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When car shopping, there are a lot of great enthusiast-minded daily driver cars out there that catch my eye but recently a lot more of them are coming equipped with turbos.
To me, a turbo says:
1. "Hey bish! watch me spool up and kill your balance at mid-corner"
2. "Your engine is worthless without me, im the f#$%ing star of the show!!!"
3. " I decided that "basic maintenance" was too easy for you, lets have some fun shall we?"
With that said, turbos are evil. the VW FAST is posessed by the lying spirit that is a turbo. If it wasn't it would more resemble the Easter Bunny and would shower you with delightful treats, not boost leaks and broken axles.
I wish more manufacturers would make enthusiast models in a sans-boost flavor. I secretly want a new GTi , MS3, Cobalt SS, or an A4 but the turbo kills the deal. Is anyone else not a turbo lover?
 

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Re: Do you purposely avoid turbocharged cars? (Understeer Sandwich)

I'm not really a turbo lover either, but I don't know that it would completely kill the deal. There'd have to be more than just "it's a turbo"
 

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I'm a turbooooooo lovahhhhhhh!
 

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Re: (Understeer Sandwich)

I purposely seek out turbocharged cars...I love them. However, I avoid high mileage T/C cars at all costs.
 

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Re: Do you purposely avoid turbocharged cars? (Understeer Sandwich)

Yes. I remember the original turbo cars that needed a new turbo at 40-60k miles and it cost $3k to fix.
 

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I would call it a deal breaker. I do sometimes get annoyed at my past turbo cars cuz if you have passengers that dont understand the turbo concept of staying in your car for min or two to let it cool off, then yeah its annoying that part.
It requires you to pay more attention when ur driving and u want to gun it, not to spool up too much that ur shooting off more speed than you want. Some cars accentuate this more than others, turbo lag is annoying.
But overall, turbos are pretty cool if it isn't applied towards a heavy car. 4 cylinder turbo in a 4000 lb car = defeats the purpose of getting good gas mileage and v6 power in my opinion.
 

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Re: (Understeer Sandwich)

Is "borrowing boost" sort of like a cat stealing a babies breath.....

I'm not 100% sold on turbos. I enjoyed my nevAr lose while I owned it, but didn't have to HAVE another turbo on my next car.
 

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Re: Do you purposely avoid turbocharged cars? (PassSedanGLX)

Turbos allow Power and Fuel economy to exist in the same sentence. Love them.
 

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Re: Do you purposely avoid turbocharged cars? (PassSedanGLX)

I am currently shopping for a new vehicle(truck) right now.
2 requirements:
No spark plugs
Big turbo
35+psi is quite addicting. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: (Understeer Sandwich)

Ideally... I would prefer NA with a high power to weight ratio. However, my last two daily drivers have been turbocharged.
Give me an inline six with ~250 NA hp in a sub 3000 lb car and I would be ecstatic.
 

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Re: Do you purposely avoid turbocharged cars? (PassSedanGLX)

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Obviously no, but I do prefer the sound of an NA motor over a turbocharged unit any day of the week.

I agree. unless there is a subtle whine involved
 

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Quote, originally posted by 02Jetta »
I would call it a deal breaker. I do sometimes get annoyed at my past turbo cars cuz if you have passengers that dont understand the turbo concept of staying in your car for min or two to let it cool off, then yeah its annoying that part.

unless you car is from 1990 or older, this is unneccesary. And if you were that worried, install a timer
 

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Re: Do you purposely avoid turbocharged cars? (Understeer Sandwich)

I've never owned a turbocharged car, but I'm always willing to try. The problem comes in when I do drive something with a turbo... I never like them. 2.0t, 1.8t, WRX, MS6, 335, whatever. They all have poor power delivery characteristics. The smaller 4 cylinders are annoyingly laggy and coarse and the bigger engines, while impressively muscular, are just plain dull to drive. Not saying they aren't full of power and sometimes more efficient, but they just aren't fun to run through the rev range. Give me a high-revving N/A car any day.
The one turbo car that I can remember liking is the Mazdaspeed Miata. That thing drove how a turbo (fun) car should. Peaky, snorty, and fit the personality of the car perfectly.
 

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Re: (02Jetta)

Quote, originally posted by 02Jetta »
I would call it a deal breaker. I do sometimes get annoyed at my past turbo cars cuz if you have passengers that dont understand the turbo concept of staying in your car for min or two to let it cool off, then yeah its annoying that part.

Haven't modern turbos advanced enough that they don't need to be cooled off? I know what you are talking about as my friend modified his 240sx to have the turbo timer turn off his engine a minute later. And the newer TT doesn't turn off for about 15 seconds.
 

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Ideally... I would prefer NA with a high power to weight ratio. However, my last two daily drivers have been turbocharged.
Give me an inline six with ~250 NA hp in a sub 3000 lb car and I would be ecstatic.

a lotus evora is basically a near match
250 (plus) NA Hp
about 3000 lbs
not a Inline-6, but a V6
 

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I wouldn't necessarily say avoid... but... I've owned two, but right now there aren't any turbocharged vehicles that are on my radar.
 
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