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#29233 of 32397 Re: evening entertainment [stickguy]
Jan 11, 2013 (9:36 am)
I have a friend whose parents had a 1973 LTD hardtop coupe when he was a little kid. It was pretty troublesome, and he remembers that he and his brothers used to call it "Mommy's Hunk O' Junk". And this would have been when it was only 3-4 years old! I think chronic stalling and refusing to start were the big issues.
#29234 of 32397 new Lexus IS owner?
by steve_ HOST
Jan 11, 2013 (11:19 am)
A reporter would like to speak to a woman who is a new Lexus IS owner. If you fit the description, please send your daytime contact to predmunds.com no later than 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET, Friday, January 11, 2013.
#29235 of 32397 Re: Update from Colorado [roadburner]
Jan 11, 2013 (11:25 am)
To roadburner's point on the older BMWs, I drove my E39 this morning and realized how nicely it goes, even with driving the newer 335xi all this week.
Speaking of, when I came out to my 530i this morning, I noticed the front bumper is misaligned on one side, the result of one too many incidents pulling over a parking block with that lowered clearance. Talked to my mechanic, who said they routinely take care of that. So it'll be back to perfect (for a 12 year old car anyway) next week.
#29236 of 32397 sister update
Jan 11, 2013 (12:28 pm)
So they visited a Honda dealer first. I explained that, at 9am, salespeople are usually in a meeting, but they were impatient, didn't see many cars on the lot, and left.
Next was a mazda dealer. They drove the 3 and the 6 and like and want one of each. Per the advertised lease deal, they would be looking at $5k out of pocket and the 2 cars for a total of $350/mo including tax, tags, title. Salesperson steered them to a leftover 2012 mazda3 because they have a whole bunch of them. Problem is, after going back and forth with my sis via text, the deal they were offering was WORSE on the leftover than the advertised deal on a 2013. Actually, it was the same money, but for 39 mos instead of 36 mos. No thanks. On top of that, they were coming back with 42 mos on the mazda6 for $14 more per month.
I told her to just get out of there. She even showed the salesperson the advertised deals and said that's exactly what she wants. They just refused to do it. So they did walk out.
#29237 of 32397 9AM Re: sister update [qbrozen]
Jan 11, 2013 (12:48 pm)
My experience has been that they are -
and that they LOVE being pulled out of those meetings
[ preferably prearranged ]
for a customer....
#29238 of 32397 Re: sister update [qbrozen]
Jan 11, 2013 (1:03 pm)
She even showed the salesperson the advertised deals and said that's exactly what she wants.
You can usually beat the advertised deal because the selling price isn't rock bottom. What was their problem? Two car deal and they won't play ball.
As for the 2012, no surprise on a lease it isn't any cheaper. The residual must be super low (with the car being a model year old) and even a money factor close to 0% it isn't going to help.
#29239 of 32397 Re: sister update [qbrozen]
Jan 11, 2013 (3:45 pm)
That's plain ridiculous! They had advertised specials and they wouldn't honor what corporate was offering? How stupid and the fact that two vehicles were going to be moved in one easy deal...that's just plain dumb! Another reason why I hate buying cars...stupid sales people who take an easy deal and muck it up. And $350/mo for two vehicles? Crazy crazy!
Jan 11, 2013 (3:56 pm)
Was talking with the wife this morning and now a new thought has come into her mind. She's thinking of just taking the Accent once her Mazda3 gets to the point where it doesn't pay to fix it anymore and just sell it private party. She hit 115k this morning and tells me the a/c doesn't work on speed 1 or 2 anymore and we did replace the blower motor last year. She knows I don't want to throw anymore $ into it also. The daughter walks across the street to pharmacy school and the car is only used when the wife goes shopping with her. Daughter also decided she wants a "cooler" car once she becomes a pharmacist so it probably makes sense for us to eventually take back the Accent and just give the kid the money her car is worth towards her new "cooler" ride, which means we'd be footing the bill anyways.
Probably not a bad idea but somehow I think the wife might wind up wanting new in a few years anyways. Who knows...all talk now and we'll just have to see how things play out with her Mazda as I don't really think we'd get much for it anyways with the increasing mileage...maybe 3k at best. Glad I'm keeping the miles down on my Civic just in case I end up with the Accent somehow. Not my cup of tea for a dd, but I'd survive!
#29241 of 32397 Re: Talking With Wife [sandman_6472]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 11, 2013 (4:03 pm)
A blower resistor may fix it and it's usually not too expensive a part.
#29242 of 32397 need me a lift, or why old cars are fun
Jan 11, 2013 (4:52 pm)
Son is home from school for another week, so I had him take the TL in for an oil change. Checked out fine at the dealer, but they are all freaked out that it needs a new oil pan gasket, or the world as we know if might come to an end.
of course, they tell him at the end, after the oil was changed, instead of asking prior if we wanted to drop the pan! So by then, it would involve another visit anyway.
I looked in the road where he has been parking, and it looks dry. So my guess, it is seeping but not enough to really matter.
so, given the car has 167K on it, and he is unemployed college kid (meaning it is my wallet supporting the car!), I told him to stick some plywood underneath to see if it is leaking, and check the oil before he goes anywhere far. Given how few miles he puts on it, I think we can safely go another 4 months and maybe 2K miles, at most, keeping an eye on the oil and throwing in a quart if needed.
He really wants a new car. bad. I hope he manages to find himself a job quick so he can get it! then I either fix/keep the TL for me, or just sell it on down the road.