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Old 02-09-2006, 07:29 PM   #41
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I remember when I was a youngster and thought I'd discovered a way to make a perpetual motion machine.* It was so simple I couldn't believe nobody had thought of it.* Just attach the shaft of an electric motor to the shaft of an electric generator.* And connect the wires.* So the electricity of the generator drives the motor, and the rotation of the motor drives the generator to produce electricity.

I thought it was the greatest idea but didn't have the ability to actually test it out until a few years later.* *Then I realized that friction and the less than 100% efficiency would make it fail.

So I can identify with scoopsteve... he just doesn't see the frictional depreciation and transactional costs involved in his "perpetual car machine".* *
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Old 02-23-2006, 11:26 AM   #42
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Scoop....

It has been a few weeks... I was wondering what you traded up to?
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It has been a few weeks... I was wondering what you traded up to?
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Tough crowd... :P
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Old 02-23-2006, 11:41 AM   #45
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I know...." HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW"

Bet the dealer even threw in an old saddle and a piece of rope.
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Good thing you've got a couple million in the bank to pay for the maintenance on that sucker
Na, new BMWs come with 4 year, 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Brakes, Oil Changes, basically everything except tires.

I've not spent one cent on maintenance on the new 330xi I bought in 2003.
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Na, new BMWs come with 4 year, 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Brakes, Oil Changes, basically everything except tires.

I've not spent one cent on maintenance on the new 330xi I bought in 2003.
Hope you knocked on wood! That 4 year warranty is about up.

I heard my local BMW dealer up the street advertising free routine maintenance for 4 years (maybe 7, don't remember). Is this the standard BMW deal - 4 year warranty and free routine maintenance during the warranty period?

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I'm pretty sure I saw that one up on the North Shore last week...
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Hope you knocked on wood!* That 4 year warranty is about up.*

I heard my local BMW dealer up the street advertising free routine maintenance for 4 years (maybe 7, don't remember).* Is this the standard BMW deal - 4 year warranty and free routine maintenance during the warranty period?

standard with a new car. No worries about the warranty running out, as I'll probably get a new one in june. 3 series doesnt have a big enough back seat for kids, gotta move to the more spacious 5 series.
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Hey, where'd you find that! Have you hacked into my computer?.....
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TromboneAL,

I owned a Mini like that one.* Drove it for quite a few years. It wasn't my first car, but I have never loved a car as much as that one before or since.* A strong argument can be made that it is one of the most important automobile designs in history.

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A strong argument can be made that it is one of the most important automobile designs in history.
Even more important than the Yugo?!?
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And now the rest of the story. I believe he forgot to tell us he left the dealer with tires spinning and guns a blazing
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This link will provide a little enlightenment on the importance of the Mini.

http://www.autonews.com/files/euroau.../issigonis.htm
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Here's a little more info.

http://www.outmotoring.com/mini_history.html




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When I first came to the US I would go to the public car auctions or if I could get a dealer friend to get me into the dealer auctions, I would buy a car or pickup truck only if I got a good deal. I would then drive it for about a year, in most cases about eight months. I kept an eye in the papers for what my car or truck was selling for. I always sold the car or truck for at least $700 more than what I had in it in most cases I would shoot for a $1,000.00 above my cost.

I looked for cars that people needed and would be easy to sell (most four door cars) my price range was around $2500 to $3500 and selling for $3500 to $4500. I did this for about four years and got tired of the* hassle.
PJ03, no question ... this can work.* As a matter of fact, it works because you're effectively a dealer.* You're clearly buying at wholesale, and selling at a quasi retail (consumer to consumer prices seem to trend between blue book wholesale / retail).* Yes, I agree ... it is a hassle.* The car business takes effort, and thus provides a service.

Another approach to this that can be fun, if you don't have to put too many miles on a car.* Buy a classic car, drive it for a year and sell it.* Same or better result.* And, you get to drive a unique set of wheels.

If you buy a car very right, don't put too many miles or too much time on it, yes ... you can resell the car at break even or a little profit.

But trading cars into dealers over and over again?* Nah.* I don't get that concept at all.
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Headlines today, in Califortnia, a guy driving a RARE Ferrari, one of only 400 made and valued at over $1,000,000, lost control and totalled it.

He was road racing a Mercedes.
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And another guy had one fly backwards out a window when he and his high school friend were trying to run the odometer backwards so the kids dad wouldnt know they'd been driving around in his car all day!
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And another guy had one fly backwards out a window when he and his high school friend were trying to run the odometer backwards so the kids dad wouldnt know they'd been driving around in his car all day!
Bet Cameron's dad was pissed about that.
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