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This is not really a fair comparison. The e60 M5 has 500+ horsepower, goes 0–60 in 4 seconds. Very good looking car, very luxurious inside. Incredible handling. Retail value when new more than $100K. The V-10 engine is an incredible powerplant. with more capacity than any other BMW has ever (and probably will ever) produce. A supercar with 4 doors! But it’s a BMW. There are several e6 M5s for sale right now near me. One with all the Dinan do-dads, with 84K miles, for $15K. Another (at a dealer) super clean, 50K miles, not a scratch on it. Asking $22K. I picked a 2000, a 2006, a 2013 and a 2015 from each group to compare: Porsche 911 Price Trends The above charts do not even cover the coveted 911s from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and early 90s, which exploded in value a few years ago. Also the charts are visually misleading in favor of BMW because the y axis only goes down to $50K on the Porsche. Porsche 911s have enjoyed a very loyal ownership fanbase, have historically always retained their value or had their value increase (sometimes astoundingly so), while the BMW market almost never sees great increases, with a very few exceptions (M3 from certain years and oddballs like the 3.0 CSL). Alpina B7s Are Getting Seriously Cheap BMW E39 M5 - Review Future Classic Car: BMW M5 E39 – Eighty NinetySix – Medium Asking the question – how long will modern Porsches keep going crazy? What is Porsche’s secret?
Sort of. It was kind of weird. Basically my life became like this meme: Except with a car instead of big muscles. I’m a pretty low-key person. I don’t have much desire to be like the “rockstar - look at me” type. And when I do have that occasional desire, I’m too pragmatic to submit. I’m too frugal to frivolously spend a ton of money on a flashy car, ,just ,to be noticed. The type of guy who revs his engine at stop lights and blasts off full throttle from every intersection. It’s just not my style. Same with expensive clothes, or cologne, or hair gel, shoes, jewelry, etc. I just tell myself that I’ve got more than enough character and substance to need a flashy accessory to be worth talking to. “Once I get involved in a conversation with someone it’s all downhill from there”. Sort of like once I get my foot in the door, I’ve got it made. I’m a great listener! There’s a balance of substance vs. style, and I had pretty much dismissed any validity of style. Or at least the pursuit of vanity. ,Don’t worry, I was still bathing and brushing my teeth regularly! ,I just lopsidedly chose function over fashion. At some point, I realized it’s not that simple. It doesn’t matter if you’re the most interesting person in the world, the best conversationalist, the best friend possible, or anything else - none of that matters if nobody will even look your way. In order to get your foot ,in, the door, the door has to open, even if ever so slightly. I’ve been a serial entrepreneur my entire life, and pretty much never make a financial decision that will make me worse off (or, at least, that’s my goal ). I only ever buy a vehicle if it’s a good deal, for example. Well, I just so happened to arrive at the conclusion that buying a sports car was a good deal. Not just any sports car, but a specific one. And this is where my entrepreneurial spirit crossed paths with my ‘substance vs. style’ conflict. I saw a 2004 BMW M3 for sale on craigslist, and thought it was a fool-proof deal. Now, I didn’t think it was a slam-dunk sort of investment, but more like “I could buy it, drive it for a little while, and pass it along with no risk of ,losing, anything.” Which turned out to be true. So, we’ve got: Solid financial deal An amazingly satisfying car to drive, nothing of which I’d ever owned before A fantastic thing to be seen in The car was ,gorgeous., Really a great paint color from BMW. Exquisite depth. And it was nearly perfect, despite having 140,000 miles. I was thoroughly shocked at how good the car was, from top-to-bottom, front-to-back. So… So I did. Now, please understand, I didn’t buy the car to get attention or be flashy. I was (and still am) genuinely interested in cars, and very frequently tossed back and forth with my best friend stuff like “what would you do if you won the lottery?” or “Which would you rather take - a BMW M3 or a Corvette?” with neither of us having ever been behind the wheel of either one of those cars. So it was more about that. I wouldn’t call it a ‘fantasy car’ but it was definitely a huge step up in the genuine appreciation and understanding of cars as a sport or ‘spirited hobby’. A step up from our 15 year old Honda Civics or Crown Vics or whatever we had at the time. It was the first time I’d ever been in a car that was better than I was. The ,car, was better than I was. When you’re 17 and you sneak your older brother’s beater out for a few hours of nighttime foolin’ around on the back roads, it can get squirrel-y real fast. The suspension/steering (which likely wasn’t a stellar performance-oriented design from the get-go) is probably a bit worn out and doesn’t quite supply the driver with the type of ,discrete, feedback that inspires confidence. In other words, you just can’t really trust the car to do as you intend. The M3, on the other hand, was like a precision surgeon’s scalpel or an ultra-long range sniper rifle that you have to hold your breath and calculate the curvature of the earth while shooting. As a result, it made me realize how bad ,I, ,was. I one time made the mistake of turning the driving aids off, and was ,very, quickly alerted of how little clue I had what I was doing. Anyway, the car was fun. It looked great. I loved driving it, and occasionally hoped to leverage it as a conversation piece or to have fun with a date or such. Not any sort of ‘getting in someones pants’ sort of deal, but to leave a unique impression. Maybe even have a genuine bonding experience over cars since I enjoyed that topic. Just to be a fun person and share a fun experience, since that’s what social interactions are about. If you talk to someone, and they make you feel uncomfortable, you’re much less likely to talk to them again. On the flip side, why are some people the life of the party? People like talking to them, like being around them. Aaaaaand *queue record scratch* Because that isn’t even remotely what ended up happening. Everywhere I went, it was guys being like “YOOOOO, Is that YOUR CAR?!!” “Sick ride, bro!!” “What’s it like?” “That’s my dream car!” “How fast is it?” “Can I see under the hood?” “Is it a stick?” Not to come off as a jerk, but it actually got pretty annoying. It was a $10k purchase, not even a $300k Lamborghini or something truly rare. People were flagging me down constantly. Rolling down their windows in traffic to talk to me, walking up to me in parking lots, telling me stories about how their friend’s cousin’s uncle used to own one…etc etc. I know this sounds so awful. I get it. It was just a bunch of people being happy, and positive, and sharing their happiness with me. But it was so unexpected and overwhelming.
Because old brands (nearly every car brand) are lagging behind and fail to adjust in terms of marketing., They think that a good brand reputation in 2020 = a clean brand. Which is false and extremely short-sighted. Kids/teens who played GTA III,, Vice City, and even San Andreas when these games were released ,are people who buy cars in 2020,. People who would be offended if their car brand was present in a video game like GTA are probably dead by now, I don’t think my dad who’s 60 would be offended. If I was in charge of Toyota’s, Ford’s or whatever marketing/branding team I would pay Rockstar to add our cars to GTA. Let me make my simple and not-well-researched case ”Ford discovered that participants of an in-game Ford ad exposure saw: 36% increase in brand rating 28% increase in purchase consideration 39% increase in brand recommendation 45% more gamers agreed Ford Focus is fun to drive 30% more gamers agreed Ford Focus is good value for the money” Based on this, let’s agree that having a car in a video game affects how cars are perceived by consumers and move on to find out if you can damage a car’s reputation by adding to the game. There are games like ,Gran Turismo, where you drive a car on a track, don’t endanger pedestrians and don’t kill any hookers. No downsides. Then there’s a game like ,Need for Speed, Underground / ProStreet / Most Wanted where you drive a car but this time you also engage in illegal street racing. Uh-oh, trouble time. And then there’s ,GTA,, where you can shoot a homeless person out of the window of your Rolls-Royce. No better way to catch some flak from the press and people who are always professionally offended. Now let’s get back to car sales. Who buys cars? Anyone, from housewives and politicians to gamers and criminals. Would a politician drive a car that’s in a bad video game? Seeing how they don’t mind driving mafia’s beloved Mercedeses it doesn’t seem like they or anyone cares. Would a housewife buy a car that’s in a bad video game? This is more interesting. Crazy ones can really refuse to buy one. But here’s the thing, they don’t play video games. Go ask your mom, grandma, neighbor, which cars were there in NFS Underground or even what was the name of that video game that’s really violent and promotes hate. They’re not gonna name a single one. These people will be outraged at the brand for the whole 20 minutes after reading 20-word summary of an article on Facebook and move on. Question time. 1., Can you imagine trying to market a french, front-wheel drive, 1.6l engine, tiny city car as a racing car? Well, here you go: I can’t imagine how much street cred this car got just by being one of the starter cars in Need for Speed. 2. ,Do you have favorite cars in GTA? So do people who bought >110 million copies of the game. There’s no way this doesn’t affect how people perceive cars in the real world. I personally know for sure that Porsche is my favorite car brand mostly because I loved playing Need for Speed 5 Porsche Unleashed 3., What about cars that are not exciting in the game? Well, it so happens that these cars don’t compete with cool cars in the real world. If you’re buying a Citroen C3 you don’t compare it to BMW M3, you compare it with Peugeot 206, which also happens to be featured in your favorite game. The way I see it, there’s nothing a brand can lose by being present in the most popular video game in the world. But there is A LOT to gain.
(Source: ,Truck Tires - Michelin,) They are good because of their quality. Let me explain this from my experience with the tire industry in India. Truck tires are considered the backbone of every big tire company. They bring in the highest profit. You may ask then we have so many car/suv tires, what about them? The fact being higher the rubber content in the tire, higher the profit. This means “off the road tires” such as tractor tires, tires of construction vehicles, etc. have higher rubber and hence should result in more profit. Wrong, because the volume of sales in this category is very low. Also think about it, with every car you sell, you sell 5 tires. Think about a multi axle truck, how many tires do each truck have? Do the math. Source: ,BMW M3 Prices, Reviews and New Model Information - Autoblog Source: ,Euro 6 for Scania V8 engines | Heavy Vehicles Now that you saw the basic guiding principles of tire industry let's talk about Michelin. The tires you see on all the cars and trucks in all the developing and developed countries is the “radial tire”. You can read more online about the difference between radial and nylon tires. Michelin “invented” the radial tire so you can expect them to be top of the game when it comes to development of radial tires. Source: ,What You Know Michelin for Depends on Where You Live Another industry insider knowledge about Michelin tires is that a particular model/brand of Michelin tire “will have the same quality irrespective of the fact whether they are manufactured in USA or China or Thailand.” You see, this information is critical. Because, based on the geographical location of your manufacturing unit you may have several factors influencing the quality of the finished product such as ambient temperatures and humidity, source of raw materials, quality of manufacturing units, skill of workers, etc. Michelin in USA: Source: ,About Michelin North America Michelin in Thailand: Source: ,Michelin Siam Co., Ltd. Michelin in India: Source: ,Michelin Chennai This is where Michelin beats the others, in spite of these factors every Michelin tire will have the same performance irrespective of its origin. This is something every tire company strives to achieve. Many of them already have, but Michelin is best. And you as a customer wants consistency. For the same brand you want the tires to perform the same every time you change them. Very critical if you are the owner of a truck company or a middle class owner of a car that you use for daily commute. However, you need to understand that best performance in terms of quality does not mean they produce the best tires for a particular vehicle category for a particular market. For example, a car or truck tire made for European roads will perform badly in Asian or African roads. They may be best in quality for European roads but won't perform to their best on other roads. Rural roads in India: Rural roads in the UK: Source: ,Rural Roads - Essex 1 And that's why tire companies have manufacturing units on different continents. Cost is another major factor, local rules and regulations regarding import/export, competition from existing brands, marketing strategy, specific demands from customers, etc. also play a major role for the sales of a tire brand in a particular market just like any other product.
Here are the cars that I would have: I would select an assortment cars that are RELIABLE, fun to drive, suit my style for the day (whether I want to be flashy or unassuming), and suit my purpose (whether it’s hauling groceries or blazing through the desert canyon roads). Lotus Evora 400 (The Fun Toy),: I would argue that this is the best track car for sale today. No gizmos, no distractions, just a pure distillation of driving pleasure. Smooth supercharged V-6 engine that propels the car from 0–60mph in just 4.1s. Extroadinarily light chassis at 3153lbs. Balanced handling that’s precise, engaging, and performance that’s super easy to push to its limits. And it’s a very unique car, something you rarely see on the road (unlike BMW M3’s, Porsche 911, Porsche Cayman, etc.). I also love the design with the sleek arches and the parallelogram headlights. ,This is the car I would drive on weekends through a mountain road in California, or take to a racetrack and push the limits., And finally, it’s reliable (it’s engine is a Toyota-sourced engine), so I don’t have to keep making trips to the repair shop. Lexus IS-F (The Sleeper’s Car),: This is a great sleeper’s car. Unassuming looks, and way more rare to see on the road than a BMW M3. I love naturally aspirated engines, and with a 5.0 NA V-8 engine packed into the smallest Lexus chassis, it means epic sounds coming out of the exhaust, and a strong sense of power thrusting the car forward. Handling and traction is very solid for a Lexus, and the car communicates well, letting you know when you approach the limits of adhesion. Sure, it isn’t as precise, light, and dynamic as an E92 BMW M3, but with the E92 BMW M3, I am going to have to make constant trips to the repair shop. With that Lexus badge on top, you know it can go well over 100,000 miles without problems. Also, it gets good MPG (I know that’s not the primary concern of a car enthusiast, but it’s still a nice bonus): 22 city / 32 highway (unlike the gas thirsty BMW M3)! ,For an unassuming but exciting drive, this is perfect. Subaru WRX STI Hatchback (The Grocery Car): This is the most practical car of my fleet of 5 cars. It’s a hatchback, so loading groceries in and out of the cargo space is easy. This would be my GO-TO car when I buy food from supermarkets over the weekend. Plus, it has one of my favorite engines, the turbocharged boxer engine (flat-four). And it has all-wheel drive. It has controlled handling and a good amount of grip, but the real seller here is the sound of that engine. Loud and lively sound from that big turbocharger (I actually like the whizzing sound of turbochargers)! And while the interior quality and refinement might not match that of a Mercedes, the fun of this car more than compensates for it. And it has the amazing reliability that you would expect from a Japanese car. Tesla Model S P100D (Autopilot from Los Angeles to Las Vegas),: Everybody knows what this car is all about. The fastest acceleration of any production car, coupled with the plethora of innovative technologies that a start-up phase company like Tesla can quickly implement. 0 to 60 mph in 2.5s (w/ Ludicrous Mode). There’s instantaneous repsonse everytime you press the gas pedal because fully electric cars generate peak torque at 0 rpm. And while its huge curb weight may mean that it doesn’t handle anywhere near that of a BMW 2 Series, it’s certainly competent enough for a commute. But the actual reason why I would get this car is because of one word: Autopilot. Tesla’s automated driving feature is arguably the best of the pack, and it’s THE BOSS on highways. I plan on travelling from Los Angeles to Las Vegas a lot in the future, and this car is perfect for that. I hear that Tesla has had some reliability issues, but I think the advantages of this car outweigh that. It’s just very practical. Automatic parking. Automatic lane merging. Smart summon (you can make your Tesla automatically come to find you, even if there are obstacles to manuever over). Lexus LC500 (The Showcase Car),: I might get a lot of hate for this, but I think this car is the best looking car on the road, and it beats out Aston Martin’s DB11. I don’t want to describe the design. It speaks for itself. It’s drop-dead gorgeous. I would be cocooned in a very luxurious grand tourer, while impressing every onlooker with the car’s looks. Now the controls of the car may be complicated, but if you’ve seen how detailed the interior quality is… you’ll quickly forget about Lexus’ terrible user interface system. It’s engine is actually a variation of Lexus IS-F’s NA 5.0L V8, and it sounds beautiful. It’s ultimately a grand touring car, and it strikes a perfect balance between composed handling and a solid ride quality. If I were to choose any car to show up in a business meeting or a fancy restaurant, this would be it! This car puts you at the center of spectacle. And that’s pretty much it! Comment below on what you think about my list above.
To directly answer your question, yes it's possible. If you buy the dream car used and with significant mileage, the price will be significantly lower and more in-line with a typical car. Modern engines do not fall apart, so there is little risk of failure there. I will refer you to ,Owners, Research, DIY, For Sale - Rennlist.com I don't have a Porsche, but I do have a '98 BMW M3 convertible, which is also one of the dream cars for many people. I prefer the smaller 1998 body style to newer styles, so that is what I keep enjoying. You can own a Porsche if you can afford its maintenance. Prices for used cars in the US tend to be the envy of the rest of the world, however. Then you will want to look into which Porsche you want. A 996 will be very different from the 997. Stan Hanks's answer to Is it possible for a middle class person to own a Porsche from his income?, is great. It offers his perspective on what you can expect to pay for maintenance if you have an automotive technician do it. It is possible to do a lot of the maintenance on Porsche yourself. BMW is a similar story. I have done quite a bit of work on my car (replaced cooling system, replaced head gasket, troubleshot my convertible top, etc) thanks to information posted in BMW forums. That would have been very expensive if I had done this at a professional service facility. You can either afford to pay for maintenance on sports cars or you have to be able to do it yourself. If you can't do it yourself, and you can't afford the cost of maintenance and replacement parts, you should not buy the car. Keep in mind that just because a car as a whole is inexpensive when purchased used, the cost of parts remains consistent with that of a $100,000 car,. To give you an idea - a BMW bolt for my M3 costs $6. That is a single bolt. My upgraded radiator and waterpump cost me nearly $500 and upgraded HID headlights were cheap at $400. Then there is the suspension rebuild that I have yet to carry out... The cost of labor of a Porsche or BMW specialist also does not decrease with the car's value. This takes many people by surprise. Cars tend to have generation-specific frequently failed parts that are well-described in forums. You should expect at the minimum to have to perform that "deferred maintenance". Lastly, sports cars have road clearance issues. My M3 is not artificially low, but it has problems clearing some speed bumps.Some store parking lots have additional wheel curbs. Well, those curbs are slightly higher than the front of my car, so I have to park in reverse or else I can damage the aerodynamic components under my front lip, which has happened once and prompted me to upgrade those components. Getting it jacked up for things like oil changes and brake maintenance required me to buy a special low profile floor jack, which is still tricky to use.
Yesterday morning my internal alarm clock woke me up at 1:00 am after a 6-hour nap. In The Wee Small Hours After I carefully tiptoed out of the bedroom where my partner was sleeping peacefully, I got dressed and drove off into the wee hours of the night, which is my favorite time of the day. I absolutely love how crisp and fresh the air smells at that time of the day, regardless of the Season of the year. The stars in the Dallas sky are breathtaking with a ,White Walker, nowhere in sight. Image - Screen capture of a ,White Walker, from ,Game of Thrones ,- © HBO - Cropped and resized from ,https://dappercadaver.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/thrones-210-white-walker.jpg - ,All Rights Reserved Additionally, I love the absence of traffic, the deep silence around me and how much I just love driving. Yes, even in Dallas, there are still a few other travelers at 1:00 am, but definitely the volume of traffic has thinned significantly. I no longer have one of my favorite cars to drive. Missing My Former Cars Now I just have my partner’s fully automatic Acura which gets me from Point A to Point B. Yes, I’m grateful for having a car to drive, but always a little wistful. During my early morning drives like yesterday, I realize just how much I miss the clutches in my former Porsche Boxster and BMW M3. Image of Dallas, Texas At Night - Av9 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (,Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International - CC BY-SA 4.0,)], from Wikimedia Common,s As I drove the 26 miles from my new home to my old home, I marveled at the beauty of Dallas after dark. Construction Cranes Everywhere My new home is just a few miles from the hottest tech hub of North Dallas where buildings are constantly going up surrounded by large building cranes. The construction lights create a glittering effect inside the half-finished high rise buildings. All of the famous Dallas highway access bridges remind me of never ending long tubes twinkling with the lights of other vehicles ahead of me and behind me. After I arrived at my old house I learned how much I really don’t want to be there anymore, even though I’m on the tail end of getting it ready for sale. The Voices Of Ghosts From The Past One of my biggest struggles has been going through mounds of possessions and deciding what to keep, donate or toss. Sometimes I hear the faint voices of all the ghosts who’ve spent time in the old house. Ghosts Of The Past - Image Courtesy Of Hairboutique - All Rights Reserved They whisper in my ear about what to save and what to pitch. Or they remind me of good and bad times. The old house holds many poignant memories. The Former Beginnings Of A Start-up Software Company It was where my late husband, my current partner and I started our software company in the late 1990s. We were truly a bootstrapped business providing our own funding along the way. For close to a year every spare corner was occupied by an assortment of software engineers who would come and go at all hours. The sweet yellow lab who belonged to my business partner would wander from desk to desk for attention. Yellow Lab Puppy - Image Courtesy Of Hairboutique - All Rights Reserved Then she would lay down in the middle of a floor somewhere and nap for hours. My late husband and I had our own bedroom in the old house which even had our names on the door. Getting Stuck In Memories Often I get stuck in memories as I finish cleaning out closets, shredding old documents or stumbling upon a random floppy disk buried in a closet somewhere. What did I learn yesterday? Although I didn’t learn any new lessons, I stopped to remind myself that it’s so important to always take what time it takes to make peace with the past so it won’t screw up the present or the future. Sometimes I just sit quietly for a few minutes and let the memories wash over me. Sorting, Shredding And Pushing Forward Then I shake them off and go back to sorting, shredding, filling up the donation boxes and pushing forward. I also have to constantly remind myself to get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. Yes, it’s hard for me sometimes. I admit that fully. I’ve lost so much in my life over the years, when I have something or someone I love, I hang on for dear life. I also remind myself how lucky I am to have all the amazing people I have in my life today. I am truly blessed in so many way.
Transplanting a drive train into another vehicle is usually not legally problematic. This answer was written from a motor vehicle enthusiast's perspective for California, USA. California enforces the strictest emissions regulations out of all 50 states. Thus, a California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified engine is legal in all 50 states. With modern emissions controls, you would also want to transfer the ECU (car engine computer) and various emissions components like catalytic converters. One thing that could get you in trouble here in California is to transfer an engine that is not CARB certified into a CARB certified vehicle. For example, when I was exploring swapping in a higher performance engine into my Toyota RAV 4 '00, I could not legally take my preferred engine (3SGTE) from a non-certified car and install it into my RAV4 (3SFE original engine), even though it was mechanically compatible. This is what I was looking into: ,3SGTE Engine Swap Tips The RAV4 got destroyed in an accident with no injuries to me. I bought a BMW M3 '98 convertible instead. That car also sometimes gets upgraded. My car features a GM automatic transmission and so it happily accepts Corvette engines. ;) ,BMW E36 with LS1 Corvette Engine and 535HP - TractionLife.com,. I haven't done that yet, as the base car is fast enough for now, but I could. California requires smog check to be performed every 2 years and at every vehicle sale transaction. Thus, you can't easily use a vehicle that is out of spec.
★★★★★ Working in the automotive industry for about five years, I have grown quite a passion for vehicles and the innovation that the engineers of our country have placed into creating these masterpieces. Being a part of the hybrid movement first hand while I worked at Manhattan Beach and North Hollywood Toyota, while experiencing the finest hybrid technology in the market displayed by the Toyota Prius, my interest had sparked for the new wave of the future. When my current employer, American Honda, released the Honda Fit EV, I was quite intrigued with how far our technology has come. Then the Plug In Accord came, and I was left in shock. Last week I went to ,Tesla Motors | Premium Electric Vehicles, to learn more about the electric train program that the legendary Elon Musk was working on. I go by the Space X building on my way home most of the time so I've been inspired to see what kind of amazing creations he has been working on. While I was on the site, a notification came up. It told me to schedule a test drive. How could I resist? A wonderful lady by the name of Linda Han gave me a call on sunday to help me schedule a test drive for the vehicle. We scheduled an appointment for today, Friday the 23rd of August, to test drive the vehicle. Today I went to Test Drive the Tesla Model S base model at the Century City mall. I was greeted by a consultant by the name of Scott who was expecting me. As I arrived, he swiped my license and then got the keys for the vehicle. We headed downstairs. He did a phenomenal walk around on the vehicle and told me about all the key areas to the vehicle. First, he showed me the key fob. It was shaped exactly as the car was. What kind of company takes the time to create a key to look exactly like their vehicle? Personally, I haven't heard of any. He opened the doors then decided that he wanted to show me the trunk. He opened up the rear compartment and there was a surplus of cargo volume. The back seats also fold down to extend out additional space, in case you need to transport some necessary supplies from Home Depot. One time, close to a decade ago, my friend took his Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 down to Home Depot to pick up some plywood for some construction he was doing at his home in the Hills of Hollywood. He had to leave his passenger door in the up position on the whole drive home, while carrying around this big huge piece of plywood out his door that barely fit. I'm sure that same piece of plywood would have fit without any issue in this particular vehicle. Then, Scott opened up the front of the vehicle. I was expecting to see a power steering pump, an a/c system, an ABS system, an engine, etc. Anything really. There was nothing. It was an additional trunk! All that I could see inside the front trunk of the vehicle was one little slot for coolant. Where do you put the transmission fluid? How about the brake fluid? Oil? Oh, these are things that are not required of the Tesla, as there are only twenty moving parts. ONLY TWENTY MOVING PARTS!? Imagine how low the maintenance would be on such a vehicle, especially when the battery pack is backed by an eight year unlimited mileage warranty! Once we got into the vehicle, Scott showed me the features inside. I've never seen a screen with a bigger back up camera in my life. The camera's background is clean and pristine. It felt like a unit that I could actually depend on. I mean, you will have to look behind your back to make sure you do not run over any pedestrians, but this camera is absolutely amazing. The 17 inch screen is so versatile, you could do nearly anything on it. The navigation is extremely easy to utilize, the vehicle comes with slacker radio, and has a full web browser. Unlike other vehicles, such as the Japanese makes, you can actually touch the screen and control it ,as you drive,. To me, that would be a huge selling point to anyone who doesn't want to pull over to find a new destination, or someone who needs to look something up on the web. On top of all this, the internet is provided at zero cost to the consumer, courtesy of Tesla Motors. As Scott started the vehicle and we pulled out of the parking spot, the car was absolutely quiet. At my company, the electric vehicles create some kind of electric humming to allow the driver to know the vehicle is on. With the Tesla, you hear nothing. To turn on the vehicle, all you have to do is put your foot on the brake. We pulled out of the parking structure of the mall, swapped places, and I took the wheel. The torque on this vehicle is nothing less than you would expect from a high powered electric vehicle. The acceleration to 60mph is well under six seconds, and you do not have to deal with the loud noise of a v8 or v12 engine. My same friend who used to have the Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 once had a Ferrari 456 Coupe, powered by a v12 engine back in 2006. One night, I came over to his house when he lived in a loft on Union and 7th street in Downtown Los Angeles, we partied for a few hours, then when 3:00am was arising, we took this beast out and blew through about ten red lights at 100mph. If anyone wants to report that the rules that were broken... I wasn't the one driving, and I refuse to give up the name of my friend! However, that Ferrari 456 was a piece of junk. It would live in the shop three out of every four weeks of the month. The oil changes on that machine? Absolutely absurd. It was just a huge piece of junk and a total waste of money. This Tesla could give that V12 engined beast a total run for its money, and I'm sure the Tesla, or at least the one with the performance plus package, would come out on top. This same friend of mine, back in 2008, had a Maserati Quattroporte. Quite a nice vehicle if you ask me. Actually, it's quite weird, how the cheaper version of a Ferrari could be so much more reliable than the Ferrari itself. However, there really isn't that much comfort in the Maserati. The S550 Mercedes is much more comfortable than that vehicle will ever be, but the Tesla comes quite close to matching the S550. The S550 can get quite weird though, as you're going through turns and the vehicle's seats are shifting with you. It kind of gets annoying after a while. Then comes the handling. Back in 2008, my other friend had a BMW M3 that he used to take up to the canyons all the time. The car would handle turns so well and you wouldn't be able to feel anything that was happening on the roads. Keep in mind, the roads in Los Angeles are battered and beaten down like no tomorrow. The suspension on this Tesla makes the ride smooth, amost as if you're riding on a cloud. Then the handing on corners... The vehicle performs immaculately on each and every turn you could encounter. I just realized... I've been in a lot of high end vehicles... When you compare the lack of maintenance and fuel that the vehicle needs, the $597+tax lease payment that comes on the base package is basically nothing. Even if you were to pick up a mainline vehicle on a $199+tax a month lease special with $2,500 down, you're still looking at spending a few hundred in gas a month, then additional costs on oil changes, brake fluid exchanges, etc. If you're comparing an entry level luxury vehicle at a $399+tax a month lease, then the Tesla wins hands down. The cost savings are definitely there. The vehicle, as it slows down, it goes through a stage called regenerative braking. Regenerative braking in a hybrid vehicle uses the engine to brake the vehicle. In this particular car, it seems that the battery is causing the vehicle to decelerate. Regenerative braking has two key benefits. There is less wear and tear attributed to the brakes, causing them to last much longer. As your vehicle brakes, the regenerative features help charge up the battery to give it more life. When it comes to maintenance, this vehicle is nearly maintenance free. Oh, did I mention that the Tesla S broke the machine in the safety test and got a 5.4 star crash test rating, the highest ever recorded? Scott over at the Century City store has helped educate me on the vehicle quite a bit. He's currently attending Loyola Maramount and is a Junior over there. He seems that he has a clear path for his future, and he has quite a passion for the Tesla brand. If this is a vehicle that you are considering buying, then Scott would definitely be the sales person you want to speak with, as he is very educated with how the car works and will not pressure you into making a decision that you don't want. From all the vehicles I have ever been in... This vehicle is by far a masterpiece. I could personally say, compared to the $15,000 entry level vehicles and $300,000 high-line sports vehicles I've been in during my life... This is the best vehicle I have ever had a chance to drive.