[opendtv] Re: Euro Cars

  • From: "Bob Miller" <robmxa@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 15:35:24 -0500

I have only driven a diesel one time, a Mercedes from Manheim to
Dusseldorf early on a Sunday morning to catch a plane back to New
York. It was also the fastest I have ever driven. I maintained 140 mph
for some time and it felt like it. What I didn't know was that I had
made a mistake in looking at my ticket. I arrived at the airport with
literally seconds to spare thinking I had a couple of hours. If it
wasn't for the 140 mph I would have missed my plane.

Bob Miller

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 12:51 PM,  <dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dan wrote: "(By the way, the German autos are by far the best: Volkswagen,
> Audi,
> Mercedes: they are what to drive)."
> Dale wrote: "I suggest that you check the Consumer Reports 2008 Annual Auto
> Issue: their extensive automobile ownership research program finds that the
> reliability of European brands is average or worse and rank third behind
> Asian and American models. The most unreliable of the European models are
> VW, Audi, Jaguar and Land Rover."
> I'm a big fan of Consumer Reports.  I fill out their survey every year so
> they have my data.
> Certainly, the European vehicles are not nearly as reliable.  But when I
> said that Volkswagens, Audis and Mercedes (I've yet to get my hands on a
> Porsche in Germany) are the cars to drive, I am speaking about
> "Fahrvegnugen" (if that is a word).  I was really meaning driving
> performance and style.  I can't speak to long term ownership (at least not
> the modern ones).  Although I must say that that Opel was very close to the
> Volkswagens.
> By the way, I think the diesel engine in the Opel I drove was super-charged,
> not a turbo.  I forget.
> But then Bert suggests that I consider an Aura with a 3.5L V6.  Sure it
> might bring back the spunk (although I doubt it having had two Pontiacs with
> the 3.6L V6 and 3.1L V6, both very mild mannered, and even worse, the
> transmission coupled to them are not geared properly), but then it is back
> to poor fuel economy.
> No, the diesel I drove had good torque and was coupled with a great
> transmission that both got off the line AND gave great highway economy.
> I drove the Opel wagon on the Autobahn at 125MPH and it felt so secure, my
> wife didn't believe I was going that fast.  I have the video to prove it.
>  Of course, one could never do that in the States even if it was legal: our
> roads are not engineered or installed like the Autobahn.
> Sorry to keep the discussion going about a non-DTV related issue.
> Dan
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