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Pimp Your Ride: The officious car thread for gear heads

Vise

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Vise, saw you on Queen going east at the DVP entrance last night as I was walking home from the rock climbing gym. Car looks and sounds sweet!

At least, I assume it was you since there aren't too many blue GT3s around!
Most likely me, I was around that night... think I was going to get gas but not positive. Not a GT3 though.


Upgraded to GT3?!??? Well done Vise!!!
Haha no unfortunately not. Particularly now that GT3 prices are officially insane... not that it would work as a daily driver for me anyways. I'm more than happy with my relatively plebian Carrera GTS though, particularly since my last round of mods (Sport Cup 2 tires, KW kit, Pagid yellow pads, alignment + corner balance). Was at Calabogie for 2 days last weekend, car is working very very well... :D
 

djfear

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Most likely me, I was around that night... think I was going to get gas but not positive. Not a GT3 though.
GT3... GTS... even though I live beside that Porsche dealership I still don't know the difference, haha.
 

djfear

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How are porsche maintenance prices anyways? Are they comparable to the value of the car or are they reasonable? If you were to grab a 10+ year old Porsche would the maintenance still be killer?
 

Vise

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How are porsche maintenance prices anyways? Are they comparable to the value of the car or are they reasonable? If you were to grab a 10+ year old Porsche would the maintenance still be killer?
In a word I'd say expensive. I've only had one oil change so far and that only set me back $350 or so, I guess that is reasonable on some planet. Otherwise car has been dead reliable in all seasons but that is a small sample size.

While the modern cars (997 + 991) are fairly reliable overall thats not to say they aren't without issues... very recent history has basically every 996 grenading their engine due to the IMS bearing issue, every 2014 GT3 getting their engine replaced (and several more than once), etc. Also if you're going to the dealer for service expect to pay $160+ for labour plus absolute thievery on parts... you can save on that by going to an independent shop but that is only saving so much.

The old saying holds, if you have to ask etc etc. That said I wouldnt let it dissuade you, just become good friends with a solid shop and you'll be golden. The 997.1's are looking like a great buy these days too. :D
 

djfear

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I'm in no shape to buy a car right now, though I'm setting myself up in a little while. I was looking at some of the prices for the older models and it seems pretty reasonable. The insurance & maintenance is the real killer if you're not driving so much from a usability perspective (I walk to work).
 

Vise

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Insurance really isn't bad at all... depends on your situation of course but I'm paying less now than I was on my C63. The deductible is just a bit more mind you (understatement).
 

Fillmore

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Just booked a test drive for Thursday night in one of these bad boys....may be sliding away from the wagon idea and into an SUV. Looking forward to getting out of my CLA45 lease!

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

 

Vise

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2017 Jaguar F-Pace
Nice one Jeff, if you must have an SUV (yuck) the F-Pace is certainly an interesting option. Looks fantastic in person, much better than in pics. Also relatively well priced compared to other options out there too although I'd be concerned about resale value if you're looking to purchase.

That said if you're looking in that category/price range make sure you drive the Macan GTS. Getting fantastic reviews and is without question the more dynamic option... haven't driven one myself yet but will soon. Not that I have any intention to buy given it is still an SUV. :D
 

Fillmore

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Nice one Jeff, if you must have an SUV (yuck) the F-Pace is certainly an interesting option. Looks fantastic in person, much better than in pics. Also relatively well priced compared to other options out there too although I'd be concerned about resale value if you're looking to purchase.

That said if you're looking in that category/price range make sure you drive the Macan GTS. Getting fantastic reviews and is without question the more dynamic option... haven't driven one myself yet but will soon. Not that I have any intention to buy given it is still an SUV. :D
I have never owned an SUV and only actually driven one once, and that was few years ago in Arizona. Coming from a sport tuned car I am sure its going to feel like driving a transport haha. However, I am excited to check this Jag out. We noticed last night while watching car reviews the Macan was the direct competition so if the overall feel of an SUV is good, we will definitely get into one of those before the decision is made.
We do not really have to place our order until December so I have some time to shop.

Also, definitely a lease with Jaguar. I have noticed via their cars (I love the F-Type) that the resale values are terrible.
 

Vise

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Cool, yeah definitely let us know what you think of the Jag. Also if you need a contact at Porsche I have a guy. :D
 

Fillmore

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Overall I think the jaguar F-Pace is a great SUV.

Likes:
-Comfortable ride
-Lots of room to move around (I'm 6'1, 200lbs)
-When changing to dynamic adaptive driving mode you really feel the difference. It feels very much like a sports car. Well planted and little to no body roll in the corners
-lots of cargo room
-incredible 10.2inch nav screen in the center stack and a 12inch display screen replacing the analogue guages in front of the driver.
- I cannot deny this is a sexy SUV
-Most situations 90% of the power is at the back wheels so you really get a sense of the power. I have only driven a handful of RWD cars so I really liked this. I got a little sideways on one corner and it came back beautifully.
- well priced I think for what you get. My build came to $63k although I would lease it.
- When you come on to it, the exhaust note is unreal! Nothing you would expect from an SUV.

Dislikes:
- Coming from a small car it feels like driving a bus
- overall interior, although useful looks bland
- better back up camera in my current CLA.

Overall, I would give this SUV a 8/10. I really dislike SUV's and have never wanted one. However, after driving one last night I see the appeal. Also, this is the size of an SUV but handles very much like a sports car which is what is so appealing. Whether you're in the market or not, if you need to kill time on a Saturday I suggest going out for a drive in one.

Looks like if I place an order, I need to submit the order by December to line up with my current lease end.

Vise, we also stopped at porsche to look at the competition. We did not have time to get into a Macan last night but the price of those is a big jump from the Jag and we are trying to be more budget conscious with this purchase haha. I will never get the rental income property I want to buy if I keep blowing all my money on cars hahaha.
 
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juice

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Trust me spend a bit of time testing a Macan GTS and you will at least see why there is a price difference, if it is truly worth the difference to you or not is a different story. I was looking into them for my wife and was stupidly impressed by the Macan (and I don't like SUVs).
 

Fillmore

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Trust me spend a bit of time testing a Macan GTS and you will at least see why there is a price difference, if it is truly worth the difference to you or not is a different story. I was looking into them for my wife and was stupidly impressed by the Macan (and I don't like SUVs).
I know I will love the Macan so its best I did not drive it last night ha! It's just a little too far out of reach for us right now. One day I will make my way into the porsche brand!
 

Vise

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Vise, we also stopped at porsche to look at the competition. We did not have time to get into a Macan last night but the price of those is a big jump from the Jag and we are trying to be more budget conscious with this purchase haha.
Seriously in that price range (mid $60k) you could easily build a Macan S that is decently equipped... you'd have no issue getting one nicely equipped under $70k which is expensive but also money well spent on a Porsche vs Jag. I of course assumed you'd looking at the top level Jag F-Pace which I built to around $78k hence the comparison to the Macan GTS. :D

That said since you clearly appear to be interested in driving something on the sporty side of sport utility you really should do yourself a favour and drive the Macan. I'm sure from a lease perspective it would be close too given the Porsche will have a much stronger residual too. The Jag will certainly be the less expensive option but also for a reason too. :)
 

Fillmore

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You guys make a great argument, I can't deny that. Thankfully we have lots of time so I am sure a test drive in the macan whether its affordable or not will happen. I am also sure once I drive it, I will place an order regardless of the price difference. ;)

(I was looking at a fully loaded F-Pace at the Prestige level...one step down from the S)
 

juice

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Well this is certainly interesting ....

Apple eyes British super-car maker McLaren: report - The Globe and Mail

Apple Inc has approached British Formula One team owner McLaren Technology Group for a strategic investment or a potential buyout, the Financial Times reported, citing sources.

The loss-making automotive group could be valued at between 1 billion pounds ($1.30-billion) and 1.5 billion pounds, the newspaper reported.

A deal with McLaren, which also produces high performance sports cars, could give Apple key automotive technology amid reports that the iPhone maker is working on a self-driving car.


Apple has hired dozens of automotive experts over the past year and is exploring making charging stations for electric cars.

Apple also invested $1-billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing earlier this year.

Apple and McLaren could not be immediately reached for comment.
 

the_fornicator

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Wow, after searching for 6-8 months, I finally found a 1UZFE w/ VVTi for a swap into my 2nd gen 4Runner.

Going from a i4 to a v8 will be awwwwwwwwesome.

Now I just have to find a transmission from a 350z.
 

Fillmore

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My wife and I finally came to an agreement on a new vehicle after many conversations about big budget, small budget, sedans, wagons, suvs, back to sedans, coupes and now back to SUVs haha. Order placed so no turning back now.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE LUX

 

Vise

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Nice one, congrats Jeff. When does it arrive? Those look really nice but I've yet to read a review, would be interested in hearing how it drives... and also how it stacks up against the new 4 cylinder Macan at around the same price point. :p

We got my wife's 2017 Golf R (Lapiz Blue/DSG) about a month ago and loving it so far... super solid, drives beautifully, interior/tech is excellent, and man does it ever hustle! It is slightly smaller inside for lugging stuff around but well worth the trade off for the driving dynamics and outright performance. Absolutely brilliant car, can't think of what else I'd rather have for $40k.
 

Fillmore

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Thanks Vise! It arrives in May so I have a bit of a wait ahead of me. I have driven it twice and I am very happy with how it drives. Its certainly not the CLA45 but a very decent ride for an SUV. The off road capabilities are incredible. It comes standard with 4 driving modes...Dynamic (sport) Mud and Ruts, Snow and finally Sand. It can clear 2 feet of water for when the DVP floods next as well. haha.

Trust me, I am well aware of how incredible that Macan is. I approached my wife from every angle possible to justify the macan but she could not let go of "the rear end is so ugly". She sweetened the deal though....she did say if we save a bit on the SUV then we could spend a bit more in a few years on a summer toy to pair with it. She even suggested the F-Type without my influence haha.

We're happy and excited to get into a vehicle more conducive to our lifestyle. This will make loading paddle boards, kayaks, bikes and animals much easier for us and this also opens up a whole new world for us...towing!!
 
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djfear

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Holy crap this forum / thread is quiet.

Finally grabbing a whip (car) and a ride (motorcycle) most likely this month. Looking at v8 audi s5s at the moment.
 
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