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Old 09-17-2004, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default Fun weekend 'toy' car.

Do any of you guys have a fun weekend car? I've been looking around for something fast, small, and fun to drive (like a Subaru WRX). I've not driven anything like that, so I'm not familiar with the smaller quick cars.

I like rally races (and the occasional rally video game) so that'* my inspiration for this car hunt. ....something that'* quick, agile, stable, and 'drift-able.'

What have you guys driven? Any recommendations?
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My personal favorite is the 98-02 Pontiac Trans Am WS6s. My wife and I are searching for one and will own one before too long. Can't beat the stock 305 HP that they put out, mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. Very fast, and very agile. That'* my vote, but they're on the pricey side.
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Geo Metro baaaybbeee haha but if I had to give that up uhmm....I wouldn't mind an rx7 reguardless of their problems or maybe a Porsche 944, but you'll have to look into insurance and maintenance issues on that one...I like the look and somewhat rarity of the Subaru SVX. I think they had like 200hp in that somewhat small thing. Good luck finding one though
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1g dsm or 2nd gen with a 1st gen head swap... less than $1,500 invested will get you 12.5s
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Here'* my weekend "toy"


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I like the look and somewhat rarity of the Subaru SVX. I think they had like 200hp in that somewhat small thing. Good luck finding one though
My friend'* roommate has one. I should take a pic sometimes. It looks like a sweet weekend car. Oh yea, and his other roommate has a WRX.
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yeah my neighbor has one too, looks sweet
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Sounding good, guys. Thanks! That SVX looks pretty sweet. I looked up a few on eBay, but with 100,000 to 140,000 miles on their odometers, I'm not so sure.... Though when they're that used, they're not very expensive!

I really like the looks of the latest WRX. Only problems are: 1) my price range means getting one no newer than 2002 (which is the previous body style) and 2) insurance will cost a fortune. I'm not 25 yet and I've got 1 speeding ticket that doesn't get wiped until October of 2005, so my rates would be pretty high.

Lancer Evo seems to be the WRX'* rival, so I imagine the insurance and price-range issues would be the same for this as for the WRX.

DSM'* might be a little old for what I'm looking for. Latest one was 99, right? Besides, the Front Wheel Drive may make it tough to drift.
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Subaru SVX:

Engine: 3.3-liter 24-valve 6-cylinder horizontally opposed (mmmmmm)
Horsepower: 230 bhp (Yummy)
0-60 MPH: 7.3 seconds (meh)
1/4 Mile: 15.4 seconds @ 92.5 mph (ditto)
Skidpad: 0.85 g (not horrible)
Top Speed: 143 mph (hmm)
Mileage: 17 / 25 mpg (respectable)
Weight: 3,580 pounds (whoa)

Type: 6-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) for low center of gravity and reduced vibration
Construction: Die-cast aluminum ally block, cast aluminum alloy heads with 4 valves per cylinder and centrally located spark plugs
Valve Train: 24-valve, with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and hydraulic valve lash adjusters
Displacement: 3.3 liter / 3318 cc / 202.5 cubic inches
Bore and Stroke: 96.9 mm x 75 mm / 3.815 inches x 2.95 inches
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Horsepower: 230 @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 228 @ 4,400 rpm
Maximum Engine Speed: 7,000 rpm
Engine Management: Integrated fuel and ignition systems. Engine Control Unit (ECU) computer with learning and aging controls, self-diagnosis and limp-home features. Twin knock sensors and oxygen sensors provide separate control of each cylinder bank.
Fuel System: Multi-port electronic fuel injection with dual-spray fuel injectors
Fuel Required: Unleaded 91 octane
Ignition System: Distributorless electronic crank-angle-dependent direct-fire ignition with individual spark/coil units at each platinum-tipped spark plug
Exhaust System: Twin downtube headers and dual catalytic converters for reduced back pressure


Transmission Management: Transmission Control Unit (TCU) computer monitors engine speed, vehicle speed, brake system engagement and ABS engagement and communicates with engine management computer.

Automatically selects between Power and Economy modes based on throttle input. Power mode upshifts at higher engine speeds for increased acceleration.
Manual mode allows driver to reduce wheel spin on difficult surfaces by starting in second gear

And its a Subaru so you know its AWD

Makes me want one!!!


http://www.subarusvx.com/
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