That's about what they can be bought for in the U.S. with that year/mileage/spec but I would strongly recommend spending up to $20K to get a newer or lower mileage car under warranty. My main beef with the Tiguan is the fact it is far less spacious/practical than, say, a Forester, the gas mileage isn't any better than… » 11/20/14 2:23pm Thursday 2:23pm

The Golf is a *much* shorter vehicle, like 8 inches shorter in wheelbase. That alone should save a few hundred pounds, and VW has the added advantage of having a smaller, less complex engine and less in the way of "luxury" accoutrements. Also 400 hp requires much beefier suspension, brakes, etc., etc. True, the R has… » 11/19/14 9:56am Wednesday 9:56am

"Any money spent on cars, is money wasted." No question that the dealership model is a racket, but are you sure this is the language you want to use? Cars can be a valuable investment, because you can use them for gainful employment. And so can renting an apartment, because it can allow access to gainful employment.… » 11/11/14 2:26pm 11/11/14 2:26pm

Your nationalistic post piqued my curiosity, so I have read that the Wright supercharger drive replaced the French unit used by R-R to good effect. New metallurgy improved break-in and corrosion resistance. Bendix carb replaced SU. And Packard produced the two-piece cylinder head, which R-R could not do at the time. I… » 11/06/14 9:05am 11/06/14 9:05am

The sportiness has a lot to do with the setup. The 4A-GE is a Cosworth BDA clone with a ton of character. The 1NZ-FE? Not much. Plus, the Fx16's gearbox has shorter ratios and the suspension is setup to encourage Scandinavian flicks. It's just a really entertaining car to drive. The xA? Not so much, although I like… » 10/28/14 9:04am 10/28/14 9:04am

I wouldn't call it terrible. Just "not as effective in certain conditions" and also "not as expensive". The STI setup, with LSD front and rear diffs and two center diffs (electronic and mechanical) is the most proactive but it's also easily the most complex and most expensive. It also hurts gas mileage and curb… » 10/24/14 1:16pm 10/24/14 1:16pm

Well, many MR2 drivers had snap oversteer issues. The oversteer threshold is quite fine on these cars so many owners lacked the practice or knowledge to control it. With stock suspension and tires, it's very controllable and not a problem. I'd be wary of driving the SC in the wet, however. » 10/24/14 9:23am 10/24/14 9:23am

Jamaican? Jarama is Spanish through and through. A lot of people dislike or ignore the design but I like it a lot. It photographs poorly but in person it's quite stunning. Basically, it's a shortened Espada, intended as a large GT. The headlight treatment could have been better, though. » 10/23/14 12:00pm 10/23/14 12:00pm

The price is a bit too high, I agree, but the RHD is not at all a problem for what looks to be a dedicated off-roader. The diesel is inferior to the 4G54 when it comes to on-road smoothness and performance, but it's a good choice for the trail. The turbo is intercooled... not much different than what you'd get in the… » 10/20/14 9:37am 10/20/14 9:37am

I like this train of thought, but a nice condition 900 turbo for $5K, let alone $2500, is going to be hard to find. If you do, I guarantee it will have north of 200K or have a failing trans or need a timing chain replacement or something. The way to go is a depreciation special, like a mid-2000s 9-5 Aero. An easy 260+… » 10/17/14 12:54pm 10/17/14 12:54pm