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    Reminds me of the only new car I ever bought.....1986 Dodge Shelby Charger....2.2 liters of turbo charged goodness with a 5 speed manual.....and would FLY.....got stopped on I-16 between Macon and Ft. Stewart doing 140 mph.... and managed to get a warning.....the telling of that story requires sitting down around a table with some cold beers.....
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    honda civic hybrid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Machinist View Post
    Reminds me of the only new car I ever bought.....1986 Dodge Shelby Charger....2.2 liters of turbo charged goodness with a 5 speed manual.....and would FLY
    I believe it - that'll be a K based car too. Actually I was close to getting a turbo 1983 New Yorker not long ago... that car might have laid the smackdown on some poor unsuspecting Mustang itself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Wolf View Post
    I believe it - that'll be a K based car too. Actually I was close to getting a turbo 1983 New Yorker not long ago... that car might have laid the smackdown on some poor unsuspecting Mustang itself
    My weekend car is a 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS. It's an RPO vehicle with a 427. Ahhh teh gallons per yard it gets....but they are fast yards!

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    Fun fast yards too, I bet

    Was going to mention the Dodge Spirit R/T - 224 HP of 4 cylinder 2.2 turbo mayhem. They're rare, and supposedly a bit picky when it comes to regular maintenance, but pretty much define the term "sleeper."

    http://www.allpar.com/model/spiritrt.html

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    toyota always come top for reliability, I suspect hondas engines are better in absoulte terms, but my dad had one b4 and there were a few niggles with it..cockpit fan, rear brake light, door switch, petrol leak, airbag module, and it was a dealer ex demo model, too, well cared for. they love to rev. high. too.

    if you want economy, get a diesel, you can get 50 to the gallon out of a citroen zx turboDiesel, if you can get them there. good fun to drive, french are good with suspension and diesel engines. peugeot 306 is the same chassis and engines, but sexier looks so command more, maybe different names in the US

    personally, I don't think I would go for korean, tho some daewoo's ...now chrysler? look quite nice, and cheap, probably a little plasticky, like the japs used to be. they could be fine tho'
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianm2 View Post
    ...citroen zx turboDiesel, if you can get them there.
    You can't.

    Quote Originally Posted by ianm2 View Post
    ...personally, I don't think I would go for korean, tho some daewoo's ...now chrysler? look quite nice, and cheap, probably a little plasticky, like the japs used to be. they could be fine tho'
    Not sure what you get over there in the U.K., but have you seen a Hyundai Sonata or Kia Rio or Amanti? Pretty nice.

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    yes we can get allsorts of koreans, but we do like our cars to corner, and not wallow like a hippo in bends, and sadly most japs and koreans don't really do that so well until now, they spend most on the engine I think and the rest is an afterthought

    they might be better for your market, but the older koreans here were a bit nasty, I think they are much improved of late tho', probably as good as the japs, my dad was always a jap fan, and I grew up with them, there is something about them, just like an old pair of shoes, they just feel right

    but you guys have the right priorities, big engines, armchair interiors, straight roads and cheap food/beer, think I am a yankee wannabe
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianm2 View Post
    now chrysler? look quite nice, and cheap, probably a little plasticky, like the japs used to be. they could be fine tho'
    I'm actually of the "they don't make 'em like they used to" mindset on that one, though I will admit the longevity of the infamous A604 tranny has been vastly improved.

    Dad got himself a 2002 Caravan a couple years ago to replace the 1996 Grand Caravan LE that kept eating trannies ('96 was a real bad year for them), and except for the transmission I find the newer minivan less appealing, less comfortable, and much less fun to drive. Then again, the '96 was loaded, had the 3.8, and power seats.

    Anyhoo, now that Chrysler's been sold back to a US owner, I hope things will improve again. Getting sick of the hemi this and hemi that from them lately... not everyone wants or can afford to run a hemi, whether they have multiple displacement or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Wolf View Post
    1996 Grand Caravan LE that kept eating trannies ('96 was a real bad year for them), and except for the transmission I find the newer minivan less appealing, less comfortable, and much less fun to drive. Then again, the '96 was loaded, had the 3.8, and power seats.
    Also was a bad year for GM transmissions, Z34 Monte Carlo with 4L60E transmission in particular. The transmission gave out last summer after 157000 miles, the dealerships/garage guys were surprised that it lasted that long. Also GM's 3.4L DOHC V6 is a pain in a rear to work on, luckily they ditched that particular engine after 1998. By the way I get about 19 miles/ gallon.
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