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Discussion in 'Automotive' started by HadACoolName, Mar 6, 2015.
The 8th generation Civic? The only serious production car to be shaped like an egg?
Far more egg-like IMO
The Accords do drive like boring cars out of the box, and I've only driven my brother's sedan, but it has double wishbone suspension at least in front. Chassis feels stiff enough but could be better. I don't think much of that matters though as there is a very large aftermarket for it afaik. With a manual it would feel quite fun for a family sedan.
Another fun car is my grandma's MKZ. Took that in the mountains and it was also very good in the turns. The V6 is really crammed into it though, so I'd say to stick with a 4 cylinder Fusion since the 3.5 is known to be problematic. Double wishbone front suspension again and really good steering feel, it felt really stable through the turns despite the soft suspension.
This blog sounds interesting, I'd definitely give it a read. If I ever get free time I could maybe write an article or two for it if you'd like.
The coupe is even more egg shaped. Rounded off at the back too.
TBH this looks better than 11th gen Civic.
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It's called Combustion Powered and I have to warn you, it's pretty much been on a drip feed of random sanctioned-racing videos since an early-March rant about EV battery fires getting swept under the rug. But I feel like I should get a link to it up now, before I say something political and/or spicy enough to get banned from here just for linking to it.
I've been wanting to write something about the still-worsening travesty of the C8 Corvette (there's about to be an electric version!) but I keep self-distracting with dumb videos instead.
I found this picutre in the link you posted
I don't know, does that count? Bloomberg isn't technically a politician anymore, to the extent that he ever was.
Even he isn't a politician, his hypocrisy still stands
And knowing this place, I could probably get in trouble just for calling it out. Link about to be deleted, but still available through DM
EDIT: The Corvette rant is finished
as far as im aware the J-series throughout its like, almost 27 year run is a really well engineered, solid powertrain
if im not mistaken the Pilot, Odyssey, and Ridgeline still have a J35 of some variation that retains port fuel injection and SOHC, pretty neat. super classic design that holds a lot of soul, and if you havent heard one with a CAI or just wrung out in general, you're missing out.
the J37A2 in the '09-12 Acura RL suffers from oiling problems and because they really didnt make many at all, its damn near impossible to find a replacement drivetrain. Though from what i understand dealers can rebuild them free of charge as they were a recalled drivetrain.
the J30 in late 90's Acura and Honda products really has no issues of note to mention, neither does the J32 motor that replaced the J30 in Acura products of the time.
the bargain go-to fun car to get with a J-series motor has got to be an 03-08 Accord V6 6MT, coupe or sedan. rock solid drivetrain all around, positive shift action, and genuinely good fuel economy. and they arent super common but they are far from rare. in my area at any given time i can find Accord V6 6MT coupes ranging from the early days of 03-04 all the way until 2015 and 2016, obviously spanning multiple generations and those later cars are definitely not entry level used car price.
7th generation Accord (03-07) V6 manual cars had a red highlighted V6 badge, whereas automatics had a black one. Its good to note that only in 06-07, the finals years for the 7th generation, was the "6-6" combination (V6, 6MT) offered in the sedan. they sold pretty poorly so are a treat to see on the road and still, to my knowledge, reasonably priced.
my dream attainable sports cruiser is the 2003 Acura CL Type-S 6MT, which, in a word, is a buttoned up 7th generation 6-6 Accord Coupe with the larger 3.2 VTEC J32 and a pretty strong cult following. These have shot up in value recently, but you can probably pick one up for maybe 8-15K depending on condition, if you can even find one. only ~3000 sold in total. and avoid 5-speed automatic cars of this era J-series in general, they like to grenade. Comptech also had a hand in a specific variant, which received a supercharger, appearance kit, 369 total horsepower, and quite a few other goodies for another 22K on top of the ~30K base price of a regular Type-S. Safe to say its doubly a unicorn lol
The TL Type-S of the same vintage was only offered with the 5-speed automatic, while a great transmission when functioning, does eventually slip and die. purchase at your own risk. the later 05-07 TL Type-S is really the pinnacle of Acura's performance sedan in my mind. N/A VTEC J35 in the front, optional 6-speed with an LSD (not seen on the automatics), and absolutely gorgeous styling. its restrained and muscular and a definite performer. These are still relatively cheap too, anywhere from 8-17K for one, condition will vary wildly though.
assorted J-series goodness:
(this is a CL Type-S)
anyway, tldr, good engines overall with minor hiccups to note, and a lot of slept-on cool applications.
boring nerd talk concluded
There are certain people so stupid that they spent a whopping $500 buy a useless "function" that is already hardware installed in the car.
drove one of my grandad's cars for the first time on the road, pretty cool. Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, 6.75L carburetted V8.
from the 80s, and performance wasn't the focus of this car meant it wasn't exactly fast, 0-60 probably 10-12s despite the gas guzzler upfront... 3 speed auto shifted smooth but was quite dimwitted... first auto i've driven on the road too. (just been manuals since i was 17, i'm 19 now).
Interesting experience really, an 80s landyacht has very different brakes to my current car (2003 seat ibiza, vw polo sized!)
If anyone's from the UK, look up the Ipswich to Felixstowe classic car run, that's what I drove it on.
Inside the mind of an EV buyer
There are still many people who are aware of these problems such as the danger of the gradual loss of user rights and the smartphonization of cars.
The "take-make-dispose" economical model is simply unsustainable, and planned obsolescence is going to be one of the leading causes of the demise of society or human extinction.
"Companies won't consider them your property even after you buy them, you'll be able to do less and less with them and they'll be more disposable as time goes on." is particularly unnerving. What will happen after the mass use of IoT(internet of stings) embedded devices and connected medical implants? Slavery since you don't even own your very own body, and you will be subjected to forced euthanasia(planned obsolescence's human counterpart) after your retirement.
Vehicle manufactures are now contributing to totalitarianism.
Originally I'd hoped to have a new, $35K-ish car by the end of this year. I wanted to experience having a brand new car at least once in my life. I'm not so sure anymore. I'm also not sure what incriminating information my Veloster is holding on me, considering that it does have factory navigation, though the fact that the map doesn't seem to have been updated since the car was built gives me some hope.
I brought these for you guys. You might need them.
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On the topic of new cars, there are still models out there without "phone home" if you're inclined to believe that's a thing in the automotive space.
It's called a "base model" and you can still find them from time to time! I, for one, prefer base model cars because a modern base model is hardly a Turkish prison these days.