The Car Thread

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  1. TheShreddinHand

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    Couldn’t agree with you more. It’s the rear end of the new MB C’s that bothers me. I was looking at a C400/450/43 but they were few and far between and still priced a few thousand above the S4. Had the 335i and agree the interior is really dated and they have the narrowest, most uncomfortable (hard) seats ever!
     
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    Couldn’t agree with you more. It’s the rear end of the new MB C’s that bothers me. I was looking at a C400/450/43 but they were few and far between and still priced a few thousand above the S4. Had the 335i and agree the interior is really dated and they have the narrowest, most uncomfortable (hard) seats ever!
     
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    Soooo now I’m thinking about just saying fuck it and getting a Nardo Grey RS3 haha...
     
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    Haha! Now that’s the spirit!
     
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    Slept on it and I just can't justify taking the hit on a new german car. Found an awesome spec '16 S3 Prestige at a fair price today and it was great on the test drive, may move in that direction as I really need a good daily beater/winter car that's fun to drive.
     
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    Nice! Keep us posted.
     
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    Used Macan or Cayenne Turbo could be a contender to the S3 + some utility
     
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    In case anyone's interested:
    2019 Toyota Supra.
    Shhhhhhh...
     
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    You mean the 2019 Gazoo Supra :lol:
     
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    Pulled the trigger on the S3!

    It's a bit trickier to find ones with Adaptive Cruise (Prestige package), but man what an awesome feature. Got a decent deal on this all things considered, it's CPO until 2022 and Maintenance is covered until 2021, has clear bra on the whole front and mirrors and paint protection on the rest of the car. The tires are brand new and the brakes have most of their life so I shouldn't have to pay for anything during the time I plan on keeping the car.

    Got this so I could have a fun daily that would also be a fun little road trip car too. Now that weather is in the 30-40 degree range here the 488 is basically useless and just living on its trickle charger until spring most likely...

    Anyways the drive home was a lot of fun, I have to say they really killed it on the chassis, the car handles and moves so nimbly, the AWD system seems to work well and I'm a fan of the interior. The one thing I missed out on with this being a 2016 is the awesome Virtual Cockpit. But the plan is to keep this car for a year or two and upgrade to an RS3 once those start to depreciate, and I'll find one with the Adaptive Cruise/Virtual Cockpit combo.

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    The Macan is probably the best driving SUV I have ever tried, but used with the features I want they end up being in the high 40 low 50k range. The Cayenne is just a bit big for my taste. I wanted something sporty and fun to drive, and the S3 is just that. 4 doors, 5 seats and a real trunk is more utility than I have had in quite a while hahah.
     
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    Everything my distributors are telling me is that it's still under the Toyota badge.
     
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    Nice! Love it! Still haven’t had the chance to really open up my S4 but took a couple backroads with some twists and turns the other day and forgot how fun driving can be! Love the car!
     
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    man to live in the states and to be able to buy cpo cars and trade in after two years.

    that color is hot. lets get a juggernaut in that color.
     
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    didn't know there's so many folks into guitars and cars like me! kind of blown away that misha hangs out here, big fan. anyways, I got a new ride a few months ago too and now I'm at 13k KMs and I'm still very very happy. It pretty much has the whole option list included and drives just great. the design (inside and outside) reminds me a lot of audi which is awesome, since I love them, but at a lower price point. I plan on getting an audi or merc in about 2 years or so.

    it's a '17 Seat Leon FR ST

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    Legit question here - Bulb have you (or anyone) compared this style of ownership (buying low mileage and trading frequently) with leasing? Any comments on the pros/cons of each? I'm guessing a 2 year lease term would increase the monthly payments over the more conventional 3-4 year term...?

    Sweet car btw :)
     
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    Leasing you are paying for the most expensive years of owning a car when all the depreciation is happening, including the 20%+ just for driving off the lot.

    Buying a lease return vehicle you get something that's very low miles, has already gone through the steepest part of its depreciation, was probably well optioned by the previous owner, and is still well within the factory warranty period.

    The payments could work out in leasing's favor in some cases or in buying in others. The trick is, anybody can get a lease. Having the credit to finance the entire value of a car can be tricky for some people or some cars. Trading frequently is no big deal if you got a nice car to start and there is demand for it. You will take a hit every time, sure, but your cost per mile will probably work out to be quite low
     
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    Yes I suppose it would be hard to generalise one option as “better” since there are so many variables. My wife recently leased a nice MB SUV. We looked at buying certified pre-owned but didn’t want to own a Mercedes outside the warranty period (we planned on her keeping it for 4-5 years). We never really considered buying used and trading as frequently as Bulb is talking, which makes me curious as to whether it would have been a good option for us. It’s such a hassle to sell/buy cars, but if you’re just trading up at a dealer you have a relationship with, that takes a lot of the hassle away.
     
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    It's definitely much easier to feel like you got a good deal outright buying a new or used vehicle. The sticker says x, the kbb is y, you get a certain percentage off of x you feel happy.

    It's much harder to do that with a lease if you can't work out that math. But you can save quite a bit of money if you are willing to really dig down in the terms and you are really not that particular about what car you are driving.

    Leasing has one big advtange in that you get to switch out cars every 2 years or so. You definitely pay for that advantage but it's one that a lot of people really want.
     
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    Phew, picked my car up from the workshop yesterday, hopefully it'll be fine for a while this time... The water pump had blown, and that's why it was overheating. Plus the charger belt was squeeling because the blown pump was essentially hanging on it :lol: So now it doesn't make any weird noises (besides working ... ). Also, they replaced the timing belt (I wonder if that's the right word, that's what Google translate is telling me... ), which was done in 2004 according to the service book of the car. It's supposed to be changed every 160 000 km or 8 years, whichever comes first, so it should've been replaced in 2012 :lol: In terms of mileage it would've still been fine for another 20 000 km if it was changed at exactly 160k (Or maybe it should be 160 Mm, Megameters :lol: ), but yeah, now it's done and I don't need to worry about it for a long time.
    So now I've had to repair the car for 650€... which isn't that bad to be fair, but considering I paid 700€ for the whole car ... :lol: Anyway, 1600€ (I also bought new winter tires for 250€) for the whole car is still cheap.
    The next step will be to install my new Android-stereo for it, I'm kinda stoked about that because I know that's something I can handle myself. I'm just gonna have to buy an ISO-extension cable, the previous owner had cut all the wires and now they're just hanging in there. So I figured if I buy the extension cable, I get both male and female plugs and I can hook the male-ones into the car and female ones onto the new stereo's harness (which also has open wires at the other end), so when I change cars at some point the next owner gets the normal ISO-plugs in the car and I can just plug my stereo directly into the next car. So win-win :)
     
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    Some timing belt kit also include the water pomp. 650 is a pretty good price if you consider that, on some newer cars, you have to take the engine out, which cost twice what you've paid.
     

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