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#29677 of 35397 Re: 'Lectric [jpp5862]
Jan 29, 2013 (12:47 pm)
Done! Updated info:
2012 Punch List:
01/12/12 corvette 2003 BMW 540i
01/29/12 anon 2007 Toyota RAV4 72K
02/15/12 breld 2012 BMW X3
02/15/12 stickguy 2007 Volvo S40 91K
02/28/12 breld 2009 Honda Odyssey 45K
03/22/12 nyccarguy 2011 BMW 328xi (lease)
05/02/12 anon 2012 Toyota Prius
07/31/12 breld 2011 Audi A5 17K
08/05/12 qbrozen 1998 Volvo S70
08/20/12 breld 2007 VW Beetle 56K
08/23/12 xwesx 2012 Ford Fiesta 14K
08/31/12 stickguy 2013 Acura RDX AWD
09/14/12 steine13 1995 Toyota Camry 123K
09/23/12 andre1969 2012 Dodge Ram
09/25/12 anon 2008 Honda Odyssey 57K
10/30/12 jpp5862 2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE
11/xx/12 jayrider 2012 Buick LaCrosse AWD
12/17/12 mark156 2013 Honda CR-V EXL w/ nav
12/21/12 stickguy 2000 Acura Integra LS 166K
12/23/12 anon 2013 Honda Accord
2013 Punch List:
01/08/13 breld 2011 BMW 335xi 27K
01/11/13 steine13 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT (lease)
01/15/13 breld 2010 BMW 328xi wagon 21K
01/18/13 qbrozen 2013 Nissan Leaf (lease)
01/19/13 anon 2013 Toyota Sienna (lease)
Punch guesses for 2013:
#29678 of 35397 Re: . [andre1969]
Jan 29, 2013 (1:01 pm)
Wow, that was quick. I almost like to pay off a car at least over a couple years - prevents any buyers remorse rash decisions, as I don't want to dump something unless it at least has a lot of positive equity. You've got plenty in that Ram now
#29679 of 35397 Re: 'Lectric [michaell]
Jan 29, 2013 (1:03 pm)
Sorry, I was behind on posts and saw the mileage request later on.
135,100 when I bought it. 136,900 now.
#29680 of 35397 Re: Panoramic Moonroofs - who has 'em? [ateixeira]
Jan 29, 2013 (1:04 pm)
The few times I have had the misfortune of being in a large city during rush hour(s), I had no problem with the manual transmission. I spent three hours at a crawl in Chicago back in 1999 with my '69 C20, and I came to a complete stop only once (when I first hit the jam) in that time. The rest of the time I left it idling along, at about 5mph, and didn't need to press the clutch hardly at all. The vehicles around me came to complete stops hundreds of times, varying from 0 to perhaps as fast as 20-25 mph in short bursts. I just kept the same speed (I would increase speed once in a while if the gap grew substantially) and let the gap in front of me grow and shrink as it would.
I guess I just don't understand the city driving mentality, but for me those situations are pretty easy to handle, albeit frustratingly slow.
#29681 of 35397 Re: . [jpp5862]
Jan 29, 2013 (1:06 pm)
It's tough. I've had my current daily driver since 06. I am pleased with it, but I still browse a lot, and as time goes by, might be getting too used to it. I don't see much that could lure me away though. I am waiting to see any sweetheart leases on leftover 2013 E-class, now that a facelift is coming - there will be a lot of excess stock, I think. Also wanting to see if Lexus will bring back the Sportcross. There's nothing new with 4 wheels I could buy outright that I actually want, so I will have to lease or finance. At least with a bike, I would just buy it. I probably should save money and drive a more mainstream car, but I am used to premium materials and performance, even if not in a brand new car.
#29682 of 35397 Re: . [ateixeira]
Jan 29, 2013 (1:06 pm)
Ironically that's what I did by getting the '02 Pathfinder last year. Out of all the cars I've ever owned it was hands down my favorite. I do ride it a lot, but at 14 mpg around town it costs a lot more to operate, plus it's going on 11 years old with 137k on it, so not smart to have it as my only car. Maybe if I had kept my original and knew it's history I'd be more apt to have it as my primary, but for long trips, etc., it's nice to have something else. Ironically I was telling the better half the other day that I like the Pathfinder so much I don't want to wear it out driving it all the time.
I'm content with the G37x, keeping it after the lease is an option, but I want to check out the Q50 and the new IS, possible contenders. Of course if money was no object I'd spring for a Tesla S.
#29683 of 35397 Re: . [fintail]
Jan 29, 2013 (1:09 pm)
I've leased for years, obviously having a new car every so often appeals to a chronic car buyer, but as I get older I'm thinking more about being smart with my money and focusing on things like being mortgage free, retiring earlier, etc. So I'm toying with buying something outright next time, like you that puts me in a more mainstream car, not necessarily a bad thing....but this is really the only thing I spend money on so sometimes I justify my more expensive taste that way. Plus I feel like if I'm going to buy something and keep it for several years I should really love it, hard to say if I'd really love an Accord or Fusion that much.
Jan 29, 2013 (1:11 pm)
Just heard the new Q50 will get a 2l turbo.
#29685 of 35397 Re: . [jpp5862]
Jan 29, 2013 (1:34 pm)
Leasing a highline car can be smart - you're always under warranty, and so many of the leases are subsidized, often the payments are less than (real world) depreciation alone. But, it is still usually more than a normal car. The Accord is one that comes to mind as something I would look at, as it seems to have huge equipment for the money, and might even be over-engineered as Honda tries to rebuild image. It's also decent looking. I definitely prefer it to Camry, Koreans, etc.
It'll be hard for me to take on a payment again though, been years since I've had one. It'll mean less vacations, lower rate of savings, etc. Usually looking at cars cures me. I looked at the ATS a few weeks ago, seeing the nice ones at 50K made me appreciate what I have.
#29686 of 35397 Re: . [fintail]
Jan 29, 2013 (1:42 pm)
I almost like to pay off a car at least over a couple years - prevents any buyers remorse rash decisions
That's a good point. Also, with interest rates so incredibly low right now, it's almost like free money. That won't last forever, and I'm sure the end is coming soon, so better to keep the cash for when borrowing money is a painful proposition.