Long time no chat man!That's good to know about CarPlay. I've never really used the feature before. Seems nice and I guess I'll find out soon enough.
As for the Macan, I found the base engine to be fine. I don't mind more power if it's a reasonable price increase, but if I can't have it I won't lose any sleep at all. I test drove a base Macan and it had the getty-up-and-go from a red light that I'm used to having. Also, going with Macan opens up the world of CPOs, as used 2017s and 2018s would get warranties lasting through 2023, and 2024 respectively, with unlimited miles. And of course the prices would be even better. I admit that I am a smidge concerned about the Macan's storage space. It has *so much less* than its competitors and since I want to drive it cross country (3k mi trip), space is going to matter. I'm not sure how much I'll really need, but boy I sure would hate to suddenly not have enough as I'm finishing packing. IDK, but I'll need to have a good idea about it in oh...about 10 hours time.
I agree regarding the F-Pace on all counts. It really is in the same direction, but with *considerably* more storage space. It also has Apple CarPlay so maybe its relatively vanilla default infotainment system doesn't matter at all. After that, the only issue I had with the F-Pace was the finish on some of the plastic bits on the inside. Specifically around the door storage compartments. Along with the aforementioned hood panel alignment which could/should be better and would have to be addressed before I'd accept delivery. I didn't see anything that would stop me from buying this one. Everything was a generally good experience here.
Range Rover remains a wild card. I'll give it a good, honest look and let them see if they can get to a price competitive with the others. If they can and I like the tech just that much, I'll have a harder decision to make than I originally had to make that day.
I'll be at the Land Rover dealership at 8:30am when they open. I'm not wasting any time.
Right now I think the F-Pace is the leader. New and CPO Porsche's might sneak ahead. A new or low-mileage 2017/2018 Macan/S might push me to go Porsche if it has the options I need. Land Rover is idunno.
More feedback is certainly welcome! And the more I think about it, the more I'm glad all of these rather average infotainment systems can be overridden with CarPlay.
Year/Price? Shop it against a 997 GT3 or even an S. If you're after it for a DD and don't want to put miles on a GT3, I get it. But the 997 is more fun, IMO. 991s feel like GTs in comparison, which is potentially great if it's a DD. But as a second car with some track time, I'd go 997 all day every day.
Yeah I was considering GT3 but then that's a bit too hardcore for weekend pleasure car. I also want something my wife can drive with easy effort. That's why I am leaning towards GTS... GT3 would be badass if it was just me for sure, it's a halo car.Year/Price? Shop it against a 997 GT3 or even an S. If you're after it for a DD and don't want to put miles on a GT3, I get it. But the 997 is more fun, IMO. 991s feel like GTs in comparison, which is potentially great if it's a DD. But as a second car with some track time, I'd go 997 all day every day.
Selling the M3?
also, keep in mind, you'd likely be able to sell the GT3 for the same price you bought it for, if not more. Potentially the 997 S as well, last model with hydraulic steering, and before the bloat started. They'll be special.
991.2 for the GTS. Also if I get GT3 it’ll be 991.1 at least. Not looking to get anything too old esp for a P car. Most 997 GT3s have been beaten to death :pYeah, the S2000 is really light on consumables too. Probably goes through tires and brakes half as quickly as the M3. Excellent track car.
Before you say the GT3 is too hardcore for a weekend car, try to give a 997 a go. There's a couple things about the 911 that make even the "hardcore" versions really livable. For starters, the entire engine is behind you, so you have a really isoalted/comfy cabin. They're also damped well, not like the performance versions of commuter cars like AMG/M/RS stuff. I'd be willing to bet your E90 is a bit harsher than a 997 GT3.
Are you looking at the 991.2 or 991.1 for the GTS?
Wow! My dream car right there! aren’t you that FORCE guy with the crazy gaming/theater setup? I thought you had an Aston and a Bentley?Some nice motors in here! :)
Thought I’d add a few of my British marques to the mix. I bought the 650S Spider new a couple of years back, fully specced. MSO metallic Pearl White/red leather with alcantara headlining. Full carbon fibre interior/exterior kit, Sports exhaust, lifting gear, Meridian sound etc. Love driving the thing and have recently hit the 20k mileage mark, but will probably be chopped in next year for the 720S Spider.
I might be lol.
I sure did. What forum do I know you from?
I LOVE Porsche; just in the last 8 months we bought a new house and planning a wedding. Need self-control in this case. Currently, I have a heavily modified E92 M3 with the S65 engine (and yes I replaced the rod bearings recently) that I use a fun car and couple of newer 2018s BMWs as DD.
Cons are you can't change your own tire, but since you probably wouldn't have a spare even with the CS then you'd still be in the same situation: sealant and compressor. The only other big deal is who you buy your tires from. I use a local place that does not have a center lock torque wrench. And if you use a local place, they probably don't either. Which means dealership for new tires which means big markup on tire and labor.
Why the 458 over the 488? NA?
How you like it? I've run into a guy with a 570S a few times and he's loved the car but it's been stuck at the dealership constantly for issues.
There's not much to it, if you've watched someone do it I'm sure you'll be okay. Doubly so if you're just doing pads, there's not much that can go wrong there.
I bought the 458 new. The 488 hadn’t even been produced.
Love it. The only issue I’ve ever had was water entering the rear light array when washing/detailing the car which was fixed (for free) with a newly designed cover. I’ve met numerous owners either from car meets or from McLaren invite days and I’ve yet to meet anyone with serious issues whether it be a 570, 650, 675LT, 720 or P1.
Aaah I see. That was a great evening!
Tried AutoTempest?What's the best way to search for used cars these days (private listings)?
There's so many sites: Craigslist, Facebook, Offerup, LetGo, Ebay, newspaper classifieds. And the listings all feel kind of scattered. Craigslist used to be the go to spot, but it's sort of ovewhelming now.
that too is problematic. i live in a very rural area. while i think i have a good and fair mechanic not sure he'd be a good fit. this is literally just dreams though. i'm not in the market for a new car, and when i am i think i'll stick with something more responsibleEh, iono about that.
Keeping my E39 M5 from BAT running solid as a DD for over two years now. I'm definitely not rich.
R5 turbo has plenty of aftermarket support. I think it'd be fairly easy, as long as you are open to doing work yourself or have a local mechanic that would be comfortable working on it.
Yeah this is a concern for me living in Maine if I go down the 911 route. The local Porsche dealer is not the greatest and there isn't a significant supply of third party mechanics.that too is problematic. i live in a very rural area. while i think i have a good and fair mechanic not sure he'd be a good fit. this is literally just dreams though. i'm not in the market for a new car, and when i am i think i'll stick with something more responsible
It'd still be slightly less efficient than the equivalent 2WD vehicle, due to the additional weight and there'd still be some transfer case friction. But yes, it is more efficient in 2WD mode than 4WD mode.