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Well, I did it. I had a used Porsche Cayenne I bought in June to use for my 4 large dogs. I wasn't happy with the mileage on it and after having it fully detailed, tinted, aligned, etc. I decided to sell it for a different car. I ended up buying a Blue Cube this past weekend. I liked it when I first saw it in May, but thought it too small for 3 Greyhounds and a Doberman. I seldom take them all anyway, so I think it will work.

I've had a lot of criticism from guys about it, but I like to be the one to put the miles on a car. Not crazy about used. Plus it drives great. Never as good as my MINI, but the Cube is a great car for the dogs, groceries and errands and the mileage is at least twice as good as the Porsche. I'm happy with it and it looks great with the MINI. Had the front windows tinted today and it's being detailed to protect it from the UV rays, etc. this weekend. Great little car. Happy to be on board. :yes:
 

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I agree. We got it for under $20K, but even over owning it the 3 months I worried about what would break on it and the cost. I told my husband, who loves cars but can no longer drive with his muscular dystrophy, that for the price of a new Cayenne you could get 3-4 MINIs. I can't understand anyone buying one of those cars new. It was meant for the dogs as I have new Greyhound pup with 3 legs and I thought he could get up into it, but he couldn't.

I love the Cube for the dogs and I think the pup will have an easier time getting in with my assistance. I won't leave my Clubman in parking lots because of the idiots who like to key cars or bang doors, but I will take the Cube shopping. I'll still park it way out or in a safer spot, but it will get to go out more.

I know people say the Cube doesn't have good acceleration, but it seems ok to me for around town.
 

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I test drove a new Cayenne Turbo S, and also did not understand why people bought them. I think the sticker was like $105,000 or something...

People who think the Cube doesn't have good acceleration are trying to make orange juice from an apple. These are economy cars, so they will not match your BMW M3. They do, however, SMOKE Civics (which claim to get near Cube MPG). SMOKE!!!
 

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My husband had an M3 before he was so ill. I didn't like that car either. It was again, just a bit too much for me.
Also, just where the heck can you use all that power unless you are on the track or an SCCA meet. If you go 1 mph over the limit in a school zone in this town it's an $840 ticket and 8 points.
When I tested the Cube I had no problem accelerating, cornering, etc. It was a no brainer. I probably would take the MINI if it was for a long road trip that involved high altitude climbing, but the Cube is the perfect car for my everyday needs and enough power is there if I need it.
The Porsche was getting around 14 mpg, plus it had to be a top tier gasoline. I can't find the octane requirement for the Cube yet, but the salesman told me it was just regular.
I will never mind putting the top tier in the MINI, it also gets 29+ mpg around town. I use Redline occasionally, too. But I hated filling the Porsche. Honestly in the 3 months I had her I only put 400 miles on it. I have no reservations about taking out the Cube.
Also, the service at the Nissan dealership in Prescott is the No. 1 rated in the Western Region. They are fantastic to deal with. We had a Nissan Titan before (his, not mine) and they were great with that. Their reputation is outstanding and I don't have to drive 110 miles for service (MINI).
Thumbs up on this one. I just wish they offered leather seats.
I ordered Wet Okoles for the front to protect the light fabric. I have the back folded down and covered as the only passengers will be dogs.
Thanks for being so nice. It's appreciated. I'm used to posting on North American Motoring, so this is a change for me, but a good one.
 

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ODDO, I am in total agreement with your thoughts!

The Cube simply takes "87" (in the USA). I filled up with 93 the first time, because my salesman didn't tell me & because they gave me the car with an empty tank. It made no difference in power... just wasted my money.

Glad you have a good dealer on tap... my experience was terrible, is still on going, and I may get sued by them in the end!
 

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congrats and welcome, sorry to hear about the Cayenne, i always thought is was the best looking suv ever

I need to get those seat covers as well, my dog doesn't like driving in the miata
and I can't let her in the cube, with the light interior :roll:
 

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I guess I'm just not a Porsche person. It felt cumbersome to me. I went by the dealership on the way home and they had the Porsche out there for $28,000. That is way too high. But of course they allowed $18K on the trade in. I had it totally detailed, window tint, aligned, etc. Still, it didn't feel right to me and I couldn't get the former owner's perfume scent out of it.

I'm going to the dealership tomorrow and cancelling the 6 year extended warranty. They charged nearly $1700 for it and thanks to a post on this site I see it should have been around $600. I'm hoping that when I cancel this warranty I can repurchase it from the other site at the lower price. It was way too much coverage anyway, as I seldom keep a car more than 5 years.

We had a Miata for many years, the first one in this town when it came out. I can't imagine any of my dogs in one, except maybe the Mini Pin. Just picturing my 130-pound Dobe in one. That would be scary.

I think the Cube will be great for dogs. It will be a lot easier for me to lift my tripawd Grey into. The Cayenne was too high for him so I always had to lift him into it. I know they'll like the windows--noseprints everywhere.
 

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ahh nice, yet another blue cube owner ;) you made a good decision; 14 mpg on premium gas is pretty ridiculous. i agree that the cube is certainly peppy enough as a daily driver (i've driven faster cars and i still enjoy the cube). and it's good to hear that you feel more comfortable driving around in and parking the cube, because it means you will have much more fun in it.
 

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Thanks for the positive reaction. The best thing is that I will take it out of the garage and drive it instead of worrying so much about it getting hurt or keyed. I'm still O/C about parking in a protected area, but people don't look at it and resent you for having a high end car. We are not rich by any means, the used Porsche cost about as much as the Cube, but I like a car without miles. A car that I know was taken care of by me and I know its history. Plus with my asthma I can't tolerate cars where someone has worn perfume, smoked, etc.

The Cube is a great car. I'm anxious to see how its viper stripes look after Wednesday. I wanted to give it a little boost to look different than all the ones I expect to be seeing. I love the Caribbean blue and I think the grey vipers that match the grey grill will look pretty good. Also waiting for the Wet Okole charcoal and grey seat covers. I want to protect that light interior from the dogs and normal wear.

Great group of people here. Thanks for the welcome. 8)
 

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welcome fellow cubiest and fellow greyhound owner!

i've found that if you take out the rear seat and throw a dog bed in there, you'll end up with one very happy pup
 

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i can't wait to see what it looks like all spruced up! :D i agree about new vs. old cars - i used to be very anti-new car (since the value of most cars drops dramatically after the purchase), but after waiting a few years and giving it a lot of thought...well, i've ordered a new car, so what does that say? ;)
 

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I got the cargo box to flatten the back floor. I wasn't sure how involved getting the seat out would be. I was thinking of ordering it without the rear seats, but since they had $500 off for Labor Day I got the one on the lot that I liked.

I am thinking of changing the graphics from viper stripes down the center to having some running Greyhounds along the sides and something like that in back. The window and graphics place I used for my other cars for tint, etc., is so good at design. We'll see what he comes up with for me. I just want to do something simple to set it apart a little. I'll let you know how it turns out.

I know what you mean by the value of a new car dropping as soon as you drive out with it. We decided that if we ever were in a position to want a higher end car again that buying used would be so much smarter. People turn in low mileage cars all the time down in the Scottsdale area and I've seen some gorgeous cars at the dealerships down there. But really, I love the Cube and the price made it much better to buy new than wait for a turn in. Also, as mentioned, I have real problems with perfumes, etc., in cars.
 
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