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{Wheels.26.126}: Bianca R. {lily1} Thu, 05 Apr 2018 20:01:26 CDT (5 lines)

Yes, obviously.  I have no idea why I was thinking that.

Do you think that electronic shifter is likely to cause problems, or
not last for the long term?  I'm hoping to get at least 10 years out
of this car, if not more, health and changing needs permitting.

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{Wheels.26.127}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 06 Apr 2018 05:41:52 CDT (6 lines)

I doubt it. This type is commonly called that, but all cars have
electronic shifters now; they're not connected to the transmission by
cables. This is just a dumb type of lever.

You will get used to it. My complaint with the automakers is that you
shouldn't have to.

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{Wheels.26.128}: Bianca R. {lily1} Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:34:13 CDT (2 lines)

By "I doubt it," do you mean you doubt it will last that long, or you
doubt it will cause problems?

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{Wheels.26.129}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:21:54 CDT (1 line)

I doubt it'll cause problems. These have been around for a while.

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{Wheels.26.130}: Bianca R. {lily1} Sat, 14 Apr 2018 21:11:51 CDT (9 lines)

I may be getting over my Audi aversion.  Test drove a CPO 2015 Audi A5
Cabriolet today.

Wow.  Makes everything else I drove look boring.  The one I drove, it
turned out, did not have NAV, blind side info system, or backup camera, so
I won't buy it, bit what a pleasure to drive.

There is one configured just as I want it in PA, 147 miles away.  Might be
doing a road trip here...

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{Wheels.26.131}: Jil {rabbit} Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:00:56 CDT (1 line)

They are indeed lovely cars.

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{Wheels.26.132}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:37:33 CDT (15 lines)

Um, well, looks like I am only thinking of myself (and my dog) after all.
Am going to test-drive a 2016 Audi A5 Premium Plus Cabriolet with all the
trimmings (Technology and Comfort packages, which means all the safety
stuff plus "neckwarmer" - a heater for the neck region so you can drive
top-down even when the weather gets a little chilly) tomorrow.  Have been
email "talking" with the salesman for the last week while I was in
Michigan.  Ibis White over grey interior, beige seats.  $38,500. Maybe I
can bargain that down a little, we will see.

This one is even better than the one in PA, which got sold to someone else
before I could get up there. One year newer and has the Comfort package
which the PA one did not.  So - a door closed but a window opened, or some
such thing.

Assuming all goes well, this will be the one.

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{Wheels.26.133}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:54:47 CDT (1 line)

Nice. The neckwarmer thing is a great option on chillier days.

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{Wheels.26.134}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:41:54 CDT (5 lines)

Yes, I can imagine using that a lot.  Even without it, I drove the Z
well into October with the top down, windows up, heater on.  In the
Mid-Atlantic we have a lot of sunny days in October and again in
February where air temps are cool but sun is out.  I can see that
being a very useful feature.

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{Wheels.26.135}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:12:42 CDT (52 lines)

Incidentally, the Greater Powers MUST be pushing me toward getting
over my German aversion.  I just spent the last several days in
Michigan, to see my sister in a play (starring role in "Doubt," the
Meryl Streep character), and take advantage of the time to see the
rest of the family and some old friends. Picked up my rental car from
Alamo at Midway airport.  I had reserved a "mid-sized car," which they
considered a Toyota Corolla or similar.

When I got there, the woman at the desk asked if I'd like to upgrade
to a Maxima for $9 a day more.  "Sure," says I, "sounds good, I owned
a Maxima for 10 years and really liked it."  OK, so she wrote up the
paperwork, then called upstairs to tell them to get a Maxima ready,
and oops, no more Maximas available!  So they told her what was
available, she wrote "BMW" on my papers, and I said, "Wait, you're
giving me a BMW now?"  She said "yes," and smiled, and said "I think
you'll like it.  When you get off the elevator, ask for 'Dan' and he
will show you the car."

Well, ok then, I figured it would be a 3-series, as that would be
roughly comparable to the Max.

I get off the elevator, and there is a handsome young man to greet me,
so we're off to a good start right there.  We started walking back to
the Alamo section and I'm looking around for any 3-series, notice a
big black sedan but think "That can't possibly be what they are giving
me," and all of a sudden Dan presses the button on the key he is
carrying, the trunk pops open on the sedan, and sure enough, that's my
car.  A BMW 740.

Ho-leee cow.  A-mazing.  This is an $85,000 car.  Cost more than my
first condo.  I didn't even know Alamo carried such things, always
thought of them as basic, middle-America transportation, Fords,
Toyotas, serviceable cars but nothing special.

So Dan explained various things, showed me how to work the NAV, how to
lock and unlock the car, a few of the bells and whistles, and I'm off.
At first honestly I was terrified driving this costly beast, but it
didn't take too long to appreciate it.  VERY comfortable, cushy ride
when set on "Comfort Plus" mode, which is how I usually drove it.  Got
decent gas mileage.

OK, so now I get it.  For people who have the money and who are toting
around four adult-sized people on a regular basis, I can see it.  Not
what I would ever in a million years buy for myself, but now I can
understand the appeal.  So.  Universe teaching me a lesson??

My husband was quite annoyed.  He was not with me, was back in
Virginia, but when I told him about it, he wrote back "Sounds about
right.  When it's me, they give me a Mazda 323.  When it's you, you
get a Bimmer.  Par for the course."

Hee...  Result of clean living and a pure heart, no doubt.  ;-)

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{Wheels.26.136}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:21:18 CDT (1 line)

The 740 is a sweetie indeed.

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{Wheels.26.137}: Bianca R. {lily1} Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:18:34 CDT (7 lines)

Among other things, I was stunned at how good the gas mileage was.  Drove
from Chicago to my sister's place in Michigan, better than 90 miles, drove
around SW Michigan quite a bit, drove back to Chicago, and filled it up.
Still had more than 1/4 tank left, better than 200 miles remaining
"distance to empty" according to the gauge.

Perfect Midwestern cruiser where people pile up the miles on the highways.

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{Wheels.26.138}: Bianca R. {lily1} Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:19:16 CDT (1 line)

And that wasn't even using the Eco setting.

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{Wheels.26.139}: Bianca R. {lily1} Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:35:43 CDT (6 lines)

Well, it's done!  I am now the proud owner of a new-to-me 2016 Audi A5
Cabriolet!  Not as much fun as the Z, but as my husband says, "so much
more civilized!"

Ok then.  I've moved from my mid-life-crisis years to my "more civilized"
years.  Beautiful car and I hope to enjoy it for many, many, years.

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{Wheels.26.140}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:33:08 CDT (1 line)

Way cool! I want to see pictures.

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{Wheels.26.141}: Bianca R. {lily1} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:23:01 CDT (1 line)

Out with the old.

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{Wheels.26.142}: Bianca R. {lily1} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:25:26 CDT (2 lines)

In with the new.  I have gone from midlife crisis to mature, functioning
adult.  Maybe.

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{Wheels.26.143}: Bianca R. {lily1} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:26:38 CDT (0 lines)


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{Wheels.26.144}: Bianca R. {lily1} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:27:30 CDT (0 lines)


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{Wheels.26.145}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:16:03 CDT (1 line)

I've always liked the A5. Good choice.

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{Wheels.26.146}: Bianca R. {lily1} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:29:22 CDT (19 lines)

I hope.  Looks like we will need to get a soft-sided carrier for Casey
that can be fastened with the seat belts.  Or just continues as we were
with the Volvo still being the designated dog-carrier.  At least with the
Audi, my husband won't mind driving it.  He did not like the Z.

He says now I actually have "a proper car."  Ok then.

Weird thing that the Audi does not do that the Z did:  when it's hot, I
could walk toward the Z in a parking lot, press and hold the opening
button on the key fob, and it would open the windows.  Very convenient to
get a breeze through there before opening the hot car.

Audi, nope.  Closest thing to it is to take the key fob apart, use the
mechanical key in the door, twist and hold for several seconds while
windows go down.  OK but not nearly as convenient.

On the other hand:  entering the Audi means just sitting in it, like a
normal person, not dropping down into it, so yes, it is far more
comfortable to get into and out of.

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{Wheels.26.147}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:42:23 CDT (10 lines)

Universal opening. I've heard that some manufacturers don't like to
include it because if there is a malfunction, it's possible for the
windows to go down while you're not near the car. I had a Mini test
vehicle years ago that did that. Went outside and all the windows were
down and the sunroof was open. Fortunately it was under the carport,
because it was raining.

When I called the BMW office about it, the rep said, "Oh, it happened
to you too?" Apparently the BMW president was driving one and it all
just opened up when he was on the highway.

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{Wheels.26.148}: Bianca R. {lily1} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:48:51 CDT (21 lines)

Wow, interesting!  Never had a malfunction like that in 12 years of owning
the Z.  Never even heard of anything like that.

Our biggest problem now:  we have Homelink on both our cars.  Of course
the new one needs to be programmed.  In order to be programmed, we have to
have the garage door transmitters.

We cannot find them.  Have looked everywhere.  Have not used them for 8
years, and no doubt put them "in a safe place," which neither one of us
knows where that is.  We have a bench in the basement entry with a storage
place under the seat, like a cedar chest sort of, and I thought they were
in there.  That would be my logic, put them someplace close to the garage
doors.

Not there.  Zero idea.

Hubby off to Lowe's to buy universal garage door openers, because we give
up.  Then we can program the new car.

He also bought a new garage door opener keypad, so we can open it with a
code.  That will be installed shortly as well.

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{Wheels.26.149}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:54:02 CDT (2 lines)

What a mess. We have manual-opening garage doors so I've never had to
bother with that.

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{Wheels.26.150}: Bianca R. {lily1} Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:29:21 CDT (2 lines)

Eh, more of an inconvenience.  I love my Homelink.  Once it's programmed,
that is.

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