quote: For the new subarus' the timing belt is on the outside of the engine- so when it comes time to needing replaced .. how about a nice cost of 80. bux compared to 400.00 on any other manufacter's engine where you have to tear the whole engine apart to get to it.
quote: Also show me a car that you can replace two exhaust pipes and retune the ecu (learned to do it myself) that will give you close to 275whp.
quote: It's worth noting that some sports cars are only offered with manual transmissions, including the Audi TT RS, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford Shelby GT500, MazdaSpeed 3, and Volkswagen Golf R.
quote: Stretching the limit on what you call a sports car when you include a MazdaSpeed 3 and a VW Golf R....
quote: I'm 37 and haven't let that stop me. :P
quote: If you don't live it, you're wasting it.
quote: I'd rather have a GTI or a Focus ST over a WRX any day.
quote: As for Subarus WRXs in general, I find them to be incredibly hideous with sh*tty interiors and cheapass paint jobs that chip and peel just by looking at them (just like my old Mazda). I'd rather have a GTI or a Focus ST over a WRX any day. Sorry Reclaimer ;)
quote: If you both are cruising at the same speed, and both downshift at the same time to pass, and then floor it, you're going to end up with the same result. And that's even with a torque-converter based automatic. (DCT/AMT/SMT will ALWAYS be able to shift faster (shorter loss of traction effort) than ANY driver, no matter HOW good you are, or how good you THINK you are.)
quote: Sorry, but you are a little out of touch with modern automatics. The ability of the electronics to act in tandem with the engine management and timing as well as react to the dynamics of any given moment is making them very efficient overall, for the average driver. The coup de grace is 6, 7, 8, and even 9 speed automatics as well as the ever improving CVTs. The range of drive ratios available in an 8 speed 'slushbox' makes up for more and more of the losses when the torque converter is not locked up. They react faster and more intelligently then the average driver. The future of efficiency is in intelligent 6+ speed autos, CVTs, and 6+ speed DCTs.
quote: Granted they are better and slightly more efficient than automatics of old, but they will never be more efficient and get better mileage than a good manual, not to mention cost less to produce or maintain.
quote: If it's about driving enjoyment, I'd stick with a manual. If it's about fastest times, a DCT is the only way to go.
quote: IMO BMW will receive a lot of backlash in Urrup for dropping the manual trans on the M5.
quote: Apparently you aren't very well acquainted with the sort of people who buy M5's; 85% of that customer base won't care.
quote: Well I did have the clutch replaced at the same time, but when looking at it afterwards there was really no reason to have done it, it was barely worn.
quote: As far as manual trans being "more fun or engaging" I'd say that is open to opinion and is purely subjective.
quote: DCTs are the smart choice
quote: Probably 90% of U.S. drivers aren't even qualified to have a driver's license let alone be capable of properly driving a manual transmission vehicle.
quote: Pfft GTI, unreliable poor quality front wheel drive German crapbox.