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#126 2009-08-05 22:16:13

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

My previous car was a 2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe and I absolutely hated that car from the day I got it I had problems with it. That car gave me nothing but problems and was so happy to get rid of it for my current 05 Aero.

Before owning the Civic I had a 99 Nissan Altima SE which I should have never gotten rid of for the Civic. I should have first gotten rid of it back in February when I purchased my  92x.


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#127 2009-08-05 23:07:08

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

zircon, i like your RS, too bad you don't have it n e more


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#128 2009-08-07 14:41:00

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

I, in turn, am going to address your comments by using bananas to bullet my points! banana

Scargo wrote:

comments in bold

Nick's 92x wrote:

Parents' cars, which I had my formative driving experiences with:

79 Rabbit with I think a 1.5 or 1.6L engine and 4spd. That engine was one of the smoothest little screamers I have ever experienced. This was the car I learned to drive on. My dad drove it into the ground until it basically rusted away to nothing but beige paint and duct tape holding the lights onto the rust.

your 79 should've been a 1.5. Funny thing is the block says 1.6. Same deal with my parent's '78 Champagne Edition, except the sorry thing had the 3sp auto.  VAG still can't do torque converter autos

banana Well, that 1.5 was a great motor. I suppose you wouldn't have enjoyed it quite as much with the auto, though. I have a feeling the craptastic 1.7 would have been better suited for an automatic, as it felt like it had more bottom end torque, despite utterly crappy top end pull/ smoothness.

MY cars:

68 Firebird with a chevy 350. Fun car, but what an unreliable, expensive toilet it was. Pretty much everything mechanical on it needed to be replaced at great expense to my family. I ended up borrowing so much money from my dad that the car became his. Good riddance! But it was fast. Much quicker than my 2002 Mustang GT with 5spd.

so sorry it sucked. such a pretty ride, best of the 'birds in terms of beauty

banana I agree that the 68 can be a gorgeous automobile; however this one wasn't so beautiful. Yellow car with a black hood and one black fender, peeling Keystones on the front and equally peeling Cragars on the back, tattered interior, ghetto exhaust. There was a reason that car was selling for $1700. Being an idiotic 20 year old at the time, I was able to overlook all of those incidental details to find the hidden beauty in that beast. I learned some valuable life lessons shortly thereafter....

1998 Dodge Neon R/T aka The Beastie. I built that thing with an emphasis on street racing and autox, with no consideration for streetability. Turned it into a fire breathing piece of shit, but it was a blast to drive, one 15 second quarter mile at a time. Felt like a racecar 'cause it was a racecar. Taught me that I never want to have a suspension that stiff or solid motor mounts and a flyweight flywheel ever again in my DD.

heck, the GTi that Nick's 92X bought from me was only 85% prepped to SCCA Solo2 stock rules, and IT sucked on Northeast roads as a DD

banana Don' t ya mean Nimaxpro or whatever his name was? Hope he's doing well and the GTI continues to prosper in his hands. Sounded like a cool car.

2002 Mustang GT, Premium Package with the bullitt wheels and 5spd. One of my favorite things about that car was that it did everything fun that the 68 Firebird did and drove like a modern version of a 60s car, including primitive suspension, rwd, torquey melodious v8, long hood and bunker-like cockpit, etc...except the car was comfortable, quiet, and RELIABLE! It captured 90% of the essence of a real musclecar with very few of the headaches. I felt badass in that car, and it was surprisingly quick. Bone stock I was running 14.0 at the strip with it and the thing absolutely screwed in 3rd and 4th out on the highway. I loved that car, but it started to fall apart on me right at 50k, so I traded it in for the 92x.

sorry to hear of it falling apart. I'm such a 'stang fan. I'm jonesing for (ATM, since vintage are just so out of reach) a blue/grey Shelby GT, which I understand is a much better chassis overall

banana I still love that car. It mainly fell apart because I beat the SHIT out of that thing and maintained it poorly. It never actually had reliability issues other than the fact that I finally killed the 2-3 synchros powershifting and then missing a gear, at the dragstrip. Before that event I had powershifted hundreds of times, including coming out of every toll booth and at the strip on a weekly basis.  The 3rd gear synchros were covered under warrantee. That 4.6 2v mod motor was amazing. Didn't get tired even with all that abuse. The car only slowed down by 0.1 and 1mph in the quarter mile at the time I traded it in at 50,000, and that could easily have been due to any number of factors, including the slower-shifting newer synchros, a dirty filter, and the fact that I had never changed the spark plugs.

Oh, and I would way rather have a 2003-2004 Cobra over a new Shelby GT. The SN95/ New Edge chassis really isn't that bad...nothing stiff springs, subframe connectors, and very wide tires can't cover up, lol. Srsly, the aftermarket is so big for that car that you literally CAN make a silk purse out of a sow's ear in this situation. Besides, I am not a giant fan of the newer body styles, especially the Shelby GT variants. I'd certainly take a 2010 GT500 over any other contemporary Mustang, however.


2008 GTI, my current car. Best car I have ever owned, and I hope to keep this thing for a long time. Its level of refinement and content for the money are in a different league from the 92x. It certainly isn't as fun to drive as the 92x, but for comfortable, long distance commuting at very high speeds, few cars for under 40 grand can touch these.

hard to beat VAG nowadays. Even back in the 90's when it came to C-chassis and D-chassis Audis, they just have a certain, j'ne c'est qua...

banana Yep, while VAG products may not reinvent the wheel or set the world on fire in any one way, there is just an overall sense that everything is supremely well-integrated with a minimal number of dissatisfiers detracting from the pleasantness of it all. All you are left with is a sense of relaxed, sporty competence that makes for a wonderful driving experience.


Had: 2005 92x Aero 14.5 @ 94, Stage 1
Totaled: 2008 K04 GTI 13.7 @ 102
Has: 2011 Volvo S60 T6 KW V3, Ferrita downpipe, DO88 FMIC, 13.1 @ 101
1997 Cadillac DeVille a.k.a. The Marshmallow Warhammer D'Elegance 15.2 @ 92

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#129 2009-08-07 14:56:38

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

In Order:

1985 BMW 325
1986 Audi 5000
1991 Lexus LS400
1995 Nissan Maxima SE
1996 Nissan Hardbody 4x4 Extra Cab
1993 Mazda Miata M Edition
1991 Toyota Corolla All Trac Wagon
2002 Honda Civic Si HFP
2004 Honda Accord EX V6
2006 BMW 330ci ZHP
2006 Saab 92x Aero

Current cars:

2006 VW GTI
2008 Subaru STi

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2008 Subaru STi
2006 MKV VW GTI
2004 Honda S2000

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#130 2009-08-07 15:09:31

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

VietGuy wrote:

In Order:


Current cars:

2006 VW GTI
2008 Subaru STi

Time to trade in those cluckers for something more fuel efficient!  star


Had: 2005 92x Aero 14.5 @ 94, Stage 1
Totaled: 2008 K04 GTI 13.7 @ 102
Has: 2011 Volvo S60 T6 KW V3, Ferrita downpipe, DO88 FMIC, 13.1 @ 101
1997 Cadillac DeVille a.k.a. The Marshmallow Warhammer D'Elegance 15.2 @ 92

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#131 2009-08-07 15:12:58

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

Nick's 92x wrote:

VietGuy wrote:

In Order:


Current cars:

2006 VW GTI
2008 Subaru STi

Time to trade in those cluckers for something more fuel efficient!  star

Working on it...I don't know if the replace will be more fuel efficient though  big_smile


2008 Subaru STi
2006 MKV VW GTI
2004 Honda S2000

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#132 2009-08-07 15:20:30

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

Ya know, all kidding aside, you should keep one or the other, as they are two somewhat redundant sport compacts. Trade in the other towards a gas-guzzling previous-gen M5 and you'd have the best of all worlds. Juvenile sportiness+ decent fuel economy for frugal commuting, and grown-up prestige and refinement for the weekend and on date night. Win-frigging-Win in my book!


Had: 2005 92x Aero 14.5 @ 94, Stage 1
Totaled: 2008 K04 GTI 13.7 @ 102
Has: 2011 Volvo S60 T6 KW V3, Ferrita downpipe, DO88 FMIC, 13.1 @ 101
1997 Cadillac DeVille a.k.a. The Marshmallow Warhammer D'Elegance 15.2 @ 92

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#133 2009-08-08 22:35:56

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

It's my turn

2000 Honda Civic EX (with ricey exhaust) - 127hp
2005 Saab 92x (with "ricey exhaust  biggrin - and still have it) - 230hp
2004 Mini Cooper (wifey's car, but it was our weekend car also since 92X was too loud) - 110hp
1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (can you say money pit!) - 200hp
1999 Saab 95 SE (A great car that I will always miss...was going strong at 160K miles) - 170hp
2002 Acura TL Type S (this was a mistake and sold it after owning it for 3 months) - 265 hp
2005 2003 Infiniti FX 35 (wifey's car and also the family car for the weekend) - 285hp

And I just realized that I/we had 7 cars in the past 9 years!!!  eek


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#134 2009-08-08 23:27:27

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

First car was a 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

Second car was a 1991 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

Third car was a 1995 Acura Integra GSR (Totaled by a police officer running a red light, cop lied and ending up getting a week without pay)

Forth car was a 1993 Acura Integra LS

Fifth car was a 1998.5 Audi A4 Quattro with Sport Package (Great car but the cost of maintaining it was killing me)

Sixth car was a 2004 Acura TSX (which I traded in for the 92x)

When I picked up the 92x in July 2005, that was my seventh car in 8 years.  I got my first car in 1997, I used to ride sport bikes before.

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#135 2009-08-09 01:34:02

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

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do tell the story about the totaled Integra.


2008 Subaru STi
2006 MKV VW GTI
2004 Honda S2000

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#136 2009-08-09 03:37:04

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

VietGuy wrote:

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do tell the story about the totaled Integra.

It was August of 1999.  Light turned green.  As I proceeded through the intersection, Bang, I see a police car hit my front end coming from left to right.  After he hit and torn off my front end, his police car spun out.

I get out, a little shock up and he comes up and asks me if I'm ok.  I tell I'm fine.  Then he tells me, "why did I run the red light".  I told him I didn't.  He says that he had a call and that I ran the red light and hit him.  He walks back to his patrol car and this couple comes up to me and ask if I need a witness.  I told them yes and told them that I swear I had to green light.  They told me I did have the green and the cop was at fault.

So more cops come and take my statement and the couples statement.  As I finished my statement, I could here the other cop giving the couple a very hard time.  He was almost yelling at them saying, "Are you sure that the cop ran the red, you better not be lying or else".  Afterwards, my Integra is towed off and I call a friend to pick me up.

Later on, Progressive gets the police report and has a good laugh.  The police had a security guard as a witness, BUT in the security guards statement on the last sentence, he quotes, "I cannot say who was at fault because I did not the witness the actual collision."  AND the police office wrote in his report that security guard was seated at his desk, heard a loud collision and then looked outside his office and latter witnessed the actual collision.   Hmmm.  What did the security guard do?  Go back in time.  How can you witness a collision AFTER you heard the collision a few seconds earlier.  Progressive tells me that this happens a lot where the police are at fault and lie about it.  So they also suggest I go the Internal Affairs at the Police Station.  Progressive also tells that the couple felt that the police were very hostile to them as they gave their statement.

I make my report to Internal Affairs and even the investigator has doubts already after looking at the police report, but he has to follow through.  After a full year, Internal Affairs informs me that I was not at fault and the officer that hit me, the officer that wrote the report, and the supervisor that approved the report were all disciplined.

Nowadays, even when the light turns green, I ALWAYS take a quick look both ways before going.  On 2 occasions, a car ran the red and could have hit me.   I also have a Oregon Scientific Action Cam in my car to record video as I drive, just in case something like this comes up again.  I always wonder what would have happened if that nice couple didn't come forward as witnesses?  I would have probably have been at fault since it was my word against the officer.

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#137 2009-08-09 10:05:11

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

ikkue wrote:

It's my turn
2002 Acura TL Type S (this was a mistake and sold it after owning it for 3 months) - 265 hp

Curious what you didn't like about the TL. We owned one for a while (not a type-S) and never viewed it as a mistake.


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#138 2009-08-09 21:14:54

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

Skippy wrote:

ikkue wrote:

It's my turn
2002 Acura TL Type S (this was a mistake and sold it after owning it for 3 months) - 265 hp

Curious what you didn't like about the TL. We owned one for a while (not a type-S) and never viewed it as a mistake.

I'm curious too. I always thought those were good cars and tossed around the idea of getting one at one point. Even though they are now pretty dated, I still think they look kind of badass, inside and out. And the numbers they put down are still considered pretty decent for a family oriented sedan.


Had: 2005 92x Aero 14.5 @ 94, Stage 1
Totaled: 2008 K04 GTI 13.7 @ 102
Has: 2011 Volvo S60 T6 KW V3, Ferrita downpipe, DO88 FMIC, 13.1 @ 101
1997 Cadillac DeVille a.k.a. The Marshmallow Warhammer D'Elegance 15.2 @ 92

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#139 2009-08-09 21:38:32

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

I should clarify that it's not the TL Type S itself - we picked up the car from the dealer without examining it in details (and it was already 7pm in March) because we needed a car ASAP and the price was good - just to find out the scratches on the cars that did not show in dark, and the brake that need to be replaced which will make this car no longer a good deal. It's was my wife's DD (150 miles a day) and she's 9 month pregnant, so after she went on maternity leave we sold the car.

BUT - the transission is a nightmare in 1G TLs - I did not do my research enough (i thought I don't need not need to do research on Acura/Honda's best selling sedans, ha) but google it and you will find that it's as common as the window regulator problem in VWs. Didn't happen during my ownership, but Acura extended the transimssion warranty to 7 years and the 1G TLs are just running out of wanrranty...get the point?

If transmission is not a concern, I will get myself a white Type S with black interior. The  car drives well, but transmission issue would keep me far away from another TL again...

Nick's 92x wrote:

Skippy wrote:

ikkue wrote:

It's my turn
2002 Acura TL Type S (this was a mistake and sold it after owning it for 3 months) - 265 hp

Curious what you didn't like about the TL. We owned one for a while (not a type-S) and never viewed it as a mistake.

I'm curious too. I always thought those were good cars and tossed around the idea of getting one at one point. Even though they are now pretty dated, I still think they look kind of badass, inside and out. And the numbers they put down are still considered pretty decent for a family oriented sedan.


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#140 2009-08-09 21:42:37

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

Ah, I didn't know those things had potential tranny issues. I'm guessing tranny issues would cost a fortune to fix out of warrantee. Thanks for the info!


Had: 2005 92x Aero 14.5 @ 94, Stage 1
Totaled: 2008 K04 GTI 13.7 @ 102
Has: 2011 Volvo S60 T6 KW V3, Ferrita downpipe, DO88 FMIC, 13.1 @ 101
1997 Cadillac DeVille a.k.a. The Marshmallow Warhammer D'Elegance 15.2 @ 92

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#141 2009-08-09 22:21:03

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

2000 Jeep TJ. smile


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#142 2009-08-14 23:44:01

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

1993 - Crown Victoria police interceptor model
1993 - Pontiac Sunbird
1994 - Ford Bronco
1995 - Chevy Blazer
1996 - Civic (crvtecd)
1996 - prelude vtec (<3ed that car)

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#143 2009-08-15 09:39:23

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Re: What did you drive before your Saab?

arrow-up How much fun was driving around in the Police Interceptor?  Did people get out or your way?  biggrin


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