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post #7126 of 15705
The 7 series is already a lump in any generation, but the GL was a 4x4 MB minivan from the outset. Nobody should really want the GL. Most people don't even remember it being in the MB lineup. In any case, the 7er is designed to be a chaffeur driven car outside of the USA, and is appropriated by the seniors who just want to waste fossil fuels and have tons of unused room behind their backs. The GL serves no purpose but to make for an American SUV that costs $50K more. Which is a better choice for a man who is under 30 years old?
post #7127 of 15705
The current F01/2 7 series, are actually fairly fuel efficient, if you get the 740d.
post #7128 of 15705
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Originally Posted by JuyLe View Post

In Germany you're lucky if you find 1.65€ per liter, which is $8 per gallon.

I remember the summer of I think 2008 when gas was over $4 here in the DC area. I was commuting 60 miles each day and I was driving a Cadillac Escalade. ffffuuuu.gif
post #7129 of 15705
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I remember the summer of I think 2008 when gas was over $4 here in the DC area. I was commuting 60 miles each day and I was driving a Cadillac Escalade. ffffuuuu.gif

was driving a Navigator L last summer when gas hit 1.80/L (premium). she took like 250$ of gas per tank!
post #7130 of 15705
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Originally Posted by deepitm View Post

It is honestly absurd to tell someone to buy a GL550 (@ approx 100k) but to avoid a used BMW 7 series because you might get hit with some crazy repair bills. You would need to blow the engine and transmission and have a raccoon nesting in your backseats in the 7 series to have repair bills that would come anywhere near the amount of depreciation you will face from the GL. Also, what is so great about the GL? Pretty sure in 10 years when we look back at cars from this era, we won't swoon over the GL (nor would we for the 7 series), but I think it's being made out to be a much better car than it actually is.

A used 7 is going to need maintenance. If you've ever serviced a BMW out of warranty you know it's not cheap. The used 7 will also continue to depreciate, just to get the math straight. Next, it was a 450 I was telling him, not the 550. It will be in warranty so no worries there. Also, I would lease vs. buy as MB is putting out some heavily subsidized residuals and a ton of dealer dollars to knock MSRP down. He also mentioned he was considering an SUV...and last I checked, the GL is indeed an SUV.

Given all that there is no comparison between the two vehicles in a head to head. Completely apples to oranges. However, if you want a luxury SUV, I think the GL is a fine choice. I know I've been happy with both of mine but obviously YMMV.
post #7131 of 15705
My business is doing well and I mentioned to my accountant that I've been thinking about getting a toy to replace my '01 VR6 Jetta GLX. It's a great car but does not have the fun factor of the e30 BMW's I used to have. He suggested I look into leasing a vehicle as I can write a good deal of the monthly payment off.

I've never considered leasing before. Mainly because of my aversion to debt and that I used to work for non-profits, so owning an expensive car was never an option. There is an extremely nice e46 M3 for sale privately in my area. It's within my budget and I have a friend who's leasing company can handle the transaction.

My question is, can I purchase a car privately and have the car CPO'ed at a dealer and therefore get a warranty on it? I have a feeling the answer is no, but wanted to check.
post #7132 of 15705
Nope, but you can buy a warranty from a third party company.

Or, just keep whatever money you planned on spending on a warranty. Just make sure the car you're buying is mechanically sound - get a PPI.

Also, I was unaware you could lease a used car?
post #7133 of 15705
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My business is doing well and I mentioned to my accountant that I've been thinking about getting a toy to replace my '01 VR6 Jetta GLX. It's a great car but does not have the fun factor of the e30 BMW's I used to have. He suggested I look into leasing a vehicle as I can write a good deal of the monthly payment off.
I've never considered leasing before. Mainly because of my aversion to debt and that I used to work for non-profits, so owning an expensive car was never an option. There is an extremely nice e46 M3 for sale privately in my area. It's within my budget and I have a friend who's leasing company can handle the transaction.
My question is, can I purchase a car privately and have the car CPO'ed at a dealer and therefore get a warranty on it? I have a feeling the answer is no, but wanted to check.
yes, you can. you just need a willing dealer and a car that will meet CPO standards. the latter may be your bigger issue since e46's may be too old to CPO (check with them though). be warned also that the dealer may want some cash for facilitating the transaction. Porsche dealers in the US, for example,will buy the car from your seller, CPO it for something like a $2000 fee, and then sell it to you for your originally agreed upon pp selling price plus the CPO fee
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Originally Posted by djh View Post

Nope, but you can buy a warranty from a third party company.

Or, just keep whatever money you planned on spending on a warranty. Just make sure the car you're buying is mechanically sound - get a PPI.

Also, I was unaware you could lease a used car?

You can get private companies to lease you a used car but it's pretty dodgy. I've seen people with open ended leases. What this means is a residual gets named and if you toss in the keys you might have to come up with case out of pocket. The main thing about leasing is their closed end nature, i.e. no risk in the used car market. However, if you do a lease with a $100 buy back, well you've written off the lease on your taxes and own the car at the end. You need to watch for fees and money factor (interest rate) though.
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www.jalopnik.com/5946625/porsche-panamera-sport-turismo-concept-yes-its-a-porsche-wagon
post #7136 of 15705
That thing makes more sense than the current Panamera. It'd sell like hotcakes in the EU and Japan. CLS estate isn't out here yet but it will go off when it does.
post #7137 of 15705
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

That thing makes more sense than the current Panamera. It'd sell like hotcakes in the EU and Japan. CLS estate isn't out here yet but it will go off when it does.

Panameras make me cry. I always see blue haired women driving them at 20 mph under the speed limit.
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And yet everyone hates on the FF, which is "the same concept".
post #7139 of 15705
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Panameras make me cry. I always see blue haired women driving them at 20 mph under the speed limit.

haven't seen one going fast either, but my neighborhood is kind of sleepy. It's comforting to know that they are fast, though.

If they made a Panamera turbo wagon with the Cayenne-like C pillar, it'd not only be a pretty easy for them to do, but it'd end up being one of the better looking wagons on the market, be absolutely fast as hell in a straight line or on a track, and be really useful as well. A man would only need one of those and a 911 for his garage.
post #7140 of 15705
So much better than the current Panamera. Back hatch on the existing one looks awkward and always ruined it for me, I'd drool over this one in person. Gunmetal or black please
Edited by mike1445 - 9/26/12 at 12:15pm
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