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#29596 of 32322 Re: 2012 punches [corvette]
Jan 26, 2013 (3:58 pm)
I'll second that! Remember, I'm starting to get a bit bored with my 2000 Park Ave. And, on the old car front, the local dealer up the street has a nice looking blue '81-83 Imperial that catches my eye every time I drive by. I just haven't had the courage to stop and give it a close look yet!
#29597 of 32322 Re: Since you guys like wagons... [stickguy]
Jan 26, 2013 (6:06 pm)
"...if you want one, get it..."
No sir, even I have to draw the line somewhere. That wagon looks like a pregnant whale. Strictly for yucks and giggles.
#29598 of 32322 Re: Since you guys like wagons... [oldfarmer50]
Jan 26, 2013 (6:43 pm)
A Roadmaster of that vintage is probably better in the abstract than having to live with it...
That particular example has dirty seats.
#29599 of 32322 A little test driving today
Jan 26, 2013 (9:49 pm)
Wife and I did just a bit of test driving today, in the vain of the high MPG second car I'd like.
Drove a Prius first - no offense to jay and other owners, but I wasn't all that thrilled with it, though it is indeed worlds better than the Insight we previously owned. I may still be interested if I could find a nice used buy - the one 3rd gen model they had used was a 2010 model "II" with 57k miles and they wanted $20k!
Then went next door to the Lexus dealer and drove the CT200h - enjoyed that quite a bit. Same drivetrain as the Prius, but certainly has a sporting flair to it. CVT seemed to be less intrusive from an audible standpoint. Definitely tight on space though. Wouldn't buy a new one, but with it being out a couple of years now, they'll start being more plentiful on the used market.
The wife suggested a more traditional high MPG car may be a better choice - Mazda3, Focus, etc. She may be right.
#29600 of 32322 I Shouldn't
Jan 27, 2013 (2:24 am)
Stay away so long......you guys have been busy it seems. I haven't had time to go back and catch up, heck I barely have time to think about what my name is or which class is what day!
Funny how I started out with great plans with one college major and 2 weeks of the first required class for it I realized it was not for me. Changed that in a hurry!
No new cars around here, did visit the GMC dealer yesterday afternoon to make an appt for Chippy, for an oil change and to see if they could figure out why the old girl was running rough. Diesel tech happened to be standing right there and they took the truck right in. One oil change, one air filter, one mass air flow sensor, and 2 quarts of transmission fluid to fix the harsh transmission shifting and ole Chippy is like a new truck. They also ordered a new instrument cluster to fix some gremlins in the trip computer and a new seatbelt buckle for the pass side front seat that seems to have an issue staying latched.
I love that service dept, they are always so pleasant to work with. All told it cost me $200 between the oil change, air filter change, and my ESC deductible. Better than the repair bill......the mass air flow sensor alone was $400.
#29601 of 32322 Re: A little test driving today [breld]
Jan 27, 2013 (7:02 am)
Not at all surprised you didn't care for the prius. It certainly isn't a "drivers" car. The price on the used one is way out of line. Go to cargurus and search -- you'll see the light on real world prices for anything you might fancy.
#29602 of 32322 Re: Since you guys like wagons... [steine13]
Jan 27, 2013 (8:25 am)
"... Better in the abstract..."
Nah, not even in the abstract. I always thought that style Buick and it's cousins at Chevy were the ugliest, most bloated cars ever built. Maybe in 30 years people will think of that style as quirky and like it but I'll be long gone by then.
Here's something more interesting...at least in the abstract.
#29603 of 32322 Re: A little test driving today [jayrider]
Jan 27, 2013 (8:50 am)
I often use you as a point of reference when people ask me about hybrids Jayrider. You bought the car for its practicality & the 50 or so mpg is just a bonus. You said before, that you'd have bought your Prius if it "only" got 30 mpg.
Jan 27, 2013 (8:56 am)
I sat in a Fiat 500 yesterday at the auto show. I'm a big guy 6' 300 and I'm stunned that I actually fit in it and had enough room to drive it if I had to. Of course, I would never but that's another story.
Walking the auto show had me thinking one thing for sure. If you like large sedans you are pretty much screwed. There is nothing "big" any more except for SUVs. The LaCrosse/XTS and 300/Charger are about as big as you get these days. The Taurus/MKS are huge but very cramped inside for their exterior dimensions. The only truly large cars are the 750, S, and LS460 and those aren't anywhere near affordable.
#29605 of 32322 Re: A little test driving today [nyccarguy]
Jan 27, 2013 (9:07 am)
Folks focus too much on the perceived savings in buying a hybrid but they forget to figure in the sales tax and depreciation into the equation. From an mpg perspective, driving a hybrid won't make you rich and driving a conventional car won't make you poor .