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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 12,257
    edited February 2013
    How the hell was I going to get a car with a blown engine down to Florida

    Very sorry to hear that you lost your brother.........it must be very difficult losing a brother or sister.

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    There seems to be good deals on cars in Florida but I don't know if it is mostly hype. Like ads that show a very low price, but then the fine print says "with your $4000 trade in". To me, that is deceptive...why would you even do that.

    Also, very high dealer prep costs in Florida...$600 or $700 is common. Some dealers don't charge dealer prep, but it probably gets added in somewhere...less discount. There are large volume dealers who do seem to have low prices.

    There are more Gennies down here than most places. Retired people here like getting a car that is fully loaded at a reasonable price. This is the land of the Grand Marquis...lots of car for the $$$$$.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    Sorry to hear about your brother. We lost my wife's father just a few months ago and he was only 58. It's not easy. My condolences.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 12,257
    As good as I think the interior/dash is in the S4, the A6 trumps it

    Nice review of the A6, enjoyed reading your thoughts about these cars. One reason they gave us a good deal on the A4 was they hoped when it was time for me to trade in the 535 they could convert me to an A6.

    I have sat but not driven an A6 but I like the feeling of the 535 more. It's a very personal difference, the 535 seems to have bigger windows, better vision. Audi has nicer interior and seats. I would have to drive them both to really decide. But, the 5er is just one year old, so it might be awhile before I have to decide...maybe I'll test an ATS too!

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,818
    It’s a long story and not pleasant...

    Please accept my sincerest and heartfelt condolences re: you brother. Quite a shock, I would imagine. If you look at this tragedy from a slightly different perspective, the loss may be muted a bit - 25 years ago, if your brother had a the same condition, he would have had a very low chance of surviving 3 years - but because of modern miracles, you had your brother many more years. May The Lord bless you, your brother's family and his spirit!

    FWIW, Genny’s are a dime a dozen in Florida; at least they are in the Delray Beach area. I don’t think I saw less than two in any parking lot aisle I was in and I didn’t have to look hard to find those. Here in the Burgh area, they’re kinda elite beasts.

    Actually, the south Florida market is the largest market for Huyandi. Specifically, the Sonata and Genesis. I see more of them here than any other make, including Toyota, Volkswagon and Chevrolet.

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

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,818
    Last Wednesday, on my way to take Dad for our morning walk, I lost my balance and went down the concrete stairs head first. Ambulance took me to the emergency room and I was admitted with:

    Torn rotator cuff of my right shoulder
    Protruded disc at L3/L4 vertebrae
    Bruised neck - left side
    Concussion on back/right side of head

    The EMT's told me that I was lucky to be alive. So what little posting I did over the last week was done from a hospital bed. Yes, The Lord was with me that day, for sure!

    Now I have to go for outpatient physical therapy. Sure is good to be home.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,715
    Oye! Mike! That's quite a spill you took. I wish you a speedy recovery & am glad you are OK.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 2,014
    Oh no, Mike. As bad as those injuries are, glad that, as the paramedic said, it wasn't worse.

    Pretty impressive that we didn't even notice your posting volume go down.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,818
    edited February 2013
    Pretty impressive that we didn't even notice your posting volume go down.

    Now that's what I call a blow below the waist! Guess my posts aren't as interesting as the others.

    I'll work hard to improve the quality of my post - I promise!

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

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,275
    jmonroe...so sorry about your brother. My condolences.

    ti....still feel the TL SH AWD is the best near lux sports sedan for the money. The Germans are better. But, you'll pay a significant amount to make that leap from the TL. Have said it before, I must be the only person on the planet that liked the TL's current styling. But, I do. It's getting a little long in the tooth. And, Acura is falling behind a bit on MPG and tech (which is really unusual for Acura). So, the new TL/RL can't come quick enough.

    But, you drive a TL and then jump in a 3 series or Audi, and the differences are immediately apparent. But, in some instances, the TL is close to the BMW or Audi. In other areas, the differences are pretty significant. You pay for those, however.

    driver...although we're talking about $50K+ cars in the 5 series or an A6, I think in that price range, they represent the very summit of "luxury sports sedan". A6 can be bought low $50s (discounted) with a supercharged V6, with 8 speed trans, and all the tech you could possibly want.

    535i is going to hit the $60K+ mark for essentially the same perforamance and tech. Audi is quickly becoming my personal darling. I like the brand's tilt towards handling and performance first with luxury serving the sport aspect of the cars.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,730
    I just ran it, and my laptop through the wireless came up as 18.5/10.5. That is with Comcast cable coming in. So seems more than fast enough for doing this!

    our TV has built in wireless, and streaming netflix though it is just like watching real TV to me.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,739
    Mike, glad you made it to a hospital quickly. Lets hope nothing else appears.

    My mom (85 yrs old) fell just before Christmas banging her head on a chair.

    After diagnosing a slight stroke (inoperable) she's almost as good as before with a lot of help from Amedisis (medicare provided RN, LPN, Phys Ther, etc) who have been a lifesaver for us. We had no idea what to do until they arrived. We couldn't even get her down the steps to go to the doctor. She now has a clean bill of health and a wheelchair and walker just to avoid any further falls.

    I'm only 62, but very cautious of ICE, STEPS and WET surfaces as I fell on my butt on ice on the front steps shortly after moving here. We're getting a wheelchair ramp and new front porch put in to the tune of $11k and a new accessible shower for the master bath for another $4k. If mom doesn't use it I will in time. (only I'll need a power chair with feel of the carpet and leather).

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,730
    like this one? There is another cartoon that is better but I can't seem to find it...

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    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,730
    though this one could be good for the snow.

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    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,739
    Wow, that's way better than my Polaris quad.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    Yes, sorry to hear about your brother.

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    I know you are an audiophile. I'm not sure which radio your wife's 328i has, but my car has the base stereo & it is sort of on the weak side.

    Ever since I assembled a decent home system I've been less critical of my cars' audio. My wife's car has what BMW calls the "Hi Fi" speaker system, which gets you the door-mounted tweeters in the A pillars. Not anywhere near great, but tolerable.
    Funny thing; I installed an Alpine AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM head unit in the '02 and replaced the crappy Rat Shack surface mount speakers with Pioneer TS-X200 surface mounts and it sounds remarkably good. Add a decent small sub and it would sound phenomenal.

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    Glad to hear you are on the mend. I had about 3 weeks of PT when my back acted up. A good Therapist can make a huge difference in both comfort and mobility.

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,684
    edited February 2013
    Have a new job as a vehicle transporter for a local company with Hertz, Dollar, Sixt and Fox(local outfit) as it's main clients and it's been pretty hectic. Done 2 trips from Miami to Tampa and did a Miami to Ft. Myers run today. Plus I've done some local runs and within the Ft. Lauderdale airport moving of vehicles. Even went to the Manheim Ft. Lauderdale Auction site yesterday. Have driven numerous vehicles and it seems to be the perfect gig for a retired gent like myself. Sometimes the hours have been long and we don't always know the day before about the schedule...most work comes within 2 hours of when the crew chief calls us so flexibility and a texting cell phone are a must. I am an independent contractor but luckily since my wife is a CPA, she's already informed me what I'll need come tax time next year.
    So far though...I'm having a blast. I've started "The Sandman Chronicles" over in the Chronic Buyers forum, just my observations about the different vehicles I get to drive. I feel like I've died and gone to automobile heaven!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 12,257
    Ambulance took me to the emergency room and I was admitted

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear that Mike. Life gets so fragile as we get older....accidents can happen so easily.

    I understand a torn rotor cuff is a very painful injury, not to minimize the others which sound pretty serious too.

    Hope you have a speedy recovery.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 12,257
    Audi is quickly becoming my personal darling. I like the brand's tilt towards handling and performance first with luxury serving the sport aspect of the cars.

    I would say the same. Audi is making cars the way BMW did 10 or 20 years ago. I am hoping they don't follow BMW and try to gouge consumers with a pile of options, and that they don't try to Buickize the handling and driving to suit American tastes.

    If an A6 is several $1000 less than a 5 Series it will be well worth looking at. The A4 was about $11K less than a comparable 328, and we liked it more!

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 12,257
    . Have driven numerous vehicles and it seems to be the perfect gig for a retired gent like myself.

    Sounds like fun. There are some jobs that suit retired people perfectly, and that seems to be one of them. The guys who drive the courtesy cars at the dealerships seem to enjoy their work too. One fellow I know drives cars from the dealership to the car auction.

    Better than being a Walmart greeter!

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 5,540
    Last Wednesday, on my way to take Dad for our morning walk, I lost my balance and went down the concrete stairs head first.

    Mike, you are one lucky guy and we’re all glad you’ll be OK.

    Thankfully you have a hard head. :)

    jmonroe

    '09 Genesis V8 and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 5,540
    Have a new job as a vehicle transporter for a local company with Hertz, Dollar, Sixt and Fox(local outfit) as it's main clients and it's been pretty hectic.

    I never heard of Fox either until my two sons and nephew rented a Malibu from them when they were in south Florida a few weeks ago due to my brother’s death. The car was almost new. It had something like 844 miles on it when they got it. The cost was just a little over $100 all in for a week (typical Florida rental color of White).

    Good luck with your new adventure. If Mrs. Sandman is anything like Mrs. j she’s probably glad you’re out of the house.

    jmonroe

    '09 Genesis V8 and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,275
    abacomike....so sorry to hear of your mishap. Please get well soon.

    sandman....cool job. I'll have to go over to the "Chronic...." thread and check out your posts.

    I'm thinking I'd love a job like that.

    Not often, but sometimes my work does take me to more interesting places than Poukipsee (sp?). Looking like I'm working in Milan, Italy for a week or so come the first of March. :)
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,956
    Mike, I am so very sorry to hear about your fall. I hope that your therapy goes well. I can well imagine how good it feels to be at home now. You are such a trooper. Your plate stays so full but, like the energizer bunny, you just keep on going. What about your dad? Do you have some temporary help? You can't very well take care of yourself and him, too. As I have said before, it's time to think about you. Do take care of yourself. You're on my prayer list.

    Richard
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,956
    Congrats on that new job, or should I say wonderful hobby? Not only is it fun, but it keeps you young and active. Enjoy!

    Richard
  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 2,014
    edited February 2013
    Now that's what I call a blow below the waist! Guess my posts aren't as interesting as the others.

    I'll work hard to improve the quality of my post - I promise!


    I was (and still am) pretty impressive that with the extent of injuries you had, you continued to post. I didn't notice a drop in quantity.

    There was no need to say anything about quality. Your posts are always good.
  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 12,257
    The cost was just a little over $100 all in for a week (

    Florida car rental rates are good, but, I don't think they are that good. I did get a special, 3 week rate of $480 for a Fusion, but even that was spectacular.

    Was that a misprint? I just checked renting a Malibu in Tampa on Hertz and it was $484 a week. Did he rent it from Bob? A Boblibu?

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,364
    jmonroe - my sympathies. I can't imagine losing a brother. I probably won't have to as they are healthy as horses - I'm the one with everything but you never know. Anti-rejection are so huge. That's why they did my transplant the way they did (with a heart they had no choice on your brother). Before giving me the stem cells they removed all the donor's t cells so I would have to grow my own. It takes a year or more but no rejection issues. Stay tuned.

    Mike - Oy! I have a rotator cuff strain and am going through PT on it. They keep saying "you're lucky it isn't a tear. I can only imagine. Get well, my friend.
  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,248
    edited February 2013
    The EMT's told me that I was lucky to be alive.

    Mike, so sorry to hear of your unfortunate fall and resulting injuries. Sounds painful but with time you will be as good as new. Meanwhile, I hope your father was not traumatized by the experience as you are his primary caregiver.

    Don't know if you are able to drive yet. If not, I would be happy to take care of the MB E350 while you recuperate. Just send me the keys and I will take of the rest.

    Stay Blessed
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