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Present and Future FWD Classic and Special Interest Cars

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    Why it's a Mary Kay Miata--LOL!

    Now that's "special interest"....VERY special interest, as in one person on the entire planet special interest....

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  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    Well there is an [non-permissible content removed] for every seat...

    Too bad the [non-permissible content removed] for that seat already owns it.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    In fact, the term "special interest" was created for this very type of car (no kidding, it really was). It was the "catch-all" phrase for the collection and glorification of cars that practically nobody wants.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,923
    ..then put a skirt on me, and call me Gladys.. I would have no problem with it. ;)

    Actually, I'd rather have a Cayman, but they haven't been around long enough to drop into my price range.

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  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    I took a Cayman S in trade last night and drove it this morning. It was pretty good but I need about one to two inches more leg room to drive one for an extended period of time.

    It was a pretty hot car but driving that F430 has ruined all other cars for me.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,188
    You know, I'd heard of the Miata/MX-5 referred to as girlie, but not the Boxter, until now. Whatever, I wouldn't throw a Boxter out of my garage, or a Miata/MX-5 either, for that matter. While I haven't driven either of them, they appeal to me.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    Take time to notice who is driving Boxsters. At least in my area, it is rarely a guy. Of course I know they DO drive them, but for some reason the proportions are ridiculously askew in San Francisco area. I'd gladly take a $20 bet on every Boxster on the road that comes along randomly. I'd clean up.

    Reason? Like the Miata, it is, in base form, sexy, affordable and it comes with an automatic. Also the high production numbers have put a glut of used ones on the market, so prices are quite reasonable.

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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,188
    Interesting. I hadn't noticed. If I think about it I'll take notice and report back.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,923
    Here in the Midwest, Boxsters are mostly driven by men (or cross-dressers named Gladys). I'd say about 80/20 in favor of men..

    Women here are more likely to drive Tahoes.. :surprise:

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    Well I could see where they'd be tricked into thinking it was a man's car. Probably too uppity for a woman right? :P

    I think regional differences can be quite startling. For instance, aside from the wildly disproportionate number of women driving Boxsters, we have an almost complete absence of Cadillacs. I do see lots of Lincolns in livery service though.

    MINIS are as thick as flies out here. Dealers must be raking in the bucks on these cars.

    You'd think I'd see lots of weirdo electrics, old Benzes burning biodiesel and the like, but I don't. Plenty of bikes and scooters however. You know, college town and all that.

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  • martianmartian Posts: 220
    You are right-I have always wondered why the do :cry: mestic 4-cyl engines were so crappy (compared to the japanese ones). The Honda fours would rev smoothly, and sounded nice-while GM gave us V-8's sawed in half. The GM 4's were noisey, didn't like to rev, and just sounded cheap! Likewise with FORD and Chrysler. My x had an OMNI with the VW-built 4-it was a great car! Why didn't the big 3 just build a good german or japanese 4 under license? I used to cringe whenever I got a rental car Cavalier-those engines were lousy!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    AWFUL cars, truly AWFUL, some of them. You're right, the early American 4 cylinder engines were threshing machines....they ran like leaf blowers compared to Japanese engines.

    Of course, the VW bug was no great shakes either....

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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,188
    I think the Bug's horizontally opposed OHV four was okay for its time, especially before pollution controls. Sure, it was noisy, in part because it was air cooled, but it was smooth. I found the noise more pleasant than objectionable. Ah, that brings back memories of when you could identify brands from their sound. It was kind of neat. Now engines are so muffled that you can't tell one from another.
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    I can still tell for some cars especially if they are being started. Almost every brand has its own unique starting sound.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,188
    That may be true, in some cases, if you happen to be standing near the car when the starter is activated, but, of course, doesn't help to identify the car when it takes off from a curb or a stoplight, or drives by.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    I can tell only a few---a Porsche, a Ferrari, a Subaru (older ones) a diesel car of course, and a Chrysler product (usually). But once it's on the road, distinctive sounds aren't so varied anymore in automobiles I don't think. I can still hear a Porsche on the road, like a 400 HP vacuum cleaner, and of course a Ferrari like the screaming banshees of hell, and a Harley, like a pile of nuts and bolts rattling around in a clothes dryer. :P

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,568
    I have noticed that starting sound too, esp Hondas and 80s-90s V6 Fords.

    For engine noise, a Porsche is unlike anything else - I can hear it a mile away, Subarus sound like souped up lawnmowers to me, and the GM 2.8 or 3.1 has an awful note to it. Old diesel MB have their own tune as well.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,923
    Nothing like the sound of an air-cooled 911 going by... Unfortunately, you can't hear much of it from inside the 911, with the windows up.. :(

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  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    One of the other dealers in our autogroup just took a 1997 911 Targa in trade yesterday. I am going to look at it Monday or Tuesday.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,188
    Circling back on whether Boxters are girlie, it may depend on which part of the country you're evaluating. I randomly took note of the person behind the wheel in Montgomery County, MD, adjoining Washington, DC, and my early findings suggest that five out of five Boxters that I observed were driven by guys. Let me hasten to add that this is a tiny sample, too small to be representative, of course. Also, in four more cases I couldn't see inside well enough (top was up and glass was heavily tinted, was too far away, or going to fast, etc.) to identify the gender of the driver. So these are early, somewhat inconclusive returns, because we know for sure that a certain percentage of Boxter drivers in Montgomery County are women.

    I may check further, for the heck of it, and report back.
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