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Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. xpress

    xpress Well-Known Member

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    You, sir, are organized.
     
  2. TC (Houston)

    TC (Houston) Well-Known Member

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    Oh man, I wish I had a lift. The F355 is getting new catalytic converters next week, would love to do it myself.
     
  3. xpress

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    ^^ I've priced out some fairly capable lifts for ~$2500 cnd... Considering the amount of labor I'm sure the 355 requires to replace those things, might pay a hefty portion of the lift!

    On a side note -
    I need you guys to talk me out of my next car purchase.

    I'm still very happy with my Audi for daily driving, but in the interest of my business (High end clothing), I have started considering limo-like options.

    Competitors in neighboring cities have started offering a "car service" for clients looking to spend...
    According to them, it has paid for the car many times over, and the clients love being picked up on a rolls, etc.

    I can pick up a mid 2000's Bentley Arnage for 30-40k with low mileage.
    For the same money, an 07-09 XJ can be had. However, in the interest of the business, I think a super high-end (Bentley, Rolls, S600, would be more appropriate)

    An Arnage out of warranty (assuming I take the 6.75) would be a nightmare if anything went wrong, but if I could find an early 4.4L BMW powered model, it wouldn't be unrealistic.

    Buying an Arnage for the business.... Best justification I can think of !
     
  4. impolyt_one

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    They only made that 4.4L Arnage for a year or two, and it's not supposed to be all that great of a car. It's also not a stock block BMW M60 either, it's pretty highly modified from the BMW version. It's just as far from the original BMW engine as the 6.75 is from the GM (?) basis of its own. I don't think there's any cheap way to get into that echelon of luxury.

    I'm in Tokyo right now and saw a white F12 go by, with a black 599 GTO. Took me a second to even figure out what I was looking at, with the F12, first one I've seen. It's pretty cool looking, but I prefer the Ferrari design language in the 430 and 599.
     
  5. Find Finn

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    Saw a couple during the Gumball start last weekend and I think I'm in love with the F12. :inlove:
     
  6. Kai

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    It's track season. Smells of hot brakes and sticky rubber.

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  7. SkinnyGoomba

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    Your car/garage look great! I think the lift is a great thing to have, I used an overhead chain hoist in my previous garage, it was not nearly as good as combination lift/cherry picker.
     
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    Very nice! This is my favorite M Car with the best production motor BMW ever made in my opinion. I've been looking for a clean, low mileage, Z4M Coupe with extensive maintenance records (and without navigation or power seats) for the past 2+ years. They're rare and very hard to come by, especially the 2006 and 2008 models.

     
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    I'd be comfortable doing that for street driving.
     
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    Depending on where you live why not have them picked up by a car service?
     
  11. xpress

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    The only car service around here would fall into "taxi" category anywhere else in the world.
    We have a couple of escalade limos, and early 2000 vintage town cars.
    200k people, and quite blue-collar.
     
  12. HRoi

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    back in London for my first time in 18 months, and I'm reminded of how crazy Knightsbridge can be. in a 20-minute walk on Brompton Rd i saw:

    2 Aventadors, a yellow and an orange
    a MP4-12C
    2 (!!) Aston Martin DB5's
    at least 5 458 Italias and a couple of 430's
    a 599 (think it was a non GTO)
    2 RS5's
    a cream colored Bugatti Veyron (worst sounding of all the supercars)
    a matte white SLS

    there were a bunch of M3's and 911 variants but looked pretty meh with all the other metal out there. even the Bentleys weren't getting second looks
     
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    Start of the Arab summer?
     
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  14. Find Finn

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    I think a number of rich Chinese have found their way to Tokyo as well, a lot of the flashier baller cars have double-8 plates here. The Japanese would sport double or triple 7's in the same instance. My neighbors across the street had a white GT-C and a white S63 with matching **-88 plates and then they disappeared. lol
     
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    Thanks! The lift is awesome, in its own dedicated bay that is 12' high.

    Yes, and be careful with the '06s and even the very early 08's, as they had the issue with the VANOS bolts that tend to back out. If they all fall out, your engine kind of grenades.

    I like the S54, but find fault with it for lacking torque low down, requiring the ridiculously short 1st gear and the corresponding huge jump to 2nd. It's fine and you get used to it, but it is not ideal.

    I looked for mine for about two years also. I went with Nav because I wanted CC, which is otherwise unavailable. But it is so dated and spoils the look of the dash. If I decide to keep the car long term, I will see about burying it in some way.
     
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    Well, things escalated after peeking into a couple of London car dealers. Saw a Zonda Clubsport, a couple of one-off Rufs, an Aston Martin Zagato and a preproduction BMW i8 (saleslady called it an Mi-4) on various showroom floors.
     
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    How did the i8 look in that state? Are the doors still transparent?
     
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    I saw a documentary on the cars in London in the summer. Sure the cars are nice, but the whole situation is rather pathetic. In addition, residents are getting an earful of these cars on narrow streets all day and night.
     

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