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This idea may be the pinnacle of self-congratulatory nonsense. But hey, if you didn't buy this car while it was still a rumor to most people to enjoy the turned heads and wows, I'm not sure why you did. So, what's your favorite S5 moment since you got behind the wheel of your very own.

I went out last Friday on the Taconic State Parkway for my first long drive after a week of owning the car, partly due to working every day, and partly due to lousy weather. Friday was a blue sky day. As I pulled out onto the highway, I saw the tell-tale LEDs in my rear view mirror, and sure enough, as I kept a modest speed, another S5 pulled up in the far right hand lane, I was in the left hand lane with a middle lane between us. We drove in tandem up the highway, although I'll have to say he wasn't much of a good time guy...no thumbs up, no smiles. But as we drove, we came up on an A8 in the middle lane and I watched his brake lights tap on, and then he slowed as we both went by him in unison. I thought he was going to have a broken neck from jerking back and forth looking at the two S5s go by.

Or then there was the hand car wash where I stopped to get it all spotless, and there were three other Audi owners there...they descended on me and for the minutes I was there, I wasn't able to stop answering questions...

Any other stories?
 
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But hey, if you didn't buy this car while it was still a rumor to most people to enjoy the turned heads and wows, I'm not sure why you did.
I most certainly did not buy this car to enjoy the 'turned heads and wows' Never even entered my head. I bought the car for me and my reasons and nothing else. I needed a new car as my M3 had been stolen, i went to buy an RS4 as i wanted a change from BMW. After a long talk with the salesman and after seeing a few pictures, it was decided that the brand new S5 would be the best fit for me rather than an outgoing car that was a little too raw for my needs. So i bought an S5. Showing off and other peoples reactions to the car never ever influenced my decision to buy this car. If that sort of stuff does influence your decision, i'd say you have bought the car for the wrong reasons and when that wears off, you'll often find another car would have been a better fit.:(
 

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My best moment...

Great idea for a thread Smoke, and boy do I have a great one....

I was driving down the road about 2 minutes from my house when I spotted a beautiful black Bentley Flying Spur. He was going the other way on the same road and we were stopped at a light, both the first cars. I got ready to do a full mental picture gawking, the way most people check out a stripper...light changes...we start rolling, I look over...and he is checking my ride out!! I mean reaaaalllly checking it out. Like...be careful dude...don't crash your $300k ride type checking it out :D .

The best part is I was on the phone at the time with my BMW salesguy (looking at an x3 for the fiance) and he got a nice earful about when the last time that happened to me in a BMW.
 

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great idea but some of us feel a little left out... I think i'll re-read the joke thread just to cheer myself up!
 

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FYi...I have about 10 of these types of moments in the month I've owned the car. Yesterday, a guy in a R32 (i think that's what it was) VW raced through traffic to get next to me and give me a thumbs up. My fiance gets to roll her eyes alot in this car :).
 

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I still have to wait 4 months to get mine, and although I doubt any of us bought this car purely for this reason, I can't wait to see what kind of reactions I will get. Anyone who doesn't look out for and enjoy such interactions just isn't getting full enjoyment out of their car. I take pride in the cars I buy and this is just a part of that pride. If I didn't feel proud of my purchase, I would have bought something esle. If I had no pride in my cars, I shouldn't be buying a car like this, but rather a cheap reliable mode of transportation- Toyota/Honda. Keep the stories coming!!
 

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Elstimpo, Do I detect a note of contempt in your posts in this thread? Your avatar is a red Ferrari and you are driving an S5. If you truly make your automobile purchases from a purely unemotional place, I'll sell you my 1996 Volvo sedan. It DRIVES just fine and you won't worry about it in the car park in Leeds. Admit it, there is a huge emotional component to the purchase of any automobile. If a guy gets a thrill out of possessing a beautiful car there is no shame in sharing it. If your opinion or motivations are different that is fine but assaulting others for their enthusiasm is unpleasant reading.
 

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Elstimpo, Do I detect a note of contempt in your posts in this thread? Your avatar is a red Ferrari and you are driving an S5. If you truly make your automobile purchases from a purely unemotional place, I'll sell you my 1996 Volvo sedan. It DRIVES just fine and you won't worry about it in the car park in Leeds. Admit it, there is a huge emotional component to the purchase of any automobile. If a guy gets a thrill out of possessing a beautiful car there is no shame in sharing it. If your opinion or motivations are different that is fine but assaulting others for their enthusiasm is unpleasant reading.
Have to agree, I buy my motors for me too, but I do love it when others check it out too....makes it feel even more special :D

I remember when I test drove both the 3.0TDi and the S5 on both occassions I had so many cars slow down on the motorways just to get a better look at the car......was class.
 

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Must be an American thing :( Oh and i get the full enjoyment out of my car BY THE WAY IT DRIVES :mad:
No, the majority of us feel this way no matter where we are from. We buy a car we like, and it feels great when someone recognizes that it is special. If we all didn't feel this way, this forum wouldn't exist!
 

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Must be an American thing :( Oh and i get the full enjoyment out of my car BY THE WAY IT DRIVES :mad:
ELSTIMPO, can't understand your point on this thread - surely the way your car makes you feel is part of the appeal - if not, then why buy an Audi or even a Ferrari? And surely part of the appeal is the knowledge that other people are thinking that you've made a good choice and admire your motor.

If it's just about the way it drives and nothing else, then surely you should be driving a Caterham 7, Ariel Atom or Lotus Elise?

No compromise, right?
 

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had to meet at a friends house for lunch, but told me to wait another hour to finish cooking. Fortunately , his house is right next to my favorite mountain twisties (highway 9). I had so much fun and confidence up there, and she wasn't even broken in yet. Until next time... :)

Btw he was quite jealous that he had to cook rather than take his 335i up there. Until next time... :)
 
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Elstimpo, Do I detect a note of contempt in your posts in this thread? Your avatar is a red Ferrari and you are driving an S5. If you truly make your automobile purchases from a purely unemotional place, I'll sell you my 1996 Volvo sedan. It DRIVES just fine and you won't worry about it in the car park in Leeds. Admit it, there is a huge emotional component to the purchase of any automobile. If a guy gets a thrill out of possessing a beautiful car there is no shame in sharing it. If your opinion or motivations are different that is fine but assaulting others for their enthusiasm is unpleasant reading.
What a load of rubbish:mad

Did i mention i buy my cars FOR ME and for MY REASONS. If i want to go out and buy a Ferrari because thats the car I WANT, then i will do just that. If i were to buy a car on the basis that other people will give me an ego boost, i'd buy an Orange Lambo.

I buy my cars for the way they drive and the way they make me feel when driving them, WTF has your Volvo got to do with that. You think i'd get a better DRIVING experience in your Volvo than my Ferrari and S5. I have no idea at all where your coming from with your rubbish Volvo comment.

May i also remind you that this is an open forum where people express their opinions. So therefore it would figure that i am allowed to express my opinion on the fact that the original poster bought his car partly for the reaction of others. Am i not :confused:

Assaulting others?? :D WTF are you going on about??? If i have assaulted someone then quick call the police. If i haven't and your saying i assaulted someone because i have a different opinion, then seriously, grow up and deal with it :(

The original poster was absolutely correct with his very first sentence
 
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ELSTIMPO, can't understand your point on this thread - surely the way your car makes you feel is part of the appeal - if not, then why buy an Audi or even a Ferrari? And surely part of the appeal is the knowledge that other people are thinking that you've made a good choice and admire your motor.

If it's just about the way it drives and nothing else, then surely you should be driving a Caterham 7, Ariel Atom or Lotus Elise?

No compromise, right?
Yep, the way it makes ME FEEL, not others. That is not important to me at all. Why buy a Ferrari or an Audi. Because i happen to think they are two of the best cars money can buy and therefore i will get huge enjoyment out of driving them.

Caterham 7 and an Ariel Atom ?? Serious??? Totally un-practical and specialist track cars. On the Lotus, the exige is one of the best cars i have ever driven, however try driving for more than 2 hours in one:(

Don't understand the compromise bit at the end. Can you explain further:confused:
 

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Happy New Year to You TOO

Gee, I didn't realize that the cultural abyss between our two English speaking nations would trigger such an outburst of proletarian/utilitarian angst. Or perhaps I should have been a tad bit more precise in saying that the Wow factor was only a part of my decision-making process. But at least I had the courage to state the obvious, and not focus just on the pure technical advantages of owning an S5, which would also seem obvious given my presence on the site.

If you don't like this particular thread because it doesn't discuss the g-force drift in a cornering exercise, or the relative advantage of Ultra High-Performance vs. All Seasons or the legalities of putting Laser Jammers under the hood, then don't silence the rest of us who get a bit of pleasure from knowing that we've spent our hard earned money on something that not only gives us a great deal of driving pleasure but some ego gratification too. Maybe it IS an American thing to be a bit more upfront about ALL our motivations

Nobody wants to silence you...but you're doing a good job of screwing up a bit of fun for everyone else. There are some great threads over on the performance/mods section of the site.

P.S. Sorry about the good time guy reference...there is a dictionary's worth of word usages in our two great nations that need clarification from time to time.
 
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don't silence the rest of us who get a bit of pleasure from knowing that we've spent our hard earned money on something that gives us a some ego gratification .
I've altered your statement above. Its now correct. Enjoy your ego boost, pat yourself on the back and showing off thread. I find it pretty pathetic:(

I'll leave you to your self gratification. :eek: :eek:
 

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I read something funny once. It was in a the british magazine "CAR" I think, and they had just driven the Ferrari Enzo through Times Square (NYC). They summarized the article at the end with this (and I am paraphrasing). "The funny thing about the USA is that when people see you driving a car like the Enzo, they look in admiration and say, 'one day I will drive a car like that'. In the UK however, they say 'look at that flash bastard, let's catch him and burn his car' :p

I then read an interview with Bono from U2 and they asked him why he chose to live in Los Angeles (at the time) and not in Ireland. He said that in the USA people will look at his big house in admiration and say (and again I am paraphrasing) "wow, look how great Bono's house is, he works so hard and is such a great musician, he deserves it." in Ireland however, they say "Bono is a flashy wanker, we hate him"

Thought it was funny how different people think. Happy New Year, enjoy your cars, mine arrives in 3 weeks. :)
 

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Smokeeyes - I like your story and I can relate to why you wanted to share your experience with us.

Quattro4q - unfortunately your paraphrasing is a fair reflection of many British people.

God bless America!
 
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