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Re: Pros and Cons

>how many times have you driven on the autobahn or carved the road along 
>the shoreline of Cicillia? If you have, you'll know what I mean! 
Been there Done That...

>How many Supras, VR4s, or even Accord, or Civics have you seen? Not 
>many at all. Maybe five in a day all in the right lane. Why? Because all 
>of them can not sustain long time at full throttle. 
Would have to disagree with you on this.  Ever hear of TAXES??  In Europe 
when you get a engine larger than 2.0L you get slammed with HUGE taxes.  
The VAT is also very big on Imports.

>I was puzzled too first, but 
>after I asked some mechanics down there, they say that most often problem 
>is that Japanese cars overheat after 1-2 hours of full throttle run. 
The "Imports" Cool just fine, you got a load of BS

>Where as 540i driven by my dad easily went over 160 MPH (the German 
If it was a German Rental or a car off of the showroom floor it's 
electronically governed to 155mph (220KPH)

>How is that for Japanese performance. Surely you can clock the 
>car running around the track for about 10-15 minutes, so what? 
Running for 10-15 Min on the track is harder on a car than running at 
130mph all day long...

>In real life they are just not up to Germans in terms of extreme situation 
>performance. A friend of mine from Japan runs his AWD 190 HP Accord EX-R 
>about 100-115 MPH in Twin Cities (we're on the COPs' most wanted
>list here),
Now there's something that I can say I don't have on my Professional 
Drivers resume. Thats "really" something to be proud of.......
>but that speed is only maintained for 5-6 min max before his
>scanner-detector sees a patrol vehicle around. He is a huge expert at 
>cars both here and in Japan both selling them and testing them, and the 
>only Japanese cars that can compete with Germans are the varients sold 
>only in Japan. But even then, cops there uses 959s and 911s.
Last time I was in Japan the cops were NOT using 959's and 911's.  Nissan 
Bluebirds and Monster Sport Bikes...
Let's see there are less than 200 959's in the world........I don't think 
that the Japanese police are using $300,000 "patrol" Cars.  As it is all 
Home market cars in Japan are speed governed to 120mph.

>His EX-R is also very interesting machine: it is a '90 EX-R with AWD and 
>self locking center differential. 0-60 in about 6.7 sec with 6-speed wide 
>ratio box. The 190HP eingine is the older variation of the engine used on 
>todays Prelude VTEC. Very nice piece of machinery, but he still prefers 
>the accuracy of my '86 CSTQ steering and suspension response. 
I would describe the stock 5KCSTQ suspension as refined but not accurate. 
 Kit out the suspension and your starting to get accurate, but as long as 
the steering rack is mounted to the chassis and the lower control arm's 
(With Rubber Bushings) are mounted to a rubber isolated subframe you are 
never going to get "Accurate" steering.  Pleasant Steering yes, accurate 

>Oh by the way, my '86 is the German version with electronic suspension 
>and a different Turbocharger. 
You mean the self leveling suspension?  Not what I would call a 
"electronic suspension"

>So I hope that sheds some light on why I say things that I do.
It most certainly does.............


Eric Fletcher