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I have the '04 EX 6 cyl. Can you spin the tires? Have done so accidentally
a few times when taking off in tight spots. I'm sure if one wanted to leave
a good amount of their tire investment on the pavement, it could be done
(though the 6 isn't as good at it as my Vmax was).
When testing, the 4 was actually peppy, but the 6 could easily merge onto a
CA freeway with 4 or 5 people in the car easily (up to 75 mph well before
the end of the ramps).
Good torque at the low end, speeds through the gearing quite well. Good
performance, 29 MPG actual on the highway (driving at 70+ most of the time),
21-22 around town.
Thanks. That is the kind of info I was looking for. I have read that the Honda
3.0 has poor low end torque but your response says the opposite. Eventually I
will road test however I am still narrowing down between 6 cyl Accord, Camry,
Mazda, Nissan, etc.
I like the inside and outside looks of the Accord better than the others. Better
to spend a few minutes here rather then a few hours at the dealers.
Accord is not bad, obese, but not bad. Camry is.
Former coworker's late model CE started to fall apart at 70k miles. Not
that the car itself is not good. Same goes for nissan. Same story:
another former coworker,
late model Nissan Altima: 70k miles and the car starts to go. He also
has an older Maxima
with 160+k on it though and it seems to hold pretty well.
Mazda 626 has Ford automatic transmission (Ford is known for crappy
automatics I think).
Lotus Elise & Exige
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Acura RSX & TSX
About half of those can seat 4 in some kind of semblance of comfort.
If you look for a more comfortable ride Z350 and G35 are probably not
There is probably more cars in GT category but I don't keep track of
I've looked at and test driven most of those in the last year.
Beauty and practicality are in the eye of the beholder. I would not consider any
of them good cars. I should mention that I will not have a little high winding 4
cyl with no low end torque and high wear breakdown probability. It will be used
daily in city traffic.
Lotus Elise & Exige - bizarre looking, too small
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - shoe box, too small
Mazda RX-8 - nice but bizarre looking, too small
Civic Si - shoe box, too small
Mazda 3 - ok but I like the Mazda 6 better
Dodge Viper - nice but impractical, looked at one 7-1-06.
Chevy Corvette - already had several, want something else
Acura RSX & TSX - nice but small, I like the TL better.
Also looked at:
Z and G cars - nice, G is a good possibility, waiting on feedback from nissan ng,
have not test driven yet.
BMW 330 - nice, good possibility
Jag XKR - nice but poor reliability
Toyota - nondescript generic boxes
Audi A4 - high winding 4
Porsche Boxster - too small
All the above is a fraction of my "looked at" list.
Did you look at mazdaspeed 6 or you have made your mind and
the desire to get a 6 pot boat anchor is cast in stone?
Mazda is the only one that offers standard transmission with
any powerplant in case you like to row.
And according to the reviews their 2.3L 4s are silky smoooth.
Whoaaa! There has an Ford equivalent of Mazdaspeed 6? Please let me
which one is that. Last time I checked they were peddling secretary's
So does Mitsubishi in the Lancer Evolution. I hope you'd agree that
both Evolution and Mazdaspeed 6 are way more fun than Accord. Both will
high hp per liter s2000 in a straightaway and chances are Evo would
obliterate s2000 in twisties as well.
Besides, try using higher boost in an aluminum block and see where the
would end up. The rumor is that Evo X has aluminum block (along with a
of electronics in the drivetrain). Some people would buy it regardless.
I guess it's people like you.
In a non turbo car I think aluminum block makes a lot of sense though.
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