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post #1 of 22 Old 04-28-2018, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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another kind of horsepower!

hi all
i was bored so i got looking through the site and found this section on non horsey hobbies....
so heres mine....yes i am a woman who also likes sports cars :)
i love them,ever since i was young growing up with my dads love of all american cars and trucks (he owns an american import F150 truck that he has customized himself)and my brothers all into cars i naturally picked it up as i went along :)
now i have my own nice sporty jap number (well its OHs but i influenced his decision of course when purchasing said beast!
now we have weekend car shows to go to and we are a member of the Subaru owners club here in my neck of the woods its such fun :)
she is a subaru impreza wrx and i'm sure if anybody appreciates them like i do they will think shes pretty awesome!!
here are a few pics for anyone who is interested...
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post #2 of 22 Old 04-28-2018, 02:26 PM
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those WRX's are very popular here. Subaru's are very, very common. Must be one of THE most popular brands of car here.

I had an Outback for years. My son drives it now, with 215K miles on it.
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post #3 of 22 Old 04-28-2018, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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those WRX's are very popular here. Subaru's are very, very common. Must be one of THE most popular brands of car here.

I had an Outback for years. My son drives it now, with 215K miles on it.
wow thats awesome milage lol!!! ours has done aroundabout 94-95K

i didn't know that wrx's were so popular there!
we don't tend to see loads here,where i live there are a handful you see now and again and even at car shows there are only a few dozen that fetch them,we have a couple of hundred maybe members of our local subaru owners club,not sure how many the rest of the uk has lol !!
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you won't get that kind of long life from a WRX. the engine is different, and is created for torque (speed). You don't buy them for long life, you buy them for fun. You could expect about half the lifetime for a WRX as you would an Outback or regular Impreza.

All of the new cars have 'Continuously Variable Tranismissions'. I really hate this new development. Yes, they get better gas mileage. But, the way they drive is . . well . . icky, IMO. When you put your foot on the accelerator, there is a 'lag' before the car kickes in and moves forward. In the old fashioned type of transmission, the correlation between how much pressure you put on the gas pedal, and what kind of response you get is a perfect 1: 1. The CVT goes more like 1/4, then 1/2, then 1.5~! So, it is slow to respond, then sort of 'jumps' forward to make up for the lag.

I find this diconcerting when I am pulling into traffic and I want to know exactly when and how my car will accelerate. a lag of any kind is dangerous if you are timing things too close.

However, I will have to get used to it, as pretty much all new cars have this type of transmission, and my old Honda Accord, 'Rosebud is her name, is going to be gifted to the son (the Outback is being put to pasture). So, I will have to get a new car.
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the think that makes Subies cool is that the Boxer engine creates a very low center of gravity, and this promotes excellent stability. while the Outback is a big car, and quite heavy for it's size (Subaru also uses a steel that is a few milimeters thicker than typical, so stronger but heavier), it can corner surprisingly well. Subarus also are very hard to roll over, unlike some similar midsize SUV's.

But, for many years they had a problem in that the configuration of the engine meant that the oil pooled in such a way that it ate out the head gasket so that it needs to be replaced every 80K miles or so. that gets pricey~! I think any Subie after about 2007 does not have this issue. mine was a 2000 model.
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post #6 of 22 Old 04-28-2018, 05:29 PM
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That is one saweet car!! I also love this other kind of horsepower - there's some awesome vehicles out there!


Drool-worthy trucks that I go crazy over:





Tires on this next one are a bit small but it's still dope... like, really.




I live for suped-up black Chevy's!! And-and horses... you know. But I seriously drive my friends/family crazy whenever we're driving in town. I can't help it though

And now I'd better quit posting pics...
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when I see trucks like that, my first thought, "oh oh! there goes my windshield!" (they throw off rocks into the face of the car BEHIND them)

They should be required to have mud flaps to be street legal.
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I love my Subaru Outback!! It is a 2012 with 150,000 miles on it. I'm going to drive it until the wheels roll off, LOL

The teens around here that do off roading love it too; one kid said the Outback's are better than any 4 wheel drive trucks! He was drooling over my car and eager to hear where I bought it

My favorite is the all wheel drive, heated leather seats, moon-roof, and the best is the towing capacity is 2700 lbs. I could tow my Brenderup with it if something happened to my truck.

We had a random snow here this year and my car handled it like it was nothing. Very important to have trustworthy transportation here. Plus it is fun to drive! I have no problem with acceleration even through 8 lanes of traffic in Atlanta.
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i think i started something here lol :)!!!!
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