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Old 08-17-2005, 14:32   #61
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I'd hardly call 383-lbft of torque "little". How much torque does a 5-liter American V-8 put out?
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Old 08-17-2005, 20:02   #62
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Well, apples to oranges and all: Cadillac's 4.6 V8 makes about 310 ft-lbs these days....Ford SVT's '03/'04 supercharged 4.6 makes an underrated 390 ft-lbs...but no American 5.0 V8's, let V10's, currently in use. 383 ft-lbs isn't a little, but in light of an engine that's 5 years old in design that has a two cylinder handicap and a mere 41 cubic inches more displacement making more (all with 'ancient' pushrod architecture), it's not impressive.
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Oh yea...C5367, decide on a car yet?;f
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Well, apples to oranges and all: Cadillac's 4.6 V8 makes about 310 ft-lbs these days....Ford SVT's '03/'04 supercharged 4.6 makes an underrated 390 ft-lbs...but no American 5.0 V8's, let V10's, currently in use. 383 ft-lbs isn't a little, but in light of an engine that's 5 years old in design that has a two cylinder handicap and a mere 41 cubic inches more displacement making more (all with 'ancient' pushrod architecture), it's not impressive.
There is more to it than just numbers. The BMW V-10 is a revver. It wasn't designed to be a high torque stump puller. The V-10 they devolped is a supposed to be a nod to thier F-1 devolpment (high revving V-10).

The M5 as a whole is very impressive to me. It is, without a doubt, a hell of a sports sedan.

I like american muscle cars (old and new), and I like high dollar european cars. They are not directly comparable IMO. The were 2 completely different goals in mind. I can tell you after riding in my uncle's M3, there isn't an american car like it. That is why he bought it and paid more for it. Sure a 03 cobra could spank it and probabaly wither beat it or give it a hell of a run for it's money on a track, but it still doesn't "feel" like a BMW.

A Timex tells time just as well as a Rolex, so why the price difference?
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Old 08-18-2005, 05:43   #65
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Oh yea...C5367, decide on a car yet?;f

Not yet. I still have about 2 weeks before I can buy. The Audi is the practical choice. It's the cheapest to insure, gets the best mileage, AWD for our lovely Chicago winters, and Audi has a plan similar to BMW's in that all maintenance is covered for 4 years, thus it would be the most economical choice.

OTOH, the little devil on my shoulder says get the M3. It really isn't a rational choice in the least. Terrible mileage, tiny backseat, and I'd likely have to budget in speeding tickets. That said, I've made great strides in at least trying to rationalize it to myself. "When averaged with the MPG my bike gets, fuel costs won't be too bad." "The extra power will allow me to merge and pass more safely" "I'm not a taxi, why do I need a big backseat?" "The insurance will go down when I turn 25 next year anyway" "I'll just get a radar detector" "I don't need navigation, I have a great sense of direction!" and so on. I tried those reasons out on the woman while she was admonishing me to get something practical. She was less than convinced. ;f

And in the middle of these extremes, there is the G35 and 3-series. The TL has been all but ruled out because of the insurance cost and FWD. The cost of owning a CTS-V is nearly double that of the M3, putting it out of contention as well.

You may now return to the Caddy v. BMW flame -war in progress;f
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:07   #66
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Dang Insurance companies!!

They've succeeded in messing up my whole car buying calculus.

Now that I've switched to them, the insurance company I had been getting quotes from has radically changed some of them. There really is no rhyme or reason to the process it seems. Now, the M3 runs 890, but the CTS-V would be 880. BIG difference. Now the CTS-V is back in the running, especially since they've extended the employee discount promo. I think I'll head out to the Caddy dealer today and take her for a spin. I figure with the dough I would save, I could get some suspension upgrades and that resistor Z28 mentioned and go thrash some M3's ;f
The TL is now quoted as the cheapest to insure at 655, followed by the 330i at 670 and the A4 is bumped up to 780. The difference between the most expensive and least is less than 40/month, which does open up previous options that had been ruled out on that basis.
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When buying a performance car, logic has nothing to do with it. It's all about the passion, especially when money is no longer a significant issue. I could have bought an M3 for the same price as my Z4, but why didn't I go with a faster car? Because it's not a two-seater ragtop, because it's heavy and can't be thrown into a corner as easily, and because it doesn't look as cool.

Buy what you want. The CTS-V is an impressive vehicle (thank to its German chassis ) and distinctive looking. But it ain't no BMW, much less M-Powered BMW. Car authorities just don't wake up one day and decided that BMW makes excellent vehicles. Car enthusiasts just don't wake up one day and decided to buy BMW because it's "kewl" or because lawyers drive them.
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Look at this guys cadillac V. Ive seen it in person...and it looks and sounds.....its just pure sex. I think hes probably dropped in a stroker motor with a big cam now, but the car did have nitrous and exhaust and put a whoopin' on a lot of unsuspecting mustangs and stock F-body cars.

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I think you'll be happy no matter what you choose. I'm not a E46 M3 fan, as I think there are other cars that I prefer based on what criteria is most important for that day (i'm indecisive )

Like FNman, I chose a slower car due to feel and handling (my e30 versus faster bigger, heavier e36s), which at that time, were paramount to me. When I graduate, I feel my priorities will be different.
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When buying a performance car, logic has nothing to do with it. It's all about the passion, especially when money is no longer a significant issue. I could have bought an M3 for the same price as my Z4, but why didn't I go with a faster car? Because it's not a two-seater ragtop, because it's heavy and can't be thrown into a corner as easily, and because it doesn't look as cool.

Buy what you want. The CTS-V is an impressive vehicle (thank to its German chassis ) and distinctive looking. But it ain't no BMW, much less M-Powered BMW. Car authorities just don't wake up one day and decided that BMW makes excellent vehicles. Car enthusiasts just don't wake up one day and decided to buy BMW because it's "kewl" or because lawyers drive them.
Just like why my brother bought and is spending lots o bucks building his 91 GSX-R 1100 intead of just buying a Hayabusa. He aeasily has spent enough money on his Gixxer to have bought a busa and he likes (make that loves) the Busa, but the big bore gixxer is his passion. It's about what "does" it for you. For me, I don't care about numbers, all GM's (except the Z06 vette, not same thing in a different skin, just the vette) don't do anything for me. I am a Ford guy when it comes to US cars, I am a Toyota man when it comes to japanese cars, and I am a German car man when it comes to the euros (Audi, VW, Mercedes, Prosche, BMW). I would rather have a Porsche than any Ferrari (not like that will ever be something for me to have to worry about), 275 GTB and F-40 excluded.

That's what "does" it for me.
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Old 08-19-2005, 09:12   #71
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Yeah, but there's a big difference between boring out a Gixxer Thou and ricing a Honda Civic or Dodge Neon or Ford Focus.
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Yeah, but there's a big difference between boring out a Gixxer Thou and ricing a Honda Civic or Dodge Neon or Ford Focus.
huh?

who was ricing out a civic?

Anyway, his goal is to match a Busa in performance. He could have just bought one for how much he has spent to match it. But he just likes the Gixxer better. As he says "they don't make them like they used to". Double cradle frame so the big engine just sticks out into the air. Air/Oil cooled. etc.

Me, I would have just bought a Busa and gotten it overwith. Every day reliability and gobs of power all backed by a warrantee. But I guess I don't have the affinity he does towards those old GSX-Rs.
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I was just saying that it's different to take a quality piece of work like a Gixxer and mod it out to match the power of a Busa than ricing out a Honda Civic to try to match a Mustang V8.

Some mods are just damned silly. Besides, there's nothing wrong with modding a Gixxer for more horsepower. The Hayabusa doesn't have the sporty handling and the lightweight of the Gixxer.
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The Hayabusa doesn't have the sporty handling and the lightweight of the Gixxer.
Umm the oil cooled big bore Gixxers weren't known for light weight, that engine weighs a ton.

Anyhow, I get it now, and yes there is a big difference. I was just trying to say some poeple like things that aren't the baddest thing out there and there is nothing wrong with that.

Oh and it takes one hell of a rider to push a Busa to it's handling limits. They are heavy, but competent in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing. No it ain't a new Gixxer, but 99.9% of riders out there would be hard pressed to take it to it's limits. My brother went to a watch his buddy ride at a track day and a busa showed up (not heavily modified) and was puttin a hurtin on everyone else there (including all your modern supersport bikes). It just takes a rider that knows what they're doin and apperently he was by far the most competent one there.
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Just got done test driving the G35. My initial thoughts: ehhh. It honestly doesn't feel like it has just short of 300hp. Now, it doesn't feel slow either, but it didn't come across as the über-sports sedan some make it out to be. Then again, I really didn't lay into it. The shifter was very short throw, but very notchy and high effort. Definitely not as slick as the Acura or Audi. I did like the RWD, and even through the basic 4-turn test drive it felt like it could attack the twisties better than the other two.
The interior was tasteful and the fit and finish was on par with the Audi, but not the Acura. I did like the way the nav system hides when not in use, but the controls were only slightly better than the A4, which isn't saying much. Further, the intelligent key isn't available on the 6-spd, and no bluetooth. As far as nifty tech features go, the Infinity is behind the competition.
All in all, I'd have to say the G35 is nearly out of the running, unless I could get a very good deal. The salesman mentioned, without my even asking, that he could likely let it go for a touch above invoice. They had quite a few on the lot and the '06's will be here mid-Sep, so my impression is that they're pretty eager to unload them.

Tomorrow, I test the Bimmer 3-series and M3.

I'd give the G35 another chance. I have a 2005 G35X with everything. The car has a very sensitive ECU and if driven too gently before you drove it will keep that character. I suggest you take a test drive without a saleperson and really stomp on it. Give it a couple fast starts and it will really tear.

My only complaints about the car are the lack of a voice control on the navi and the piss poor gas mileage. Considering it costs me about $45 - $50 for a fillup, something better than 16mpg would be nice. Of course, the way I drive is to blame for that.

My best friend has the new TL. What can I say, it's a nice car but it's not an enthusiasts car.
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When buying a performance car, logic has nothing to do with it. It's all about the passion, especially when money is no longer a significant issue. I could have bought an M3 for the same price as my Z4, but why didn't I go with a faster car? Because it's not a two-seater ragtop, because it's heavy and can't be thrown into a corner as easily, and because it doesn't look as cool.

Buy what you want. The CTS-V is an impressive vehicle (thank to its German chassis ) and distinctive looking. But it ain't no BMW, much less M-Powered BMW. Car authorities just don't wake up one day and decided that BMW makes excellent vehicles. Car enthusiasts just don't wake up one day and decided to buy BMW because it's "kewl" or because lawyers drive them.
What began as a quest for a nice, luxury sedan that would be practical and have a touch of sportiness ended up morphing into looking for an all out performer. You're right that when looking for a fun performance vehicle, logic and reason should go out the window. But that is where this beauty comes in.

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While it would be nice to have a 4-wheel toy as well, I do have Chicagoland winters to deal with.;1 Keeping that in mind, I think I have my choices narrowed to the A4 in 1st, 330i in 2nd and TL in 3rd. If the dealer can actually locate a 330i with nav and the other options I want, which at the moment looks as if it may be a problem, that ranking could change.
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Well, I finally came to a decision today. After a false start on a 330i, I ended up putting down a deposit on the Acura TL. The dealer came through and got the price down to a few bucks over invoice and the color combo I wanted. I pick it up monday. I'm pretty excited, to say the least;f And with the money saved over the alternatives, I can afford more range time and track days on the bike!
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excellent choice imho. A comfy, reliable, yet still semi-fun daily, and toys on the side
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If the TL that you're getting has a manual tranny, that'll help a lot. Good buy.
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Another update: No car yet. As it turns out the car they had promised ended up getting sold out from under them, but they managed to find a black/black instead. It should be in sometime next week. I'm a bit tired of having my chain yanked after hearing a week's worth of "it'll be in tomorrow," though. I may just end up getting my deposit back and order a 330i and deal with the wait.
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