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  1. RedGTS

    C55 AMG Values

    They are monsters. My wife drives a C63S and it's a beast even untuned, assuming you can get the tires to hook up. I wish it were AWD sometimes. Thanks for the feedback on the rebuilding issue.
  2. RedGTS

    C55 AMG Values

    One thing I've always been curious about is whether an independent shop like yours could repair/rebuild a catastrophic engine failure on an AMG for a lot less than having a dealer replace it (with either a new or remanufactured engine). Have you done that before?
  3. RedGTS

    C55 AMG Values

    $10k is far from a worst case scenario repair on a CL65, or really almost all AMG's from the last 10-15 years. Non-engine or a minor engine issue, probably so. But if the engine has a major problem, no. I know of 3 cars offhand just from being around my local MBZ dealership that wound up parked and essentially abandoned down there because it didn't make economic sense to fix them. The last one was an ML63 in very nice condition, but the engine failed (may have been one of the cars with the head bolt issues), and even a remanufactured one was going to be $23k installed. A new engine was $35k installed. But the vehicle was only worth low 30's at the time, so the owner didn't know what to do with it. These cars offer great value used because the depreciation is brutal, but if one breaks, the repair costs are equally brutal (as you note about the CL).
  4. Yeah that gauge cluster is gone as well. I assume they replaced it with virtual gauges in the new touch screen, but not sure.
  5. Excellent. I would think most people will go with black but who knows.
  6. Agree on this. I'm kind of up in the air and reserving judgment about a lot of the styling changes, but if that lower part of the rear is painted it's hideous.
  7. RedGTS

    A Hot Lap at COTA in a Stock Performante

    Nice! Riding with a pro is a real eye-opener isn't it? Watching him pass everyone reminds me of when I was at VIR a few years ago with one of my GTR's, and got Leh Keen to drive it a few laps. A little later a guy I know fairly well (who tracks a modded ZR-1 and is much faster than I am, as he has 100x more track experience) came up to me in the pits and said, "What did you have in your coffee this morning? I thought you were going to run over me before you went by!" I wanted to smile and just say my driving had improved a lot lately, but I fessed up.
  8. Wonder how difficult those are to install?
  9. RedGTS

    Bring the old site back

    Same here. The new software seems much better overall, but the "every post looks like a quote" thing is really annoying. Perhaps there is a way to fix that.
  10. RedGTS

    The Montana LLC complication

    Not a loophole, but the appearance of exploiting a loophole. Forming a MT LLC that does nothing but hold title to the vehicle (doesn't generate revenue to be able to pay for a vehicle or do any business at all) to avoid paying sales tax has never been "legal" in most (if any) states. The states just haven't devoted the resources to do anything about it, for the most part. It's more like ordering things off the internet from out of state businesses that don't collect sales tax. You can call it a loophole, but as a technical matter the buyer still owes the sales tax; the seller just isn't legally obligated to collect it and remit it to the state, and the states haven't devoted a lot of resources to the issue.
  11. RedGTS

    BHP Power Steering Line Upgrade Fire Prevention

    There was a factory recall on the power steering line on the earlier G's to prevent this, so I'd investigate whether your car has had it performed or not, and if not, whether the factory will still cover it.
  12. RedGTS

    Is the Model X a perfect daily driver?

    I have zero personal experience with EV's beyond having driven a couple of Model S's that belonged to friends, but this is wildly inconsistent with everything I have ever read in the automotive press. To use just one example, the latest Car & Driver states in responding to a subscriber letter that their real world testing of EV's has shown a range difference between cold and warm weather of "greater than 25%." Now maybe there is a distinction between range and "energy" here (although not one that could account for that much difference), but I think what owners care about is range. If an EV's range is 250 miles in warm weather but only 185-190 in cold weather that is a big deal IMO. Also, my friends with the model S's like them, but they will gladly admit that there is a significant difference in range in cold v. warm weather, and that their real world range (not driving aggressively but not driving like a granny either) is a good 10-15% below Tesla's "rated" range, even in warm weather when brand new.
  13. Huracan spacers Very well made and hard to beat at ~$325 with the 5% discount and free shipping.
  14. RedGTS

    Tire choice for Twin Turbo?

    So far so good, but I have not tried to launch the car from a dig or hammered it at really low speed yet. Will report back. They definitely "feel" better in general driving and are quieter than the Toyos.
  15. 11mm all around, just to push the wheels out a bit more flush with the fender lips. Looks much better IMO. Lots of people running them on Huracans.