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corbo
03-02-2010, 04:31 PM
looking into buying a new car.
taking these into consideration
Mazdaspeed 3
http://static.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/images/Auto/evox/318476/img_047.jpg
Honda Civic SI
http://l.yimg.com/dv/aic/honda_civic_si_coupe_6_spd_mt_w_performance_tires_ 2010?x=440&n=1&q=90&sig=mAznsYrXsS1_mWLl3nXsDA--
Nissan Altima
http://static.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/images/Auto/chrome/322146/322146_280x140.jpg
VW GTI
http://static.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/images/Auto/chrome/316111/316111_280x140.jpg
Subaru Impreza WRX
http://static.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/images/Auto/evox/319812/img_047.jpg

which would you get?

gaypalmsprings
03-02-2010, 04:34 PM
Toyota

canexplain
03-02-2010, 04:34 PM
wow, I wish. They all are cool. Some might say you should be looking electric but they just aren't there yet. The Nissan Altima last. cr*****

canexplain
03-02-2010, 04:35 PM
GPS , since you're around. Did you do any of the nascar stuff last weekend? cr*****

gaypalmsprings
03-02-2010, 04:36 PM
GPS , since you're around. Did you do any of the nascar stuff last weekend? cr*****

One sec...gotta post a pic first....

http://www.jokeslab.com/jokepics/funny-car-photos34.jpg

OK - I did NASCAR at Fontana 2 weekends ago. Saturday & Sunday.

OnlyNonStranger
03-02-2010, 04:36 PM
I'd buy the Subaru but that's because I live in the mountains and AWD is pretty necessary.

corbo
03-02-2010, 04:37 PM
kinda leaning towards the Mazdaspeed 3 (its got 264 HP turbocharged engine)
anyone have bad/good experiences with Mazda?


...im staying away from Toyota

OnlyNonStranger
03-02-2010, 04:38 PM
Mazda is Ford which is good.

corbo
03-02-2010, 04:38 PM
I'd buy the Subaru but that's because I live in the mountains and AWD is pretty necessary.

you dont see many imprezas around LA.

i couldnt spot one today or yesterday on the freeway

gaypalmsprings
03-02-2010, 04:40 PM
http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/danica_patrick_nationwide_2.jpg

OnlyNonStranger
03-02-2010, 04:41 PM
you dont see many imprezas around LA.

i couldnt spot one today or yesterday on the freeway

I also wouldn't get the Impreza. If I had my choice I would buy the Legacy but there is quite the difference in price.

canexplain
03-02-2010, 04:43 PM
you dont see many imprezas around LA.

i couldnt spot one today or yesterday on the freeway

What ever you buy, the next week, that will be what you see on every corner. It's sort of like that first scratch, a given. To be fair, you should post a car in the color you want. The blue makes the first one jump out. cr*****

daxton
03-02-2010, 04:44 PM
German, for sure.

corbo
03-02-2010, 04:45 PM
if i were to get any car it would be in black .

lizng
03-02-2010, 04:45 PM
I'd go for the civic, but I'm partial because I've owned a few with no complaints. My current one is 8 years old and has quite a few years left in it.

Courtney
03-02-2010, 04:45 PM
Wow, that Mazdaspeed is almost as ugly as a Scion.

corbo
03-02-2010, 04:49 PM
Wow, that Mazdaspeed is almost as ugly as a Scion.

haha its not THAT bad

http://images.myride.com/images/vehicle/2007/Mazda/MAZDASPEED3/staff/07_Mazda_MAZDASPEED3_6_(544x408).jpg

Mak Attack
03-02-2010, 04:49 PM
I had an Altima and got in 3 wrecks w/ it. One of them was head on, on the freeway and I walked away each time w/ only some soreness. That car held up pretty well if you are concerned about safety.

canexplain
03-02-2010, 04:52 PM
I had an Altima and got in 3 wrecks w/ it. One of them was head on, on the freeway and I walked away each time w/ only some soreness. That car held up pretty well if you are concerned about safety.

Dude you need a good luck charm or something. cr*****

corbo
03-02-2010, 04:54 PM
LoL yeah thats some shit. 3 wrecks?
its all about defensive driving!

Mak Attack
03-02-2010, 04:54 PM
Dude you need a good luck charm or something. cr*****

I should probably also mention that I haven't been in any wrecks since I got rid of that car.

djandrews25
03-02-2010, 04:55 PM
The best car on there by far is the WRX.

corbo
03-02-2010, 04:59 PM
The best car on there by far is the WRX.

yeah the all-wheel drive and the turbocharged 265 HP engine are a big plus.
and at 24,995$ its not too bad.

Geno_g
03-02-2010, 05:02 PM
I would go with the WRX

seandlr
03-02-2010, 05:22 PM
The headlights on the new Mazdas are extremely unappealing. I'd take the SI for sure, but a sedan. If you are an assertive person and really want a good deal on any car, get one of those reports (I dont remember that they are called) for $10 from Consumer Reports. When you're at the dealer, ask to see the fleet manager and show him that report and as long as you're firm on the deal you want, the fleet manager will usually give it to you. You could save a lot of money.

hawkingvsreeve
03-02-2010, 05:44 PM
I plan on buying a car this month. It's slightly daunting.

Monklish
03-02-2010, 05:48 PM
Get a Honda. Best cars ever.

bonerfromgrowingpains
03-02-2010, 05:50 PM
subaru...hands down. we have had 7 total in my family amongst toyotas and nissans as well. the subarus have always been superior.

corbo
03-02-2010, 05:55 PM
I plan on buying a car this month. It's slightly daunting.

which make/models are you considering?

corbo
03-02-2010, 05:56 PM
there seems to be a shortage on Honda Civic SI's in LA. as soon as they arrive they get bought quickly

seandlr
03-02-2010, 06:00 PM
Be patient and order one. You won't regret it.

hawkingvsreeve
03-02-2010, 06:22 PM
I've pretty much narrowed it down to a 2007 Civic EX. It's what I like the best in my price range and I know I can put a lot of miles on it.

Donthatetheplaya
03-02-2010, 06:47 PM
GTI all the fuckin way!

Civic SI is a close second. No wing, though. Dont be that guy.

OnlyNonStranger
03-02-2010, 06:51 PM
VWs break down quite a bit more than the other choices and their parts are not cheap.

corbo
03-02-2010, 06:53 PM
yeah VW from what ive read are not too reliable from past experiences.

seandlr
03-02-2010, 07:01 PM
I've heard that the newer models are fairly reliable.

frazzles
03-02-2010, 07:10 PM
Meh, I've got an 06 Jetta. No complaints, but I don't plan on keeping it long enough for it to give me any since I'm leaving the country for at least 2 years in September.

Rumforever
03-02-2010, 07:33 PM
They only ones of those I haven't driven are the current GTI and the Nissan Altima. The Civic is fun, but lacking without a turbo when compared to the GTi, WRX or Mazdaspeed. And the WRX is great because of the four wheel drive, and is quite roomy for a small car. The Mazdaspeed3 is a great car (despite the looks.) and has a sweet engine, nimble chassis, and lots of room for people or stuff. But personally, that thing looks like Elmo's deformed retard brother that should have been thrown off a cliff. But if you like it, go for it. And the Mazdaspeed3 is NOT a ford. It's a Mazda unique design. My parents had a Mazda/Ford van (ford engine/tranny) and it fell the fuck apart. But my dads 2000 Jetta has been fine. And if your considering a Nissan, think about the Sentra SE-R, it's more inline with the other cars you're considering. The GTI is really alot of fun, and it comes fully loaded at a good price, and its a classic, VW's been making them since the 70's. And lastly, the Civics seats are completely useless. They're terribly unsupportive.

oh and test drive all the cars you're gonna buy. Theres only one way to know if you're actually gonna like driving that car, and it's not here on this forum. But all this is coming from a guy who buys a car to drive it, not based on how many cup holders it has, or how it looks. (except for that ugly as sin Mazdaspeed3)

iammrcandyman
03-02-2010, 07:38 PM
You can never go wrong with a GTI. Great engine, great interior, great drive quality, amazing price.

Rumforever
03-02-2010, 07:41 PM
http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/3361/2581/33401290045_large.jpg

Be that guy.

corbo
03-02-2010, 09:27 PM
They only ones of those I haven't driven are the current GTI and the Nissan Altima. The Civic is fun, but lacking without a turbo when compared to the GTi, WRX or Mazdaspeed. And the WRX is great because of the four wheel drive, and is quite roomy for a small car. The Mazdaspeed3 is a great car (despite the looks.) and has a sweet engine, nimble chassis, and lots of room for people or stuff. But personally, that thing looks like Elmo's deformed retard brother that should have been thrown off a cliff. But if you like it, go for it. And the Mazdaspeed3 is NOT a ford. It's a Mazda unique design. My parents had a Mazda/Ford van (ford engine/tranny) and it fell the fuck apart. But my dads 2000 Jetta has been fine. And if your considering a Nissan, think about the Sentra SE-R, it's more inline with the other cars you're considering. The GTI is really alot of fun, and it comes fully loaded at a good price, and its a classic, VW's been making them since the 70's. And lastly, the Civics seats are completely useless. They're terribly unsupportive.

oh and test drive all the cars you're gonna buy. Theres only one way to know if you're actually gonna like driving that car, and it's not here on this forum. But all this is coming from a guy who buys a car to drive it, not based on how many cup holders it has, or how it looks. (except for that ugly as sin Mazdaspeed3)

thanks man, good info. i dont like the way the SE-R looks. too plain.
the dealer quoted me on the Altima for $18,956
thats a tempting price

hawkingvsreeve
03-03-2010, 01:24 AM
956?

These numbers seem so arbitrary. Tell him you'll take it if he knocks $34.83 off.

justinaqui
03-03-2010, 08:14 AM
I own the previous model GTI and have never had a problem with it, and I still love driving it. It is about to bump 60,000 miles. My girlfriend just bought a new Mazda3. She didn't get the Mazdaspeed because it wasn't available with some option she wanted. I don't know if they're still doing it, but two weeks ago they were doing 0% apr for 60 months, so that almost makes up all the money you instantly waste buying a new car.

ThomThom
03-03-2010, 08:21 AM
The best car by far out of that entire bunch is the Volkswagen GTI. Here is a reference for you...

http://www.automobilemag.com/features/awards/1001_2010_automobile_of_the_year_2010_volkswagen_g ti/index.html

boarderwoozel3
03-03-2010, 08:24 AM
956?

These numbers seem so arbitrary. Tell him you'll take it if he knocks $34.83 off.

It's almost assuredly that way to give the appearance of calculated value. Sort of like during the Vietnam war, the military daily causality reports never ended in a 0 or 5...

TomAz
03-03-2010, 08:24 AM
that article seems to be putting a lot of weight on 'fun'. Which is fine, and reasonable, and all that, just so long as that's a priority for the buyer.

Rumforever
03-03-2010, 08:25 AM
The Altima is defiantly way better looking than the Sentra. But the Altima comes with a Continuously Variable Transmission, which is fine if you you're commuting, or you like neutered cars. And don't forget that most turbocharged cars require premium gasoline, so take that into account, and do some research. I believe the Civic Si is premium recommened, but will run on cheaper gas. The WRX, GTi, and Mazdaspeed3 all require 97 octane at least. If your considering turbocharged cars, theres also the Hyundai Genesis coupe. I test drove the 2.0 litre turbocharged model last month. It was a blast, not the best interior, and the seats werent much more supportive thant the Civics. But its rear wheel drive and cheap, it comes with a limited slip differential, and manual transmission. Its also the only one out of its competitors with rear wheel drive. And even with its turbocharger, it will take California swill ( 87 octane) and make 200 horsepower out of it. But if you go to the snow alot get the WRX, the rear wheel drive Genesis would be useless.

And justinaqui makes agood point, it might just come down to the options and price. Unless you have your heart set on a car, those things are the deal breakers. But me, I fall in love with a car before I buy it. Do you ever hear of people buying a car and then try to enjoy driving it later? Thats like an arranged marriage.

Rumforever
03-03-2010, 08:29 AM
that article seems to be putting a lot of weight on 'fun'. Which is fine, and reasonable, and all that, just so long as that's a priority for the buyer.

I subscribe to the school of thought that the driving experience takes precedence over just about every other factor. Well except price. Thats why theres nothing exotic in my driveway.

OnlyNonStranger
03-03-2010, 08:39 AM
97 octane? wtf are you talking about?

TomAz
03-03-2010, 08:45 AM
91 octane.

justinaqui
03-03-2010, 08:55 AM
Most of the complaints about VW all stem from the electrical problems that plagued the MkIV. The MkVs (and now the MkVI) don't have nearly the same troubles.
Also, have you driven the Cooper S? I drove one before buying my GTI and would have definitely bought it if it had a little more room in the back. The back of the driver's seat touched the back seat when I was sitting in it.

Rumforever
03-03-2010, 08:56 AM
yea i ment 91. I wasn't really thinking about it.

corbo
03-03-2010, 08:58 AM
i did not know that turbocharged cars required premium gasoline. thats def something to take into account what with the rising gas prices.

justinaqui
03-03-2010, 08:59 AM
It's not that big of a deal, depending on how much you drive. It ends up being an extra $3-4 per fill-up.

corbo
03-03-2010, 09:03 AM
Most of the complaints about VW all stem from the electrical problems that plagued the MkIV. The MkVs (and now the MkVI) don't have nearly the same troubles.
Also, have you driven the Cooper S? I drove one before buying my GTI and would have definitely bought it if it had a little more room in the back. The back of the driver's seat touched the back seat when I was sitting in it.

yeah, the mini looks pretty cool on the outside. havent really looked into it.
im not sure i would enjoy driving it though...my coworker has one
and it is way too bumpy and its too crammed inside for me.

Rumforever
03-03-2010, 09:04 AM
The mini clubman is pretty sweet too. more room, and smoother drive but just as sporty when it needs to be. But be careful with what color you choose. Mini's in any color already have most people questioning your sexuality as it is. =P and mini's aren't that cheap to maintain, the new ones are made by BMW, so they're on the expensive side. My dad had a mini clubman in college in Cape Town SA, one of the old ones.

TomAz
03-03-2010, 09:07 AM
yeah, the mini looks pretty cool on the outside. havent really looked into it.
im not sure i would enjoy driving it though...my coworker has one
and it is way too bumpy and its too crammed inside for me.

my wife had one. she loved it, i hated it. got so i refused to drive it and avoided riding in it.

Rumforever
03-03-2010, 09:07 AM
but i wouldn't say that the clubman has as much interior room as the GTI. and you can get the GTI as a four door as well.

corbo
03-03-2010, 11:42 AM
if you got the mini in black or dark-blue with the "cooper works" package...that would make it more masculine...right?

OnlyNonStranger
03-03-2010, 11:58 AM
No, they're still chick cars.

justinaqui
03-03-2010, 12:08 PM
What do you have?

corbo
03-03-2010, 12:18 PM
96' Camry. Shit's been nothing but headaches the past 2 years. I fix one thing...something else breaks

corbo
03-18-2010, 04:56 PM
http://image.motortrend.com/f/miscellaneous/thread-of-the-day-whats-your-pick-2010-ford-mustang-or-2009-nissan-370z/11842271+w750/2010-ford-mustang-gt.jpg

What do you guys think of the 2010 Ford Mustang GT?
I got the dealers to offer it to me for around 24,000$
I like the design on the new mustangs
and at 312HP i think its a good deal

OnlyNonStranger
03-18-2010, 06:21 PM
I like that they redesigned the hood. Certainly the best of the new model muscle cars out there.

justinaqui
03-20-2010, 08:14 AM
Consumer Reports gave it good marks. Not at all my style, but not a bad looking car.

corbo
03-20-2010, 11:47 AM
just read on the Ford site
"With its innovative 32-valve, 5.0–liter V8, the 2011 Mustang 5.0 churns out 412 horses* and lays down 390 lb.–ft. of torque. "

"The 5.0 also manages a 26 mpg hwy."

jesus christ! 412 HP ?
i think that might be worth the wait...
then again, i probably wont get as a good a discount

justinaqui
03-21-2010, 09:21 AM
Was the initial price you quoted above for the V8? It was low enough that I assumed the smaller engine.

tessalasset
03-21-2010, 09:49 AM
I'm all about the civic. I have a 15 year old civic that I've owned for 6 years and it's been great to me. When I get a new car, I'll be getting a new civic.

JustSteve
03-21-2010, 11:36 AM
http://image.motortrend.com/f/miscellaneous/thread-of-the-day-whats-your-pick-2010-ford-mustang-or-2009-nissan-370z/11842271+w750/2010-ford-mustang-gt.jpg

What do you guys think of the 2010 Ford Mustang GT?
I got the dealers to offer it to me for around 24,000$
I like the design on the new mustangs
and at 312HP i think its a good deal

i just never think a guy looks good driving a mustang...almost as bad as a guy driving a current model camaro.

OnlyNonStranger
03-21-2010, 11:54 AM
Are you saying Mustangs are chick cars?

BROKENDOLL
03-21-2010, 12:18 PM
i just never think a guy looks good driving a mustang...almost as bad as a guy driving a current model camaro.
Steve, it's a form of transportation, not a fashion show. Although, I did see my first new Camaro the other day with guy driving it, and I think I would have looked more fashionable in it. And, while I understand the economy of it, those Mini Coopers just seem too small to feel safe in with the way people drive today.

corbo
03-21-2010, 02:58 PM
i just never think a guy looks good driving a mustang...almost as bad as a guy driving a current model camaro.

i think i would look good in a mustang :thu

but yeah, i saw someone driving the new camero... he looked like a douche

daxton
03-25-2010, 09:15 AM
So, I'm looking for a little help. Thought about creating a new thread, maybe, or could just post in here. I wanna talk about high performance autos, performance driving, autocross, track time and shit like that. Anyone knowledgeable on these subjects?

J~$$$$
03-25-2010, 09:29 AM
Like SCCA? F1? Nascar? Rally car?

J~$$$$
03-25-2010, 09:33 AM
This is my favorite thing to watch every summer. Camping out, beers and rocks flying in your face mere feet from being killed by "the monster".

Zaf3DsTaviw&feature

daxton
03-25-2010, 09:41 AM
Well, more like SCCA. Basically, I'm trying to find the cheapest or best way to get some performance driving instruction, and get my car on the track. I'm not trying to race on any level at this point. Just want to learn some things and have fun. But, I guess it could lead to some club racing down the road, but that's a really expensive hobby. I'm not trying to replace my tires all the time, you know? In addition, I just wanted to see if else is into this kind of stuff. Like, doing it themselves, not just watching races on tv and get some dialogue going.

daxton
03-25-2010, 09:44 AM
This is my favorite thing to watch every summer. Camping out, beers and rocks flying in your face mere feet from being killed by "the monster".

Zaf3DsTaviw&feature

That is pretty rad and kinda scary. I'm used to watching different kind of races (in person) where there's not much chance observers will get run over.

Rumforever
03-25-2010, 10:08 AM
daxton, you're awesome. But more importantly the Mustang.

Great looking car, but with terrible suspension. Think about it, 312 horsepower on a LIVE REAR AXLE? That suspension design was outdated for sports cars when they put it on the very first mustang. I've driven an 2005 and the new redesigned one, and the ride quality is terrible, the suspension shake and rocks you with every bump, its goddam annoying. and it goes around corners like a Cadillac, with 24 inches of body roll. And 26mpgs hwy? if you scoot around a 60-65 maybe. and which in a muscle car like that, thats not what you'll be doing.

Get a WRX or a used STi, Evo or even an Audi S4 (300+hp V8, 4 doors and AWD). but i prefer turbocharged rally cars. or wait until the latest Corvettes have depreciated into your price range, which is what I'm doing.

corbo
03-25-2010, 10:38 AM
i'm looking into pre-owned Infinity's at the moment. G35 or G37.
they are damn fine cars and have an outstanding rating on consumer reports.

J~$$$$
03-25-2010, 11:00 AM
Well, more like SCCA. Basically, I'm trying to find the cheapest or best way to get some performance driving instruction, and get my car on the track. I'm not trying to race on any level at this point. Just want to learn some things and have fun. But, I guess it could lead to some club racing down the road, but that's a really expensive hobby. I'm not trying to replace my tires all the time, you know? In addition, I just wanted to see if else is into this kind of stuff. Like, doing it themselves, not just watching races on tv and get some dialogue going.

Why kind of car do you currently drive? Where are you located? Car clubs are a great way to go.

daxton
03-25-2010, 11:06 AM
Why kind of car do you currently drive? Where are you located? Car clubs are a great way to go.

95 BMW M3 in North Carolina. I've been doing some light research the past couple days on local car clubs, raceways and stuff like that and fishing around on bimmer forums. What brought this up is when I picked my car up at the shop the other day my mechanic told me about the BMW factory in South Carolina that has performance driving school (1 and 2 day), among other things. Looked it up. Would love to go, but it's pricey, and you can't drive your own car (which I guess could be good and bad).

J~$$$$
03-25-2010, 11:11 AM
95 BMW M3 in North Carolina. I've been doing some light research the past couple days on local car clubs, raceways and stuff like that and fishing around on bimmer forums. What brought this up is when I picked my car up at the shop the other day my mechanic told me about the BMW factory in South Carolina that has performance driving school (1 and 2 day), among other things. Looked it up. Would love to go, but it's pricey, and you can't drive your own car (which I guess could be good and bad).

hahaha thats awesome. I should have guessed my buddy (01 M3) was in a BMW club here in Colorado and raved about it all the time. You would be crazy to pass up the chance to performance driving at the factory. 1.7 miles of awesome.

daxton
03-25-2010, 11:20 AM
hahaha thats awesome. I should have guessed my buddy (01 M3) was in a BMW club here in Colorado and raved about it all the time. You would be crazy to pass up the chance to performance driving at the factory. 1.7 miles of awesome.

Yeah. You drive an array of new BMWs, learn how to drift, do the slick track thing, go off road in the X, see what each model will do in certain situations. Buuuuuuut, if I drive an M of any sort, it will be new. I'm not too knowlegeable about the changes they've made in the newer chassis, E whatever it is. Plus side, won't fuck my car up at all, won't be replacing tires, get a very BMW-centric experience. It's $1000 for 2 full days of instruction on the track. It would be so much fun. Kinda want to just drive down there by myself and do it for my birthday this summer. I still will want to see exactly what my car will do, though. I don't know...I'm just in the beginning stages of brainstorming.

J~$$$$
03-25-2010, 11:39 AM
Yeah. You drive an array of new BMWs, learn how to drift, do the slick track thing, go off road in the X, see what each model will do in certain situations. Buuuuuuut, if I drive an M of any sort, it will be new. I'm not too knowlegeable about the changes they've made in the newer chassis, E whatever it is. Plus side, won't fuck my car up at all, won't be replacing tires, get a very BMW-centric experience. It's $1000 for 2 full days of instruction on the track. It would be so much fun. Kinda want to just drive down there by myself and do it for my birthday this summer. I still will want to see exactly what my car will do, though. I don't know...I'm just in the beginning stages of brainstorming.


$1000 is a great deal to fuck around on their factory track. I would still suggest joining a club its a world of info and like minded people.

I dont know what you have in north carolina, but we have something called test and tune at the national drag strip. Of course its not performace driving but gets you in on your quarter mile timing and is a ton of fun. SCCA is also cool but costs quite a bit. Most gear heads I know enjoy the illegal street races, but are progressing with age towards the SCCA/NASA sanctioned races.

daxton
03-25-2010, 11:47 AM
$1000 is a great deal to fuck around on their factory track. I would still suggest joining a club its a world of info and like minded people.

I dont know what you have in north carolina, but we have something called test and tune at the national drag strip. Of course its not performace driving but gets you in on your quarter mile timing and is a ton of fun. SCCA is also cool but costs quite a bit. Most gear heads I know enjoy the illegal street races, but are progressing with age towards the SCCA/NASA sanctioned races.

Thanks, dude, for responding, by the way. I'll look further into clubs in the area. I know there's a drag strip right outside of town, actually. I've thought about checking it out. I guess part of me feels a little hesitant about just showing up to a club event or the stip b/c I'm a girl, first of all, and second b/c I feel like I won't know nearly as much as the rest of the people there. Not to mention, I just learned how to drive a stick a few months ago, so I haven't perfected the art. Is that dumb?

Edit: On second thought, I've heard my car sucks at drag racing and the one near me is 1/8 mile.

J~$$$$
03-25-2010, 12:14 PM
Thanks, dude, for responding, by the way. I'll look further into clubs in the area. I know there's a drag strip right outside of town, actually. I've thought about checking it out. I guess part of me feels a little hesitant about just showing up to a club event or the stip b/c I'm a girl, first of all, and second b/c I feel like I won't know nearly as much as the rest of the people there. Not to mention, I just learned how to drive a stick a few months ago, so I haven't perfected the art. Is that dumb?

Edit: On second thought, I've heard my car sucks at drag racing and the one near me is 1/8 mile.

Yeah I could see how drag racing in an M series wouldn't be super exciting. If you are a girl and you show up at the events you are more inclined to be helped out more and given a ton of tips. Guys at these events go gaga over any girl wanting to learn about driving. Its opposite for guys, there can be an overabundance of testosterone and if you dont know what you are doing other dudes tend to be fucking assholes. So yeah there is nothing dumb about it. Here in Colorado we have a different dynamic because of mountain driving so performance cars tend to be tuned differently.

Have you done any modifications to your BMW?

daxton
03-25-2010, 11:21 PM
No mods. I'm wanting to learn about that too. First and foremost, I've been restoring the car. Since it's 16 years old a lot of the interior and different little things needed to be fixed/replaced, and it only came with a cassett player. So, I've put a good bit of money into that. In fact, my drivers window motor just went out today :( Car only has 38k miles, so engine is in amazing condition. What sort of mods can/should I do that wont be too costly? A super or turbocharger is way out of my price range.

I know I should learn how to do some of the work on the car myself, but I'm just not mechanically inclined. I have a great mechanic that hooks it up. Lucked out there.

Mountain driving is fun as shit. I love visiting my dad in VA and taking the country roads. I'm sure it's no Colorado, but it's not as flat as I'm used to.

justinaqui
03-26-2010, 02:42 PM
Learn to drive fast in your car stock first. Once you learn where the limits of the car are, you will know what kind of mods you want to spend your cash on. Plus, with a car of that age, shit will eventually break-- the best time to spring for upgrades! Wear through the brake rotors tracking the car? Replace them with bigger better parts!
I don't think I've ever seen an e36 with forced induction, but I don't spend much time talking to BMW people either.

daxton
03-26-2010, 03:17 PM
Learn to drive fast in your car stock first. Once you learn where the limits of the car are, you will know what kind of mods you want to spend your cash on. Plus, with a car of that age, shit will eventually break-- the best time to spring for upgrades! Wear through the brake rotors tracking the car? Replace them with bigger better parts!
I don't think I've ever seen an e36 with forced induction, but I don't spend much time talking to BMW people either.

Valid suggestions. Thanks. I was kind of thinking along those lines today. I've been spending way too much time messing with car stuff and coachella stuff. It's a wonder I get any work done.

justinaqui
03-26-2010, 03:30 PM
Plus once you know where the limits of the car are, you'll appreciate the upgrades that much more.

daxton
03-27-2010, 07:16 AM
Yep. Not just appreciate, but knowing the difference between the 2 first hand is probably very helpful.

Have to bring my car in to get that window motor replaced, so I'm going to talk to my guy about mods. But, if anyone want to shed some light before that, feel free.

3 things I've been wondering about are air intake kits, performance ignition coils, and a perf. chip. What's better? What's not worth it? Is there something else I should be looking into?

justinaqui
03-27-2010, 07:20 AM
Maybe check out bimmerforums?

Edit, they made the e36 m3 in a four door. You're not one of those lucky folks, are you?

daxton
03-27-2010, 07:25 AM
Ha. I am not one of those lucky folks. My car is one of the 1st that came to the states and I don't think there were 4 doors in the beginning. Maybe the four doors popped up towards the end of the E36s. Not sure. I'm on bimmerforums and bimmerfest every now and then. Most of the talk on there is over my head, but I've found some useful info at times.

Edit: Sedans became available in 97 and ended in 98.

daxton
10-07-2010, 03:38 PM
So, just an update on the high performance driving school thing. I went to one last weekend in Virginia. Drove my own car. Learned so much about race track driving, BMWs, and met some really nice and helpful people. I really hope I have the $ to do it again in February. It was one of the coolest things I've ever done. Still hoping to do the one at the BMW factor in SC one day, but it's much more expensive than this route, that is, unless I wreck my car at the track. That would suck. Looking into track insurance for the next event.

corbo
10-25-2010, 12:14 PM
finally bought my new car yesterday!

2011 Honda Civic SI Coupe. Love the car so far, it drives fast. When the Vtech kicks in, at around 5000 rpm, the engine sounds sweet. it's got 197 HP under the hood, i'm thinking i want more though. Besides an Intake and Muffler how can i increase the horsepower? a turbo charger? what are benefits/disadvantages of adding this stuff?

corbo
10-25-2010, 12:16 PM
i might look into what you're doing daxton. that sounds like fun.

J~$$$$
11-11-2010, 03:13 PM
ummmmmmmm wtf? Not that I care about the sport anyways.m9vJjPOqlaI&feature

daxton
11-16-2010, 10:11 AM
i might look into what you're doing daxton. that sounds like fun.

It's funner than fun. Motorsports is an expensive hobby, unfortunately. And, I worry about damaging my car. My ultimate goal is to buy a car, fix it up and designate it as a track car and not worry about it getting scratched or cracked fog lights and such. Actually, a friend and I have been talking about buying one together and sharing it. You can share a car at these events.