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Old 11-22-2011, 02:11 AM   #121
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He's already said no to the CTS-V, Vette (IIRC) and I don't see the Viper being a "yes". For me, it'd be a different story.

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Old 11-22-2011, 08:39 AM   #122
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The BMW 335i in coupe or sedan are very small cars. Coming from a Miata it will surprise you how small they are. And, they drive small. No kidding, it's smaller in all dimensions than my wife's 07 Nissan Sentra.[...]
My last word on performance. It is $479 away from 380HP/400TQ. In a 3,200 lb car. Enough said.
What year is your 335i coupe, Stein? I have always seen weights closer to 3600 pounds than 3200 pounds for those cars.

As a small-car guy, the weight was always a big turn-off to me (on paper; I have never driven one). I am the guy that engaged the traction control in his G35 sedan almost every morning on his daily commute, though.

I was surprised to see the 335i coupe is about the same overall length as a Sentra and significantly shorter, while sticking a bit longer wheelbase underneath.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:56 AM   #123
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Mine is a sedan, not a coupe. It's an 08. And yes, you are right. They are 3,600 I was mistaken. The thing that I like about DD this car is 300TQ at 1,400 rpm. It's so easy to drive. Steering is heavy, feels like a depowered rack in a Miata. Not some over-assisted numb wheel. It's nice.

Sentra is 179.8 long, BMW 178.2
Sentra is 59.5 tall, BMW is 55.9
Sentra is 70.5 wide, BMW is actually wider at 71.5

Still, pretty close.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:03 AM   #124
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I don't think the car is the problem. Hawaiian shirts are no-go. I own about 95 t-shirts but my current girlfriend I met while wearing a dress shirt and a tie. And yeah, french cuffs + cufflinks. Women notice cufflinks. It takes about 3 seconds extra but the effort is worth it.
haha no-homo-hi-5!

I wear a tshirt and jeans errry day to work.... when I'm not wearing shorts.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:10 AM   #125
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l'VE GOT THE ANSWER

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You'll live it, it's light weight, relatively under powered, reliable (more so then any Merc I'll bet), relatively cheap and it's technically a supercar.

Edit: Somebody posted before me and it's already been k.o.'d.
Porsche over MB. But, think about the upkeep on the porsche vs the NSX! Use yo math skilz Perez
This is my buddy's $16k NSX:

***** Control. This is probably the best looking, best driving, and best sounding car ever made. I don't say **** like this, frankly I never have...but it's "driving emotion". I don't think another car like it exists.
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Also, please don't forget that since you're getting this car to fit social norms you'll need a black car, with black interior, with black wheels, and drive the car with one-hand at 12 o'clock. This is probably more important than the car you drive.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:40 PM   #127
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No NSXs, no Corvettes, no Vipers, etc. Wrong line of thought there.


So, no love for the Mercs in general. Even the SL500? That one was really starting to grow on me- the whole PRHT concept in particular.


And I must admit I'm surprised to hear about the engine issues on the 996. I hadn't really come across that so far, though I have seen a couple listed on AutoTrader that had received replacement engines, which now makes sense. Any word on the reliability of those that have been swapped out?
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:47 PM   #128
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I'm really surprised you of all people are attracted by a Merc joe.
You want something interesting, relatively lightweight, presentable, and fun, and you lean towards a Merc? eww
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:50 PM   #129
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2000 Nissan Altima GXEwill get you mad tang.
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There is a device just out for the 996 that you screw into the oil drain hole that detects the beginnings of ground up metal which tells you engine failure is imminent. You then perform the pricey bearing upgrade that fixes it, which is much cheaper than an engine replacement, obviously. Said device is like insurance, because it's much cheaper than the bearing upgrade.

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Old 11-22-2011, 02:10 PM   #131
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If I'm not mistakin your kind of an eccentric. Your car should reflect this in a stylish way.

Also remember about "good" women. You don't meet then at bars, you meet them at some kind of activity. Get some cool hobbies like swing dancing, scuba, car racing, AA, gun club, metal detecting, gardening, wine club, book club, idk etc. You won't meet them trolling hipsters, wearing those shirts, and generally not with a mustache. I agree with Hustler about not pretending to be a rich douche, you dont want that kind of girl. However, you do have to make yourself presentable at first. You can regrow the mustache and wear a crazy shirt after she gets to know you as a person. First impression are very important. Shaving your molestache, solid color 2 button shirt, and a nice classic polo hat isn;t going to kill you. Have nice dress clothes for dinner too.
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you guys keep failing to realize that joe isn't doing this to go
"roll up to da club on dubz and swoop sum madd hoez y0"
but rather to appear "presentable" and "not a dirty hippie" to your typical successfull carreer woman.

but like y8s and others said: if you really do wear hawaian shirts everywhere they have GOT to GO!!!
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I spent 6-7 years as a Porsche dealer mechanic about the time the 997 was released. It is FAR AND AWAY the better car than the 996. The 996 is very much a gt car. Great for cruising and freeway work, but in the twisties the 997 is head and shoulders the better car. The numbers may not fully substantiate this,
Would upgrading the suspension on the 996 to the M030 or some other factory suspension (GT2?) "fix" this "problem"?
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So, no love for the Mercs in general. Even the SL500? That one was really starting to grow on me- the whole PRHT concept in particular.
My ex-boss (engineer) bought a mid-late 90s SL500 'vert in the early 2000s after a messy divorce. He bought it to console himself and try and speed up meeting women. He ended up selling it after only about a year because he said "it attracted the wrong kind of women". He ended up buying a 5-year old VR6 GTi because he liked it, and this was what he was driving when he met his next wife, a down-to-earth cutie who's a Genetic Engineering researcher.

I think that gen SL500, and SLK, look bland. The SLK looks short and stubby and funny to me. Very feminine looking to this miata driver. The later, more muscular looking ones are much better.

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If I'm not mistakin your kind of an eccentric. Your car should reflect this in a stylish way.
Thus the E24 635 CSi.
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If I'm not mistakin your kind of an eccentric. Your car should reflect this in a stylish way.

Also remember about "good" women. You don't meet then at bars, you meet them at some kind of activity. Get some cool hobbies like swing dancing, scuba, car racing, AA, gun club, metal detecting, gardening, wine club, book club, idk etc. You won't meet them trolling hipsters, wearing those shirts, and generally not with a mustache. I agree with Hustler about not pretending to be a rich douche, you dont want that kind of girl. However, you do have to make yourself presentable at first. You can regrow the mustache and wear a crazy shirt after she gets to know you as a person. First impression are very important. Shaving your molestache, solid color 2 button shirt, and a nice classic polo hat isn;t going to kill you. Have nice dress clothes for dinner too.

"AA, gun club, metal detecting..."

i bet there are some hot hot 68 year old, worn out, paranoid bitches at that kind of event.
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So, no love for the Mercs in general. Even the SL500? That one was really starting to grow on me- the whole PRHT concept in particular.
You could buy one of these and then justify the purchase of an oscilliscope and a feature rich multi-meter.
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And I must admit I'm surprised to hear about the engine issues on the 996. I hadn't really come across that so far, though I have seen a couple listed on AutoTrader that had received replacement engines, which now makes sense. Any word on the reliability of those that have been swapped out?
There's a hot, new SBC swap kit for the 996...that's a Porsche I would consider.
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"AA, gun club, metal detecting..."

i bet there are some hot hot 68 year old, worn out, paranoid bitches at that kind of event.
Do you need a after some of my posts?

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My ex-boss (engineer) bought a mid-late 90s SL500 'vert in the early 2000s after a messy divorce. He bought it to console himself and try and speed up meeting women. He ended up selling it after only about a year because he said "it attracted the wrong kind of women". He ended up buying a 5-year old VR6 GTi because he liked it, and this was what he was driving when he met his next wife, a down-to-earth cutie who's a Genetic Engineering researcher.

I think that gen SL500, and SLK, look bland. The SLK looks short and stubby and funny to me. Very feminine looking to this miata driver. The later, more muscular looking ones are much better.

Thus the E24 635 CSi.
I have about 5 decent friends in Corpus, 2 of them just picked up 6 series last week. One is a 78 grey import and one was a rich guys 79 hpde car with a built motor. They are neat cars, but I would assume Joe would want one fully restored for what he is lucking for. How hard is it to find a 90% like new one that can be drivin across the country?
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Shaving your molestache, solid color 2 button shirt, and a nice classic polo hat isn;t going to kill you. Have nice dress clothes for dinner too.
That's funny, this thread is making me think about how good I have it. My GF and I have a short list of expensive restaurants, we prefer scary, dirty ethnic food, you'll rarely catch me without flip-flops, we're both "cat ladies", and when she pisses me off, I show her my "under-carriage".

Another vote for the 635csi.
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I hear cooking class is a great place to meet diverse ladies. As I recall from a TV dinner thread, Joe could use the lessons.
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