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bwia
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Jaguar XJ
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I like money
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2011 Buick LaCrosse CXS; 2014 Buick; Encore (wife's); 1999 RAV4
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  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    So, shopping done. Won't keep you in suspense. Drove the Cobra and it is "All That". I think Snakeweasal put it into perspective for me.....drop top, great condition, fun, it's a Cobra. I bought it last night. Thought about it. What tilted it was tying up $37K on a car I'll only drive 5 months out of the year. And, I doubt I'll ever run into a car like the Cobra ever again. If I decide to sell it, I won't lose nearly the money I would lose on the new GT. Don't get me wrong....GT was a fun drive. And, for all intents and purposes, the price was right. The Cobra was tough to pass up, though. It's practically an 18 year old new car. In two years, I'll be able to put historical plates on it. The seller ended up being a nice guy. Not sure if I mentioned, his wife bought the Cobra new for him on their 20th wedding anniversary. It's never seen rain, nor snow....always garaged. All paperwork on it, even the MSRP sticker...oil change receipts, new tires (to replace the ones that had flat spots, new battery, new convertible boot (he said the old one never fit right, so he bought a new one, which does fit right). Just a very, very nice car. Craig....I would have jumped all over that GT on the spot with the offer they made if I didn't have the Cobra on the table, too. I told them that I was looking at the Cobra, also. It really was a tough choice because the new Mustangs are probably the performance bargains of this decade. They are a little soft in the handling dept (my CTS actually does a better job), but man are they fun. Plus, they've got all the track apps (of which I'd use maybe a dozen times) and all the modern stuff cars come with these days like bluetooth, heated/cooled seats, etc. For a nice weather weekend car, I think the Cobra will do just fine. Got to get the title transferred today and will take pics, then. Thanks for everyone's input. You guys have all been helpful.
    Sounds like a chick magnet, have fun and congrats. 
     
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    Funny you say that, @graphicguy.

    I've been holding off on saying anything here since we were still in the red zone, but my wife and I found out at the end of May that we are expecting our first in February! My wife has given me permission to keep the GTI for as long as we are a single-child household, but of course, I'm preparing for that to go straight out the window once baby arrives - hoping it does not though.

    I was in Virginia this past weekend for a wedding and was able to get a Charger R/T from the National Executive Aisle - WOW! That car was really a blast. Absolutely blew my mind. Of course, it got approximately 8 gallons to the mile the way I was driving it, but...still fun and lots of space for 1+ children and their gear.

    Might have pulled me off my craving for an S4 as my next ride...
    Congrats. The easy part is done, now start saving for the big expenses ahead.
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    It's now official; next week I begin work as a BMW Genius at my local dealer. I'm looking forward to it; I've talked with others in the position and I couldn't find anyone who wasn't pretty happy with the job. You can read more about it here.
    Cool, the job sounds interesting. I thought one would be utilized after the sale rather than before. Most new high end buyers are technology challenged and a good use of the genius would be to demonstrate the tech, even going to their homes to sync their garage door openers and download apps such as remote start, turning on the HVAC and stuff like that.

    Congrats
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    I feel joy in my heart for Cleveland. After 50+ years the city finally has a pro sports championship. The Warriors played valiantly but were poorly coached in the last three games of the series.

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    Thanks guys.  There are 5 of us at dinner every night, 6 on Monday nights when my wife's Mom comes to watch the kids & Thursday nights when my Mom watches the kids.

    It used to be a kitchen & a dining room.  About 4 years ago, we were visiting my wife's cousin in Charlotte who has a knack for decorating.  We were talking about ripping up the floor, replacing the cabinets, & counter tops.  Now our house isn't that big.  It is a 1432 square foot ranch.  She suggested we knock down the wall inbetween the kitchen & dining room because our dining room is a big portion of the house to only be used a handful of times every year.  We saved up for a few years and are thrilled with the results.
    When we remodeled our kitchen we knocked out the wall between the kitchen and family room and added a breakfast bar. Like your remodel, not cheap but worth every penny.

    After:

    I am so jealous of your remodel. Unfortunately, I did not have such a positive outcome with my townhouse remodel. I thought using my wife, who is recently retired, as my general contractor -- big mistake. First off on the first floor she replaced the carpeting with wood. Good idea, except the quality of the work is substandard. Ditto with the kitchen.

    Apparently, the dictum, measure twice and cut once was not followed. The granite counter top is off by an eighth to a quarter of an inch and the contractor used silicone to fill in the gap. Believing that my wife was on top of the job and should have noticed the mistake, that was not the case. Bummer.

    The townhouse is supposed to be our retirement home when we downsize in a few years but I am so upset with the shoddy job that I am thinking of selling. On the other hand, we will continue to rent it (at a much lower price) and do a professional remodel when we are ready to transition five years down the road.
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