User Tag List

Page 2 of 194 FirstFirst 123412102 ... LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 1931
  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by ikobo View Post
    Going back to the RS4 from the 911 is a treat to be honest. I'd certainly be in no rush to buy a Porsche again, bit of an error on my part that one! The ride is firm on the Audi, but not harshly so in my opinion, and certainly no worse than any other high performance saloon.
    I'm curious about what has put you off Porsches? I would be back in one tomorrow if it wasn't for my wonky leg.

  2. #12
    I ultimately became very bored with the 911. It's not that it isn't a good car, it quite clearly is, but for me personally I couldn't form any kind of an attachment to it. They're incredibly capable, yet completely without any personality. I've owned a reasonable amount of 'proper' sports cars at various price ranges, the Porsche has been my least favourite. After selling the 911 I test drove a few other models (Boxster, Cayman), and just took the same impression from all of them. Not for me.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by CMcK View Post
    Nice. That V8 makes lovely noises. Ride is a bit firm for my tastes. One of the lads at work has the same model and it is a right good laugh. And it's a bit of a Q car too the average punter wouldn't see it as anything other than a S-line model.

    Changing topic I have the vRS back on its winter wheels and it is making me think that I may ditch the 17's in the spring and go for a set of 15's and new Pilot Sports. The difference in ride quality between the 15" steelies and the 17" alloys is massive.
    Even on our VW estate dropping down to 16" steelies for the winter has improved the ride quality although not to the same extent as the vRS.
    The problem with dropping below 17" is that decent tyres are tricky to find, at least my 205/50/R16Z are a pain.... I can get cheap and cheerful Toyo T1R, but finding anything equally as sticky but with decent sidewalls is a nightmare and pricey - just going up to 17" makes a whole load of different tyres available and cheaper than the 16". Depends if you care about tyres though

  4. #14
    As for 911s... I can't get the seats back far enough to be comfortable.

  5. #15
    I care about tyres all right. Need to look into it a bit further obviously. Don't want super sticky track day efforts but still insist on something decent like Dunlop Sport Maxx or Michelin Pilot Sports.

    Regarding the seat position I had similar bother with my Porsche. The seat was hard back and as low as possible with the sports seats and I JUST fitted in. Or at least that's what I told myself!

    Ikobo I'm surprised you feel that way about the 911. I've not found much else that makes you feel a part of the car. The excellent driving position and perfectly weighted controls are a far cry from the numb but heavy racks on most sporty cars. And I cannot be doing with the over assisted brakes that are so prevalent these days.

  6. #16
    Right, I'm a bit drunk at the moment so I hope this makes sense. I've seen on here that many of you guys own nice Audis or BMWs and so on. I take it some of these cars have paddle shift gears. What I'm trying to ask is how are they to live with? You see, I loath automatics and love manual cars. Yesterday I was down at Subaru getting my timing belt changed. While there I was checking out the new Forester and Impreza. I quite like both but they only came with paddle shift gear boxes. I asked if there was a manual for the Impreza to which I was told yes, but only a 1.6 with 110bhp or the STi model when they release it. I won't be able to afford the STi I think and no way am I having a ****ty 110bhp car. So if I went for the new Impreza I'll be stuck with a paddle shift. I'm also thinking about the new Forester but again paddle shift.

    Can a guy who loves manual live with a paddle shift gear box? I mean, you still have to change gear yourself, right? Just without a clutch. I have driven the last impreza with a paddle shift but only for a day. It was ok but my left hand was always reaching for the gear stick and my left leg felt, well..... un-needed.

  7. #17
    I had a tiptronic gearbox in my 911, was nice for when I was driving around the city or motorway, but when I went home to Scotland for weekends it was lacking any real involvement on the B-roads. Personally I'd avoid one of any type in preference of a manual. (Which is why i'm back driving a manual 420bhp V8 beast!)

  8. #18
    I have a twin clutch gearbox in the vRS and I find for daily use it is excellent. Gear changes are very quick and smooth better than I could do with a manual. In town it is very relaxing leaving it in D and letting it take care of things for you.
    This time last year I would have said I still prefer a manual for a good back road blast but now I'm not sure. Stick the box in S and it does a good job of letting you use the whole rev range and holding a gear through bends. You can concentrate on the road letting it up shift as you get to the limiter. It even downshifts when you get on the brakes keeping the revs up and well into the power band.

    I do use the manual shift for overtakes when required as I feel the kickdown isn't quite quick enough. I use the stick for the touring car effect and you can just knock it back into D as soon as the maneuver is finished. Doing the same with the paddles means waiting for the box to decide you are finished do things yourself.

    I would maybe use the paddles more if they had a more positive feel to them. Feels a bit too video game steering wheel for my tastes.

    What kind of transmission is on the Subaru? Is it a manually overridden auto box or a robotised manual?

  9. #19
    I've got a DSG gearbox in mine, I love it. Even on crazy windy roads it just allows you to hold onto the wheel tighter and throw yourselves around corners. Love it.

    I never even got the paddles and I honestly don't think I'd use them anyway, I can probably count the times on one hand where I have actually switched to manual in the 50k miles I've clock in the last 12 months,
    I find it quite inconvenient when I get given a Manual courtesy car or hire care by comparison.

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Yakumo View Post
    Right, I'm a bit drunk at the moment so I hope this makes sense. I've seen on here that many of you guys own nice Audis or BMWs and so on. I take it some of these cars have paddle shift gears. What I'm trying to ask is how are they to live with? You see, I loath automatics and love manual cars. Yesterday I was down at Subaru getting my timing belt changed. While there I was checking out the new Forester and Impreza. I quite like both but they only came with paddle shift gear boxes. I asked if there was a manual for the Impreza to which I was told yes, but only a 1.6 with 110bhp or the STi model when they release it. I won't be able to afford the STi I think and no way am I having a ****ty 110bhp car. So if I went for the new Impreza I'll be stuck with a paddle shift. I'm also thinking about the new Forester but again paddle shift.

    Can a guy who loves manual live with a paddle shift gear box? I mean, you still have to change gear yourself, right? Just without a clutch. I have driven the last impreza with a paddle shift but only for a day. It was ok but my left hand was always reaching for the gear stick and my left leg felt, well..... un-needed.
    Just get one of these and be done with it: http://www.pistonheads.com/classifie...-about/1015827

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •