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  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,236
    I hope all is well with everyone here. For us New Englander's, hopefully everyone's home is high and dry. Luckily, mine is. A couple of neighbors haven't been as fortunate.

    It's been a while, although I've been lurking. It's been a long, yet extremely short, year since my life kinda got turned upside down, but I think things are looking up. Still a long way to go, but potential for a "new beginning" in a couple of weeks. Tom Petty nailed it, the waiting is the hardest part.

    It appears that we're going straight to Summer here as, after the deluge, temps in the 70s now! I took advantage yesterday and Zaino'd the blue TL. Looking good for a five + year old car (well, from a distance at least!). I know of the divergent opinions of the prior gen TL, but to me it remains a darn handsome car. The new TL? Still a big dislike of the beak/
    Shield of Acura.

    Turned a milestone birthday three weeks ago, pangs of mid-life crisis car are resurfacing. But, all-life rationality still squelches the pangs. The boy and I did cruise the Ferrari/Maserati lot on Friday. Amongst the artwork, two R8s (one a 10), both sold. Big sale on Maser's, though. He's going to be very successful and have all the cars he wants, hopefully he'll buy one for dear old Dad...

    Speaking of the boy and cars, this year was his final Pinewood Derby. It was not without slight controversy as the car "we" built was surprisingly fast! It won almost every heat it ran, but somehow in the finals there was a three way tie. So, in a three heat runoff, we came in third for the second year in a row. The timing mechanism broke, so the judging was done by eye. Judges admitted they may have goofed and we should have been second place. Also, I think the boy made a tactical mistake in one or two of the tie-breaker heats as he put the front of the car on top of the starting pin instead of having the car rest against it. The starter didn't see it, nor did I until it was too late. Car had to drop down to the track and go, I think the drop may have moved one of the front wheels. Oh, well. Not a big deal, he was happy enough. Hard to get him interested in a little wooden car when he XBoxes so many hours/day....

    Also, my kids rec swim team went undefeated, including beating the rival powerhouse team in the regular season and the Championships. I was poolside timing the Championships (along with other dedicated parents) for about seven hours, then took my daughter and two of her friends to dinner. I got a good review from daughter as she noted I didn't embarrass
    her and basically kept quiet!

    Ok, on we go...

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • clemboclembo Posts: 253
    Dada - nice to hear from you. I almost sent you a message inviting you over for a Zaino day in my driveway, I had a couple of cars to do and a nieghbor was doing his.

    I have been stopping by the same dealer on Rt 1 that you and your son visited, there is a car there that keeps me thinking...I hope someone buys it soon or I might.

    I hope things go well when you re-start in a few weeks, hopefully we'll here more from you.
  • tx_buzzardtx_buzzard Posts: 130
    I predict that the 6 will remain a big 2+2 GT coupe, possibly as a single retractable hardtop model ala Z4

    From what I am hearing the next generation M6 is going to remain a 2 + 2 yet longer & wider. A little more rear leg room making the back seat a "back seat". And available as a coupe or soft-top convertible.
  • 2001gs4302001gs430 Posts: 767
    Still a long way to go, but potential for a "new beginning" in a couple of weeks. Tom Petty nailed it, the waiting is the hardest part.

    Good luck.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,860
    Hi Dada

    Always a pleasure to hear from you.....Good Luck to you Tony
  • 2001gs4302001gs430 Posts: 767
    The front of the E has the S Class's look to it, which is a good thing IMO. The rear is nice, and could never be confused with another car.
  • 2001gs4302001gs430 Posts: 767
    I think these are just visual tricks.
    If I were to buy a luxury car now, I think Audi would get my money for either an S4 or A6. They seems to have the right mix of looks, performance, and reliability for me. However, my buying/renting cycle does not start again until 2011, and who knows what other car companies would have on the market then.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,860
    I can tell you the lower setting in the A8 has a tendency to catch discarded rubber treads, even though it is just fractionally lower...The first time better that two thousand , the second time not as much damage and maybe four hundred.....I forget the costs, so if I were to buy the Mercedes E I would check to make sure it is higher than the Audi lower setting...Tony
  • ally123ally123 Posts: 3
    edited April 2010
    I was talking to a friend and we were comparing previous Lexus purchases. I bet the freebies range drastically. For my first Lexus purchase, there was big $6k incentive running so I don't know if I got nothing b/c I got $12k off sticker. So to start - here were some of the freebies we know about. Please list model, dealer, gifts with new/used purchase.

    2010 ES350 new, Lexus of Edison, Edison NJ, tagsak(soft ezpass holder - nice), hat

    2008 RX400h new, Prestige Lexus, Ramsey NJ, Lexus Key Chain. Asked for additional key chain and got a dealer FOB.

    2006 ES330 new, Tri-County, Little Falls NJ, ezpass holder, hat

    2005 GX new, Warnock, Whippany NJ nice, large golf umbrella, hat, keychains
    -----
    1996 BMW Z3 new, BMW of Bloomfield, NJ - BMW blanket but i think it came with the car for the back window.
    1993 Jeep Wrangler new, Salerno Duane, Summit NJ, - must've paid too much. got a gift basket with balloons delivered to the office.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    edited April 2010
    Haven't posted much lately... life has been chaotic... but I noticed your post, and I couldn't ignore it... especially when I read that you brought out the Zaino.

    Applying Zaino is probably like therapy... ;) ... everything gets better for a while (well, at least with the car's appearance... LOL).

    Careful of that XBox... it can take over your son's life (if you let it), and you surely don't want to let that happen.

    Best of luck with the upcoming stuff, and keep us posted. :)

    TM
  • skarieskarie Posts: 78
    Sports Cars of the Future

    Here's a peak into the future.
    link title
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    ... Applying Zaino is probably like therapy...

    It is. I slathered 3 coats of it on my 550i Sport on Easter Sunday. Will probably do 3 more coats this coming weekend. :)
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,634
    Wow, one had a stressful Winter? Nice!!

    Regards,
    OW
  • cyclone4cyclone4 Posts: 2,302
    edited April 2010
    LD,

    I have hardly ever looked at this forum the past half year or so. I am not a car enthusiast in the same sense as a lot of you folks here are. So, I really have no reason to visit until I get a new car again. I am much more into the stock market and commodities. Thus, I find it more interesting to visit and post in the Stock Market and Investing Forum. Here is the link in case some of you want to join Tag, Circle, Anthony, ljflx (Len), myself, and quite a few others in that Forum. You may also find it quite interesting.

    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.f12075b?displayRecent

    LD, I am happy to hear that things are starting to look more positive in your life. I am once again excited about the Red Sox this season. Their starting pitching looks awesome.
  • dssxxxxdssxxxx Posts: 69
    Since I am posting and looking in "the luxury lounge" my looking/posting another section haves no sense.

    I have other's watch my investments. That's why I'm in "the luxury lounge". The money has already been made by others and I am just sitting back and spending it.

    But, good luck to gathering participants.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Check out this video...

    link title

    TM
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    What that really shows is just how pathetic the Challenger is. The numbers it puts down at the track are similar to an SUV.
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  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,634
    edited April 2010
    Thanks, TM...intuitively, I have shopped out and reviewed the MT top pick because it is also the best upcoming auto company out there and they amaze me with their enthusiasm, innovative design and marketing. They make you WANT to buy their cars, unlike the US car companies who EXPECT you to buy their cars.

    The Gen Coupe is on my radar BIG! :D

    Then, there is this...Watch out Accord/Camry! :surprise:

    The 2011 Hyundai Sonata retained its ownership of the top spot among vehicles most considered by shoppers on Edmunds.com for the fifth consecutive week.


    Regards,
    OW
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    Congratulations. Choosing an A6 over the E Class or a 5 Series is becoming more and more popular. IMHO the MB is too steriotypical a purchase and not fun to drive.

    The Bimmer, ah, the Bimmer. If you really want to hear how bad BMW has become, join the BMWCCA and read the letters to the editor and tech sections in Roundel: plastic water pump impellers and plastic necks on the radiators become huge liabilities around the time your warranty expires, new Bimmers lack dipsticks, i drive, etc. etc.

    How come no one is talking about or buying the XF??
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,634
    So far in NJ, I've seen more XF's and A-5's (including 2 S-5's today alone in a 25 mile drive!) than BMW's but I do see some 2010 E-Class as time goes on. Audi is on a roll and BMW is in the weeds!

    In fact, BMW poser-mobiles seem to be the only cars I pass with my CR-V....why buy a 335I if you keep it at 2 grand revs all day long???

    A-4 'vertes are becoming the summer car of choice in these parts!

    Regards,
    OW
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Then, there is this...Watch out Accord/Camry!

    The new Sonata is indeed a massive improvement over its rental king predecessor. The exterior is a bit of a VW CC clone, and the interior is a combination of stolen bits from Acura, Volvo, and Infiniti, but who cares? The Accord has become a button infested boat, and the Camry is just a piece of junk these days. Hyundai also managed to squeeze 200hp out of a normally aspirated four - without needing to rev to 9000 to get there.
  • 2001gs4302001gs430 Posts: 767
    Guys,

    I've just placed my order for an LFA, the Lexus Supercar. If Lexus gone ahead and produce them, I would get mine in late 2012.
    I am beyond excited.
    LG, I will be driving a screaming V10 monster just like your S6.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    LG, I will be driving a screaming V10 monster just like your S6.

    Well, not exactly like my S6 :)

    Let's hope Lexus isn't forced to stop selling the LFA because of lift-off oversteer. That's actually something you *want* to happen in a RWD supercar.
  • 2001gs4302001gs430 Posts: 767
    edited April 2010
    Well, not exactly like my S6

    Well the V10 part maybe.. :)

    Let's hope Lexus isn't forced to stop selling the LFA because of lift-off oversteer. That's actually something you *want* to happen in a RWD supercar.
    You're being too cryptic here, care to expand on it? I thought it has been thoroughly tested and ran some endurance races as well. :confuse:
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,634
    edited April 2010
    This is why you should practice with an extrememly competent instructor and log some serious track time before you take a car at the LF-A's caliber to a 10/tenths level.

    Lift-off oversteer (also known as snap-oversteer, trailing-throttle oversteer, throttle off oversteer, or lift-throttle oversteer) is a form of oversteer in an automobile that occurs when the vertical load on the tires shifts from the rear to the front quickly due to throttle release while cornering. This decrease in vertical load causes a decrease in the lateral force generated by the rear axle, so the axle starts to accelerate towards the outside of the turn. This steers the car more tightly into the turn, hence causing oversteer. In essence, this means that easing off the gas causes the rear wheels to break away suddenly, with the potential for the car to leave the road tail first.

    IOW, it's the potential to slide off the road AFTER you list of the gas in a corner which is counter-intuitive to throttle-on oversteer, when too much power is applied in a turn and the tail end breaks loose and the potential result is a wall job. Either way, controlling those is what makes driving a top-notch car exhilarating!!

    Here's what it looks like:

    Lotus Exige S LTO

    Regards,
    OW
  • pp2009pppp2009pp Posts: 228
    $12K off sticker?

    If the RX had anything significant off the sticker I would have been wondering if that was next on the recall list instead of looking at the two key fobs from BMW. They need to find a better supplier for their logo keychains because one of them broke in two (screw came loose and will not go back in) in a few week.

    They did provide big bottles of shampoo/wheel cleaner/leather cleaner along with brushes, applicators and such. That was nice...enough to last a couple of years if I didn't already have my own.

    They also wash the car when taken in for free maintenance for 4 years which is also nice...now about that transmission and suspension...
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    You're being too cryptic here, care to expand on it? I thought it has been thoroughly tested and ran some endurance races as well.

    It was a GX460 joke. You don't want a top heavy SUV wagging its tail when you lift off the throttle. With a super car on the other hand, you do. The GX's replacement stability nanny will no doubt come down like an anvil on even the slightest amount of slip. You don't want Lexus to do that to the LFA.
  • ally123ally123 Posts: 3
    RX was bought last March 2009 way before the whole story broke on Toyota.
  • 2001gs4302001gs430 Posts: 767
    You really got me there :) :) :)
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