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Looking for a car I can feel when driving.

Discussion in 'Motors' started by BPR, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. acemastr

    Mobster

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    Just hit redline every time in your car, that'll get you some push back.

    I really can't recommend a diesel for performance, it's just.. meh, unless you have a newer automatic diesel.
     
  2. Vince

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    I can't believe nobody has said it but... Does anybody find that you kind of just get used to the power anyway so your body sort of compensates for that feeling of speed you might get in the passenger seat? I find that whatever car I actually drive it ends up not feeling that fast even if it's fast so say around 300bhp+. You just get used to the acceleration, only you look down and are doing 140mph :)
     
  3. Nasher

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    Yep, cars don't feel as fast after a few weeks of driving them. Unless someone else drives it then weirdly you do feel it again.
     
  4. Frozennova

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    Only it doesn't work like that because even in a diesel where peak torque might be at 2000rpm you're still going to make more progress shifting close to redline due to the way a gearbox multiplies torque
     
  5. mattyg

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    The 1st time I experienced that feeling of OMG what is that.. Was in an old Nissan Cherry Turbo. First experience of torque.. 4 up in a 1.3 turbo......
     
  6. bazzabear

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    If you're changing up at 2500 rpm in a petrol car, I think we know why you're not getting anywhere very quickly.
     
  7. vanpeebles

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    Depends on the car :D
     
  8. BPR

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    I have to travel a good few miles to work though for most the week so although I’d like a good performance car I have to consider the costs also. I have test drove the Honda just and I am quite impressed, yes it isn’t as quick off the mark as a petrol and you can definately tell it’s a different beast to drive but I did enjoy the car, it is a bit bumpy over potholes and that but my old car was anyway so I can only see improvements with the Honda and. I must say props to Honda for the practicality, I was surprised at just how much room is in the back.

    I think I’m going to go with the Honda 2.2, but I’m going to test drive a Volvo C30 on Saturday!
     
  9. BPR

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    May have been an underestimate
     
  10. BPR

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    Thinking of it, if I did get a petrol, couldn’t I just convert it into LPG? That would save me on the MPG side of things
     
  11. Nasher

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    Not many cars can be converted to LPG that well. Most of them are older V8s.
     
  12. BPR

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    Ohh, In that case then it’d probably be a diesel unless I can find a petrol that can come near the MPG of a diesel
     
  13. ExRayTed

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    Get a Saab 9-3 Aero and get it mapped by Noobtune (on the Saab forums) for around £80. I had one, great fun and takes the bhp to around 250. Probably a little bit more than £2500 though but worth it imho.
     
  14. dacads

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    Lol I bought it for economy not a fun drive, that's what my 130i is for ;)

    Like someone said it understeers but has enough torque for most situations.

    Fast and fun are two different things, some cars can be one of those, some can be both. Diesel is usually not fun from a driver involvement point of view.
     
  15. Housey

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    feeler
     
  16. acemastr

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    This thread is getting weird now.
     
  17. ThestigGT999

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    A quick auto trader search


    Saab 9-3 1.9 TTiD Aero 4dr
    SEAT Ibiza 1.9 TDI Cupra 3dr
    BMW 1 Series 2.0 123d SE 3dr
    BMW 1 Series 2.0 120d Sport 5dr
    BMW 3 Series 2.0 320d SE Edition 4dr
    BMW 3 Series 2.0 320d M Sport Edition 4dr
     
  18. BPR

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    I like the look of the 320d M
     
  19. dacads

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    Avoid anything with the N47 engine.
     
  20. BPR

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    What’s up everyone, just after a quick opinion on the VW Golf 1.9TDI?