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    Idk I have been at Sac Speedway and watched a 70's bug with about $5k into it (worth about $3k) tick of consistent 12.1's in the 1320. That's damn respectable, and even hard to come by for the cars you rattled off, and for much lower price tag. Plus if it gets hurt, you can buy a new one for nothing, they made them new into the 2000's in Latin America still.

    I worked at a Hot Rod shop for 6 months and do all my own paint, body, and fabrication. While all those 60's era cars are nice to drive on Sunday, they lack in creature comforts, and the biggest thing; are hard to repair when hit by a moron, because factory parts are becoming unobtanium.

    I guess my engineering brain takes over and while cool, both lots are old engineering, wrapped in an old package and not something I'd DD. We've come a long way in 50 years.
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    .... 'OH you can make those cars crazy fast, with not a great deal of coin. My cousin use to stand his up on the back bumper. Of course 99% of the weight is in the rear.

    If you owned one of those 60's Bugs in a location where it snowed, you had to start the car 2 hours before you went somewhere just to get the frost off the windsheild. Back in school there were 3 of us in our buddys, went around a corner to fast and that SOB rolled right on its side. We crawled out the door, flipped it back on 4 wheels and drove away like it was no big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Yeah, I'm not saying VW's aren't quality cars, but I've known at least 4 different people who have owned VWs spanning 20+ model years, and every single one has had electrical faults. Some were just pesty things like some lights not working, others involved shorting and sparking HVAC controls, shorted airbags, and overheating.

    I really want to like new VWs, and I agree the interior quality is worlds better than Subaru, but those bad experiences have tainted my image of it.
    Can I be #5?

    My 03 Jetta GLI VR6 liked to just randomly shut off when I was driving. Like full on entire car turns off, especially when I'd pull up to lights or to turns. Now that's rather scary. So I sold it before it go terrible and got my 07 STI.


    OP...great little write up. I've been enticed by those little Velosters. I saw the Turbo first last year at the 2012 Philly Auto show and I really liked the interior. I actually fit into the seats. Not saying I'd get one as my main car, due to the fact that I want to retain AWD, but as a second car or something for better mileage, it'd be in the thoughts.

    Plus, that matte silver color they have is awesome!!!
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    So the Veloster has a decent interior, huh?

    I sat in one at the auto show when they first came out, and I remember being astonished that a company had managed to create a cheaper interior than my WRX... This was before the Turbo was offered, though. Is that nicer than the standard model?

    In general, though, I quite like Kia/Hyundai interiors. The Sonata and Santa Fe in particular feel very upmarket and refined. My Korean friend has a topped out Sonata Hybrid with comfy, heated/cooled leather seats with great bolstering, a kickass stereo/nav unit, thoughtful control scheme, and great soft touch materials. It's genuinely a nice place to be. Not to mention the hybrid is tuned more for power than economy, so it's quite a lively car to drive.

    I won't even discuss what a Genesis Turbo is able to do on an empty Korean Expressway at 2am. (I was in the back seat praying I'd see my wife again mostly).
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    My biggest gripe about the Veloster was the interior. Plus the one door in the rear. If you have a child seat it will be really hard to get a child in there. Plus I like to be able to see out of the rear windshield. For me at least the interior,especially the rear seat was claustrophobic & I don't suffer from claustrophobia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHOPS View Post
    You can see why the ole' VW just never appealed to me......
    I guess I can see it, if you never explored the aircooled path. I loved the V8's, and loved the Bugs...all just cars, to me. There's absolute genius in the Beetle's simplicity, and the fact that I could, with no engine hoist, have the engine out of it and in my parents' den in 45 minutes was just awesome. My first car was a '70 Impala with the 350 small block. Loved it, as well, and, after I'm done with this rail buggy project, I may indeed do something with a V8 in it.

    I love the "bugs were for people without jobs" idea that you got in there..I'll try not to take it personally.
    All of the money I earned went to engineering school, rather than cars.

    Idk I have been at Sac Speedway and watched a 70's bug with about $5k into it (worth about $3k) tick of consistent 12.1's in the 1320. That's damn respectable,
    A guy in a well-prepped Beetle got challenged by a V8 Nova guy at a dragway about an hour away from my house, many years ago. It was fun, watching him pick up the front end and put the smackdown on the V8. Nova guy was really annoyed.

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    Nice writeup. The Veloster Turbo has interested me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    I love the "bugs were for people without jobs" idea that you got in there..I'll try not to take it personally.
    All of the money I earned went to engineering school, rather than cars.
    That wasn't meant the way you may have taken it. Once your an 18 year old and landed a job, it was ALL about muscle cars for 99% of guys I knew. Once there was green in your pocket a VW wasn't even in the thought process for us.

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    I would say your generalization is true on a "micro" scale inherent to your immediate environment. But not necessarily a universal truth.

    This became apparent to me in college when I had friends from cities far away.

    For instance:

    When I was in high school, anyone with a job lusted after a lifted 4x4 truck, newer the better. No one cared about going fast because that didn't get you to where 50% of the fun happened.

    Fast forward to college and I became friends with a bunch of guys who's micro cultures were "mini trucks" and another groups was "imports".

    Since we were all car guys and ME's we spoke a common language.

    Once I was two years into my metropolis experience, I traded the lifted truck for an import and never looked back. The mini truck guys soon followed suit.
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    I'd agree with that, though my micro scale was a little different. I grew up in a southern city environment; we had people from widely different car cultures. And somehow...though there was the requisite trash talk at the local Burger King parking lot, everyone got along. There were V8 guys, import guys, VW guys, Jeep guys, whatever, and I was never aware of one group looking down on another.

    I'll give CHOPS credit, though...if I could have somehow swung paying for both college and a V8 hot rod, I probably would have done that. The cars he has described here sound really awesome. I'd love to see pics.

    I was never into the lifted truck thing. In Charlotte, that was for rednecks that lived out in the sticks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    that was for rednecks that lived out in the sticks.
    Sooooo pretty much Rogan and Mycologist
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post

    I was never into the lifted truck thing. In Charlotte, that was for rednecks that lived out in the sticks.
    I resembled that. California's metro areas are pretty spread out.

    I now live in the lower metropolis out in the burbs.

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    To give you an idea of density, 38,000,000 people live in the red area, which is why the houses there are 7x-10x as much as the green areas.

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    That's some crazy density. Charlotte (now, at least) is somewhere in the 2400/mile^2 range, I think. Where I live, in a town north of Charlotte, is more like 800.

    Just kidding about the redneck thing. I loved my (ever-so-slightly) lifted 4Runner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post

    Just kidding about the redneck thing. I loved my (ever-so-slightly) lifted 4Runner.
    Oh no offense taken. It was a function of the micro culture I belonged to at the time. When I moved to college and was exposed to other settings it helped make me a more well rounded person.

    It's hard to relate to the world when you stay stuck in one spot, it warps and construes your perspective/ sense of reality, which as a well traveled man, I'm sure you can relate to.
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