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Black people and Mexicans have absolutely zero taste in car mod aesthetics.

A stereotype that has held true 100% of the time here in Texas (so far).
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^ Really?  Why do you have to say this, even if there is some truth, it's like the porcupine/BMW line.  No need to say these things, no need at all.

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^ Really?  Why do you have to say this, even if there is some truth, it's like the porcupine/BMW line.  No need to say these things, no need at all.

Because it absolutely annoys the piss out of me when I see a freaking eye-sore on wheels weaving in and out of traffic and the drivers thinking they're hot shit. (5)
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The median annual wage of lawyers was $112,760 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $54,130, and the top 10 percent earned more than $166,400.

 

I don't know many lawyers making less than 110k, let alone 1/2 of them

 

Probably every public defender in the country makes less than 110k, significantly less. There are a lot of public defenders. Almost all public interest lawyers (of whom I know many) make well less than 110k. My friends in law school who are looking to go into public interest know that the average salary for that specialty in my city is 42k. The real distribution of wages in law is so far from a normal distribution it's ridiculous.

 

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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Picked up Benz today. This one has "custom contoured seats." Just came with it and they're sort of not bad. The windows are like "low E" home windows too. The difference in heat is quite noticeable.

Drove my uncles Sand was surprised by the little side supports that would protrude from the seats as you cornered to keep your butt from sliding around...awesome

 

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Because it absolutely annoys the piss out of me when I see a freaking eye-sore on wheels weaving in and out of traffic and the drivers thinking they're hot shit. (5)

while I agree with how obnoxious the rims and chrome bullshit from Autozone, i've seen asian, indian and white people have bad taste too  maybe you were just taunting edgein.

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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Black people and Mexicans have absolutely zero taste in car mod aesthetics.
A stereotype that has held true 100% of the time here in Texas (so far).

GF - you're probably a really smart guy. i'd never say that out loud in the vicinity of any mexican or black people (white people will ironically be the most offended by that though).

what about Southern California?



I remember driving a mexican friend's low rider for a day around Riverside CA... it had the weirdest transmission: a manual "three on the tree" where the gear shift was on steering column. scary to drive on the highway but fun as hell on the streets.

I loved driving/riding around in the low riders though. Its trippy to actually have to steer the wheel so much to keep those huge cars straight on the highway.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Picked up Benz today. This one has "custom contoured seats." Just came with it and they're sort of not bad. The windows are like "low E" home windows too. The difference in heat is quite noticeable.
The seats are awesome, and surprise you the first few times you go around turns. Enjoy the Benz.
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Picked up Benz today. This one has "custom contoured seats." Just came with it and they're sort of not bad. The windows are like "low E" home windows too. The difference in heat is quite noticeable.

Piob you need to edumucate me about the lease hustle. peepwall[1].gif

I'm the kind of guy who gets bored with a car within a year and always wants a new one but not sure the smartest way financially to enable me to do that without being wasteful.
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Black people and Mexicans have absolutely zero taste in car mod aesthetics.
A stereotype that has held true 100% of the time here in Texas (so far).
I didn't know this was a stereotype. Seriously? I've seen good and bad mods driven by all sorts of folks. GF, this statement is disappointing to read, not to mention uncalled for.
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Stuffwhitepeoplelike --> Being offended is exactly what I was thinking of when this thread started heading in that direction.

Anyway, we can all agree that tasteless modifications are horrible and you can find them in any low rent neighborhood in any city in the US, regardless of racial makeup.
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Originally Posted by Edgein View Post

^ Really?  Why do you have to say this, even if there is some truth, it's like the porcupine/BMW line.  No need to say these things, no need at all.

What's a "porcupine" and how does this tie into BMW?
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Picked up Benz today. This one has "custom contoured seats." Just came with it and they're sort of not bad. The windows are like "low E" home windows too. The difference in heat is quite noticeable.

Piob you need to edumucate me about the lease hustle. peepwall[1].gif

I'm the kind of guy who gets bored with a car within a year and always wants a new one but not sure the smartest way financially to enable me to do that without being wasteful.

Gort, go read up on leasing basics, most particularly the lease formula, at www.ridewithg.com He also gives you the residuals monthly. The two main goals are to get as low of a money factor (interest rate) and as low of a cap cost as you can. Residuals are set by the financing company (most luxury brands have their own finance company) so you can't get those changes. However, a dealership can add on to the money factor and keep the extra cash generated by what they charge you to finance so watch that. Then the cap cost is just like negotiating down a sale price. If you're one of those folks, like me, that have developed a relationship with the sales dept., you can really work the deal as they'll show you the dealer dollars available, etc. If they know you're a repeat customer (this was my 4th Benz from the same two guys that partner together) you really will get better pricing.
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Originally Posted by gort View Post

Piob you need to edumucate me about the lease hustle. peepwall[1].gif
I'm the kind of guy who gets bored with a car within a year and always wants a new one but not sure the smartest way financially to enable me to do that without being wasteful.

The best way to avoid being wasteful is to think of it has a hobby. smile.gif

Switching cars frequently will cost money, for sure. In my experience, the best way to minimize the pain is to either buy slightly used (where the large "drive off the lot" initial depreciation hit is already reflected in value), or look into short term leases. Leases can be great deals or terrible deals, just depends on the facts and circumstances, incentives, timing, etc. So if you can find a pretty good short-term lease deal, at least you know exactly what your out-of-pocket exposure is.
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Also, do not listen to people that talk about leasing as "throwing your money away" or that you'll have "nothing to show for it at the end." True throwing your money away is trading in a purchased car three or four years later and being upside down in your loan. Leasing is a defined contract and guards one against risk in the used car market. For some reason anti-lease folks refuse to see that last point.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Also, do not listen to people that talk about leasing as "throwing your money away" or that you'll have "nothing to show for it at the end." True throwing your money away is trading in a purchased car three or four years later and being upside down in your loan. Leasing is a defined contract and guards one against risk in the used car market. For some reason anti-lease folks refuse to see that last point.

+1, can't emphasize that point enough.
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Leasing can often be a huge ripoff compared to buying when you take into consideration that depreciation is built into the lease price. On my most recent car a lease was around 700 per month. However, the depreciation is only around 200-250 per month. So buying it and selling it three years later is about 500 per month cheaper than leasing.
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