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post #106 of 171
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Originally Posted by Xiaogou View Post

Dino--
How is it in terms of keeping up with maintenance & repair? As bad as Benz/Audi/BMW?
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You should give your condolences to Dino. I hear the engine has to be removed from the car to do any scheduled work. Woof... plain.gif

Just really quick:

Engine comes out for timing belts, which is part of a major service. Done every 3 to 5 years depending on your thoughts on rubber degradation. Dropping the engine out of these things though is not that big a deal. Biggest problem is that parts are generally a bit scarce, and are frighteningly expensive if you can find some of them. Luckily there is some crossover to FIATs and as such, you can find the same part, not in a yellow box, for much less.

Biggest problem is people not driving these cars regularly. That likely causes more problems than the shoddy italian engineering tongue.gif
post #107 of 171
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You should give your condolences to Dino. I hear the engine has to be removed from the car to do any scheduled work. Woof... plain.gif


Thats not quite accurate.  The engine only has to be removed for service on certain models like 348, 355s and a few others.  My car does not require the engine to be removed for changing belts or performing most services.  Its definitely pricey to maintain, but its not a daily driver so on some levels its not that bad.  There have been years my wife's Mercedes has cost more to maintain.
 

 

post #108 of 171
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If you live in America, you can buy a nice car.
If I was there, I would be driving a Porsche 911 from day 1. Sports cars in the US mean nothing... unless you are talking about the top-end super cars.

 

 

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huh?

 

americans pay jack for their cars. for the money I dropped on my measly W204 I could have gotten the AMG version in the US. don't get me started on insurance and gas prices. next time you curse gas prices think of me paying 8,6 USD/gal. then again you only drive 80mp/h

post #109 of 171
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Why don't you take the conversation to the cars section? Can we get back to the Hermes wallet?

Hey man--this is the half time show!
post #110 of 171
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Why don't you take the conversation to the cars section? Can we get back to the Hermes wallet?

Good sir, I think this thread is a lost cause now.

Maybe we can bring it back by talking about Hermes wallets, in rossa corsa...
post #111 of 171
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post

Good sir, I think this thread is a lost cause now.
Maybe we can bring it back by talking about Hermes wallets, in rossa corsa...

Or when Takashi posts a picture of what he purchased
post #112 of 171


Hey Guys,

 

I think we should get back to the topic of wallets.  With that in mind, this was a statement that never really got addressed and it might help us to take a closer look at the value of an Hermes wallet, not in terms of monetary value, but with respect to quality, durability, function, and overall enjoyment.
 

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Actually you mentioning that book brings up a good point, and I think a point of this thread that we haven't talked enough about yet. I believe Dana notes that there's really only two brands in the whole industry whose quality lives up the name and that you could rate a 5.0/5.0: Hermès and Chanel. Since he's already looking at Hermès we can assume OP's decided that he wants a great wallet and is willing to spend a good amount on it. I think this begs two questions:
  1. Is there another brand, at any price, that's quality is on par with Hermès that OP should seriously consider? (He's already said he does not live in an area where getting it custom is an option)
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  3. If the Hermès wallet truly isn't worth the money, why not? (i.e. it's going to wear out in 5 year anyways, poor customer support, etc.)


Looking at the first quesiton, I think its tough to find another brand that might offer the same level of workmanship, hand made construction, and quality.  Most companies using machine made stitches and/or glue rather than a double saddle stitch.  Also, the skins Hermes uses are flawless.  My wife has 3 Hermes handbags, and she has handbags from the usual suspects such as Chanel, LV, Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Kieselstein-Cord, and others, and maybe with the exception of the Chanel, the others seem to pale in comparison.  I've seen remnants of glue on Ferragamos and Guccis, and the insides on some LV's are a cheap looking cloth (only a few are lined in leather).  Granted there are differences between wallets and handbags, but I tend to think if a company takes short cuts on bigger items they probably take short cuts on most of their products.  Still one does pay a premium for Hermes products even when compared to Chanel.  Whether its worth it is something I think each consumer has to determine for himself/herself.

 

As for the second question, as mentioned above each consumer has to determine whether its worth it to spend for an Hermes product.  As to durability and customer service, those can be tough to measure unless lots of people have owned these products and can give feedback.  Also, durability varies based on how rough owners are on their wallets, and also when we talk about durability, does it necessarily mean its falling apart, or it does it include it just looks beaten up and not so nice anymore but its still functional? 

 

Years ago I worked for a mid range leather goods company that made briefcases, wallets, and handbags.  In terms of durabilty, one of the largest problems we saw was people overstuffing wallets, which stress the seams, sometimes causing seams to split, stitches come undone, stretching and marring leather, and eventually the wallets just look like crap.  Still, even if a wallet isn't overstuffed, and its well taken care of (using leather conditioners to keep the leather supple and from drying out, which I don't do, and I'm sure almost nobody else does), they rarely still look good after 2-3 years of daily use, but they will still be functional. 

 

As for customer service, we've never had to have an Hermes product repaired.  But I've seen the work area in one of the NYC boutiques and there are large swatches of everything from calfskin to aligator hanging and ready to be used to repair their products.  I have no idea how costly it is to fix their products.  I think the only customer service interaction my family has had in recent years was with LV.  My wife, had been overstuffing her wallet and when we brought it in, they said they could not fix the stitching.  It should be noted it was just a small amount that was coming undone.  My father bought an ostritch wallet from a high end men's clothing store in Boston and when the stitching came out, they had it repaired and I don't think they event charged him for the repair.  That was a men's clothing store and not a place specializing in producing leather goods/wallets.  I would have thought LV could at least make the repairs as they specialize in the production of leather goods, wallets, etc.   My experiece when I worked in a leather goods store was that as long as the leather was kept supple, and it was not dried out or cracked, we could almost always get the bag or item repaired.  Therefore, I was surpised that LV couldn't or wouldn't do anything with my wife's wallet.  I wondered if it was just a slow day and they wanted to sell my wife a new one.

post #113 of 171
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As LR suggested, the photos were not taken the same day.  The blue car in the photo is my wife's car. 

The photo showing the interior was taken at a car show where it was being judged in "class of V8 Ferraris."   Below is another photo of my car at the same show, and as you can see there is another red 328 parked next to it.  

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Hi LR, yes I've taken the car to Tutto several times.   The photo above is of my car being judged at Tutto Italiano at Larz Anderson in 2008.  The stone wall in the background wraps around to the back of the museum property.  Last year Tutto was rained out and I was away on the date it was rescheduled to happen.  Hope to see you there this year if the weather is nice. 

I definitely recognize that stone wall. I was actually away on the original date, but was able to make it to the rescheduled date last year. I'm not sure if I will be around this year, but if I am I look forward to seeing you there as well.

-LR
post #114 of 171
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Originally Posted by clapeyron View Post


americans pay jack for their cars. for the money I dropped on my measly W204 I could have gotten the AMG version in the US. don't get me started on insurance and gas prices. next time you curse gas prices think of me paying 8,6 USD/gal. then again you only drive 80mp/h

Oh, fuck you. Nobody made you buy a benz.
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Oh, fuck you. Nobody made you buy a benz.


your point?

 

post #116 of 171
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your point?

I hear Europeans at work everyday spout the same US vs. EU bullshit. Europe this and Europe that. It is just irritating.
post #117 of 171
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post

This is a fantastic thread by the way, from Hermes wallets to Ferraris in 60 second... icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
We should start talking about brown shoes for the win...

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post #118 of 171

 

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I hear Europeans at work everyday spout the same US vs. EU bullshit. Europe this and Europe that. It is just irritating.


I find people telling others to fuck themselves even more irritating.

post #119 of 171
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I find people telling others to fuck themselves even more irritating.

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