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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    Oh, motor mounts and trans mounts also shot.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,444
    pensfan83 said:

    Out of curiosity I emailed Dinan support and asked when/if a flash tune would be available for the B46 motor in the G20 330i. I received a prompt response and was advised that they just obtained a car for evaluation.
    Now, I know that the proof is in the actual test times, but I crunched some numbers and calculated power to weight and torque to weight ratios of a stock RWD 330i, a stock M340i xDrive, and a stock RWD M235i. Surprisingly, the G20 3 Series is only 158 pounds heavier than my 2 Series, so a 50 lb-ft bump in torque on the 330i would give it an identical torque to weight ratio to the M235i. Based on other Dinan B46/B48 tunes a 50 lb-ft increase is probably easily accomplished with a 93 octane flash tune. If I could cut the 0-60 and the quarter mile ET by at least 0.5 seconds I’d be happy, and a tune might just manage that. Another positive is that the flash tune will be relatively inexpensive(likely less than $800 installed) and there are no warranty issues.
    Would I like an M2C or M340i? You bet- but to take that route I’m looking at another $12k at a minimum. So I think I’m going to drive the 330i and see how I like it- and possibly the Indigo Edition Stinger.

    Speed aside, would you be happy with the driving dynamics of the 3 vs. your 2 series?
    I think so; I had a 330i xDrive M Sport loaner and the M Sport suspension was pretty good. The car I’m looking at has the Adaptive M suspension which has received glowing reviews in the U.S. and British car magazines. Plus, it has a true limited slip diff.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,444

    And one step further - would you be happy with the sounds/feeling of the B46 vs. the N55?

    The B46 is a bit more civilized than the N20 in my wife’s X1; you know the B46 isn’t an inline six but it’s not grating.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,801
    As long as it isn't like the B48, which sounded like a tractor in my wife's X1...
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 27,744
    Few notes ...

    R&T don't seem to be fans of the new hot-rod Mini. Only 5.1s to 60, so probably fell of @roadburner 's list anyway. ;)

    Speaking of RB, a couple of listings came up you may keep an eye on. I posted some concerns and queries on one of them in the chat.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9lZE2PZM/2007-ford-mustang-gt-coupe

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/35vZlkmR/2007-aston-martin-v8-vantage

    And one for the rest of us...
    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/98nadV7Y/2006-mazdaspeed6

    '03 F250 7.3, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 52-car history and counting!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    Love the Mazda. Would not mind having that. And quite the odd interior treatment on the AM

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 153,442
    @stickguy - speaking of Wheeler Dealers, I just found a variant on the Motor Trend channel. "Wheeler Dealers: Dream Cars".

    Set in the UK, Mike connects with an enthusiast who has wanted a particular car for a long time. Mike takes his current vehicle and whatever cash the person has managed to save, and starts trading up to fund the dream car. His new mechanic is Elvis (former F1 mechanic), and the show has taken some pretty interesting twists in order to get the cash together.

    Mike has bought and flipped a couple of trailers, and a handful of small motorbikes, to add to the kitty.

    When he buys the dream car and shows it to the new owner, it's pretty cool to watch.

    Anyway, might be worth checking out.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 13,143
    I dropped my MTTV sub and don't really miss it much. We still get Velocity here and they showed the first 2 or 3 episodes of Dream Cars but then dropped it (I assume they made more than just those) in favor of Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars which I think is a superior show.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,987
    I like that Mazda too.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC - 2006 BMW 330Ci ZHP
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,444
    Cincinnati Mini has a used International Orange Edition JCW Cooper. Really cool looking and every option box is checked on that car.
    And the Hyundai dealers still want to put me in a Veloster N.
    I’m intrigued by both but I still suspect I’d tire of FWD.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,987

    pensfan83 said:

    Out of curiosity I emailed Dinan support and asked when/if a flash tune would be available for the B46 motor in the G20 330i. I received a prompt response and was advised that they just obtained a car for evaluation.
    Now, I know that the proof is in the actual test times, but I crunched some numbers and calculated power to weight and torque to weight ratios of a stock RWD 330i, a stock M340i xDrive, and a stock RWD M235i. Surprisingly, the G20 3 Series is only 158 pounds heavier than my 2 Series, so a 50 lb-ft bump in torque on the 330i would give it an identical torque to weight ratio to the M235i. Based on other Dinan B46/B48 tunes a 50 lb-ft increase is probably easily accomplished with a 93 octane flash tune. If I could cut the 0-60 and the quarter mile ET by at least 0.5 seconds I’d be happy, and a tune might just manage that. Another positive is that the flash tune will be relatively inexpensive(likely less than $800 installed) and there are no warranty issues.
    Would I like an M2C or M340i? You bet- but to take that route I’m looking at another $12k at a minimum. So I think I’m going to drive the 330i and see how I like it- and possibly the Indigo Edition Stinger.

    Speed aside, would you be happy with the driving dynamics of the 3 vs. your 2 series?
    I think so; I had a 330i xDrive M Sport loaner and the M Sport suspension was pretty good. The car I’m looking at has the Adaptive M suspension which has received glowing reviews in the U.S. and British car magazines. Plus, it has a true limited slip diff.

    Sounds like it could be a nice choice then if the Dinan tune results in the expected performance enhancements.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC - 2006 BMW 330Ci ZHP
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 11,824
    benjaminh said:

    The Mazda 3 looks good inside and out, but one drawback is that this generation has a torsion beam rear suspension.

    https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2018/12/why-the-h-ll-does-the-2020-mazda3-have-a-torsion-beam-rear-suspension-.html

    "Compared to multi-link suspensions, torsion beams are often mechanically simpler, can be lighter and are typically easier to package. That last point, in particular, can pay some important dividends, particularly in the area cargo space. Torsion beams usually sit lower in a vehicle, something that often allows for more trunk room.

    And this is also the case with the 2020 Mazda3. Beppu noted the new cargo hold is deeper and more accessible than before. He also said suitcases are easier to fit in there because of the space’s revised shape.

    Obviously, the humble torsion beam has its share of important benefits, but it’s still surprising that Mazda engineers opted to go with a suspension arrangement that doesn’t provide the best-possible dynamics. “So, if you were… driving around a circuit, [at a] track day or whatever, and you’re going around a high-G corner, of course, multi-link, in that particular instance, will have its advantage,” said Beppu. “But, if you think about real daily driving, the vast majority of cases there’s no difference between the two in this area.”


    I sometimes take the banked cloverleaf curves in my car, for instance, with a bit of speed, and so I do think there are real world advantages for some people in having an all-independent suspension. Even winding country roads, I assume, would benefit, not to mention roads that are bumpy. After building up a performance reputation for something like 20 years, I was surprised that Mazda did that, and imho it was a mistake.

    It's bean-counter decontenting and cost-cutting at its finest. They are saving a few pennies at everyone's expense. Most might not care, but many enthusiasts notice.

    Mazda was headed downhill years ago when they shortened their 4 year warranty to 3 years.
    '16 Audi TTS quattro 2.0T, '15 Audi A4 quattro 2.0T, '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,768
    qbrozen said:

    I could never understand how drums are cheaper. They are so much more complex and parts-intensive.

    Agreed! I appreciate rear discs for the sole reason of simplicity. Yes, there are still drums in there (for the e-brake), but almost never do those parts need servicing. When it needs to pads on the disc brake, just slap them in and move on.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 11,824
    qbrozen said:

    Few notes ...

    R&T don't seem to be fans of the new hot-rod Mini. Only 5.1s to 60, so probably fell of @roadburner 's list anyway. ;)

    Speaking of RB, a couple of listings came up you may keep an eye on. I posted some concerns and queries on one of them in the chat.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9lZE2PZM/2007-ford-mustang-gt-coupe

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/35vZlkmR/2007-aston-martin-v8-vantage

    And one for the rest of us...
    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/98nadV7Y/2006-mazdaspeed6

    What do you think the Mazda will go for at auction's end?
    '16 Audi TTS quattro 2.0T, '15 Audi A4 quattro 2.0T, '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,680
    That Audi Quattro is attracting no money.
    2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1, 2017 Ford F-150 Limited
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 27,744
    edited July 29
    I think $5k is possible on the mazda.

    '03 F250 7.3, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 52-car history and counting!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    If that is really clean without immediate money pit needs, I’d probably pay that, if I actually needed a car at the moment.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,801

    That Audi Quattro is attracting no money.

    It is quite beat at this point and I'd be legitimately afraid of something breaking and not being able to find parts for it. Also that white pearl paint is nearly impossible for most body shops to match - my dad, when he had his 1993 V8 in the same color, had to use a specialty body shop that could custom match it.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 11,824

    That Audi Quattro is attracting no money.

    It is quite beat at this point and I'd be legitimately afraid of something breaking and not being able to find parts for it. Also that white pearl paint is nearly impossible for most body shops to match - my dad, when he had his 1993 V8 in the same color, had to use a specialty body shop that could custom match it.
    You could always just wrap it; regarding the paint being hard for a body shop to match. Body shops in general don't give me any confidence they can match any color, as I've seen some awkwardly matched reds floating around, and I'm not just talking about Chrysler/Dodge faded bumpers.

    Are there any machine shops out there that specialize in "rebuilding" parts when replacements are hard to come by?
    '16 Audi TTS quattro 2.0T, '15 Audi A4 quattro 2.0T, '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    You can get anything done, for the right price.

    I have seen a few cases on some of the you tube channels. The car wizard just sent out a prowler window regulator to get rebuilt, since replacements were either impossible to find, or at least super expensive.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,612

    Our 04 Escape, rear drums, never needed new shoeing in the over 12 years/just under 150K we had it.

    Shows how little work the rear brakes actually do. My 2009 Chrysler had rear drums but my 2000 Chrysler has discs.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,612

    Out of curiosity I emailed Dinan support and asked when/if a flash tune would be available for the B46 motor in the G20 330i. I received a prompt response and was advised that they just obtained a car for evaluation.
    Now, I know that the proof is in the actual test times, but I crunched some numbers and calculated power to weight and torque to weight ratios of a stock RWD 330i, a stock M340i xDrive, and a stock RWD M235i. Surprisingly, the G20 3 Series is only 158 pounds heavier than my 2 Series, so a 50 lb-ft bump in torque on the 330i would give it an identical torque to weight ratio to the M235i. Based on other Dinan B46/B48 tunes a 50 lb-ft increase is probably easily accomplished with a 93 octane flash tune. If I could cut the 0-60 and the quarter mile ET by at least 0.5 seconds I’d be happy, and a tune might just manage that. Another positive is that the flash tune will be relatively inexpensive(likely less than $800 installed) and there are no warranty issues.
    Would I like an M2C or M340i? You bet- but to take that route I’m looking at another $12k at a minimum. So I think I’m going to drive the 330i and see how I like it- and possibly the Indigo Edition Stinger.

    Have you evaluated where in the curve the torque increases come in? I suppose for someone like you who goes to the track having the increase at the top end would be good. For a daily driver though, you might never notice. The mods I did to my Mustang gave me 40ft/lbs at 1500 but only 20 or so at the top. For me that’s exactly what I wanted.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,624

    Also that white pearl paint is nearly impossible for most body shops to match - my dad, when he had his 1993 V8 in the same color, had to use a specialty body shop that could custom match it.

    I think most shops have gotten better at being able to color match. It used to be almost impossible to color match metallic paint, then there were difficulties with new colors like pearl white. My local body shop did a great job on the front bumper of the G37, without having to blend into the fenders.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    Dang, I would love one of these. Alas, can’t have it in the US.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,612
    edited July 29
    qbrozen said:

    Few notes ...

    R&T don't seem to be fans of the new hot-rod Mini. Only 5.1s to 60, so probably fell of @roadburner 's list anyway. ;)

    Speaking of RB, a couple of listings came up you may keep an eye on. I posted some concerns and queries on one of them in the chat.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9lZE2PZM/2007-ford-mustang-gt-coupe

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/35vZlkmR/2007-aston-martin-v8-vantage

    And one for the rest of us...
    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/98nadV7Y/2006-mazdaspeed6

    Love the Mustang. The best style since the new platform. Strangely, I don’t care for the color. Would want to know where the mods were done, dealer or driveway.

    I think Hoovie has a Vantage and he claims it’s been trouble free.

    I could see owning that Mazda 6 although I wouldn’t pay much because of the mileage. I know the Speed3 used a 2.3L, what motor did they put in the Speed6? Oh never mind, it’s right there in the ad. Disappointing, I’d think they’d want to go up to a 3.0L for the larger car.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,444

    Out of curiosity I emailed Dinan support and asked when/if a flash tune would be available for the B46 motor in the G20 330i. I received a prompt response and was advised that they just obtained a car for evaluation.
    Now, I know that the proof is in the actual test times, but I crunched some numbers and calculated power to weight and torque to weight ratios of a stock RWD 330i, a stock M340i xDrive, and a stock RWD M235i. Surprisingly, the G20 3 Series is only 158 pounds heavier than my 2 Series, so a 50 lb-ft bump in torque on the 330i would give it an identical torque to weight ratio to the M235i. Based on other Dinan B46/B48 tunes a 50 lb-ft increase is probably easily accomplished with a 93 octane flash tune. If I could cut the 0-60 and the quarter mile ET by at least 0.5 seconds I’d be happy, and a tune might just manage that. Another positive is that the flash tune will be relatively inexpensive(likely less than $800 installed) and there are no warranty issues.
    Would I like an M2C or M340i? You bet- but to take that route I’m looking at another $12k at a minimum. So I think I’m going to drive the 330i and see how I like it- and possibly the Indigo Edition Stinger.

    Have you evaluated where in the curve the torque increases come in? I suppose for someone like you who goes to the track having the increase at the top end would be good. For a daily driver though, you might never notice. The mods I did to my Mustang gave me 40ft/lbs at 1500 but only 20 or so at the top. For me that’s exactly what I wanted.
    On their previous tune the maximum torque increase was at 44 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm, peaking at 29 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm- so the torque curve was still relatively flat from off idle to around 4,500 rpm.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 11,824

    Our 04 Escape, rear drums, never needed new shoeing in the over 12 years/just under 150K we had it.

    Shows how little work the rear brakes actually do. My 2009 Chrysler had rear drums but my 2000 Chrysler has discs.
    My Neon had 4-wheel disc brakes, and I never had a brake issue with the car, the ABS module included, one of the only reliable parts used on the car apparently.
    '16 Audi TTS quattro 2.0T, '15 Audi A4 quattro 2.0T, '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 27,744
    another for us to drool over. I'm sure this will get pricey with those miles.

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  • pensfan83pensfan83 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,987
    qbrozen said:

    eh, why not? It'll never stick anyway.

    That's a bold move Cotton, let's see if it pays off for him.
    1997 Honda Prelude Base - 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD - 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road DC - 2006 BMW 330Ci ZHP
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,801
    edited July 29
    That thing will go in the upper $20s (the Golf R).
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,680
    edited July 29
    @qbrozen,
    I see you already are planning on multiple accounts.
    Nobody will see the connection between Qbrozen01 and Qbrozen02. :D
    2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1, 2017 Ford F-150 Limited
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,612
    stickguy said:

    speaking of older MBs, the Car Wizard just put up a video about the 2004ish SL500 he just bought for Mrs. Wizard. $5,500, with 130K on the clock. Overall, pretty solid shape. Needs various wear items (tires, brakes, ball joints, motor and trans mounts). He estimated that paying a shop, looking at $4-5K probably to get it all fixed up. Of course cheaper when you do the work yourself.

    Not a bad looking car either.

    Car Wizard just came back from a road trip to break in Hoovie’s clutch and got a speeding ticket.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    Nice Golf. Too bad they ruined it with an automatic.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    I really like this. Love the colors. I would be fine with the putt putt motor, but seems this one has a S/C. Certainly faster, but if the price is equivalent, might as well just get the 6 banger.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9QPQJBbx/1997-bmw-z3-roadster

    also wicked cool with the handshaker. Not sure I even knew you could get the hardtop convertible with a manual. Great colors too. Would love to have this.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/37NexYZk/2010-volvo-c70-t5-convertible

    and this looks like something Hoovie just sent off to the wrecking yard.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/3BmAL644/2007-bmw-alpina-b7

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 153,442
    pensfan83 said:

    qbrozen said:

    eh, why not? It'll never stick anyway.

    That's a bold move Cotton, let's see if it pays off for him.
    Nice Dodge Ball reference, there.

    "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!" (clunk)

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,801
    We’re rewatching West Wing and just got to the point where Gary Cole has appeared as Bingo Bob Russell. All I can think about is dodgeball.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 10,596
    Michaell said:

    pensfan83 said:

    qbrozen said:

    eh, why not? It'll never stick anyway.

    That's a bold move Cotton, let's see if it pays off for him.
    Nice Dodge Ball reference, there.

    "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!" (clunk)
    That movie is just great, stupid humor.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 153,442

    We’re rewatching West Wing and just got to the point where Gary Cole has appeared as Bingo Bob Russell. All I can think about is dodgeball.

    My all time favorite TV show. Just rewatched it at the beginning of the year.

    I'm just sad that Bingo Bob is from Colorado.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 153,442
    tjc78 said:

    Michaell said:

    pensfan83 said:

    qbrozen said:

    eh, why not? It'll never stick anyway.

    That's a bold move Cotton, let's see if it pays off for him.
    Nice Dodge Ball reference, there.

    "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!" (clunk)
    That movie is just great, stupid humor.
    Hard to believe Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are married - between Dodge Ball and Zoolander, I'm amazed at their professionalism on the set.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,624
    I haven't watched the Car Wizard. I think JR is a better presenter than Hoovie.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    Car wizard is great. Funny and you learn stuff. JR and Hoovie are much different in what they too.

    interested to see that Car Wizard actually has a lot more subscribers now than JR.

    I'm still trying to figure out how Witchita became ground zero for car videos.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 13,444
    stickguy said:

    I really like this. Love the colors. I would be fine with the putt putt motor, but seems this one has a S/C. Certainly faster, but if the price is equivalent, might as well just get the 6 banger.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9QPQJBbx/1997-bmw-z3-roadster

    also wicked cool with the handshaker. Not sure I even knew you could get the hardtop convertible with a manual. Great colors too. Would love to have this.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/37NexYZk/2010-volvo-c70-t5-convertible

    and this looks like something Hoovie just sent off to the wrecking yard.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/3BmAL644/2007-bmw-alpina-b7

    The DA s/c was a very common modification in the late ‘90s in both the ti and Z3 communities. Very reliable and a significant boost in power. I waited too long and the kit went out of production.

    As for the B7 I loved the one I drove to Fort Worth for Oktoberfest 2007. It even acquitted itself pretty well on the track. I wouldn’t want something that big but I would happily take a B3- but of course BMW NA doesn’t bring those in.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    didn't know about that kit. interesting.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 51,022
    Car Wizard has a demeanor, like a very laid back professor or something. He's almost calming to watch, and he knows his stuff. He seems to respect old MBs, so that helps too.
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 6,801
    Plus he makes fun of Hoovie relentlessly.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2019 BMW i3 REX, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    got a sly sense of humor.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 2,611
    stickguy said:

    I really like this. Love the colors. I would be fine with the putt putt motor, but seems this one has a S/C. Certainly faster, but if the price is equivalent, might as well just get the 6 banger.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9QPQJBbx/1997-bmw-z3-roadster

    also wicked cool with the handshaker. Not sure I even knew you could get the hardtop convertible with a manual. Great colors too. Would love to have this.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/37NexYZk/2010-volvo-c70-t5-convertible

    and this looks like something Hoovie just sent off to the wrecking yard.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/3BmAL644/2007-bmw-alpina-b7

    I've actually driven a C70 manual; I looked at a black one with grey interior a few years back. While novel, the Volvo handshaker was a rubbery, boingy thing that wasn't all that gratifying to use. An automatic probably suits it better, honestly.

    18 Tesla X Performance / 18 Tesla 3 Performance / 11 BMW Z4 "the horse"

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 37,995
    I still want one.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD (wife's)

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