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Anyway, I drove 6 different cars this week. here are my opinions in order.

1. 2000 Toyota celica gt
It is a nice car with some get up and go power. kinda pricey for what you get, but still nice. I felt the car accelerated nice and smooth and was fun to drive. celicas look cool too!

2. 2000 Hyuandi Tiburon:rolleyes:
I don't even know why I wasted the time. this car is lame!
It accelerates like a fast turtle;)
no really, the interior sucks, the outside is fugly and It's SLOW!

3. 1999 Honda civic SI
This car has some respectable power up top, but badly suffers down low in the rpm range. also, I was just annoyed by the buzzy, whiny engine noise of the dinky little 1.6 liter! :lol:

4. 1998 VW gti vr6
this car was sweet! It had so much torque and had some good top end power too. only thing it lacks is AWD. It will understeer bad if pushed to the limit. although, that could be fixed with some suspension mods. overall, I liked it alot!:)

5. 2002 Acura rsx type-s
well, I'll have to say I was impressed. this car is nice. the interior is awesome and it actually handles really well for a front drive car!
I pushed it hard thru an onramp @ about 55 mph (still accelerating) and it didn't understeer. pretty cool;)
It also is pretty darn quick with nice short throw shifter. but again, lacks the low end torque and the AWD. overall, a very nice car for $23,000.

6. 2000 Toyota celica GT-S
this one was alot faster than the gt. although, I hated the peaky surge of power at 6k rpm and the tall gearing. the engine is really loud at WOT too. I did a back to back comparison of this car to the acura rsx and the acura is alot better IMHO. still a nice car though, and 11:5:1 compression stock!:eek:

well, that was all of them except the 99' 2.5 RS I drove a little while ago. now, that car kicked butt. the RS has tons of torque in low and midrange rpm's. lot's of traction and it looks great! the only the I didn't like about the RS is that the rear seats can't fold down. that sucks:mad: .......oh well, I'm still gonna buy one:sunny:

It also lacks top end power, but that can be fixed with intake, header, cat, and an exhaust.

Phew, that was alot! those are my car reviews and enjoy reading them.

ps. I am already planning on test driving the nissan sentra se-r spec v went it comes out, along with the new civic si & ford focus. I just go test drive cars for fun to see what they are like.

-Aaron:nuetron:
 

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That can be fixed, if you don't mind moving the backing in and out :)
How'd you do that? Is it hinged, or is it just kinda jury-rigged? I'm also curious about the crossbar that keeps your passengers(kids) safe in a rear-end collision. More info please!!!

Looks very cool and useful. Thanks!
 

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It's really easy to do and won't have any effect on safety. Just take those 3 bolts off that hold the rear seat down. From there you can take apart the seat and the backing. Then bolt the rear seat back on.

The rear seats and backing are really light, not worth taking out for weight savings. The backing is not hinged. In the pic, the backing is taken out. All I have to do now to remove the backing is lift it up and take it out. (The backing sits on 3 hinges)

That bar is there just to lean on. It's the only piece of metal near the seats (besides what you sit on of course). The seats are just foam and fabric. I took that bar out just for the heck of it and noticed that if you lean back, you'll be going into the trunk! So don't take that bar out unless you really need the room and won't be hauling people around.

This is pretty long, but it's really self explanatory, just take it apart and you'll know what to do. Hope that helps. Ask if you have any questions.
 

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Hey magicmt, that isn't what i had in mind but it is still cool.
anyway, the rear seat fold down is something that would have been very useful.

I wish they had it. because, if you ever have to haul something, you can fold down the seats and there is alot more room.

my 85' subaru gl wagon has it. there is enough room to sleep back there!:eek:

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Yea, fold down rear seats would be pretty convenient. But lifting the backing off of 3 hinges doesn't take much time either. :) You can also lay the backing on the rear seats if you don't want to take it out.
 

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hey WRC, just out of curiousity how do you feel the RS, the GT, and the Si compared acceleration wise, considering theyre all suppose to run pretty equal 1/4 mile times?
 

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Hey criboRS!

hey WRC, just out of curiousity how do you feel the RS, the GT, and the Si compared acceleration wise, considering theyre all suppose to run pretty equal 1/4 mile times?
well, the RS pulls really well down low. I thought it was pretty quick thru 1st and 2nd gear. 3rd is good too. the GT in comparison is underpowered by 25 hp, but is still kinda quick. although, that car doesn't start pulling until about 4000 rpm. the RS runs out of steam at 5500 rpms. the RS has lots of torque, the GT doesn't.

the SI didn't feel any faster than the RS. just more top end pull. but, the engine in the SI almost sounded like it was going to break. it was really whiny (1.6 liters!:rolleyes: ......It also had no low end torque. I couldn't even feel the vtec kick in! I had more fun the driving the 140 hp toyota gt, than I did the civic si.

overall, I would take the 2.5 RS. :D It is a well rounded car and it has one thing the others don't...............AWD!:biggest:
oh yeah, it also has torque, and it looks sweet!

my decision is simple, what's yours?
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-Aaron:nuetron:
 

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More.........

Oh yeah, I also test drove a 2000 mitsubishi eclipse V-6. I test drove a 2000 VW gti 1.8 liter turbo (cool car).:)
and I drove a 2002 nissan sentra se-r. I tried to test a Spec V, but they didn't have any.:( ......anyway, it was alright.

any questions, just ask:biggest:

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Hey mistaRS!

What were you're impressions of the GTI and Eclipse?
well, are you talking about the GTI VR6 or the GTI 1.8T? .......whichever, the GTI VR6 is faster than the eclipse IMHO.
the eclipse has good power,but lacks low end. basically, if the GTI VR6 came with AWD, it would be a hard decision between an AWD GTI and a 2.5 RS impreza.

the 1.8T however, was quite fun. that engine has lots of potential. nice interior, smooth ride and looks cool. although, like all the cars I tested, none of them have AWD except the 2.5 RS.

personally, I would not buy one of the new eclipse's. if I got one, I would get like a 1998 Eclipse GSX. AWD, turbo........hmm:biggest:

anyway, I still like the RS the best.

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the eclipse has good power,but lacks low end.
:confused: with 3.0 liters and 205 lbs-ft of torque id expect the eclipse to have plenty of low down grunt, more so than the RS anyway. thats wierd.
 

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hey criboRS!

The eclipse just didn't seem to take off like the RS. not sure why?
maybe it is tuned for top end power. My older sister has one (5-speed), and when I drove it............well it was quick. but, it didn't have the zip down low like the RS. when you got the midrange rpm's, it would pull hard all the way to redline. It is a cool car, but I would prefer a GSX over the new eclipse. BTW, my freind just got a white 1998 GSX eclipse and we are going to start modding it soon!:biggest:

-Aaron:nuetron:
 
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