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Kevintripod
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#21 Posted on 14.10.05 1155.32
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    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
    I agree against hybrids. The added mileage isn't worth the extra money up front, and the car mag "experts" all say the batteries won't last forever and are insanely expensive to replace.



I've also heard that about the batteries. But does anyone have an idea on how actually "insanely expensive" the batteries might be ?
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#22 Posted on 14.10.05 1218.54
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    You could buy an Equinox and save enough to more than cover the cost of gas, I'd think. Our Equinox gets 20 mpg, easily, and we have a good chuckle everytime we see a Highlander because we test drove one and the base model Highlander cost more than our almost loaded Equinox.
We (my brother and I) rented an Equinox in September - it was...okay? I remember nothing about it (other than I need to send Aaron a replacement for the mp3 CD he left in it)

I think the only reason I was thinking "SUV" was for winter driving...
    Originally posted by countless people
    don't be a sucker and buy NEW, you sucker
I hate to disappoint all of you, but I will probably buy new again, the results of the last time I did that notwithstanding.
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    NEVER buy a new car. They devaluate 40% when you drive off the lot.
If that's true, then my car depreciated ZERO between the time I drove it off the lot and the time the insurance company cut me the cheque. (This is entirely possible, of course.) I guess I just don't place "trade-in value" very highly, as I've never worried about trading in the car I've had. Call me an optimist who expects them to run FOREVER after I buy them. ;-)
    Originally posted by Nuclear Winter
    I say you should pick up a DeLorean.
You're fired. NEXT
    Originally posted by Tenken347
    And whatever you do, don't buy any Dodge/Chrystler/Plymouth vehicles. Every mechanic I've ever had (plus personal experience) has said that those are total crap.
MY personal experience (aka, that of my parents and parents-in-law) has been that Chryslers RULE. But I don't really want a Caravan, Pacifica, Magnum, or...
    Originally posted by some Scion owners
    Scions rule!
There are two or three xB's in the parking lot over here, and THEY love them, too. I... just don't see myself in one or as a member of that "culture." They do seem relatively cheap, though.
    Originally posted by many people
    DON'T GET A HYBRID
Fear not, I have already crossed that notion off the list :)
    Originally posted by Von Maestro
    Is leasing an option for you?
See, I think of leasing as a rip off. Probably like most of you think buying new is a rip off...
    Originally posted by SOK
    try to get an original, classic, Volkswagen Beetle
I've outgrown that phase, sadly or not.
    Originally posted by Rudoublesedoublel
    but be sure that they're talking 2.9% APR, not a 2.9% rate with a bunch of fees that will jack the APR up over 4%.
Well, in the case of the Volkswagen folks, they are SAYING 3.9% APR (vw.com) on a 2006 - they have a 2.9% offer on a 2005. One of our local dealers (who proudly proclaims they're the "#2 Volkswagen dealership in the country") is offering 1.9% on "selected" 2005 and 2.9% on "selected" 2006 but I don't know if the Beetles are selected or not. I've asked them to send me an email and offer me a test drive time.

Bottom line is I'll probably (predictably) get another Beetle - and probably the 2006 2.5L. I'll see what kind of rate they want to give me and how long it is and then parcel the settlement accordingly.

Then, I will run into a snowdrift.

Feel free to keep answering, though - I don't think I get the cheque until Monday. ;-)

(edited by CRZ on 14.10.05 1220)

(edited by CRZ on 14.10.05 1220)
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#23 Posted on 14.10.05 1324.00
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Go All Wheel Drive. You will love it. With the weather you get...this is a good thing.

Pick up a Subaru. WRX/STI/Legacy/Forester. Best cars out there.
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#24 Posted on 14.10.05 1546.46
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I say get a Subaru Outback. If you're really stuck on getting another Beetle, just dont get the same color.
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#25 Posted on 14.10.05 1550.14
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Let's see what I've learned from my own and past experiences:

1.) Toyota Corollas seem to be pretty damn popular around here...and at least one owner tells me they're extremely reliable.

2.) Although now you'd only get 'em used, I'd recommend against the Ford Contour. I bought one brand new in 1998. It's got 68,000 miles on it now...and I've already had to replace a timing chain, take it in a few times for other things...and worst of all, I've got transmission problems. The damn thing wants to slip into neutral and rev really high, and then awkwardly shift back and forth, anywhere between 55 and 75 mph...can make highway driving near-impossible when it wants to.

3.) I had a college buddy who bought the Olds Alero...and was quite happy.

4.) A high school bandmate became a mechanic at a local Dodge dealership...and he says the quality of Chrysler stuff was just fine...of course, this was several years ago. Same opinion from a co-worker at the sewerage plant (insert joke here), who restored older Dodges. He was a Mopar man 'till the day he dies...but then again, that's older Dodge stuff, not the stuff since the Benz merger.

5.) Extended warranties are your friend.

Good luck, O Beloved Dictator!
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#26 Posted on 14.10.05 1729.15
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One of these days I'm going to actually get around making a mold to make fiberglass toast to put on top of the Xb. The Scion is working out really well for us, because it is a vehicle both Aaron and I can comfortably drive. With our drastically different heights that doesn't automatically happen in vehicles (he's 6'5" I'm 5'6") since we're using completely different parts of the windshield to look out of when we drive. It's boxy but fun!
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#27 Posted on 15.10.05 0023.26
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Sticking up for Dodges _ I own a Ram 1500 _ I have to say that the quality of Chrysler vehicles has been pretty solid for the last 15 years or so. I would suggest getting a Charger, but the fact that the Chargers are freaking FOUR-DOORS is just wrong. Wrong wrong wrong.

If you're looking for an SUV, I've known several people that have owned Toyota SUVs _ from Rav4s up through Sequoias _ and never heard a complaint. A co-worker of mine has a Honda Element and loves it; I've also heard good things about all three of the Scions. A friend of mine has had three Corollas over the last 15 years or so and has loved all three of them. Each of the two he got rid of had well over 100K on them and still ran great.

I would say that if you can get the 2.9% or 1.9% on a Beetle to go for it and use the cash for something else or just bank it. The rule I've always heard is that if the interest rate is lower than the interest you'd get on a bank account, take a loan. And I second the leasing advice. Don't do it. Especially if you want to actually be able to drive the thing any amount at all.
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#28 Posted on 16.10.05 2318.51
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I'm probably too-late-now, but a new, attractively financed Beetle from a reputable dealer sounds pretty good.

I'm generally a fan of buying a beater, but that's mostly since I have family members who are way into fixing cars as a "hobby". I know my way around enough to tell whether a potential set of used wheels will cause me problems. This of course assumes you have time to go through the stories on each one.

At the same time, 4 of the last 5 vehicles I owned were bought new, and I run them into the ground, or at least 100K on each of them.

Since the in-laws will only play chauffer for so long, you don't really have the time to deal with used by private party. Used by dealers generally isn't bad, my brother bought a used dealer's former courtesy vehicle they used to shuttle people to work and pick up parts from other dealers - a plymouth voyager with 28K miles on it in just under a year, but was meticulously maintained and they threw in the 30K service pkg and extended warranty.

When you need a car, you can save yourself a lot of time buying new, especially in future service. Plan to keep it for ten-plus years or 200K miles, avoid dumbassery (couldn't resist), and change the oil/rotate tires all on schedule, it's well worth your time.

Getting a beater often means more time and unexpected hits on the wallet when things go wrong, if you can't fix it yourself or have friends/family do it for you, your time spent will also add up.

Fifteen years ago a good friend of mine (at the time) had the "flood" thing happen - it sounds like you had a better time with your insurance company than he did. Unless there was LOTS more haggling about what your former wheels were worth than you felt like sharing.

I totally agree with those who think leasing is a bad deal. My father-in-law now leases, but since he only drives 8-9K per year it makes sense for him as he wants new wheels every couple of years. Each of his last 4 cars has been "the last new car I'll ever drive". I have a number of colleagues in their late twenties who leased so they could afford the payments on nicer wheels they really couldn't afford to drive, and at least four of them are in mileage lock, rolling the overage miles into their next lease. This pattern adds up in a hurry.

We're all waiting to find out what you decide. Sucks to have to spend a few days on stuff like this, not to mention how much of an adjustment this'll make on your overall financial health.

I'm sure Kim won't have to remind you to do something nice to thank her or the in-laws for their help and patience with you in all of this.

Best of luck in your new wheels.


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#29 Posted on 17.10.05 1512.12
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This car right here:

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(edited by CRZ on 17.10.05 1646)
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#30 Posted on 18.10.05 1514.30
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Having a beater car is handy, but it's not exactly easy to finance having a beater AND a nice(er) car.

That's why I reccomend a Pontiac Trans Am. As long as you're only going to have one car, might as well be as completely and utterly impractical as you can get.

When my Mustang GT got demolished by a bitch who couldn't drive, I went to carmax with full intention of test driving an audi A4 and a Ford Crown Vic. There was a 98 TA on the lot and after I took it for a test drive (oops), The A4 and Crown Vic weren't even on the list.

Every man should own at least one performance/muscle/sports car in his lifetime. If a high torque RWD car doesn't sound fun in the winter (and it isn't), then compromise a bit and pick up something like a mitsu 3000GT (evos and stis are probably a bit out of the price range) or an eagle talon.

No offense, but a beetle is for girls man. At least get a Jetta or a GTi or something if you're gonna get a VW.
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#31 Posted on 18.10.05 1539.36
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    Originally posted by Skarecrow
    No offense, but a beetle is for girls man.




I'm gonna have to agree on that one....a newer Beetle is considered a chick car. (At least around here anyways)
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#32 Posted on 30.10.05 0857.26
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Hey, CRZ...what car did you decide to purchase?

(edited by SOK on 30.10.05 0757)
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#33 Posted on 30.10.05 1206.32
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