Re: [OM] IMG: Seen at the Airport

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: Seen at the Airport
From: Chris Barker <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2020 21:34:00 +0000
I’m sure that I’ve seen a photo of your Oldsmobile in the past, Moose, but may 
I see it again?

I gave up on Mercedes in 2003 when my ML270, a decent car otherwise, threatened 
to cost a bomb to maintain once it was past three years old (and out of 
warranty and servicing agreement).  I still don’t like them, having been 
seduced by BMW since 2003.  I’m about to spend a few days in Glasgow, visiting 
family so perhaps I’ll be able to test my X3’s abilities in the ice or snow; 
it’s no A4 Quattro, but I enjoy the drive and it has loads of lovely goodies, 
including adaptive headlights (LED) which I don’t think that I could do without 
ever again :-)

The trouble with ex-hire cars is that they generally don’t have all the gizmos, 
but I do go for used cars nowadays.


> On 2 Mar 20, at 20:12, Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> In the mean time, I've had endless enjoyment in a spacious, powerful car with 
> a real trunk. One can actually go on a trip in it, with our luggage in the 
> boot. Does it handle like my current or previous Audis? No, but it doesn't 
> trip over itself, either.
> My sister in-law bought herself a Mercedes as a retirement present. They 
> traded it in on a Subaru in only a couple of years at least ostensibly due to 
> the ongoing costs of recommended maintenance - and replacing a run-flat tire.
> I think the auto business is so international these days that the old 
> differences don't apply any more. Because we spend a month in New England 
> each year, I get extended test drives of what are, sometimes laughingly, 
> called full size cars. The reason for the size is the large amount of luggage 
> we use for the extended trips (including "side trips" to Ireland the last 
> couple of years, and Wales this coming Fall.) (And including buying stuff. 
> ;-)  )
> In recent years, I've driven a Ford Taurus, Toyota Camry and Chevy Impala. 
> All were comfortable, capable, well appointed cars. I've gone out of my way 
> the last couple of years to get Impalas. They are smooth, quiet, decent 
> handling, comfortable, and so on. I love driving them. Probably the same V6 
> as the Camaro, a LOT of power for a big sedan (and a huge boot!) Carol loves 
> them, too.
> I checked. At their highest trim level, they have many of the amenities of 
> luxury sedans. But one can't get the electronic drive control of our Audi A4 
> Quattro. Stomp on it and The Impala spins a front wheel off the line, with a 
> bit of torque steering. The Audi is perfectly behaved. It also has lots of 
> amenities such as auto dimming rear view mirrors and the like.
> If I needed such a large car at home, I'd buy one off rental duty in 
> heartbeat.

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