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#474 of 523 They most certainly can void your warranty.......
Dec 11, 2002 (8:53 pm)
This was from the vwvortex site referring to the Magnusson Moss Act:
"The way our laws are written, your rights to use after market parts and upgrades on your car are protected by the Magnusson Moss act, but it is not a guarantee of warranty coverage. Basically the act states that you have a right to use non-original parts on your car and still retain the factory warranty. However, if there is a failure and the manufacturer (VOLVO in this case) can show that the failure was caused by the non-original part, they can deny coverage."
No the GTI is not a real sport car. It is a "Hot Hatch" for better or worse. I was just pointing out the Honda 4 cylinder engines are incapable of producing torque levels that are comparable to the competition, including VW. My point was that I wouldn't put a black mark on Honda for it, because they excel in other areas.
Sorry I can get diesel at my local gas station and if you haven't heard diesels are some of the most advanced and efficient powertrains available. Within a decade almost 50% of the cars sold in Europe will be diesels, with hybrids trailing way behind.
Sorry the SI is 3/4 of a second slower to 60 mph in Motortrend and .7 second slower in Automobile mag.
#475 of 523 Mini Cooper crashworthiness from IHS
Dec 11, 2002 (10:31 pm)
Actually the Mini has the most comprehensize collection of safety features in its class and:
The MINI Cooper's crashworthiness received the top rating of 'Good' and earned the car a 'Best Pick' designation in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's December frontal offset crash tests.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's ratings reflect performance in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier. Based on the results of this test, the Institute evaluates the crashworthiness of passenger vehicles, assigning each vehicle a rating of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.
MINI's strong performance comes just weeks after the MINI Cooper earned a 4 star rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) crash test results.
#476 of 523 18" versus 15" on braking...
Dec 12, 2002 (5:01 am)
Jan 03 EuroTuner, page 28
VDAT e.V. tuning test:
195/65 r15 with Dunlop SP Sport 200
225/40r18 with Dunlop SP Sport 9000
62 mph to 0 mph
18 inchers stopped shorter by 13.5 feet
50 mph to 0 mph
18 inchers stopped shorter by 9.5 feet
Though...I'm a little skeptical...due to different tires. I'm fine with the tire sizes...
#477 of 523 Mini crash worthy is fine
Dec 12, 2002 (5:50 am)
But bumpworthy kinda pitiful as I linked. So if you don't total it it will suffer more damage than average.
" And on the front angle test, the car’s frame is actually twisted — just that fix is $1,489.
“That’s excessive by any definition,” says O’Neill. “We shouldn’t be damaging frames in five mile an hour impacts.”
The Mini Cooper earns a “marginal” rating."
Sometime you gotta wonder if we have the same internet.
#478 of 523 Mini good and bad, insurance ratings
Dec 12, 2002 (5:09 pm)
That is too bad about the bumper damage in regards to the Mini. I think the designers probably opted to make passenger saftey the prime concern in this case.
Reminds me of something though about a European magazine that I have read in the past, "Car" I believe it was. Anyway they had not only depreciation rating for every car, but also insurance ratings too. That way you could easily comparision shop between cars and get a ballpark figure w/o having to bother your insurance company every time. Does anyone publication in the US do this?
Dec 12, 2002 (7:58 pm)
Too bad the Mini designers couldn't figure out how to make the car safe AND design it well enough not to cause that level of damage in a 5 MPH impact.
#480 of 523 I was genuinely surprised that an 02 A4 sustained less damage
Dec 13, 2002 (5:01 am)
in the same test than the new Accord. About 50% less in expense repair. Actually, I think it could be closer to 75% since Audi or German car parts generally cost more than the Japanese or American counterparts.
#481 of 523 This room goes all over the place to try to prove a point.
Dec 13, 2002 (10:31 am)
#482 of 523 And the tables have turned.
Dec 13, 2002 (10:52 am)
#483 of 523 I stick to the GTI unless something else is brought up.
Dec 13, 2002 (10:55 am)
There are enough sources of bad news on the GTI that I don't have to stray.