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BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volvo, Porsche, Jaguar, Audi, Maserati, Maybach, Car Comparisons, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
#1 of 22204 Luxury Lounge
Sep 16, 2006 (4:04 pm)
Hey, the Subie crowd has the Subaru Crew Café forum where they discuss anything. In the words of its masthead description “This is the place for Crew members to kick back, relax, and talk about...whatever!” Nice. And it seems quite successful. Maybe it’s time the luxury-car forum participants have such a place.
I often find many of the conversations in the model-specific threads most interesting when they digress but the rules discourage this with good reason. However, I always pay keen attention for instance when Lexusguy talks about audio equipment, or when Ljflx carries on about marketing or when Shipo talked about flying in the past. Shipo is quite the raconteur. There are many others around here. And of course some of us have been invited by the host to take our golf klatches elsewhere! The nerve! So in the spirit of friendly conversation in which one thing inevitably leads to another, where it is impossible to digress, and with the blessings of Edmunds, here is the Luxury Lounge. Let’s see if it works.
I’ll start by asking Tagman about the Elise he purchased recently. Tag, I believe you were reluctant to talk about it in the HELM thread because it is off-topic and I haven’t seen anything in the Lotus section. How’s it going? Let’s hear about it!
By the way, I play piano and have a Steinway baby grand which is probably my favorite material possession. I would give up my cars before I gave up the piano. Are there any others around there who play musical instruments?
One more thing… Dewey, congrats on ordering the 335i sedan. What with your 530xi wagon this makes you a serious BMW head, no offense to the other rabid BMW fans and owners.
Anyway, yap away, digress away…
PS - Host, would you kindly put this thread with all of the luxury brands including Porsche etc. Thanks.
#2 of 22204 Re: Luxury Lounge [designman]
Sep 17, 2006 (7:37 am)
Hey, nice digs here. This looks like a great place for the nineteeth hole!
#3 of 22204 Re: Luxury Lounge [designman]
Sep 18, 2006 (6:42 pm)
Designman, nice idea. I had an idea over the weekend (the Contrarian's Corner) that may be in sync with this so let me ask the other people in the lounge about it.
Contrarian's Corner. The idea is to name a car that everyone agrees is THE killer in that category and then name a car that will do 90% of what the named car will do but because of various marketing issues, can be picked up used dirt cheap. So, let me start the ball rolling:
1) Small Sports Sedan: Mainstream Choice: BMW 3 Series,
Contrarian's Choice, Saab 9-3 Vector, especially used
2) High End GT Cruiser (two seats) Porsche 911; Contrarian's Choice, Jag XK8
Well you get the idea. Any other nominations?
#4 of 22204 Re: Luxury Lounge [blckislandguy]
Sep 19, 2006 (6:59 am)
This doesn't exactly fit your parameter but the first thing that comes to mind is The Boxster vs S2000.
Blckislandguy... how are things out on Block Island these days. Has it become overdeveloped? I haven't been there in years, say 15 or so. Everytime I go to Montauk I want to take the ferry out there for a day trip but never get around to it. When I think of idyllic summer escapes, it is always the first to come to mind.
#5 of 22204 Re: Luxury Lounge [pat]
Sep 19, 2006 (7:05 am)
Thanks Pat. Do you play golf?
#6 of 22204 Re: Luxury Lounge [designman]
Sep 19, 2006 (4:41 pm)
I play a golfer on TV.
No, I do not play golf, but I really enjoy watching it. I'm too much of a klutz to do much with it, but I wish that were not the case. I have no hope of ever being that precise.
#8 of 22204 Re: Luxury Lounge [designman]
Sep 19, 2006 (6:14 pm)
Yeh, the S2000 is the Boxter without the attitude and invoice.
Block is OK and its not overdeveloped because of restrictive lot sizes (2 acre min), an agressive program to purchase land to save it for green space (in fact, at the closing of every real estate transaction the buyer has to kick in 2.5% to fund the program), and that there isn't a buildable lot available for under 1 mil. Nothing. The population in January gets down to 600 souls. You can see many Series 1 and 2 Land Rovers (one guy has 4), lots of mid 80's big Jeep Grand Cherokee Wagoneers with the old 360 Packard V8 that gets 9 miles per gallion of $4.39 Block Island high test (only one dealer), many newer Japanese pick ups, one MiniCooper (probably the best car to have) and absolutely no high end stuff. Everyone leaves their good car on the mainland and keeps an "Island car" with a good set of jumper cables. (I go one further and put a new Optima battery in every couple of years.) If you come bring your bike and give me a heads up!
#9 of 22204 Re: Luxury Lounge [blckislandguy]
Sep 22, 2006 (10:05 am)
I want to get back out to Montauk before the sun disappears but am tied up with work. I could pick your brains forever about Block but maybe you could give me a brief comment about what real estate is like out there? We’re interested in a summer home and love the east end of LI but the prices are incredible. Block might be a bit of a trek for a purchase.
Sep 22, 2006 (10:06 am)
The US Ryder Cup team needs 14.5 points by the end of the weekend to win back the trophy, hasn't led after the opening morning matches since 1991, and find themselves in a familiar place down 2.5 to 1.5 after the opening matches. Up until this tournament Tiger Woods has a losing record in all of his Ryder Cup play.
What’s with these US teams? And why does Monty excel in Ryder Cup but can’t win a major?