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Old 06 July 2017, 02:43 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, 02:49 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, 03:41 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, 03:47 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, 04:18 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, 07:43 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, 12:51 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, 02:29 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, 08:32 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, 01:27 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, 12:04 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, 02:37 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, 10:27 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, 07:36 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, 01:43 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, 02:58 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, 09:21 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, 10:58 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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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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With a GTO soundtrack to remind you you're not in a milk float. ?
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Old 20 July 2017, 08:46 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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