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Old 06-21-2019, 04:18 PM
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2 years ago I wanted a second car because my 2004 Silverado is up to 107,000 miles and still looks new.
I'm 30 miles from most cities/stores and hit them at least once a week but also retired.
I wanted a KIA Sportage and started shopping.
I found what I wanted at Hertz Used Car Sales, 2016 looks new, 42,000 miles, warranty remaining and over $2000. under market, fixed price. They were GREAT to deal with.
Love the KIA, it is a base model but came with many deluxe features as standard.
No one will tell me if the Bluetooth will work with dentures and I am afraid to try!
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:27 PM
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I think about this a lot since my commute is 134m round trip. I drive my '08 FJ Cruiser with about 150k on the clock. I don't think I want a commuter car as much as I want another toy. My FJ is perfect for my commute but it sure would be fun to do it in an M5 or S550.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:51 PM
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I used to own a 1999 Honda Accord V6.

I sold it, and bought my civic, and figured out I was able to save the cost of the civic payments ($190 a month) just in the gas I was spending to get to work.

Its been a very reliable little car. I'm 6'4" and 350lb and have no problem fitting in it, along with my wife and 2 daughters.

Its quite peppy for being a 1.8 liter. Like I said, I'm about to roll 200k miles and its still going very strong. No oil burn, no rust, nothing. I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
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Old 06-21-2019, 07:39 PM
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I bought a new suburban in 1977; lived 2 miles from work., Four months later bought a house 20 miles from work and was lucky enough to snag a newly introduced VW diesel Rabbbit. Drove VW diesels for almost 40 years - 47-54 mpg on sticks, went to an automatic in 2010 and mileage dropped to 42-46 mpg. They were very reliable. Sold the TDI back to VW and bought a Kia Niro - getting 54-56 mpg last 200 miles, drops to 46 - 50 in the winter. Love the Kia, lots of safety features - but the VW TDIs were a lot of fun to drive, There are deals to be had on VWs that were bought back and got the EPA "fix". Retired now but still have a Cummins Ram that I use for towing the boat. Commuter car made sense for me -
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:50 PM
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My F250 Super Duty weighs 8,360 pounds. Display shows 13,1 MPG. Fill that tank for about $60.

My Kia Sportage EX weighs like 2,900 pounds, gets 29.5 MPG in the winter, and 26.5 with the air conditioner blasting. $22 fill up.

I drive the little SUV about ten times as much as the truck, and I consider it much more dependable and efficient.


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Old 06-21-2019, 09:12 PM
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Life is too short.

I got a 330i and drove it for a week. Thing sucked. Folks abuse folks in small cars.

Got rid of it after a week and lost my ass on that deal and bought another 2500 Ram with a Cummins. Life is good again.

So now I just keep the 2017 Ram stock and nice and my 2007 Ram is my race car.
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Old 06-22-2019, 04:32 AM
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I have had a 45 mile commute for 21 years. Always had three vehicles. Method that worked for me was to minimize use of my truck, keep it for towing and truck stuff. Wife gets a new car every ~6 years or until it hits 90k mikes. Her old car becomes the commuter vehicle. I make sure it has towing insurance but drop the comprehensive. At 10-12 years old and 180k usually end up giving the car away. Fuel mileage not a big deal looking at overall costs.
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
You're overthinking.

I never factor in or care about depreciation on vehicles. I also buy high mileage used so it's not really a big hit anyway.

I was doing 40 miles each way. That will suck in a big truck...I had a TDI until they bought it back, then it was in our V8 4Runner. The fuel costs sucked. They'll suck worse in an F150.

Get a cheap commuter. A Kia will be worthless in a few years, but drive what you like. 80 miles a day....you have to be in something you enjoy driving, regardless of if it makes perfect financial sense.

Keep the miles off the harder to replace truck. You can always buy cheap commuter shitboxes...go price a new F150.

That worthless Kia will probably be one of the cheapest to operate commuter vehicle you ever own.Parts are cheap,they are easy to work on and you can't kill them if maintained. They made me a believer.
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:55 PM
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I guess I will go against the grain and vote to just drive the f150, especially if you like it.
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Billdo View Post
I think about this a lot since my commute is 134m round trip. I drive my '08 FJ Cruiser with about 150k on the clock. I don't think I want a commuter car as much as I want another toy. My FJ is perfect for my commute but it sure would be fun to do it in an M5 or S550.
You drive 134 miles a day 5 days a week? Damn that's crazy?


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