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post #9346 of 14629
Was next to an R8 with vanity plate of GR8 Audi surprisingly quiet with no exhaust notes. If I am in a car like that I want to hear the sounds from the cockpit, not enjoy quiet. It needs to scream like an F430.
post #9347 of 14629
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Originally Posted by A Y View Post

Don't get the 6-speed E60 M5. That is a hamstrung car made only to satisfy the odd American fetish for manual gearboxes. That car was designed for SMG --- get it the way ze Germans intended it to be.

American fetish for manual gearboxes? That's something new confused.gif

GF. I see an Interlagos blue M5 with only 10k miles for $37k in Boston. Too bad it's the SMG. Such low miles though...
post #9348 of 14629
The R8's sound ok, they just need some gas. It's the RS4 motor, it has a bit of growl to it. The 5.2 V10 sounds pretty nice too.
post #9349 of 14629
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dates? really? You'll just look like a member of the bridge and tunnel crowd and you have to stay sober all night. The true baller "date" is a cab ride home with a beej in the back seat.

weekend trips and visiting out of town family is the only reasons I'd miss a car, and in these instances I just rent. It's maybe $100 each way, which is a lot cheaper than a garage at $450 a month + insurance.



also, I'd rather have a root canal than try to find a spot to park in Soho.

+1, I love driving, but love not having to have responsibility for a car in the city. Being able to drink and get around with your people safely is great, and drinking and driving is for assholes.
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at first i thought "$48K, damn that will be hard to beat", but i'm a little skeptical about the 45 part. It draws out a lot of horsepower from a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine, but it's not the same bomb of an engine that is in the C63. I wonder how it will stack up against a 1M or even a 135is.

Apparently the CLA AMG does 0-62 in 4.6 seconds.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/car-manufacturers/mercedes-benz/9943730/Mercedes-Benz-CLA-45-AMG-revealed.html
post #9351 of 14629
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

+1, I love driving, but love not having to have responsibility for a car in the city.

this. I love cars and driving too (well, i don't enjoy driving unless it's in a great car), and I still read and post in this thread frequently even though I haven't owned a car in like 6 years.
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post



if you can afford it... having any car in NYC is awesome, especially on weekend trips/shopping/grocery runs, dates, visiting family, and especially at night when traffic is gone you want to go somewhere. The ideal car here is a beater... what type of beater is up to you.

:thumbsup:
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Apart from the wheels I like it.
post #9354 of 14629
Agreed with Larry and Gomey. Having a car in NYC is both a boon and a burden.

Parking, whether on the street or through a garage is a pain in the ass and can get incredibly expensive either through the garage fees or inevitably forgetting to move your car and getting towed.

Having a car for a weekend getaway, costco runs, visiting home, golf trips, etc would be awesome though.

I'm having a hard time figuring out what I'd do:
  • if I just want to get some kind of hatchback BEATER (I'm talking like early 2000's Golf or Focus ZX3) and not care much about it
  • going with something I'd actually enjoy driving with some luxury, but worrying if some asshole is going to side swipe, bump while parallel parking, or parking garage attendent taking a turn too shallow.

I'll probably just hem and haw about this until I no longer live in Manhattan which will hopefully make the decision easier.
post #9355 of 14629
my ideal situation would be if Frog moved to NYC after buying that M5, then I'd just slip him $60 and a full tank of gas so I can take the car to buy my Lysol and Tide at the Target in Jersey City followed by ramps and carrots at the markets in the Bronx.
post #9356 of 14629
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

American fetish for manual gearboxes? That's something new confused.gif

The 6-speed E60 M5 was made after lots of whining by the American car intelligentsia, and is meant only for the US market. It's a really compromised car.
post #9357 of 14629
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Originally Posted by A Y View Post

The 6-speed E60 M5 was made after lots of whining by the American car intelligentsia, and is meant only for the US market. It's a really compromised car.

I guess coming from the 6 speed M/T only E39 people still wanted that connection.

Funny how the American automotive market skews compared to the rest of the word regarding A/T vs M/T.
post #9358 of 14629
Americans know F1 by name but aren't really big into F1 like the rest of the world, so the sequential trannies without clutch pedals still bother Americans, it was a memo they never got.
post #9359 of 14629
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The 6-speed E60 M5 was made after lots of whining by the American car intelligentsia, and is meant only for the US market. It's a really compromised car.


SMG costs more to maintain and is just feels wierd IMHO

post #9360 of 14629

@ Froggy

 

Just move to Long(guh) Island and you can blast up and down Southern State, Cross Island and the Belt Parkway

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