1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Cars We Drive!

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

  1. TC (Houston)

    TC (Houston) Senior member

    Messages:
    3,243
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    

    It never occurred to me to have the scheduled maintenance done by my indy shop. Is that even possible? Don't they need the manufacturers computers to update software, etc.?
     
  2. UnFacconable

    UnFacconable Senior member

    Messages:
    1,172
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    The other option is Tesla where the service people are properly aligned with the interests of the brand. I don't think there's any comparison in terms of service experience between Tesla and these other brands because Tesla can send techs to your house to work on your car. There is no level of service that can make up for me having to drive out to a dealership, especially in the city I live in where it alwyas ends up being a mess and I generally never make appointments far enough in advance to arrange for a loaner. Fortunately they offer shuttle services and will drive me where I need to go, but it's still not my cuppa.
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  3. horndog

    horndog Senior member

    Messages:
    996
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2007
    Location:
    Pittsburgh
    

    I gotta imagine that any LR speciality shop in the area has the requisite equipment. From a quick Google search, you might want to look into these guys:

    1) http://www.yelp.com/biz/british-unlimited-spring

    2) http://www.yelp.com/biz/motorcars-houston-8
     
  4. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

    Messages:
    12,358
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    

    It costs extra I believe for the on location service.

    Most high end dealerships and shops will come pick up and deliver your car back to you.
     
  5. TC (Houston)

    TC (Houston) Senior member

    Messages:
    3,243
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    

    I've heard that about Tesla but I just can't get excited about the cars. Ahhh, the loaner. I don't even ask. I'd sooner take a cab than be caught in a GLK or a LR2. LOL (j/k)
     
  6. TC (Houston)

    TC (Houston) Senior member

    Messages:
    3,243
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
  7. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

    Messages:
    14,235
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    +1 on the indie shops.

    I took my M5 to an indie mechanic who specialized in BMWs back in Dallas. Labor rates were about 25% lower and parts were roughly the same cost.

    That said, I had the assurance that he wasn't dicking me around. He also drove an E60 M5 so that was reassuring to know that he was working on my car.

    The only times I took my car to the stealership were for a taillight recall and to get my oil topped off. Topping off my oil was complimentary, which was nice.
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  8. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

    Messages:
    50,191
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Location:
    In My Douchemobile
    I would say that at this moment the biggest obstacle to me getting that Explorer is service. I checked it out Service when I was there last weekend, and let's just say, I do not want to ever spend time there. MB is five minutes from my office, LR was along the way, and spending 10 minutes to drop a car off and then drive away in a (semi) decent loaner is a huge plus.
     
  9. UnFacconable

    UnFacconable Senior member

    Messages:
    1,172
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    

    Yes, the ranger service is extra. I think they're adding a valet service for free like you mentioned. I don't think any of my local dealers offer valet service or I would be all over it.

    One of my prime directives is to eliminate or minimize errands so I generally don't do any. Taking the cars in for service is one of the last that I've yet to eliminate and would be great to knock off. Car dealers seem to trigger a lot of my pet peeves (a favorite is when they ask me how much I can afford when they should be asking how much I'm willing to spend).
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  10. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

    Messages:
    14,235
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    

    Jesus, how often are you dropping off your car for service that this is a major obstacle?
     
  11. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

    Messages:
    50,191
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Location:
    In My Douchemobile
    

    There are four scheduled maintenance visits during the term of the lease, and given it's a Ford, it will be safe to assume at least two unscheduled. That's six days dealing with Ford service and the people that hang out in their waiting room. You go deal with that. It will also completely disrupt my workday.
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  12. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

    Messages:
    14,235
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    

    We're talking about six days through the span of, what, 36 months?

    I find it hard to believe that just because it's not MB, Ford wouldn't be able to get you in and out within 10 minutes, loaner in tow.

    Also, most dealerships are open on weekends, which should help you out considerably with the not-getting-your-workday-disrupted part.
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

    Messages:
    50,191
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Location:
    In My Douchemobile
    

    To start off with, Ford does not offer loaners, complimentary or otherwise. They will shuttle you to a nearby car rental company though. So, waiting for the shuttle, to get to stand in line (again) at the rental company....which does not open anywhere the 7am I drop my car at....is not a 10 minute routine.

    Also, why would I want to deal with service on a weekend and I can currently make a 10 minute detour to work and just go pick it up on the way home.
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  14. JohnGalt

    JohnGalt Senior member

    Messages:
    4,880
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2009
    Location:
    Ouray, CO
    

    don't even need to go really high end for that. my bmw dealer will pick up, leave a loaner and deliver the vehicle back within a 50 mile radius.
     
  15. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

    Messages:
    14,235
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    

    Ah, did not know Ford does not offer complimentary loaners. My bad.

    I guess you're fucked!

    :satisfied:
     
  16. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

    Messages:
    24,364
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    
    My MB was serviced today. It took about 3 minutes to drop the car off and leave in a loaner, a ML350 with only 25 miles on it. Pick up took about 4 minutes.

    I often think about trading my daily for other brands, but the impeccable and very convenient MB service I've received in recent years keep me returning to MB. I had a Navigator several years ago and the service experience was horrible. No loaners, long waits, and a crappy product. Only kept that one a year.
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  17. CBrown85

    CBrown85 Senior member

    Messages:
    4,986
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Got a black 2010 Mazda3 GT 2.5L with 38,000km for under $15, 000 CDN. Today was a good day. Drives better than a '91 accord.
     
    4 people like this.
  18. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

    Messages:
    24,364
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    ^^^Good deal. Enjoy!!!
     
  19. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

    Messages:
    14,235
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    Amazing weather. Went for a drive. It was great.
     
  20. mbaum

    mbaum Senior member

    Messages:
    994
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2013
    Location:
    Driving PCH
    ^ Me too. In the '69 911. Had the soft window out which gives unrestricted "ear access" to that glorious flat six sound. Posts like this demand a pic and I forgot to take one ...

    Mike
     
    1 person likes this.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by