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Cars We Drive!

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

  1. Phil T

    Phil T Active Member

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    Nice ill give it a read, I've heard they get some pretty good gains with exhaust and remap as to be expected with turbo cars. I wish Mercedes nailed the rear arches on the C63 though like they have done the new M3/M4 its the only thing I am not happy with on mine that they dont stick out like the frontsand I don't have £100,000 to buy a C63 black series to have the bigger arches all round haha
     
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  2. ramuman

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    In yet another testament to Tesla Motors customer service - my friend had ordered a 60 for his company. Literally a few days before he was supposed to pick it up, they announced the 70D as the base model.

    My friend asked if he could get that model, and not in an aggressive way. No issue. The delivery specialist expedited a 70D to him within 2 weeks of the announcement at the original terms.

    Tesla will likely eat 10-15k on that, but the word of mouth will more than make up, I'm sure.

    I doubt any other car company would do that.
     
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    I think PSS rides and performs better than the Contiental. I don't have experience with the yokohamas. Not sure there is can be that much difference in wear because I think the driving style is the greatest factor.
     
  4. ramuman

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    In that segment, the PSS is the only tire to consider. The P Zero and P Zero Crosa's are good, but they wear down rather quickly. The Conti's last the longest, but aren't the bestt when it comes to grip.

    There is also the question of the car specific compound (the 'star' or 'X') tires. I'm guessing the P Zeros that come on the McLaren P1 are a lot better than those from my previous M3.
     
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  5. Piobaire

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    Nothing will ever equal the shitty ride those runflats on the Benz before last I had. Ugh. Make you piss blood.
     
  6. ramuman

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    I never got the point of run-flats. You'll have to get the tire fixed one way or another and you have roadside assistance with every decent car.

    Both my cars came with a compressor and the fix-a-flat type foam and instructions for how to use the roadside assistance features.
     
  7. Piobaire

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    Simply the crappiest tires ever. I swapped them out for some stickier sport tires that road about 200% better. I notice non of the luxury brands spec them anymore...thank god.
     
  8. HRoi

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    They're actually quite useful when you really need them. My (stupid) coworker drove 200 miles on a flat one because she said she only trusted her dealer to change the tire. They held up. I feel it's one of those things when you get a flat in a dangerous place like the freeway, Liberty City, or a Waffle House parking lot, you'll be glad that you can stay mobile and not have to stop.

    But yeah, for the other 99.98% of your driving life it will fucking suck
     
  9. ramuman

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    I don't know if your guy's cities have those large metal plates to cover up pot holes. One morning, literally a week or two after getting my M4 back, I saw one, slowed down, but couldn't go into the other lane. It literally cut through the side wall.

    I pulled up near where I live (thankfully this was nearby). It was the rear right tire, so I called roadside assistance and requested a flatbed and they came and took me to a tire place I use here all the time.

    Worst case, I would've just used the foam kit, driven to a parking lot and called roadside assistance.

    I think we agree that for most of us, run flats are terrible. If you have a brain.
     
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  10. ramuman

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    I don't know how it works on other cars. In my situation, the car killed engine power as well as it could (likely managing the turbos and injectors), set DSC to it's most aggressive mode, flashed the SOS light and told me to pull over. Literally within a second or so.

    I'm an engineer by education and it amazed me.

    #germanengineering

    I wouldn't expect every car to do that, but come on - you just have to pull to the side of the road and wait for AAA.
     
  11. Phil T

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    A few people on the merc forums are reported a couple of thousand more miles on the PSS than the yokos with similar driving. The most important to me is the grip tbh I cant honestly tell you how much faster the car feels from the standard 480bhp to 525bhp and with plans to supercharge after the warranty is done I need more grip haha
     
  12. JayJay

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    MB equips the 2014 and 2015 S550 with run flats. No tire kit or place for a spare. They are getting lots of complaints, as they should. I make occasional road trips to the east coast and fear being stranded in the mountains of West Virginia.
     
  13. Find Finn

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    A lot of manufactures do this and have been for years.
     
  14. ramuman

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    That's bonkers crazy to not include the kit on their flagship sedan. Place for a spare, I can understand because they probably designed the car around it.

    Get a Slime tire repair kit like this: http://www.amazon.com/Slime-70005-Safety-7-Minute-12-Volt/dp/B001DZFZPG/ref=zg_bs_15706711_2
     
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    Get better roads.
     
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    Ugh. Can't believe they did that.
     
  17. TimelesStyle

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    I recall some discussion elsewhere in this thread about the S Class primarily being a chauffeur-driven car outside of the US market (and increasingly it would seem as a livery sedan here). Perhaps the thought was that if the car gets a flat, most want to continue to their destination and have the driver worry about it once they arrive, rather than waiting for roadside assistance. And some places may not have the same robust roadside assistance network as the US; it's called AAA/CAA for a reason, after all.
     
  18. Find Finn

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    Don't they have MobiloLife?


    Or Mbrace as it's apparently called in the us.

    http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/mbrace
     
  19. JayJay

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    Yes, Mbrace, but it doesn't help if you're stranded in the middle of rural Pennsylvania where the closest dealership could be 100 or so miles away.
     
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    She's finally here!


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