Hi. Thanks for hosting these chats. Do you believe new cars need to be "broken in"? Or is that an outdated urban legend? Also, for older cars, have you heard anything about the effectiveness about after-market back-up cameras? Thanks again.
Thanks for joining the chats.
I didn't use to believe cars needed to be broken in but there is technology today that can learn your driving habits.
I haven't heard about the back up camera effectiveness and backup cameras aren't mandated as standard till 2018 so any camera that you have is better than not having a camera.
My wife is in the market for 1st vehicle and she likes the 2010 and up Equinox. Any other small SUVs we should look at in the 15k price range?
I doubt that there is much new in the15k range for midsize crossovers/suv. You probably are looking at the Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento. But even that puts you in the mid-20s. I would suggest shopping used inasmuch as 2.5 million vehicles are coming off-lease now. Some good deals in that bunch.
My wife and I normally shop vehicle makes/models and dealerships. We are willing to pay a little extra for the vehicle purchase if the dealership has a high customer satisfaction service and purchase experience rating. Are you aware of any web site(s) that rate dealerships for a geographical region? We live in Central Kentucky and haven't been able to find such a site.
Yes. TrueCar.com, kbb.com. cars.com. NADA.org. Try those.
When is the 2015 Legacy likely to be out? Any test drives scheduled?
Early summer 2014, according to my product-release schedule.
Now that the new WRX (street legal rally race car?) is out, what are your thoughts on that? Is is fun driving as a daily commute car and for the occasional driving on roads meant for the car?
My next door neighbor, Tim, 13 years old, has $2,000 in the bank from birthdays and allowances. He is saving up for a down payment on a WRX. I was talking to Bill at Auburn Racquet club yesterday. He has a legacy and will drive that thing into the ground but his dream car would be the WRX.
It is a reason to get up and go to work in the morning.
Warren, I believe you have driven both the BMW 3 and 4 series. Putting aside the diferences between a coupe and 4 door, do you consider the increased cost of the 4 series worth it in terms of driving experience? And I suspect someone will also ask you a similar question between the new 2 series and the 3 :) Thank you
No. Not along as BMW keeps nickle-and-diming consumers on options that should come as standard equipment, considering the cost of its cars.
A friend would like a small hatchback that's zippy and fun to drive. She doesn't want a tiny subcompact, but one step up in size. I suggested the VW golf, or the GTI for more zip. That's fine but she says she wants a Japanese model, since she has had good experiences with family sedans there. What are the best choices?
Also check out the new/revised Audi A3 hatchback. Should be out this summer or early fall.
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The convertible Fiat 500/Abarth has a sort of unusual design where the top folds back but there are still rails at the top of the windows between the A and C pillars. With this design, does it really give the full convertible feeling, or is it more like a big sunroof. I was just wondering if the extra expense of the convertible was worth it, given this design.
The "convertible" Fiat 500 was born as a farm implement. You stuck long-handled rakes in the back/front, and they poked through the roof.