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#29773 of 35171 Re: Drove 11 [sandman_6472]
Jan 31, 2013 (7:17 pm)
I had a 13 Cruze LTZ w/1500 miles as a rental last week. Boring gold color, but it was loaded with push button start, leather, the new touchscreen with apps, etc. I surprisingly liked it a lot; quiet, smooth, comfortable. Seats were decent, heated but manual rake. The little 1.4T seemed torquey enough for the real world, trip computer showed 31 mpg after about 500 miles, but it may have been optimistic, I don't know, and it wasn't broken in obviously. Makes me think a Verano would probably be a pretty nice car.
#29774 of 35171 Re: Drove 11 [tifighter]
Jan 31, 2013 (7:54 pm)
The Verano I sat in was so much more comfortable than the Cruze...great seats. Also drove an Altima today...push button start. Nice ride!
#29775 of 35171 Altima With Push Button Start
Jan 31, 2013 (8:08 pm)
Drove a couple of these today...nice cars, the 2012's, but not a fan of the push button start system. The Captiva had this also as did the Passat. I'm just not a fan of this technology...I guess it's pretty cool but just used to the old regular key system. Granted, I think this is the way tech in cars is going so will get used to it when the time comes but still believe some things should not be changed or messed with. The Quest also had this starting system which once one learns how to use it, it does work as intended. This van is large though and feels bigger than the Caravans I used to pilot at work. But those were the regular models and I suspect the Quest, Sienna and Odyssey are all sized like the current Caravans.
Very curious to drive the brand new 2013 Altima and Sentra...both very attractive rides that are not to far out there.
#29776 of 35171 Re: Altima With Push Button Start [sandman_6472]
Jan 31, 2013 (8:25 pm)
I don't really care about the smart key/push button start. I always keep my keys in my pants pocket, and fishing out the fob was 2nd nature.
but my wife loves it, and will never give it up (good thing she is good for another 10 years with her new Acura!). She likes it because her keys get lost in her mess of a pocketbook. And mostly, when I am driving, she does not have to wait for me to open the car (and sometimes the 2nd push didn't catch, and I did not realize right away she was still standing outside, waiting for a door to open!). Now, she walks up, car opens.
that part is fine, but the button can be a pain in the buns. if you don't do things just right (foot on brake to stop engine) it gets all cranky, displays messages, and half the time I end up starting it unintentionally just so I can turn it back off!
Jan 31, 2013 (9:14 pm)
Sandman, congratulations on the new job!!! Getting to drive so many different cars is a blast for sure. I'll be look'n forward to your reviews as I enjoyed the previous ones!
#29778 of 35171 Re: Altima With Push Button Start [sandman_6472]
Feb 01, 2013 (4:12 am)
I really appreciate and enjoyed your posts.
Do please continue - and congrats on the job!
Not likely to drive any car but mine for a while .....
#29779 of 35171 E39 530i w/ low miles
Feb 01, 2013 (6:59 am)
Low mileage E39s are out there. This Oxford Green 530i is just one of them. Looks to be in fantastic shape, under 60K miles, but the color combo is just a killer for me. I'd even consider the Oxford Green (yuck, I'd rather have black which I've sworn off) over Sand (Black is so much easier to keep clean) if it had the Sport Package. Even though these seem to be commanding a high price for a 10 year old car, what else can you buy for $12K?
#29780 of 35171 Re: Altima With Push Button Start [sandman_6472]
Feb 01, 2013 (7:32 am)
New Altima is all over the rental fleets out here, should just be a matter of time before they are everywhere.
#29781 of 35171 Re: Altima With Push Button Start [fintail]
Feb 01, 2013 (8:56 am)
Cool, maybe I'll get some extended seat time in one--I reserved a full size car with Enterprise when I go to Austin in April for the MotoGP race. Probably either that, or a Charger or Taurus. I'm seeing quite a few of the new Altimas on the road.
#29782 of 35171 Re: E39 530i w/ low miles [nyccarguy]
Feb 01, 2013 (10:01 am)
A friend has a 2003 525i Touring for sale. Really, REALLY nice. He only wants $6000 for it. Boston Green/Tan, 109k, all options except Navigation. As he describes it:
Recently done: rear-subframe bushings (big ass job, probably wasn't
needed but a bunch of us bought the tool so..), all-around Bilstein
shocks/struts for the sport suspension about 6,000 miles ago, new sway-bar
links front and rear, new water pump, new hoses, new radiator, new
alternator (all in the past 2,000 miles), new oil filter housing gasket
(PITA job..) and a bunch of other stuff, this is just off the top of my
head. It's gotten periodic front track-arms (the ones that go bad), and the
ball joints are all replaced or OK. Did auto-transmission filter/flush at
around 90k miles. Transmission is smooth and no slipping. Battery is within
the past year.
- Brakes were done sometime in the last 10,000 miles.. all BMW parts used.
- There are no leaks.
About all it needs is the CVS and the VANOS seals replaced.
The owner is a CCA member with perfectionist attitude towards maintenance and repair. He's selling it because he has too many cars(Imagine that!). I'm half tempted to buy it myself...