The Car Thread

Remy

Middle Aged Newb
I'll play. I recently traded in my 2015 BMW 320xi for a 2018 model. The last one was all black with a bunch of toys but lacking any sport features other than me using the computer to turn on Sport + mode, which really did make a difference in feel but obviously couldn't add any power or change the suspension like it does in the cars with the sport packages.
The 2018 model gave up most of the "luxury" options in favor of sporty stuff but still doesn't have adaptive suspension, I was happy with what the non adaptive did and didn't see the point spending more for something that added potential failure points. This one's white with the tan, black and silver interior. From the inside out it's so much easier to keep looking good.

Obviously here in the US we use cars a bit differently. I have what is considered a short commute here and for most European folks it would be considered fairly long. On the other hand, most of my commute is stop and go small town traffic. More horsepower sounds fun but I never get to really use what I've got already. My average speed on the new car is 24mph. So far the only mod on this one is a Burger Tuning booster module. Not a TON of added power but the feel is definitely improved. Within certain limits it makes it feel like it's got a 328/330's engine.
 

Tetanus

Well-Known Member
I'll play. I recently traded in my 2015 BMW 320xi for a 2018 model. The last one was all black with a bunch of toys but lacking any sport features other than me using the computer to turn on Sport + mode, which really did make a difference in feel but obviously couldn't add any power or change the suspension like it does in the cars with the sport packages.
The 2018 model gave up most of the "luxury" options in favor of sporty stuff but still doesn't have adaptive suspension, I was happy with what the non adaptive did and didn't see the point spending more for something that added potential failure points. This one's white with the tan, black and silver interior. From the inside out it's so much easier to keep looking good.

Obviously here in the US we use cars a bit differently. I have what is considered a short commute here and for most European folks it would be considered fairly long. On the other hand, most of my commute is stop and go small town traffic. More horsepower sounds fun but I never get to really use what I've got already. My average speed on the new car is 24mph. So far the only mod on this one is a Burger Tuning booster module. Not a TON of added power but the feel is definitely improved. Within certain limits it makes it feel like it's got a 328/330's engine.
I never had a car which is younger than 12 years...
I can't even imagine how would it feel to own a 3 years old car yet alone not even to mention to trade it in for a new one. :D

I have to drive a small Toyota, 1.4 litre !!!
Commuting on motorways most of the time.
I so want a bit more sporty car...



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Remy

Middle Aged Newb
I lease, so never old ones. I don't put enough miles on the car to have it be an issue. I'm basically a perfect example of when a lease makes sense. I always want a newish car, under warranty with a dealer that's going to either offer a good shuttle service or loaner. On the other hand, I put under 10k a year on my car (miles not km) and keep them clean and in good shape. I pay significantly less per month but never build equity, but also never have to pay for any major work. In the case of the BMW's I never pay for any work. I literally paid for some wipers and my detailing obsession on the last one. Plus fuel, of course.
Before I started leasing I generally had cars that were older and then I kept them until they weren't cost effective to keep on the road. Once my life situation changed that wasn't practical, I couldn't afford to not have a working vehicle available since there wasn't anyone else who could give me a lift to work and public transportation isn't an option. Every time I car shop I do a cost comparison. It gets tempting to have a good weather car and a bad weather beater and if one is in the shop I could use the other and neither would be new. Unfortunately, between taxes here and general costs and hassles it never works out. I wind up getting a sporty general duty sedan with all wheel drive that can handle any normal weather conditions and is reliable. BMW takes care of you on service loaners and shuttles so when it goes in for routine service, or *knocks on wood* repairs it wouldn't leave me stranded. When I had a Ford they were ok, but that is more dealer specific and my actual costs were higher, as odd as that sounds. I shopped some cheaper options this time around but by the time everything was factored in they were going to cost me almost as much and be no where near as nice.

I'd love to get an old M3 and then a newer but still well used Subaru or other all wheel drive conventional sedan or small SUV. I just can't make the financial side work out.

I will add that for me, my car is something I consider a treat to myself. I could certainly drive cheaper options and be ok, it isn't like a slightly older car is suddenly going to crap out constantly and I couldn't get a rental or loaner to cover me. It's that for what amounts to less than a meal out per month more I can have something I really enjoy and also skip the hassle of unexpected repair bills. I really like knowing that when I take my car in for service the bill at the end will be $0. Yes, that money was factored into the lease/price of the car, but there are no surprises. I know folks who complain that they can't afford a nice car and give me shit about what I drive, then they pull up in their heavily modified pickup truck that costs twice as much and costs way more to drive. Or even better, the ones who eat out all the time, drink at bars and generally spend a bundle on food and drink even when it's not a social occasion, then can't figure out how I can afford a nicer car on the same or less pay. Simple, I eat at home most of the time and buy my drinks a bottle at a time. When I want to hang out with friends we do it at home as often as out. I eat well, I certainly don't skimp or eat cheap food, but I'm not paying for a restaurant's expenses unless I'm there for the whole experience. I've got friends who buy lunch every day at work, eat out a few nights a week, go to bars or clubs a few nights a week. I honestly don't see how they can afford it. $10 lunch x 20 days = $200, call it half cost if I bring something most of the time, that's the difference between my car and a total beater in terms of annual costs. It gets worse since these days ordering lunch for $10 is pretty tough, even off a food truck.

To each their own, certainly I can see the appeal of the other choice and have done that in years past. These days I really enjoy getting into a nice car and also enjoy the peace of mind of it being under a full coverage warranty like BMW offers.
 
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Tetanus

Well-Known Member
I lease, so never old ones. I don't put enough miles on the car to have it be an issue. I'm basically a perfect example of when a lease makes sense. I always want a newish car, under warranty with a dealer that's going to either offer a good shuttle service or loaner. On the other hand, I put under 10k a year on my car (miles not km) and keep them clean and in good shape. I pay significantly less per month but never build equity, but also never have to pay for any major work. In the case of the BMW's I never pay for any work. I literally paid for some wipers and my detailing obsession on the last one. Plus fuel, of course.
Before I started leasing I generally had cars that were older and then I kept them until they weren't cost effective to keep on the road. Once my life situation changed that wasn't practical, I couldn't afford to not have a working vehicle available since there wasn't anyone else who could give me a lift to work and public transportation isn't an option. Every time I car shop I do a cost comparison. It gets tempting to have a good weather car and a bad weather beater and if one is in the shop I could use the other and neither would be new. Unfortunately, between taxes here and general costs and hassles it never works out. I wind up getting a sporty general duty sedan with all wheel drive that can handle any normal weather conditions and is reliable. BMW takes care of you on service loaners and shuttles so when it goes in for routine service, or *knocks on wood* repairs it wouldn't leave me stranded. When I had a Ford they were ok, but that is more dealer specific and my actual costs were higher, as odd as that sounds. I shopped some cheaper options this time around but by the time everything was factored in they were going to cost me almost as much and be no where near as nice.

I'd love to get an old M3 and then a newer but still well used Subaru or other all wheel drive conventional sedan or small SUV. I just can't make the financial side work out.

I will add that for me, my car is something I consider a treat to myself. I could certainly drive cheaper options and be ok, it isn't like a slightly older car is suddenly going to crap out constantly and I couldn't get a rental or loaner to cover me. It's that for what amounts to less than a meal out per month more I can have something I really enjoy and also skip the hassle of unexpected repair bills. I really like knowing that when I take my car in for service the bill at the end will be $0. Yes, that money was factored into the lease/price of the car, but there are no surprises. I know folks who complain that they can't afford a nice car and give me shit about what I drive, then they pull up in their heavily modified pickup truck that costs twice as much and costs way more to drive. Or even better, the ones who eat out all the time, drink at bars and generally spend a bundle on food and drink even when it's not a social occasion, then can't figure out how I can afford a nicer car on the same or less pay. Simple, I eat at home most of the time and buy my drinks a bottle at a time. When I want to hang out with friends we do it at home as often as out. I eat well, I certainly don't skimp or eat cheap food, but I'm not paying for a restaurant's expenses unless I'm there for the whole experience. I've got friends who buy lunch every day at work, eat out a few nights a week, go to bars or clubs a few nights a week. I honestly don't see how they can afford it. $10 lunch x 20 days = $200, call it half cost if I bring something most of the time, that's the difference between my car and a total beater in terms of annual costs. It gets worse since these days ordering lunch for $10 is pretty tough, even off a food truck.

To each their own, certainly I can see the appeal of the other choice and have done that in years past. These days I really enjoy getting into a nice car and also enjoy the peace of mind of it being under a full coverage warranty like BMW offers.
Good for you mate.
Loan is something i avoid at any cost.


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Magnus Pym

Grudges rot the soul
I've got a 60 plate Golf 1.6tdi. Its gone in to get an injector replaced today:(.
It went in to a VW specialist but not main dealer shop for repair. They had five injectors ordered all turned out to be faulty. They could have got a main dealer part but that is much more expensive. So they cleaned and checked the existing one and it has not faulted since. It's either saved me a lot of money or is leading to an awkward breakdown somewhere. My average MPG is exactly 47.5 after 7649 miles in 19 months (I keep a spreadsheet (Yeah, I know)) which is not bad considering I work at home so it is mainly used for local shopping trips and occasional motorway blast.
 

Tetanus

Well-Known Member
Advice needed !

I am thinking to retrofit heated wing mirrors. Now, i don't know it is possible easily or is it a lot of hassle.
Any advice would be welcome.

Toyota Corolla, 2006. (UK)
Got Regular electric wing mirrors.

Anyone tried to upgrade and retrofit heated wing mirrors???

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Magnus Pym

Grudges rot the soul
Advice needed ! Anyone tried to upgrade and retrofit heated wing mirrors???
I don't know what Toyotas are like but changing anything on a Golf requires logging into the computer and notifying it of the change. I mean anything. I wanted to change the lower door reflectors for the little lights that show you where you are treading in the dark. Cheap enough, clip in fitment, wiring loom in place but won't work until you tell the computer.
 

Biddlin

Well-Known Member
I've had new and used, like the used more for the most part. Right now I'm thinking of modifying a 1968 Oldsmobile 98, lowering the suspension, putting in a Corvette L88 motor and 4:11 rear end and chopping the top by a couple of inches.
 

Magnus Pym

Grudges rot the soul
So ... two days before it goes in for an MOT one of the headlights stops working. Replace the bulb. All good ... no it isn't it's stopped working again. There is a bad connection somewhere. On the golf you clip the bulb into a holder and the holder into the headlamp cluster. No wires, it all connects through contacts on the bulb holder etc. Turns out the bulb holder is faulty in some way. Comparing with the working one on the other side I can't see the problem, I try 'fixing' it but can't get it working any better.

I have today I ordered a new bulb holder from the main dealer. Part should turn up tomorrow, MOT the day after. If the part doesn't turn up or doesn't fix the problem it will fail the MOT. I'm not confident of this all going through like clock work. Bugger.
 

Felix

Addicted to Grunge
It sure is something that's for sure. The legendary S54 engine is glorious, but fucking thirsty. Without trying "too" hard it can hit 16.9 mpg! I miss my Impreza P1, but the Z4M is just on another level. I like being really low in the car and after I had an accident a few months ago, having the heated seats sooth my lower right back makes driving a sinch!

Ideally I would have gotten a Coupe version, but they were just price way too high to be an option. I was lucky this one was for sale pretty locally, so I was able to check it out without too much trouble.
 

Wade Garrett

I am the projectionist.
It sure is something that's for sure. The legendary S54 engine is glorious, but fucking thirsty. Without trying "too" hard it can hit 16.9 mpg! I miss my Impreza P1, but the Z4M is just on another level. I like being really low in the car and after I had an accident a few months ago, having the heated seats sooth my lower right back makes driving a sinch!

Ideally I would have gotten a Coupe version, but they were just price way too high to be an option. I was lucky this one was for sale pretty locally, so I was able to check it out without too much trouble.
The fun cars always make you wince when it comes to fuel!
 
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