I've always wondered what TCL thinks about the S chassis. s13, s14, s15, etc. It is huge in the California hipster scene, which is too bad, but it does make a nice chassis.
Thoughts? TCL seems to be impartial.
All I have to add is that I'm done with jack-of-all-trades cars. I find myself more and more drawn to vehicles with a specific purpose and that excel inthose purposes.
Thats kind of why we ended up with a Prius for the wife. Its boring, slow, sedate, disconnected and embarrassingly efficient...so for a pure commuter for a wife who doesn't like diving its perfect.
Its also why I am car shopping for a 3rd car. For over a year I was posting how I coildn't wait to dump my mkv gti for something else...but everything else seemed like an extension of the car i was getting rid of. Good at lots, great at none. I want something that is purely a toy...so i'm looking at S2000s, miatas, 944s, and the like for the immediate future, with an eye on the FT/BRZ twins in a few years.
I'll apply this same purpose specific logic when looking for a replacement for the wife's old CRV. I'd rather get 18mpg in a 4runner than 22mpg in a cute ute. Its paid off and low mileage though so I'm in no rush.
For me, I'm a VW guy all around. Having owned around 30 or so of them. Mostly aircooled, but when I bought my 2000 Golf GLS (2.slow) I was in heaven. Plenty of room for me, 4 doors when friends tagged along, and the hatch. God bless the man that invented the hatchback. What that Golf lacked in power/performance, it made up for in sheer fun. To me, the car was just fun to drive. I still kick myself in the ass the day 1.8T fever took over and I traded it in on my '05 GLI.
Now, for somewhat on topic of this off-topic discussion about automobiles...
The new Subaru looks and sounds impressive. Might have to test drive one when they launch. Though, I do doubt that the car will be fitting to someone of my stature. I'll have to wait and see.
1995 Golf Sport 2.0 -"But none together can testify to rhythm of a road well bent."
If it were wearing a VW badge, at least half of the negativity would disappear instantly - and it's a shame that it's like that around here.
Turbio said it best - it's bizzaro world out there.
Anyone catch the little circle-jerk going on right now about the guy who just bought a Wolfsburg Jetta? I'm not saying anything in the thread, but it's quite funny right now. Apparently the 2.0T Jetta is a sport sedan, and it provides the perfect balance for daily driving and track usage Whatever floats your boat, I guess.
I have given up on TCL. It went from car appreciation, to elitest rambles, to all out hate of anything not an appliance, or super car.
That said, I really like the BRZ/FT-86/FR-S. Looks good, proper platform, nice interior. Surely the aftermarket will make it great too. I've seen hate because it's a 2.0. Also not forced induction. It also lacks the "soul" of a real sports coupe.
I think of it as a manly Miata Coupe with more grunt under it's skirt.
However, let me ask you this - what would you take in the situation? Money not a factor. The Jetta, or a 328i?
For the better balanced chassis , I'm taking the 328i. Even it if means sacrificing a few HP down the line if you decided to reflash the Jetta.
Not trashing the guy for buying a Jetta - but his comments for justifying the purchase were pretty funny.
I still love cars. Buying a bike has made what I love about cars more clear to me. I love low, stiff, fast cars. I love them when they wrap around me tight. I love it when I am part of the car I am driving, when I know it well, when I can feel everything the engine and chassis are doing around me. I love to drive. Linking curves is intoxicating. The racing line is an addictive drug that I am not ashamed to chase. Big brakes and sticky tyres are the deciding factors for me.
This is interesting to me, because I discovered that I like sitting up on my bike, jumping curbs, and tearing up the lawn (sorry, work, I was lost on campus. I didn't realize that was grass there. I'll try to remember next time I get stuck inside after dark...exactly where those awesome patches are!!!!). Laying down on the tank does little to nothing for me. I like going slow and and going fast, doing figures and noodling around. I like suspension travel and being silly. Nubby is better than sticky. Brakes are still king.
So, by and large, I have finally separated out what I like and what I don't like, and in the process, discovered that I am more dimesional than I thought I was.
And I still love cars.
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That was me. I wasn't able to get out there this year. Too much traveling with work. Next year for sure.On another note - have you been over to Cars and Coffee lately? I remember seeing your wagon once or twice over the last year or so, I'm assuming that was you at least.