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Who's looking at buying a summer car given lockdown?

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lechan wrote: Interesting they you would consider a Mazda 3 as a summer car, but I would pick the ND mx5 as a summer car over a Mazda 3 a 1000 times even if it is slower and with less horse power.
ND miata is fantastic. My brother has one and it’s a blast to drive.
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sigh...................I just sold my 6spd VW Tiguan, while not an exotic or sports car, the darn car was peppy and fun - I loved taking it out for a spin on the highway & getting groceries...............it was just so fun.


Thinking of picking up a used GTI (6spd).................I see some high mileage used ones on Kijiji for reasonable prices, don't really care about the kms - just want to make sure there aren't costly maintenance items in the short term.

Damn turbo 4cyl VWs are fun to drive but costly to maintain & the rust!!!


Wifey would kill me though - she was the one that insisted I sell the Tiguan.......


or a used Mustang (never drove one) but prices are crazy right now

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ji2o0k wrote: or a used Mustang (never drove one) but prices are crazy right now
Any particular generation?
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at1212b wrote: Any particular generation?
I like the fifth generation (2005 - 2009)..............looks great, nice balance of classic look & modern!

The newer ones are too modern imo....

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ji2o0k wrote: I like the fifth generation (2005 - 2009)..............looks great, nice balance of classic look & modern!

The newer ones are too modern imo....
Those are the 4.6L though. I would go for 2011+ with the 5.0 coyote.
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prod wrote: Those are the 4.6L though. I would go for 2011+ with the 5.0 coyote.
Agreed! @ji2o0k if you can swing it, pay extra and get the 5.0.
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ji2o0k wrote: sigh...................I just sold my 6spd VW Tiguan, while not an exotic or sports car, the darn car was peppy and fun - I loved taking it out for a spin on the highway & getting groceries...............it was just so fun.


Thinking of picking up a used GTI (6spd).................I see some high mileage used ones on Kijiji for reasonable prices, don't really care about the kms - just want to make sure there aren't costly maintenance items in the short term.
Get an .:R, call it a day :P
ji2o0k wrote: Damn turbo 4cyl VWs are fun to drive but costly to maintain & the rust!!!
Rust? On a VW? I mean it's not like they never rust but this isn't a Mazda we're talking about here lol. Did you have rust issues with your Tig?

ji2o0k wrote: Wifey would kill me though - she was the one that insisted I sell the Tiguan.......
In that case might want to forget about your hopes and dreams lol.
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ES_Revenge wrote: Rust? On a VW? I mean it's not like they never rust but this isn't a Mazda we're talking about here lol. Did you have rust issues with your Tig?
I did have rust issues on the Tig - took it to RHill VW for the rust corrosion warranty coverage & they replaced the hood, front driver door & rear passenger door. They also fixed the rear quarter panel.


I had weird rust forming on top of the windshield which they denied as well as rust starting to bubble in the door jambs which they also denied.

I was going to take them to small claims court over this but wifey said forget it - just sell the darn thing & be done with it...........

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booblehead wrote:

Picked up today Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
Congrats, beautiful car, maybe you would like to blur out your license plate #.
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Thx. No need to cover the plate.

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booblehead wrote: Carreras R Zippy Cars (CRZC)
Haha very nice and congrats on the new car!

I remember wanting a "BMTH" series plate when I started seeing those around...though this has nothing to do with cars (music related lol).
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booblehead wrote: Thx. No need to cover the plate.

Carreras R Zippy Cars (CRZC)
I saw a FAAF 004 and thought to myself “...they dropped the silent P”
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I’ll probably get mocked for this or ignored, but I’ve always wanted a Monte Carlo SS, and not that abomination from the 2000s. And very specifically a black one with t-roof.

I casually check Kijiji periodically but realistically I won’t even consider it until the house is paid off and the kids are done university.

Also there’s my wife who is completely against it. She’s said to me more than once ‘you can have it all you want but you can’t park it here’. She joking of course but I find that line funny.
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Prices are up for mostly everything. For collector cars, the place to sell was the US market years ago. The Canadian market didn't have the buyers as the US did. Now Cnd. prices are up but US prices are too. Typically I see prices around 40% higher in the US and a strong desire for cars. Trouble is getting cars to the market down there. A long time ago, the US old car prices weren't too bad and the US/Cnd exchange rate was near par. It was a good time to buy.
Back to the present, house prices where I live have doubled in 5-6 years. Way too steep of an increase versus the years and I feel sorry future people looking to buy a house.
I'm lucky to own 3 classic cars. I've had my original paint GMC for 33 years now. My project car for 17 years and the wagon for 5 years. My project will be the last car I build. Just getting too old(physically). I've been able to free up some time to get back working on it.
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nabiul wrote: Got mine this week, mazda 3 2.5L turbo in metallic red. Would've never considered anything other than an ecobox with less than 150hp before this.
I waited 2 months for the metallic grey, absolutely love this car!!!
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shane65 wrote: Prices are up for mostly everything. For collector cars, the place to sell was the US market years ago. The Canadian market didn't have the buyers as the US did. Now Cnd. prices are up but US prices are too. Typically I see prices around 40% higher in the US and a strong desire for cars. Trouble is getting cars to the market down there. A long time ago, the US old car prices weren't too bad and the US/Cnd exchange rate was near par. It was a good time to buy.
Back to the present, house prices where I live have doubled in 5-6 years. Way too steep of an increase versus the years and I feel sorry future people looking to buy a house.
I'm lucky to own 3 classic cars. I've had my original paint GMC for 33 years now. My project car for 17 years and the wagon for 5 years. My project will be the last car I build. Just getting too old(physically). I've been able to free up some time to get back working on it.

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Beautiful! My sister in-law bought a cottage around there 5 years ago, and yes, that area was a 'hidden' place then.

I definitely agree. I'm into 80s American and the price increase in last few years in US is crazy (on a relative basis). Especially for any dealers that sell em. Canada too, but US, and especially with exchange rate is crazy. The pimp my ride culture really took hold too for certain GM bodies. Alot more 80s and 90s nostalgia now that those people who drove em are in their mid-life years.

This 1960s station wagon literally few off the shelf.
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/ha ... 1561279090

There was another 80s Caprice Wagon in good condition that also few off, but probably considered a great deal by US standards. It seems vintage station wagons are super hot where just a few years ago, it wasn't. Is it this recent 'RV' 'Van' craze culture that's also increased the demand for station wagons I wonder?

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