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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    yeah, but that will tend to be the case with most any car I'd be interested in
    my complaint with M3s has always been price. It drives me crazy that in order to get an M3 in the mid-30's, I have to allow for 50k miles (give or take)
    I think M3s are worse than typical because they are serious enthusiast cars and really do get run hard. Some others - Corvettes, for example - may have been driven by a guy in his 50s who just likes the look... esp. if it has an automatic transmission.

    I had another car for you to look at - Caddy CTS-V (current version). Given the update (and the new CTS-V won't be out until next year) I am betting you could pick one up for in the mid-low $40k range....

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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    any experience with the SMG?
    I always loved the concept, but I've never had a chance to try it out...
    I hate it. Hate it hate it hate it...

    It may be more consistent (and even let the car be quicker) than a conventional six-speed, but for me, a huge part of the fun of owning a high-performance sports car is working the clutch myself. The BMW SMGs I have tried also provide "lurchy" upshifts in my experience.

    I doubt you'd like it. But try one and see for yourself!

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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete
    If you are interested in BMW's - one of the best little BMW hotrods (with a very high horsepower to weight ratio) was the older BMW M roadster:




    They are fairly reasonably priced, and you can if you look hard enough find one well taken care of, and garage kept with low miles. They have 315 horsepower with a weight of 3,100 lbs - good for a 1/4 mile of 13.3 seconds bone stock. Put a turbo or supercharger on it and this little BMW could easily get into the 11 second range.

    Here's some more info:

    http://www.silverliningdetail.com/images/754b.jpg

    And if you don't believe me look at what this guy has done with a few modifications to the M coupe version with the same motor as the roadster - he's hitting a 10.775 second 1/4 mile:

    http://www.dragtimes.com/BMW-M-Coupe-Timeslip-2653.html
    Yeah, only issue is I hate the Z3/Z4 body styling - I just think they're ugly ugly cars
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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

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    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    any experience with the SMG?
    I always loved the concept, but I've never had a chance to try it out...
    I hate it. Hate it hate it hate it...

    It may be more consistent (and even let the car be quicker) than a conventional six-speed, but for me, a huge part of the fun of owning a high-performance sports car is working the clutch myself. The BMW SMGs I have tried also provide "lurchy" upshifts in my experience.

    I doubt you'd like it. But try one and see for yourself!
    keep in mind you're talking to a guy with an automatic vette
    and my supercharged miata? That was auto too (yeah I know, I'm weird)
    I can drive stick - obviously, I had to drive the Evo til my wife started to learn - but I like automatics. I just dont like clutches. So something like the SMG seems like a good fit. I just dont happen to know anyone with one to try out myself
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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    "Yeah, only issue is I hate the Z3/Z4 body styling - I just think they're ugly ugly cars."

    Agreed.. the front end reminds me of a huge dick.... (my wife's observation!)

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    "keep in mind you're talking to a guy with an automatic vette
    and my supercharged miata? That was auto too (yeah I know, I'm weird):

    Actually, you're lucky then - because odds are better you can find a not-thrashed example of the car you want!

    "I can drive stick - obviously, I had to drive the Evo til my wife started to learn - but I like automatics. I just dont like clutches. So something like the SMG seems like a good fit. I just dont happen to know anyone with one to try out myself."

    The SMG is probably one of those "love it - or hate it" - deals. It behaves very differently from a conventional automatic - but isn't at all like driving a conventional stick.

    You could probably score a test drive at a BMW dealer; if they're unwilling to let you try one - then fuck 'em. I'd never buy a car from a dealer that would not allow a test drive prior to a potential $50k purchase....

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    being 25 makes it tougher to get a test drive
    I'll just have to make sure to bring the wife with... that usually helps
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    by the way, you werent kidding
    I can get an '07 CTS-V with under 10k miles for 41/42
    that's not too shabby

    I just dont know how I feel about owning a caddy
    How much of an aftermarket do these things have?
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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    being 25 makes it tougher to get a test drive
    I'll just have to make sure to bring the wife with... that usually helps
    If you're a serious buyer - and they treat you disrespectfully just because you happen to be young - then screw 'em. Your money's as green as a 40-year-old's.

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    "I just dont know how I feel about owning a caddy
    How much of an aftermarket do these things have?"

    A lot - because the CTS-V is Corvette powered!

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    that's the thing though
    an 06-07 V is an LS2...
    so why wouldnt I just buy an 05-07 Corvette for less money?
    Does the Caddy handle better?
    4 doors is not a plus to me lol
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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    that's the thing though
    an 06-07 V is an LS2...
    so why wouldnt I just buy an 05-07 Corvette for less money?
    Does the Caddy handle better?
    4 doors is not a plus to me lol
    Doesn't handle better than the 'Vette - but does handle very well and is very powerful. I mentioned the CTS because I thought having four doors might be a plus. Sorry for the misunderstanding!

    Since you like automatic performance cars, have you looked at any of the AMG Benzes? Very comparable in terms of acceleration/handling to the equivalent BMW M models.. but (in my opinion) more upscale and discrete....

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    yeah, but the only Benz I like is the SL/SLK series roadsters
    and while an SLK 32 AMG is in my range, that's about the only one (although it has been a while since I've looked)

    I'm thinking an S4 or M3 might just be the way to go
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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    yeah, but the only Benz I like is the SL/SLK series roadsters
    and while an SLK 32 AMG is in my range, that's about the only one (although it has been a while since I've looked)

    I'm thinking an S4 or M3 might just be the way to go
    Based on all we've talked about (and my own sense of the cars involved relative to what you're looking for, I think) S4 will probably fit you perfectly. It offers great performance, exceptional handling, AWD - and you can go stick or automatic. The price is decent - and the car is very upscale, inside and out.

    I bet you'll be into this one after a test drive!

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    It all may be moot
    my wife is frustrated by her Evo issues, and should it continue what will wind up happening is that I will have to take the Evo, and she will get yet another new car lol

    but hopefully I can convince her to keep the Evo herself
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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    It all may be moot
    my wife is frustrated by her Evo issues, and should it continue what will wind up happening is that I will have to take the Evo, and she will get yet another new car lol

    but hopefully I can convince her to keep the Evo herself
    My two cents on this:

    I think keeping the EVO is a mistake... if your wife keeps it. If the clutch failure was due to her inexperience/driving style, it is very likely the same problem will occur again. The EVO's clutch is not progressive and is therefore not a good clutch to learn on. Think she's unhappy now? Just imagine what'll happen when the same thing happens again in another 10 or 20 thousand miles....

    A good middle ground might be to park the EVO for a bit - and get her a cheap beater with a stick; something like a base model Civic. Let her drive it for a month - then dump it. The cost of this will probably be less than replacing two clutches on the EVO....


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    yeah, that would be the smart thing to do
    but she wont do it
    she's like me, she is a car snob
    and she HATES slow cars

    lol, yeah, it's stupid and expensive, but *shrugs*
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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    Damen,

    One of the best buys around right now is a 2005 - 2006 LS2 (400 horsepower) GTO. The car may not be much to look at but it handles well and it's very fast. The seats provide great lumbar support and the interior is very stylish. The LS2 is very easy to modify and these GTOs can be had for a very reasonable price. If I were to buy one of these I would buy the aftermarket shakerhood scoop and but in a supercharger, it would then be pumping out at least 500 net horsepower and would still be less expensive then a stripped down new Mustang GT.








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    Re: anyone with experience owning a modern porsche?

    I, too, like the GTO as a "stealth ride" (and it's a bargain). But I dunno about the shaker scoop; what looks great on a second gen. Trans-Am doesn't fit right (to me) on a late model GTO; but that's a personal preference. (I'm also not a big fan of the Bandit Trans-Am's cosmetics, for the same reason; it's very hard to integrate "modern" styling with older styling - and vice versa. It can be done, sometimes - but most of the time time, I find the rend results to be awkward looking ... )

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    I agree. I love the GTO, but that shaker scoop just doesnt look right to me.. at least not on that car
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