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    Legit upgrade from the 3 series.
    It’s a 4 banger so I waited until the 2.0 came out since I couldn’t stand not having some pickup when going from my 3 series. It’s very likely I bought the first 2.0 touring in Houston.

    It doesn’t sound as good as a v6 but at plenty quick and fun to drive. Plus, as JL pointed out, perfect car for a middle aged Accountant.


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    Any thoughts on how to best go about a transaction for a vehicle with a private seller out of state? (Digression: My car was recently totaled when I was hit by a lady who spun out next to me on the freeway on ramp. She lost control, over corrected, and came across three lanes, crashing into my driver side. Fortunately I was not injured. Of course, she carried the minimum coverage, so her policy was insufficient to cover the damage. My own insurance initially wanted to repair the car, but after the repair estimate eventually came out to over 21k, they deemed it a total loss.)

    One of the things I loved about my car was the interior. It's a custom-order, two-tone charcoal/tan (more like an orangey cognac) is not very common in this car. In looking for a replacement car over the last week or so, i've found a couple cars with all the same features, minus the interior. The next closest one is ok, but is just too heavy on the tan (for example, the door panels, center console, and dash on my prior car are all charcoal--only the seat faces and the stitching are tan. In the newer models, the all those parts are tan, and it just makes the interior feel less, i dunno, classy. Again, I digress.

    I found a car with all the features I want and the same interior in Southern California. It is owned by a private seller. I've communicated back and forth with him via text and he has answered my questions and provided pics as requested. If I were to fly down there to purchase the car, how would I go about finding a trustworthy mechanic to look the car over before I buy? Or is that a relic of a bygone era? While the care has low miles, it is old enough that it will be out of factory warranty. I've only purchased one car from a private seller since the day after I got back off my mission, and that was a minivan owned by a grandma which was clearly in great shape and had low, low miles. It had plenty of warranty at the time, so I didn't feel the need to have a mechanic look it over.

    I presume pre-negotiating the price before I fly down would be ideal (I'd actually be ok paying asking price, but there is likely some wiggle room there based on NADA/KBB/Edmunds comps). So my next step would be to broach that. But once we've negotiated a price, is there a way to get a mechanic to go look at the car before I fly down there? Or do I fly down and take it somewhere to have it inspected?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Any thoughts on how to best go about a transaction for a vehicle with a private seller out of state? (Digression: My car was recently totaled when I was hit by a lady who spun out next to me on the freeway on ramp. She lost control, over corrected, and came across three lanes, crashing into my driver side. Fortunately I was not injured. Of course, she carried the minimum coverage, so her policy was insufficient to cover the damage. My own insurance initially wanted to repair the car, but after the repair estimate eventually came out to over 21k, they deemed it a total loss.)

    One of the things I loved about my car was the interior. It's a custom-order, two-tone charcoal/tan (more like an orangey cognac) is not very common in this car. In looking for a replacement car over the last week or so, i've found a couple cars with all the same features, minus the interior. The next closest one is ok, but is just too heavy on the tan (for example, the door panels, center console, and dash on my prior car are all charcoal--only the seat faces and the stitching are tan. In the newer models, the all those parts are tan, and it just makes the interior feel less, i dunno, classy. Again, I digress.

    I found a car with all the features I want and the same interior in Southern California. It is owned by a private seller. I've communicated back and forth with him via text and he has answered my questions and provided pics as requested. If I were to fly down there to purchase the car, how would I go about finding a trustworthy mechanic to look the car over before I buy? Or is that a relic of a bygone era? While the care has low miles, it is old enough that it will be out of factory warranty. I've only purchased one car from a private seller since the day after I got back off my mission, and that was a minivan owned by a grandma which was clearly in great shape and had low, low miles. It had plenty of warranty at the time, so I didn't feel the need to have a mechanic look it over.

    I presume pre-negotiating the price before I fly down would be ideal (I'd actually be ok paying asking price, but there is likely some wiggle room there based on NADA/KBB/Edmunds comps). So my next step would be to broach that. But once we've negotiated a price, is there a way to get a mechanic to go look at the car before I fly down there? Or do I fly down and take it somewhere to have it inspected?
    I just bought a (much cheaper) car for my son from a private seller. It was local, but likewise i wanted to have a private mechanic look at it. I used yelp to see the highest rated mechanic close to the seller, and gave them a call. I agreed with the seller to pay for the cost of inspection, if they would drop the car off. 2 hours and $175 later, I felt like I was getting a good deal and bought the car. The other thing I liked, this mechanic had some kind of HIPPA-like policy where he would only tell me what he found, thus i could use the info for negotiating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    i will never buy a black car again. so much maintenance.
    The one positive, if this purchase works out, is that I'll be switching from a dark charcoal (essentially black) exterior to a metallic grey exterior. Huge upgrade as far as maintenance is concerned. Also, i would be upgrading from the 3.0 Supercharged V6 to the 5.0 Supercharged V8 (yay for fun, boo for gas mileage).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    I just bought a (much cheaper) car for my son from a private seller. It was local, but likewise i wanted to have a private mechanic look at it. I used yelp to see the highest rated mechanic close to the seller, and gave them a call. I agreed with the seller to pay for the cost of inspection, if they would drop the car off. 2 hours and $175 later, I felt like I was getting a good deal and bought the car. The other thing I liked, this mechanic had some kind of HIPPA-like policy where he would only tell me what he found, thus i could use the info for negotiating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    Moliere coming here to brag about his new FWD Honda Accord 2.0(!) Touring is an incredible self-own.
    I love my car. Got the windows tinted last week. It’s faster than a v6 Camry.

    Just buy a new car, DH.
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    I'm pretty happy with my '17 Civic. 2 door, turbo. It would haul if I ever wanted it to, and I'm getting over 50 mpg on the freeway.

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    Bo trying to one-up Molieddie.
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    Bo trying to one-up Molieddie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    I love my car. Got the windows tinted last week. It’s faster than a v6 Camry.



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    I'm pretty happy with my '17 Civic. 2 door, turbo. It would haul if I ever wanted it to, and I'm getting over 50 mpg on the freeway.
    Haul what? Like a rowboat? An aluminum skiff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Any thoughts on how to best go about a transaction for a vehicle with a private seller out of state? (Digression: My car was recently totaled when I was hit by a lady who spun out next to me on the freeway on ramp. She lost control, over corrected, and came across three lanes, crashing into my driver side. Fortunately I was not injured. Of course, she carried the minimum coverage, so her policy was insufficient to cover the damage. My own insurance initially wanted to repair the car, but after the repair estimate eventually came out to over 21k, they deemed it a total loss.)

    One of the things I loved about my car was the interior. It's a custom-order, two-tone charcoal/tan (more like an orangey cognac) is not very common in this car. In looking for a replacement car over the last week or so, i've found a couple cars with all the same features, minus the interior. The next closest one is ok, but is just too heavy on the tan (for example, the door panels, center console, and dash on my prior car are all charcoal--only the seat faces and the stitching are tan. In the newer models, the all those parts are tan, and it just makes the interior feel less, i dunno, classy. Again, I digress.

    I found a car with all the features I want and the same interior in Southern California. It is owned by a private seller. I've communicated back and forth with him via text and he has answered my questions and provided pics as requested. If I were to fly down there to purchase the car, how would I go about finding a trustworthy mechanic to look the car over before I buy? Or is that a relic of a bygone era? While the care has low miles, it is old enough that it will be out of factory warranty. I've only purchased one car from a private seller since the day after I got back off my mission, and that was a minivan owned by a grandma which was clearly in great shape and had low, low miles. It had plenty of warranty at the time, so I didn't feel the need to have a mechanic look it over.

    I presume pre-negotiating the price before I fly down would be ideal (I'd actually be ok paying asking price, but there is likely some wiggle room there based on NADA/KBB/Edmunds comps). So my next step would be to broach that. But once we've negotiated a price, is there a way to get a mechanic to go look at the car before I fly down there? Or do I fly down and take it somewhere to have it inspected?
    i’ve done this with my last two cars. call around beforehand and spend $150 on a mechanic at a local dealership (bonus if you can find a dealership that sells the make of potential car). usually dealerships are smart and will help you negotiate. harder to convey a willingness to walk away, but i got a rental both times and continued negotiating (despite agreeing on a price before showing up). people are dumb and will give you more off if tou have cash and went to the expense of traveling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    i’ve done this with my last two cars. call around beforehand and spend $150 on a mechanic at a local dealership (bonus if you can find a dealership that sells the make of potential car). usually dealerships are smart and will help you negotiate. harder to convey a willingness to walk away, but i got a rental both times and continued negotiating (despite agreeing on a price before showing up). people are dumb and will give you more off if tou have cash and went to the expense of traveling.
    I just found a car with the same interior and same specs in Costa Mesa for about $3k less than what this private seller is listing in Pasadena. There is definitely some room to negotiate, and that just gave me some sweet leverage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    I love my car. Got the windows tinted last week. It’s faster than a v6 Camry.

    Just buy a new car, DH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    People are dumb and will give you more off if you have cash and went to the expense of traveling.
    As a recent seller (of a motorcycle), I figure if the guy came two hours in his truck to "possibly" buy from me, he's not going home empty because I wouldn't come down another couple of hundred bucks. If someone flew in I'm definitely not going to be talked down more.

    But after watching a bunch of episodes of Wheeler Dealers, I may try negotiating like Mike Brewer the next time I'm buying a used vehicle. He names a lower price, explains why, then holds out his hand to try to get the seller to shake on it in agreement. Of course they only show actual purchases, not any where he failed to get a car and had to look for another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Nelson View Post
    As a recent seller (of a motorcycle), I figure if the guy came two hours in his truck to "possibly" buy from me, he's not going home empty because I wouldn't come down another couple of hundred bucks. If someone flew in I'm definitely not going to be talked down more.

    But after watching a bunch of episodes of Wheeler Dealers, I may try negotiating like Mike Brewer the next time I'm buying a used vehicle. He names a lower price, explains why, then holds out his hand to try to get the seller to shake on it in agreement. Of course they only show actual purchases, not any where he failed to get a car and had to look for another one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    Haul what? Like a rowboat? An aluminum skiff?
    It's somewhere between 6-7 seconds 0-60 stock. I'm not sure how that compares, but it seems to me like it'll move.

    Aluminum skiff might be a little too wide. I could probably load a kayak.

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    Just bought my first new car at the ripe old age of 43. Subaru Crosstrek. Wasn't on my radar at all, but I wanted something with some versatility for outdoorsy things that wasn't going to net me 12 mpg.

    Have had it for about 2 months and i love it so far. Gets me about 26-27 mpg around town, and close to 35 on the freeway. Took it camping a couple of weeks ago and it did great on some fairly steep dirt roads. Can't wait to try it in the snow.

    I am seeing quite a few more around town the last few weeks. Initially all I saw were 70 year old ladies driving them, but lately I'm seeing more young hipsters, much like myself, driving them around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Just bought my first new car at the ripe old age of 43. Subaru Crosstrek. Wasn't on my radar at all, but I wanted something with some versatility for outdoorsy things that wasn't going to net me 12 mpg.

    Have had it for about 2 months and i love it so far. Gets me about 26-27 mpg around town, and close to 35 on the freeway. Took it camping a couple of weeks ago and it did great on some fairly steep dirt roads. Can't wait to try it in the snow.

    I am seeing quite a few more around town the last few weeks. Initially all I saw were 70 year old ladies driving them, but lately I'm seeing more young hipsters, much like myself, driving them around.
    Our son totaled our 20-yr-old Honda a few weeks ago. We bought him a cross trek to replace it. Co-bought actually. He is paying for most of it. Love all the safety features. He loves it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Just bought my first new car at the ripe old age of 43. Subaru Crosstrek. Wasn't on my radar at all, but I wanted something with some versatility for outdoorsy things that wasn't going to net me 12 mpg.

    Have had it for about 2 months and i love it so far. Gets me about 26-27 mpg around town, and close to 35 on the freeway. Took it camping a couple of weeks ago and it did great on some fairly steep dirt roads. Can't wait to try it in the snow.

    I am seeing quite a few more around town the last few weeks. Initially all I saw were 70 year old ladies driving them, but lately I'm seeing more young hipsters, much like myself, driving them around.
    There's a guy in our office that drives a Crosstrek. Wouldn't call him a 70-year-old lady or a hipster, unless hipsters typically have these kinds of stickers on their back windows:

    guns_in_a_peace_sign_classic_round_sticker-r7153069d6b9642bdb68d919103044434_v9waf_8byvr_307.jpg

    Edit: He really likes the car. I'm concerned that it's too big for just four cylinders - especially if it's loaded up with gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Our son totaled our 20-yr-old Honda a few weeks ago. We bought him a cross trek to replace it. Co-bought actually. He is paying for most of it. Love all the safety features. He loves it.
    The safety features are incredible. I got the middle premium trim package, but it came with basically everything the limited package came with, minus the keyless start. Adaptive cruise control, lane drift assist, blind spot warning, back up cross traffic warning... it's pretty awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post

    Edit: He really likes the car. I'm concerned that it's too big for just four cylinders - especially if it's loaded up with gear.
    It definitely doesn't have a big engine. There's a noticeable lag in acceleration even when I have just 5 people in the car. I have a roof rack with car top carrier and I installed a hitch for a bike rack. Curious how it will do with that added weight. It says it can tow up to 1,500 pounds, but I have my doubts.

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    I've also got a hitch gear rack that I've used for years on my wife's Pilot. I was a light concerned about ground clearance while driving off road when that thing was attached.

    I picked up a tow hitch riser/extender at Harbor Freight Tools for about $25. Similar to this:

    Its a 6 inch riser and it fit perfectly with the tow hitch rack. Even with the rack in the upright storage position it still allowed me to open the hatchback with about a centimeter of room to spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    The safety features are incredible. I got the middle premium trim package, but it came with basically everything the limited package came with, minus the keyless start. Adaptive cruise control, lane drift assist, blind spot warning, back up cross traffic warning... it's pretty awesome.
    We got the same combo. The brake assist would have prevented his crash. He rear-ended a stopped car on the interstate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    We got the same combo. The brake assist would have prevented his crash. He rear-ended a stopped car on the interstate.
    Oh yeah, I forgot about the brake assist.

    Quite possibly the greatest feature is the "feel-free-to-text-while-at-a-stoplight" feature. When stopped in traffic, the dashboard will alert you when the car in front of you starts to move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Oh yeah, I forgot about the brake assist.

    Quite possibly the greatest feature is the "feel-free-to-text-while-at-a-stoplight" feature. When stopped in traffic, the dashboard will alert you when the car in front of you starts to move.
    We are in the Netherlands. I have been amazed at how many Dutch people text while riding bicycles. Not a single one wears a helmet either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Quite possibly the greatest feature is the "feel-free-to-text-while-at-a-stoplight" feature. When stopped in traffic, the dashboard will alert you when the car in front of you starts to move.
    Hallelujah! I can hardly wait until it's more universal. I've missed far too many lights because of someone in front of me texting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    Hallelujah! I can hardly wait until it's more universal. I've missed far too many lights because of someone in front of me texting.
    You must be doing it wrong. I wait approximately two seconds then lay on the horn. Except for one really clueless person last week that was at the light when it turned green when I was still approaching the intersection about 10 car lengths back. They didn't get the horn until I was going around them. It still took them a couple of seconds to wake up and start moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    I have been amazed at how many Dutch people text while riding bicycles. Not a single one wears a helmet either.
    No bike helmet while on a road bike... or bikes where you sit more erect? or any/all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Nelson View Post
    You must be doing it wrong. I wait approximately two seconds then lay on the horn. Except for one really clueless person last week that was at the light when it turned green when I was still approaching the intersection about 10 car lengths back. They didn't get the horn until I was going around them. It still took them a couple of seconds to wake up and start moving.
    Yeah, I'm not a horn honker. Sometimes people are having legitimate problems. I do give the courtesy millisecond honk. This happened the other day, but after waking up, it still took them enough time to get going that I nearly ran a red light going through the intersection.

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    people who waste .25 seconds of green arrow time should be tortured
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