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My crazy car would be an auction police package crown vic with the supercharged 5.4 out of the cobra. talk about a sleeper, people would look at it and assume it was just a cheap transportation box with a fun light on the a pillar, then zoooooooooooom!!! and eventually crash because the suspension is clapped out, but let's not talk about that part, obviously there's still some kinks to work out. Luckily I have time to work this stuff out cause I haven't reached unlimited funds yet.

 

You know the fun thing about driving in the city is it's all about the strategy, not the horsepower.  I can smoke a vette with my minivan when there's traffic and lights to counter the horsepower.

 

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You know the fun thing about driving in the city is it's all about the strategy, not the horsepower.  I can smoke a vette with my minivan when there's traffic and lights to counter the horsepower.

 

 

It's all the perspective. The guy in the vette is probably thinking to himself "that guy in the minivan sure is a brilliant strategist, but then, I'm in a vette".

 

Me, I like to surprise people, that's why I don't use my blinkers.

 

just kidding, I don't use my blinkers cause I'm lazy and forgetful.

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You know the fun thing about driving in the city is it's all about the strategy, not the horsepower.  I can smoke a vette with my minivan when there's traffic and lights to counter the horsepower.

 

 

As the old saying goes, it's a lot more fun to drive a slow car fast than it is to drive a fast car slow. 

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Gah..

 

"For the customer who might feel as though this car doesn’t grab enough eyeballs, the brand offers an enhanced version of full-LED headlights that are accentuated by 47 cut-glass elements supplied by the Austrian company Swarovski. The lighting units house 30 crystals that serve as turn indicators, while the other 17 combine to make up the daytime running lights."

 

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2015-mercedes-benz-s-class-coupe-photos-and-info-news

 

 

It even perfumes the air..

 

Both of these features would have been at home on a Maybach. Still, the S-Klasse is the showcase model for Mercedes, and they've never been shy about packing it with new features. Bet it'll be a while before we see Swarovski crystals on a Genesis or Lexus. 

 

The new S looks very nice judging from the rear three-quarter view. But if I were among the independently wealthy, I might prefer something a bit more subtle for daily driving:

 

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My crazy car would be an auction police package crown vic with the supercharged 5.4 out of the cobra. talk about a sleeper, people would look at it and assume it was just a cheap transportation box with a fun light on the a pillar, then zoooooooooooom!!! and eventually crash because the suspension is clapped out, but let's not talk about that part, obviously there's still some kinks to work out. Luckily I have time to work this stuff out cause I haven't reached unlimited funds yet.

 

I like speed and comfort. I'd like to do the same thing, except use a Lincoln Town Car. Seems like every Ford Panther chassis fan can mod a CV (Crown Vic) handed down to them by grandma, or a CVPI (Crown Vic Police Interceptor), but why not a Town Car?  There's just something about a big, fast, American land barge. It's nearly mechanically identical to the Crown Vic save a few bits. Put a 5.4 in it, large front sway bar used in the fleet versions of the Crown Vic, rear sway bar from the Mercury Marauder, stiffer P71 (Crown Vic police interceptor) springs, heavy duty shocks, and you'd have the North American answer to the S65 AMG. B)

 

 

Now the question is, is that a rear bumper, a coffee table, or an ottoman?

 

:D

 

Those are battering rams! Most US spec MBs from 1974 to 1991 had bumpers that were longer and larger than their Euro spec counterparts due to Federal Regs. Some like the slim Euro look. I like the US look. I guess that's because I'm used to seeing them, and US spec bumpers have saved me from bad Houston drivers a few times in my MBs. :o

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It's all the perspective. The guy in the vette is probably thinking to himself "that guy in the minivan sure is a brilliant strategist, but then, I'm in a vette".

 

Me, I like to surprise people, that's why I don't use my blinkers.

 

just kidding, I don't use my blinkers cause I'm lazy and forgetful.

 

Are you talking about those flashy light thingies on the car's corners?  I thought it was illegal to use them in Houston.  :ph34r:

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What are the odds that I would see a merc 300 sel (it was certainly older than the one pictured cause it didn't have the coffee table bumper, it had a tiny chrome bumper) while at lunch today? From the outward appearance, the guy took care of it.

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What are the odds that I would see a merc 300 sel (it was certainly older than the one pictured cause it didn't have the coffee table bumper, it had a tiny chrome bumper) while at lunch today? From the outward appearance, the guy took care of it.

Like this one? Surviving examples tend to be well-maintained, as they're fantastic cars and quite collectible (the ones with the big M100 engine obviously command a premium) . IIRC they were the last generation of Mercedes that were essentially hand-built. 

 

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I like speed and comfort. I'd like to do the same thing, except use a Lincoln Town Car. Seems like every Ford Panther chassis fan can mod a CV (Crown Vic) handed down to them by grandma, or a CVPI (Crown Vic Police Interceptor), but why not a Town Car?  There's just something about a big, fast, American land barge. It's nearly mechanically identical to the Crown Vic save a few bits. Put a 5.4 in it, large front sway bar used in the fleet versions of the Crown Vic, rear sway bar from the Mercury Marauder, stiffer P71 (Crown Vic police interceptor) springs, heavy duty shocks, and you'd have the North American answer to the S65 AMG. B)

 

That would be quite a nice sleeper. I guess not too many people remember the old song "Hot Rod Lincoln" any more.  :)

 

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Like this one? Surviving examples tend to be well-maintained, as they're fantastic cars and quite collectible (the ones with the big M100 engine obviously command a premium) . IIRC they were the last generation of Mercedes that were essentially hand-built. 

 

IMG_3755-m100.jpg

 

Just like that one, only difference was it was light brown.

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I got to drive a 300SE 6.3 about 5 years ago when the car was almost 40 years old. It had been well maintained of course. The experience was amazing. The ride compared well to any modern luxury car and the power was phenomenal. I got it up to a very super-legal speed on the highway and it seemed to just beg for more. It was also incredibly stable without all the electronic 'nanny' devices. The only downside: the car was pretty much good for 10-12mpg tops. Then again, if a person could afford a $15,000 car in 1970 gasoline prices weren't much of a concern.

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Just like that one, only difference was it was light brown.

 

Those old Mercedes were so cool.  Rather than the luxury barges of the period they were small, tight, restrained in design and well-engineered.  I always find it sad that Mercedes has moved to the overwrought designs they currently use.  

 

 

 

And speaking of car manufacturers tossing their reputation away for flash, the 2015 Volvo XC90.

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Volvo has been moving upscale for a while now. The xc70 is really the only thing left in their lineup that I'd consider reminiscent of a real volvo.

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Volvo has been moving upscale for a while now. The xc70 is really the only thing left in their lineup that I'd consider reminiscent of a real volvo.

 

And simultaneously losing market share.  I wouldn't be surprised to see them vanish from these shores in a couple of years.  It's odd really.  With its somewhat nerdly looking cars Volvo had a lock on the college professor/aging hippie market for a long time.  I think their product strategists read one too many articles saying something like "Volvo could be stylish as well as safe" (and there's been thousands of those articles).  They probably figured that they could keep their market segment while at the same time picking up market share and margin in the low end of the luxury market.  I guess it never occurred to them that those boxy cars were an asset to their target market segment, not a liability.  Now  they no longer look distinctive (boxy), the college professors and aging hippies have moved on to Subaru or whatnot, and it's not like they're stealing a lot of sales from Mercedes or Lexus.  Poor strategic planning all around.  

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I've loved every one of my Subarus (I'm on number 4 now), their safety ratings (and the real world examples I've seen of their ability to protect the occupants) are amazing.

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Anyone have a story like this? Woke up this morning and on my way to school I get a call from a really angry dude saying I hit his car and took his bumper off. As I'm trying to explain I have no idea what he's talking about, he says he has a note "I left" at the scene with my number on it and kept asking me for my insurance. I keep telling him I have no idea what the hell is going on and he starts to get really angry, to which I respond "alright let's calm down and figure this out" Then he starts laughing and I hear an automated voice go "You've just been pranked!" 

What the hell kind of prank is that? I've never heard of anything like that, but job well done because it definitely scared the shit out of me

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Anyone have a story like this? Woke up this morning and on my way to school I get a call from a really angry dude saying I hit his car and took his bumper off. As I'm trying to explain I have no idea what he's talking about, he says he has a note "I left" at the scene with my number on it and kept asking me for my insurance. I keep telling him I have no idea what the hell is going on and he starts to get really angry, to which I respond "alright let's calm down and figure this out" Then he starts laughing and I hear an automated voice go "You've just been pranked!"

What the hell kind of prank is that? I've never heard of anything like that, but job well done because it definitely scared the shit out of me

Sounds like it's related to those virtual kidnappings brought to you by Los zetas.

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Really.  They would find it embarrassing nowadays to use a name like Sedan DeVille or Fleetwood Brougham.  

 

 

I was thinking of other names they could've used like Calais, or Sixteen. Heck, if they wanted to stay with the alphanumeric scheme and have a nod to the past, CT60 would've worked. The 60 would've been a nod to the 60 series from the days when Cadillac was seen as being on par with Rolls Royce.

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I was thinking of other names they could've used like Calais, or Sixteen. Heck, if they wanted to stay with the alphanumeric scheme and have a nod to the past, CT60 would've worked. The 60 would've been a nod to the 60 series from the days when Cadillac was seen as being on par with Rolls Royce.

 

Yep.  

 

The CTS coupe (at least the newer incarnation in CTS-V trim) would wear an Eldorado badge pretty well, too.

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Yep.  

 

The CTS coupe (at least the newer incarnation in CTS-V trim) would wear an Eldorado badge pretty well, too.

 

If the Elmiraj concept was built, it would've carried the Eldorado name with pride. With this new nomenclature scheme at Caddy, most of their vehicles will adopt a CTx scheme for new names in the next few years, with x being a number. The ATS and CTS will change into something like CT1 and CT2, but the Escalade will keep its name.

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If the Elmiraj concept was built, it would've carried the Eldorado name with pride. With this new nomenclature scheme at Caddy, most of their vehicles will adopt a CTx scheme for new names in the next few years, with x being a number. The ATS and CTS will change into something like CT1 and CT2, but the Escalade will keep its name.

 

Dangit.  It's right up there with the Infiniti Qwhateverthehellitis.

 

I've been driving cars with numbers on the trunk lid for years (and as they have always had).  I recall when "tii" meant Touring International (the speed kit) Injected (an even more serious speed kit).  Frankly, I'm a bit annoyed that they keep putting "i" on the end.  Injection quit being special when I was a lot younger and skinnier.

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Dangit.  It's right up there with the Infiniti Qwhateverthehellitis.

 

I've been driving cars with numbers on the trunk lid for years (and as they have always had).  I recall when "tii" meant Touring International (the speed kit) Injected (an even more serious speed kit).  Frankly, I'm a bit annoyed that they keep putting "i" on the end.  Injection quit being special when I was a lot younger and skinnier.

 

Makes sense as Johan de Nysschen, who was head of Infiniti when the Q-ization took place, is now head of Cadillac.

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Meet the new $250,000 American muscle car. Equus Bass 770

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If the Elmiraj concept was built, it would've carried the Eldorado name with pride. With this new nomenclature scheme at Caddy, most of their vehicles will adopt a CTx scheme for new names in the next few years, with x being a number. The ATS and CTS will change into something like CT1 and CT2, but the Escalade will keep its name.

 

I'm not sure I see how it's a big improvement over their current names but whatever.  Maybe the idea is to denote the sales price hierarchy.  I think that Mercedes is also about to change their naming system. 

 

 

Here is the new XE, Jaguar's latest attempt to compete against the 3-Series or 4-Series or whatever it is now.  To me it looks just like the small Volvo.  These luxury manufacturers might do better not to copy each other so much.

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I like the new baby Jag....I see a lot of 3-series in the side profile...Im not sold on the interior yet, I will need to see it in person, it looks a bit plain....the materials will really have to be top notch...

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Dangit.  It's right up there with the Infiniti Qwhateverthehellitis.

 

I've been driving cars with numbers on the trunk lid for years (and as they have always had).  I recall when "tii" meant Touring International (the speed kit) Injected (an even more serious speed kit).  Frankly, I'm a bit annoyed that they keep putting "i" on the end.  Injection quit being special when I was a lot younger and skinnier.

 

...and the numbers now aren't even based on engine size like they used to be....just an arbitrary number to show rank amongst their siblings....

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...and the numbers now aren't even based on engine size like they used to be....just an arbitrary number to show rank amongst their siblings....

 

Up until the early 90s, Mercedes-Benz used a relatively straightforward scheme based on engine size and vehicle body for their models. There were a few instances where the model number didn't match the engine size, but they fixed that by putting the engine displacement on the trunklid opposite of the model number. For example, there was the 300E 2.6, 190D 2.5 Turbo, 280SEL 4.5, and the 450SEL 6.9.

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Up until the early 90s, Mercedes-Benz used a relatively straightforward scheme based on engine size and vehicle body for their models. There were a few instances where the model number didn't match the engine size, but they fixed that by putting the engine displacement on the trunklid opposite of the model number. For example, there was the 300E 2.6, 190D 2.5 Turbo, 280SEL 4.5, and the 450SEL 6.9.

 

BMW did a similar naming scheme until recently....I guess as the engines have been getting smaller (albeit more powerful with turbos and such) they didn't want their model numbers going down....mostly doesn't matter to the normal buying public who buy based on the badge on the hood and couldn't care a less what the model name/number is on the trunk.

 

BMW is updating their 3-series shortly with new engines....the 328 will be called 330 (with a 2.0l engine) and the 335 will become the 340 (still with a 3.0l)....

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So what once represented the engine displacement isn't terribly meaningful now, even less so with hybrids and electrics, so moving to pure hierarchical names, such as Infiniti has done and Cadillac will do, probably makes some sense.  

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BMW did a similar naming scheme until recently....I guess as the engines have been getting smaller (albeit more powerful with turbos and such) they didn't want their model numbers going down....mostly doesn't matter to the normal buying public who buy based on the badge on the hood and couldn't care a less what the model name/number is on the trunk.

 

BMW is updating their 3-series shortly with new engines....the 328 will be called 330 (with a 2.0l engine) and the 335 will become the 340 (still with a 3.0l)....

 

MB threw its naming convention out with one of its newer models.The new CLA45 AMG's model number refers to the 450 newton meters of torque that the twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0L 4 banger (which is not a tuned version of the 2.0L I4 engine found in its non AMG brother) puts out.

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MB threw its naming convention out with one of its newer models.The new CLA45 AMG's model number refers to the 450 newton meters of torque that the twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0L 4 banger (which is not a tuned version of the 2.0L I4 engine found in its non AMG brother) puts out.

 

I wondered where they came up with the "45".....interesting

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BMW hasn't followed their naming scheme for years, almost decades. For someone who appreciates their heritage, it's sad.

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So, now Cadillac says the CT6 won't be their flagship after all. The CT8 or CT9 will come out around 2020. Then, a Cruze based model positioned below the ATS will be coming out in 2017. Sounds like the Cimarron all over again.  :wacko:

http://jalopnik.com/cadillacs-real-flagship-isnt-coming-until-the-end-of-th-1644985358?utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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cimarron, catera, they are destined to continue making the same mistakes. 

 

I'm not entirely sure who makes these decisions, and in what world they can possibly conceive that it's a good idea.

 

Okay guys, the cadillac brand is starting to be seen as a good brand again, let's dump some poop on them and see if they even notice!

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So, now Cadillac says the CT6 won't be their flagship after all. The CT8 or CT9 will come out around 2020. Then, a Cruze based model positioned below the ATS will be coming out in 2017. Sounds like the Cimarron all over again.  :wacko:

http://jalopnik.com/cadillacs-real-flagship-isnt-coming-until-the-end-of-th-1644985358?utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

 

Well in general there has been a huge increase in the number of models that each luxury manufacturer feels they need to carry, so I assume Cadillac feels they have to expand their range to compete.  They're in a tough spot though, given how Cadillac sales have dropped so much recently. 

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I'm surprised nobody mentioned the recent passing of Tom Magliozzi, especially since this thread shares the same name of Tom and Ray's legendary radio show.

http://www.npr.org/2014/11/03/357428287/tom-magliozzi-popular-co-host-of-nprs-car-talk-dies-at-77?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202503

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Always loved their show. He will be missed. 

 

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the recent passing of Tom Magliozzi, especially since this thread shares the same name of Tom and Ray's legendary radio show.

http://www.npr.org/2014/11/03/357428287/tom-magliozzi-popular-co-host-of-nprs-car-talk-dies-at-77?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202503

 

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