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    Pearl replacing an MR2 and a 964. The Gmail Team

    Finally did it today, uh, yesterday, now. The '89 911 C4 sold last week (an incredible car and incredibly expensive to maintain) traded in the MR2spyder (great fun but not very powerful). Now I have a 2012 WRX 5 door. Wow. Excuse me while I pour some more Glen Fiddich to try to unwind after an incredible day of driving. Comfortable, practical and as fast I want (yeah, I'm becoming an old fart, not real crazy anymore (tell that to the salesman who was white nuckled on the test drive :-). Just had to crow somewhere. Now for more scotch so I can sleep enough to drive tomorrow, uh, today. :-)
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    Enjoy! ! ! I know I am.

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    Mmmm.... Glen Fiddich.....

    Welcome! Yep, the WRX is a great "Swiss Army Knife" of a car, doing many things relatively well.
    As someone who has fantasies about owning a used 911 in the future, I'm curious...what kinds of things had to be done to the 964 to keep it running? Gearbox stuff?
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    Wow. The 964 is my dream car (the RS in particular). Can you write as much as you can about how they compare (even though they don't compare at all, I still want to hear it).

    Oh and yeah, talk about maintenance of the 964!

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    More on the 964

    More on the 964. Bought it in '05 with 70k, 1 owner well maintained. Before I was used to all the normal sounds the alternator fell apart, $1200 at the dealer (didn't have a trusted alternate shop either). $100 to change the oil; yeah, you can do it yourself if you can get under it, two places two drain and refill is a multi step process. The clutch replacement was the highest single job at $3000. CV boots at $300 each. All the work was pretty normal repairs for a 20yr old car but parts are pricey and good mechanics are in demand. The accelerometers that control the all wheel drive and the anti-skid braking were close to failing. One had failed and the shop swapped the two (one front to back, one side to side. Hey, it's 22 yr old tech). There were none on the US and they guessed they might cost 3-3.5k each. When they stop sending a signal to the computer ALL the lights come on and you have a two wheel drive (one front, one rear) and two wheel braking car. It was time to move on.
    As a driver it was a pretty stiff ride, rougher than the MR2. But when the speed came up it was glued to the road. Rock solid as fast as you wanted. I saw 140 and it was still pulling strong. The all wheel drive made it stable in corners as well. When you pass the traction limits of the tires you just go sideways while clawing through the turn. "Only" 250 hp but loads of torque. Probably a bit less acceleration than the WRX but it didn't matter where your revs were. It's gonna take me a while to get used to keeping the revs up, this is my first turbo.
    I better get back to work now. Sorry for the novel. Later.

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    Nice concise write up.
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    Agreed, thanks for the input. I'll bet the car sounded awesome at full boil! I've driven a 996 and a mid-80's model, and enjoyed both in different ways. A 964 seems like a neat in-between.
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    congrats on the car, sounds like you had one hell of a time with that 964. I too come from a more torquey turbo and I am just now getting used to keeping the RPMS up and not having that low end torque quite as much
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    Thanks for the welcome folks. The Porsche was a great glimpse at what the 2% can play with. Now back to the real world.

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    Too bad you had to let the 964 go. There's nothing like a Porsche!
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