Car lovers?

MannishBoy wrote:

You'll feel great when you're done, though. Because you did it yourself.

Truth. That was the whole point of this project, is what I tell myself. Actually having a working car is secondary.

BuzzW wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

You'll feel great when you're done, though. Because you did it yourself.

Truth. That was the whole point of this project, is what I tell myself. Actually having a working car is secondary.

And next time you HAVE to do something a bit out of your comfort zone on a car, you are less daunted.

At least that's how it works for me.

I did my expensive DSG transmission service myself a few months ago. Audi dealer wanted close to $500. I did it in a bit over an hour and $100 worth of fluids and parts. Next time there is no doubt I'll save myself the money and do it again.

There is this 3rd gen Celica knotchback that has been parked in the same spot for over a decade near where I live. I want to so badly stop one day and make an offer, but I have nowhere to put a project car. The goal wouldn't even be to get it running. It would be to take it apart and put it back together. Anyone got free garage space in north Atlanta?

I'm sure there are places you can rent space and put a car in.

Oh yeah, 100% but rent is usually not free. If I had to rent a space I wouldn't have money to burn on a project.

Anybody have any experiences with using an auto broker? Assuming I go another year without a vacation I am thinking of using the funds towards a used Audi TTS... but they are not plentiful and I was considering getting some help for search, negotiations and potential delivery.

imbiginjapan wrote:

Anybody have any experiences with using an auto broker? Assuming I go another year without a vacation I am thinking of using the funds towards a used Audi TTS... but they are not plentiful and I was considering getting some help for search, negotiations and potential delivery.

I haven't, but I did do a long search for my S4, bought it several hundred miles away after a PPI, and had it shipped.

I used the typical car search sites, primarily Carguru. Set up a bunch of searches for what you want and get emails when they hit the market. Then you can probably go to an online community that focuses on your car like audizine.com or a facebook group to ask for good trusted local-to-the car Audi skilled shop to do pre-purchase inspections for you if you get serious.

I went into my search not sure exactly what I wanted, but narrowed it down as I went. Then when the exact car I wanted popped up at a reasonable price, I was ready.

Nothing wrong with a broker, but if you have a long time horizon before you're ready to buy, you can at least start the process casually yourself.

I used a broker for a recent BMW lease. Found them on lease hacker and it was painless, I never even talked to the dealer until I went there to pick up the car and sign my name. It was a deal I would not have found on my own and I hate the whole adversarial negotiation car buying process. I think the broker fee was like $400 and I saved way more than that on the deal, paid after the sale was agreed to and the car was ready.

There are a bunch there that list their available cars but they can find stuff too. Focus on leasing of course but if looking to buy I am sure they can arrange that too. Any other questions I can answer just ask.

Doug Demuro's new auction site had one up...

The whole premise of the site is selling "cool" more recent cars, so this is a place I'd keep checking personally.

I didn't properly plug or seal an auxillary plug for a sensor (or something?) on my new radiator, and it leaked a mixture of distilled water and radiator cleaner right into the fan, which sprayed it all over the engine bay and my garage.

*Sigh* I guess this is how you learn. Today is a cleaning day.

BuzzW wrote:

I didn't properly plug or seal an auxillary plug for a sensor (or something?) on my new radiator, and it leaked a mixture of distilled water and radiator cleaner right into the fan, which sprayed it all over the engine bay and my garage.

*Sigh* I guess this is how you learn. Today is a cleaning day.

Heh, we've all been there. I was bleeding brakes on my 91 GMC Syclone that has sat for years after having the right front brake lock up while driving it. I'd previously replaced the toasted caliper and then had it not bleed. Due to the bespoke ABS system on the truck (first truck ever made with 4 wheel ABS, and only one ever to use this system), I was scared to get too much work into it because the ABS controller is notoriously flakey, and if they break, you have to remove ABS entirely as there are no spares.

I'd been cleaning and reorganizing the garage, and had a wild hair to dig back into the problem. I don't know why I didn't start with this previously, but it turns out the 25 year old at the time brake line had collapsed, causing the caliper lock. So I ordered new AC Delco stock brake hoses all around and installed the fronts.

Success, I left the bleeder open and gravity pulled fluid through. Success! So I went up to the master cylinder and replaced the old fluid. Got into the truck to see if it held pressure, only to realize I'd not clipped the master cylinder cover on. Sprayed brake fluid out of the master cylinder under the hood.

Greeeaaaattt...

Win some, lose some. But hey, I fixed the project I'd avoided for years due to fear of making something worse.

It seems likely my commute is going to get a lot longer in the near future (7 minutes to 38 minutes), and my Jaguar looks like it’ll pay for the rest of its loan if I trade now.

Anyone have opinions on luxury hybrids? Nothing crazy, budget would remain around $25k, preferably more like 20. Lexus as a brand has caught my eye in the past year so the ES 300h is pretty attractive. Something like this:

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/invent...

Thanks!

Still tooling around in my MINI S Roadster. Given how much time I've spent overseas, it's coming up on 10 years old and has only 25K on the clock, and still has its first set of tires. Haha! They look in good condition with a good amount of tread left, but I'm becoming increasingly concerned about the age. I'm also considering switching to non-run-flat tires since the combination of run-flats and stiffened suspension makes some of the local roads a bit challenging. That would leave me at the mercy of roadside assistance for a flat, since there's no spare in that silly little car.

I've also been eyeing the Ford Bronco on the horizon, as my two-seater roadster was definitely bought as a single-guy car for fun and date-nights. I was really hoping for a PHEV version of the Bronco since appalling fuel consumption as a DD is a concern for me (from an environmental perspective). I loved my OG Bronco, but it was one step above a coal-fueled locomotive in terms of fuel efficiency. Then Jeep turns around and starts waving its hands about a hybrid Wrangler of all things. Vive la competition, I suppose!

I'd definitely consider replacing tires after 10 years. The rubber doesn't flex forever.
I went 6 on my GTI and felt like it was time.
TBH few cars these days actually carry anything more than a goop can and air pump.

10 years is the recommended replacement interval by most manufacturers. Tires in effect dry rot. You may not be able to see it happening, either.

If you want to see how old the tires actually are, there's a date stamp you can read by the DOT information. There will be a four digit number, the first two digits are the month of manufacture, followed by a two digit year.

EDIT: Here's a read on it.

Blind_Evil wrote:

It seems likely my commute is going to get a lot longer in the near future (7 minutes to 38 minutes), and my Jaguar looks like it’ll pay for the rest of its loan if I trade now.

Anyone have opinions on luxury hybrids? Nothing crazy, budget would remain around $25k, preferably more like 20. Lexus as a brand has caught my eye in the past year so the ES 300h is pretty attractive. Something like this:

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/invent...

Thanks!

For most hybrids the premium to buy is not worth the money you save on gas. Maybe on a used one that cost is already gone.

The ES is a good comfortable sedan, we have almost bought one twice. 2015 was a mid-cycle facelift year so the tech will be a little outdated like most Lexuses but it will be reliable and comfortable which is good for a long commute. It shares a lot with the Avalon if you want to cross-shop can probably find those a bit cheaper.

If your concern is gas mileage I would seriously suggest looking at the Civic. The top Touring trim is very nice with leather and other stuff, much better than you would expect. Great commuter car, good gas mileage, comfortable seat, and decent backseat space for when other people are in the car. You can get a new Touring for under $25k last I looked, and since it is new you should get a lower interest rate on your loan than used.

We just bought my wife a CX-5 AWD Grand Touring Premium and it's nicer (and cheaper) than most mid-level luxury cars I've been in, honestly. Mazda is also currently offering 0% on 60 months or 1.8% on 72 months, so it's a pretty good time to buy.

Equipment in her car includes:
All leather interior with nice soft touch materials and even a little bit of wood
HUD that displays on the windshield, no more flip-up plastic screen.
Heated and vented front seats
Heated rear seats
Heated steering wheel
Auto opening/closing tailgate
Adaptive cruise control
Lane keep assist
Android Auto / Apple CarPlay

and probably some other things I'm forgetting.

How about a new Mazda3? They are super nice inside, great on gas, comfy, and very well priced (start at 20k with bunch of equipment standard)

I would need a mid-size or larger, wife and child were not happy in smaller. I will take a look at a 6 though. My wife thinks my ego can’t go back to a non-luxury badge.

Blind_Evil wrote:

I would need a mid-size or larger, wife and child were not happy in smaller. I will take a look at a 6 though. My wife thinks my ego can’t go back to a non-luxury badge.

At this point Mazda is a luxury manufacture. They appear to have given up on performance and are focusing on luxury and gas mileage.

Coldstream wrote:

I was really hoping for a PHEV version of the Bronco

If you are able to wait, the new Hummer is going to be all electric.

Fastmav347 wrote:

How about a new Mazda3? They are super nice inside, great on gas, comfy, and very well priced (start at 20k with bunch of equipment standard)

It has less power while getting worse gas mileage than the Civic and even the Accord, if any of that is important.

I bought a 1990 Izuzu trooper 4wd manual on a whim and a small need to occasionally drive up a forestry road or drive to disc golf when my partner is using the GTI.

It is a thoroughly impractical vehicle, with a weird straight 4 engine and I slightly feel like driving it is a work out.

Its perfect.

boogle wrote:

...a weird straight 4 engine...

That's pretty much every automotive 4 cylinder

Congrats. Old beater 4WD's are a nice change of pace to drive occasionally. I still miss my old CJ5.

Thin_J wrote:
Fastmav347 wrote:

How about a new Mazda3? They are super nice inside, great on gas, comfy, and very well priced (start at 20k with bunch of equipment standard)

It has less power while getting worse gas mileage than the Civic and even the Accord, if any of that is important.

Hondas are kinda non-starters for me. I cannot find the appeal in the styling.

And looking at some Mazdas, seems like 95% of them are black interior, which I’m feeling sick of after... every car I’ve owned.

And looking at some Mazdas, seems like 95% of them are black interior, which I’m feeling sick of after... every car I’ve owned.

I dunno while black is popular I see plenty of white, brown and occasional red roll through my dealer.

My Miata has a burgundy interior. It's glorious, imo.
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Fastmav347 wrote:
And looking at some Mazdas, seems like 95% of them are black interior, which I’m feeling sick of after... every car I’ve owned.

I dunno while black is popular I see plenty of white, brown and occasional red roll through my dealer.

Same reason everybody buys boring white, gray, silver, and black cars. Dealers have the easiest time selling them to broader groups of people. Less people are actually turned off by the bland colors. Just look at overall sales by color.*

Also, dark grey/black matches about any exterior color, so manufactures probably love it from a parts cost/scale perspective.

I generally like dark/grey interiors, but I've seen some baseball glove colored leather and some reds (with certain exteriors) that I love.

I would never own a light cream or white interior though. First, I raised a softball catcher and I'm scarred from even cleaning the dark gray interiors from her dirty butt. Second, I've seen even blue jeans transfer color into white leather. Just too much maintenance for my taste/lifestyle.

*My household has a white, black, red, and two cobalt blue cars. So we have a couple of boring colors, too One is my wife's, and one is a 1991 Syclone that was only available in black. Although when we're all home, the driveway looks very patriotic.

That's a lotta cars

Yikes. Want to replace my ugly chrome badges with matte black ones, and man. They are expensive. Rev9 seems to be the only ones selling a full set for the 2020 and they want $275. The only good thing about that is I can replace MX-5 with ROADSTER and be all JDM about it. Carbon Miata has a kit for $100, but it's not the correct badges. And Mazda puts pins on their badges so you can't just debadge without filling holes and painting, which is terrible.

Plastidip doesn't look good and doesn't last, so even though that would be the cheapest and easiest option I don't want to go that route.

imbiginjapan wrote:

That's a lotta cars

Heh. 5 cars for 3 drivers? Sounds about right