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Any modern cars you admire, or aspire to acquire?

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I've been looking at this thread and mostly yawning.  I'm not yawning now!  That XLR is spectacular!  Now, if it could pull my 24-foot box trailer with two brass cars in it - - -

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Has anybody seen one of these new Cadillac CT6 V sedans with the 550 hp "hot v" driving around? I haven't seen one anywhere. I guess they sold out in a day?

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On 1/20/2020 at 11:40 AM, Pfeil said:

If you re read it again you will notice many misspelled words, I suspect a typographical error.  

You probably noticed that I was trying to be funny.  Perhaps I failed again. Although I have been told that I am trying...

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On 1/17/2020 at 4:16 PM, victorialynn2 said:

I like my 2015 Tundra. My son tried to talk me into trading it in and even brought me to a Toyota dealership one time. I just don’t like most modern cars, so this short old lady has stuck with the 2015 Tundra that I have to jump up into because I don’t have running boards. 

 

Looks like you need a set of Westin running boards for your Tundra. That is one of the first things I bought for my Tundra. I looked at a lot of running boards and settled on these because I often wear work boots and these running boards have plenty of room between the running board and the rocker panel on the truck.

My 2012 Tundra had the mounting points in the rocker area from the factory which made it EASY to screw in the bolts that hold the running board bracket to the frame. Buy a set of these and your son could EASILY put them on for you in and hour or so.

 

The next vehicle I may look to acquire is the 3rd Generation Toyota Tundra rumored to be released in 2022. From what I understand Toyota is considering a number of changes that will SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE, Towing, Cargo and Tongue weight capacity. Other changes may include a SIGNIFICANT INCREASE in MPG compared to the current Tundra (potentially as much as DOUBLE the current model). There is a LOT of talk about a Hybrid version of the Tundra and possible a Plug-In Hybrid version. If Toyota can solve the engineering challenges of a Hybrid and/or Plug-In Hybrid Tundra at a reasonable price this might be my next vehicle.

 

A Plug-In Hybrid version with enough EV range to get me to work and maybe back is very attractive. Especially if it will charge using a normal 110V power source overnight (like Toyota currently offers on their other Plug-In Hybrid models). Then I could retire my driver commuter car and save all the fuel, maintenance and insurance costs that vehicle. Should be VERY interesting to see what the new Tundra will have to offer when it comes out.

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37 minutes ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

Bill, I've never seen an Eldorado of that generation

with a vinyl roof and the side trim of the Biarritz.

I think it much improves the overall design.  I didn't

know that the Biarritz package was even offered on

that style of Eldorado.

 

And your Cadillac XLR looks good, too.  That's a

model that is already becoming collectible in Cadillac clubs.

 

  Thank you John,

 

   The Eldo was purchased new in West Palm Beach, Fl & was a one owner trade in. I was lucky enough to get the original window sticker & all the paperwork showing everything including how much extra the Barritz package was (can't remember now) The wheels & tires were dealer installed, they were still on there when I bought it! I was also shocked to see that the original sticker price was just under $50k in 1997.

 

  I bought the XLR-V because I loved it but also in hopes that maybe the value will be much higher in 15 years or so! I am addicted to the hobby, so that is NEVER my sole reason for buying any of my cars.

 

God Bless

Bill

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/nationwide-single-car-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/

 

 

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1 hour ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

You probably noticed that I was trying to be funny.  Perhaps I failed again. Although I have been told that I am trying...

 

No, I was agreeing with you when you said;

 

.Padgett,  did I miss something?  Jeep has a one million mile warranty  that lasts for 87 years?  Might be enough to make me reconsider my self imposed lifetime ban on Chrysler products.   Maybe

 

 

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2 hours ago, Bills Auto Works said:

 For this thread, I will consider modern cars 2000 & up. There is pretty much only one car since 2000 that I absolutely love (not counting $3-400K Super cars) & I finally purchased it almost 2 years ago.

 

  In 2004 when the 1st Cadillac XLR came out, I immediately fell in love with the body style & the retractable hardtop.It was built in Bowling Green at the Corvette Plant & is on a Corvette Chassis with all the Cadillac toys. At the time I was driving a 97 El Dorado ETC with the Barritz package as my summer, out to dinner, date , dry road car & was very happy with it, The XLR was using the same Northstar engine which ran really good in the ETC (310HP). Unfortunately I had just purchased this house land & shop, so another toy was not in the cards as I was also pouring money into the shop to make it the way I wanted.

 

  Fast forward a couple of years & Cadillac came out with a limited production XLR-V with a different Supercharged engine...I was drooling but didn't want to be the one to spend the 100k+ & take the depreciation hit, so I waited. I sold the ETC in 2017 & started looking for the best available XLR-V. About a year & a half later this one finally came up, never damaged, original paint, never in snow or salt, etc. I jumped on it & will probably keep it for many years!

 

2007 Cadillac XLR_V  Roadster with retractable hardtop & an all aluminum Supercharged V-8 443 HP stock 30,000 miles. Production of this year "V" optioned cars is a little over 400

 

God Bless

Bill

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/nationwide-single-car-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/

 

 

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Great looking cars! although I prefer the clean look ( JMO ) on the Eldorado. I remember when they came out, and like all manufacturers we bought a few of them and evaluated and dissected them.

One of the things that I really liked is how the "C" pillar came off;

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Compared to the car above this car below add on treatment compromised the look designers originally went for.

1999 Cadillac Eldorado (CC-939973) for sale in Crofton, Maryland

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30 minutes ago, Pfeil said:

 

Great looking cars! although I prefer the clean look ( JMO ) on the Eldorado. I remember when they came out, and like all manufacturers we bought a few of them and evaluated and dissected them.

One of the things that I really liked is how the "C" pillar came off;

 

 

Compared to the car above this car below add on treatment compromised the look designers originally went for.

 

 

  That is what is so great about our hobby, we can like different things but still appreciate the other way. Honestly I would never have bought mine had it not had the Barritz package / vinyl top.

 

  I'll bet we can both agree they don't look so good with a fake conv top! LOL

 

God bless

Bill

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/nationwide-single-car-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/

 

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4 hours ago, charlier said:

 

Looks like you need a set of Westin running boards for your Tundra. That is one of the first things I bought for my Tundra. I looked at a lot of running boards and settled on these because I often wear work boots and these running boards have plenty of room between the running board and the rocker panel on the truck.

My 2012 Tundra had the mounting points in the rocker area from the factory which made it EASY to screw in the bolts that hold the running board bracket to the frame. Buy a set of these and your son could EASILY put them on for you in and hour or so.

 

The next vehicle I may look to acquire is the 3rd Generation Toyota Tundra rumored to be released in 2022. From what I understand Toyota is considering a number of changes that will SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE, Towing, Cargo and Tongue weight capacity. Other changes may include a SIGNIFICANT INCREASE in MPG compared to the current Tundra (potentially as much as DOUBLE the current model). There is a LOT of talk about a Hybrid version of the Tundra and possible a Plug-In Hybrid version. If Toyota can solve the engineering challenges of a Hybrid and/or Plug-In Hybrid Tundra at a reasonable price this might be my next vehicle.

 

A Plug-In Hybrid version with enough EV range to get me to work and maybe back is very attractive. Especially if it will charge using a normal 110V power source overnight (like Toyota currently offers on their other Plug-In Hybrid models). Then I could retire my driver commuter car and save all the fuel, maintenance and insurance costs that vehicle. Should be VERY interesting to see what the new Tundra will have to offer when it comes out.

Well I don’t have the money while I’m paying my late father’s bills and my son lives cross country, so I will continue to jump. 😂 Thanks for the info though, may come in handy when I settle his estate. 

 

The Hybrid sounds interesting, but I have a policy to not get the first year of any major change that significant in an auto. I will let someone else iron out the bugs. Should you get one, let us know what you think. 👍

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4 minutes ago, victorialynn2 said:

 

 

The Hybrid sounds interesting, but I have a policy to not get the first year of any major change that significant in an auto. I will let someone else iron out the bugs. Should you get one, let us know what you think. 👍

 

Having been in the industry there are pros and cons to that theory. Many time engineering puts everything they deem necessary into a new production model only to be taken away at a later time as cost cutting measures. 

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9 minutes ago, Pfeil said:

 

Having been in the industry there are pros and cons to that theory. Many time engineering puts everything they deem necessary into a new production model only to be taken away at a later time as cost cutting measures. 

That’s something I hadn’t considered. My concern is having expensive repairs since I’m not handy with mechanics and have no friends that are. With today’s cars, it probably doesn’t matter much though because I’d imagine there are not too many serviceable parts?

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29 minutes ago, victorialynn2 said:

That’s something I hadn’t considered. My concern is having expensive repairs since I’m not handy with mechanics and have no friends that are. With today’s cars, it probably doesn’t matter much though because I’d imagine there are not too many serviceable parts?

 Well you are right about serviceable parts going away. It's more of a parts replacement scenario. When I got started technicians could go to the parts counter and get parts for a starter or generator- ( see how far I go back ) . Brake systems the same way, I don't know of anybody in the field ( dealerships ) that are rebuilding brake master cylinders, calipers, drum brake wheel cylinders. In new cars and trucks that I'm familiar  the front and rear wheel bearings are a sealed unit so you no longer have to clean and repack and most importantly INSPECT wheel bearings and replace the grease seals every 12-15 K miles, so when they go bad is when you replace the units although some are replace on a mileage basis- some cars 30K others 60K, I have some of my old cars well over 100K with original bearings, why? because you are able to clean, inspect, grease and set the bearings load ( Torque load).

Why all this parts replacing instead of rebuild things? Probably has something to do with the level of competency. Most bright kids don't want to get into the business. Getting your hands dirty isn't a virtue. This is true of all the trades. This level of work is beneath them.

  As far as expense to the owner I do see advertisements concerning repair insurance that you might consider.

    

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@Pfeil, those extended warranties are almost 100% profit because they tend to be written so that they don’t effectively cover much. I used to work in the service department at an RV Dealer and with the cost of repairs on those, and seeing that some of the policies have pretty good coverage, that would be the only warranty I’d purchase. My mother, who is a CPA said, put all your money in an account that you’d spend on premiums and inside yourself. Of course that’s easier said then done. 

 

As as far as the repair issue, I’d say profits drive that. They want people to go to mechanics and especially dealerships,  not fix them themselves. 

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26 minutes ago, victorialynn2 said:

@Pfeil, those extended warranties are almost 100% profit because they tend to be written so that they don’t effectively cover much. I used to work in the service department at an RV Dealer and with the cost of repairs on those, and seeing that some of the policies have pretty good coverage, that would be the only warranty I’d purchase. My mother, who is a CPA said, put all your money in an account that you’d spend on premiums and inside yourself. Of course that’s easier said then done. 

 

As as far as the repair issue, I’d say profits drive that. They want people to go to mechanics and especially dealerships,  not fix them themselves. 

 Sorry, that was the best I could offer up.

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 I also like this modern , but now gone Pontiac;

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2009 Saturn Sky Turbo in Sunburst Yellow.   My favorite modern orphan.  Probably hard to get out of at my age with two new knees.

But I still like the looks of it, and they are fun to drive with stick shift.

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23 hours ago, victorialynn2 said:

Well I don’t have the money while I’m paying my late father’s bills and my son lives cross country, so I will continue to jump. 😂 Thanks for the info though, may come in handy when I settle his estate. 

 

The Hybrid sounds interesting, but I have a policy to not get the first year of any major change that significant in an auto. I will let someone else iron out the bugs. Should you get one, let us know what you think. 👍

My Father used to say you should never get anything in the first year of manufacture.  Wait to see if anyone dies from it first.

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1 hour ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

My Father used to say you should never get anything in the first year of manufacture.  Wait to see if anyone dies from it first.

Yep and let them take the hit for the first couple years of depreciation of a new car. 

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1 hour ago, victorialynn2 said:

Yep and let them take the hit for the first couple years of depreciation of a new car. 

 

  Isn't that the truth! My XLR-V was $107K new & I paid less than half with 30,000 miles on it!

 

God bless

Bill

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/nationwide-single-car-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/

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4 minutes ago, Bills Auto Works said:

 

  Isn't that the truth! My XLR-V was $107K new & I paid less than half with 30,000 miles on it!

 

God bless

Bill

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/nationwide-single-car-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/

Bill, a perfect example of this was watching Barrett -Jackson this time around with the high end cars.

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So if we included the 12th generation Cadillac El Dorado 1995 Cadillac Eldorado - Biarritz chrome trim and vinyl roof.jpg  , which were at the tail end of production 20 years ago ( remember the author said 10 years)

Then surly the Ford thunderbird and Mercury Cougar are candidates 

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If you calculate the inflation paying $9000 for mine at 15 years old was about like the guy who bought the Duesenberg J in 1950.

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Two years in a couple of weeks and I love it. Self-maintained so far. I can't think of anything that I would not fix if it broke.

Bernie

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12 minutes ago, 60FlatTop said:

Two years in a couple of weeks and I love it. Self-maintained so far. I can't think of anything that I would not fix if it broke.

Bernie

 

While most of stuff can be fairly easy, with special tools at times, when it comes to the fickle electronics and the trans you'll most likely have to bring in outside help.

 

My brother in law had a 2003 745 Li and now has a 2015 750 Li.

He had to get rid of the 2003 when the trans started acting up.

 

But instead of having a BMW dealer doing all 4 brakes for $2,400 I did them for around $400 in parts using Akebono pads, new rotors and new wear sensors.

The 7 series is built like a tank and sure drives nice for such a big car.

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I hedge my bets. When online buying became common in the early years of the century I established $3500 a the maximum loss I would tolerate annually in a hobby related mistake. So, on this car the question was "Can I pull $4,000 out of the car if I really screwed up"? The answer was, yeah. And that's my one year risk level.

 

By the way, since I established that personal policy I have not employed it. The stuff I bought and didn't want sold at a bit of profit.

 

"Big car" made me smile. I posted this picture on a 7 Series page and a Russian said my Buick made the Sev look like a 3.

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