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post #3946 of 13516
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Originally Posted by suited View Post

I never understood why people are willing to pay so much extra cash for hp that is simply not capable of being utilized on public roads - especially in an SUV. 90% of them would kill themselves if they tried. Then again, it seems like everyone you counter that owns one is always that statistical exception that "takes my car to the track".

I think the answer is, why not, if you can afford it, why not.

It's like buying a 20k$ watch, a 10k$ chair or a pair of 300$ jeans etc. etc., when they do the exact same thing, as a timex, a chair from ikea and a pair of walmart jeans, it's a matter of interest, some people see it as a matter of function and others see it, as a piece of design they like to look at and it makes them happy and most of the time it makes the world a better looking place, which is heavily underrated and if seeing a super car rolling by doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.
Edited by Find Finn - 3/31/12 at 10:36am
post #3947 of 13516
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

It's from midway car rental, just random one I found servicing LAX that had good reviews all around. I pay less on the 650 than I would on something American and not total econobox if it were from a big company. I have to rent a Fusion the day after tomorrow in St Louis, nothing but American cars out there in the middle. Frankly I had hoped going in today that they'd not have the C250 and throw me the keys to a 328i instead, but thu had this new 650, just a little more and I'm getting it for like a fifth of what they normally rent it at, so for two days - whateva. Its a pretty nice car but now I know for sure I don't want to drive one in Tokyo. It's a bathtub on wheels and the blind spots are atrocious.
midway is legit, I think, and has decent coverage, at least across the US. I had no idea they rented bimmers and Mercedes
post #3948 of 13516
yeah like I said, didn't expect much beyond what I reserved for like $75/day, but I lucked out and he offered me an SLK350 for $30 more originally - I can't hear very well and I didn't hear the 'K' in SLK so I thought 'oh cool, I can put two of our suitcases in the trunk and a third in the back parcel shelf area of this SL' - so we get in the garage and there's a black SL550 there, and I'm rubbing my hands together, excited to drive it - then they pull up in the SLK. lol. I popped the trunk and it became pretty clear that not a single one of our 3 suitcases were gonna fit, so I went back in, got them to change the car to something bigger - they gave me the 650 for a few dollars more. I thought it was gonna be the E6X (3?) coupe model because I saw them cleaning one in the garage while we were waiting but they pulled this 2012 650 cab up when it was time. Pretty surprising. I don't know if I could even rent a Sebring convertible for the same price, actually.


The new 6 series is pretty fun to drive, just squirts around quickly, brakes are like an on/off switch. It's supremely comfortable to cruise in, but I don't really like the driving position that much. Beltline is high, and there's no visibility back through the rear because of that top design. It's been a couple days and I still find it hard to gauge how wide the car is. I'd find it impossible to drive and park in Tokyo, I think. It's alright in LA, there's enough room out here.
post #3949 of 13516
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

what rental car company is that? hertz gold club never offered me anything even close to something like that

I used to rent from Hertz weekly. Every time I was in SF or LA I would for whatever reason get a "luxury" car. Unfortunately this was always the Mercedes C300, which (at least in 2009-2010 trim) was a complete piece of horse shit that combined the handling prowess of a barge with the road feel of an unsuspended tractor. I eventually called and complained and asked only for base model low mileage Camrys. Those are the best cars they've got IMO - the ones without the sport package are still fun to drive. You just fukin' chuck them into any curve or turn at full throttle, the tires scream bloody hell but the car doesn't plow.
post #3950 of 13516
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

yeah like I said, didn't expect much beyond what I reserved for like $75/day, but I lucked out and he offered me an SLK350 for $30 more originally - I can't hear very well and I didn't hear the 'K' in SLK so I thought 'oh cool, I can put two of our suitcases in the trunk and a third in the back parcel shelf area of this SL' - so we get in the garage and there's a black SL550 there, and I'm rubbing my hands together, excited to drive it - then they pull up in the SLK. lol. I popped the trunk and it became pretty clear that not a single one of our 3 suitcases were gonna fit, so I went back in, got them to change the car to something bigger - they gave me the 650 for a few dollars more. I thought it was gonna be the E6X (3?) coupe model because I saw them cleaning one in the garage while we were waiting but they pulled this 2012 650 cab up when it was time. Pretty surprising. I don't know if I could even rent a Sebring convertible for the same price, actually.

So you got a 650 cab for 115$ a day, that is less than what it cost to rent a 110hp golf diesel here. ffffuuuu.gif
post #3951 of 13516
yeah, but the insurance adds a bit more over here (I only rented for two days so I got all the insurance add ons they had - that way if the 650 ended up in a ball I could just walk away from it like a boss) redface.gif

Today I get to rent a.... Ford Fusion, in the middle of America. frown.gif They don't even have anything Japanese, let alone random 650i cabs to upgrade to. frown.gif
post #3952 of 13516
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Today I get to rent a.... Ford Fusion, in the middle of America. frown.gif They don't even have anything Japanese, let alone random 650i cabs to upgrade to. frown.gif
I don't believe you can rent a luxury car here in Indy, except for American makes. You can get plenty of midsized Asian models by Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, and the like, but nothing high-end from European companies.
post #3953 of 13516
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Originally Posted by suited View Post

I never understood why people are willing to pay so much extra cash for hp that is simply not capable of being utilized on public roads - especially in an SUV. 90% of them would kill themselves if they tried. Then again, it seems like everyone you counter that owns one is always that statistical exception that "takes my car to the track".

 

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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post


Let me just say that I've never tracked a car, and probably never will, although I have been a passenger on a track. However, I like to have plenty of torque and horses to accelerate quickly from a stop, to drive swiftly up a mountain without any decrease in speed whatsoever, and to make a split second decision to pass a car without any hesitation or worry about being able to overtake. I'm not a fast driver, but I do tend to have aggressive streaks.


Haha, suited, this is for you:


To wit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFH39T0Z0WI

 

HP is one of those things that can get you into, or out of, trouble quite quickly. Balance is key -- at what point is it more likely to get you into trouble (of course considering all the other car dyanamics). I imagine this point is somewhere in the 400-500hp range.

 

post #3954 of 13516
Just ordered a Texas vanity plate; looks pretty cool I must say smile.gif
post #3955 of 13516
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

Let me just say that I've never tracked a car, and probably never will, although I have been a passenger on a track. However, I like to have plenty of torque and horses to accelerate quickly from a stop, to drive swiftly up a mountain without any decrease in speed whatsoever, and to make a split second decision to pass a car without any hesitation or worry about being able to overtake. I'm not a fast driver, but I do tend to have aggressive streaks.

Torque is what you want. Horsepower is useful at high speeds for overcoming aero resistance. You don't generally develop high horsepower until you're near the top of your RPM range, but street driving is at much lower RPMs, which is where you want high torque for daily usability.

Horsepower comes from torque at high RPM. That's why it's not a useful spec for most people.
post #3956 of 13516
^^^I need both, particularly when I'm traveling through mountainous areas.
post #3957 of 13516
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Just ordered a Texas vanity plate; looks pretty cool I must say smile.gif

So, what is written on it?

Btw, you seem to have taken a quick liking to your new environment.
post #3958 of 13516
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

So, what is written on it?
Btw, you seem to have taken a quick liking to your new environment.

It's pretty simple; here's a pic:

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I was tinkering with the idea of one saying MMM3 in case I decide to get an M3 later on, but I probably won't. Or maybe I will. I don't fucking know!


And yeah, I'm adjusting pretty well. It's a bit early to say since I've only been here for 6 days, but I'm a really independent person so it takes a huge cultural shift for me to feel really misplaced.

That being said, I really do miss my friends and Boston but the weather here is amazing, the women are absolutely jaw-droppingly HOT, and I get to drive around a lot.

As long as I'm able to find some cool people to befriend, I think I'll really like my stay in Dallas.
post #3959 of 13516
^^^That is simple indeed. I was expecting you to post something car-related or a bit more creative.
post #3960 of 13516
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Originally Posted by A Y View Post

Torque is what you want. Horsepower is useful at high speeds for overcoming aero resistance. You don't generally develop high horsepower until you're near the top of your RPM range, but street driving is at much lower RPMs, which is where you want high torque for daily usability.
Horsepower comes from torque at high RPM. That's why it's not a useful spec for most people.

AMG M156 6.2L V8 engine is great for this. Very linear and controllable.
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