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  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,589
    Wow Mike, where have you been? You should have been a founding member in here. Welcome.

    Thanks, Steve. I was spending most of my posting time over on "Stories From The Sales Frontlines" because I was in the business. But it just got out of hand over there with a specific poster - so I left.

    I know a little about a lot of things, but when it comes to new cars, I know a lot about a lot!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,687
    Oh, a facelift - you should post pics when it arrives. About 2 months ago, I picked up a 2013 model - there are deals aplenty right now.

    Found this online, these are pretty crazy prices.

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  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,589
    Oh, a facelift - you should post pics when it arrives. About 2 months ago, I picked up a 2013 model - there are deals aplenty right now.

    There were deals, but there are fewer than 5 or 6 left on most dealership lots. My dealer has 2 left - luxury models.

    I have seen the car at the auto show - and in the sport package model, it is significantly different than 2013's. That's why I ordered one. They pushed back the major changes to 2016/2017. I expect to hold on to the 2014 until the major change - but history shows that would be hard for me to do. I would really like to hold on to a car for more than 6-10 months - it remains to be seen.

    As for posting pictures, I have not acquired the skills necessary to do that here on Edmunds. I can take pictures on my iPhone and transfer them to my PC, but that's all.

    The car they had at the auto show was almost exactly like what I ordered. Can't wait for its arrival at the dealership.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,687
    edited April 2013
    What colors and options? I have seen the new cars have more of an ala carte option selection. I will admit I don't like the lack of a hood ornament on the sport, but I suppose a lux grille could be swapped in. Pics would have to be uploaded to a hosting site, and linked here.

    My dealer was running low on 13s, but then got in a handful again. The one I chose was what I wanted, other than interior color and a couple extra options on the car. But, the price was ok, so I went for it.

    I wouldn't expect a new model until 2016 at the earliest, yes. I am kind of puzzled about this heavy facelift, seems expensive for a short termer - but the margins on the E have to be huge. I know the facelift has been spotted in Europe for a couple months now.
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    Let me know if I've missed anything.

    I'm not on the list and there's no bets on me, this has got to be a first! :P
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    interesting that after all the quite new and brand new vehicles that you end up back in an older pick up truck, haha. Of course the Sierra is bound to get way better mileage than your old F250...which I assume is finally history now..The 1/2 ton must ride a lot better too..

    The last I had read couple years ago was a bit after you got that great deal on the Escort. Did it end up being a good car for your son? How many miles did he end up putting on it?


    The Sierra is a 3/4 ton diesel, but does ride a bit better than the F-250. The F-250 left a while ago although now hubby wishes it was still here, I tried to tell him to keep it, but he didn't like the truck. Now he's on the hunt for an old pick up truck to call his own.

    The Escort left in August, sold it to a friend of mine. Was a great car, wish I had kept it since it would be cheaper to drive to school than the Sierra. Son put around 9k miles on it and it was a very reliable little bugger, still is.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,448
    Try tinypic.com. Upload the pic there and then copy one of the links you'll get . Then paste the link here. Semi-easy.

    Akangl, I smell a trade along about August 25, just in time for the fall semester.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,654
    I will absolutely do this but the wife is going first, probably in December, and she has her heart set on a Hyundai Accent though I prefer the Kia Rio as I think it looks better inside and out. But her car and her cash so her choice! It's that simple. Unlike you, I plan on keeping my current '06 Civic at least for 10 years if my son doesn't take it before then...it runs well and is cheap to keep so why cut it from the herd. As much as I love cars, I just am not in a position to swap them out very frequently. But it is really cool that you can do that and with such stellar vehicles...very cool!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Welcome, Mike! Glad you're bringing your stories over here to CCBA.

    I'm the unofficial "ops manager" and maintain the punch list, plus the guesses of how many punches we'll have in 2013. Here is the full 2012 list as well as the 2013 punches to date (notice that we count both new and used, lease and purchase):

    2012 Punch List (total 22):
    01/12/12 corvette 2003 BMW 540i 85K
    01/29/12 anon 2007 Toyota RAV4 72K
    02/12/12 tifighter 2007 Mazda Miata PRHT 14K
    02/15/12 breld 2012 BMW X3
    02/15/12 stickguy 2007 Volvo S40 91K
    02/28/12 breld 2009 Honda Odyssey 45K
    03/22/12 nyccarguy 2011 BMW 328xi (lease)
    05/02/12 anon 2012 Toyota Prius
    07/22/12 roadburner 2009 BMW 328i
    07/31/12 breld 2011 Audi A5 17K
    08/05/12 qbrozen 1998 Volvo S70
    08/20/12 breld 2007 VW Beetle 56K
    08/23/12 xwesx 2011 Ford Fiesta 14K
    08/31/12 stickguy 2013 Acura RDX AWD
    09/14/12 steine13 1995 Toyota Camry 123K
    09/23/12 andre1969 2012 Dodge Ram
    09/25/12 anon 2008 Honda Odyssey 57K
    10/30/12 jpp5862 2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 135K
    11/xx/12 jayrider 2012 Buick LaCrosse AWD
    12/17/12 mark156 2013 Honda CR-V EXL w/ nav
    12/21/12 stickguy 2000 Acura Integra LS 166K
    12/23/12 anon 2013 Honda Accord

    2013 Punch List (total 11):
    01/08/13 breld 2011 BMW 335xi 27K
    01/11/13 steine13 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT (lease)
    01/15/13 breld 2010 BMW 328xi wagon 21K
    01/18/13 qbrozen 2013 Nissan Leaf (lease)
    01/19/13 anon 2013 Toyota Sienna (lease)
    02/13/13 corvette 2013 VW Jetta GLI
    02/16/13 fezo 2004 Mazda6 wagon 77k
    02/17/13 fintail 2013 Mercedes E350 Bluetec (lease)
    03/22/13 js06gv 2013 Ford F150 King Ranch 2WD
    04/04/13 kyfdx 2011 BMW X3
    04/09/13 au1994 2013 BMW 335i (lease)

    Hey, ky, how many miles were on your X3? Need to document that.

    And, finally, the guesses on the number of total punches for calendar year 2013:

    Punch guesses for 2013:
    Michaell 15-17
    Xwesx 22
    Stickguy 25
    Qbrozen 28
    Au1994 30
    Anon 31
    Tifighter 34
    Jpp5862 35
    Steve 36
    Roadburner 37
    Nyccarguy 38
    Rayainsw 39
    Ateixeira 40
    Kyfdx 45
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,439
    I still can't believe my 3 punches in 2012 was only good for the bronze medal.

    Though looking at the list, Anony, Breld and I accounted for exactly 1/2 of the total.

    You bunch of slackers.

    Though Mike gets the lifetime achievement award. Not only does he have frequency, he gets bonus points for buying hi end cars.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    I still can't believe my 3 punches in 2012 was only good for the bronze medal.

    Yeah, and I'm surprised I'm still allowed to post here. My last punch was February 2011.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,439
    It's OK. You are always out there looking!

    before 2012 for me, it was 2008! And that was my sons car.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    I live vicariously through you guys.

    And, the folks I work with at the pizza place. Last week a guy traded in a Civic SI for an S2000 - spot delivery. He was driving the Civic again within a week. Guess the financing didn't go through.

    Another person traded in a Hyundai Tuscon for a Nissan Versa sedan.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,439
    I have to live vicariously through my BILs now. Saw a picture of the ones new Cobra kit car (550 HP 427 - what could possibly go wrong?). Can't wait to get up to NY and see it in person. Hope he lets me drive it.

    the other BIL bought his OCD perfect S2000. Though given he is 6'1" and at least 250 at this point, no idea how he fits. That car I should have gone after...

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,589
    edited April 2013
    Though Mike gets the lifetime achievement award. Not only does he have frequency, he gets bonus points for buying hi end cars.

    In 2012, I bought a new 2012 Mercedes E 350 Sport, a Lexus GS 350, and a 2013 Mercedes E 350 Sport. I had the Lexus for less than 5 months, car was awful and Lexus was not responsive to my complaints, so I got out of it and back into a Mercedes again.

    This year, just one - the 2014 Mercedes E 350 Sport Sedan - on or about may 1st.

    It is coming in with the following:

    Metallic Silver w/gray perforated leatherinterior (dark gray headliner and dashboard)
    Light Burl Walnut Trim
    Rear Spoiler
    Lane Tracking Package (includes blind spot monitors)
    Premium Package (only one premium pkg. available for 2014)
    Lighting Package (full LED lighting - they discontinued Xenons) w/curve illumination and adaptive headlights w/high beam assist)
    Sport Package
    Wheel Package w/AMG rims
    Heated/cooled ventilated seats
    Comfort Box in trunk
    Wheel locks
    Keyless Go Package w/electronically operated trunk
    Wood/leather Steering wheel for sport

    MSRP - $64,500 + transportation charges of $940.

    That's it.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,654
    edited April 2013
    Damn, my last punch was in June of 2006 as I don't think I can count my daughters '08 Accent or the other girl's '09 Versa SL as punches since they are in our family stable but not the wife's and mine. So I think I've gone the longest in here without purchasing anything. And if the Mazda continues to behave, that time frame is going to be pushed out well into 2014!

    I have decided and after much thought, I think there will be 43 purchases this calendar year. And none will be mine unless my Milwaukee son decides he really wants/needs a vehicle, then we'll let him take/purchase the Civic and I can finally scratch my itch. But don't see that scenario really happening any time soon. But it would be really cool to get something in this decade...and something totally out of character!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • sb55sb55 On an Island in VermontPosts: 163
    I found this forum a couple of months ago and have been lurking here for a while. I decided to chime in, as I am a chronic car buyer. I bought my 1st vehicle when I was 14 years old. I am now over 58, semi retired and live on an island on Lake Champlain in Vermont. I did a count last year and have owned over 60 cars. The “worst” year I bought 4 cars. I have driven to Florida to trade cars and bought a Porsche on Ebay and had it shipped. I have owned many brands including BMW, Mercedes, Acura, VW, Porsche, Honda, Fiat, Ford, GM, Opel and probably a few more that escape me right now. I used to club race and taught driving at one point.

    So, I guess that I qualify for CCBA. My wife and I currently own 4 vehicles, a 2010 BMW 535 xiT, a 2010 GMC Sierra, a 2007 Mazda Miata PRHT, and a 2006 Subaru Legacy wagon that my 24 y.o. son mostly drives. I used to drive over 35K miles/year, but since moving to Vermont 3 years ago, I doubt that I drive 10K miles anymore. My truck is 3 years old and has only 14K on it and the Mazda (toy) is 6 years old and has only 20K on it. I still love to drive, but don’t seem to do it as much anymore. I did drive over 3000 miles in 2 weeks in Namibia last year while visiting my Peace Corps daughter. I am trying to get my wife to agree to a cross country trip in the Miata, but since we own a tourist based summer visit we can only get away in the colder months.

    Anyway, that’s my story in nutshell.

    2007 Miata, 2010 BMW 535xiT, 2010 GMC Sierra SLE, 2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,654
    Welcome here...and I love your Miata, a perfect ride for me here in South Florida...a friend bought one that year and loves it! You've owned almost all brands so your perspective will be very interesting to say the least. You'll find some of the others are car nuts also who purchase at the drop of a hat. We tend to have fun here and get really excited when anyone purchases a different vehicle. I'm The Sandman and welcome aboard!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,454
    I have to live vicariously through my BILs now. Saw a picture of the ones new Cobra kit car (550 HP 427 - what could possibly go wrong?). Can't wait to get up to NY and see it in person. Hope he lets me drive it.

    If I was building a Cobra replica it would be a Superformance Daytona Coupe:

    image

    That said, I've actually talked to the guys at GKD Sports Cars. They make the Legend- a Lotus 7 kit that takes BMW running gear- anything from a 140 bhp M42 four to a 333 bhp S54 M3 engine:

    image

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,287
    As a first class car swapper, what do you do with the old rides -- trade or sell ?
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    CCBA rules and regs stipulates that cars purchased for immediate family members count. So, sandy, that means the cars you've gotten for the kids helps keep your membership active.

    sb55 - greetings and welcome aboard. We here like to encourage frequent car buying, even though some of us are better at it than others. Keep posting and offering your opinions.

    Updated punch list (I've added Mike's MB, even though he hasn't taken delivery yet), and added sandy's guess of 43 punches for 2013:

    2013 Punch List (total 12):
    01/08/13 breld 2011 BMW 335xi 27K
    01/11/13 steine13 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT (lease)
    01/15/13 breld 2010 BMW 328xi wagon 21K
    01/18/13 qbrozen 2013 Nissan Leaf (lease)
    01/19/13 anon 2013 Toyota Sienna (lease)
    02/13/13 corvette 2013 VW Jetta GLI
    02/16/13 fezo 2004 Mazda6 wagon 77k
    02/17/13 fintail 2013 Mercedes E350 Bluetec (lease)
    03/22/13 js06gv 2013 Ford F150 King Ranch 2WD
    04/04/13 kyfdx 2011 BMW X3
    04/09/13 au1994 2013 BMW 335i (lease)
    05/01/13 abacomike 2014 MB E350 Sport

    Punch guesses for 2013:
    Michaell 15-17
    Xwesx 22
    Stickguy 25
    Qbrozen 28
    Au1994 30
    Anon 31
    Tifighter 34
    Jpp5862 35
    Steve 36
    Roadburner 37
    Nyccarguy 38
    Rayainsw 39
    Ateixeira 40
    sandman 43
    Kyfdx 45
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,589
    Updated punch list (I've added Mike's MB, even though he hasn't taken delivery yet), and added sandy's guess of 43 punches for 2013:

    My guess is 25

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Punch guesses for 2013:
    Michaell 15-17
    Xwesx 22
    Stickguy 25
    abacomike 25
    Qbrozen 28
    Au1994 30
    Anon 31
    Tifighter 34
    Jpp5862 35
    Steve 36
    Roadburner 37
    Nyccarguy 38
    Rayainsw 39
    Ateixeira 40
    sandman 43
    Kyfdx 45
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    and I love your Miata, a perfect ride for me here in South Florida

    Ya better rethink that one sandman..given your bad back etc and your regular comment about "sliding in behind the wheel", the only way you could consider getting in behind the wheel of a Miata, as sliding..is if you were only about 3'10" tall.

    Last year I got down into a friend's 03 and as I got to a certain point, it was down down down into the abyss.. getting out required temporarily swinging a leg out and have it then engage in an outta/offa body experience.. propping it against the car and sorta climbing up it to get back outta the hole..

    This car is sooo low, you think you're gonna get butt burn as soon as you let the clutch out to back outta the driveway..
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,654
    Would never even consider one...just love the look and enjoyed the ride I went in...fun!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Michael, do bikes count?
    My guess for 2013, given the strong start and it's only early stages April, and especially since abacomike is contributing again..I'll go with a fairly conservative estimate of 33.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,654
    Just called the place I was recommended to and am going in at 1 to talk with their installer about what I really want. Am a bit unsure still and not sure the wife is gonna approve but if things work out later, I might just go for it since the Civic is staying in the fleet. Think once it's installed, I'll be a very happy camper and since I can't/won't go out and purchase a new vehicle right now, this is the next best move. Someone please give me some positive feedback on this idea...PLEASE!!!

    Will go talk numbers and see if it will give me what I want, an aux and usb input plus using my android phone through the unit so I can talk without the unit in my ear. Hopefully the sound goes through the car speakers but not really sure how it works. I'm a bit unsure as to what I should do as I'm not very impulsive when it comes to this kinda stuff...it's that logical side of the brain kicking in folks!

    The Logical Sandman :) :confuse: :sick: :shades:

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

  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Oh, that's good..we'd have to pry you out like trying to dig a walnut out of its shell.. :)
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,654
    I know...no my next ride's gonna be a small ute I think as I really want/need to be able to just slide over. If for nothing else, my job is showing me what vehicles I can actually do and not so it's really a great opportunity to try almost everything on the market. That Sorrento yesterday was nice but too large for my needs...goes the ute the next size down would be perfect, the Sportage I think it's called, the Hyundai Tuscon's cousin. A co-worker has the Tuscon, a 2011 I think, and he loves it, says it's a perfect vehicle! We shall see!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,546
    Welcome to the club sb55!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

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