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Old Sep 10th 2013, 5:24 am
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.... Cousins visiting us mentioned getting stuck in traffic down their way, when a motorbiker tried to overtake a truck around a outside bend and drove straight into a car, legs caught the handlebars and stayed on the bike, they found the other half a hundred odd feet over the side of the road. .....
That reminds me of the story I heard from a colleague, back in the UK in the 1980's, who had a friend who was an ambulance crewman (they weren't paramedics back then). He had gone to "clear up" a motorbike fatality, but despite strict rules about doing a complete clean-up, .... they could not find the helmet, nor its usual contents. They looked and looked, but eventually gave up. A couple of weeks later, a couple of hundred yards down the road, a homeowner found a motorbike helmet under a bush in their front garden. The helmet was still occupied! /
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Old Sep 16th 2013, 2:56 am
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Saw a Morgan 3 wheeler yesterday. I really like them.

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Saw a Morgan 3 wheeler yesterday. I really like them.

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I've not seen one of those in the US. They're interesting, but I don't "like" them enough to ever want to own one.

I saw the faded red TR7 again yesterday, as it arrived in the parking lot at Lowes, again. It seems strange to see it at all, but stranger still that it seems to be haunting Lowes.
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And even stranger that you saw it running, twice?

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but stranger still that it seems to be haunting Lowes.
Not really. Our Lowes has a row of sheds lined up outside.
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And even stranger that you saw it running, twice?

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Now to be fair, he never said it was running, just "arriving".
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I saw the faded red TR7 again yesterday, as it arrived in the parking lot at Lowes, again.
Hopefully, it was traveling at the same speed as the tow truck that was pulling it.
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Hopefully, it was traveling at the same speed as the tow truck that was pulling it.
I don't recall seeing a tow truck, but that was probably just a trick of the light! .... The previous time I saw it, it was in its natural state, i.e. stationary!
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Hypothetically speaking, if one was looking for a used car to be used as secondary car, light duty, occasional use sort of thing. Suppose one had only $5k-ish to play with and wanted a nice reliable midsize sedan sort of thing.

Are we talking anything else other than boring Honda Accords and Toyota Corollas?
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Hypothetically speaking, if one was looking for a used car to be used as secondary car, light duty, occasional use sort of thing. Suppose one had only $5k-ish to play with and wanted a nice reliable midsize sedan sort of thing.

Are we talking anything else other than boring Honda Accords and Toyota Corollas?
For an occasional use backup car, I'd be inclined to buy a used old Buick, most specifically from a retiree who didn't drive it much. You'll get more car for the money, albeit it won't have the overall long-term reliability or build quality of the Japanese car.

If you buy a five grand Accord, it will probably have beaten to within an inch of its life. Yet people will want it, anyway, so you'll most likely end up overpaying for it. Hondas are at the best value when they're new, given the low depreciation rate, while buying a new Buick is akin to lighting your money on fire.

In the alternative, if you only need the car on rare occasion, then just rent one as necessary. That may be your cheapest option.
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Hypothetically speaking, if one was looking for a used car to be used as secondary car, light duty, occasional use sort of thing. Suppose one had only $5k-ish to play with and wanted a nice reliable midsize sedan sort of thing.

Are we talking anything else other than boring Honda Accords and Toyota Corollas?
Subaru outback or forester?
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For an occasional use backup car, I'd be inclined to buy a used old Buick, most specifically from a retiree who didn't drive it much. You'll get more car for the money, albeit it won't have the overall long-term reliability or build quality of the Japanese car.

If you buy a five grand Accord, it will probably have beaten to within an inch of its life. Yet people will want it, anyway, so you'll most likely end up overpaying for it. Hondas are at the best value when they're new, given the low depreciation rate, while buying a new Buick is akin to lighting your money on fire.

In the alternative, if you only need the car on rare occasion, then just rent one as necessary. That may be your cheapest option.

Nothing GM really. Buick, as well as other GM's had numerous engine issues (head gaskets, valves etc) and transmissions were no hell not to mention other mechanical issues. They did not need to be abused to fall apart, it was a natural occurrence. A Toyota with 300k or more on the clock can be a better deal than a Buick with 150K. Most Toyota owners that I knew when I was in the business were far more meticulous about maintenance and taking proper care of their vehicle. Most I met still had all of the maintenance records. Especially the older folks.

You'd have to go a ways to beat a Toyota to within an inch of its life. It was not unusual for me to see Toyota with 500K on the clock and still in fine shape and run great. Five years ago I sold a Toyota Camry to a friend of my daughters, as is, with hundreds of K's on the clock. I had them take it to see how much the mechanical fitness would cost before they bought it. $500 including 4 new tires and a set of brakes. Not another problem with the car. They still have it with over 500K on the clock now. Thirty years in the business and I would hesitate to buy most older domestics and would never buy a GM after seeing all the problems with them. A 3 or 4 hundred K Toyota, I'd buy. My favoorite of all was the guy that bought a new Camry and kept his old one in the garage with 1,000,000 K on it. Mint.

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For an occasional use backup car, I'd be inclined to buy a used old Buick, most specifically from a retiree who didn't drive it much. You'll get more car for the money, albeit it won't have the overall long-term reliability or build quality of the Japanese car.

If you buy a five grand Accord, it will probably have beaten to within an inch of its life. Yet people will want it, anyway, so you'll most likely end up overpaying for it. Hondas are at the best value when they're new, given the low depreciation rate, while buying a new Buick is akin to lighting your money on fire.

In the alternative, if you only need the car on rare occasion, then just rent one as necessary. That may be your cheapest option.
Should have said that it would be to replace a 99 Lincoln Towncar. Perhaps I am being a little optimistic on the budget.

Originally Posted by Mr Weeze
Subaru outback or forester?
Just bought a new 2013 Outback. Quite like it.
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Originally Posted by Mr Weeze
Subaru outback or forester?
I wouldn't touch a Forester. My wife has one. Not particularly reliable and the repair costs are horrendous.
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A Toyota with 300k or more on the clock can be a better deal than a Buick with 150K.
The great thing about buying a used Buick is that there are plenty of low mileage examples. And if the car is for occasional use, then I would much rather have a Buick driven by Grandma for 30,000 miles than a Toyota driven by her grandson for 150,000 miles.

I don't particularly care for GM cars, but you're drinking the KoolAid. Any car with 300,000 miles on it should be viewed with a jaundiced eye. At that point, you're buying the previous owners moreso than the manufacturer.
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