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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,664
    Saw a Scion tC on the road also. Actually, I wil be seeing it a lot, since I bought it. Am curious to know when I will see the first one that doesn't belong to me though!

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ...a maroon Xb, have yet to see an Xa except at the Chicago Auto Show.

    The Bangle 5-series is also growing on me, at least the front and back, with their 'cateye' appearance, are cohesive, if nothing else. Still, I parked next to one (a 525i) at Blockbuster today; nice looking, but this one had black paint with plenty of orange peel, puny looking 16" wheels (said it's come to that, since that was huge ten years ago). Combine that with the smallish back seat, whopping 184hp and massive ~$44k price tag, and I think there are better ways to spend money, y'know? A G35 or TSX and ten or fifteen large, respectively, come to mind.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,880
    the new Galant was on my mind going home from work today. I actually saw two of them on my 3.5 mile trip home, which I think is a record for me!
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,664
    I don't think I have seen a new Galant out on the road. If I did, it certainly didn't make much of an impression.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 21,305
    not the five door hatch...seen in an Enterprise RAC lot. I couldn't tell what it was at firs seeing it from behind. I looked at it harder thinking it appeared to have a 'Yoda emblem on back but was too low a good looking to be a Highlander or Matrix. The tailgate and tailights resembled a Toureg but again, too low to the ground.

    Then it hit me--it's the 6 wagon. It's about the size and shape of a B6 A4 Avant, with the same roofline tapering to the rear. Very nice lokking actually.

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...a black Scion xB traveling south on Roosevelt Blvd. in Philly. It was the first one I've seen on the road.
  • vikdvikd Posts: 187
    ...I test drove a Mazda6 Wagon about 4 weeks ago; wife is looking to replace her vehicle already. It's one of the nicer looking wagons on the market, imo. With the sport package, its pretty darned entertaining to drive too. The engine is a littel less refined than what I would prefer but it's a decent deal for the money...

    Regards... Vikd
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,664
    The dealer where I bought my tC had a black Xb that hadn't been prepped yet, that had black steel wheels (no hubcaps). It may have been the single ugliest vehicle I have ever seen. In a different color with the right wheels, I sorta like it though.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ....just went out for breakfast and as I was looking out the window onto Lincoln Avenue, a very pretty blonde got out of a brand new Maserati Cambiocorsa convertible, in a nice looking but subtle blue with light tan interior. I guess the same could be said of the whole car--nice looking, subtle and I'm sure very fast, but just didn't look like a ninety thousand dollar car to me. I also don't imagine it will have the resale value of something more conventional in its price range, like a 911 or SL, though maybe the opposite is true. If nothing else, she certainly won't see herself coming and going in a Maserati.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    Saw my first Audi A4 convertible (cabriolet?) on the road yesterday. Sharp, sharp looking car. Lady driving it looked to be, oh....I'd say 120 years old.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Coincidentally, yesterday I saw one also. Black, top down. But what's funny is that I was following him, and we passed yet another A4 convertible with the top down. Both black!

    -juice
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    This one was a nice dark blue.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...A Scion xC coupe - black with alloy wheels. It certainly looks better than the rest of the Scion lineup.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Saw just my 2nd ever. These things are just not selling.

    Come to think of it, I might have just seen the same one twice!

    -juice
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...geeze, I'm more likely to see a Duesenberg phaeton than a VW Phaeton on the road. The only time I've seen one was on a display stand at the Philly auto show. Too bad. The car would've made a really nice Audi.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,880
    with the name "Phaeton" on it, it was a pimped-out Town Car stretch limo!
  • player4player4 Posts: 362
    Yesterday 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton, and yes these things aint sellin they wasted sooo much money building the Phaeton factory for a slow selling vehicle in Europe sales are very low and they are even lower in the US. Also saw a 2005 Ford Focuz ZX5.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 21,305
    Weird! How'd the Phaeton name get attached to these steel roofed cars.

    I have seen a couple, one at a dealer, the other in a restaurant parking lot.

    OTOH it looks like the Toureg is a big hit for VW. I see them every day now.

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...was also used on 1957-58 Mercury hardtops and convertibles. The word "phaeton" has become as corrupted as "roadster" these days - as in those pimpy "roadster" fake convertible roofs on sedans. I recall Ford built cars called "pillared hardtops" in the '70s - a contradiction.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,880
    actually, all of the Big Three offered "pillared hardtops". GM offered a slim-pillar Electra and Ninetey-Eight 4-door in the mid-late 60's. It had frameless windows, but still had a slim B-pillar.

    The '73-77 GM intermediates were referred to as "Colonade Hardtops", which was basically just a car with a B-pillar, and frameless windows, even with the 4-doors.

    With Ford, they offered "pillared hardtops" in full-sized models in '73-78. The earlier, c1969-72 style had them as well, I believe. And the '72-76 and '77-79 midsized Ford sedans and wagons had frameless windows, but a B-pillar.

    I think the only Chryslers that were referred to as "pillared hardtops" were the 1979-81 R-body Newport, New Yorker/5th Ave, St. Regis, and '80-81 Gran Fury. They even had a different code to denote "pillared hardtop" in the VIN code. "41" denoted a 4-door sedan, and "43" denoted a 4-door hardtop. They came up with "42" for the R-body, which denotes "pillared hardtop".

    The '95-99 Neon also had frameless windows, and I guess you could call it a pillared hardtop. I don't know how to decode modern Mopar VIN #'s though, so I dunno if they actually used a different classification for it or not.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,880
    I know I also saw a '56 Mercury 4-door hardtop with a "Phaeton" badge at a car show once. So evidently they used it more than just 2 years.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I see plenty of '05 Focii already. They're all over the place. Perhaps the quickest 2005 model launch out there.

    Saw 2 convertible bugs yesterday. The nice weather seems to draw them out.

    -juice
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,880
    2005 Focuses. I've also seen a few Tauruses that look just a bit different up front than what I'm used to. The grille, instead of being so oval, is squared off a bit on the sides. Is that an '05? And I've seen a few '05 Altimas...I like the look of them.
  • a_l_hubcapsa_l_hubcaps Posts: 518
    Andre-

    Those Tauruses are '04s (well, they could be '05s too, I think they recently switched over).

    Today I saw an '04 Diamante, with that odd new front-end treatment. It makes a little more sense in reality than in the press photos, but not much more.

    Also I saw a Scion xB Release Series (orange paint, custom grille). That certainly catches the eye. It was almost the same color as my brother's '77 Celica.

    -Andrew L
  • wimsey1wimsey1 Posts: 201
    Oddly, I also saw the previous gen 500SL seconds before, around the corner, and then the generation before that 1/ hour later.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Saw one of the new drop-tops. Very sharp.

    It's neat, also, how they manage without a B-pillar. Much cleaner than the BMW 6's design.

    -juice
  • wimsey1wimsey1 Posts: 201
    Saw a Crossfire convertible on the road today.
    Top down and looking good.
  • ... silver one at a Toyota dealership. while I appreciate the uniqueness of the xA's and xB's, the tC (IMO) is far more attractive. Fit and finish are excellent inside, and comes standard w/ 17" wheels. While it is a small coupe, it's a bigger car than photos/images convey - all basing in the mid-16Ks. For the money, this is easily a better buy than the base Celica. This car should be a big sales hit for Scion.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 21,305
    I spotted a special ed xB in that metallic orange.
    It might not look good on every car but the colors works well on the xB.

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...a black Cadillac XLR travelling west on Rte 63 near Sumneytown, PA. It's the first time I've seen one on the road and in another color than silver. That baby was sharp!!!
  • player4player4 Posts: 362
    Today Cadillac XLR in loke some kinda metallic gold, also saw a Chrysler 300 in black, Chrysler 300 Touring in green, and a Chrysler 300C in dark blue they were alll very nice!!!! Also saw a Scion tC in some kinda dark red.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 50,813
    I saw 4 300s today, all the "lower" models with no chrome wheels, and a Magnum
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ...was likely a midrange model, and had a BRA on the front. I thought these ugly things died with the '80s. Yes, they protect from bugs and road rash, but the bra also indelibly stains the paint by trapping dirt and moisture underneath, at least eventually (I know, I peeled the bra off my old '86 SAAB after it had been on for probably ten years and it was a big mess). It's scary that bras are even offered for a brand new model like the 300.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 21,305
    those bras have pretty much been supplanted by the 3-M film that's nearly invisibly yet offers good protection against stone chips.

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • player4player4 Posts: 362
    today i saw a 2005 Jaguar S-Type in dark red, and aslo saw a 2005 Chrysler 300C with a mesh grille!!
  • wimsey1wimsey1 Posts: 201
    Saw first Magnum on road rather than at a dealer.
    Same with a Mazda 6 wagon.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Saw a dark green Phaeton at my pool. And two Touaregs within minutes of each other. So maybe VW owners live near each other? ;-)

    -juice
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    I saw one of the new Rolls on the opposite side of the highway. Its definitely a head turner, thats for sure.
  • jaserbjaserb Posts: 858
    Saw a Chevy SSR - cartoonish, but not in a bad way. Also a new style A4 Avant. Nice.

    -Jason
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,880
    from the all-Mopar nationals at Carlisle PA, and can now say that I've seen more Dodge Magnums than you can shake a stick at. Rode in one too, on a test drive event.

    They also had a pre-production model of the Dodge Dakota, in crew cab form, and the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both of them look really nice in person. I was really impressed with the way the Dakota's bed was put together. It makes the Colorado look like crap in comparison! The Colorado's bed is pieced together with several different sections that look like they were finished off with roofing tar out of a tube, and then painted over. In contrast, damn if I could see the seams in the Dakota's bed!

    The Dak did look a little sloppy around the headlights and taillights though. Hopefully that was just because of it being a pre-production model!

    They also had the Charger concept there. Damn they NEED to build that thing!!!
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    Which Charger concept? The one from '99-'00, or a new one?

    This AM: 645Ci - black/black/black. Came up on its six and from about 100-50 yds back, I thought it was a slammed Eclipse GT! When I got closer, the bustle became more pronounced (flat light this morning), and I recognized it for what it was.

    So, from straight on at the back it's not great. From the side is OK; still kind of Sebring-ish to me. Looking in the rearview, I like the front from head-on. Very aggressive and business-like; tough. The rest of the car just doesn't match up.

    Still, if someone gave me one...
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,880
    well, it looked like the same Charger concept that's been floating around for awhile now. Kind of a burgundy/maroon color, low slung, and from the rear slightly evokes memories of the '68-70 model. Very sexy...ME WANT!!
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    Yeah, that's the '99-'00!

    They should've built it. It's a knockout, and unless you knew it was a sedan, you wouldn't know it was a sedan. Genius.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've seen a couple of SSRs on the road, and yeah, they sure do grab attention. It'll be the new cruiser car this summer.

    -juice
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,664
    The Charger should be a simple build on the 300 chassis. Not really more than a reskin, and sport up the interior, and there you go. Of course add a S/C option for the hp crazies.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...I saw, (or think I saw) a Volkswagen Phaeton. It closely resembles a Passat, but the car seemed slightly bigger and had different taillights so it had to be a Phaeton. This example was black.
  • wimsey1wimsey1 Posts: 201
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Can you believe they're doing a 4 door version? I bet they sell every one they make.

    -juice
  • player4player4 Posts: 362
    yesterday 2005 Scion tC in white.

    the 4-door version of the SRT-10 should be awesome that would force Ford to make a 2-door adn 4-door version of their next F-150 Lightning!! the competition just gets better and better!!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,880
    will ever jump into the high performance truck fray. Sure, I guess you could argue that they have the Silverado SS, but in comparison to the Ford Lightning and the Dodge SRT-10, the Silverado just comes up as kinda lame. More along the lines of Chevy putting a 200 hp 3.8 in a Monte Carlo and calling IT an SS :-/
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