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The Fun Of Driving? What?  
User currently offlineFoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 858 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

So...I feel that the modern auto-makers are really taking away the fun of driving! For example, the new Lexus LS430 can self parallel park, the Mercedes S550's cruise control and actually stop the car by itself, and many cars nowadays have tiptronic gear box...which is automatic but also have a...well...semi-manual mode. Now if you have a Mercedes S550, you only have to steer and basically just sit back and even watch TV on dashboard! What fun is it to drive if you don't have absolute control to your car? To me, a small Honda Civic Coupe manual beats everything!! Agree? Disagree? Anybody?  silly 


foppishbum


I'm a Taiwanese-American living in NYC and LA.
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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3044 times:

Quoting Foppishbum (Thread starter):
To me, a small Honda Civic Coupe manual beats everything!!

Well duh!

Of course a self parallel park feature could be useful in a large vehicle.


User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3041 times:

Fun of driving to me is to go as fast as possible with minimal input from myself - less stress, less sweat, leaves energy for me to live my life.


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User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7388 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3027 times:

The Hot Hatch is fantastic for driving quickly in all sorts of road conditions. I wouldn't mind a go in an Evo IX FQ360 either...

Failing that the exotics seem to still make nice driving cars.


User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

I tend to agree, but there is a large market for people who just want to get from A to B as easily and stress-free as possible.

But for me, there is indeed something to be said for having total control of a car - it's just a lot more fun.



You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2984 times:

Quoting Foppishbum (Thread starter):
To me, a small Honda Civic Coupe manual beats everything!! Agree?

Well you know, about 90% of my friends would agree with you on that one, but for some reason I just like driving an automatic transmission (and I can drive both). Don't get me wrong, driving can be hell of a lot of fun, but on those days when you wake up so zoned and tired you want nothing more to just get where you're going and not have to worry about shifting and what not even if it has become second nature.



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User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2984 times:

Oh, me, but I just do love driving. you get out on an open road at night, with twists bends, hairpins and straights where you can open it up. turn up the music, hit the brights, jam in the accelorator and your off, trying to make every curve perfect, always trying to do better than your last one. you race along twisting turning, tires squealing, engine whining!!! you flatten back into your seat as you come off a downhill hairpin , jamming the gas pedal to the floor, heart racing, adrenaline pumping!!!!!!!!

Oh man. Im excited, i think ill go and take a drive.

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Quoting YWG (Reply 5):
Well you know, about 90% of my friends would agree with you on that one, but for some reason I just like driving an automatic transmission (and I can drive both). Don't get me wrong, driving can be hell of a lot of fun, but on those days when you wake up so zoned and tired you want nothing more to just get where you're going and not have to worry about shifting and what not even if it has become second nature.

The last time I had to drive an automatic, my left foot almost gave me the finger and walked away. It was quite bored. But what you say about being tired and shifting is true. It is really bad in a vehicle with a heavy clutch.


User currently offlineFoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 858 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 1):
Of course a self parallel park feature could be useful in a large vehicle.

I guess that's why some wealthy people owns one big luxury car and then a small sport coupe.  silly 

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 2):
Fun of driving to me is to go as fast as possible with minimal input from myself - less stress, less sweat, leaves energy for me to live my life.

That's true too. Driving in rush hour in a manual is not fun at all... Sad

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 6):
Oh man. Im excited, i think ill go and take a drive.

Be SAFE! Big grin Enjoy!!


foppishbum



I'm a Taiwanese-American living in NYC and LA.
User currently offlineSenliture From Australia, joined May 2000, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

Not everyone enjoy driving as much as we do I assume, and the most important thing is, the car has the gadgets, but you can not using them

User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 6):
Oh, me, but I just do love driving. you get out on an open road at night, with twists bends, hairpins and straights where you can open it up. turn up the music, hit the brights, jam in the accelorator and your off, trying to make every curve perfect, always trying to do better than your last one. you race along twisting turning, tires squealing, engine whining!!! you flatten back into your seat as you come off a downhill hairpin , jamming the gas pedal to the floor, heart racing, adrenaline pumping!!!!!!!!

Oh man. Im excited, i think ill go and take a drive.

Don't forget man your in Florida so good luck finding anything other than straight and flat  Wink



too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

Driving fun? My 270HP 6-speed Acura TL, XM radio, and an open road.

User currently offlineFoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 858 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 11):
My 270HP 6-speed Acura TL, XM radio, and an open road.

Ah...that sounds fun! Big grin My uncle has a BMW M6 at home so whenever I go back to Los Angeles, I would ask him if I can take his car for a spin. Big grin 500-hp V10 in my hands. Though after I got into an accident cus somebody T-boned me at an intersection (he ran the red), my uncle is pretty reserved about lending me his car.  cry 

Does TL drive well? I'm still debating what kinda car to get after I graduate from college. I was thinking hybrid cus of gas but in my previous thread, lots of people suggest just getting a diesel. Oh well, still two years to go, I have time to think!  Smile

In you guys's opipn, what's the funnest car to drive? I would think a Mini Cooper S...cute and fast.  silly 


foppishbum



I'm a Taiwanese-American living in NYC and LA.
User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2885 times:

Quoting Foppishbum (Reply 12):
Does TL drive well? I'm still debating what kinda car to get after I graduate from college. I was thinking hybrid cus of gas but in my previous thread, lots of people suggest just getting a diesel. Oh well, still two years to go, I have time to think!

Other than a bit of torque steer, attributable to the 270hp sitting on front wheel drive, it is the best handling car I've ever owned.


User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 10):
Don't forget man your in Florida so good luck finding anything other than straight and flat

Not up north of ATL, oh man thats a drivers heaven. Also, FL road engineers are retarded, they couldnt make a straight road to save their lives.

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

How much fun can you get out of driving one of these...?  grumpy 



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User currently offlineFoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 858 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 15):
How much fun can you get out of driving one of these...?

Hahahah...well, I'm not sure how much fun would that be but I'm sure it'll be better than driving a fully automated self parallel parked huge @ss sedan.  silly 


foppishbum



I'm a Taiwanese-American living in NYC and LA.
User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

All I can say is that I'm glad to live in Germany where it's possible to drive as fast as the Car can on some Autobahn (Highways)....driving 220km/h or 137 mi/h or faster is such a nice feeling. But be aware that it shouldn't be done if it isn't safe.

Georg


User currently offlineGlydrflyr From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2737 times:

Quoting Foppishbum (Reply 12):
what's the funnest car to drive?

Porsche Carrera GT, but the price tag is a bit much, and the insurance premium makes sure you won't have any money left to buy (premium) gas!

I've only driven one a few miles (less than 30) but it was a memorable blast. Almost made give up my dream of owning another Porsche 356.  cool 



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User currently offlineFoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 858 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

Quoting Glydrflyr (Reply 18):
Porsche Carrera GT

Just looking at the window sticker made me faint...that thing is absolutely not affordable by a cheap person like me  silly 

How 'bout this? A nice affordable car that's fun to drive? Let's not include the millionaires in this conversation... silly 

P.S. to those millionaires, please donate me a 2007 Honda Civic Si Coupe. I'm in dire need of a car.  tongue 


foppishbum



I'm a Taiwanese-American living in NYC and LA.
User currently onlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1872 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2696 times:
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Having lived in LA, i can attest, having a car with a manny tranny is no fun in traffic, always got to keep the foot on the clutch.

but, on my trips between so cal and Colorado, i'd find abandoned highways and let my led foot come out and play, my car rides great at 100 miles an hour!

My one question though, how do they teach a car to parallel park?

Anyway, long live the Mustang!



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26785 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

Being a native Southern Californian, I refuse to drive anything but a manual transmission. Not only is it more fun, more reliable and more efficient, I have found that it actually gets me out of trouble at times when I need a quick burst in stop and go conditions. Further, if one drives properly, they wont have to do much shifting while in traffic.


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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

You think parallel parking a car is hard? Try doing a "blind alley" backup move with a 45' motorcoach and stopping within18 inches of the mark! That's one of the basic moves that you're required to demonstrate in the Commerical Driver's License test. The real catcher is that you can only use your mirrors-no assistance at all.

As for fun driving, I get my fun driving 17 ton electric streetcars. No mechanical transmission to deal with and immediate pick up as soon as I pull the motor controller into the first point. Only catch is that I have to be attentive to all the other idiots on the road. One of the first things a motorman learns is that any vehicle that is not a police unit, ambulance, fire engine or bus is to be treated as an idiot until proven otherwise. The other thing to remember is to sound the gong approaching intersections and crosswalks-a streetcar coasting is deadly silent.



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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2659 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Quoting Foppishbum (Thread starter):
To me, a small Honda Civic Coupe manual beats everything!! Agree?

I respectfully disagree. To have a real fun you have to have RWD. Narrow road road with a lot of curves, powerslide, yummy!


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8034 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

I drive a 1998 Honda Civic HX CVT coupe and because its has a very good suspension (and I put in a decent set of Yokohama TRZ tyres) the car handles very well indeed. Thanks to the really smooth CVT automatic, I can outrun a lot of bigger cars up to 50 mph (80 km/h).  bigthumbsup 

25 LTBEWR : To me the declining fun of driving isn't so much about the much more technically better and much safer cars we have now, but the far too crowded roads
26 Post contains images Foppishbum : I said Honda Civic manual because I'm a cheap college student. Even the Acura RSX is too much $$ for me. Agreed. foppishbum
27 Jpax : Car that will eat ricers + Night + Techno + Friends = Fun Driving.
28 S12PPL : I could drive either. I would enjoy a sports car with a manual transmission. I would also enjoy something like that Lexus that could park for me. I wo
29 AerorobNZ : I respectfully disagree. The whole point of my Clio Sport is to drive insanely on narrow roads with curves and bumps in the road. It will drive the p
30 Post contains images Molykote : I can't agree more.... I have an MX-5 Miata with every option except the following: - automatic transmission - ABS - limited slip differential I have
31 Post contains images Halls120 : I will be very unhappy once automakers stop offering the MT. I took that option on my Acura TL, and haven't regretted it at all. Even in lousy DC com
32 Post contains images RayChuang : What is interesting is that unless it's a specialized sports car or a cheap, low-cost car, you're going to see less and less manual transmissions in a
33 Post contains images Bongo : Maybe you can buy a Ford Model T.... nothing about tech and you´ll enjoy the pleasure of driving
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