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#86144 of 91779 Re: Gated Communities [explorerx4]
Dec 04, 2012 (4:30 pm)
That was an ingenious way of finding those keys. Kudos to you.
#86145 of 91779 Re: Gated Communities [explorerx4]
Dec 04, 2012 (5:27 pm)
'Farm, that is a post that hits home for me, too.
The car I helped my Mom last year has a proximity key and push button start.
I must have missed this post, but when I saw the response posts from Houdini and oldfarmer, I clicked on it. I started laughing just thinking about you literally passing things around and in the car until you found the primary key - which was where it should have been - in her purse!
Yes, those perimeter/proximity keys can be tricky - I have them on the Mercedes. All I do is touch the door handle (any one) and the doors unlock. If I want to manually open the trunk, as long as I am within 5 feet of the locked trunk, it will unlock and open by itself. After driving the car and then turning off the ignition after parking it, a reminder message and chime tells me "don't forget to take your keys"! If there is a key in the car or trunk, it will not lock.
It's a nice feature, especially if it is raining or very cold with snow. You never have to fish for your keys!
It truly was an ingenious way to find those missing keys - trial and error - works all the time! Well done explorer!
#86146 of 91779 Re: Gated Communities [abacomike]
Dec 04, 2012 (5:33 pm)
Reminds me of the VW commercial where the dog ate the key and the owner needs to take the dog everywhere to get in / drive the car. It is set to a Johnny Cash song.
#86147 of 91779 Re: Sales Story [nyccarguy]
Dec 04, 2012 (5:35 pm)
I would have given you $2,500 on your word. Heck, might have stretched all the way to 3K to offset any tax credit!
this is how I got my (son's) Acura TL. It was my sister's car. Based on them knowing they had an easy mark, and a bit of the same type of body issues (mostly just paint scratches, but no body work or real dents), and of course the 147K on it, they low balled her at 2K. She knew I was interested, so called me from the dealership and asked if I wanted it instead for the same price. of course I said yes, and 4 years later (anniversary in 2 weeks!) we still have it.
#86148 of 91779 I GUESS THEY FINALLY GOT IT RUNNING RIGHT!
Dec 04, 2012 (5:42 pm)
Well, I drove the E350 several times today and it performed perfectly - no stalling and the idle was as smooth as silk. It's amazing how much I missed having it at my disposal these last 2 1/2 weeks except for the trip to Ponte Vedra.
Every time I stopped at a light, I was waiting for it to shut down like the GLK did. Obviously the E350 does not have the Eco Drive (stop/go engine). I found it to be a pain to drive in heavy traffic - always shutting down.
I certainly hope the Mercedes performs as well as my previous Mercedes Benz vehicles.
My upstairs neighbor bought a brand new GS350 in silver with gray leather interior. He got it 2 weeks ago and has had it back to Lexus three times - wheel balancing (sound familiar), steering problems (some kind of minor recall) and an oil leak. Looks like he is learning what the new GS350 is like to own. He asked me about a month ago why I got rid of my GS and I told him why. He saw me this morning to tell me about the issues he has been having with his GS and said he should have listened to me and bought something else. He said he finds the technology overwhelming (sound familiar?).
#86149 of 91779 Re: Gated Communities [oldfarmer50]
Dec 04, 2012 (6:55 pm)
Coincidently, I ended up shredding a bunch of old papers, including some bank statements from when my Mom was Executrix for my Dad's estate.
That was back from '94, so I was pretty confident it was ok to shred them.
In the same lock box, I found just about all my old report cards, so I made sure I shredded those to!
I also found a cousin's report card for the first 3 of 4 marking periods in '73-74, although I never met him.
My Mom was a teacher and just happened to have him in Home Room.
He started out bad, then really stepped up his game in Q2 and Q3. 8 F's in each. Q3 - 42 absences and 5 tardies.
I figured it must have rained 5 times in Q3.
My Mom bought a new '74 Dodge Dart that year.
#86150 of 91779 Re: I GUESS THEY FINALLY GOT IT RUNNING RIGHT! [abacomike]
Dec 04, 2012 (7:38 pm)
E350 does not have the Eco Drive (stop/go engine). I found it to be a pain to drive in heavy traffic - always shutting down
Isn't there a button to turn off the stop/go? I just press a button after starting the car every time. I turn the off/on feature on if I am approaching a long train or stoplight. It isn't a big deal, unless you can't cancel it.
Interesting your friend has the same issues with the GS....I guess you have to have an engineering degree or be under 30 years old to buy one.
#86151 of 91779 Re: FINALLY, I GOT MY CAR BACK [abacomike]
Dec 04, 2012 (7:49 pm)
I'm thinking they didn't have replacement gaskets and re installed the originals hoping for the best, which didn't turn out so good.
#86152 of 91779 Re: Sales Story [stickguy]
Dec 04, 2012 (7:52 pm)
Stickguy - the car would be an ideal one for you, but I personally don't trust it. My friend has been pouring money into it lately. VWs are inexpensive to purchase, but are in no way cheap to own. They use the same ex$pensive Audi parts. There was no trade in credit as the dealer bought the car from my friend as she leased the car.
#86153 of 91779 Re: FINALLY, I GOT MY CAR BACK [tyguy]
Dec 04, 2012 (7:54 pm)
I'm planning to drive my '02 Explorer (131k) a lot through this winter, so I'm not going to go into the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I don't want to jinx 'The Good'.