Cars We Drive!

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

  1. oneeightyseven

    oneeightyseven Almost Special

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    I saw one of these in Toronto, but it had a Chinese (or what I perceived to be) guys name on the small rear window. It also had legal plates, was pretty cool to see.

    edit: but it didn't say "power tour" on the side
     
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  2. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    Saw the CLS SB from the other day, again today, it's a 500.

    Base price 317k$.
     


  3. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    I was at BMW Club event at a racetrack yesterday, and one of the local sponsoring dealers brought the new M6 out. The engine sounds fantastic and is surprisingly loud. The back and sides of the car are very attractive, but I'm still not sold on the front. The dealer also had a $20k markup on the car. LOL.
     


  4. HRoi

    HRoi Senior member

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    Well I guess I have a new contribution -

    Hertz gave me a MB E350 for a minimal upgrade fee this week. I've been a pretty big Mercedes detractor but I have to say, this thing is goddamn comfortable. I think they are still the best at giving the most luxurious ride without being as wallowy as a Cadillac or boring as a Lexus. Still far away from taking away BmW's crown of sport luxury sedan king, but if you want the most luxurious ride possible without giving up driving dynamics totally, this rig is hard to beat
     


  5. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Fall is convertible season.

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  6. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    ^ My father agrees, he just placed an order for the S5 Convertible. Funny thing is delivery wont be until Feb!
     


  7. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    I's convertible season all year round, the only days you can't drive with the top down is in rain and snow.
     


  8. deepitm

    deepitm Senior member

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    I really like the new Ford Escape. I saw one this morning on the way into work. I think it's a cool looking car for the masses.

    I also really like the Buick Regal Turbo. I would like to drive that thing some time. I feel like it would be fun to thrash around in. It looks great in black with the big gunmetal factory wheels.
     
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  9. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    Car question, not sure where else to ask it.

    I recently had my rear brakes replaced and was a bit irritated afterwards because the parking brake no longer really worked. When I pulled up on it it went all the way to the top, barely engaged, and parking on any kind of a hill it wasn't enough to hold the car in place. So I'd had to get into the habit of putting the car in gear after parking, which has led to at least 3 or 4 embarrassing incidents where I did my new routine (engage parking brake, clutch in, put car in gear, push "engine stop" button, disengage clutch, remove key) in the wrong order, and just sitting in a spot, clutched out before hitting "engine stop" and lurching the car into an unintentional stall.

    :facepalm:

    However, as of two days ago, all of a sudden the parking brake is dead tight. Two or three clicks in, it engages. It was the "old" way for at least 3 or 4 weeks, then bam, it's like the thing re-set itself.

    Anyone ever heard of anything like this?
     


  10. Ty_Webb

    Ty_Webb Senior member

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    No, but I would be inclined (pun not intended, but enjoyed upon spotting) to keep the car in gear on a hill, just in case it decides to revert to its "old" form.
     


  11. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    My first thought is that you should talk to the mechanic who did the job, and see if he can come up with a credible explanation for this.

    I'll assume you're not driving one of the few cars that uses calipers for their parking brakes (Ferraris, Audi R8, Lambos, Tesla S), and instead have brake shoes inside your rear rotor that pushes outwards on the inside part of your rear rotor hat. If you look at a rotor as a top hat, the "hat" part is the tall cylinder. Think of action movies where the hero can't stand on the floor, and does the splits pushing against opposite walls of the hallway to stay off the floor. Sorry for the stupid analogy, but that's the only one I can think of right now.

    Sometimes when changing rear rotors, the new surface inside will be thicker than the old brakes, because it's new. They have to back off the brake shoes for the parking brake so that the brake engages at whatever number of clicks the manufacturer specifies. They may also change the brake shoes if they're worn. The first case could explain your first few weeks if they had backed off the brake shoes too much, but doesn't explain the reset. The second case may explain the reset because the brake shoes may have needed some sort of break-in, perhaps to wear off some kind of surface treatment used by the manufacturing process. After using it a few times, it may have worn off the new surface of the shoes and given you grip, "resetting" the brakes, but it shouldn't be at 2 or 3 clicks. 5 or 6 is more normal.

    If this is the case, the best way to deal with this in the future, besides talking to your mechanic, is to drive around slowly with your parking brake engaged so that you wear off the surface. You shouldn't need to go more than a block (or indeed a few revolutions of the wheels).

    There can be more complicated reasons for your problem, but these are the most obvious ones to check first.

    Anyway, talk to your mechanic, and he may need to readjust the shoes.
     
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  12. Seahawk

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    Third of fourth gen? What year?


    Love the car (and watch)!
     


  13. Kai

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    It's Gen 3, 2004 SRT-10. I bought it new back in 2004.

    It's pretty heavily modded, and puts out over 700hp and 700lb/ft (naturally aspirated.)

    More info on my CarDomain site, here:

    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/681231/2004-dodge-viper
     


  14. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Very sweet, Kai.
     


  15. habitant

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    they did three events in canada this year. Toronto, Montreal & Vancouver. Co-sponsored by scotiabank.

    edit.

    Maybe you just saw one of these

    http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/ctd/3314224002.html
     
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