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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 15,353

    Congrats! How long did y’all actually own the Tesla?

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  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Pittsburgh areaMember Posts: 4,632
    au1994 said:

    PS return hose is leaking - I can probably defer this to the spring.

    Front and rear brake hoses are cracked and leaking.

    Hood struts are blown (I already knew that).

    2 of the 3 look like a DIY with some help from YouTube and maybe an extra set of hands. Wouldn’t jack around with the brake hoses but if you do it now it will be fine for another 17 years.

    I too took pride in doing things like this and other deferred maintenance on my ZHP. Admittedly when it became my DD it wasn’t as amusing.
    You could probably forgo that brake hose thing by giving it a good road test. Get your speed up to about 80 MPH 2 or 3 times and do a panic stop each time. If the brakes hold you’re good.

    DISCLAIMER: I’m not going to mention the bad, :'(

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 54,975
    Thinking back to an 80K ADM on a G550 @Michaell posted a few months ago, I came across this on another forum today:

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 206,084
    fintail said:

    Thinking back to an 80K ADM on a G550 @Michaell posted a few months ago, I came across this on another forum today:

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    I saw the same article.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 45,904
    YAA had a piece today with submissions from viewers. Some absurd stuff out there. This of course it nuts, but at least that is a fairly rare, special interest (and expensive) car that IIRC was marked up even before the madness.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 15,353
    edited October 2021

    My best friend’s sister got a new GLS 450 a few months ago. Her husband sold her RST Suburban that she loved to Algo. She “hates” the GLS. Starts looking for another Suburban or Tahoe. They are all going for $3K - $5K over sticker. She sold the GLS back to the dealer she bought it from. She ended up at a local Ford dealer that was selling “regular” Expeditions at sticker or a small discount. The Expedition MaX had $8K markups and my friend texted me a picture of a Bronco with a stick that had a $40K markup. No way that Bronco is worth $90K.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 45,904
    the dealer I was at seemed to have quite a few Broncos scattered around. Did not see stickers on any of them. A nice blue on in the showroom, but looked way bigger than I expected. Maybe it was the oversized tires raising it up, but also looked long. I would guess it was significantly bigger than a Wrangler. so I checked.

    Bronco 4 door is 189" long (looked way bigger) and 76" wide

    Jeep 4 door is 192" and 74.5"

    so Jeep is longer. I never would have guessed that.

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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 6,261
    At this point, think we're both done with German vehicles going forward. She's had an oil leak & a coolant leak and I've had a few issues that I thought VW should've helped with. I know that these things might not seem much with both vehicles just a month shy of 7 years ownership. But personally, I just want to go back to "cheap to keep" & suspect she does to. Figure we'll both look at Toyota/Honda and Hyundai/Kia once we're ready to make a change and be done with it. It was fun while it lasted but eventually, want as little vehicular drama as possible.

    On a side note, have been home & in bed due to a nasty case of vertigo. It started late Sunday night & today was the first day I've felt somewhat normal. Took off work as driving, or walking, was just not doable. But made a decision which I will act on tomorrow. Resigning from Toyota as soon as possible! Working those extra 12 hours/week is just not something I want to do anymore but more importantly, my health has been effected in a negative way...I'm exhausted and my pain level is just too high. Was probably not the wisest decision to even do it in May but I had to see for myself. Sure, I now know I can do it but, at my age & with my chronic pain, it's impacting our quality of life. And for now $10/hour, it's just not worth it. I've never quit a job before but going to be honest tomorrow. It's all about my health and think being in bed most of the week unable to function much really opened my eyes. It's time to put an end to it and move on. Working just the three days for Enterprise is more than enough and if they need me for some additional hours on a Saturday every now & then like last week, so be it. But I've made a decision and that's that. And really, I'm kind of relieved & happy about it to!

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 54,975
    Also saw this one, which surprises me even less:

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    Michaell said:

    fintail said:

    Thinking back to an 80K ADM on a G550 @Michaell posted a few months ago, I came across this on another forum today:

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    I saw the same article.
  • rny421rny421 Member Posts: 157
    stickguy said:

    so, had some fun today before the latest terrible Nor'easter weather rolled in.

    stopped at a local dealer to do a fellow poster a solid, and looked at a 2012 BMW 328i convertible for rny421. Found it parked in the front row, so easy to look at. Was interesting to drive one (I have not driven a 6 cylinder NA BMW in ages, or a manual trans one). Quite the trip back in time (as was the very old school dash and tech). Fun car, but just one that gave off a hard life vibe (this was not your rich guy, spoiled garage queen, unit from what I could tell).

    A public thank you to @stickguy for taking a look for me! 10/10, would recommend, and he sent me a very detailed writeup. Unfortunately, the BMW looked much better in pictures from 300 miles away, but his test drive saved me the trip and disappointment.

    I'm still looking for the right one. A 2013 335 got away from me when I didn't call soon enough (priced very well, clean, one owner). I put in an offer on that TT roadster, but they didn't bite. I've floated the idea of upping the budget for a 2 series, but need to take a look at one first.

    To be continued...
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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 45,904
    glad to help. I think if the budget has a little stretch, moving to something a bit newer might be the way to go. But, it's your money!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD , 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Ecoboost FWD.

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 45,904
    so this seems to be the state of the used truck market. not terribly old and miles reasonable, but it is a 4 banger RWD base model with no features to speak of, and still 13K. The selection of prior generation models (2002-2004ish) are cheaper, but there was some serious trash on that list. One interesting looking desert runner 4x4 with I think 120K for about $7,500. Until I got to the note that it was a mechanics special, towed in and needs to be towed out (at a Toyota dealer!)

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/9e0333e3-7949-42cf-bc7a-b2fb7b7637d5/

    The blue 2005 Pro4x 6 speed for $8,995 I found a few weeks back might have been a good deal after all, but I think it burned up a few days ago when the auto complex went up in flames. Cars were stored in the warehouse, and 40-60 lost. Just what was needed these days.

    https://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/story/news/2021/10/27/pennsauken-four-alarm-fire-us-auto-auction-route-130/8565581002/

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 45,904
    an option I never would have thought of. Miles don't bother me that much on one of these.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/c0f1a106-a001-4074-abd6-12df902b44e0/

    Or Infiniti's version.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/9ea95624-c697-4ac6-8afa-0ed3bc9cff9f/

    if you are feeling more adventurous. I was sure this was a mis-classification. Never knew this option existed.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/83de7ced-50d3-4543-a79d-20e96ee2f88e/

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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,838
    If I was looking for something to replace the Clubman as my DD I would go with this. It's optioned almost exactly the way I'd order it- including the Dynamic Handling Package. It's way too slow to replace the 2er, but it would definitely be a sweet commuter sled.

    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: 2018 330i xDrive

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 45,904
    you miss a link?

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  • breldbreld Member Posts: 6,168
    nyccarguy said:

    Congrats! How long did y’all actually own the Tesla?

    Like…51 days?

    2021 Polestar 2 - 2022 M340i - 2022 X5 - 2021 Bronco - 2004 330i ZHP

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 8,637
    edited October 2021

    @stickguy said:
    you miss a link?

    It’s there. Just blends in. 330e.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 206,084
    breld said:

    nyccarguy said:

    Congrats! How long did y’all actually own the Tesla?

    Like…51 days?
    But, I don’t think that’s the record. GLC #1 was in the stable less.

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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 6,080
    edited October 2021
    Hoovie is selling many of his cars. This video has the prices included.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 207,757
    Hey, I flipped the 2011 Z4 lease after one month..

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 207,757
    @breld

    Are you getting the tax credit on the Tesla, as well, when you file this winter?

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  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Member Posts: 2,448

    @stickguy said:
    you miss a link?

    Click on “this” on the second line

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 16,976
    breld said:

    nyccarguy said:

    Congrats! How long did y’all actually own the Tesla?

    Like…51 days?
    And how many miles?

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 45,904
    I saw the hypertext this time. Did not notice the slight color shading last night! I love that 330. Great colors and the e is a bonus. I just don't want ultra skinny tires like that. Doubly so if run flats. Must ride like a buckboard. Take that car, and trade down to 17 or 18" wheels with bigger sidewalls, and not we are talking! Other than the listed price talking a language my wallet doesn't understand. :s

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD , 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Ecoboost FWD.

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 45,904
    I saw the Hoovies video. I would actually grab that Z3, now that the Ninja has it sorted, for $6K. Just a long way to go to get it. The Shelby at $48k could be fun, and the red Firebird, while ugly as sin, could be a great buy.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD , 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Ecoboost FWD.

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 13,747

    @28firefighter
    Love the vanity plate and the frame is outstanding, even though we kinda stink this year!

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  • breldbreld Member Posts: 6,168
    kyfdx said:

    @breld

    Are you getting the tax credit on the Tesla, as well, when you file this winter?

    Yup. $2,500 for Colorado.

    2021 Polestar 2 - 2022 M340i - 2022 X5 - 2021 Bronco - 2004 330i ZHP

  • breldbreld Member Posts: 6,168
    ab348 said:

    breld said:

    nyccarguy said:

    Congrats! How long did y’all actually own the Tesla?

    Like…51 days?
    And how many miles?
    About 2,200 miles.

    2021 Polestar 2 - 2022 M340i - 2022 X5 - 2021 Bronco - 2004 330i ZHP

  • rny421rny421 Member Posts: 157
    @stickguy - I forgot Lexus had an IS convertible, and never knew it was offered in a manual. It must've been a .01% take rate, because that's the only one in the entire US that I can find for sale. I know Lexus is known for reliability, but I'd be a little leery of a 150K mile anything.

    That being said, a 75K mile BMW is probably equal risk to a 150K mile Lexus...
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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 13,747

    Gorgeous car!

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 15,353
    Congrats @breld to you and your wife! Enjoy! Gorgeous car! I love that tiny lip spoiler in the back. What size are those wheels? What's with the red brake calipers?

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 8,637

    Great car, @breld! Congrats!

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 8,637

    @stickguy said:
    I saw the Hoovies video. I would actually grab that Z3, now that the Ninja has it sorted, for $6K. Just a long way to go to get it. The Shelby at $48k could be fun, and the red Firebird, while ugly as sin, could be a great buy.

    The Escalade ESV is a great deal as is the M3.

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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 6,080
    @breld : Great deal on a great car. Good work!
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  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWMember Posts: 3,322
    edited October 2021
    @breld,congrats on the M340i - beautiful! Grand Poobah!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 15,353
    @breld

    are those 2 cars the same color?

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  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,813

    ZHP is spending the weekend at the shop waiting for parts.

    Good company:

    E30 M3

    E24 M6

    E52 Z8


    Great company! Would give me a lot of confidence in that shop if those babies are taken care of there.

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  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,813
    stickguy said:

    an option I never would have thought of. Miles don't bother me that much on one of these.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/c0f1a106-a001-4074-abd6-12df902b44e0/

    Or Infiniti's version.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/9ea95624-c697-4ac6-8afa-0ed3bc9cff9f/

    if you are feeling more adventurous. I was sure this was a mis-classification. Never knew this option existed.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/83de7ced-50d3-4543-a79d-20e96ee2f88e/


    The Jag is beautiful and I’d take it if I had @qbrozen or @xwesx’s mechanical abilities. Infiniti is the sane choice.

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  • tifightertifighter WAMember Posts: 3,136
    @breld B58 or bust...

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  • breldbreld Member Posts: 6,168

    Yeah, to be honest, if I were the one who placed a deposit on the m340i, I would have been a bit ticked off. But I’m sure they told them that there was an error and it was actually spoken for.

    Us sitting in the showroom ready to buy was attractive I’m sure.

    2021 Polestar 2 - 2022 M340i - 2022 X5 - 2021 Bronco - 2004 330i ZHP

  • breldbreld Member Posts: 6,168
    edited October 2021

    @nyccarguy said:
    @breld

    are those 2 cars the same color?

    Yes, they are - Mineral Grey. The lighting makes a big difference in the appearance.

    The wheels are 19” and surprisingly, not staggered.

    2021 Polestar 2 - 2022 M340i - 2022 X5 - 2021 Bronco - 2004 330i ZHP

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 20,100
    benjaminh said:

    Hoovie is selling many of his cars. This video has the prices included.

    Even I wouldn’t touch some of the hoopties he has. :'(

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 20,100
    breld said:

    Alright, so we arrived at the BMW dealership at 4:30 for our appointment, and my wife’s 330i was sitting out front all ready for us…



    Looked beautiful, as expected, so we proceeded into the showroom to meet our salesperson.

    Sitting in the showroom was the M340i, same color combo and same options, other than missing the extended shadowline package (more black trim) and adding Harmon Kardon.

    My wife’s reaction to it was palpable. It quickly became clear that she really did want the upper model, but had struggled to justify the extra cost to herself. When I pointed out that it was about the same price as the A4 Allroad Prestige that she had on order, she immediately came around to the idea of springing for the M340i.

    So that was settled…except there were some potential buyers walking around the M340i with a salesperson, which made us nervous. And in fact, once we told our salesperson we wanted to switch it up, there was a lot of talking “behind the glass” in the manager’s area.

    Apparently, another salesperson had taken a deposit over the phone on the M340i, but hadn’t put a sold tag on it and perhaps didn’t complete some other administrative details, so the managers decided it was ours since we were there.

    Phew!

    They provided the same level of discounts on the M340i as they had on the 330i - not much, but $1,500 dealer discount, plus another $1,500 in rebates ($1,000 BMW and $500 loyalty). And of course the same $60k on the Tesla. So we were thrilled.





    You have nerves of steel. I’d never be able to make a snap decision like that and ever sleep a wink again wondering if I made the right decision.

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 13,747

    Well to be honest if they made the wrong decision it will probably only haunt them for a few months… 😝😝

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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 6,080
    edited October 2021
    In this market you have to move quickly if you want something. Every single new Acura that I looked up a few days ago when thinking of andres has already been sold, and no replacement cars appear to be available.
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  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,813
    Congrats @breld. It is indeed a beautiful color and I’m sure the extra oomph of the 340 has already been appreciated!

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