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    Oh yeah. Scratch one of those BMW 3-Series cars. In the year 2000 I traded a BMW in on an Audi A4. Slick. Smooth. And as maddeningly unreliable as that late, unlamented Jetta.
    Mapie is a conventional looking former Hollywood bon viveur, now leading a quiet life in a house made of wood by an isolated beach. He has cultivated a taste for culture, and is a celebrated raconteur amongst his local associates, who are artists, actors, and other leftfield/eccentric types. I imagine he has a telescope, and an unusual sculpture outside his front door. He is also a beach comber. The Rydster.

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    Vehicle Life List

    A bit fuzzy on the details, but...

    73 Mercury Capri - with a sunroof you had to hand crank, spent more time on blocks than on the road
    78 Toyota Corona - poop brown, but ran like a top. I miss that car sometimes.
    84 Ford Ranger pickup
    83 Dodge Ares - literally died driving home from the used car lot... the paint would rub off on your hand...
    78 Volvo - it was red, built like a tank, and required a Volvo specialist for every problem...
    89? Ford Tempo
    92? Ford Taurus Wagon
    80-something Ford Winstar - What a p.o.s. Haven’t owned it in 20+ years, but we still get recall notices from time to time
    2006 Chevy HHR - basically a glorified station wagon, but a good car.
    2006 Jeep Liberty - say what you want about Jeeps, but it rolled at 70mph on a Christmas trip and the family walked away with nary a scratch. Mrs. Opus will be a Jeep fan for life...
    2007 Jeep Liberty - to replace the wrecked one
    2010 Dodge Nitro - Jeepish... but not Jeep enough...
    2012 Chevy Sonic - Mine originally, now Childe Opus drives this one
    2014 Jeep Wrangler (4dr) - traded it in on the next two...
    2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk - My current ride
    2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara(2dr) - This was Mrs. Opus’ dream, but her arthritis made it too rough as a daily driver. So it just got traded in on...
    2018 Jeep Compass Latitude - Mrs. Opus’ current ride.

    Hopefully, we’re done with the car shuffle for a while.




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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_mm View Post
    ...And a pity you don’t have the El Camino any more. That was a real car imho!
    I was young and broke, and the front end wandered something awful. One night about 2 in the morning I got pulled over driving to get my papers. They did the whole 2-man team, where you going, where you been routine, and when they figured out I was really going to work, they sent me packing with a caution to be careful. They were on the road from the beach, and they were hunting drunks, not broke-ass hillbilly paper boys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
    I’ve sat and traveled inside my brothers Mercedes and BMW’s, as well as extended time in the Honda CRV. My point was compared to “all the other cars I’ve owned”, the ‘17 OB is certainly the most comfortable I’ve spent extended time in., but then again I spent 7 years in a Gremlin so the bar was set low early on.
    Wondering how you learned to extend time, and if you would share.

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    A bit fuzzy on the details, but...

    ...
    2006 Jeep Liberty - say what you want about Jeeps, but it rolled at 70mph on a Christmas trip and the family walked away with nary a scratch. Mrs. Opus will be a Jeep fan for life...
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    I think I want a jeep, and then I read all the bad reviews. How are they, really?

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    Just Google "jeep reliability" and you'll find plenty of reading from trusted sites like JD Powers and Consumer Reports etc. I would never consider one, but I know of at least one owner that hasn't had any issues with their Grand Cherokee, yet
    "I felt bad because I couldn't wheelie; until I met a man with no bicycle"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10ae1203 View Post
    I think I want a jeep, and then I read all the bad reviews. How are they, really?
    In the interest of full disclosure, I am not now (nor have I ever been) a "car guy". The day we finally started making enough money to buy cars with warrantees (basically last Tuesday) was a great day at Casa de' Opus. That said...

    The new Compass Latitude that Mrs. Opus drives is (so far at least) a really nice SUV. Four wheel drive outside, but it has all the electronic bells and whistles inside (sat/nav, CarPlay, etc). It rides/drives like a car. Off the lot, we took it for an 800 mile trip to see the family for the holidays and it was very comfortable. The worst reviews I've seen mention the lack of power, but the 4-cylinder had no trouble maintaining highway speed. To me, it felt more powerful than the 4-cylinder Renegade I drive. The only thing I'm not sold on is the auto shut-off at traffic lights. This was the first time I've been in a vehicle that did that and it will take some getting used to. You can turn off that "feature", though.

    The Renegade I drive is basically the smaller first version of what the Compass has become. My requirements in a vehicle were pretty simple. I wanted something relatively small, 4WD, and a decent radio. Since we were trading in a Jeep at the time, the Renegade fit the bill. It rides and drives nice. Once in a while, I wish it was a 6 cylinder instead of a 4, but for a runabout it does fine. I put a tow hitch on it so I can hook up the 1UP rack when I need it.

    So far, given the number of them we've owned, I haven't had any problems with a Jeep that would make me hesitate to buy another one. Then again, we haven't had any particular one for a long term either. Someday, I'm hoping Subaru will remake the Brat or the Justy (with that short truck bed). If it has 4WD and a decent stereo, I will be tempted to trade in the Renegade. Until then...

    My advice is if you're buying new (or new enough to still have a factory warranty) skip the reviews and test drive one for yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOky View Post
    Just Google "jeep reliability" and you'll find plenty of reading from trusted sites like JD Powers and Consumer Reports etc. I would never consider one, but I know of at least one owner that hasn't had any issues with their Grand Cherokee, yet
    Sure. I mean, just check out how many Jeeps there are on Consumer Reports list of least reliable vehicles...

    https://www.consumerreports.org/car-...reliable-cars/

    That Fiat doesn't count...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10ae1203 View Post

    Wondering how you learned to extend time, and if you would share.
    Ah, the fun of typing on an iPad, it’s loves to auto correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Sure. I mean, just check out how many Jeeps there are on Consumer Reports list of least reliable vehicles...

    https://www.consumerreports.org/car-...reliable-cars/

    That Fiat doesn't count...

    That list includes quite a few low sales volume vehicles that you're lucky to see on the road in any given day. Unless Jaguars are common where you live. In any event, no thanks, I'll never buy a Jeep, I hope they work out for you I'm not dissing your choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOky View Post
    Just Google "jeep reliability" and you'll find plenty of reading from trusted sites like JD Powers and Consumer Reports etc. I would never consider one, but I know of at least one owner that hasn't had any issues with their Grand Cherokee, yet
    I’ve had my 07 Grand Cherokee for the past 6 years , it’s got 170k miles now. No major issues , but I do need to replace a glow plug
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Sure. I mean, just check out how many Jeeps there are on Consumer Reports list of least reliable vehicles...

    https://www.consumerreports.org/car-...reliable-cars/

    That Fiat doesn't count...
    I had a Wrangler and it was a total chick magnet, and the 4.0 was a strong engine. The downside was it was always having issues. The engine and A/C were bombproof; It was everything else. I sold it at 54,000 miles after slave cylinder failed for the second time and the clutch failed when it did. I was a college student and the best I could get was 15 mpg out of it.

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    '81 Buick Century.. Hand me down, brother crashed it
    '90 Pontiac Sunbird .. First car I bought, cheap junk - always ate my diligently made mixed tapes, and the horn randomly going off...
    '99 Honda Civic .. solid but boring
    '04 BMW 325 iX .. Best car owned to date, got close to 200k kms out of "Dieter"
    '06 Mini Cooper S .. the go cart, fun city car

    currently deciding what is next...

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    Somehow I have the feeling that some of these cars were yours and some others belong to your wife!

    And each time I see „El Camino“ I really miss the time these cars were to see on roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_mm View Post
    Somehow I have the feeling that some of these cars were yours and some others belong to your wife!

    And each time I see „El Camino“ I really miss the time these cars were to see on roads.
    One car I miss more than most: Ford Falcon from early 60s. One of my bestest a-hole buddies in high school had pretty much this exact car, coupe, black with red interior, and a 3-on-the-tree. Once in a while he'd let me drive it. In his words, "it runs like a raped ape." It did just that.



    If I had $21,900 loose change in my pocket that I felt a need to get rid of, I'd probably go buy this car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_mm View Post
    Somehow I have the feeling that some of these cars were yours and some others belong to your wife!
    Very observant!

    Starting with the Honda Element you can most likely figure out cars that she drove and ones I've driven.

    Looking at the list I can also see the ebbs and flows of my finances and currently downsizing of the fleet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WRM4865 View Post
    Very observant!

    Starting with the Honda Element you can most likely figure out cars that she drove and ones I've driven.

    Looking at the list I can also see the ebbs and flows of my finances and currently downsizing of the fleet.
    LOL!

    As I divorced I stopped car racing and did only motorcycle racing....With only two wheels it was much cheaper...LOL...even if much more expensive than road biking....

    And now I own only one vehicle, a Dodge RAM. Less cost, less maintenance, etc....

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