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Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 07-05-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By cblandin
Agree 100%. As a Volt owner, I'm in the same...

Agree 100%. As a Volt owner, I'm in the same spot. After 24 months in the Volt, I really like it BUT am looking for a sportier replacement. While I like the i3, and can get past the awkward looks,...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-25-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 910
Posted By cblandin
Volt Owner Test Drives i3...

Sold my E39 M5 21 months ago to lease a Volt....Test drove an i3 last Saturday...

My "car guy" review posted over on GM-volt.com:
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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 03-30-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,130
Posted By cblandin
Use an online service. You can get a cheaper...

Use an online service. You can get a cheaper report for about $60. The calculation is derived froma number of things including the value of the car and amount of the damage. Your damage is pretty...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 02-01-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 577
Posted By cblandin
Check this out:...

Check this out: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=177
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-28-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 12,619
Posted By cblandin
I do totally believe they key to getting people...

I do totally believe they key to getting people to buy EVs is to have people DRIVE EVs. The general misconceptions start to melt away with just a little seat time. I look forward to the day where...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-25-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 12,619
Posted By cblandin
A buddy of mine has a CTS-V 2nd gen, 556 hp). ...

A buddy of mine has a CTS-V 2nd gen, 556 hp). unbeknownst to me he test drove the P85 a week before I did and indicated it felt faster than his V. He is now looking to get a Ford Focus Electric...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-25-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 12,619
Posted By cblandin
Sorry KA, ICE is Internal Combustion Engine. ...

Sorry KA, ICE is Internal Combustion Engine. I've been on the Volt forum so long now, I forget all the EV (Electric Vehicle) jargon isn't common everywhere else. The Volt is actually an...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-25-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 12,619
Posted By cblandin
Not sure about KA, but I signed up for info on...

Not sure about KA, but I signed up for info on the Tesla site and got invited to schedule a test drive a while later out of the blue. I even forwarded it to a couple of friends who signed up as...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-25-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 12,619
Posted By cblandin
Test drove the 85 kwh version a couple of weeks...

Test drove the 85 kwh version a couple of weeks before Christmas. A lot of my thoughts mirror your own. My review on the Volt forum:...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-17-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By cblandin
Didn't tighten stuff up before the weight was...

Didn't tighten stuff up before the weight was back on it right?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 01-17-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 10,246
Posted By cblandin
How about the Volvo S60 - preferably in T6...

How about the Volvo S60 - preferably in T6 R-Design trim...325 hp / 354 lbs feet or AWD torque. We cross-shopped the Audi Q5 / BMW X3 / Volvo XC60 and the R-Design Volvo (in passion red of course)...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 01-12-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,808
Posted By cblandin
A few years ago I cross-shopped used 2005 Pontiac...

A few years ago I cross-shopped used 2005 Pontiac GTOs (aka the Holden Monaro) with the 400 hp 6 speed LS2 against 2001-2003 used E39 M5s. I have always been a Pontiac fan (multiple Firebirds), and...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 01-10-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,035
Posted By cblandin
It's probably more like $50K (or even $55k) once...

It's probably more like $50K (or even $55k) once you start running it through the configurator (especially if you want the rEx, leather, tech, etc.). Sure, you get the $7500 rebate (assuming you...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 01-04-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 919
Views: 33,818
Posted By cblandin
Ditto BJ and Beden. I live in a town adjacent to...

Ditto BJ and Beden. I live in a town adjacent to a somewhat wealthy suburb....saw my second Lambo Aventador the other day for Pete's sake! 5 series appear to be the preferred ride for the trophy...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 01-03-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 919
Views: 33,818
Posted By cblandin
THIS is my biggest complaint in cars with "harder...

THIS is my biggest complaint in cars with "harder plastic" interiors (note: I do not own an F30 as a disclaimer). It isn't limited to BMW though - it is rampant in the auto industry. Start reading...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 01-01-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 919
Views: 33,818
Posted By cblandin
Joe, Is it possible your 5 series ownership...

Joe,

Is it possible your 5 series ownership has sort of skewed your expectations of the 3 series? Like you I've had (sold mine) and E39 M5 and I also had an E39 530i. The step up in luxury on...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-01-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,819
Posted By cblandin
Very nice. Reminds me quite a bit of the caramel...

Very nice. Reminds me quite a bit of the caramel interior on my old M5:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xuwHiFTpO0g/T9OmL0RBW8I/AAAAAAAACPI/4nyvQpwTsIw/s1024/DSC_0017.JPG
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Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 01-01-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By cblandin
$54K optioned similar to my Volt (range extender,...

$54K optioned similar to my Volt (range extender, NAV, heated seats, upgrade wheels, etc.) is a tough pill to swallow, but consistent with what I expected from BMW with their usual $10K worth of...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 12-16-2013, 06:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 596
Posted By cblandin
tons of comments on the Volt forum over the years...

tons of comments on the Volt forum over the years about how folks would love a small SUV based on Volt technology...this market seems perfect for this tech.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 12-10-2013, 09:25 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 7,738
Posted By cblandin
This thread makes me wonder if the AH3 really is...

This thread makes me wonder if the AH3 really is the best 3 series engine combo...near 328i economy with 335i power and even greater smoothness. Admittedly, eco credits help to make the argument...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 12-05-2013, 02:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 768
Posted By cblandin
Google tint shops in your area and you will...

Google tint shops in your area and you will likely stumble upon ones preferred by local "car guys". There are a number of decent brands and folks generally recommend the higher cost ceramic tints...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 12-03-2013, 12:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,145
Posted By cblandin
With regard to the stereo there is also the...

With regard to the stereo there is also the aftermarket route...I'm sure you can get something decent for well under $4300!
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 11-28-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,599
Posted By cblandin
No problem. Truth be told, it is probably the...

No problem. Truth be told, it is probably the best car I have ever owned, but it is not the most "exciting" car. I had really hoped the i3 would combine the best of a BMW with the best of the Volt....
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 11-28-2013, 07:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,923
Posted By cblandin
Honestly, the best advice would be to do multiple...

Honestly, the best advice would be to do multiple test drives of each...preferably back-to-back...of comparably equipped models. Go on a random weekday when the dealership is slow and they'll...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 11-27-2013, 07:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,599
Posted By cblandin
KA - Your comments reminded me of my own...

KA - Your comments reminded me of my own experience test driving a Chevy Volt about 18 months ago. I was struck by the "Oh...this is definitely the future". One thing led to another and well, next...
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