Motorweek segment on best midsize family sedan for 27K. Pretty interesting. makes Bradd and me look like geniuses! They picked the Sonata #1, and from the report, it was a runaway. With the Legacy finishing a solid 2nd. I really like the Legacy. Probably what I should have gotten, and would have if I was buying not leasing.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,762
    I was watching that, too, stick. I thought the more interesting statistic besides the cars themselves was that more folks were leasing in order to keep taking advantage of the latest safety features. 
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 191,803
    stickguy said:

    Here's one for all the barge fans. Doesn't get bigger than this. I have actually seen this one out and about a few times (well, assuming it is this one, because I can't believe there is a 2nd one like it around here!)

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/4883808097.html

    In 1976, my mother and step-father each bought one of those... only they were coupes... Red and Blue...

    That was shortly before the divorce and my step-father's bankruptcy. :s

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  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWMember Posts: 3,119
    stickguy said:

    just caught the Motorweek segment on best midsize family sedan for 27K. Pretty interesting. makes Bradd and me look like geniuses! They picked the Sonata #1, and from the report, it was a runaway. With the Legacy finishing a solid 2nd. I really like the Legacy. Probably what I should have gotten, and would have if I was buying not leasing.

    Not that Motor Week is the end-all, be-all, but I thought the most interesting thing was that the new redesigned Camry placed 10th.
  • suydamsuydam Member Posts: 4,677
    And that their #3 choice, the Mazda 6, was "probably not ideal for families" even though this was billed as the $27k Midsize Family Sedan Challenge". ?????
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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,782
    My wife has always liked the look of the Fiat 500(and I like the Abarth), so we decided to rent one to go see our son Easter weekend. It turned out he wanted to come to KY to visit his girlfriend and go to church with us, so we drove down to SC Thursday, spent the night, and drove home Friday.
    I have to say that my wife and I were quite impressed with the car. It did not feel small or "tinny" at all. The car had 13,000 miles on it and there were no rattles or squeaks. The model we had was the "Pop," which is the absolute bottom of the 500 food chain. Base radio, seats, etc. It had an automatic but it was a good match for the engine; it was no rocket ship but it kept up with traffic on the interstates with ease. The 500's ride was comfortable and all three of us were not unduly cramped- although for longer trips a driver and one passenger is the practical maximum occupancy. The seats were actually more comfortable than the chairs in my wife's base 328i, and while I'm on the subject, the Fiat's audio sounded better than the so-called "Hi-Fi" system in the 3er. The HVAC worked great, and the interior didn't look bad at all. Our rental was a 2014, so the gauge cluster had an orange LCD display like most pre 2011 Bimmers. The 2015 cars have a much nicer TFT screen that doesn't resemble a 1980's VCR.
    Handling was good as well; I didn't push it too hard, but it had plenty of grip in both wet and dry. The steering effort was good, but feel was lacking, much like the new 3 and 5 Series BMWs. Braking was fine, but again I didn't really push it.
    So, would I buy an Abarth? I doubt it- I can't see buying a FWD car that is slower than what I already have. My wife, on the other hand, may well flip her 3er for a 1957 Edition 500 like this car.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162
    Roadburner buying a car with 101 HP. what is the world coming to.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162
    suydam said:

    And that their #3 choice, the Mazda 6, was "probably not ideal for families" even though this was billed as the $27k Midsize Family Sedan Challenge". ?????

    well, I did not take it that way. More that not every family sedan buyer is interested in sharp handling, or will accept a little more road noise to get it. It was still a very practical and functional sedan.

    Think of it as the midsize family sedan geared for someone like RB.

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  • suydamsuydam Member Posts: 4,677
    Except they also mentioned that it was rather cramped. Just amusing.
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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162
    My son came down from Albany to visit for easter. So since it desperately needed it (after a harsh winter in upstate NY) we detailed up the car. wash, wax, interior. Huge improvement. Looks as good as new again.

    of course, he is still talking about his next car (GTI, GLI, or his true obsession, an S3). Still a bit over 1.5 years to go on his lease before he would even be eligible for a VW pull-ahead.

    anyone know if that plan applies to a buy, or just another lease? That and he hopes it could be used to upgrade to an Audi. Though if we came back to Jersey and got it where he got the Jetta, they would count it because they have VW, Audi and Porsche all together on the same lot.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,155
    suydam said:

    And that their #3 choice, the Mazda 6, was "probably not ideal for families" even though this was billed as the $27k Midsize Family Sedan Challenge". ?????

    The love by auto journos for the 6 knows no bounds, even at the expense of logic. And, perhaps, credibility.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,763
    My family (wife, 2 sons, daughter, Dad, sister, brother in law, & 2 nieces) continued our Easter Sunday traditional trip to the NY Auto Show.  As you might expect, with 5 kids 8 & under my report won't be as detailed as my name (nyccarguy) suggests.

    the "it" color of the auto show is definitely white.  Audi & Lexus showed off their entire collection in white.  Audi's S cars were all Red & very sexy.

     I did get some seat time in an S3 which was snug, but I could definitely make it work.  Well bolstered seats & a very well appointed cockpit.  If you lay off the options list, it isn't a bad way to part ways with a low $40K loan payment;). Not that I'm in the market.

    BMW had a gorgeous Marina Blue ///M3 open and on display.  I gotta get my hands on one of these.

    I'm always interested in listening to what my wife has to say & what she likes.  I know she drives the family truckster (Pliot) out of necessity.  She seemed to really take a liking to the Golf Wagon & the Beetle.  

    I sat in a Golf R which I really liked until I got out and looked at the 35 series low profile tires & thought to myself "they've got to be kidding."  I'll post some pics.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,763

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162
    The ultra low profile tire race has gotten out of hands. maybe in SoCal, or other parts of the country where the roads are glass smooth. In the NE, it is crazy. The more sidewall the better! The original GTI was quite the handler running 185/60's.

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  • rayainswrayainsw Member Posts: 3,118
    Trip report.

    First time I have had the opportunity to drive much more than my typical 50 miles commute plus lunch trip = daily drives.

    I filled the tank [ Duluth, GA ] and drove past Helen, GA to Anna Ruby Falls. 71.2 miles, 23.0 MPG. This drive is about two thirds highway and the rest 2-lane. Elevation change approx. 500 to 550 feet. The Charger ran perfectly – and I was not making any attempt to maximize MPG. Some of the 2-lane is enjoyable [ when not stuck behind a dawdler ] with sweeping 45 – 65 MPH curves. I spent a couple of hours in the Falls area [ until others started to appear ] then drove back the exact same route – losing that elevation this leg. At home = 144.8 miles driven, 24.8 MPG. In both directions, generally pacing traffic.
    Highway speeds 65 to 75 MPH. 2-lane = 45 to 65. The EPA estimate for the Charger V8 is 16 city and 25 highway.

    I am still quite impressed with the ride and the handling of this rather large sedan. And the V8 TQ. Absolutely no complaints here. Comfortable cruiser, very secure handler, decent MPG.

    http://smg.photobucket.com/user/rayainsw/slideshow/0 2015 anna ruby falls april 5th?sort=3

    - Ray
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  • tommister2tommister2 Mechanicsville, VAMember Posts: 370
    Thanks for sharing Ray. It's a good feeling to really connect with your ride. Beautiful pictures too!
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  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusMember Posts: 13,085
    Ray....great pics. Liking your choice in cars, too!
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,973

    Ray....great pics. Liking your choice in cars, too!

    Agreed; fantastic photos! I could almost hear the sound of the water as it trickled along and then cascaded down those falls (or vice versa, if such was the case).

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,484
    The metal flake white paint was neat when it was only on Lexuses and Oldsmobile Auroras. Now that it's on everything down to a Honda Civic, it looks a lot less special. I think I'd prefer plain old white because it's rarer now!

    Agreed the low profile tires are getting worse. If I get winter tires for the GLI next winter they will be 205/55/16s. Surprisingly, those will fit the brakes on the GLI and GTI. 

    Beautiful pictures, Ray!
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 5,808
    We both still love our Audi/VW vehicles with no issues at about 4.5k on the clock. No rattles, sqeaks...quiet as can be and both love to be tossed around. We definitely made the right choices here though am glad I got the CUV thing out of my system. Both hoping to keep our current rides for many years to come as we both absolutely love our vehicles!!

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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 5,808
    edited April 2015
    Time to replace the sneakers on the Accent it seems, Tires Plus wouldn't rotate them because they said it wasn't safe to do. Even though the vehicle still has less than 20k on it, the tires are considered almost 7 years old now so it definitely is time for a new set, something I knew I'd have to take care of this year anyways. And since the kid's still on the payroll, dad has to pay the bill! Since the girls are taking a end of semester trip the end of April, I've been told it's time for me to "take care of things"! So time to start checking out tire places to see what's out there! Will probably end up back at Tires Plus for the usual "buy 3, get 1 free" deals like I did with the Versa and the Mazda3...they had the Firestone Affinity tires for a very good price and it is a highly rated tire also. Luckily I still have about 3.5 weeks to get 'er done so they can take off, again, no men allowed!

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,973
    Sounds like you're being used and abused, Sandy! Those women-folk. :p
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  • jeffb0101jeffb0101 Member Posts: 53
    I know a few of you have the current model (2013 and up) Accord. How is it with road noise/rattles? Did any of you have the previous (2008-2012) model and notice a difference?

    My 2012 has a lot of road noise, and rattles from the rear panels. Curious to see how the newer one stacks up.
  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusMember Posts: 13,085
    Wife has a new body style Accord. Solid as a stone. No rattles, but I don't drive it much.
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  • suydamsuydam Member Posts: 4,677
    I have a '13 also. Wonderful car! Much quieter than previous versions. No rattles at all.
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  • jeffb0101jeffb0101 Member Posts: 53
    Thanks for the reply!

    I really do like my 2012, but have just noticed lately that it seems to have a lot of noise.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,049
    breld said:

    Went to the Denver Auto Show last night.

    Nothing really too exciting to report, but here were my personal thoughts:

    • Only car that gave me a twinge that I should have waited was the VW Golf Sportwagen. They had the one that I think has been traveling the car show circuit - a loaded TDI with the 6-speed manual. Cool car. But, I'm more interested to see what they do with the 4motion version. Golf R was nice, though very understated in silver.
    • Mazda had nothing new to show (Miata, CX-3), other than the refreshed 2016 Mazda6, so that was a little disappointing. The new interior on the Mazda6 is indeed very nice and upscale.
    • New Maxima is very interesting to look at - almost looks like a concept car that they allowed into production. Whether or not it's too bold to be successful will be interesting to see.
    • Shelby GT350 is cool. I want one.
    • Nothing too exciting at the Honda/Acura section, though they did have an HR-V. For a new model, they could've tried presenting it with a more exciting color - this one was Grey, which made it pretty much fade into the background.
    • BMW didn't have much, other than showcasing the i8. No M cars, which was surprising, I thought. We spent more time over at Mercedes - I really like the new C-class. It has a lot of "presence" and a beautiful interior./ul>


    breld - I'm hoping to get to the show this weekend ... tile guy is finishing up this morning, so the only thing left is to get the thermostat installed for the heated floors, put on a couple of coats of sealant and get my step-son and his best friend to put all the furniture back into the room.

    Were you able to sit in the HR-V? How small is it?

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  • breldbreld Member Posts: 5,796
    @michaell - the HR-V was available to sit in, though I just peeked inside. From what I could tell, it seemed plenty roomy, much like the Fit (as you'd expect). I thought the dash looked a little plain, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It was nice - but I think the CR-V seems to offer a lot more, for what may be just a little more money.

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  • suydamsuydam Member Posts: 4,677
    Unless you want to go smaller for urban maneuvering and don't need the extra space.
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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,049
    suydam said:
    Unless you want to go smaller for urban maneuvering and don't need the extra space.
    Which is exactly what I'm thinking. Got the outback for family and hauling duties. 

    As long as I can get the golf clubs in the back with the seat down, I'm good. 

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  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWMember Posts: 3,119
    jeffb0101 said:

    I know a few of you have the current model (2013 and up) Accord. How is it with road noise/rattles? Did any of you have the previous (2008-2012) model and notice a difference?

    Wife's 2015 Accord very solid with no really intrusive road noise, no rattles.

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 5,808
    Hertz bought 50 new Civic's this last week and since we service the dealership, we had to bring them down from the parking garage. All LX models which is to say, rather dull. My '06 seemed to have a nicer interior with more upscale fabrics and such, even the wheels are now a puny 15" steelies. One needs to step up to the EX or EX-L to get the 16" alloys. I did see a row of new Fit's and was more impressed with those to be honest. Haven't seen any HR-V's at the dealer yet but have seen a few Chevy Trax's and like the Buick Encore, both are very nice vehicles. If I had not fallen in love with my Golf, I probably would've gone with one of these models as I just prefer a smaller vehicle like the Golf.

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  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,457
    edited April 2015
    15" steelies? Sounds good to me. B)

    Since steel is an alloy of iron and carbon, I could still say I was running alloys.
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 5,808
    With summer about here, needed a change at work so the boss agreed to a schedule change for the next few months. Our weeks start on a Friday so I work Friday, Wednesday, Thursday and rotating Saturdays. Decided that I wanted 3 days off in a row for a change as the other half wants to take a few small trips this summer and also, I just needed a change as I was in a rut. Think this will work for awhile and luckily, a co-worker that went out on sick leave last September will be coming back on the 20th so the timing to ask for a schedule change was perfect. Still love the job but felt like I needed a change to put that spring back in my step! I haven't been feeling very good lately to be honest, staying home on my days off just to rest my aching body. My chronic pain is just slowing me down a bit. I didn't take any time off during 2014 except those few days last April when I got the flu but since it's only a part time gig, I didn't feel the need to. This year, I do, so a schedule change was just the first step in my plan.

    The Sandman :)B)

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  • danbone111danbone111 Member Posts: 47
    Long time reader, very seldom poster-Hosts or whomever, assistance please, if possible.
    Tomorrow morning, my wife wants to lease a 2015 Prius Three, 36months/36k miles. Looking for Money Factors and Residuals so I can try to determine lease payment....thank you.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,049

    Long time reader, very seldom poster-Hosts or whomever, assistance please, if possible.
    Tomorrow morning, my wife wants to lease a 2015 Prius Three, 36months/36k miles. Looking for Money Factors and Residuals so I can try to determine lease payment....thank you.

    Please post in the "Prius Lease Questions" discussion and I'll be happy to help....

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  • danbone111danbone111 Member Posts: 47
    edited April 2015
    thank you, I made a post in that discussion, thank you.

    http://forums.edmunds.com/discussion/comment/5083034/#Comment_5083034
  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXMember Posts: 3,029
    Another punch. Not new, but still a punch.

    I found a 2006 Cadillac DTS. A woman bought it new at the Cadillac dealer in West Houston, kept it 9 years, 35k miles, and traded it in at the same dealership. It looks as though it's been in a garage all of it's life.








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  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,457
    Wow, nice find.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,763
    Very nice! New or used doesn't matter. A punch is a punch! Congrats!

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  • brian125brian125 New York Member Posts: 5,243
    edited April 2015
    henryn

    Nice pick up and very nice highway cruiser. . Make sure previous owner followed up on these important Recalls.




    Recall ID # 86949 - ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    Recall Date JUN 04, 2010
    Component ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
    Model Affected DTS
    Potential Units Affected 1365070

    Recall ID # 104501 - ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
    Recall Date JUN 23, 2014
    Component ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
    Model Affected DTS
    Potential Units Affected 3141731

    Recall ID # 37953 - STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS.
    Recall Date APR 05, 2006



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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,484
    Congrats, henryn! I like the color.

    That makes 8 punches for the year. Some of you have some catching up to do! My latest "punch" is that I'm now under contract on an offer I made on a house up here. No cars in my future for a while, I think.
  • jpp75jpp75 DenverMember Posts: 1,462
    Congrats henryn! I'm sure you got a great deal on it and at that mileage will get lots of good use out of it.
  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,782
    Congrats henryn!

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  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusMember Posts: 13,085
    edited April 2015
    Henry...great find. I like it...color in and out. Beautiful car. Congratz.
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