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Posted on 10/26/2011 7:06:16 AM PDT by DallasBiff
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Currenly own a Honda Ridgeline (the pickup truvk with a trunk) and a Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Coupe.
The Ridgeline is the wife’s vehicle. She had an accord and decided she wanted something a little bigger and more utilitarian. The Ridgeline rode a million times better than the Ford Sporttrac and also blew away the smaller Nissan and Toyota pickups.
I traded my one year old 2010 Ford Mustang GT on the Genesis. The Genesis has the full ‘Track package’ on it and has the same horsepower, comparable performance (slightly slower off the line, but almost 20 MPH higher top end), nimble handling, every creature comfort known to man, and about 5 MPG better mileage. I loved the Mustang, but I am 50 now and the ride was just beating the absolute hell out of me, it was so stiff and rough my wife got to where she refused to ride in it.
The reason I asked if the car was purchased new is this - some new car buyers seriously abuse their cars because they know they'll be selling them after a given time interval. She may simply have inherited problems induced by abuse on the part of the original owner.
No, she’s the only owner of the vehicle, but her late husband apparently beat the Hell out of it. I maintain the car now, but parts aren’t cheap. I’ve replaced two O2 sensors, the spark plugs, the TPS in the throttle body, and do regular oil changes, but those parts alone were almost double what I paid for similar parts in my car.
Own a 99% Japanese-made auto, a Mazda RX-8. Sadly, they won’t be making any more after the 2012 models (discontinuing the rotary engines). Too bad, it’s a nice sports car with a very different power curve...