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i got bored tonight and decided to go for some test drives...
i went to brenner dodge on paxton street first and test drove their blue srt-4. ive slowly began to want one of these and decided to give her a shot. the car was soooo quick. it was torque-ie, and accelerated really nice. the interrior had some very comfy seats however being a tall guy with big knees i couldnt get comfortable. the dash was very plain and the handling was good but a 6 compared to a cougars 8 out of 10. i did like the guages and the 6 speaker system and the shifting was very smooth. i think it is a true value at 19,995. as far as looks it wasnt great but it was more aggressive then the stock neons. to do a turbo upgrade its virtually impossible as the turbo is actually part of the car, in other words u would need to heat torch it off. as far as turbo lag... virtually none. i told the guy i would think about it and id call him back.
immiediatly i left and stopped at faulkner mazda subaru. i test drove a 2.0l turbocharged wrx. not an sti. the inside was alot more comfy to me then the neon. the seats wern't as "race-y" but then again they wern't designed after the viper... the thing that blew me away was the handling, the salesman told me to let it loose back by ups and i did, i have never ever ever gone that fast in such a tight turn, it is a 11 on the 1-10 handling scale. there was a bit of lag in the boost though. it took a few seconds but when it kicked in u felt it like crazy. the cars appearence was better overall as well. i felt safer in the wrx how ever the car costed about 5 grand more coming in at 25340....

overall i see these cars in comparison to the cougar like this...(all cars were manual, v6 2.5l cougar, 4cyl 2.0l neon, and a 2.0l 4 cyl wrx)
Speed- the srt 4s take off was sick and instant, cravy acceleration no idea off top out speed. the wrx was next, a little slower take off but with 70 more horses then the neon im sure it would have spanked the neon EVENTUALLY, cougar took third we all know how it drives... (im using the v6 version)
Handling- Wrx hands down. it was sick even on the ice. awd is crazy esp. at speeds near 80 in hairpins and on ramps. Cougar second, then the srt4, however i didnt really get to lay it out like the wrx just bassing it off of steering in smaller turns i dont think it would compare. it sits pretty high but the seats hold you in there nicely.
Styling- Cougar.. its stock body with 16inch rims....wrx its 4 doors and has gold rims...but the spoiler, the color (blue) and the beautiful hood scoop fixed all the problems the interrior was nice but not as nice as my cougar. the srt4 was depressing, it was still a neon even with dual exhaust. the fron was aggressive, but not impressive. the interrior was uncomfortable but i did like how the boost guage fit in with the dash.

in the end im no car and driver but i am a 19 year old who was very bored. would i ever trade in the cougar prolly not for one of these unless it was later. i think after i add some new suspension and body work ill be right with these cars in handling and looks, i may not be quicker but atleast ill still get the looks that these two lack big time. i had both salesman begging me to buy the cars as i was talking about this great job and a rich dad...(both not true). it was a great time and next weekend maybe ill try some other cars. what to try next??? an evo?? v-spec?? rx8?? u tell me and ill gladly go try!!


edit for the years... 04-srt4, 03-wrx, 99-cougar
(some roads are refrenced that keystone guys would know of, i posted this in our local forum but wanted to share with u all as well)
 

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Good deal. Yea I can tell you got bored hehehe.


I really dislike the Neon SRT-4, yuck! I saw it at the internation car show here in Nashville a few weekends ago. First time I got to sit in one. And you are right, being tall (I'm 6'5") it just wouldn't work hehe. Felt like well your average neon. I've raced one before and destroyed it so not concerned on it's power. But for sport compact I would give it a thumbs up so to speak compared to others I have seen.

The RX-8 is a very nice looking car. But they have alot of performance work to make it sway my eyes. That was originally the car of my choice, but after hearing about it jumping to 30s I decided to buy a trans am instead. Then after hearing the auto didn't even break 200 crank hp LOL! I'm really grateful I made this decision hehehe.



I've done a few test driving as well but has been against SUV's as my wife been looking for one. Would do a write up on that but not enough time and probably would be boreing compared to the scene here = performance :) hehe

BUt the new Dodge Durango get's my thumbs up along with Lincolns Avaiator. :) The durango handled just like a car, hardly any body roll and accelerated pretty nicely too with the Hemi :)




Yea next cars to test drive, do a RX-8, evo and sooner this year the new Mustang will be out (October from what they said at the show) put that on your list to test drive ;)
 
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