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View Poll Results: As a current, past, or future/potential M3 owner the following most fits me:
18-28 yrs old (Young and fancy free!) 437 31.55%
28-45 yrs old (Grown up and established!) 741 53.50%
45-55 yrs old (The kids are gone or going and 40 really is the new 30!) 110 7.94%
>55 yrs old (Wise and well aged! Enjoying the limelight of our lives!) 43 3.10%
Who cares..drive it like you stole it at any age! 54 3.90%
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      05-14-2012, 01:43 PM   #309
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If the wings are moving faster than the fuselage. It's a helicopter. Therefore unsafe. Lol. Just kidding.

Seahawk's a nice airframe.
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If the wings are moving faster than the fuselage. It's a helicopter. Therefore unsafe. Lol. Just kidding.

Seahawk's a nice airframe.
haha so very true. When I was an instructor pilot, teaching in the Bell 206, I'd often look down and see traffic on the 10 freeway heading to TLH moving faster than me. Damn headwinds.

one of my favorite instructors in the FRS was a Canadian Major. Amazing teacher and helleva cool guy.

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      05-14-2012, 05:39 PM   #312
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37, US Navy Helicopter pilot

My other "car" is a SH-60B.

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Nice... Thanks for serving!

US military enlisted guy here with a few BMWs...In the medical field for 10 years and Law Enforcement for 8. 36 years old.

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      05-14-2012, 05:47 PM   #313
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Nice... Thanks for serving!

US military enlisted guy here with a few BMWs...In the medical field for 10 years and Law Enforcement for 8. 36 years old.
Awesome! As you know, the pleasure is ours.

As the saying goes, "For those who fight for it, life has a special flavor the protected never know".

I am off to enjoy the perfect SD weather.
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Awesome! As you know, the pleasure is ours.

As the saying goes, "For those who fight for it, life has a special flavor the protected never know".

I am off to enjoy the perfect SD weather.
I hear you! Enjoy! I will be down there in about a month on vacation.
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Have two young kids,and even though not frequent, I do need the abillity to put 1-2 in the back seats. Considering the new 911 cabriolet, but already had a 997S, and the car was just too small for me. Budgetwise, hoping to stay under $150K
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While one may be able to afford anything, it is still no reason to piss money away. As such, absolute cost isn't so much the issue as is value. Bang for the buck. Now, admittedly, in the high end market, you get diminishing returns, but value still plays a part. With that in mind, I have a bit of a different idea for you:

Go look at the Cayenne Turbo. You can get it LOADED and fully customized for your $150k price point. It will blow the doors of most anything in straight line, and is easily tunable for big power since it is a factory turbo.

You may not have been looking at an SUV, but the Cayenne is just so good. It will actually match the track time of a 911 4S. It also offers pretty much everything the Panamera does, and gives more utility for about $20k less. Hence the point about value, even in the high end market. I am on my second Cayenne and I love it. Another benefit of having a daily driver vehicle that is raised up a bit, is that it doesn't get destroyed by road grime and/or debris.
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      05-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #316
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completely agree....not interest in some "bragging rights" car...I want something luxurious and nice, but certainly never intend to be a slave to a car payment (e.g., love the bentley continental GT, but no way am I stroking a check for $4K each month for a lease payment). As such, the Panny GTS and the Merc CLS 63 both seemed like great bankg for the buck cars, while still being representative of a 46yo business owner.

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Hmmm...curious. Can you drive your M3 to a UAW plant without fear of someone keying it? I know back in the 80s it was an issue but wonder if things have changed for the better by now?
Not an issue. My company was smart enough NOT to let the union in, which is the main reason they have remained profitable though the years. Not intending to make anyone mad, but its the truth.
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So Cole likes 4 seat cars and class. I would recommend a look at a Maserati Quattroporte or Aston Martin Rapide. I still say you should go with the CLS63. It will be everything you want and so much more, plus you save yourself about $35k (with the performance package and 100% full loaded it is $115k) and you can get a tune for about $5k to make it Lamborghini Gallardo fast.
Why stop at a 63? Go all out and get a 65!! You cant buy a new one for $150k, but thats a nice used one.
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      05-15-2012, 01:55 AM   #320
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Loflier....

What was his name? PM me. It's a small world this biz. Ya never know.

Cheers. J.
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i thought the vw group was the largest?
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completely agree....not interest in some "bragging rights" car...I want something luxurious and nice, but certainly never intend to be a slave to a car payment (e.g., love the bentley continental GT, but no way am I stroking a check for $4K each month for a lease payment). As such, the Panny GTS and the Merc CLS 63 both seemed like great bankg for the buck cars, while still being representative of a 46yo business owner.

keep the advice coming
$4000 a month on a car payment? Thats Ferrari 458 or Porsche Carrera GT payments for me AND a house mortgage. What do Bentleys cost these days? Over $1,000,000?
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$4000 a month on a car payment? Thats Ferrari 458 or Porsche Carrera GT payments for me AND a house mortgage. What do Bentleys cost these days? Over $1,000,000?
Exactly... 4 grand seems like a bit much. For 4,000 dollars a month I could have a hooker and blow problem and still lease an M3.
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Exactly... 4 grand seems like a bit much. For 4,000 dollars a month I could have a hooker and blow problem and still lease an M3.
haha is that what your doing?
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$4000 a month on a car payment? Thats Ferrari 458 or Porsche Carrera GT payments for me AND a house mortgage. What do Bentleys cost these days? Over $1,000,000?
Exactly... 4 grand seems like a bit much. For 4,000 dollars a month I could have a hooker and blow problem and still lease an M3.
Lmao!!! Hooker and blow problem... Hahaha I like that!
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Those cars aren't typically financed - they're bought in cash. That said, $4k a month for 5 years will finance about $250k which is the right price for some of these cars.

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Yup...My partner drives a RR Ghost....gorgeous car, but "old" for my tastes. Lease is $4K/,month He is single, no wife, no kids, so that's how he chooses to spend his money. I on the other hand, have two great kids and a wonderful wife. So, need to strike a balance. Any of the aforementioned cars I listed are in the $1800/month range on a 36 month lease. Not cheap certainly, but affordable, and worth it to me.

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$4k seems about right for a $200,000+ car. Lease rates for the CLS63 is about $2,000/month so for the Bentley to cost twice as much means the lease payments will be twice as much, and it's a Bentley.
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