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Cars We Drive!

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

  1. upthewazzu

    upthewazzu Well-Known Member

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    The fleet mix was always interesting. There's a saying that rental car companies have, "we rent cars so we can sell them." Basically, the group that buys the cars tries to forecast what will sell easily 6-12 months down the road. We'd get everything from 2wd 2-door long box work truck in the middle of December (Hey, we can flip these suckers easy in May!) to the repurposed Avis Camry's (yeah, we bought cars from other rental agencies). Every once in a while you'd see a fully optioned out Corolla or Taurus w/leather, etc and wonder how they expected to sell that thing after its been through the rental ringer.
     
  2. poena

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    anyone here drive electric cars? opinion? love/hate? (is there an electric car thread?)

    I'm getting a little tired of my MPG's on my E39 M5.

    deciding whether to keep and buy a leaf or something comparable or to just sell it and get something else fun and smaller.
     
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  3. Blackhood

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    The luxo-electric thing cropped up today in a discussion with my father. The allure of ~£0 tax is making him consider, but there is a bit of a lack of options at the A6, 5 Series & E Class level. One of two super-barges and tonnes of compacts, but for someone who does 40,000 miles per year, nothing very attractive.
     
  4. Find Finn

    Find Finn Well-Known Member

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    Didn't merc release an e class diesel hybrid?
     
  5. Blackhood

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    They did, and it is the only real contender.

    Audi have their A6 hybrid and BMW have a 5 Series, but the trouble is they are only better emissions than a high end petrol engine. If you already have a 2.0TDI, then you're getting better CO2/M than the new hybrid.

    They make sense if you're swapping from a 3ltr Petrol engine, but if you already drive diesels (as my father does) then they are no better, but with an extra £10,000 price tag.

    The Merc actually gets figures that make it a more economical option, but not by enough to justify another ten thousand.
     
  6. Find Finn

    Find Finn Well-Known Member

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    Are hybrids still exempt from congestion charge, if so then there's a lot of money to be saved right there.
     
  7. mbaum

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    You serious? Have you driven a Porsche lately? Any for that matter? Have you read the latest comparisons? They don't even pitch the F-Type against a 911. They pitch it against the Cayman … and the Cayman still wins all the time hands down. Not surprising at all.

    By the way, for 125k, you get an adequate 911S. And all comparisons stopped 10 million miles before that. Come on … load your F-Type and meet me at a twisty road.
     
  8. jet

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    guys always reserve the smallest car they have and pick a busy location, you'll always get upgraded for free :lol:

    unless you actually need a bigger car then don't run the risk
     
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  9. bawlin

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    You must have missed my dozen or so posts in this thread where I praise Porsche and the 911 and I've even gone on record a number of times saying that the 997 will be my next car.

    Regarding the Jaguar, no one has reviewed the R (which in case you forgot, is the model I was specifically referring to), so before you run the risk of sounding too ignorant I would reserve judgement until those start to come out.

    Oh, and here's Chris Harris seemingly enjoying the F-Type. But who is he, anyway...

    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]
     
  10. Cary Grant

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    Yup-
     
  11. sonick

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  12. HRoi

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    Hopefully it lasts longer than normal Zymol, which lasts about as long as greenfrog does during sexytime.

    Also lol - he used it in winter
     
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  13. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Well-Known Member

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    That wax is for someone who has a Veyron in the garage but still doesn't think he's special enough. To see it used on that Altima is ironically hilarious.

    Then again you lose perspective on any enthusiast forums. This may be the autopia equivalent of a SF member who buys $1600 St. crispins for the primary purpose of posting pics online
     
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  15. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Well-Known Member

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    Putting Saphir on a pair of manky old socks.
     
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    Eh, if you look at the price ratios, it is probably like putting saphir on some Eccos.

    And saphir doesn't come with free refills!
     
  17. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Well-Known Member

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    lol... That's pretty sad but hey, men make really irrational decisions when it comes to cars... or women... or clothing...
     
  18. jet

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    that vintage really brings out the depth of that nissan factory paint
     
  19. mbaum

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    No worries. When it comes to cars, for me passion rules and ignorance is bliss[​IMG].

    You are right. Confused the S model with the R. Road & Track pitched the F-Type S again the Boxster S. Boxster won with pretty much the same reasoning than Harris applied to the 991 (sans the showroom appeal argument - thanks for posting).

    The R looks actually better than the open car, too. Usually a big fan of Callum, but not so keen on this car, except for the door handles ... Looks too generic Japanese/ Honda 2000-ish and the interior, quite frankly, is a mess. And the 991 is the best looking iteration since the 993.

    Look forward though to R tests.

    Going back to the intent of this threat, I will drive the wheels off my 69 911S over the long weekend and throwing in some Alfa time as well. And so looking forward to it.

    Mike
     
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  20. HRoi

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    Ahem, the "intent of this thread" is to be posting pics ;)
     
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