Cars We Drive!

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

  1. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    It was a piss poor review, you're right, and that's because I've never cared for the IS-F and that sentiment sadly remained the same after my test drive. I've written it off.

    Now that being said, they only had pre-owned ISFs and the one I drove was an 08 model, so it didn't include any of the mechanical changes you just mentioned. I asked the sales associates what the differences were between the 08 and 13 models and unsurprisingly none of them knew jack shit. For example, I had no idea that the 2010+ models had an LSD, or that the ones before that year didn't have an LSD, for that matter.

    As for the transmission, I still stand behind my thoughts that it's terrible. I only drove in manual mode. The shifts were not extremely quick and I found that the transmission hung onto second gear in the 3-4K RPM range even though I was trying to upshift to third. This happened multiple times, which was odd. You should be able to tell when a car has shifted and with the IS-F, I could never tell. I found myself constantly looking at the information cluster to see which gear I was in.

    Turning radius was very, very good. I was surprised by how easy it was to bust a U-turn on a tight road. It's much wider than my car's turning radius.

    Torque was not immediately noticeable, but that's probably because I'm used to a V10 engine. The IS-F felt like an aggressively tuned V6, and not an 8. I liked the exhaust note a lot, though.

    Downshifts were atrocious, unsurprisingly. The rev matching was reactionary in nature and didn't feel crisp or deliberate. The car just was too smooth, and not smooth like a DCT's fast, seamless shifting smooth, but smooth as in a comfort-prioritizing 8-speed automatic transmission smooth, which is exactly what it is. That clashes with what I feel the IS-F should be. It should be sportier and raw.

    The looks ranked poorly, too, but looks are subjective. It doesn't look aggressive enough. When the associate pulled the car up, I thought it was a regular IS-F. The only hints of aggressive styling were the quad-exhausts, which, quite frankly, look stupid the way they're stacked diagonally on each other, and the slightly wider fender flare. I'm also not a fan of sports cars having prominent fog lights, which the IS-F has.

    I'll try out a later model year, but as it stands now, the IS-F's sales figures speak for themselves. Cars should sell themselves and the IS-F clearly hasn't been selling well. There's a reason why it hasn't.
     
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    GreenFrog Senior member

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    I was at the MB dealership yesterday and saw a 2014 GL63 AMG, reminded me of you.

    You should get it next.
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I'm too cheap. My vehicles, while I really enjoy them, are mere commodities to me that are designed to be churned and burned. If I go back to MB again, which is only 50/50 at this point, I'll get a GL 450 which now delivers a 0-60 in 5.8 seconds.
     


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    jet Persian Bro

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    does anybody like idnfl?
     


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    Where do you guys keep your sunglasses in the car? I have nice sunglasses but never wear them because it takes too long and too much effort to get them out of the middle console and the sunglasses case. I was thinking maybe some kind of open, soft pouch in my cupholder so they don't get scratched up. Any ideas?
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    The new BMW keyfob has a sun glasses holder.
     


  7. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    On my face :slayer:



    Que greenfrog joke
     
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    Instead of a grab-handle I have a hard case lined with suede for glasses. One of the biggest features I will miss when I sell the car; never seen another on any make.
     


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    What do you mean?
     


  10. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    There's a sunglas case instead of a grab handle over the driver door, it's an option on most vag cars.

    European Ford and Renault cars have one by the ceiling light.
     
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    jet Persian Bro

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    After my oliver goldsmiths warped I never leave sunglasses in the car anymore.
     


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    Grab a 2012 ISF when you can and report back; also, make sure you engage the sport button as well as manual mode during your drive. I'm looking forward to your review GF.....


    Ps. My beater raybans stay i the car sunglass holder; but not my Dior's....
     
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  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    This is the correct answer.
     


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    Those are interesting, but I don't have handles there. I did just realize that leaving my sunglasses in the open will make it susceptible to theft too, especially since I don't have tints or anything.
     
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