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By Bob Abooey (Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 01:29:59 PM EST) (all tags)
Car Talk with Bob.


http://www.porschebeachwood.com/detail-2009-porsche-cayman-2dr_coupe-used-14048622.html

I know it would be nothing but trouble - high insurance and high maintenance costs - not to mention the cost to store it for 5 months out of the year (the drive already has my old truck in it and the garage has two cars) and blah blah blah - but God Damn wouldn't that be a blast to roll around in during the Summer Months!

Alternatively:

http://www.nissanusa.com/sportscars/z-coupe

The Z would come with a new car warranty and be basically free for the first few years beyond oil changes. I love the man-child looks of the car and by all accounts it's a blast to drive. But the interior (C'Mon Nissan - why not give it the boy racer interior it deserves!) looks like ass. Still - this would be another great Summer car option.

Alternatively:

http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayPage.action?pageParameter=modelsMain&vehicleCode=MX5

Pure sex. Silky smooth and a true roadster! Not as manly as the Z or the Porsche but likely more fun given the go cart factor and the whole drop top thing.

Gah - I could work it out with the little missues as it's my paycheck paying the bills but it's hard to go that final bit and pull the trigger.

In other news - what the hell was VW thinking? They get a lame arsed gain of 20 or 30 HP or something like that - like anyone can tell the difference between 150 or 170 HP by the seat of your pants anyways. Just crazy.

Initially I was all batshit happy about it - thinking it was another stock buying opp (like BP after the oil spill) but I'm afraid to touch it at this point as I don't know that they will survive when all is said and done. Best case they get gobbled up by someone.

In other news - I bought some Collinite 845 for the truck as it will likely sit outside all Winter. I was going to store it but you're looking at $150 per month to do that and that's a lot of dough to park a truck for 5 months. So I'm jazzed about trying the 845 - it's really old Skool and practically legendary in the car detailing circles.

In other news - the new Toyota/Lexus grill looks soooo heinous - I can't imagine anyone would look at that and think "WOW - what a great looking car" but people are still lining up to buy them. Crazy. I used to think Lexus was one of the best designed cars on the planet but now they're all swoopy and have the big shit eating grill and whatnot. No thanks.

So that's it - don't forget to change your oil and rotate your tires and get out there and put some wax/sealant on the your ride before the Winter months hit! I'll report back on how the Collinite 845 works out. And don't drive like my brother!

Cheers!

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What about a Toyabura by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 01:41:03 PM EST
the BRZ beast? As a regular reader of Jalopnik, I should also mention the answer is always Miata. Tell the Missus that your manliness requires something fastish and smallish and impractical.

I rotate my tires everytime I drive, I'm not sure what vehicle you have that features rotating tires.

We have three licensed autos on our lot now, a '12  Forester, a '01 Forester and a '98 Camry. The oldest is living at home and going to the local Community College part-time, taking late afternoon and evening classes. The class timing makes it too hard to to share a car, so we got a third. She gets the Camry.

We can fit them all in our driveway, and living in a modest part of the city I can't imagine anyone complaining.


Well by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 02:15:43 PM EST
The BRZ is a little too twenty-something-ish for me and the WRX is just butt ugly.

The misuses would like the MX-5 the most out of all the options - the Porsche and 370Z are a little to fast for her and she relates speed to death by fire'y crash and whatnot.

Warmest regards,
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Thumbs up for the Jalopnik reference [nt] by riceowlguy (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 04:13:26 PM EST


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VW, Porsche by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 04:16:27 PM EST
I think Audi and Porsche will help keep VAG afloat; plus, it's not like the only thing VW makes is diesels.  I just bought a nice gasoline engine GTI; who would have thought that would turn out to be the responsible choice?

Unfortunately I think I can cross a Cayman off my "maybe someday" list, unless they get bigger (which most models do over time).  While I was having my Outback appraised at a CarMax, I got to sit in both a Cayman and a 911.  I fit in the 911, not so much in the Cayman.  Too bad; mid-engine is cooler than rear-engine.

Either way, having the engine noise behind your head is really weird.

True by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 06:29:01 PM EST
But I'm not thinking so much of lost sales - although I'm sure they will take a big hit for several months - but rather the fines and the cost to update a million cars and the myriad lawsuits that will surely never end etc etc. This is uncharted territory.

That said - congrats on the GTI! I didn't see a mention of it although it's quite possible I missed it. Those are special cars for sure - fun to drive and functional at the same time. I hope it serves you well!

The Cayman is number one on my list but it's the toughest sell due to the nature of the ongoing costs versus the 370Z or MX-5.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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I didn't announce it by riceowlguy (4.00 / 1) #26 Fri Oct 09, 2015 at 05:43:01 PM EST
But yes, it is fun and functional.  Plus, plaid cloth seats are a nice conversation starter.

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ditched the sube ? by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #31 Tue Oct 13, 2015 at 09:16:24 AM EST
ah well..

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VW will survive by lm (2.00 / 0) #23 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 10:58:43 PM EST
But, as a point of fact, Audi uses the same engines and same software. They are just as liable as VW for the emissions SNAFU.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
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And presumably by gmd (2.00 / 0) #25 Fri Oct 09, 2015 at 04:17:22 AM EST
so do Skoda and SEAT. 

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I ended up with a Jetta by ana (2.00 / 0) #27 Fri Oct 09, 2015 at 07:48:25 PM EST
 Standard transmission, gas engine (duh), after the scandal broke on the news. It's a nice car, very peppy. The 2002 Saturn SL was getting to the point where I had to rent it from the repair shop.

I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal. --ni

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Congrats by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #29 Sun Oct 11, 2015 at 11:28:43 AM EST
I had a Wolfsburg edition Jetta as a rental for a day in Baltimore last year. It was a lot of fun - they do a great job of making cars that offer a great driving feel.

I hope you got a good deal on it!

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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Nice by riceowlguy (4.00 / 1) #30 Mon Oct 12, 2015 at 10:41:31 AM EST
I had a rental Jetta back in 2012 when I went to NY/CT for a wedding.  It was fun to drive around all the twisty Westchester/Greenwich roads.

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A famous Rothschild once said by gmd (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 07:40:23 PM EST
Something interesting. And Buffet backed him up.




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Cayman. by gmd (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 07:45:14 PM EST
And don't store it, why would you? stick some winter tyres on it.

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road salt is bad for cars by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 08:00:50 PM EST
Really, really, really bad. Anything you drive in the winter is going to rust out.

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Winter by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #15 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 08:27:00 AM EST
Winters round these parts are pretty nasty - I wouldn't want to subject it to those conditions. I don't even like taking my Acura out in the snow and salt.

No sir - this would be a May through Nov type car.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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BP was a steal by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 09:21:21 PM EST
bought a fair bit myself when it was underwater.. Been thinking about VW too, esp after the reaction on the "non-recall, recall"

It's risky by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 08:23:57 AM EST
BP was risky but I think VW is worse. Unless you want to get in and look for a bounce then get out I would stay away.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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pays 4% div by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #19 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 10:23:24 AM EST
nothing to sniff at.. if you can hold on to it for a bit..  looking like it's bouncing already.

(and damn, I miseed the opportunity on alcoa .. though it is barely a 1% div.. )

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If it were me by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 08:03:17 AM EST
I'd have the Z.  It's just a nasty, nasty car.  I could, however, point out that for the price of the Porsche you could have a fully loaded Genesis coupe with the 3.8L.  

Aye by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 08:22:09 AM EST
I've lusted after those for years. By all accounts the performance is very similar to the Cayman and both are pretty rare around these parts. It's certainly more practical than the Cayman but the Caymen is still a breed above the Z.

The Genesis coupe is too much like the BRZ - I'm sure it's a beast but it really doesn't do anything for me.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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150? by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 08:10:07 AM EST
wait, my truckster has 150hp?

no, it's 140.  no wonder it feels so much zippier than my 2003 jetta tdi did (that was 90hp).

so, it will drop down to 120, which is still better than the old jetta and golf (soon to be RIP).

whatever.  it still has more trunk area than most SUVs (not volume, area) and fits my little family well.

Right by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 08:17:24 AM EST
People don't buy those for the performance. And I get it - they need the spec sheet to look competitive as that's how many people start their shopping process - but I content the VW diesel shopper is a different breed and would buy then regardless.

Warmest regards,
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I bought a Beetle TDI Convertible by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #16 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 08:54:04 AM EST
Fuel efficient, eco-friendly, and accelerates faster than a raped ape!

VW is already a huge conglomerate. Porsche is a VW brand, as is Audi, and Lamborghini. Yeah, the Lambo is a VW.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Alsop by jump the ladder (4.00 / 1) #17 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 08:57:59 AM EST
Bentley, SEAT, Bugatti, Skoda cars and MAN and Scania trucks. Industrial giant...

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So by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #18 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 09:27:44 AM EST
You think VLKAY survives this?

Warmest regards,
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Yep. by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #20 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 12:38:12 PM EST
They'll be pursued through eternity by lawyers, but they'll survive.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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I don't know by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #21 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 12:57:19 PM EST
If they can carry on this level of secrecy for all those years and get away with it it makes me wonder what else they're working on unbeknownst to us. The Fourth Reich perhaps?

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For some reason by gmd (4.00 / 1) #22 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 08:48:33 PM EST
I feel compelled to share this

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Simple solution by lm (2.00 / 0) #24 Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 11:01:51 PM EST
Test drive them all.

Pick the one that's the most fun.


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All done by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 2) #28 Sun Oct 11, 2015 at 11:24:42 AM EST
Here's the picture of my 23 year old Mazda truck after giving it a coat of the famous Collinite 845! Check out the mirror-like reflection on the hood. Not bad eh!


Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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I'm disappointed in VW, by technician (2.00 / 0) #32 Wed Oct 14, 2015 at 09:16:16 PM EST
having owned a TDI Golf that had the affected motor, I can tell you that the torque is what mattered, but an additional 20hp is VERY noticeable in cars with less than 200hp, especially on Texas highways.

That magic exhaust always seemed to good to be true.

In re: cars, the MX-5 is something I want so very, very badly that I can hardly stand it. I hope / suspect they'll fit it with the 2.5l motor in the future, or maybe the mill they plan on putting in the next MS3. Still, even with the relatively underpowered 2.0l, that thing has got to be a blast to drive. It hits all the right marks for me: light, handles well, great brakes, future tweak friendly, and it ain't Porsche price or Porsche maintenance. Mazdas last forever, yo.

It's either that or a new Mustang for my mid-life crisis, which I'm either overdue for (and should have had at 27) or ain't due for another few years.

Caveat: I currently own a 2014 Mazda 3, which is one of the finest handling hatchbacks I've driven, and I've driven most of them (and owned quite a few since 1990). The only finer handling / sweeter hatch is the VW GTI. The latest GTI is remarkable.

Zero to sixty in under 6 seconds by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #33 Thu Oct 15, 2015 at 08:03:06 AM EST
Frankly with a car that size I don't know that you need the 2.5.

The little woman has a 13 Mazda 3 hatch and I agree - it handles great and is fun to drive. I suspect it would be even more fun with a tire upgrade but she drives it mainly for the mileage - which is great - and the tires work well for that. I'm always surprised by the amount of cargo you can get in there with the rear seats down. Mazda does a wonderful job designing their cars.

I'll see where I'm at job-wise come Spring - the local Mazda place should have some on the lot. Plus the 16 Z's should be in stock too. We're going to get married on the beach in SC in June and it would be fun to buy a new sports car for the trip!

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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