geege4 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 12:05:20 PDT 2008
Defending my 2003 Jetta GLI manual six-speed, 200 hp:
If you are attracted to the Jetta's styling, interior ambiance, and German
character, do not mind the German price, and do not require a larger rear
seat, then this is the car for you. With its smaller package, airier
cockpit, and sports suspension the Jetta GLI is simply much more fun to
drive than the larger, more expensive Passat. The chassis has its quirks
near the limit, but you may either rarely venture there or actually prefer
this sort of entertainment. Overall, a uniquely appealing package that has
become even more appealing in GLI form.>
(Yeah, the back seat is for amputees, but it's usually reserved for my two
(And at roughly $25,500, I believe my ride is juicier for the $$$$$)
On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 2:43 PM, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's are amazing on a Mazda RX-8. FAR quieter than
> the stock tires, good wear, and amazing handling in an RX-8, which is
> basically a cheap race car. However, all tires should have the same amount
> of wear, so rotating often is important. Note that they pretty much require
> you to keep the deeper tread on the back to avoid spinouts when
> hydroplaning, so if you don't rotate often enough, you're stuck in a
> replacement cycle that's not optimal.
> As far as I can tell, the RX-8 is the most fun you can have in the cheapest
> real sports car with near-race car handling. There are a number of
> apparently-hot cheap cars out, but many seem to have completely sloppy
> handling. No road authority. I was never into cars much really, but it
> kind of grows on you.
> geege schuman wrote:
>> I got mine from Goodyear, cause they do all my oil changes, tire
>> etc. Relationship, ya know?
>> I heard a rumor (not from Goodyear) that tires are going up 10% in
>> Anyway, here's the TireRack summer tire rating:
>> Here's a group of ratings for just about any type:
>> On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 11:49 AM, Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu
>>> On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM, geege schuman <geege4 at gmail.com>
>>>> I garage it at night but the sunlight here is really harsh. Do you have
>>>> weather challenges for your tires, you people in cooler climes?
>>> Sliding off the road comes to mind. Seriously, there is a set of
>>> ratings that aren't relevant to you that we live and die by (if you
>>> don't use separate tires for winter).
>>> Last set of tires I bought were from TireRack as well, and installed
>>> at Goodyear. They were Toyos, but that brand is no longer sold by TR.
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