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TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

Semi-aquatic personification of unstoppable douchery


2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman






1997 BMW M3/4

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TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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Schatten posted:

Suspension - The MCS has the sport suspension, LSD, and all of that
I highly recommend a larger rear sway bar. It's kind of a pain in the rear end to put in but it makes a pretty big difference for something that seems so minor. I've got the Alta 22 mm on the softest setting on my Clubman S.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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Calamari posted:

I hear some quality high temp brake fluid helped a lot when Car and Driver tested it after VIR.
Here's the article about it: http://www.caranddriver.com/feature...ing_lap-feature

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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Bought a new commuter car, Mazda 2 Sport manual.





Very pleased with it so far. It's slow, but not frustratingly so. The lack of weight (it's 50 pounds less than a Fiat 500) certainly helps. The gearbox is Miata-like, although there is a big gap between first and second gears (shifting from first to second at 4,000 RPM drops you down to 2k). There is some steering feel, much more than my MINI Clubman S has. It's a fun car to drive overall. It's also very simple, as evidenced by the mechanical lever to switch between fresh and recirc modes for ventilation. Yes, it makes the same suction sound as a 1980s Toyota when you switch it to recirc mode.

Also, I paid below invoice and got 0% financing.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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The Locator posted:

Nice looking little car. I can't quite figure out why Mazda can't get the fuel economy numbers out of their little cars that some other mfg's are getting (like say Ford with the Focus, which is larger).
Mazda is using old tech for now. The engine doesn't have direct injection and the transmission is only a 5-speed. I also test drove a 2012 Hyundai Accent, which gets 40 mpg and has 138 hp. It has direct injection and a 6-speed manual. It also has an upshift indicator. I think that the EPA follows those things in their test procedure if a car has them. In the Hyundai's case, it asked me to shift into 4th at 20 mph. I could get 40+ mpg out of the Mazda if I did that too.

kimbo305 posted:

That grey looks great, but the green ones look incredible.
I too am a fan of small cars in loud colors (although my MINI is traditional English white). Blue and Green were my top choices but there isn't a base manual car anywhere in Southern California in either of those colors. Unfortunately, most people like their cars in grayscale so my choices were gray or black. At least the gray should be easy to keep clean.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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azerdude32 posted:

The Something Awful Forums > Discussion > Automotive Insanity > Post your ride's interior

MINI Clubman





Mazda 2





I'm sure you've seen a black E36 interior before, so I won't bother with those photos.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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Super Aggro Crag posted:

What the hell is the giant circular thing in the center dash?
Speedometer around the outside; screen for navigation, stereo, and phone on the inside.

CharlesM posted:

What's the little computer screen for?
It's an UltraGauge.

Ineptus Mechanicus posted:

The Mazda 2 is right at the top of my eventual new car shortlist and if you don't mind me dumping a load of questions, how do you like it?
It's a great car. I love it even more after 7500 miles than I did when I bought it.

Ineptus Mechanicus posted:

I know the engine is a bit underpowered but how does the manual transmission feel?
You'll manage with the power. I got four people plus luggage up to Lake Tahoe (6000+ feet elevation) at normal highway speeds with no complaints about comfort. We drove about 1500 miles over 4 days and I averaged 37 mpg.

The gearbox is excellent, probably the best front-drive one I've tried. I like it better than modern Hondas; the engagement has a nice mechanical heft to it. There's a large spread between first and second gears which is kind of a downer. The solution is to wind it out off the line before shifting to second. The clutch is a bit odd; I'm just now able to be consistently smooth with it.

Ineptus Mechanicus posted:

How's the handling and visibility?
The handling is very good. Steering feel is surprisingly good for an electric system and understeer is minimal. It doesn't feel like a nose-heavy car at all. I wish it had a little less body roll, but on the other hand, it rides really well for a small car.

Visibility is fine. It has a big windshield and relatively small pillars. The rear headrests go all the way down onto the seatback so they don't block the rear view at all.

Ineptus Mechanicus posted:

Does the car have that penalty box feel or is it just a bit spartan?
It's a bit loud inside and I wish it had Bluetooth and USB input for the stereo. Other than that, it doesn't feel lacking in features. I'd say it's more lightweight than cheap (although it is cheap). But there's a sense that there's some solidness underneath all the plastic.

Ineptus Mechanicus posted:

Also how many licks does it take too get to the center of etc etc.
Three.

Ineptus Mechanicus posted:

I should really just go and test drive a bunch of B-segment hatches at some point, preferably ones in lime green.
That gives you the choice of the 2, Fiesta, and Accent. All good cars. Honda started offering the Fit in 90's Nostalgia Teal this year, so there's that option too.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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kimbo305 posted:

I've always wondered about that -- in a low power car where 1st gear is like a granny gear to get you going, what do you do when you are still warming the car up? Short shifting would lead to lugging, wouldn't it?
It's not that bad. If you drive it like a normal person it will be a bit slow but it won't lug. The cold engine light is usually out by the time I leave the parking lot anyway.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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CharlesM posted:

Is it a 4 seater there too? I figure the Euro models might allow 5 seats since you guys probably aren't as fat as us average Americans... :P
You can get it as a 5-seater in the US now.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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Ludicro posted:

Currently has run flat tyres, so when I end up wearing the current set out I'm likely to replace them with regular tyres, as the large rims, sports suspension and runflats make for quite a firm ride. Absolute joy to drive, although as I'm an inexperienced driver I haven't taken the car to its full potential just yet.
Regular tires will improve a lot- ride, handling, noise, weight. I highly recommend ditching the run flats.

If you're looking for suspension upgrades after that, check out a larger rear sway bar and Koni FSD shocks. I just put FSDs on my Clubman and it is a worthwhile upgrade. The ride is much more comfortable and the car is much more settled in aggressive driving.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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Picked this up last week to share with my dad. Mazda 3S Touring.







Mazda did an incredible job with this car and I hope they sell a billion of them. It drives really well, is economical, and there are little details they put in that are really neat.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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ehnus posted:

Speaking of the CX-5, I got a CX-5 today!



All wheel drive, 2.5L motor. I like it a lot!
Blue Reflex Buddies

An AWD Mazdaspeed 3 would be nice. The 3 and the CX-5 share a lot of common components, so it's probably possible for Mazda to put AWD in the 3 without too much effort. The frame looks like it can acommodate a drive shaft:



Taken from this video, which is excellent if you have a half hour to kill.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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Powershift posted:

That's pretty boss. What are you going to do for the front plate?
You can order black plates in California now, so it'll blend in. I'm going to do that if I put a plate on the front (I probably will).

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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I put my front plate on. Hail Satan.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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savesthedayrocks posted:

Glad I'm not the only one that picked my license plate based on the color.







Sucks that I can't get the back one in normal white and the front in black.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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FCKGW posted:

sup IVC buddy
Sup. My car isn't nice/low/loud enough for me to go there. But I live nearby.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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the spyder posted:

Ours started falling apart at 80k. Even after throwing ~$5k in parts at it, I'm still happy it was totaled by an old lady.
80k? Congrats on making it that far.

I had an 08 and had to replace the water pump and thermostat at 47k. Per several shops I called, they either last 50k or forever. But 50k is considered normal. Oh, these two parts on on opposite sides of the engine, so it's not a single labor charge.

The turbo oil lines were replaced at 55k. Again, not an outlier.

Good thing my timing chain tensioner failure was detected early and under warranty. I know at least two people who had it fail out of warranty, necessitating engine replacement (one guy sold his to a salvager for 2k). There was a class action lawsuit about it, resulting in anyone with a failure being reimbursed for repairs, even if they were out of warranty and had the work done by an independent shop.

My high pressure fuel pump didn't fail, but enough of them did that the warranty was extended to 10 years/100k.

All that being said, I know plenty of people who bought another one despite having one or more of the issues above. Hell, I know a couple people who lemon lawed them, then got another.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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I posted this car here about 10 years ago, but I cleaned it up and did ceramic coating last week so I'm posting it again.

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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thechalkoutline posted:

How much did the coating run you if you don't mind me asking?

My cars a bit smaller than yours and I just started looking into it, but mine's so swirled up I'd need a serious detail; still temping though cause I put a ton of miles on it
I did it myself using this. It took about 9 hours to wash, clay, polish (one pass with Meguiar's 105 and an orange pad), and apply two coats of ceramic. In total I used maybe $130 worth of supplies, not including the polisher.

There's a bunch more info in the detailing thread; I went into detail about coating my other car here:
https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...4#post474020997
https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...4#post479176308

TheGoatTrick
Aug 1, 2002

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thetechnoloser posted:

2019 Veloster N w/perf pack.
Please check in later, I'd like to see what this is like to live with in a few months.

Those aren't the perf pack wheels, though. Hope the dealer didn't try to screw you.

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Aug 1, 2002

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IOwnCalculus posted:

I keep saying I never understand why GM still sells both GMC and Chevy.
GMC exists so that Buick dealers have trucks to sell.

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