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Jr Mouse

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What's the point of manufacturers still doing BoF instead of unibody? Costs?

There’s a market for them. Easier to modify/lift and they feel that they are “tougher” vehicles for the LARPing effect.
 

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They all look better. Unibodies all invariably look like cars, so the tougher you try to make them look, the more they look like minivans and hatchbacks that the owner drove through Offroad Warehouse
 

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Alright, which one of you is this? Seen at my local nursery and saw shop.
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My leasing contract recently ended and I had to choose a new car. I tried many different electric cars, MB, BMW, Tesla etc, but somehow they just lacked something. Charging infra is decent where I live, but it can sometimes be an issue too when traveling to more remote locations.

I finally bought a slightly used X5 hybrid, it's big enough for my teenage kids and the hybrid drivetrain with the three liter straight six is nice. Next car will be something smaller, as kids will eventually move out.
 

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Anyone have any experience with the late run c215 Mercedes coupes? A really low mileage ‘06 CL500 popped up at a nearby dealer with a clean service/ownership record and I’m tempted. It would be nice to pick up something like this and it wouldn’t be a daily driver. The 500 platform and later production date are heartening as I know some of the early models and 12 cylinder variants are fraught with bugs but any input from the forum would be appreciated.
 

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My leasing contract recently ended and I had to choose a new car. I tried many different electric cars, MB, BMW, Tesla etc, but somehow they just lacked something. Charging infra is decent where I live, but it can sometimes be an issue too when traveling to more remote locations.

I finally bought a slightly used X5 hybrid, it's big enough for my teenage kids and the hybrid drivetrain with the three liter straight six is nice. Next car will be something smaller, as kids will eventually move out.
I feel like hybrid is a great interim option while the world establishes a good electric infrastructure. I had a hybrid RAV4 in Norway last year and I filled the gas tank once the entire week.

Looking at Lucid Air rn because of the current lease enticement. A good lease deal with an 18 month commitment is a great way to learn whether we’re truly ready for EV
 

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The fact the new GX is a BoF is about the only thing I'm not liking about it. It transmits road input in a different fashion than a unibody, IMO, and constantly reminds the driver they're basically driving a fancy pickup truck.
 

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That’s kind of the point. BoF is superior, off the road. On the road, unibody hands down. You can get a way better BoF road experience with expensive suspension and some stability wizardry, but you’re still starting from behind.

That is, until you drive of the road. There the lack of driving feel being transmitted is actually good, you don’t want to feel everything, just the bigger ‘facts’ on the road. The larger wheel articulation is also very useful.

Here’s mine driven through the woods, through 1m of water. Still comfortable expect for the real fear of getting stuck. Note the racing stripes made by branches😈
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