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Honda Civic, Volkswagen GTI, Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA3, Car Buying
#1 of 11 New car to tune?
Apr 27, 2007 (12:23 pm)
I have around $20k-25k to spend on a project car to tune and I've so far looked into (all 2007):
Civic Si Coupe
VW GTI 2DR
Does anyone have any suggestions or opinions on either these three models or something else within my price range? I prefer to buy a new car rather then an old one because I'd like to start from scratch basically. Thanks.
#2 of 11 Re: New car to tune? [ska]
Jul 16, 2007 (5:54 am)
As in the past, Hondas, esp. Civics are primo for tuners. I just bought the '07 Si myself, and am looking to start playing with it, so I'd be very interested in what you have in mind as far as defining 'a project car to tune'. It cost me ~$21k, which is the cheapest of the three, and would leave you a few thousand dollars to use for initial mods.
#3 of 11 Re: New car to tune? [ska]
Jul 29, 2007 (6:20 pm)
buying an older car also means starting from scratch too, with far more parts available for older models vice waiting a bit for the newer ones....
but I second the choosing of the new Civic Si...even though it is starting to look like a mini-van...
#4 of 11 Re: New car to tune? [xaeta]
Jul 30, 2007 (1:55 am)
hahahahaha i totally agree... it took me about a week to finally realize it, but i drove by a minivan at some point, and then it hit me... the entire front end looks like a MINIVAN!!!
I think America is following the trend in Europe of heading toward the ultra-compact, as evidenced by the Civics, Minis, SmartCars coming to the US, and even the Elements and similar.
#5 of 11 Re: New car to tune? [kork13]
Sep 04, 2007 (11:25 am)
both honda and vw are great cars to "tune". i prefer german cars myself less of the racer boy image.
for 500 bucks you can bump the gti from 200 to 250 hp and 300ft/lbs (i think i'm right on that number)
i don't think the civic is turbo (?), so big hp gains like that typically cost a lot of money.
#7 of 11 APR Upgrade to GTI
May 10, 2010 (8:25 pm)
Nectar (et al...), I just had APR's ECU upgrade done on my 2010 4-door GTI. Went from 200HP/207lbs to 254HP/296TQ. $599 for the software plus $100 for the install at the top-rated dealer in the area. Worth every penny, my friend. The one thing I felt was lacking (that's a strong word) in my GTI was the HP/torque relative to other cars in the class. The chip flash has more than taken care of that, and at no cost to my mileage (unless I stomp on it a lot, which I sometimes do.... ). Anyway, I'm with you on German cars, and I love my GTI.
#8 of 11 Re: APR Upgrade to GTI [2gtiguy]
Jun 15, 2010 (3:47 pm)
Two questions on your chip upgrade.
1. Does this affect the warranty? I believe it does, but probably only for engine related problems.
2, Where did you have this done?
My fun car is a 2006 BMW Z4 M Roadster (330 HP) purchased new. I put this car away in the western Massachusetts winters, I'm looking for a four season fun car and the 2010 GTI is at the top of my list.
#9 of 11 Re: APR Upgrade to GTI [perunest]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jun 16, 2010 (9:35 pm)
If they can detect the chip and if the warranty claim has anything to do with the powertrain, you bet VW will deny it. There's nothing to say that the car's transaxle is going to enjoy the extra torque as much as the driver
#10 of 11 Re: APR Upgrade to GTI [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 19, 2010 (10:23 pm)
Solid points. I don't drive it like a maniac, so it hopefully won't put too much strain on the transaxle. That said, APR's Stage I upgrade is designed to work within the specs of VW's existing equipment (which, being German, is outstanding), so I don't think it's an issue. Also, APR's upgrade includes the ability to switch back to stock settings AND lock it out once you've done that, making the upgrade "undetectable" (I used quotes because I haven't proven this yet). We'll see.