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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,968
    Subaru XT.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,197
    That's it. Looks like it could've come out of Darth Vader's TIE fighter!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Edmunds member RSHolland owned one that made him swear off VWs forever.

    VW is funny, no? They have both extremes. Haters with a bad previous experience, and rabidly loyal fans.

    There seems to be no middle ground among the VW owners I've met.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Shucks, bad time to leave the computer. Knew that one. paisan owned an XT6 that I drove.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,178
    Funny thing, back in the day my grandparents were thinking of a new car, and I recommended that 1990 style Passat. My young eyes thought it was so modern and German looking, and it was fairly priced. They also didn't have the horrible rep yet. Good thing they actually bought a Taurus - even though those can have issues, theirs was OK. No doubt the Passat would have been on a tow truck all the time.

    I'd roll the dice on a US built new Passat, but many of the others scare me.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The new one got dulled down. Doesn't do anything for me, though a TDI is always interesting.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,178
    Dull, but handsome enough, and a loaded TDi for ~30K isn't the worst value out there. Probably the most reliable Passat ever, too, as it is shaped for this market.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    With the Accord averaging 30mpg per CR and the Altima 31mpg, the appeal of a diesel (36mpg) diminishes for me, since diesel costs way more than gas around here. You break-even on fuel cost.

    And both of those cost a lot less, and have better tech. Passat doesn't even have a backup cam.

    Wagon's also gone.

    The only real advantage is the excellent range, and Altima is still close.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,178
    Diesel makes sense for larger heavy vehicles. Will be a tough sell on smaller lighter things, as gasoline engine technology improves and mileage shoots up.

    I suspect actual transaction prices on a loaded Passat vs EX-L aren't too far off. But neither are the fuel costs, and the latter will have lower maintenance I am sure.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,460
    edited April 2013
    :surprise: > :) :( :D :confuse: :shades:

    (no message, but the tools are back).

    Did they take off the limit on how many could be in one post?
    :) :( :D :mad: :cry: :P ;) :surprise: :blush: :confuse: :sick: :shades: :lemon:
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,591
    edited April 2013
    How'd you manage that? When I tried to post the 6th Emotorcon, I got a pop-up that essentially said "enough already". :confuse: :D

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,591
    edited April 2013
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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,460
    Post. Edit. Add 4. Post edit. add4. :)

    I have been missing the emoticons. It felt good to load up on them in that post.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,591
    Sneaky LOL.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,701
    image

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,923
    Ford Atlas concept pickup truck.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,591
    Yep, Ford dropped one off at the home office garage today for the rest of the crew to admire.

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  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Post. Edit. Add 4. Post edit. add4.

    I have been missing the emoticons. It felt good to load up on them in that post.


    If you know the code you can put in as many as you like !!

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,649
    G'day

    Possibly a Reliant Scimitar, but not sure of model. Proof that Reliant could makes something more than awful three wheelers

    Cheers

    Graham
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,701
    Dang, I thought it would last a while but yes, that's a 1966 Reliant Scimitar SE6A


    I'm more familiar with the Scimitar GTE, which I believe was more commonplace>

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    None of the Reliants were ever imported here and I have never even seen one.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,701
    image

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,923
    On the bottom of the plate with the '5' on it, it says 'Mobil Economy Run'.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,701
    That's correct, the car is an entrant in the UK Mobil Economy Run.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,649
    G'day

    You are better than me on the models. Somewhere in the depths of my memory there is some story of a connection between the Scimitar GTE and the Volvo 1800P. Ogle designed the GTE (and also the Reliant Robin and Bond Bug).

    The Scimitar GTE was vaguely famous in Britain as Princess Anne was given one for her 20th birthday and then replaced it with several later models (some reports suggest eight in total); she is a notoriously quick driver, as speeding tickets and press coverage attest. We would occasionally see her driving too fast when we lived near Gatcombe Park in the 1990s

    Cheers

    Graham
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,393
    That is a Daimler (I don't remember the model designation. It may have just been '2.5' because the car had a 2 1/2 liter V-8.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,178
    edited May 2013
    I think they were called 2.5 or 250. D registration suffix would be ~1965.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,701
    Yup, you picked up the ridges on the grille shell that cosmetically distinguish the Daimler V8/2.5 from it's near twin , the Jaguar 3.8/Mk.II.

    The Daimler's little V8 is the same one used in the SP250/Dart roadster.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,393
    i'll take this opportunity to ask a question. Were the differences between the Daimler 2.5 and the Jag Mk. II just the engine and minor cosmetics or were they different in other mechanical ways or in their interiors?

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,649
    G'day

    In general, Daimlers were slightly better finished than their Jaguar counterparts. For the 250 V8, this extended to a walnut dash and full instrumentation and I think slightly fancier leather interior.

    In general terms, Daimler models attracted a price premium because they were seen as more exclusive. I seem to remember this was about GBP10,000 by 1990.

    The engine was about 50kg lighter than the 3.2l Jaguar 6 and the stance of the car is different if you see them side by side. I have a vague recollection that springs and dampers might be different as well.

    They came standard with an auto transmission. I have a couple of mates who are mad keen Jaguar fanciers and could tell me all the differences; however my eyes would glaze over first!

    Cheers

    Graham
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