I got lucky in my neighborhood here because what ever HOA there was went defunct and was dissolved when most of the houses got bought as investments to be rented out. I'm really happy with my neighborhood here in Vegas.
Chalk me in for another crappy HOA resident, (FYI for Grand ZJ, I am in the northwest near Andy & Greg). I've had the wheels hanging off of the driveway into the ROCKS warning, weeds warning, dead spots in the grass warning, etc. I told them if they wanted the dead spots in the grass to be fixed, they would be responsible for paying the fines from the water district for watering more frequently than allowed (1 day a week), they laid off of the lawn after that. I would LOVE to live in a HOA free neighborhood, but we can't afford to move right now and honestly don't have it anywhere near as bad as we complain it to be.
We I've in the SW. I picked the house we are in by driving around and looking at the other houses/yards. Cars parked in the driveway that had flat tires, non running ect. Street parking (my last house had no driveway parking or street parking even for visitors) o and yards that weren't perfect. Thinking hey no HOA or a lacking HOA. Well we have been here for almost 2 years now and just last month we got a letter to stake a tree/bush on the side yard. We told them to get lost and they said we had to replace the tree with a new one the same type. So our landlord did. Then right before we went out of town we got another letter about our xmas lights being up. In the picture we were taking them down. I don't know where this HOA company came from but it looks like we will be moving soon.
When I lived in providence near Greg we would get hassled constantly. The neighbors would call the police on is for street racing on our motorcycles we didn't own. The best part is the cops would come and knock on the door and both of my roommates were cops and we would shoot the **** with them and they would leave. We even got a citation for not supplying the HOA with a submitted plan for landscaping the backyard before we put in grass. So we sent them a drawing in crayon of stick figures on a swing set. My wife and I currently live on cliff shadows and Alexander in a very lax HOA. It is a small gated community and our neighbors are super cool.
In other news called on this today. If he still has it this weekend I'll go check it out and maybe buy it. http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/4339351149.html
The pink is cute, I can totally see you rocking that. And Renex motors are only a problem if you dont keep up the maintenance on it. Some performance parts from the H.O. motor will bolt up, and make decent hp gains.