I guess the jerk of the day is the jerk who caused my accident

Discussion in 'Hero and Jerk of the Day' started by Blackbelt, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, the winter tires are on the car, so i will lose them. Since some of the early Kizashis had a rear alignment issue, the dealer had bought me 2 new Continental conti pro tires, which are now sitting in my garage along with the 2 dunlops that were on the front. I have an extra set of wheels for the SX4 to facilitate easy changeover, but i didn't go that route for the Kizashi, electing to just pay to have the winter tires mounted/dismounted. Mainly because the TPMS system in the Kizashi is the most ridiculous i have ever seen, and i wasn't about to spend another $250 to buy a second set.
    I had little trouble getting the Kizashi into the mid-high 30's, and even had it into the 40's during a challenge last year. I priced the CX5, looks like its around $24K. Impreza is $22K. SX4 would be around $16.5K. Kizashi $19K.
    Now it's time to look at used ones.
     
  2. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    Well, i picked up a vehicle on Thursday. Actually surprised myself, but after thinking it through, it made sense.
    I bought a 2005 Jeep Liberty.
    It just came in on trade at the dealer my brother works at. Has only 65K miles on it. VERY clean, inside and out, one female owner. He ran it through the shop and fixed anything that even remotely might give me trouble. Put 4 new tires on it.
    I figured that if someone else bought it, they would probably drive it a lot of miles and burn lots of gas. I will not drive it that much, since i have my smart for everyday commuting duty. The Jeep will be a bad weather vehicle, and a cargo hauler. I figure on putting 3-4K miles a year on it, that should be about all. I am going to have fun hypermiling this thing, my first goal is 25, eventually looking for 30. ANother reason i picked this vehicle was the price. I had enough money left over from the insurance settlement to buy a quad to plow my driveway with. Since my lawn tractor blew up on 12/27, i have been behind the 8 ball on snow removal. I decided that rather than go into debt buying another brand new car (i HAVE a 2012 smart, i dont NEED another new car), a less expensive used vehicle made more sense all around. Time will tell if i made the right choice. They did give me a 3 month powertrain warranty, plus an additional lifetime engine warranty on the Liberty.
     
  3. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    So have you put any gas in the Jeep yet?
     
  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I think every manufacturer has the same issue with TPMS. That's one thing that has kept me away from buying winter tires for my Civic. If I keep the car , I may bite the bullet and buy some alloys with LRR tires and sensors and mount snows on the old steelies in November. The extra cost of another set of wheels/sensors might ALMOST be worth it (to me) when compared to the aggravation , cost , and time of having them dismounted/mounted/balanced twice a year.

    Good luck with the Jeep. I was wishing I had one last Thursday !
     
  5. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    Thanks Edwin. So far so good. with the Jeep.
    Herm, yes i did, i filled it up Friday. For the first full tank, i purposely did no hypermiling, and actually drove it a little hard. Fair amount of time spent in 4WD. I wanted to get a "baseline" reading. My average for that tank was 18.2.:eek:
    Now, the hypermiling will begin. Let's see where i can get that thirsty old 3.7 to rise to.
    It may take some time though, since this week looks like clear and dry roads, so i will be driving the smart as much as possible until snow returns.
     
  6. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Sounds like a smart buy given the circumstances. I wish you well with it. It's better in your hands than most other's for sure! Glad to hear you are okay.
     
  7. 93CivicSi

    93CivicSi New Member

    Although a while a go, it was a good Friday because you walked away from an accident.. stiff and sore can happen from digging a hole in your back yard.

    Glad that you are okay...
     

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