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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

You have to rebrand the wagon with a different term to make it fit in here.  People are buying the shit out of small crossovers when they are really just hatchbacks with a couple inches of lift.

I mean...look at this comparison between the Impreza wagon and the Crosstrek XV:
http://www.planetsubaru.com/crosstrek-vs--impreza.htm

Honestly, I still think the XV looks more like a wagon than an SUV...but I see a shit ton of them on the road.

Both cars supposedly have identical interior space (although I'd say it looks like the XV has slightly more headroom)...but the XV is just 4 inches taller and has 3 inches more ground clearance.

I see a decent amount of imprezas on the road (and they are a little more unasuming so I might miss the base models), but considering it costs more for a very similar vehicle, I see a disproportionate amount of Crosstrek XVs on the road.

Unless I just notice them because of their goofy wheels, they seem to be all over the place.
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Of course...for whatever reason, Subaru also dropped the WRX wagon in the states.

Odd considering I saw a figure that said 50% of WRX buyers were opting for the wagon.

With other makers I could see an argument that "nobody buys them in the US"...but there are a lot of WRX wagons on the road.
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Saw an M2 in the wild for the first time.

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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post

I can't imagine a diesel passenger car ever being relevant in the US. It's invariably going to be gasoline/hybrid/electric going forward. I also don't imagine a mass production, pure gasoline car, in 20 years in the developed world. I see more electric charging stations of various types here than I see diesel at the pump.

Also, I like well designed wagons - practical, low roll-over risk, lots of parts shared with their sedan versions, low insurance, etc. Some of my friends want/have an SUV to 'see over things'. I'd think seeing the damn car/obstacle in front of you should be sufficient, and likely makes you a better driver than getting into a huge SUV with a step ladder and thinking you're safer.

Edit: I also need to stop by the local Volvo dealer. If they're still as boring as they say, I'd fit right in.

 

The old MB 300SD was everywhere back in the 80s.  My uncle drove his for almost 30 years. But nowadays that will never happen.

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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post
 

 

The old MB 300SD was everywhere back in the 80s.  My uncle drove his for almost 30 years. But nowadays that will never happen.

Back in the early 1980s, MB had basically stopped importing their smaller entry level gas engine cars, until the 190E 2.3 was brought into the US starting in late 1984.  Around 1981/1982 MB had stopped importing the smaller gasoline powered 230E, 280E, and 280CE (coupe) into the US, leaving the US with an entry level  4 cylinder 240D (not turbocharged), the 5 Cylinder 300D Turbodiesel, 300TD Turbodiesel wagon, 300CD Turbodiesel Coupe, or the 300SD Short wheelbase S class Turbo Diesel.  In 1982 and 1983 unless you opted for an S class car such as the long wheel base 380SEL, 380SEC (2+2 coupe), or 380SL you couldn't get a US spec gas powered MB   I wondered if it was that the US market truly wanted diesels, or if MB was hoping to convert US consumers in to diesel buyers by limiting all entry level cars to diesel.  

 

By 1986 the tide had changed, and the gasoline powered mid size W124 sedan was imported into the US with 2 engine sizes (260E & 300E), later followed by a wagon and a coupe, along with a long and short wheelbase 6 cylinder gasoline S class sedan (300SE/300SEL), and 2 long wheel base gas powered sedans  (the 420SEL & 560SEL) with larger displacement than the previous 380. The 300SD which eventually became the 350SDL and continued to be imported for many years but didn't sell in the same numbers it did in the early to mid 80s. 

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http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/man-owns-f1-car-bar-has-service-crew-042016

It would be pretty cool to drive an F1 car on the road.
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Appraiser is saying this could cost several thousand dollars. Is even saying that the wheel could be replaced.

We're looking at up to $4-5k in repairs if we swap the wheel too.

I think my neighbor will change her tune when she gets the quote and will elect to file a claim through her insurance instead.
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Originally Posted by Texasmade View Post

http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/man-owns-f1-car-bar-has-service-crew-042016

It would be pretty cool to drive an F1 car on the road.

If anyone ever was in doubt about there being big money in real estate.
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Appraiser is saying this could cost several thousand dollars. Is even saying that the wheel could be replaced.

We're looking at up to $4-5k in repairs if we swap the wheel too.

I think my neighbor will change her tune when she gets the quote and will elect to file a claim through her insurance instead.
Oof. Looks like he saw enough damage to repaint the whole side
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Oh shit...
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What a fucking monster.
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My friends have been serial firing on car awesomeness over the last couple of months. 4 981 GT4s, 1 991 GT3, a 991 GT3 RS, a 981 S, a Model X and the LCI Model S P90D for starters.

From Euro Delivery, Spa, the Nordschleife, and just having fun here. Some absolutely beautiful cars and a Ducati 959 Panigale thrown in as well.

I need to step my game up when the M4 lease ends in a couple of weeks.

For starters:



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I'm still not sold on the gull wings.
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I just sat in a Model X at their new Boston showroom. Very cool. The gullwings were frozen open, though, for display purposes so I couldn't see how they worked IRL.

Are those rabbit ears on the blue Porsche?
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