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  2. ocnblu

    June Car Spotter

    Cool, did you see a bunch of badass TDi powered VW Group products? 1962 Imperial coupe, for sale in decent shape, chalky red paint. Would make a nice counterpoint to Balthy's '59 Buford, maybe with a 392 transplant! (SAVE the original 413 or whatever though).
  3. balthazar

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    People DO NOT buy vehicles that way. If they did, and the C-class was a"good size", why has it packed on 7-8 inches since? What makes NO sense is a luxury brand offering compact vehicles- who wants to pay premium pricing for a tiny car? If they did, the 1-series would sell more than the 3/4, and it's no where close.
  4. Yesterday
  5. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

  6. smk4565

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    The CTS and Lincoln LS were the same size of a 2002 5-series or E-class. Yes that was a good size. The problem was the Cadillac and Lincoln weren't as luxurious or as well built, or as powerful as those 2. The M5 had a 500 hp V10 when the 400 hp CTS-V went on sale. The other problem was the Germans had small, medium and large cars, Lincoln and Cadillac just had a bunch of large cars and one mid-size. The Continental, STS, DTS, Town Car, Mark VII, Eldorado of that late 90s, early 2000s era were all over 200 inches long, those were 7-series/S-class sized cars and some people just don't want a big car and why would 1 brand build 3 large cars, 1 midsize and 0 small car, it makes no sense. Imagine today Chevy offering the Malibu, Impala, SS and Corvette and that is it for cars, and saying well if you want a Civic or Corolla, just cross shop a Malibu.
  7. dfelt

    June Car Spotter

    Did a 500 Mile road trip yesterday, over the North Cascade Highway, back over Highway 2. The PNW German Auto group had their yearly get together in the town of Leavenworth. A german town that has embraced their roots for tourism after the lumber mill shut down. Have to say I really like this Matte Purple Audi. Stopped at a fruit stand and found this which was very cool.
  8. balthazar

    Vehicle : 1940 Ford C.O.E.

    So... the COE made 3 trips out on the public streets last summer, but there was an issue. We timed it, and at about 6-7 minutes of running, an increasingly louder, quickly piercing whistling sound would appear. Initially I thought it was the generator, but figured out it was a vacuum leak in the carb. Very disconcerting. So I found a dedicated carb rebuilder in NY and sent it off, tho not until last month. Figured I wasn't going to be driving it in the winter... then it slipped thru the cracks. Got the carb back in a week's time, rebuilder said there was a number of bits incorrect inside, plus he milled all the mating surfaces and test ran it- said he got it running really well. Who knows how many people did what inside a 78 year old mechanical device. Hooked it back up yesterday and ran it in the garage, timing it (garage door open & exhaust far ducting out behind truck). Went 11 minutes and zero whistling. Idles very smooth, tho it takes a good 5 minus before you can completely take it off of choke. Anyway, this represents the last component to address, so I can begin shake-down runs again; first in the driveway, then down my street, then in a wider & wider radius from home base. There's a semi-truck dealership about 3 miles from my house and there always seems to be 1 or 2 empty parking spaces on the front line- would be fun to slip the '40 in there as if it were for sale.
  9. Drew Dowdell

    Anyone have any thoughts on the CTS 2.0T?

    Yup. Been going to NAIAS every year since 2007. I may bring the Toronado up for woodward cruise this year.
  10. 2QuickZ's

    Anyone have any thoughts on the CTS 2.0T?

    I know you have. You come to NAIAS every year, don't you? I was just giving you a hard time. Sorry if it came across differently. I appreciate your feedback.
  11. regfootball

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    Original CTS and Lincoln LS were perfect size cars, but as you stated is correct. They were not as small as the 3 series and C of that time and thus the scorn. Funny you mentioned the ZDX. I parked next to a pristine one the other day and thought to myself it ended up being a bit ahead of its due time. Would be a good used vehicle to seek and find. The mistake on the ZDX was some things were proportioned a bit badly. If they had increased the wheelbase on that thing 6-8 inches and had a better balanced greenhouse , it may have come off a lot better.
  12. Drew Dowdell

    BMW News: 2019 BMW 8-Series Returns From the Dead

    I liked the early 80s 6 series
  13. Drew Dowdell

    Anyone have any thoughts on the CTS 2.0T?

    I'm just done with lag. I know they aren't slow. Yes I've been to Michigan, I just didn't remember where you live.
  14. 2QuickZ's

    Anyone have any thoughts on the CTS 2.0T?

    I thought you have been to Michigan before. We have almost nothing but poor roads. Government at its finest. One of the highest gasoline taxes in the country and some of the worst roads imaginable. My brother-in-law just had to borrow the spare tire out of my 200 last week because he hit a pothole big enough to badly bend his rim and his Dart did not come with a spare. Thankfully it held air so he was able to drive it home and double thankfully he had spent the money on wheel and tire insurance. I hear you on the 4 cyl turbo's but almost every car magazine review I have read on the ATS and CTS has said that they actually prefer the turbo 4 over the V6. They aren't slow either.
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  16. balthazar

    BMW News: 2019 BMW 8-Series Returns From the Dead

    I question whether BMW EVER made a "really good looking car" (that wasn't a concept... but even there I'm struggling).
  17. smk4565

    BMW News: 2019 BMW 8-Series Returns From the Dead

    I looked up the size of this car, it is roughly E-class coupe size, the E-class has a 2 inch longer wheelbase but is 1 inch shorter in length, the 8-series is 3 inches wider and 3 inches lower in height, so I am guessing head room is tight. So we aren't talking S-class coupe size. This is similar in size to the original 8-series so that is a good thing, I like this size of car, but I wonder if BMW will make a bigger coupe. The 8-series is also close in size to a Bentley Continental GT, but if you want a big luxury coupe it seems like S-class and Rolls-Royce are the only options. Perhaps Cadillac should get into that space.
  18. balthazar

    Project INVICTA

    Yep; she went out under the sky today. What a literal thrill for me. • Ground welds, wire wheeled & orbital sanded the trunk out- getting it ready for priming/painting inside there. Great progress.
  19. smk4565

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    I would assume a lot of fleet sales, livery and rental sales will go to crossovers too in the future, just like what happened with police cars, you hardly see police cars anymore you see Police SUVs. And if this fleet sale market is so huge, why did Cadillac or Lexus never get in on it? Or Infiniti for that matter. Instead all 3 are just cutting their sedan line up down to 2 cars probably, and I could see Infiniti with 1 sedan and Lincoln with zero. These luxury brands are fleeing sedans like Ford and FCA have fled mid-size family sedans, they just can't compete anymore. But once you give up on sedans, you better have some great SUVs if you are going to survive on one product.
  20. Frisky Dingo

    That one car...

    I'm fortunate enough that the dealership where I work has allowed me the opportunity to drive the vast majority of newer cars that I've longed for. Ferraris, Lambos, Porsches, Astons, etc, etc. The one car that I just wish to drive more than anything is definitely a Porsche Carrera GT. It's my favorite car ever made, and there is nothing left like it on the market.
  21. smk4565

    Volvo News: Volvo Introduces Polestar Engineered for Next S60

    The GLS is bigger than an XC90 though, you are talking Escalade money for a GMC Acadia size vehicle there. And the Excellence trim I think is a 4 seater, if you want a luxury 4 seater I feel like there are better ways to spend $110,000. And imagine if Cadillac priced the new XT6 over $100k, people would lose their minds. Like I said Volvo has some good stuff going on product and design wise and I like the hybrid and environmental stuff, that is all good. I just think they charge too much for what you get. For example, they want $155,000 for a Polestar 1 or you could get a BMW 8-series for like $100k, or maybe $125k depending on how they price it, but look at the difference.
  22. Drew Dowdell

    Volvo News: Volvo Introduces Polestar Engineered for Next S60

    No, it's as I said, it's their answer to Designo. Select a GLS550 and select Designo and all the options required to match what the XC90 Excellence has ($109k and a heated steering wheel is still optional on a GLS?) and you're up at $110k. That seems exactly right to me. Mercedes doesn't even offer you a Crystal gear selector knob, so clearly the Volvo is better. I'm not going to knock the E-class as it is clearly an excellent car. The S90 stands up well against it in interior comfort. It has some of the best contoured seats I've experienced. It isn't meant, in its current configuration, to be a sport sedan. It is clearly built for comfort. It also is larger than the E-Class like the CT6 is. So the fact that you cannot see value in that is unsurprising. The GLC has less interior room than my Encore or even the XC40 much less the XC60. You must be a shorter guy and pack light to always prefer these cramped German cars over their larger competition at the same price. Because of the airy feel of the cabin, the XC60 even feels bigger than it is inside. Cinderella, you've lost a shoe. Could you be any more of a brand whore? I don't need to explain my purchases to anyone... and if I did feel the need, the explanation is simple. I picked the better car. As far as the other Germans... I'd pick an Enclave or Nautilus or GLE or XC60 or QX50 or Grand Cherokee Summit or XT5 over a Q5 every day of the week.... don't be putting that pile up on a pedestal... and I don't even like the XT5. The newest X5 looks compelling, but BMW interiors are about as cheerful as a graveyard on a wet Sunday.
  23. smk4565

    Volvo News: Volvo Introduces Polestar Engineered for Next S60

    I know the Excelence is like their Maybach, it is a luxury trim, but still that is a lot of money for an XC90. I have sat in the S90 sedan and thought, this is a nice car, I like the Swedish contemporary design of it, but then when you look at the price and it is E-class money, you think, ok, this is no E-class. And there in lies the problem with the new Volvos. I think the XC40 looks good, all their new generation cars look good, the turbo charged, supercharged, plug-in combo is good. I like what they are doing, but an XC60 for example starts $1,000 more than a GLC. They want Mercedes-Benz money but don't have Mercedes-Benz level interiors, performance or badge cache, and that latter is the most important to most luxury buyers. I mean who wants to spend $60k on a Volvo and then have to explain why they bought it instead of any 3 of the German cars.
  24. Drew Dowdell

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    And China. Most of the E-classes are for livery use there. E-Classes (Along with XTS) are even replacing Town Cars here in Pittsburgh for Black Car service.
  25. Drew Dowdell

    Anyone have any thoughts on the CTS 2.0T?

    I've already started my on boycott of all 4-cylinder turbos that are meant to replace V6es. The CTS is a great driving car if you have good roads. The roads around me are very poor, so with the stiffer suspension, it makes the car a bit too jumpy over road imperfections. So if those two things aren't issues for you, I'd say go for it.
  26. I am looking to replace my 200S soon and have been seriously considering a used ATS or CTS. I almost pulled the trigger on a CTS V-sport a couple of months ago but didn't and now the used prices on all CTS's (not just V-sport) seem to have rebounded since then. Good for Cadillac that they found bottom and are climbing again but bad for me. Sooo... after driving this 2016 ATS Luxury 2.0T and mentioning to the salesman about the CTS, when I got back to the dealership after the test drive he started talking to me about leasing a "new" courtesy vehicle with 4-5k miles on it already that would count against the lease. He didn't do any official calculations or put anything in writing but lets just say the number he through out was quite attractive. So do any of you have any thoughts you would want to share on these? It is a 2018 CTS Luxury RWD 2.0T. I have not test driven it yet but I did test drive a 2.0T performance model a year or so ago and felt the 2.0T was perfectly fine in it. What do you think? The only down side I can see so far is that it is a 39 month lease. Funny aside: When I was talking to the salesman about the CTS he was pointing out the ventilated seats as one of the features and how nice they are and I said "I know, I have them on my 200" and he was shocked! He said "You could get ventilated seats on a 200? You can't even get ventilated seats on the ATS!" Haha
  27. 2QuickZ's

    Bought a new minivan

    Hey Reg, I forgot but did you buy or lease your T&C? The reason I ask is because I was shocked what I was able to get for ours when we sold it. We had bought our 2013 used off lease and we got a pretty good deal on it but not spectacular. There were others around in the price range. After 2.5 years of ownership I was able to sell it for only $3.5k less than what I paid for it! And at that the guy that bought it was very happy with the price. Most of the comparable ones in my area were listed for at least $1500 more than I listed mine for and I live in metro Detroit so there is no shortage of them around.
  28. 2QuickZ's

    Bought a new minivan

    The T&C was purchased for me to drive because the wife refused to drive a minivan. We only had that for a week or so before she took it over and it became hers. She sadly is still stuck on the minivan stigma so she seriously considered an SUV instead this time around. We were looking at GMC Acadias and Chevy Traverses but at the end of the day, we just got way more for our money with the Pacifica. And she does love the convenience of the minivan. All that being said, I would say there is a 99% chance that when we replace it in a few years the kids will be old enough she will switch to an SUV. Our shot at the hybrid has come and gone. The S package is nice! It looks pretty good on all colors I have seen with it too. I saw a dark blue S-package yesterday and it probably looked better than our red one. I also saw an orange S-package and even that looked good! I personally think the Pacifica looks great in pretty much any color or trim save for maybe the base no chrome models. Weirdly enough I am very drawn to that Cordovan brown color. If we had not found this S-package, that is probably what we would have bought.
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