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Drove a 2017 BMW 540i last week for a couple of days as a rental car. Nice car for sure, but just reinforced I'm not a BMW guy. First I didn't really like the look of the exterior or interior which is pretty universal for me and BWM. Second while more hard core driving enthusiasts may like to feel the road, it was to much for me. For my needs a smoother ride is preferred. Had nice pick up though and handling was great and better than my past Audis and Mercedes for sure.
Well, it is never a good thing when you pull in the drive and there is a new car there and you know your wife was thinking about a new car. Big Grin

I must admit, every year cars get better and better in so many ways. D is driving a 2018 MB E400 Coupe for the next few days to see what she thinks. What does irritate me though is all the added cost that you are going to buy most of the time I feel. The added AMG package plus premium level 3 package, plus the paint color she wants plus something else I can't even recall adds some $13K to the standard price. Just advertise what the cost of the car is for goodness sakes! Mad

The dealers letting the wife have the car for an extended test drive for a few days must sell SO many cars!
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Originally posted by wine+art:

The dealers letting the wife have the car for an extended test drive for a few days must sell SO many cars!


Tesla gave me a car for 36 hours last year, it was a pretty convincing trial. The days of the internal combustion engine are numbered, I know I'm not likely to ever go back there again!
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Originally posted by grossie:
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Originally posted by wine+art:

The dealers letting the wife have the car for an extended test drive for a few days must sell SO many cars!


Tesla gave me a car for 36 hours last year, it was a pretty convincing trial. The days of the internal combustion engine are numbered, I know I'm not likely to ever go back there again!


The day of the car with a driver will also be over sans recreational if that.

We both will get in a car and drive 6 hours non-stop, a 7 minute stop for gas then 4 more hours non-stop. Tesla not there yet.
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Originally posted by wine+art:

The day of the car with a driver will also be over sans recreational if that.

We both will get in a car and drive 6 hours non-stop, a 7 minute stop for gas then 4 more hours non-stop. Tesla not there yet.


That's a bit of a spurious argument. I personally don't want to drive for 11 hours with a 7 minute stop, and I don't really think most people do. I can get over 200 miles (and I have a small battery) without stopping, then need a 25 minute break to get back to 100%. Superchargers are conveniently located at highway stops so that I have somewhere to eat and rest while I'm charging. But it definitely slows down the road trip.
However I haven't been to a gas station in over a year. How many hours have you spent in the last 365 days standing at a gas station? Is it time well spent? I spend about 3-5 seconds each day plugging my car in in my garage. Can't say that I miss gas stations! My supercharger time seems like a decent trade. Going electric makes a car no less recreational, but definitely makes road trips a little slower. However, 99% of my driving isn't road trips.

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Originally posted by Board-O:
No roar and explosion of the sound of shifts? From these cold dead hands....


I can't imagine a car that makes noise! Do you miss vinyl records because of the scratch of the needle? How about bad Bordeaux that has terroir that is really a product of unclean fermentation and aging? I don't miss those things, but I understand that nostalgia is a powerful thing.
Can't say I'm lacking speed either, look that one up if you're curious.

I'll say it again- the days of the internal combustion engine are numbered. I'll further expand that that number isn't as big as some people think. 20-30 years is my guess. Sounds crazy, but I hope I'm around to see it.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I'm happy just standing behind my car and using the remote start to fire up 640 horses.

And I'm happy sitting in my bed and turning the temp up in my car to 74 from my phone, and then summoning the car to my front door. And then proceeding to whoop your 640 ponies off the line. But enjoy that newfangled technology of yours.

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