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- Coral Springs, FL
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- Coral Springs, FL
- Vehicle(s) that interest me
- Compact luxury vehicles and crossovers
- More about me
- Have loved automobiles since I was about 3 and that love grows every year!!!
- Vehicle(s) I currently own
- 2015 Golf SE/ 2015 Audi A3/ 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/ 2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch
So ab348, what does it mean now? Are you down one vehicle or still having the ATS in the garage? Very confused here?
Drove a Fiesta today at work, an auto tranny, and a bit dismal to be honest. Not sure I could live with one on a daily basis...do know I could never live with a Focus or a Fusion. The way the Focus lurches through the gears is past annoying and those few Fusion's that crapped out on me and some others on the highway just soured me completely. Like the Edge though and like the exterior of the new ones. Just not Ford people here. And if I were to buy any domestic, only choice now would be the Buick Encore since I think they cured most of it's ills with this new generation. Dash is clean and tidy now with the more integrated infotainment system and like the exterior changes. Do wish they'd offer a 17" alloy as I think 18" alloys for that size vehicle just make it too harsh on the pavement. Glad my Golf has the 17" alloys as it seems to be the perfect compromise...15" is just too small and 16" is almost there. The 17" is a real bull's eye and holds the road nicely without being overly harsh.
Bought a 1979 Datsun 210 hatchback in early 1981 which was an ex-rental with about 17K on the clock. Drove nicely and we kept it till mid 1998 when I traded for a Toyota Corolla FX hatch, a neat silver 3 door which I used as my commuter vehicle. The kids were all small and loved it!
That Datsun 210 was a maroon over plaid cloth which eventually got those Crager sport wheels which definitely improved the look. After some paint issues due to the South Florida heat, had it repainted white about a year before it was cut from the herd. Started to nickel & dime us to death so with the trade and a $5K gift from my grandmother, we were still $1K short with everything out the door. My father-in-law heard what was going on and within an hour, he handed me the $1K cash and said go get it now! Was lucky that my grandma was a pretty generous lady and as I recall, twice gave us $5K checks to pay down our mortgage since I was the only income provider at the time. She thought it was important that my wife be home with the kids, so she gifted us every so often to ease the burden. She was a very wonderful woman!
I also lucked into great in-laws who treated me better than my own folks. Every five years, I'd come home from work to see a new vehicle in front of the condo or in the garage. My wife was an only child and they insisted that she have new wheels every five years and until they both died, she got a new vehicle every five years.
Always remind the kids how generous their mothers folks were!
Hit 32,500 today and all's well. The gauge is showing 30.5 mpg's average and have hit a few 40+ tank fulls when all the stars align. Going in Wednesday to have that part installed under the right headlight and that should be it with any warranty work left. Will hit 36K before the 3 year mark in December and though there's been a few issues that were unexpected, overall I'm pretty happy with it as many of my posts have shown. Sure, I'd love to have the budget to be able to flip vehicles at will without thinking about it, heck, even to have a second toy just for me, but the home situation will not permit this. And today, we got the kid's wedding invitation in the mail, so we're focusing on this wonderful happy family event and putting our personal issues on the back burner. The kids have to always come first!
Was also afraid to get a turbo after reading a lot of bad press but once I drove both the A3 and the Golf, the low end power had me. Having the "S" mode in place when I take off is just icing on the cake! Shift into "S" before I get on the highway and let 'er rip. Not necessary on the back roads leading me out of the residential area we live in as never get much about 45 or so anyways.
But, I do tend to take care of it and having been changing out the synthetic at about 9K miles even though 10K is called for. Even that seems a bit too long for me and will probably go down closer to 7.5K now that I have nothing pre-paid left. Just want to keep the engine running up to it's peak performance. And yes, get a big grin when I turn the key on in my Golf no matter what I've driven at work that day. I just love it...still!! All's well at 32,500 miles!
Drove some interesting iron today. 2017 Caddy ATS and X5, SRX replacement, and liked them both. One major con wash the dash on each, overly complicated at first glance and one really needs some time to figure the whole mess out. Definitely something that would make me not want to buy either though they both drove nicely with a decent interior and o k acceleration.
The one vehicle that actually blew me away was the 2017 Infiniti Q50 with the 3.0 engine. In one word...OUTSTANDING! The acceleration was one of the most incredible feelings I've ever had, I mean the power up the power band seemed endless and the shifts were crisp and almost unnoticeable. I was down the highway with a whoosh that sounded and felt like something I've never experienced yet! Honestly, words can not really describe how bat [non-permissible content removed] crazy it was! I only drove it for about 25 minutes but I just didn't want to give the keys back! The interior was a step above the normal Nissan stuff and could be updated a bit but overall, it was a place I could get used to, fast! The exterior looks a bit frumpy if you will, it just needs some sleeker body panels to give with it's outstanding ride. A bit thirsty but hey, for that much fun, I'd gladly make that trade off.
I can see why folks love these things and Infiniti just needs to tweak it a bit to have a real winner here!