My Dilemma :Trade in the lease, buy it or walk away?
Hi everyone, I really wish I knew this forum existed earlier. It may have saved me a few headaches and sleepless nights over the past 3 years/30,000 miles!
When your lease is up, will you look at buying the car, trading in for a new one or walking away?
Three years ago I went against my personal mantra of never buying a 1.0 anything. However, I owned and leased the older Pacifica models and this lease just seemed right. Unfortunately I am questioning my decision.
I have had issues with:
-Passenger sliding door not locking (kept in shop for a week - replaced something in electrical system)
-Passenger sliding door not closing all the way (after returned from fix above)..Intermittent, shop couldn't fix
-Hard shifting at low speeds (even though I have been told several times that it was fixed with a software update) ..intermittent, no fix
-Several instances of the car being unable to start after filling up the gas tank at a local station..Intermittent, no fix
-Front driver window not working. New issue, taking to shop Friday. Did I also mention that the shop I go to is 25 miles away, so I have literally racked up a few thousand miles in just service visits...
Here is my predicament. I can buy my existing vehicle (Touring L Plus), but with all that has happened I am afraid of what the repairs will be like moving forward.
Unfortunately, I traded in a vehicle and put cash into the first lease , so I no longer have 7k that I can put into the lease of a new touring L Plus..
So it looks like my options are (A) keep my existing vehicle and wish for the best, or (B) lease a cheaper model than what we have to make the finances work out.
As much as it breaks my heart, I may need to choose (C) walk away completely. Has anyone bought their lease, and how has it been working for you?
I don't want to walk away (I really do love the car minus the problems), but my lease is up next month and it is going back into the shop to get the driver window fixed Friday.. With the number of "Intermittent" items still out there, I may not want to take the chance of the expense I may incur with ownership.
Would love to know your thoughts.