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TCO
13-07-2015, 18:57:04
Need a new vehicle. Stick shift required.

Kind of leaning towards some form of "sports sedan". Have driven a 2 seater Datsun and Nissan all my life. Want something a little more grown up, now.

Oerdin
13-07-2015, 22:01:59
If you want to stick with Nissan you could look at an Infinity G37.

jsorense
13-07-2015, 22:33:05
My wife has a '14 228i. It is a truly a great ride. it has spoiled me. :cry:

MOBIUS
14-07-2015, 09:46:48
I prefer the Audi styling.

The only problem is that, generally speaking, people driving A/S 4s or higher end, are mainly arrogant road hogging bastards - so an S5 should suit you fine :beer:

Dyl Ulenspiegel
14-07-2015, 12:42:37
You got a piece of Autobahn, too?

C.G.B. Spender
14-07-2015, 19:25:17
I prefer wanking.

Oh, that's what this was about in the first place!

*bows down*

zmama
14-07-2015, 19:33:59
:lol: bravo :lol:

C.G.B. Spender
14-07-2015, 19:35:47
* bows down once more *

Dyl Ulenspiegel
14-07-2015, 20:14:52
Stick shift required.


:gasmaske:

C.G.B. Spender
14-07-2015, 20:17:25
I hate cars. They are so 20th century.

jsorense
14-07-2015, 20:19:37
What did you call my wife?

C.G.B. Spender
14-07-2015, 20:21:17
Poopypants

Koshko
14-07-2015, 20:38:13
BMW?

What's up, moneybags?

C.G.B. Spender
14-07-2015, 20:53:53
Did you know that was the favourite car of german leftwing terrorists? Baader-Meinhoff-Wagen?

Also, it's not really german, it's bavarian.

And they built motors for german war planes in WW2. There also was a BMW KZ slave worker camp Hersbruck.

If you love a stories like that, buy a beamer! Or a Volkswagen (aka Audi). Or an Opel. Or a Mecedes-Benz. Or ...

If not, buy a Peugeot .... just kidding!!!

jsorense
14-07-2015, 22:02:35
Yeah, our other car was manufactured by the pacifist, democracy-loving and non-racist Japanese. :beer:

TCO
15-07-2015, 01:28:52
I am looking at z4 hard top convertible now. Also maybe the Mercedes SLK250 convertible...very classy.

I'm not all money bags. Just haven't bought a car in 20 years. Lot of cash piled up. Roland told me when to get out of the market and go all cash. Now, I am thinking of getting out of cash and into assets.

Just want something nice to drive. Don't have a house or spouse.

Oerdin
16-07-2015, 20:26:02
I thought you wanted a grown up's car?

TCO
17-07-2015, 01:49:27
I'm backsliding.

I looked at the new 370 since one of my service buddies bought one. Nope, still don't want it. Love the cleaner lines, though. BMW just has all that wrinkled sheet metal on the sides and little doodads all over the place (M package, M car, blabla). I don't even like all that extra branding and I know it will not look good over time. But the new Z...don't like the vision in it. Even worse than the 90s 300s.

Test drove a Z4 today (automatic). Cleaner lines. Hardtop convertible. Could order the manual. Donno. Don't think so actually.

I did find a decent colored Audi S5 manual in the area. Just need to ask to order it from the port. Most of their colors are so blah...dark and dusky. But this one is bright blue.

I'm really thinking to look at the Porsche again. Anyone know how well they last? Those 300zx engines are workhorses. Just worried about all the modern engines that are all aluminum and crap. Like to keep stuff long time. Caiman would intrigue me, but I don't have a garage and live in the city. Might be moving, but right now, not perfect area for a car that can be broken into. Actually maybe targa top would be an option. But it's not like I'm in San Diego. And I have t tops on my current vehicle and haven't removed them in years.

The SLK250 with the pearl white is just completely classy. Looks grown up, but sporty. Pretty clean lines. Usually don't like white, but the pearl is just awesome. See a lot of doctors and businessmen in it. Very hard to find a stick though (probably used at this point and even that rare). Road and track hammered it in their article. Underpowered 200hp engine. Hear noise when driving. But damn...it has classy lines.

I test drove a Miata a while ago also. They are mostly manual actually. I assume that is sort of a toy though? Can you have it for your everyday car?

I donno, man.

RedFred
19-07-2015, 15:04:58
Why bother owning a car? I thought that the days when owning a fancy car as a status symbol were over, but reading through this thread I guess this is not yet the case.

When people are young and broke they say they do not own a car because they are "green". When they become older and affluent, colours change and they tend to buy cars.

I have not owned a car since the 1980s. I am neither young nor broke. Not sure if you could call me green, but rather someone who does not particularly enjoy driving and who has therefore organized things so that a car is not necessary.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
19-07-2015, 16:18:19
I suggest a Daicia Lodgy.

TCO
19-07-2015, 18:01:48
http://mercedes.sunmotorcars.com/used/2013/Mercedes-Benz/SLK-Class/WDDPK4HA5DF068140/X5196.aspx

Kind of a chick car, but I'm not as much into pure performance.

If I get a Porsche, would be Cayman (non S or GTS). Boxster had really poor vision with top up. BMW has a powerful hard top, Z4, but it has all that crinkled sheet metal and logos all over the place. Hate that trend. Want clean lines, not extra logos that don't even look good to say you spent more money and that will deteriorate over time.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
19-07-2015, 19:30:08
You want a convertible or a car?

TCO
19-07-2015, 19:33:23
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sks0x_GJIDs

Dyl Ulenspiegel
19-07-2015, 19:52:20
The only mercedes sedan I like designwise is the CLS.

TCO
19-07-2015, 20:08:38
What do you like, man?

Dyl Ulenspiegel
20-07-2015, 07:05:38
Not a question - has to be a family car.

Currently a Peugeot; might go for an xc60 in a year or two...

Provost Harrison
20-07-2015, 19:58:02
I prefer the Audi styling.

The only problem is that, generally speaking, people driving A/S 4s or higher end, are mainly arrogant road hogging bastards - so an S5 should suit you fine :beer:

RS drivers are far more brilliant though :cute:

Provost Harrison
20-07-2015, 20:04:50
If not, buy a Peugeot .... just kidding!!!

Had a Peugeot once - never again :)

Dyl Ulenspiegel
20-07-2015, 20:44:11
We're happy with our Peugeot, perfect family car.

Funko
21-07-2015, 08:03:02
I hate having to have a car. Such a pointless waste of money most of the time, but we only use ours once every couple of weeks, just enough that having to hire cars is too painful.

Funko
21-07-2015, 08:03:59
So wasting even more money on a more expensive car seems extra pointless.

TCO
21-07-2015, 18:04:13
How do you buy groceries?

Dyl Ulenspiegel
21-07-2015, 19:23:03
Uhm.... wait.... walking?

jsorense
21-07-2015, 22:47:58
Uhm.... wait.... walking?

:p You're kidding, right?:cool:

C.G.B. Spender
22-07-2015, 07:11:22
Cars are overrated.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
22-07-2015, 08:25:40
:p You're kidding, right?:cool:

Of course.

TCO
22-07-2015, 12:52:52
..

Dyl Ulenspiegel
22-07-2015, 13:31:41
you mean "..." ?

TCO
22-07-2015, 15:08:30
I had a long post and deleted it and the forum commissar forces me to type two characters.

TCO
22-07-2015, 15:11:30
Change topic.

Crude is dipping its toe into the 40s. Frack, baby, frack. :)

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/21/oil-prices-fall-as-industry-data-points-to-rising-us-crude-stocks.html

jsorense
22-07-2015, 15:23:14
But gas prices are sky-high in California. :-(

C.G.B. Spender
22-07-2015, 15:36:52
It takes only 8 Euros to fill the tank of my fine vehicle.

TCO
22-07-2015, 15:45:21
But gas prices are sky-high in California. :-(

prices are a dollar a gallon higher there. $.30 of that is from state taxes and stricter haze requirements. But the rest of it is from refining downtime and demand.

XOM had an incident that put their scrubbers off line. They requested to keep producing with an older generation scrubber (just for a few months, and not "no scrubber"), but Cali said "no". They also had a pipeline break for SB oil transfers and asked to temporarily truck the oil to the refinery (a normal practice in most of the country). Cali again said no.

jsorense
22-07-2015, 21:29:36
All true. But the price is still high. :-/

Dyl Ulenspiegel
23-07-2015, 06:30:43
€1.28, so roughly $1.40 here.
Per liter.

Funko
23-07-2015, 06:58:34
Walk sometimes, all the major grocery and high street stores have delivery services so we can just order online and get stuff delivered. Much easier. We get a weekly grocery shop delivered and pick up other stuff as we're wandering about during the day.