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#29961 of 32320 Re: now this, is nice [ateixeira]
Feb 06, 2013 (3:43 pm)
Bought my 2010 IV with leather in 2010. Have 30k miles on it. Did not want nav or a sunroof. Drive it in power mode and it "feels" peppy-- other than road noise [tires] all is well. Great seats and a JBL radio. Saw a V today at the showroom -- had the tailgate lifts replaced under warranty. Quite a bit bigger but my wife and I can fit all we need in the standard size. MSRP was 27k -- not much in it. I wouldn't be afraid to buy used up to 60k miles but wouldn't spend more than 16-18k. If you need a roof, might change the strategy. My Garmin Nav is outstanding and you can change destinations on the move.
#29962 of 32320 Re: now this, is nice [jayrider]
Feb 06, 2013 (4:44 pm)
With an average moving speed of 26 mph I'm not too worried about road noise.
V is 181" plus, that's big in DC. My previous car was 175" and the Miata's size (155") is much better suited.
Love my Garmin too, Magellan isn't nearly as good so stick with Garmin for sure.
I don't like the off set gauges but I'm handy and could probably fabricate a mount to put the GPS there instead, who knows.
I should drive one to see how I like it.
Tough I did actually put an ad for a rim swap on the Miata, looking to get OEM 16"s to trade for my 17"s. If that makes the ride more tolerable maybe I will keep it longer, but I will have to lose my CCB membership!
#29963 of 32320 Re: now this, is nice [ateixeira]
Feb 06, 2013 (5:14 pm)
Nice, I bet the 16's are the perfect size for the Miata. Mine is a GT so I have the 17's as well and for all the complaining on the webernets from about how the NC is soft, it feels harsh enough to me. I did replace the OEM michelins with continentals last november and that did help a little.
#29964 of 32320 Re: Elantra GT [fintail]
Feb 06, 2013 (7:29 pm)
Most buyers in the lower end of the market are impulse buyers anyways, or "I need a car within 2 weeks" type people.
Nobody would wait 3-5 months for an economy hatchback, although we did have once customer who ordered a green accent hatchback in manual transmission and did end up waiting 2 or 3 months for it. She just had to have the green color.
#29965 of 32320 Re: "The Sandman Chronicles" [ateixeira]
Feb 06, 2013 (7:32 pm)
Funny, that's what a co-worked said yesterday when I mentioned it might be time for The Sandman to finally get a smart phone after resisting one for so long. I'm thinking of an Android unit as my kid has the Iphone and the wife has a Windows one. I've always been dragged into new technology kicking and screaming all the way! I just don't like change and at my age...a bit stubborn to do it!
#29966 of 32320 Re: now this, is nice [nyccarguy]
Feb 06, 2013 (7:35 pm)
If you've never driven a BMW, don't unless you fully intend to buy one. Not because it would be a waste of a salesman's time, but because there is simply nothing else like it on this planet.
100% agree with you and I've driven a ton of different cars. Although the 07 MX5 Miata I had for a week was fun as hell but not as comfy or solid as our 07 328i.
Feb 06, 2013 (8:08 pm)
Did a lot to lot day today. My boss texted at 7:33 and said we have a job at 9 a m doing lot to lot, so I said sure. Ended up moving over 20 cars and minivans myself and there were 5 other folks in today's crew, so we moved a bunch of iron. Drove numerous brand new Focus SE's with mileage of 4 and under. Nice little sedans really with loads of pep...more when I do a complete review after having some extended seat time. The 4 Fusions left me lukewarm...modern styling, very Jaguaresque but something, I can't put my finger on it, makes it pale in comparison to the other players in this segment and nowhere near as good as the new benchmark of this crowd...the Honda Accord. But after a jaunt across southern Florida and then I'll be able to give a really full analysis here. The surprise of the day folks were the new Dodge minivans...all the contestants driven today were models with over 20k on their clocks so well used, and abused in the rental arena but I was impressed with the comfort, acceleration and overall goodness of these puppies... really impressed. One co-worker said that once I drive one for an extended period of time, you will truly enjoy them.
There was a somewhat used Mustang vert which a couple of the other guys put aside for me since they know what a car nut I am, it's so hard to contain my excitement every day folks that it's obvious I'm a car dork! Now this was a fun ride...really fun. Hoping to secure one in the near future when we have a very mild day so I can drop the top and just do the Alley. Must remember to wear a cap as the top of my head is losing it's "lushness" as I put it...I will probably get a nasty sunburn on my scalp as I did once before at a graduation in New Hampshire on a really coolish spring day. I can't wait to drop the top and go though!
Tomorrow is going to be interesting, not only are we going from Miami to Ft. Myers once...you guessed it, we're going twice! A double is what's on tap in Sandman Land. The drive is a really easy one actually and luckily, we're starting out at 8 a m...a bit late for me as a 6 a m leaving time would be preferable. But no one asked for my opinion yet so...! Funny how this started out to be a part time gig for me but it's so much fun, I told my chief to just call me whenever he gets anything since nothing is guaranteed and there will be weeks, I been told, that we'll only work 2 or 3 days...it's all dependent on what the clients need, and this is where that flexibility comes into play. Sure glad that this is not my only income as the lack of defined work hours would be a problem as no one is guaranteed a 40 hour week and we are all independent contractors to boot. I have no problem with this so we'll see where this new career takes me. And to be honest, getting the paycheck is just the icing on the cake for me here, I just love driving these vehicles!
Tune in tomorrow, same Sandman time...same Sandman channel!
#29968 of 32320 Re: Tired [sandman_6472]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 06, 2013 (8:21 pm)
Good to hear about the Dodge minivans. I'm really afraid that Dodge/Chrysler are going to screw them up (lose the sliders, etc.), but I may be switching to a hatch anyway when our van gets retired.
#29969 of 32320 Re: Tired [sandman_6472]
Feb 06, 2013 (9:01 pm)
I like your reviews. Keep 'em coming if you have time!
That's a shame about the Fusion. Was it a base model? Ford carried over the base engine from the previous model for the new base model 2013 Fusion. The up level models have smaller displacement turbocharged engines. I haven't looked at one up close, but the photos look great.
Feb 06, 2013 (9:46 pm)
A definite improvement overall from the previous generation but something about it just leaves me cold...right now. I've never been a "Ford person" as their styling never really did anything for me. But I have to admit the new Focus has taken me by surprise and in the hatch version, something I might consider parking in The Sandman's garage! I've been a diehard import fan since 1976 and have not looked back...ever! But this new Focus has me thinking in a different direction here.
To be fair to the new Fusion, I will wait till I have some actual seat time behind the wheel to comment any further as I need information to back up my opinion...whatever that will be. I'm hoping that we'll have some longer runs in the near future with a Fusion available for my use. I will say though that it is a handsome vehicle that could appeal to either sex...it's very modern and has a rugged stance, a nice departure from most Ford products that have come to market recently. If it can sell the same number of units as the Camry and Accord still remains to be seen. I do congratulate Ford for thinking outside the box here though!
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