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    Any relatives I've had in NJ have been in northern NJ (Bergen County, right across the GW Bridge from Manhattan) and I could have sworn there is some provision for property tax relief when people get to a certain age and that my relative mentioned. He stayed in his house when he retired instead of moving to Florida! I'm not sure if they have a provision that locks the assessment, like they do in California, so that people didn't get chucked from the homes they bought at 60s and 70s prices, for example. I thought Prop 13-Jarvis was the right thing to do. When those houses in Calif. do sell (the next time), their property tax assessment will jump.
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    True- it's not 'wee' for 1 or 2 people. But it's definitely on the small side for Princeton; one customer of mine's house in the same town is 12,900 SF. Yeah, I know. I love the boxy Art Deco look of it, I'd love to see inside/walk around.
  5. h1 { color: blue; font-family: verdana; font-size: 300%; } Latest News Spying: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Discovers Physical Buttons! Cadillac's infotainment system has been the bane of automotive writers and owners. CUE has been described as being difficult annoying to use, part of this due to the touch-sensitive 'buttons' which… 10 comments Kumar Galhotra Named As Ford's North America Chief Just a day after Ford's former North America president, Raj Nair left due to 'inappropriate behavior”, the company has announced his replacement. Kumar Galhotra, the head of Lincoln since 2014 and … 3 comments 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Becomes Boxier, Adds Diesel Hyundai has finally released more details on the next-generation 2019 Santa Fe crossover. Like the current-generation Santa Fe, Hyundai will offer two variants. The standard Santa Fe will… 8 comments Ford's Raj Nair is Ousted Over “Inappropriate Behavior” Raj Nair, Ford’s President of North America has left the company effective immediately after an internal investigation revealed behavior that was "inconsistent with the company's code of … 5 comments 2019 Volvo V60 Adds A New Twist to the Swedish Wagon Most automakers tend to hold a debut of a new product at some extravagant venue. For the new V60, Volvo chose the driveway of a typical suburban family home in Sweden. Pragmatic? Sure, but in a w… 6 comments Latest Auto Show News Geneva 2018: Ferrari 488 Pista Comes With Tech from Race Cars Ferrari was hoping to keep their Geneva debut under wraps, but a leak yesterday spoiled those plans. Today, Ferrari has revealed 488 Pista, their latest track day special. The Pista (Italian f… 21 comments Geneva 2018: 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Gets More Mercedes-Benz is hoping the updates that it is making for the 2019 C-Class will keep it towards the top of the midsize class. Exterior changes are subtitle with updated bumpers, LED lighting,… 14 comments Geneva 2018: 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Proves A Box Can Fly Last month's Detroit Auto Show saw Mercedes-Benz unveil the all-new 2019 G-Class. A number of folks were excited as this was the first full-redesign since the model was introduced back in 1979. B… 24 comments Chicago 2018: 2018 Fiat 500 Becomes All Turbo A moment of silence for the 1.4L MultiAir four-cylinder that powered the Fiat 500 since its launch 2012 as it will not be appearing in the 2018 model. Instead, Fiat has slipped in the turbocharge… 5 comments Chicago 2018: 2018 Hyundai Sonata Becomes Hybrid-ified Following a few months after the debut of the refreshed Sonata, Hyundai used the Chicago Auto Show to debut the 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid. Like the gas counterpart, the hybrid mode… 11 comments Chicago 2018: Volkswagen Finally Spills the Details for U.S.-Market 2019 Arteon Nearly after a year since Volkswagen unveiled the replacement for the CC at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2019 Arteon made its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show today. Volkswagen will only offe… 14 comments Latest Reviews Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Mazda has a big dream for itself. It is trying to stand out from the competition by becoming more premium. The first steps of this process took place last year with a refreshed Mazda6 sedan. As we … 0 comments Quick Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 200t I have been on record of not liking the 2.0L turbo-four Lexus uses in a number of their vehicles. Previous reviews have highlighted the horrendous turbo lag and power falling off a cliff after a ce… 2 comments Quick Drive: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE Despite the popularity of compact crossovers, it seems somewhat odd there isn’t a large number of hybrid variants. In fact, there is only one available, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Going hybrid usually… 2 comments The Favorites of 2017 2017, a year many people would like to forget for one reason or another. Here at the Cheers & Gears Detroit bureau, it has been an excellent year in terms of the vehicles I have driven. Compared to… 3 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|*
  6. Well, Jeep pioneered the odd, split front lamp treatment with brow lights (in the U.S.) and they've already dropped it in time for Hyundai to crib it. But it works on this Hyundai. Good looking vehicle. Encouraged and gratified to hear of the diesel option.... wish it weren't paired with a forced, useless third row. Hyundai keeps improving. DIESEL BABY!
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    What is "wee" about 1240 sq ft?
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    • Most 'modern houses' are built like crap with crap material. I'd rather a restored old house (pre WW2) for the bones. • Sales tax in NJ is in the process of going down, from 7.0 to 6.875, now is 6.625%. I like the direction there. • Property tax is nuts here, yes. I've long said it'll be the thing that pushes me out of state. • Zillow says the above house sold in 2004 for $432K, it's assessed @ $500K, but Zillow estimates it at $705K market value (I had it a bit off above). Taxes in 2017 were $11,3xx.
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    WOW What a dump, looks like it is ready to be demolished and a new modern house built. Knowing NJ to have crazy Sales tax, Income tax and property tax I bet the Property tax on the house is between 15-20K. Crazy
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    This wee, 1240 SF house is a 1936 steel panel Art Deco unit (yes- those are large rust spots). I could easily see this in New Brunswick NJ (median household income: $38K), and it might be $60K there. But it's in Princeton NJ (median household income $116K), and it's in Princeton (yes: I know I said that already) so it's market value is just about $750K. Princeton is the most architecturally-diverse town I've ever been/worked in.
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    It's interesting how the window of time available to the domestics where they don't heavily discount popular new cars is a short/tight one. The new Cruze is released and you pay close to MSRP. The new Fusion is released ... ditto. The new Malibu is released ... ditto. Then, it goes away quickly, as these cars begin to dominate rental fleets. Incidentally, since I find myself behind a latest-gen Malibu on an almost daily basis, its underpinnings are interesting. If right behind one, you can see the wishbone arms of the rear suspension fairly clearly. These arms have small round perforations in them. And I'm laughing thinking "it's all about the neutral axis."
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    There are no Guidos in Italy. No open shirts, gold chains, and slicked back hair. Or, if you see some variant of that, it will be more stylish (almost too much so) than pimpish. Italian kids look at their Jersey Shore counterparts (age wise) with amusement and derision. What you will see over there are the wrong parts of town with people that look menacing, so you know that you'd best be moving along. Any more, a lot of the people occupying these districts might be from other parts of Europe, the Middle East/Asia, and (mostly North) Africa. The number of undocumented people in Mediterranean Europe is large and creates tension and social problems.
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    The dividend yield may be good but the absolute amount is small. The yield always looks better when the price drops, not that that's been the situation at Ford. Their stock just seems to hover between $10 and $12.
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    I take mine in GM Metallic Maroon!
  15. I think the front looks good, the rest of it looks like any other crossover. The inside seems nice for the segment, "floating" NAV screen seems to be the trend among car makers because Mercedes did it 4 years ago, but not Mercedes has dumped it almost across the board, so probably everyone else will go back. I am surprised they got a 3rd row in this car, it isn't that big of a vehicle, I imagine leg room is cramped back there. But it is there and the Edge doesn't have a 3rd row. I wonder how long that diesel sticks around before the emissions police come calling, but 320 lb-ft sounds pretty tasty.
  16. Ford News: Kumar Galhotra Named As Ford's North America Chief

    Thinking there will still be a few more moves yet...
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    I'll take one in silver, please!!!
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    For Moltar ~
  19. Dream Car Garage- ATP Used Car Edition

    Ok, checked Auto Trader for local/semi-local used cars at $36k or less.... I kept the list realistic and late model, didn't really want older cars to have to deal with (that could be a separate list). I wanted cars recent w/ low miles that I could drive a lot...a Jeep for the practicality and winter use, the Challenger and Chevy SS for fun (picked the SS over a Charger for it's uncommon uniqueness), a CTS for a modern comfy luxury sedan (it and the Jeep would alternate as daily drivers). The last choice was hard--I wanted a sports car, something small and nimble and a convertible. I thought about a Miata (I do like them--they are on my other DCG-MSRP lists), but I've long liked the Boxster, esp. in S form. a modern Porsche in it's simplest and purest form. Great handling for those weekend trips south toward the Ohio River.. Except for the Jeep, these aren't necessarily the colors I would want, but what I could find w/ a quick search on Auto Trader. 1 '15 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 34k miles $34,000 2. '15 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack manual 15k miles $33598 3. '15 Chevy SS manual 34k miles, $30500 4. '16 Cadillac CTS 18k miles, blue $34800 5. '10 Porsche Boxster S manual 31k miles, $34000 '
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    That's pretty cool..didn't realize Yenko still existed as a company..thought Don Yenko was dead. Only 25 units built. I also didn't realize they still built short bed regular cab Silverados...haven't seen one in years..that is a sharp looking truck...
  21. The Corvette Z06 which is the fastest accelerating GM car, until they get the 2019 ZR1 tested, does 0-124 mph in 10.2 seconds, and that was the best number I could find, some tests are closer to 11 seconds. A Tesla Model S with Ludicris mode takes 10.8 seconds to hit 124 mph. This Ferrari is flying and I bet in the corners it is wicked too because it has race tech and weighs under 3,000 lbs, where a lot of these high powered super cars like an Aventator weigh 4,000 lbs.
  22. @balthazar @Cubical-aka-Moltar So here is the hidden XT4 dash versus the current XT5 dash. Some differences. I am thinking that they might be able to make a modest change to the existing dash to fit in the new CUE system and the buttons. XT5 Dash XT4 Dash
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  24. Physical buttons are s good thing.
  25. Dream Car Garage- ATP Used Car Edition

    I am going to play grumpy old man here. Enjoying the freedom of just one car in my personal life...so just three here. Golf R current gen. Nicely equippped Wrangler current gen with a few mods maybe wheel and tire upgrade. Nicest used Cadillac CTS I can find.
  26. I was referring to both the new CUE and the physical buttons since so many people have complained about how to use CUE with just virtual buttons. The physical dash may or may not be updated at all in the XT5.
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