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  # 1705484 18-Jan-2017 21:08
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alasta:

 

 

 

The RS is a great track car but not that suitable for the road as the racing seats lack thorax airbags, and hence the vehicle does not comply with 5 star ANCAP.

 

The ST is a lot cheaper, and still has ample power and torque for highway driving.

 

 

 

 

Fair points. I actually wouldn't pick either, as a buyer, it was only an example from an alternative if you were stuck with Ford that did the two key areas - for me - better. 




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  # 1705490 18-Jan-2017 21:15
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My wife is a very good driver and loves cars. I have watched her drive around Puke and Manfleld and she is very quick. She can drive anything.

As for the Holdens they look great and drive great but she is not keen due to the issues we had with the last two we owned.




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  # 1705492 18-Jan-2017 21:18
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Can she wait for the Kia Stinger? That thing looks awesome and, being a Kia, should be very reliable and offer a 5 year warranty.


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  # 1705572 19-Jan-2017 06:24
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Technofreak:

 

MikeB4: @networkn she loves big cars. Always enjoyed the Holdens we have owned over the years and the SUVs

 

I'd say you've answered our own question.  cool

 

Get one of the last Commodore SS's. A good handling muscle car or if you want something not quite so in your face what about the Calais V V8. I'd happily drive either one.

 

 

And for around $5,000 more make it sound like a v8 should and run a low 12 second 1/4 mile.


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  # 1705628 19-Jan-2017 08:52
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alasta:

 

TimA:

 

As with every new model with technology foreign to the brand (Independent rear suspension lol) problems may arise.

 

 

I'm not aware of anything in the current Ford range that doesn't have multi-link suspension on the rear. The Focus certainly has it, and I think possibly even the Fiesta?

 

 

 

 

I was taking the mickey in this case.

 

@MikeB4

 

Back to the Skoda, How old is it? Im surprised the clutch needed to be done so early. This may be due to her driving style. Maybe i need to write up a "How to use your DSG thread"

 

I have driven the new Superb wagon and i must admin i loved it. The new VRS would be cool. The back seats is the best part. The leg room is like a BMW 7 series. Plus the huge rear bench seat would do 3 car seats with ease. Very comfy, Especially in cloth!

 

 

 

@networkn

 

I agree, The F30 320D xDrive is a great BMW. A friends mum has one and its is surprising nippy and quirky. Looks the part and seems to be VERY reliable. 

 

What CVT are you referring to Mike?

 

@driller2000

 

You must not be aware of the amazing offerings in the European category for 80K. You can be in a near new C63 or Audi S3/4/6 for that money. We imported a 2012 B8.5 top spec S4 from Japan. It cost 45K after it was landed, Cant remember KMS but around 40-50. Still int condition with mechanical warranty thats been used once without any problems. Valid for 5 years. 

 

@Paulthagerous 2+2 car seats is what its designed for. Similar to Aston's and Porsche's.

 

@alasta A friends father has the Fiesta ST coupe thing with the mountune option. Seems to go OK but his 2.7 Turbo S4 smashes it  :) 


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  # 1705649 19-Jan-2017 09:41
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@Paulthagerous 2+2 car seats is what its designed for. Similar to Aston's and Porsche's

 

 

 

 

Yeah, I know the idea behind the 2+2 setup.  However, compared to the much smaller Toyota GT86, I found it much harder to get into the back of the Mustang, and there was a lot less headroom once I was there.  It really isn't packaged well IF you plan to use the back seats.  Therefore if the OP and his wife actually plan to use the back seats on occasion, they will want to cheek the suitability for their uses.  If it will be used as a 2 seater 99.99% of the time, then no problem. 


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  # 1705724 19-Jan-2017 12:26
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MikeB4:

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few things that annoy her with it and include...

 

1. The CVT can get a bit confused especially around town

 

2. The auto turn off at lights etc, this can only be disabled until the next time you turn the car off.

 

 

Yeah we didn't love the gearbox in the one we drove. 

 

Most of the cars don't have a permanent off switch, including Audi, BMW, Subaru, Skoda or VW. I pretty much think it has to be turned off each time, though it's not a difficult process, just more a habit to form like turning on the car I guess. 

 

The review for the latest bigger Skodas are amazing, though I doubt she wants something that huge. 

 

 

 

 

You'd be surprised what you can do with a little research and a dose of courage.  I purchased a $15 cable off eBay and downloaded the software to reprogram some aspects of my 2015 BMW 320i.  I couldn't gain the trust of it's stop/start engine so changed the parameter that kept it off by default.  I also changed the folding mirrors so they fold in when I press lock on the key fob (previously I had to hold the lock button down for 2.5 seconds for them to fold in) and changed the flick indicator setting so it blinks 6 times rather than 3 giving me enough time to switch lanes on the motorway.

 

There are so many other things you can change but some can be really dangerous (I'd never go anywhere near those settings).  You can also change some of the safety aspects like stop the car beeping if a seat belt is not engaged while the car is moving (again I didn't want to mess with this setting).

 

None of this invalidates your warranty unless you change something that causes an accident.


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  # 1705727 19-Jan-2017 12:33
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networkn:

 

MikeB4:

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few things that annoy her with it and include...

 

1. The CVT can get a bit confused especially around town

 

2. The auto turn off at lights etc, this can only be disabled until the next time you turn the car off.

 

 

Yeah we didn't love the gearbox in the one we drove. 

 

Most of the cars don't have a permanent off switch, including Audi, BMW, Subaru, Skoda or VW. I pretty much think it has to be turned off each time, though it's not a difficult process, just more a habit to form like turning on the car I guess. 

 

The review for the latest bigger Skodas are amazing, though I doubt she wants something that huge. 

 

 

 

 

You'd be surprised what you can do with a little research and a dose of courage.  I purchased a $15 cable off eBay and downloaded the software to reprogram some aspects of my 2015 BMW 320i.  I could gain the trust of it's stop/start engine so changed the parameter that kept it off by default.  I also changed the folding mirrors so they fold in when I press lock on the key fob (previously I had to hold the lock button down for 2.5 seconds for them to fold in) and changed the flick indicator setting so it blinks 6 times rather than 3 giving me enough time to switch lanes on the motorway.

 

There are so many other things you can change but some can be really dangerous (I'd never go anywhere near those settings).  You can also change some of the safety aspects like stop the car beeping if a seat belt is not engaged while the car is moving (again I didn't want to mess with this setting).

 

None of this invalidates your warranty unless you change something that causes an accident.

 

 

 

 

All those settings are accessed via the iDrive advanced screen :)

 

 


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  # 1705728 19-Jan-2017 12:35
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All those settings are accessed via the iDrive advanced screen :)

 

 

Hmm, have you got a link with explanations on how to change the specific settings I mentioned above via iDrive?




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  # 1705732 19-Jan-2017 12:37
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Going to visit a dealer and have a look at the Holden Commodore SS and SSV over the weekend.





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  # 1705747 19-Jan-2017 13:07
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MikeB4:

 

Going to visit a dealer and have a look at the Holden Commodore SS and SSV over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

Personally, I'd wait until later in the year as there will be a run of limited edition models before the end of Commodore production in October. The current SS is a bit under spec'd than the SS-V and SS-V Redline. I've heard the last of the SS-V Redline's is going to be the one to get, that's what I'm after.


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  # 1705748 19-Jan-2017 13:08
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clevedon:

 

MikeB4:

 

Going to visit a dealer and have a look at the Holden Commodore SS and SSV over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

Personally, I'd wait until later in the year as there will be a run of limited edition models before the end of Commodore production in October. The current SS is a bit under spec'd than the SS-V and SS-V Redline. I've heard the last of the SS-V Redline's is going to be the one to get, that's what I'm after.

 

 

 

 

It doesn't review that well (the Redline). 


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  # 1705751 19-Jan-2017 13:11
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Satch:

 

TimA: 

 

All those settings are accessed via the iDrive advanced screen :)

 

 

Hmm, have you got a link with explanations on how to change the specific settings I mentioned above via iDrive?

 

 

 

 

Whats your Model? E series or F series?

 

 


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networkn:

 

clevedon:

 

MikeB4:

 

Going to visit a dealer and have a look at the Holden Commodore SS and SSV over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

Personally, I'd wait until later in the year as there will be a run of limited edition models before the end of Commodore production in October. The current SS is a bit under spec'd than the SS-V and SS-V Redline. I've heard the last of the SS-V Redline's is going to be the one to get, that's what I'm after.

 

 

 

 

It doesn't review that well (the Redline). 

 

 

 

 

As far as I know, the very last models haven't even been built yet. According to the dealer I just spoke to, all they know there is a special limited run later this year - they don't even know the vehicle specs yet.




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  # 1705765 19-Jan-2017 13:23
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I have edited the thread title to better reflect where the convo is going





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