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Jalopies / Re: No Garage
« Last post by shp4man on February 17, 2020, 02:06:52 pm »
The only answer is Miata..... :lol: :muffin:
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OK, so today is the first day for the commute. It's 33 miles one way, almost all freeway. This little car has quick steering and a firm ride, both are positive attributes to me.
California traffic can be stop/go/fast/slow...like 85 to stopped, then crawling along at 10 MPH for miles. I'm glad the car's an automatic, not as sporty, but better in traffic.
It has the Bose sound system, I like that. Plenty of bass response. Plus it paired with my phone OK.
It is puzzling to me that the car has auto climate control and heated seats, but manual lights and no intermittent wipers. I don't care, but still, it's unusual.
The seat, which is the source of some comments online, is perfectly comfortable to me.
The automatic trans is programmed to downshift with braking- a nice touch.
Plus I love those orange dash lights- very nice.

MPG counter got up to 26.4 so far, it'll go higher, I'm thinking,
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I like the roll. Taking corners at legal speeds in my NA is fun. If it gripped like a Corvette in corners, I feel that a lot of the fun would be lost.

They roll because Dan Gurney, who Mazda used as a consultant on the project, wanted them to roll- partially because he wanted the car to handle well on a variety of surfaces and not just flat perfect roads.

But also partially because he was a little weird.
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Jalopies / Re: No Garage
« Last post by Eye of the Tiger on February 17, 2020, 01:19:37 pm »
Cherokee is scary fun, like an old muscle car. It feels like it has way too much power for the chassis. It's the opposite of Dakota, which handles surprisingly well, but requires wide open throttle at all times just to maintain speed.
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The Fast Lane / Re: The Official Mustang Thread
« Last post by GoCougs on February 17, 2020, 10:46:11 am »
Even just taking it around a track?

Nah, if you a drop a tranny or break an axle at the strip, the warranty covers it per the definitions of the warranties thus provided.

But whether on the street or track, abuse and misuse won't be covered, so I'm sure any sort of warranty claim includes an ECU upload to look for The Funny Business.

What the automakers want to prevent is competition (as in a professional race series) as no car lasts long doing that.
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The Fast Lane / Re: The Official Mustang Thread
« Last post by r0tor on February 17, 2020, 10:44:23 am »

Yes. And No.

It will likely (if caught) void any warranty coverage having to do with those portions of the vehicle which may be adversely effected by racing- transmissions, driveline, most of the engine, etc... 

It will not (by law, although they will of course argue this) void the warranty in general. Problems with the passenger window or back-up camera and other systems that cannot reasonably be said to be effected by racing activities will still be covered.

... Which is why you don't buy a new car for a track day car with the premise of having a warranty to fix things...
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I like the roll. Taking corners at legal speeds in my NA is fun. If it gripped like a Corvette in corners, I feel that a lot of the fun would be lost.

Scrappy is like a go-kart. Planted and you just feel the lateral Gs.
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The Fast Lane / Re: The Official Mustang Thread
« Last post by GoCougs on February 17, 2020, 10:36:04 am »
If you get caught at a track or a drag strip with these things you won't have a warranty either

Lots of cars and lots of warranties out there, but in general, you are wrong yet again:

"If you're not modifying your car and you take your production car to a track day and you have an issue with one of your parts, it's covered under warranty."

- Al Oppenheiser, Camaro Chief Engineer (https://www.autoblog.com/2016/04/01/2016-chevy-camaro-track-warranty/)

"A track day will not void the 2020 Shelby GT500's warranty."

- Ford official presser ( https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1120984_ford-will-honor-your-2020-mustang-shelby-gt500-warranty-if-you-take-it-to-a-racetrack)
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Maybe it's difference between NA and NB, but I doubt it-

My NA was stock, Rich on the NB put a strut tower brace up front and a few other little braces under the rear and it is night and day how much it does NOT roll. Can totally push it harder in corners than my NA. 

I like the roll. Taking corners at legal speeds in my NA is fun. If it gripped like a Corvette in corners, I feel that a lot of the fun would be lost.
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Nah man, it might improve track handling at 9/10ths, but you take away the everyday fun handling on the road. I've yet to see a modified Miata that's "better".

Maybe it's difference between NA and NB, but I doubt it-

My NA was stock, Rich on the NB put a strut tower brace up front and a few other little braces under the rear and it is night and day how much it does NOT roll. Can totally push it harder in corners than my NA. 
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