• 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 · 1 week 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 weeks 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 · 1 month 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 · 1 month 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 · 1 month 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 · 1 month 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 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 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?
    8 answers · Buying & Selling · 2 months ago
  • At what point do you draw the line between needing two cars or just one?

    So for most of our marriage we've had two cars. A kind of his and hers deal. But a lot of places we go to we go together in the same car. We even work at the same place at the same time for the most part. But then sometimes a car breaks down or we do need to be in two separate places at once. However, I still wonder if it's worth the extra... show more
    So for most of our marriage we've had two cars. A kind of his and hers deal. But a lot of places we go to we go together in the same car. We even work at the same place at the same time for the most part. But then sometimes a car breaks down or we do need to be in two separate places at once. However, I still wonder if it's worth the extra maintenance, the extra insurance, etc. owning two cars. Also in our circumstance one of our cars is a paid off used electric car that only costs $15 per month in electricity. But it's about $50 more in Insurance. The other is a diesel I'm looking to replace with another fuel mileage car. Neither is worth much but maybe selling both we could get a car for around $10,000. What made you decide to own one or two cars?
    11 answers · Buying & Selling · 2 months ago
  • Safety, comfort, power and emissions vs. economy and reliability. Which is more important?

    I have a 1985 VW Golf non-turbo diesel that cost me $600 5 years ago. It gets 50-55mpg on the highway, still has great compression, doesn't leak anything, not even oil and hasn't given me any major problems since I've owned it. I have changed a few CV axles, an injector line, the thermostat a couple times trying to get more heat and a... show more
    I have a 1985 VW Golf non-turbo diesel that cost me $600 5 years ago. It gets 50-55mpg on the highway, still has great compression, doesn't leak anything, not even oil and hasn't given me any major problems since I've owned it. I have changed a few CV axles, an injector line, the thermostat a couple times trying to get more heat and a noisy front wheel bearing (which I have access to a press and did myself for only the price of the wheel bearing.) I also have a timing belt I want to put on it and I own two sets of rims, one with snow tires and the other with all-seasons. And that's it. But on the other hand it has no shoulder straps in the rear, no air bags, no ABS and no air conditioning. The heater also can't seem to keep up in the dead of winter when putting around town. It's paint is also cracking and falling off and the interior is deteriorating. It does smoke some at full throttle, as older diesels normally do. And it's only rated at 46 horsepower I do believe. However, I just can't seem to bring myself to replacing this car. I love it and I can't seem to find a replacement car that appeals to me. I kind of have narrowed my search down to a Gen 2 Prius, a newer VW diesel or a 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage. I don't really want to spend more than $10,000 or get less than 40mpg. But I still am indecisive. Should I paint the Golf and tack on a headliner and some seat covers or fork over the money on a down payment?
    3 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 months ago
  • How can you help keep up your fuel mileage in the winter and still drive comfortably?

    It seems fuel mileage goes down hill quite a bit during the winter, sometimes using over twice as much fuel to get around. I have a lot of short trips (work, school, gym, store, friends, etc.) and have freezing weather all winter (sometimes well below zero Fahrenheit.) It seems either I warm up the car 3 to 5 time per day (multiply 30 minutes... show more
    It seems fuel mileage goes down hill quite a bit during the winter, sometimes using over twice as much fuel to get around. I have a lot of short trips (work, school, gym, store, friends, etc.) and have freezing weather all winter (sometimes well below zero Fahrenheit.) It seems either I warm up the car 3 to 5 time per day (multiply 30 minutes idling by 5 times per day) or drive around shivering cold and with the windows frosted over. Any suggestions on how to find a happy medium between the two or a solution for both? It was -5*F yesterday morning with a high out 20*F and not going to get any better for the rest of winter.
    5 answers · Other - Cars & Transportation · 2 months ago
  • Is it just me, or are cars getting bigger but at the same time getting fewer seats? Are there any 6, 7 or 8 seat that get good fuel mileage?

    I can't find any cars anymore with front bench seats. It makes me feel like you have to have a minivan just to take 6 people. I also can't find any newer station wagons with rear child bump seats except the Tesla S, which isn't exactly in my price range. Maybe I'm just not looking at the right models? Seems like the only car with 6... show more
    I can't find any cars anymore with front bench seats. It makes me feel like you have to have a minivan just to take 6 people. I also can't find any newer station wagons with rear child bump seats except the Tesla S, which isn't exactly in my price range. Maybe I'm just not looking at the right models? Seems like the only car with 6 seats in the USA is the MAZDA5. Sadly, it is a 7 seater in other countries. But even though it's small, it's not known for great fuel mileage. Why can't they put an extra set of seats in the rear of a Prius V or something similar?
    1 answer · Buying & Selling · 2 months ago
  • How hard would it be to get a 3 person middle row seat from a non-USA MAZDA5 and import it to the USA?

    I'm trying to figure out how to get an economic, good fuel mileage vehicle with 7 seats in the USA. The Mazda5 came to mind but apparently there are only 6 seat versions in the USA.
    I'm trying to figure out how to get an economic, good fuel mileage vehicle with 7 seats in the USA. The Mazda5 came to mind but apparently there are only 6 seat versions in the USA.
    2 answers · Mazda · 2 months ago
  • Best model year or generation for Honda Civic GX (the available non-comercial version)?

    The Honda Civic GX was sold to the public in certain states up to 2011. I'm not sure what year it began, but it covered some 3 generations of Honda Civics. I'm just not sure which one is the best? Seems like the first one had a 4 speed automatic, the second a CVT and the third a 5 speed automatic. I'm not sure which Hondas are better. Do... show more
    The Honda Civic GX was sold to the public in certain states up to 2011. I'm not sure what year it began, but it covered some 3 generations of Honda Civics. I'm just not sure which one is the best? Seems like the first one had a 4 speed automatic, the second a CVT and the third a 5 speed automatic. I'm not sure which Hondas are better. Do you?
    2 answers · Honda · 3 months ago
  • Is a 2011 Honda Civic GX a good car?

    Saying I find one for cheap with low miles. Do CNG cars like these have mechanical issues? Is this bad idea? CNG is so much cheaper than gasoline and now there's a CNG station in nearly every town around here. Why not go for it?
    Saying I find one for cheap with low miles. Do CNG cars like these have mechanical issues? Is this bad idea? CNG is so much cheaper than gasoline and now there's a CNG station in nearly every town around here. Why not go for it?
    4 answers · Buying & Selling · 3 months ago
  • Best car for a couple long trips per week?

    I'm looking for a good fuel mileage car to replace our 1985 VW diesel that gets +50mpg. Looking to pay around $200 per month. Something used but nice. We will be driving between 350 and 700 highway miles per week in 2 trips. I have an EV for daily town driving. Power isn't a necessity for highway cruising. We need 4 seats or... show more
    I'm looking for a good fuel mileage car to replace our 1985 VW diesel that gets +50mpg. Looking to pay around $200 per month. Something used but nice. We will be driving between 350 and 700 highway miles per week in 2 trips. I have an EV for daily town driving. Power isn't a necessity for highway cruising. We need 4 seats or more. Would consider a mini van if it got at least 35mpg highway and we could afford it. We feel cruise control is a must. Standard or automatic. +750 credit scores for wife and I.
    4 answers · Buying & Selling · 3 months ago