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#24 of 73 Re: Would you buy your vehicle again? [steve_]
Mar 22, 2010 (9:13 am)
Lot of money, but spread out over almost 100,000 miles, it's not too bad.
Yeah, I keep telling myself that the few hundred dollars I spend every now and again is less than a new (or used) car payment.
Though it could have been worse .. when I was shopping, I was seriously considering a Passat V6 4Motion.
#25 of 73 Re: Would you buy your vehicle again? [michaell]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 22, 2010 (9:43 am)
I need new tires on the van. I really do sort of hate to spend money on an upgrade like that - new tires will almost double its value.
Finally got around to changing the oil (12,000 miles plus interval - whoopsie). Noticed a nice inch deep dent in the oil pan about 3 inches long. No leaks. Whatever I hit over the winter may have taken out the ebrake cable since it quit working a month ago.
Where's C4C when you need it?
Yeah, ignore and abuse a car and it won't quit? Sure, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
#26 of 73 Re: Would you buy your vehicle again? [steve_]
Mar 22, 2010 (11:33 am)
My Accord is almost reaching the point where its value on the market would vary by how much gas is in it - but it keeps going and going. it's time for tires and in about a year another timing belt. At this point I'm likely to do those.
#27 of 73 finally have 2 vehicles
Mar 22, 2010 (1:21 pm)
for which I can say yes. The Echo has been completely repair-free and hasn't even needed brakes or a clutch, now at 135K and still pulling 40 mpg consistently.
Too bad Toyota made the car slower AND less fuel-efficient when it turned it into the Yaris. Unless they do something about both of those items for the next release this year or next, I have bought my last Toyota.
And the new Outback Sport is just great - a real driver's car considering it only cost $20 grand, plenty fast enough for me, and I love the growl of the boxer. Only at 10K miles, but at that mileage I was already thinking wistfully of trading with my last two new Toyotas. If Subaru can boost their very mediocre gas mileage, the replacement for the OBS will be a Subaru as well.
#28 of 73 Re: finally have 2 vehicles [nippononly]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 22, 2010 (1:52 pm)
Maybe Subaru can borrow some tech from Toyota to help the mpg improve. After all, Toyota owns almost 17% of them now.
If you aren't careful, you may own 17% of a Toyota next time.
Too bad Toyota didn't keep the boring boxy shape of the old Tercels when they came out with the Echo.
#29 of 73 Would I buy my vehicle again
Mar 22, 2010 (2:22 pm)
1989 Ford Tempo - Owned it for 5 years and put 85k miles on it. Only 2 problem areas, failed EGR valve (Ford paid for the part; I paid labor) and tie rods.
1994 Honda Accord - Loved that car!!!
1996 Ford Explorer (V8) - Probably the last good year for Explorers. Ran it to 150k miles before wife backed it into a loading dock (don't ask)
1989 Buick Century - bought used. Served it's purpose. Not sure why people bought this car new???
2001 Chevy Malibu - I figured GM finally ironed out the problems by the 4th model year, right??? Hell no! Worst new car I ever owned. Only car we ever traded in while still paying on the loan. The reason why i am hesitant about GM.
2000 Olds Intrigue - bought used. Great buy used; not so much new. made it to 178k miles. Learned to do the maintenance myself. Would buy again used.
2004 Nissan Quest - Never buy the first year of a new model!!! Sliding door still rattles, cheap plastic, rotors warp. Thankfully it has a nice motor. Definitely pass on this one again.
2006 Toyota Camry - bought used in June 2009. I understand why the Camry is the benchmark for the class.
#30 of 73 Re: finally have 2 vehicles [nippononly]
Mar 22, 2010 (7:43 pm)
One way for Subaru to boost mileage would be to offer buyers a choice of FWD or AWD, as it used to do. Would you buy a 2WD version to gain ~2 mph?
#31 of 73 Re: finally have 2 vehicles [hpmctorque]
Mar 22, 2010 (8:10 pm)
Nah, I would have bought a Mazda if I wanted FWD. But I wouldn't buy FWD.
Steve: yeah, I liked the angular look of the Tercel too. But the bubble roof on the Echo gives it this huge amount of headroom that I really enjoy. It's kind of like the New Beetle that way.
Mar 22, 2010 (11:48 pm)
01 Rio - heck no
05 Impala - Yes
09 Equinox - No
#33 of 73 Re: finally have 2 vehicles [nippononly]
Mar 24, 2010 (6:09 am)
Sorry. but I intended to say mpg instead of mph. However, you understood that my question related to mileage, and essentially responded that, while you value fuel economy, the AWD feature is worth a loss of approximately 2 mpg to you.