Car lovers?

I really need something thats a cross between a suburban (for seating capacity) a wagon of some sorts and a pick-up truck.

Do you need the flatbed of a truck for hauling stuff, or would the space in a wagon be sufficient?

If the latter, I'd consider a Subaru Legacy or something along those lines.

What about a crew cab pickup with a camper shell, Mav?

I'm looking into vehicles with salvage titles. You can find vehicles that have little to no damage that go for 1/4 their value because of the salvage title. I know their are other issues with getting a car like this, but if I plan on keeping it for a while the savings should pay for itself.

Fastmav347 wrote:

I really need something thats a cross between a suburban (for seating capacity) a wagon of some sorts and a pick-up truck.

You might be down to a 3 row suv if you need that kind of seating, with maybe an occasional trailer rental to haul stuff.

That's where we are. My wife has a pathfinder. If I buy a new king sized mattress set, or haul mulch, I'll rent a trailer.

I need 3 row suv/van for the people room, I got 4 kids and their stuff to haul around. I really like the everyday trunk of wagons for general use, but could use the bigger bed of a pick up for when we go out to the beach etc. Its unreal how much room they take up.

Fastmav347 wrote:

I need 3 row suv/van for the people room, I got 4 kids and their stuff to haul around. I really like the everyday trunk of wagons for general use, but could use the bigger bed of a pick up for when we go out to the beach etc. Its unreal how much room they take up.

Option for the family beach trip: 3 row SUV with roof carrier.

I have a travel ball softball catcher in the family. We took our Pathfinder across the country last summer for a tourney, and used the roof carrier to get us enough space for all that softball gear, luggage, set of folding chairs, 10x10 tent, coolers, etc.

Picked that carrier up off of Craig's List for $125. It's probably a mid-sized one.

Pikes Peak:

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Forgot to post this yesterday, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy July 18th !!

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I've gone down the rabbit hole of project car youtube channels lately.

Realization: It's my version of my wife watching home flipping shows on HGTV.

For instance, this guy's done a few salvage auction rebuilds. RS7 sweetness underway:

Hmm... I own a 2016 Ford Fusion, and I've been driving it.. er.. well.. dangerous fast recently.

I'm not looking for judgment of my choice of action, but I am wondering if anyone has any knowledge about high-speed braking issues for this make/model/year. Google yields some confusing results. I am asking my garage about it as well, of course, but the GWJ collective is never a bad place to check!

The brakes act entirely normally and correctly at speeds lower than 75 mph, but they shudder fiercely at speeds higher than 75 mph, especially if applied forcefully.

EDIT: I've been driving more aggressively for about three weeks now, maybe four, and it has gotten progressively worse. I just had the vehicle serviced on Friday, and they reported no issues.

Does this mean you are driving track? Normal brakes become problematic in track conditions with repeated high speed breaking and such. Like getting so hot they are red problematic so be careful.

Here are performance cars showing this

Your rotors could be just slightly warped that you may not notice at lower speeds. Hot spots could also be an issue.

Fastmav347 wrote:

Your rotors could be just slightly warped that you may not notice at lower speeds. Hot spots could also be an issue.

This. Getting ready to replace my 350Z rotors and pads for this same reason.

Also, if you have the rotors replaced or turned (getting rarer these days), don't forget to properly bed the brakes. Google it if you're not sure how.

MannishBoy wrote:
Fastmav347 wrote:

Your rotors could be just slightly warped that you may not notice at lower speeds. Hot spots could also be an issue.

This. Getting ready to replace my 350Z rotors and pads for this same reason.

Also, if you have the rotors replaced or turned (getting rarer these days), don't forget to properly bed the brakes. Google it if you're not sure how.

If you plan on doing alot of heavy braking, instead of turning rotors, I would advise going with a set of new high quality rotors, avoid the 30 dollar oreilly special ones.

Fastmav347 wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
Fastmav347 wrote:

Your rotors could be just slightly warped that you may not notice at lower speeds. Hot spots could also be an issue.

This. Getting ready to replace my 350Z rotors and pads for this same reason.

Also, if you have the rotors replaced or turned (getting rarer these days), don't forget to properly bed the brakes. Google it if you're not sure how.

If you plan on doing alot of heavy braking, instead of turning rotors, I would advise going with a set of new high quality rotors, avoid the 30 dollar oreilly special ones.

Right. Most it's very hard to even find places that do it now (which was my comment). And rotors are not as thick as they used to be, so there's less to be turned in the first place.

Thanks guys! The shop agreed it is likely warped rotors, and they will machine them under my prepaid maintenance plan.

Uh.. not driving track. Just being a jerk, really.

I have a 2007 VW Rabbit and while I'd love a GTI I've decided to learn how to do some basic car pimpin'. I love this car, it's only got just over 100K miles on it, it still runs well. I just need to do some body work on it, replace my headliner, and maybe spring for some new, nice wheels. Oh and clean up/buff out the head lights.

YouTube is a godsend for all of the stuff I'd realistically do myself.

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Forgot to post this yesterday, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy July 18th !!

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Just spotted this. Boxster or Cayman.

I took my 987 Cayman in for servicing a few weeks ago, and spent a fair amount of time looking at a grey 718. Lovely cars to look at. Lovely to sit in. However, still a miserly base specification.

I would need:

Cayman - £42,897
Grey Metallic Paint - £581
Leather seats - Free, but only with 2-way sports seats at £1,343
PDK Gearbox - £2,000

So price for my minimum acceptable spec - £46,000. I cannot make those numbers work. I will look again when early cars have begun to depreciate. I have a suspicion that the fact that the 718s engine is a flat 4 more accelerate this (no pun intended).

In the meantime, I had been eyeing 981s from time to time. £32,000 would get me in a 30,000 mile, PDK-equipped car.

Sadly, a very fat sheaf of recent bills for my 987 have put paid to that notion.

Detroit20, here is a better photo of it.

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I sprung for the Cayman S, and added the lower suspension, PDK, and Sport Crono...I've had it for about a year now, and it makes me smile everyday. Being my first Porsche, I can honestly say I had no idea what the big deal was, until i test-drove it.....It's visceral and you buy these cars not for ultra-luxury, but because you enjoy driving, and want to drive something perfect.

It's the most money I've ever spent on a car, and funny how for the same price I could have bought a bear-bones 911 Carrera. But man....it's awesome

Sweet car.

I'd think I'd almost prefer the Cayman with the mid-engine.

MannishBoy wrote:

Sweet car.

I'd think I'd almost prefer the Cayman with the mid-engine.

So...So...So...Well Balanced!

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Detroit20, here is a better photo of it.

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I sprung for the Cayman S, and added the lower suspension, PDK, and Sport Crono...I've had it for about a year now, and it makes me smile everyday. Being my first Porsche, I can honestly say I had no idea what the big deal was, until i test-drove it.....It's visceral and you buy these cars not for ultra-luxury, but because you enjoy driving, and want to drive something perfect.

It's the most money I've ever spent on a car, and funny how for the same price I could have bought a bear-bones 911 Carrera. But man....it's awesome

Carmine red? Or Guards?

I was the same as you when I bought mine. I'd heard great things about the Cayman, but I didn't really 'get it'. Then I test-drove it, and experienced the balance, felt the feedback from the steering wheel, and discovered the levels of grip and I was hooked.

@MannishBoy

The problem with the Cayman is that it's the perfect gateway drug. Many car reviewers make the case that the Cayman is Porsche's best handling car, and that - in GTS form - it's the best value that Porsche offers. Then most of them say that it's the 911 that they'd prefer.

As well as 981 (2nd iteration) Caymans, I've also been ogling 997 911s (£40k) and 991 911s (£55k). I always prefer to buy outright, so I can't afford any of them.

@Detroit20
It's Guards Red....combined with the black badging, black carrera S rims, and black Sport Exhuast, it is very slick. Also you nailed it on the head, This car felt better to me on a turn at speed, then the 911 Carrera 4S at about the same speed I test drove on the same road two days earlier....plus it was much less. How could you not want one!

This is Lulu the Thunderpig; so named by my 4-year old son. She's a 2006 base model C6 Corvette with Z51 suspension package, a handful of basic intake/exhaust mods, and a few other misc. goodies. I found her after my near-fatal motorcycle accident a little over a year ago. She had one owner, 60k miles, and I bought her for $18k OTD. She's my daily driver and we enjoy each other's company every day. A LOT more planned mods are in the works, but this weekend I look forward to installing the new stereo system my wife bought me for my recent birthday.

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Anybody have a car log app they like? Don't care about gas mileage as much as the service tracking. I do most basic stuff myself, but want to have records as people seem to care about them much more on German used stuff.

I haven't found anything that's looked exactly like what I want. Was thinking maybe just use Excel for logs and OneNote/pictures for receipts. I could also see setting up a Google form that logs to a Google Sheet.

Anyone have any experience buying a late model used SUV recently? My wife has around $30k to replace her Jeep Commander but nothing stands out. Everything seems very same-y. I'm pushing her toward wagons but even then it seems limited with the E Class probably standing out the most. Guide us, goodjers!

Really depends on what you are looking for. For that price I would look at a Highlander, CRV, RX350, or RDX, depending on your needs and taste.

$30K also gets you into Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLA's range, if you want German.

Heck, you're not far off of a GLA45 AMG. I looked at one of those in the low-mid $30's when I was shopping.

Also depends on the size you need. The Commander isn't huge, but if you're wanting to go up in size, that changes things.

The GLA is definitely on the small side. Probably the GLK as well. She needs at least as much cargo space as her Commander so the X3 and Q5 are definitely on the list, the cargo area is very close to what we had in the Commander. I think we just have to drive things to see what we like.

As an owner of two BMWs in the last 10 years, I would not buy one planning to keep it past 100,000 miles. Unless you like massive repair bills I guess.

LeapingGnome wrote:

As an owner of two BMWs in the last 10 years, I would not buy one planning to keep it past 100,000 miles. Unless you like massive repair bills I guess.

That's part of the reason I talked myself out of the M235i's. I really liked those, and they were cheaper than what I eventually went with. I just talked to enough people that had spent a lot on BMW maintenance.

I almost did it anyway, because I'm able to do basic maintenance myself, but still worried expensive stuff I wasn't equipped to deal with would fail at bad times.