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Hello Guys,
I am planning to get a new car for uber. I had been driving a civic Turbo for last 2 years. I normally drive like 3-4 days and help my wife in her cleaning business. I like cars and was thinking to buy Audi A3 at 30ish driveaway 47kms. I also saw A5 2015 around 35k driveaway (43k). I don't have issues with Finance, I'll be paying straight away. Is it ok to drive Audi A3 in uberx. Petrol is good as it is turbo but I know the kms we guys drive to get money is sick as, resulting the dep. The good part is you enjoy driving and that happiness makes you keep going. Is there any part I am missing on and should re-think buying. The other option was buying that A5 and can drive it as UberPremium for a year. I know it depends where and when you drive to get those trip to get Uber Premium. I am happy to spent more 4-5k if there is potential.
Any better ride suggestion welcome.

Thank you very much guys.

Regards,
The Uber Man
 
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Hello Guys,
I am planning to get a new car for uber. I had been driving a civic Turbo for last 2 years. I normally drive like 3-4 days and help my wife in her cleaning business. I like cars and was thinking to buy Audi A3 at 30ish driveaway 47kms. I also saw A5 2015 around 35k driveaway (43k). I don't have issues with Finance, I'll be paying straight away. Is it ok to drive Audi A3 in uberx. Petrol is good as it is turbo but I know the kms we guys drive to get money is sick as, resulting the dep. The good part is you enjoy driving and that happiness makes you keep going. Is there any part I am missing on and should re-think buying. The other option was buying that A5 and can drive it as UberPremium for a year. I know it depends where and when you drive to get those trip to get Uber Premium. I am happy to spent more 4-5k if there is potential.
Any better ride suggestion welcome.

Thank you very much guys.

Regards,
The Uber Man
7 seat Sorrento or 8 seat Carnival - 2017/18 model diesel - You'll make way more with XL than premier - don't be dumb and buy an out of factory warranty Audi - complete madness - and don't fall for a non Audi dealership warranty -they're rubbish (heaps of exclusions and massive excess plus they stipulate you must get them to service the car) - school boy error mate - don't touch Audis

My mates wife's sister (dear sexy single Kath) bought a 2019 A5 2.0 turbo - it's on its 3rd engine and its second transmission - she knows all about A3s because she's been driving a dealership loaner for almost 12 months during the A5 repairs - she reckons the A3 is a heap of shit and she's a barrister so I guess she'd know
 

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Hello Guys,
I am planning to get a new car for uber. I had been driving a civic Turbo for last 2 years. I normally drive like 3-4 days and help my wife in her cleaning business. I like cars and was thinking to buy Audi A3 at 30ish driveaway 47kms. I also saw A5 2015 around 35k driveaway (43k). I don't have issues with Finance, I'll be paying straight away. Is it ok to drive Audi A3 in uberx. Petrol is good as it is turbo but I know the kms we guys drive to get money is sick as, resulting the dep. The good part is you enjoy driving and that happiness makes you keep going. Is there any part I am missing on and should re-think buying. The other option was buying that A5 and can drive it as UberPremium for a year. I know it depends where and when you drive to get those trip to get Uber Premium. I am happy to spent more 4-5k if there is potential.
Any better ride suggestion welcome.

Thank you very much guys.

Regards,
The Uber Man
Unless you are set on getting a new car, keeping your civic can be a good option.

If you want premium may I suggest you look at Lexus and Merc
 

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Welcome back Neil it's been a while. Your other personality @fractile makes a furtune in his band new Lexus driving Premier. I suggest you do the same and you will be making a furtune soon.
Lexus is much more reliable vs an Audi and cheaper parts too that last a lot longer.

Hello Guys,
I am planning to get a new car for uber. I had been driving a civic Turbo for last 2 years. I normally drive like 3-4 days and help my wife in her cleaning business. I like cars and was thinking to buy Audi A3 at 30ish driveaway 47kms. I also saw A5 2015 around 35k driveaway (43k). I don't have issues with Finance, I'll be paying straight away. Is it ok to drive Audi A3 in uberx. Petrol is good as it is turbo but I know the kms we guys drive to get money is sick as, resulting the dep. The good part is you enjoy driving and that happiness makes you keep going. Is there any part I am missing on and should re-think buying. The other option was buying that A5 and can drive it as UberPremium for a year. I know it depends where and when you drive to get those trip to get Uber Premium. I am happy to spent more 4-5k if there is potential.
Any better ride suggestion welcome.

Thank you very much guys.

Regards,
The Uber Man
On other news Audi unfortunately have a very short life when used commercially. Much better to go Mercedes commercial built/design if you want some euro trash. Don't get an Audi Neil because you'll regret it.
 

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Turbo charged cars have a shorter lifespan and higher maintenance.
If you are thinking about doing Uber long term, best to get a hybrid.
They are cheaper to run i.e consumes no fuel in idle keeping in mind the time we spent idling waiting for pax and generally requires less regular maintenance. Brakes last far longer and transmissions are much simpler with core parts inside being electric motors/generators. I strongly recommend that you take the time to understand the mechanics of Toyota Hybrids' design and how they work. They're truly the marvels of engineering.

I understand the point about cars being enjoyable and fun to drive but rideshare is about making money. You are introducing emotions and personal preferences into a FINANCIAL DECISION.

I can almost guarantee if you purchase an EURO TURBO PETROL car for uber, it'd be the worst financial decision which you will regret for years to come.
 

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Audi - the marque that ended my brother’s lifelong enthusiasm for owning European brands.
It was an A4, bought new, used privately, and cost him a fortune to keep going.
There used to be an old saying: “The only way to minimise your losses on selling an Audi is to trade it in on another new one”.
So true, still!
Euro cars generally tend to be about bragging rights at your golf club, not about economical operation.
 

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What's he driving?


I get 2-3 XL trips per day with single white dude or dude+wife/gf - guess they don't like squeezing into a Kia runabout. Most bayside. Elderly couples like XL as well. Recently almost all XL jobs are single & couples hardly any annoying 18yo groups.

Anyone done the numbers? - over 3 years of XL car with 2 XL trips per day, what's the $$$?
Genesis
 

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Lots of people who know what they are talking about love the Genesis. It will probably be the leading Hire car soon if it's not already. The nice one though is a bit of a fuel guzzler. The ones with a few kms on them seem to have depreciated a lot and are hard to sell. The Mercedes (E class) supprisingly has very little room in the back unless you pay a fortune for the S class, Audi and BMW are the same.
 

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Lots of people who know what they are talking about love the Genesis. It will probably be the leading Hire car soon if it's not already. The nice one though is a bit of a fuel guzzler. The ones with a few kms on them seem to have depreciated a lot and are hard to sell. The Mercedes (E class) supprisingly has very little room in the back unless you pay a fortune for the S class, Audi and BMW are the same.
I'm loving my G6E and so do my customers, now done 256k and still drives like brand new. Smashed it 2019 and got a 60% paint job and all new suspension. Just looked on CarSales and there's only 4 for sale.
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I'm loving my G6E and so do my customers, now done 256k and still drives like brand new. Smashed it 2019 and got a 60% paint job and all new suspension. Just looked on CarSales and there's only 4 for sale. View attachment 554341
A really good car, sadly neglected by its traditional Aussie family market. Maybe because of its being a big six cylinder - no longer "flavour of the month".
Way easier to spot the current generation Mustangs than that last generation of Falcon sedans (utes excluded - they sold well).
Though I'm not a turbo fan, I'd be curious to drive the 4 cylinder EcoBoost version, just as a comparison to that great Barra six.
 

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Audi - the marque that ended my brother's lifelong enthusiasm for owning European brands.
It was an A4, bought new, used privately, and cost him a fortune to keep going.
There used to be an old saying: "The only way to minimise your losses on selling an Audi is to trade it in on another new one".
So true, still!
Euro cars generally tend to be about bragging rights at your golf club, not about economical operation.
I picked up a motoring journalist who reviews cars and writes for Drive magazine. He was dead set against European cars in general and Volkswagon in particular. VW have banned him from reviewing their cars. He told me stories of; German over - engineering causing unnecessary problems, horrific repair and servicing costs. E.g if the battery in your VW key goes flat, order a tow truck and the battery is quite expensive and sometimes VW are out of stock.

His only recommendation is to sell any European car when the warranty is kaput.

I had a Mercedes Benz customer complain to me that his 2016 Benz doesn't have a service book, as its all online. If you don't have proof that you service your car properly, resale value plummets. So he is forced to pay $900 to service his car instead of the $120 I pay.
 

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Depreciation on Genesis running all those miles worth it for the fares?
Probably would be for @Scottie B , who's free to set rates that reflect running and whole-of-life costs of one.
And has his own customer base not comprised largely of cheapskates, who play Dutch Auction amongst the various App RS providers.
Otherwise? - probably NO.
 
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I'm loving my G6E and so do my customers, now done 256k and still drives like brand new. Smashed it 2019 and got a 60% paint job and all new suspension. Just looked on CarSales and there's only 4 for sale. View attachment 554341
FG X is what I wanted but I could only afford an FG 2. FG X prices have held up brilliantly in the past 18 months. The reason is just what you said - owners are hanging onto them. Unlike pretty much everything barring a Toyota, most cars will be time bombs after 200,000ks but the FG in one tough bus. You're basically looking at the pinnacle of Australian automotive design and manufacturing. Engine, body, interior all tough and reliable.

Just make sure you flush that ZF 6 speed transmission - unlike Ford Australia's ridiculous advice - it isn't sealed for life. If you doubt this, just ring up a transmission shop - they'll say "flush transmission every 65,00". I love my FG - it's fast, reliable, comfortable and safe. I service it myself. And mine is actually going up in value. I only paid 7k for mine. I've done 45ks on it and I've only serviced the transmission and changed out the centre bearing on the driveshaft. Tough cars man.
 

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FG X is what I wanted but I could only afford an FG 2. FG X prices have held up brilliantly in the past 18 months. The reason is just what you said - owners are hanging onto them. Unlike pretty much everything barring a Toyota, most cars will be time bombs after 200,000ks but the FG in one tough bus. You're basically looking at the pinnacle of Australian automotive design and manufacturing. Engine, body, interior all tough and reliable.

Just make sure you flush that ZF 6 speed transmission - unlike Ford Australia's ridiculous advice - it isn't sealed for life. If you doubt this, just ring up a transmission shop - they'll say "flush transmission every 65,00". I love my FG - it's fast, reliable, comfortable and safe. I service it myself. And mine is actually going up in value. I only paid 7k for mine. I've done 45ks on it and I've only serviced the transmission and changed out the centre bearing on the driveshaft. Tough cars man.
The taxi industry couldn't kill them or HiAce's.
 
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Oh, yes, it is "sealed for life".
It's just that that life will be relatively short, if it isn't serviced regularly.
I've seen it all at a mate's auto gearbox shop....
The "sealed for life" advice by Ford Australia is interpreted as:

"Even though ZF Global recommended a Ford Australia schedule an auto service at 60,000 in the maintenance schedule, Ford Australia followed Detroit HQs directive to NOT to service the ZF 6HP26 as it doesn't make sense to increase the service cost as fleet managers will just buy Camrys"

take out: Ford Australia only cares if it makes it through the warranty period and not one millisecond afterwards
 
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