Teamwork wrote:It was the most reliable car he's ever owned and overall one of the best car purchases he ever made. The problem was in the 90's Ford was rearing it's ugly head into most of Mazda's operations. I still have hazy memories of this car because it was shared between my parents... for whatever reason after that my dad decided to punish himself with jalopies. I pretty much grew up hating Ford because of this... it was hard as hell to get him to come with me to the dealership to check out a Focus ST because his last 3 tastes of Ford were a 1990 Ford Taurus, 1992 Ford Tempo, and a 1995 Ford Escort. I'm going to give the 1990 Taurus a pass because it was deemed a lemon lawfully but those other two cars were piles of crap.
yeah, today's fords are nothing like the fords of the 80s and 90s. there were gems like the crown vic/grand marquis/town car, but most of the other models were considered garbage. my family was more into GM, with my dad owning a vega (POS), an 86 olds 98 (nice driving and riding car plagued by electrical issues - probably his favorite car and our favorite to ride in), a 90 or 91 riviera (electrical gremlins again - another nice car though), 95 cutlass supreme (POS), early 90s S10 pickup (not bad), and a ~05 GMC Sierra (this one held up nicely until getting close to 200k miles when the engine developed major issues). he also had a couple of ford pickups (not bad) and a 92 taurus (quick but a POS). He now has a 15 subaru outback but made the mistake of getting the 4 banger. He didn't get the Outback so much to leave the american brands (his first choice was one of those GMC SUV things) but to have AWD to travel around the country year round (and the subaru was cheaper than other SUVs). My mom left the american camp much earlier, having switched in the early 90s from a cadillac cimarron to a toyota corolla and having mostly japanese cars ever since. note that dad had moved to florida with my stepmom by this point in time, and they had been separated since the late 80s. the cimarron was an electrical nightmare, especially after getting both front ended and rearended. mom's buick regal coupe (79?) before that was also always in the shop. we never had mazdas but knew they were (overall) decent cars, even during the ford era.
I don't think this is a valid excuse because I am a supporter of the Buick Verano and the A3 which has economy underpinnings. The civic architecture from the 9th generation isn't really that bad either speaking from first hand experience. I just didn't really understand where the money I was putting this to went exactly. The Buick Verano undercuts the ILX pretty much 2-3k every trim level and it honestly feels sophisticated up to everything minus the engine. The engine was a pig but this car really disguised well that it was a re-badge of a Chevy Cruze. I feel the same way about the A3... I think the ILX either needed to be priced closer to the Verano or quit the interior parts bin sharing with the Civic. Honda models should be cannibalizing Acura's at this point. There's really no point for this brand to be selling sedans... There's something better elsewhere in every spectrum of the map. On a side note I see the new Civic/Accord got the ugly Acura beak.
i've never driven an ILX, just basing things off what I've heard. What i heard (or read) is that the TSX is a lot nicer to drive than the ILX. I always assumed this was due to the underpinnings, and that's proably at least partly true. Due to my size and probable use of the car (passengers?? trash and clothing and food strewn everywhere??), I'd probably skip a compact luxury car anyway.
I went to Honda City and millennium Honda- they honestly were the same experience just different locations.
hmmmm...that sucks. our honda dealers tend to be more personable. kingston isn't high volume and really want the sale, and they're nice. friendly honda in potown is considered a nice dealer too. newburgh honda is higher volume but they were nice enough when i went there to test drive the Si sedan (that dealer and the kingston dealer are owned by the same people). i've never actually heard of a bad honda dealer. service department, sure, but not the sales side, so i am surprised by your experience. i think that, for you at least, you got the better car. for someone young (and not huge), the GTI is a much more fun car to drive. the engine is a lot more powerful, at least down low, the gearbox is said to be much better, the seats are more comfy, the car is cooler and you get a hatch too. for me, i might have trouble fitting (not just to drive it around, but for longer drives i would probably feel cramped like i did in my jetta) plus the boy racer image might be hard for 35 year old me to live with. i personally would probably aim for a highend version of the 1.8T model if I were to go for another VW (though I probably would resist after my experience with the dealer when I had the Jetta). for the accord (the I4 at least) you have to rev it up to get real power, even on the newer DI 2.4 litre engine. oh, and i too dislike the cheap looking front grills on the new civics and accords.
What makes me laugh is if you live here long enough you're just used to this type of behavior and wrecklessness. What really put things into perspective is I am subscribed to 'mrregularcarreviews' and how nervous this guy gets driving in NY and California really puts things into perspective that we're pretty much borderline insane. I really wouldn't consider myself an enthusiast driver, I'll open up on a highway every so often but I never beat on my car's consistently and constantly. With this being said when I tell people who aren't around here that I regularly do 75-80 mph they probably think I'm kidding them but the reality is I'm doing those speeds to keep up and I'm getting passed even LOL. I think it's a balancing act because when we aren't going 15-20 mph over the listed speed limit we're usually going 10 mph if we're lucky.
yeah, that is insane, come to think of it. luckily, most
people don't drive like that around here. if you get on a real highway like the taconic or thruway, you'll come across some speed demons, but it's nothing like down your way. i think people are in less of a hurry around here, relatively speaking at least.
I feel like I followed through a similar path and things just kind of started clicking. I still have trouble shifting 1-2 smoothly consistently but I'm not like putting myself through the windshield either. I feel like the slow stuff around parking lots give me the most anxiety now because I usually have to make split second quick decisions and my mind fumbles at times. Sometimes if I panic I'll literally just put the clutch down and glide around the parking lot and put it back into 1st when I have too make an adjustment.
nothing wrong with what's happening to you or how you're dealing with it. i'd be lying if i said i never goofed up or never ran into a situation where i didn't know what to do or what gear to be in. i also sometimes shift into the wrong gear (usually while downshifting); i blame that on the 6 speed (only had 5 speeds before). even my dad, who had decades of shifting under his belt (though he now hasn't driven manual in about 10 years), would stall now and then.
I'm a foodee for sure so it really depends on what you're looking for and what budget you're willing to spend. Honestly if I ever move out of NY, I have a feeling I'm going to have to accept a downgrade of food places.
i'm not really a foodee; i just like to eat. i do have preferences and some expectations though. i think the thing with our area is the vast number and types of restaurants, number of diners etc. you have more diners than up my way, but there are more people down there. jersey is decent for diners and gives you an idea of what it's like further up this way. go down south and diners can be a foreign concept, especially 24 hour diners. i remember when i visited my friend in virginia, we had to go to IHOP for a late night snack, as there was no such thing as a diner there.