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  1. Dream Garage- Average Transaction $ Pt 2

    #1 Buick Regal TourX Essence - $35,995 #2 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L - $35,995 #3 Ford Mustang GT - $35,095 #4 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited Sport S - $35,785 #5 Chevrolet Sonic Premium RS manual - $22,290 I would rather the Camaro SS than the Mustang but you can't get one within the price constraints and for the purposes of this exercise, I'll take the Mustang GT over the Camaro V6. I know the Sonic is an oddball choice but I have been oddly fascinated with these things lately. Not sure why.
  2. I'm not sure how the Euros do it but the U.S. OEM's typically do their own calibrations regardless of who is providing the controller. I'm not saying that is the case here as I just don't know for sure. The possible exception may be the Cummins diesels in the Rams and Titans. Since the Cummins name is all over the vehicle, my guess is they would want some role in the calibrations.
  3. Dream Car Garage- ATP Used Car Edition

    There are a surprisingly large number of them on the market at the moment. Last summer when I was checking there were only a few. There is probably close to a dozen now. Here are a couple more Syclones for those that are as enamored with them as I am! $25,900 - California $19,900 - California $79,995 - Arizona Ultra Rare Marlboro edition $18,000 - Colorado
  4. Dream Car Garage- ATP Used Car Edition

    I didn't look that ad over too closely as I was just posting an example. If I wind up buying one, it will be much cleaner than that one. I agree after looking at the pictures that one looks like it could have had some odometer tampering. At the very least it did not have the most caring owner. On a side note, it is pretty easy to find a clean one in the $28k-32k range with 40k miles or less. I've been eyeballing them for months now. If the right one at the right price turns up locally, I may jump on it.
  5. Not a Tesla fan but not a hater either. I'd like to see them succeed but they need to get their crap together on the quality front before that can happen in the mainstream market. The one thing they have going for them is there probably aren't too many walk home issues which means most of their quality issues are more of an annoyance than anything. I have always been a big HP ICE guy but at the same time, I like to try different stuff. I would seriously consider a Bolt. I checked one out at NAIAS and didn't think it was too bad. In fact, I will probably even test drive one within the next few months. Free recharging at work means no fuel bill for me. That said, the current plan is a good deal on a used CTS-V Sport that I will drive for a year or so and then strongly consider switching over to a Volt or Bolt, but only if the price is right. I'm definitely not an early adopter that will spend whatever to be the first on the block with one. I did, however, by a Cruze diesel just because I had never owned a diesel before. haha
  6. Dream Car Garage- ATP Used Car Edition

    1) Cadillac CTS-V wagon - these suckers have held their value very well. Still #1 on my wish list. Would prefer a manual trans but they tend to sell for significantly more than the autos do. Begger's can't be choosers. 2) Cadillac CTS-V Sport - very likely to have one of these parked in my garage come summer. 3) Saab 9-4X Aero - I really can't believe how well these have held their value compared to other Saabs. I know it isn't a Saab in the truest sense but I think they are cool. 4) 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero - Okay, I am a bit of a Saab-o-file. My 2007 9-5 Aero was one of my favorite cars I've ever owned. How could this not be even better? 5) 1991 GMC Syclone - Like this one only a really clean driver so I could enjoy it. You rarely, rarely see these. Truthfully, this is #1 on my list, even above the CTS-V Wagon. I've always loved these things and still hope to have one some day. My problem now that I've gotten older is that I want my toys to be my daily driver because I got tired of my daily driver being parked out side while the barely driven toy took the spot in the garage. If I ever get a house with a 3 car garage, this will be the first remodel the house gets. If you give me a sixth, it would be a Pontiac Solstice GXP coupe, again, because of the rarity. Not so much because it was an awesome car. As you can see from my list, I like the oddballs. That being said, they are all relatively easy to find on the market right now other than the 9-4X Aero.
  7. Short term car shopping. Again.

    If you are in the market for a good deal on a used sedan: I know people like to bag on them a lot but the '15-17 200's are good cars, especially in V6 guise. And they are available in AWD if you need it. Depreciation has been pretty brutal so there are good deals to be had. My guess is you could pick up AWD 200S or 200C with under 30K miles and reasonably loaded for 15K. Heck, I bought my 2015 200S V6 FWD a year and a half ago with 5500 miles for $17,600 and it has heated steering wheel, ventilated seats and Nav (~$31K sticker). I could have had a similar AWD car for maybe $1,000 - $1,500 more. I personally would have preferred a 200C because I like the open pore wood trim in them better but I'm still very happy with what I got. I live in SE Michigan and I don't know how well the deals we get translate across the country since just about everybody around here is eligible for one or more of the employee discounts (at one point in time I could have gotten it on any of the Big 3 brands), but Equinox's and Malibu's lease pretty cheaply. They have been offering cheap leases on Jeep Compasses. You do see a ton of Escapes around here as well. If you like big RWD, both the 300 and Charger lease pretty cheaply as well, including the AWD versions. If you want to buy, they are giving HUGE discounts on '17 LaCrosse's.
  8. 2018 Buick Regal Lot impression

    IN SE Michigan, we had $10,000 in rebates of the LaCrosse last month. Legit rebates, too. $750 customer cash, $6,250 bonus cash and another $3,000 in Auto Show bonus cash. For that kind of deal I was very, very tempted.
  9. 2018 Buick Regal Lot impression

    I'm checking them out on the Buick site again and it really is weird how they have them set up. It's not even consistent between Sportback and TourX because TourX does not have the Preferred II trim. TourX if you want a heated wheel you have to get an Essence which also includes heated leather seats as standard. In the Sportback, the heated steering wheel is standard on the Preferred II trim but since it is still cloth seats, no heated seats. Not a deal breaker for me because I happen to think you don't need heat with cloth but still odd. Same with leather only available on the top trim. Usually it is at least an option on the mid level trims. It's basically like they didn't adjust the trims, packages and options for the American market. Oh, and you like Sirius XM radio? That appears to only available in a package with the 8" Nav radio in a $1000 - $1800 depending on trim. It's hard to say, though, because the website isn't real clear. A full color driver information display is included in that same package. I guess you get LCD dot matrix style on the lower trims? I guess they really do want it to be like Saab! You like adaptive cruise, lane keep and automatic braking? You better like the Essence trim because it isn't available on anything lower than that. You also better want to spend $2,670 to get it. It's part of the Driver Confidence II package which of course means you have to also get Driver Confidence I package. Let's hope some different option configurations come in later in the model year or for 2019 at the latest. I would be most likely to get an Essence anyway but it would be a shame for them to lose sales over their odd configuration choices.
  10. 2011 Saab 9-4X Aero: Start Up, Test Drive & In Depth Review

    I'll take one of each please! Those 9-4X Aero's are bout the only Saab that has seriously held its value since their demise. When you can find one for sale, every one I have seen has been over $20k with most around $25k. A national Autotrader search brings up exactly one for sale right now and with 67K miles the asking price is $26,000. A comparable 9-5X Aero can be had for literally half that price right now and now that I have seen it I am oh so tempted!
  11. 2018 Buick Regal Lot impression

    I checked out the TourX at NAIAS and also checked out the hatch at my local Buick dealer this last weekend. I'm not normally big on green color cars but the Carageen Green looked quite sharp on the Regal. Overall I quite liked it. The one downside is the rear seat headroom is a bit lacking in the hatch but my kids are still pretty young so not a deal breaker at all for me. I thought the lighter colored interior looked quite nice. If I were to pull the trigger on one it would most likely be the TourX, though. I'd to find out if you can pull the wheel well arch cladding off without there being any holes through the metal. Again, not a deal breaker but would just prefer it without the cladding. I'd probably stick to a black one if they don't come off but the example at the dealer was Rioja Red and it looked pretty good too. The problem I have with these is how the options are set up. You can't get leather as an option. It is standard in the Essence trim and that is it. IIRC it is the same with remote start. Just some oddball stuff like that with the way their packages/options are set up.
  12. There, I fixed it for you. Actually, everything from just below the headlights and up isn't too bad at all. That front fascia and grille, though! It never ceases to amaze me that neither Toyota or Honda in their push to make the appearance of their vehicles less boring have figured out that ugly and busy do not equal stylish and trendy. I guess ugly and busy don't really equal boring either so they have at least accomplished that?
  13. I've never been a big fan of VW styling but I have to say that I actually like the look of this. It does look huge for a Jetta, though. On first glance I thought it was a new Passat. The exterior is still conservative but is stylish and a bit upscale looking. The instrument panel again is typically German conservative but again does at least have a touch of style to it. It looks nice. The door panels on the other hand look plain and a bit cheap. It's almost like they are missing something.
  14. I just noticed the Chevy website has an exterior pic for each trim level. The black High Country looks quite sharp in my opinion. I think the look of this truck is going to be somewhat color dependent. I think the brighter colors are going to look better on the RST version with the painted bumper and grille and silver/gray/black is going to look best on the chrome bumper and grille trucks. Trailboss will look best in the darker colors. Just my humble opinion. http://www.chevrolet.com/upcoming-vehicles/all-new-2019-silverado

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