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VROOOM PSH VRROOOOOM [Car thread]

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  • CormacCormac Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    jgeis wrote: »
    Cormac wrote: »
    Cormac wrote: »
    I never looked into how much my insurance went up before I bought the car, but it turned out to only be $120 a year.

    Yes, hello, your annual insurance is what I pay per month.

    Oh I wish it was only $120 per year it's more like $900'ish. I forget exactly how much but I'd like to think being 30 with a relatively new car and a clean driving record it should be a lot less than that.

    $900 doesn't seem like the worst. For reference I pay $1800 a year for my Dart and my Scirocco. I'm 24 and making payments on the Dart, and the Scirocco has the same coverage as the Dart but is marked as recreation only.

    I'm ready to turn 25 in a couple of months and watch my rates go down.

    I pay just shy of $1800 a year on my new Hyundai Elantra GT, '89 Cherokee with full coverage, and my 2005 Crown vic with basic coverage. The Crown Vic is by far the most to insure if I put it up to full coverage.

    Woops, my guess on my insurance was a bit off. It's just over $1200 a year. I still think I'll look at what other companies rates are come July to see how competitive State Farm is.

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  • The Black HunterThe Black Hunter The key is a minimum of compromise, and a simple, unimpeachable reason to existRegistered User regular
    Here in Aus I would pay $3500 a year for my 2001 corolla.

    A friend of mine has a 1995 Skyline GTST that they quoted $6000 a year for

    Donovan Puppyfucker
  • PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    I currently pay like $340 every two years for my 2002 car.

  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    A short review of the 2006 Ford Taurus fleet version:

    Pros:
    Visibility
    The illusion of torque in 1st gear
    Probably really reliable
    Has working A/C

    Neutral:
    Actual acceleration
    Fuel economy (dash says ~24mpg avg)

    Con:
    Interior quality
    Brakes
    Oh god the mushy brakes

  • intropintrop Registered User regular
    Spent some time with a friend nucking around the dirt roads in the next county. Suspension behavior and braking control of the DL650 are infinitely improved over that of the old CB650. It's a tough way to spend a summer...

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    the biggest handling complaint I have with the RX-8 is that it's brakes are pretty mushy for a sportscar.

    I wonder if there's a cheap/effective way to make them less mushy

  • CormacCormac Registered User regular
    Better brake pads? I've had good luck with Hawk HPS pads. Steel brake lines might also be worth looking into, but I imagine they'll cost quite a bit more than new brake pads.

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    Your RX-8 is a few years old, yeah? Maybe time for new brake fluid and to bleed your lines.

    Donovan Puppyfucker
  • PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    I test drove a 2012 mini last night.

    I'm not sure how to explain it other than that I was just disappointed.

    The ride really wasn't comfortable, performance wasn't particularly special, felt slightly slower than the accord even.
    There were almost zero nice features in the dash.
    I fucking hate the turn signal, how you signal and then the rod returns to a neutral position, and you have to tap it the other way to turn it off. In a 10 minute test drive I think I ended up turing on the opposite side signal four times by accident.

    I absolutely still love how it looks. But getting in one and driving it around, I was just disappointed.

    Didn't help that the salesguy sucked arse.

    Maybe I'll try a new sport one someday, but at this point my decision is between the GTI and accord coupe.

  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    I have driven a 2007 Mini S, and it was nice as far as features and interior went... but they are definitely not fast and yeah not particularly comfortable.

    Also they fold like a cheap tent if something touches them.

  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    FIA is trial running titanium blocks on the underplates of F1 cars this weekend to produce sparks during races. If it succeeds, it will be a 2015 rule.

    Hell. Yes.

    Cormac
  • pimentopimento she/they/pim Registered User regular
    Man with Ferrari whining again I'm really getting sick of people telling me that the new engines suck. I don't care about the noise, I'm listening to it through a crappy speaker on my tele. The spectacle of seeing drivers having to deal with the torque on boost on the other hand is great. If the drivers had some decent tyres and the strategists we allowed to play with refuelling, it'd be just about perfect.

  • Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Jasconius wrote: »
    the biggest handling complaint I have with the RX-8 is that it's brakes are pretty mushy for a sportscar.

    I wonder if there's a cheap/effective way to make them less mushy

    Step 1: stainless braided brake lines to replace all the rubber ones.
    Step 2: EBC Greenstuff brakepads
    Step 3: drain, fill, and bleed with new brake fluid.
    Step 4: get used to the new pedal feel and the car standing on its nose when you brake now.
    Step 5: (for masochists) 19 inch alloys with fat (265+ width if they'll fit under your guards) R compound semi-slicks, 380mm two piece front rotors and AP Racing 6 piston calipers, 355mm two piece rear rotors and AP Racing 4 piston calipers. And 5 point harnesses on your seats, you'll need those too after this step...

  • DeciusDecius I'm old! I'm fat! I'M BLUE!Registered User regular
    edited June 2014
    Hey guys you know what the significance of this picture is?

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    Well other then it being a shitty picture of my new car, it's my new car, parked in my parkade, at my apartment. I got it there all by myself. The journey was interesting, as I drove the 20KM from my office to my apartment, then remembered that I forgot the door opener in my other car, and had to make a full round trip back to my office to retrieve it.

    Long and the short of it is I can (mostly) drive a stick now. I am so happy/proud right now, I'm almost forgetting that I have to brave the morning commute tomorrow. New challenges I guess.

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    that's a really nice looking wagon


    in more F1 rulebook awesomeness, they are moving to standing restarts after safety cars next year

    i know F1 purists are enraged over the rule changes the last couple of years, but so far I'm loving it

    Donovan Puppyfucker
  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    Decius wrote: »
    Hey guys you know what the significance of this picture is?



    Well other then it being a shitty picture of my new car, it's my new car, parked in my parkade, at my apartment. I got it there all by myself. The journey was interesting, as I drove the 20KM from my office to my apartment, then remembered that I forgot the door opener in my other car, and had to make a full round trip back to my office to retrieve it.

    Long and the short of it is I can (mostly) drive a stick now. I am so happy/proud right now, I'm almost forgetting that I have to brave the morning commute tomorrow. New challenges I guess.

    Why. Why must you reopen the wound that is my selling of Red (My 9-2X Aero). You bastard.



    Enjoy her, they're great cars.

  • msuitepyonmsuitepyon Registered User regular
    Oh Saabarus... why did you have to be so small? I would've bought you instead of my Fusion.

  • PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    The GTI's insurance would be about 400$ higher per year than the accord, so I'm leaning towards the honda.

    The salesman said the version Iw anted came in the colour I wanted, but if I look on the honda website, the colour I wanted only comes with the V6 accord, which I didn't want and he knows I didn't want - it was just too much for me to want.
    It feels somewhat superficial, but that colour is a not-insignificant amount of why I want that car.

  • DeciusDecius I'm old! I'm fat! I'M BLUE!Registered User regular
    Ok Saab horn is waaaaay better then Subaru horn. No need for Hellas on the Saabaru.

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  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    I'm not sure how it didn't crop up during our test drive, but my little brother's 2001 Elantra started to develop a stutter at low RPMs. At less than half throttle from a dead stop it would act like it wanted to die.

    This morning we gave it a tune-up. First came new plugs, which revealed that two cylinders had heavily corroded plugs. So then we moved to the ignition coil, since it was relatively cheap and a likely source of an issue, we had decided to replace it as well. Turns out a previous mechanic had bent the contact where power goes into the coil for cylinders 1 and 3 and they were getting inconsistent power. I'm not sure why someone would look at that and think it was OK, but here we are.

  • PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    im debating renting a cheapie manual car to see if i could stand driving a civic si, which would be drastically less expensive than the accord

  • KrieghundKrieghund Registered User regular
    You can still rent a manual? Huh.

  • PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    theres only 'rent a wreck' for manual around here

  • CormacCormac Registered User regular
    Have you thought about the Mazda 3 yet? It's in your price range, still has some sportiness to it, a fairly premium feel, and should be affordable to insure. You could also try to Dodge Dart GT, Kia Forte, and the Ford Fiesta (specifically the ST).

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  • Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Do not buy a Kia if you can afford anything else.

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  • CormacCormac Registered User regular
    The Truth About Cars quite liked the Forte, and while I wouldn't personally buy it over a Mazda or it's competitors it's still worth a look. It's going to offer a lot more for your money than a similarly priced car from almost anymore else, but I won't deny that I'd rather have something else solely due to the badge.

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  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    Kia is honestly not bottom of the barrel shit anymore. It's pretty competitive.

    As a Dart owner, I suggest the Dart GT.

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  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    My only complaint with the dart is no hatchback version. That car would look amazing with a hatch.

    The thing with the low end Kia cars is not to get the ones with tons of options, as the quality isn't there. Test drove a forte with leather and it just felt and looked cheap. Test drove another one that was plain clothe seats and no frills and paradoxically it felt much higher quality.

    Mechanically I'm pretty sure they are pretty much hyundais at this point, which are solid cars. I love my Elantra GT.

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  • pimentopimento she/they/pim Registered User regular
    Hey my friend in the States is considering far shopping, she wants something small and highly practical. So far we're narrowed to the Fit (super practical), the Fiesta Titanium, (nice toys) and the Nissan Versa (cheap). I'm pushing either Fiesta or Fit, mostly the Fit for the super foldy rear seat arrangement. Any other small super practical yet still able to house 4 people ideas?

  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    For the sub-compact market the fit and fiesta are two extremely capable cars. I have a buddy with a 2012 Fit and him and his wife love it. They were able to take it on a 3 day long car camping trip (big tent, cooler, supplies) and fit their 40lb dog as well. I was impressed.

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  • Bendery It Like BeckhamBendery It Like Beckham Hopeless Registered User regular
    Fits are dope, also my buddy just got a Fiesta ST and it is super fun to drive. So... either are good picks.

  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    yea the Fiesta ST is supposedly a joy to drive. Really it's a great time to be buying cars. If you are going for Fits, do some google research, there are a few years that are better than others from what I've heard, nothing massive, but it has been through a few revisions. I can't remember off the top of my head which years are considered better than others.

    I'm hoping for 2015 Mazda re-designs the Mazda2 with the new design style they've been rolling out. That would look amazing. Give me a Mazda Speed 2? Fuck yes.

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  • Knight_Knight_ Dead Dead Dead Registered User regular
    fiesta is a really great car if you fit in it. not a car for tall people though, 6'1" and i was in the headliner. fit is very roomy however.

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  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    edited June 2014
    Wooo car pics!

    Just washed and applied trim & tire restorer. Spoilered for long!

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  • pimentopimento she/they/pim Registered User regular
    Thanks for the advice guys!

  • AngryAngry The glory I had witnessed was just a sleight of handRegistered User regular
    Make sure to tell Dodge to fuck off when they try and do a credit check before your test drive if you try a Dart.

  • Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    jgeis wrote: »
    Kia is honestly not bottom of the barrel shit anymore. It's pretty competitive.

    As a Dart owner, I suggest the Dart GT.
    webguy20 wrote: »
    My only complaint with the dart is no hatchback version. That car would look amazing with a hatch.

    The thing with the low end Kia cars is not to get the ones with tons of options, as the quality isn't there. Test drove a forte with leather and it just felt and looked cheap. Test drove another one that was plain clothe seats and no frills and paradoxically it felt much higher quality.

    Mechanically I'm pretty sure they are pretty much hyundais at this point, which are solid cars. I love my Elantra GT.

    Kias are better made these days than they've ever been. There are still a couple of models that use older Hyundai platforms, and a few that are on the same platforms as their current Hyundai counterparts as part of their old cost-sharing arrangement.

    Basically, Hyundais latest models are basically the same level of design, engineering, and build quality as most Japanese manufacturers (while maybe still lagging behind Honda and Toyota a teensy bit). Kia are working hard to get to the same place, but they're not yet done catching up. Kias will pass all the relevant safety tests and regulations, be cheap to run, easy on fuel, and will operate exactly as they should for 5 to maybe 7 years. Then they'll start falling to pieces.

    Funnily enough the old old old model Ford of what is currently the Fiesta was called the Festiva, and was just a re-badged Kia. And they were piles of shit, because they were an old Mazda design that was then subcontracted to Kia. Ford and Mazda had a thing, where Ford was selling Mazdas small and medium cars as Fords (121-Festiva, 323-Laser, 626-Telstar) in Australia, then Mazda called an end to the deal and Ford didn't have any replacement for the compact model, so they got Kia to build them and they got worse than they had been.

  • AngryAngry The glory I had witnessed was just a sleight of handRegistered User regular
    Lots of recommendations for the Fiesta but none for the Mazda 2. Is the 2 just inferior to it's counterpart?

  • Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    The 2 is a great little car. It's just that the Fiesta is better.

  • pimentopimento she/they/pim Registered User regular
    The current Fiesta is newer than the current 2, so is a bit more up to date with engine options and such.

    The Festiva wasn't an old Fiesta, the Fiesta has been around since 1976 and was never a rebadged Festiva. They were in the same market segment, but not in the same markets. We and the US got cheaped out with the Festiva while the rest of the world got the Fiesta, which at the time was very close to the Mazda 121.

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