I never said driving was no more than a chore.
What I said was--now listen carefully--if I have to make the choice
between having fun driving a car (because that costs money) and having
fun on a beach on Hawaii, I'll CHOOSE to have my fun in Hawaii instead
of paying for fun in a car.
Choices. It's all about choices. I can accept the Lexus for what it
is--a dead-reliable choice for transport that does the job very well and
which allows me to put my discretionary--DISCRETIONARY, look it
up--dollars into a *more* enjoyable endeavor.
And interestingly enough--it puts a smile on my face knowing that that
car allows me to make the choice, that I'm not stuck with a world of
cars that are all expensive to own.
It's nice that you have a choice in life. You've made your choice.
This is all really quite hilariious considering that Lexuses (Lexi?) and
BMWs cost about the same amount to purchase new and BMWs cost absolutely
nothing to maintain during the 4 year warranty.
Just ignoring any difference in fun-factor right now, how is that Lexus
saving you money? What model do you own that is so much less expensive
than a BMW?
Yes, it does. But to some of us, what it offers is *essential.* And the
character of European performance cars is without equal in Japanese cars, which
are basically either appliances or clones of previously existing European cars,
which in only very rare exceptional cases exceed their derivative limitations:
the Datsun 510, the RX-7, the original Z, and a small subset of MX-5s.
I always have a BMW as my wife's daily driver and our touring car; I've never
had a maintenance problem with any of them. But then I put 95,000 miles on a
Fiat 124 Spider in three years without a single problem as well, and had three
Alfas to boot, plus a Fiat Dino. If you take care of things, they generally
BTW, with the BMWs, I firmly believe that taking European delivery invariably
results in receiving an exceptional vehicle. I think the factory pays particular
attention to making those vehicles as good as they could possibly be.
1995 Miata R (~1300 total produced, 1994-97)
2002 325i sports pkg, etc.
2001 Aprilia Falco
2002 Honda 919
1985 Honda Interceptor 500
1972 Elden FF
Hey I had one of those, although a coupe. Great car and fairly trouble
free, easy to work on parts were cheap tons of fun. I heard they
were unreliable but mine wasn't if you simply looked after it properly.
I suspect if you wait for things to break then take it to the dealer
any car can be deemed unreliable. But if you understand how cars actually
work and are reasonable about things you won't relaly have trouble with
any car. Modulo certain very expensive Italian ones.
Need Mercedes parts? http://parts.mbz.org
Richard Sexton | Mercedes stuff: http://mbz.org
Eh? Why would a maker like Toyota use different electrics by the country?
Of course for Euro sales the appropriate lamps and bulbs have to be Euro
marked. And the headlights may well be different due to RHD/LHD. But not
usually a difference that effects bulb life.
Assuming decent quality bulbs, their life depends on four things:-
The amount of use
The only bulb I've replaced on my '97 E39 is the centre brake light - due,
I'd say, to the small enclosure causing overheating. It's a bit of an
*No radio - Already stolen.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
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