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I always loved the look and sound of the original Audi coupe, especially the 5 cylinder model, and the antics of the Quattro left me with the impression that the could handle

I bought an '82 FWD model, it handled like a pig and was a bit of a disappointment, the engine sounded good but wasn't really that quick, suffice to say it was moved on pretty quick
 
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When they first released the current rendition of the Hyundai coupe, I was blown away by it's looks, so I weighed up the idea of buying myself one of the 2.7 V6's

Until I saw the performance figures:

Top Speed 135mph, 0-60 in just over 8 seconds.

From a 2.7 V6

Is it even possible to make such a huge engine put out that little power?
 

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Wife had a Golf GTi 1.8T for three years. Looked great but was nothing more than a polished turd. Rode like a washboard, handled like a drunk camel on roller skates, steering was pish but gripped well (it should have done on 225 section tyres). 16 unscheduled garage visits too. A crushing disappointment as it was a car she (and I to a degree) always wanted.
Followed closely by:- VW Passat. I can't type what I thought of this car - it would get filtered out. I refused to drive it I hated it so much
Audi A4 - impressed on test drive, however to live with was so antiseptic it should have been called Dettol. Again rode like a washboard, had no grip, **** steering, **** handling and just wanted to understeer its way round every corner. Oh and the interior was tiny, the dealer was crap. Apart from that all three were fine . . . . . .:rolleyes:
Best cars I/wife have had. Mine Nissan Primera 2.0eZX which looked nothing but drove brilliantly while she had a 1.6LX (immediately prior to the Golf) which outhandled the VW in every way. Superb cars. Also my Alfa itch started when she had a 156 1.8TS for a few months - we fought with one another to drive that - in sharp contrast with the Passat which we fought over to not drive it. :)
 
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Jeep. (Although I never actually owned one, It was always an
ambition to have one, but after driving one 1/4 way across the US: No thanks.)
 

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had an audi a3 when they first came out back in 1997 or whenever it was, spent the first few months of ownership without seeing any others so must've been one of the very earliest in the uk - i thought it was a gorgeous car, but the more time i spent with it the more i realised it was no better than the astra i had before it. in fact the astra was actually MORE fun to drive.
 

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I had three Triumph Spitfires concurrently when I was a kid. It was handy for swapping parts from one shed to another.

Being an older git now, I can see how the neighbours may have not been quite so enthusiastic to have what to all intents and purposes was a miniature scrapyard outside the front of my parent's house.

I'm learning to live with this condition.

In their defence I did walk away from a big shunt in one, and it let a new, inexperienced driver escape from a rather unpleasant weave early one Sunday morning when I had 2 others in the car. He thought Heroin was cool and didn't live to see the 90s, and the last time I saw her she was walking through Woolies with some older bloke and a gaggle of kids, and I didn't recognise her.

When I see Spitfires pass the house now I think 'They should have bought an MX-5'
 

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PPC and their SAAB Turbo powered Mk2 Escort?

Post '95 (or sometime) SAAB Turbo motors from the 9000 fit the RWD GM gearboxes.

A tweaked SAAB Turbo motor in a Manta could be fun for a while.
 

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Had a Manta GTE. Handled really well, and looked :cool: at the time
It looked cool from the outside but absolutely pants on the inside. As for handling, I had come from a Toyota Corolla GT coupe, which was 120bhp (from a NA 1.6 engine), RWD and had a LSD. It could drive rings round the Manta in terms of performance and handling.
 
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always (and still do) wanted a capri

i probably will never get one now but i remember my first drive in one, i thought it was going to be brilliant, but it was a huge dissapointment

handling was absolutely shocking :eek:
the brakes were schit :tut:
and i thought it was going to be fast :rolleyes:

looked good though

i still would like a 2.8 brooklands as i imagine it to be much much better than the 2.0 laser i drove
 
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Every Alfa I have bought or thought about buying, all IMO never quite got the handling/level of performance right, never quite deliver upon what they look like they are going too, bought them anyway and set about making them the car I want as I will likely do with the Brera :rolleyes:
Yep.. the Spider is so dog slow... :cry:

Rather disappointing for my first 'performance' car.
 

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always (and still do) wanted a capri

i probably will never get one now but i remember my first drive in one, i thought it was going to be brilliant, but it was a huge dissapointment

handling was absolutely shocking :eek:
the brakes were schit :tut:
and i thought it was going to be fast :rolleyes:

looked good though

i still would like a 2.8 brooklands as i imagine it to be much much better than the 2.0 laser i drove
I used to have a 2 litre S, running on webers and a hot cam, with fishnet headrests, 6 clock dash, and the ultra cool pioneer radio cassette, i loved it, the handling was spot on until it rained/snowed, then total pig:eek:
 
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Best cars I/wife have had. Mine Nissan Primera 2.0eZX which looked nothing but drove brilliantly while she had a 1.6LX (immediately prior to the Golf) which outhandled the VW in every way. Superb cars. Also my Alfa itch started when she had a 156 1.8TS for a few months - we fought with one another to drive that - in sharp contrast with the Passat which we fought over to not drive it. :)
1st/2nd gen Primeras are great cars. They outhandle any other saloon car from the same period by a country mile and, in 150bhp form, go alright too. I bought a 1.6 off a mate because he needed shut and I needed a cheap car and it was a revelation. The GT I had later was spectacularly good.

Someone tossed me the keys to a MKII Golf GTI in about 1991 and I absolutely loved it. I attempted to find a decent one several times subsequently and failed because they were all dogs. 3 years ago I came out of my house and my neighbour, who sells cars, said look at this Golf I've found you. I ignored him and went to work. When I got home from work it was on my drive and he asked me for some money. Sadly it was only a 1.6 Driver and, where my memory of the GTI was of it feeling light, lithe and quite quick, the Driver felt slow, ponderous and heavy. A fortune later it had all new suspension, 15" wheels and sat an inch or two lower so it handled better but it was still dog slow. I realised it would never be the GTI I always wanted so I flogged it on.
 
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I used to have a 2 litre S, running on webers and a hot cam, with fishnet headrests, 6 clock dash, and the ultra cool pioneer radio cassette, i loved it, the handling was spot on until it rained/snowed, then total pig:eek:
nice :cool:

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Many moons ago (well, 21 years in fact), I had to attend a course in Cardiff with a colleague. Choice of transport was either my Viva :eek: or their Porsche 924. Not a choice I hear you say. I was verrry excited about travelling such a distance in a Porsche (at 19 and with the cars I had driven up to that point, who wouldn't be?)
What a total disappointment. Not terribly quick, was surprisingly noisy (in all the wrong ways), and just wreaked of averageness.
 
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I had a MkII GTi between 1987 and 1992 - the longest I've ever owned a car and the most I have spent modifying one. Terrific car.
the MkII big bumper was/is the best looking golf, and yes they do handle well
 
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Land Rover Discovery. I am Land Rover fan, always have been but the first time I drove a disco, awful, just awful.
Steering is pointless, suspension is all over the place, seats are uncomfortable, wing mirrors are a waste of time, you have to reverse it using the force.
Give me an old beat up series 2 any day
 
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BMW 635 CSi Manual.
Rubbish acceleration ,drank like a fish & very boring to drive.
 
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