Car lovers?

I got pretty stressed out a couple months ago sitting in stop and go traffic too. Every time it happens, and it seems more and more common, I get a little closer to that line of "Screw it. Next car is going to be an auto"

Yeah. I still plan on, maybe, buying one in a few years as a fun driver, but just not now. Southeast Michigan roads are all 1/4 mile straight lines with traffic lights. Too much getting into 2nd just to throw it out of gear and coast to a stop. And since I work in Detroit-proper, now, the traffic going home has given me fits.

An easy, relaxing car for now. I fun manual later on.

I sure do like seeing the ST on the road, though.

Thin_J wrote:

I got pretty stressed out a couple months ago sitting in stop and go traffic too. Every time it happens, and it seems more and more common, I get a little closer to that line of "Screw it. Next car is going to be an auto"

Having had a dual clutch for a couple months now, it's almost as fun as a manual when you want it to be and almost as care-free as a slushbox when you want it to be. Best of both worlds IMO if your daily drive includes stop and go traffic... Although a manual is still supreme when trying to extract maximum fun from a lower horsepower car.

skeletonframes wrote:

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I was hesistant to go into a BMW dealership as a young-looking dude with a heavily driven, 10 year old Jetta for trade, but they made everything seamless and made me feel like just as valuable a customer as someone getting a brand new M6.

A BMW dealer lost a potential sale with me when as I was walking towards the sales office from the parking lot and a sales guy standing outside matter of factly said "the entrace for the MINI dealer is further down". I don't want to start a flame war about only douchebags driving BMWs but that was enough for me. I was around 28 at the time and didn't have that nice of a car parked in the lot (but had plenty of cash in my bank account). They basically confirmed any hesitation I had about looking at BMWs.

I saved my money and 5 years later I bought an Infiniti. I still think BMW has some cool cars and may look again, but that really turned me off.

PoderOmega wrote:
skeletonframes wrote:

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I was hesistant to go into a BMW dealership as a young-looking dude with a heavily driven, 10 year old Jetta for trade, but they made everything seamless and made me feel like just as valuable a customer as someone getting a brand new M6.

A BMW dealer lost a potential sale with me when as I was walking towards the sales office from the parking lot and a sales guy standing outside matter of factly said "the entrace for the MINI dealer is further down". I don't want to start a flame war about only douchebags driving BMWs but that was enough for me. I was around 28 at the time and didn't have that nice of a car parked in the lot (but had plenty of cash in my bank account). They basically confirmed any hesitation I had about looking at BMWs.

I saved my money and 5 years later I bought an Infiniti. I still think BMW has some cool cars and may look again, but that really turned me off.

On the other hand, back when the Mini came out, I stopped by the lot to see if I even fit in one. I walked up to one and was going to open the door and sit down, and the receptionist reached up and grabbed a set of keys off her desk and hit the remote, then looked back down at her computer. I thought she was being nice and unlocking the car for me. However, she had just locked the door to keep me out. I walked out and bought my 350Z shortly afterwards for cash.

I assume the car was pre-sold, and I'd have been fine if she had just have said that.

So snobbery knows no brand limitations.

At least the story has the happy ending of you ending up with an Infiniti! /high five

When I transitioned from coupe to sedan, I test drove almost everything in the category, including a BMW 335, an Audi S4, Lexus whatever...and ended up getting my second Infiniti (G35 coupe to G37s sedan).

My wife is now driving a JX, as well.

Edit: As far as I recall, I was treated well at every dealer. I was almost certainly wearing a polo and jeans or shorts, so not super fancy, but collared. I was 34 at the time.

I bought my current car just after a move to the bay area, and I was driving a swanky rental at the time. At some point during signing the salesperson complimented me on the car I'd arrived in and I could see him choke when I told him it was a rental. It makes me wonder what kind of treatment I'd have gotten if I'd arrived in a different car.

skeletonframes wrote:

I was all set to buy a Ford Focus ST and then one day my brain broke while driving my 2001 Jetta 1.8t in traffic and I decided I COULD NOT have a manual as a daily driver, anymore.

I looked over many cars in the past few months and decided that for reliability, styling, comfort, service and handling I'd buy a smallish BMW.

The dealership let me take a 2009 328i XDrive home for the weekend and I bought it yesterday.

I was hesistant to go into a BMW dealership as a young-looking dude with a heavily driven, 10 year old Jetta for trade, but they made everything seamless and made me feel like just as valuable a customer as someone getting a brand new M6.

Things are good.

BOO! I'm still going to get my ST but I also don't drive in stop and go traffic every day. I was visiting in a little podunk town in north NY (really small!) and they had a ST at the Ford dealership! I'm destined to get one!

Living in Southeast Michigan I see STs all the time. As a matter of fact, a red one parked next to me at a burrito place I was eating at today. My friend laughed and said it was teasing me for not buying one.

This thread makes me sad. I can't afford a new car at this time and currently I am driving a 2002 Dale Earnhardt Monte Carlo SS. I hope that my son will get it in a few years.

My first new car is my supercharged 1991 Firebird which is dying a slow painful death as it sits in my backyard. A few years ago a large branch landed on it's windsheild (shattering it of course) and since I bought the car new in 1990, I can't seem to get rid of it. I have dream that eventually I will get it on the road again, but that dream is getting cloudy very quickly.

PoderOmega wrote:
skeletonframes wrote:

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I was hesistant to go into a BMW dealership as a young-looking dude with a heavily driven, 10 year old Jetta for trade, but they made everything seamless and made me feel like just as valuable a customer as someone getting a brand new M6.

A BMW dealer lost a potential sale with me when as I was walking towards the sales office from the parking lot and a sales guy standing outside matter of factly said "the entrace for the MINI dealer is further down". I don't want to start a flame war about only douchebags driving BMWs but that was enough for me. I was around 28 at the time and didn't have that nice of a car parked in the lot (but had plenty of cash in my bank account). They basically confirmed any hesitation I had about looking at BMWs.

I saved my money and 5 years later I bought an Infiniti. I still think BMW has some cool cars and may look again, but that really turned me off.

This reminds me of a time I was out with a friend recently. I've been looking at various cars for a while and was talking with a friend one night about the one's I'd looked at. I mentioned a Maxima and a Dodge Charger and he said that I should think about what the car says about me. He has a Maxima so I assume he was talking about the Charger. I know the Charger is more of a blue collar vehicle but it also fits my needs pretty well (sporty, room for 5, large trunk, AWD). I think it is more unique than the Maxima as well. I really like both cars. Is the general perception of the Charger a southern guy in a ball cap saying, "That thing got a HEMI?"

Our city and state cops started using Chargers. So my perception is, "Is that an unmarked police car?"

EvilHomer3k wrote:

Is the general perception of the Charger a southern guy in a ball cap...

Something wrong with that?

Anyone know of a reputable mechanic who has experience doing oil changes for boutique cars within 40 miles of Newport Beach California or Pasadena California?

I despise the feeling of getting ripped off by the dealer and frankly the 1hr+ wait for oil change is getting old. And before it's said, no, I'd rather eat porcupine spines dipped in acid rather than do the oil changes myself.

EvilShawnAndrich wrote:

I despise the feeling of getting ripped off by the dealer and frankly the 1hr+ wait for oil change is getting old. And before it's said, no, I'd rather eat porcupine spines dipped in acid rather than do the oil changes myself.

What flavor acid are we talking about here? Citric acid? Acetic?

Miashara wrote:
EvilShawnAndrich wrote:

I despise the feeling of getting ripped off by the dealer and frankly the 1hr+ wait for oil change is getting old. And before it's said, no, I'd rather eat porcupine spines dipped in acid rather than do the oil changes myself.

What flavor acid are we talking about here? Citric acid? Acetic?

COMPETITIVE PRICING!

http://www.boastvw.com/Competitive_Pricing

So, when pulling into my parking lot yesterday I heard a telltale metal on concrete noise. I parked my car an something that looks like a broke tie rod, was on the ground near the parking lot entrance.

Grrr.

H to the ickle wrote:

So, when pulling into my parking lot yesterday I heard a telltale metal on concrete noise. I parked my car an something that looks like a broke tie rod, was on the ground near the parking lot entrance.

Grrr.

That sucks.

If you just want to replace your car, can I recommend the Lamborghini Egoista?

When I first saw it, I thought it was a bit much, a bit too far past the bizarre Sesto Elemento and Veneno. I really liked the Reventon, but that's been it for Lamborghini.

Then I saw the interior:

IMAGE(http://img2.netcarshow.com/Lamborghini-Egoista_Concept_2013_800x600_wallpaper_09.jpg)

IMAGE(http://img2.netcarshow.com/Lamborghini-Egoista_Concept_2013_800x600_wallpaper_08.jpg)

YEEESSSSSSSS. I really want this car [size=8]to be in Forza 5[/size].

EvilShawnAndrich wrote:

Anyone know of a reputable mechanic who has experience doing oil changes for boutique cars within 40 miles of Newport Beach California or Pasadena California?

I despise the feeling of getting ripped off by the dealer and frankly the 1hr+ wait for oil change is getting old. And before it's said, no, I'd rather eat porcupine spines dipped in acid rather than do the oil changes myself.

If you can get up to Burbank, I suggest you SHIFT IT!

Honestly, though, I got nothing. Good luck.

When I go for my next car, I might consider one of these: http://delorean.com/sales/

I was considering getting a Ford Focus hatchback (Titanium, not ST), and already made a deposit and ran Ford Credit application, but I am simply being put off by how ponderously slow the dealer is about... everything... Contemplating staying with VW and just letting the missus have her years-long dream -- a Tiguan.

I've seen Ford Focuses around town. I kind of like the way they look but they sound terrible. Kind of whiney.

I'm not sure what my next car should be.

My dream car is a Tesla.

My almost but not quite can afford dream car is a BMW 3 series.

My second choice luxury car is an Infiniti G.

My other choices include Mazda 3 or 6, Acura IDX, Subaru Outback (a little too big) or Impreza (a bit too small) Legacy?, Volkswagon Jetta TDI, Passat TDI?

I want to spend around 25k but can go up to 30k. I want leather, a moonroof, and keyless ignition.

goman wrote:

My dream car is a Tesla.

I was at the track last weekend - Thunderhill in northern California - and there was a guy there with a Tesla S. He was parked in the paddock behind me, so we had plenty of opportunity to talk. His main points:

- the torque is fantastic and really helps drive out of corners
- overall power sagged by the end of the two long straights
- it's very heavy (over 5,000 pounds) and that really showed in the corners. He had to manage his braking and entry speeds very carefully
- he plugged in between sessions and over night (110v, 30A) and never ran out of juice. The car did go into "low power" mode after 10 minutes or so and he's not sure why. Certainly not a lack of charge issue. Maybe heat?

He compared it very favorably to the 3-series BMW he had before.

goman - I don't know if you're cool with used, but you can get a used Infiniti G series for that price. You can probably get a new G25 or whatever, as well. Do they still make those?

We have an older (2006) G35x, we paid less than half your budget, goman. It has all those features you're looking for. It's really a fun car to drive. The seat controls are utterly stupid and actually make the drivers seat pretty uncomfortable for my giant self after a while, but they've since redesigned them.

IMAGE(http://3-photos.ebizautos.com/used-2006-infiniti-g35_sedan-g354drsdnauto-7686-9685217-15-640.jpg)

goman wrote:

I've seen Ford Focuses around town. I kind of like the way they look but they sound terrible. Kind of whiney.

I'm not sure what my next car should be.

My dream car is a Tesla.

My almost but not quite can afford dream car is a BMW 3 series.

My second choice luxury car is an Infiniti G.

My other choices include Mazda 3 or 6, Acura IDX, Subaru Outback (a little too big) or Impreza (a bit too small) Legacy?, Volkswagon Jetta TDI, Passat TDI?

I want to spend around 25k but can go up to 30k. I want leather, a moonroof, and keyless ignition.

I'm looking in that same price range as well. You might also look at a Maxima as it a less sporty version of the G37 iirc.

My needs are slightly different as I'm looking for something that fits 3 in the back seat. I do, however, want leather, moonroof, and keyless ignition. I've driven a couple but still need to look at a BMW 5 series and Audi A6. Does anyone know if prices of used cars drop when the new model year comes in? I've been following prices for the Nissan Maxima and Dodge Charger and have not noticed any significant price drops. Since we plan on buying around August I was hoping that the prices for used 2012s would drop when the new 2014s came out. I found an article on price drops of used cars that seems to indicate that priced drop in the summer more than the rest of the year.
http://www.mojomotors.com/blog/best-...

I have an Infiniti now.. A JX my wife mainly drives. That is our big car for the family.

I am driving a 2003 MDX. Nice and big and comfortable but too big for just mainly solo commuting. I drive 85% Freeway and the gas mileage is 20.

A couple years ago I test drove a 3 series. It was a driving dream.

When I was down a few months ago getting a recall done for the JX the dealership let me borrow a G37. That was nice too.

Do the G series Infinitis hold up? I am wary about BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen for the alleged expensive repair costs. Heard too many stories about German cars.

I want something fun to drive. I heard Mazdas are fun.

goman wrote:

I have an Infiniti now.. A JX my wife mainly drives. That is our big car for the family.

I am driving a 2003 MDX. Nice and big and comfortable but too big for just mainly solo commuting. I drive 85% Freeway and the gas mileage is 20.

A couple years ago I test drove a 3 series. It was a driving dream.

When I was down a few months ago getting a recall done for the JX the dealership let me borrow a G37. That was nice too.

Do the G series Infinitis hold up? I am wary about BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen for the alleged expensive repair costs. Heard too many stories about German cars.

I want something fun to drive. I heard Mazdas are fun.

Friend of mine had an 03/04 G35 Sedan until about 4 months ago. No problems outside of standard maintenance that I heard about. He did bring it to the dealer 1 or 2 times for whatever reason early on, but he was very happy with the car and only sold it in preparation of another baby on the way.

goman - I had a G35 coupe for about 6 years and loved it, never had any problems. I only traded it in to get the sedan so I could reasonably put a child seat in back. I've had the G37s for about two years with no problems.

Our family car is also a JX, because I've had such a positive ownership experience with mine. I do love the G37 loaners during repairs, as well.

If you have any other questions, let me know!

goman wrote:

My almost but not quite can afford dream car is a BMW 3 series.

What about a 1 series? My upstairs neighbour has one I see parked outside, though I don't know anything about it except that's a coupe and starts at $36k.

Edit: Nm, just checked BMW.ca and the 3 series sedan starts at $35.9k.