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  • 12-18-2006, 10:59 PM

    Re: me either...

    You want them to Reclearcoat it for sure. If the swirl marks are only filled by polish (glaze), and then waxed over, they will return very soon. The best way is to sand dwon the clearcoat and reshoot it....smooth!2001 Black/Crema
  • 12-18-2006, 09:18 PM

    That was going to be my suggestion...

    I absolutely love my 2006 330Cic, manual, sport pkg, premium pkg, ipod, xenons. It's a great driver's car without being too 'high maintenance'. But then, from the options you're considering you're in a whole different league ;)
  • 11-23-2006, 04:54 PM

    VW got the better deal

    Crewe and the "real" Rolls 6.75 liter pushrod aluminum engine. BMW's Rolls doesn't have any of the legacy. At least VW still is building the Arnage in an attempt to keep the original RR/Bentley mojo alive.

  • 10-30-2006, 10:18 AM

    me either...

    ...but it's a lease so as long as it looks ok after they're done I don't really care all that much how they did it.
  • 10-28-2006, 05:14 PM

    not sure-

    Im no paint expert but most swirls are actually in the clear coat, not the paint. The way most swirls are dealt with is by first taking the edges off them with a swirl remover and then filling them in with a polish and then covering with a wax. Thats why when a car with swirls has been detailed and some time has past the swirls reappear- as the wax and polish wear off, the swirls return.

    Im not sure how they would strip off only the CC- my guess is they are going to add a layer of CC- but again, Im not expert. Just shooting from the hip on this one.
  • 10-27-2006, 06:09 PM

    They're going to "Re-clearcoat it"

    I'm not even sure what that means but I guess the swirls weren't going to come out with a standard waxing.
  • 10-27-2006, 10:16 AM

    Ya think?

    Looks to be the clear coat. They took it in yesterday to resolve. Apparently this isn't the first time it's happened.
  • 10-26-2006, 08:39 PM

    Ford, with Britsh assembly quality?

  • 10-26-2006, 08:38 PM

    Not to mention

    You could probably get it serviced down at you r local VW/Audi dealer - it is one. The Continetal GT and Flying Spur share a chassis and W 12 engine with the departed Phaeton. The drivetrain is Audi quattro.

    When RR and Bentley went up for sale, BMW and VW starrted a bidding war over who wuold get them. VW "won" with the winning bid for RR Automobiles. This is why Bentleys will continue to be built at Crewe. As a consolation (or maybe because they were smarter), BMW walked away with RR Aviation who just happened to own the rights to "Nellie"(*) and the radiator she sits on.

    (*) "Nellie" refers to Eleanor Thornton, the model for RR's "Spirit of Ecstasy". Charles Robinson Sykes chose Miss Thornton as the model for the famous sculpture as she was the secretary (and mistress) of RR's managing director John Walter Edward-Scott Montagu. She was placed on the radiator leaning slightly forward with her gown billowing in the breeze so Montagu could sit beside his wife with an unobstructed view of a ceratin portion of his mistress' anatomy. Eleanor Thornton died during the First World War when the ship upon which she was travelling (The SS Persia) was torpedoed by a German submarine.

    That is part of my docent's pitch on Rolls Royce from the Blackhawk. For school groups, Eleanor remains a secretary and it is an overgarment that is flowing in the breeze.
  • 10-22-2006, 08:35 PM


    can you feel the swirls with your fingers? is it just in the clear coat? either way this is not how a new car should be!
  • 10-22-2006, 08:15 PM

    Sell it quick! ; )

  • 10-22-2006, 06:07 PM

    Re: No need to be sorry...

    My F430 Spider is worth more now than in March when I overpaid for it(ROFLMAO).[IMG]
  • 10-21-2006, 05:09 PM

    yeah...once they take the friggin swirl marks... my hood. What a fiasco. Didn't notice until I got home and pulled into the garage. Looks like someone took a rotary sander to my hood.
  • 10-21-2006, 05:07 PM

    No need to be sorry...

    There's no way I'd ever spend that kind of dough on a car. $200K on a rapidly depreciating thanks.
  • 10-19-2006, 08:21 AM


  • 10-19-2006, 07:27 AM

    I guess you have been spoiled by

    2 really fantastic marques in Porsche and BMW. Let the spoiling continue! :-)
  • 10-19-2006, 12:33 AM

    wait let me dig into my pocket here...

    ...maybe I can find enough change and crumpled bills to buy me a $200K car.
  • 10-18-2006, 08:04 PM

    Continental GT Convertible?

  • 10-18-2006, 07:24 PM

    ...did a 24month lease on a 330cic the time the lease is up I can get a used 997 Targa for 30 - 40% off MSRP. And it was so cheap. They're really dealing on the '06s because the '07 is coming soon.

    All good. Why do I love the Targa so much?

  • 10-18-2006, 06:07 PM

    Saw an M6 at Peter Pan

    Peter Pan BMW has a silver grey M6 sitting on their showroom floor. Up to now I have not been a big fan of Chris Bangle's styling, but I have never seen a car that captures its essence better then the M6.

    The Z8 expresses its capabilities in feline grace where the M6 has a more brutal and dominant presence. The design is masterful in that all of the lines draw your eyes back onto the body. You find yourself studying it for hours, and it leaves absolutely no doubt as to its on-road capabilities.

    Despite its chopped top appearance, it has more than enough headroom for me at 6'-2". I don't have to compromise the seatback angle. Controls are the new BMW standard (unfortunately with the infamous i-drive). They are distinctly different than those in a Z8 (I lived with a new 325i for a week while my Z8 was in for service). They tak a bit of getting used to - the signal is a two-step momentary switch. At the first stop, it flashes about 6 times and stops. It locks on at the 2nd detent. At first you saw back and forth from left to right blinker trying to canvcel them in a display guarnteed to eleict an invitation from the local constabulary to blow up ballons. eventually you get used to them (I almost grudginly admitted I liked them). The cruise control has a needle on theoutside rim of the speedometer to inidcate the set speed and also has a two detent switch - the light push takes you up/down in 1MPH increments and the sencond push in 5MPH increments.

    As opposed to other BMW SMG's the paddles are recessed behind the steering wheel spokes and work by pulling them toward you, rather than pusing them. One of my dislikes was that it was easy to inadvertently upshift when steering hand-over-hand -- this should eliminate the problem, although I would still wait for a real transmission -probably due out next Spring form everything I have read.

    The example on display had the black standard leater interior paired with the dark grey. It was jsut too somber, and owning a Z8 spoils you from ever loving a car with a vinyl dash. I'd probably opt for the Indianapolis red or go for Black Sapphire over Sepang bronze and whine for the Europe only piano finish trim to make it a complement to my black/crema Z8.

    If this sounds like a serious case of lust -- it is!
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