First-gen Genesis Coupe with the 2.0T. The power was surprisingly impressive for only being 200 bhp, but that transmission was just way too...how best to describe it?...clicky. Like there was no progression in shift movement or clutch engagement. It was on-or-off. Clutch slip was only possible in this 0.01% area of the entire clutch throw, and the shifter almost pulled itself into gear.
Recently, I'd say the new Bimmer 328i with auto start/stop.
Come to a stop at a light and the whole car shakes violently. Hit the gas again and the DI engine rattles to life, sounding like an old diesel (new TDIs are much smoother).
Thankfully the feature can be disabled, but has BMW ever even SEEN a Prius?
The mere fact that a 3 series compares unfavorably to a Prius in any way, shape, or form, easily make it a huge disappointment.
E90 M3. Beautiful looks, but on the test drive when I pushed the pedal down I thought something was broken. Nope, just too low on the tach. The high end was fast, but not oh my gosh fast. Same power in a 930 feels like you're going to die at any moment -- and not just because you might!
For me it's a 2009+ Corolla LE.
My father used to have a '95 for a looooong time so when he decided to go and replace it with a new one, I was very interested to see how much Toyota would change in 15 yrs for the same car. Quite frankly, I didn't like it.
the interior is fantastically plastic with hard surfaces everywhere that scratch very very easily. The seats are comfy but not to the point where i'd like to sit in them on a daily basis. The engine is ok...but i think the added weight of the car made it feel as if the older and weaker '95 was still more powerful. sure the styling looks great (in my opinion at least) but i just wasnt sold on the weaker feeling engine and plastic interior.
Previously Owned: 2010 Kia Forte, 2010 JK Wrangler, 2007 Passat, 2003 Jetta, 2002 Jetta, 1992 Sentra, 1998 Dakota, 1990 Ford Ranger
When I first started to read through this thread, I couldn't think of anything that fit the bill. But then I thought some more.
1) NA Miata: I drove one of these for about 10 miles and I couldn't for the life of me find anything terribly spectacular about the car, other than the shifter. It's was just another small car without a top, in my opinion. It wasn't bad, but it didn't feel special from behind the wheel. Now, if I had it on a track or if I really pounded on it on a back road, maybe my impressions of the car would change. As it stands though, I have no real interest in ever acquiring one of these cars.
2) e46 M3: I still think these are amazingly good looking cars. But after my drive in one with an SMG, I didn't find it terribly compelling. If I wanted a higher end german performance car at a decent price (used anyway), I'd buy a Boxster, which I did have a blast in, even at 30 mph. Unless I was taking it to the track a decent amount, I'd probably rather have a 330.
3) Corrado SLC: I wasn't completely bowled over by the corrado in my signature during the first drive. I had built this car up to be something it clearly wasn't. I thought that compared with the VW Fox I was driving at the time, the difference in acceleration in all gears and at all rpms would be like, well, the difference in acceleration between the 215 hp crossfire I had and the 412 hp mustang I have. I still remember getting the corrado out on the highway and giving it some throttle in third and being thoroughly underwhelmed by the strength of the acceleration. It did better once the 300 lbs sales guy in the passenger seat wasn't in the car, but it still wasn't as speedy as I was expecting. But the car was mint, it had no mods, was very low mileage, I always wanted one and in black, with the speedlines, I just couldn't say no. 12 years later, I'm still getting it to where I want it to be, but I've had a ton of fun along the way.
So can one still be happy with a car that they once had on a pedestal, but were disappointed with when they finally got to drive one? Definitely. But I'm still not ever getting a miata!
I can think of a few more:
-B5 Audi A4. In stock form...yawn. When modded with an APR Stg3 kit, it was fast--but the chassis couldn't quite keep up (it had H&R coilovers, 17" wheels, etc).
-Saab 9-5. I really wanted to love my Saab. I respect the brand tremendously, and the car was an awesome long distance cruiser. But I found it dreadfully boring to drive daily, and the stock suspension was horrible. The rear shocks were leaking fluid when replaced at 50k miles, so no wonder. The upgrade I did made ride quality tolerable, but flinty over broken pavement--for not enough return in the handling department. Didn't think twice about sending it on its way after 4 years.
-2012 Subaru WRX. I wanted to like it so much more than I did, given how much I loved my FXT. But I found it crude, loud, and lacking quality. Disappointment.
-New Focus. I was really hoping this might be the car to replace the Prius. I was shocked at how little rear leg room there was in the hatch, and the 1G MyFord Touch system was abysmal--it crashed when I tried to pair my phone, requiring a full reboot; the system was terribly laggy when changing screens; the UI was totally inconsistent screen to screen, requiring WAY too much familiarization--I can't imagine trying to use it while moving. Then the drive was the final disappointment. The drivetrain was, well, awful. It never felt like 160hp, and the PowerShift transmission felt like it still had a year of development to go--clunking into gear, indecisive upshifts, reluctant downshifts. DSG isn't perfect by any stretch but it is light years ahead of that POS.
edit- Here's a pic of the new green. Hard to live with as a daily.
Last edited by Bonanza; 09-12-2012 at 06:33 PM.
Wasn't super impressed with the Porsche 928s4 I drove. It was a stick, too. Just.... no drama. Not that exciting. Still a nice car, I suppose.
Edit: 928, not 924.
Last edited by turbo_nine; 09-12-2012 at 08:27 PM.
call it potatography
The car wasn't new, but I guess I expected a bit more STi from it. The shifter felt like my Talon before the short shifter and brass bushings (read: absolute ****), the brakes felt worse than my Talon (Is that even possible?), and the handling felt a little Corolla like.
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