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  1. captkirk

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    Question y'all:

    Need input on need for replacing tires in tandem or as a single.

    So, off to work this morning and I find a nail lodged into the driver rear tire of the truck. Tires holding air, so it must have happened sometime between who-fucking-knows and now. Probably need to start inspecting more, but oh well.

    My thought of course was a simple patch, but Americas Tire advises it can't be repaired due to the nail is right on the border between the initial roll of the sidewall and the main tread. They advise a single tire for replacement. These tires are relatively new, having around 15000 (65k tread-life) miles on them since purchased and rotated midway at 7500. Wear is good, no cupping or feathering.

    Some rational (?) thought in my head is telling me I should put two on in place of one, so I'm rotating two newer tires with two older tires and replace the janky full-size spare with the remaining good tire. Am I thinking too much into this?
     
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    Had a blown tire couple months back (turned into curb and blew it) and was stuck in a similar dilemma. My front tires had little under 10,000 miles so I decided to just replace the one. Soon after I got an oil change and wanted to do a tire rotation. My usual mechanic thought the wear between the old and new tire was so close there wouldn't be too beneficial since my back tires had more wear.
     
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    @SoupRKnowva Found this vid, pure unadulterated auto/tech-porn.

     
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    Is it true that E60 5 series is more drivable and better handling than F10? Anyone owned both?
     
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    @dark_energy

    While I didn't own them I've driven both over extended periods of time. As always it depends so much on the individual model, what engine you have and if you the m-sport package and what not. As a very broad statement I will say the the E60 is probably a little bit sportier feeling and the F10 is probably a little bit more comfortable and quieter. The F10 is one generation later and that's exactly how it feels to me, a little bit more grown up and little bit more refined.

    If you're a BMW car nut you might argue that the E60 530 manual gearbox M-sport is the greatest thing ever created. But if you just want to go and grab a bag of groceries, or go on a long trip, most people would probably pick the F10. But it's not a huge differences in any case, both cars are pretty close honestly.

    My personal preference would probably be F10 with m-sport package. It can also be hard to find good examples of E60 these days, a lot of them are getting up in there in terms mileage and might not be so reliable anymore.
     
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    The E60/E61, E63/E64, and E65/E66/E67/E68 were the worst BMWs we created in BMWs 103 year history. You should purchase a low milage E39 530i Sport with a manual transmission because it is reliable and the rack and pinion steering system, which was only used in 6-cylinder E39 models, provides both excellent handling characteristics and feel.
     
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    Just watched a video on that. There is no hidding the fact that modern BMW running costs are even way higher than MB running costs. The statistics are there, believe it or not.. Most expensive cars to run beside exotics and sports cars.

    I would get some used Lexus GS, but not sure about their transmissions. I dont want slow and smooth. Funny thing is that Lexus has low running costs because they are one of the most reliable cars made according to statistics. 3.0 V6 have problems with carbon build up in the injectors, but still reliable engines.
     
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    Test drove GS300 09’ . It is a special car.. Not for everyone. It is not a practical big car that does not have loads of interior space. Interior flows like everything is designed around the driver. In a quiet envrionment I was unable to detect the start of the engine.
     
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    @dark_energy The most reliable German car is probably the E-class diesel, that's the one used be probably 50% of German taxi drivers so it's very tried and true. Anything not working with the E-class diesel MB is going to hear about it.. for sure.

    In general the big volume sellers tend to be a lot more reliable than the specials. So BMW 3- and 5-series and MB C and E class are the ones to go for if you want reliable. And don't buy first or second year models, buy third year and forward when it's all sorted. And don't buy cars with exotic options such as air suspension and soft closing doors etc, those are the kind of things that break. I'd even stay away from sunroof really, it always starts to leak sooner or later. And also go for the common engines, the ones that are sold in big number.

    The thing with German cars is that they have so damn many models and options that they don't really have time to make sure they're all 100% reliable. But if you go for the common big volume sellers and common sensible options you'll generally be ok. This is pretty different from the Japanese manufacturer which generally build a few models with relatively few options, but then they really test exactly that spec and make sure it's reliable.

    I love Lexus as brand but I've yet to love any of their actual car models, something about them just doesn't fit me as well European cars. The Japanese brand I like the most is probably Mazda, nice driver's cars. If you want a fun reliable car on a budget I think the Mazda 6 is stellar. But if you want lots of hp and really high levels of comfort Mazda doesn't really do that.
     
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    I agree. There are not a lot of interesting modern Japanese cars out there.

    Makes sense. This is one reason why I would have minimal/decent level of extras lol, steer clear from airbag suspension and nonsense like that(not sure if these are used now).
     
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    If you like that, I would highly recommend checking out all the seasons of /Inside Koenigsegg on The Drive’s channel on YouTube, and of course the documentary, Apex: The Story of the Hypercar, which is on Netflix I think?
     
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    In the US Infinity is pretty common, that's Nissan's luxury brand. Very good and reliable cars if you want gasoline engine. You can kind of find them in Europe but they're pretty damn rare.
     
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    In general, it is important to point out that the numbers are not going to drive the car. You need to actually like what you drive.

    Some modern Toyotas from 2014" are so f. stale. Breaks my heart.
     

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