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Old 30th June 2017, 15:43   #5821
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Hi all,
The time has come to say bye to my STi and look for something with the same soul, manual transmission and more powah! in the stock form.
Reasons for selling the STi:
Boy racer image
Interiors.
Bored with everyone wanting to race.
Sometimes embarrassed pulling up to valets at valet only places, so end up using the the soulless Lexuses( Lexuii?).

Budget: 100000 NEW, will lease or 70000 used( lesser the better as will buy)

Requirements:
1.4 Doors and manual tranny with shifting action like the STi.
2. Preferably >500 hp stock.

Test driven so far:
2017 c63 amg s: Loved it, cant get over lack of manual transmission.
2013 m5 with DCT- ? didnot like it, cant pin point why, probably due to the bulk.

Can't think of a good option. Open to suggestions.
Tesla P100D??

Own the dragstrip while going green. No manual though.

Oother options:
Porsche Panamera, I guess no manual still. I would take a look at the lotus Evora, no 4 doors though.
Or like every other doctor, a 911. Apparently, it is easy to fit child seats, if you get the convertible.

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Old 30th June 2017, 22:02   #5822
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Manual and four door, that sounds like an M3 . Besides that and the C63, I don't think there are many other options with 4 door and manual. There are all the Hellcat types but after driving a fine handling car like the STI I don't think you'll like them. Maybe CTS-V but they hold value so poorly I wouldn't recommend them.
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I know its not quite 500 HP (More like 460) but an ATS-V comes stock with a manual and is well reviewed. Might be worth looking into.
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I know its not quite 500 HP (More like 460) but an ATS-V comes stock with a manual and is well reviewed. Might be worth looking into.
Was definitely my suggestion as well. I have driven it around a autocross sort of setup and done a dragstrip drive. It is a lot of fun - plenty of power for most people as well.
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@dr.abhijeet , have you considered this - https://www.alfaromeousa.com/cars/al...a-quadrifoglio ?

4 door , 500 hp , 0-60 is faster than C63. Sadly, manual transmission is not offered in NA, while available in other countries.
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Just attended the Cadillac Truth or Dare event on Saturday at the Arlington Racecourse in the Chicago suburbs. The 2 hour program included the following 4 separate items.
  • 0-60 runs in ATS-V and CTS-V - one chance each
  • Autocross sort of setup with 3.6 and 2.0 T ATS/CTS - many with magnetic dampers
  • Technology demonstration - specifically auto braking, auto parallel parking, night vision
  • Street drive - you get to drive one car and ride in another

It's my second time at this event. Last year there were only ATS-Vs for the 0-60 runs and you get a practice run and a final run at the 0-60 run. This time the format was different. But the plus side is you get to drive a 640 HP RWD CTS-V on Cadillac's money full throttle and full brakes. The autocross setup was pretty much the same, as was the technology demo and the street drive. I only wanted to drive the CT6 plugin in the street drive, which I got to. Only disappointment was that the battery was depleted. Big takeaway (as was last year) was the new Cadillacs all drive and handle really well. They are near the top of the class for dynamics.

This event is very similar in format to the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience - the manufacturer lets you enjoy some high-performance machinery at their dime hoping you would purchase something. I'm not really in the market for anything of that sort, so I get to have fun. The BMW event is coming in September or October, I'd be sure to attend that too.
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@dr.abhijeet , have you considered this - https://www.alfaromeousa.com/cars/al...a-quadrifoglio ?

4 door , 500 hp , 0-60 is faster than C63. Sadly, manual transmission is not offered in NA, while available in other countries.

I thought of that too but-
My brother has a Guilia Ti and the thing has been throwing check lights and it's not even 2000 miles old. I will stay away for now.
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I have an issue with my car and want to know any suggestions or recommendations from you folks. Got a Genesis coupe and off late the rear has been fishtailing and also while braking I get a noise like a little air sound while stopping. Went to the dealer fearing an issue with my suspension but the came back saying the brakes and tires on the rear need to be changed.

I have changed the brakes and the noise while braking still persists and am awaiting my tire order still. Is there some other diagnosis I can do to rectify the issue ?

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Posting after a super long time. Just completing my 1st year in the states and gearing up for a car purchase through Lease (3yrs / 30k miles).

Am looking at a 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited Platinum trim. Everything is just wow for me considering the one and only car that I have owned was a Chevy Beat in India.

We are a family of 3 and trips are scheduled almost twice or thrice in a month.

My main concern is about the brand Chrysler and its after sales service and ease of repairs.
Like with Chevrolet in India, service was poor, parts were expensive, and now the brand got wiped off. I want to avoid such a thing with Chrysler.

Does anyone have a fair idea about Chrysler as a brand, and its after sales service ?
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Posting after a super long time. Just completing my 1st year in the states and gearing up for a car purchase through Lease (3yrs / 30k miles).

Am looking at a 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited Platinum trim. Everything is just wow for me considering the one and only car that I have owned was a Chevy Beat in India.

We are a family of 3 and trips are scheduled almost twice or thrice in a month.

My main concern is about the brand Chrysler and its after sales service and ease of repairs.
Like with Chevrolet in India, service was poor, parts were expensive, and now the brand got wiped off. I want to avoid such a thing with Chrysler.

Does anyone have a fair idea about Chrysler as a brand, and its after sales service ?
A few things worth considering
  • - The Chrysler 200 was a sales dud. It's no longer going to be produced after 2017 Model Year.
  • Since you are considering 2016 model, it might have been produced a long time back and sitting in dealer inventory. You should be able to get a big fat discount on it (think 50%). 2017s are selling for 30 - 40% off MSRP.
  • The 200 does not have the greatest reliability and there are umpteen complaints about the 9 speed auto. Generally, FCA products tend to live in the bottom end of reliability charts. The 200 is no exception in the midsize segment.
  • Since you are leasing, I would think you will be in the warranty period for the length of the lease. Any warranty repairs would come with loaner car for the length of the repair (if it is significantly long). I don't know how easy/difficult it is to schedule any such repairs if needed.
All the above considered, each car is different. So, you may not have a bad experience at all.
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A few things worth considering
Thanks a ton for the response !

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[*]- The Chrysler 200 was a sales dud. It's no longer going to be produced after 2017 Model Year.
Whoa ! That's a shocker for me ! I did a quite a bit of Googling, but didn't see this part !

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[*]Since you are considering 2016 model, it might have been produced a long time back and sitting in dealer inventory. You should be able to get a big fat discount on it (think 50%). 2017s are selling for 30 - 40% off MSRP.
I was evaluating options through my company's tie up with PerksAtWork, which in turn ties up with TrueCar. Now truecar is giving an off of about 15% on MSRP. May be I should negotiate with the dealer to give max discount and not through TrueCar !

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[*]The 200 does not have the greatest reliability and there are umpteen complaints about the 9 speed auto. Generally, FCA products tend to live in the bottom end of reliability charts. The 200 is no exception in the midsize segment.
Yaa,I didn't know which group Chrysler belonged too. When I saw Fiat, I felt a little let down. Agree, they aren't very good with keeping up with the market and service.

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[*]Since you are leasing, I would think you will be in the warranty period for the length of the lease. Any warranty repairs would come with loaner car for the length of the repair (if it is significantly long). I don't know how easy/difficult it is to schedule any such repairs if needed.
Totally agree ! But I am worried about being stuck with a car or brand that will soon go out of market or has super poor after sales service !
I owned a Chevy Beat in India. So makes me worried !

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All the above considered, each car is different. So, you may not have a bad experience at all.
Key is to get a car which isn't available in India, yet is reliable. I was interested in the Camaro or Challenger, but they are not very practical for a family with kid and aged people :(

My initial choice was a BMW X1. Budget constraint made me shift to another brand. Guess, I have to re-look at it again.Nevertheless, I haven't test driven any of these. So have to check out the ergonomics and drive comfort before settling with one.
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Key is to get a car which isn't available in India, yet is reliable.
Give Mazda 3/6 a shot. If you are looking at the 200 then Mazda 3 should fit your needs as well. Its well put together, reliable and provides a better than average driving experience in that category.
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Give Mazda 3/6 a shot. If you are looking at the 200 then Mazda 3 should fit your needs as well. Its well put together, reliable and provides a better than average driving experience in that category.
You spoke my heart ! I have Mazda 3 in my list. Scheduled for a test drive next Thursday.
How good is this brand in USA ? Considering ease of after sales service and related maintenance expense.
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You spoke my heart ! I have Mazda 3 in my list. Scheduled for a test drive next Thursday.
How good is this brand in USA ? Considering ease of after sales service and related maintenance expense.
If your looking at Mazda i would look at the CX5 or the Mazda 5 instead of the 3. Space is better for the rear seats.

Also do you have a credit history? If yes why dont you look at a used car? The reason i say is my friend has a Acura TSX with 21k miles for $21k. Also this place has crazy good deals for used cars so please look.

And if your into american why not a cadillac? The CTS and ATS used comes at 18k starting price.

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You spoke my heart ! I have Mazda 3 in my list. Scheduled for a test drive next Thursday.
How good is this brand in USA ? Considering ease of after sales service and related maintenance expense.
I own a CX 5 and can vouch for the car and the brand. I purchased the 7 year warranty and 5 year maintenance package and the Mazda dealerships are good in after sales service.

Three other friends of mine have CX 5, 6 and 3 hatch and they are happy.

It is fun car to drive with solid handling. The rear seats are comfortable but every steering input is felt there too and I would suggest you to check that out if you and your family are okay with that aspect especially on long drives.

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