Glad you finally joined us, Turbio.
Random thought time, some of which are inspired by comments in this thread:
1. People that don't get why people are into cars, should go and watch the Eric Bana movie, "Love The Beast." That explains it perfectly right there.
2. I'm a car guy, I can accept and appreciate pretty much anything with wheels. As long as the person has put some thought and care into their car, I can dig it. Even if I wouldn't consider ever owning something like it.
3. PVW magazine is annoying. Same cars over and over, always described as being unique. Really? Another Mk2 on BBS with a VR swap, owned by some hipster with ironic 80s props nearby? Yeah, unique. And before anyone classes me as a VW hating person, I've owned 5 of them them, loved everyone, and will continue to own VWs. The "scene" is annoying. My current VW is a 93 Passat wagon with a Turbo VR6.
4. I love big ass trucks too.
5. The GTR does not excite me in any way, shape, or form. I've driven it a couple of times, and it has the same problem as the old Acura NSX. Looks good, awesome performance, comfortbale, no soul. I want performance cars to make me feel something; whether it's excitement, confusion, or fear, the car needs to evoke a response. The GTR makes me go "meh."
6. Why are people so giddy over Japanese RHD imports? These old Skylines, Soarers, Delicas, etc are dime a dozen over here. They all look really rough around the edges, and they all drive like what they are: 15 year old Nissans and Toyotas. They're like driving your mom's old Maxima, but less convenient because of where you're sitting.
7. The BRZ is interesting, and is probably the only interesting Toyota since the Supra was killed off. Still wouldn't buy one though. I sense that it will feel very appliance like, and that my 6'6" body will most likely not fit. I'll take a used Boxster or E36 instead. yeah, maybe those aren't as fast, or as cheap to run, but I know I'll have more fun, and I know I fit.
8. The EcoBoost is not the be-all end-all for truck engines. It has power and fuel economy. But not at the same time.
I think that's it for now.
Just do it. If you can afford it without going up against a wall, do it.
I agree about the comments on soul and VWs. You have to have been to the bottom of the well with VWs to truly get the whole soul thing. But once you've been there, it's hard to stay away. I wouldn't call it soul, per se, more of just the comfort of knowing that if you're going to get screwed, you will at least enjoy it for the most part.
I have a beater MkIII that I fully expect to give me small amounts of grief for a long, long time. I will love every minute of it, because I know exactly how to deal with it, and can do so when I choose to. I live in no fear of it having issues - I know that one day, it will. It will be the wrong time and the wrong place, but whatever. It's a ton of fun to drive. I smile whenever I look at it. I giggle when I stuff it full of shopping and still fit my family inside comfortably. I really giggle when I pass people on the Autobahn. But one day, she will give me issues. I think it will be the day I have to get the TÜV renewed. Hmmmm. Not looking forward to that..... Stupid PCV system....
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Like I said, your opinion doesn't affect me or really bother me...but your conclusions do confuse me.
"Soul" to me means character and emotion. It means a car will have behaviors rather than just exist.
I also really loved my VW. It was just a MK3 Golf but it ranks as my favorite car behind the modified 66 mustang I had. I'd love another but I wouldnt want to have to rely on it as my only means of transportation.
I'm torn between finding something with a VR or an older Civic (EF or EG) when it comes to replacing my Focus for a DD.
I'm really just here for the pancakes.
I'm Sorry Hachi... I love you.
Basically, I knew ahead of time who would contribute to this thread before I posted it. It may be boring, but at least a civil discussion can be had. Then I can stay in OT and talk about my dump this morning, or your imminent heart attack all in the same place.
Its a win-win.
Now go get your shinebox
Titletown - Y U No Snow?
I bought tires and waited until Thanksgiving because we haven't had any lasting accumulation. The tires are pretty awesome in mud though, found that out on Monday when went and cut an Xmas tree.
Anybody else having this problem?
Even boring commuter cars are amazing. We just got an Outback for like 25k-ish. It has a back up camera in the fricken rear view, reclining rear seats, heated seats, bluetooth and iPod/audo integration, sunroof/moonroof, roofrack, etc, etc, etc. Plus top reliability scores, 6 airbags, rollover sensors and top safety scores, all wheel drive, a CVT with paddle shifters, power seats, etc, etc, etc. Oh, and it's "slow", but it will hang with a slew of early '80s muscle cars in acceleration, while carrying 5 people and all their gear and getting 30mpg.
I mean, you can see where they cut some corners, but instead of dash stroking, I don't know how people aren't instead like "Holy crap, 10 years ago I would have needed to spend 6 figures on a car to get half the crap this has". I mean, my phone rings and it answers over the speakers. I put it in reverse and a camera with dimensional overlays pops up in front of me. The people in the backseat can stretch out like they're on a JetBlue flight. And it's safer, faster, and more reliable than just about any car on the road when I first got my license. And for like another $1500, the car will literally talk to me and tell me how to get where I need to go.
Yet people complain? And this is an entry level wagon and it's 1 step away from being manufactured by Knight Industries for christ sakes.
I didn't put them on last year, but I only drove the car about 3 times a month. This year though, I might not bother putting them on because I just might not need to.
(and with that said, I'm sure we'll get 2 feet of snow this weekend and i'll get stuck )
Last edited by GTiTOM; 12-08-2011 at 11:45 AM.