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About jlgolden

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  • Birthday 05/19/1973

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    Houston, TX
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    I'm a fan of all brands...and I'm ALWAYS cheering for GM, Ford, and Chrysler. They are getting better at delivering the right product, and I want to see them succeed.

    I enjoy keeping up with the auto industry, studying product innovations, buyer behavior, marketplace forces, competition, and trends.

    In my spare time, I enjoy experimental cooking, landscaping, camping, and general light-duty repair projects.

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  1. Name: Chevrolet Impala LTZ (2015) Date Added: 03 February 2015 - 09:27 PM Owner: jlgolden Short Description: Oh, this one is a beauty! View Vehicle
  2. Great looking car, but I do wonder how similar the new Cruze will look. I hope they are visually distinguished and not mis-identified by passers-by.
  3. After a short absence, I find myself rejoining the GM family and reconnecting here on C&G. I did quite a bit of research before selecting my 2015 Impala LTZ, and I could not be more pleased! Having a healthy GM MasterCard bonus & rebate made the deal even more attractive.
  4. Name: Cadillac ATS (2013) Date Added: 27 January 2013 - 01:04 AM Owner: http://www.cheersandgears.com/user/999-jlgolden/'>jlgolden Short Description: None Provided http://www.cheersandgears.com/garage/vehicle/122-cadillac-ats/'>View Vehicle
  5. After some time away from the GM family, I have returned via the purchase of a 2013 Cadillac ATS: - 3.6L "Luxury" trim - Sunroof - Navigation - Silver Coast exterior - Caramel / Jet black combo interior I've only had it for about 28 hours, so I'm learning and exploring. Great dealer experience at Sewell Cadillac in Houston, TX...and added bonuses from GM Card membership, card earnings.
  6. Once a Cruze is optioned up and crests the $21k I'd choose the Verano without much more thought.
  7. I've driven the new Fiestas, and they are simply OK. But to be fair, I drive a much more hefty & powerful V6 car everyday, so most anything I test-drive with a 4-cyl engine quickly comes across as buzzy and weak. My summary: If your budget is capped around $16K for a new car, the Fiesta looks like a decent buy...but your hard-earned $16K won't buy much extra comfort or pizazz in that new Fiesta (no, not even a simple arm rest for the front!) Among $16K cars, however, it's probably the "nicest". Now, if your budget is closer to $18K, then you've just moved into another league, and a new Hyundai Elantra or KIA Forte are immediately more appealing.
  8. It should be pretty easy for any Chevy dealer to find a clean, low-mileage '10 Civic and '10 Corolla running through wholesale auctions. When they are done with their experiment, put the competitor out on the used car lot and wave bye-bye.
  9. Oh yeah...I did think about a CTS and Genesis, lightly, but I never made it beyond online research on those two. Comparably equipped to my TL, both of these competitors were pricier. The CTS is also a fairly common sight around Houston. Gorgeous, but mighty common here. One reservation with the Genesis: The idea of buying a luxury-priced car from a dealer which is not an exclusive "luxury sales & service" provider. Finally, at this point in my automotive ownership adventure, I'm ready for a little more glamor than can be found on a service drive shared with Elantras!
  10. The current Malibu finally gave Chevy a credible family sedan, and that car has been positively reviewed and heavily advertised for some time now. It's really the first Malibu which is honestly worth comparing to a Camry-Accord-Altima. Finally. Now, if the Cruze gets plenty of good press, along with a good marketing push, I think it will be a nice, high-volume car. As always, the hardest people to lure will be the two entire generations of buyers who were once stung with a flimsy Corsica-Beretta-Cavalier-Sunbird-Skyhawk-Cutlass Calais - which forced them into a Civic, Protege, Corolla, Sentra. These are the folks who really, really need to wake up, tune in, and forget the past. By the way, my 1988 Corsica V6 was my favorite "college days" car. And today, if I were shopping for a new car at the $20K price zone, Cruze would be at the top of my list.
  11. I compared a '10 TSX 4 cyl to the '11 Regal. Although I really like the Regal's looks, some of the interior materials (especially switchgear feel & clunky shift lever movement) made it feel about a half step down from the TSX. Additionally, the Regal's Harmon Kardon sound system was weak and pathetic, compared to TSX's "ELS" system, which thumps, rumbles, and booms with authority. Further, the base powertain in Regal is weak and did not sound good. After this comparison, I concluded that the '11 Regal is better suited to appeal to buyers who are coming out of an older, worn out Grand Am, Sonata, or Jetta. It is NOT on the same level as a TSX. Next, the LaCrosse felt wonderful...even with the 4 cyl! The biggest turn off with the LaCrosse was that I could find ZERO equipped with the upper-level sound system, which includes a factory i-pod / USB connector for integrated charging and music control. I'm guessing the main LaCrosse demographic is not bothered with this issue. Sad, because the LaCrosse rings my bells on soooo many other levels. It's gorgeous! After some review of features, feel, and value, the step up to a TL was easy.
  12. Some of you have followed my new car trades over the past few years: 2001 Alero, 2002 Sentra SE-R, 2004 Grand Prix, 2006 Mariner Premier, 2007 Civic Si, 2008 Sierra WT, 2010 GTI.... The GTI was just too harsh for my taste, so I test drove the '11 Buick Regal, Lacrosse, Acura TSX, and TL. I researched (but did not drive) Avalon, G37, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ. Now there's a brand new 2010 Acura TL (Tech Pkg) in the garage. Bold, polarizing styling...yes. But overall, it's not much more dramatic than the '04 Grand Prix. One factor which attracted me to the TL: it feels like a luxurious, refined version of the GP, which was my favorite car of all time. So here we go! I can now enjoy a luxury brand, and it feels great. The impressive level of equipment for the money, the solid workmanship, the driving dynamics, the transaction price and 0.9% financing offered, and the dealer experience helped seal this deal.

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