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  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    Happy belated Fourth of July everyone, sorry didn’t get in here yesterday the post. Had a nice day.
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    @ Audreys three, sounds like a nice one and love that color red. My ultimate favorite
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    @ Corvette, yes pull out that to be a punch in here just this one time lol
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162
    yes, that was the original (well, at least one iteration of it) plan. But we shifted gears. I did hear a lot of "but I like my car" out of her. Which she does. She uses mine sometimes but prefers hers, since she knows how everything works, and it sits higher. So a new CUV when the time comes, with some good lessons on how the tech works.

    I checked today. currently at 54,550 miles on it. I think it might last a while longer.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,484
    jmonroe1 said:

    However, it only cost me around $160 for a new fan motor via the internet. I was surprised it was delivered in 2 days even though I did not pay extra for shipping.

    I briefly thought about going the DIY route and looking for the part online, but for a nearly 30 year old unit, something else is bound to go soon anyway. It's also an eyesore, and then I'd have to be outside in the heat working on it.

    Since I'm trying to get my house to the point that it's as low-maintenance as the one I had before, it made sense to replace it. Once I replace the deck with Trex and install gutter guards, exterior maintenance should consist of pressure washing, occasionally painting the front porch, and having the driveway sealed every couple of years.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,158
    edited July 2019
    corvette said:


    Since I'm trying to get my house to the point that it's as low-maintenance as the one I had before, it made sense to replace it. Once I replace the deck with Trex and install gutter guards, exterior maintenance should consist of pressure washing, occasionally painting the front porch, and having the driveway sealed every couple of years.

    I've lived in this place for almost 22 years. One of the reasons I bought it was that it had a detached garage. It was only a small single-car, 12'x20', but seemed well built and did the job.

    The problem was that it was probably as old as the house (built mid-'50s) and was sheathed only with "ranch board" plywood (I think it's also called T1-11). It had been painted a couple of times during my ownership but was really at the end of its life and was looking shabby. I also had accumulated a bunch of home and garden stuff that really was too much to handle inside the garage along with the Cutlass. So I am right now in the middle of having what amounts to an 8"x12" garden shed extension added to it, along with new roof shingles and new vinyl siding in a color that matches the house. It should be very useful once it's finished and will allow the car space to be used just for car stuff.

    As is always the case, now that the garage is looking good, the actual driveway is now looking not so hot. I don't know how old the asphalt is but it has wheel depressions in it and is also probably due for replacement. I will have to add that to my list of improvements.

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

  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,376
    Home ownership can be a real drain on the check book, yet I prefer it to renting. At least there is the potential for appreciation and we can make modifications to it as we like.

    Does your ATS have to stay outside, or is there a garage attached to your house?

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,158
    sda said:

    Home ownership can be a real drain on the check book, yet I prefer it to renting. At least there is the potential for appreciation and we can make modifications to it as we like.

    Does your ATS have to stay outside, or is there a garage attached to your house?

    No, it lives in the driveway. From time to time I think of having a carport of some sort built, but the snow and wind here might make that problematic. The other thought I have at times of weakness is to excavate a second driveway that would allow it to be parked underneath a new non-permeable deck, but it might be cheaper just to relocate. :o

    Really, the list of projects is never ending - a new kitchen is likely next, then perhaps new siding on the house to replace the dated aluminum, the list goes on. Like you, having lived in rental apartments from 1982 until 1997, I would be reluctant to go back to that. I like the quiet and privacy here, and enjoy the yard and garden even if it is a lot of work at times.

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 191,826
    corvette said:

    jmonroe1 said:

    However, it only cost me around $160 for a new fan motor via the internet. I was surprised it was delivered in 2 days even though I did not pay extra for shipping.

    I briefly thought about going the DIY route and looking for the part online, but for a nearly 30 year old unit, something else is bound to go soon anyway. It's also an eyesore, and then I'd have to be outside in the heat working on it.

    Since I'm trying to get my house to the point that it's as low-maintenance as the one I had before, it made sense to replace it. Once I replace the deck with Trex and install gutter guards, exterior maintenance should consist of pressure washing, occasionally painting the front porch, and having the driveway sealed every couple of years.
    It's more money than Trex, but if you really want to go low maintenance, you can't beat it.

    https://www.timbertech.com/products/decking/azek-harvest

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  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    Agreed with everyone above, nothing like ordering your own house, it’s renting I agree 100%. Even though the projects never end ha ha Ha. Little by little I need to kill yourself. And still enjoy life at the same time.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 191,826
    @carnaught Congrats!

    Didn't know they had a Toyota dealership in Barcelona! ;)

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,158
    No naysaying here, sounds like a solid choice. While I personally do not like the front end styling, from all reports they are an excellent vehicle with all the toys and a relative bargain to boot. Congrats on the punch!

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

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,053
    Sounds like a great fit for your needs, @carnaught!

    Congrats on the punch, and may you enjoy the Avalon for many years (months? this is CCBA, after all....)

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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,782

    So here is my initial list of cars to consider:
    Acura TLX V6 A-Spec (New Lease)
    BMW 4 series GC (preferably 440 lease or CPO 435)
    Audi A4 (new lease or CPO 2017)
    VW Jetta GLI (New)
    Subaru Legacy XT
    Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    None of them really gets me excited though - the 440 definitely would be fun to drive and I love the look/style of the GLI, but the interior may really bother me. The S60 isn't on the list because the styling just doesn't do it for me.

    None of them are bad cars, but I like my 2er better than any of them.

    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

  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJMember Posts: 10,379
    Been way too long. There were actual car purchases and cars moving around in that timeframe.

    My two youngest are officially on the road. We traded my second daughter's Camry back to us and gave her my wife's 2010 Prius. The girls share the 04 Camry with 290K on it. Of course, that meant a new car for the Mrs. (in the fezo household, new means CPO). 2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring with 20K on it.

    I was finally tired of the 5 and for the first time in 20 years, traded in a car. Now have a 2014 Mazda 3 Sport hatch with a stick. I think I'm in love...
    2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring, 2014 Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback, 1999 Mazda Miata 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999.
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    @ court not regulations on the punch sounds nice even though I’m not a Toyota fan at all never been to each his own. And good luck with it sounds lovely.
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    @fizo congratulations on both punches of the new rides, yes it’s been way too long since you checked in here please hear all is been going well with you and the family.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,484
    This Passat looks nice. I have only driven the 2.5 liter inline five engine in that generation, and the engine was the only thing I didn't like about it. It's a very comfortable interstate cruiser, and I'm sure the newer turbo engine makes it more capable.
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,762

    So here is my initial list of cars to consider:
    Acura TLX V6 A-Spec (New Lease)
    BMW 4 series GC (preferably 440 lease or CPO 435)
    Audi A4 (new lease or CPO 2017)
    VW Jetta GLI (New)
    Subaru Legacy XT
    Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    None of them really gets me excited though - the 440 definitely would be fun to drive and I love the look/style of the GLI, but the interior may really bother me. The S60 isn't on the list because the styling just doesn't do it for me.

    None of them are bad cars, but I like my 2er better than any of them.
    I like your 2er better too! But I need something that can comfortably hold a car seat and a front seat passenger without doing gymnastics.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xE, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,782

    So here is my initial list of cars to consider:
    Acura TLX V6 A-Spec (New Lease)
    BMW 4 series GC (preferably 440 lease or CPO 435)
    Audi A4 (new lease or CPO 2017)
    VW Jetta GLI (New)
    Subaru Legacy XT
    Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    None of them really gets me excited though - the 440 definitely would be fun to drive and I love the look/style of the GLI, but the interior may really bother me. The S60 isn't on the list because the styling just doesn't do it for me.

    None of them are bad cars, but I like my 2er better than any of them.
    I like your 2er better too! But I need something that can comfortably hold a car seat and a front seat passenger without doing gymnastics.
    What about a GTI?

    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

  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,523
    Congrats @carnaught , I am sure it will be an excellent car. Other than that front end, it's probably an ideal vehicle, comfortable and efficient, while promising top dependability.
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,762
    edited July 2019

    So here is my initial list of cars to consider:
    Acura TLX V6 A-Spec (New Lease)
    BMW 4 series GC (preferably 440 lease or CPO 435)
    Audi A4 (new lease or CPO 2017)
    VW Jetta GLI (New)
    Subaru Legacy XT
    Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    None of them really gets me excited though - the 440 definitely would be fun to drive and I love the look/style of the GLI, but the interior may really bother me. The S60 isn't on the list because the styling just doesn't do it for me.

    None of them are bad cars, but I like my 2er better than any of them.
    I like your 2er better too! But I need something that can comfortably hold a car seat and a front seat passenger without doing gymnastics.
    What about a GTI?
    I had one and got rid of it. Miss it daily.

    It’s really not capable of holding a rear facing car seat AND a front passenger. Hence why the GLI is on the list. The cost cutting in the back seat of the GLI worries be me a bit.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xE, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,158
    corvette said:

    This Passat looks nice. I have only driven the 2.5 liter inline five engine in that generation, and the engine was the only thing I didn't like about it. It's a very comfortable interstate cruiser, and I'm sure the newer turbo engine makes it more capable.

    I think the 1.8T would be a much zippier engine than the old 2.5, but VW's turbo lineup always confused me. Some of them seemed to be tuned for HP, others for torque and fuel economy, and I don't know where the 1.8T fits. I like that it has a beige interior instead of black like most of the white-painted ones here.

    Whoever wrote that listing copy had a sense of humor. "Quality built in the German section of Chattanooga, Tennessee." :smile:

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

  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWMember Posts: 3,119
    @fezo, welcome back. Great to hear from you.
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,376
    With the wife and daughter visiting relatives in Ga, I took the opportunity to do some car lot canvassing. The larger CarMax in town must have a dozen 2016 Audi Q5s and also Q3s. I guess they got a deal, I assume lease returns. Anyhow, my wife keeps mentioning she likes the Q5, so I thought I'd take a peek. The Premium Plus would be a nice one to get. I think everyone had a black interior, hot. They were 2016s with 25-45k on them priced from the low to mid 20s. I then stopped at the Audi dealership, about 2 miles from CarMax. They had a full showroom of people looking and all but me seemed to have a sales person talking to them. So I peeked in several cars, went outside to look at several CPOs, then came back inside hoping someone would approach me so I could ask questions about pricing, etc. I guess I'm invisible, no one even said hello. No matter, I wasn't buying anyway, just a little surprised no effort was made to greet me. I do think we would both enjoy the Q5.

    2018 VW Passat SE w/tech, 2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus w/tech, 2006 Acura TL w/nav

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,762
    The Q5 is very nice. My MIL has a 2012 Q5 2.0T Prestige with 60k miles that they bought new. Even today, it doesn’t feel dated. Engine is very peppy and moves it along nicely.

    Aside from a couple small things under warranty and a failed turbo that Audi repaired under goodwill, it has been very reliable. Just routine oil changes and brakes.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xE, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,762
    One week with the Subaru and our first Costco run. My wife and I are both wondering why we did not get one of these sooner....
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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,053

    One week with the Subaru and our first Costco run. My wife and I are both wondering why we did not get one of these sooner....

    Pretty amazing how much stuff they can hold. We've used ours more like a pickup truck, at times.

    Speaking of 2-series (a few posts back), I had the daughter's MINI in for service (oil, filter, plugs and cabin air filter), so I took the opportunity to go check out a Valencia Orange 228xi that the local Acura dealer has had on their lot for some time. @breld has been tracking it - started out priced at $25K, now down to $23.2K. 21,000 miles on it, and decently equipped, but no Sport package. No matter.

    I enjoyed driving it. Was just the right size - not too big, not too small. Punchy engine, and, playing around with the settings, it can be either comfortable or sporty, as you desire. Nice interior - black, which isn't my first choice - and everything makes sense.

    Would be nice to have, but just not in the market at the moment. I'm sure I could find one in grey/silver/white/black in a heartbeat if I got serious.

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  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,376
    Michael, has your venture opened for business?

    2018 VW Passat SE w/tech, 2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus w/tech, 2006 Acura TL w/nav

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Member Posts: 1,313

    What other interior color would look decent with Valencia Orange?

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,053
    sda said:

    Michael, has your venture opened for business?

    Sadly, no.

    We have experienced one delay after another, and are now scheduled to open on Labor Day (9/2). Lost out on all the summer revenue, and have been refunding money left and right.

    Construction is supposed to be done mid-August, which gives us a couple of weeks to get everything moved in and set up.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,053
    mjfloyd1 said:

    What other interior color would look decent with Valencia Orange?

    I was hoping for grey, but no luck....

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,174
    fintail said:

    Congrats @carnaught , I am sure it will be an excellent car. Other than that front end, it's probably an ideal vehicle, comfortable and efficient, while promising top dependability.

    +1
    I’ve had two Avalon’s in the last. Both were great cars. The current model would be on the list... sadly the front end is a deal breaker to me.

    Congrats @carnaught enjoy it!

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,762
    In case anyone is curious, here is what I ended up getting for the Outback:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UXWJPIS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wnoiDb3P4N16N

    Turned out great - fits perfectly, slots for seatbelts and LATCH points, and also slows for folding down one side or the other. Also installed with the car seat nicely.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xE, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    @ 20 firefighter, glad you and the wife are loving the new outback a lot. Very nice Honda Costco run.
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    @ Michael nice on the two series patrol today, but looking at a bunch of different used cars makes and models to get my dad to go and book. I don’t know found some nice sleep he used this keeps a nice blue and one red and I would jump all over maybe if I like them. Was looking at some edges for him too. Just everything you name it will be on cars.com and stuff. Used is the way to go even Toyotas depreciate quite a bit compared to new to RAV4‘s you might be interested in that, even though extremely boring to me personally. Ha ha
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    He says next year hopefully his car will last till then then he’ll look, I’m trying to get him to do something a lot sooner, because that’s what we do in here, and I know I have the support encouragement from everyone else in here too as well. What the heck can’t hurt to look on cars.com or wherever else any other sites, for all you stop why not. Even looking at grand Cherokees for him since you like stores. And key is to your name I’m looking. Could we play spent most of today and probably will spend later on tonight open till knows what time tomorrow morning looking, during the week to why not.
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    And got a text from my sister-in-law asking about some cars, I think she might want to trade in her 2016 Pathfinder and get something a little newer. That’s what she does keep the car for two and even three years and get another one. She likes buying used to it helps tremendously.
  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    @ 28 firefighter, how about a nice used five series for you, or maybe even a three series, or is that too small? Which Mercedes was it or you bought used or at least or whatever the deal was last year that you didn’t like, I can’t remember.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,763
    @fezo ! Hey! Welcome back (even though we know you never left)! Congrats on all the goodness in your world! Way to go on 2 punches!

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,763
    @carnaught - congrats on the Avalon Hybrid!

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162
    looks like a nice one. they tend to fit better if you don't get the hammock style (though those cover more of the floor if you want them to.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,762
    stickguy said:

    looks like a nice one. they tend to fit better if you don't get the hammock style (though those cover more of the floor if you want them to.

    It came with the heavy duty all weather mats from Subaru, so the floor is well protected.
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  • suydamsuydam Member Posts: 4,677

    In case anyone is curious, here is what I ended up getting for the Outback:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UXWJPIS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wnoiDb3P4N16N

    Turned out great - fits perfectly, slots for seatbelts and LATCH points, and also slows for folding down one side or the other. Also installed with the car seat nicely.

    Looks really nice!
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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,782
    I saw a Sunset Orange M2C this weekend. Three pedals and no hole in the roof. Also saw a 2009 Silverstone M3; the V8 is tempting.

    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

  • marcogallo1986marcogallo1986 Member Posts: 1,155
    @ road burner nice I want to sort this weekend beautiful.
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,762
    edited July 2019
    Braintrust - thinking about getting my dad one of those high speed exotic car driving experiences. Do any of you have any experience in the northeast or with providers that you’d recommend?
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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,053

    Braintrust - thinking about getting my dad one of those high speed exotic car driving experiences. Do any of you have any experience in the northeast or with providers that you’d recommend?

    I've used Xtreme Xperience for my drives here in CO. They travel to tracks around the country, and I have enjoyed every one.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,330

    Braintrust - thinking about getting my dad one of those high speed exotic car driving experiences. Do any of you have any experience in the northeast or with providers that you’d recommend?

    Wife got me into a Ferrari one once. It was a small course set up in a parking lot (Meadowlands) with cones. I believe it was like $99 for 5 laps. Car was well beat up. It was fun but not worth it, IMHO. Wish I could remember the host company.

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