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What do you think the most overrated car is?
See here's my take on 90s Civics that kids rice out. Sure they're not ever really fast, they handle alright. BUT they provide a cheap base for younger enthusiasts, that even with the hack job modifications, remain acceptably reliable. So though I rip on Honda's constantly, as a broke 20 year old, If I was looking for a cheap DD for when my DSM is inevitably being worked on I'd consider a 90s Civic.
An early 90s civic with $5000 into the suspension and $5000 into the engine will give a $100,000 sports car a run for its money. Mid sized turbo on a B18, LSD, bigger axles, big sway bars, poly bushings, coilovers and decent rubber. The parts are a dime a dozen and the machines are so fundamentally basic that they're a great learning/experimenting platform.
While I would agree that a modified car will can beat 100k sportscars for much cheaper, I disagree with the Civic platform being able to do so for $10k of bolt ons and on every performance metric. Straightline is simple. We all know it's easy to make a Civic fast. All around handling dynamics with power, even with those mods, I disagree. You would have to spend more than 5k on suspension to make the car all around great.
Exactly. And I get why "high-end" companies sell to the average consumer - to be able to sell to more people. But seriously. Those 3 brands have become the Louis Vuitton of cars. Used to be heralded as a luxury brand, now flooded by the mediocre, has-some-money-lying-around driver.
What annoys me most about those companies is the huge amount of models they have, and it's all to make money. I swear Audi would have over 50 A4s if you count all trim levels, body styles, engines, etc, and that's before you even think about options. Audi also has a zillion SUVs now, I hate that.