Bought a new car!

Discussion in 'Community' started by Mr. Anderson, Apr 17, 2003.

  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Ok, this one is for the wife, go figure. But its to replace an old Minivan we inherited from her dad. I'm still surprised myself, but after driving the thing I was truly impressed. It has so much room inside that I felt small in the car, not something I've ever felt in any car I've owned and few that I've sat in. I'm 6'2" and my wife is 6' 1", she's all leg (36" inseam) and I'm all body, so finding something we're both comfortable in has been tough. You'd be surprised the number of cars and SUVs we both don't fit in.

    Anyway, I'll post a pic later tonight when she brings it home from the dealer. Here's one from the web.

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  2. evoluzione macrumors 68020

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    damn you! heh, I love those things, congrats mate, hope you enjoy it :)

    so what funky features does it have?
     
  3. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    well, we have an XM Radio, and the really cool thing that I liked is on the passenger side it has a power adapter and a jack to plug in an mp3/XM Radio, great since we had been using a cassete adapter.

    The rear seats fold up or you can take them out, great for the dog.

    And getting in and out of the back seat is really easy since they've put in the suicide doors (open in the opposite direction) If you open up all the doors you have so much space.

    I'll know more about it tonight when she brings it home. The best thing is that we got a great deal on the trade in. We were planning on leaving before signing the deal and they ended up giving us full KellyBlue Book value! They're original offer was 1300 less!!!!

    Its always good to make them come back with a better offer, even if it means walking out the door. We didn't have to, but just mentioning it was enough.

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  4. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    Dukestreet, I am the Internet Sales Manager at Gunn Honda in San Antonio. I am glad to hear you like the Element. The last four Elements we sold were to Mac users. :)
    Which model did you get? EX 2wd, 4wd, DX? I am just curious to see what they are going for over there.
     
  5. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    Also, the crash tests came out yesterday. The Element did extremely well! Another five star crash rating for Honda. ;)
     
  6. iJon macrumors 604

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    that is almost the car i got, but the back of the car turned me away from it. still a very nice car, just the back isnt the design for me. guess its back to looking at the acura rsx. have you plugged an ipod into the front aux ports?

    iJon
     
  7. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    ijon, get a civic si. It has the same engine as the RSX, (not the type s though), but you can get one for 15,995. :eek:
     
  8. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    got the 4wd LX in black! :D

    My wife took her XM Radio with her so she'll be putting it to the test. Its got a great sound system, 7 speakers and a sub-woofer!

    I'm going to really enjoy it, but I'm thinking she's not going to let me use it much during the week ;)

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  9. DavidFDM macrumors regular

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    This is what we are getting!!!!

    We plan to get an orange one in July. We have 2 dogs and a baby on the way so the easy to clean interior was a big selling factor for me. 'Course hooking the iPod easily was pretty cool too.

    I love the way it rode, nice and high up with smooth acceleration and braking. I really couldn't find any fault with it. Even the pricing was reasonable.
     
  10. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Congrats! The ride was really amazing, I was really expecting something much rougher. And the price was good, even got the extended warranty for 7 years, etc. Figured it would be a good idea with this being the first model version.

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  11. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    I saw one of those things on the street yesterday Element? I think that is what they call it. In my opinion it is ugly, looks like a cross between the Pontiac Aztec and a Hummer H2, but then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don't like driving a vehicle that looks like a "toy car" Probably has some neat features, but you can have the Honda...I will drive my 2002 Mountaineer Premium AWD.
     
  12. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    woah! nice car duke! :D

    I've seen the Element around and I'm liking it...very utilitarian and different. U will have to post some photos this weekend! ;)
     
  13. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I think its a cute ugly - and it grows on you. The Aztec is nasty, and the H2 isn't much better in my opinion. Someone mentioned it as a Bulldog - which fits I think. I think of it as a cross between a Mini and a Hummer.....;)

    Its not a luxury car, we weren't looking for that. You can clean it easily and with a dog that likes to get muddy, well, its one less thing you have to worry about.

    I'll post pics tonight and might do some 'action' shots this weekend....

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  14. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    Here is my Mountaineer, it probably does not make a "statement" like the Element does, but I still prefer the looks of it to a lot of multi-purpose vehicles and SUV's out there. I like the nice industrial design with brushed aluminum and clean lines, reminds me of Apple design...
     

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  15. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    But that is another thing about the Element - it doesn't look like any other car. Your Mountaineer is very similar to all the other SUVs - Honda won a ton of design awards for the Element.

    I like the out of the box thinking that went into it and think its design concepts are more mac like in its originality and style than any of the other SUVs out there.

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  16. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    I think what we have here is a battle of style preferences between left & right minded people... :eek: ;)
     
  17. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    Not to mention the resale value as well as the reliability of the Honda. Dukestreet the residual value of the Element after four years is 54%! That is an unbelievable resale value. The stereo is 270 watts and is by far the best stereo in ANY Honda.
    I had a gentlemen come in yesterday and drive the new accord. He was on the way out and asked, "what is that ugly thing outside on the porch?" I said, "You must be talking about something across the street, because we do not sell anything ugly here.":D
    Needless to say, he drove home in a brand new 2003 Honda Element EX 4WD.
    ;)
    Most of the people who do not like it, have not had a chance to see the inside, play with the features, or drive it.
    You made a great choice Dukestreet, no doubt you will love it!
     
  18. Warren macrumors member

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    No offense but I saw one of those the other day and thought to myself that could be the ugliest production car I have ever seen. The no post between the doors in nice though.
     
  19. guitargeek macrumors regular

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    I thought the same thing. I think the Aztec looks better! :eek:

    I'm not a SUV/Truck kinda guy anyway, though, so I guess it doesn't really matter.
     
  20. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    Reliability has not been proven. It might be a Honda, but certain new models will always have problems. I have a friend with a 2001 Accord, he bought it because they told him, "It will NEVER EVER break down and nothing can be broke on it." It has turned out to be a lemon. Brake problems, new transmission, power window failure, emission control problems, at least it has all been warranty.

    I don't see anything special about a 270 watt stereo, my Mountaineer has a 350 watt CD-6 with 6 speakers and a factory powered subwoofer.

    Besides what does it have for an engine? I hope at least a V6. That thing is going to be pushing wind like a wall...can you imagine heading into a 30-40MPH wind in a 4cyl, torque less, box, fully loaded with passengers and cargo??? NOT FOR ME! I like to be able to pull hills fully loaded at 85 and have plenty of power left.
     
  21. G4scott macrumors 68020

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    uh...

    wow...

    There's one of those at my school, and there are people who kick it every day because they don't like it. They call it the transformer car.

    It just seems like a weird car to me.

    I dont like many of these new cars with lots of plastic and a boxy look to them. The Element, H2, Aztec, the Cheverolet Avalanche, Nissan Frontier, Lincoln Navigator, or any Cadillac SUV or truck.

    To me, a car that has a boxy look would only look good with sheet metal on the outside, like the original hummer. I like cars and SUV's with good looking lines, not bubbly like a ford escort (that car reminds me of a jelly bean, and I drove it to school today...) Like cadillac cars. They have that sleek, stylish, stealth appearance. Chrystlers are too curvy. They look like every other car out there, like most ford cars (except for new mustangs and a couple others, because they're not too curvy) I don't like the cheverolet Impala, because it looks like a mix between a cadillac and a ford Taurus. It's not sleek enough, and it tries to take design cues from other cooler looking cars...

    Cars that I do like- Toyota Avalon, Camry, Tacoma, and a few other cars that don't look short and fat. Corvette, Viper, Cadillac cars, and most other sleek, longer japanese cars. I also like the look of subarus. The impreza WRX looks a bit like a tuner car, and I don't like it as much, and I hate the Baja... The outback sedan is nice. It's a pretty solid car.

    Some people like different style cars. I am a bit picky about what I would get... I won't really complain unless the car looks bad because of something the owner put on it or did to it. (chrome rims, a supra spoiler, and those light up windshield sprayers...)
     
  22. G4scott macrumors 68020

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    It has a 160hp 4-Cyl engine. with 161ft-lb at 4500 RPM

    My Toyota truck has a 4 banger, and it works just fine. It does 60-70 on the highway loaded with stuff in the back. I don't think the engine on my truck has more than 110hp.

    Not all 4- bangers suck. The 4-banger in the newest Impreza WRX puts oiut 300hp. I don't know how much torque it has, but it's still impressive.
     
  23. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Its got a 160 HP 4cyl dohc i-vtec engine - 161 lb-ft of torque, more than adequate on a 3500 lb car. Test drove it up a hill and hit the accel, no problems at all.

    Besides, with a 4cyl its not going to be eating the gas - something that was important.

    You're fine and happy with you Mountaineer/Explorer, ok, not a problem.

    Oh, and it has a moon roof in the rear! that comes out, the moon roof starts just over the back seats and goes all the way back - its huge. Lets in lots of light and again, the space inside is amazing.

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  24. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    All cars will have problems from time to time. The engine in the element has been proven, it is a 2.4 l four cylinder. It is also in the CRV and the Accord, so reliability will not be an issue. Oil changes are every 10,000 miles. The first tune up is not for 110,000 miles. It also has a timing chain and not a timing belt, so it does not have to be replaced. With the money Dukestreet will save on maintenance and repair costs, he can buy a Dual 1.42 gig Powermac and a 20 inch cinema display. Not to sound rude, but go try and trade your Mercury in. I think you will be in for a rude awakening. Also, check out the new Consumer Reports. Out of 100 Honda vehicles tested over a three year period, only 21 had any problems. Mercury was 57 out of 100. I think I would roll the dice on the Honda. But if you Mercury breakes down, at least you can sit there and listen to your unbelievable stereo.
    ;)
    Of course your Mercury has more options, just compare the sticker prices! The Element fully loaded is 21,310, I imagine the Mercury to be near or over 30k M.S.R.P.
     
  25. Mrs. Zinnderson macrumors member

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    Hate to correct my hubby in public, but we got the 4WD EX in Nighthawk Black Pearl. Bought the "Touch of Class" appearance package to help maintain the dark finish.

    Had my friends try to guess (one volunteered to be adopted if we bought what we previously had our eyes on ... a black New Beetle convertible). So I said, think "it's so ugly it's cute", great doggie car. So then she guessed a Hummer. I then hinted that it's the Mini-Cooper-Japanese Hummer model. Haven't heard back from her!

    Dutchess Street
     

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