The Car Thread ... !

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

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  1. Gutwrench Contributor

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    What do you mean “liquidating”? Are you saying you’re selling it?
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    On the topic of the Taycan, seems Porsche is targeting those who lease with a free three year charging at specific locations , I would just question the convenience of location pending the owner, as it was announced:

    “Buyers of Porsche’s Taycan EV will receive three years of free charging at Electrify America public stations across the U.S., the automaker confirmed. More specifically, the benefit includes unlimited 30-minute charging sessions during the three-year period. By July 1, Electrify America says it will have 484 locations in operation or under construction, totaling more than 2,000 chargers. Three hundred of these locations will be scattered along highways, with the balance located in 17 metro areas. Each station will have an average of five chargers.”

    https://www.automobilemag.com/news/porsche-taycan-3-years-free-public-charging/amp/
     
  3. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Oh, no, he'll be smelting the car, Gutty.
     
  4. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020

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    Yes, it would be nice to see a US X3 diesel. I really wish they'd give us the 35d in addition to the 28d. The 28d is not a bad engine but the performance of the 35d would be really cool in the X3.
     
  5. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Probably won't. If you recall, I showed you an article of the new 5 being offered with a diesel engine. Seems BMW saw low sales because they terminated the model for US export beginning this year. Have to admit I haven't seen one on the road, at least I don't think I have. Shame, too.

    I think the reality of 'clean' diesel is pursuant to finding a more cost effective method of making biodiesel or even a synthetic diesel that burns at near 100% efficiency. Though I'm going by what I remember from a science special over a decade ago. Perhaps Ben can weigh in on the matter.

    It's going to be a terrible time when ICE goes the way of the dinosaurs.
     
  6. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, seems to unfortunately be the trend with diesels in general. First VAG pretty much had no choice but to stop selling diesels (though I think if they reintroduced VW diesels at this point they would sell). Mercedes relatively recently stopped selling diesels due to sales. Now BMW seems to be cutting back. It’s kind of too bad.

    Way back when my dad had a W210 E300 turbodiesel. I love the W210 body style and with a rock solid diesel it was an excellent commuter car. It wasn’t a particuarly fast car but it got very good mpg for the time. While mechanically it was a good car the electronics sucked. My dad never liked it because it was a Mercedes (it was a company car) but secretly I think he did. The other problem was it was RWD which isn’t exactly condusive to driving in the winters of the Northeast. Therefore he did what everyone else seemed to do in Connecticut at the time and buy a Land Cruiser.

    I hope Toyota doesn’t discontinue the Land Cruiser or water it down into some stupid product. I think it’s the best full size SUV you can buy.
     
  7. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    VAG really messed up there. That was a collosal **** up in itself. I don't know much about the BlueTec diesels to comment on them.

    Well the W210 was an awful generation. W123 were built to last. The electronics, which could go funny over time, were easy to replace. And with MBZ's repository of parts now it's even easier. W123 wasn't particularly fast, even with the Turbo Diesel vehicles. They were nice highway cruisers. They definitely had heft to the point of feeling like you were on a large yacht.

    I don't see Toyota doing that. Toyota is fairly conservative when it comes to making big decisions. I feel even they know their new Supra will disappoint in sales. Not as nice as the concept, and very BMW-ish. I feel BMW benefited much more in that project than Toyota did, or equally both that is. I think we may see other variants of the Land Cruiser available globally before we ever see a neutered Land Cruiser that becomes another useless full size pavement queen.
     
  8. stylinexpat macrumors 65816

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    That was what I was wishing for. I would have bought that one.
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    I still see those old Diesel Mercedes from the 70’s driving around in California. Those cars were built like a tank back then
     
  9. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020

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    I think the W124 is the last of the old, solid, Mercedes. Things with the W210 onwards weren’t quite the same.

    There’s been some talk of d/c the Land Cruiser- at least in the American market.
     
  10. stylinexpat macrumors 65816

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    The W123 was one of my favorites.They made some good cars during those years. Good memories from those cars
     
  11. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    I like the look of the Mercedes GLC63 S AMG - but the interior dash really could do with an update....
     
  12. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

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    yes, it's for sale. I have some interested parties, but I also have a standing offer from CarMax, so it will be gone by Friday.

    LOL
     
  13. Gutwrench Contributor

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    Ahhh: selling then. That’s more like it. Liquidating sounds so...so despairing.
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    I feel Audi and MBZ are annoyingly expensive to own.
     
  14. Zenithal, Feb 4, 2019
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    There was a long period where quality suffered (MBZ) but they've been good for a long time. I've had my car for a long time and have probably spent less than $800 out of pocket. Now assuming if I had no warranty on any of the cars we've owned even when bought new, the Lexus would have set me back a lot. It's very much a YMMV issue.

    As with electronics, don't buy first year. Be on top of maintenance. It isn't a Toyota you can go 30,000 miles with the check engine light on and it'll still see 200K miles on the block. In the end, it's no Honda or Toyota. And repairing a Lexus out of warranty is just as expensive.
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    The old W124s had some fickle electrics issues, but they were nothing you couldn't fix. They had their own set of problems, but like I said, nothing you couldn't figure out on your own. W201 was another elegant piece of the era. Also easy to work on if you had some ingenuity or had a master repair volume on hand.

    But I know what you're talking about. It was a solid built era. Closing the door gave you a satisfying but dull thunk. The hinges were not anemic and were able to carry the heft of the doors. Newer Mercs are sort of like that, but the change in materials and design have lead to half-hurah experience.

    No idea what "d/c" means.
     
  15. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020

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    D/C = discontinue

    Yes, “bank vault doors”. When I was very young my uncle has a W126 S-Class. That was an awesome car... and still is IMO. I love seeing them still on the road.
     
  16. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Hmm. Wow, I can see their possible reasoning since it's a low selling car. They'll probably introduce a mid-range version they sell overseas. I vaguely recall a Jalopnik article of some guy buying one at auction and finding out it was a war lord's Land Cruiser.

    Yes, those doors in those days could crush your fingers into nothing.
     
  17. senseless, Feb 4, 2019
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    Does anyone else have trouble focusing on the new, higher mounted center screens? These are tacked on to the dash and are mounted higher than the speedo and tach. No part of my progressives seem optimal, unlike my previous cars.

    EDIT: A partial solution is to spec glasses with a computer distance lens instead of reading lens, which is much closer. Ideally, the center screen would be better at the same height or below the speedo. Some cars do this.
     
  18. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Ford drops a ‘7.3’ Gas litre engine in the 2020 Super Duty with a ten speed torq shift transmission. No specifics on the raw numbers, but they allegedly leaked info yesterday, as Chevy was preparing to reveal the 2020 Silverado HD. But this piques my curiosity, to see what Ford does with the Raptor in the future, if they update that with the rumored 7 L possible over the T.T. Eco boost.

    https://jalopnik.com/2020-ford-super-duty-gets-big-7-3-liter-gas-engine-tor-1832357929

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  19. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    I get that "liquidating" literally just means "selling", but I agree with you. It rings oddly
     
  20. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Glorious.
     
  21. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Hey, RP, did you by any chance recently buy a burned to a crisp Superbird body to restore?
     
  22. stylinexpat macrumors 65816

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    My Bimmer pretty much. True, 90 MPH and still gets 40 mpg

     
  23. Huntn macrumors P6

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    Looking for advice on a quality car cover, for outside, hot environment , 157” long (car is 154”) that does not cost an arm and a leg. I’ve been looking at Amazon in the price range of $40-70, and what bothers me is that depending on the model, somewhere between 6-20% call them junk, with common complaints of tearing, breaking down, and being shot after 5 months.
    Thanks!
     
  24. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    This one from Moss seems to be well liked by the MG guys

    https://mossmiata.com/2016-2017-mx-5-miata/garage-car-care/coverguard-car-cover-by-weatherlock
     
  25. Huntn macrumors P6

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