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Old 06 July 2017, 03:43 PM   #61
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You need to get an old Impreza WRX. RS_Matt gets 45mpg+ from his, so no need for a disease-l in your life!
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Old 06 July 2017, 03:49 PM   #62
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I'm glad there are similar minds up here, I had an Audi S3 S-tronic, liked the test drive but was bored (and embarrassed of the farting) after a few weeks. I may as well have been driving the 1.6 for all the excitement 300 BHP gave me, and it was like riding a pogo stick on B-roads.


I thought the 3.0 from the 335i would be 'better' - at least it's a 6 cylinder although I again made the mistake of going for the auto. Where's the noise? Even with the MPE and the window open it was way too quiet. And why rev it past 3.5K, there's no point, it doesn't sound any better (actually a bit strained) and it's got such a flat torque curve it just errrrm gets quicker, no top end fireworks.


Wife has bought a 208 GTi, had a wee shot one day and smiled more that afternoon than I had in weeks. Didn't take me long to suss out why - interaction with a manual box and a bit of old school, it's coming, turbo wallop. You actually had to drive and not just point and steer.


Result - back in a 10 year old Hawkeye STi, I can 'play' with lol
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Old 06 July 2017, 04:41 PM   #63
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im looking at the new wrx sti as i think it looks great and i really miss driving a subaru........BUT the fact it has the 2.5 puts me off slightly.

also looking at the jaguar xfr-s 5.0v8 supercharged, bmw x5m, 2013 bmw m5 and supercharged vxr8's

and yes i have reached my mid-life crisis lol
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Old 06 July 2017, 04:47 PM   #64
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im looking at the new wrx sti as i think it looks great and i really miss driving a subaru........BUT the fact it has the 2.5 puts me off slightly.

Personally I don't like the look, but more importantly, it still has 305hp.
it had that amount of power 10 years ago - they've not moved on, they're stuck in time!
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Old 06 July 2017, 05:18 PM   #65
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I've come to the conclusion, albeit one that's not particularly popular that more power does not always mean more fun


I don't care if the new Scoob hasn't got any more power than one from 10 years ago, I'll bet a dollar to a donut it's way more fun than an S3/Golf R auto.


My buddy has an S3 now, revo stage 2, jesus it's quick in a straight line but ultimately dull (and still doesn't handle). He basically hangs on and mashes the throttle - woop de doo. I want to actually drive


Yes the 2.5 doesn't have the best reputation, but neither did the last 335i, and don't get me started on IMS/RMS/bore score Porsche's. Most cars have a few weak spots, and I suspect if you treat them with a modicum of sympathy, warm up, cool down, don't remap them and use poor fuel then you're be very unlucky if it goes pop.


And if you buy new you have a warranty anyway, or buy old like me and make sure you have a slush fund.
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Old 07 July 2017, 08:43 AM   #66
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That's why I've also got a 1963 VW beetle in the garage. Something to fix occasionally! Not that I get the time to do that these days with 2 young kids running around.
Really jealous of the Beetle, I'd love to own one, and quite a few out here, they come up on a regular basis for about 1500... but like you I need to be able to cart around all the detritus of life and they're just not practical for a big dog and bags of cement... I can't justify another garage queen as the V3 sti Type R has that slot... with a T4 crew cab pick up sat here mostly doing nothing... 2 MK1 golfs and a Honda 185 3 wheel ATV I need to thin the stable out a bit really, otherwise I'll be going through a very costly divorce.

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Old 11 July 2017, 01:51 PM   #67
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Quick question, looking for opinions on these cars.....
I'm shortly about to finish my PCP deal on my Focus ST and had earmarked a new RS as it's replacement. However, I've had a look a round and might move away from Ford.
I can get a 15 plate A45 for a shade under 30k.
I can get a new M140 for less than 30k
Or I can get a new RS for a shade over 30k

What do people think of the above 3?
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Old 11 July 2017, 03:29 PM   #68
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A45 without a doubt. Cousin has a brand new rs and as nice as it is it's still a ford. Mate has an a45 and it's an absolute animal aswell as an all round nice car. He had a stage 1 map and it gave him 420bhp rather than the standard but still very quick 360bhp. Full of gadgets and the seats are very comfortable. In my opinion it would be the a45 as I find bmw's boring to look at aswell.
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Old 11 July 2017, 09:32 PM   #69
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Not a 911 turbo with keyless entry? Sorry, couldn't resist.

I would love an E92 M3 with comp pack in red. Liked them since they were released!
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Old 12 July 2017, 02:27 PM   #70
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Loads I would like but currently have deposit down on Tesla Model 3
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Old 13 July 2017, 01:04 AM   #71
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Well, as I've just recently got back into Scooby owenership, I'm not looking to change, however I just think most things have got very dull.


It's basically all 2.0 4 pot turbo auto in various configurations, lifeless steering, lots of dirivng 'modes' that do very little, too insulated, not enough NVH.Even the 335i I had with the MPE was dull.


I'd like more 'worse' cars to choose from

Totally agree. After spending the weekend trawling for a newer car to replace my daily driver mk5 R32, nothing fits the bill in terms of practicality and interest (my criteria: more than 4 cylinders, proper manual, AWD and hatch/estate that's newer than 2012).

The only car that met my criteria in the price range is a Insignia VXR (v6 twin turbo manual with AWD and hatch/estate). But after having dealt with a shed load of fleet Insignias all with stupid issues and iffy material quality (like the fuel filler pipe rusting through in less than 3yrs ), I wouldn't touch a Vauxhall with a bargepole. (Would consider a rebadged Holden commodore wagon though ...if only it were AWD )

So going to throw 2k on restoring Golf to make it drive as new again as the ride has deteriorated; New shocks, spring, bushes...and probably a steering rack (ouch) as it appears to have developed wear in the pinion (need to get the rack boots off and confirm it with the dial gauge; not looking forward to that job ) It used to be a very planted car that I could really chuck about in the wet, kick the back end out and basically act like a teenager in a kart, these days it's imprecise with dead feedback due the steering play, nervous and bumps in the road cause it to float as the shocks struggle and I lose steering as the wheels start skipping; Its not nice and not fun. Of course it just sailed through the MOT, which shows how useless that is; There is zero free-play at the wheels, but on the road it's definitely gone sloppy

Will probably throw a few TTs suspension bits on there whilst I'm meddling (top mounts, wishbone bushes etc). Along with sorting the bodywork, wheel refurb, new radio, may retrofit cruise control too.

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Old 13 July 2017, 03:37 PM   #72
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I want a track focused impreza

So if anyone has a nice built car please get in touch

As the c63 is going

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Old 14 July 2017, 11:27 AM   #73
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I want a track focused impreza

So if anyone has a nice built car please get in touch

As the c63 is going
Wull on here has got a Bug STI with built motor going VERY cheap... 6.5k
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Old 15 July 2017, 08:36 AM   #74
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garage queen? A knackered old type r you cant afford to fix.
now back to the real world.
Spot on.

Back in the matrix are we michelle, I know where you live.
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Old 15 July 2017, 02:43 PM   #75
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if you treat them with a modicum of sympathy, warm up, cool down, don't remap them and use poor fuel then you're be very unlucky if it goes pop.


And if you buy new you have a warranty anyway, or buy old like me and make sure you have a slush fund.
This is pretty much why I bought a new STI. I know how it's been treated and by the time the warranty runs out I'll have enough cash saved for a rebuild if it happens.
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Old 15 July 2017, 03:58 PM   #76
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I don't understand why people use poor fuel in their Subaru', for the sake of a few pence is it worth it!. I totally agree with the warm up cool down bit. But a map is one of the best things you can do to a Subaru, it's the poor maps that they put on them to start with which makes the engine pop, or someone who modifys it without having a map done.
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Old 17 July 2017, 10:21 AM   #77
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I don't understand why people use poor fuel in their Subaru', for the sake of a few pence is it worth it!. I totally agree with the warm up cool down bit. But a map is one of the best things you can do to a Subaru, it's the poor maps that they put on them to start with which makes the engine pop, or someone who modifys it without having a map done.
It's not so much the maps, although they have been to blame on a couple of model runs.... it's also boxer engines in general.

They have distinct advantages with regards centre of gravity, but they are very sensitive and need to be treated correctly... maintenance is key... fresh good quality oil and plenty of it being the key factor, as the design of the engine means they are prone to oil starvation, whilst also not having a great deal of material to play with on the bearing shells.... so any form of oil starvation tends to lead to instant failure... poor quality oil and contaminated oil, either by petrol, debris or just being old / combination of the above will again lead to premature failure.... it's not a case of if but when.
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Old 17 July 2017, 11:58 AM   #78
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Absolutely agree with that .

for the sake of a few quid I'd always put good oil and change regularly in my car, as you said, it can lead to a very big bill if you don't.
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Old 20 July 2017, 09:10 AM   #79
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Next car will be all Electric. Either from Volvo, Jaguar or Tesla. I will phase out all our ICM vehicles in the next 5 years
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Old 20 July 2017, 09:34 AM   #80
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With a GTO soundtrack to remind you you're not in a milk float. ?
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Old 20 July 2017, 09:46 AM   #81
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I actually like the silence, quieter the better. My Subaru had a very quiet exhaust with less than 90db at 3.5k rpm.

Top of range electric car destroy any ICE for acceleration

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Old 26 July 2017, 05:13 PM   #82
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The PCP term on my Focus ST finishes in 3 months and I'm changing it for a Focus RS.
Luckily I have the equity in the ST to allow me to only put another 3 grand down and keep the same monthly payments
Yea that's all well n good, but you wont own it, unless u pay the large balloon payment at the end of the term and/or what are you going to replace it with next if you don't keep it? cash is king
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Old 28 July 2017, 12:58 AM   #83
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We will probably keep the civic EXGt as the luxury drive to work car as it will last for years
The misses will only let me swap the juke Nismo for another one

I've been looking at something different such as a VW t6 motorhome but the misses isn't keen as it won't really be used enough as I'm still working so will maybe hang fire on one untill I give up work

Do like the mustang
Am going to try a Audi TT convertable see if I can fit in one
But just had the porsche 718 boxster out and just loved it
So maybe a mid life crises for me is comeing
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Am going to try a Audi TT convertable see if I can fit in one
But just had the porsche 718 boxster out and just loved it
So maybe a mid life crises for me is comeing
Seriously considering one of these at the moment, (coupe) all be it 2001/ 2003 just need to find one that's been loved and had the multitude of problems fixed... and not been to the moon.... which is proving quite difficult... future classic and possibly worth tucking away in the garage for a few years.

My neighbour in the UK has a 3.2 Boxter with a load of GT3 bits on it (bought it like it) it's his 2nd one and he loves it to bits... got to say it looks fantastic and a lot of car for circa 10k... way more reliable that the Jag V12 engined Dax Cobra he had before them too... now that was a hell of a machine when it worked... which was about once a year for 50miles then back to be fixed.
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Well the task of renewing my golf to drive as new has started:

New rear calipers, lathed the discs (been heat cycled so won't warp like a new pair might).
Golf R shocks
VW Racing springs
Leon FR rear bump stops/assisters (15mm shorter but with same progression)
Audi TT front top mounts
Audi TT front lower arm bushes
Subframe centring/locking kit
Rectifying any shell/chassis rust on the seams/spot welds before it propogates (hammerite smooth + waxoyl).

Car now rides miles smoother and planted, didn't realise how crashy the ride had got. Turns out the rear shocks were knackered and had wrecked the bump stops. Front springs had sagged so only had 15mm travel to the bump stops. So basically I was running out of suspension travel.

Road tested a Q3 RS this week and was quickly reminded my steering is still not right, so it's time for a new rack. Getting quotes on new streering rack, but need to find out if I have a gen 1 or gen 2 rack fitted. Also re-reminded me that I couldn't live with a DSG equipped car, and as nice as the 5 cylinder engine is, it's barely audible.
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Old 28 July 2017, 01:44 PM   #86
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Yea that's all well n good, but you wont own it, unless u pay the large balloon payment at the end of the term and/or what are you going to replace it with next if you don't keep it? cash is king
I've had cars on PCP since I sold my last Scoob in 2009.

Won't ever go back to 'owning' a car. New car every 2 years, no worries about unexpected bills, no servicing costs, no MOTs just carefree motoring.

Horses for courses.
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I've had cars on PCP since I sold my last Scoob in 2009.

Won't ever go back to 'owning' a car. New car every 2 years, no worries about unexpected bills, no servicing costs, no MOTs just carefree motoring.

Horses for courses.
heh yep, the only reason i dont do it, is because you can't (well in most cases) make any substantial mods. Oh and the APR, yea that too
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heh yep, the only reason i dont do it, is because you can't (well in most cases) make any substantial mods. Oh and the APR, yea that too
It's really not that expensive, granted it's no super car but my Mrs Vauxhall viva costs exactly 2k a year, she doesn't need anything bigger and she's not in the slightest bit "interested" in cars... only things she likes or wants in a car is leather seats and that it's easy to park anywhere, and goes from A to B with no hassle.

It's the Image part that "costs" money... which quite amuses me as most people that drive "fancy" cars are always trying to be something that they're not.
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Vauxhall viva All i can imagine is this;

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Ive a Audi RSQ3 performance model 367 bhp for the weekend, Dont really like it, small cabin, not as planted as i hoped for, and my remapped SQ5 Quicker
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