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Originally posted by Board-O:
Driving down to Florida next week. Normally I fly, but I'm bringing a lot of things for the new house plus four cases and the magnums of wine. The drive is kind of miserable, but in a new CTS-V Coupe, I'll manage.


As you probably know, a lot of snowbirds will ship their cars down in 18 wheelers, rather than drive them down for the season.

You can load up the car with your stuff, and then the car-carrier loads it up and delivers the car to your house in Florida. You can just fly down on Jet Blue and be comfortable.

It's actually one of the ways I can tell when the seasons change: when the 18 wheelers start showing up in Palm Beach in the fall, you know the snowbirds are a'comin. And when the 18 wheelers show up again in the spring, you know they are all leaving.
Understood, but I'm not really a snowbird. We come down for vacations but don't spend the winter. When I retire, we're down full time. I'm driving with four cases of wine and three magnums and things we'll want in the new house, like China and silverware, some pans, lamps, art, etc. The weather should be fine for the wine in insulated cases.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Driving down to Florida next week. Normally I fly, but I'm bringing a lot of things for the new house plus four cases and the magnums of wine. The drive is kind of miserable, but in a new CTS-V Coupe, I'll manage.


As you probably know, a lot of snowbirds will ship their cars down in 18 wheelers, rather than drive them down for the season.

You can load up the car with your stuff, and then the car-carrier loads it up and delivers the car to your house in Florida. You can just fly down on Jet Blue and be comfortable.

It's actually one of the ways I can tell when the seasons change: when the 18 wheelers start showing up in Palm Beach in the fall, you know the snowbirds are a'comin. And when the 18 wheelers show up again in the spring, you know they are all leaving.


Love the spring 18 wheelers
Probably not going to buy for at least another year because my 8 year old car is in good shape and looks like it's going to hang in there for at least a few more years with no need of significant repair

BUT, in case something happens sooner, going to be test-driving the new model Mercedes C-class and the Jaguar XF (in anticipation of their smaller C-class car coming out in ~12 months) right after Christmas. Had given up on Jaguar when they were under Ford(?) ownership but they're putting out some nice looking cars again
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Originally posted by Parcival:
...going to be test-driving the new model Mercedes C-class...

I had an '07 C-class for 5 or 6 years. A nice enough car but unimpressed overall. Repairs, maintenance and insurance were high. I wouldn't repeat. I appreciate my current Acura MUCH better.
Just a past user's input...
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Originally posted by Parcival:
Probably not going to buy for at least another year because my 8 year old car is in good shape and looks like it's going to hang in there for at least a few more years with no need of significant repair

BUT, in case something happens sooner, going to be test-driving the new model Mercedes C-class and the Jaguar XF (in anticipation of their smaller C-class car coming out in ~12 months) right after Christmas. Had given up on Jaguar when they were under Ford(?) ownership but they're putting out some nice looking cars again


Jaguar XF turned out to be quite a fun test-drive. I test drove the largest engine that came with AWD. Not incredibly fast, but certainly a well appointed car that can be configured to have a fun, sporty ride.

Ruling this out though because not as fun to drive as an Audi / BMW / Mercedes. Admittedly, I did not drive the larger engine XFs becaues they do not come with AWD but I'm guessing they would kick-up the sport-aspect of the car several notches. But, it's nice to see this brand coming back to life
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Originally posted by Parcival:
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Originally posted by Parcival:
Probably not going to buy for at least another year because my 8 year old car is in good shape and looks like it's going to hang in there for at least a few more years with no need of significant repair

BUT, in case something happens sooner, going to be test-driving the new model Mercedes C-class and the Jaguar XF (in anticipation of their smaller C-class car coming out in ~12 months) right after Christmas. Had given up on Jaguar when they were under Ford(?) ownership but they're putting out some nice looking cars again


Jaguar XF turned out to be quite a fun test-drive. I test drove the largest engine that came with AWD. Not incredibly fast, but certainly a well appointed car that can be configured to have a fun, sporty ride.

Ruling this out though because not as fun to drive as an Audi / BMW / Mercedes. Admittedly, I did not drive the larger engine XFs becaues they do not come with AWD but I'm guessing they would kick-up the sport-aspect of the car several notches. But, it's nice to see this brand coming back to life


The big engines are fun. I had an XJR and it was a blast, though hard on rear tires. Made me feel like an old man though (especially as it was claret over parchment).

There is a new C-Class competition Jag coming out this year I believe. If you're looking for a medium sized sedan with 4 wheel drive you can't beat a E63 4-Matic though.
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Originally posted by Parcival:
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Originally posted by Parcival:
Probably not going to buy for at least another year because my 8 year old car is in good shape and looks like it's going to hang in there for at least a few more years with no need of significant repair

BUT, in case something happens sooner, going to be test-driving the new model Mercedes C-class and the Jaguar XF (in anticipation of their smaller C-class car coming out in ~12 months) right after Christmas. Had given up on Jaguar when they were under Ford(?) ownership but they're putting out some nice looking cars again


Jaguar XF turned out to be quite a fun test-drive. I test drove the largest engine that came with AWD. Not incredibly fast, but certainly a well appointed car that can be configured to have a fun, sporty ride.

Ruling this out though because not as fun to drive as an Audi / BMW / Mercedes. Admittedly, I did not drive the larger engine XFs becaues they do not come with AWD but I'm guessing they would kick-up the sport-aspect of the car several notches. But, it's nice to see this brand coming back to life


We are in the same boat driving the same car. Im starting to think in terms of a new BMW/Mercedes/Audi too. The only thing that extended my window for my 335 is Bridgestone's new run flat touring tires. I was getting tired of the new $1500 tires every year or so. The new ones (Driveguard) last more than twice as long and cost about 1/3rd less than the old ones.

Really thinking about the Benz too but that was my dad's car. Are we really getting this old? Keep me posted about what you learn.
Currently have a 2012 BMW X5 35d. Love it, great for road trips with the dogs but expecting our first kid this summer and need something bigger. Thinking GMC Yukon or Tahoe, possibly Toyota Land Cruiser.

Wife needs a new car- we're open minded here and in the last month or so have driven:
Audi A4, Audi A5
VW Jetta (she loves this car for some reason, though I want her to have something with AWD) and Passat
BMW X1
Volvo XC60

I didn't like the A4, the A5 is sexy and fun to drive by doesn't compare with a 335xi IMO.

Leaning towards the X1- but I hate the BMW navigation/entertainment systems.

Will probably end up leasing her the X1, then when my X5 lease is up in July going for a used Land Cruiser/Yukon for dog/baby long trips. I am mostly on trains and airplanes, so just need something for getting to/from the airport and for road trips with 2 big dogs, a baby, wife and all our stuff!
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Originally posted by Bytown Rick:
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Originally posted by sarbuze:

VW Jetta (she loves this car for some reason, though I want her to have something with AWD)


If she likes the Jetta, she might also like the VW Tiguan with AWD. My new winter car.

Rick


Great advice, she loves the Tiguan! It's a nice ride and she's had one before! I actually enjoyed driving it a lot- very "zippy" as I always said and excellent in the winter (here in New England). We might end up getting that again, but I think she first wanted a car (non-SUV), then drove the X1 and considered it a bit more sporty.
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Originally posted by sarbuze:
Currently have a 2012 BMW X5 35d. Love it, great for road trips with the dogs but expecting our first kid this summer and need something bigger.


An x5 is plenty big for baby and dogs (unless you have a couple great danes or something... For long road trips get a thule. Dogs in the back, baby in the middle and "stuff" on top.

We've got two in baby seats in our e-class wagon and outside of going to the cottage for 2 weeks would be able to schlep everything (including a dog) in it.
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Originally posted by FL Wino:
Benz and corvettes are for old fa$t$
Audi and BMW for younger
Prius for senile citizens


I would say Corvettes are for larger middle aged men and above but

1,2,3,4 series BMW; A3 & A4 Audi and B & C class Benz's are all for the same demographics. Just like A6, E-Class and 5 Series are all for the same and S Class, A8 or 7 Series are all the same.

NO ONE looks young driving a 7 Series or A8. And no matter how old you are, you're going to look somewhat hip driving a CLA45 or C63.
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Originally posted by sarbuze:
Currently have a 2012 BMW X5 35d. Love it, great for road trips with the dogs but expecting our first kid this summer and need something bigger. Thinking GMC Yukon or Tahoe, possibly Toyota Land Cruiser.

Wife needs a new car- we're open minded here and in the last month or so have driven:
Audi A4, Audi A5
VW Jetta (she loves this car for some reason, though I want her to have something with AWD) and Passat
BMW X1
Volvo XC60

I didn't like the A4, the A5 is sexy and fun to drive by doesn't compare with a 335xi IMO.

Leaning towards the X1- but I hate the BMW navigation/entertainment systems.

Will probably end up leasing her the X1, then when my X5 lease is up in July going for a used Land Cruiser/Yukon for dog/baby long trips. I am mostly on trains and airplanes, so just need something for getting to/from the airport and for road trips with 2 big dogs, a baby, wife and all our stuff!


Yukon/Tahoe for big dogs. I've tested mine with a Pyr and a Leonberger (both males), so consider that choice battle-tested! Banana
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
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Originally posted by sarbuze:
Currently have a 2012 BMW X5 35d. Love it, great for road trips with the dogs but expecting our first kid this summer and need something bigger.


An x5 is plenty big for baby and dogs (unless you have a couple great danes or something... For long road trips get a thule. Dogs in the back, baby in the middle and "stuff" on top.

We've got two in baby seats in our e-class wagon and outside of going to the cottage for 2 weeks would be able to schlep everything (including a dog) in it.


Have to respectfully disagree - with my 270 lbs of dog (2), the X5 was a no-way-in-Hell choice! Devilish Had to be a Tahoe/Yukon/'Burban. Even so, still pulling fur off the headliner...
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
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Originally posted by sarbuze:
Currently have a 2012 BMW X5 35d. Love it, great for road trips with the dogs but expecting our first kid this summer and need something bigger.


An x5 is plenty big for baby and dogs (unless you have a couple great danes or something... For long road trips get a thule. Dogs in the back, baby in the middle and "stuff" on top.

We've got two in baby seats in our e-class wagon and outside of going to the cottage for 2 weeks would be able to schlep everything (including a dog) in it.


For local stuff, maybe. But driving home to Michigan (10-12 hours) to see family we need to fold the seat down for the huskies (around 65lbs each) to have enough room (the back seat of the X5 is at an angle backwards, if it was a square I would maybe agree it could work, but not ideal IMO)! I had an LR3 before this, was the perfect size for 2-3 dogs, with gear and road trips. Just too many issues with that thing to consider Land Rover again.

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