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  1. Thanks for the input everyone! I'll add my own experiences here so as to make this thread more about AWD fun cars in general, not just specific to my personal wants and budget. In general, it seems that AWD variants of many cars are usually paired with auto trans only, which makes them more boring in general. MT + AWD is somewhat hard to find, and it's only getting worse. The Germans appear to be holdouts (for now), as is Subaru. Toyota/Lexus, Honda/Acura, Nissan/Infiniti, and Mazda have all abandoned MT+AWD from what I can tell. It really sucks when a model is offered with either MT or AWD, just not together. Nhil and Canadian_CD9A I agree with both of you about the G37x. It is a pretty great car all around, with excellent grip in winter, but not exactly a sporty handling car. Very powerful though, so at least that part is fun, and the value for $ on the used market is pretty high IMO. It's the front runner for me right now, just looking for other (more fun) options Subaru - My 05 STi was an amazingly fun winter car. My experience was a bit different from Corey's ... possibly due to different sensors and stability control in 06 vs 05. Open the centre diff and it drove a lot like RWD, I could literally do donuts. I would say it was more like RWD with FWD "assist". Awesome. I was a bit disappointed in every WRX I drove, it just seemed very front biased and wouldn't allow the rear end to step out easily. If you chuck it sideways it could hold a drift, but would tend to understeer under throttle. Maybe it was just my bias, as I usually ended up driving WRXs right before/after driving my STi. I only ever drove a Legacy GT in summer so I cannot comment on how the AWD system behaved under slip. Audi is interesting - I don't have any personal experience but from research it appears not all Quattro systems are created equal. Similar to Subaru, different models get different torque split/bias and some get extra diffs, fancy diffs, etc. It appears the S3 is largely the same as Golf R which looks great on paper, but it's a FWD "on demand" based platform. :( What really intrigues me is the DCT combined with a good AWD system, as that should be a great fit for what I'm looking for. BMW - there are so many stories about high maintenance & repair costs. I guess this doesn't get any better when adding a complex AWD system eh? Yeah that makes sense. What a shame. :( Still, I'd like to know how they handle and how their AWD system compares to the competition.
  2. Some of the cars on my list. Any comments on specific models is appreciated. Lexus IS (2nd or 3rd gen) ... I’m specifically looking for an IS350 AWD, as I’ve heard the 250 is pretty anemic. Is the AWD system any different? What about the F-sport pkg, does that change anything? G37x vs xS – does the sport package change anything about the sedan? I believe it changes a bunch of stuff on the RWD coupe only. Only difference I can tell on the sedan is paddle shifters and appearance stuff. Audi A3/A4/S3/S4 - I hear the A3&A4 are mostly boring and tend to understeer a lot - can this be easily fixed e.g. with rear bar or alignment settings? It appears the A3 is “on demand” AWD whereas the A4 is a proper AWD system? S3/S4 comments are welcomed. Do they use a different AWD system? Golf R – So many reviews claim this to be a fun car, I was really looking forward to driving one, then I recently found some owners talking about how it's a FWD based system that only sends power to the rear after slip occurs ... that may have ruined it for me. Confirm/deny? Are there any other sporty & AWD VW models? BWM 3 series w/xdrive - I have no clue about these. Most reviews focus on the RWD models. I’m sure there is some AWD review out there, but there are so many models … any experience with these from you guys? The few 3-series owners I know have RWD cars. Acura TL/TLX – I’m assuming the TLX is FWD based … but the old TL was a torque vectoring rear based system I think?
  3. I'm researching cars with AWD for my next purchase. I'm looking for one that is actually fun in the winter, and hoping you guys can chime in with some personal experience. The biggest issue I find with car reviews is that they’re mostly done in the summer on dry pavement, and they don’t really test the AWD system well. Typical comments about AWD is usually just “it works” or "there is no tire spin under hard acceleration" (duh), or they focus on the weight and mileage penalty vs the same car in RWD form and basically imply it's inferior, but safer for soccer moms. Not very helpful. To me, an AWD car can be super fun for 4-6 months, as we all know hooning around in the snow is a blast, and even small slip 'n sliding during an otherwise boring commute to be entertaining. I strongly prefer a rear bias so that the car can be oversteered with throttle, not need to chuck it sideways into a corner. AFAIK anything that’s FWD biased and only transfers power to rear only after slip occurs is pretty terrible, as it won't be fun, it will just get you unstuck ... not what I'm looking for. Maybe it’s not so black and white? That's where personal experience will help.
  4. Got it, thanks. Not sure why I couldn't find it before. Clicked the link and it was the first thing like you said.
  5. I'll reserve #26 if it's still available. I plan to renew my membership ASAP, just as soon as I can figure out how! Edit: registered today. Please reserve #26 for me if it's still available.
  6. Trying to purchase my annual membership on MSR. It doesn't seem to be there anymore. I searched through events and on my dashboard. Cannot find it. I found my member # under club memberships, but there is no way to renew or purchase another year. Please help.
  7. I cannot commit to a league right now, but I would love to come out and do some races at Speed World again. We used to have a league for WSCC racers every winter about 4-5 years in a row. It was always lots of fun, lots of good competition and (mostly) clean racing. Anyway I'll try to monitor this thread or other threads and would try to join a couple times here and there when I'm able.
  8. Hey Joe, thanks for the tip. No I put them into storage for winter. But I would love to get rid of them by next summer as I have no use for them and need to free up one tire rack. Do you have a link or contact info for this guy?
  9. Thought I had posted this already ... not sure why it disappeared. BFG Rival tires (225/50R16) on AP1 Honda S2000 wheels, painted black. There's still a little tread left, but these are probably best used up on the track. $300 for the set, obo. Take 'em off my hands before winter please! More info in Kijiji ad: https://www.kijiji.ca/v-tires-rims/winnipeg/honda-s2000-wheels-and-bfg-rival-tires/1385842670
  10. I was in your shoes about 2 years ago. Same basic wants and budget, but I was more focussed on a Daily/AX car but still wanted to go to the track. I ultimately ended up with an AP1 (2000-2003) S2000. This one had high km so I got a pretty good deal. Still, they are out there, as long as you don't mind a > 150k vehicle. Other than a Miata it was probably the most reliable choice even with higher mileage. I do not regret my decision whatsoever. The only knock is that it's not really a great beginner's car to learn on, as it can bite you pretty quickly. A Miata or FRS might be better if you're just starting out. Also on my watchlist at the time, which may or may not suit you: Miata - tons of options in an NA (90-97) or NB (99-05) model, fewer options in an NC (06-15). I'd go with an older NC if I had to choose. BMW E36 (90-2000) - various styles, possibly a modified M3 or Z3 for a bit more $ and with a bit of history ... tempting BMW E46 (2000-06) - regular 3-series as there's no way you'd find an M3 or Z4 for under $15k, unfortunately RX8 - be wary about spinning triangles that like to go boom. Still, a great platform for the money, and I hear LS swaps are a thing. 99-04ish Boxster - some say be wary of the infamous IMS bearing, but it's most likely an overblown concern C5 base or possibly C5Z - the base doesn't really do it for me but the Z is awesome and if you can snag one for around 15k do it! I saw some slightly modded or set up for autocross in the US for around 12-15k USD a couple years ago - not showroom quality but who cares if you're taking it to the track anyway? Might as well let the last guy eat the "it's been on a track" depreciation rather than you. Still a bit of a stretch on the budget, but other than that it's a great choice for the track. At the time, I had just sold an NA Miata and I wanted something with more power. For autocross it was fine, but for the track you might get a little frustrated with the lack of power. Then again if you want to eventually mod it you can always add power later. Personally I wouldn't bother with NA/NB if my intention was to track the car, but that's just one opinion. I'm sure most guys will tell you it's the best all around choice due to reliability, aftermarket support, cheap consumables, etc. And those guys are not wrong. Nopistons mentioned BRZ/FRS twins. Either of those would be a great all around choice, too. They weren't available for $15k when I was searching, but may be now. If so, I'd strongly consider that. Actually I may have even chosen that over my S2k I could find one. Great driver's car, lots of aftermarket support, fairly reliable, good looks, more power and more practical (in terms of street driving) than any convertible, and a lot newer than most of the cars on the above list.
  11. Congrats on all those who raced well and placed well. And even if you didn't I'm sure it was a blast. I remember Spring Nats being a lot of fun, this seems like it's just cranked up to 11. The sheer volume of awesome cars must be quite a sight.
  12. Much better! I can't stand watching racing videos with terrible wind noise (mine included). Glad you were able to figure out a solution. Thumbs up!
  13. You wanna have a really good time? See if Chris B will take you for a ride along in that Batmobile of his. It's very exciting and can be downright scary (especially if he's driving) ;P
  14. I had a blast yesterday, too. Great course - just techincal enough to be a good challenge, but mostly I liked the wide open parts where you could really fly. Good turnout and the event was well organized and operated. Great job all around. Timing issues - I saved some screenshots into a folder on the desktop with the date (2018-08-25). I'll post about that in another thread.
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