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#299989 - 28/06/2007 17:36 Subaru upgrade
frog51
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Registered: 09/08/2000
Posts: 2089
Loc: Edinburgh, Scotland
Well, it looks like I have persuaded SWMBO to have my old Scooby, so I can get a new one. Luckily I have a spare sled so I'm going to follow the various threads posted here on installation in the newer shape Scoobies - am anticipating a certain amount of dashboard dremeling...

Have been test driving and I think it will have to be either the new WRX STi with PPP or the RB320 (both of which can get to 60 in well under 5 seconds)

Can't wait - and will post install pr0n as and when:-)
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#299990 - 28/06/2007 17:43 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: frog51]
sein
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Sweeet!

One of my customers just got his RB320 that he's been talking about for the past couple of months. Can't wait for him to come down in it so I can have a look and go for a quick ride around the block.

Very nice.
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#299991 - 28/06/2007 19:51 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: frog51]
andy
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Registered: 10/06/1999
Posts: 5676
Loc: Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
I was stuck in a dealership with a RB320 for 40 minutes the other month and nearly bought it. If it came in a wagon I think I would have bought it.

I suggested to Eryl that she should have our wagon so I could get an STi, but she didn't think she really wanted all that extra servicing cost (she drives a Fiesta at the moment).
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#299992 - 29/06/2007 11:48 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: andy]
frog51
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Andy - my tactic was to work away for two weeks leaving Claire my car (MY00 Impreza Wagon with PPP). After one week of being able to overtake she was hooked! Not sure how much trade in we'll get for her Punto...
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#299993 - 30/06/2007 16:46 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: frog51]
andy
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Registered: 10/06/1999
Posts: 5676
Loc: Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
There is no problem with Eryl being hooked on the Scooby, she has put more miles on it some years than I have...

Ultimately she wants a powerful "sofa" car, probably a 7 or 5 series. She also wants a Citroen C6 with TGV rear seats, just waiting for the frightening depreciation to make it affordable
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#299994 - 20/10/2007 20:57 Re: Subaru upgrade - slight change [Re: andy]
frog51
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Loc: Edinburgh, Scotland
Hahahahahahaaa - Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

I found a Subaru Forester STi very similar to the one on the video here:
http://www.litchfieldimports.co.uk/subaru_06forester.asp

but in black, and with over 30 more horsepower. 4.6 seconds to 60!!! Corners like it is on rails. Huge Brembo brakes. And because it is a Japanese import converted for UK, it has proper DIN slots, which will make empeg'ing it straightforward.

The joy - the huge grin on my face. Will post install pics as soon as I get around to it.
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#299995 - 21/10/2007 06:29 Re: Subaru upgrade - slight change [Re: frog51]
andy
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Registered: 10/06/1999
Posts: 5676
Loc: Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
I assume that is a second car ?

Edit:

Ok, I've re-read the thread now
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#299996 - 21/10/2007 08:42 Re: Subaru upgrade - slight change [Re: frog51]
sein
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Awesome! Love that car
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#299997 - 21/10/2007 08:51 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: andy]
LittleBlueThing
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Registered: 11/01/2002
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Loc: Reading, UK
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Ultimately she wants a powerful "sofa" car, probably a 7 or 5 series.

XJR :
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#299998 - 21/10/2007 08:56 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: LittleBlueThing]
andy
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Loc: Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
Jags are out, for two reasons. Firstly Eryl sees them as "old mans" cars. Second is that they have so little space inside compared to the same size BMW. I do like the look of the XJR from the outside though.
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#299999 - 21/10/2007 12:02 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: andy]
LittleBlueThing
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Well, I don't agree with the 'old man' view - but then we balance the Jag with the Tuscan so.... <grin>

They're definitely not 'practical' cars
Style over substance!
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#300000 - 21/10/2007 12:06 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: LittleBlueThing]
andy
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Loc: Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
and we'll be balancing the BWM/Citroen with a Tuscan 2, the MX5 and the Scooby
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#300001 - 21/10/2007 14:36 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: andy]
LittleBlueThing
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Cool - I can definitely suggest install tips for the Tuscan

Have you got it yet? - I take it the drive around Scotland went well? that wasn't that long ago - quick work!!!
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#300002 - 21/10/2007 14:37 Re: Subaru upgrade - slight change [Re: frog51]
mlord
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Registered: 29/08/2000
Posts: 13494
Loc: Canada
A question about your scooby.

When they say 6-Speed Manual, does that really mean six forward gear ratios plus reverse, or is it just what we over here would call a 5-speed (5 forward ratios, plus reverse) ?

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#300003 - 21/10/2007 14:56 Re: Subaru upgrade - slight change [Re: mlord]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
I'm sure it means 6 forward gears. My car has such. Have you not encountered this before?
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#300004 - 21/10/2007 15:52 Re: Subaru upgrade - slight change [Re: wfaulk]
mlord
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Registered: 29/08/2000
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Loc: Canada
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I'm sure it means 6 forward gears. My car has such. Have you not encountered this before?


I bought my 5-speed scooby Forester over nine years ago, and haven't looked at a new car (other than Smart) since then. Back then, I believe only the more exotic vehicles offered anything other than 5-speed (or automatics).

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#300005 - 21/10/2007 18:45 Re: Subaru upgrade - slight change [Re: wfaulk]
andy
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Registered: 10/06/1999
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Loc: Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
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I'm sure it means 6 forward gears. My car has such.


It does.
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#300006 - 21/10/2007 18:46 Re: Subaru upgrade - slight change [Re: mlord]
andy
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Back then, I believe only the more exotic vehicles offered anything other than 5-speed (or automatics).


I don't know about the US/Canada, but there are quite a few cars in Europe with 6 speed manual box now.
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#300007 - 21/10/2007 19:27 Re: Subaru upgrade [Re: LittleBlueThing]
andy
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Have you got it yet? - I take it the drive around Scotland went well? that wasn't that long ago - quick work!!!


Not yet, the drive round Scotland went very well indeed. The complication is that I now want a late Tuscan 2 Convertible, rather than a Tuscan 1. It will probably take me a while to find the one I want, looks like there are only about 50-60 cars out there with the spec I want and half of them probably have awful interiors or exteriors.
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#300008 - 21/10/2007 20:17 Re: Subaru upgrade - slight change [Re: mlord]
frog51
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Mark - you would love it. Claire has kind of wanted a Forester for ages, and this is still a Forester, and does all the normal stuff...until you put the foot down and then it is awesome!
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