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#29042 of 35188 Re: browsing the bombers [stickguy]
Jan 07, 2013 (3:46 am)
A 4Runner of that vintage well sorted can bring good money. This one is not in that category. Gotta love the removable top.
944-Offer 3500, settle just north of 4 and drive it till something 'spensive breaks!
#29043 of 35188 Re: Pricing for E46 wagon? [breld]
Jan 07, 2013 (6:51 am)
Sweet!! I could learn to love one of these puppies but rwd would be the way to go down here in South Florida. Man, I'd be one happy camper if I could get one of these but I'd have to get a divorce first. She just doesn't get my love for cars and something like this or a C Class would give me true happiness for a long time. For a real long time!!!
Jan 07, 2013 (9:50 am)
So we returned Saturday from the haul to Florida and back in the minivan. It served admirably. I was very impressed with the long-distance comfort. I sat in that driver's seat for 12 hours a day without issue.
Mileage wasn't so hot, but we were loaded down on the inside with an extra bundle up top to add to the wind resistance. When travelling at normal speeds, it was 21mpg or so, but I noticed a STEEP dropoff once the needle passes 80mph... roundabout 18mpg or so. On the way back Friday evening through the Carolinas, I had the opportunity to follow a couple of amorous drivers at 90+mph. That resulted in mileage under 16mpg. But at least I covered 750 miles that day, even with a rather long stop over to clean up one of the kid's mishaps.
The van did develop a little glitch just prior to leaving, however. Somehow my wife managed to use the power folding 3rd row at the wrong time with something blocking it. Surprisingly, the system doesn't know any better and kept trying to close or open the seat, which resulted in quite mangled hinges. The dealer wants $1800 to replace the whole seat. I wound up removing the 40% side and resetting the 60% side, which didn't seem to have any damage. Having the 40% side out of the car gave us more storage room anyway, so it worked out. Now I'll just have to figure out the next step, which I believe is ordering it online or finding one in a junkyard.
#29045 of 35188 Re: browsing the bombers [corvette]
Jan 07, 2013 (9:58 am)
Yes, warning stickguy Robinson! Warning! My folks had a new Catera back when in Florida. Dad enjoyed driving it on those rare occasions when it wasn't in the shop. Not a long tenure in the family.
#29046 of 35188 Re: T&C [qbrozen]
Jan 07, 2013 (9:59 am)
Were you down there for Disney? We flew there the day after X-mas (7:00 am flight with four kids - that was a challenging morning) and stayed through New Year's Day.
A little chilly some mornings and evenings but otherwise a great trip - that was our first time to Orlando. We've been to Disneyland a couple of times.
We had a rental Caravan, which was so ubiquitous at the parks that I was able to keep tricking my son into attempting to get into other people's vans.
#29047 of 35188 Q? for repeat offenders
Jan 07, 2013 (10:01 am)
I figured if anyone knows, you guys would:
As posted a couple pages back, I'm in the process of picking out a cheap lease from the General. Right now it looks like a Cruze LS 6sp for $130/month including tax, with registration fees & plate up front.
Now for the question: That'll leave me carless two years from now, in Jan/Feb. Not really a problem, but at that point, it would be nice to have the option to add a month or two to the lease, and I've heard it said that that "usually" is fine with the captive finance houses.
Has anyone here any experience that way -- heck, now I think about it, maybe this is the wrong place; you guys would be able to answer the "early termination" questions
Seriously, anyone know how this works?
We do have another car, but I try to keep that one dry and salt-free.
Most likely scenario, if GM keeps up their usual tricks, I just slide over into another lease.
#29048 of 35188 Re: browsing the bombers [stickguy]
Jan 07, 2013 (10:21 am)
I like that TL better than the newer one. Plus it's pre-beak style.
Miles are miles, though. You wonder how much longer it'll last.
#29049 of 35188 Re: Current Time in the RB Fleet [roadburner]
Jan 07, 2013 (10:24 am)
it is remarkably comfortable and civilized.
Now, see, that's just not something I can say about any of my old cars. Not even close! Actually, I crack up laughing when I even consider such a notion.
I have a the following, with 50% of my fleet manual (M) transmissions:
1969 Ford Econoline 100 - 18 yrs (I've had the body of this van since 1994, with all the mechanicals, interior, etc., coming from a 1971 E100 my dad bought new and gave to me in 1991)
1969 Chevrolet C20 (M)- 16 years (June 1997)
1974 Ford Pinto wagon - 15 years (given to me by my mother in Dec 1997 - she purchased in the 1989, I think, but has had a blown engine since Jan of 98)
1976 Ford F250 "highboy" - 6 years (given to me by my grandfather in June of 2007; he purchased it new)
2010 Subaru Forester (M)- 3.3 years (Sept 2009)
2011 Ford Fiesta (M)- 0.3 years (Aug 2012)
While I really do like fun, I only ever plunk my cash down on practical, though I must say that the Fiesta, especially, does a great job of combining both.
#29050 of 35188 Re: T&C [qbrozen]
Jan 07, 2013 (10:28 am)
Can't get around a big frontal area dragging in the wind at high speeds.
Sucks about the seat. Neat feature, too.
Jan 07, 2013 (10:38 am)
While down there, had the chance to check out the GM Test Drive at Epcot. Pretty neat ride. At the end, you are shuffled into their own personal car show. The kids love that sort of thing, so we hung out there for a while.
I was absolutely shocked at some of the sticker prices I saw. Off the top of my head, it was $32k+ for a Malibu. $33k for a FWD 4-cyl Equinox without a moonroof! And $44k for a FWD Traverse!