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Old Aug 15th 2013, 1:19 pm
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Saw an Austin 1100 this evening on the way home. It was a nasty BL brown, and neither the paint nor its overall condition was particularly good. I can't imagine why anyone would want to drive such a vehicle if you're not going to keep it well repaired and maintained.
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Saw an Austin 1100 this evening on the way home. It was a nasty BL brown, and neither the paint nor its overall condition was particularly good. I can't imagine why anyone would want to drive such a vehicle if you're not going to keep it well repaired and maintained.
Been maintained in BL showroom condition then.
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Old Aug 16th 2013, 10:44 am
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Been maintained in BL showroom condition then.
Right, and obviously not built to the expected mechanical standards, because if it had been it wouldn't still be on the road after 40 years!
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Right, and obviously not built to the expected mechanical standards, because if it had been it wouldn't still be on the road after 40 years!
Obviously a Friday car. Slipped out the factory before anyone could check it wasn't above the require standard.
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Right, and obviously not built to the expected mechanical standards, because if it had been it wouldn't still be on the road after 40 years!
It's probably been off the road for 39 of them and you caught it on its way home from a failed inspection.
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...t+top+items%29

Seems somewhat relevant I guess... "Tesla roof so strong it broke crush-test machine" :/
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I saw a 3 wheeler yesterday. Couldn't make out the manufacturer. There must be only one of those in Houston.
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Was asking Pulaski this earlier today... Suggestions for a Hot Hatch? Easy in the UK, but what about here?
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Was asking Pulaski this earlier today... Suggestions for a Hot Hatch? Easy in the UK, but what about here?
Focus ST, Mazda 3 mazdaspeed, civic Si, Golf GTi are 4 that immediately spring to mind. Also there's the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, although that's maybe slightly large to be considered a hot hatch.

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Was asking Pulaski this earlier today... Suggestions for a Hot Hatch? Easy in the UK, but what about here?
I was thinking some more before replying again, but seeing as you having mentioned Ford, if you want a hot hatch, the Focus ST has some real poke. It comes with a 2 litre turbo that produces 252hp, which to put it in context is 25hp more than the stock engine in the nutter-bästard Escort Cosworth of 1992-96!
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Focus ST, Mazda 3 mazdaspeed, civic Si, Golf GTi are 4 that immediately spring to mind. Also there's the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, although that's maybe slightly large to be considered a hot hatch.
Been looking at the Mazda Speed 3 and also the Focus ST. Also the Veloster Turbo and the Mini Paceman. Trying to understand what the difference is between the Fiesta ST and the Focus.. Just size possibly? (I haven't seen one other than online).

I'm not in a great rush... just interested enough to start looking.

Not a hatch, but also giving a hard look to the Mini Coupe.
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I was thinking some more before replying again, but seeing as you having mentioned Ford, if you want a hot hatch, the Focus ST has some real poke. It comes with a 2 litre turbo that produces 252hp, which to put it in context is 25hp more than the stock engine in the nutter-bästard Escort Cosworth of 1992-96!
The Focus ST is my front runner so far I think.
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From people who have driven it, the Veloster is probably not a good choice.

It also depends if you need four/five proper seats or not, and if you want more power or more handling.

If you can live with RWD, two seats and two seat-like sculptures in the back that are only there for insurance purposes, the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ might be worth a look.

I tried one and liked it, but it would have meant that we would have had to buy two cars as I need/want AWD for winter out here. We ended up with something that covered "hot", "driver's car", "AWD" and "not Subaru", but that car is a tad more expensive than a Focus ST.
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Check out the fiesta st review by top gear recently - they had a lot of good things to say.
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Mrs N. and I currently have a Mini Cooper and an MX-5 (Retractable hardtop), so we are not exactly practical as you can see.

My aim is to find something fun (probably not as fun as the MX-5 I know, but as close as I can get) that has room to carry a bulldog or two in the back. The rear seats will most likely never be sat on (by people).

The back seats in the Cooper have been folded flat since we bought it in 2008.
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