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Feb 12, 2013 (5:56 pm)
Hmmm...I notice Edmunds TMV is way under invoice for the E Bluetec, and that what I was thinking for a potential E55 sale was just a few hundred over Edmunds trade-in. I wonder if that's accurate. Will be interesting to see if they go along with the deal I'd want - been a long time since I've punched the card.
And might do it twice, as the difference would be enough to buy a nice bike and new gear. Either that or just save/invest it and use a very low interest line of credit.
#30165 of 35397 Re: Why is it ------ ? [steve_]
Feb 12, 2013 (5:56 pm)
I have a cushion that I sit on in the van on the way home and it's quite comfortable. I went to Walmart and bought 2 outdoor cushions which are soft and put them together in a pillow case protector and than into a pillow case. Works like a charm on the cheap. I don't want to use the really nice Relax The Back unit I have in my personal car for fear of losing it as I leave mine in the van...the 2 cushions cost $5 bucks each plus the pillow protector which was $2 bucks...if I loose it, I won't be super upset. But it does the trick...I've been sitting on cushions at my computer and the dinner table for years, well since my accident as I herniated my 3 lowest discs and my butt really hurts sitting on a hard surface for a extended period of time.
Over the years, I've had to adopt to being in chronic pain and do things accordingly. I'm just glad this outfit gave me a chance to work again as I'm only partially disabled at this point. I know in time I'll end up totally disabled but...such is life. I could be dead next week!
Feb 12, 2013 (5:56 pm)
Could it be green incentives on the diesel? Or was that BMW?
#30167 of 35397 Re: Why is it ------ ? [sandman_6472]
Feb 12, 2013 (5:58 pm)
Stay active, you'll live longer than if you were a coach potato.
Feb 12, 2013 (6:04 pm)
And no state income tax...a good thing! But we've got crazy voters and a wacked out governor! I can come up with the down payment for the Sixt franchise and I think the North Florida area would work just fine. You'd be in charge of the fleet of course especially the German makes since that's your specialty. I'll take the imports and call it a day. How much do ya think we'd need...$100k or somewhere south of there? I'll need a few months but sounds like a plan!
Got a question though. Just got home from Walmart and parked next to me was a pristine 2006 or 2007 C Class in a beautiful taupe color with the word "Kompressor" on the rear...what kind of animal is this? I was drooling over the color...was absolutely gorgeous and just the right size vehicle. I think I'm in love Fin!
#30169 of 35397 Re: Why is it ------ ? [ateixeira]
Feb 12, 2013 (6:09 pm)
Agreed, that's why I finally did get up and find this new job. After 18 months, I figured it was about time to do it. I know the wife and kids were very worried about me and didn't quite understand that I'd know when the time was right to change things. That time came about 6 weeks ago when I really got active in my job search. I knew that I wanted something in the auto industry and here we are. Thanks for the concern though...58 is just plain too young to stop everything. Luckily I've kept my weight at an o k place but could stand to loose about 10 now which will happen as I get more mobile.
#30170 of 35397 Re: Orlando [sandman_6472]
Feb 12, 2013 (6:25 pm)
No state income tax here in WA either, but high living costs in most places. And some wackos, too. I'd get along with the desired Sixt fleet. I think they wanted 150K to get into the franchise, and something like 750K in (presumably liquid) assets. A little out of my league.
The "kompressor" C-class first came around in 1998 with the old W202 style. It stopped in 2005. These were all C230s. Even the latest ones can be picked up for not a lot today - maybe low-mid teens for genuinely nice cars. Maintenance will be expensive and they can be finicky. I'd definitely go after a 2004-5 car, and get the nicest you can afford.
There was also the C32 AMG, a higher performance kompressor car made from 02-04.
#30171 of 35397 Re: . [ateixeira]
Feb 12, 2013 (6:24 pm)
I think that was the E90 diesel, yeah.
I think these late pre-facelift W212s just aren't moving as fast as desired, people are waiting for the 2014 model. I prefer the current design, too.
#30172 of 35397 Re: Orlando [sandman_6472]
Feb 12, 2013 (6:54 pm)
In German, turbo is "Turbo" or "Turbolader," [turbo charger]... which one might figure out on one's own... supercharger becomes "Kompressor," which is a little less obvious.
In this case, it's probably a supercharged 4cyl on the lower-end Benzes.
As to whether they are any good, I have no idea....
Feb 12, 2013 (7:12 pm)
I am still adjusting to the cost of living here in Seattle. It isn't as substantial right now while we are still in renter mode, but the whole home buying thing is going to be an adventure for us. The cost to buy a comparable home like we would have bought in Pittsburgh is triple, give or take a bit.
I will say though, it is nice not having 3% of my paycheck taken out every couple of weeks for state taxes...
To keep this auto related, my Volvo officially became a citizen of Washington. I have the newly installed front license plate bracket to prove it.