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      10-02-2012 04:02 PM #26
      I drove a R33 GT-R as my daily for five years, my dream car when I was in high school. Loved every minute of it, except for the traffic jams.

      Miss it greatly, but then, hard to keep it forever, and it was hard on my left leg with the Exedy twin plate. Had well over 450whp when I sold it.



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      10-02-2012 04:03 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Brendan@bwalkauto View Post
      My hero car was an E39 M5. Ended up with an E39 540/6.

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      Mine was too.
      Then I owned one for 3 years.
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      10-02-2012 04:05 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by MRVW00 View Post
      What is it?
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      10-02-2012 04:10 PM #29
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      Please someone can tell me the name of this car?? http://forums.vwvortex.com/newthread.php?p=34534 Thank you!!
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      10-02-2012 04:11 PM #30
      Always wanted a 911 Turbo. It's one of my Hero cars, but still on my list are a R35 GTR and a Lamborghini Murci.

      Here's what I've got so far:

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      10-02-2012 04:13 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      I understand completely. I need a new vehicle, but don't want one.
      I'm kind of in the same boat. My B5 is getting old...and 211K....BUT I LOVE HER!

      Quote Originally Posted by Dan92SLC View Post
      1971 911 non sunroof coupe. Rust free, even.
      Pics or GTFO.

      Those are investment cars at this point in the game..

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      10-02-2012 04:28 PM #32
      i think the only real car that I lusted over, and it was when I was a kid, was the corrado. It went well beyond hero worship, unfortunately. But I do own a corrado and it wasn't quite as nice as I expected. But it's gotten much closer over the last 12 years!

      I suppose a 911 would be considered my hero car and I have yet to own or drive one. I'm a bit concerned that I'll be a somewhat underwhelmed by it, unless I can drive it hard on the track. So I'm in no hurry to get behind the wheel. The last few cars I've owned were ones that appealed to me for some time, but not anything I really lusted over. I thought that anyone who claims to be a VW enthusiast, should own a GTI for at least a little while. Check. I always wanted a 2 seat sports coupe and I was fond of the crossfire when they first came out. Check. I always wanted a car that was fast from the factory. I bought a mustang GT. Certainly not the fastest thing on the street, but definitely not slow either.

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      10-02-2012 04:29 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by MRVW00 View Post
      Curious, since I've driven both. What made you buy the Lambo over say a RUF or a C6 Lingenfelter/Callaway?
      I've just always wanted a Lamborghini. After driving the C6 for 5 years, i wanted something different, particularly something mid-engined, so another Vette, even something as fast as a ZR1 or a Callaway was out of the question. I also realized that since I barely ever used the full performance potential of my Vette on the street (although I do drive hard, I think I got 7 or 8 tickets in the Vette in the 5 years I had it but I wouldn't consider myself reckless) I didn't need to buy the absolute fastest car I could for the money. I've never been a fan of the styling of 911s, although the GT3 strongly appeals to me.

      So the other cars I was considering in the price range were the Gallardo, R8 (I like it but I don't love it), Viper (the new one wasn't out at the time) and that's about it honestly. I loved the 430 Scuderia I drove last year but they were out of my price range and Ferrari maintenance is supposedly a lot more trouble than maintenance on a Gallardo so it quickly became the #1 option
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      10-02-2012 04:48 PM #34
      Hero car the moment it came out was the 135i. Practically E30 dimensions, RWD, 50/50 weight distribution, N54, six speed, and red leather. Easy path to near-supercar performance while still maintaining awesome handling.



      Got it. Love it. Drive it a bit too much. 6800 miles in a month and a half of ownership

      Some of that was driving up from FL to MA and then over to Ithaca, NY, but still. Wouldn't own it if I couldn't drive it.
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      10-02-2012 04:54 PM #35
      Attainable hero cars currently are E46 M3, B5 S4 avant and a Lotus Elise SC. I realistically could probably afford to buy any of them now but I don't think I could afford to own them if that makes sense. Not so attainable (currently) would be an R8 or a Gallardo.
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      10-02-2012 04:55 PM #36
      All my "hero" cars are **** boxes from the 50's-early90's, so it's more of an issue of how much space I have to huck my pile of heaps out in the yard.

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      10-02-2012 05:02 PM #37
      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
      It's pretty amazing, isn't it? It's actually kind of disappointing once you realize that those crazy italian super cars really don't drive any differently than the extremely capable, vastly more economical sports cars most people drive around. They look better, and sometimes sound better, but once you get over the initial shock value, there's not really much more substance to them over any good, "regular" sports car. I'm not opposed to a turbocharged bull myself, and might end up with one, but that would probably be the only reason I'd go for such a car. There's a lot of regular cars that with a few power and visual mods (like a GTR) would interest me more than a stock Italian.
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      10-02-2012 05:02 PM #38
      I dont think ill ever own an f40
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      10-02-2012 05:07 PM #39
      My Hero car is a 550 Maranello and I'm currently busting my ass to make sure I own one before I turn 40...I have 119 days to go, but who's counting
      It's a proper, proper thing!

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      10-02-2012 05:16 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Toaster29 View Post
      It's pretty amazing, isn't it? It's actually kind of disappointing once you realize that those crazy italian super cars really don't drive any differently than the extremely capable, vastly more economical sports cars most people drive around. They look better, and sometimes sound better, but once you get over the initial shock value, there's not really much more substance to them over any good, "regular" sports car. I'm not opposed to a turbocharged bull myself, and might end up with one, but that would probably be the only reason I'd go for such a car. There's a lot of regular cars that with a few power and visual mods (like a GTR) would interest me more than a stock Italian.
      Yeah, there comes a point where you experience serious diminishing returns. The Gallardo is slightly faster than my C6, but it feels heavier (probably due to the fact that it's a convertible as well as the AWD) in corners. It still drives beautifully (and the ride is MUCH, MUCH better, it seriously rides better than a lot of "luxury" cars I've driven) and sounds incredible, but it's not nearly 5x the car the C6 was, even though it was nearly 5x the price (when both were new). You can't really beat the styling though

      I drove a Rolls Royce Ghost a couple weeks ago (one of the benefits of owning a Lambo, they thought I was important enough at the Rolls dealer to email me and offer a test drive of the Ghost) and I had the same impression. It didn't drive that much better than any other large luxury sedan, and the interior wasn't THAT much nicer than something like an S Class (or the 7-Series it's based on) but it costs as much as 3 S Classes. I'm FAR from a dashstroker, but seeing pieces made of plastic in the Rolls was shocking to me, for that price the interior should be made out of solid gold
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      10-02-2012 05:23 PM #41
      Yes, Corrado SLC. I am glad to have owned it and enjoy driving it. Now keeping it running on the other hand... LAWD HELP ME!

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      10-02-2012 05:38 PM #42
      Yes and no. I dont really have any 'dream' cars, just ones I really, really like.

      - I bought an '05 Audi allroad. Loved it since I first set my eyes on it. Finally got my hands on it and daily drove it and it was a wallet raiding nightmare. When it worked, it was oh so nice. The rest of the time, it wasnt. I sold it and still miss it when I see others on the road.
      - Had a built up Land Rover Discovery for a bit. Fun truck but 8 mpg and constantly acting up electrics. Sold it and miss it dearly.
      - Replaced the Disco with a diesel 60 series. Holy grail, right? Great truck yes but no where near as fun, or capable, as the Disco. Sold it when I moved to England. If I hadnt moved, I wouldve sold it anyway.
      - 1972 MGB GT. That I want back and want it back BIG time. I would take that one back before I take my 1958 MGA.
      - I will eventually buy another GT and find a pre 1988 Range Rover.
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      10-02-2012 05:42 PM #43
      from 19-22 i definitely drove some hero cars. i daily drove a fully modded STI from 19-21, while have a basically new gsx-r600 at the same time. then when i left the army i had a mint S4 for a while. that was pretty sweet. also the period of my life where i not only could afford to screw around with cars, i cared to. i don't care nor can i afford to now as a full-time student. haha.

      fun times were had. i still have a very nice car for my age and in school, so no complaints.
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      10-02-2012 05:43 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by MCTB View Post
      and find a pre 1988 Range Rover.
      There's a dark green 1st gen Range Rover that's been sitting outside a car wash near me for years. I would ask about it but I'm not sure I really want it. I have a pic of it somewhere.

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      10-02-2012 05:44 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by thetopdog View Post
      It didn't drive that much better than any other large luxury sedan, and the interior wasn't THAT much nicer than something like an S Class (or the 7-Series it's based on) but it costs as much as 3 S Classes.
      I don't know, I drove a 57 Maybach at Amelia on a closed ocean-side road. It made my 12-cylinder seem like a cream puff. That car was brutally fast. The brakes were equally competent. I walked away like this. OK, that's not a normal luxury sedan.
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      10-02-2012 05:45 PM #46
      Twice.

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      10-02-2012 05:47 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      I don't know, I drove a 57 Maybach at Amelia on a closed ocean-side road. It made my 12-cylinder seem like a cream puff. That car was brutally fast. The brakes were equally competent. I walked away like this. OK, that's not a normal luxury sedan.
      Yes...but you're comparing it to your 24 year old BMW, not really fair
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      10-02-2012 05:48 PM #48
      Not quite there yet.. the Mustang is fun, but i'm not done with it yet to make it my hero car.

      Hero cars that are attainable:
      - 78 Triumph TR-6
      - 73 Porsche 911

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      10-02-2012 05:48 PM #49
      I used to own my hero...fvckin' exwife...






      I do own my now sort-of hero:

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      10-02-2012 06:01 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by Toaster29 View Post
      It's pretty amazing, isn't it? It's actually kind of disappointing once you realize that those crazy italian super cars really don't drive any differently than the extremely capable, vastly more economical sports cars most people drive around.
      Quote Originally Posted by thetopdog View Post
      Yeah, there comes a point where you experience serious diminishing returns.
      A question for both of you. When you say that these cars don't drive a ton better than more affordable sports cars, is this is reference to the experience on the street or a road course? I would think that the affordable performance cars that you're talking about wouldn't drive much different on the street than the more expensive cars. But, at least from my years of magazine reading experience (), it would seem that the pricier cars are a much better drive on a road course. I'm more asking in terms of feel, responsiveness, and confidence, not lap times.

      And I'm not talking about a modded GTR vs a stock 458 or similar. I'm talking stock vs stock. I'd have a hard time taking a GTR over say a 997 GT2, even if the GTR was faster and easier to drive.

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