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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.
#8945 of 24726 ljflx - Oac
Apr 08, 2005 (4:26 pm)
Yes it is true that the merger made me ill in 1998, but since the 300 and Magnum I've started to really believe that it could work. The engineering expertise promised by Mercedes is there in those products, also in the Pacifica. I think its going to work. Now its Mercedes' turn to turn things around on their side - the total opposite of when the merger first happened. The Chrysler Crossfire while being a hand me down version of the previous SLK is a unique car in an American showroom and has had moderate success. Chrysler has stated that they won't do another model based entirely on a previous generation Benz. Smart decision because you can't fool everyone.
I think you and I would wrangle all the time over you not letting me add that more expensive trim or that mega hp engine to an upcoming product, but overall I think we'd do a good job....lol. Would you still let me have my many model variants? Very interesting..........
#8947 of 24726 Oac—it would never work
Apr 09, 2005 (12:30 pm)
Ljflx is dyed-in-the-wool Toyota. He even eschewed getting a classic SL. That's like nominating Mao Tse-Tung to be President of the United States. And Merc likes the 5-series and 300C. What a friggin' disaster in the making!
Just kidding guys. Merc, I encourage you to keep writing letters and pursuing other creative methods if you are so inclined. Life is what you make of it. You certainly have recognizable and admirable abilities, one of which is writing. A little story for you…
NYC has a sports talk radio station called WFAN. There was a long time sports fan who called in regularly… make that incessantly. He wound up getting his own show, is now one of the most popular hosts on the station and continues to grow as a media celebrity. His name is Joe Benigno.
Of course education and experience is a necessity unless you are an natural-born entrepreneurial genius (and I have known and heard about many who are like this). After that I am a firm believer in the power of natural talent, intuition, desire, and the ability to get places by unconventional means. I have even gone against convention and successfully hired several people who fall into this category.
A good career is about LOVING YOUR JOB—not always easy. But the key is when you love something, make it your job. I once had a boss who could spot a person who hated his job a mile away and refused to hire them. I also had a boss who hired me not only on my experience but, as he put it, I had the "eye of the tiger." Of course I am not assuming you are unhappy with your job. However it is quite clear what your predilection is by your participation around here.
Alright I'm off the soap box. Heck, you guys brought it up.
BTW Merc… how about contributing to that Sports Car thread once in a while now that you started it. What, does your screen name preclude this for some reason?
#8948 of 24726 Re: Oac—it would never work [designman]
Apr 09, 2005 (4:32 pm)
Sometimes we get off topic (syswei, you are the guilty party here, OK ) but its all good....
Designman, the story about the talk show host is interesting. And of course, the good ol' nature advice about loving whatever you do, is all true as well. You'd think some car company personnel are monitoring these online talk shops and getting lots of good ideas and suggestions from ordinary car fans. Hopefully they do, otherwise it would have all been for naught.
Merc1, keep up the good work. And take the advise. Who knows, you may get to run an auto company sooner rather than later. Not that Schrempff or Lutz or Wagoner, or Smith, or Iacocca or any of these guys are any smarter, are they ?
#8949 of 24726 Re: Oac—it would never work [designman]
Apr 09, 2005 (7:18 pm)
designman - you're 100% right - you do best what you love most. Personally I'd rather be the lead guy in acquiring DCX rather than in running it. Negotiating the deal, leading the due dlligence, strategizing the synergies/business plan and then rolling up a business is what I love - and then time to look for the next deal. Nevertheless I love owning my own business with partners even more.
Merc1 - you really do have a great passion for the car business and knowledge of it that is pretty widespread and a great understanding of its past as well. By widespread, I mean knowledge of halo effect cars (on the fringe) to general knowledge of the crucial underpinnings ( in the mainstream) and then a good handle of the views of the consumer side. Certainly it's not too late to get some business education in it. Then what is a hobby that certainly gets a lot of your leisure time becomes a passion and fun job to make money with. Keep those letters going and keep those options open. By the way - if I had ever known the pressures and responsibilities I would eventually get on my old job when I took my initial position I'd have run for an exit door on the interview. But what I would have been afraid of turned out to be what I had the greatest passion, ability and personality for. Sometimes people can miss out on what they would have done best. Thankfully I didn't.
#8950 of 24726 Re: All Quiet [syswei]
Apr 10, 2005 (4:59 pm)
Does anyone know what the weight penalty is for the battery?
#8951 of 24726 Re: syswei, ljflx [michael_mattox]
Apr 10, 2005 (5:17 pm)
I must say that your story of Lexus service is not seen coast to coast. My son just replaced his Lexus with an Infinity X45. One of the reasons had to do with the service dept. He lives in the East Bay San Francisco area.
#8952 of 24726 Re: changing the subject slightly [syswei]
Apr 10, 2005 (5:20 pm)
I agree with merc1. The Toureg's styling is the best. The fit and finish also looks excellent.
#8953 of 24726 Re: All Quiet [flyfisher1]
Apr 10, 2005 (5:28 pm)
If you mean the rx400h I think its about 300 pounds difference vs the 330awd...for the total system, not just batteries.
Nonetheless the 400h accelarates better and gets better mpg too.
#8954 of 24726 Re: ljflx - Oac [merc1]
Apr 10, 2005 (5:43 pm)
I agree with you on the turn-around of Chrysler. I just wonder if this might not have a somewhat negative effect on MB sales as people realize that a lot of what makes the new Chrysler products so cool is MB chassis parts which can now be purchased at a steep discount vs MB's product line.