Tired of my car already...

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  1. Easter Bunny

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    Could you buy a more reliable car for 5-6k? If not then get wrenching
     
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    Fair point, but I could take my wife's reliable car and buy her a damn Jeep to get her off my ass about me having 3 toys and her not having a fun car. lmao Do I think a wrangler is fun, not particularly, but if it would make her happy so be it. Damn irrational creatures.
     
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    The new Jeeps are nice. Just picked up a new Sahara and kept the speed3.


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    Funny enough comparing a high mileage speed to a brand new wrangler I think the Mazda would be more reliable
     
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    We kept my speed and my wife’s cx5 when we had the third kid and bought the van because the value was so bad that I would rather have a reliable car than 5k. Plus it allows us to save miles on the van making it last longer. We commute in the Mazda’s and use the van on weekends. Do you need to sell the speed to buy a wrangler?
     
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    Unfortunately the speed gets basically the same gas mileage as a van while requiring premium so there is no financial benefit to using it as a commuter other than mileage on the van
     
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    I guess some of y'all didn't read all of my posts? Been driving the car for weeks now...that weird phase I was in passed.
     
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    I think Ink took over your post lol


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    We read it and redirected to keep the conversation going.
     
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    Why not just have it all? Got my Miata, the project LeMans, a Wrangler for the wife, a Jeep for myself and you can see the speed parked in the garage (my dad's that I build for him) This driveway was just about the dream set up. I wouldn't mind trading my Liberty for a truck so I can tow a car hauler easier, but its hard to argue the reliability of that thing.

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    I have thought about selling mine as well but the thing that stops me is that I already sold one speed3 and regreted it. I sold it for a Toyota Tacoma and while the Tacoma is a useful ride it was sooooo boring so I got rid of it and got another speed3. Now I have a beater jeep for when the weather gets nasty and a motorcycle for when it is nice. This leads to my current dilemma, I still have the speed but I don't drive it at all really because I don't want to take it out if it is nasty but if it is too nice outside I will take the bike...so the speed stays in the garage unless my kids ask to take it into town instead of the wife's car. I don't think that I am going to get rid of it to be honest because when I do drive it I still love it, plus there are a couple of mods I still want to throw at it.
     
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    Ken, that is quite a nice driveway you have there. I have decided to start making preparations to send the speed on to her next home. As a swiss army knife of a car, the speed is pretty damn hard to beat. For 5 years of its life my speed was a daily, kid hauler and weekend warrior. I'll never forget it and I loved it for it.

    Over the two years I have gotten the motorcycle and now the Miata, we bought the wife a new van. I compare it to people in the motorcycle community who own several bikes for specific purposes. You don't see a lot of those guys own a swiss army knife motorcycle. They have a canyon carver, a cruiser, a dual sport, sometimes a drag bike, etc. I am going to stock out in the next couple of months and get a Wrangler Rubicon, it'll allow me to get into a bit of a new hobby and give my wife a vehicle she actually thinks of as fun. Besides, I'm angling to get a new motorcycle in a couple of years, gotta start stacking up the brownie points again since I cashed them out for the Miata.
     
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    Son i am dissapoint
     
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    The jeeps are fun. We have owned 2 wranglers, and as long as you understand the compromises that come with owning one, they are awesome. (Dont expect Cadillac ride comfort or anything, and 20 mpg on a the highway if you have the Rubicon unlimited) My wife just sent me a thing she wants to do next year with hers and the sand dunes we have here, so that will be fun. Plus in the snow, the JKU is like nothing else I have ever driven. Im convined if I get it winter tires it would be 100% unstoppable.

    But like you said, as an all around tool, the speed is hard to beat. I had mine for 9 years and loved it. Track car, road trips, kid hauler, DD, it did everything and was fun to do it in. I do like splitting up the track car duty and DD duty. Ideally I would have 4 cars. DD, Utility (truck), Track and project. Right now Im just mixing utility and DD.


    I kind of run into this same issue. I have a bike (1970 CL350) that I rarely ride. I have the LeMans now for nice weather day. The speed was a year round DD. That car being what it was never made sense to me to not drive. Its not going to go up in value, so why not use it every day? why drive boring stuff on crappy days? Ive never been one to understand the mentality of trying to "save miles" on a speed. I had mine for 9 years and 130k of driving and I loved it all. Eventually it would have died (if I hadn't killed it too soon) and I would have moved on, but at least I got to use it.
     
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    I just have too many to drive now. It's not so much about saving miles on the speed because when I do drive it I enjoy it but if the weather is above 60 degrees, I probably won't be driving it because of the motorcycle. If there is snow on the ground, same thing because of the jeep. So I guess on the 40 or 50 degree days where riding the bike is less desirable I will jump in the Mazda.

    I guess my point was less about the milage and more about my reason for thinking about getting rid of it. I don't drive it as often as I used to and it bums me out to see it sitting there. With that being said, I haven't even attempted to sell it because when I do drive it I enjoy it...plus it's paid for.

    PS the boring stuff on crappy days is because I live in the South Dakota. Yes, I have driven the speed in the snow but having the 4x4 and extra clearance in the jeep makes me feel better plus if the jeep gets hailed on in the early summer thunderstorms I don't really care. When I say crappy days I don't mean I won't drive it in the rain or when the roads are clear (I still have a set of snow tires for the speed) just that it is my "nice" car and if I can keep it that way that's the goal.
     
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    Speed was great in the snow. Slap the snow tires on it and have at it! I drove my speed year round and unless there was like 8" or more snow on the roads, then I took the jeep. A good spray wash every other week or so kept the rust off mine just fine.
     
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    Cool.
     
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    Finally got to a muffler shop and had my muffler repaired and a resonator installed. A lot quieter but still have drone, may be due to no cats. Just thankful they could repair the muffler.
     
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    The Speed3 is extremely versatile. While the lowered suspension doesn’t help when loaded to the gills with drinks and snacks for my store. The fact I’m able to fit it all in and move through traffic and get from San Diego to Temecula quickly is nice. Nicer ride than my FordE150 and better on gas.
    My other ride is a Mazda 2 with a 4 speed auto. Fun on the on/off ramps with wide ultra performance summer tires but a soul sucker otherwise.
    Yes I read through all the posts. Glad you are enjoying it again. Now just get it tuned properly so you can take on all those unsuspecting people out there with newer cars. Mr Charger SXT... not even, Honda Si...enjoy your new car smell as I leave you behind, GTI ....nope, Genesis... nice looking car but, no, older mustang GT... yes you just got left behind by a Mazda four banger.
    I love a good sleeper. Might get a 2016-2017 Chevy SS ( the sedan) with a manual after this but for now this Speed3 makes my commute much more enjoyable.
    Hope you will enjoy yours for a bit longer.
     
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    Last year I seriously debated selling my Speed3 for a more comfortable daily driver. I ended up keeping it by modifying my commute.
    • I elected to limit the number of "stop and go" instances on my commute, even if it meant paying a little more for tolls. This meant that I tried to stay on the highway as much as I could (unless there is a serious traffic jam). Staying on the highway also meant that the ride is a lot more comfortable.
    • When running into heavy traffic on the highway, I would simply increase my distance to the car in front of me.
    • The problem then were other drivers who would change lanes in front of me because of the gap I am leaving. This was solved by going to work early. Since I wasn't ever running late anymore, I didn't get annoyed by other drivers cutting into my lane. And the beauty of it is, I can cruise and drive like a grandma if I want to, or I can also drive aggressively and pass everyone, if I want to. One of the most satisfying things for me, is passing drivers on a high speed ramp, who all passed me when we were just driving in a straight line.
    As other's have already mentioned, the Speed3 is a very versatile car. I bought it because it was the "bang for the buck" choice back in 2013. I drive it all year round. (Since we don't get harsh winters, I get by with all-season tires.) I am close to 100K miles on it now and I can't really say that I'm tired of it. In fact, I always look forward to driving it after having driven the wife's CX-5.
     
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