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    Thread: The car enthusiast thread. All topics are fair game - you just need to love cars (since TCL doesn't)

    1. Senior Member VarianceVQ's Avatar
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      06-12-2012 10:30 PM #926
      I'm feeling all Top Gear Challenge-y lately: How much Maxima can I get for.... Well, I don't have a number yet but it's going to be low.
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      06-12-2012 10:33 PM #927
      Quote Originally Posted by VarianceVQ View Post
      I'm feeling all Top Gear Challenge-y lately: How much Maxima can I get for.... Well, I don't have a number yet but it's going to be low.
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      06-12-2012 10:40 PM #928
      That kind of puts me in mind of all of the people that list Altima 3.5SEs as SE-Rs. Dealers, for god's sake... Even knowing absolutely nothing about them, you can't even read a badge?
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      06-12-2012 10:51 PM #929
      Just went for a drive to clear my head tonight in the Miata.

      Found these gems:



      And came upon a Porsche GT3 RS. (No worries... I was 50 yards back and this is cropped immensely to show some detail... no danger of hitting it!)




      Good to be out in the car. I'm trying to be responsible and fix a few issues on the Audi before modding the Miata. Must... resist...

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      06-12-2012 11:09 PM #930
      While I'm airing my thoughts here: Leasing. Never again. (If I haven't said this already.)

      -Not being able to get another car exactly when I want sucks.
      -Worrying about touching up a scratch on the bumper and a ding that some douchebag put in the door after I took the trouble to park well away from everyone like I usually do sucks.
      -The junk mail I get from various places apparently aware that my lease is ending soon sucks.
      -The pressure I'm anticipating getting from my dealer to roll me into a new lease sucks.
      -Most of all, that feeling of it never really being mine sucks.

      At least I'm well under the mileage allowance and the wear items are still in good condition.
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      06-13-2012 05:52 AM #931
      Quote Originally Posted by Time for a GTI View Post
      Yes, to me it's worth the extra money and I'd do it again.

      It's a completely different car than the GTI was in some situations and it's an identical car in others. Off the line the numbers are similar but it's a completely different kind of start. It took me awhile to get used to the AWD but I'm getting comfortable with it at this point. The size difference in the turbo is noticeable as well. The sweet spot is smaller in the R but when you're there it's much more dramatic. It's very different on bends too, I'd say that's the R's primary performance advantage. The "stick" on corners still impresses me from time to time. Other than that they feel, obviously, very similar. I like that, I liked the GTI.

      Aside from performance, the amenities are much nicer than the trim level I had on the MkV so the bluetooth, keyless, dual clima, touch screen, etc. make it a more comfortable car than what I had been used to.
      Yeah, it's kind of weird for me. I have all the goodies of the day from my 06 model - so we got accustomed to dual-zone on long road trips. It was the stuff like that, which was making me think about holding out for one for my wife last year. (We were all over the place - looking at Golfs, Legacies, even toyed with a WRX).

      Since I will be eventually getting rid of mine, it would have been nice to have something with a similar driving experience...but getting worse economy because of the added extra haldex weight would have sucked. Getting the nice mpgs for our daily commute is nice.

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      06-13-2012 08:34 AM #932
      Quote Originally Posted by Mosbius Designs View Post
      Hay guise - I don't know what a real driver's car is because I don't own an almighty 930.
      Something like that.

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      06-13-2012 09:02 AM #933
      Quote Originally Posted by matty_peppers View Post
      My car is a little too low for what would usually be tasteful to me, but I love the way it's sitting right now. It's never daily driven and used maybe 2 weekends a month just for fun, what do we say OT? Leave it as it is or bring it up a hair?

      What do you drive the rest of the time? That seems like a pretty nice car to leave sitting around 28 days out of the month.
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      06-13-2012 09:50 AM #934
      I go to school and work and live in the city so I have no need for it as a daily driver. Mom and Dad are awesome, and while I no longer live at home, they let me leave it in the garage at their place.
      10 cylinders, 3 turbos, 4 drive wheels and never enough power.

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      06-13-2012 10:02 AM #935
      Quote Originally Posted by Preppy View Post

      Sweet! If I didn't have a little one in a car seat, I'd buy a tiny roadster ****around car in a heartbeat. Do you wrench on it yourself or take it to a garage? I love diving balls-deep into the engine bay of everything I own, but never had an Italian so I'm curious.
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      06-13-2012 10:02 AM #936
      I would leave as-is, then.

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      06-13-2012 10:12 AM #937
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      Sweet! If I didn't have a little one in a car seat, I'd buy a tiny roadster ****around car in a heartbeat. Do you wrench on it yourself or take it to a garage? I love diving balls-deep into the engine bay of everything I own, but never had an Italian so I'm curious.
      We are DINK status, so no huge amount of practicality is necessary for us.
      My wife takes the tiguan to work, I take transit (my office is about 3mi from our place).
      I do some of the work, other major stuff will go to a local specialist.
      Being a 1982, for the most part, designed 20 years earlier... makes this thing pretty simple mechanically.
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      06-13-2012 11:12 AM #938
      Quote Originally Posted by Mosbius Designs View Post
      Getting the nice mpgs for our daily commute is nice.
      The MPG on the R is terrible...absolutely terrible. Well, compared to the GTI at least. I drive like my ass is on fire 80% of the time though...that certainly doesn't help.
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      06-13-2012 11:23 AM #939
      Quote Originally Posted by Time for a GTI View Post
      The MPG on the R is terrible...absolutely terrible. Well, compared to the GTI at least. I drive like my ass is on fire 80% of the time though...that certainly doesn't help.
      Yeah. It would be fairly mediocre if we were using my car for the commute, so I can only imagine it would be back at our old Forester levels in an R.

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      06-13-2012 11:40 AM #940
      Quote Originally Posted by Time for a GTI View Post
      The MPG on the R is terrible...absolutely terrible. Well, compared to the GTI at least. I drive like my ass is on fire 80% of the time though...that certainly doesn't help.
      I think that's one of the downfalls of owning a fun car. I get 25mpg doing about 75% city but I bet I'd get more like 30 if I didn't feel the need to floor it all the time. But my car is also ungodly slow so I have to 'drive fast' to keep up with traffic.
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      Oh mellberg is cool, but his car certainly isn't helping that happen.

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      06-13-2012 11:47 AM #941
      My wife is pushing me to buy an NC Miata this weekend as a couple-years-car until the eventual BRZ/FRS.

      Why this weekend? We are going to Newport RI for a weekend B&B trip and she has it in her head that she wants to drive along the coast in a convertible.

      Why an NC? I don't fit all that comfortably in the first two generations, but fit fine in the 08 I drove two weeks ago.

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      06-13-2012 11:49 AM #942
      Do it.

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      06-13-2012 11:49 AM #943
      Quote Originally Posted by pwm View Post
      My wife is pushing me to buy an NC Miata this weekend as a couple-years-car until the eventual BRZ/FRS.
      Why not an FR-S now?
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      Oh mellberg is cool, but his car certainly isn't helping that happen.

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      06-13-2012 11:56 AM #944
      Quote Originally Posted by mellbergVWfan View Post
      Why not an FR-S now?
      Couple reasons. I can't bring myself to buy the first year of an all new model. I have a hard enough time with new generations as it is. We're also saving to buy a new house, and the extra $10K towards down payment will be welcome. I'd rather not finance any of a toy right now, so I'd rather buy a $15K Miata cash instead of financing part of it. Lastly, I'd like to watch the approach they take with updates. Maybe in 2-3 years they'll come out with STI/TRD versions. A $15K NC will depreciate less than a $25K FRS.

      Basically, I'd daily the NC for 2-3 years while driving the CRV in the winter. She'd drive the Prius.

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      06-13-2012 11:57 AM #945
      That's my biggest thing is waiting for a few model years to be out. I thought I'd be okay with an 06 GTI, since they had been in production in europe for a few years already. I'm not making that mistake again, especially with an all-new vehicle.

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      06-13-2012 11:59 AM #946
      Quote Originally Posted by Mosbius Designs View Post
      That's my biggest thing is waiting for a few model years to be out. I thought I'd be okay with an 06 GTI, since they had been in production in europe for a few years already. I'm not making that mistake again, especially with an all-new vehicle.
      The Europe for a few years thing was exactly the line I used on the wife when convincing her to give VW a chance.

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      06-13-2012 12:00 PM #947
      Quote Originally Posted by pwm View Post
      The Europe for a few years thing was exactly the line I used on the wife when convincing her to give VW a chance.

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      06-13-2012 12:43 PM #948
      i am coming around to the point that it isn't responsible of me to drop 2k+ on wheels should i just get Varrstoens (or similar) and be happy?
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      06-13-2012 12:45 PM #949
      Quote Originally Posted by BluMagic View Post
      i am coming around to the point that it isn't responsible of me to drop 2k+ on wheels should i just get Varrstoens (or similar) and be happy?
      Your car didnt come with wheels???

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      06-13-2012 12:46 PM #950
      Quote Originally Posted by BluMagic View Post
      i am coming around to the point that it isn't responsible of me to drop 2k+ on wheels should i just get Varrstoens (or similar) and be happy?
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      Your car didnt come with wheels???
      Chris, you're letting your old man leak out. Stop it.
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