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Old 3rd June 2015, 01:14   #4786
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Good going. Are you going to get alternate set of shoes for winter early spring next year to not be bothered with these troubles again?
Yeah, I think I am good for now. I already own a set of RiALs for my winter shoes. Which have clocked a 9K on tread wear. So i think I will be ok for a couple years.

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Found a local guy who seems to have had a ton of experience in correcting bent rims.
Does this local guy handle other kinds of work too? Can you share the details? My friend's Corolla has a small dent on the front bumper and Westborough Toyota is quoting an insane $1500 .
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Does this local guy handle other kinds of work too? Can you share the details? My friend's Corolla has a small dent on the front bumper and Westborough Toyota is quoting an insane $1500 .
A dealer would quote such an amount. Is this a brand new corolla? Doesn't Insurance cover it ? There are ton of body shops that will do such stuff. Every mechanic has a "Friend" of a "Friend" who does some kind of a job that you are interested in. ( Lifted shamelessly from Breaking bad )

As far as this guy goes, He is a tires specialist and the wheel straightening guy just shows up over his premises does the job and leaves. Same with BMW dealer, they were going to have someone over for straightening and then do the alignment. Both cases it was third party doing the straightening job.
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The first driving review of the all new Nissan Maxima posted here
Important bits
  • Great Interior
  • Funky Design
  • Meh Transmission (no surprises with the CVT)
  • Excellent MPG for a large car
  • Technology handed down from the GTR and Nismo 370z
  • Excellent ride
Checkout the video for more.
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A dealer would quote such an amount. Is this a brand new corolla? Doesn't Insurance cover it ? There are ton of body shops that will do such stuff. Every mechanic has a "Friend" of a "Friend" who does some kind of a job that you are interested in. ( Lifted shamelessly from Breaking bad )
It's a 8 year old Corolla. We got to know about a local dent fixing expert. Planning to meet him next week.
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Does this local guy handle other kinds of work too? Can you share the details? My friend's Corolla has a small dent on the front bumper and Westborough Toyota is quoting an insane $1500 .
Taking a 8 year old corolla to dealer for anything including to trade-in is not a great idea. You will find better value outside.
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Tesla 85D delivery pics. Test drove the P85D while our car was being prepped. The insane more is really "INSANE" in P85D. The front just lifts due to intense torque. I had all the fun driving back home on interstate, instant pickup, overtaking was a breeze. No transmission, no turbo chargers, just instant response. Never had so much fun in a car before.

Everything changed the next day when we planned for a 250 mile round trip to PA state. The max range of the car is 270 miles. We had a backup plan just in case to charge our car at a Nissan dealership which was free. In order to preserve the battery I was told to cruise and 65 MPH, not to cross 70 mph. By the time we were at the destination the charge remaining was around 130 miles, it consumed more than I anticipated! Finally figured out that the altitude was more at Poconos from NJ which obviously consumed more battery. We drove to the Nissan showroom which was around 4 miles out. We were excited, plugged it the charging port and looked at the dashboard... 16 Miles per hour of charge!! (30 Amp plug). We didnt have an hour to wait, so unplugged and started heading back. So there was no point going to the dealership as it just added 8 miles of trip which we wasted getting to the dealership
While driving back most of the roads were downhill and the car was charging the batteries It was a race against the miles remaining on the batteries against the miles to reach home. By the time we were home, we had 30 miles of charge remaining. That I call range anxiety. The bad part is there's no Tesla supercharger in the route we went otherwise it would have been fun.

Did I enjoy the ride? Yes and No! Yes in city and No when taking a trip beyond 100+ miles one way without a Supercharger on your way. I never cruised at 65 in my life (in US) for this long, I felt like getting old or how my driving would be when I get old. The other downsides: No door pockets, No front seat back pockets, No storage or cup holder for rear occupants!
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Did I enjoy the ride? Yes and No! Yes in city and No when taking a trip beyond 100+ miles one way without a Supercharger on your way. I never cruised at 65 in my life (in US) for this long, I felt like getting old or how my driving would be when I get old. The other downsides: No door pockets, No front seat back pockets, No storage or cup holder for rear occupants!
Congrats on the buy VIPER_SRT. No doubt its a great car, Enjoy!

I have always wondered bout the "range anxiety", you have to be so well planned and keep alert all the time looking for place to charge etc. Perhaps this will change as the charging stations increase.
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Tesla 85D delivery pics.
Congrats on the buy Viper. This is a great car to be in. You put the Range anxiety into words very well. I hope many more miles and with time i would expect more chargers will come up.

In Arizona Tesla cannot sell cars but it has one of the highest set of supercharger stations! So with more sales of the car you should see more stations coming up. The company has to build a new supercharger for every 100 cars sold.

On a side note, anybody has driven their personal vehicle offroad or no road situations? What are the precautions you would need to take and how to maintain your car after?

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Tesla 85D delivery pics. Test drove the P85D while our car was being prepped. The insane more is really "INSANE" in P85D. The front just lifts due to intense torque. I had all the fun driving back home on interstate, instant pickup, overtaking was a breeze. No transmission, no turbo chargers, just instant response. Never had so much fun in a car before.
Excellent! Looking forward to a longer term ownership review over a period of a few months - real world review, not a magazine review.
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On a side note, anybody has driven their personal vehicle offroad or no road situations? What are the precautions you would need to take and how to maintain your car after?
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Sorry for the miscommunication but this car is bought by my cousin in NJ. I did the whole end to end research, order placement and communication with Tesla (he just signed the papers on day of delivery )
I'm still 6+ months away from a new car (replacement for Acura TL); debating among 911 4S, Tesla, 6 Series Grand Coupe. I wish Tesla had atleast 400+ mile range.

Maddy: I did take my GL offroad, not the crazy terrains you see on Youtube for Jeeps and range Rovers. The terrain was more muddy and lots of gravel road, decided not to do that again with GL. Air suspension definitely helps, was able to raise it just in case. The hardest part is to clean it after you are back. The mud sticks really bad everywhere under the body, mud guards, tires and none of the car washes were able to get rid of it. I had to clean it myself. Cleaning tires is a big challenge, had to buy one of those tire brushes and the cleaning liquid. Its fun like BBQ with friends and family in your backyard, food and all looks and taste good but cleaning your grill next day is more fun
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Hello Everyone!

Sorry for prolong absence from here. I am back with some news!

Got a brand new 2015 Nissan Murano last weekend. Pics are attached.

Initial ownership coming up soon. I am loving it though.
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Congrats Chevelle! Murano looks nice, brown leather looks good on white exterior. Good Luck!
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Got a brand new 2015 Nissan Murano last weekend. Pics are attached.

Initial ownership coming up soon. I am loving it though.
Congrats Chevelle. Nice interiors, would prefer this brown interior to beige any day.
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Congrats Chevelle. Nice interiors, would prefer this brown interior to beige any day.
Thanks! Interior feels a lot different than 2014 model. Dig the interior color. A little Different than black and beige. Beige is pain to maintain. Have similar combo on Hyundai i20 in India.

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Congrats Chevelle! Murano looks nice, brown leather looks good on white exterior. Good Luck!
Thanks! Congo to you too. Must have been lot of fun with Tesla.
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