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[#] Thu Apr 08 2021 21:41:39 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I think I'm driving my wife nuts. She bought "me" this awesome M4... but a lot of it was that she wanted a nice 4 seat convertible. She wanted a hard top. She wanted 4 seats. She wanted an wind deflector. She wanted the M for me - because she wanted me to not bitch about the performance - she wanted the BEST one of these things she could get. And then - we got a SUPER nice one... one that was DOUBLE my actual comfort zone to pay for this kind of car.

And it creates an odd dichotomy for me. It is TOO nice. I don't want to put miles on it... I don't want to park it in parking lots or on the streets. I dread wearing down the tires. I dread door dings and cracked windshields and arguing with the insurance company demanding OEM factory glass replacement. I worry about curbing it and getting road rash on the rims. It came with this huge list in a closet of anxieties. 

And tonight, without really thinking about it I said, "Maybe instead of you getting your DREAM car, you should just get me a less *expensive* BMW or similar sports car... an older one - and we'll leave this one "our car". 

That is the other problem. She traded in her car for this, and so, she has said it is "our" car. I really want the personal distinction of HER car and MY car... and I'd be happy as FUCK in a $40,000 used 2012 M or Porsche. And I'd still be WORRIED about all those things above - but I wouldn't be TERRIFIED about them. And... I think that makes her disappointed. She got me my DREAM car... and I'm like... 

"Yeah, but I'd rather have a dream that is a little more practical, and that is distinctly MINE... and let *you* drive around in my absolute fantasy car."

I'm sure that bothers her... but I'm practical. I was raised charity-case poor too. I really still *love* my little Z3. That is MINE. I'm on the title. I bought it. This new one, because she bought it, even though I log into it (yeah, I have to log into it) with MY profile, named Donovan... it *calls* me by her name in all the menus... because it knows who is paying the bill. 

I don't know. I feel stupid to have a 2020 M4 and feel like, "Maybe I'd be happier in a 2012 M3?" And... I can totally see how that would make HER feel like shit. 

But... I want something that is a daily driver for me. 

My friend who bought the Mclaren  kind of had the same reaction... and I think our relative financial positions... the M4 is to me as the Mclaren is to him. 

Then my BOSS - who is less fanatic about motorsports... bought a ZL1 Camaro. 2014 convertible. He thinks it will dust my M4 - but it doesn't. He has read the theoretical numbers - but on the track - it doesn't have launch control, it doesn't deliver what it has on paper. The M4 with competition package beats the Zl1 0-60 and in the 1/4 mile. Barely, but it does. It tops out at 153 MPH, and his is electronically limited a little higher (the hard top has a top end of 187, which is insane). So, if we're on an endless salt-flat, eventually he pulls up and passes me and leaves me behind... but if there are turns, I've got better brakes, better suspension, better handling, less mass and more communicative and responsive steering - plus a host of technology to ensure that I can safely do things on a twisty road that his can't. 

If you took the same exactly driver and put him in both cars, he would generally outperform the Camaro in the M4. I know because this has been done, and that has been the results. 

But - the Zl1 is still an AWESOME car - and he drives it with the same kind of abandon of the actual data that he applies to thinking it will smoke an M4. It is just a car to him. A badass American asphalt eating muscle car that you drive hard and don't think about the consequences. 

So.... maybe he did buy the best car out of all three of us. I suspect he is actually ENJOYING driving his more than our other friend and myself. 

 



[#] Fri Apr 09 2021 12:09:31 MST from Jerry Moore

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Gee, the last sports car I had that I truly loved driving was the 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spyder I bought, slightly used, back in 1967. I loved that car, and drove it to the max of my ability. Got the only two speeding tickets I ever got in my life, and outran cops two other times. The BMW 1800tii was fun, but it was a four door sedan! The VW Karmann Ghias (all three of them) were fun in a different way - I could take them off road and not worry about damaging them. The Gremlin was just for the looks. The three quarter ton Ford with the big slide-in camper was a great long-distance workhorse, and got me to many Fantasy and Science Fiction conventions, as well as camping. . .but the Alfa (and maybe one of the Ghias) was my favorite.



[#] Sat Apr 10 2021 09:56:48 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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My favorites have been, in no particular order... 

72 Datsun 510 with an L18 engine, weber carb, and 240Z 5 speed transmission. It was hard to maintain and smog, though. 

90 Mazda Miata

90 BMW 325iC e30 - chipped

97 328i e36

97 The Z3 

The M4 still hasn't proven itself completely to me. Right now - it is like a very fancy version of the 97 Mustang 4.6l GT convertible I had. That isn't exactly true. It has proven itself far more than that car. But... it is scary, and bigger and heavier than a car like this usually is. And more powerful. It is a lot to handle. 

I've had a LOT of cars, and a lot of them were very desirable ones. 97 seems to be a sweet spot for me on car years, though. 

Fri Apr 09 2021 12:09:31 MST from "Jerry Moore" <jerry_moore@secure.wallofhate.com>

Gee, the last sports car I had that I truly loved driving was the 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spyder I bought, slightly used, back in 1967. I loved that car, and drove it to the max of my ability. Got the only two speeding tickets I ever got in my life, and outran cops two other times. The BMW 1800tii was fun, but it was a four door sedan! The VW Karmann Ghias (all three of them) were fun in a different way - I could take them off road and not worry about damaging them. The Gremlin was just for the looks. The three quarter ton Ford with the big slide-in camper was a great long-distance workhorse, and got me to many Fantasy and Science Fiction conventions, as well as camping. . .but the Alfa (and maybe one of the Ghias) was my favorite.



 



[#] Sat Apr 10 2021 10:27:09 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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Ouch, you sold your dinnerware and got fine china. Now you're sitting down to breakfast and Saturday morning cartoons with a bowl that clinks. Sometimes you want a bowl you don't worry about dropping on the floor. 



[#] Sat Apr 10 2021 11:09:43 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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We seem to have pretty similar taste in cars.

Jerry, I never wanted a car more than the Spyder. It was the first car I saw and said "Whooooooooa."

And a Miata has been my favorite approachable automobile wish since its debut.

My first car was a Datsun 210, but I never got to drop a ridiculous engine in it because, like another of my cars, my father totaled it. He's not allowed to drive my cars anymore. Fool me twice, shame on me!