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  1. 2018 Buick Regal Lot impression

    IN SE Michigan, we had $10,000 in rebates of the LaCrosse last month. Legit rebates, too. $750 customer cash, $6,250 bonus cash and another $3,000 in Auto Show bonus cash. For that kind of deal I was very, very tempted.
  2. 2018 Buick Regal Lot impression

    I'm checking them out on the Buick site again and it really is weird how they have them set up. It's not even consistent between Sportback and TourX because TourX does not have the Preferred II trim. TourX if you want a heated wheel you have to get an Essence which also includes heated leather seats as standard. In the Sportback, the heated steering wheel is standard on the Preferred II trim but since it is still cloth seats, no heated seats. Not a deal breaker for me because I happen to think you don't need heat with cloth but still odd. Same with leather only available on the top trim. Usually it is at least an option on the mid level trims. It's basically like they didn't adjust the trims, packages and options for the American market. Oh, and you like Sirius XM radio? That appears to only available in a package with the 8" Nav radio in a $1000 - $1800 depending on trim. It's hard to say, though, because the website isn't real clear. A full color driver information display is included in that same package. I guess you get LCD dot matrix style on the lower trims? I guess they really do want it to be like Saab! You like adaptive cruise, lane keep and automatic braking? You better like the Essence trim because it isn't available on anything lower than that. You also better want to spend $2,670 to get it. It's part of the Driver Confidence II package which of course means you have to also get Driver Confidence I package. Let's hope some different option configurations come in later in the model year or for 2019 at the latest. I would be most likely to get an Essence anyway but it would be a shame for them to lose sales over their odd configuration choices.
  3. 2011 Saab 9-4X Aero: Start Up, Test Drive & In Depth Review

    I'll take one of each please! Those 9-4X Aero's are bout the only Saab that has seriously held its value since their demise. When you can find one for sale, every one I have seen has been over $20k with most around $25k. A national Autotrader search brings up exactly one for sale right now and with 67K miles the asking price is $26,000. A comparable 9-5X Aero can be had for literally half that price right now and now that I have seen it I am oh so tempted!
  4. 2018 Buick Regal Lot impression

    I checked out the TourX at NAIAS and also checked out the hatch at my local Buick dealer this last weekend. I'm not normally big on green color cars but the Carageen Green looked quite sharp on the Regal. Overall I quite liked it. The one downside is the rear seat headroom is a bit lacking in the hatch but my kids are still pretty young so not a deal breaker at all for me. I thought the lighter colored interior looked quite nice. If I were to pull the trigger on one it would most likely be the TourX, though. I'd to find out if you can pull the wheel well arch cladding off without there being any holes through the metal. Again, not a deal breaker but would just prefer it without the cladding. I'd probably stick to a black one if they don't come off but the example at the dealer was Rioja Red and it looked pretty good too. The problem I have with these is how the options are set up. You can't get leather as an option. It is standard in the Essence trim and that is it. IIRC it is the same with remote start. Just some oddball stuff like that with the way their packages/options are set up.
  5. There, I fixed it for you. Actually, everything from just below the headlights and up isn't too bad at all. That front fascia and grille, though! It never ceases to amaze me that neither Toyota or Honda in their push to make the appearance of their vehicles less boring have figured out that ugly and busy do not equal stylish and trendy. I guess ugly and busy don't really equal boring either so they have at least accomplished that?
  6. I've never been a big fan of VW styling but I have to say that I actually like the look of this. It does look huge for a Jetta, though. On first glance I thought it was a new Passat. The exterior is still conservative but is stylish and a bit upscale looking. The instrument panel again is typically German conservative but again does at least have a touch of style to it. It looks nice. The door panels on the other hand look plain and a bit cheap. It's almost like they are missing something.
  7. I just noticed the Chevy website has an exterior pic for each trim level. The black High Country looks quite sharp in my opinion. I think the look of this truck is going to be somewhat color dependent. I think the brighter colors are going to look better on the RST version with the painted bumper and grille and silver/gray/black is going to look best on the chrome bumper and grille trucks. Trailboss will look best in the darker colors. Just my humble opinion. http://www.chevrolet.com/upcoming-vehicles/all-new-2019-silverado
  8. I wasn't real sure about it when I first saw the pic of the red one but seeing these additional pictures, especially this one, has me feeling much better about it. I'll wait until I see it in person at NAIAS next week Even though it looks quite busy in the pic above, I do think it looks pretty good, at least from that angle. The interior is not my style. Obviously they are trying to keep it styled as a truck and the overall styling isn't too bad, I guess. I can't say as I am a fan of the mix of brown and black on the instrument panel. It just looks odd. My guess is if you replaced the brown bits with more black it would look much better and more coherent. Again, I will reserve judgment until I can see how the interior is executed in the different trim levels. All that said, I am not in any way, shape or form a full size truck person so I am not the intended target for this.
  9. Latest purchase: 2015 Chrysler 200S

    So I have now had this car for almost 1.5 years and realized I had never posted a follow up. I think it has somewhere around 22K miles on it now. It has been dead reliable in the time I have had it with no major issues. It has only been to the dealership for oil changes though that may change on its next visit. The issue? It has developed a fairly rough 4-5 upshift under light throttle conditions or when you let off the throttle in 4th gear. Nothing alarming and not 100% of the time but enough that I will ask about it at my next oil change. As far as other issues are concerned, there really haven't been any. Last winter it would occasionally get stuck in first gear when trying to manually shift (I like to do second gear starts in the snow) but that appears to have self resolved as I have not encountered the issue this winter. One quirk it does have is that it has the least accurate (and most hopelessly optimistic) fuel efficiency report out of any EVIC I have ever had. It will pretty consistently overstate my MPG by 1.5 or so. I'm not sure why it is so inaccurate. It has gotten pretty decent gas mileage for a V6, though. I tend to be a bit aggressive with the throttle and it still will get 24 - 25 mpg in 50/50 mixed city/highway split and closer to 27 mpg at a 25/75 city/highway split. We have a van that is our family trip vehicle so it doesn't go on longer trips. The only real trip we took with it was 400 miles or so and IIRC, it averaged around 30 mpg doing 80 mph on the interstate. Not as good as our 300 did (who says rear wheel drive can't be fuel efficient) but not bad none the less. It is, however, a very comfortable highway cruiser. All in all I am very happy with this purchase. If anyone is looking for an affordable, used mid-sized car I would highly recommend a 200 V6. I still really enjoy driving this car and I love the interior and the features it includes. In my opinion it was way under rated mostly bashed for the 4 cyl/9 speed combo. That and the mid sized class basically all moved up to full size while this car stayed closer to its mid sized roots leaving it a little more cramped than its competition.
  10. Chrysler dealers are the worst for this. Back in 2012 I was really looking for a V6/8 speed auto combo on a Charger but the R/T's were leasing for $100 less per month than the V6 cars. I wanted the V6 due to the longer commute and there was not a huge performance difference. I told the salesman at the local dealership my dilemma and he INSISTED he could order me an R/T with the V6/8 speed. I don't know if he was really that uneducated about his product or was just one of the "I'll tell you anything you want to hear to get the sale" type salesman. Neither speaks too highly of the dealership but I kind of hope it was the latter.
  11. Sales: Sales Figure Ticker: February 2017

    I am now on my 4th Chrysler vehicle. Two of them were new (2 year leases) and two were bought used. So far I have not had any serious quality issues with any of them. 2012 Dodge Charger R/T (new) - this is the only new vehicle I have ever owned that never went back to the dealership for any repair or recall during my ownership experience. 2014 Chrysler 300S (new) - two dealership visits in two years of ownership, both for the same issue: code for oil pressure too high. First trip got a new sensor, second one got a new oil pump. Was told debris had gotten in the pump and caused an issue. 2013 Chrysler T&C (bought used off lease w/ 33k miles) - we have owned it for 16 months and it now has close to 50k miles. No dealer repair visits, no new recalls. Previous recalls were handled before i bought it. It does occasionally not like to start which is probably the TIPM fuel pump relay issue from my investigations. This has happened 4 or 5 times in our ownership but it has always eventually started. 2015 Chrysler 200S V6 (bought used w/ 5K miles) - we have owned it for 5 months. So far so good. It feels like the brake rotors are getting a little warped but otherwise, no issues. This is the first new car I have had in a long time that does not hesitate to downshift. I have heard with the 4 cyl the trans shifts alot and has some not so smooth shifts. With my V6 it snaps off smooth, crisp shifts and does not hunt for gears. I will occasionally get a hard 1-2 shift under light throttle but it isn't severe enough to be concerning. I will confess that all of them were obtained because of the deals I got on them. The 200S was the biggest bargain of them all but is also my favorite one of the four. In fact, it is my favorite all around car that I have had in a while, probably since my 2007 Saab 9-5 Aero. I don't tend to keep cars very long, though. 2-3 years on average.
  12. I had a '14 300 with the electronic shifter. I get the complaints about that one. You got used to the shifter but it was not as intuitive as most shifters. You could think you were in park and actually be in neutral. I do not get the issue with the rotary. My 200 has a rotary and every position is clearly detented and it also has indicators telling you what position you are in. I don't really understand how people can have issues with the rotary other than the fact it is new and different. Maybe it is just easier to forget since there isn't a lever staring you in the face? My questions is, don't some of the European brands (I'm looking at you Mercedes) have overly complicated shifters that are not at all intuitive? How in the world do they get away without having these same investigations being done? Do they do a better job with auto application of electronic parking brakes?
  13. I Just Drove a 200 For the Time

    So far, so good. I really love this car. The 9 speed everybody complains about has been flawless. It is the first car I have had in years that will readily downshift without having to be in some kind of sport mode or needing full throttle. You give it gas, it downshifts to the right gear without hesitation and goes. I do occasionally get a firm shift on light throttle 1-2 shifts but not at all objectionable. I see one definite issue with this car: it is going to eat tires. You stab the throttle at 30 mph and it will downshift and spin the tires.
  14. November 2016: Mazda North American Operations

    I wonder what, exactly Mazda would need to do get their volumes up? Their quality isn't too bad and many of their vehicles are ranked at or near the top of their segments in various reviews and they still can't get too many people to buy. I guess as long as they are making good margins that is the most important thing. I still wish they would form an alliance with FCA, though. Those two seem like a logical fit to me a la Renault Nissan.

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