Last post on Dec 07, 2013 at 9:03 AM
You are in the Automotive News & Views
What is this discussion about?
#30565 of 35219 Re: Fin.. [xwesx]
Feb 25, 2013 (3:12 pm)
Here's the latest (oops fintail is on the wrong side):
I wish I had pics of my first car or the various cars in the family during my childhood. Guess I am making up for it. My family always had a 60s car in the driveway through the 90s too, as my dad had a thing for 60s Fords. Sadly, he didn't have a thing for taking pics.
#30566 of 35219 Re: Fin.. [fintail]
Feb 25, 2013 (4:38 pm)
I think the reversed sides can be forgiven. I love the lines on both of those cars; they flow very nicely.
Feb 25, 2013 (5:25 pm)
I love that era C43! I also think its great you took shots of each of your cars with The Fintail. I do have pics of all 6 cars I've owned since I was 16.
#30568 of 35219 Re: Fin.. [fintail]
Feb 25, 2013 (6:03 pm)
Absolutely wonderful pics! 18 in '95?, you're just a kid! LOL! I was 37.
I really liked my W126 ('91 560SEL)... then the 2000 E430 Sport came along and soon after, the 2002 ML500 (had '00 and '02 at the same time). Kept the E430 for 9 yrs. and then sold it to my brother with only 39K miles (then I bought the '09 Bentley to replace it).
The old Rolls has 91,000 original miles. It had 86,000 miles when I bought it in 1998. I think it's worth about $35-$40K now?....I paid $29K plus tax 15 yrs. ago. I've probably put $15K (tune-up, oil changes, repairs, etc.) over 15 yrs. in it which includes $2,500 for new big white-wall radial Coker tires 12 yrs. ago.
It's been worth every penny of enjoyment and the thumbs-up I get when I drive it around makes me keep it.
#30569 of 35219 Re: Fin.. [xwesx]
Feb 25, 2013 (7:51 pm)
They both do have an angularity to them - the newer car is losing some of that for the next model year, I like the current design just fine.
#30570 of 35219 Re: Fin.. [mark156]
Feb 25, 2013 (7:58 pm)
I am a youngster for most of the cars I have owned. Not many people in their teens have a fintail, not many in their 30s either. And not many 20-somethings would be thrilled to find a nice W126, but I was. I am young for the new car too - not just because of its price. I have a few mature tastes maybe.
Fintail has gone around the clock a couple times. It also photographs a little nicer than it is - it is a decent survivor car, but no concours piece. You are probably right on the Rolls value. Speaking of those tires, that's my next plan for the old car, a set of wide whitewall (2 1/4" I think) radials. Probably going into the shop tomorrow morning to see if it can be aligned properly, as the tires wear kind of weird now.
#30571 of 35219 Re: Fintail [nyccarguy]
Feb 25, 2013 (8:00 pm)
Oh yeah, I forgot you like some MBs of that era. The C43 was a neat car, it was immaculate and I was the 2nd owner, but it rode pretty hard and had a few quirks, I had it for only a couple years. Finding the E55 was a good excuse to upgrade.
I wish I had pics of the 60 Ford my dad had when I was a teen.
#30572 of 35219 Re: Fintail [fintail]
Feb 25, 2013 (9:18 pm)
There's ALWAYS a good excuse to upgrade!
Feb 25, 2013 (9:26 pm)
Michaell - While your wife's commute will become longer, my wife's has become shorter. From 20 miles one way (3 days per week) to 2.6 miles one way (3 days per week). No, I'm going to run out and trade in our perfectly good 2011 Pilot EXL w/ Nav & buy (or lease) a 2013 Pilot? NO WAY JOSE!
I'm less than a month away from my year anniversary with
driving heaven my 328xi. Miles as of tonight are in the 19,200 range. Good thing I took the 20K per year lease. Things will even out mileage wise. I'll take her Pilot to work once a week, once the weather gets warmer I can drive my Prelude to work too. If I keep piling on the miles, that just means I'll have to focus my car shopping earlier in the summer of 2014.
Feb 25, 2013 (9:28 pm)
Would love to upgrade right now but it's just not logical at this point. With hitting 37k on tomorrow morning's commute, my car is just not worth trading. As much as I'm tempted after driving so many new and better vehicles, I'm staying the course and will take care of things. The headliner gets replaced at home on Wednesday morning then it's off to get the tires rebalanced and rotated. The brake pedal is real low and after hard usage, I hear a grinding noise nut will wait till I hear the wear sounds. It just might need the back one's adjusted also, just not sure. Hopefully they'll look them over on Wednesday when they have the wheels off and can really view the pads. I was told that Tires Plus uses a metallic blend pad but I want pads that are really good with minimal brake dust. Hate going to Midas as they upsell too many things but wondering if their warranty is better on a brake job?
All I know is that I'm going to spend some coinage on the Civic this week. Am also due for an oil change as 3/23 is a year, but the mileage minder says I still have 60% life in my oil. Since I do so much freeway driving now, it might be wise to just do the change as I need this vehicle to continue to be as dependable as it has been up to now.