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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    edited October 2013
    The current ML is MY 2012+, but it does kind of resemble the 06-11 style.

    Those early models were troublesome, I bet many electrical components have been replaced.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,175
    edited October 2013
    You might have seen an "R-design" model, noticeable by the rear ducts under the bumper and the more aggressive wheels and tires.

    http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/crop/201303/volvo-s60-r-design-1_600x0w.jpg

    I find these, (as well as the XC60) to be some of the sexiest cars in their respective class, a smidge moreso than the new Infiniti Q and way more than 3-series. I drove one back in 2012 and despite being a front-biased driver, the thing was an absolute hoot to drive and stupid quick... Would have bought one had the wagon (V60 next year) had been available at the time...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's all new but but you can hardly tell by just looking at it.

    I test drove the old one when it first came out. M-B had an event at FedEx Field. I have to figure out why they dropped me off their mailing list, because I didn't get an invite for the new launch. LOL

    Did it get the new, smaller diesel? May be better to keep the big one since those might actually haul/tow a little.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    ML is still the V6, probably for like you mention, potential heavy duty use. GLK is the 250.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited October 2013
    Makes sense.

    The ML looks a lot better than the GLK to my eyes, but I'm not shopping for either, really.

    $44k plus per cargurus for the GLK250 diesel .... I'd either spend more and get the ML or spend a lot less and get a different box.

    Speak of the devil - here's AB on the next one:

    http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/04/mercedes-benz-glk-spy-shots/
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    Base GLK250 Bluetec is 38K. A comparably equipped ML (to a 45K GLK) will probably be 55-60K. Of course, these prices are negotiable. And of course, everything is optional.

    Not my cup of tea either...if I had the money, I'd just go all in and get a GL Bluetec, but that'll be much pricier and much more posh. Or privately import an old G and not pretend.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,245
    Congrats on the eye surgery. Note that if your DL shows you have glasses you may want to get it updated. Wouldn't want an LEO questioning your vision should you be involved in an accident.

    (My wife had eye surgery in 2002 and never regretted it once.)
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,694
    Funny, the wife mentioned this to me when she came home yesterday. Hopefully they will not make me take the eye test again and pay another fee as mine is valid till November of 2018. I will give it some time to make sure I heal properly and will wait till the eye doctor tests me to make sure that I am perfectly fine.

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    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,694
    You are probably right here but it was really a nasty drive back to Nissan and I would be a very angry customer if it were my vehicle! A new vehicle should not act like this as Nissan has used CVT's for awhile now and the bugs should have been gone long ago. Just look at the new Accord...no complaints that I've heard about their CVT tranny but maybe they have just handled any problems with minimal reporting to the auto press. Either way, I'd hope Nissan would've compensated folks with a couple of free oil changes or something for the hassle of going through this ordeal...give the customer something of value to make up for this weird experience!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,297
    When I had mine done, the doc gave me a wallet card. Didn't bother sticking it in the glove box, but I did get the restriction removed the next license renewal.

    Saw some new Fords on a small dealer lot the other day (while my wife was at the eye doc), but just some trucks and SUVs (Edges, mostly). Nothing in the wild.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    Stopped by the MB dealer today, because I spotted a new S-Class. I got to sit in it. It's pretty impressive - like a mini-Maybach in a way, especially the rear seating, which is pretty decadent. This one was a corporate demo with no sticker - so I couldn't get the full option list - but I could see it had pano, distronic, sport, AMG wheels, fancy stereo, and the rear seating might be part of a package too. MSRP on this one supposed to be ~120K. Also saw someone taking delivery of a red CLA. Dealer has some E250s on their website, but none on the lot.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,906
    Saw a matte gray one parked outside of a CVS north of Boston. NH plates.

    At least I thought it was an SL. MB has come out with so many models, I can't keep the alphabet soup they've made straight anymore.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,694
    Have seen a few of them this past weekend and think white makes the vehicle look very plain yet the red is outstanding as well as the gray color. Also saw a new CLA but was totally underwhelmed, guess I still think the C Class is the nicest one of them all. Don't get me wrong, I'd drive one in a second but I'd prefer the C if I did have a choice. But doubt that will ever happen since I don't think I could, or would spend that much on a vehicle. I think $20k or a little above would be the highest I would ever spend on a depreciating asset. But one never knows what could happen in the right situation...all I do know is that I am going a bit more lux with the next vehicle no matter what. We even discussed that today over lunch and I got no resistance what so ever except that whatever I do end up getting, the wife will be able to drive it when she wants to so I kinda said...o k. Since we have different driving styles, I am a bit hesitant to let her drive my Civic as that constant on and off the gas pedal just drives me nuts and wastes so much petrol...I prefer a constant pressure with my right foot at all times and a smoother drive at all times. But I've always disliked whenever someone, even the kids, drove my vehicle as I like things a certain way and hate when things are "changed". I even hate it when someone looks into my closet or drawers without me being around...a personal flaw I know but I am a bit protective of my stuff.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    edited October 2013
    Can you get an S-Class as lavish as the old Maybach, i.e. reclining rear seats, window curtains, etc.?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    edited October 2013
    There is going to be a special LWB and Pullman version of the new S-class that will pretty much be like a Maybach for half the 2004 MSRP. The car I looked at had rear bucket style seats that reclined.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    Saw a couple new Fiat Ducato-based Dodge vans this morning, along with a 2014 Mazda 3 (I don't think it's pretty).
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Really? I think it's the closest we'll get to an Alfa hatchback here. The sedan isn't as good, though.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Friend's dad has been having health issues and could no longer climb in and out of a Boxster, so he sold it and got...an Acura RDX.

    I will have to hit him up for a ride once he's feeling better.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    Yeah, I saw a sedan. Meh. The hatch has always been the best 3.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    Saw a RL-X (so they've sold 3 now) and a CLA with aftermarket wheels, that was quick.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,906
    and a CLA with aftermarket wheels, that was quick

    Well since they probably leased the car they might be doing rent to own on the rims.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    I don't know if the highline lease crowd is the same as the rent-a-rim crowd, at least in my part of the country. Even a lease on one of these is probably going to be too dear for that demographic. They might be cheap Chinese wheels of debatable metallurgic quality, however.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,906
    edited October 2013
    I don't know if the highline lease crowd is the same as the rent-a-rim crowd, at least in my part of the country.

    It's a CLA not a CLS.

    The driver is probably a $30K millionaire living in his parent's basement financing $15 martinis on his Green Card.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,287
    Did a walk around on a 2014 Impala this AM. I dunno..nothing earth-shattering here...it sort of says to me: "Oh, GM finally gets it and is making cars that look like they were built in 2014".

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    edited October 2013
    And a 35K car (as most will be) is still above average, and out of reach for the majority of buyers. At that level it is really no different than the classic base C/3er/A4/IS/G etc that has been a lease favorite for eons. It just has more flash.

    You still need good credit and some cash flow to lease - not as easy for youngsters as it once was. Unless mom and dad sign for it or something.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    edited October 2013
    Compared to the previous one, which was a mediocre at best 2006 car still being made in 2013, it's a leap forward.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,287
    yeah, it does look up to date. I didn't drive it, though, because the salesman was hovering over me like a yellowjacket on a piece of chicken. Very annoying. The man was hun-GRY.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,978
    The cars change, the tactics don't. In an area like SF, I have to imagine such a car is a slow seller, so anyone showing interest will be pounced upon.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,297
    Just read a consumer review today where the dealer "lost" the customer's car keys.

    And yet, after a five hour ordeal, the customer still purchased a car from them. Just makes me shake my head. That trick must be as old as me.

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    That's why you always bring a spare set of keys.
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