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Local Ford dealer has a hokey "Throwback Edition" Ranger Supercab in red with white two-tone wrap down the sides, a 6" lift, rollbar, All-Terrain T/A tires and polished alloys with round holes.  $45k.  I'd be super embarrassed to be seen in it.

Also I cannot believe a new soft Escape Titanium is over $40k loaded.  It looks small and low in person, but I do like the interior.  Insane pricing does not bode well for the Bronco Scout.  Saw a loaded RAV4 Limited for $39k.  When you are gunning for the (inexplicable) leader in the segment, why shoot yourself in the foot with pricing?

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Saw a really clean black '97-03 Grand Prix 2dr pulling out of a parking lot this afternoon...looked rust free..always liked the roofline on that era.

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19 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

Saw a really clean black '97-03 Grand Prix 2dr pulling out of a parking lot this afternoon...looked rust free..always liked the roofline on that era.

I agree.  Even though the GP ultimately made for a fine mid-size sport sedan, it was born as a coupe and, in that span of model years, it made for an attractive coupe.

This morning, I saw a 1985 (almost sure) Delta 88 Royale sedan moving along at a nice clip on the freeway.  It was cream colored, had a tan vinyl top, and had wire wheels.  It most likely ran with a 5.0 (307) V8.  It was in excellent condition.  I took a look at some images and, damn, those things had massive dashboards with a lot going on.

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The amount of Matte paint job autos sure has grown. This I am pretty sure is a custom paint job.

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15 hours ago, dfelt said:

The amount of Matte paint job autos sure has grown. This I am pretty sure is a custom paint job.

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First Avenue South?  Near Jackson?  South of Pioneer Square?  It's been so long, yet I still remember some of the street names.  (There's also a mneumonic device for the adjacent named streets with paired first letters.)

I very much like the new enamel (non metallic) charcoal gray that Chrysler is featuring.  It looks great on a Charger.  On that vehicle, NO.

Voila:

2019-Dodge-Charger-gray-full_color-drive

 

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2 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

First Avenue South?  Near Jackson?  South of Pioneer Square?  It's been so long, yet I still remember some of the street names.  (There's also a mneumonic device for the adjacent named streets with paired first letters.)

I very much like the new enamel (non metallic) charcoal gray that Chrysler is featuring.  It looks great on a Charger.  On that vehicle, NO.

Voila:

2019-Dodge-Charger-gray-full_color-drive

 

Yes, I work at 1st and King Street and walk through Pioneer Square to get to my bus. This Toy was just outside our front doors at 505 First Ave South.

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9 hours ago, dfelt said:

walk through Pioneer Square to get to my bus. 

I'm trying to wrap my head around this.

On rare occasions, I took the (articulated) bus from Woodinville into the city and vice-versa as well as the bus that went from the Bellevue Transit Center to the airport and vice versa, meandering down the suburbs on the east side of the lake and taking its sweet a$$ time.  It was to save money.  It was also like pulling teeth.  I hated it.

If I had coworkers who lived on the south end, I was able to get a lift to the airport if it my flight was after work.

Build that damn rail line to the east side (Bellevue).  I thought it was to be operative in 2020.  Will it be?

 

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2 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

I'm trying to wrap my head around this.

On rare occasions, I took the (articulated) bus from Woodinville into the city and vice-versa as well as the bus that went from the Bellevue Transit Center to the airport and vice versa, meandering down the suburbs on the east side of the lake and taking its sweet a$$ time.  It was to save money.  It was also like pulling teeth.  I hated it.

If I had coworkers who lived on the south end, I was able to get a lift to the airport if it my flight was after work.

Build that damn rail line to the east side (Bellevue).  I thought it was to be operative in 2020.  Will it be?

 

Buses from the north end exit at Stewart and go down and turn left onto 2nd Ave. I get off at 2nd and S Washington. I get back onto the bus to go north at 4th and S Jackson then up 4th and turn onto Olive way and ride it till the expressway, then buzz up north.

January 2023 is when the eastside lite rail connects to Seattle and goes live. You can ride from Redmond into Bellevue and then across I90 to downtown Seattle where at 5th and Jackson you can change to either go up north on the lite rail or south.

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@dfelt

I know that this thread is about car spotting.  However, I am amped up about the light rail crossing Lake Washington from the east side suburbs.  It will be analogous to BART coming in from the East Bay into S.F.  They opened BART in 1972, if I recall.

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Saw a dark blue C7 Z06 at the grocery this morning.   

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We got our first Venue in.  Base model... in silver... with wheel covers... kinda blah.  Want to see one in uplevel trim with alloys before I write it off.

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On 11/5/2019 at 3:59 PM, dfelt said:

The amount of Matte paint job autos sure has grown. This I am pretty sure is a custom paint job.

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Looks like a wrap or Plastidip they spray right over the factory paint and you can pretty easily peel them off. It looks like the top is still factory clear though. Looks like a shinier sheen compared to the dull reflection on the hood. Flat black rattle canned the grille. Either way it's low maint. probably doesn't have to wash it by hand all that often, the gray matches the gray your car will be after one run down a soaked Seattle freeway. Pretty funny there are at least 3 gray cars in the pic! :D That's one thing I don't miss, is that you'll never have a clean car for more than a day in the PNW.

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I see Kia Sorentos almost daily.  How did they get that name?  It bugs me.

The Nissan Murano is named after the Venetian island of Murano, famous for its glass craftsmanship.  As for Sorento, the only place that approximates that name is the Italian coastal resort of SoRRento, with 2 r's.

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It always puzzles me when foreign brands, fully retaining an obvious 'other-land' brand name, then go and use a distinctly American or other country-based name. 'Mazda Navajo'.

I guess the grass is always greener : 'Cadillac Seville'.

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22 hours ago, balthazar said:

venue, venza, versa.

vista, ventura

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14 hours ago, balthazar said:

It always puzzles me when foreign brands, fully retaining an obvious 'other-land' brand name, then go and use a distinctly American or other country-based name. 'Mazda Navajo'.

I guess the grass is always greener : 'Cadillac Seville'.

Well, with some vehicles it's a marketing thing to evoke adventure or travel, Old West mythos is popular...Hyundai with Santa Fe, Sedona, Tucson, KIA with Telluride, etc...   no different than Jeep with Renegade, Rubicon, Laredo, etc. 

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6 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Its not a question of image or marketing attempt. Its the name pairing I was noting. 

It is marketing.  Wouldn’t make sense for Hyundai to name a CUV after a Korean mountain range and sell it in the US with that name...

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4 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

It is marketing.  Wouldn’t make sense for Hyundai to name a CUV after a Korean mountain range and sell it in the US with that name...

Agreed, here are the top 5 Korean mountain ranges and their names:

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Some how a Hyundai Gajisan, Hyundai Dongdaesan or Hyundai Cheonhwangsan as a CUV just does not ring a marketing bell! :P :roflmao:

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35 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

It is marketing.  Wouldn’t make sense for Hyundai to name a CUV after a Korean mountain range and sell it in the US with that name...

Why not? They use 'hyundai' and that 'makes sense'.

How does Volkswagen 'make sense' of using 'Arteon', a Latin-derived term?

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