persimmon / 1445 posts
Mazda Protege (hand me down from my dad, don't remember the year)-totaled in a car accident
2006 Toyota Yaris *- drove it to pieces!
2014 VW Jetta *
olive / 53 posts
@petitenoisette: I'm also considering the outback to replace my recalled tdi sportwagen. How do you feel like the two compare? I love my sportwagen, but for the money, it seems crazy not to do the buyback.
honeydew / 7463 posts
1981 Subaru Wagon, yellow of course.
1991 Mazda MX6 (stick shift that I learned basically as I went)
2000 VW Jetta
*2004 Toyota Corola (this was my last car that was my own)
*2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD (lease - first car as a couple)
*2017 BMW X5 (lease)
@truthbombs: that's why we lease. We live in the city and only ever need one car so we like to change it up every 2-3 years. My husband loves trying new cars.
cherry / 223 posts
01 Toyota Echo
98 Toyota 4Runner (my fave)
09 Subaru Impreza
10 Subaru Forester (current car)
pomegranate / 3355 posts
1990 Mercury Tracer-parents bought for me in HS
1999 Olds Alero-** had 77 miles on it
2004 Nissan Sentra- used (totaled it eek)
2012 Hyundai Sonata-used
2014 Ford Edge, driving now
persimmon / 1114 posts
1986 Buick skylark (powder blue and less than $900)
Saturn (don't remember the style)
Pontiac sun fire
wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale (forget the year)
1997 Toyota Camry
2007 Honda Accord (my current car)
I keep cars until they die.
clementine / 933 posts
91 Buick Skylark (inherited from my grandmother)
02 Saturn SC2 (gift from family)
11 Honda Accors (First car purchase for DH & me)
I've been driving for almost 16 years!
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
@Truth Bombs: @SweetiePie: Leasing gets a bad rap, but we lease our current two cars because they're both electric. The lease on my current car is so good that we're basically paying for 9 months and getting 3 for free. I think, as with anything, you need to do some research before deciding.
I also think that the whole driving cars until they die mentality is going to get shifted in the next 15-20 years as technology changes and manufacturers produce fewer gas powered cars.
nectarine / 2243 posts
@SweetiePie: we are considering leasing our next (larger) car as well. We live near the city. We drive so little (less than 6k per year) that one of those low mileage leases actually makes sense.
So since you live in the city does leasing worry you as far as damage? Scratches? We bought our vw from their CPO program and it had a big scratch already under the bumper so that took the stress away from me getting "the first scratch".
@Littlebit7: We also drive very little. I think we get the 10k miles per year allowance and we are also around 5-6k miles per year. Maybe even less.
We park in a garage so our chances of scratches and dings is way less than street parking. And if we drive within the city we park in another garage. But usually we are leaving the city to go somewhere.
The dealerships seem to expect some scratches and dings on city cars. We did have a small scratch from the garage in our last car and they didn't even note it when they did the final inspection before we turned it in. Like he saw it but was like "meh".
We have killed our rims by parallel parking (outside of the city). But we plan on getting those fixed for a pretty reasonable rate before we turn it in.
GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33402 posts
88 Accord (HS)
92 Accord (SR in college)
16 Acura MDX
@SweetiePie: that's good to know. We also park in a newly acquired assigned space in a garage (we used to park in a public garage and got door dings, before that on the UES our car was parked for us in a garage...ugh those guys were the worst)
I had hoped that dealers would be realistic regarding city driving/dings and such. So it's nice to hear that might be the case. Our current rims are pretty dinged too.
@Littlebit7: I have actually been pleasantly surprised by how little our car has been damaged by the parking garages where they park for you. We've had two cars in two garages over the last four years and only one, the previous one, had a scratch. We've now had our new car for a year this month and not a single thing is on it. Just the damage I've done to the rims. Which the dealership already told me is the most common damage they see and not that big of a deal, but we want to fix it anyway to avoid any nonsense.
I think it has to do with being monthly rather than someone just parking for the day. We tip them every time we get the car, so I think they like us. We give a generous Christmas bonus every year. And it's also a nice car so I think they might be more afraid.
coconut / 8279 posts
88 Chevy Corsica - first car, gift from Grandma
89 Buick Park Ave - car from my parents
1992 VW Cabriolet - first car that was mine
1998 VW Golf - the car that ended my love affair with VW
2007 Toyota Yaris - first new car
2013 Toytota Prius C - bought new
2008 Toyota Prius - first car bought used and I'll never buy used ever again
nectarine / 2400 posts
@rachiecakes: what happened with the 08??
@SweetiePie: the guys at our garage were just morons, but moreover it was run by a douchebag. I guess it was a "you get what you pay for" but I couldn't fathom paying $800 a month to park my car. And this place was a reputable garage chain you'd recognize. I tipped, dropped off cookies, you name it. I got into the car one day (the window was down like it always was) and there was paint inside the car. PAINT! Their response: " oh well they were painting the ceiling". Ummm. Wtf.
So happy to be done with them and have my own spot.
@gotkimchi: I bought it 2 years ago, it had 34,000 miles and I added an extended warranty.
I've had the dumbest things happen to it, the aux battery died and we were trapped in the car (for a few minutes) on a blazing hot day, the rearview mirror fell off, the line that opens/closes the gas hatch broke. The low tire pressure light has been on since the day I bought it and I did replace the tires. I'm sick of old car problems. And it doesn't have bluetooth, lol
@Littlebit7: Yeah your own spot in a private garage is the DREAM!
The cost of parking is bananas. We do pay close to $800 a month but only because it's IN our building. Like off of our lobby is an entrance to the garage and it's always sitting there waiting for us. Our last building didn't have a garage so we parked 2 blocks away and paid wayyyyyyy less.
@SweetiePie: yep that was our exact scenario as well. Within two blocks was 800-over 1k. Five blocks was ⅓ that price.
apricot / 461 posts
1993 Pontiac Sunbird
2002 Pontiac Sunfire*
2005 Pontiac Sunfire
2005 Pontiac GrandPrix
2010 Buick Enclave
pomelo / 5628 posts
This isn't my husband's favorite conversation topic. But for me: (all used)
'16 Volvo XC60
pomelo / 5720 posts
1985 VW Jetta
1989 Toyota Camry
2002 VW GTI *
2003 VW Jetta*
2012 Subaru Outback*
Currently in the market for a large SUV
pear / 1837 posts
83 BMW (used)
Ford Explorer sport (used)
VW Jetta (used)
Ford Explorer (used)
Volvo station wagon (used)
1997 Subaru Outback (used)
2007 Subaru Outback sport (new)
2001 VW Passat Wagon (shared with husband)
2009 Honda Odyssey (used)
My first 5 cars were in high school and college, my dad is super into buying and selling used cars. LOL. My husband currently has a 2013 Subaru Legacy that I drive sometimes.
honeydew / 7968 posts
@Nonimouse: haha stick w the old ones!
@CarDad: we have the same 2011 335i lol. I love the look and the drive but now that my hubby mostly drives it (I drive kids around in SUV) he says never again. he hates the run flats, especially in nj. We've had to replace at least five tires lol.
hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts
1994/5 Ford Taurus SS (used)
1998 Pontiac Sunfire (used)
2005 Honda Accord (used)
2013 Honda CRV (new!)
Been driving for at least 18 years, but I'm now trying to remember when I started driving (my memory escapes me). Was it 14 or 16? (Was it possible to start driving at 14? or am I confusing when I got my first job which was 14.) I know I studied for my permit and got my permit right away and I think I got my license like 3-6 months later. I turned 16 in 1999.
98(?) ford escort that my parents bought but I mostly paid for
05 Toyota Corolla - hubby and I bought it together after we got married
07 Toyota Highlander
11 BMW 335i
14 Chevrolet Suburban
coffee bean / 45 posts
@tequiero21: I used to live in NJ and can see how the run flats would be annoying on the winter worn roads. I'm in SC now so they haven't been an issue for me as our roads tend to be pretty good. There is a BMW spare tire kit you can buy if he wants to ditch the run flats.
pomegranate / 3220 posts
1994-1995 (high school) '89 VW Cabriolet -- sky blue with a white top
1999-2000 (year after college while I lived at home): My parent's Infiniti G20 (it was their third car)
2000-2011: Nothing! Lived in urban locations blissfully car-free
2011: My husband's 10yo Jetta, learned to drive stick shift on it
2012: Manual BMW 328i #1 which was flooded and totaled by Hurricane Sandy
2013+: Replacement manual BMW 328i with new Turbo engine design and Msport package
Yes, I am old.
persimmon / 1316 posts
2004 Mazda 3 (had it 10 years)
2014 Mazda 3
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
pear / 1521 posts
@Nonimouse: it don't think it handles as well but we like the AWD and it's definitely way roomier inside. The VW had gotten kind of cramped! Cargo space is about the same. We're getting 28 mpg, obviously can't compete with the diesel. Overall we are happy with the purchase, we're def wagon people, the small/midsize SUVs we looked at all seemed so smushed to us
ETA: yea I just didn't think we could justify the opportunity to get that price for the car (not including the extra money you'd get either way). If you like the VW I know my aunt did the buyback and bought a fixed tdi that had been sitting on the lot for a while and so basically ended up with a brand new (but older model year) car and 8k back or something crazy.
persimmon / 1310 posts
BMW X3 M *
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