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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 4,524
    About 17 minutes in Alex on Autos says that the Volvo V60 is "definitely more fun to drive than the Subaru Outback"....

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • jpp75jpp75 DenverPosts: 1,409
    I just had an Outback for a rental up in Boston, I can definitely see the appeal. This was a lower optioned model but had Eyesight which I loved. The 4 cyl was more than adequate although I get the love for the outgoing 3.6R. The CVT wasn't bad, but I didn't love it either, however for an all around does everything right car it's hard to beat.
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 2,893
    Has anyone heard from our friend Henryn from Houston lately?

    2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus w/tech, 2013 Honda Accord EX, 2006 Acura TL w/nav

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 646
    breld said:

    Thanks all for the kind words on our newly acquired Alltrack.

    I’ve had fun today driving my “new” A5. 😀

    Achtuning just transplanted a S3 motor into an Alltrack. That should scoot.

    No problem on the spacer sizing. It can be confusing
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    edited August 29
    not that I recall.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    I do love the new style V60.. The snazzy interior might be an easier sell. Need to show her one. the problem with that is, the prices are still way too high. Maybe 2 years from now? But if spending that kind of money, might just get another Acura.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • ronsteveronsteve LooavulPosts: 671
    My wife didn't want to be part of my most recent car buying process either. I brought her in at the very last bit to give her veto power over the color, as what I had found was potentially controversial. Fortunately Acura's Kona Coffee Metallic is one of the nicer brown colors you'll find on a car, so it passed. Had I seen a white car, I would have been looking for a different copy, and if I had seen black with tan interior I wouldn't have even taken her in.

    Now we're at 11 months and 1 day and she still hasn't yet driven it. I had planned to hand off to her on part of our trip to St Louis this past weekend, but a gator-gagger of a storm over Illinois made me think better of that. Our November trip to Richmond (about 8 hrs driving time) may be her first time behind the wheel of Obi-Wan. I'm enough of a troglodyte that I usually let the "targeting computer" (Nav display) turn itself off but it hasn't yet told me to "Use the Force, Luke."
    2015 Acura RDX AWD / 2013 VW Jetta 2.5SE
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,026
    My wife is the opposite with the Volvo. I have barely driven it and it’s supposed to be my car. I’m stuck with the bus (Enclave).

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    Speaking of the wife, she texts last night “my car needs gas”. Then she forgets to stop on way home from dinner, so it’s 9:30 by the time she remembers to tell me, and I’m not going out then. So I took it out before breakfast since I’m up first. Light was on, RTE sitting at 30 something. I really hate when she does that! So ran to ConocoPhillips to fill up. As a bonus when I got home, I cleaned the front and rear windows since they were filthy.

    I spoil her! Must be genetic, because daughter is bringer her Jetta over Sunday for a “spa day”

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 6,872
    I can’t post pictures from my phone, but I just got a Carvana ad on Facebook advertising a 2014 FJ Cruiser with 78,000 miles for $27,700. What did those sell for new? Seems high for a two door 4Runner with worse visibility.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    As to shopping, I mentioned this AM something about how if that V60 CC had not been taken, it would probably be getting delivered tomorrow. Then I showed her some pretty colored Tiguans. She said “I don’t want a Tiguan, I want an RDX”

    She’s stubborn, but I still got some tricks up my sleeve.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,553

    thebean said:

    ab348 said:

    I love it when the red mist of car-buying frenzy descends upon @stickguy. It is always entertaining to see him posting about all his various schemes and the never-ending plethora of possible alternatives. Somehow I get a mental picture of the fast-talking 3-card monte dealers and "find the pea" operators that used to be (maybe still are) on NYC streetcorners with their nonstop chatter. Mrs. Stickguy must be a saint. :D

    @stickguy = @iluvmysephia? B)
    I still feel like a part of me is missing not having seen him buy a car.
    I’m guessing, he still hasn’t, but IS STILL scheming a way to BS his wife to get permission to buy a used Sentra.
    2018 Acura TLX 3.5 SH AWD A-SPEC
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,207
    Anybody here within spitting distance of Naugatuck, CT? And who'd be willing to lay eyes on a vehicle for me?

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,553
    Is it just me or do you ever want to say to ALEX ON AUTOS....”just get to the point, please!!!!!!”
    2018 Acura TLX 3.5 SH AWD A-SPEC
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,207
    corvette said:

    I can’t post pictures from my phone, but I just got a Carvana ad on Facebook advertising a 2014 FJ Cruiser with 78,000 miles for $27,700. What did those sell for new? Seems high for a two door 4Runner with worse visibility.

    They became somewhat of a collector's item for some strange reason. One of those vehicles they couldn't give away when new but now everyone wants. And, yes, they are that expensive.

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    qbrozen said:

    Anybody here within spitting distance of Naugatuck, CT? And who'd be willing to lay eyes on a vehicle for me?

    About an hour from Bradd.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 5,608

    Is it just me or do you ever want to say to ALEX ON AUTOS....”just get to the point, please!!!!!!”

    Only during every review.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,457
    qbrozen said:

    Anybody here within spitting distance of Naugatuck, CT? And who'd be willing to lay eyes on a vehicle for me?

    It is about an hour from me (in a direction that I don't normally travel). PM me if you don't want to make the details public.

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,238
    That's about the end of the run for those, probably pretty rare. IIRC the later ones are improved over the earlier model years - not requiring premium at least. They've always had insane resale as were trendy in some markets (like where I am), and it'll no doubt be snapped up by an urban adventurer using it for the tough roads between the faceless office campus and generic townhouse development.
    corvette said:

    I can’t post pictures from my phone, but I just got a Carvana ad on Facebook advertising a 2014 FJ Cruiser with 78,000 miles for $27,700. What did those sell for new? Seems high for a two door 4Runner with worse visibility.

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,207
    nyccarguy said:

    qbrozen said:

    Anybody here within spitting distance of Naugatuck, CT? And who'd be willing to lay eyes on a vehicle for me?

    It is about an hour from me (in a direction that I don't normally travel). PM me if you don't want to make the details public.
    Oh, I can't make you drive an hour.

    It would be so much easier if these dealers would just respond to requests.

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 11,096
    stickguy said:

    As to shopping, I mentioned this AM something about how if that V60 CC had not been taken, it would probably be getting delivered tomorrow. Then I showed her some pretty colored Tiguans. She said “I don’t want a Tiguan, I want an RDX”

    She’s stubborn, but I still got some tricks up my sleeve.

    That seems like pretty clear direction from where I sit. Use those tricks at your peril.

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

  • suydamsuydam Posts: 4,139

    Is it just me or do you ever want to say to ALEX ON AUTOS....”just get to the point, please!!!!!!”

    Only during every review.
    Not me. If it’s a vehicle I’m thinking about I like the detail. Besides, there’s a fast forward button at the bottom.
    '14 Buick Encore Convenience
    '17 Chevy Volt Premiere
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    Hold my beer.

    I’m up for a challenge.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 5,608
    I like Redline Reviews more, personally. And yes, I use fast forward liberally.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 11,096
    stickguy said:

    Hold my beer.

    I’m up for a challenge.

    Maybe you really are @iluvmysephia1 after all!!!

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

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,474
    I enjoy reading how all of us go about buying a car differently, some operate in stealth mode, for some it's like watching a Netflix documentary, and others playing a game of Clue.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    Well, she’s not an expert. My job is to determine the best option all around for us, for the next 10 years (cost up front and ongoing, functionality, etc.). Then convince her it was her idea all along.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,026
    stickguy said:

    Speaking of the wife, she texts last night “my car needs gas”. Then she forgets to stop on way home from dinner, so it’s 9:30 by the time she remembers to tell me, and I’m not going out then. So I took it out before breakfast since I’m up first. Light was on, RTE sitting at 30 something. I really hate when she does that! So ran to ConocoPhillips to fill up. As a bonus when I got home, I cleaned the front and rear windows since they were filthy.

    I spoil her! Must be genetic, because daughter is bringer her Jetta over Sunday for a “spa day”

    I almost always gas up the cars too. I'm not sure what the big deal is.... this is Jersey we don't even have to get out of the car.

    The Volvo was at 60 miles to empty on Monday. Wife has had for three days now. She only drives 10 miles a day so theoretically it still has some in the tank. I'm curious if she will fill it tonight or leave it to me. I've already told her it gets Premium but have a sneaky suspicion she will put regular in it not thinking.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,207
    pensfan83 said:

    I enjoy reading how all of us go about buying a car differently, some operate in stealth mode, for some it's like watching a Netflix documentary, and others playing a game of Clue.

    Just trying to make it a surprise. LOL

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    Well, I have been told I’m supposed to keep you all entertained, so doing my best.

    But yeah, the different styles are interesting.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,474
    Oh no, please do....I didn't mean that in a bad way for anyone, it's entertaining to follow.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,474
    ab348 said:

    stickguy said:

    Hold my beer.

    I’m up for a challenge.

    Maybe you really are @iluvmysephia1 after all!!!
    The jig will be up if we start seeing him steer Mrs. Stick to Nissan dealers, haha.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,207
    I’m not sure any of us could truly surprise the board. I mean, we have all made our preferences pretty clear over the years.

    I had someone reach out about the bimmer. Awaiting a follow-up. I’m a bit surprised it wasn’t snatched up fast given the far worse 2019 deals right now. But maybe the accident history is holding it back.

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,026
    If it doesn't go on LH, throw it on SAL with a $1000 DP... it will be gone quickly.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 6,872
    tjc78 said:


    I almost always gas up the cars too. I'm not sure what the big deal is.... this is Jersey we don't even have to get out of the car.

    I was in NJ a few moths ago and filled up my own tank. Whoops! The attendant didn’t say anything.
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,026
    edited August 29
    Whereabouts?

    If Wawa is really busy I'll do my own... they generally don't like you doing it.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,207
    tjc78 said:

    If it doesn't go on LH, throw it on SAL with a $1000 DP... it will be gone quickly.

    You mean for them to give me $1k, I hope? Haha.

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,474
    qbrozen said:

    I’m not sure any of us could truly surprise the board. I mean, we have all made our preferences pretty clear over the years.

    I had someone reach out about the bimmer. Awaiting a follow-up. I’m a bit surprised it wasn’t snatched up fast given the far worse 2019 deals right now. But maybe the accident history is holding it back.

    That's true.

    As for the BMW, since it's a lease I don't know what would hold someone back. It was repaired near perfectly, there's no DV concerns, and it's only someone's problem for what, another 12 months before BMWFS has to worry about it.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 11,096
    stickguy said:

    My job is to determine the best option all around for us, for the next 10 years (cost up front and ongoing, functionality, etc.).

    10 years?!?

    That's the most entertaining thing you've posted yet! :p

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

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,026
    qbrozen said:

    tjc78 said:

    If it doesn't go on LH, throw it on SAL with a $1000 DP... it will be gone quickly.

    You mean for them to give me $1k, I hope? Haha.
    Yes absolutely. Your payment is too low for SAL! No reason someone less savvy than here or LH wouldn’t jump on a sub $400 3 series with $1000 OOP.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 6,872
    tjc78 said:

    Whereabouts?

    If Wawa is really busy I'll do my own... they generally don't like you doing it.

    Somewhere off Mt. Pleasant avenue in Morris Plains.

    Fortunately, it’s not necessary that they like me, just that I get a full tank. :p
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,026
    Dead serious... if I hadn’t just signed the Volvo I probably would have taken it off your hands... Even with the black interior lol

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 5,608
    tjc78 said:

    qbrozen said:

    tjc78 said:

    If it doesn't go on LH, throw it on SAL with a $1000 DP... it will be gone quickly.

    You mean for them to give me $1k, I hope? Haha.
    Yes absolutely. Your payment is too low for SAL! No reason someone less savvy than here or LH wouldn’t jump on a sub $400 3 series with $1000 OOP.

    100% agree. Also cough up the $5 to list it on your local CL, too.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i
  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,474
    Someone who's really in the know would also realize that's a cheap and easy way to get loyalty incentives for the next one.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    10 years is the target. That was the deal with the current RDX. We were shopping in a more "budget friendly" range (like CRV), and I made the mistake of stopping at the Acura dealer next door just to check the new design out since I had not seen one in person. Whoops. She really liked it, and after that, anything cheaper just fell short, so we bit the bullet. But she had to promise she would keep it for 10 years. About to turn 7 so did pretty good, and it would likely not go anywhere if I didn't have a new car already.

    so either it gets traded to cash out the equity, or she keeps driving it for another 2 years and change taking it just over 9.

    if we get another fancy car with a price that will make my cold, puritan heart shrivel up even more, it will need to be around a long time. So long term ownership needs to be a consideration, one reason I like the Subaru.

    I have now cut the "short" list down from 9 to 6, arbitrarily eliminating the Q5, Tiguan and Lexus NX. Just because it is my list, and I can do it.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • thebeanthebean Parts UnknownPosts: 1,126
    @stickguy, have you read the consumer reviews on Edmunds on the ‘19 RDX? Lots of serious complaints about the infotainment system not operating as it should. Also a few about abrupt shifting and other tranny issues. These may be ironed out on the ‘20 models, but you never know. Food for thought.
    2015 Honda Accord EX, 2017 Honda Civic EX-T
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Same as jmonroePosts: 1,161
    qbrozen said:

    nyccarguy said:

    qbrozen said:

    Anybody here within spitting distance of Naugatuck, CT? And who'd be willing to lay eyes on a vehicle for me?

    It is about an hour from me (in a direction that I don't normally travel). PM me if you don't want to make the details public.
    Oh, I can't make you drive an hour.

    It would be so much easier if these dealers would just respond to requests.
    C'mon man, you don't have to be nice. The name of the game in here is to get a punch.

    jmonroe
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,703
    thebean said:

    @stickguy, have you read the consumer reviews on Edmunds on the ‘19 RDX? Lots of serious complaints about the infotainment system not operating as it should. Also a few about abrupt shifting and other tranny issues. These may be ironed out on the ‘20 models, but you never know. Food for thought.

    I have heard some stuff along those lines. I know a poster here has one in the family (sister maybe) that had problems with the interface. One reason waiting a bit is a good idea, so they can iron out the bugs. And if there are still ongoing issues it could be enough to come off the list. Plenty of other options for spending too much money!

    We did drive one but the wife just focused on driving. She would have to play with the features a bit to see if she would be comfortable with it.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,474
    The RDX still doesn't offer AA either despite Acura's pledge it would be available after launch. Lots of displeased people on Acurazine and other forums.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC
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