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#320729 - 08/31/10 10:31 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: medic8r]
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#320732 - 08/31/10 10:38 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: medic8r]
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#320733 - 08/31/10 10:45 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Ken.C]
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Awesome car!!!!!!!!!
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#320741 - 08/31/10 11:09 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: tomtuttle]
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So when do we get to see you in this car?
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#320751 - 08/31/10 11:57 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: pmbuko]
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So it was Honda/Nissan, et al., then, THWACK, a Benz!

And a waaaaay cool one at that! Glad you got what you really wanted. Now I don't have to judge you by your posts in order to hate you. grin


Edited by BobKay (08/31/10 11:58 AM)
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#320766 - 08/31/10 12:42 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: BobKay]
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Thwack, indeed.

You are all so kind - thank you. Whether healthy or not, your support and encouragement are meaningful to me.

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I say that if Peter B. ever gets a ride in Tom's car, he must speak only in enthusiastic German.


LOL! Yes, I think so, too.

Peter, Alex (13) was with me throughout the whole process, so he got the first ride. I scared him quite a bit on the BMW test drive. Emily (16) asked me what it's like to be so fancy.

I decided to be slightly less risk averse. I don't feel good about it. I'm actually horrified about potential repair costs. The dealer offered me an extended warranty ($4,000 for 4 years / 48,000). My wife HATES those things, and prefers to roll the dice. I'm not so sure, but here I am. Her parents both have Mercedes (Dad has an older S320 and Mom has a newer C230 which I do not fit in). So, I'll just blame them.

I do love Japanese cars. Except for a couple Fords along the way, that's basically all I've ever had. Problem was, when I started looking at sports cars, they were just too damn small. I liked this car a lot better than the 350Z, Miata or S2000 (which are probably the direct comparables) and obviously better on balance than anything else I drove. Honestly, I was pretty set to get the BMW, and with this car I pondered "if not now, when?" as far as a vehicle like this. It is extremely comfortable. The V6 is amazing, the shifter was fun and intuitive right away and the power/weight ratio provides the requisite fun. There's a bit more technology than I'm comfortable with, but Mike D - the car does have a dipstick.

I figure it's a good midlife crisis car and slightly less stereotypical than others I considered. I really didn't think I could find a retractable hard top that I could afford. Julie kept telling me to get what I want as long as it wasn't a waitress.

Of course, it rained today (but I drove it anyway). Sorry to have caused the end of Summer, everybody.


Edited by tomtuttle (08/31/10 12:43 PM)
Edit Reason: forgot
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#320767 - 08/31/10 12:46 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: tomtuttle]
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#320768 - 08/31/10 12:53 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: CatBrat]
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Congrats on your purchase. One piece of advice.

Stop looking and don't drive anything else! You don't want to find something out there that you think you might like better and regret it later.

Kinda like buying speakers!

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#320769 - 08/31/10 01:01 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: CatBrat]
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Oh, and "enthusiastic German" is definitley counterintuitive. Unless one sees similarities between enthusiasm and hostile aggression.

I'll mention it to my shrink, Dr. Freudenriech. (No bull, that's really his name. German accent included, of course.)
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#320814 - 08/31/10 04:47 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: tomtuttle]
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Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Emily (16) asked me what it's like to be so fancy.


You watch, Tom...in no time, Emily is SOOOOO gonna want to drive that beauty to school! shocked
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