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Turbo or No Turbo?



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My Miata is like street-racing-bait. I never race, of course (with a whopping 99 lb-ft of torque I couldn't take an Outback Sport), but they always seem to want to race me.

    VroooOOOOOM - PSSST - VrooooOOOOOM....

    Must be modded cars, I suppose.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Naturally they assume that anyone driving a Miata that old would have at least modded to some extent :P
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Mine is increasingly rare - an unmolested NA Miata, still in pretty good shape.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm a big fan of the pinata racing :) That's what usually happens when the spec miatas race. They love to trade paint.

    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, I used to post a photo of a huge group of them on a track, it was very cool to see 30-40 of the same car all lined up.

    I spoke too soon - a neighbor backed in to my left front fender and I had to have it replaced. 2nd time.

    At least it was just the fender, and I got a brand new one.
  • Luckly, money is not much of an issue for me so it was not a deciding factor in buying the forester. I live in the city where you drive from one traffic light to the other. For my purpose the XT did not make much sense. I wanted the practicality of subaru's awd and enough space to carry "stuff". Since my driving is 95% city driving, I bought the X-limited. So far I have been very happy with the car as it serves its purpose very well. I am looking forward to our first snow storm.

    However, if I lived in a location where I would be able to stretch the foresters legs, or had some serious hills to climb.....I would definitly get the XT. However, I can't imagine racing that mustang GT with the XT from one traffic light to the other is much fun.

    For long weekend drives and trips I take my new mini cooper S with the 6 speed manual transmission. Now that is one fun turbo ;)
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    When I bought my manual trans Forester XT, my commute was 90% hwy driving. Then I moved and my commute is now 95% city driving (albeit not congested Manhattan). However, I still enjoy driving the XT. I usually drive conservatively but it's nice on occasion to be able to step on the gas and be pushed back into the seat :)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I can say that ours is very responsive - no lag at all. I've owned cars in the past that you hit the throttle and had to wait for a response, but our 09 Forester moves right away, immediately, at any speed.

    The transmission is similarly responsive, especially in Sport mode.

    I swear, I'd take this 4EAT over the 5 speed in my Toyota Sienna, any day of the week. No contest. In the van you have to wait for the 2-stage intake to open the 2nd valve, and the tranny takes longer to pick a gear also. Eventually, it's a lot quicker with its big V6, but it's not nearly as responsive, if that makes sense.

    I'd like to see Subaru try a CVT or more ratios but IF AND ONLY IF it is as responsive as the current powertrain.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    I'd have to agree. We've got a new Forester loaner from the dealer, as my wife's Forester is in for some work being done. The new Forester 4EAT is pretty good in terms of response. The car certainly feels more responsive than our '01 Forester. Still... wish there was another gear for high speed cruising.

  • dmuttdmutt Posts: 48
    I always thought a 5-spd auto would also be good. But in the case of my 04 Tundra 4-spd versus a 05 Tundra 5-spd auto, the gearing of the 4th gear on the 4-spd is almost identical to the 5th gear of a 5-spd. The extra gear is added in between 2nd and 3rd, where there is the largest gearing gap.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's why you got two speed-cam tickets in the mail this summer, and we only got one. LOL

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