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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10410 on: July 10, 2020, 06:16:57 am »
I can just see the rich and famous explain why they paid massive money for a mechanical analog watch and an all digital dashboard

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« Reply #10411 on: July 10, 2020, 04:05:40 pm »
I went under the car this morning - did not see any wires in the area.
It was the aluminum engine splash guard: it had come loose when I was on the highway, dropping to the road surface and abrading to the extent that a piece broke off. This is almost certainly the result of the technician, who did the 30k service in mid-May, not having replaced many of the fasteners that hold the guard in place. It worked loose over the weeks, and finally dropped.
I've wired it back in place as best I can. Coat hanger wire - like it's 1982 and I'm an East German fixing a Wartburg.
Stern note to dealer.
I have a new splash guard: dealer apologized and ate the cost. I checked, and all fasteners are in place: so this must have been the work of a senior mechanic.
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« Reply #10412 on: July 11, 2020, 06:34:21 am »
My nephew on my wifeís side recently graduated college and has a good job with Wayfair.  My Sonata I gave him 3 years ago he sold because it failed an emissions test and would cost too much to fix.  So he needs a car for a few months before he moves out of his Momís house to Boston where he might not need a car.

Weíre on a group text with my wifeís family.  The topic of his car comes up and I gather he wants to spend around 5 or 6 grand.  I text a link to two cars posted on autotrader.  One was a 12 year old Malibu, single owner, no accidents, less than 50,000 miles on the odometer, for 6 grand.  Another was a similar vintage Avalon single owner no accidents with 140,000 miles for $5500. 

My nephew posts a few cars from Facebook (I didnít know people sold cars on Facebook).  Heís posts a low mileage 12 year old Mercedes C class which is a salvage title.  He posts a beautiful looking 13 year old BMW 5 series on a second engine with 100,000 miles (unclear from the Facebook ad if the car has 100,000 miles or the second motor has 100,000 miles). 

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Kids...  I got off the text thread.  If he get a German Baller car itís gonna sit in his Momís driveway after driving it for two weeks because the water pump or something like that broke and he doesnít have the dime to fix it.  He doesnít know how to work on cars. 

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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10413 on: July 11, 2020, 06:49:43 am »
Only one way for him to learn...
Yea, I can't compete on that level of dickhead

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« Reply #10414 on: July 11, 2020, 08:00:02 am »
Yeah since heís my nephew on my wifeís side I wasnít keen on calling him a dumb ass.  I got off the text string before I got any more into it. My other dumb ass brother in law tells him to lease a Tesla Model 3.  Tells him to charge it at his house (he lives 20 minutes away from him, and my nephew only needs the car for 6 or so months before he moves to a city apartment in Boston). 

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« Reply #10415 on: July 11, 2020, 01:37:20 pm »
Yeah since heís my nephew on my wifeís side I wasnít keen on calling him a dumb ass.  I got off the text string before I got any more into it. My other dumb ass brother in law tells him to lease a Tesla Model 3.  Tells him to charge it at his house (he lives 20 minutes away from him, and my nephew only needs the car for 6 or so months before he moves to a city apartment in Boston). 

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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10416 on: July 11, 2020, 03:37:05 pm »
FB is fun. :lol:
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10417 on: July 14, 2020, 02:03:36 pm »
I could hardly believe it, but I took my Mazda in for a state inspection and I get a text message... Open the text and it has a link to a video of the mechanic showing the condition of the tires/brakes/ect

I'm amazed
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10418 on: July 14, 2020, 05:45:06 pm »
I could hardly believe it, but I took my Mazda in for a state inspection and I get a text message... Open the text and it has a link to a video of the mechanic showing the condition of the tires/brakes/ect

I'm amazed

The technology is there for our world to be absolutely amazing- people just need to figure out how to use it. That's pretty decent! :)
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10419 on: July 15, 2020, 05:06:01 pm »
Stellantis. FCA/PSA's new name. https://www.autoblog.com/2020/07/15/stellantis-fca/
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10420 on: July 15, 2020, 05:13:10 pm »
Stellantis. FCA/PSA's new name. https://www.autoblog.com/2020/07/15/stellantis-fca/
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So does that treat insomnia, psoriasis, or ED?  Perhaps high blood pressure?
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10421 on: July 15, 2020, 05:19:17 pm »
Stellantis. FCA/PSA's new name. https://www.autoblog.com/2020/07/15/stellantis-fca/
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Sounds like a venereal disease.
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10422 on: July 15, 2020, 07:53:32 pm »
Sounds like a venereal disease.
It's FCA's cure for Broncitis: a nasty shitting of trousers by recent buyers of Wrangler JLs.
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10423 on: July 15, 2020, 10:06:10 pm »
Stellantis. FCA/PSA's new name. https://www.autoblog.com/2020/07/15/stellantis-fca/
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10424 on: July 15, 2020, 10:10:43 pm »
Or are they gonna pivot to amphibious cars? To go to Atlantis.
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« Reply #10425 on: July 15, 2020, 10:16:14 pm »
Stellantis = Stellar Atlantis = Star + Atlantis = Stargate Atlantis

Are they building a stargate network, to compete with the Boring Company? Time to encode some chevrons!
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10426 on: July 16, 2020, 04:12:11 am »
Stellantis = Stellar Atlantis = Star + Atlantis = Stargate Atlantis

Are they building a stargate network, to compete with the Boring Company? Time to encode some chevrons!
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« Reply #10427 on: July 16, 2020, 06:27:11 am »
Or are they gonna pivot to amphibious cars? To go to Atlantis.

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« Reply #10428 on: July 16, 2020, 10:08:19 am »
So does that treat insomnia, psoriasis, or ED?  Perhaps high blood pressure?

Probably insomnia. Their lineup isn't exciting enough to increase your heart rate or get you aroused but most of their cars could put you to sleep.

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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10429 on: July 16, 2020, 11:35:58 am »
New fuel economy record for my dad in his new B200.

4.5 L / 100 km (52 mpg)


He visited me in Munich yesterday, stayed overnight and then drove down to MŁhldorf very early this morning. He caught a good moment with hardly any traffic and apparently the green traffic light wave. On the Autobahn he maintained a speed of 120 km/h (74.6 mph). He phoned me up straight away and excitedly brag about that fuel economy. That's the most fun part about owning this new B200: the great gas mileage.

I drove him again on the Autobahn last week, and I tend to cruise at higher speeds (140-150 km/h) and I noticed that at this speed the fuel economy tends to go down - on my A250 it's the opposite. At those cruising speeds the fuel economy improves. But I have 700cc extra engine capacity...  :tounge:
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10430 on: July 16, 2020, 02:16:42 pm »
Stellantis. FCA/PSA's new name. https://www.autoblog.com/2020/07/15/stellantis-fca/
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The name will only be applied at the corporate level.  Kind of like FCA was.  Thereís no FCA Challenger or FCA 300. 

Itís a dumb name though I agree. 

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« Reply #10431 on: July 16, 2020, 02:36:26 pm »
New fuel economy record for my dad in his new B200.

4.5 L / 100 km (52 mpg)


He visited me in Munich yesterday, stayed overnight and then drove down to MŁhldorf very early this morning. He caught a good moment with hardly any traffic and apparently the green traffic light wave. On the Autobahn he maintained a speed of 120 km/h (74.6 mph). He phoned me up straight away and excitedly brag about that fuel economy. That's the most fun part about owning this new B200: the great gas mileage.

I drove him again on the Autobahn last week, and I tend to cruise at higher speeds (140-150 km/h) and I noticed that at this speed the fuel economy tends to go down - on my A250 it's the opposite. At those cruising speeds the fuel economy improves. But I have 700cc extra engine capacity...  :tounge:
That's impressive.  What is the gross weight of his car, and what transmission?
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« Reply #10432 on: July 16, 2020, 03:29:07 pm »
That's impressive.  What is the gross weight of his car, and what transmission?

About 1.4 tons and it's got a 7-DCT transmission (double clutch automatic). My dad also drives according to traffic conditions so he always adjusts his driving style accordingly.

When I drove him to Regensburg in his B200, we used a mix of hilly country roads and about 40 km of Autobahn. I managed 5.4 L / 100 km (43.5 mpg) in the car. Impressive, considering we had the A/C on as well.
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« Reply #10433 on: July 16, 2020, 03:55:42 pm »
Fiesta could get better MPG if it had a DCT.
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« Reply #10434 on: July 16, 2020, 03:56:44 pm »
Fiesta could get better MPG if it had a DCT.

Would also qualify for participation in the PowerShift class-action suit.
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« Reply #10435 on: July 17, 2020, 08:01:18 am »
HOLY SHIT!!!

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« Reply #10436 on: July 17, 2020, 09:05:20 am »
That's....not the 2021 S-class interior.
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« Reply #10437 on: July 17, 2020, 09:33:27 am »
That's....not the 2021 S-class interior.

No, but it's the MBUX system onboard the new S-Class, and the capabilities and new features are insane. ;)
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« Reply #10438 on: July 17, 2020, 09:43:44 am »
It all looks very distracting, and kind of crappy looking.
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« Reply #10439 on: July 17, 2020, 11:39:48 am »
It all looks very distracting, and kind of crappy looking.

Based on my personal experience with my ďsimpleĒ MBUX setup, itís only ďdistractingĒ if you attempt to use it for the first time while driving and have zero experience with the system. When I got my A250 the salesman gave me some advice: donít interact or physically play with the system while driving home; drive home first and play with the system while the car is parked. Since I actually had familiarized myself with the system for months by watching Youtube videos or playing around in MBUX A-Classes at the dealership, I already knew how to use the system.

These days I can operate the system blindly with the touchpad or touchscreen (and of course voice control) - even while blasting down an Autobahn at 125 mph+.

Usually, for less tech-savvy buyers, there will be an in-depth demonstration on how MBUX works. Itís quite simple to use, actually. The layout is very intelligent and there is a lot of personalization available (you can for example rearrange menus according to your personal liking and which ones you use the most...).

These days Iím also driving around my 83-year-old neighbor (she gives me gas money or treats me to tasty cakes at expensive cafes) and depending on where she needs to go I just give in the address via voice command. The system gets it right all the time. I can ask the system to find me the cheapest fuel station in the area, bring me via the fast or sightseeing route to a destination, weather reports around the world, call this person from my phone list and so much more.  I canít imagine driving a car that does not have such a feature on a daily basis - itís just so practical. ;)
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