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#70 of 77 I had
Apr 19, 2006 (5:25 am)
a 2001 Aurora and you are right,you can get good deal on them now that Old's went bye-bye. You get all of the goodies of a Cadillac CTS at a fraction of the price.
I had the 3.5l shortstar and averaged 21 mpg. You can also go to any GM brand for service.
The car was just too big to get in my garage now that the kids bikes have taken over my half.
#71 of 77 Re: I had [guss]
Apr 19, 2006 (5:16 pm)
Well I'm gonna do some hard lookin'
#72 of 77 speaking of cheap
Apr 24, 2006 (8:43 pm)
I saw a really nice looking (though bland, I know) '97 Buick Century (first of the 'newer' body style), in the requisite tan/tan, with 110k and a BIN a bit under $2500 on eBay yesterday and really considered it; alas, it's gone now. Not half the quandry was that it's in Florida and I'm in Chicago, though nothing a ~$99 plane ticket couldn't fix. Part of me needs a grocery-getter sometimes (I don't own a car, don't really need one, but it'd be nice sometimes), but can't see spending ~$2500 on a '93-ish rusty Accord (I'm in Chicago, they all have rust) when I can probably get something in the way of a decent, more recent domestic with fairly similar gas mileage (at least highway, more comfort, fewer miles and likely lower repair costs for about the same money. It can't be anything too awful looking, though (can't do Skylarks, Achievas, off the top of my head), and stories of Taurus head gaskets, Intrepid transmissions, etc. scare me. I'd be really bummed if I ponied up even $2-3k for a car and were quickly faced with a $1000-1500 repair; kinda defeats the purpose. Oh, what to do? Speaking of cheap, oh yeah, I am. Gas here is pushing $3.25 and parking is $22 a day downtown, at this point, guess I should covet my CTA card.
#73 of 77 Re: speaking of cheap [ghulet]
Apr 25, 2006 (5:29 pm)
Do remember that Chicago has the "car rental" deal where you join and you can use a car a certain number of hours per month.
If I lived in the city (I am way out in the sticks and have been riding the Metra rail between Crystal Lake and Woodstock), I would take advantage of cheap weekend deals from the various rental agencies. Just make sure that you rent outside of the city (Park Ridge, for example) and you'll pay lower rates AND 6% sales tax on the rental.
#74 of 77 I checked those out...
Apr 29, 2006 (6:26 am)
...I don't remember the details exactly, but we are able, at certain Jewel stores and el stations, to 'rent' a car, by joining a club of some sort first, entering a password to a storage box of some sort which has a key, thereby allowing access to the car 24/7, which is really nice (and beats going downtown during 'normal business hours' or to O'Hare to rent). It is, of course, expensive compared to even traditional renting (they charge by the hour AND by the mile, IIRC); honestly, I can't imagine using it for anything other than local use for that reason, and that being the case, just cabbing is far more practical for me. I think if I had just moved to the city, knew absolutely nobody from whom I could borrow a car (and/or didn't have roommates with cars), I could see using it, but it doesn't make sense on any level, for me. I'd basically spend something like $60 plus gas to use a car for half a day. If I needed it more than 3x a month, I'd be better off just buying a beater, IMO. Parking, in my neighborhood, is essentially a non-issue, which is pretty unusual in Chicago.
I'll try to find a link and post it here; I just remember thinking it wasn't so great for my particular situation.
#75 of 77 Re: I checked those out... [ghulet]
Apr 29, 2006 (9:03 am)
I sent an e-mail to the people running the service ... They rent out Civic and Civic Hybrids AND they cover all of the insurances - both liability and property damage.
The company's name is I-GO Chicago. link title
Also, another company heading to Chicago is Zipcar. link title
#77 of 77 Re: One thing I didn't like... [andre1969]
Feb 14, 2007 (10:24 am)
Obviously, you have not looked at an Azera. Larger interior than Avalon, BMW 750, etc. $5-6K thousand less similarly equipped. Better warranty, even more quiet. Lots of creature comforts, power, and luxury touches. I have an 07 Azera and traded a very nice (loved it) 2000 Avalon XLS as part of the deal. The Azera is every bit as well built in my opinion, as the Avalon. The only advantage I would give Avalon is MPG, by 1 to 1.5 MPG (I am getting 23 in town). By the way, the Azera uses regular. The new Avalon wants premium.
Yep, no navigation, XM (now coming), or HID headlights. But for the $5+K difference, I will suffer in luxurious silence.