They’re not that much more reliable than most anything made since at least the mid 90s. Although they are definitely more efficient. But I agree on the complexity thing. Hence why I prefer 90s cars (although I do still have a soft spot for newer econoboxes, including a prior car I referenced here, the 3 banger Mitsubishi Mirage). I’m definitely a stickshift supremacist, but autos definitely have appeal for good reason. I personally don’t care for torque converted autos and despise dual clutches, but I love CVTs (when done right. Like Honda’s. Theirs is one of the few automatics I genuinely like (although I’d still never give up manual completely for it)).
I know what you love, don’t worry, I’m not here to judge you, but then most of the Internet car communities are just a big pile of circlejerk POS and they keep praising cars that are at least from 90’s or earlier. I just extremely tired of them anyway.
On the complexity side tho, most new cars aren’t that complex than anything before them, as most of the internals are just similar to what their 90’s or 00’s siblings anyway, but with some newer tech + safety features fitted inside.
Besides that, despite their complexity most new cars are at least carefully designed to meet the standards, reliability levels and all kinds of driver’s tastes.
And honestly I’m no stickshift elitist, and I don’t hate automatics either. But I actually love to own a car with DCT, if tuned great they can be good as a manual or as an automatic at the same time.
I think it’s more packaging and how some of the tech is integrated. But that varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Hondas are gonna be super simple to work on irrespective of the year for instance. Whereas an Audi will typically be more obtuse (no hate for those who like Audi). Speaking of german cars and their overly complex design, I invoke another guilty pleasure of mine, the W220 Mercedes S Class.
I’ve always just liked their styling (not as much as 70s to early 90s Mercs, those I absolutely adore aesthetically) and see them floating around for cheap. Always thought it would be fun to take one with a larger engine (V8 or V12, either works), convert it to coils, put an exhaust on, and make an odd german land yacht/muscle car combo.
I gotta say I agree with you on that, but I much prefer the look and interior of the W221. Pure beauty!
sticking with the Merc theme
(may already have been posted, but…)
I ABSOLUTELY HATE MODERN (last two gens) MERCS!
They are all blobby round and their overdone grilles and GAAAH!
Personally I don’t hate modern Mercs… but I have literally no idea how to distinguish a modern C-Class and an E-Class
This image is from google and… what the hell is supposed to be the difference
one is C one is E
Speaking of modern Mercedeses…plz don kill me
I actually like them.
I also kinda like the CLA’s styling. Although I’m definitely not a fan of the new C, E, or S class’ styling.
the T-model wagon-gang versions are “okay-ish” at best, but the sedans/ coups/ whatever else there is is just…
pukes all over the place
Unpopular opinion: I quite like modern Mercedes, I adore Audis, and I have and always will strongly dislike any BMW.
I can tell the difference, though it’s kinda dumb admittedly. The E-Class has one more headlight strand and one more grille bar. THat’s how the differentiate it, and the S-class has three bits of its headlight.
One way to distinguish between both is the headlights. You can see that the C class has one strip going down the headlight, but the E class has two. Small detail, but it really helps out for me
Something slightly different, but on-topic since this is about confessions and guilty car pleasures right? So here’s one:
I ragged the hell out of my hire car:
driving through a Slovenian mountain pass:
in order to
meat meet Mr Žnopresk himself, @NormanVauxhall (selfies not included)
I was a little ambitious in my target and had a tight schedule, and because I was staying in Triglav National Park which is lovely but also very out of the way, all of it was on these tiny roads you could barely squeeze a B seg on while hurtling around blind corners and hairpins hoping you didn’t plow into a car/van/cyclist/pedestrian/tractor or fly off the edge off a cliff/into a tree/into a house.
Forty kilometers of this stuff be like Initial D Rally yeeeee boi
The gradients were also quite steep, the poor 0.9L 3-pot could barely handle the uphill. The downhill, however, was pure left-foot braking, heel-toe downshift Eurobeat Intensifies. It’s not speeding if you don’t actually break the posted speed limit, right? But the real trick is doing the posted speed limit around a hairpin!
Without the immediate threat of wrapping oneself around a tree or flying off into a gorge, the view was spectacular.
The village of Kneža, from the road above
All-in-all, the mission was successful, I was back home in time for tea, and the car was none the worse for wear (I won’t mention anything about the slightly cooked brakes). And I know how many people here speak of the joys of the mountain pass. But it was a bit reckless, hence a guilty pleasure.
Hehe I ninja’d you on that one;)
Oh shit I didn’t realize lol
If you ever go visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming/Montana USA, I highly suggest you drive US212 Beartooth Highway. I get the sense you would have a lot of fun .
Not only is it switchbacks and hairpins galore but the view is so jaw-dropping beautiful that it practically shouldn’t be allowed.
Saving in a list of locations to visit in the USA intensifies
Don’t get me wrong - the Alfa 4C is a thing of beauty, and is currently the most affordable car you can buy anywhere to have a carbon tub - but after years of hype and anticipation, it turned out to be so half-baked that it should not even have been built in the first place. With sports cars, either you give it 100%, or not at all.
Not only does it not have the electrically-assisted power steering it desperately deserves, the suspension geometry is all wrong - especially with a McPherson strut rear end instead of the more commonly seen double wishbone setup - and it will never be available with a manual gearbox; instead, it’s a DCT or nothing, which dulls the fun factor somewhat. As for the engine, even though it makes all the right noises, at the end of the day, it’s just another sub-2-liter turbo 4-cylinder, and haven’t we had enough of those nowadays?
Then again, if the 4C had not gone into production at all, Alfaworks would not have been able to offer its rather wonderful aftermarket package for the much-maligned model - and prove that it could still be redeemed in spite of its shortcomings.
And a few years back, MOTOR Magazine suggested its plan to save the 4C from being an also-ran among small sports cars - a plan that, due to lack of funds, sadly could never have come to fruition:
As it stands, however, the 4C, with its tendency to tramline, unnecessarily heavy steering, generic drivetrain combination and lack of overall poise make it a pale imitation of a genuine Italian supercar, let alone a more affordable German sports car - which in this case was the 981 Cayman. The 4C seems even more pointless when you consider that it’s much more worthwhile to spend more money on a decent 360 Modena with a manual gearbox - and have a purer, more authentic supercar experience in the process.
Thankfully, with the release of the Giulia and Stelvio (especially the flagship QV versions of both), it’s safe to say that, after a quarter-century in the wilderness, Alfa Romeo has finally rediscovered how to build legitimate drivers’ cars for enthusiasts to enjoy.