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Old 10-26-2012, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hello All, I have been lurking on here for a while now but I need some advice.
I am trying to decide between a 2010 GTI and a NA or NB Miata turbo.
Here is my dillema and questions:
I am 6'3.5" so miata is tight.. but doable.
I test drove a stock 2001 miata and was not at all impressed with the power. My honda fit 5MT is honestly more fun to drive.
I like the idea of a turbo miata but I would like to know the driving impressions from someone who has the FMII or BEGI setup at around 9-12psi. What is it like? Is it corvette fast? or is it just "GTI" fast? Is it really peaky.. or is there good power everywhere? I have seen the dyno graphs.. but I want someone with real seat of the pants experience. My usage would be for Daily Driver with occasional back road schenanigans.

I have driven the GTI and it is an awesome car and tons of low end torque and a huge aftermarket full of tuners that easily will put it at 250hp/280ftlbs.

Turbo miata seems like it will be around 220hp/200tq but it is about 500lb lighter.
Please give me your "test drive" review of your turbo miata.

Thank you!
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:04 AM   #2
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I have driven both, but it sounds like you need to find a local turbo miata to ride in or drive.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:03 AM   #3
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Edit: I'm not even going to help you here. You've obviously done zero research and have no idea what you're looking for.
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250whp miata will make that vw feel like a slow turd.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:09 AM   #5
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You need to get a motorcycle.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:45 AM   #6
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The vw will always get you to work. The Miata will be faster and more fun.
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Straight lines suck. Redefine what's fun. Failing that, get a Mustang/Camaro.
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I am kinda surprised that you don't find the miata fun to drive even at stock power.

If you are looking for something that goes fast in a straight line, DON'T BUY A MIATA.

There are much cheaper ways.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:45 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input... except for VIPERORMIATA...
To be clear... I have done a TON of research.. and that is why I am here. I was hoping to get descriptions of personal experiences with turbo miatas and how they compare to other cars (i.e. VW gti).
I do have a motorcycle... but want a cheap, small RWD car that is fun to drive. My number 1 goal is FUN to DRIVE. Speed/power is only part of that equation.. but since I drove the stock miata and was not impressed, I thought that adding power would help the situation.
Please don't hate...

Anyone in the central ohio area with a ~200-250hp turbo miata that could take me for a ride sometime?
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:55 PM   #10
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Nope, you get more hate. We hate you.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:57 PM   #11
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wow... what an awesome forum
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:00 PM   #12
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You haven't done a ton of research. GTFO

VW Gti or Turbo Miata?

Did you also consider a mini cooper vs Corvette?

What about a geo metro vs ariel atom?
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Nope, what you need is a LS1/2 Miata and about 30K budget
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Cry some more you fagggot.

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wow... what an awesome forum
This is easily one of the most technical and information packed forum on the net. We have everything from weekend enthusiast to champion racers and everything in between. I started out here as a ******* supercharger loving homo who couldn't even wire a ******* powercard, now I'm in the midst of building a 450whp car that will idle perfectly in traffic with the a/c blowing cold and still get 30mpg.

But we don't cater to the noobs who come in here and ask retarded questions and get butt hurt when we don't give them exactly what they want. You're obviously not a child, so stop acting like one and grow up.

Or you can stomp around like an angry 6 year old and head back to VW land and you can get answers about which "stage" is best for you to waste money on.
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Cry some more you fagggot.



This is easily one of the most technical and information packed forum on the net. We have everything from weekend enthusiast to champion racers and everything in between. I started out here as a ******* supercharger loving homo who couldn't even wire a ******* powercard, now I'm in the midst of building a 450whp car that will idle perfectly in traffic with the a/c blowing cold and still get 30mpg.

But we don't cater to the noobs who come in here and ask retarded questions and get butt hurt when we don't give them exactly what they want. You're obviously not a child, so stop acting like one and grow up.

Or you can stomp around like an angry 6 year old and head back to VW land and you can get answers about which "stage" is best for you to waste money on.
...and then he can get you to help him install his 100$ ebay exhaust on the GTI?
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RWD car that's fun...check out a turbo mr2 or a mr-s spyder.
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I do have a motorcycle...
Reminded me of this: PSA14: "I Just Wanna Ride My Motorcycle" - G.I. Joe (Overdub) Fensler Films [HQ] - YouTube
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RWD car that's fun...check out a turbo mr2 or a mr-s spyder.
Who said anything about RWD or fun?

An overweight, slow econobox (GTI) is none of those things.

Test drove a stock 2012 GTI (wanted to like DSG... I didn't), I couldn't keep traction from a stop... on the test drive. Not even full throttle.
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