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post #1191 of 1985 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 08:15 AM
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I have a few..
land rover discovery: unreliable gas hog 12mpg, awesome in the snow
audi a4 1.8t quattro: with 4 studded tires unstoppable, good mileage 25mpg, unreliable
chicks dig these euro cars!!

dodge 2500 4x4 diesel: whats snow?,17mpg, does not warm up quik and stinks up the parking lot bad.. only redneck girls look twice. I leave it hooked up to the boat.

being a master auto tech for the last 21yrs i have some suggestions:
subaru.. you cannot kill em, amazing in the snow, cheap, lots of room
toyota/lexus are the best cars built in the world for reliability etc..
honda/acura are also very good
if you are going to invest lots of cash into a car you might think twice b4 u get the look at me euro car. Or have deep pockets for endless repairs.


Ive seen many modded Subaru engines pop........stock, I agree though.
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post #1192 of 1985 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 08:18 AM
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Ive seen many modded Subaru engines pop........stock, I agree though.
Anything with mods is goin to pop soon enough, that's a gimme.
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Anything with mods is goin to pop soon enough, that's a gimme.
Not necessarily. It's really dependent on a lot of factors. Quality of work/parts/tuning, types of mods, regular maintenance, and most importantly how you drive the car. My WRX has over 100,000 miles on it, 80,000 of those miles with 65% more HP than stock and all I've had to do is regular maintenance (::knockonwood:. I've seen a lot of stock engines explode with less miles than my wagon.

Also, the turbo Subaru engines are WAY more bulletproof than their n/a motors. A Subaru tech always tells me how crazy it is to see so many more n/a cars come in with bad engines than the turbo engines.
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Not necessarily. It's really dependent on a lot of factors. Quality of work/parts/tuning, types of mods, regular maintenance, and most importantly how you drive the car. My WRX has over 100,000 miles on it, 80,000 of those miles with 65% more HP than stock and all I've had to do is regular maintenance (::knockonwood:. I've seen a lot of stock engines explode with less miles than my wagon.

Also, the turbo Subaru engines are WAY more bulletproof than their n/a motors. A Subaru tech always tells me how crazy it is to see so many more n/a cars come in with bad engines than the turbo engines.
Quality = everything. Unfortunately a lot of mods don't go consistently with quality
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i dont know if id say that. most performance parts (mods) are much higher quality then oem. you get what you pay for though. cheap parts = unreliable.

certain year subarus had alot of problems with head gaskets. i THINK it was 2002-2008 models (around those years). theyve also had alot of problems with there automatic transmissions (some models).

i was about to buy a 2001 audi a4 quattro 1.8t 5-speed. its an awesome car for winter/summer driving. unfortunately i broke my hand and had to have surgery and ive been off work for over 3 months and had to support myself with my car money . there not super reliable but if you stay on top of maintenance and can do repairs yourself there not much more expensive then your average car.
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Quality = everything. Unfortunately a lot of mods don't go consistently with quality
So true. I laugh my ass off at people who buy knockoff parts then complain when they explode within month.

90% of the upgrades I have on my car are actual OEM Subaru parts off different cars. The 10% true aftermarket parts are from top tier manufacturers (who typically supply OEM parts to car manufacturers).

Tuning is HUGE too. The quickest way to grenade an engine is a flaw in the tuning. If you try to do it yourself without fully knowing what you're doing or have a budget tuner try to do it, you're begging for problems. My car has been tuned and retuned by one of the most highly recommended Subaru tuners in the states. I wouldn't trust my car anywhere else.

Oh and all the wrench work is done by ME. That way I KNOW it's been done right.
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Tuning is HUGE too. The quickest way to grenade an engine is a flaw in the tuning. If you try to do it yourself without fully knowing what you're doing or have a budget tuner try to do it, you're begging for problems. My car has been tuned and retuned by one of the most highly recommended Subaru tuners in the states. I wouldn't trust my car anywhere else.
Yep... First guy to get 1000 HP out of a Supra 2JZ-GTE on stock internals said the key is PERFECT tuning.

I spent $700 at the dyno just getting the WOT maps tuned on my MR2, and then I self tuned the mid-range maps. She put down 290 hp at the rear wheels and 290 lb-ft of torque, and I heard a few weeks ago from the guy I sold it to it's still going strong.
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Now you need a real Dodge to get to the mountain!!!

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These were at a hotel I was at in Wichita one Spring. There are used to chase tornadoes and get hit by baseball size hail. I think it can bounce of a few snow banks and still get to the resort.

Expect the unexpected and then deal with it.
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Now you need a real Dodge to get to the mountain!!!

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These were at a hotel I was at in Wichita one Spring. There are used to chase tornadoes and get hit by baseball size hail. I think it can bounce of a few snow banks and still get to the resort.
lol not sure how piratical that would be, but I like it. What is up with that PCV Pipe??
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