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      10-02-2012 02:29 PM #1
      Some say you should never meet your heroes.

      In some cases, it's true. When I drove a G-Wagen. It was a huge let down...

      HOWEVER, we all have our have the inevitable task everyday of daily driving. Have you chose any of your attainable heroes to do those task?
      You can easily buy a beige Camry to do the same task as say a S4 Avant...but which is more fun?

      I've been on a mission to collect my attainable heroes.

      Am I the only one?
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      10-02-2012 02:33 PM #2
      Luckily for me, most of my heroes are attainable; Austin 7, Citroen 2CV. Not sure how much fun those would be as dailies, though.
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      10-02-2012 02:35 PM #3
      I've never had a car as a hero. Unless I'm misunderstanding the usage of the term
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      10-02-2012 02:35 PM #4
      My hero car was an E39 M5. Ended up with an E39 540/6.

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      10-02-2012 02:36 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by MRVW00 View Post
      When I drove a G-Wagen. It was a huge let down...
      how so?

    6. 10-02-2012 02:38 PM #6
      Admittedly not a DD, but definitely not so special that it couldn't be used as a DD, my SHO is my first "hero car". I wanted one since before I had a drivers license, and I have come to the realization that it was an itch I had to scratch.

      Now that I have it, and as I get older, my desires for super expensive cars are fading. I could see stretching to a used M3 or a new Mustang GT, but I think that's about as far up as I want to go.

      More telling, I find cars like the GTI scratch all the car itches I have....practical, fun, efficient, inexpensive to own, special enough to feel like you are driving something cool.

      Those are the cars I really like, and they are very hard to find.
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      10-02-2012 02:38 PM #7
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      10-02-2012 02:43 PM #9
      I own my realistic "hero.". Stretch hero would be F355.

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      10-02-2012 02:44 PM #10
      The one I do own:


      Ones I don't own:




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      10-02-2012 02:44 PM #11
      Yes and sadly I think its losing its luster for me. I just cannot commit the $ required to finish bringing her back to glory, not when I'm about to do a kitchen remodel.

      I often wish I could sell and buy a nice 80s Carrera for half the price.

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      10-02-2012 02:44 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfVIDriver View Post
      Admittedly not a DD, but definitely not so special that it couldn't be used as a DD, my SHO is my first "hero car". I wanted one since before I had a drivers license, and I have come to the realization that it was an itch I had to scratch.
      Me too. I had a worse experience than you are having; but that's as much my fault as it was the car's. I loved my SHO but it was a money pit and made me 'that guy' who needed a ride everywhere.

      My second car (immediately preceding the SHO) was an ITR, and that was certainly one of my heroes...it didn't disappoint.

      My fourth/current car was one of my heroes too. I followed its introduction with baited breath, reviewed one @ work in 2007, and bought one in 2009. I'm sure there are people who will roll their eyes at a $25k Honda being anyone's "hero"...but find me another car that doesn't break, can carry me, my wife+3 other adults, get 30+MPG highway, revs to 8200rpm, run sub-15s in the 1/4, and has one of the finest transmissions ever made + LSD.

      My other car wasn't exactly a hero, but I always wanted an Accord or Accord-based car with a J30 V6. Now I have one.

      I have met other heroes. Some of them didn't disappoint: GTR, M6, M3, 1M.

      Some did: CTS-V, CLS63, Cayman R, RX-8, Genesis 3.8 R-Spec.
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      10-02-2012 03:10 PM #14
      No, I don't own any of my "hero" cars. I've driven a few of them and none of them were dissapointing. But then again, I have realistic expectations of what a classic exotic might be like as a car. And I'd never ask one of my hero cars to be a daily driver. And I'd never have a reliable appliance as a hero car. A desirable car has to be exciting AND it has to need me. It has to be involving in more ways than just control input. That's why I like old British and Italian (and older German) cars so much.
      I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.

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      10-02-2012 03:10 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      I've never had a car as a hero. Unless I'm misunderstanding the usage of the term
      generic term.
      Some say you should never meet your heroes.

      now relate that to cars.
      some say you should never own your dream car.

      the jist.
      dreams often do not live up to reality.

      i used to dream about 944 turbos. got to a point i could buy one. drove a large number of what were supposed to be great examples. came away unimpressed, to the point i didnt buy one.

      i still think i want one. but then my mind rolls back to those 10 or so test drives and i get blah about them again.
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      10-02-2012 03:25 PM #16
      My past 2 major car purchases (C6 back in 2007 and Gallardo a earlier this year) were both on my "heros" list. The C6 actually did a much better job of making the dream match up with the reality. It was just a huge difference for me to go from driving boring sedans my entire life (drove my mom's Camry throughout high school/college and had a 1999 GS400 briefly after graduation) to finally getting to drive such a capable sportscar every day (and the C6 was a true DD, it was my only car for 5 years). The difference between the Gallardo and C6 wasn't nearly as great and there was absolutely no way the Gallardo could match the excitement I felt when I first got my C6
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      10-02-2012 03:26 PM #17
      Corrado. Check.
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      10-02-2012 03:28 PM #18
      I always wanted a Datsun Z so, ummm I guess so?

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      10-02-2012 03:44 PM #19
      I have always wanted a b7 RS4, and am currently on the hunt for one. Have owned a few previous "hero" cars, including evo 8, sti, b5 s4, and e36 m3.

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      10-02-2012 03:48 PM #20
      Yes, though I did not know it when I bought it. Learned to respect it greatly since

      (much of that courtesy of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl5W3NrqtoA )

      I also realize I will likely never find another one like it, so I better enjoy it while I can.

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      10-02-2012 03:53 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by dunhamjr View Post
      the jist.
      dreams often do not live up to reality.

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      I can attest to that. I spent stupid money on a new BMW in '88 to buy my "hero" car. While it isn't a bad car, it didn't live up to my expectations. It was pretty cool to drive it on the Autobahn as fast as it would go, but I have un-fond service memories. I still have it, so I guess I do own my hero car.

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      10-02-2012 03:56 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by 71DubBugBug View Post
      how so?
      Too small.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Dan92SLC View Post
      Yes and sadly I think its losing its luster for me. I just cannot commit the $ required to finish bringing her back to glory, not when I'm about to do a kitchen remodel.

      I often wish I could sell and buy a nice 80s Carrera for half the price.
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      Quote Originally Posted by thetopdog View Post
      My past 2 major car purchases (C6 back in 2007 and Gallardo a earlier this year) were both on my "heros" list. The C6 actually did a much better job of making the dream match up with the reality. It was just a huge difference for me to go from driving boring sedans my entire life (drove my mom's Camry throughout high school/college and had a 1999 GS400 briefly after graduation) to finally getting to drive such a capable sportscar every day (and the C6 was a true DD, it was my only car for 5 years). The difference between the Gallardo and C6 wasn't nearly as great and there was absolutely no way the Gallardo could match the excitement I felt when I first got my C6
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      Quote Originally Posted by gtiwishin View Post
      I have always wanted a b7 RS4, and am currently on the hunt for one. Have owned a few previous "hero" cars, including evo 8, sti, b5 s4, and e36 m3.
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      10-02-2012 03:56 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Time for a GTI View Post
      I'm disappointed. I thought this was going to be about the guy you have tied up in your basement.



      I had a 540/6 for three and a half years. Although I should have waited and gotten an E39 M5, I'm going to say that yes, I did own and DD a car near the top of my fanboi totem pole.
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      10-02-2012 03:57 PM #24
      I've owned all my 'hero' cars and they were either trucks or jeeps. I'm pretty jaded now so I'll probably stick to the POS that look like hell but still run category. My enthusiasm for new cars is almost completely gone.
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      10-02-2012 04:02 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by VW1.8Tsunami View Post
      I'm pretty jaded now so I'll probably stick to the POS that look like hell but still run category. My enthusiasm for new cars is almost completely gone.
      I understand completely. I need a new vehicle, but don't want one.
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