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09-19-2009, 02:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By oblu

Awesome thanks guys.

Awesome thanks guys.
09-18-2009, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By oblu

Can independent shop do Service B without voiding warranty?

Sorry, couldn't find the answer in a forum search. I know it's been answered before, but I couldn't find the answer. Can someone please re-answer my dumb question? :D
11-23-2008, 01:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,360
Posted By oblu

You don't mention if it's an 09 or 08. German...

You don't mention if it's an 09 or 08. German brands always have 'trunk money' from the factory to clear out leftover model year cars. If it's an 08, even if they sell at invoice they've probably...
11-23-2008, 01:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,705
Posted By oblu

I can smell how expensive it's going to be from...

I can smell how expensive it's going to be from here.

My WAG is at least $1600 plus 2.5hrs book time to install at $120/hr labor rate. That's if the shark-fin is actually the same physical...
11-20-2008, 12:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,024
Posted By oblu

That's funny ... I usually have A4's or 330's. ...

That's funny ... I usually have A4's or 330's. I'll admit, I'm a car hopper and usually buy something new every 12-18mo and I'm used to paying to play. Doesn't bother me.

I'm just not used to...
11-20-2008, 11:54 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,348
Posted By oblu

It's probably because you didn't buy the car from...

It's probably because you didn't buy the car from them ... of the 2 merc dealers here, only one does loaners and only if you bought the car from them. Which I didn't.
11-17-2008, 01:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 18,386
Posted By oblu

I suspect a lot of people on the forums have...

I suspect a lot of people on the forums have never had a car with no electronic aids? Kind of like most of the teenagers I talk to are scared to death of a clutch.

I'm old enough that AC and...
11-16-2008, 03:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,024
Posted By oblu

+1 for me. At this point the only thing keeping...

+1 for me. At this point the only thing keeping me from getting rid of the car is the massive depreciation ... I know everything's taken a hit but this car seems like it's been hit worse than...
11-06-2008, 11:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,408
Posted By oblu

Just a few weeks ago I tried to trade my C300...

Just a few weeks ago I tried to trade my C300 sport in on an E350 because there were a lot of incentives going on. I figured maybe I could do some bargain hunting with this being the last year of...
09-05-2008, 02:25 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 25,370
Posted By oblu

I'm guessing the owner of the 78 camaro with a...

I'm guessing the owner of the 78 camaro with a blown 427 would agree.
09-05-2008, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 835
Posted By oblu

SunshineKids Radian 80. Little hard to find at...

SunshineKids Radian 80. Little hard to find at retail (at least it was when we bought it) ... had to go to a chee-chee high-end kid crap boutique to have our son sit in it.

My pref was the recaro...
08-19-2008, 05:28 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 25,370
Posted By oblu

I'm actually surprised the R8 kept up as well as...

I'm actually surprised the R8 kept up as well as it did.
08-19-2008, 02:37 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 25,370
Posted By oblu

Unfortunately for me, the first version conjured...

Unfortunately for me, the first version conjured up the smell of old. Old people funk smell and old musty furniture smell. Also too much visual clutter, I'd go crazy being in a house like that. ...
08-17-2008, 12:12 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,745
Posted By oblu

They still make those!?!?

They still make those!?!?
08-16-2008, 02:31 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,745
Posted By oblu

I had an e90 ... okay car, probably would've kept...

I had an e90 ... okay car, probably would've kept it but it was black (my first and only black car that I will ever own) and manual; I was getting tired of the wife *****ing. Even when it was new I...
08-16-2008, 02:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,231
Posted By oblu

+2 It is quite a sticker shock though if...

+2

It is quite a sticker shock though if you're not looking for a small, heavy, ugly, 300hp coupe that goes like a bat out of hell. Very limited audience and they know it.

But, just like the...
08-15-2008, 12:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 855
Posted By oblu

I doubt our cars are sophisticated enough to...

I doubt our cars are sophisticated enough to actually monitor the physical condition of the oil ... they can't even put in memory for the seats so why would they do something that advanced?

I'm...
08-14-2008, 11:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,153
Posted By oblu

CPO warranty only. And even then pay close...

CPO warranty only. And even then pay close attention to what it does or does not cover. I got lured into the same thing a few years back when I picked up a CPO Audi A8. The thing only had 26k...
08-14-2008, 05:37 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 25,370
Posted By oblu

I have a W204. MB should be glad nobody's ever...

I have a W204. MB should be glad nobody's ever called me for a service or initial quality survey. Mine would skew all their hard fought marketing numbers.
08-12-2008, 06:45 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 25,370
Posted By oblu

Dude, I'm positive you're on something. I just...

Dude, I'm positive you're on something. I just hope your family gets you the help you deserve.

Other cars built, "to be driven all day at an excess of 130 non stop" include: Any Ferrari, any...
08-12-2008, 06:41 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 25,370
Posted By oblu

I'd say the commercial was absolutely perfect. ...

I'd say the commercial was absolutely perfect. It got all of your attention and got you talking about their product, good or bad.

And, sorry, when I associate the mercedes brand with stodgy...
08-07-2008, 12:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,068
Posted By oblu

I've had all that, plus intermittent problems...

I've had all that, plus intermittent problems where the transmission won't engage reverse or drive until it's shifted back to park. Also still having blue smoke on startup if the car's sat for more...
08-05-2008, 02:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,388
Posted By oblu

Yes, torque converter ... it's not really a bad...

Yes, torque converter ... it's not really a bad thing, just not latest tech. Well, except for the forward gear count.

As far as slushboxes go, I have to give props to the MB 7spd. It does some...
08-05-2008, 12:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,388
Posted By oblu

You could do much better than 5k off the S4 ......

You could do much better than 5k off the S4 ... btw, the S4 was just a plain jane torque converter auto and not the dual clutch auto (DSG). TT, I'm not sure about, 5k might be all the trunk money...
07-29-2008, 03:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 965
Posted By oblu

It's a pshop btw.

It's a pshop btw.
07-28-2008, 02:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,144
Posted By oblu

So when you go to buy something, you never...

So when you go to buy something, you never comparison shop? You never go look around to see what something is selling for other places?

Wow, wish I had stupid money to throw around. Me, I like...
07-26-2008, 01:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 960
Posted By oblu

I'd open up a convo with the salesperson that...

I'd open up a convo with the salesperson that you're thinking about walking away from the deal because competing cars are selling for much less. I don't think they can legally keep a deposit if they...
07-20-2008, 08:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 652
Posted By oblu

Thanks a ton guys. I'm writing it down in the...

Thanks a ton guys. I'm writing it down in the manual this time so I can reference it again.
07-20-2008, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 652
Posted By oblu

Can someone with factory 18" wheels look at their door sticker?

My car came from the factory with 17" wheels but the dealer put the 18s on before delivery. My problem is, the door sticker is still for the 17s so I don't know the pressures I should be using ......
07-15-2008, 01:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,272
Posted By oblu

Strangly enough, not a lot of chips in the hood...

Strangly enough, not a lot of chips in the hood paint, but the bumpers aren't holding up well ... not to mention having replaced the plastic lower grill twice now. Knock on wood, my fog light lens...
07-08-2008, 10:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,756
Posted By oblu

Maybe it's me, I've never had a sunroof that...

Maybe it's me, I've never had a sunroof that didn't work right. That includes a college car that had 180k on it.

My wife's Audi also has the big glass sunroof and the seals on hers pop going...
07-08-2008, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,756
Posted By oblu

TSB we can reference? I've got a dealer that...

TSB we can reference? I've got a dealer that likes to play, "If it ain't broke it's, 'normal operation'."
07-08-2008, 06:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 947
Posted By oblu

If I leave it in C, baby the hell out of the gas...

If I leave it in C, baby the hell out of the gas pedal, coast as much as possible, keep the pano roof closed all the time, I can usually just manage 23mpg combined and 28mpg freeway.

Sadly my BMW...
07-08-2008, 12:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,326
Posted By oblu

Powder coated black, I'd take it! And mine's a...

Powder coated black, I'd take it! And mine's a lease. Money well spent though to only have to replace the weak grill once and be done.
07-08-2008, 12:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,088
Posted By oblu

Wheel should be, if memory serves, the AC vent...

Wheel should be, if memory serves, the AC vent control for the glove box.
07-07-2008, 01:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,220
Posted By oblu

If you have a 2nd car with sirius you can get...

If you have a 2nd car with sirius you can get both for the price of one subscription.

Activate the 2nd car for the half off price before your trial lapses then let your trial sub lapse. After...
07-07-2008, 01:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,302
Posted By oblu

It's okay, you can go ahead and name me. I guess...

It's okay, you can go ahead and name me. I guess I'm just disillusioned. I've had a couple of BMWs and a couple of Audis and, even though they were entry level, they never felt like it, looked like...
07-07-2008, 12:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,302
Posted By oblu

Bremen car; lots of little issues. ...

Bremen car; lots of little issues.



Holy christ, if this car is 'turning a corner' I shudder to think how bad the w203 must've been. Every time my wife gets in the car, and the mirrors squeal...
06-30-2008, 04:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,253
Posted By oblu

Oh WTF!?! I just signed up for owner's...

Oh WTF!?!



I just signed up for owner's online hoping that they had the emergency services documented there, but I can't find anything. Time to break out the book.

If they really don't...
06-29-2008, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,520
Posted By oblu

Wow, that makes me feel great about "Benz...

Wow, that makes me feel great about "Benz quality". They couldn't have found that kind of thing in testing?
06-27-2008, 05:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 11,903
Posted By oblu

Be somewhat glad they didn't try to blame your...

Be somewhat glad they didn't try to blame your aftermarket wheels or some crap like that.
06-25-2008, 12:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,942
Posted By oblu

The only point I'd have to contest there is that...

The only point I'd have to contest there is that Dinan has always been the louis vuitton of performance parts; sure they make some decent stuff but most of it's way over priced for what it is. The...
06-24-2008, 06:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,942
Posted By oblu

Had a matched Koni FSD/Eibach set on my e90 330i....

Had a matched Koni FSD/Eibach set on my e90 330i. Best described as "okay". I somewhat suspect they didn't do any real damper dyno testing to make sure the spring rates matched damp rates. Strong...
06-24-2008, 01:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,942
Posted By oblu

That's why suspension stuff is all subjective ......

That's why suspension stuff is all subjective ... one person's 'just fine' is another's nightmare. I find the w204 suspension pillowy soft (not in a bad way).

I didn't realize there were no...
06-23-2008, 07:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,942
Posted By oblu

2001 e46 BMW 330i convertible with sport...

2001 e46 BMW 330i convertible with sport suspension. Feeling the sting of just buying what was then a 45k car, I cheaped out and put H&R springs on the stock sport suspension shocks (much much...
06-23-2008, 02:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,172
Posted By oblu

I still can't believe the C63 gets away with so...

I still can't believe the C63 gets away with so little rubber out back. You know how you hear stories about Prius owners keeping one eye on the battery guage and trying to adjust their driving? For...
06-23-2008, 02:12 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 41,918
Posted By oblu

I wish I could afford to leave my car at the...

I wish I could afford to leave my car at the dealer permanently. :D

I did bring it up with the dealer though. Answer: normal operation.

Doesn't really bother me, it's a lease and I only...
06-23-2008, 02:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,172
Posted By oblu

What? Memory seats are too expensive, but they'd...

What? Memory seats are too expensive, but they'd put in a LSD? Hell no. Nobody does these days except on the top line models; everybody's (BMW still does on the M models, but I bet that goes away...
06-20-2008, 07:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,942
Posted By oblu

One of the big +s of coilovers is being able to...

One of the big +s of coilovers is being able to corner balance; not really super important in a road car, but I've always felt a noticable difference.



PS. I've been there, done that ... never...
06-17-2008, 03:24 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 41,918
Posted By oblu

Uh, not on any of me previous six cars, or my...

Uh, not on any of me previous six cars, or my other current car. All dohc 4 valve variable timing. All started and idled smoothly cold or warm. This one sounds like a tractor engine.

Maybe this...
06-17-2008, 03:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,046
Posted By oblu

Same valuation I got for mine, -12k from my...

Same valuation I got for mine, -12k from my purchase price.

I've been doing a fair bit of car shopping trying to get rid of this thing, and I'm finding that, at least in my area, luxury car sales...
06-16-2008, 06:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,998
Posted By oblu

No. But brake pads, rotors, clutches, windshield...

No. But brake pads, rotors, clutches, windshield wipers ... basically everything but tires.
06-16-2008, 05:55 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 41,918
Posted By oblu

Mine sounds like a diesel when it first starts up...

Mine sounds like a diesel when it first starts up after sitting overnight, doesn't matter if it's cold or warm. Mine's leased also, and my dealership service dept seems to have the attitude that if...
06-13-2008, 05:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 753
Posted By oblu

Problems engaging reverse.

Just curious if it's user error, or if its yet another thing not working properly in my car. It's happened three times now in the past two days; I get in the car, turn it over, slide selector into...
06-12-2008, 07:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,998
Posted By oblu

Key part of the equation is the 35 in the 535. ...

Key part of the equation is the 35 in the 535. That means it's the 3.0TT, which also means it's very new.

If price were the same, I'd take the 535. More power, about the same fuel consumption,...
06-11-2008, 02:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,814
Posted By oblu

Still had to make my financing payments; but I've...

Still had to make my financing payments; but I've never been 'upside' down on a car at the 12-18mo mark when I went to sell it or trade it in. Upside = owing more than its worth.

And I don't put...
06-10-2008, 05:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,814
Posted By oblu

I think you got me confused with the original...

I think you got me confused with the original poster (my fault, I kind of hijacked it). Either way, I didn't really understand what you were saying.
06-10-2008, 05:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,937
Posted By oblu

Just FYI (no more rants) official explanation of...

Just FYI (no more rants) official explanation of blue smoke on my paperwork:

"Suspect oil pressure is leaking down and there is slight oil blow by upon start up. Engine ay still be breaking in...
06-10-2008, 03:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,937
Posted By oblu

Just as I was expecting, got a call from the...

Just as I was expecting, got a call from the service advisor.

Screeching mirrors: normal operation.
Screeching sunroof: normal operation.
Vibrating mirrors: normal operation.
Blue smoke on...
06-10-2008, 02:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,998
Posted By oblu

If she's leasing or doesn't mind having the...

If she's leasing or doesn't mind having the 'older body style' when the new one comes out, she might want to look at the E350 too. Seems like there are some incredible deals going on with those.
06-10-2008, 01:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,937
Posted By oblu

Update, just took it in today. At this point,...

Update, just took it in today. At this point, with all the little crap I hate about this car, I wasn't thrilled about the idea of wasting a couple of hours of my day at the dealer service dept. But...
06-10-2008, 01:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,814
Posted By oblu

I did lease it. I was told that if I wanted out...

I did lease it. I was told that if I wanted out of my lease early, I'd have to trade it in like any other car take that valuation and then apply it to my pay-off amount. Unfortunately, the mercedes...
06-09-2008, 10:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,814
Posted By oblu

Mind letting us know what you got as a trade-in...

Mind letting us know what you got as a trade-in or private sale? I went to trade me C300 in and they're telling me it's worth 12k less than what I paid back in Sept. Not the greatest resale value.
06-09-2008, 06:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 823
Posted By oblu

Not alcohol, but I used stoners invisible glass...

Not alcohol, but I used stoners invisible glass to clean the windshield and the blades. Not operational difference. Still the same loud noise and 1/4" streak in front of my face where it doesn't...
06-09-2008, 05:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 823
Posted By oblu

Discount parts online? Need wiper blades.

I'm finally getting off my duff and buying new wipers; never thought I'd have to replace wipers on a german car at 6500 miles ... my last car (BMW) went 28k and the wipers still worked perfectly and...
06-09-2008, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,345
Posted By oblu

They work by covering up the front of the brake...

They work by covering up the front of the brake disc so that any dust from the pads gets thrown toward the inside of the wheel well instead of the wheel. On an open spoke wheel design like the 18"...
06-06-2008, 03:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,850
Posted By oblu

When I leased my C300, they told me I could have...

When I leased my C300, they told me I could have any E350 they had for $70/mo more than what I was doing on the C. I debated hard on that one, and ended up choosing the C (hindsight, probably a...
06-04-2008, 07:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,357
Posted By oblu

Dealer gave me a song and dance about having to...

Dealer gave me a song and dance about having to reset how much the mirrors move. 2 days later squeeling was back.

At this point I'm leaving them to auto fold, even though I don't really need them...
06-03-2008, 06:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,390
Posted By oblu

Had them (19" CHs) on my e90. Don't think they'd...

Had them (19" CHs) on my e90. Don't think they'd fit visually with the angularity of the w204.

Also, don't believe the hype ... even though they're 'spun cast' they're still plenty heavy. ...
06-01-2008, 07:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,937
Posted By oblu

Cloud of blue smoke on startup ... ru-oh.

I was doing a project in my driveway today, so this morning I fired up the car to move it to the street. Parked it, did my thing and then went to start the car to move it back to the driveway. I...
06-01-2008, 02:31 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,023
Posted By oblu

Ah, that makes more sense. I didn't get that out...

Ah, that makes more sense. I didn't get that out of your first post.

Yeah, that'd piss me off. They'd get that car back without being washed for the next month and about as much caked on brake...
05-31-2008, 07:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,211
Posted By oblu

Possibly ... or I'm just used to cars with more...

Possibly ... or I'm just used to cars with more power.

Either way, it takes a lot of pedal movement/pressure to even get this car to move. And then once it does start moving I can read a book...
05-31-2008, 07:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,023
Posted By oblu

I don't get it? You're upset that BMW sent you a...

I don't get it? You're upset that BMW sent you a packet about the end-of-lease with information that might answer any questions that come up, and for that you'd never lease a BMW again? :nix:
...
05-31-2008, 01:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,023
Posted By oblu

BMW dealers in my area have always felt this way....

BMW dealers in my area have always felt this way. I go through a BMW - non-BMW ownership cycle because I love the cars, but hate the service depts at the two dealerships we have in our town. Then...
05-31-2008, 01:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,211
Posted By oblu

You and I must have different cars. My C300 I...

You and I must have different cars. My C300 I have to mash the pedal to get it to go 75, let alone 100. 100 takes some serious effort, and a lot of patience while I wait for the car to accelerate...
05-31-2008, 01:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,109
Posted By oblu

Or maybe its just a really poor design ... but...

Or maybe its just a really poor design ... but since Mercedes did it, it must be right. How silly for me to question their superior wisdom. Because I couldn't just use that nice 'presets' menu on...
05-30-2008, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,109
Posted By oblu

Not that I've found .... absolutely retarded...

Not that I've found .... absolutely retarded design.

Countdown to another mercedes follower posting that its a feature of the design instead of an over-sight or limitation: 10 ... 9 .... 8 ........
05-29-2008, 07:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,394
Posted By oblu

Price wise? I thought the S5 was mid-50's and...

Price wise? I thought the S5 was mid-50's and the C63 was mid-60's? :nix:
05-26-2008, 10:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,399
Posted By oblu

Hey! I love listening to the comedy channels in...

Hey! I love listening to the comedy channels in the morning on the way to work.

But, no, it's not really all that worth it. Even though I have it both of our cars, unless you really dig it, it's...
05-26-2008, 10:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,394
Posted By oblu

Nope, can't wait till the lease is done; probably...

Nope, can't wait till the lease is done; probably be getting serious about figuring out what it's going to cost me to get out of my lease toward the end of summer.

It's okay car, but it's not a...
05-21-2008, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,376
Posted By oblu

You obviously don't currently, haven't for...

You obviously don't currently, haven't for awhile, or never have had children.

With every other car I've ever owned (4 BMWs, 2 Hondas, 3 Audis) the manual child lock only prevents the door handle...
05-19-2008, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,376
Posted By oblu

Only problems I'm having, is that the seats don't...

Only problems I'm having, is that the seats don't have a ton of cushion to them, so getting the latch belts cranked super tight is problematic (I don't care much if the seat cushion is permanently...
05-13-2008, 11:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,792
Posted By oblu

-off topic- Not in my area! Audi...

-off topic-
Not in my area!

Audi dealership that we use (same dealer group... Barrier Motors... owns the MB dealer too) is fantastic. And it's newer/nicer/better than the old nasty MB dealership...
05-08-2008, 12:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,460
Posted By oblu

I have to agree with you there; plus they've got...

I have to agree with you there; plus they've got like 30 long term cars and 4 people driving them. That's not really what I'd consider a "long term" test. It's just having cars sitting around that...
05-07-2008, 04:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,460
Posted By oblu

This Edmunds long term test entry perfectly sums up how I feel about this car.

http://blogs.edmunds.com/.eea7160

"Among the many choices available for solo commuters, I really don't think you can do much better than our $39,450 Benz for day-to-day pleasantness. The trouble...
05-07-2008, 04:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,786
Posted By oblu

Yeah, actually it does ... they supplied them...

Yeah, actually it does ... they supplied them with the car when I bought it. If I didn't like the OEM tire choice, I'd complain about those too. They spec'd them, they're responsible for making...
05-07-2008, 11:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,786
Posted By oblu

Wipers: Yes, very noisy when wiping. They also...

Wipers:
Yes, very noisy when wiping. They also do not clear visible area nearly as well as the wipers on my previous BMWs or on my wife's Audi. (I've always loved German car wipers, as they seem...
05-01-2008, 11:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,453
Posted By oblu

My wife's friend just cleared 2.5K on their...

My wife's friend just cleared 2.5K on their leased RX330 that they sold privately.
05-01-2008, 08:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,453
Posted By oblu

In WA if we trade-in we get a tax credit and only...

In WA if we trade-in we get a tax credit and only pay the tax on the difference between the purchase price and the trade-in value ... not that beneficial unless you're trading in a fairly new car...
04-30-2008, 07:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,453
Posted By oblu

A lot of it is just convience and comfort level. ...

A lot of it is just convience and comfort level.

But, by your same equations, if your trade-in value was ahead of the residual value wouldn't it net you more money if you then sold that leased car...
04-30-2008, 07:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,786
Posted By oblu

My biggest complaint with the C63 (not that I'd...

My biggest complaint with the C63 (not that I'd be in the market to buy one anyway) is that because they cheaped out and didn't do anything with the rear fenders, traction is always going to be a...
04-30-2008, 12:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,505
Posted By oblu

Unless they grabbed a CC from you, there's...

Unless they grabbed a CC from you, there's nothing for them to collect money from. The dealer didn't get one from me.

Mine just shut off at the end of 6mo ... and they already have my wife's car...
04-30-2008, 11:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,453
Posted By oblu

Ah ... and here's where there's a misconception...

Ah ... and here's where there's a misconception about leasing.

At any point in the lease, you can pay off the leasing company ... which means that you at any point, if you can sell the car for...
04-29-2008, 07:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,786
Posted By oblu

OT, but if you guys ever have the need to...

OT, but if you guys ever have the need to "acquire" Top Gear episodes (or Fifth Gear), http://www.finalgear.com ... often times the day after they air ... is your place.
04-29-2008, 07:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,505
Posted By oblu

You sure that you're not maybe a one-off case in...

You sure that you're not maybe a one-off case in that regard?

No idea if the company sucks or not, but seems like you're getting worked up over something that might just be a mistake. And free's...
04-29-2008, 03:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,453
Posted By oblu

72mo?!?! Are you freakin' crazy? Have fun...

72mo?!?! Are you freakin' crazy? Have fun paying for upkeep and repairs on top of your car payment once the warranty is up. I don't have enough faith in any german made car to keep one out of...
04-16-2008, 03:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,009
Posted By oblu

There isn't really. You'll get some swirls no...

There isn't really. You'll get some swirls no matter what you do, how much you try or how often you machine polish. In certain light, you will always be able to see some swirling ... it's the price...
04-16-2008, 02:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,287
Posted By oblu

Lease = machine. If Buy and Care Bout...

Lease = machine.

If Buy
and Care Bout Car

then handwash

else

machine.
04-13-2008, 12:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,438
Posted By oblu

I don't doubt the profit part ... but after...

I don't doubt the profit part ... but after having this car for 6mo, I see nothing in the car that says high quality. The plastics look and feel cheap; the controls look and feel cheap; equipment...
04-12-2008, 03:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,438
Posted By oblu

It's also because BMWFS has been consistently...

It's also because BMWFS has been consistently more aggressive with lease rates than MBF has been. Every time I've shopped, the 3 has been close to $200 less per month than a C except for special MB...
04-09-2008, 07:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 966
Posted By oblu

Please tell me you're joking. Please?

Please tell me you're joking. Please?
04-08-2008, 11:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,220
Posted By oblu

Make sure you drive the car a good long time...

Make sure you drive the car a good long time during your test drive.

I'm stuck in a lease, so I'll be driving this thing very little/hating it every minute until I can get rid of it. I like a lot...
04-08-2008, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By oblu

And I say 20min in my garage spending $65 on an...

And I say 20min in my garage spending $65 on an oil change is money better spent than a $225 rape by a dealer. Last I looked, new or not, it's still just oil and a filter ... and if you can't get...
04-08-2008, 04:13 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 36,607
Posted By oblu

for the tire pressure monitoring system, how does...

for the tire pressure monitoring system, how does that get along with TPMS? Everything i can find on google says these systems are for use in cars that don't already have tpms but that seems a bit...
04-08-2008, 03:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,220
Posted By oblu

Had a 2006 e90 330i and went to a C300. You...

Had a 2006 e90 330i and went to a C300. You don't mention if you have the sport package seat or the normal seats ... I had sport package seats.

The length of the seat bottom, even with the thigh...
04-07-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 966
Posted By oblu

Welcome to the world of german cars. Rear...

Welcome to the world of german cars.

Rear brake dust is probably coming from the anti-dive; rears get used more under normal to moderate braking to counter act weight transfer dive.

At least...
04-07-2008, 07:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,635
Posted By oblu

George Carlin used to have a great line about...

George Carlin used to have a great line about Mercedes drivers. Now I understand that there was a little seed of truth in it.
04-07-2008, 01:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,635
Posted By oblu

And I thought I was crazy! I find myself driving...

And I thought I was crazy! I find myself driving the speed limit more and more now, and 70mph actually feels like you're moving. My wife's Q7, 80 feels like you're sitting still. I thought I was...
04-06-2008, 12:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,635
Posted By oblu

If I thought anybody'd take over my lease, I'd be...

If I thought anybody'd take over my lease, I'd be looking at a 135i right about now ... or probably already driving a slightly used S4 convertible that I had the chance to nab.

Every time I drive...
04-03-2008, 02:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,969
Posted By oblu

Off topic time. Diesel is more expensive,...

Off topic time.

Diesel is more expensive, but you get more MPG. Just have to sit down and do the math to see if it works out.

Cero? Zero? There no such thing as truly zero emission;...
04-03-2008, 01:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,969
Posted By oblu

Not only that, but if the price of gas keeps...

Not only that, but if the price of gas keeps going up a $1 per gallon every year, things could look much different by then.

We'll probably all be wanting diesels and then in 10yrs we'll wonder why...
04-03-2008, 01:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,291
Posted By oblu

Yeah, and they didn't get those by paying $350...

Yeah, and they didn't get those by paying $350 for a $50 part when they didn't need to.
04-02-2008, 10:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,969
Posted By oblu

It's most likely because MBF lease rates suck.

It's most likely because MBF lease rates suck.
04-02-2008, 10:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,141
Posted By oblu

Smells like mercedes to me ... it's the mbtex I...

Smells like mercedes to me ... it's the mbtex I think. All of my friend's mercs smell like that, so I associate that smell with mercedes.
04-02-2008, 03:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,969
Posted By oblu

Lease; first Mercedes for me, wasn't sure I'd...

Lease; first Mercedes for me, wasn't sure I'd like it and didn't like what I was seeing for the auction values on 2-3yr old w203s. Didn't want to get stuck with a car I couldn't give away.
...
03-31-2008, 11:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,453
Posted By oblu

http://www.leaseguide.com/calc.htm [edit:...

http://www.leaseguide.com/calc.htm

[edit: nevermind, I just noticed your 20k a year ... you're pre-paying the mileage penalty in your lease payment ... ]

Plug your numbers in and see what it...
03-31-2008, 11:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 787
Posted By oblu

Found just the opposite; this is the quietest...

Found just the opposite; this is the quietest least buffeting sunroof of any car I've ever owned. I can easily drive at 70+ with it open and it's dead quiet.

Maybe it's all relative though? My...
03-31-2008, 04:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 883
Posted By oblu

BTW, I'm paying early adopter/stupid tax of a...

BTW, I'm paying early adopter/stupid tax of a .00300 MF, plus I didn't put any down. My lease is significantly higher than yours. But I was willing to pay it so that I didn't get stuck on another...
03-31-2008, 04:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 883
Posted By oblu

This site, http://www.leaseguide.com/calc.htm...

This site, http://www.leaseguide.com/calc.htm could've been your friend.

I put in all the #'s supplied and came up with $492 including tax ... but I'm just going off what you have listed.

Cap...
03-28-2008, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,516
Posted By oblu

It all comes down to the rubber .... awd lets you...

It all comes down to the rubber .... awd lets you get away with/masks traction deficiencies of all season rubber in winter conditions. Until you go to stop. 4 x 0 still equals 0.

RWD with a...
03-28-2008, 12:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,322
Posted By oblu

Let's just say the residual values ain't good ......

Let's just say the residual values ain't good ... and the real-world auction values are worse.

It's not like domestic bad, but it's close to VW bad. Nothing seems to have great resale value now...
03-27-2008, 10:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 673
Posted By oblu

I got as far as pulling the lower pan off and...

I got as far as pulling the lower pan off and gave up.

BTW, the lower pan is in two pieces, and it's locked in place by a funky block of rubbery plastic. I don't remember if it had a bolt...
03-27-2008, 10:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,831
Posted By oblu

If you don't have MM how are you guys doing it? ...

If you don't have MM how are you guys doing it? I'm guessing I'll end up having to keep a windows mobile device around to vcard contacts to the car. Or is there another way?
03-27-2008, 07:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,322
Posted By oblu

I thought lined up next to each other the B8 was...

I thought lined up next to each other the B8 was supposed to be way bigger? Like almost A6 sized?

The B8 looks kind of dull to me. But I'll reserve judgement until I see one.

I'm a big Audi...
03-27-2008, 07:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,221
Posted By oblu

Whoa, BMW lease rates have gone way up! Back...

Whoa, BMW lease rates have gone way up!

Back when I was looking they were dirt cheap.
03-26-2008, 07:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,255
Posted By oblu

Go into fleetrates with your guard up. They kept...

Go into fleetrates with your guard up. They kept offering me incredible rates compared to what was available from mbusa at the time (last sept) but whenever I asked for paperwork to sign nothing...
03-26-2008, 01:34 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,763
Posted By oblu

Sun spots!

Sun spots!
03-26-2008, 01:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,708
Posted By oblu

+1 If I'm spending that much, it'd be on...

+1

If I'm spending that much, it'd be on something sportier.
03-26-2008, 01:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,948
Posted By oblu

Probably just spoiled; been living with BMW &...

Probably just spoiled; been living with BMW & Audi sports seats for the last 10yrs.

Not used to the bleacher pad, zero tolerance mercedes cushions.
03-26-2008, 01:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,948
Posted By oblu

My back is fine, but my hips kill me and I'm...

My back is fine, but my hips kill me and I'm constantly fiddling with the seat bottom to get the angle right.

I'm with you; when I test drove an A3 I knew right away that I couldn't live with the...
03-25-2008, 02:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,578
Posted By oblu

1) Clutches are tougher than most people will let...

1) Clutches are tougher than most people will let on; they want to scare you that any little mess up and it'll be costly. It's a friction surface just like brake pads, if you constantly abuse them...
03-25-2008, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By oblu

On a tangent, what does happen in a lease...

On a tangent, what does happen in a lease situation where you find yourself no longer being able to afford the lease payment?

That's the one thing I didn't research when I did my lease (my first)....
03-24-2008, 11:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By oblu

Signed a lease for a car that you didn't take...

Signed a lease for a car that you didn't take possession of the day you signed? I'm not sure they can really do that can they? Payments start right away on a lease, so you're paying for use of a...
03-24-2008, 06:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,708
Posted By oblu

Holy jumping the gun batman! You do realize it's...

Holy jumping the gun batman! You do realize it's only March of 2008 right?
03-23-2008, 04:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,221
Posted By oblu

Had an e90 330i. For having less torque than the...

Had an e90 330i. For having less torque than the C300 engine and only 20 some odd horsepower more, the bmw motor felt a lot quicker. Also revved smoother, but I'm putting that down to it being an...
03-22-2008, 11:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,928
Posted By oblu

To you. To me it's always looked like anonymous...

To you. To me it's always looked like anonymous jelly bean blob. I never considered buying a mercedes during the w203 days.

But they lured me in with the w204. Not that impressed though,...
03-21-2008, 12:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,221
Posted By oblu

I got rid of an e90 for the C300, I can vouch for...

I got rid of an e90 for the C300, I can vouch for that.
03-20-2008, 11:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By oblu

Uh ... cause a toddler is going to know how to...

Uh ... cause a toddler is going to know how to unbuckle their 5pt harness, get out of their car seat, open their own door and climb out in the event of an accident? :crazy:

Most commonly, if...
03-20-2008, 11:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,211
Posted By oblu

So totally off topic. :rolf: I learned to...

So totally off topic. :rolf:

I learned to drive in the 80's ... anything 0-60 under 8 sec is plenty quick for me.

Car still feels slow from a stop no matter what (it's been awhile since I...
03-20-2008, 12:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By oblu

offtopic : the McLaren part is fine?!? If I were...

offtopic : the McLaren part is fine?!? If I were another team there's no way I'd have agreed to let McLaren supply ecu's. They got cheating last year (like all teams do) so I'd question whether...
03-19-2008, 10:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,211
Posted By oblu

Already posted about this a couple of other times...

Already posted about this a couple of other times ... hopefully they'll start putting out a part that's a little tougher.

Bad news is the entire bumpers has to come off. Grill only comes off and...
03-19-2008, 10:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,221
Posted By oblu

I'm with you. Except I'm already itching to get...

I'm with you. Except I'm already itching to get done with this lease so I can get a 135i/CTS-V/M3 4 door/whatever else is hot in 3yrs if gas hasn't climbed to $6/gal by then.

My wife's glad I...
03-19-2008, 05:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By oblu

:rofl: Well it sure got me all worked up!

:rofl:

Well it sure got me all worked up!
03-19-2008, 05:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,222
Posted By oblu

:rolf: I somehow doubt a C300 manual will be...

:rolf:

I somehow doubt a C300 manual will be sought after; a W203 C55 maybe but even that's dubious. Possibly a W204 C63, but I have a hard time anybody's going to go through the effort of...
03-18-2008, 06:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By oblu

I can see that being a problem if I were on 520...

I can see that being a problem if I were on 520 or a similar bridge with no shoulder.

"Oh, wait everybody! I have to coast to a stop blocking one of the two lanes of the bridge so I can reboot my...
03-18-2008, 06:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By oblu

Because the # of times my wife's elbow has...

Because the # of times my wife's elbow has knocked the selector into N and me putting it back in Drive with other transmissions has cause the transmission to fail is so frequent? Out of the at least...
03-18-2008, 04:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,221
Posted By oblu

Two forward facing? No problem. If...

Two forward facing? No problem.

If they're rear facing then there are going to be issues unless you and the passenger have the seats cranked way forward.

One other thing I've found a bit...
03-18-2008, 04:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By oblu

Wow. What a wonderful feature for those of us...

Wow. What a wonderful feature for those of us with kids .... kind of like how there aren't any child locks on the rear doors. Hasn't happened in this car, but in others my wife has accidently...
03-18-2008, 03:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,221
Posted By oblu

Still haven't figured out why they even bothered...

Still haven't figured out why they even bothered to make the IS a 4 door. I really liked them when they first came out, and almost bought one. Except that when we went to put my 2yr old son's car...
03-17-2008, 10:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,221
Posted By oblu

Better looking, yes. Bigger, no. The e90 is...

Better looking, yes. Bigger, no. The e90 is actually a bit bigger inside, width and rear seat leg room. But trunk is a touch smaller.

After 6mo of having my C300, I'm already bored with it. ...
03-14-2008, 12:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,928
Posted By oblu

Aren't all humans by definition biased? A...

Aren't all humans by definition biased? A negative review can't make you mad unless you're worried about what other people think. Seems a lot of people's egos need stroking from glowing reviews?
...
03-14-2008, 12:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,337
Posted By oblu

If it's under warranty, repairs don't take any...

If it's under warranty, repairs don't take any money out of your wallet. Just time out of your schedule. :nix:
03-11-2008, 12:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,337
Posted By oblu

Everytime I see one, I wish I'd spent the extra...

Everytime I see one, I wish I'd spent the extra money to lease an E ... the MF from mbusa on them is pretty good (residual sucks though). Coming from a 3 series, the C class is substantially smaller...
03-11-2008, 12:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,682
Posted By oblu

If you really could get one in the mid-30's then...

If you really could get one in the mid-30's then yeah it would be. But with any kind of options it's more like 40.

Regardless, it can't really hold up against an awd v8 coupe.
03-08-2008, 11:57 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,776
Posted By oblu

Dealers seem to disagree ... around here they...

Dealers seem to disagree ... around here they don't put them on the lot, mbtex only.
03-08-2008, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,682
Posted By oblu

Wow, so it's not just Mercedes that pulls stupid...

Wow, so it's not just Mercedes that pulls stupid model launch moves.
03-08-2008, 01:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,682
Posted By oblu

Really? I would've figured all the S5's would be...

Really? I would've figured all the S5's would be tips, manual just doesn't seem to fit the character of the car.

Still, S5 with that awesome battleship gray and red interior. If I was in that...
03-08-2008, 01:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,059
Posted By oblu

I'd be willing to bet they're just Koni FSDs ......

I'd be willing to bet they're just Koni FSDs ... or koni fsd-esque technology.

The thing to remember, in regards to my last post, is it's all a matter of degrees and trade-off. 90% of the time,...
03-08-2008, 01:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,682
Posted By oblu

WTF?!? Can't imagine two cars in more radically...

WTF?!? Can't imagine two cars in more radically different classes or price points.

S5 of course. What's the S5 running, like 58-60k?

Now if you asked A4 2.0T Quattro or C300 4matic, I...
03-07-2008, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,269
Posted By oblu

Holy snikeys! :eek: I'm lucky to hit 250 on...

Holy snikeys! :eek:

I'm lucky to hit 250 on a tank. But I only live 8 miles from work so even if I'm using the freeway it's only for a few minutes.

On the Seattle to Portland run I got 28...
03-07-2008, 05:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,938
Posted By oblu

e90post.com, but it's pretty U.S. centric.

e90post.com, but it's pretty U.S. centric.
03-07-2008, 05:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,353
Posted By oblu

Yeah, the BMW guys get crazy about their ordered...

Yeah, the BMW guys get crazy about their ordered cars ... you should've read the outcry of posts when that one ship had damaged cars.

It was like a millions of voices cried out in unison and then...
03-07-2008, 05:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,059
Posted By oblu

Stock 17's on a lowered car? No. It'll look...

Stock 17's on a lowered car? No. It'll look like the cheap mod mobile. Plus the offsets are conservative, so they'll be tucked.

If you actually plan to lower and care about keeping the ride...
03-07-2008, 01:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,420
Posted By oblu

Not Americans, U.S. insurance companies.

Not Americans, U.S. insurance companies.
03-07-2008, 01:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,420
Posted By oblu

Unibody, the entire car is the "frame". When...

Unibody, the entire car is the "frame". When they're talking about alignment, they're talking about the subframe pick up points; if those are moved out of spec then the "frame" is bent.

No matter...
03-03-2008, 06:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,178
Posted By oblu

My hand just cramped at the mere thought of...

My hand just cramped at the mere thought of cleaning one of those! :eek:
03-03-2008, 04:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,575
Posted By oblu

Your SA might be right on this one. My right...

Your SA might be right on this one. My right rear is dustier than the left rear, and I know I'm always dipping into the ESP.
03-02-2008, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,643
Posted By oblu

Most manufacturers are going to the foot parking...

Most manufacturers are going to the foot parking brake to make room for the multimedia control knob ... All the newer Audi's have foot brakes too.
02-28-2008, 01:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,300
Posted By oblu

I feel your pain ... mine's been a damage magnet...

I feel your pain ... mine's been a damage magnet too. I buy a new car every 16-18mo (car A.D.D.) and I've never had one that's had so many things happen to it.
02-28-2008, 01:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,072
Posted By oblu

While people might say it's not Discount Tire's...

While people might say it's not Discount Tire's fault that UPS was screwed, I'd disagree. When part of my business is delivering items to people, that's part of my business. I don't get to just...
02-28-2008, 01:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,687
Posted By oblu

But who cares when you're in the car enjoying the...

But who cares when you're in the car enjoying the big roof opening? :nix:

Pano FTW ... I realize I'm shallow, but the pano roof was 90% of why I bought the car. Otherwise I would've gone for a...
02-26-2008, 02:02 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,699
Posted By oblu

I've had a mechanic friend try to tell me that...

I've had a mechanic friend try to tell me that modern ECUs try to run richer first when auto ignition is sensed, to try to cool the cylinders before it resorts to dialing back the timing. He also...
02-18-2008, 07:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,473
Posted By oblu

Seems like I'm not the only one ... damn thing...

Seems like I'm not the only one ... damn thing seems awful flimsy.

Dealer was going to charge me $600 to remove the entire bumper to replace the lower grill. But since they'd already quoted me an...
02-17-2008, 04:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,347
Posted By oblu

It's my understanding that tmps is only as good...

It's my understanding that tmps is only as good as the monkey that's operating it. You've got the option to set it's parameters in the on-board computer, so I'd assume that unless it deviates from...
02-13-2008, 05:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,804
Posted By oblu

I'm amazed they got that much lip out of the...

I'm amazed they got that much lip out of the wonky offsets on the w204 ... guessing there's no chance of a BBK with those.

But it's encouraging; I was expecting no lip.
02-11-2008, 03:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,528
Posted By oblu

1. ATT Samsung SGH-i607 (blackjack) running WM5 =...

1. ATT Samsung SGH-i607 (blackjack) running WM5 = works; no automatic vcard transfer but manual push works.
2. ATT Samsung SGH-i607 running WM6 = works same as WM5.

No signal level displayed on...
02-08-2008, 03:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,973
Posted By oblu

Had an 03 A4, an 01 A8 and currently have an 07...

Had an 03 A4, an 01 A8 and currently have an 07 Q7. The current look of the B8 A4 bores the hell out of me, it's just so blah. I'm hoping that there'll be an s-line package, or titanium package to...
02-05-2008, 03:49 PM
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Views: 948
Posted By oblu

As long as the damage is cosmetic the VPC is...

As long as the damage is cosmetic the VPC is allowed to repair it and they don't have to report it. I'm positive MB does the same.

Pops up every now and the on the BMW forums, where somebody has...
02-05-2008, 01:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 948
Posted By oblu

"seriously damaged cars will be destroyed" ...

"seriously damaged cars will be destroyed"

That seems like a major waste. Why wouldn't they pull parts?
02-04-2008, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,289
Posted By oblu

As someone who's previously had reconstructive...

As someone who's previously had reconstructive knee surgery ....

If I could just convince someone else, preferably an automotive transmission product development engineer, that 'automatic creep'...
02-04-2008, 06:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,778
Posted By oblu

Had 2 e46s, and 1 e90. The w204 doesn't have the...

Had 2 e46s, and 1 e90. The w204 doesn't have the side bolstering that the sport package seats do, so leather or not you won't have to worry as much about the scuffing.

I went mbtex, but I'm not a...
02-04-2008, 06:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,194
Posted By oblu

1. Exterior styling 2. Pano roof 3. ...

1. Exterior styling

2. Pano roof

3. Ride / handling compromise

4. Spare tire; seriously after having living with low profile runflats on poor streets, you really appreciate normal tires...
02-04-2008, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,289
Posted By oblu

Sorry, I re-read the first post .... it didn't...

Sorry, I re-read the first post .... it didn't cross my mind that someone would want to take their foot off the brake after they'd come to a complete stop.

That would be wicked cool; I find it...
02-04-2008, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,289
Posted By oblu

Really? I could've sworn I Felt the car being...

Really? I could've sworn I Felt the car being held for a few seconds on hills.

I'll have to check it out on my way home ... don't normally sit around on a hill for 3 sec without a foot on either...
02-04-2008, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 950
Posted By oblu

I just checked tirerack ... 280 tread wear index...

I just checked tirerack ... 280 tread wear index which isn't that bad for a max perf summer tire.

What kind of road conditions?

CarGuru how are your fronts holding up?

I'm at about 6k, but...
02-04-2008, 05:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,046
Posted By oblu

No, but the cupholder makes a might fine non-slip...

No, but the cupholder makes a might fine non-slip cell phone holder too.
02-03-2008, 11:48 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,616
Posted By oblu

Dude, you really owe it to yourself to develop a...

Dude, you really owe it to yourself to develop a sense of humor.
02-01-2008, 02:38 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,616
Posted By oblu

It's no wonder europeans buy into crappy...

It's no wonder europeans buy into crappy stereotypes.

Now where did I put my fried mayonaise balls, I'm freakin' hung-ray
01-30-2008, 05:15 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,925
Posted By oblu

Personally not feeling the hodge podge of...

Personally not feeling the hodge podge of blackness. If it's going to be blacked out, it all needs to be blacked. Black the chrome on the grill, the window trim, the lower door trim, the rear star...
01-28-2008, 11:01 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 24,108
Posted By oblu

Squeek? Both mine screech in protest as they...

Squeek? Both mine screech in protest as they fold or unfold. I'm leaving them set to fold in hopes that they'll finally fail so the dealer will be forced to fix.

To be perfectly honest though...
01-28-2008, 06:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,205
Posted By oblu

That's pretty normal for a cast aluminum wheel. ...

That's pretty normal for a cast aluminum wheel.

According to tirerack.com, the 225/40-18 Contisport3 is 21lbs by itself; the rear tire size as 255/35-18 are 24lbs.

So the wheel itself isn't...
01-27-2008, 01:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,023
Posted By oblu

I'm a big fan of the PS2s because they're...

I'm a big fan of the PS2s because they're extremely light, extremely sticky and quiet. But they do have a softer sidewall than competitors, which makes them a little slower at turn in. The trade...
01-25-2008, 05:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,227
Posted By oblu

Dude, you've got 3 small 4 door cars? Two 3...

Dude, you've got 3 small 4 door cars? Two 3 series? If you're going to own 3 cars, why not branch out a little?

I've noticed wheels are tough on mercs, about the only thing cheap that looks good...
01-25-2008, 05:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,701
Posted By oblu

I don't mind the look, but mine have uneven gaps...

I don't mind the look, but mine have uneven gaps between the door and the trim. The front edge on both is starting to peel away a bit.
01-25-2008, 05:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,699
Posted By oblu

If after touch up paint, it passed the 5' rule...

If after touch up paint, it passed the 5' rule then I'd let it go.

But only if the person who rear ended me was cool about it at the time. If they were being a jackass I'd go for full...
01-24-2008, 01:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,023
Posted By oblu

Speed rating doesn't have anything to do with...

Speed rating doesn't have anything to do with traction. Plenty of cheap crappy ZR rated tires out there.

The contisport3s were great when they were brand new, but I'm finding wet and dry traction...
01-24-2008, 01:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,205
Posted By oblu

Sway bars are slippery slope. They just provide...

Sway bars are slippery slope. They just provide the ability to adjust the handling balance to your preferences. A poorly engineered bar can easily decrease ultimate grip at the expense of making...
01-24-2008, 01:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,205
Posted By oblu

Best performance upgrade for the money is new...

Best performance upgrade for the money is new tires.

Besides that, shorter sidewalls are stiffer and flex less which provies better feedback ... completely useless in this car, the steering is too...
01-24-2008, 11:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,574
Posted By oblu

Should be fine, especially with white. Just do,...

Should be fine, especially with white. Just do, or have done, a clay and machine polish once a year to get out the little swirls from the car wash. But then again, I'm not as anal as I used to be...
01-21-2008, 06:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 565
Posted By oblu

Anybody had any experience with lease assumptions?

Lease forum is pretty slow so I thought I'd post here and see.

I'm assuming, that with the right amount of cash you could technically sell the car and pay off the leasing company correct? I know...
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