Something I noticed at the auto show about Japanese sports cars; the boy racer image

I dragged my girlfriend to the auto show, you know, the place that everybody goes to sit in cars that they can likely never afford. But it’s all in great fun to be able to see under the hood, the trunk space, etc. of vehicles.

One car that really caught my eye was the Nissan 370Z Nismo. Normally I don’t like white cars, but with red accents this thing was gorgeous in person. I waited my turn to sit in it. Two seater, which isn’t that big of a deal because my cars back seats never get used anyways (I think three times since December 2015).
I thought this car was absolutely stunning in person – it looks like it was just designed, despite being out since 2009.
But I realized something as I was queuing in line to sit in it – I was the only one above the age of 18 (hell I’m over 30) who was checking it out. And when I got inside, I saw that it had a lot of red suede/alcantara in the seats that seemed to me, to mimic a video game setup. And that’s when I saw the pricetag – (Canadian funds but) just north of fifty thousand dollars.
Don’t get me wrong, the car was beautiful, sound amazing, and they’re rare. I have seen maybe one 370Z Nismo out in the wild that I’ve noticed, compared to every third or fourth car being a Mustang.
But I wonder if Nissan is able to sell these things since they tend to attract a demographic who can’t afford them. And this is no toy either, it’s a seriously capable, seriously fast car.

I moved on to the Civic Type R. Oh cool, it’s not locked, you can actually sit in it! A lineup of teenagers with backpacks taking selfies in it. I squeezed myself into one of the front racing seats, felt way too old to be in it, and got back out. My girlfriend frowned at the ridiculous body kit.

This happened again with the WRX and WRX STI. Lots of younger “gamer” type of guys. None of whom looked like they could afford the price tag. Same video-game appearance to the interior and the guys I saw sitting in it were playing with the shifter like they had no idea how to use it and were mostly interested in toggling the switches and turning the knobs and getting selfies.

I sauntered over to the 2018 Mustang GT. Save for a group of guys taking photos gangster-leaning in the car and driving, it attracted a more mature-looking crowd. Mustangs have a stereotype of attracting women, dudebros, people who crash them, wannabe tough guys, etc. But a lot of people in that stereotype can afford ’em.

I went over to check out the new Camaro ZL1. Gorgeous car! And again, guys in their 30’s and 40’s, talking about the performance specs, looking under the hood, talking about what car they currently have.

Ditto with the Challenger SRT on display.

So why does this even matter?

Well, it seems that the price tag on the Japanese sports cars was much higher than those who wanted them could afford. (Then again, maybe I am just stereotyping these guys and they all have very wealthy parents who will buy them these cars.) It seems a lot of them are built for the teenager on YouTube who comments, “make it with X and Y and I’ll line up tomorrow to buy it.” But the people who are old enough to actually drop money on a sports car are turned off by its garish “boy racer” looks.

But when you went to the Accords, the Tacoma, 4Runner, other Japanese cars, you had a more mature audience of buyer.

Maybe it means nothing – seems Honda sells every Type R out there. But it’s an interesting observation about who lusts after them at the auto show versus who can likely afford ’em.

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Added a new member to the family fleet today!

Today we picked up a 2017 BMW 340i xDrive M Performance Edition and I’m so excited about it I thought I’d share it here. Getting a badass BMW sedan has been a childhood dream of mine, as lame as that may sound. At least now I can drive my mom’s around when I come to visit.

The family fleet (Mine is the Hyundai)

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Has anyone experienced snakebite dents on hardtop convertibles?

Girlfriend bought an Infiniti Q60 yesterday. We inspected it fully before buying, drove it, put the top down, put it back up. Great car that runs fine. Once she gets home we take it for a spin, go out to dinner, come home. This AM we see that there’s two huge dents on each side of the back roof, above the rear window glass. They’re about perfectly spaced apart and fairly symmetrical.

Some googling shows that the g37s have experienced this since 09. Mixed reviews from various people; some saying dealer chalks it up to something in the trunk, others saying dealers found issues within the roof hydraulics. Lots of people seem to but upset about Infiniti’s lack of service regarding this issue.

It seems like it occurs when you stop and start the roof without fully opening and closing it, which seems like a shitty design flaw.

Was wondering if anyone had experienced this issue and successfully negotiated with Infiniti or the maker dealership for repairs? We spoke with a manager at Infiniti and he was pretty wary but said they’d happily take a look.

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Dealer returned my car with a blown engine, in need of advice.

Alright so this all happened yesterday at a dealer in NJ. They will remain nameless as I haven’t yet heard what they are proposing going forward. The vehicle is a 2013 VW GTI 6MT with 111,000 miles on it. I have always performed the scheduled maintenance on time or a bit early, oil/filter changes <5000 miles. Stock engine, no tune.

I brought the vehicle to a dealer yesterday to have the manual trans fluid changed. VW specifies ‘lifetime’ fluid, but I don’t buy it. A buddy of mine drove his GTI past 170,000 miles with no trans issues after doing a change at 100k, so I figured why not do it. The car has given me no major issues and was running strong when I delivered it.

When I got to the dealer I had them quote spark plugs because I’ll be due in ~9000 miles. They came back with ~$350 so I just said I’ll do it on my own. The plugs are something like $12 a piece. This is relevant because they had included both jobs on the invoice and crossed out the spark plugs because I elected not to do them.

They brought the car out about an hour later, I paid, then off I go. Before I get out of their parking lot I notice a weird ticking noise that’s timed with engine speed. I look down and the check engine light is flashing. I turn around and bring it right back in.

The service advisor comes back half an hour later and says there are misfires on cylinders 3 and 4 and zero compression in both cylinders. Fuck. They say it likely needs a new engine. Double fuck. I call bullshit and tell them the car was working fine when I delivered it to them, they’ve returned a broken car. They need to fix it. I go out and review my dashcam footage and don’t see any abuse of the car – in fact they never even road tested it.

I sat down with the service advisor and he says nothing they did could have caused this issue, it’s likely the timing chain tensioner, he’ll see what VWoA can do for me. I get a loaner from them and tell him to figure out exactly what is wrong with the car. He calls later on and says cylinder 4 has a broken valve spring and he will see if VWoA will help replacing the head.

I’m at a bit of a loss here – it seems super unlikely that THE ONE TIME I bring the car in for service, there is a major engine failure. This just doesn’t smell right. I’ve never heard of a valve spring failing on these cars. I’m not ready to part ways with it – I’ve spent a lot of time and money customizing it to make it the perfect car for me.

I wanted to get any outside thoughts on what could have caused this, or what I should do now. I’m expecting cost of repair to be >3k. I can’t think of any reason why the failure could be something caused by the dealer, except maybe the spark plugs? If they’d started the job and failed to re-install correctly, it could perhaps be related?

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Have 1,000 miles left on a Subaru bumper to bumper warranty.

I just purchased a 2016 subaru WRX premium from a dealer and they informed me I just have under a 1000 miles left on the original subaru 36000 mile warranty. Would it be prudent to take the car into a subaru dealership to get anything fixed before the warranty expires and what exactly should I look for to get replaced/checked? Would it be hard as a second owner to get warranty work? I don’t see anything big wrong with the vehicle but I have only had it for a day and have never owned a subaru.

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