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Originally posted by MJAlbers:
Times have definitely changed, kids often driving nicer cars then their teachers (just look at the student parking lot in any given High School).


You know, I could almost believe this, but everyone I know has their kid driving the van they bought when they had to buy that van when the third kid arrived.
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Originally posted by mjraica:
I'm in a new vehicle quandry. Do I want a mid-size pickup that can haul one full pick-bin, a full-size short bed that can tow more, or just go whole-hog and get the long bed, two full pick bins and a trailer behind? Or say screw it all and make the vineyard do the work, cruise around in a Jeep sans doors and top!?


Ask Stefania Wine. And then just buy it. Wink

PH
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Originally posted by CSM:
No intent of buying, but driving a 2017 Nissan GT-R this afternoon.


You're going to love it. The lease price was obscenely high compared to the sticker price, so I passed.


Sorry to see that Marc is allowed to post again. It's a shame that Robert is allowing him back after his racist hate speech
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by mjraica:
I'm in a new vehicle quandry. Do I want a mid-size pickup that can haul one full pick-bin, a full-size short bed that can tow more, or just go whole-hog and get the long bed, two full pick bins and a trailer behind? Or say screw it all and make the vineyard do the work, cruise around in a Jeep sans doors and top!?


Ask Stefania Wine. And then just buy it. Wink

PH


I use my 2007 FJ Cruiser for everything. It can carry up to 25 cases of wine no problem. An empty barrel fits in the back and I tow all my grapes to the winery with it.

I used to move everything around in pickup trucks and much prefer the trailer now. There are lots of logistical reasons why a trailer works better than a truck, if you're really in a quandary send me an email.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
Local dealer gave me a 2016 Jaguar F-Type R coupe for 24 hours. Very nice car, with a Jekyll/Hyde personality, sedate, fairly quiet and comfortable, but becomes a beast in Sport mode. Some of the nicest and snarliest exhaust sounds I've ever heard when you toggle sport function for the exhaust, though it's pretty hard to sneak up on people then.

I don't think it quite has all the bells and whistles it should (seats are heated but not cooled, for example) for its price, but damn, this is one really great-looking car. My wife absolutely loves its appearance, and I love her, so I just bought a fully-loaded 2017 S coupe with all-wheel drive, white exterior with the chrome blacked out and black tornado wheels, and red leather interior with performance seats. I pick it up next week.



Update: I've had my F-Type for 4 months now. There has been an issue since I got the car: it sits about 1 inch higher on the passenger side than the driver's side. It's visibly noticeable from the back, where the car looks slanted to one side. The dealer has been working on it since I got the car. They can't find a suspension problem or any kind of frame or body twisting or damage. The car tracks perfectly and handles well, so it doesn't affect performance at all.

A body shop removed the back end and realigned the bumper and tail lights, which made almost a half inch improvement. I was starting to think I was maybe being too picky, but damn it, I paid a lot of money for the car and wanted it to be perfect.

I got a call from Jaguar North America. A regional service manager was going to take a look at the car. He felt it is within factory tolerance, and didn't think much more could be done. A couple of days later I got a call from the dealership saying that Jaguar would like me to be satisfied, and has authorized them to offer me a different car if I would like. They said Jaguar would eat the depreciation, and I would have full credit against any other Jaguar whether it cost more or less than mine. I never expected anything other than continued attempts to balance the car. I've never heard of a manufacturer offering to take back a car, especially after 4 months. I have to say, I'm very impressed.

I ended up getting the car from current inventory that most looked like mine (because my dear wife really loves the car), another white 2017 coupe with red interior, but this one has different wheels and exhaust, plus a couple of options that weren't available on my current car. The new one is the R model, with a supercharged V-8 and tons of power. It's being prepped and detailed as I write this, so I'll pick it up in about 6 hours. Zoom, zoom!

And VinT: this one is even louder. Smile
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Originally posted by GlennK:
Lease on my Audi Q5 was close so went in looking at the A6 but it was just to big of a car for me. Didn't know about the new A5 sportback until I was at the dealership but it had everything I was looking for. After a week of driving, I'm very happy with it.


GlennK,

I have an A6...don't find it too big. Good to hear about the A5 sportback. I saw one on the lot recently and kind of liked it. But I think their style (Audi) may be changing a bit. I love their classic clean lines. Not overly curvy or angular...and think they are changing. The lines on the hood of the new A5 are a little troubling...and the curved lines around the fenders (but the A5 has always had that).

Thoughts?
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Originally posted by Napacat:
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Originally posted by GlennK:
Lease on my Audi Q5 was close so went in looking at the A6 but it was just to big of a car for me. Didn't know about the new A5 sportback until I was at the dealership but it had everything I was looking for. After a week of driving, I'm very happy with it.


GlennK,

I have an A6...don't find it too big. Good to hear about the A5 sportback. I saw one on the lot recently and kind of liked it. But I think their style (Audi) may be changing a bit. I love their classic clean lines. Not overly curvy or angular...and think they are changing. The lines on the hood of the new A5 are a little troubling...and the curved lines around the fenders (but the A5 has always had that).

Thoughts?
I really like the lines on the 3, redesigned 4 and 5. 6&7 are due up next year according to the sales guy. I don't think the redesign was as successful on the SUV's. Something about the back I don't like as much.

The 6 is not a big car for sure, just bigger than what I need. We don't have a large garage was one factor and I rarely have many people in my car besides my wife on a date night. If we are taking a trip with the kids we take my wifes big SUV. Just fit my needs better plus the 6 is a little dated on the interior and tech compared to the 5 which has all the new stuff.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by Napacat:
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Originally posted by GlennK:
Lease on my Audi Q5 was close so went in looking at the A6 but it was just to big of a car for me. Didn't know about the new A5 sportback until I was at the dealership but it had everything I was looking for. After a week of driving, I'm very happy with it.


GlennK,

I have an A6...don't find it too big. Good to hear about the A5 sportback. I saw one on the lot recently and kind of liked it. But I think their style (Audi) may be changing a bit. I love their classic clean lines. Not overly curvy or angular...and think they are changing. The lines on the hood of the new A5 are a little troubling...and the curved lines around the fenders (but the A5 has always had that).

Thoughts?
I really like the lines on the 3, redesigned 4 and 5. 6&7 are due up next year according to the sales guy. I don't think the redesign was as successful on the SUV's. Something about the back I don't like as much.

The 6 is not a big car for sure, just bigger than what I need. We don't have a large garage was one factor and I rarely have many people in my car besides my wife on a date night. If we are taking a trip with the kids we take my wifes big SUV. Just fit my needs better plus the 6 is a little dated on the interior and tech compared to the 5 which has all the new stuff.


Got it...I really don't like the lines on the new 4. Interior though is great. And certainly agree with the redesign on the SUV's...something is off...especially on the Q7.

I am a little nervous about the redesign on the A6...as I think the current exterior is just stunning.

Enjoy your new car.
I rented a new A5 convertible last week off of Turo. Great experience if you want to branch out from typical rental cars or just drive something fun.

Compared to the BMW 4-Series convertible, I thought the A5 was a few steps down. Good car, but the BMW edged it out in every category for me.

I might pull the trigger on a new ride this year. If so, I'll most likely go with the new 540i. Anybody have experience with this one?
Spent last week in Germany for work. Rented a 2016 BMW M4 (automatic transmission) for the trip...damn, that car can move. Drove Frankfurt->Munich->Frankfurt and some other trips in between.

Hit 269 KPH multiple times...speedometer went to 330 KPH but they regulate top speed...which is a good thing. Handled incredibly well, a real pleasure to drive.

I currently drive a 2014 BMW 335M Sport (manual transmission). Don't see why I'd need to go any faster here in the USA, especially top speed.

That said, I'll continue to think about the sound of the M4 with full throttle on the open autobahn.

ShaneT: I've had a 528i a few times as a rental. Great car, smooth ride. I love the handling of BMWs and think they're very comfortable overall.

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