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

  1. HRoi

    HRoi Stylish Dinosaur

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    Exciting! What are the build specs?
     

  2. clee1982

    clee1982 Stylish Dinosaur

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    the site is addictive though, can't tell you how many times I just F5 that page..., even though no sane person should expect it to move by the minutes...
     

  3. clee1982

    clee1982 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Sports Line (not M though)
    Imperial Blue
    Cognac Dakota + Burl Walnut Wood Trim
    Executive Package (so Conv and Prem already included)
    Driv Assist+
    Park Assist
    H&K sound
    Heated Steering wheel (kind ridiculous it's not included in the executive package...)

    The picture on the rim is not accurate, I'm going with the standard 18 inch all season run flat (didn't want up size, comfort is important, otherwise my wife would give me no end about not buying MB E450)

    things I didn't get
    heated rear seat, mostly going to be kids back there, and in child seat, so didn't think it would matter...
    dynamic driving something (the one that gives you active anti roll bar dynamic damper etc.)
    active rear wheel steering (couldn't find one to test drive, so didn't want to risk it from what I read at slow speed it can turn really tight, but take a while to get used to), though the variable steering ratio active thing is standard
    remote parking, too gimmicky, and it's not even real self parking from outside, no turning wheel, just going back and forth

    things I wish I got
    night vision..., probably not that useful (not going to hit deer here, but upstate different story), tried to add option last minute, but it went in production that date so oh well

    things I might think about code in
    anti dazzle, though based on what I read seems like no one has done on the 2019 ones successfully yet so we will see

    oh and the dark insert might be wrong too, thought the non M standard is chrom inserts, I'm fine either way, guess we will see
     

  4. brokencycle

    brokencycle Stylish Dinosaur Moderator

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    Here's the whole story. tl;dr the whole experience was terrible.

    My wife went in to have her brake pads replaced to a Honda dealer. She decided to wait at the dealership because it was supposed to be a 4 hour service. After 4 hours, the dealer called her and told her they didn't have parts in stock, and they couldn't get parts until tomorrow. They also wouldn't give her a loaner or give her a ride home, so I had to go pick her up.

    When I picked her up, I asked to talk to a service manager, and he gave me a bunch of BS, but he ultimately offered me $100 off the service for the trouble, and he promised me it would be done first thing in the morning.

    About lunchtime the next day, they called and said we needed new rear rotors, and while they didn't have them in stock, they could still get them that day and have the job done by about 3 and they gave me a price I agreed to. When we picked up the car, they told me they decided to give us the rotors free rather than the $100 off (which they had quoted me at $160 total) and proceeded to apologize and make up excuses on how it happened.

    I asked them about the bill because it had an odd part number for the rotors (and I had been surprised by the low cost of the rotors), and they said "oh that's the part number for the rotors." I was suspicious, so I asked my friend who manages a parts department for a chain of dealerships. He told me that they were generic parts, so I emailed the head of service for the dealership. I then got a call from the dealership asking me to give them a 10 on the Honda survey. With no response after three days, I forwarded the email to the GM of the dealership, and I quickly got a call from the original service manager.

    He again apologized and said that they don't install aftermarket parts at their dealership and they don't know how it happened. He then proceeded to tell me I could bring it back and they'd happily put OEM rotors. I asked for a price, and he didn't know, so he called me back and told me it would be $200+tax ($150/rotor -$100 credit they had originally offered me). I know that $150 includes a bunch of markup, and I know the rough cost of the aftermarket vs OEM and they're not just trying to recoup the cost - they're trying to make profit off of it.

    I tried calling both the GM and head of service with no answer, and I again got called back by the service manager, who at this point was fairly indigent about he already offered me a good deal. I told him, I expected a dealership to only use OEM parts and that the price they quoted me should have been for OEM parts, and I didn't think it was reasonable for them to make me come back a third time and try to charge me $300 for a relatively simple job that should have been done right the first time, and if he wasn't willing to make it right, I'd be filing a complaint for false advertising. He just said "I'll tell them" and hung up.

    I know a bunch of the stuff they told me and excuses they made are BS because, like I said, one of my best friends works in the business, and we talked about the whole thing throughout.

    I never got a Honda survey, but I did call Honda, and they acted like they couldn't care less.

    At the end of the day, it is probably petty, but we'll probably never buy a Honda again over this whole incident. Previous trips to Honda dealerships both car shopping and for service have only been mediocre customer service anyway.
     

  5. clee1982

    clee1982 Stylish Dinosaur

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    wow, that's amazing, non OEM parts at dealer, is the car out of warranty already, did you buy the car at the same dealer new?

    p.s. doesn't make it excusable, just wonder how they can be so ridiculous, and with an obvious don't give a f attitude
     

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    Wow, probably the worst service I've ever heard of at a dealership. Unbelievable that they new your wife was waiting at the dealership for the car and waited 4 hours to tell her they didn't have the parts and it couldn't be done until the next day, and that they wouldn't give her a ride home or a loaner car. Just shocked to hear that a dealer treats a client so poorly. Also surprised Honda didn't care...but that would be enough for me to never buy another Honda. The rest is all terrible...but I guess I can't be surprised after how they treated your wife. I've never had any of that BS happen at a dealer. Anyway, sorry to hear all this.
     

  7. Dino944

    Dino944 Distinguished Member

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    Sounds like a great build! I'm sure you and the MRS will enjoy it. I love imperial blue...its a stunning color! Congrats and looking forward to seeing pix soon. Cheers!
     

  8. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    On a work trip. Found this gem permanently parked at a truck stop.
    Thought some of you lads might appreciate it.
    : A. 1970's Mazda Savanna wagon.
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    It's Rotary, it's manual, it's a wagon.
     

  9. jcman311

    jcman311 Distinguished Member

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    That would make one sweet drift car. Totally unique.
     

  10. VaderDave

    VaderDave Distinguished Member

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    I totally dig it. Thanks for posting!
     

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    GT3 is gone. Will I miss it? Probably not.

    Now to patiently await the arrival of the RS.
     

  12. clee1982

    clee1982 Stylish Dinosaur

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    all right car is still at port, all I do is check the site 5 times a day and F5...
     

  13. HRoi

    HRoi Stylish Dinosaur

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    Photo update on one of my fleet:

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    I'm currently working on my Tacoma. Replacing certain stock parts and adding a few pieces of equipment as well. I also got a set of XD wheels to replace my old one but I need a new set of mud tires to go along with it.
     
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