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  1. Having owned three Audi's, one I still own, they make BMW look like Lexus. Reliability is not good. I couldn't agree more, love the concept of a superfast estate, hate this execution. People who drive estate's want Q cars. Mercedes does it better, but even their styling is getting close to obnoxious.
  2. Thanks, got too much going these days to pay attention. Working on the second act.
  3. You really have to rev that cossie, not a lot of low down torque. It's a dog leg too, which is great. I'd still have the CLK, they are a bargain and will appreciate, especially as unupgraded motors continue to grenade. Another classic early 90's E500. I owned one for 18 months, stolen, seamless torque in it's era. Off topic, my friend that owns the CLK, built a 91 Audi RS2 Coupe. Imported all the Porsche and Audi factory parts and built a car that never existed.
  4. The 2 series is a remarkably good car. I had a lowly 228i as loaner for a week and was blown away by how fun it was. It's tiny and only double amputees can fit in the back. I didn't want to give it back.
  5. All good choices. I have a buddy that owns a CLK Black. Put the rear seats black in so he can take his kid to school in it. It's a sledgehammer, not a scalpel and all the better for it. It's an absolute blast to drive. Just got to get the head bolts upgraded. I'd add a 71 280 SE 3.5 Cab to that list.
  6. Barely....and no longer engaged on this site. More interested in the older cars, love the flaws and character. Not interested in driving a robot.
  7. Wasn't talking politics that destroyed this place.....well that and the botched "upgrade". I still prefer the old site.
  8. Totally inappropriate title. My wife and I were regulars at Lakers games when we lived in LA. When we lived in Los Gatos, we would go to Golden State games (when they sucked) to watch them. We were at the double-overtime game against Phoenix in the playoffs, the greatest game I have ever seen. Kobe sunk a 3 to tie the game to go overtime, sank another 3 to send it into double overtime, sunk another 3 to win the game in double overtime. The guy was a killer on the court. A true legend. Unbelievable work ethic. RIP. Such a shame his oldest daughter died and 7 other folks.
  9. Never liked the Huracan looks, Evo drives great but looks like it's the fat kid in the family.
  10. McLaren has four issues. Inherent unreliability. Ridiculous prices for replacement parts. Eat their young product strategy. Massive depreciation. Fast as hell, I like the 600 LT a lot, though I wouldn't touch one with a barge pole. A buddy of mine had a 650 LT Spyder for 6 months, spent 3 months at McLaren being "fixed". Ended up a lemon.
  11. I totally agree, Matt Farah's post drive review sums it up. Great value, more chassis than engine, time to ditch the low revving OHV engine, typical GM fit and finish. First year model that needs a lot of tweaking.
  12. It is a shitbox, wasn't this a liquidation sale of some African dictator's son?
  13. You are not getting a Huracan worth owning at your price point as previously noted. I always felt the Huracan looked "fat" personally and I am not a fan of the pressed carbon fibre look. Gallardos are great cars. I had one for ten years and all it basically required was maintenance and tires. I would look for a 6 speed manual as the e gear is clunky and the clutch wear is significantly greater regardless how carefully you shift. Also a pump can fail on the e gear and I believe it is close to a 5 figure repair. In 2006, the HP was bumped slightly and the gearing shortened among other improvements. I think the 06 and up are better built, doors feel heavier, and anecdotally knowing owners of 04 and 05 cars, my 06 seemed a lot more reliable. As you will be purchasing a 12 - 13 year old car, you are going to start to experience wear and tear failures like water pumps, alternators, belts, and hoses. So you should budget accordingly. A lot of the parts are of AUDI/VW origin so shop around. Even though you are only paying $125k now, you will be maintaining a car that cost $225k to $250k when new. I would avoid super low mileage cars, you'll pay a premium and since they haven't been exercised regularly they are probably in worse condition than less expensive medium mileage cars with a full service and maintenance history at a dealer or reputable aftermarket shop. Colours - Black, yellow, green and orange will command a premium over other colours. I would avoid the convertible, a lot more expensive parts and systems to fail. Also, you can't get a glass rear bonnet and you lose a really useful storage space behind the seats if you want to go on road trips with your significant other. Another option to consider would be an R8, my buddy picked up a pristine 25,000 mile 08 V8 6 speed for $70k, a couple of years ago. The R8 v10's are cheaper than corresponding year Lamborghini. R8's IMO have better interiors and more headroom too. Obviously service options are far greater for Audi than Lamborghini as well. You should do as extensive test drive as possible. Drive a few to get a sense of what a good one feels like. Mid engine exotics aren't for everybody. They are loud and uncomfortable with awful visibility. They also attractive a tremendous amount of attention from the general public (male) and LE which is not for everybody. You should also factor in insurance costs and if you don't have an umbrella policy, get one. If you get into a serious accident whether it's your fault or not, you are probably going to be sued. If you find a car, post it here. Somebody will probably know if it was any stories. Also you can get feedback on pricing, condition here as well etc. Good luck.
  14. Thanks, I love that color combo. The car is stunning. It's all thanks to Lambocars.
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