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#30176 of 32397 Re: Orlando [ateixeira]
Feb 12, 2013 (9:29 pm)
All I know is the sedan I saw earlier was beautiful in that rose like color and was the perfect size car...same as my Civic. I feel real comfortable in this size car and will definitely prefer to stay in a compact next time. I keep trying to tell the wife that she might be very unhappy down sizing to a sub compact with a much smaller engine...it'll get real loud when she floors it if she needs to make a quick move into traffic on the interstate. Her 2.3 engine in her current Mazda3 is real quick mover whenever a sudden burst of power is needed...no fuss and not much engine noise as it just delivers seemless speed. I tend to drive a bit more aggressively when ever I'm alone in it as it's a real hoot to drive. And now that we've fixed the broken motor mounts, it's like a bat out of hell! It's just a wee bit thirsty and always has been but Mazda does make a very good vehicle and I will miss it once we cut it loose from the herd next year.
#30177 of 32397 Re: Orlando [sandman_6472]
Feb 12, 2013 (10:18 pm)
I was just in your neck of the woods yesterday Sandy - we just got back from Ft. Lauderdale yesterday after a cruise to Cozumel (Royal Caribbean, not Carnival - those poor souls). It was a bit tough leaving 80 degree weather and landing in the 20's here in Denver.
On a car note - I got to register the plates on my 335xi today. I still have several more weeks before expiration, but I hate having temp tags on the car. Wife's wagon should follow shortly.
#30178 of 32397 Re: Orlando [steve_]
Feb 12, 2013 (11:09 pm)
You guys are in a way lucky with the dirt cheap housing prices. When I watch some real estate shows on TV and see people touring huge newer houses with an asking price of what my Vancouver suburb condo is worth I get the itch to almost move south to the US.
Here you need about $400k to get into a livable older detached house.
Feb 13, 2013 (4:31 am)
Didn't get too much sleep last night so I just got up about 5:45 and got all my stuff ready. Decided to pack a lunch today since I don't know the exact route and don't want a replay of last Friday. Once I get familiar with where we're going, I can stop for a quick bite. A lot of the others say they just eat while driving and I did try this on Sunday and found it a bit dangerous so I think I'll just pull over and take the few minutes to eat. Did learn a lesson though, don't eat a ice cream sundae while driving...it dripped a bit on my shirt but I had plenty of napkins to clean it up. Would hate to get the cars dirty.
Should be a nice sunny day for driving and about 86 out...I'll just put on the cruise and a/c and off into the wild blue yonder aka Orlando. I'll report back later tonight. Hoping to snag either a Verano or a Jetta today...getting a bit tired of the Focus already! And I'd also like a car with SAT radio for a change.
#30180 of 32397 Re: Orlando [sandman_6472]
Feb 13, 2013 (6:32 am)
The new 2l SkyActiv engine makes similar power and does a lot better on gas.
The next gen 3 is starting to pop up so we may see deeper discounts on those soon.
#30181 of 32397 Re: Orlando [boomchek]
Feb 13, 2013 (8:13 am)
And the lower mainland is just entering into "correction" stage as well - watch out. My old condo, sold 7 years ago, is still worth 25% less than that selling price.
#30182 of 32397 Re: Orlando [28firefighter]
Feb 13, 2013 (8:15 am)
Buying in nicer areas of Puget Sound is daunting, as there is a huge disconnect between rent and mortgages. If you're going to be in the area for under a decade, buying might not pencil out very well. But better than the suckers who bought in 05-06, who might have to wait a decade or more to break even. Things were insane here then. Property taxes in some areas of King County aren't cheap, either.
I don't like front plates either. Amusing how the country doesn't have a unified yes/no stance on them.
#30183 of 32397 Re: Orlando [ateixeira]
Feb 13, 2013 (8:16 am)
The later one is the one to get - the later cars also had better quality.
#30184 of 32397 Re: Orlando [breld]
Feb 13, 2013 (11:09 am)
Welcome back! I imagine you and your wife needed that vacation after all that car buying!
#30185 of 32397 Re: Orlando [fintail]
Feb 13, 2013 (11:11 am)
Yeah we paid what was to us a decent price for our condo 3 years ago. Regardless of what the market does our mortgage is still cheaper than if we were renting, and that's with minimal cash out of our pocket. So either way since we have to pay to live somewhere and we're not stretching our budget or paying more than if were to rent we're not worried right now.
It would be nice to get into a townhouse or house though so if prices to drop significantly we'd definetly start looking but would keep the condo as well I think.