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Jaguar XJ
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I like money
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2011 Buick LaCrosse CXS; 2014 Buick Encore (wife's)
  • Re: Buick Encore

    If your wife is like my wife or many of the other middle-aged women I met a the dealership she definitely will go for the Encore. My daughters have a 2015 RDX and Terrain and recently a 2014 Escape. Nice vehicles in their own right, but we believe they are too big and not as luxurious as the Encore.

    We have the 2014 saddle-leather trim level with all the goodies except for the 6-speaker Bose stereo--in hindsight a big mistake. Since my wife is the primary driver of the Encore I merely tag along for the compliant and quiet ride.

    The vehicle is spacious enough for 4 adults but certainly not five; and I agree with everything that @suydam said. The GPS and infotainment system is very intuitive, at least for me, since I also own a Buick LaCrosse. However, the GPS address entry is cumbersome. We do not use that feature, instead we rely on voice command or Onstar. The voice recognition is great, very infrequently do we have to repeat instructions. Nonetheless, the high resolution 3-D map is first rate. Kudos to Intellilink.

    One major and two minor complaints. My wife believes that the liftgate should have an automatic feature. When it is raining it is very inconvenient to manually open the lift gate. Although the Encore looks and feels upscale it lacks push-button start and directional grid lines in the back-up camera. Not a deal breaker but it would have been a nice touch.
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Downloaded Windows 10 to my 2-year old Toshiba Laptop. It's an upgrade from Windows 8.1.

    I'm debating trying to upgrade my 9-year old HP Pavilion laptop(AMD Turion ML37 (2 GHz)) to 10 if it will try.
    Currently Win XP Pro version used for Media Center. I have a copy of Win 7 that I can try installing on it first.

    As for my other two laptops, I think I'll clone each one to a spare hard drive. Then if I don't like Win 10, I can just clone my original drive back onto each.

    No worries; you'll like (love) Win 10 but that 9-year old HP has to go. RIP
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Actually, the S Class I like the least is about a 2010 model like one of my neighbors has. I have only ever seen him in it, and he is probably 5 ft 8. What he needs this giant car for I don't know. His house is nice but is about 60 years old, I have never seen his car go out or go into the garage, and I doubt if it would fit anyway.
    Hey Driver, aren't you a tad judgmental? The man has BIG car because he can afford it and an older home because of its charm and coziness. Be a good neighbor and offer to help him clean his garage so he can park his car inside.
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    (Directed to CCBA and Buying and Selling cars boards)
    Guys, I agree that we are all entitled to our opinions, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and that we are getting too PC these days. Whomever said it is not bullying I experienced, that is only correct because it was not directed specifically at me. I didn't say I was bullied but said "kind of felt" like one who was. If someone wore braces but a nearby crowd ridiculed having braces, even though it's not personal, how would that person feel? It my case, it was like my car buddies were kicking dirt my way. Yes, some car-people are sensitive to comments because, whether right or wrong, they consider their car as an extension of themselves. That said, I don't think we should be afraid of offending someone by having a different opinion, or be afraid of not being PC, as long as it's not egregious. Our lives, work, and even hearing the news today can be stressful enough, so in my leisure time being in a place where some personal values are being trashed isn't a place I want to hang around. If you disagree with me, or think I need to "grow a couple", that's fine, this is where I'm at. With all that, know that I truly appreciate the supportive comments, and, for that reason, I'm still here.
    Like Mike, I too missed your post on buying a new Lexus. I do not read the CCBA thread so I missed the banter. Nonetheless, congrats on your new wheels and enjoy the ride.
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    In a day I never thought would really happen, the local Toyota dealer,who had diagnosed excessive oil consumption in our 07 Camry with 156K on it. We knew it had the problem but got an unsolicited letter last March saying to get it tested. We knew it used excessive oil but this was a surprise. We tested positive and they said they would correct the problem no matter the mileage. They took it today and said to expect three days. If it can be fixed with rings they'll do the. Otherwise they'll replace the engine. I'm stunned.

    Meanwhile they gave us a 14 Camry as a loaner.

    That's crazy! Your car isn't even that bad and they are ready to fix it or replace the engine....GG's car is undriveable and GM won't budge. What is the world coming to.
    In September 2014, Forbes wrote "General Motors didn't hire Johan de Nysschen to run Cadillac as a shrinking violet." But apparently Johan did not get the memo as overall Cadillac's June sales were down (-3.1%). Do you think GG's travails documented here may have anything to do with that outcome?

    The SRX was the only gainer, +23.5 percent
    The ATS was down (-6.2%)
    The CTS was down (-29.4%)
    The XTS was down (-14.5%)
    The Escalade was (-20.2%)

    By contrast, all the foreign brands sales were up in June. Go figure.

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