How do you feel after driving another car?

kain35m

Torque Junkie
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57
From
Layton, Utah USA
Car
'85 Mustang Gt 5.0
To be more precise, after you drive a newer car than yours, or a friends car, then get back into your own, how do you feel? better about your car? or worse?

For me, until I started buying sports cars, Every car I got into made whatever I owned feel sluggish and boring.

The 2002 mitsubishi mirage that I owned, for instance. 75whp (92bhp) the thing felt great almost always, unless I got to drive a friends car. even a 130bhp 1989 honda felt like a lightning bolt by comparison. Then, if the other car was nicer, I always felt like crap getting back into my own car. Like "I'll never own something like this".

Now, on the other hand, I have a 2.0 Supercharged I4 with nearly 300whp and a 5.0 V8 with close to the same and much more torque. Now, when I "get" to drive someone elses car, it feels more like a chore. I always have to readjust my driving style for less power, horrid road communication, terrible rearward visibility (the mustang visibility is out of this world!) and really, just no soul. no fun in driving. just carrying around a 3,000lb lead weight.

Point is, I feel soooooooo much better getting back into one of MY cars. I now feel like "They'll probably never own something like this" or..."they don't know what they're missing." It's a really good feeling. what do you feel like when you "get to" or "have to" drive a friends car/rental car/work vehicle?
 
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gummy

Torque Master
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27
From
england heathfield
Car
skyline r34 gtt
driving other vehicles is always a big dissapointment as no one i know has got anything worth getting exited about except for one who has got an altima gtr kit car 500 bhp v8,but it is of the road !. and my work van is a shed so nothing puts a smile on my face like my skyline !!!!!!!.
 

Yugguy

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507
From
Rugby (expat Preston lad)
Car
Merc C220Cdi Elegan
To be honest whenever I get a 1.6 petrol hire astra or focus from work I'm glad to get back in my old bora cos it can at least pull the skin off a rice pudding. I can't for the life of me understand buying underpowered cars they're just soul destroying to drive.
 

Zwaf

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92
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Croatia
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Seat Ibiza 1,9TDI
Even if you got car that pulls like train, or brakes with such intensity that your sensors thinking "maybe it is time to ignite the airbags", or stick on the road like chewing gum to the new pants - it is almost always good training for driving skills when you drive lesser car.
Before you shoot me, let me explain. :lol:
When you are in bouncy, shaking, no power, no brakes peace of , you must mobilize even more atention to drive reasonable fast without looking like you had never sit in the car before.
Hope I managed to make you understand what I originally intended to say in Croatian. :lol: :lol:
 
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bigbadjoe

Pro Tuner
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0
From
Elgin - Scotland
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Evo 8 @ 400bhp
I drive different cars all the time. Im just alsways happy to jump back into mine!

I think I need to book my self a track day in a Ferrari or something, just so I have something to aim for again, as the fastest car I have ever driven is my own.
 

Zwaf

Road Burner
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92
From
Croatia
Car
Seat Ibiza 1,9TDI
I agree mate, it's good to learn how to keep speed through corners in a low-powered car, rather than just point and squirt.
Why I can't make such a simple sentence instead of writing eseys trying to describe what i mean?! :lol:

Glad you understand what i meant!
 

stamford

Pro Tuner
Points
362
From
Hampshire
Car
MG ZS200
I get to drive the wifes MGF, my MG ZS200 and my Land Rover TD5 and each is different. At the end of the day I prefer my Landy as it is comfortable and easy going and no-one wants to race me. The ZS is a drivers car and I do enjoy it but not every day all day, hard ride and very noisy as it is a track car plus I get chavs wanting a 'piece of me' to coin a phrase. The wifes is a nice drive, chuckable and great when the sun's out. As for other cars I tend to like getting back into mine as I know them and fit them and they fit me. At the end of the day they are mine and that's what's counts.
 

Zwaf

Road Burner
Points
92
From
Croatia
Car
Seat Ibiza 1,9TDI
Mate your English is a lot better than my Croatian so don't worry!

Thanks, mate! I understand much better than it seems by my writting. It is common with foreign languages to better understanding than talking the same. It hapens to me with German too.

Back on topic,
I got Clio mk2 1,2 and Golf mk4 TDI besides Ibiza. Only Ibiza got improved suspension and she is most powerfull of the three. It is significant how much less skill you need to drive at same average speed when in Ibiza compared to other two. Also, it puts me smile on my face when I manage to pass some part of the road within same (or close enough) time in Clio or even Golf.
It demands more of my attention and more smoothness to achieve that. To be equally fun when driving Ibiza I should be driving a lot quicker.
Long time ago I have read about one of the Fin relly legends who is retired now and have bought to himself an old Escort. In his words - you do not need to be insanly quick to have fun. I agree!
So, how had I feel after I drive my friends new Auris 1,4 td? Good! It was fun to explore what she can and what she can not. Without wishing she is mine or being cocky about my car performance.
 

Yugguy

Torque King
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507
From
Rugby (expat Preston lad)
Car
Merc C220Cdi Elegan
My old clio 172 was quickish but at 0-60 in 7 seconds there were plenty of cars that could beat it at the lights, but it was so much fun and so capable on a twisty country road that I didn't care.

Part of me wants to buy one and turbo or throttle body it up to 200bhp, that would be fun in that size of car.
 
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Zwaf

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92
From
Croatia
Car
Seat Ibiza 1,9TDI
Part of me wants to buy one and turbo or throttle body it up to 200bhp, that would be fun in that size of car.
Oh yeah!!! Just imagine how would turbo torque feel in such small chassiss!
In that case we should rename topic into "How do they feel after driving your car?" :lol:
 

kain35m

Torque Junkie
Points
57
From
Layton, Utah USA
Car
'85 Mustang Gt 5.0
I got into a friends Celica. This was an AWD track monster with over 800whp(or so he said).

Thing is, the power delivery was so smooth and slow that you don't realize that you're going 194mph until you someone tells you. I actually was happier with the performance of my cobalt. I like to be frightened when I drive a fast car. It's really the only thing that I can honestly say makes me feel jealous, or feel like "I want one of those"
 

obi_waynne

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From
Deal, Kent UK
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A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
I don't get jealous or envious, it's just another nice experience you chalk up until the next time.

Audi lend me really nice cars when mine goes in for an MOT so I get to have fun once a year and at service time - that's enough for me.
 

bax

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157
From
Mars
Car
Rexton 270xdi 2005
I gotta say there something about ones own car that makes it feel perfect , especially if he loves that car ... no matter what car you go into in the end ud feel more at home in your car , some cars were faster , some were better for Offroading , some sounded better but overall nothing made me feel as comfortable and good as my Rexton (Keep in mind i dont get to drive many cars that fit in the same Category)
 

TCJBOLDIE

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662
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Brisbane
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JB Starion
I don't get jealous or envious, it's just another nice experience you chalk up until the next time.

Audi lend me really nice cars when mine goes in for an MOT so I get to have fun once a year and at service time - that's enough for me.
Other than a 6 cylinder M3 I would love an RS4 but sadly have never driven either but love the sound they make when accellerating hard.
 

davalav

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387
From
Essex, England
Car
Mini Cooper S R56
I have had the chance to drive a few cars since passing my test. My girlfriends first car, a 1.4 Luna Beetle was horrible. It weighed more then the earth and was so underpowered. Crap MPG too! I would then drive my old MG and would be so grateful that my car handled well and was relatively quick. I have driven my friends 'Hoonigan' inspired Fiesta and its mental. Fully caged and very light. I have also driven a friends Audi a3 1.8T which is tuned to about 250bhp and that thing shifts. Another friend has a 280bhp Astra VXR and I drove it half a mile and it scared me a little.... I am always happy to drive my own car. I am used to it, I know how it works and I know how to drive it. I drive all cars the same, with care and consideration with the occasional spirited drive. I'll never understand why people buy such boring cars though....
 
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