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+1. Rented one for 3-4 days a few years ago and loved it.

we'll probably pick up a beater car in the coming year (wife promised that M3 is ok in 2-3 years, need a better parking situation first), and I'd totally consider a 500. The problem is whenever we travel to visit relatives, it's always a car packed with 3 people, 2 dogs (one of them very big), and all of the luggage. Couldn't swing all that in the 500 for the 4-5 hour drive.

 

gome is alive?  Now the only one AWOL is pB.

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(wife promised that M3 is ok in 2-3 years, need a better parking situation first)

E92? F80?
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prob E92
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Where did you rent the Fiat, gomey (and do they have abarths)?

I need to rent a car and wouldn't mind trying one of those out

At least around here, dealerships will let you rent their demo cars for a day or two.
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I finally asked my wife, "Why spend that much on a car that feels cheap?!" For $40k, I can load up a Hyundai and even throw in a Kia. I just don't understand the stupid fixation on a car that is not even good, BMW X1 that is.

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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

+1. Rented one for 3-4 days a few years ago and loved it.

we'll probably pick up a beater car in the coming year (wife promised that M3 is ok in 2-3 years, need a better parking situation first), and I'd totally consider a 500. The problem is whenever we travel to visit relatives, it's always a car packed with 3 people, 2 dogs (one of them very big), and all of the luggage. Couldn't swing all that in the 500 for the 4-5 hour drive.

Girl rented one a few times. Drove it all over CA and NY State. So good, got so much attention, the reasons she purchased one.
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Called enterprise and they were no help. Dude didn't even know what an Abarth was mad.gif

Avis/YYZ (no longer available)
Fox/DEN and LAX

No where else.
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has anybody had experience with the Apple Carplay business? Nav/head unit in my truck is pretty weak and was thinking about updating. the Pioneer avic-6100nex is what I was looking at

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I have an 02 impreza ts and I was just googling random stuff about the cars from that era and I read something about the pre 02 impreza's being more desirable. Anyone know why that is? I'm just curious. Figured someone might have been an enthusiast back in the day.

In related news, the check engine light was on because of the cat and a knock sensor. I'll wait on the cat, but there seem to be no issues with pickup etc, so I might have the engine light reset and then see if it flashes the same code again. I think it might be a dud since there aren't any ill effects so it's unlikely that the knock sensor is actually dead.

It might have a lot to do with the GC/GF Chassis never being sold in the U.S in an STI Variant. when the GD was introduced as an STi in Japan.and later overseas.Opinions were divided between applause for the Brembo equipped Brakes, stronger 6spd Transmission, and stiffer Chassis. with many others complaining about the more radical styling, and increased curb weight. - the GD was seen as a brash, (and to some, ugly) step backwards, instead of a further refinement. many enthusiasts rejecting the GD Chassis altogether. until prices subsided, when the tuning potential made them a smart buy performance wise. Now, with solid GC's becoming increasingly rare, they are becoming seen as more of a collectible "purists" model. -ie: an emerging modern classic. with prices on stock originals, and tastefully modified examples reflecting that.

 

They also have influence in pop culture. with a Blue GC8 STI version 5 Type-R (=2 door) featuring as the Daily Driver for Takumi Fujiwara's father in "Initial-D".

where it is spoken of as a car that can handle with the best of them. having balance, ample power, and excellent braking. one thing to note is, for this particular Anime, where they worship cars, and go into detail about each cars strengths, weaknesses, and driving tactics, they chose THIS as the car to be the personal choice of Bunta Fujiwara, the legend of Akina. over all other cars sold in Japan. -that was a gutsy move. though many enthusiasts simply can't fault the choice. it deserves the title as the one that was never beaten.

 

The Chassis also featured strongly in the "Gran Turismo" Game series, in many incarnations, from the infamous 22-B:

 

And variations from tuners like "Mine's", and "Tommi Kaira".

-even this Bad boy:

 

Personally? as the owner/driver of a 1999 GC8 STI Version 6,(the last incarnation and refinement of the GC Chassis)  i can tell you without a doubt, these cars are a weapon. as fast as my R33 Skyline was, handles as well as my Altezza did, and the surge at 2,600 Rpm....... oh, it is ungodly fast.

sure, mine has some rust, and dents. but a rusty dented can of whoop ass.... is still a can of whoop ass. :p 

 

culturally speaking,  the thumbs up :fonz: and looks i get in traffic,from both men and women asking me about it, and how fast is it,etc. speaks volumes for how much these are ingrained in car culture. where there is plenty of respect for keeping one of these underestimated heavy hitters on the road.

 

Not sure about "back in the day". but a renaissance coming, and classics like these are at the forefront of tuning culture.  so all of that, and more. is why. 

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Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
 

It might have a lot to do with the GC/GF Chassis never being sold in the U.S in an STI Variant. when the GD was introduced as an STi in Japan.and later overseas.Opinions were divided between applause for the Brembo equipped Brakes, stronger 6spd Transmission, and stiffer Chassis. with many others complaining about the more radical styling, and increased curb weight. - the GD was seen as a brash, (and to some, ugly) step backwards, instead of a further refinement. many enthusiasts rejecting the GD Chassis altogether. until prices subsided, when the tuning potential made them a smart buy performance wise. Now, with solid GC's becoming increasingly rare, they are becoming seen as more of a collectible "purists" model. -ie: an emerging modern classic. with prices on stock originals, and tastefully modified examples reflecting that.

 

They also have influence in pop culture. with a Blue GC8 STI version 5 Type-R (=2 door) featuring as the Daily Driver for Takumi Fujiwara's father in "Initial-D".

where it is spoken of as a car that can handle with the best of them. having balance, ample power, and excellent braking. one thing to note is, for this particular Anime, where they worship cars, and go into detail about each cars strengths, weaknesses, and driving tactics, they chose THIS as the car to be the personal choice of Bunta Fujiwara, the legend of Akina. over all other cars sold in Japan. -that was a gutsy move. though many enthusiasts simply can't fault the choice. it deserves the title as the one that was never beaten.

 

The Chassis also featured strongly in the "Gran Turismo" Game series, in many incarnations, from the infamous 22-B:

 

And variations from tuners like "Mine's", and "Tommi Kaira".

-even this Bad boy:

 

Personally? as the owner/driver of a 1999 GC8 STI Version 6,(the last incarnation and refinement of the GC Chassis)  i can tell you without a doubt, these cars are a weapon. as fast as my R33 Skyline was, handles as well as my Altezza did, and the surge at 2,600 Rpm....... oh, it is ungodly fast.

sure, mine has some rust, and dents. but a rusty dented can of whoop ass.... is still a can of whoop ass. :p 

 

culturally speaking,  the thumbs up :fonz: and looks i get in traffic,from both men and women asking me about it, and how fast is it,etc. speaks volumes for how much these are ingrained in car culture. where there is plenty of respect for keeping one of these underestimated heavy hitters on the road.

 

Not sure about "back in the day". but a renaissance coming, and classics like these are at the forefront of tuning culture.  so all of that, and more. is why. 

 

Cool thanks! I didn't know the chassis changed in 02 for the bug eyed ones like mine. I think you're right about the coupe being the sought after car since it's lighter and that makes it desirable to people that like modding them. Mine is pretty decent though! Thing is great though it's not an STI though, so no hood scoop etc. But I was looking for a no frills reliable car at the time.

 

Kinda shocked they still have these with under 100k miles. So tempting: 
https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/14008393

In other news, I was blown away a bit when I saw that there are turbo kits for the BRZ that get it to 430 HP for less than 10k. That's a pretty insane set of specs for a car that'll come to about 40k after the addition of that turbo.


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Cool thanks! I didn't know the chassis changed in 02 for the bug eyed ones like mine. I think you're right about the coupe being the sought after car since it's lighter and that makes it desirable to people that like modding them. Mine is pretty decent though! Thing is great though it's not an STI though, so no hood scoop etc. But I was looking for a no frills reliable car at the time.

 

Kinda shocked they still have these with under 100k miles. So tempting: 
https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/14008393

In other news, I was blown away a bit when I saw that there are turbo kits for the BRZ that get it to 430 HP for less than 10k. That's a pretty insane set of specs for a car that'll come to about 40k after the addition of that turbo.


Congrats on the bug eye. a great and reliable daily. especially for a student to get around in. it will serve you well with a little care from time to time. :thumbs-up:

 

That one in your link is a regular WRX, with an auto. (no forged internals, no Brembo's,no 6spd Manual transmission) hence the seemingly good price.

But if you are feeling the Subaru goodness, and in the future want to step into a heavy hitter, a 2002-2005 STI can be had in 9/10 condition for under 20k. -A potent whip straight outta med school.

https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/8621720

one will keep you up with the other doctor's rides on the track. no problem. and 450hp is easily doable. (pm for deetz if you want)

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Congrats on the bug eye. a great and reliable daily. especially for a student to get around in. it will serve you well with a little care from time to time. :thumbs-up:

 

That one in your link is a regular WRX, with an auto. (no forged internals, no Brembo's,no 6spd Manual transmission) hence the seemingly good price.

But if you are feeling the Subaru goodness, and in the future want to step into a heavy hitter, a 2002-2005 STI can be had in 9/10 condition for under 20k. -A potent whip straight outta med school.

https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/8621720

one will keep you up with the other doctor's rides on the track. no problem. and 450hp is easily doable. (pm for deetz if you want)

 

Hah, yeah, the two door you linked in the anime thingy makes sense... Those cars are great in the twisties and aren't really made for straight line speed as rally cars.

 

The only thing I gotta watch out for with the bugeye is the head gasket. Still going strong at 135k, but I try not being too lead footed with the car since getting too high up in the revs and heating things up too much is probably what causes the issue in the first place. They done fucked up with the stupid design of the stocker. Mine hasn't been swapped out and I'm hoping to avoid doing that since it's not exactly a cheap repair. 

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Picked up a 2007 Toyota Rav4 today as a new DD since my fiancee does not drive a manual.

Since I am going for the boring 'adult' car route, I figured might as well get the one with the big engine... So I got one with the V6 that puts out 269hp and does 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds, which apparently at one point was the quickest (or close to the quickest) in Toyota's entire lineup. Though that might say more about Toyota than the Rav4.
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Picked up a 2007 Toyota Rav4 today as a new DD since my fiancee does not drive a manual.

Since I am going for the boring 'adult' car route, I figured might as well get the one with the big engine... So I got one with the V6 that puts out 269hp and does 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds, which apparently at one point was the quickest (or close to the quickest) in Toyota's entire lineup. Though that might say more about Toyota than the Rav4.


If it's not too late, I would return the Rav 4 and pick up a gently used Pagani Huayra instead. It has a single clutch, sequential manual gearbox so your fiancee should be able to drive it as well. 

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Originally Posted by Cao Cao View Post

I finally asked my wife, "Why spend that much on a car that feels cheap?!" For $40k, I can load up a Hyundai and even throw in a Kia. I just don't understand the stupid fixation on a car that is not even good, BMW X1 that is.

FWIW I'm driving a loaded x3 35i as a loaner today. I've driven an X1 before and this is far superior. I'm not a big fan of the styling of the BMW x-line; however, if you happen to be, I'd recommend giving it a shot. If it's out of your price range new, why not look CPO?
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