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Cars We Drive!

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

  1. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    Def. not tires or wheels, though I will need to replace my front tires pretty soon.

    :violin:
     
  2. bawlin

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    Never driven a 6MT. Sadly the only E46 I had seattime in was an SMG 'vert (with 18's). Pretty much the least desirable spec imaginable lol

    edit: to be honest, I can't even remember the last time I drove a car w/ manual transmission.

    :foo:
     
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  3. jet

    jet Senior member

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    6mt m3s are the best especially with a shorter clutch pedal like mine
     
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    I'm guessing Tie -rod ends, or play in the suspension rubbers. could have been a pothole that caused it. see a suspension specialist. cheaper than you'd think.
     
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  5. elisiX

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    My boss drives an A5 and has 2 child seats in the back for his 3 and 5 year old boys. I've had to take the seats in and out a couple of times to help him and it's not pretty.

    Of course I would have rather buy the RS5, but it simply is not practical enough.

    I did consider the Avant but I really liked the idea of the SQ5's BiTurbo Diesel and appearance.

    The RS4 is also 30-40k more expensive than an SQ5 here and I didn't really want a 'wagon'.
     
  6. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    From what I've heard the rs4 is awful anyway.
     
  7. Desi

    Desi Senior member

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    why do you need to remove a car seat? when my parents had my sister they just left it in the car...
     
  8. Find Finn

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    Maybe he needed to bring someone who didn't fit in the seat.
     
  9. Turner

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    My mother got the SQ5 TDI a year ago, it's fun to drive at the autobahn and the comfort seats are really a league of their own. There are a few minor things which I don't like:

    - relativly uncomfortable suspension, after all, it's just a SUV, not a sports car (no Magnetic Ride?)
    - sound actuator
    - flashy s-badges and the quad exhaust outlet
     
  10. Pilot

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    It very well could just be an out of balance tire. Especially given how awful Dallas roads are.

    After driving on snow and ice last year I had a pretty rough vibration in the steering wheel from 60-70 on my e46. Had the tires balanced and rotated when I got an oil change and completely went away.
     
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  11. GreenFrog

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    First thing I did was get the wheels rebalanced. No dice.

    At the mechanic's right now. We shall see what the issue is.
     
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  12. HRoi

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    I thought you were going to trade that thing in for a M235i? Never sink a significant amount of money into a car you're going to get rid of anyway
     
  13. GreenFrog

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    I was highly considering it, but decided I'd rather wait a year or so for E92 M3s to come down more in price and snag one of those.

    I think I'll end up keeping my M5 for the time being.

    Anyway, it's the brakes. Rotors are warped, so swapping out the front brakes for $1,400+. I have to swap these out anyway, as any prospective seller would notice the vibration and eventually find out. To me, it's just a sunk cost now.

    Was considering getting the calipers painted red but decided against it.

    :D
     
  14. HRoi

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    Just trade it in for an M3 now :D

    A dealer won't significantly reduce the trade in value because of a steering wheel shimmy
     
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  15. GreenFrog

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    Fuck trading it in at the dealer. They'd offer me like $28K for the car.

    I'd rather sell it via private party for around $35 - 36K.
     
  16. HRoi

    HRoi Senior member

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    1. Trading it in has a tax benefit if you're also buying a car at the same time - that could close some of the gap
    2. Try Carmax - they are super painless and offer more than any dealer IME
    3. People suck. I'd rather not deal with them especially in a transaction for expensive, complex things

    That said, if it's truly a difference of $8-10k I'd agree with you about selling privately
     
  17. Piobaire

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    On the way to work this morning I saw a guy that looked to be in his 70s driving a shiny new GL 550 towing a large flat bed trailer with a big riding lawn mower on it. Made me laugh.
     
  18. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Not sure about M5s prices but have you considered aftermarket rotors? 1400 for front brakes seems a bit excessive
     
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  19. GreenFrog

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    It's actually at cost for parts for OEM front brakes. I'm doing the pads and everything.

    Aftermarket rotors are about $450 a pop for the fronts.

    Stealership quotes are $2200+. Yikes.
     
  20. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Zoinks!!!

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