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  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 2,284
    a JK Wrangler Rubicon with the high-zoot sound system and heated seats...

    I love those heated seats when we go skiing. And the cloth seats don't get hot like leather seats during our 100F days.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,930
    Once the women who have a CR-V take a ride with the women who have an Escape with the push button start and figure out that the Escape owner didn't have to fish the key out of their pocketbook to start the car, they are going to be really wanting that feature.
    I could go on, but you are pretty much toast on this one item.
    Sales figures show there are plenty of buyers that like such features.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,736
    my wife's RDX has the push button start/comfort entry, and she is addicted to it. There is not a chance in the world I could get her into another car (is something happened to the Acura) that did not have it. You would understand if you saw how much stuff she had crammed into her purse.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 8,555
    my wife's RDX has the push button start/comfort entry, and she is addicted to it.

    I don't think I'm addicted to my KEYLESS GO feature in the E350 (keyless entry/start/stop/lock), but it's a great feature to have when you have your keys buried in your pocket/purse and it it raining or snowing. Could I live without it if I had to? Of course - just like I could live without my NAV or SAT radio or air-conditioned seats. But I could never give up my 14 speaker Harman/Karmin audio system. I guess we all have our "gotta haves" on our cars.

    2018 Mercedes S450

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,668
    edited August 2013
    I'm toast because I think a trivial option is of no value to most people?

    If you are correct, I'm sure CRV's will have this "wonderful important feature" in the years to come.

    I'll have to pay another 200.00 for something I think is a joke.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,930
    Women are a big factor in the design and marketing of new vehicles.
    You just have to face the fact that us guys are now in the minority.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,736
    the entire CR-V is designed for women only. Men were never considered.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,930
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,855
    Yes you did, explorer. Thanks

    2013 Mustang GT, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 2,284
    Used Unlimited '12 prices are crazy close to pricing of new 2013s. I think I could do a Sport S with a few options and keep the MSRP under $35K.

    http://treadlightly.org/join/individual/

    If you become a member for $100, you can get Affiliate Rewards Program Preferred Price (1% below factory invoice.)

    That's what I did when I bought my Wrangler, but I have access to that program through work. No need to haggle, play games, etc. (unless you have a trade in of course.) It even works on factory orders.
  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 2,284
    One thing I've also noticed is that Wrangler owners are extremely happy with their Jeeps! Just look at your son, Verdugo, & Roadburner as a small sample size;)

    Guilty as charged. :shades:
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,668
    "the entire CR-V is designed for women only. Men were never considered"

    Hey, HEY Where do you get that??

    I lot of us guys drive CRV's! Not like a Beetle Convertible!
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 10,448
    "...ever heard the southern expression..."

    LOL! There's a northern expression which goes: "she's beautiful enough to go to jail over" which I think of when I dream of putting the hammer down on a hot car.

    I understand your sentiments though. With the new revenue policy of having a cop behind every bush it's tough to enjoy a fast car's potential. :cry:

    2015 Mustang GT, 2009 PT Cruiser, 2004 Chevy Van

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 19,660
    I've also noticed is that Wrangler owners are extremely happy with their Jeeps

    Forget the Wrangler, you need a Watercar!

    Watercar - powered by Honda

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 19,660
    I just saw your post about speeding in VA. My BIL got one there going 85.
    Pretty sure the fine was about a grand.


    I was lucky, I got off with $200 going 96 in Tennessee!

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,908
    edited August 2013
    Yes you did, explorer. Thanks

    Nice article. And the article reaffirmed what I have been saying for a long time. Auto makers spend billions of dollars in advertising to attract Gen Y buyers when in fact Baby Boomers are the ones with the money and ability to buy cars.

    I am glad Toyota, with its Venza, is targeting the boomer crowd but not so with its new Avalon, which is aimed at Gen X. Many boomers find the bass-mouth front grill and the taut suspension of the Avalon off-putting.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/video/auto-mania-strike-baby-boomers-IUw0fc6~SeelOAL3N1- mIig.html
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,197
    fezo...great to hear from you. We know you're fighting the good fight. You're not alone...we're all here thinking of you.

    gogiboy....it seems Honda and Toyota lovers have garnered the kind of brand loyalty that used to be Chevrolet's and Ford's bread and butter.

    Regarding the Volt, I think GM is trying to get some marketshare. While intrigued by it, and really finding it quite pleasing when I've seen one, or sat in one at the car shows, I'm not a Volt kind of guy.

    That said, they're now pricing it where a whole lot of people will probably consider it.

    I think the economics of it can be seen in the average miles between fill-ups...which is 900 miles.....or about 3X what my average miles are between fillups.

    Aside from what I've seen when traveling on either coast, I finally saw the first public charging stations anywhere near me (and they were still 20 miles away) at a local shopping area. They're in the parking lot. Don't know if they charge money to charge with juice, but they're there. I would think that once there are more charging stations, you could go a long, long time before you'd have to fill up a Volt with petro.

    With Tesla gaining traction, GM expanding the Volt's technology to other models, Nissan Leaf's relative popularity, and the likes of BMW, Fiat, etc planning electric offerings, it's clear where the auto industry is going.

    Personally, as much as I despise "big oil" and their decades of price manipulation, I'll eventually embrace an electric car.
    2018 Acura TLX SH AWD ASpec
  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLPosts: 4,615
    edited August 2013
    So I was the next happy BMW driver due for tire change. The car hit 25K on the dot and my rears are gone. The wear on them is a bit strange - center treads were completely worn, while side treads still looked like had three or four 32nds, which was why I didn't notice the rears were due for couple of months already and I admit I felt it in the steering wheel during rains (which is every day afternoon in last month, BTW). The tire store guy said it's a typical German car wear pattern, as they supposedly have camber set in such way to produce center wear faster. The fronts still looked like had some life in them, but I went for all four. I keep those two fronts in the garage, just in case though.

    I have mixed size (225 front, 255 rear), part of sports package, which greatly narrowed my choices in already narrow world of run flat tires. Those rears are only something like six-seven models, from which all but one are summer tires. All but one or two had wear index 180-200, which meant they wouldn't last even those 25K I got from the OEM.

    Yes, I decided to give another chance to the RFTs. The OEM Contis (SportContact 2) summer tires were generally fine, a bit noisy, but too outrageous. The traction was great, but I really wanted a bit better longevity, even at small cost of traction. Bridgestones Potenzas 960 AS are praised at Tire Rack by their tests as really good non-OEM all-season performance runflats, seems it is what I look for. They even come with 40K tread warranty, I woun't get it though, as I can't rotate them (warranty is cut in half), but it's an indication that there is hope they'll last a bit longer than those Contis. I got them in Costco for $950, including all installation and taxes, after $70 rebate. They even put Nitrogen in them and I get road hazard coverage included, all in the original price that is already lower than anybody else (hopefully will never find out how the road hazard it works on runflats). Real bargain (relative of course) - a regular tire store had them for over $1200 when all included, 10% off the list price. Tirerack wanted $940 plus shipping (there goes $1000) and I would still have to pay installation, probably around $100 or so. My dealer didn't even have those, as they're not OEM, I'd have to buy those Contis again and the whole thing would turn into $1600-$1800 event, as those guys beside outrageous price for parts and labor, would also insist on their "bargain" $200 alignment, too.

    Go Costco!

    I like those new Potenzas. They are really smooth in terms of the ride and also fairly quiet. It is never fair to compare old and worn outgoing tire with brand new one. The OEM Contis were not that noisy early on, and even later the decibels were added, but not as much as many others complain. I still think those Potenzas are less noisy overall, hopefully stay that way. There may be be a price of slight loss of extreme traction, but I'm OK with that - it doesn't seem that significant. If those tires were to last 35K rather than 25K, it would make ma a happy man. Will see.

    2018 430i Gran Coupe

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,404
    Hang in there, my friend- we'll keep sending prayers your way. If anyone can whip this YOU can!!!

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,404
    Well, I'm not scared of the car or my abilities to control the HP, but scared of what a 3 digit speeding ticket will get me. Here, over 80 can be reckless driving and not much over that is a night in the slammer which scares me.

    I have to watch myself in the Mazda; I was ripping up an entrance ramp and merged on to the interstate next to a LEO going @25 over. Luckily he was preoccupied with something else as he ignored me and made a u-turn at the next break in the median...
    Whew...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,404
    I love those heated seats when we go skiing. And the cloth seats don't get hot like leather seats during our 100F days.

    I like the cloth seats as well- especially in the summer.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,330
    Thanks, guys.

    The Solara still lives. My wife mostly drives it but sometimes we swap. Heck, that car only has 66K on it. It's hardly broken in. The Mazda has around 85K. The Solara is fun half of the year. I once had a Sebring like that. With the top down it was fabulous. With the top up it was a pretty average car. The Solara is better than that and if you shift your gears manually can fly but it will never really handle.

    Keep those prayer a 'comin! It's a long road but I think we're closer to the end (recovery that is) than the beginning. A lot closer.

    rb - the Nightbreakers are great. Can't wait until we get the low beams in....
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,668
    edited August 2013
    "Gutless wonder" Haven't heard that term in awhile.

    We have owned all four generations of CRV's and although they don't smoke the tires off the line they have been more than adequate. Each new generation has been more powerful, smoother and quieter than the series before it.

    Back in my street racing days, I had a GTO a 409 Impala and a couple of Rivieras that would light up the rear tires for a solid block.

    I guess I got it out of my system then and I had the tickets to show for those misspent years of my life.

    It was fun growing up (?) in Southern Californai!
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,330
    Oh, and BTW - the fundraiser they did last year really helped but these new trips have nearly exhausted it. I'll take a paypal from anyone.....

    And of course my daughter decides to get married next year...
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,736
    oh, not saying men can't drive it. Just that it was designed specifically for women. Same as with a minivan. Where to put a purse is not usually high on a man's priority list!

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,736
    Keep plugging. more fund raisers can't hurt either.

    the wedding? I think everyone should elope to Vegas and get married in an Elvis chapel. And yes, I have a daughter too.

    I figure if I can get her through college, she can handle getting married!

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 8,555
    Tomorrow morning I get to find out if it is more difficult to obtain a Florida Driver's License Renewal than to orbit Mars without a spaceship.

    I have a new certified birth certificate, a new Social Security Card, my voter registration card, title to my car, Quit Claim Deed to the Condo, several recently mailed bills and insurance payment vouchers, my parent's marriage certificate, my mother's death certificate, just to name a few. Soon we shall know!

    2018 Mercedes S450

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,390
    Wow! Thanks Verdugo! It only requires you enroll 30 days before to qualify as well. Sounds like a good deal to me. I like how it says 1% below factory invoice and not 1% below dealer invoice.

    My BMWCCA membership has saved me over $1000 since I've become a member. I got a $500 rebate check when we leased my wife's X3 back in 2007 & another $500 rebate check when I leased my 328xi last March.

    I has also saved me on parts as well. My wife backed into a high rock wall while attempting to maneuver in someone's driveway and cracked one of the tail lights. I called a few parts departments asking for prices, once I found the one with the lowest price (maybe $84 plus tax), I asked if they gave CCA discounts. $75 all together for an entire tail light assembly including bulbs. It literally took me 10 minutes to take out the old and install the new (and I AM NOT mechanically inclined).

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,390
    ;)

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,404
    edited August 2013
    RIP: The man who brought America the E36 M3

    Bob was truly a great guy- and I was blessed to know him as a friend. I have fond memories of Bob; he once gave my wife and I a guided tour of Chicago in his E30 M3- in the middle of January no less. When the entire family flew up to Chicago to pick up my new 318ti Club Sport, Bob once again welcomed us to his home. Knowing I was a committed collector(AKA hoarder) of BMW literature, he gave me a large box of press kits and brochures that he had collected in his travels. He was a most decent and gracious man; Godspeed, Bob.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

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