Now, as for these.. where did you get these?? Net shop in your town? Finally roughly what did they run you?I gave up on constant cleaning and bought Kleen Wheels, wheel inserts.
Many years ago, a high performance driving instructor once chided me severely for using the engine to brake. I quickly came to realize the sagacity of his words, and now, IMHO, I feel that if the designers had intended for an engine to be used for braking rather than accelerating, they'd be throw-away units that would only cost $100, quite like brake pads. They would not be the $10,000, precision machined, high compression, engineering marvels that they are.RivermasterNC said:I should note that, although I live in the mountains, the diesel has far greater engine braking power than the gassers, and I use it!
I think the 31 MPG plus zero maintenance for 4 years will help me afford it! Of course, you'd use up the warranty in a little over 1 year, so I understand your concern. I'm also quite comfortable in it; although I've not yet done any long distance runs, I can see the occasional 200 to 500 mile jaunts I pull will be a joy! The flexibility the hatchback offers is astounding -- I had 4 boxes of wheels plus both kids in the car this morning, and this afternoon, the cavernous rear swallowed up 4 mounted tires and wheels, with room to spare!I've thought the coupe might make a great commuter car, but not sure I can justify the depreciation. I'm running around 45K miles per year with a 110 mile commute each way.
And what a great Friday it was! As promised, I've posted pics of the Benz HotWheels [tm], which you can find here. Okay, that's the last I'm going to post for a while -- I've gotta go install my sway bars and DRIVE!!!!!!!!! Or, to use the local vernacular, Yeeeehaw!!!RivermasterNC said:Good thread!
Very sharp! Thanks for posting the picture Lynn. This will be great to see the before and after with the customizations.