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#497 of 527 Re: luxury car buying [gouthro]
Jun 21, 2011 (9:11 am)
Personally, I've always thought that luxury cars are generally best off either leased or purchased used.
#498 of 527 Re: luxury car buying [gouthro]
Jun 21, 2011 (9:20 am)
If you have a solid warranty, a used one is the way to go. Initial depreciation on most higher end makes is just insane.
#499 of 527 luxury car buying
Jun 21, 2011 (10:38 am)
one of the reasons i am looking at 2 years old is becauses of the depreciation and the warranty. I am wondering, though, which type would be a good bet. I would like a station wagon, although it is not necessary. For that reason I was looking at A volvo Xc 70 or a Passat. I dont know if they would qualify as luxury cars. But, from the discussions on this thread I would be alittle afraid of a bmw or a mercedes because of electrical problems. dont know if i am right on that.
#500 of 527 Re: luxury car buying [gouthro]
Jun 21, 2011 (11:08 am)
I'd put Volvo, VW, Audi, BMW, and MB in the same boat, reliability-wise. If you're wanting something significantly more reliable a Lexus RX350 would work.
#501 of 527 Re: luxury car buying [gouthro]
Jun 21, 2011 (2:42 pm)
For anything European, you need some kind of warranty, or a willingness to spend. Older Volvos VWs and Audis can be especially troublesome.
At 2 or 3 years old, a nice used E or 5er wagon would be appealing to me - late in their model runs so a lot of kinks have been ironed out and they are genuinely nice cars, but you won't get it for 20K just yet.
If you like wagons, Acura TSX is interesting too - resale will be good so it won't be as cheap, but it will have less dramatic maintenance.
#502 of 527 Restorability of Modern Cars
Aug 14, 2011 (3:37 pm)
I also believe that cars from 1985-on will be next to impossible to restore-the electronic modules are not repairable, and most of the components (even if you were able to take one apart) are simply not available. For example, the Alfa-Romeo 164 has 5 Z-80 microprocessor chips inside-where would you get these today?
Second: young people are increasingly disinterested in cars-they are beginning to think that automobiles (and their emissions) are becoming a problem for the environment.
So, outside of big collectors, you won't see many old car hobbyists in 30-40 years.
#503 of 527 Re: Restorability of Modern Cars [martian]
Aug 17, 2011 (6:46 am)
For example, the Alfa-Romeo 164 has 5 Z-80 microprocessor chips inside-where would you get these today?
Could probably find a Z-80 core that would easily fit into an Altera FPGA or something similar. What's the gate count on a Z-80, couple of thousand?
Not saying how cost effective this would be .
#506 of 527 Re: Restorability of Modern Cars [srs_49]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 20, 2011 (7:03 am)
There's already an aftermarket in engine management systems, like for running a fuel-injected V8 crate engine in a '55 Chevy---but I don't know as they would design one for an old Benz or Lexus.