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Most fun DD... that's not a Porsche

Just sitting here thinking about my next car.... currently Doing a Giulia Ti, that replaced my Abarth (missing it).

I am thinking about another hot hatch, but wonder what folks are enjoying. The Abarth I had replaced a MK6 GTi and while not nearly as "good" of a car, was in my top 3 smiles per mile.

So please share what you are or have truly enjoyed as a daily... Automatics need not apply.
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I've had a couple of miatas and enjoyed them.
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You said hatch...I love hatches and wagons. I currently have as a DD a 2009 535xi 6MT (E61) wagon. Itís got a twin turbo with reprogrammed ECU. Itís a sled for sure but gets up FAST. I need to put some stiffer anti roll bars on it. But itís been fun and pretty reliable besides a water pump that left my wife partially stranded.
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I had a 89 240sx before my 911 and it was quite a bit more fun to drive. and it was stock. I can only imagine one with a sr20 or other turbo engine and a welded diff like the drifters do.
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I had a 89 Sil80 full JDM engine and trans swap.... what a great engine.... Sometimes I think I should have bought like 4 great Japanese cars instead of my 911sc.

Also had 2 miatas, both 1st gen, one stockish the other with a turbo, 200RWHP (stock WRX made 150AWHP)

My 2000 Subaru with full WRX swap was in my top 3 270CHP, and 2700lbs... amazingly good car.


I was thinking about another Abarth, or maybe a tuned Golf R (to boring stock) Would kill for an RS3 but to $$$ and I don't think I can get a manual.

Love Subaru, but I don't vape and have no flat rims hats.

Thought about a Chevy SS, I think they are very underrated.

How has that 535xi been for maintenance?
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Fiesta st with recaros is a real joy to toss around, ND miata frc would be a blast with its new found power as well
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I should mention that I will need back seats, though I am will to make my kids suffer in small ones.

I do like the Fiesta ST, looked at those when I got my Abarth, the Abarth was just a lil more childish which I liked.
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Brz has back seats, kinda
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I have never heard a bad thing about the BRZ/FRS (other than people complaining about power) Guy at work sold his for a Camaro SS, regretted it after.
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How has that 535xi been for maintenance?
Meh...not great. At time of purchase 4 years ago, I had some items attended to under balance of CPO warranty upon purchase = new turbos due to integrated waste gate rattle, new oil filter housing, new injectors and brake rotors. Under my watch I have needed new water pump and valve cover.
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Great for the 18mile commute to work. No need for a hatchback. Just wear a backpack.
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Two words... Kids and winter.

Also I have a 76 Honda Cb550 in mid cafe build. Also based on your rides, you have a budget that I cannot contend with... I reside in the sub-wealthy club

I honestly keep coming back to the Abarth, nothing I have owned is a smile inducing... including the 911sc (fear of expensive repairs hold the smiles back)
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Geronimo,
I'm going to PM you when my brother is coming back here. If you want to tinker with your carbs I'll have him bring some of his stuff home with him. I think between the two of us and the tools at our disposal we can get you happier with your car. Plus, my brother really loves talking PMO's
As fun DDs , the one I miss the most is a 1995 Subaru legacy. It wasn't fast but I could go off road in that thing and have a smile on my face the whole time.
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Two words... Kids and winter.

Also I have a 76 Honda Cb550 in mid cafe build. Also based on your rides, you have a budget that I cannot contend with... I reside in the sub-wealthy club

I honestly keep coming back to the Abarth, nothing I have owned is a smile inducing... including the 911sc (fear of expensive repairs hold the smiles back)


In that case, the 2007 STI was the best bang for the buck I've ever owned. Personally I prefer the styling of the older Subaru WRX/STI. I used to live in Akron, OH when I had the Subaru and winters were no problem for the STI with snow tires.
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Great for the 18mile commute to work. No need for a hatchback. Just wear a backpack.

Hehe. I bought a Ruckus in the spring, mainly with the intent of the visiting GF being able to get around a little while I was at work. I love it and have I've commuted on it over the summer way more than in my Subaru, though my drive/ride is only about 6 miles on "little" streets. The GF got to drive the car instead.

It feels good to get of a bike when arriving at the office - either big or small. Always feel better than if I drive. I will say I've had a couple of solid soakings on the way home here - we get plenty storms between 4 and 7 in the summer.
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Ever driven an R53 Mini Cooper in anger, if you can find a JCW equipped one, which is getting super hard to find, try one.

2 mods, some lighweight rims and non runflat tires, and a rear sway bar and there is virtually no understeer, it drives like a rwd car at its limits.
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Check out the Focus ST. More power then the fiesta and super fun to drive. Can be modded to over 300 ponies too for not too terribly much....
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Sorry, only "hot hatches" ever owned were Prosches, 944Turbo, 928.
Instead of hatch just went ahead and got an SUV.
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I should mention that I will need back seats, though I am will to make my kids suffer in small ones.

I do like the Fiesta ST, looked at those when I got my Abarth, the Abarth was just a lil more childish which I liked.
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Ever driven an R53 Mini Cooper in anger, if you can find a JCW equipped one, which is getting super hard to find, try one.

2 mods, some lighweight rims and non runflat tires, and a rear sway bar and there is virtually no understeer, it drives like a rwd car at its limits.
A MCS is a helluva fun car to drive on a daily basis. I've had the R53 and R56 MS and I prefer the R53.
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