The Car Thread ... !

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by D.T., Aug 18, 2014.

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  1. D.T. macrumors 603

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    Welcome. :cool:

    There are a few car related threads on MR, but I noticed there’s always a good amount of [car related] side discussions. Combine that with that seems like a pretty decent number of car enthusiasts here on MR, and it seemed like an ongoing, “open topic” car thread would be fun. Of course there will be some overlap with existing car related threads, but I’d still encourage folks to post pictures, discuss your current ride (even with those existing threads) ... and while it’s a “car” thread, truck owners are also welcome :D

    Figured these are some great topics for discussion:

    • New & Future models
    • Classics
    • Recent Purchase
    • Maintenance (help, tips, Q&A)
    • Tuning/Modifications/Builds
    • Care (wax/polish)
    • Shows/Cruises
    • Racing/Driving events (HPDE, AutoX, drag)
    • Media (photos, video, audio clips)
     
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    I should have been more patient on my TSX. Good thread!



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  3. D.T. thread starter macrumors 603

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    Anybody ever track down (or occasionally search for) cars you’ve sold? I guess it’s more common with people who are really into their vehicles, and particularly if it’s a really unique car (either the make/model, and/or if it’s customized).

    Just interesting to see where it’s been, if it has changed and whatnot.
     
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Nice! Test driving one this week I hope. My TSX lease is up in a few months.
     
  5. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Everything I have heard is that although the V6 will be more prominent and real world faster, the DCT from the I4 makes the car.

    Honestly, until the V6 can get SH-AWD, I would hold off on the TLX V6.

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    Good riddance to that Chevy Cobalt. For real. Now my A4...
     
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    Those looking into buying the Acura TLX... don't count on the LED lighting to be good. I can first hand say this.
     
  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Do you have an MDX? Just curious. I've heard nothing but good things
     
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    No, I make the lighting for the TLX. Trust me, all the quality controls you here about, total made-up crap. It's just a basic PCB with LEDs and rushed out to make Honda's orders.
     
  9. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

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    I wish I had the time and money to sink into my love of cars.

    It's probably for the best though, considering what I inexplicably want at the moment is this:

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    5.0 litre v10 TDI with monstrous amounts of torque and god-awful MPG.

    Reasonably cheap and they come well equipped. It just seems ridiculously unnecessary. Also that face with its dopey look of self assurance is kind of charming :D

    Allegedly quite expensive to maintain/repair though because the entire engine needs to be removed for some fairly routine things.
     
  10. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Thanks for the heads up. I have HDDs on my TSX. I don't love the jewel eye look, personally.

    I'm in love with one of these at the moment.

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  11. D.T. thread starter macrumors 603

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    This thread is a safe place ... in here, cars like that are incredibly necessary :D
     
  12. D.T. thread starter macrumors 603

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    I like the new design quite a bit, I also like the reorganization of even = 2 door, odd = 4-door (migrating the 2-door coupe out of the 3-series, and into it’s own model line, etc.).

    At one point I was seriously considering a Z4 35i/35is. Love the TT inline 6, so easily tuned, I think the car looks fantastic with the roof up, with the 7-speed DCT the wife could drive it. No longer on the list but an excellent execution of a roadster (I actually prefer it to the Boxster).
     
  13. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Seems a little excessive to take to Dillards

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  14. quagmire macrumors 603

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    I can't wait until the ATS-V which will debut at the LAIAS.. The regular ATS already out drives the F30. Though it doesn't look like the F80 M3 went softer like the F30 did from initial drives.
     
  15. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    I don't love the look of the ATS. It looks okay, but I worry it will look ridiculous in a few years. Some of the previous Cadillac models look silly.
     
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    I think the 3rd gen of A&S will mature better. I agree that the 1st and 2nd gens of the theme have aged horribly. The 2nd gen CTS-V still looks good( in all forms), the regular version's front end doesn't look that great to me anymore.

    Though they ruined the 2015 ATS and CTS with the new grilles.

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    The original grilles were much much better.

    But I do love my dads 2014 ATS. It drives great, love the looks, and I love the interior.

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    And a picture of the ATS with my dads old 2007 E90 335i.

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    And it is going to be a busy auto show season for GM. LA has the ATS-V, NAIAS will have the CTS-V, 6th gen Camaro, and next gen Volt, NY will have the LTS which will be Cadillac's S Class competitor.
     
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    D.T. thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah, that’s the end of a legendary badge.

    The V series ATS sounds terrific, the CTS-V is pretty outstanding in all flavors, but per another thread, my “guilty pleasure” is the CTS-V Wagon, just because the idea of a Supercharged V8 ~550HP _wagon_ just makes me smile :)

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    Adding a wagon pic :D

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  19. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Cadillac is in trouble

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  20. quagmire macrumors 603

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    Several factors in play.

    1) GM screwed Cadillac's revival for the past ten years playing the value card. " Size of the 5 series for the price of the 3 series". It didn't attract the image driven crowd that Cadillac is trying to attract. They attracted the value crowd which isn't a good thing. In an image driven market, that's not a crowd you want to attract. So they finally fix it by developing the ATS and moving the CTS upmarket. So now the value crowd is in an uproar saying the CTS and ATS are overpriced.

    I am not saying Cadillac can demand BMW and Mercedes like prices right now, but they do need to be priced appropriately for the segment the car competes in.

    2) Marketing sucks. Marketing helps build image and Cadillac's ads have sucked and failed to sell what owning Cadillac will get you. They have had a few bright spots, but mostly gets a D from me.

    3) Dealers suck. Dealers are selling the deal, not the car. Catering to the older crowd Cadillac is typically associated with. Still putting vinyl tops on the roofs of cars and displaying them out front. They haven't been very good at getting the younger crowd which is what Cadillac is trying to get. Back in July of 2013 when my dad and I went to drive the ATS, the salesman was harping on the deal we could get on the car. Wasn't selling the car itself, but the deal. And despite not having any cars in the area configured the way my dad wanted it and him wanting to wait for a 2014, the salesman kept on harping on the deal he could get on the 2013. It pissed me off.
     
  21. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Bingo. According to a few fellow forum members over at m3forum (read not necessarily rich, but we all do pretty well), they all reported negatively with the Cadillac dealer experience when shopping for a new car.
     
  22. Suture macrumors 6502a

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    I've always had a thing for the CTS-V. Before my most recent purchase I was strongly considering a one or two year old preowned own. I prefer the wagon, but hell, I'd take the sedan, too.
     
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    The CTS-V, especially in Wagon trim, is awesome. That being said, I'm pretty sure Cadillac has only sold like 35 of them. :D
     
  24. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Cadillac isn't alone. Infiniti is in some deep crap. The Q50 is a big mistake. That's Infiniti's ATS/CTS fighter and their cheapest model. Infiniti may be the worst, honestly.

    Up until about a week ago, I would have told you Acura was in trouble, but they seem to have a winner in the TLX which is great when added to their line of luxury crossovers. The list of "bad" Acura models are down to two. The ILX is up for MMC next year (jewel headlights, obviously) and the RLX (not sure what Acura can do about that. It's a flagship, it's just up against some tough company). If Acura plays their cards right, maybe a CLX coupe pops up, but I can't be certain.

    That leaves Lexus, which seems to be the overall smartest of the non-German luxury brands. They have some great models and some bad ones. ES - bad. IS - pretty good. They have a hell of a halo car and the RC looks fantastic.

    The German brands just seem to know how to play their cards. Audi makes FWD cars but still makes them gorgeous, so potential buyers don't care. BMW makes the ultimate drive machine and gives buyers ways to cut corners to make themselves affordable, but the roundel sells itself. Mercedes is just so out of reach to where the CLA is just so expensive despite it's bare bones base price. That being said, their AMGs are just special.

    We'll see what all the makers do going forward, especially with the Tesla gigafactory thing going on. The Model III will be important because Tesla will have to cut some corners, but they can't cut too much to the point of killing appear. Should be interesting.
     
  25. Suture macrumors 6502a

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    TLX seems like a great value. I hope it does well. I like Acura, but it seems like their mission to move upmarket keeps going astray.

    I'm happy enough with my car right now. I think in a few years I may relegate it to autocross/track duty and pickup something like an S5 convertible for a daily driver. Then again, there's still a part of me that's wants a big V8 still.
     

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