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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,202

    @ PF flyer no no no, why do you have to do this to me, this site already gives me enough trouble the way it is at times, you know I’m just busting your chops I will get used to it and figure it out with my screen reading software. Or mainly what I use now the phone with the voice over, and the voice dictation that I’m writing these messages with. 

    For a simple basic post, pretty much no change. Get in the post box, type (or if you voice dictate to type) your text, click Post Comment. Just like we do now. It's just that the other stuff (bold, italics, add image, etc) moved around a bit, so I wanted to give a preview of where to find them.

    You're allowed to bust my chops :)

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  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXPosts: 2,575
    breld said:

    A co-worker friend just hit me up for an opinion on a value for his truck. He's looking to sell it to his brother as a first vehicle for his nephew.

    2001 Tundra Limited with...88k miles.

    That's not a "KBB" car. He wants to make a friendly family deal for his brother, but also wants to get an appropriate value for it - not the $3,200 that KBB hits it at.

    Honestly, I think a listing on craigslist for $10k would have it sold in hours.

    Assuming the truck is clean, in good condition, I would agree with you that the $3,200 is completely unrealistic. I also think $10k is probably too high. A lot is going to depend on condition and appearance.
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  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,369
    I sold my granfather's truck several months ago, 2005 F-150 King Ranch w/30K on it for $10,500. I think $10K would be a stretch on an 18 y/o truck too but assuming it's 4x4 and in Colorado someone might pay up. Toyota trucks and Wranglers fetch crazy prices on the used market.
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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,202
    Any CCBAers have some thoughts that could help this truck shopper??

    Does anyone make a short, stout truck (see details)

    Just not sure that anything exists for what he wants

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 126,124
    Michaell said:

    Boy, do I wish I were in the market.

    I'm having a mid-life crisis attack - got it in my head that a nice coupe would be good to have.

    Search on cars.com, and I get a whole bunch of Challengers, Camaros, Mustangs and Civics.

    However, I did find a 2014 A5 in a nice burgundy over grey. 50,000 miles for $18,500.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/769816600/overview/

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 118,519
    kyfdx said:

    Michaell said:

    Boy, do I wish I were in the market.

    I'm having a mid-life crisis attack - got it in my head that a nice coupe would be good to have.

    Search on cars.com, and I get a whole bunch of Challengers, Camaros, Mustangs and Civics.

    However, I did find a 2014 A5 in a nice burgundy over grey. 50,000 miles for $18,500.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/769816600/overview/

    Does your wife know?
    About the car, or the crisis?

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,982
    They always smell the crisis on you. The particular car, that could be a surprise.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,982
    PF_Flyer said:

    Any CCBAers have some thoughts that could help this truck shopper??

    Does anyone make a short, stout truck (see details)

    Just not sure that anything exists for what he wants

    I saw that, and had the same opinion. Not sure any smaller truck comes in a short cab. And the 1/2 tons are still barges.

    actually, he seems to want a little teapot.
    My Mother loved to sing the song: "I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle, there is my spout..."

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,313
    Porsche Problems:

    So last week my Mom tells me that passenger side front carpeting on her 2016 Cayenne was soaked. She thought maybe a bottle of water spilled, but then felt water spraying on her while she was driving. I told her that her A/C drains were most likely clogged and would need to be drained out. She took the car to Porsche the next day, they gave her a 2018 Macan to drive as a loaner, and confirmed my suspicions. Drains are clogged and the carpeting has to be removed so the vehicle can dry out properly.

    The next day they call and tell us they found the low speed grinding noise she's been complaining about for quite some time. Transfer case is shot and needs to be replaced. $2,500. Whoa! Hold on there pal! Wasn't that replaced under warranty not that long ago? "I'll get back to you."

    Guy calls me back the next day and said they replaced the transfer case at 55,000 miles out of warranty as a "Goodwill Gesture." Since it was replaced out of warranty as a Goodwill Gesture, it is not covered under their 2 year unlimited mile "parts warranty." He spoke to Porsche Corporate and they said the transfer case shouldn't have gone bad again at 72,500 miles (less than a year). Porsche has offered to pay for 1/2 @ $1,250. I hang up from the dealer and call Porsche corporate myself. They open a case for me and say they'll get back to me in 2-3 business days.

    I don't hear from Corporate, so I call them myself this afternoon. They tell me that they are willing to offer additional assistance, but I (I called as my Dad) will still be responsible for $876.74 plus tax. Case closed.

    SO I put a call into the service manager to talk to him to tell him to go ahead with the repair. Meanwhile, my Mom has put close to 1,000 miles on the loaner Macan since last Thursday.

    With the 80K service lurking on the horizon, they will most likely ditch the Cayenne. I'm going to look into leasing for them.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,982
    maybe look into something other than a Porsche too!

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 25,971
    Few more car pics to share.
    1. Another Peugeot looker.
    2. A 1-series 5-door diesel
    3. A Skoda... just because it is the only one I have spotted.


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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,982
    I like that 1 series hatch. We need more of those over here!

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,313
    stickguy said:

    I like that 1 series hatch. We need more of those over here!

    +1

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,313
    stickguy said:

    maybe look into something other than a Porsche too!

    I agree, but that's not my call. She's going to have to test drive to see what she likes.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 5,368
    What about a Range Rover from the Boston area? :-)
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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 5,368
    Miles are high, but a nicely maintained 1-owner example: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2004-bmw-330i-zhp-25/
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i, 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 126,124

    Miles are high, but a nicely maintained 1-owner example: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2004-bmw-330i-zhp-25/

    Nice, but silver-gray is not a great E46 color. We had an '05 330 convertible in that color (not a ZHP). A serious drop-off from the steel gray that preceded it.

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  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 10,918
    nyccarguy said:

    andres3 said:

    nyccarguy said:


    andres3 said:

    nyccarguy said:

    andres3 said:

    I found another 4-year old S4 with lower miles in red. It's listed significantly cheaper than Carmax, but is in the East Bay Area of CA. Now I know why Carmax's model works so well!!!! For little money, you can take little risk ($300 to ship to SD).

    Are there people for hire that'll go look at a car for a few bucks? You really have to do an "Italian" tune up and hoon the Audi to make sure it works right.

    There's a blue S4 in Henderson, but more miles on that one.

    There is also an Audi Dealer who posts on Lease Hackr that's in Southern California. Maybe you can get in touch with him and he'll keep an eye out for anything incoming (new or off lease).
    My problem is I insist on an appropriate colored S4 (or any car for that matter). That means my next car will not be white, black, or any shade of gray/silver. That pretty much means I need to find a needle in a haystack when looking at Audi's.

    My insistence and inflexibility on color might be a good reason to pay the Carmax premium. Their model is good for people like me, and they come with a 30-day warranty. Trust me, I'll make sure if something's going to break, it'll break in those 30 days of hard life for the S4, and the bonus is I'll have a lot of fun trying to break it like I stole it!

    How much more is the CarMax car?  How much is their famed Doug DeMuro warranty?
    Carmax San Jose '15 28K miles, 2 owners, no accidents on report $31K non-negotiable until they lower it... maybe soon....
    Audi S4 '15 34K miles, Richmond, CA 1 owner, 2 accidents on report, $26,500 asking
    Blue Audi S4 '15 43K miles in Henderson NV - off the list, CarFax on Edmnunds App shows "structural damage" from 1 accident. I asked saleslady at Henderson Audi, WhY ISN't it a CPO, and she said "to price it competitively since CPO costs $3-4K!" I think I was lied to. The Richmond salesman was honest; I looked at the reports now (although that one was Autocheck). One of the two said rear collision/ or rear damage.... the other was less certain....
    So what is an S4 specd out how you like it new? $58 - $60K? Even if the lease program stinks (which it probably does) and the residual after 3 years 15K is 50%, then You'll be spending about $30K over the next 3 years for a brand new S4 with no stories & completely under warranty.

    I think the math works better my way than with a new car. Remember, my old S4, when you take out the wreck caused by the errant and negligent Lexus driver, was just about flawless. For 48,000 miles I'd value that warranty at about $100-$200; not worth much, and I expect more of the same. Granted, that's from 0 to 48,000, and now I'm talking 30K-80K miles. Still, pretty damn low miles for a lot less money. Lastly, a new S4 isn't that exciting to me. I like the old supercharged format on the drivetrain, and I far prefer the interior materials, layout, design, and aesthetics of the B8/8.5 to the B9 by quite a margin! At 80K miles, it'll still be worth something, whereas with the lease, I'll have nothing but a disposition fee to pay.

    The B9 was supposed to be close to 300 pounds lighter, but after all the safety nannies had their way, it's only like 50 pounds lighter. I'm also not a fan of all the new safety nannies, except for maybe rear cross traffic alerts. I think B8's are the way to go!
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  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 10,918
    breld said:

    @andres3 - don't blame you for trying to track down another S4. I always thought mine was quite the perfect car, being such a great combination of luxury and sport. I know you're fond of the DSG, but the 6-speed manual in mine was sublime.

    And I'm with you on being particular about the colors, though I would extend that to interior as well. Not a fan of the two-tone leather interiors that were available in those S4s. Mine was all black, which I thought was sharp. Also had the layered wood trim which was beautiful. Looked like a nice pin-stripe suit!

    And I'm a sucker for the black optic package.

    But of course, you put all that together, and you're quickly narrowing your search to unicorn levels.

    To keep from going down to a Unicorn, you have to give some things up.

    My other non-negotiable is Rear-Sport-Differential!!!! I think 85+% of them have it, but the one's that don't are a travesty.

    The B&O audio, while not the best, was a no brainer at $850 when new.... a shame when not equipped.

    The supercharged badges were overpriced, but I just never liked the V6T badge if you opt out.

    I'm actuallya big fan of both the Nappa Leather, and the two-toned colored interiors, especially in red/black combo, but to each their own. The one's I'm seeing for sale lately are all black, and the base Alcantara/Leather mix. Not necessarily a bad thing as it has way more friction than Nappa leather and holds you better in the spirited twisties.
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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,687
    Those Peugeots look nice, but I remember seeing some other Peugeots that were nothing short of hideous in styling.

    I recall a Top Gear segment from several years ago when Clarkson & Co. absolutely excoriated the company for moving away from fun driver's cars to dull, boring, unappealing designs.



    Maybe they are rebounding.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 118,519
    A new member has an interesting question about identifying a couple of cars.

    https://forums.edmunds.com/discussion/56627/general/x/help-identify-two-cars-in-photo-from-south-africa#latest

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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,870
    Time to go to VW, hopefully this nightmare will be over soon. Sad, but it's not accident related since only the rear door was replaced. Seems to me this is an odd thing to go bad but since I didn't get the extended warranty, it's on me. Hoping nothing else goes wrong in the next 40K miles or so. Just need to keep it running into the beginning of 2020 until those other vehicles I like have been out awhile.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,313

    Time to go to VW, hopefully this nightmare will be over soon. Sad, but it's not accident related since only the rear door was replaced. Seems to me this is an odd thing to go bad but since I didn't get the extended warranty, it's on me. Hoping nothing else goes wrong in the next 40K miles or so. Just need to keep it running into the beginning of 2020 until those other vehicles I like have been out awhile.

    Sandy

    The extended warranty would have cost you a lot more than this 1 repair. Yes it stinks, but you LOVE the car and haven't had any other issues thus far.

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  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,619
    PF_Flyer said:

    Any CCBAers have some thoughts that could help this truck shopper??

    Does anyone make a short, stout truck (see details)

    Just not sure that anything exists for what he wants

    I don;t think it exists anymore either. A regular cab full size might fit the bill, but yeah its still big. Sounds to me like what he wants is a Ranger, Toyota or Nissan from the 80's.

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  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,619
    nyccarguy said:

    Porsche Problems:

    So last week my Mom tells me that passenger side front carpeting on her 2016 Cayenne was soaked. She thought maybe a bottle of water spilled, but then felt water spraying on her while she was driving. I told her that her A/C drains were most likely clogged and would need to be drained out. She took the car to Porsche the next day, they gave her a 2018 Macan to drive as a loaner, and confirmed my suspicions. Drains are clogged and the carpeting has to be removed so the vehicle can dry out properly.

    The next day they call and tell us they found the low speed grinding noise she's been complaining about for quite some time. Transfer case is shot and needs to be replaced. $2,500. Whoa! Hold on there pal! Wasn't that replaced under warranty not that long ago? "I'll get back to you."

    Guy calls me back the next day and said they replaced the transfer case at 55,000 miles out of warranty as a "Goodwill Gesture." Since it was replaced out of warranty as a Goodwill Gesture, it is not covered under their 2 year unlimited mile "parts warranty." He spoke to Porsche Corporate and they said the transfer case shouldn't have gone bad again at 72,500 miles (less than a year). Porsche has offered to pay for 1/2 @ $1,250. I hang up from the dealer and call Porsche corporate myself. They open a case for me and say they'll get back to me in 2-3 business days.

    I don't hear from Corporate, so I call them myself this afternoon. They tell me that they are willing to offer additional assistance, but I (I called as my Dad) will still be responsible for $876.74 plus tax. Case closed.

    SO I put a call into the service manager to talk to him to tell him to go ahead with the repair. Meanwhile, my Mom has put close to 1,000 miles on the loaner Macan since last Thursday.

    With the 80K service lurking on the horizon, they will most likely ditch the Cayenne. I'm going to look into leasing for them.

    That sucks and its really hard to believe that the second transfer case failed too. At least they are stepping up somewhat. Should be fun shopping for her though!

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    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,619
    henryn said:

    breld said:

    A co-worker friend just hit me up for an opinion on a value for his truck. He's looking to sell it to his brother as a first vehicle for his nephew.

    2001 Tundra Limited with...88k miles.

    That's not a "KBB" car. He wants to make a friendly family deal for his brother, but also wants to get an appropriate value for it - not the $3,200 that KBB hits it at.

    Honestly, I think a listing on craigslist for $10k would have it sold in hours.

    Assuming the truck is clean, in good condition, I would agree with you that the $3,200 is completely unrealistic. I also think $10k is probably too high. A lot is going to depend on condition and appearance.
    With those miles you could ask 10k private party and take the 1st 8k offered.

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    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Posts: 865
    @ PF flyer, thanks for the clarification and the posting above, I’m glad it’s OK to bust your chops  lol 
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Posts: 865
    @ New York car guy, sorry to hear about the issues your mom is having with her 2016 Porsche, but yes would be fun to go with her and do a bunch of test drives of many different things when she’s ready to see what she likes. 
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Posts: 865
    @qb  I agree with everyone else about the pictures from your vacation are awesome, keep on posting them.  Lol lol
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Posts: 865
    @ send man good luck at the repair shop today let us know how it goes. 
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