Car Shopping: Anything Good?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sergiodeblanc, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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  2. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Yeah, but those have been there since before Paco :p


    Nah, bro. Heated seats in the winter. They even have seats that cool you now. AC up your butt, Jobu!
     
  3. matonanjin

    matonanjin New Member

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    I drive Mrs. matonanjin's hand-me-downs. I am on the 3rd MDX Acura she has handed off to me and they are great. We both love them. Lot's of room. As you know, I'm a lot shorter than 6'2" but I know there would be plenty of room for you. My 6'2" son has borrowed and had plenty of room. They are unbelievably comfortable. And LOTS of room for gear. I don't know what "don’t wanna go crazy money wise" means. Maybe they are the PRS 10-top of the car world? And as comfortable as they are that's how dependable they are. The one I'm driving is about ready to turn over 300,000 miles with no major repairs.
     
  4. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    Put wheels on it and make it a towable trailer.

    If she has an ampeg 8x10 then it NEEDS to go.

    As far as recommendations, I drive a 1 ton 15 passenger van so I'll sit this one out!

    My son drives a 2001 grand am

    Wife drives 2019 Nissan Rogue
     
  5. Parralax view

    Parralax view New Member

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    I have a 2016 Encore. It's fine for me. Solid, if not speedy. Nice interior, nice big tires and wheels to make a great ride. Good electronics that are pretty much the same as everyone else's. Back up cam, sensors, it all works well. I'm a little guy however, at 5"8 so it fits. I chose it for styling as much as amenities. It's sharper and crisper than the Kia Sportage, and much prettier than the baby moose look of the Hyundai Tucson. It's GM in tag only. It's actually an Opel Mokka with a Buick badge. It's been super reliable and strong.
     
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  6. pac90

    pac90 In Helix Land, the waters warm

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    3rd honda here, 2nd crv. Great for family, safe reliable, kid proof

    Bit boring, but not a car guy
     
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  7. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    The attitude of the dealer service department makes all of the difference. Where ever you buy, ask to see the shop. A service writer who listens and recognizes that you are the customer is worth their weight in gold.
     
  8. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    You had reliable Alfas? You must be blessed.
    Certainly looks nice! How many skunk traps will it hold?
     
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  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Traps?!?! I think you mean machetes.
     
  10. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I had two Alfas, both were reliable daily drivers that even got me through Michigan winters with no problems.

    The first was a metallic blue1976 Alfetta GT with a tan interior - a very pretty car that handled extremely well due to the engine being in front and the transmission in the rear, so the weight distribution was about 50/50 - that got traded in on a silver1978 Spyder with a maroon interior, because for some reason I decided I needed a convertible.

    I’d had some previous familiarity with Alfas; one of my college roommates at Michigan was a Vietnam vet who’d bought an Alfa Spyder when he got discharged and went back to school, and it ran great. His was cream with a maroon interior. Gorgeous car.

    Later, my brother had a ‘60s boat tail Spyder that he’d bought used in the early ‘70s, and he restored it to new condition with only paint, a set of Bilsteins, and new Pirellis. It was a great car that ran reliably. I was truly impressed with how well it was made. The engine was all aluminum with four sodium-cooled valves per cylinder, a feature of Alfas at the time, but they didn’t stint on body or trim materials.

    More surprising, his car had lived in Michigan for years, and at that time most cars got clapped out with rust from road salt after only a few seasons. Not the Alfas that I knew.

    I figured if his older one ran well and looked good, and my old roommate Bill’s did the same, I’d be OK. And I was. The GT was a very advanced car for its day, probably more advanced than the Spyder, which was an older design. But both were pretty cool and I was a confirmed Alfisti.

    Those four were the only Alfas I had any experience with, but they were all 100% reliable.

    My Alfas also were responsible for meeting and hanging out a little with J. Geils, an Italian car enthusiast who participated in a car show I got involved with. Though at that time, his weapon of choice was a 408 Ferrari, something I couldn’t even dream of owning. Still. I was stoked; a day with an actual rock star!
     
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  11. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    Back in December of ‘88 I bought a brand new Ford Taurus SHO. The Mrs. and I had walked away from a scary as F crash that left my ‘86 Mustang GT with a large oak tree thru it, so the Taurus seemed a little more appropriate for starting a family. The next year we had our first son and 18 months later, our next. The Taurus was a fantastic family car. The secret was getting leather interior. It took every ounce of abuse with no complaints.

    Many many years later, I was yanking the back seat out to pull out the subs, but the seat was stuck. Grabbed and pulled as hard as I could and something gave way...a baby bottle with formula had fallen between the back and the seat cushion, leaked out and hermetically sealed the two together. We never knew. No smell, no mess, no nothing. Now, with little kids, I don’t recommend leather suede seats for the same reason.
     
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  12. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Ha! We were searching for a sippy cup that had gone missing for at least a year until we removed the seat from my car.

    I may never eat cheese again.
     
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  13. Ovibos

    Ovibos Unsure why all necks aren't rosewood

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    We just got a Kia Telluride and it’s a Honda Pilot-killer. All the gizmos, solid and reliable, and sharp as hell.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Gotta stop for a pee? Telluride.
    Going too fast?...
     
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  15. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    That looks dope.
     
  16. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    This 100%

    I only once ever bought a new car. Our latest we bought a couple of years ago is a 2013, and was like half the price of what it was new. Used Carmax for the first time, was reasonably pleased with the experience.
     
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  17. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    I’m a Soul man, like Sam and Dave.
     
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  18. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    I had a Kia Soul, until Bambi destroyed it (easy to remember, May 31st...for those that have executed a deer, it's a pretty scary experience)...I Absolutely Loved both My Kias, a Sorano (Mini-van) and Soul...both great cars.
    However...Recently went back to a Honda (CRV) . A used 2016...love it! I used to work with a lot of guys that have great (expensive), new cars...The car bug just never stung me.
    Now, guitars, amps, and pedals...Hah!!!!!! That's a different story!!!
     
  19. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Same. As long as I can my gear and the band PA in the back of my Honda.

    Mrs A is the petrol head, in her Astra Turbo that tops out at 134 mph!

    Haha, we call that the Sportage!

    We had a Mazda CX 5 when we visited Florida. Nice car, with a few toys on board.
     
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  20. tiboy

    tiboy New Member

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    There are two Acura RDX’s in my garage. I would not say they excel at anything, but they are good to very good at everything. Not to big on the outside, but big enough on the inside for your purpose.
     
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