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Originally Posted by basketball View Post

Still though the Ferrari is a better car

Like I said before, the MP4 is technically the superior car, the 458 is the more exciting one. However, I've learned that McLaren is by far the better company to work with. Also, there's the increased horsepower with the MP4 (617 bhp), better fuel economy, comfort, and superior reliability. People that have driven both say the McLaren is also much easier to live with. When you dial it down it behaves like a normal coupe.

If for some reason I want a little more excitement, I'll just turn off the traction control.
post #767 of 1116
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post


Like I said before, the MP4 is technically the superior car, the 458 is the more exciting one. However, I've learned that McLaren is by far the better company to work with. Also, there's the increased horsepower with the MP4 (617 bhp), better fuel economy, comfort, and superior reliability. People that have driven both say the McLaren is also much easier to live with. When you dial it down it behaves like a normal coupe.
If for some reason I want a little more excitement, I'll just turn off the traction control.

 

Wait, you got it?!

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Originally Posted by planx View Post

Wait, you got it?!

Yeah, I gave a rundown of the conversation above:
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Dealing with McLaren:

"Hi, I want to buy an MP4 Spider."
"Yes sir! Do you have a configuration in mind?"
"I made one up online with all the options I want."
"Awesome! What's your user name?"
I tell him.
"Here it is. Wow, that looks great. Do you have Facetime? I have some cool things to show you."
"Yeah, let me get my iPad."
He shows me all the leather swatches, paint samples, and option diagrams. Even talks me out of the carbon ceramic brakes, because they're heavier and unnecessary for my purposes. He fills out the whole order, and in the process saves me about $15k.
"Looks like it'll be about 12 weeks to get it in, is that okay? I'll do everything I can to get it sooner."
"Yeah. Sounds good, I appreciate it."
"Would you like to go and watch your car being built?"
"I can do that?"
"Sure can, and you get a full tour of the facility and a free driving class."
"Wow. I'm not sure about that but if they'll let me know the day it's built I'll try to fly over."

Then he gets all my info, I send him an e-check for the deposit, and he sends a receipt. Two days later I get a box full of McLaren swag (shirt, cap, mouse pad, mug, key chain, wallet) and a personal letter thanking me for my business.

I was being serious. smily_headphones1.gif
post #769 of 1116
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post


Yeah, I gave a rundown of the conversation above:
I was being serious. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Mah god... Just like that. Pics if you can... *DROOOOOOOOL*

post #770 of 1116
I talk about all this in my car/audio blog thread.
post #771 of 1116
The MP4 is easier to live with. Smoother ride and all.
post #772 of 1116
My buddy's 458 is in the shop... again... this is 5 times now in 18 months. This time all the computer functions suddenly stopped working.

I'm so glad I didn't get one, it was a blessing in disguise.
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Anyone have experience with older accords (six and seventh gen)? May be in need of a daily driver in the next year, but want something fun. I've heard accords lack personality, but no one ever seems to "define" how. I'm only considering low-maintenance cars with good gas mileage, and some boy racer-ness.


Edited by Kirosia - 10/25/12 at 7:17am
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They're under-powered and very non-sporty in handling. People like them because they're reliable family sedans, not for the ride.

If you want a fun DD, get a 6-7 year old Mini Cooper S.
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I have a Saab 93 and it is a ton of fun all while getting 30mpg which is impressive considering it makes 210HP, my mother owns a '99 with 230,000 miles and the only thing that ever went wrong with it was the fuel pump but that was at 200,000 miles and the car still runs perfectly and is plenty quick.  The old one is a manual which is probably why it has lasted so long so not the best car for traffic but a ton of fun you can get a used one these days for next to nothing as Saab has gone out of business but the parts division is still making parts and will continue to do so.  A mini cooper is also fun but not as practical as a four door car.

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That is correct, it isn't as practical, but you can haul a lot more in one than you'd expect. My wife's Cooper S is bonkers to drive, but still efficient, in some ways it out-handles my Carrera S.
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post

I'm only considering low-maintenance cars with good gas mileage, and some boy racer-ness.

 

Honda's are know to be pretty reliable along with older gen Toyota's and Nissans. I guess if your looking for something fun and good gas mileage I would recommend the VW TDI or GTD

 

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If you want a fun DD, get a 6-7 year old Mini Cooper S.

 

Mini's can be fun but I always thought they handled too much like a go kart.

 

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I have a Saab 93 and it is a ton of fun all while getting 30mpg which is impressive considering it makes 210HP, my mother owns a '99 with 230,000 miles and the only thing that ever went wrong with it was the fuel pump but that was at 200,000 miles and the car still runs perfectly and is plenty quick.  The old one is a manual which is probably why it has lasted so long so not the best car for traffic but a ton of fun you can get a used one these days for next to nothing as Saab has gone out of business but the parts division is still making parts and will continue to do so.  A mini cooper is also fun but not as practical as a four door car.

 

Saabs and Volvo's are infamous for electrical issues. Some people swear by them but if you ever get one that has issues... it's like a cancer.

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I have had a few problems with some switches in my Saab, but that was a quick fix.  The only thing I don't like is the fact that the keys are INSANELY expensive ($500) to replace as Saab has a very different design and the newer one don't even have a typical metal key but they are the most difficult cars to steal so there is an upside to the key and they are one of the safest cars you could get.  A VW TDI is an awesome car and great gas mileage but the fuel tends to cost more but that engine will be the last thing to go in it.

post #779 of 1116
The MINI handling like a go-cart is a good thing.
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My cousin owns a 5th gen accord and he finished swapping a H22 onto it last week. I haven't ridden on it with the new motor, but with the old F22 it wasn't very fast, but holy **** was the ride sublime. It handled brilliantly while making no compromises on ride quality. It kinda made me hate my own car.

However the seats aren't particularily comfortable (maybe cause they're old), but it's roomy, frugal, and comfy. If you're looking for a bit more, Honda Preludes are a great mix. I should've bought one. frown.gif

And Mini's are outrageously expensive here. 2003 models are still selling for $15,000. That's Mazdaspeed6 territory.
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