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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,331
    edited April 2020
    Was out just now picking up an online grocery order I made a week ago (almost like Christmas since you forget what you're getting!). Since the dealers are closed I stopped by a couple on my way home to look up-close at what I had only seen driving around until now.

    There is a massive and posh brand-new VW facility here that just opened a little while ago, relocating from their former little steel building that dated from the 1960s. They have a lot more room to store inventory too. I wanted to look at the new Atlas Cross Sport. The regular Atlas never did much for me but these appeal to me a bit more. They had several in inventory but what caught my eye was one with a V6 in metallic red with a tan-and-black interior, very sharp. Seemed pricey to me though at $55K in worthless Canadian dollars. They also had a couple of new Golf R models on the front row, both black unfortunately.

    Just next door was the Kia dealer run by the same group and the Seltos was in abundance. That is a really sharp looking little rig. They had one in a metallic green-gold that was a bit garish but sure caught the eye. There was one next to it in a dark metallic blue that I liked as well. Also saw my first Palisade up close and personal, too big for me but very nice.

    My last stop was the Toyota dealer where they had exactly one new Corolla hatch. Nice enough inside but I hope they come in different trims than this one. Lots of Corolla sedans on the lot along with a huge fleet of various SUV/CUV models.

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Saw some high zoot newish Charger yesterday - had smoked license plate covers so dark you effectively couldn't see the plate, the worst I've seen. Daddy must be a cop.

    Not new, but in my hour of outside time yesterday, I must have seen 10 G-wagens, apparently that group is getting out.
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Saw my first new C8 on the road, white with roof panel removed. Amused me to see a late 70s model shortly after.
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Saw a white Lambo Uterus on the road - not as Marie Antoinette as a Bentayga or Cullinan, but trying. Also a new style G-Wagen, AMG of course.
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Saw a new style Highlander. Puffy, that's a nice way to put it.
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,350
    edited April 2020
    I really don’t get the G wagon. I honestly would rather have a Navigator or Escalade.

    The wagon is beautiful

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    The GLS is meant to go against the Slade or Navi. G is in a world of its own, kind of a mixed demographic comprising Kardashian types/Russian mafia/various money laundering or dynastic wealth types.

    The wagon appears to be stock/configurator photos so far, but I'll probably stop by and look at it when it arrives, just because it is so similar to mine.

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,561
    Don’t forget wealthy athletes. They buy a lot of them

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Those are Kardashian types B)

    It seems AMG to non-AMG for late model examples is about a 95:5 - I'd want the non-AMG.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 190,166
    fintail said:

    Those are Kardashian types B)

    It seems AMG to non-AMG for late model examples is about a 95:5 - I'd want the non-AMG.

    G-class - for those who believe a Wrangler is too plebeian.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 190,166
    Michaell said:

    fintail said:

    Those are Kardashian types B)

    It seems AMG to non-AMG for late model examples is about a 95:5 - I'd want the non-AMG.

    G-class - for those who believe a Wrangler is too plebeian.
    Though, someone one the Wrangler lease thread mentioned an Unlimited with a $75k MSRP

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,350
    75K? What?

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    I'd rather have one G than 2 75K Jeeps.

    They both have stupidly high depreciation floors, too. A nice 2002 G with 200K can fetch 25K.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 190,166
    tjc78 said:

    75K? What?

    Probably $20K of dealer accessories on it - none of which can be residualized.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 194,476
    I think you can only hit about $59K on the Wrangler, without dealer installed items.

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,350
    Gotcha. Forgot about dealer installed stuff.

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    edited April 2020
    Lift kit, big wheels and tires, LED lighting, bullbar, winch, scotchguard, undercoating, ceramic paint treatment, chip protectant, window tinting, VIN etching, clip on plastic angry eyes to intimidate everyone in your cardboard 'n plywood subdivision or in the office campus parking garage where such things are most at home, it probably adds up.
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Finally got my C&D with the E450 wagon long term wrap-up. Man, it almost read like a paid advertisement, they loved that thing. Makes me feel a little better about the monkey on my back. I am also suspect of the resale claim - I can't find a year old absolutely loaded one like that for anywhere near the claimed value. Even base ones are a bit pricier.
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,561
    Can you find one with 40,000 miles on it?

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    edited April 2020
    Nope. But the claimed resale is 20K++ from what one could find a similarly equipped car. Those must be some expensive miles.

    I suspect the depreciation algorithm is using a higher rate based on the prior gen E-class facing faster depreciation due to being a discontinued model.
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,561
    I have no idea what they are using for that. KBB trade? WAG?

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  • laurasdadalaurasdada Member Posts: 3,834
    During todays run, an orange McLaren. Not sure model of how new. But, surprisingly, it was faster than me. Probably more reliable, too.

    A fond, but bittersweet adieu to my '13 Jaguar XF. And so, I present this laurel, and hearty handshake to the new boss; '21 Audi A7 PHEV. '09 Jag XK , '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco ; all special to me. And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... I've yet to buy a car I didn't like. Although, do I really want to drive a car that would have someone such as me as its owner?

  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    ALG. Now that I think of it, I suspect maybe the option load isn't taken into account - I could see a more basic car with a value of their claimed 48K at those miles. But at such a young age, things like Designo, air suspension, driver's assist etc still add value.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,331

    During todays run, an orange McLaren. Not sure model of how new. But, surprisingly, it was faster than me. Probably more reliable, too.

    Speaking of McLarens, here is a reminder that they do not mix well with deep standing water:

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,331
    Allegedly, leaked pics of the 2021 M-B S-class via @earlsimxx on Twitter:

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  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusMember Posts: 13,085
    Looks like an Avalon interior!
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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moMember Posts: 29,232
    Where did they take those pictures...in a garbage dump?

    That interior had great potential if they made the media system run flat across that flat wide area instead of a pop up screen behind the speedometer and one protruding from the console. Could have been the best interior design ever.

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  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWMember Posts: 3,138
    edited May 2020
    Too much shiny finish and what's that bin behind the driver's side windshield? But, I kind of like it although I have an Avalon :p .
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 190,166

    Looks like an Avalon interior!

    I think it looks like a Toyota from the rear.

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Me no likey that steering wheel. I wonder if the gauge screen will eventually change into something else, looks kind of temporary, like something is being tested or maybe even there to fool spy shot photographers.

    Facelift E also has a rear light treatment that seems Asian brand-inspired to my eyes, kind of Infiniti or Hyunkia-ish. It also gets the same headlight style as the A-class. I prefer the pre-facelift.
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Here's what they've done to the E:

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    Not a fan.

    This comes to mind first:

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    And this:

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,561
    Nose looks like a genesis. Tail looks like an Accord, and genetic Asian design. Interior, just looks bad. Like parts falling off. Too much screen action.

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTMember Posts: 16,009
    It looks like the instrument cluster in front of the driver popped out.
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    This makes me think the wagon might be the one I buy, or maybe I'll buy an older model at lease end. Some of these styling elements do not please me, where to me the wagon is pretty much "just right", and I still like W212s as well. W222 S-class has also aged extremely well.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,331
    fintail said:

    Here's what they've done to the E:

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    Fixed it for you.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,331
    driver100 said:

    Where did they take those pictures...in a garbage dump?

    According to the Twitter post, this was a preproduction test model and could not be sold so they always break them up for parts when they are done with them.

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Member Posts: 25,799
    ab348 said:


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    Does that trunk have a symbol that has a Lexus "L" on it?

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Good eye, imid, that appears to be the case. Good way to disguise your prototype/test mule - give it another badge.

    Speaking of prototypes, I spotted this on the road in Stuttgart in 2015 - current E-class:




  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,331
    ab348 said:

    fintail said:

    Here's what they've done to the E:

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    Fixed it for you.
    Fixed my fix.

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Member Posts: 25,799
    I know I'm not the target audience, but there's nothing about that rear that says, "Mercedes Benz" to my eye.

    The prototype in the decomposition yard said "Kia " to me.

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    Did my 2021 E rear end pic not work? Guess one needs to save 'n upload to be safe.

    I think MB is losing some design identity. What really irks me about the E facelift is that the E loses a unique headlight design, something it retained for decades.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,331
    fintail said:

    Did my 2021 E rear end pic not work? Guess one needs to save 'n upload to be safe.

    I think MB is losing some design identity. What really irks me about the E facelift is that the E loses a unique headlight design, something it retained for decades.

    The picture you posted seemed to be missing some message board hieroglyphics and just showed the word "Image" on here so I added the missing bits. It let me see it here the first time but this morning it was gone again, apparently the victim of a linking ban from the source. So I downloaded it from your link and uploaded it to a photo storage site to post that version here

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,722
    edited May 2020
    Weird, I had no idea, as it loaded in my browser - must have something to do with being cached in.

    Thanks for the fix :)
    ab348 said:



    The picture you posted seemed to be missing some message board hieroglyphics and just showed the word "Image" on here so I added the missing bits. It let me see it here the first time but this morning it was gone again, apparently the victim of a linking ban from the source. So I downloaded it from your link and uploaded it to a photo storage site to post that version here

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,331
    Toyota announced the return of the Venza yesterday after being out of the market since 2015. Slots between the RAV4 and Highlander but seems to be built on the RAV platform. Not as offensive-looking as many new Toyotas.

    https://blog.consumerguide.com/first-look-2021-toyota-venza/

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,501
    ab348 said:

    Toyota announced the return of the Venza yesterday after being out of the market since 2015. Slots between the RAV4 and Highlander but seems to be built on the RAV platform. Not as offensive-looking as many new Toyotas.

    https://blog.consumerguide.com/first-look-2021-toyota-venza/

    I always thought the Toyota Edge... I mean Venza... was a good idea. Not sure why it didn’t sell better. Was a great used value for a while there.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,561
    I liked those too. a little goofy looking (lifted and chopped at the same time, like a short person on stilts?) I do recall also it looked a bit off since they were an early adopter of oversized wheels (I think 20's) and that was a weird car to pick.

    but, I agree that they needed a "momma bear" option. When we were shopping recently, I did look at Toyota. Wanted to like the RAV, but it was just a little bit too small. and the Highlander had some nice touches, but was definitely too big. So if they can slot in a 5 passenger with a bit more space and comfort, should be popular.

    It is actually pretty good looking to me. and this factoid was interesting: Venza will differ from every other U.S.-maker crossover in that it will be available only as a hybrid and only with all-wheel drive.

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,350
    My Mom had a Venza. Silver over grey. Nicely equipped but 4cyl. It was basically an Avalon station wagon with a mild lift.

    She loved it, and her only complaint was poor visibility.

    It was as reliable as a Timex never needing a thing.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,561
    new one looks like a bit toned down Lexus RX. and 219 HP from the hybrid powertrain with 40 combined MPG. Seems like a winning package to me.

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