Are there any new convertibles (under $50,000) expected in the next year, other than the Miata and Mustang? Thanks
Lou Ann here
I canvased the internet and came up with a list for you for 2013 and 2014 new convertibles. Warren is right, the list is long.
Ford Shelby GT500
MINI Cooper Roadster
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
There are an estimated 30 convertibles available under $50K. For a full list, please check www.edmunds.com and check "convertibles."
Warren, in your column today you wrote about the new MB cla cars. 1) Is there a turbo lag in either? 2) How would you compare the MB turbo 4 with the BMW turbo 4? 3) does the CLA have a stop/start function and if so does the car shudder the way the BMW does when the engine kicks in? Thanks
The new M-B CLA does have start-stop. Turbo lag.? Some of my colleagues complained about "turbo lag"--essentially the turbocharger not kicking in as soon as you floor the pedal. I fault them. I had no such problems, probably because I never floor the accelerator from stop.
Hello Obama's friend! My question is if Mr. President know ride horses? Thakyou, waiting your answer. From Spain, Mark Collado.
Weird question, Mark. I suppose Preident Obama can ride a horse, It's the asses he's having trouble with.
Hello Warren, I'm Mark from Spain...My question is what car do you think is better for Mr. President Obama? Pehraphs a big green tractor?
My understanding is that the White House has Cadillacs? That right, Lou Ann?
Lou Ann here:
That would be Cadillac One, or Limo One to us plain folks :)
Hi Warren and Lou Ann, I enjoy these chats every week. I am thinking about buying a three year old used car such as an Infiniti G37. One concern I have is that a lot of cars of this age are former leases. It would seem to me that someone who is leasing a car does not have a lot of incentive to maintain the car, including periodic oil changes. Thus, although the car may seem to be in good condition, there may be a lot of premature wear on the engine. Do you believe this is a legitimate concern and, if so, what can I do to work around it?
Lease cars that have damage or extra miles have an extra charge put against them so they maybe a little less when they are sold.
As in all cases, when you are buying a used car have your trusted mechanic look at it and if you can get a carfax report on it that would be good as well.
The Federal Government has had so many threats of shutdown over the past few years. It is surprising this is the first time in more than a decade that it actually happened. Since I work for a government contractor, we are also subject to the shutdown. We are currently working, but had been told that could change. I don't think this is a good time to spend money if you can avoid it.
You have company in that assessment. Here's hoping that the politicians spop acking like petulent children and get to work.
Why isn't this chat listed on the Washington Post home page as usual?
Hey there, Matt the show producer here. We had a bit of a glitch that I didn't catch until this morning. Basically, every week I have to create a new chat and set it for the following Friday. Last Friday when I set today's show up, I mis-typed the date. I fixed it this morning, but there's an automated process which looks for all the upcoming shows so that it can publish them on the homepage. Probably that process hasn't run again yet since I fixed the date--as far as the system knows, this chat isn't going on!
So apologies to any folks who tried to find today's show and couldn't--that was my bad.