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Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 04-16-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 242
Posted By JSpira
Chevrolet isn't giving me very specific figures...

Chevrolet isn't giving me very specific figures in terms of breaking down info but based on parsing what they did supply, my educated guess is that the overall take rate is 2.5%. Again - this is a...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 04-16-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 242
Posted By JSpira
2014 Diesel Car of the Year/Diesel Car Mfr of the Year

Thanks to those here who voted for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year as well as the Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year.

Here are the results:

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Named 2014 Diesel Car of the...
Forum: European Delivery 04-05-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,615
Posted By JSpira
I would say 500 miles (800 kilometers) for tires...

I would say 500 miles (800 kilometers) for tires and seals etc.
Forum: European Delivery 03-16-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By JSpira
It's a beautiful area but I've never done...

It's a beautiful area but I've never done anything there in the summer.

One hour away in Dornbirn is the world's largest Rolls Royce Museum. You are also an hour or so from Bregenz and maybe 1 hr...
Forum: The Travel Forum 03-16-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By JSpira
Signs you travel too much…

I woke up this morning at home and briefly wondered which hotel I was in.

Sadly, no butler service was available.

Your experiences?
Forum: The Travel Forum 03-15-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,742
Posted By JSpira
Portland where? ;)

Portland where? ;)
Forum: European Delivery 03-15-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,051
Posted By JSpira
I looked at this <ahem> blog and optimistically...

I looked at this <ahem> blog and optimistically hoped that the writer was being glib by saying "Restaurant Eingang" but that turned out not to be the case.

Of course, one's expectations have to...
Forum: European Delivery 03-15-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,615
Posted By JSpira
I think everyone's missing the point that the...

I think everyone's missing the point that the break-in period is particularly critical in the first few hundred kilometers WRT brakes, gaskets, and tires, among other items.

It's also quite...
Forum: Performance Center Delivery 03-06-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,995
Posted By JSpira
There are three options for pick-up: 1.) ...

There are three options for pick-up:

1.) Delivery at the BMW Welt

2.) Delivery at the Performance Center

3.) Delivery at the dealership near you

You can choose one and in some cases...
Forum: General Automotive Forum 03-04-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By JSpira
I think Buick is competing with other American...

I think Buick is competing with other American cars more so than with BMW and Audi et al.
Forum: European Delivery 03-03-2014, 12:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By JSpira
New Review: Mandarin Oriental Munich

For my trip to Munich in December to pick up the 535d, I stayed at the MO.

I had stayed there once before, prior to the first delivery day at the BMW Welt in 2007, and had a great experience, so I...
Forum: General Automotive Forum 03-03-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By JSpira
GM's U.S. Opel - Buick Regal GS AWD - is raising the bar for U.S. cars

The Buick Regal GS AWD has to be one of the best U.S. cars currently available IMO.

And it's blast to drive on ice. Did I mention the standard electronic LSD?

2014 Buick Regal GS AWD – Review...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 02-23-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 467
Posted By JSpira
Must be Max's German accent. ;)

Must be Max's German accent. ;)
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 02-22-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 467
Posted By JSpira
Not only is it quite clever, but it's steeped in...

Not only is it quite clever, but it's steeped in reality. ;)
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 02-22-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 467
Posted By JSpira
Which one? There are 2 VW commercials.

Which one? There are 2 VW commercials.
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 02-21-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 467
Posted By JSpira
Top 5 Diesel Commercials

After extensive television viewing, we've put together a list of our top five diesel commercials (along with the actual videos).

What are yours?

Here's our list:

Top 5 Diesel TV Commercials...
Forum: European Delivery 02-18-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,006
Posted By JSpira
Ricki has sold me at least six European Delivery...

Ricki has sold me at least six European Delivery cars and about that many U.S. delivery cars. She's done countless deals for members here and is generally considered to be fair and very no nonsense...
Forum: European Delivery 02-18-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,006
Posted By JSpira
No problem in mentioning the name of the dealer...

No problem in mentioning the name of the dealer you spoke with as long as it's just a mention and not slamming the dealer (beyond the facts).
Forum: European Delivery 02-18-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 882
Posted By JSpira
This would be the key point. It makes no...

This would be the key point.

It makes no sense to stay in Milbertshofen when the U-Bahn will get you there in 10 min.
Forum: European Delivery 02-15-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 888
Posted By JSpira
I haven't quite gotten to Florence yet (was just...

I haven't quite gotten to Florence yet (was just in Bozen and Verona and will have a very quick 7-hour visit to Rome soon) but I hope this year - and I haven't forgotten about your very generous...
Forum: European Delivery 02-15-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 888
Posted By JSpira
What were the differences? I haven't gone on...

What were the differences?

I haven't gone on a tour of the Munich factory for several years but did photograph that tour in its entirety.

You can see the photos in an article I wrote if...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 02-06-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 681
Posted By JSpira
Yes and it's been discussed already. The cars...

Yes and it's been discussed already. The cars are badged in the U.S. to a great extent with marketing in mind versus actual numbers.
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 02-06-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 681
Posted By JSpira
BMW Debuts 7 and X3 Diesels in Chicago

BMW unveiled 2 new diesel models in Chicago (finally).

BMW Debuts Diesel X3 at the Chicago Auto Show today (http://www.thedieseldriver.com/2014/02/bmw-debuts-diesel-x3-in-chicago/)

and

BMW...
Forum: The Travel Forum 02-05-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 238
Posted By JSpira
Amtrak Train Travel - Private Car and Acela

Recenty, I had the opportunity to go down to DC in a private car (to the Auto Show, incidentally) and came back on the Acela Express.

Here are links to my reports:

Amtrak Acela Express Business...
Forum: The Travel Forum 02-05-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 504
Posted By JSpira
To me, that's when it really would make sense. ...

To me, that's when it really would make sense. If one were close…

(Indeed, that's why I did my first MR just recently: My First Mileage Run...
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