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#30326 of 35170 Re: 2013 VW Jetta GLI impressions [breld]
Feb 17, 2013 (7:38 pm)
They had a Jetta Hybrid in the showroom at Swope VW. I don't think you can get much of a discount on them right now. It looks nice and offers a lot of features (like a full-folding back seat) not found in other midsize sedan hybrids other than the Prius. It is supposed to be a sportier drive than the Prius, Camry Hybrid, Optima Hybrid, etc., but they use 205mm wide low rolling resistance tires on all models, so there may not be a lot of grip to work with.
I'm seeing ~30 MPG on the trip computer in the GLI.
Feb 17, 2013 (7:39 pm)
Congrats on the Mazda6 Wagon my friend!
#30328 of 35170 Re: . [fintail]
Feb 17, 2013 (7:44 pm)
Also updated the punch list for your lease. Did you trade the AMG?
#30329 of 35170 Re: Brakes Question [sandman_6472]
Feb 17, 2013 (7:52 pm)
Find out what the oem brake pads were when your car was new. Let that be your guide. Another issue is the rotors. I know on my 02 Concorde, it was almost the same price to buy a set new as opposed to having them turned.
#30330 of 35170 Re: Fintail [nyccarguy]
Feb 17, 2013 (7:58 pm)
Thanks. I am sure you think I should have kept the E55 - but I was starting to fear if I really held on to it, I would become too attached, and end up with a second fintail. I am trying not to be upset about saying goodbye. I think this was for the best. I know it will go to a good home, and won't be abused/bored by my drudgerous commute.
I also like the diesel noise and sensation, and the car is beautifully finished and fairly pretty. Maybe I will buy it at lease end.
#30331 of 35170 Re: . [corvette]
Feb 17, 2013 (7:57 pm)
Yes. They offered a fair enough price (they aren't easy cars to sell), and I know 2 salesman want it. Many of the salespeople there are enthusiasts (the one who sold me the car has driven only MB for 30 years, the one who arranged some other details owns 3 and has had them for years), so it will go to someone who understands it. It's too old for their used lot, too old and weird to do well at auction, but would be a shame to have sit on some shady used lot. I don't think it will hit the market.
Feb 17, 2013 (8:13 pm)
I believe I saw this very car a week or so ago when I was out at Barrier. My Volvo was getting serviced at their Volvo dealer, so my wife and I drove over to the Mercedes dealer.
Very nice! Congrats!
#30333 of 35170 Re: Fintail [fintail]
Feb 17, 2013 (8:34 pm)
I can't fault you at all fin tail. You made the right move. You owned the car for a while and it was time to part ways. I'm sure you'll LOVE the diesel's torque. I had a BMW 335d a few months ago when my 328xi was in for service and I LOVED the way the diesel drove. If they'd have somehow offered it with X-Drive, I'd be planning my purchase right now.
You'll most likely be able to see that D350 for more than the residual value when your lease is up. Diesels hold their value extremely well.
#30334 of 35170 Re: . [28firefighter]
Feb 17, 2013 (8:35 pm)
Thanks. I know my car was at the holding lot out behind the Audi dealer today - but there were 2 other W212 white pano cars on site.
My first Barrier experience, hope it goes well. The benefits seem good - car washes, checkups, nice facility, etc. A couple salesman there have said I should work there - as I know the cars pretty well, but I don't know if I could do it.
#30335 of 35170 Re: Fintail [nyccarguy]
Feb 17, 2013 (8:39 pm)
It's very good off the line, and merging onto a highway is effortless. I took it for about a 20 mile test drive, the engine never works hard. I liked the fairly constant mechanical/exhaust noise of the E55 - now I get some occasional diesel noise, which also pleases me. I am sure I will feel good, still running on adrenaline here. I do love the tech on the car, the cool lights, good stereo, pano, HD nav, camera, etc.
Also a lot smoother and relaxed ride, being on 17" wheels with normal tires. The E55 was a rough rider.
I forget what residual they gave it, but it was high, hence the cheapish lease. It'll be pretty mint when the lease is up, will have to see what happens then.