The Car Thread

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  1. ElysianGuitars

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    Call me a bit too ‘Paul Walker’, but I find that there are very few cars that aren’t improved by black wheels :D

    I’ve always liked the MX-5 and I think this generation is the best looking yet. I’ve never tracked one, but my understanding is that the chassis can handle everything that the power train can put out which means it can be really ‘driven’ so you feel like an absolute god behind the wheel.

    Please tell me that’s true so I can nod at your car with the manly nod of manly knowing ;)
     
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    It's absolutely true, especially with these tires. 188hp has never felt so fast. It's ridiculous.

    I will warn you of this... Never drive an MX5 unless you're ready to buy one. If you like performance cars you'll regret not buying one after trying it.
     
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    The autocross event went decently this weekend, learned a lot about the car, and did about as good as I could have hoped for having only owned the car for a week and a half or so.




    Also picked up the wheel centers for my BMW build today, love how they came out. They didn't mask off the mounting surfaces on the outer edge, so I've got a lot of sanding in my future, but my die grinder with a sanding pad should make quick work of it.

     
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    Fuck yeah. I would take an ND2 Miata over a S3 every day of the week. My buddy picked up a base model last month and it honestly had me considering selling my (currently broken) AP2. Very balanced and playful car on the stock setup.
     
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    anyone got any suggestions for something in the same shitbox sedan vein of a Mitsubishi Lancer or a Subaru Impreza? I really want a kitted out WRX to feed my ego and I'm gonna get offered a job on the line at work any day now so I could afford insurance, gas, and maintainence. I just can't afford something that insane but my dad's Lancer I drive more than him when I'm visiting home is pretty much the perfect car.

    Pretty much looking for a small quick sedan with the same feel as some of the more loaded out shit that won't kill me to buy or keep around.
     
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    you want manual?
     
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    doesn't matter, I'll drive either
     
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    What about trying to talk to your pops about buying his... or something along those lines? Maybe y'all could work out something that would put him into a new car/ another car, while you buy or take possession of the Lancer?
     
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    What about trying to talk to your pops about buying his... or something along those lines? Maybe y'all could work out something that would put him into a new car/ another car, while you buy or take possession of the Lancer?
     
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    I would love to but he loves that thing, we got a sick deal on it and it's in perfect shape. He said unless he can get an old camaro to work on that'll be the last car he'll buy and my parents use it for long trips. I have to talk to him about it the next time he calls but definitely by the time I graduate it's gonna start being a problem and with grad school and jobs coming up I don't want it to be an afterthought.
     
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    mused car prices are all over the place so it’s hard to gauge.

    mused base wrx or lancer is still a good choice. Tons of them around. Only problem is that most get driven pretty hard.

    Used mid tier a3
    Used mid tier 3 series. Maintenance costs are a bit high. But with a bit of luck and a good mechanic.

    more realistically
    Used vw golf
    Used Ford focus higher trim

    Honda Civic

    toyota/subaru brz twins. 2 doors significantly less power but fun to drive.

    Left field suggestion.
    save up. Lease a model 3. The model 3 will be more fun in city driving then any ice car within the same price range.
     
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    Also Kia stinger. Jeez Kia is selling a car for 36 grand now. What a world.
     
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    The Golf and A3 are very different animals to something like a Lancer or Impreza/WRX, in both feel and intention.

    I'd suggest in the US that you go for a used WRX and find a good specialist mechanic who loves working on them. They're a very connected drive, they feel analogue, and you feel like you're driving the car, rather than the car driving itself.

    I'd say if you want to "go fast" then the Golf R or Audi S3 is probably a better choice, but if you want to "DRIVE fast" then the Subaru would be a better choice. You might not actually be going quite as fast as in a German technomobile, but you'll be having more fun ;)
     
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    Ya best choice is still the wrx. It’s being refreshed soon. But used car prices are wack right now.

    although after driving sports car for the last 10 years or so...the most exciting thing to drive is something like a smart or fiat 500. You’re never going fast but ever drive can be an adventure.
     
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    Swapped the stock open diff for a limited slip yesterday morning, completely transformed the car. Have another autocross event next weekend to try it out, as well as my track alignment.
     
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    I agree that driving a tiny car adds a sense of speed that is hard to achieve at road legal speeds in a normal sized car.

    That’s one of the best things about the MX-5, it’s small enough to have that extra sense of speed, but has a big enough engine to actually have some speed.

    I’m talking myself into a second car here ;)
     
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    that's shit hot

    the ND Miata is the best car since the NA and easily the best looking Miata they've ever done. At the time I had a budget for the RX-7... didn't wanna spend too much on it, so I didn't get an FD or look at new cars like the 86 or Miata. Even 996 Carreras were in the running for a bit but I hated the headlights. But I decided to go cheap and leave a bunch for mods... except my "cheap" car didn't pan out at all and lookin back on it, I wish I had sprung for an FD at the very least... or even better, the ND Miata. Man they look fantastic. The one mitigating factor I guess woulda been, at the time, it still had the old engine in it that nobody liked.
     
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    I'd love an FD, but they're so different from the Miata experience. Back in the early 2000s I had an 87 Turbo II, an 88 Turbo II, and an 84 GSL that I put a 13B in, and those cars were fantastic, but at least the FC's were still heavier than the Miata, and while they handled great for the time, suspension tech has come a LONG way, and the suspension in the ND really shines.

    I'm really glad I got the 2019 with the 181hp engine, it's got just enough power to be a blast most any time you drive it. It's not going to win many drag races, but the handling, the lightness, and the quality of build on the car are just absolutely fantastic. I really appreciated how they engineered the rear end when I was installing the LSD this weekend, it's incredibly well thought out, easy to disassemble, and easy to reassemble. I had no issues, didn't even have to touch an alignment bolt even.
     
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    Here’s my new dad mobile.

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    drag racing is boring! Slow Car Fast is the best and the Miata does that better than almost anything this side of a Caterham, I think. Looking at bringatrailer prices for recent FC sales have me wondering now... maybe it's time to change it up
     
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