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Old 06-29-2016, 07:07 AM   #201
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For sure, but as long as I can do it, I will. Maybe keeping the sporty cars keeps us young and flexible a little longer than otherwise?
Now if only a sports car would prevent and/or cure arthritis. I can see Madison Avenue having a heyday with this one. "Buy this sports car and never suffer from the aches and pains of aging again!" Maybe Medicare would pay for it.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:08 AM   #202
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At least it lets you think you are still younger and flexible.
Right, but Ill settle for that.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:14 AM   #203
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2009 Porsche cayman, bought used just this last February. I think it cries every day on my commute, which is pretty much straight-as-an-arrow up Chicagoland 355, because it wants those twisties you are talking about!
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:50 AM   #204
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2009 Porsche cayman, bought used just this last February. I think it cries every day on my commute, which is pretty much straight-as-an-arrow up Chicagoland 355, because it wants those twisties you are talking about!
Sweet ride. It's refreshing to see that others on this forum are car enthusiasts. When I saw this post I thought 90% would say "I drive a 1996 Toyota Camry" or Honda Accord. Maybe that is more the boggleheads crowd?

I sometimes wonder how much more I would have in my retirement savings if I had done that (Camry, Accord). Ha.

Most of the folks on the car forums I read "hope" to have a P car like yours someday. Good call. Cheers.
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Old 06-29-2016, 10:19 AM   #205
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I really like it and a couple of reasons top the list:

1. The fuel mileage is incredible for a three ton truck. I recently took it on a 3K mile road trip thru several states and averaged 27 mpg.

2. I've also been towing a travel trailer with it and average 18-19 mpg when doing so. Gas equivalents only see 9-12mpg.

I looked at Ford Ecoboost and while those trucks have almost drag-car acceleration and higher tow ratings the fuel economy really drops when towing a load. I think the Ram ED rides better but that's subjective.

Also looked at Chevy (couldn't get a diesel in a 1/2 ton) and the new Nissan Titan XD but it's a larger diesel in a somewhat larger truck and doesn't get anywhere near the fuel economy. Not to mention it's priced very high.

I think Ram nailed it with this combination. The only possible negative is there have been a high number of reported engine failures requiring total replacement. Formal cause is unknown but user forum buzz speculates inadequate oil spec because of viscosity issues and the crank bearings not receiving sufficient lube during cold conditions. This is also not a truck that's suitable for short trips to the grocery store. It needs to get warmed up and run at operating temps, something that can take awhile with a diesel. If I'm going somewhere that's less than 10 miles round trip, I'll take my Jeep.

I've had mine since March and have put 4500 miles on it. No issues so far.
Thanks for the summary. As of yesterday, the VW announced (tentative until approved) buyback plan will take me out of my 2014 Passat with a high dollar amount. I will probably start looking for a clean used Ecodiesel as a replacement in the Fall.
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At least it lets you think you are still younger and flexible.
That's half the battle!
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For sure, but as long as I can do it, I will. Maybe keeping the sporty cars keeps us young and flexible a little longer than otherwise?
Saw episode of Jay Leno's Garage where Nick Cannon claimed he likes sports cars because the women like them. And he drives slow. I never looked at it that way, but maybe he has a point.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:46 AM   #209
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Saw episode of Jay Leno's Garage where Nick Cannon claimed he likes sports cars because the women like them. And he drives slow. I never looked at it that way, but maybe he has a point.
I'm 66 and happily married. This would be of no interest to me but a sporty, expensive drive has always been a magnet for the, shall we say, more "superficial" of the opposite sex.
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None - cars are completely unnecessary where I live and there's a tax of up to 115% on cars here.

That said, I'm getting really tempted to get something small like a VW Golf just for the hell of it.
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Anyone here have the Canyon/Colorado diesel? I'm considering a used one in a few years to replace the Subaru Legacy for offroading and a medium trailer (DW will keep the Forester). Like the RAM also but it's too big.

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Thanks for the summary. As of yesterday, the VW announced (tentative until approved) buyback plan will take me out of my 2014 Passat with a high dollar amount. I will probably start looking for a clean used Ecodiesel as a replacement in the Fall.
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Old 07-09-2016, 04:59 AM   #212
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Living in Florida, there is no shortage of used low mileage luxury cars with no rust. For over 20 years, I've kept with used Mercedes and drive them to the end. This year we traded a 1998 E420 with 198,000 miles for my wife's 2013 GLK 350 SUV. Last year I gave my son the old 2002 S430 with 145,000 miles (120,000 miles by me) so I could get a 2007 S550 with 44,000 miles. The S class's averaged $90,000 each new - we bought them used for an average of $22,000 each. During this time I've taken up the hobby of auto mechanics, and gotten quite good at it.
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Old 07-09-2016, 07:23 AM   #213
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This would be of no interest to me but a sporty, expensive drive has always been a magnet for the, shall we say, more "superficial" of the opposite sex.
Who really cares..... Whatever works...
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:02 AM   #214
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Anyone here have the Canyon/Colorado diesel? I'm considering a used one in a few years to replace the Subaru Legacy for offroading and a medium trailer (DW will keep the Forester). Like the RAM also but it's too big.
Not yet but I plan to look at one later this year. The Ram Ecodiesel is more costly from what I can tell. Either way, I would buy used when the time comes.
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I just traded my 2002 VW Bug for a 2013 Mini Cooper Coupe (roadster style). We added a speed chip and a special air filter but it's still not as fast as the Bug. My ride is cute, speedy and most importantly - inexpensive. 30 mpg.
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In fact, every time we're in to the dealership, they tell us they have a waiting list for a used TL-S. So I think I could get a decent price for it; I just don't want to let it go.
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