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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,602
    I drove by my local BMW dealer recently, and like every time I do, I was astounded by the huge number of new cars they have there. Lot after lot of them (and another dozen inside the palace!)

    Someone must be buying a lot of them. They even have plenty of the real expensive ones you rarely see out on the road.

    Wish that money train would run through my house!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • Ya, one of the company parking lots that I walk thru a couple of times a day has a nice new triple black 535i in it. I coupld look at that thing all afternoon... What a killer looking car, a complete 180 from the earlier mishmash design...
  • berriberri Posts: 4,018
    BMW is indeed selling well. But I believe they offered their dealers some pretty good incentive cash to take on inventory before the end of the year which also may explain part of the dealer lot inventory build up. I guess it's that sales race with MB thing?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    WTOP was talking about this on the radio today, how big the incentives are now. GM just revealed their new pickups and those are at the top of the list, along with lux cars.

    Saw a new ES hybrid today. On that car why not go with the hybrid, really.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,459
    It was a nice shade of metallic red.
    Pretty good looking.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Driving on K street. Probably a green lobbyist.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,944
    Freshly plated Elantra GT, white, pano - not bad at all.

    Freshly plated A8 - to think that a mere 4 weeks I was zooming across Germany in one. I want to go back. Also saw an S400 Hybrid, rare bird.

    Rode in a friend's Prius C that he bought about 7 months ago. Actually seems adequate for city driving, but highway merging is another story - you have to strangle the poor thing. I don't like the gauges. I guess that's the price you pay for mileage - unless you live in a first world country and can get a small diesel car.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    C works well for its intended environment, at half the cost of an EV. Back seat is usable, too. Center mounted gauges are dorky, though, even on a Z8.

    Its achilles heel is the tiny fuel tank - just 9.5 gallons. I bet the low fuel idiot light goes on once you've used 7 gallons or so. Ridiculous.

    Elantra GT would make my short list for a small hatch.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    One of the big boys, LWB and high top, on Washington Circle.

    Also spotted a new Accord. Subtle changes but much improved.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,944
    I suppose that environment is one with no acceleration concerns, and no hills. It's not just the location of the gauges that annoy, but the gauge itself. It seems too small, with a lot of wasted space.

    My friend was about 50 miles into a tank of gas, and his range was down to about 250 miles. Not a good road trip car. Oh, and the windows fog up easily, have to keep the HVAC going at a highish speed constantly. But, I guess that's what you get for the cheapest hybrid.

    I think the range on my rental A8 upon fillup was something like 1280kms!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The speedo gauge doesn't have much news to report. ;)

    I bet if they adds a heads-up display it will beam the MPG on the screen instead of the MPH. :D

    My Garmin tracks how much time my Miata sits idling, though, and it's a *LOT* of the time. Would be nice if they added a smooth start/stop to it. Well implemented that would get half the benefit of a hybrid for much lower cost.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,944
    I suppose on roads above 50mph, speeding is a rarity. I wish HUD was more common, I have loved it on the BMWs I have driven, awesome feature for those few of us who like to watch the road.

    The A8 I drove had stop/start. Annoying in a land of uncontrolled intersections when you want to turn left onto a crowded arterial in a car the size of a house. I could have disabled it, but I left it on and used it as a skills challenge. I don't know if it helped mileage.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    DC is very flat, used to be a swamp until they back-filled it.

    Go 90 minutes west and you hit some ~4000 ft peaks, but even those seem like hills compared to the mountains out west.

    I went to Taos once and could barely breath at the 11,819 ft peak of Taos Ski Valley. *gasp*

    Any how, the Prius C has plenty of power for DC. You rarely go over 35. Even the Beltway is only 55.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,944
    My friend drove the C cross country, GA to WA. Said it wasn't too troublesome until he hit Montana, then he'd have semis riding his bumper. He recently drove it to eastern WA - said it is suited to the right lane, and on some higher elevation longer inclines, it was wheezing a little.

    Many areas of the Seattle area are very hilly - one reason I don't have an urge to drive a stick here. Too much work. The biggest plus to that Prius here is slow dense traffic, where it is in its element.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wow what a poor choice of cars to take cross country! Is he sane? ;)

    I doubt a Smart ForTwo would have been any better. Or a Fiesta, Yaris, or Fit, or Versa, etc.

    At altitude I'd spec out a turbo if I had to go subcompact, so maybe a Sonic with the 1.4T.

    But for a long drive like that, you go for the longest wheelbase possible, great seats, a V6 at least, and a bladder busting fuel tank capacity for big time range, so you only stop when you choose to.

    The C doesn't check off anything on my wish list for a trip car.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,944
    It was a one way move to a new job, and that was his existing car. Not much choice. But at least his fuel bill was low.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited December 2012
    Got it, once in the car's lifetime, that's enough. ;)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,058
    edited December 2012
    Oh I dunno. I drove all over in a VW Bug in the late 60s/early 70s and survived. Builds character. :shades:

    I'd even entertain a longish trip in a Miata so long as I didn't have to get on any freeways.

    (What would be "longish" in a Miata anyway - could you tolerate six hours?)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    More than an hour with the top down and you start to get "wind burn". With ear plugs you can go a little longer.

    I took a 3 hour drive with a buddy and he was all gung-ho, but about 90 minutes in he caved and wanted the top up.

    If I had to I would, but there are better choices for a long road trip than a short wheelbase roadster.

    I'd love to drive to Deal's Gap but that's about 8 hours from here.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,944
    Saw a Gran Coupe this morning - I think it looks pretty nice, should get some sales from the execucriminal set. Also a new Accord that I think was a base model (rear appeared to have spaces for dual exhaust, but this car only had one tip), and an unplated new ES heading towards the dealer.
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