Car lovers?

PoderOmega wrote:

Had an incident today where I was parked on the street (and sitting in the car) someone else parking recklessly reversed into me at a weird angle and a ridiculous speed and made a ~8 inch line scratch in my bumper from i assume their license plate.

I get it that for some people dings and scratches aren't a big deal, especially in the bumper. Unfortunately I'm not one of those people. So of course the dude says sorry and starts to walks off like it is no big deal. So I point out the mark and he goes back and forth between "it is nothing" (as in it is insignificant) and "it was already there". I started taking pictures of the damage and their car then the other person in the car with him starts arguing and things started to escalate a bit, but finally they agreed to exchange info. They have an expired insurance card and expired registration of course but i got a picture of the info and wasn't going to risk escalating it further by calling it out. I'm also not sure if the driver had a license since as the person he was with was oddly eager to show me theirs.

The real frustration is that we're a one family car and use it at least 4 times a week. I'm guessing the repair would be a repaint of the bumper putting me out of a car for few days. So that means a rental, likely at my expense if these people are uninsured and likely will claim they didn't cause the damage. Also of course they said they knew a guy with a shop (the whole "it'll buff right out" routine).

So I have this scratch that wasn't my fault and maybe most people wouldn't notice. And if I want to get it fixed it involves and even bigger ordeal and I either have to file a claim with a $500 deductible or go out of pocket. I'll get an estimate in the next couples days.

That would have pissed me off to high hell. Especially "It is nothing?"

Wife and I are going to be hunting for a 3rd row vehicle for our growing family. No preggo just we are outgrowing our current 03 Grand Cherokee for trips. Looking to expand into a larger vehicle. I really love Jeeps and would love to consider the Commander but am open to many other options. I do most of the vehicle upkeep so I look for dependable and easy to work on, which was how I ended up with the GC and standard Cherokee. Those inline 6 engines are beautiful and fun to work on. Going to miss all the engine room to work on.

Hobear wrote:

Wife and I are going to be hunting for a 3rd row vehicle for our growing family. No preggo just we are outgrowing our current 03 Grand Cherokee for trips. Looking to expand into a larger vehicle. I really love Jeeps and would love to consider the Commander but am open to many other options. I do most of the vehicle upkeep so I look for dependable and easy to work on, which was how I ended up with the GC and standard Cherokee. Those inline 6 engines are beautiful and fun to work on. Going to miss all the engine room to work on.

I test drove a CX9, and it was really nice. Ended up with a truck though just for the better towing.

Went by Carmax with the wife today to see how I'd fit* in a 2014 Audi S3 that I'd seen online. I've been looking for something a little more practical to replace my 160,000 Z with, but something that's still fun.

Some of the off lease models in the 2014-15 range I'd been looking at online: S3, S4, QS5 (drove one, pretty fun for a CUV), and a Cadillac CTS V-Sport.

I'd been talking to a guy I work with about how cheap the M235i's looked comparatively online (high 20's instead of low 30's), but figured the wife would prefer me not to go with another 2 door.

However, wife fell in love with an M235i. White with bright red leather, and very low miles for a 2015. It is pretty sweet, and is reportedly a blast to drive.

I'd preferred the Audi's to the BMW's due to perceived maintenance and service costs. I do most of my own basic maintenance (oil, brakes, occasional window regulator on the Z, etc).

Question: Are BMW's really that bad? From what I understand, BMW doesn't even give you a dipstick on the M235i, even if oil changes are only like every 12,000 miles. I believe it has an electronic oil sensor, though.

I'll have to read up to see if you have to use the dealer to keep warranty active. Probably against the law to require that, but who knows?

It's not likely I'll get this car, but now the model's in my head. I'm probably still a bit off from being ready to trade/buy, and I would probably get one with a few more miles on it, to get it down into the 20's. If I went this route.

*OK, but the butt part of the seat is a little tight like my 350Z was when I got it in 2003. But it doesn't have the stupid seat controls on top that cut into my thigh like the Z does. I'm not even that big (6'1", long legs, 190).

NakedHavoc wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

Sweet ride.

I'm starting to shop for some off lease 2014's or 2015's.

Short list:
Cadillac CTS V Sport
Audi SQ5
Audi S4

Looked at an SQ5 last weekend. Liked it, but wasn't in love with this particular one. Really liked the interior, which was a two tone black/baseball glove brown. Couldn't decide if I wanted a black exterior again, though. Also haven't decided if I want a car or a small sporty SUV.

No big rush, but my 350Z's got 160,000 miles on it, so I need to start figuring it out.

My brother picked up a new SQ5 a couple of months ago and absolutely loves it. I have been meaning to go see what they’re all about.

Let me know more thoughts once you do. I drove one. Started kind of rough, and had a couple of other things that worried me. But it was a pretty interior. Black and ball glove brown seats in a black SQ5. Really liked that look.

I have owned two BMWs, I would not keep one past 100,000 miles. Neither were Ms but I am sure that increases part costs. Maintenance yourself is not too bad as long as it is not electronic. There are good forums out there if you want to check into typical repairs for the M2 (bimmerfest, bimmerpost).

You don’t have to use the dealer to keep the warranty as far as I know, but BMWs come with free scheduled maintenance during most of the warranty period any way. You might check into that if you are considering one, see what is transferable.

Also, in general I have not heard good things about the A3 / S3, at least a couple of years ago. Not bad, but overpriced for what you get and not up to the competition. Maybe on the used market or the one you are looking at is different.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Also, in general I have not heard good things about the A3 / S3, at least a couple of years ago. Not bad, but overpriced for what you get and not up to the competition. Maybe on the used market or the one you are looking at is different.

I'm buying used. 2014-2015's are in the high $20's to low $30's around here. So maybe 40% off of list in 3 years? Off lease cars are where it's at.

Strangely cheaper than Golf R's for the S3. Basically the same mechanically except for suspensions.

S3's are very tunable (as are Golf R's). An ECU tune and a downpipe get you probably 80-90 HP.

MannishBoy wrote:
LeapingGnome wrote:

Also, in general I have not heard good things about the A3 / S3, at least a couple of years ago. Not bad, but overpriced for what you get and not up to the competition. Maybe on the used market or the one you are looking at is different.

I'm buying used. 2014-2015's are in the high $20's to low $30's around here. So maybe 40% off of list in 3 years? Off lease cars are where it's at.

Strangely cheaper than Golf R's for the S3. Basically the same mechanically except for suspensions.

S3's are very tunable (as are Golf R's). An ECU tune and a downpipe get you probably 80-90 HP.

If you want to buy your car from Carmax and want to do so through a fellow GWJ'er, I work part-time at the largest Carmax in Nashville off Powell Avenue.

cartoonin wrote:

If you want to buy your car from Carmax and want to do so through a fellow GWJ'er, I work part-time at the largest Carmax in Nashville off Powell Avenue. :)

Don't think I'm quite ready yet, but I was thinking about coming back there to drive the M235i and S3 you have there. Didn't have time on Saturday. Send me your info, if I come back, I'll look you up.

Whife really wanted me to get the white M235i with red interior. Surprised me. I thought she was dead set on me getting something more practical than my old 350Z. I guess the M235i is a step up in that it has a back seat...

It's time to get rid of my wife's aging Mini before the engine consumes itself in soot. She's moving on to an Acura TLX coming off a lease. I guess we're getting older.

So, cleaning the mass air flow sensor and throttle body the first time on a 163,000 mile 350Z makes it run better. It also now no longer dies if you start it warm because it can't find a idle floor (unless you tap the gas).

Who knew!?

I do all the standard maintenance, but always put this off. Took 20 minutes, made a world of difference. More than I could have guessed.

In other 350Z news, this little bump somebody gave me in a parking lot without leaving a note got an estimate of $2,800. Car's not worth that much more than that with all the miles it has. Apparently, since it intruded on the door bar, have to replace the door for structural integrity reasons.

EDIT: Uh, tinypic rotated the image, but you get the point.

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That's infuriating. I've spent around $500 getting dings and scratches out of my Mazda for similar reasons. It's impossible to park far enough away. Have you checked junk yards to see if anyone has any spare doors?

EverythingsTentative wrote:

That's infuriating. I've spent around $500 getting dings and scratches out of my Mazda for similar reasons. It's impossible to park far enough away. Have you checked junk yards to see if anyone has any spare doors?

It's uninsured motorist covered, so I'll let the insurance work it out. It also got a dent in the front fender that I didn't see until I washed it. So they have to paint the door, fender, and blend the rear quarter.

It's this three stage mica paint. Got to do that to keep it matched.

Guy doing the estimate at the body shop was interested in buying it. Should give him a good deal and keep the check for the insurance. Just not sure how long it will take to find the right used car. Been looking casually for a couple of months now, and haven't found the right one.

Looking for something sporty/luxury, yet a bit more practical. Probably something 2-3 years old off lease.

MannishBoy wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

That's infuriating. I've spent around $500 getting dings and scratches out of my Mazda for similar reasons. It's impossible to park far enough away. Have you checked junk yards to see if anyone has any spare doors?

It's uninsured motorist covered, so I'll let the insurance work it out. It also got a dent in the front fender that I didn't see until I washed it. So they have to paint the door, fender, and blend the rear quarter.

It's this three stage mica paint. Got to do that to keep it matched.

Guy doing the estimate at the body shop was interested in buying it. Should give him a good deal and keep the check for the insurance. Just not sure how long it will take to find the right used car. Been looking casually for a couple of months now, and haven't found the right one.

Looking for something sporty/luxury, yet a bit more practical. Probably something 2-3 years old off lease.

Focus ST

karmajay wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

That's infuriating. I've spent around $500 getting dings and scratches out of my Mazda for similar reasons. It's impossible to park far enough away. Have you checked junk yards to see if anyone has any spare doors?

It's uninsured motorist covered, so I'll let the insurance work it out. It also got a dent in the front fender that I didn't see until I washed it. So they have to paint the door, fender, and blend the rear quarter.

It's this three stage mica paint. Got to do that to keep it matched.

Guy doing the estimate at the body shop was interested in buying it. Should give him a good deal and keep the check for the insurance. Just not sure how long it will take to find the right used car. Been looking casually for a couple of months now, and haven't found the right one.

Looking for something sporty/luxury, yet a bit more practical. Probably something 2-3 years old off lease.

Focus ST

Umm, no. Not a Ford guy in general, and want something bigger with a more power. And more comfort.

Looking at the following, 2014-16:
S3
S4
M235i (or ix)
GLA 45 AMG
SQ5
Cadillac CTS V Sport

That's a kind of schizo list there. Sports sedans, sports coupes, crossovers (with a hot hatch called a crossover in the GLA), and a fairly large sport sedan in the Cadillac (yet with 400+ HP).

Closest to a Focus ST I'd go would be a Golf R, which is really probably a better option than the S3 that it's mechanically very similar to, they're just rarer and oddly more expensive in many cases.

MX-5 RF

WizKid wrote:

MX-5 RF

Pretty sure that's even less practical than my 350Z

Plus I don't fit. At least I don't fit in the convertible from a few years ago.

Got my RX7 all ready for its first proper track day (and my first track day in 11 years) next weekend. I'm oddly a little nervous about it, since the car is kind of a handful (I'm running Federal 595s 'cause they're cheap, the steering is twitchy, and the Kaaz rear diff is spooky) but I'm still really looking forward to stretching its legs in something other than an autocross for once.

Which track will you be running?

Utah Motorsports Campus. Used to be called Larry Miller.

Bottle wrote:

Utah Motorsports Campus. Used to be called Larry Miller.

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I’m looking forward to running on Norm MacDonald international raceway next time.

So the OP explicitly says whether your car is worth $2k or $200k, post about it if you love it. My car is pretty close to being worth $2k, but I frickin' love it. I'm thinking of preparing a post, stand by.

So I decided, in my 30s, I wanted to start a new hobby. I thought maybe cars? I didn't have any experience wrenching, my family wasn't into cars so I didn't have hand-me-down knowledge or tools or anything, but man I just like cars, so I thought I'd burn some money. My friends were super supportive and helpful, and lent me their tools, expertise and time.

I thought to myself, what if this is a terrible idea? What if I buy a car that can't be fixed? What if I make the car worse? What's the most money I could afford to just straight-up lose in a bad decision? I decided on a budget of $4k. I've lost $4k before, it won't kill me.

I watched Craigslist for months. The guides I had read said to look out for rust (a common sight in the midwest) and they said for your first project car, choose a car that starts. After about five months, I bought a '77 Chevy Nova. Now I know Novas ain't exactly the coolest muscle cars. And I know a fourth-gen ain't even the coolest Nova. But it's a good start.

She's got problems. Heating and air conditioning don't work. Brakes didn't work. It ain't a perfect car. Not gonna win any shows. But she starts right up, and she's mine and I love that thing. A friend of mine is a mechanic and owns his own Nova, and has been showing me the basics. There's a weird feeling I get when I actually fix something on my own car. A boost of serotonin to the brain? I don't know but I walk around with a smile for days.

Pics when I sober up if anyone's interested!

Congratulations buzzw that is a big undertaking and sounds like you have a great group to work with.

Heck I still get that super pumped when I find new things to learn and do. It never really goes away.

Excited to see the nova.

Had to bring her home on a trailer because the brakes didn't work. Here she is getting her first oil change (in my time owning the car anyway) and general check up:
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That's the mechanic friend under the car. He helped me inspect the car and make the purchase.

When a bleeder screw broke off trying to unscrew it, we decided to go ahead and do a complete rear brake job. The rear brakes were in bad shape. The rivets on the shoes had worn grooves into the drum.
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Luckily, the front discs looked a lot better:
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My other buddy has been a great help too. He's not a mechanic, but he has a lot of general mechanical know-how, and more importantly he has no fear of trying to fix things.
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(after several beers) "Dude, let's replace that nasty master cylinder."
"But we don't know what we're doing."
"How hard could it be?"
An hour or so of youtube and many more beers later:
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Did I mention how great youtube is for car repairs?

A few more minor fixes later, and after washing off 20 years of garage dust, here she is ready for driving:
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Still got a lot more to do! You may have noticed the ridic huge air filter on there. It's had some custom work done to the engine, but the owner gave me the original intake manifold, carb, wheels and exhaust, in case I want to make it a bit more original. The heater core is also bypassed, it was leaking. I was going to try to fix that before winter but I let it slide, and I haven't found time to work under the dashboard for several days. I wasn't driving in the snow anyway.

Buying an old car was a big risk for me. I had no idea what the hell I was doing. But so far the experience has been great. Even if the car disappeared tomorrow, I'd say the fun, learning and all the people I've met have been worth it.

Looks pretty clean! Is the interior in as good a shape as the body?

Interior isn't perfect, there's some sun fading and a crack in the dashboard. There are also holes cut into the door panels for speakers. (The speakers are still there). But the seats are all intact and clean. Floors look good. In my price range I was just aiming for "not gross" and it definitely meets that criteria.

imbiginjapan wrote:

It's time to get rid of my wife's aging Mini before the engine consumes itself in soot. She's moving on to an Acura TLX coming off a lease. I guess we're getting older.

I went from a CooperS (for the same reasons) to a RDX.