The older Si is a wonderfully fantastic car to drive, the GTi of course is far more refined and a nicer place to be in day in and day out, but for lighting my heart on fire.....gimme that non turbo high revving vtec goodness allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll day!
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I can get away with a really dedicated sports car since I don’t have children, but even if you’re not rich, having either a cheap daily or a cheap weekend car gives you a lot more room to equip the cars for their intended mission.
Living in Los Angeles, I finally reached the maturity level to realize that even a relatively slow but really comfortable car makes driving in traffic SO much less stressful. Comfy ran a wide gamut of choices, from the older 80’s Mercedes I’ve had, to the ‘02 4Runner. I could focus on momentum and traffic patterns, knowing I would lose any drag race I was dumb enough to get into.
So once you decide the daily can be a slug, well, with the fun car you can really go off. It’s very rewarding.
One Swedish sedan
One ‘murrican coupe
This is likely heresy, but I'm not really into super small little sports cars save for Lotus where the long-travel, well-damped, soft spring setup really lets it ride well. I'm more likely to enjoy something of a GT. I want it to sustain high-speeds in relative comport while still being fun on the back roads. I'd love to buy an E39 M5 as that is really my dream car. I've got its less fast little brother in sedan form which is wonderful, but I'd love to have the fun accompanied by a V8 soundtrack.
So, all-rounder for me. If I could afford it, though, my garage would look like this:
1. E39 M5
2. Landcruiser (brand frickin new)
3. Evora or Alpine A110
4. Maybe a first-gen Viper RT/10 that I'd rarely drive
Now that I think about it, I am one car away from the dollar store version of this. Perhaps I should get a Miata and be a budget baller. Although, my stupid Highlander has NO off-road ability whatsoever, so it is an incredibly poor substitute for a Landcruiser.
i like one-trick ponies. zero compromise on what it does best, enough discomfort to discourage anyone else from driving it.
Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.
Alfa Romeo Giulia.
It will always be in the shop- so you can rent something best for what you need that day.
Vehicles owned (*=automatic):
Chevy: 82 Cavalier Type 10, 94 Cavalier Coupe* | Chrysler: 96 Town & Country* | Ford: 73 F100, 88 F150, 18 F150* | Jeep: 78 CJ-5 | Mazdas: 83 GLC, 85 RX7 GS, 86 323, 90 323, 90 B2600i, 92 Miata, 97 Protege, 01 B2300, 01 B3000, 04 RX8 | Nissan: 90 240SX SE | Plymouth: 88 Caravan* | Pontiac: 84 Grand Prix* | Toyota: 84 Celica GTS, 02 Tundra*
can we add in some some rules?
60K budget and you have to pay for everything.
I have a 17 GTI (24500 new)
an 06 Taco (was 24000 new and still worth a good bit)
an 03 Silverado (about 5k in that)
and my Tractor....I guess I don't get anything else. I wish I had set a 70K threshold cause there are 10K fun cars out there (something oldish?)
Originally Posted by VigorousZX
If you can swing two cars, I think that's always the option, especially if one of the cars is vintage.
I miss having my MGB because the smells, noises, and overall aura are very far removed from, say, a CR-V.
And then the CR-V is appreciated that much more because of how easy it is does everything.
I would be fine with one-car, but there is literally nothing that appeals to me. I need a modern day Z3 coupe, or Saab 900. Quirky, enough room to be practical, and with some character too. The latest round of MINIs are missing that last part.
Always had a jack of all trades from since we had kids. Even with no kids the last 12 years, I prefer a do almost anything car. That said, I've modified almost every car I have owned in the last 38 years for better handling. I rarely see perfect roads, but when I do, I want to enjoy them a bit. I've always preferred a better handling car to a fast car.
2019 Tiguan SE 4Mo Orange, temporarily stock. 2001 Passat 4Mo wagon, 1.8T/6sp swapped, Konis, coilover sleeves, A6Q H+R Race springs.
2005 Golf GLS, 2.Slow, Auto, GTI suspension, sways.
2001.5 Passat GLX V6, stock. (son#1), 2000 Passat GLS V6 fwd Tip wagon, stock (son#2)
I unbanned Patrikman.
I also originally banned Zuk & JIMP.
Then I got demoted.
My current stable is working out great, other than I only DD my SS, and when I do that I get bored with it.
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Originally Posted by Phillie Phanatic
I wouldn't have a problem spending the $$$ to put something like Ohlins suspension into an M3 or a Miata, but I'm not going to modify something like my V70R because it's not a great platform. Improving the handling goes a long way into making a car more enjoyable (for me, at least). Most sports cars have plenty of power and most driver's lack the skill to fully utilize all of that power- adding power doesn't improve anything unless you're doing a lot of drag racing in a straight line.