or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto › Cars We Drive!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Cars We Drive! - Page 183

post #2731 of 14996
Quote:
Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

i would go with the Cayman. i'm a BMW fan, but not a Z4 fan. i know you specifically said no Boxsters, but did you see the redesigned Boxster? tasty... drool.gif

Yup saw it, posted a few pics a page back actually. I like how it looks but the back really kills it for me. I don't like how there is a horizontal strip of the spoiler that crosses through the taillights and it looks ever worse when the spoiler raises up and that line through the taillights are cut off. Love the front, somewhat dislike the back. I'd have to see how the new Cayman looks though.

And man, love that GT3.
post #2732 of 14996
Quote:
Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

my pleasure. let me know if you have more specific questions. are you in Tokyo? i heard traffic there is horrendous and the GT3 has a pretty heavy clutch. i am wondering if you might be more interested in a Carrera or GTS with a PDK tranny. it's still a fantastic driver's car that is more big-city friendly.[/img]

great cars.

I do live in the middle of Tokyo, right by the coastline - the traffic gets bad at certain times of the day, I guess when the daily rush hour migration to and from the suburbs happens and the delivery trucks are all out - but I hardly ever see or get caught in traffic for some reason. Maybe just my schedule, I find the inner city part of Tokyo to be really leisurely out on the streets and not bumper to bumper gridlock. Still not a place where you really want to have a manual transmission though, because the blocks just aren't very long.

I have been digging further on CPO cars and it looks like they do the same terms as new cars for those here, so things kinda went wide open in terms of choices. I could get a recent 997TT with a PDK cheaper than a 991, so... definitely wouldn't get a GT3, just not really what I want. I need something with an AT and it's gonna be a street car 99% of the time, so a turbo would be better. My wife had a 996 Turbo before and talks about how leisurely it was to drive, but she had a 360 and F355 before that, so that is relative I guess - the turbo was bought used but undriven (like 80km's or something on the clock) from a lot and it used to belong to the wife of the former yokozuna, haha. Said she ran into her in Hawaii once and said 'i have your car!!!' and it turned out that it was just a gift the guy gave her from his sumo winnings and she never cared to drive it....
post #2733 of 14996
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dizzle77 View Post



 

Normally I'm not keen on modded cars, but I like the look of yours. Those CSL alloys?

Oh and great choice of colour too - I drive a 2006 E90 330 MSport........

350x263px-LL-4dd487d8_P1010033.jpeg



 


Nice car you gots! Yea mines actually Alufelgen CSL Rims , picked it up for a steal. Check out e90post.com i'm always on there alot if you ever want to grab some rims from vendors! they offer pretty good deals!
post #2734 of 14996
Quote:
Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

great cars.
I do live in the middle of Tokyo, right by the coastline - the traffic gets bad at certain times of the day, I guess when the daily rush hour migration to and from the suburbs happens and the delivery trucks are all out - but I hardly ever see or get caught in traffic for some reason. Maybe just my schedule, I find the inner city part of Tokyo to be really leisurely out on the streets and not bumper to bumper gridlock. Still not a place where you really want to have a manual transmission though, because the blocks just aren't very long.
I have been digging further on CPO cars and it looks like they do the same terms as new cars for those here, so things kinda went wide open in terms of choices. I could get a recent 997TT with a PDK cheaper than a 991, so... definitely wouldn't get a GT3, just not really what I want. I need something with an AT and it's gonna be a street car 99% of the time, so a turbo would be better. My wife had a 996 Turbo before and talks about how leisurely it was to drive, but she had a 360 and F355 before that, so that is relative I guess - the turbo was bought used but undriven (like 80km's or something on the clock) from a lot and it used to belong to the wife of the former yokozuna, haha. Said she ran into her in Hawaii once and said 'i have your car!!!' and it turned out that it was just a gift the guy gave her from his sumo winnings and she never cared to drive it....

i'm not sure if Porsche Japan does CPO the same way as PCNA does, but if it does, that's definitely the way to go in terms of value for money. my experience is that 911's depreciate quite a bit in the early years and then the depreciation curve flattens out remarkably (the only possible exception here is the 996 but even those hold a bit more value than other marques). so the CPO allows you to have someone else pay for the early depreciation, swoop up and pick up a cherry car (these guys hardly drive these cars anyway) with a flat depreciation curve and quite a bit of warranty left.
post #2735 of 14996
If it's one thing I hate it's faux german named companies based in the US manufacturing shit in china. The bmw boards are littered with these fly by night dime a dozen shitty start up brands.
post #2736 of 14996
^ never heard of such brands.. any examples?
post #2737 of 14996
i think he's referring to Vorsteiner lol8[1].gif
post #2738 of 14996
Quote:
Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

i think he's referring to Vorsteiner lol8[1].gif

Yea for the price it isnt worth it! lol
Edited by Hedges - 1/20/12 at 3:11pm
post #2739 of 14996
Nice cars gentlemen, I drive a Skoda Fabia 1.4 (2001) hahaha, it's my mums(our only car:angry:) I only passed my test about 2 months ago. and enjoy thrashing it for all it's got which isn't very much....

Cheers Nick
post #2740 of 14996
Jet, I know you are a car fan, so here is a question for you. I will be ready for a replacement to my E46 in two years time and desires something with more room and power and not too old. The E46 has become cramped after driving it all these years. Now, I am thinking a 2010 E60 M5 SMG would be more than suitable for me to drive for a couple years. I don't change cars often so I want something i can enjoy for 5-7 years and won't get boring within that time span. I heard the manual transmission was not appropriate for these cars thus my reason for emphasizing the SMG option. Also, I do not go to the dealer for service work so maintenance is not much of an issue for me since I have buddies that are mechanics and I also enjoy diy type work. Are there any specific reasons for abandoning this fantasy?
post #2741 of 14996
Quote:
Originally Posted by rocks View Post

Jet, I know you are a car fan, so here is a question for you. I will be ready for a replacement to my E46 in two years time and desires something with more room and power and not too old. The E46 has become cramped after driving it all these years. Now, I am thinking a 2010 E60 M5 SMG would be more than suitable for me to drive for a couple years. I don't change cars often so I want something i can enjoy for 5-7 years and won't get boring within that time span. I heard the manual transmission was not appropriate for these cars thus my reason for emphasizing the SMG option. Also, I do not go to the dealer for service work so maintenance is not much of an issue for me since I have buddies that are mechanics and I also enjoy diy type work. Are there any specific reasons for abandoning this fantasy?

What do you mean "not appropriate" for the M5?
While I do like the progress of technology, the most benefits of semiautomatics are to be found on the track, not necessarily at the street (speed of gearchange, keeping both hands on the wheel, changing near a corner et cetera). If you are like most M5 owners and the most you'll do is the occasional stoplight drag race or canyon run, you can certainly go for the full (three pedal) manual and its added sense of involvement. If you were serious about tracking it, get an M3 with the semiauto instead. There is no cure for inertia, no matter how much horsepower you throw at a big heavy car.

Also, parts for BMW are not that inexpensive, nevermind for the M cars (aka really bloody expensive). A warranty would be good to have.
post #2742 of 14996
Quote:
Originally Posted by skalogre View Post


What do you mean "not appropriate" for the M5?
While I do like the progress of technology, the most benefits of semiautomatics are to be found on the track, not necessarily at the street (speed of gearchange, keeping both hands on the wheel, changing near a corner et cetera). If you are like most M5 owners and the most you'll do is the occasional stoplight drag race or canyon run, you can certainly go for the full (three pedal) manual and its added sense of involvement. If you were serious about tracking it, get an M3 with the semiauto instead. There is no cure for inertia, no matter how much horsepower you throw at a big heavy car.
Also, parts for BMW are not that inexpensive, nevermind for the M cars (aka really bloody expensive). A warranty would be good to have.


Why would you take a manual over an SMG with padelshift for city driving?

Personally I would with out a doubt get the auto for city and GT driving, as I hate stop and go traffic in a manual after a while, your left leg will be completely smashed and and autobahn driving in an high HP automatic estate. inlove.gif
post #2743 of 14996
Quote:
Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

Why would you take a manual over an SMG with padelshift for city driving?
Personally I would with out a doubt get the auto for city and GT driving, as I hate stop and go traffic in a manual after a while, your left leg will be completely smashed and and autobahn driving in an high HP automatic estate. inlove.gif

If you cannot take driving with a clutch, sure, do it. of course the SMG is not an automatic with a torque converter so enjoy the lurching.
post #2744 of 14996
Quote:
Originally Posted by rocks View Post

I heard the manual transmission was not appropriate for these cars thus my reason for emphasizing the SMG option. Also, I do not go to the dealer for service work so maintenance is not much of an issue for me since I have buddies that are mechanics and I also enjoy diy type work. Are there any specific reasons for abandoning this fantasy?

Seat of the pants answer here, and I have no first-hand BMW let alone M experience to share - but my understanding of SMG and similar tech is that do-it-yourself maintenance is just not an option. I've heard horror stories of people taking apart complicated components like that and flat out not being able to get them back together, let alone diagnose and/or fix an issue.

You might want to rethink that a bit.
post #2745 of 14996
As far as I have read so far, the manual transmission that was offered on the E60 M5 was not adequate for the car. It is said to overheat when the car is pushed to the limits. Also, it was an afterthought by BMW since the car was criticized by the public for not having three pedals they quickly dump in a manual that was not developed to handle the M5's power train. I believe I read somewhere that it was actually the old transmission from the E39 M5 that was put in there thus why it was sub par. Anyway, forget the E60 M5, having done further research today I decided it is not for me. The piss poor gas mileage and high unreliability concerns have turned me off from it. Besides, I never cared for the E60 styling, though I thought the performance of the M5 would suffice for its inferior styling at least compared to the E39 and the current F10. I guess the search continues for a nice super saloon with an NA motor. By the time I'm ready there should be something that meets all my requirements.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto › Cars We Drive!