Car buying...learn me

Ironman92 Administrator
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Tue, Jan 19, 2021 6:23 PM
posted by Automatik

Barcelona red is pretty hot. The more I look at it the more I like it. 

The colors offered in this trim are rather basic. You don't get the cool ones unless you go TRD Pro...army green, desert sand. 


Has some standout power for sure. Pretty sharp


sportchampps Senior Member
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Tue, Jan 19, 2021 8:51 PM

The Army Green is slick. The hybrid RAV4 are pretty awesome to. My wife almost got one but ultimately went with a lexus

thavoice Senior Member
15,437 posts 42 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 5:00 PM
posted by Automatik

What trim? 

One thing that kinda puts me off is only 270hp. But I can deal with that considering the rock solid reliability.

I don’t really plan to off-road, but I do want a trim that allows it if I want. Mostly will be used for snowboarding days and road trips. 


I have no idea really.  Whatever one I got assigned on any given day.

Automatik Senior Member
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Fri, Jan 22, 2021 5:17 PM

Ahh so like a rented day tour or something? That would be fun. I've haven't done any legit offroading in a truck/SUV. 

Also, most likely going with the broker. I'm annoyed with the search already. Prices are all over the place and 90% of the ones I find in my budget are from rental fleets.  I'm not totally against that, but would like to avoid if I could. 

Automatik Senior Member
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Tue, Apr 6, 2021 11:36 AM

Update: Broker is deployed. I should have the truck in 1-3 weeks. Splurged for a 2021, in Magnetic Gray Metallic. 

I was really considering Tacoma. But the inside space is tight, especially for 4 adults. 

Automatik Senior Member
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Thu, Apr 22, 2021 12:43 PM

Cut ties with the broker. No deals to be had unless I wait 3-4 months. There's a shortage on SUVs, trucks in general. I had to go straight to a dealer that will not work with brokers.

I'll be able to get it for a bit under MSRP. Lots of places are selling for OVER MSRP...and people are paying..it's insane.

I should have it by April 30th, May 10th at latest barring any delays. 

birddog23 Senior Member
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Thu, Apr 22, 2021 12:57 PM

Unrelated.... we bought a used GMC Acadia over the weekend from a dealership.


Car market is about as hot as the house market is right now. Crazy stuff.

queencitybuckeye Senior Member
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Thu, Apr 22, 2021 4:44 PM

Bought a 2021 Kia Telluride a couple of months ago. They were leaving the lots about as quickly as they arrived. It was the first vehicle I ever paid sticker for. Sucks in a way, but at least no worrying about whether I got a good deal.

geeblock Member
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Thu, Apr 22, 2021 5:01 PM
posted by queencitybuckeye

Bought a 2021 Kia Telluride a couple of months ago. They were leaving the lots about as quickly as they arrived. It was the first vehicle I ever paid sticker for. Sucks in a way, but at least no worrying about whether I got a good deal.

Those are really cool vehicles, my friend has one 


birddog23 Senior Member
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021 10:34 AM

How about the Kia Carnival?! Now that is something.

Automatik Senior Member
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Wed, May 5, 2021 9:17 PM

The eagle has landed.

A few minor exterior tweaks so far. TRDish grill en route. Other than that done for a while. AT tires before fall.

Only put 100 miles on it so far. 

No idea why I can’t figure out to embed pics. Maybe this link will work.


https://imgur.com/a/uib8EWK

Ironman92 Administrator
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Wed, May 5, 2021 9:51 PM
posted by Automatik

The eagle has landed.

A few minor exterior tweaks so far. TRDish grill en route. Other than that done for a while. AT tires before fall.

Only put 100 miles on it so far. 

No idea why I can’t figure out to embed pics. Maybe this link will work.


https://imgur.com/a/uib8EWK

Enjoy your next 25 years with it


Automatik Senior Member
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Wed, Dec 15, 2021 11:23 AM

Work is dead. Thought I'd share a little update on "my build" /overlandbro

I've been adding to it regularly since I purchased.


3" Bilstein stage 2 lift and sliders installed yesterday. I decided to go with this before wheels/tires. Looks weird, but rides fucking amazing now. Stock suspension is rather soft and shitty


justincredible Honorable Admin
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Mon, May 16, 2022 11:47 AM

Bumping this one up.

We are considering trading my wife's car (2016 Crosstrek) in and getting a 2020ish Tacoma for my driver and her taking my Outback. Anyone have experience with the newer Tacoma's? Auto, you still liking the 4runner? 

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
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Mon, May 16, 2022 12:00 PM
posted by justincredible

Bumping this one up.

We are considering trading my wife's car (2016 Crosstrek) in and getting a 2020ish Tacoma for my driver and her taking my Outback. Anyone have experience with the newer Tacoma's? Auto, you still liking the 4runner? 

I have a 2017 Tacoma and have nothing but good things to say about it. I got the TRD off road, mainly just for how it looked. 
Automatik Senior Member
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Mon, May 16, 2022 12:54 PM
posted by justincredible

Bumping this one up.

We are considering trading my wife's car (2016 Crosstrek) in and getting a 2020ish Tacoma for my driver and her taking my Outback. Anyone have experience with the newer Tacoma's? Auto, you still liking the 4runner? 

I test drove a '21 Tacoma TRD Off Road. 4door, short bed. I liked it but I chose the 4Runner for 2 reasons. Back seat area is small. I wanted to be able to transport 4 people comfortably. Also, the more I thought about it, I didn't really need the bed. I don't haul stuff THAT much, and if needed I could always borrow my dad's truck. 

They are still both very similar vehicles. Rock solid reliability, but dated engine, transmission and overall tech. 

The 4R has been sitting for the last few months and just increasing in value. I've put 6k miles on it since I bought it. Zero issues. I can't wait to get back and drive the shit out of it.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Mon, May 16, 2022 1:28 PM

We’re mainly looking at trucks for easily hauling our two kayaks. They both don’t fit on my Outback and mine is a little big for the j racks. We took them to a lake yesterday with both cars and it was fine. But seeing people pull up with two in the bed and load/unload in two minutes made me jealous  

I also miss my old F150.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Mon, May 16, 2022 1:49 PM

We're also considering just buying a $5k or under truck and having 3 vehicles.

Automatik Senior Member
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Mon, May 16, 2022 2:02 PM

If you're going Tacoma, I suggest ordering it or catching one that's on the line and not reserved. You'll wait for it, but avoid MSRP markups on dealer lots.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Mon, May 16, 2022 2:07 PM

I'd likely be going used. I'm trying to find something under $30k, which is slim pickings but available.

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