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Old 07-24-2010, 09:49 AM
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Stock is 415-450 hp, 0-60 in 3.4-3.6, over 20 mpg, all wheel drive, cheap maintenance and 02 -3s are in the low 30s with 20-30k miles.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:18 PM
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After I bought my wife a 350Z Touring for Xmas I started looking for a new car, sub 40k,that could run with all the amazing hardware my customers tend to own ( 65k to 225k,no kidding). It was my BD present to myself. 4 doors,unfortunately, but 4wd is the stuff for hustling around on the track and in weather. I had owned a bmw 540i but never loved it,too sterile and heavy and maintenance costs are silly. I have had nearly 20 alfas but no new ones since 1994. I looked at the wrx/sti over and over but it did not have enough "edge" to it and the mod costs are very high to overcome the weight. The only smoking deal,after mods was the Mitsubishi Evolution MR 9. USA stock was only 276hp but the exact model in europe was rated at 400HP. The difference was the ecu map and the exhaust system. See www.vishnutuning.com. Sticker was $37750. I paid $33750. and the the "kit was $1800. Bud's installed the exhaust and it took us 90 minutes to make the other parts swap. 400hp,0-60 in 3.8, 1/4 in 12.1 secs @ 114 mph.are claimed. The turbo boost is around 21-23 psi.I have 18k miles on it now. I have had it to 160mph and backed off at 6500 rpm. There is now no rev limiter,marked redline is 7k and I am told it is aerodynamically limited to about 167 in the current form. In 2008 I did a 3 day SCCA license school with Mike Pettiford of Go For It Racing Services at the Pueblo racetrack (a 2.6 mile roadcourse) and there was no faster Porsche,Vette ,Lotus etc on the track that particular week. Interestingly, there was a new Cobra KR Mustang that could pull me nearly 3 cl on the straight but I ran up his bumper before we were out of turn one. The ford had killer svo brakes and they never overheated in 40 minute sessions. I changed my red brembo's to a darker red and used up $1200. in tires. The Evo came stock with Brembo brakes,bilstein shocks,momo wheel,special BBs wheels, Recaro seats,aluminum trunk lid ,roof,and hood, 6 speed stick, and the preposterous carbon fiber wing,roof and underbody air management. You cannot really take the wings off these as they can become airborne over 150mph without them. It has almost no sound insulation,no cruise,does have air,a crap sound system you cannot hear anyway. The boost comes on around 3200 rpm and my wife hates this car because it "hurts her neck". The gas mileage sucks, on track or at extreme speeds 5 mpg,around town maybe 13-15. I rarely back down at a stoplight Gran Prix. I am old enough to to call this my mid life crisis car, every valet kid loves this car, but personally I think you get rid of your wife and date girls in their 20's when it really happens. It is certainly what I would do.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:55 AM
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Am I crazy for thinking about buying a 1970 Datsun 2000?
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:55 AM
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Am I crazy for thinking about buying a 1970 Datsun 2000?
heck no you're not crazy, all those datsuns, datsun 510s, 2000, similarly
i've been cyber-stalking bmw 2002's lately

love 'em
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couple nice one's on craigslist
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:39 AM
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The FairLady series Datsun is a great affordable vintage sports car,Japan's first. I have a copy of Phil Brook's history of them if you would like to borrow it. Actually, I have a lot of vintage foreign car books. The Datsuns have a great racing history,are reliable,getting rare, and are not modern but kill any comparable British ride in quality. When I was in high school the "brat pack" I ran with consisted of a 1967 1600 Datsun, a Fiat 1500 ( with wide ovals!) a Corvair Monza, and my 63 Alfa Romeo Guilia spider. Great times then, but stay off the freeway! I did not include my friends that had the TR3 and the 64 Jag xke as they ran so seldom they did not count.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:59 AM
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Yes, yes you are...But in a good way
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