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  2. Drew Dowdell

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

    This is exactly what I'm talking about with you insisting that cars if different sizes can't compete. They can and do compete. If the 2004 CTS had been the size of a 3 Series, I never would have bought it. The 3-series was never a consideration because it was way too small. The other car I looked at was one of the last Aurora's Cochran had in stock that wasn't a Final 500. Had I waited another 6 months, the 300C would have been an option. By offering a larger car at the same price, Cadillac won a sale over BMW. The CTS-V was clearly targeted at the M3, of which it beat in hp and torque, performance and price. "Oh, the CTS-V is faster and handles better than the M3 and costs less.... But it has usable rear seat legroom and a decent sized trunk, so that must mean it competes with the M5 that costs $35k more!" Don't you see how ridiculous you sound? Cadillac's 5 series competition came in the form of the STS which got shit on for having a "dull" interior. No German car fan from that era has any business talking about dull interiors of other cars.
  3. h1 { color: blue; font-family: verdana; font-size: 300%; } Latest News 2019 BMW 8-Series Returns From the Dead After 20 years since it departed, the 8-Series is making a comeback to the BMW lineup. The design is more dramatic than the 6-Series coupe with a long front end, "double-bubble"… 14 comments Ford's New Taxi Offerings Try To Be More Fuel Efficient Ford is giving taxi companies two new fuel efficient options for their next vehicle. This week, the automaker unveiled the Fusion Hybrid and Transit Connect diesel taxis. “Taxi operators want … 5 comments Prices of Used Subcompact and Compact Vehicles Are Rising With more people trending towards trucks and utility vehicles, it would be expected that prices on cars would be falling. But not on used cars according to Edmunds. In their latest Used Car Rep… 11 comments The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS Lexus finds itself in a bit of a bind. With demand for crossovers growing, Lexus is doing a serious look at its product lineup and deciding what needs to be added and what needs to taken out. "… 30 comments Volkswagen Gets Fined A Billion Euros By the German Government We're coming up on three years since the Volkswagen diesel scandal came to light. It caused the German automaker to spiral downward with various fines, lawsuits, people either stepping down or bein… 5 comments Latest Reviews Review: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Trying to review an Alfa Romeo vehicle is difficult as I found out with the Giulia Quadrifoglio. There were parts of model that I found to be quite amazing and worthy of putting it on my year-end f… 4 comments Quick Drive: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab (Author’s Note: Before you ask, no this isn’t a typo. I really did drive a 2017 Tacoma in 2018. Due to some circumstances, the Tacoma took the place of another vehicle at the last minute. I didn’t … 6 comments Review: 2018 Ram ProMaster 2500 Cargo 159" Wheelbase - High Roof (Author's Note: As was pointed out to me on Facebook, the diesel engine is nowhere to be seen on the consumer site or the configurator. Yet, it appears in FCA's media materials. In an email sent th… 5 comments Quick Drive: 2018 Chrysler 300S AWD Is it possible to teach an old car new tricks? That’s the question Chrysler believes it has answered with the 2018 300. The current-generation model has been with since 2012, though the platform it… 38 comments Quick Drive: 2018 Ram 1500 Limited It feels somewhat weird to be writing a review of the 2018 Ram 1500 as the 2019 model begins to slowly roll out to dealers. Ram is trying their best get the 2018s out the door. At the time of this … 2 comments Click here to view our privacy policy CheersandGears.com - Established 2001 P.O. Box 17974, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 You can manage your subscription settings at the following link *|unsubscribe|*
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  5. ocnblu

    June Car Spotter

    Weird. Not sure I believe that, but if that's your story and you're sticking with it...
  6. Suaviloquent

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

    Honestly this is literally a dollars and cents kinda deal. I don’t think they even sell the GS in Japan, and the ES sells way better in China too, who gives a crap about driving there! like really the GS sedan could probably fold because it isn’t a carrier of Lexus prestige anymore. I think it just got lost naturally. Now there’s an F sport ES, the IS is still on an old platform... and the GA-L, like I really do not want to see a 3/4 LS 500 sausage turned into the next GS. the LS is already a tweener in terms of passenger space since that damn racy styling gives it only 97 cu ft. of passenger space compared to 115 in a 7 Series.
  7. dfelt

    June Car Spotter

    Yes there was a ton of VW products and no I only saw 1 TDi that was gutted internally and the guy was showing off that he had put an LS motor into the car. Diesel is not a desired auto powertrain here.
  8. daves87rs

    Random Thoughts Thread

  9. 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).
  10. 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.
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  12. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 fan 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Drew Dowdell

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

    I liked the early 80s 6 series
  20. 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.
  21. 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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  23. 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).
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
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