• Would I regret selling my 1985 VW Golf to buy a 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage?

    A few years after being married, the wife and I got this '85 Golf diesel. For the past 6 years it has not really given us any problems, except a faulty CV joint that had me thinking the transmission had gone out when it hadn't and a couple leaks that were easy to fix. It also gets great fuel mileage, over 50mpg. We drive a lot. It's a... show more
    A few years after being married, the wife and I got this '85 Golf diesel. For the past 6 years it has not really given us any problems, except a faulty CV joint that had me thinking the transmission had gone out when it hadn't and a couple leaks that were easy to fix. It also gets great fuel mileage, over 50mpg. We drive a lot. It's a little rough looking and has no AC system, but it's the perfect car for our budget. We make around $2,000-2,500/month after taxes, so at 20 percent, that gives us $400-500 for car expenses. With about $100-150 in fuel and $100 in insurance, that leaves us with $150-300 per month extra. We had been wasting that money on other things, like other vehicles. But now we want to have just one car and use that money for that car's maintenance and improvement. I was thinking of saving some up, painting it, saving, reupholstering, saving, new muffler, etc. Maybe I'd even work up to having the money for a new engine or transmission if that ever became the case. However, I'm also throwing around the idea of just selling the Golf and getting a car with a payment but that already looks nice and has AC. But according to Edmunds TCO, $400-500/month limits me to a car like a used Mitsubishi Mirage. Even a used Toyota Yaris or Prius C or Honda Fit may be just outside of my price range according to Edmunds, although perhaps close enough I could deal with it. But would I be kicking myself in the rear end if I gave up the ol' Golf for a newer car?
    7 answers · Buying & Selling · 13 hours ago
  • Pulled over for not being able to maintain speed limit on a steep uphill grade. Should I be concerned?

    I was in my 1985 VW Golf with it's 52hp NA diesel engine (52hp is it's factory rated power, which here should be 40hp or less due to the altitude and lack of any turbo.) I was going up a long 7 percent grade mountain pass that starts out at the bottom with 7,700ft above sea level. I also had two other adult passengers and their luggage. And... show more
    I was in my 1985 VW Golf with it's 52hp NA diesel engine (52hp is it's factory rated power, which here should be 40hp or less due to the altitude and lack of any turbo.) I was going up a long 7 percent grade mountain pass that starts out at the bottom with 7,700ft above sea level. I also had two other adult passengers and their luggage. And I couldn't keep it at the speed limit. This is actually normal for me, Yes, compared to other cars this one is definitely underpowered, but I've never thought of the car as having less power than it did when it was brand new. I was also being polite by letting traffic by and sticking to the right lane and even using my flashers if I got close to 10mph under the speed limit. Next thing I know I get pulled over by a police officer and get a warning for "defective vehicle and impeding traffic." The strange thing is the police officer seemed very nice, and only asked if my car was roadworthy, which I said "Yes it is. It only has trouble with the very steep hills." Then he asks for my license and insurance and comes back, hands me the warning and leaves. At least it was just a warning, but should I be worried about it?
    14 answers · Commuting · 1 week ago
  • Should I hide my nationality when I go to Mexico? How can I do that?

    I'm from the US and I feel like most people in Mexico see me as if I had dollar signs floating around my head. Sellers will often give me one price but I hear them give a much lower price to others. Sometimes they even get mad if I don't buy from them. One guy didn't believe me that I was riding the city bus and was in shock to see me... show more
    I'm from the US and I feel like most people in Mexico see me as if I had dollar signs floating around my head. Sellers will often give me one price but I hear them give a much lower price to others. Sometimes they even get mad if I don't buy from them. One guy didn't believe me that I was riding the city bus and was in shock to see me get on the city bus to go to where I was staying. I go to Mexico to visit friends and in-laws, not as a tourist. I speak pretty good Spanish, enough to fool some native Spanish speakers who are listening to me but not looking at me into thinking I'm Hispanic. But I'm tall and white with brown hair. I was thinking of dying my hair black or something.
    4 answers · Other - Cultures & Groups · 1 month ago
  • Are there any weather websites that forecast whole states with a map?

    I want to drive to the capital (5 hours away) this weekend and know it might snow. But I want to see if it's forecasted to snow between here and there and on which days and which parts of the state is it going to be worse or better. The problem is that I don't have a TV right now, which is where I prefer to watch the weather, and every... show more
    I want to drive to the capital (5 hours away) this weekend and know it might snow. But I want to see if it's forecasted to snow between here and there and on which days and which parts of the state is it going to be worse or better. The problem is that I don't have a TV right now, which is where I prefer to watch the weather, and every website I find only forecasts specific towns or shows only the current weather for the whole state. I want and need a forecast for the whole state. This is a problem because weather varies greatly in this state. In fact this morning it was sunny here but dumping snow just 60 miles west of here. And I don't feel like looking up the weather forecast for each town along my route and then having to look at all the towns along another route in case the weather is going to be bad on one of the routes in particular. Can you help me find a good weather forecast website that does this?
    3 answers · Weather · 1 month ago
  • Healthcare market place open enrollment is now closed. Should I try to get insurance?

    We couldn't keep paying for premiums last year after July when the wife and I got hurt and lost jobs amounting to more than half our income and had to pay a deductible of over $12,000. But then I see on my tax return that the government paid back most of our healthcare premiums. Now I wished we hadn't dropped the insurance. We make just... show more
    We couldn't keep paying for premiums last year after July when the wife and I got hurt and lost jobs amounting to more than half our income and had to pay a deductible of over $12,000. But then I see on my tax return that the government paid back most of our healthcare premiums. Now I wished we hadn't dropped the insurance. We make just enough we don't qualify for Medicaid. But the Healthcare Marketplace open enrollment is now closed until November. I think we can squeeze by another year without the insurance, but you never know what might happen. Yet I don't think we can cough up more than some $200 per month. We're already down to a clunker car and a no cable in a $225 rental trailer home with no other debt except hospital bills and just can't seem to get any more money. Is there an insurance plan that could work for us around $200 per month. And if so, where can we get it without the market place?
    1 answer · Other - Health · 3 months ago
  • How to match a custom painted car?

    I've got a classic Beetle that the previous owner painted "pearl white." I have no idea what brand of paint he used or where he got the color from. Well the car has a scratch, a scuff mark and a ding here an there I'd like to make look pretty. But is it possible to match a custom paint that I have no idea what the actual color... show more
    I've got a classic Beetle that the previous owner painted "pearl white." I have no idea what brand of paint he used or where he got the color from. Well the car has a scratch, a scuff mark and a ding here an there I'd like to make look pretty. But is it possible to match a custom paint that I have no idea what the actual color code is? I really don't feel like painting the whole car, but is that my only option? Thanks!!! :-)
    3 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 3 months ago
  • EFTPS drafted closed account. What should I do?

    A while back I changed banks. I also use EFTPS to make monthly income tax payments. I was doing fine until I setup another payment a week ago. After not seeing it draft from my current account I went online and found out that EFTPS settled the tax payment just yesterday, but apparently with my old account and bank. I've been trying to get... show more
    A while back I changed banks. I also use EFTPS to make monthly income tax payments. I was doing fine until I setup another payment a week ago. After not seeing it draft from my current account I went online and found out that EFTPS settled the tax payment just yesterday, but apparently with my old account and bank. I've been trying to get ahold of EFTPS so I can see what needs to be done to cancel or refund that payment. But so far I haven't been able to get ahold of them. What's the chance that my old bank will just reject the payment on this account that has been closed for over 6 months? Also, how do you change account information permanently on EFTPS? I hate having to enter my new account info every time I want to make a payment. Thanks!
    3 answers · United States · 3 months ago
  • How to get rid of a classic car for a newer one.?

    I m looking to sell my 1972 VW Beetle and buy a 2012 to 2015 MAZDA5. Any suggestions of the best way to do this? Dealer vs. owner vs. CraigsList vs. etc???
    I m looking to sell my 1972 VW Beetle and buy a 2012 to 2015 MAZDA5. Any suggestions of the best way to do this? Dealer vs. owner vs. CraigsList vs. etc???
    4 answers · Buying & Selling · 3 months ago
  • Which is cheaper? Hotel or commuting 140 miles?

    I'm confused. I have to drive 70 miles one way to work. That's 140 miles round trip. AAA says it costs 60 cents per mile to drive a compact car. That's $84 per daily commute. But a hotel costs around $50 per night. Am I calculating this correctly?? Why does it seem to me that staying in a hotel is more expensive when AAA says driving is... show more
    I'm confused. I have to drive 70 miles one way to work. That's 140 miles round trip. AAA says it costs 60 cents per mile to drive a compact car. That's $84 per daily commute. But a hotel costs around $50 per night. Am I calculating this correctly?? Why does it seem to me that staying in a hotel is more expensive when AAA says driving is more expensive?
    6 answers · Commuting · 3 months ago
  • How accurate is Kelly Blue Book?

    I just put up my car for sale ($10,000 OBO) and hope to sell it to get enough money (at least $7,000) for a down payment on another car that fits our family's needs a bit better. KBB values the car I'm selling between $8,000 (fair) to $9,500 (excellent) to a private party and $6,000 (fair) to $8,500 (excellent) to a dealer. But when I tried... show more
    I just put up my car for sale ($10,000 OBO) and hope to sell it to get enough money (at least $7,000) for a down payment on another car that fits our family's needs a bit better. KBB values the car I'm selling between $8,000 (fair) to $9,500 (excellent) to a private party and $6,000 (fair) to $8,500 (excellent) to a dealer. But when I tried their "instant cash offer" I got offered $5,200! The car is in excellent shape, runs perfectly and has had all it's maintenance. Is KBB a good guide to go by or is my really worth only $5,200? Would that be a good last resort if I don't sell it over the next few months?
    11 answers · Buying & Selling · 4 months ago
  • 25,000 miles per year. Does mileage or age or both affect depreciation?

    I'm trying to plan for true cost of ownership of my next car. I'm starting to drive a lot farther than before and am coming up with around 25,000 miles per year. I understand that to be about double what is average and is about double what I have been driving too. Anyhow, I understand that since I'll be driving mostly highway distances... show more
    I'm trying to plan for true cost of ownership of my next car. I'm starting to drive a lot farther than before and am coming up with around 25,000 miles per year. I understand that to be about double what is average and is about double what I have been driving too. Anyhow, I understand that since I'll be driving mostly highway distances I'll be getting a little better fuel mileage so that should be a bit less money per mile. Some maintenance schedules also seem to be less often when dealing with highway driving vs. city driving, which in turn should also lower the cost per mile. I'm guessing the same would go for repairs on average. Right? But what about depreciation? I understand that mileage will affect depreciation, but by how much? It seems depreciation is always measured by years, not miles. Does that mean that age causes more depreciation than miles do? Or would a car with 100,000 miles have depreciated the same regardless if it were 4 or 8 years old? Thanks!
    8 answers · Buying & Selling · 4 months ago
  • Knocking went away. Should I be worried?

    As I mentioned in another question whenever I stepped on the clutch my 1985 VW Golf diesel would knock or thud rapidly and jerk the steering wheel to the left. The knocking was consistent with the turning of the wheels, and would also do it if I shifted into neutral so it's not the clutch. Even with the engine off by pushing the car by hand in... show more
    As I mentioned in another question whenever I stepped on the clutch my 1985 VW Golf diesel would knock or thud rapidly and jerk the steering wheel to the left. The knocking was consistent with the turning of the wheels, and would also do it if I shifted into neutral so it's not the clutch. Even with the engine off by pushing the car by hand in neutral it would do it. But after getting the car towed home 70 miles away it won't do it any more. I've tried everything and can't find anything wrong except a broken steering box boot that was brand new two years ago. CV joint boots are good, motor mounts seem just fine, there's no play on any of the wheels, everything turns smoothly, transmission has oil, tie rods and ends were new a couple years ago and look good, ball joints and struts are also just a couple years old and look great, I have my winter tires and rims on that are on their second winter and look excellent. What could it be? Now that it doesn't do it should I be worried?
    4 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 4 months ago
  • What's the best years to look for in a car?

    Let's say I decided to buy a car to keep as long as possible (for economical reasons), perhaps even several decades, or until it no longer is practical... Would it make the most sense to buy a brand new car with exactly the options I want and make sure it receives the proper maintenance and care from the day it drives off the lot? Or get one... show more
    Let's say I decided to buy a car to keep as long as possible (for economical reasons), perhaps even several decades, or until it no longer is practical... Would it make the most sense to buy a brand new car with exactly the options I want and make sure it receives the proper maintenance and care from the day it drives off the lot? Or get one that's a few years old to knock off that initial devaluation but that has all it's maintenance records so hopefully hasn't been abused by someone else by the time I buy it? Or realizing that eventually the car will need major repairs after a couple decades or couple hundred thousand miles, should I get a popular classic car that, although may need a little TLC now and more maintenance and repair over the years, will be easier and cheaper to work on in the long run? And I mention this last question based on my personal experience of working on a few different cars, even rebuilding a classic air cooled VW engine but have not had much success with working on newer cars that seem to need to be reprogramed or some special ulta expensive tool every time you change a sensor or spark plug.
    3 answers · Buying & Selling · 4 months ago
  • A car to replace an electric and a diesel?

    I like my electric 2013 Nissan Leaf SL because electricity is cheap (about $2.5/mile). It doesn't need to idle to warm up or stay warm (I live in a cold region and small town). It is very reliable. Needs very little maintenance. It holds 5 adults ok. But, it was a bit expensive (around $9,000). It also doesn't go very far and now I got a job... show more
    I like my electric 2013 Nissan Leaf SL because electricity is cheap (about $2.5/mile). It doesn't need to idle to warm up or stay warm (I live in a cold region and small town). It is very reliable. Needs very little maintenance. It holds 5 adults ok. But, it was a bit expensive (around $9,000). It also doesn't go very far and now I got a job two or three days a week in the next town 65 miles away, 4000ft up and 6000ft down, which basically means I can't use AC or heater in the EV on the way back, although it's comforting to have good regenerative braking over such mountain passes. I like my 1985 VW diesel because it gets over 50mpg (about 6ยข per mile in fuel) on the highway, has been pretty reliable, doesn't need much maintenance, has great engine braking over mountain passes. But I hate idling to warm it up and don't like it for around town. Actually the town is small and very cold (sometimes as cold as -40*F) so most cars do not warm up unless you idle them more than you drive them, which I hate doing. The car also needs paint and interior. Both cars do well in the snow although the VW seems to do a bit better. I don't know whether to just keep them, or sell them now and get... I don't know... a Prius maybe, or sell just the VW and get a newer VW diesel or wait and trade in both for a used longer range EV once they come out. What do you suggest?
    1 answer · Buying & Selling · 5 months ago
  • What's the traffic expected to be like coming into Denver tomorrow?

    Tomorrow is December 24 on a Sunday. My car broke down and I'm trying to get to the Denver Bus station so I can get to Texas. Someone offered me a ride. Without traffic I would make it by 4pm. The bus leaves at 8pm. What are the chances traffic will be backed up by 4 hours or so coming down highway 285 from the mountains?
    Tomorrow is December 24 on a Sunday. My car broke down and I'm trying to get to the Denver Bus station so I can get to Texas. Someone offered me a ride. Without traffic I would make it by 4pm. The bus leaves at 8pm. What are the chances traffic will be backed up by 4 hours or so coming down highway 285 from the mountains?
    2 answers · Commuting · 5 months ago
  • What could be this thumping/jerking on deceleration?

    1985 VW Golf, diesel, manual transmission. When cruising or accelerating it's hardly noticeable. But when decelerating, especially coasting down in neutral or with the clutch depressed, it makes a noticeable thump, trump, thump and jerks the steering wheel to the left. It seems to come and go. It can happen at any speed. Sometimes as soon as I... show more
    1985 VW Golf, diesel, manual transmission. When cruising or accelerating it's hardly noticeable. But when decelerating, especially coasting down in neutral or with the clutch depressed, it makes a noticeable thump, trump, thump and jerks the steering wheel to the left. It seems to come and go. It can happen at any speed. Sometimes as soon as I go to change gears and let off the accelerator or step on the clutch it does it. Other times it won't do it at all. When it does happen even pushing the car along by hand causes the steering wheel to bump over to the left about every turn of the wheels. But like I say it comes and goes while driving around. Sometimes I let off the pedal and I feel like a wheel is going to come off. Other time I can't hardly notice it. Doesn't matter what speed. The outer CV boots look good and I don't feel and cracks (can't see the inners yet as I'm not at home). Lugs are tight, rotors look smooth. Tie rods, ends and steering rack boots were all new a year ago although I do know one rack boot is busted open (cheap aftermarket junk!) The only thing I did differently today was put on snow tires on rims. Also I didn't notice it until after about 100 miles of driving with the snow tires.
    3 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 5 months ago
  • Are 2013 Fiat 500 POP's reliable?

    Seems like the reviews say they're good cars. But a friend of mine says to avoid them like the plague. I saw one at a dealer for $5,000 with 40,000 miles on it. I don't know whether to take that as a bargain or a red flag. I think I'm going to pass on buying this car as I'm in no hurry and have my doubts. But maybe someone here on... show more
    Seems like the reviews say they're good cars. But a friend of mine says to avoid them like the plague. I saw one at a dealer for $5,000 with 40,000 miles on it. I don't know whether to take that as a bargain or a red flag. I think I'm going to pass on buying this car as I'm in no hurry and have my doubts. But maybe someone here on Y!A has had one or has a freind with one and can confirm or resolve my suspicions. Thanks!
    2 answers · Fiat · 5 months ago
  • How to replace the throttle body on a 2010 Saturn VUE 2.4L?

    Is there any need to calibrate this or something when replacing? I have a friend who has a throttle position sensor malfunction on her 2010 Saturn VUE 2.4L Ecotec (check engine light and goes into limited power mode and a voltimeter put on one of the pot's shows 3.88 to 1.6V range and the other pot stays at 3.88V when moving the throttle plate.)... show more
    Is there any need to calibrate this or something when replacing? I have a friend who has a throttle position sensor malfunction on her 2010 Saturn VUE 2.4L Ecotec (check engine light and goes into limited power mode and a voltimeter put on one of the pot's shows 3.88 to 1.6V range and the other pot stays at 3.88V when moving the throttle plate.) The throttle position sensor(s), throttle body and stepper motor for throttle control all come in one unit on this engine. I just didn't know if this needs to be calibrated or something when being replaced.
    3 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 5 months ago
  • Why do people automatically assume I want a sports car or an SUV?

    I've never been impressed by speed or power. I've always felt that a car is for getting from point A to point B. My main concerns have always been about safety and economy, not how much rubber I can lay or how fast I can take off from a stop sign on an icy road. I have a hard time even going the speed limit and get sea sick going fast around... show more
    I've never been impressed by speed or power. I've always felt that a car is for getting from point A to point B. My main concerns have always been about safety and economy, not how much rubber I can lay or how fast I can take off from a stop sign on an icy road. I have a hard time even going the speed limit and get sea sick going fast around corners. It seems that as soon as I mention my 46hp car that I drive at 8,000ft to 12,000ft above sea level (which knocks actual horsepower down to about 30) feels a bit underpowered they automatically think I need a Camaro. Or if I mention I'm wanting to get something with airbags and ABS then next thing I know I now "need" a Hummer. Ever since I was a kid we've never needed AWD. My dad taught me that an extra set of rims with snow tires will do a whole lot more good, costs less and doesn't kill fuel mileage in the summer. Yet many can't figure out why I don't own a Subaru. I want to replace my 1985 VW diesel mainly because of safety concerns. But it's hard to replace a car that's so reliable and that gets 60mpg even if it has over 500,000 miles. I've got a 1,500 mile trip just next week and am taking the diesel because I know it won't let me down. Why can't people understand that it makes no sense to replace a car like this with a gas guzzling unreliable tire shredder in the name of keeping up with the Jones?
    7 answers · Buying & Selling · 5 months ago