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Apr 26, 2012 (4:39 pm)
We decided to take a road trip with the Sierra and the 24' trailer on Sunday to haul a friend's scout, about 500 miles round trip. Averaged 12.2 mpg through the mountains on the way there empty (trailer approx 4000 lbs) and 11.7 mpg on the way back loaded (trailer approx 8000 lbs).
It was a beautiful day, the truck pulled flawlessly (that allison transmission is very impressive), the trailer was quiet, but wow did that scout leak some gas, of course nobody knew that it did beforehand or we wouldnt have hauled it. Thankfully nothing bad happened and it was easy to push off the trailer when we got home since the risk of starting it inside was way too high.
I do believe we made the right choice in letting the F-150 go and moving up to a Sierra 2500HD duramax.
Next on the list is teaching my daughter to drive a manual transmission so she can have the Civic once we get moved and hubby can get a new car (I'm guessing he's thinking mustang or something along those lines).
Apr 26, 2012 (6:44 pm)
Local Caddy dealer has a fun lineup of used sedans on the lot, all wearing prices on the windshields.. First gen CTS - $9988, late 90s Infiniti Maxima - $9988 (!), late 90s normal Maxima - $9988 (!), 95-96 Camry - $9988 (!!!). I think someone doesn't understand pricing.
Apr 26, 2012 (6:58 pm)
That Caddy dealer has been through some very interesting times.
#24978 of 32334 Re: . [isellhondas]
Apr 26, 2012 (7:13 pm)
I think the local octogenarian set must be keeping them going, along with the trophy wife Escalade crowd. I don't see what else they sell - usually a very small assortment on the lot - which is also difficult to access and doesn't have the most visible frontage. I kind of liked the old style building they had downtown, still sitting abandoned since the real estate collapse. I guess now being located in the cast off Hummer building doesn't help anything, either, when the Barrier brands and Lexus all now have fancy new digs.
#24979 of 32334 Re: . [fintail]
Apr 27, 2012 (5:03 am)
95-96 Camry for $10k? Holy Smokes...where's my checkbook!!
Apr 27, 2012 (5:47 am)
Still can't make up our minds. Too many choices, yet none of them seem exactly right.
Option 1: Keep driving the RAV4
Option 2: Toyota Prius ... great gas mileage but they get expensive fast when you add options
Option 3: Lexus CT200h ... more expensive than the Prius but its nicer and more of a real car.
Option 4: Used 3 series. Local dealer was willing to take $12,000 off a demo 328i with sport, nav, premium, etc.
Right now I am leaning towards just keeping the RAV4.
#24981 of 32334 Re: Been shopping [anonymousposts]
Apr 27, 2012 (7:06 am)
when in doubt, always better (and cheaper!) to just keep what you got until you figure out what to do. Much better idea than buying a Prius you will detest, and trying to get out of in in 3 months. Or less.
#24982 of 32334 Re: Been shopping [anonymousposts]
Apr 27, 2012 (7:21 am)
There is NOTHING in the world like a 3 series! Take the demo w/ sport $12K off sticker!
Happy birthday to my 2001 Prelude Type SH! I took delivery of it brand new 10 years ago today!
#24983 of 32334 Re: Been shopping [anonymousposts]
Apr 27, 2012 (7:25 am)
I was going to laugh about you comparing a 3 series to a Prius but I can't - my wife and I test drove a 3 series around 2002 or so and decided to buy a beach condo instead.
That was the down payment, anyway.
The Bimmer was quicker (condo moves only with the earth's rotation) but the condo had a lot more room for the family.
#24984 of 32334 Re: Been shopping [nyccarguy]
Apr 27, 2012 (7:30 am)
Ah, yes...the SH! The Preludes nobody understood.
The ATTS system was one of Honda's bright ideas like 4 wheel steering that seemed to answer a question that nobody asked.
If you had asked a salesperson to fully explain how the ATTS system worked you would have been met with blank stares. I even had a ride along with a professional demonstator from Honda and for the life of me, I failed to see any great benefit.
Oh, if you were the type of person who constantly pushed a car to it's limits around corners, you "might" feel a difference but it was wasted on the masses.
4WS was another gimmick that Honda tried to impress people with that never caught on or was appreciated.
The Preludes of that era were great cars that simply didn't sell. That coupe market had pretty much run it's course by that time. People didn't like the rear visibility or the cramped back seat.
I liked them a lot although I wouldn't have paid extra for an SH. When it's time for a new clutch, having ATTS makes replacement a nightmare of a job and an expensive one!
So Happy Birthday to a great car! Hang onto it!