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Discussion in 'Lamborghini Discussion (not model specific)' started by mattmeridian, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. mattmeridian

    mattmeridian Rookie

    Mar 11, 2004
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    los angeles
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    matthew smith
    I'd just like to take a moment to introduce myself and my kids to the forums. I'm the little Matt from Meridian in Los Angeles. You might have seen pictures of my associates stradales in the ferrari section, and I cant let him have all the fun. It's nice to meet all of you and I hope you enjoy the pictures.
     
  2. Art

    Art Karting

    Mar 10, 2004
    73
    Southern California
    Very nice.
    How do you like the Gallardo compared to the Murcielago?
     
  3. KMS

    KMS Rookie
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    Dec 22, 2003
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    What's up Matt? Can I take the bigger kid for a walk in the park? How about some candy?
     
  4. Auraraptor

    Auraraptor Formula 3
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    Sep 25, 2002
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    MO
    Wait, what color is/are your Murci rims?
     
  5. mattmeridian

    mattmeridian Rookie

    Mar 11, 2004
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    los angeles
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    matthew smith
    art,

    extremely different automobiles. I really enjoy driving both cars, even here in LA traffic. They have exceedingly different personalities. The gallardo in terms of driver/instrument set up is more aikin to a 360 then to the Murci. It is an e-gear which in this first iteration from Magnetti Marelli is still very rough and clumsy at idle, similar to a 99' 360. On cold starts and at idle the system just doesnt feel intuitive, and for around town driving or traffic is quite trying. My other major gripe about the gallardo is the lack of lower lumbar support. After about an hour and a half of driving im just plain sore, and i have never experienced back pain. My next Gallardo will definitely be a 6-speed and i will definitely modify the seats. It is a wonderful driving car, extremely nimble and very quick. It is an exceptional balance of handling dynamic and grip, not handling vs. grip. The Murcielago is the sledgehammer while the gallardo is definitely more of a ball pein. both capable of tremendous force, just very different execution between the two cars. The murci is hard to navigate, big, heavy, a little unreliable, but it is the murci. The ultimate expression of excess in every way, and i love it, and would trade it for a gallardo period. Its fast, visceral, uncompromising, really a true exotic in every sense.

    KMS,
    He is available for babysitting, the fee is 2k a day and the sitter pays the parent ;).
     
  6. mattmeridian

    mattmeridian Rookie

    Mar 11, 2004
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    matthew smith
    wouldn't trade it for a gallardo. sorry about the typo
     
  7. mattmeridian

    mattmeridian Rookie

    Mar 11, 2004
    13
    los angeles
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    matthew smith
    The car itself is Argento Lame (light silver) and the wheels are gloss black with high polished lips. HRE 547R's with P-zero's. No TCS errors or rubbing.
     
  8. JizJizJiz

    JizJizJiz Rookie

    Nov 16, 2003
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    SoCal
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    Zack
    Beautiful cars.
     
  9. Senna1994

    Senna1994 Karting

    Nov 11, 2003
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    Orange County, CA
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    Tony
    Wow Matt, you shouldn't call yourself Little Matt with those two cars. Where is Allan Lambo has he seen these two beauties?
     
  10. mhh

    mhh Formula Junior

    Feb 16, 2004
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    Australia
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    Mark
    Hey Matt, re lumbar support. Does yours have electric lumbar adjustment on the seats? Mine does, and that helps me.

    mhh
     
  11. 134282

    134282 F1 Veteran

    Aug 3, 2002
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    Carbon McCoy
    Nice...! i guess silver (or that silver-resembling color) is your favorite...? Are these your first exotics...? What, if any, have you owned prior and/or still own...? Any Ferraris...? Do you track either one of them...? i LOVE the rims on the Murcielago, just wish the lip was black, also...
     
  12. ralfabco

    ralfabco F1 Rookie
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    Mar 1, 2002
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    Israel Beiteinu
    Dear Matt:

    Nice cars you have.
     
  13. mattmeridian

    mattmeridian Rookie

    Mar 11, 2004
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    los angeles
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    matthew smith
    mhh,

    no electric lumbar, just recline. i should have looked through the build spec sheets a little more closely. cant take anything for granted on these cars yet you get charged for everything lol.

    nno,

    i've owned the murcielago for about half a year now, just purchased the gallardo about 2 weeks ago. I have my associates 360 modena, the one he's posted with the hood on it, and a 740hp 996 Turbo. My previous project was my 550 maranello, 99', which to this day probably still is one of my favorites. I can post pictures of these if you guys want. silvers definitely a very livable color for here in LA. if any of you live in the area or are out this way please feel free to let me know. The next gallardo im building im definitely getting in Arancio Borealis and with a manual transmission. Ill definitely have more fun stuff to post very very soon.
     
  14. mhh

    mhh Formula Junior

    Feb 16, 2004
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    Mark
    Here's my lumbar switch - it's the one on the right. I thought it was standard. Maybe I just got lucky.
     
  15. Jon@Tezta

    Jon@Tezta Rookie

    Dec 5, 2003
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    Jonathan
    beatiful cars.. seems the black painted centers are really in style now.. Normally you dont see many comparision pics of the gallardo and the murcielago, but i still feel the murcielago is much better looking.
     
  16. BJS

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    Jan 18, 2004
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    Central FL and SW MI
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    Brad Stephenson
    Matt,

    I see you also own a Maser with paddles. Is the Magnetti Marelli operation similar on the Maser and Gallardo?
     
  17. mattmeridian

    mattmeridian Rookie

    Mar 11, 2004
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    los angeles
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    matthew smith
    the maserati system is much more aikin in feel to the f1 in a 575m. The reverse is on a stem instead of a button, the point of initial slip is very slow to actuate and comfort oriented, and the paddles are probably twice as big as the gallardo's. The gallardo shifts as quick if not quicker than Matt's stradale after we adjusted the P.I.S., and at idle is on and off. Very clunky, especially on cold starts while the maserati is extremely smooth to the point of being lackadaisical.
     
  18. Jason

    Jason Karting

    Dec 1, 2001
    68
    Matt, out of curiosity what problems have you have with your Murci?
     
  19. normhuff

    normhuff Rookie

    Dec 14, 2003
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    J. Norman Huff, Esq.
    Nice cars/pics. One really needs to see the cars in person to appreciate the silver color though...
     
  20. MurcieMurcie

    MurcieMurcie Formula 3

    Jan 31, 2004
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    So do you work for a dealership or are these your personal vehicles? If so which dealership?
     
  21. LAfun2

    LAfun2 Karting

    Oct 31, 2003
    223
    California
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    Ryan

    Matt I do live in the area and would love to actually see a Lambo close up. That would be a sheer pleasure as I never have before.

    That is only, if you hang out with commoners like us :D
     
  22. mattmeridian

    mattmeridian Rookie

    Mar 11, 2004
    13
    los angeles
    Full Name:
    matthew smith
    jason,

    the problems ive had to date with the murci are incorrectly sealed tail lights, and a drive by wire throttle body issue wich raises the idle rpm of the car to around 2200. basically the car is registering incorrect butterfly position in relation to the gas peddle, im working with James at Platinum BH to fix the problem.

    murcie,

    im an owner of Meridian Automotive Design here in Los Angeles. we do some exotic car sales, but the core of our business is providing sales/developent/installation of aftermarket performance and aesthetic upgrades for exotic vehicles. The cars are personally owned, used as product test beds and show pieces.

    lafun2,

    feel free to come by our location any time, we usually have a few fun things going on.
     
  23. LAfun2

    LAfun2 Karting

    Oct 31, 2003
    223
    California
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    Ryan

    Thanks for the offer Matt. I will definitely take you up on the offer this summer. Can you PM me or post your location? Thank you. I wil bring a camera along, so that I can take F chat readers for a tour of your facilities. :)
     
  24. tifosi69

    tifosi69 Karting

    Dec 23, 2003
    51
    Atlanta, Ga.
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    Al-Al Cool J
    You beat me to it. Beautiful cars !!
     
  25. wax

    wax Rookie
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    Jul 20, 2003
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    Dirty Harry
    Based on my positive visit/impressions with Meridian staff at the LA Auto Show, I believe this brief article/accolade describes the Meridien team to a "T." They're Pros, not Cons.
    Address is at the bottom of above link & here's today's blue plate special: Meridian's site itself.
     

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