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#54 of 73 Re: This'll surprise you... [andys120]
Apr 16, 2010 (4:19 am)
"Most of the time I could steer around it by applying opposite lock..."
How the heck did you do that?
#55 of 73 Absolutely!
Apr 17, 2010 (4:19 am)
My 2000 E320 has run flawlessly for the past five years. It's the last of the "boxy" MBs and has an enormous backseat for a mid size car. It also gives you a feel for the road, with light but informative steering if you know what I mean, that has been lost by a lot of new luxury cars. And best of all it is ~500 pounds lighter than comparable new luxury cars. Thus the 220 hp V6 can get it hustling, and it can go around a corner reasonably fast. Best of all it would only cost me ~8500 for a similar car. Maybe 1500 more for the V8
#56 of 73 So Far, Yes
Apr 17, 2010 (8:11 am)
As my user name says, this is my 26th car: 2010 Subaru Forester X Premium. Does everything it's asked to do, and them some. Decent light-duty tow vehicle, great utility if you lug a lot of stuff. Decent, not great, gas mileage (24/28). 12K miles with no problems other than rattles in both front doors which I had dealer fix (loose baffles).
Have owned Chevy, Olds, Mercury, Ford, Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, all had strong & weak points.
Have owned 1 VW (2000 Passat) and that is the one I would never have bought if I knew what a unreliable piece of c**p it would turn out to be!
#57 of 73 Re: Absolutely! 
Apr 19, 2010 (12:12 pm)
I also own a W210, and for what they go for today, I'd take the risk and buy another. They aren't without their issues - inconsistent rust prevention especially in early models, passing electrical issues, etc...but they have aged very well, and are bargains on the used market if the car has been treated properly. I do prefer the looks to the W211, which in my eyes is more feminine...the W210 is more oldfashioned and straightforward. I have the AMG model...average ones can be had for 12K or so, and really nice ones should be able to be bought for around 15K. Lots of performance car bang for the buck..comfortable, highly equipped, reasonably efficient for the size and power, rare, fast (steering is a little numb, but it's an old MB, deal with it)...it's hard to beat.
#60 of 73 Window fracturing from Cold on a BMW X5
Jan 24, 2011 (7:31 pm)
My new (5 month) 2011 BMW X5 is parked on my driveway in -20 C below zero and I discovered that the glass was fragmented on the front passenger side window. Has anyone else had this problem? There was no sign of a break in and the alarm did not go off. BMW will take no responsibility for the repair.
#61 of 73 Re: Window fracturing from Cold on a BMW X5 [kdg2]
Jan 24, 2011 (7:44 pm)
-20 C is not that cold, 4 degrees Farenheit.
#62 of 73 Re: Window fracturing from Cold on a BMW X5 [explorerx4]
Jan 25, 2011 (8:42 am)
-4 F, MINUS 4 Fahrenheit.
Seems fairly cold to me, but I know that' just another winter's day for you folks in New England and the frigid north.
I would pretty much buy my car again, BTW. '09 Subaru Outback Sport, great cruising and canyon car, I just passed the 20K mile mark. The only significant downside is the totally crappy fuel economy. We will see if gas goes past $4/gal this summer......might be parking it for a while (!!)........if they made a hybrid or diesel version, I would pay the extra bucks for it.
#63 of 73 Re: Window fracturing from Cold on a BMW X5 [nippononly]
Jan 25, 2011 (9:39 am)
What kind of mileage? I'm getting about 27mpg with my 07' 5-spd hatch which is expected. But I do about 90% highway as well...
Usually I'm getting 30-31 in the warmer months.
Getting ready to hit 65k and ready for my first set of brakes on all corners. Other than that and a rattling gearbox, the thing runs like a champ. Goes thru the snow really well too. Even with th 10-15" we are expecting tomorrow, I have no fear that my Scooby will get stuck.