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

  1. bawlin

    bawlin Distinguished Member

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    I wince at the thought of that scraping sound and how much more frequently it's going to happen after I drop the car a half inch next week. Oh well.
     


  2. brokencycle

    brokencycle Stylish Dinosaur Moderator

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    There is a guy in my neighborhood with an old 911 Turbo. Every driveway in the neighborhood has fairly steep driveways, and on a couple occasions I have been walking the dog when he's pulling it out or in, and it pains me to hear it scrape with the elevation change.
     


  3. Dino944

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    Track days are fun, but I'd rather do them in a car that's not as nice. I know they are designed for that type of use, but if condition of the car matters, as one tech said to me, "Using a new or show car condition vehicle for track days is the fastest way to turn a pristine condition car into something that looks like a daily driver." Chunks of rubber from pieces of tire on the track or other debris get thrown at you buy other cars on the track. If he does them, he should be sure to get track insurance. A friend of mine with lots of track experience totaled his 993 at a track event last year. He had track insurance and they covered the loss, and he picked up another 993 a few weeks later.

    Getting extra lower rubber spoilers is a great idea, especially if he lives near NYC. A lot of the roads there suck. Roads here in New England are similar, and friends of mine with GT4s, GT3s and older water cooled Turbos have all had to replace the lower rubber spoiler piece.
     


  4. otc

    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    BMW to start charging an annual fee to use Apple CarPlay? (This his nothing to do with net neutrality...dunno why they stuck that in there).

    WTF? that's $80 a year to let your phone handle all of the navigation and media stuff. Other makers include it in low-spec vehicles for no extra charge. CarPlay is literaly running on your phone...your car doesn't have to do anything besides display the images.
     


  5. brokencycle

    brokencycle Stylish Dinosaur Moderator

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    The higher end you go, the less that's included. I'm always amazed when I stay at a nicer hotel (eg was at a JW Marriott recently) and they don't have free wi-fi unless you're gold or platinum or whatever.
     


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    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    I mean, I get the hotel thing (especially since their bread and butter is expense-account travel)...

    But carplay isn't even a service. It is basically a one-time feature integration. Either your head unit supports it or does not. All ongoing updates are handled by Apple and maintained by you (vis-a-vis you paying your phone bill, keeping your phone apps up to date, buying new phones, etc).

    The auto manufacturer is not providing any sort of ongoing service or continued support. If anything it costs them money to develop a system by which they cut off your access after a year.
     


  7. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    I agree, it is pretty obnoxious. Sort of like how Fiat charges extra for navigation on the Spider, but all Spiders already have it installed. You're just paying to activate hardware and software already on the car.
     


  8. brokencycle

    brokencycle Stylish Dinosaur Moderator

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    I agree. Does BMW charge anything up front for it though? It could just be a pricing model shift. Although it is a silly one.

    This has been a long practice of a lot of different industries. Go back even a decade ago, and IBM used to ship a lot of servers with a bunch of deactivated HW (often costing them thousands of dollars extra) that you could activate with a SW license at any time. Telsa has the HW for features that are deactiavted unless you pay for them (and they charge you less if you buy it with the car rather than later allegedly).
     


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