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Flappy Paddle is the one true shifter. [Car] Thread.

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  • iguanacusiguanacus Desert PlanetRegistered User regular
    CAI = Cold Air Intake, what pipes the air into the engine
    TIP = Turbo Inlet Pipe, what pipes air into a turbo

    If you don't have a turbo there's not much you can do. A cai might get you another 5 or so whp but that's way too low to ever actually feel on the road. You could get a lighter set of wheels, but to get a really lighter set (sub 18lbs) you're probably looking at a grand or more depending on size.

    Unfortunately with na engines it normally requires a lot of expensive work in the go-fast parts department to make any difference.

  • FrazFraz Registered User regular
    Anyone know what the chances are I'll be able to buy a non-ST 2013 Focus with an Ecoboost engine?

    I haven't seen anything about different engine choices for the 2013 model year yet.

  • JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Starting Defense Registered User regular
    hmmm. Five would be something. If you get a "cold air intake" do you have to put a sticker stating the brand of the intake on the car? Google seems to imply you do, but I don't like that.

  • iguanacusiguanacus Desert PlanetRegistered User regular
    edited May 2012
    It's proven science though, stickers make the car faster. And you'll never feel 5whp from day to day, it's less than a 5% increase. Only way to get appreciable gains is to put a turbo on it yourself.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    The EV Smartcar is about the same price with a 30 mile shorter range.

    I think it probably went bankrupt because producing reliable cheap cars is near impossible with low production numbers. It is even harder when you are working with new technology. Look at the ridiculous shit Tesla has gone through. If it weren't for the US loan they would have gone completely bankrupt by now.

    Edit: Hell, the plug in prius is $12k more than the base model prius. Pure electric and plugin hybrids are just not economically competitive yet.

    Edit2: Damnit I kinda like the Prius c.

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    53/46mpg for $19-20k

    That's for a Prius c One, though. Get it up to a Three, and now you're looking at $23k.

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  • emp123emp123 Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Was the Prius always this cheap? For some reason I remember thinking they were $40,000+.

    For $24,000 starting, the Prius is kind of tempting. Good daily driver if you can swing a second "fun" car.

    Im not entirely sure I get the point of the Prius Plug In though. Its nice that you can go 62MPH with only electric power, but you can only go 11 miles, unless Im reading the website wrong, at which point it just turns into a normal Prius. Yep, totally worth the extra $12,000.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    emp123 wrote: »
    Was the Prius always this cheap? For some reason I remember thinking they were $40,000+.

    For $24,000 starting, the Prius is kind of tempting. Good daily driver if you can swing a second "fun" car.

    Im not entirely sure I get the point of the Prius Plug In though. Its nice that you can go 62MPH with only electric power, but you can only go 11 miles, unless Im reading the website wrong, at which point it just turns into a normal Prius. Yep, totally worth the extra $12,000.

    I got my Two for about $24,500. And it drives decently - I enjoy taking it through the passes out here.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    emp123 wrote: »
    Was the Prius always this cheap? For some reason I remember thinking they were $40,000+.

    For $24,000 starting, the Prius is kind of tempting. Good daily driver if you can swing a second "fun" car.

    Im not entirely sure I get the point of the Prius Plug In though. Its nice that you can go 62MPH with only electric power, but you can only go 11 miles, unless Im reading the website wrong, at which point it just turns into a normal Prius. Yep, totally worth the extra $12,000.

    I thought so too but the '94 Prius had an MSRP in the low 20s.
    The EV Smartcar is about the same price with a 30 mile shorter range.

    I think it probably went bankrupt because producing reliable cheap cars is near impossible with low production numbers. It is even harder when you are working with new technology. Look at the ridiculous shit Tesla has gone through. If it weren't for the US loan they would have gone completely bankrupt by now.

    Edit: Hell, the plug in prius is $12k more than the base model prius. Pure electric and plugin hybrids are just not economically competitive yet.

    Edit2: Damnit I kinda like the Prius c.

    6a00d83451b3c669e2016300ddc273970d-800wi
    53/46mpg for $19-20k

    That's for a Prius c One, though. Get it up to a Three, and now you're looking at $23k.

    Yeah, but personally I don't think I would need any of the features provided in the Prius c Three or Four. The Prius c Two would be just fine with its cruise control and fold down rear seats for 20k. I don't need wireless entry, push button start, and a nav system for an extra 1.7k

    Then again if I were to get a Prius I would probably look into buying used. Of course this is all hypothetical because I'm going to drive my Impreza into the ground and I'm only at 90k on it right now.

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  • SixSix Fat Apollo Registered User regular
    The issue with buying a used Prius (or any car with a massive battery) is the life left in that battery and the significant cost to replace.

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  • BeltaineBeltaine BOO BOO DOO DE DOORegistered User regular
    I wonder how that's going to work when The Volt hits the used market. Chevy has pretty much said that the price tag is $40k because they're adding $10k for a battery replacement that will be needed within the first few years of the car's life.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    Six wrote: »
    The issue with buying a used Prius (or any car with a massive battery) is the life left in that battery and the significant cost to replace.

    Most everything I've read says the battery life is maintained by a computer which maximizes life and it should last at least to 150k. They do warranty the battery for 8 years and 100,000 miles. New replacement batteries are 2.5k but you can yank some out of a wrecked Prius for $400-700.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    Six wrote: »
    The issue with buying a used Prius (or any car with a massive battery) is the life left in that battery and the significant cost to replace.

    First off, the traction battery is considered a drivetrain component, so it falls under the drivetrain warranty. Which I believe is currently 10 years/100k miles.

    Second, there's been independent testing showing that there is little to no degradation in performance at 200k miles.

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  • MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    Six wrote: »
    The issue with buying a used Prius (or any car with a massive battery) is the life left in that battery and the significant cost to replace.

    First off, the traction battery is considered a drivetrain component, so it falls under the drivetrain warranty. Which I believe is currently 10 years/100k miles.

    Second, there's been independent testing showing that there is little to no degradation in performance at 200k miles.

    That's nice and all, but will the warranty transfer if you're buying the car used?

  • acidlacedpenguinacidlacedpenguin Registered User regular
    iguanacus wrote: »
    It's proven science though, stickers make the car faster. And you'll never feel 5whp from day to day, it's less than a 5% increase. Only way to get appreciable gains is to put a turbo on it yourself.

    I think you spelled small block v8 incorrectly. . .

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    I think an intake and exhaust adds a good amount to the psychological butt dyno.

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  • SixSix Fat Apollo Registered User regular
    Six wrote: »
    The issue with buying a used Prius (or any car with a massive battery) is the life left in that battery and the significant cost to replace.

    First off, the traction battery is considered a drivetrain component, so it falls under the drivetrain warranty. Which I believe is currently 10 years/100k miles.

    Second, there's been independent testing showing that there is little to no degradation in performance at 200k miles.

    Shows what I know :)

    That's good to know

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  • BeltaineBeltaine BOO BOO DOO DE DOORegistered User regular
    edited May 2012
    This guy down the street from me always has his cars looking amazingly clean. He just bought a new Camaro convertible in red and it always looks immaculate. No bugs, dirt, dust, crud, or yuck.

    He drives it everyday, but I dunno how he keeps it so clean, though. I don't see him washing all that often.

    Speaking of, I washed mine yesterday and the water is not beading up in some places anymore. Time to wax it again.

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  • ZeroczZerocz Space Cowboy In SpaceRegistered User regular
    Some day I really must learn how to wash and wax a car.

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  • emp123emp123 Registered User regular
    That reminds me, I really need to wash my car.



    Also, I remember why I thought the Prius was like 40k; when it first came out (it may have been the second generation, or whenever they made it not look like a shitty Corolla) it was going for almost twice its MSRP in California.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    woo 90,000 mile service time on the subaru.
    Do not want to spend monies :\

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  • DidgeridooDidgeridoo Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Hello car people, I again require your assistance

    It is getting closer to the time where I will actually be purchasing my new (to me) vehicle, and there are a couple options open to me but I need some guidance.

    First off, does anyone have experience/ knowledge of 2003-2005 Ford Focus hatchbacks? There are a few of them around my price range in the area, but I'm not sure about whether they're reliable or not. I definitely need a car with reasonable maintenance costs.

    There are also a few Hyundai Accent hatchbacks in the area in the 2004-2007 range. Does anyone know anything about the reliability of these cars made during that time?

    ALSO sorry sorry to be asking so many questions, but how many miles is TOO many miles on a used car, if you're looking to keep it for say, five years? 60K? 80k? 125K?

    Thanks for any help!

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  • iguanacusiguanacus Desert PlanetRegistered User regular
    The Focus hatch is dead reliable. If I hadn't flipped mine I'd be driving it right now. Easy to work on, get great gas mileage with manual, has a ton of space and pretty good handling out of the box and gets even better with the SVT springs.

  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Didg: It depends how many miles you drive per year. Most people average ~12k per year. So a car with 80-100k might do fine for 5 years.

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  • DidgeridooDidgeridoo Registered User regular
    Thank you @iguanacus and @CommunistCow ! I usually drive a bit under 12K a year, mostly just use a car for commuting and the occasional day trip. Thanks for the advice!

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  • redxredx I(x)=2(x)+1 whole numbersRegistered User regular
    edited May 2012
    So... I's got a 2001 gti 1.8t.

    It needs an oil change. Seem straight forward enough, but I don't have my manual and haven't actually gone about the whole buying an oil filter thing before. Google is failing to tell me which sort I need to buy.

    Any advise that will help me avoid the whole, having a car with no oil or oil filter sitting in my driveway while I ride me bike the few miles to back to the parts store thing?

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  • MyDcmbrMyDcmbr Registered User regular
    redx wrote: »
    So... I's got a 2001 gti 1.8t.

    It needs an oil change. Seem straight forward enough, but I don't have my manual and haven't actually gone about the whole buying an oil filter thing before. Google is failing to tell me which sort I need to buy.

    Any advise that will help me avoid the whole, having a car with no oil or oil filter sitting in my driveway while I ride me bike the few miles to back to the parts store thing?

    Bosch D3421 or Purolator L20252

    5w20 5qts. Preferably full synthetic.

    Keep the copper washer that goes around the drain bolt. You will want to pick up some new ones for the next time you change your oil. VW recommends replacing the washer each time you change the oil.

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  • redxredx I(x)=2(x)+1 whole numbersRegistered User regular
    MyDcmbr wrote: »
    redx wrote: »
    So... I's got a 2001 gti 1.8t.

    It needs an oil change. Seem straight forward enough, but I don't have my manual and haven't actually gone about the whole buying an oil filter thing before. Google is failing to tell me which sort I need to buy.

    Any advise that will help me avoid the whole, having a car with no oil or oil filter sitting in my driveway while I ride me bike the few miles to back to the parts store thing?

    Bosch D3421 or Purolator L20252

    5w20 5qts. Preferably full synthetic.

    Keep the copper washer that goes around the drain bolt. You will want to pick up some new ones for the next time you change your oil. VW recommends replacing the washer each time you change the oil.

    I keep reading 30 or 40 weight online. I live in Florida this car is not going to see weather under 80 degrees until it needs another change.

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  • MyDcmbrMyDcmbr Registered User regular
    I used 5w20 in my Turbo Beetle because it was easier to find than the 5w30 in full synthetic.

    But if you can find 30, use that.

    Steam
    So we get stiff once in a while. So we have a little fun. What’s wrong with that? This is a free country, isn’t it? I can take my panda any place I want to. And if I wanna buy it a drink, that’s my business.
  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    MyDcmbr wrote: »
    I used 5w20 in my Turbo Beetle because it was easier to find than the 5w30 in full synthetic.

    But if you can find 30, use that.

    5w30's pretty easy to find in Chicago. 5w40 is a pain in the ass though, and unfortunately is what the 08 GTI requires. Also I'm going on 4 years of oil changes without having replaced the crush washer on the oil pain and nary a drop has ever leaked.

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  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
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    Wat is dis?

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  • MyDcmbrMyDcmbr Registered User regular
    Lamborghini

    Steam
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  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    MyDcmbr wrote: »
    Lamborghini

    One of the first I've seen around my area. Thanks!

    It isn't as sexy as it looks on tv.

  • oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    Ferrari's are sexy, Lambo's are obnoxious.

  • emp123emp123 Registered User regular
    I dont think Ferraris are super sexy either. Aston Martins though? Pornographic. Even Lotus' (Loti?) are pretty sexy cars. I mean, Ferraris are good looking, and Id totally take one, but I guess Im just eh about Italian super cars (although I really like the new Stratos).

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  • ronzoronzo Registered User regular
    Agreed about the aston martins. Saw one last weekend near the beach (DBS convertible) and my friend nearly crashed us watching it

  • Brian KrakowBrian Krakow Registered User regular
    I am getting a fixed up Subaru SVX in a few weeks. Pretty excited.

  • saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
    I am getting a fixed up Subaru SVX in a few weeks. Pretty excited.

    Post pics when you get it. I've always been fascinated with that car.

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  • MyDcmbrMyDcmbr Registered User regular
    I had an XT6 back in the day.

    SVXs are awesome. I really like the glass.

    Steam
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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    I've always been interested too but I was always curious why the thing weighted 3500lbs. On the other hand it did have 230hp from an H6 which was kind of unusual for those mid 90s subarus.

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  • MyDcmbrMyDcmbr Registered User regular
    I've always been interested too but I was always curious why the thing weighted 3500lbs. On the other hand it did have 230hp from an H6 which was kind of unusual for those mid 90s subarus.

    Subaru AWD systems back then were heavy. That contributes a large part to the weight.

    Steam
    So we get stiff once in a while. So we have a little fun. What’s wrong with that? This is a free country, isn’t it? I can take my panda any place I want to. And if I wanna buy it a drink, that’s my business.
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