After driving it for 230 miles, I’ve fixed almost everything and have some first thoughts.
As far as the fixes go, it hasn’t been too bad. Most expensive was tires ($502 but I have a $50 rebate coming), least expensive was fixing the headliner (a can of adhesive spray we had already).
Left to do is the driver’s door lock actuator ($25 DIY, $125 at shop), paint touch up, very slight leak from passenger side front door, cruise button doesn’t hold ($60 but I need to get the radio code before I can do that), and front door speakers ($30-$50, depending on how nice I want). Compare that to the laundry list of expensive things to do on the Lexus. It’s nice to have a car with very few problems and ones that are minor, inexpensive, and easy enough to do yourself.
- torque? what’s that?
- my old tires were crap
- my new tires are GRIPPYYYY (BFGoodrich g-Force Comp 2 all-seasons)
- minimal body roll plus the new tires make this a corner carver, so much grip
- this car is really clean on the inside
- a little more rust than I first thought, but I’m in the rust belt so no surprise. Nothing structural either.
- it looks really good
- it still makes good power and accelerates nicely
- manual shift mode is a very nice feature
- it looks like I’m getting around 20 mpg city, with hooning. Much improved over the Lexus, which was about 15 city with hooning.
- engine is so smooth and eager to rev, it’s a real gem
- interior is surprisingly modern for being 12 years old
Also, does OPPO sticker? I’ve got a few on my car, so far I’ve got all I want except an LaLD one.
That’s all for this update, hopefully I won’t have any more repairs to tell about.