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#33713 of 35173 Re: Investment Grade [kyfdx@Edmunds]
Sep 12, 2013 (3:19 pm)
>> $40K invested in an S&P 500 index fund for the last 27 years would probably be worth $300K or more...
straight up, the $40 would have grown to $285; if we assume an inexpensive index fund at 0.2 % expenses, that reduces to $270.
of course, all of us chronic car buyers have that and more in our retirement accounts... that's why we get to buy toys... right? right!!!??
#33714 of 35173 Re: Investment Grade [steine13]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Sep 12, 2013 (3:20 pm)
Hey.. I was pretty close!!
Sep 12, 2013 (8:12 pm)
since hi mile TLs were the topic du jour a couple of jours ago, thought I would give an update on mine.
had it in to dealer last week, and they overall raved about it being in good shape, but decided that ball joints had "play", and rear brakes were getting close. everything else, check marks in the green boxes on the inspection sheet.
since the brake light was staying on when cold, and curious about the ball joints (never had that mentioned before) I took it up to the local tire place I use (where they shockingly will tell you you don't really need what you came in for). Per them, the entire suspension was in great shape, nice and tight, and nothing at all amiss with the ball joints. So dodged an expensive bullet, and peace of mind.
they did say the rear brakes were pretty well shot (no pad left, just about to the rivets). And that the rotors were below spec and had to be replaced (given that they were the originals, with 171K on them, I think that was fair). Rear toe also out so tires not wearing quite right.
so, used my coupon, and car is nicely aligned, fully inspected, and fresh rear brakes (the fronts were done within 10K miles). Son drove it home, and said the brakes felt a lot firmer, which is good.
The guy at the tire place did say that it was in very clean condition too, like the service writer at the acura dealer did.
hopefully now it will behave itself and not cost me money for a while. The kid getting a permanent job and getting something new would also help, in case I want to sell now that it is all sorted!
#33716 of 35173 Re: '67 427 tri-carb Re: Investment Grade [rayainsw]
Sep 13, 2013 (1:20 am)
1967 427 400hp with the front knocked off back behind the front tires (?frame damage?) and the wrong motor. 45,000 miles. Interior ratty. $74,900. Doesn't look like a good deal to me.
#33717 of 35173 Re: TL for GG [stickguy]
Sep 13, 2013 (6:48 am)
Luckily there's no immediate need to go out and lease, purchase something new. Hate when one gets in that situation and exactly what happened back in '05 when we got the Mazda. Rushing isn't the best way to get something new and can become a costly mistake. I also plan to check out the ILX but got a feeling that by the time I am ready, the new version will be on the market already since I suspect 2017 is going to be the magic year for me. And if we get the a/c repaired and all else works out, 2015 might be the year for the wife as of last Saturday's discussion, she is in no hurry here.
Speaking of Mazda, I had to drive a Mazda2 yesterday back from the tire store and it was an o k vehicle. Picked it up and the tire icon was on so I had to ask them to re-check and fill the tires with air...ya think a Tire Kingdom would check the air pressures before returning a vehicle to the customer! The car drove funny, a thumping feeling through the wheel and sound through the vehicle...not sure what they fixed but the tires were still a problem. But compared to my kid's vehicles, this Mazda2 was a bit low rent to tell ya the truth...the seat fabric was pretty nice though and vision all around was very good. Since it only comes in a hatch version, doubt the wife would consider one but I will mention it to her. If she still wants to stay in this sub-compact category, I would really push the Kia Rio as the best of the bunch truthfully...it has the nicest exterior and I definitely prefer the control layout and visibility. The Accent is also a very good vehicle, but I think the Rio is the better one. Not too worried about trade in as I suspect her next vehicle will be in the herd for a good 10 years or so but again, I do think it's to slow and small for her and what she is used to.
#33718 of 35173 I Don't Want to Grow Up...
Sep 13, 2013 (8:26 am)
I'm a Cars-R-Us kid!
Greetings, All: Circumstances may dicatate that I have to trade my beloved Jag XK for a more suitable for year-round New England driving, grown-up type car. Prior to actually driving either one yet, my current two replacement (both AWD) candidates are:
Since I have a Jaguar shirt and a couple of hats, of course I'm leaning towards the XF ; - ). Any opinions here on what car I should get now that I may have to grow up? Of course, test drives most likely a'comin...
Thanks for the thoughts,
#33719 of 35173 Re: I Don't Want to Grow Up... [laurasdada]
by Michaell@Edmunds HOST
Sep 13, 2013 (8:36 am)
Yay! Another opportunity to spend someone else's money.
A5 - it's a coupe, like the XK. Standard 4-cyl turbo engine (is there a V6 option available?)
XF - sedan, slightly larger, you are already familiar with Jag service
Test drive both and get back to us!
#33720 of 35173 Re: I Don't Want to Grow Up... [Michaell@Edmunds]
Sep 13, 2013 (9:01 am)
isn't the A5 going to be about 29K cheaper?
Both look nice though.
#33721 of 35173 Re: I Don't Want to Grow Up... [Michaell@Edmunds]
Sep 13, 2013 (9:11 am)
The A5 is a 6 if you get the S5 which add significantly to the cost. Either way great looking car. The sunroof only tilts not retracts, if thats a big deal to you.
Jag is classy looking as well. Reliability...well you'd know better than I on a Jag reliability. Not that Audi has a stellar history but they seem to have improved.
#33722 of 35173 Re: I Don't Want to Grow Up... [au1994]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Sep 13, 2013 (9:23 am)
I think the S5 is the supercharged-6 cylinder.. and, if I'm spending your money, that's the way I want to go..
You can also get a 6-cylinder in the A5, I'm pretty sure.... Figure around $50K for a nicely equipped model.