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Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. TheFoo

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    I would love to try a Vette one day.

    You’re right the bang for the buck is real, but consensus seems to be that they are not as refined and harder to extract performance out of. Then there is the clunky, poorly assembled GM-ness one likely has to deal with.

    Anyway, if going in that direction, would take a GT350R over any Corvette. Who doesn’t want a $60K Mustang with a flat-plane crank V8 that sounds like an angry, orgasming wookie?
     
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    I worked the line at that plant many years ago.
     

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    Seiko 5 works just as well as any expensive watch for daily use.
     

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    Yes, and I still have it: it's a 2000 328Ci in Bright Red with about 188k miles on it now, and probably 7000 track miles. It's the quiet car. The other car is a 987 Cayman in Guards Red with the smaller 2.7L engine (and 65kish miles and I never counted the track miles on it, but it's probably less than 7000) and the 5-speed manual from Aisin (which I prefer over the Getrag 6-speed that was an option), and it has the Borla exhaust that came off an automatic Cayman. I think I've posted track photos of both cars in this thread years ago, but the hosting services may have gone down since.

    Since it was going to have a bigger exhaust, I also added a Softronic tune with a Porsche Motorsport throttle body to take full advantage of it. I've had the exhaust modified with a few extra chambers to try to mitigate the drone, but I'm not sure it works that well. The only other mods on it are a B&M short shifter (great), and an iPhone interface.

    That Porsche engine is a bit more temperamental than the M52 in the E46, so I drive it only when I know I can put enough miles to properly warm it up. It blows oil out both the exhaust (normal in those engines and shows up as a white puff of smoke when you start the car or accelerate under high lateral load), and also out through its intake, so cleaning the MAF is kind of a regular service, and short trips exacerbate these problems. Driving the BMW feels like putting on an old, comfortable sweater and feels unflappable, while the Porsche is a little cooler and stand-offish in character until you really get on it and then it really comes alive.
     

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    Worst sounding V8 ever, to my way of thinking. I'd rather listen to a chainsaw...
     

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    Sadly, not true. You can’t manually wind the thing, accuracy is all over the place, and sometimes they just suddenly stop running.

    Also, watches are not really about daily utility. Nobody needs them to tell time and mechanical watches are especially silly since they are not particularly precise or accurate, even in the best cases. My Patek is +1 or 2 seconds a day, which is fantastic for a mechanical watch, but shit compared to an iPhone.

    The only remaining appeal of mechanical watches is romanticism. Have you seen what the inside of a Seiko 5 looks like? Not very romantic.
     

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    The midengine C8 looks like it will kick serious ass. I just hope the rumors about the upgraded interior quality are true also: a friend got a C7 Grand Sport last year and within a couple of months, his leather was peeling off in places. Of course, they've been saying they're upgrading the interior now for the last 3 generations.
     

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    This is possibly the most wrong statement yet uttered in this thread.
     

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    Indeed I see the inside of mine as it has a glass skeleton case. I wear it way more than my Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega "bumper" auto-wind, vintage Tudor Rolex, etc.
     

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    Every generation they talk about better interior quality. Sure enough, every generation it does get a little better. But still shit. And the design will purely suck.

    I’m calling it. New Vette comes out. All patriotic “car guys” get super-excited because this one is different and a real world-beater. We will talk about how good it looks and coo over the performance figures. And the interior: not bad!!!

    Then the fuck-yeah-America adrenaline wears off and everyone feels cold and lonely inside, like after jacking off over sub-mediocre porn.
     
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    They've always been world beaters, even the base models. I applaud them for still following their basic formula and being so good at it, though the mid-engined config might change a few things, like not using a leaf spring anymore. The C7 exterior design is very good and distinctive: it's like the Cadillac art&science cylon aesthetic finding its apotheosis on an appropriate car. It's only the interior that lets it down. Corvette's race tech trickle-down is also one of the most direct of any car manufacturer too.
     

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    Maybe you've never heard a real V8. I only have one, anymore, a Caddy 500 incher. That "flat plane" crank is just for the sound, and it's the wrong sound. A V8 should rumble, not howl like an imitation Ferrari, then tuned inside some plastic boxes for maximum annoyance factor.
     

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    If you've got a 'Vette supercar with a shitty interior can't you just spend another 20-30k getting custom work done on it?
     

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    It will likely look aftermarket, regardless of who does it. Also, a lot of what’s wrong can’t be fixed with upholstery or new trim. Buttons and controls feel chintzy. Surfaces feel hollow. Worse, the layout and style are not attractive.
     

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    I mean, jeezus, this is the steering wheel:

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