Last post on Jan 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM
You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ-Series, Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Volkswagen Phaeton, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, Sedan
Let's try to define this forum as being limited to luxury performance vehicles where the mainstream version in a typical configuration has an MSRP of at least $60k.
A luxury vehicle with a base price of $59k qualifies because it would typically be bought with some additional equipment, bringing the MSRP over $60k.
Vehicles like the E, 5, A6, M, or GS, even if available in certain versions over $60k, don't qualify because they are cars from companies that have higher end cars in their lineups.
Mar 05, 2000 (5:14 pm)
good point, quattro-pearl,
Originally, when the Aurora came out in the early 90s it met the structural standard set forth by the 1986-1995 Mercedes-Benz E-class, at 25MHZ.
I remember also, one or two magazines pointed out that even though on paper the Aurora might be as solid, in person the car did not drive as solid as a E-class nor did the Aurora feel like it was carved out of one piece of metal like the E-class felt.
I too would much rather be in a accident in a SL over a Corvette.
#137 of 24726 How well does the A/C perform?
Mar 06, 2000 (2:44 am)
I live in Phoenix, with a summer climate similar to living on the face of the sun. A/C performance is critical. I have been driving Chevy Tahoes for the past 5 years and the A/C in them is ice cold and able to quickly cool a very large cubic volume. My friend drove a 1983 BMW 5 series and the A/C was horrible.
Anyone on this board drive a MW 7 series or a new Merc S class in Arizona, Texas, or Florida?
#138 of 24726 Enigma and Quattro pearl
Mar 07, 2000 (9:29 am)
Don't let the GM people hear that. There are some here that will tell you that the Aurora was the most solid car on the market and it simply wasn't true. It may have had a stiff structure, but the other accessories that GM hung from the chassis were just typical GM junk. They designed a good structure and went home. I drove the Aurora, S320, LS400, Legend, and J30 extensively at an event put on by OLDS in 1995 called Dream Dream. It was just that until it was time to drive the Aurora.
Even the Olds reps were embarrassed when people didn't want to "turn-in" the S320 and LS400 at the end of the drive, while the 3 Auroras on hand sat quiet and locked...long forgotten.
#139 of 24726 Looking for opinions
Mar 14, 2000 (4:16 pm)
Have never owned a MB and have opportunity to purchase 1999 S320 with 30K mi & fully loaded for $46K - Now drive Expedition and love the room. Does anyone have any opinions about the S320?
#140 of 24726 Best price & color for 740iA?
Mar 15, 2000 (8:17 am)
I'm new to this forum so please forgive me if these questions had been asked before.
Can anyone comment on what price they paid for a BMW7?
My local dealer in Denver is offering a no haggle price of $2k off the 7s.
I checked carorder.com and their price is about $3.5k off for the options I want on a 740iA that include the sport package, rear sun shade, and rear side airbag. MSRP is $68560. Carorder has it for $64890. Local dealer has same car less the rear shade and rear side airbag for $65930 with MSRP of $67970.
I checked the BMWUSA site and read about the special prices they had for european delivery. For the 740i, the price is about $4300 off MSRP. At this price, it would be the best price I've seen, better than even carorder.com! Has anyone done this? Is it worth the trip if you hadn't plan to travel to Germany otherwise? What are the final charges for shipping and handling?
Final question: what is the best color for a 740i with the sport package? I know color is a personal choice but I would like to know why you like the color that you choose. I was thinking of choosing a bright firey red. "Imola Red" would be my first choice. This color is only available on the 740i with sport package. I was concern however that the red color will emphasize too much on sport and not enough on the luxury side of the 740i. Would a white, silver, or black be a better color choice for a luxury sport car?
Thanks for any input.
Mar 15, 2000 (8:23 am)
I see quite a few 7s with the sport package around here and the best color combo is that dark blue over oyster. Orient Blue to be exact. Stunning but still shows luxury car character.
#142 of 24726 BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
Mar 16, 2000 (9:47 pm)
I have read and responded to this site since its inception and have found an abundance of useful information that has helped me with decisions on some very pricey automotive investments. However, the recent posting sound more like childish banter than people exchanging useful information. Please get back to the discussion of High End Luxury SEDANS and off of the Aurora, Corvette and SL600. They don't belong in this discussion.
Mar 17, 2000 (4:09 am)
I didn't know there were two moderators of this topic. I promise not to talk about the Aurora or the Corvette or the SL600 or SLK or the A or the C or the E or the ML or the ES or the IS or the GS or the SC or the RX...
#144 of 24726 German Delivery of 740i
Mar 21, 2000 (5:42 pm)
In response to the question in 151, I did the German delivery of a 540i in 1998. It is a very nice program, and saves a bit of money. Down side is you must pay cash 1 month prior to delivery, travel to Germany (I go anyway for business) and then wait 5-8 weeks for the car to reach the US. Upside is you have the car to tour Europe, a price better than any I found here and you pick precisely the options, color, etc. I highly recommend the program. BMW gives you temproty plates and insurance for one month which can be extended if you wish. They detail the car for you when it is shipped to the USA. There is no charge for the shipment. My wife absolutely loved it as she joined me for a week in Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, etc.
Mar 21, 2000 (9:37 pm)
What a nut job! I give that post 2 hours before it is deleted. Maybe less...