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      09-12-2012 01:59 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by MRVW00 View Post
      I'm with you.

      The E39 M5 was a let down...don't drive your heros
      I felt the same way, I worked for a body shop that did work for the local BMW dealer so I had tons of seat time in them. Honestly never felt like almost 400 hp as advertised. Felt more like 300-325 ish and I didn't think it handled as well as it was praised either.

      during that era I had a chance to drive everything BMW sold and by far the most fun was the M Coupe and M Roadster only to be followed closely by the ZHP E46. I actually liked the ZHP more than the E46 M.

      The X5 4.6is was fun too in a very different way, fun in a way that an SUV shouldn't be able to have this much grip and sound that good.

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      09-12-2012 02:06 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post
      I hope to Christ this is a troll...
      Why? It kinda is a boat. I can understand the feeling to some extent...

      "never meet your heroes"

      I guess that's why I refuse to drive a 993 Turbo.

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      09-12-2012 02:20 AM #28
      < flame suit> NSX < /flame suit>

      Always wanted one, so when the time came to go pick mine out I started test driving.

      Sound and shifter were awesome. Power, steering (ratio, not feel), brakes, clutch, seating position were all not what I would want to come out to every day. Oh well. There are plenty of cars on the road.

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      09-12-2012 02:25 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Shomegrown View Post
      Why? It kinda is a boat. I can understand the feeling to some extent...

      "never meet your heroes"

      I guess that's why I refuse to drive a 993 Turbo.
      Got to drive a 996 TT and it was everything and then some of what I expected. Also thoroughly enjoyed the last 993 Carrera 4S I drove despite purist suggesting the AWD and extra weight takes all the precision and soul out of the car.

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      09-12-2012 02:58 AM #30

      WHen I was young, I used to in-vision these things as something I wanted to drive someday. When I was old enough to do it...I was let down lol Was clunky...under powered..and had almost no soul. I cant help but wonder what a V8 swap droves and feels like though .
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      09-12-2012 08:31 AM #32
      The current gen Lexus IS. I was expecting sporty, and I got a RWD Camry.
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      09-12-2012 08:53 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by TooFitToQuit View Post
      What didnt you like?...curious because its on my "may buy list" in the future however I havent driven an Abarth yet. ( I did drive the 500 Sport)

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      09-12-2012 08:58 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Klim18 View Post
      Coming from a GTI, I expected it to be alot more sportier... instead a lot more "softer".
      No way!! its alot more "raw" .
      Heart pumping antifreeze as I stand here.

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      09-12-2012 09:06 AM #35


      The V10 M6 with the SMG trans......

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      09-12-2012 09:12 AM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by helement2003 View Post
      Camaro SS

      My biggest letdown:
      -The lack of a sense of speed/acceleration.
      OK, I'm glad I'm not the only one. I reviewed a 6-speed SS 'vert last year and it was really boring and felt pretty slow. Cameraman said the same.

      It's not as slow as it feels, but...it doesn't make a lot of power down low, and needs to be revved. Only problem is, it revs too slowly to feel fast.

      I thought the same about the interior. Much 'nicer' and more European than the Mustang, for example.

      Quote Originally Posted by Klim18 View Post
      Coming from a GTI, I expected it to be alot more sportier... instead a lot more "softer".
      Amen!

      I didn't like the MS3 at all, but more because of the ridiculous torque steer and the stupid power delivery.

      What's perhaps worse is the way people jock the car for having 263hp and costing $25k, as if that alone makes it the perfect car. It's so far from that it's not even funny.

      Other big disappointments:

      2011 Hyundai Equus: Worst. Driver's. Seat. Ever!!
      2011 Mazda RX-8: Where's the power?
      2012 Porsche Cayman R: Where's the excitement?
      2011 Porsche Cayenne S: $100k for this?
      2011 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 R-Spec: You call this a transmission?
      2012 Kia Rio: This is supposedly better than a Civic?
      2007 BMW 650i: YAWN, and where is the luxury?
      2011 Kia Optima EX: This doesn't [/I]feel[/I] like 200hp...

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      09-12-2012 09:30 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Klim18 View Post
      Coming from a GTI, I expected it to be alot more sportier... instead a lot more "softer".
      Strange. I've admittedly never driven a second gen (my gag reflex isn't that powerful) but I owned 2 first gens and "soft" is the last word I'd use to describe it. Especially compared to my GTI.
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      09-12-2012 09:41 AM #38
      Nissan 350Z: I drove one soon after they were released, an Enthusiast model. It just felt... chunky. I was hoping for the great Z-car revival that Nissan was touting... I had never driven a 240Z back then, of course, but the 350Z came off way more muscle car than lithe sports car. Ironically I think they could've done better with it if they gave it the lighter control effort settings of the G35. It would've lost some feedback but gained a feeling of lightness and tossability.
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      09-12-2012 09:46 AM #39
      40th Anniversary Mustang:

      Automatic, convertible (not off to a good start)...I thought it'd be faster. The interior felt like I was sitting in a school bus, and the sound was a bit of a let down. I remember being excited to get back into my 4cyl/5spd accord afterwards.



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      09-12-2012 09:47 AM #40
      EVO X
      was excited when i bought it the first 3 miles when i left dealership realized that is slower then my chipped mazdaspeed 3 was, handled way better but awfully slow, quiet and felt cheap as **** (with exeption of recaros )

      cheap interior
      didn't feel like something special at all
      sounded stock like regular lancer


      fixed all above few months later putting healthy 320whp but interior remained cheap so got rid of it.

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      09-12-2012 09:47 AM #41
      08 R32

      After driving an 04 R32 I had big expectations for the 08. I knew the DSG transmission would be a different experience, but I didn't know it would be a huge let down. Don't get me wrong, its a fun car to drive through the turns, but how often do you really get to do that? VW should have stayed with a manual gearbox. It was bad enough that that the interior wasn't as unique as the 04 was. Other than the transmission, its a good car. Id rather be manually shifting through the gears in traffic, than have it in D the whole time. Isn't it supposed to be an enhusiast car?

      The worst part, I actually own the car. Hah. Maybe a manual swap will change my perspective.
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      09-12-2012 09:59 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by Brickx3 View Post


      The V10 M6 with the SMG trans......
      Enough said.

      I was disappointed when I got my Jetta (I know VW's are the pinnacle of automobiles)
      Granted the Jetta had problems, and it was a step up from my 96 Civic but it just wasn't as big a difference as I expected...
      The shifter felt a little clumsy, didn't like to engage gears quickly, and the turbo just lost all steam after 4500rpm...
      Yes the down low torque is nice, but it breaks the tires loose in 1st (I need new tires soonish) and then I just look like a jackass.
      And a lot of these things will be fixed when I buy better parts to replace the ones that are causing issues; the gears are much better after a lightened flywheel and VR6 clutch + PP.
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      09-12-2012 10:16 AM #43
      I just thought of another one:

      2004 WRX STi: Another car that I loved on paper (and still do, really) but that disappointed me by substituting control weight in the absence of control feedback. Instead of steering that "loads up" when you corner, the steering is just heavy at turn in, heavy at track out, heavy everywhere. Wooden response from the huge Brembo brakes (probably the fault of street pads more than anything; the Evo VIII was the same way). It was work to drive fast. The Evo by contrast made you feel like a hero with the best steering feedback and chassis response I've ever felt in a four-door car (even including the RX-8 here, IMO of course). It just sticks and goes like a four-door Miata with double the power.

      The 2005s had revised steering and chassis geometry and I think that car hit it right on. The 2008+ models took it too far and no longer feel like a $35k performance flagship car.

      At the time, in 2004, I found the standard WRX to also be a more fun street car. It didn't have any better feedback but again, like the 350Z/G35 comparison above, just having lighter effort to everything made it less work to toss around at road-legal speeds.
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      09-12-2012 10:18 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by Klim18 View Post
      Coming from a GTI, I expected it to be alot more sportier... instead a lot more "softer".
      I came from 2007 GTI chipped/lowered/with a few other bells and whistles on it.

      the Speed3 is a hoot to drive. AND faster for less $. Way less $.

      back on topic...

      I drove a 996 that was fun... but thought it would have been far more powerful than it was.

    20. 09-12-2012 10:25 AM #45
      An in-laws e 36. He said it was a supercharged m3. See the car, it is just a 325. Pop the hood and it has a the m3 engine with the supercharger. In law says he had the drive train swapped in from an m3. it was supposed to be making 350 HP, felt like 200 HP. Plus it was a slushbox. The car was an absolute pig. At the end of the drive, he said..... Now wasn't that the fastest car you ever drove. Nope.

    21. 09-12-2012 10:27 AM #46
      boxster, boxster s, evo, wrx (but not the sti.. odd), most older camaros and mustangs, 80's bmw 325 series... flame on

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      09-12-2012 10:39 AM #47
      996 Carrera. First time driving any kind of Porsche. Exhaust note didn't sound that great and didn't really feel fast when gunning it. It was only a brief drive and mostly on the interstate, but it didn't leave a memorable experience that I thought any kind of Porsche would do.

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      09-12-2012 10:39 AM #48
      OP, you're sure that rental wasn't a V6 Camaro RS, right?

      I drove a brand new 2012 Mustang V6 Convertible from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West and back and I was actually really impressed by it. Not worth the same coin as a GTI IMO but fun for a weekend of top down cruising on spring break.

      The only car I've ever had really high expectations of that let me down was the BMW E30 M3.

      It was lightly prepped for STX class auto-x with good shocks and GC coil overs but it just felt really soft to me compared to my Integra, which was only on Tokico Illuminas and H&R Sports at the time. Nothing too special or particularly stiff.

      All my life I had been reading the hype about the ultimate "Ultimate Driving Machine" and I got out of it thinking, "Meh." My lowly base model, non-VTEC Integra was faster and more fun to drive on the auto-x course that day. Maybe it would have been a different story out on the open road but I never got that chance.
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      09-12-2012 10:44 AM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by Type_RS_59 View Post
      OP, you're sure that rental wasn't a V6 Camaro RS, right?

      I drove a brand new 2012 Mustang V6 Convertible from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West and back and I was actually really impressed by it. Not worth the same coin as a GTI IMO but fun for a weekend of top down cruising on spring break.

      The only car I've ever had really high expectations of that let me down was the BMW E30 M3.

      It was lightly prepped for STX class auto-x with good shocks and GC coil overs but it just felt really soft to me compared to my Integra, which was only on Tokico Illuminas and H&R Sports at the time. Nothing too special or particularly stiff.

      All my life I had been reading the hype about the ultimate "Ultimate Driving Machine" and I got out of it thinking, "Meh." My lowly base model, non-VTEC Integra was faster and more fun to drive on the auto-x course that day. Maybe it would have been a different story out on the open road but I never got that chance.
      Nah you're not totally crazy. My first drive in an E30M definitely left me feeling a little let down.

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      09-12-2012 10:44 AM #50
      I drove the new coyote 5.0 GT and felt bland, steering was dull, and honestly, wasnt that impressed with the acceleration. I think a lot of this is b/c i usually drive an S52 MCoupe -- that while isnt the fastest car in the world, it does keep the driver "in touch" with the car.
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