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The Lounge / Re: Smart commuter car decision help
« Last post by 20 BLK WRX 04 on January 27, 2018, 02:24:48 AM »
Cliff Notes:  Its a 2- family house I bought 10 years ago and I bought it in to live in it.  Economy tanked, company closed and I have spent the last 5 years at a current job.   It's not an ideal "investment" and more of an owner-occupied type home, so 1 unit has been vacant since Oct when I put it on the market,  While I continue to pay rent where I live.   So,  move back in and save on rent until it sells.

I did the commute for 6+ months when I took the job.  It was brutal, but I did it to make sure i liked the job and made it past probation.  Don't want to go back,  but financially the smarter move.  Late summer I was driving there 3-5 times a week anyways to clean it up/prep for sale so there is that as well.         Also, my boss said I should be able to work from home 1 day a week.

I'm sorry dude, that tangent wasn't directed towards you at all. It was really just a rant about people that commute to NYC from Albany. Hell, a 100 mile/day commute isn't that bad!
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The Lounge / Re: Smart commuter car decision help
« Last post by deadlydave on January 25, 2018, 07:49:32 AM »
Strangely,  interesting to a car person vs interesting to a normie can vary.  Outside of the car world I get weird looks when I tell people I want a 2014+ mirage 5-speed.

Some of the autocrossers on the Mazda forums really had a boner for those things.  Their reasoning was just the sheer lightness of the Mirage.  It was more of a theory, as i don't think any one of them actually went out and bought one.

We do have oddball opinions.  I've been almost exclusively attracted to cars that are odd since the Baja.  These days "enthusiast" cars that don't fit a certain criteria tend to depreciate quick.

I'm thinking of going the opposite: a nicer/quicker car.  My commute is pretty small.  Was eyballing 2014 Caddy ATS 2.0T, since my fiancee works for a Caddy place, but i was specifically warned off due to the CUE infotainment system dying, which is an $1800 part + $500 labor.  You can find these for like $15k-20k.  Curious, I priced out some used AMG's, and the CLS55's (06-07) and CLS63's (08-10).  Auto-only, but some of them have sunk into the mid-high teens.  Weight and Size of the E-class but interior room of the c-class and a funky sloping look to them.  Original MSRP's were near $100k.  Some of the '63's engines fail horribly, but the '55's seem reliable, aside from air suspension leaks.  Still, too big of a potential 'project', even as enticing as a 500hp sedan is.

In reality, i'll probably give a few cars a test drive in the summer. 
-BRZ (cheapest but least practical option)
-Buick Regal GS FWD/6mt (nicest, most powerful option)
-Ford Fiesta ST (probably most practical)

Sorry for the tangent.  If my mazda was worth less i'd sell it to ya.  I just got 37.5mpg on a trip to Baltimore.

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The Lounge / Re: Smart commuter car decision help
« Last post by madlife on January 24, 2018, 01:33:38 PM »
Pride.  Even when I drove Junk, it was interesting Junk.

Strangely,  interesting to a car person vs interesting to a normie can vary.  Outside of the car world I get weird looks when I tell people I want a 2014+ mirage 5-speed. 
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The Lounge / Re: Smart commuter car decision help
« Last post by madlife on January 24, 2018, 01:29:43 PM »
Not the first time I've heard of this situation, and it still blows my mind. HOW. WHY. With a commute that long, you have about 5 minutes to eat dinner before you go to bed and go back to work. Seriously, i thought a 40 minute commute was bad. Some people spend their whole life just driving to fuckin' work.

For those keeping score at home, that's conservatively 52 days each year spent driving to and from work. Wow.

Cliff Notes:  Its a 2- family house I bought 10 years ago and I bought it in to live in it.  Economy tanked, company closed and I have spent the last 5 years at a current job.   It's not an ideal "investment" and more of an owner-occupied type home, so 1 unit has been vacant since Oct when I put it on the market,  While I continue to pay rent where I live.   So,  move back in and save on rent until it sells.

I did the commute for 6+ months when I took the job.  It was brutal, but I did it to make sure i liked the job and made it past probation.  Don't want to go back,  but financially the smarter move.  Late summer I was driving there 3-5 times a week anyways to clean it up/prep for sale so there is that as well.         Also, my boss said I should be able to work from home 1 day a week.



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The Lounge / Re: Smart commuter car decision help
« Last post by 20 BLK WRX 04 on January 24, 2018, 01:31:26 AM »
I have a friend who’s father worked in NYC his whole life. Crazy thing is they moved here when we were in elementary school so the guy commuted to the city every single day. I thought it was crazy. He would buy an old used civic almost every year and just drive it until it died. Drove hundreds and hundreds of thousands of miles in the things and swore by them. I’ve never had one but wouldn’t think twice about getting one for that type of situation.

Not the first time I've heard of this situation, and it still blows my mind. HOW. WHY. With a commute that long, you have about 5 minutes to eat dinner before you go to bed and go back to work. Seriously, i thought a 40 minute commute was bad. Some people spend their whole life just driving to fuckin' work.

For those keeping score at home, that's conservatively 52 days each year spent driving to and from work. Wow.
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The Lounge / Re: Smart commuter car decision help
« Last post by deadlydave on January 23, 2018, 02:10:15 PM »
From the OP, this is just a temporary inexpensive DD car that's reliable and gets good gas mileage that you will sell when the commute situation changes. Therefore, what "love" is needed?

Pride.  Even when I drove Junk, it was interesting Junk.
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The Lounge / Re: Smart commuter car decision help
« Last post by idipskoalmint on January 22, 2018, 08:12:06 PM »
I have little love for the normal Toyota.  Probably shouldn't be so picky though.

From the OP, this is just a temporary inexpensive DD car that's reliable and gets good gas mileage that you will sell when the commute situation changes. Therefore, what "love" is needed? I would pair Toyota/Honda pretty equal in terms of reliability, MPG, and part availability/cost.

Do you have a mechanic that you go to for bigger jobs? They often know of other customers who are interested in selling a vehicle, and that could give some peace of mind in the purchase knowing that work was done properly and it wasn't neglected. My family went that route years ago with good success.
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The Lounge / Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Last post by Kavik on January 22, 2018, 04:25:10 PM »
That's what worries me. The reversibe aspect of the electro-anodizing is what is going to give me the courage to try this on the knives without buying scrap titanium first lol
~10 seconds in Whink rust and strain remover apparently brings it right back to bare metal while only removing the most miniscule amounts of material  :mrgreen:

Though I will say, a well applied flame finish is very distinct over a solid color change
But I have a few ideas to improve over the plain solid color schemes   :coolsmiley:
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The Lounge / Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Last post by deadlydave on January 22, 2018, 02:32:59 PM »
You certainly can, but I'm a little less clear on how reversible that process is? I know that doing it with electricity it's easily stripped back to bare metal, does torching it penetrate the surface and go down into the metal? I'll be looking into that method too, just haven't really researched it yet.

Electricity seems like an easier method for getting even colors throughout though,  with repeatable results, and has the benefit of being able to create distinct patterns with masks

Haven't played around with un-doing it yet.  It probably depends on the color.  The longer you apply the heat, the more the color changes.  My guess is that it does go rather deep on all but the faintest color change.
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The Lounge / Re: Smart commuter car decision help
« Last post by madlife on January 22, 2018, 08:38:02 AM »
I'd axe all of those.  Celica's drivetrain is solid but the body's don't hold up too well.  tC and Mirage are garbage.  Most of these 3 cars weren't owned by anyone who gave a crap so they'll be really beat.

Those civics tend to be quite reliable.  A co-worker of mine went from Audis to an Infinity G35, then went to a civic with this kind of thinking.  It worked really well for him.  As always, inspect the car carefully.  You missed a good chance for a great beater/fun civic.  A local SCCA guy was selling his rust-free '90 or '91 Si hatchback for $2500.  More money, but limited slip diff and a few tasteful performance mods.

LOL... really the point of the mirage was you can get them used under warranty still for $5500.  Stupid high MPG, and I've actually had fun driving them.   Holly has had 2 Mitsubishi's  {2010 lancer GTS and 2015 mirage} and both were rock solid..........  short of her trying to fuse the Mirage to an Audi.       

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