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  1. #1841
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStechPaul View Post
    Yesterday I bought a 2009 Honda Fit, for $3600, from a private seller who actually works with a used car dealership to sell trade-ins via Craig's List. It was listed for $3800, I offered $3500, and we settled at $3600. It has 176,000 miles, and has some deterioration of paint and a few rust spots, but at least it is a safe vehicle and should last 10 years or more.

    I like the versatility of the hatchback and folding seats. I should be able to install a dog cage/barrier for Mr. Tibbs. He's not gonna ride shotgun in this car, but he'll have my back!
    Nine years old and driven almost 20,000 miles per year? According to KBB you paid near the high end of the range for a Fit in "good" condition.
    How much did you get for the Saturn as a trade-in?

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    Wow!
    S/H Cars seem pricey in the States.
    That car would be 1500-1800$ on a used car lot in the UK all day long.
    Here in Thailand, S/H cars keep their value to a ridiculous extent. My missus comes over to the UK on holiday every 3-4 years and cannot believe how cheap the S/H car market is. My Dad sold a very clean zero rust 10 y/o Vauxhall 5 seater nice hatchback for 650 GBP, the same car in Thailand would be in excess of 5k......

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    Ten years ago I paid $4200 for my 1999 Saturn, but it had only 77,000 miles on it. Now, it has only 110,000 miles, and I figure I will be driving less than 5,000 miles a year from now on. So mileage is not a huge factor for me - rust is the enemy now. I still have the Saturn, and I will try to get $500 for it:









    I checked www.cars.com for Honda Fit 2009-2010 and the lowest price was $4000 with 146k miles. Next was a 2010 with 163k miles for $6000. And a 2009 with 130k for $6200, and another 2009 with 67k for $9500. On Facebook Marketplace there is a 2008 Honda Fit with 112k for $3800, and the KBB private sale value range is $3000-$4800. And another 2008 with only 61k in excellent condition shows a KBB range of $4700-$6700. Also a 2009 with 185,000 miles excellent condition range $3600-$5200. So I think I got a decent deal. It was $4250 total including tags and title. Some of the lower priced private deals do not include inspection.

    I probably won't get much for my Saturn. Similar cars 1998-2002 are selling for $500-$1500 or so on FB Marketplace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willy View Post
    See, proof right there that eating cake on the couch is a whole lot better for you than peddling your ass off on a bicycle into a head wind.
    I know what I'm doing later on tonight.
    I am eating my cake and having it

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    Made a puller to get a part of the milling machine. I am considering popping some of these parts in the lathe to clean up the surfaces from the gorillas with vise grips.



    Yes, not really fine machining, band sawn and drilled and tapped one hole, the others I just inserted drill bits in. To be honest with the tooling I have, pretty and straight is tedious and difficult, which is why I am looking forward to having a working milling machine after all this.
    Last edited by DennisCA; 11-13-2018 at 07:45 AM.

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    I paid $2k for my wagovan over 10 years ago. Have been beating the living daylights out of it ever since. My kids will learn to drive (stick) in it very soon. All I do are oil changes with it. 170K and going strong.

    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaiguzzi View Post
    Wow!
    S/H Cars seem pricey in the States.
    That car would be 1500-1800$ on a used car lot in the UK all day long.
    Here in Thailand, S/H cars keep their value to a ridiculous extent. My missus comes over to the UK on holiday every 3-4 years and cannot believe how cheap the S/H car market is. My Dad sold a very clean zero rust 10 y/o Vauxhall 5 seater nice hatchback for 650 GBP, the same car in Thailand would be in excess of 5k......
    That's because UK has nowhere to dump the LH cars.
    (otherwise we would be importing them as used cars are very expensive around here. Mentioned Honda is in 6-9 k usd range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattiJ View Post
    That's because UK has nowhere to dump the LH cars.
    (otherwise we would be importing them as used cars are very expensive around here. Mentioned Honda is in 6-9 k usd range.
    Thailand
    Myanmar
    Malaysia
    Japan
    Australia
    New Zealand
    half of Africa

    6-9k$ for that???
    "very" as in very expensive is a bit of an understatement Matti....

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    made a 36mm "crows foot" wrench to get the chainring spider nut off my road bike. Standard deal of drilling out the corners, cutting out most of the material with the bandsaw and using a file. used a piece of road side scrap that had a hole already in the right place


    it isn't pretty but it does work


    the insides of an e-bike motor if anyone's interested


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    Quote Originally Posted by mattthemuppet View Post
    made a 36mm "crows foot" wrench to get the chainring spider nut off my road bike. Standard deal of drilling out the corners, cutting out most of the material with the bandsaw and using a file. used a piece of road side scrap that had a hole already in the right place


    it isn't pretty but it does work


    the insides of an e-bike motor if anyone's interested
    Yea, you would have needed one of these, eh?

    2.5" / 63mm adjustable wrench:

    https://www.harborfreight.com/24-inc...nch-39621.html
    Work hard play hard

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