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Old 11-13-2006, 11:46 AM   #21
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I'll have to be happy with my new Fit for now, because I just cant meet all of my financial goals and buy something nicer.
Do what my husband does--he kinda smirks at the owners of gas guzzlers when he gases up his Prius. Once a month.
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Re: Just finished closing the deal on my new Lexus Ride!..............
Old 11-13-2006, 05:00 PM   #22
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Anyone bought a 2007 Camry? I like the new look. I can't afford a new Lexus or Avalon but a Camry without all the bells and whistles can be justified.
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You can't go wrong with a Camry. - This is the car that took down the most major corporation the World has ever seen; - General Motors! - It has to be damn good to do that!
Yes, I even have $2500 credit from my GM Credit card but I just can't get fired up about a GM car. A Trailblazer or Envoy, maybe. But the gas mileage sucks on those. Thats why I keep coming back to the Camry. What's a fool to do?
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:55 PM   #24
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THe Camry now comes in a hybrid, which may be worth a serious look. Toyota has the hybrid stuff working well now (5 or 6 years in) though it is new in the Camry, that is true.

Astro -- I was thinking about that question today -- I've had my Prius 2 weeks and am halfway through the tank, and was wondering how often my average between fillups will be (whether the last two weeks have been normal usage etc) -- I reckoned that it might be as much as a month, and still can't quite believe it.
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Yes, I even have $2500 credit from my GM Credit card but I just can't get fired up about a GM car. A Trailblazer or Envoy, maybe. But the gas mileage sucks on those. Thats why I keep coming back to the Camry. What's a fool to do?
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Old 11-14-2006, 05:24 PM   #26
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I just bought a 2007 Camry LE 4 cylinder. So far so good. 23-24 mph around town with the a/c on. I haven't had it on a long highway run but expect 33-35 mph.
The car is very quite and comfortable and looks great in dark blue metallic paint.
I traded a 94 Buick Lesabre with 207,000 miles. The buick probably had another 100,000 miles in it but I was ready for a change.

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Anyone bought a 2007 Camry? I like the new look. I can't afford a new Lexus or Avalon but a Camry without all the bells and whistles can be justified.
Great car....... I have an Accord and found out why the Big Three is getting spanked by the Japs...........

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Re: Just finished closing the deal on my new Lexus Ride!..............

So is it the market run-up, or the new-car-flu, or what? Everybody seems to be dumping tens of thousands of $ into the economy now for a new ride. What happened to LBYM??
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So is it the market run-up, or the new-car-flu, or what? Everybody seems to be dumping tens of thousands of $ into the economy now for a new ride. What happened to LBYM??
Not me. Still pounding away on my 4YO subaru and hoping like heck they offer a hybrid or diesel version when it comes tme to shop for a replacement.
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So is it the market run-up, or the new-car-flu, or what? Everybody seems to be dumping tens of thousands of $ into the economy now for a new ride. What happened to LBYM??
I know he's not talking to me. Oh she's a beauty to me, but I might as well key "I'm frugal" on the side of my 07' Fit.

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Still pounding away on my 4YO subaru and hoping like heck they offer a hybrid or diesel version when it comes tme to shop for a replacement.
I seriously doubt you'll see that happen. Subaru's big thing besides the AWD is those boxer engines, and those just aren't going to work in a hybrid format. I'm not aware of a boxer diesel. Besides, performance is a big issue for subaru and "hybrid" and "performance" dont really go together (with the exception of, maybe, the honda accord hybrid).
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I seriously doubt you'll see that happen. Subaru's big thing besides the AWD is those boxer engines, and those just aren't going to work in a hybrid format. I'm not aware of a boxer diesel. Besides, performance is a big issue for subaru and "hybrid" and "performance" dont really go together (with the exception of, maybe, the honda accord hybrid).
I'd be surprised if it didn't happen, actually. Subaru has been coy about it, but they have been researching hybrids for years. When GM decided to puke up its stake in Subaru for cash last year, Toyota took the opportunity to buy part of that stake and take Subie on as a partner. Toyota got to use some spare capacity in Subie's US factory. Subie also contributed its battery technology, which was a lot more advanced than Toyota's. The Subaru hybrid research budget is now being used to work on clean diesels for the US market. I would be kind of surprised if Subaru didn't use some variant of Toyota's hybrid system in a vehicle within the next few years. It would be a perfect match for Subie's liberal, lesbian, eco-freak customer base in the US, and since their customers tend to be more affluent some extra cost probably wouldn't be a show-stopper.

Before the GM/Toyota thing came down the pike, Subaru also showed a turbo hybrid concept vehicle at an auto show that got good mileage and had amazing performance stats.
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I'd be surprised if it didn't happen, actually. Subaru has been coy about it, but they have been researching hybrids for years. When GM decided to puke up its stake in Subaru for cash last year, Toyota took the opportunity to buy part of that stake and take Subie on as a partner. Toyota got to use some spare capacity in Subie's US factory. Subie also contributed its battery technology, which was a lot more advanced than Toyota's. The Subaru hybrid research budget is now being used to work on clean diesels for the US market. I would be kind of surprised if Subaru didn't use some variant of Toyota's hybrid system in a vehicle within the next few years. It would be a perfect match for Subie's liberal, lesbian, eco-freak customer base in the US, and since their customers tend to be more affluent some extra cost probably wouldn't be a show-stopper.

Before the GM/Toyota thing came down the pike, Subaru also showed a turbo hybrid concept vehicle at an auto show that got good mileage and had amazing performance stats.
OK. I haven't followed their developments that closely. I was just going on their current approach, which is AWD, and performance. I was so close to getting an 06' WRX, but i just couldn't bring myself to do it. Given that my wife and I pool money, I thought it'd be too selfish of a thing to do since they cost so much more upfront as well as insurance/gas. I think when i get further along the FIRE path into my 40s, i'll be more apt to spend money more loosely.
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The turbos are nice, but I can't see paying up up front, plus all the extra maintenance, requirement for premium fuel, higher insurance, etc. The plain old flat 4 has proven very reliable and does the job, so I can't be bothered with the more involved choice.
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The turbos are nice, but I can't see paying up up front, plus all the extra maintenance, requirement for premium fuel, higher insurance, etc. The plain old flat 4 has proven very reliable and does the job, so I can't be bothered with the more involved choice.
I agree; .... for now. I'd have to get to a point where i'm well past my financial goals before i'm going to splurge on a "want" like that.
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So is it the market run-up, or the new-car-flu, or what? Everybody seems to be dumping tens of thousands of $ into the economy now for a new ride. What happened to LBYM??
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I own three (3) vehicles currently. Have way less than 20K tied up
in the bunch. The newest one is 8 years old.

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For the five of us: two 8's and a 12-year-old. And no Lexi.
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We usually keep our cars 10-12 years. The 07 Camry is the first new one we've bought since 1988. These Toyotas hold their value so well that I believe that you are better off buying new rather than a 2-3 yr old used vehicle. It is nice to treat yourself once in a while even while LMYM.

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