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Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384633 03/24/20 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Triple_Se7en
What must-haves did you insist on, when buying your vehicle?
A big honking V8.


2002 530i   2015 Q5 3.0T   2018 Charger SRT
Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384637 03/24/20 02:08 PM
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My '17 Soul is a better all around car than my totaled '14 Encore. However, I miss tire pressure indicators, OLM, hands free phoning, texting, etc. However the two things that I had to have on any car were a rear view camera and blue tooth. The thing that bothers me most with the car is that I can't hear the turn signal flashers-- guess I'm a deaf old geezer. The Encore's flasher was easier to hear and it would ding at you if you ignored it for a couple of minutes.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384639 03/24/20 02:17 PM
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My wife said it must have AWD, backup camera, power seats.
If it does not feel good and have good dash lay out when I sit in it, moving on.

Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384645 03/24/20 02:21 PM
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I let my wife buy the Camrys. Told her not to buy a V-6. They've been nearly perfect appliances, mine is even white. I miss the driving feel of a well sorted BMW 528e, but not the wrenching and general car crawling necessary. grin2


'16 Camry LE STP synth 0w20 and STP filter. the Fridge

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline HM 0w20 and OEM filter
Thick oil is better grin2
Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384659 03/24/20 02:39 PM
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I'm 'way too fussy but I'm also too "frugal". This unfortunately leads to disappointment. I wish I could have bought the sport variant of the BMW 340i 6MT 4dr when it was available, and then been wealthy enough to fuel it and maintain it with abandon over many years of ownership.


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Moto Guzzi 850 T5 (Euro version), '85
Honda Civic Si (EX 2 dr in the 'States), A/T, '97
Toyota Camry CE, 5MT, '99
Toyota Corolla VE, 4AT, '99
VW (Type2) Kombi, 4MT, '79
Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384670 03/24/20 02:54 PM
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A lot depends on the car but my absolute must haves are:

1. Adaptive cruise control
2. Comfortable seats
3. Apple CarPlay


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384677 03/24/20 03:04 PM
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Absolute minimum of 280HP, longitudinal engine, RWD/AWD, comfortable seats, good stereo system. Preferably 8 speed transmission, absolutely no CVT’s.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384683 03/24/20 03:14 PM
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By the time I’m ready to pull the trigger on a purchase I’ve already run the possible candidates through the internet wringer. At that point qualifiers are:
1) Looks. If I can’t stand to look at it, I can’t buy it.
2) Reliability reputation
3) comfortable ride and interior
4) ease of maintenance- fully packed engine compartments take a hit as well as timing belts
5) cost of ownership which includes gas consumption, insurance costs and licensing fees which go up with the vehicle price.
6) financing: prefer 0% if possible, as the interest rate rises, the chance of being bought goes down.

I’m not beyond buying last years leftovers because they usually come with some pretty good spiffs.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384689 03/24/20 03:21 PM
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Can I get to the spark plugs
No turbo
Leg room for a human
No CVT
Can get out of it's own way.
This is what I used when I bought my Escape. My Jeep serves another purpose and has different guidelines.


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15 Ford Escape S 2.5, 75,000mi. Castrol Edge EP 5w30 Fram Ultra.
Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384708 03/24/20 03:47 PM
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Bought my 2016 Sorento without test driving it, or any Sorento.
I had zero questions for the sales person, all my questions were answered on the internet.
It was solely a price discussion.

So far, one of the best cars I've owned, and oil change is easy, done in 15 minutes.

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Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384722 03/24/20 04:00 PM
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I don't think there's a new vehicle being built I'd buy. I'd look for used between 2015 and 2017. But that's just me and the Corolla is running just fine and not consuming any oil. I'm just in a place where I don't figure I'll likely have more than one more car. Don't have a need for that new shiny car every three years. Most of the newer cars unless you're a dealership tech you are going to do very little DIY on a new car.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384736 03/24/20 04:19 PM
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Nothing Ford. I prefer VW's in cars and Mopars in trucks and minivans. I do 99% of my own maintenance and repairs and for family and friends. I won't even utilize the dealer for free maintenance or for warranty work unless we are talking something catastrophic, which hasn't happened to me since abandoning Fords almost 3 decades ago. I have recently been working on a spate of Toyota 4 liter problems. Head gaskets and water pumps, all between 140-190k miles and a nightmare to repair because of the intake manifold. No 4.0 liters for me. Otherwise every brand has their good and bad.


'16 Tiguan TSI Vaico 5W40
'15 VW Golf TDI Red Line 5W30 Euro
'15 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI M1 ESP 5W30
'14 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6 Valvoline 5W20 Semi Synthetic
'64 Plymouth Fury440 Pending
Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384816 03/24/20 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Triple_Se7en


What must-haves did you insist on, when buying your vehicle?



1. RWD
2. 0-60 under 4.5 seconds
3. Top speed over 150 mph
4. Manual gearbox or ZF 8HP
5. Track capable braking/handling
6. Summer tires
7. Xenon/LED headlamps
8. Well-bolstered, heated seats
9. Decent audio



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2014 M235i
2009 Cooper Clubman
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

Wife's:
2015 X1 xDrive28i M Sport


Son's
2009 328i

Buy what makes you smile...
Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384822 03/24/20 05:52 PM
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I always kick the tires so the sales rep. knows I mean business.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a new vehicle? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5384827 03/24/20 06:03 PM
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I dunno. I’m mostly looking for “bang for the buck” (including an estimate of durability)


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