Cars We Drive!

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

  1. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    I friend of mine bought a Mazda Miata and put a bunch of performance racing parts in it. He brought it over and let me drive. I got in, and once I suppressed the immediate sexual attraction I felt to my friend, I had a hell of a time driving that thing. I'm 6'2", so half my head was over the windshield, but it was still a blast to drive.

    I'd never get one, but still.....
     


  2. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    :crackup:
     
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  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I knew people like this when I was growing up in Virginia. All their time and money went to their cars.
     


  4. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    :rolleyes:
     
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  5. GreenFrog

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    I don't understand this.. I mean, I understand how people can get so into cars to the point of sacrificing their standard of living, but still.. if you're going to have to skimp out on living by renting a cheaper place and eating ramen noodles.. that's just a sign that you can't afford your 'hobby.'
     


  6. RFX45

    RFX45 Senior member

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    You'd be surprised how often this happens. Being a sneakerhead a few years ago, I know a few people who did this just to be able to buy shoes. There are plenty of people out there with wrong priorities.
     


  7. impolyt_one

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    M3's don't grow on trees, yo
     


  8. junior varsity

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    yeah and people do that to buy clothes and shoes on this forum....
    so you cant be like "yo thats loser" to anyone, because everyone's got a money depleting hobby.
    when i was like 18-20, all of the money i earned bussing and serving tables went to my car too...
    actually still a decent portion of my income goes to the cars, just no more modding and being a retard.
     


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    yeah no shit m3s dont grow on trees, but younger audiences are attracted to the m3s, s2000s, evos, stis, etc..
    even though m3s are actually priced for the 30-35 year olds with more stable and higher income than the 20-25 year olds who crave them.
    for 20-25 year olds to afford one without silver spooning, its a pain in the ass
     


  10. Arthur PE

    Arthur PE Senior member

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    what;s 'too big'?
    isn't that pretty much up to the guy laying out the cash?

    yes, as far as series go
    BMW 3 = Audi 4, BMW 5 = Audi 6, BMW 7 = Audi 8
    but as far as price and dimensions, I'm guessing the M5 and S8 will be withing 10 to 15% or so

    wt
    M5 4300 (according to BMW who typically is on the low side, some estimate 4500) a euro car weighed 4384 Motor Trend
    S8, despite awd 4354 (inside line)
    call it the same, but the S8 has quattro

    length
    S8 202
    M5 193

    width
    S8 76.7
    M5 74.4

    S8 wb is 5" longer

    so, a bit bigger, but same weight

    reference
    2000 M5
    wt 4050 (I've seen scale wts closer to 4150 or so)
    length 188
    width 71

    I won't decide (obviously) until I drive them, but quattro is a big advantage for Audi
     


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    I liked the M5 much better when it was 188 in length. Cars are getting too big. I had an SUV years back that was 207 long, and I said never again. Now lwb cars are all about that, and swb are now about the size that lwb were just a few years back. All too big.
     


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    He could simply have different priorities. I'm into cars myself, and having off-street parking for two was a top consideration. Deeded parking at my building is about 1/6th what it would be closer to the Loop, so I've got a Porsche and a BMW parked in garage at a modest building, while a friend in a gorgeous new loft in River North paid $30k for a spot to park his 15-year old Chevy (and he's trying to buy a 2nd for his wife). Not saying that's the kid's case, but I'd rather have a nice car than a nice home than a crappy car and a really nice home.
     


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    I totally understand how people end up with different priorities but I personally wouldn't drastically reduce my standard of living to the point of eating cheap, shitty food just so I can muster enough rent for a shithole apartment and pay for a car and mods.

    ANYWAY, I drove through highland park in dallas today at night and all I saw were rich old people eating out at fancy restaurants in their Aston martins, bentleys, Porsches, etc.

    Ridiculous.

    Then you just drive away for about 10 minutes and all you see are rundown Hispanic shops and seedy cash 4 gold shops lined by payday loan shops.

    Lots of camaros and mustangs as well as old ass ricers with fart can exhausts.

    Texas.. :eek:

    Still haven't seen any Ferraris or lambs yet. :(
     
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  14. impolyt_one

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    I agree, I think the old E39, maybe the E class (the new E class doesn't seem so big though) - those are about as big of a car I could drive. It would be miserable trying to park a car any bigger than that where I live, though people do on a regular basis and park those things so close to the walls here, just an inch or two sometimes (that's with the sidemirrors folded in), that they definitely have climb out the other side of the car. I can't imagine buying a $200K AMG to be cool and then squirming my way over the center console and avoiding shift knobs and armrests just to get out of my car, but they do.


    I'd probably go for the nicer house and just skip the car, but that's city living. The guy GreenFrog is talking about is probably 50/50 on being a ramen-eating ricer with a GTR, or being extremely well off and/or financially savvy and just living on a modest amount of rent or something, maybe leases the car - who knows. It's not uncommon for Asian dudes to be pretty good about keeping their money together... The guys sonick was talking about with the Lambos and stuff - those guys are just insanely rich Chinese kids. My neighbors are all mostly decrepit seniors (do not cue Japan declining birthrate threak...) - but there is a genuine geisha living in my building. haha. I saw her coming home once at 4am with a friend and all she could do was complain about the hairdo and heavy makeup...
     
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  15. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    also, regarding that first bit with parking, I think I've decided I am gonna buy a beater when I get back from my travels (leaving tomorrow for awhile) - to practice that crazy Japanese parking, using the rotisseries and carousels, all the crazy lifts that you have to drive into - they're pretty wild for my tastes. Never used those things before so I'm kinda nervous, thought it might be better to practice on a throwaway, rather than do that in a car I still have to pay on. Gonna try to spend like $5K or less, maybe 10 if I see something I might want to drive for longer than a 1-2 year practice period - I found an E39 Alpina biturbo in my price range but it has a manual tranny and you need a separate license to drive an MT here :fu: There's some cheap AMG's and then a lot of BMWs with the M-sport stuff on them that are nice and cheap. Really interested in finding a switchtronic Alpina biturbo though.
     


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