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  1. LOL, LOL......I didn't even realize that was today! How are you doing bud?
  2. LOL I agree.....in fact it's funny.....one of our sales guys just bought a 2002 325Ci convertible we took in on trade, also really well kept.....the other sales manager just bought an '01 330i sedan we took in on trade....and one of the other sales guys has an '04 330i Coupe ZHP.....so we have four E46s in our "family" here at MINI...!
  3. OMG.....sorry guys that friggin' picture of me came out so big ugh.....
  4. Hey guys I just wanted to post a thread on here and say a big "hi" to all my C&G friends! Sorry I have been away for so long but perhaps this is a good time to update everyone on what's been happening to me...... After basically going thru a ton of $h! (who hasn't these last few years), just trying to keep any sort of job after Flex Fund closed down (the auto finance company I was working for) I went to Las Vegas for about 8 months and worked at the Cadillac store there then came back to Southern California in December of 2009. I guess I should change my name to "The L.A." lol because
  5. Ok....but the Haldex is still a viscous-coupling system compared to Quattro's torque-sensing differential....there is a difference in the technologies and what their intended purpose is. Ironically, the A3 is the only "Quattro" to use a viscous-coupling system. (And technically speaking, is not a "Quattro" system even though they brand it as such.) All other Audis (including the SUVs) use the torque sensing differential system.
  6. What everyone is also forgetting in this damn Audi-vs-AWD XTS debate is that not all all-wheel-drive systems are the same. Audi's is significantly (ok maybe too strong a word....) more advanced than the Haldex viscous coupling AWD system.....and it doesn't seem feasible that GM has expended the capital to develop a significantly new-and-improved AWD system over the Haldex.....so my assumption is the XTS AWD system will be the very same that GM has been using. Also, even though Audis are FWD-based.....they seem to get a "pass" in the marketplace and in public perception because almost 30 year
  7. .....and the Haldex AWD system is not anywhere as advanced as, say, Audi's torque sensing differential combined with the electronic rear differential.....which can split torque front to rear, and also side to side at the rear wheels...
  8. Lord GM pisses me off sometimes. What was ever wrong with "Premium American Motorcars?" Does ANYTHING better describe what Buick can and should be?
  9. My problem with examples of rebadging like Terrain and Equinox is that, they are pretty much the same vehicles and pretty much totally overlap each other in price. Sure the styling is different. But other than that, what does Terrain offer to elevate it to another level? More features and luxuries? No. Different powertrains? No. More off-road capability even? No. In fact, I was stunned to see at the Los Angeles Auto Show a Terrain and Equinox with identical interiors....(yeah the dashes are slightly different, but the interior seats and trim were the same black w/light grey patteren
  10. Unfortunately, I think the GMT-900 Hybrids are a bust...... When I was in Las Vegas working for Caddy, my GM used to drive Escalades.....and since he and I shared a house, I would drive his Escalade fairly often.....and the Escalade averaged around 14mpg (mostly city driving, some highway.) Then, he started driving the Hybrid because he thought it was cool. When I started monitoring the mileage on that vehicle, it averaged around 15.5-16mpg at best in similar commuting conditions. For me, the extra 1.5-2mpg just didn't add up for me considering the loss in performance with the Hybrid.....n
  11. I LOVE Sedona and Santa Fe.........Monterey is awesome as well........and Savannah is wonderful as well.......
  12. To me, I'd rather "live" in southern California, but "visit" San Francisco for fun....... The weather is just so much better down here.......and the people are way more laid-back in many respects.....people in SF seem so uptight.....and they have a real inferiority complex with L.A......hell, L.A. is the "New York" of the west coast......a world-wide powerhouse of a city with influence that reaches the world over many times.....for all it's beauty and culture, SF simply cannot compete in that arena...... San Francisco is beautiful and there is no denying the international appeal of the cit
  13. Fo' shur..... Dallas is where we moved from OKC when I was little........went to high school in Bedford....!
  14. Maude was just a bit too much before my time for me to watch it or get into it.....
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    But I don't get that vibe with just about any other car out there on the market......they all look much better proportioned.....

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