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#26158 of 32384 Re: A milestone! [stickguy]
Jul 13, 2012 (9:50 am)
I also just saw my first '13 Santa Fe last night. We are vacationing in California and one rolled up alongside us in traffic on I-5 near San Diego. Was obviously a pre-production model, with Michigan manufacturer plates, no badging, lots of stickers on the windows nd some weird stuff like unfinished looking tailpipes that stuck out about 6 inches past the bumper cover. Great looking rig though, and made my 2007 SF look decidedly dated. This was the shorter WB model, so a SF Sport. There is a longer 7-pass model, labeled just "Santa Fe," that will basically take the place of the Veracruz. The Sport looks roughly the same size as mine, maybe a tad smaller? The long WB model is definitely larger than the '07.
#26159 of 32384 Re: A milestone! [js06gv]
Jul 13, 2012 (10:23 am)
yeah, the new model sport is about the same size. Maybe a little wider though.
and the LWB model (due around December) will be the size of the veracruz, and replaces that model.
The one I saw was a pre-prod too, but supposedly very complete (more so than normal for those) since they are so close to production (which may have already started). And it had no disguises of any kind.
It does look vastly more modern than the old style, and the interior is a huge improvement.
#26160 of 32384 hadn't really thought about these
Jul 14, 2012 (4:50 am)
But I'm really liking this one.
I mean, for the same value as a similar year/mileage mazda3 or civic, it seems like alot of car for the money.
#26161 of 32384 The biggest problem
Jul 14, 2012 (7:26 am)
with leasing my 2011 328xi is that "all good things must come to an end.". Fortunately for me that day is more than 2 years away. The mindset of any CCBAer is "what's next?". Between now & the end of my lease (9/22/14), I'll throw out dozens of "next car" thoughts that run through my brain. Here's my latest idea:
Around the same time my lease is up, so will the 3 year lease on my best friend's wife's 2012 X5 35i (they got it in 2011). It's a beautiful truck (Alpine White/Black) with lots of nice options. Here's the thing. He leased it with a somewhat normal residual value because at the time, BMW wasn't pumping up residuals & subventing leases. I think his buyout at the end of the lease is somewhere around $30K. I could buy it out, have it CPO'd, & buy the extended maintenance for much less than a comparable CPO X5 from a dealer.
#26162 of 32384 Re: hadn't really thought about these [qbrozen]
Jul 14, 2012 (9:58 am)
I thought about one of those too. Not sure what the future (parts really) will bring, but the bang for the buck is there.
Torchlight has been getting a bunch of these recently, and at some pretty rock bottom prices.
#26163 of 32384 Re: hadn't really thought about these [qbrozen]
Jul 14, 2012 (10:16 am)
Nice one... but the worst thing Saab did with the 9-3 was dropping the hatchback when that generation came out.
#26164 of 32384 Re: The biggest problem [nyccarguy]
Jul 14, 2012 (11:34 am)
Why pay for a CPO or extended maintenance on a car that has been taken care of. I would just pay for maintenance as it's due and if something breaks, just deal with it at the time.
But...that's me. Some people are more risk adverse than I am.
#26165 of 32384 Re: The biggest problem [isellhondas]
Jul 14, 2012 (4:43 pm)
I thought you were the one that said owning a german car out of warranty was a disaster?! Oh wait...maybe that was me...
#26166 of 32384 Re: hadn't really thought about these [qbrozen]
Jul 14, 2012 (4:45 pm)
What is parts availability like?
Definitely an intriguing option assuming it wasn't a 9-3 of the vintage with tons of electrical problems.
#26167 of 32384 Puzzled Part 2
Jul 14, 2012 (5:18 pm)
Took the Civic in for its appt on Thursday. They found that it was the timing chain cover seal that was leaking. The service advisor came out and advised us it would be $297 to fix it, confused, I mentioned we have an extended warranty on the car. He looked surprised and said he would check again. A few minutes later he came back and said that indeed we do have an ESC on the car which would cover the repair but we would have to pay the diagnostic fee and the shop supplies......Huh?? I've dealt with a LOT of ESCs and have NEVER heard that, zero deductible should be just that, $0 out of pocket. We politely declined and asked for the car back which he gave us.
After getting home, hubby called HondaCare and once again the dealership is trying to screw us. The guy at HondaCare said he gets calls all the time from customers in the same situation, dealers trying to get paid twice for the diagnostic fee. He said any more trouble and just call him back, he'll take care of it. The car goes back on the 25th for repair.
I think we will stick to american cars after this.......at least the warranties have never been an issue *sigh*