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Allikat

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Dad had a Falcon XB growing up, mum took it in the divorce (yep I basically grew up in the Footscray version of The Castle).

It was an indestructible tank. Mum ran over a Lambo in it, a guy smashed into the back of it in his brand new Chrysler (his car was a write off, we had a little panel damage fixed with a hammer and replaced the glass in one taillight). Engine was still going strong towards the end when everything else was packing up on it. Brilliant car.
Sounds like my old 85 Mitsubishi Colt. Beautiful little car. Had some chick that just got her licence drive her brand new, parent-bought, ricer (can't remember exactly what type of car, but it was defs imported) drive into the back of it. Her car got written off. I had the teeniest little bump in the rubber bumper that I just pushed back out again.

Good old CD stacker. There's tech that was high end for about 5 minutes.

Do cars still come with DVD players in them or has everyone just moved on to tablets?
My 2016 Mustang came with a CD player? Never used it though because I just use bluetooth from my phone.
 

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When I first drove my car I asked whether it came with a CD stacker.

He said he would have to get back to me on that one. This was a 2013 model.

I prefer CDs or my direct aux USB input anyway because I like to save my phone battery for other things.
 

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When I first drove my car I asked whether it came with a CD stacker.

He said he would have to get back to me on that one. This was a 2013 model.

I prefer CDs or my direct aux USB input anyway because I like to save my phone battery for other things.
my car has a USB charger for my phone. Bluetooth music AND charging!
 

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I dont own these cars but Im the one who gets to enjoy them the most. Last week I picked up a 2018 BMW X5. We trialled Tesla Model X and the Audi Q8 but found this to be the more convenient car for the bosses wife. I preffered the Tesla but it's too much of a fishbowl at the front for her.

But today, today I picked up a 2018 AMG Mercedes S400d L. This is a really, really sweet car. Going to take me a week to understand and use all the features in this car. Took it onto the Autoroute today and was at 170 kmh before I noticed and then backed right off (was a 110 zone, but quiet). This replaces a 2006 S500 L, which now just sits outside like a child that isnt wanted anymore.

I wish I could afford the AMG, it's an incredible drive, but at 100,000 euros($150,000 AUD)... Well, it's just not for normal people.
 

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I dont own these cars but Im the one who gets to enjoy them the most. Last week I picked up a 2018 BMW X5. We trialled Tesla Model X and the Audi Q8 but found this to be the more convenient car for the bosses wife. I preffered the Tesla but it's too much of a fishbowl at the front for her.

But today, today I picked up a 2018 AMG Mercedes S400d L. This is a really, really sweet car. Going to take me a week to understand and use all the features in this car. Took it onto the Autoroute today and was at 170 kmh before I noticed and then backed right off (was a 110 zone, but quiet). This replaces a 2006 S500 L, which now just sits outside like a child that isnt wanted anymore.

I wish I could afford the AMG, it's an incredible drive, but at 100,000 euros($150,000 AUD)... Well, it's just not for normal people.


Do you work for Don Vito Corleone ?
 

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Haha no. In Summer these type of cars are pedestrian around here. It's the Arabs and Russians who fly in million dollar cars and park them on the Croisette just to be seen. 100k Mercs dont turn heads here.
A fully loaded S Class is a thing of absolute beauty. Almost the flagship of vehicles worldwide. It’s amazing how almost any and every safety / performance / feature etc piece of technology on any car, you trace it back and invariably it first appeared commercially in the S Class.
 

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A fully loaded S Class is a thing of absolute beauty. Almost the flagship of vehicles worldwide. It’s amazing how almost any and every safety / performance / feature etc piece of technology on any car, you trace it back and invariably it first appeared commercially in the S Class.
Agree, it is beautiful. It makes the 13 year old S500 feel like a boat in comparison, and until yesterday I thought the old one was nice to drive.
 

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A local used car dealer has a VY Calais for sale for less than 5 grand. I'm highly tempted. Like the body but mostly the inside of the VY-Z, the last model before things started getting too digital for my liking.

Speaking of, what are people's favourite interiors or dash? I reckon it is an underrated part of the car. You'll spend more time looking at those than the outside. Personally, I like tacky overloads of information, all sorts of buttons and dials and levers, combined with symmetry. It is hard to go past this as far as Holden's go.



The VK was similarly laid out, but more 80s.

 
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Love me some wrap-around consoles/dashboards or whatever you call them. I don't mean the weak-ass, point the stereo to the driver like in the E39 or the BNR34, I mean the full-on cocoon effect you got from the FD or the A80. Feels very fast and very eurobeat
 

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A fully loaded S Class is a thing of absolute beauty. Almost the flagship of vehicles worldwide. It’s amazing how almost any and every safety / performance / feature etc piece of technology on any car, you trace it back and invariably it first appeared commercially in the S Class.
Had a few more days driving in it. The Cruise control drives itself, I just have to steer. It keeps a 10 metres distance from the car in front but if I change lanes it cruises up to the speed I set. It's smooth but not as smooth as if I was doing the adjustments. What I am loving is the different massage options. Im gonna wear that seat out damn quick. Hot shoulder massage, Hot back massage,, Love it. Still cant work out how to get the screens working in the back seat but my phone doesnt connect to cables anymore. I havent had much time to actually work out the car. The Navi system is a bit cumbersome and not as easy as the BMW but it's one hell of a nice drive.
 

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A local used car dealer has a VY Calais for sale for less than 5 grand. I'm highly tempted. Like the body but mostly the inside of the VY-Z, the last model before things started getting too digital for my liking.

Speaking of, what are people's favourite interiors or dash? I reckon it is an underrated part of the car. You'll spend more time looking at those than the outside. Personally, I like tacky overloads of information, all sorts of buttons and dials and levers, combined with symmetry. It is hard to go past this as far as Holden's go.



The VK was similarly laid out, but more 80s.



Or how about the digital version? Fascinating stuff.

I do like the linear(?) dashes of the old Holdens.
 

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Or how about the digital version? Fascinating stuff.

I do like the linear(?) dashes of the old Holdens.
Yeah, love that Monaro one too. Symmetry. Also I prefer square or rectangular gauges to round ones.

Those electronic ones have a certain 'so bad it's good' charm but I couldn't bring myself to admit I prefer it to good old analogue technology. I did look at buying a Nissan 300zx once and it was pretty cool.



Being it was a turbo and I was on Ps, I couldn't.
 

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Yeah, love that Monaro one too. Symmetry. Also I prefer square or rectangular gauges to round ones.

Those electronic ones have a certain 'so bad it's good' charm but I couldn't bring myself to admit I prefer it to good old analogue technology. I did look at buying a Nissan 300zx once and it was pretty cool.



Being it was a turbo and I was on Ps, I couldn't.
A mate of mine has a worked 300ZX. Hands down the fastest thing I have driven. Was insane and they're not even expensive.
 

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All modern dashboards look the same. A tachometer and speedo separated by an LCD display.

Bit boring to me.


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