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#90709 of 95910 Re: Speeding & My Birthday! [driver100]
Apr 04, 2013 (4:27 am)
and i had bought my first new car in 1973, a 1973 Maverick.
Back in 1973 I bought my first car, a brand new Mercury Comet for the outrageous price of $3,600. I put $600 down and financed the balance at $97.12 a month. First big mistake I made with this car was to put in an after-market AC system. It hardly cooled the car and I had to turn it off climbing hills because the car had no power.
#90710 of 95910 Re: GASOLINE AT COSTCO [graphicguy]
Apr 04, 2013 (4:35 am)
I get the best of both worlds. I use only Shell V-Power, 93 octane and I get up to $1.20 a gallon off. Well, here is the open secret. With your Stop and Shop card you get a discount, beginning at 5 cents off each gallon up to whatever.
Don't know if Stop & Shop Supermarket is in your area but it is a good way to get tier 1 gas cheap.
#90711 of 95910 Re: Speeding & My Birthday! [bwia]
Apr 04, 2013 (4:43 am)
Back in 1973 I bought my first car, a brand new Mercury Comet for the outrageous price of $3,600.
That sounds like a lot for a Comet. The Maverick was not the fancy model with bucket seats (in those days bucket seats were a big deal extra option, now even the least expensive cars have them), but it did have a small 302 V8.
In Canada, where prices are higher, I paid $3400 and I had a trade in worth $800.
Mine was Racing Green and looked like this;
I liked the car a lot at the time. But, then it started to have one problem after the other at the 70K mark. It seemed pretty good at the time, but, I am sure if I compared it to a similar model today, it would have a lot of faults. Doubt if there was much "feel of the road".
#90712 of 95910 Re: GASOLINE AT COSTCO [bwia]
Apr 04, 2013 (5:49 am)
With your Stop and Shop card you get a discount, beginning at 5 cents off each gallon up to whatever.
But you pay 20% more for groceries at Stop and Shop. I personally shop at Market Basket and put that money in my pocket...
BTW - Stop and Shop is affiliated with Giant, Food Source and Martin's so folks in New England down to Virginia may get the same gas offer.
Apr 04, 2013 (9:25 am)
Read a few reviews for the 2014 Mercedes CLA250.
Starting price starts in the low $30s
Front wheel drive
Same under pinning as the B Class
Low roofline makes the backseat small, problem for anyone over 5'9"
Fantastic handling and power
Very well made, solid and refined
I'd consider it, but, I don't want a car with a small backseat, there are just times when I need that extra room.
National Post 2014 MB CLA250
#90714 of 95910 Re: MB 2014 CLA 250 [driver100]
Apr 04, 2013 (9:36 am)
I'd consider it, but, I don't want a car with a small backseat, there are just times when I need that extra room
It's basically a "mini" Mercedes Benz CLS. If I was comfortable in the CLS front seat, which I was not, I would have bought one instead of an E Class Sport Sedan. There is actually more room in an E Class Sedan than there is in the CLS 550. There is no back room and the trunk is for people who never travel or shop.
The car seems to be great looking from all the pictures I've seen of it, but just not a very comfortable car for 6'2", 250 pound males.
I'm driving down to the Ft. Lauderdale International Auto Show this afternoon. I got a couple of free tickets and a free parking voucher for the show which is being held at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center on the Intercoastal Waterway on Eisenhower Blvd. Mercedes has two E Class Sedans there, a Luxury model and a Sport Model. Since I have never seen one up close before, I thought this might be a good opportunity to determine if I am going to like it.
As for the CLA, which I think they also will have there, it is actually less comfortable than the C Class.
#90715 of 95910 Re: Speeding & My Birthday! [nyccarguy]
Apr 04, 2013 (10:42 am)
Happy belated birthday!!!
#90716 of 95910 Re: MB 2014 CLA 250 [abacomike]
Apr 04, 2013 (10:49 am)
If I was comfortable in the CLS front seat, which I was not, I would have bought one instead of an E Class Sport Sedan.
And there is the rub. I would have considered a Passat CC instead of the Passat, but, it has the same problem. Because of the low swoopy roofline there isn't much room for people....guess it appeals to the under 35s or newly divorced.
Much more room, higher roof, regular Passat:
#90717 of 95910 FT. LAUDERDALE AUTO SHOW
Apr 04, 2013 (3:55 pm)
Well, I just walked in the house after visiting the auto show in Ft. Lauderdale. I visited the Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Chevrolet, VW and Huyndai displays. The show in Ft. Lauderdale is a small show and they don't have all the models and manufacturers represented.
Of course, I was interested in the new E Class Spprt Sedan. Very impressive changes, both inside and out. It has a new rear bumper and all LED lights. They also rounded the left and right rear quarter panels creating a smoother transition from front to rear. The front of the Sport Sedan is a totally new shape, grille, hood and there is no longer a Star Medallion on top of the hood. The Luxury version retains the same front grille and Star Medallion as the 2013.
There is a totally new look to the headlights - no more Xenons, but they went to LED headlight on both the Luxury and the Sport model. They also changed the wheels on both models.
The interior is totally new in design and function. There is a new dashboard with black or light walnut wood trim running the entire length of the dash as well as all 4 doors. Wood also now surrounds the center dash dials and NAV screen. The NAV screen is wider as well. The seats are more comfortable and the leather is smoother and plusher. The front dash is almost identical to the CLS dash. Nice looking car with nice interior design design. There is now multicolored pastel perimeter lighting throughout the car tucked under the wood trim which is really gorgeous. They had a CLA there, and as I mentioned before, it looks like a mini CLS.
Audi maintains it's large grille and expanded use of LED lighting. Most of the sheet metal remains the same but still retains its great looks on all models. I especially liked what they did to the A8L. I find the seats in their cars a little too stiff for me with less padding than in the BMW or Mercedes.
BMW is still a great looking car - 3 series, 5 series and 7 series. I saw the 6 Series 4 door coupe. Very tight seating in the rear with a very small trunk. As we know, it parallels the size and shape of the CLS 550.
I saw the new Corvette. I was able to get into it with a little help, but darn - getting out of that car was murder.
The weather started getting really bad so we decided to head home after 2 hours of ooohing and aaahing throught all those beautiful automobiles. Makes me wish I was a millionaire so I could have one of each for every day of the month. Would need a large shoe horn to get me in that Vette.
We had hurricane force winds and many tornadoes sighted here in Broward County. 3.5 inces of rain in one hour. We sure needed the rain - we have been under a brush fire watch die go the low rainfall this winter and the low humidities.
Tomorrow morning I am going in for an MRI of my right shoulder. Still bothers me since that fall I took a few months back.
That's about it.
#90718 of 95910 Re: FT. LAUDERDALE AUTO SHOW [abacomike]
Apr 04, 2013 (4:24 pm)
Even though you haven't made up your mind yet, that 2014 E Class seems like it might be a car that will work for you.
Next time you decide to sit in a snug sports car, post a video of you getting out of the car. You know, just so the rest of us don't have to go through the same trouble.