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lexus1581
Which do you like best and why?

mustangdriver
Good poll :cheers:

I was torn between the SRT4 and the MSP! I have seen them both and was impressed with both quite a bit even without looking at their price. Put price in there and I am VERY impressed. But I'm particularly impressed with the job Dodge did with the SRT-4. It not only handles well, but god DAMN is it fast in a straight line too. It's the only car on the list that will go against and probably beat my big ole V8. That is impressive.

The MS Protege is a close 2nd though. Then I'd probably go SVT Focus and then the Sentra. The Nissan just needs some more power and it would be a great car. I drove an SVT and was fairly impressed. It's very nimble.

masestylez
MSP for me, I like it better than the SRT-4

lexus1581
I voted for the MS Protege. Its a great car for the price as well as the rest of the cars in this poll are but i feel you get a little more with the MSP than with the other cars. 170 hp isnt too bad either and from what i heard its not too bad of a performer track-wise. I just hate the orange it comes in, it seems so boy racerish.

mustangdriver
The 2003s MSPs came in black as well. AND the 2003.5s come in blue, silver, yellow and maybe one other color.

:cheers:

FabUlous
nissan has a great car in the spec V....i love the looks engine and comfort, sounds great to me

lexus1581
Originally posted by preludedriver
The 2003s MSPs came in black as well. AND the 2003.5s come in blue, silver, yellow and maybe one other color.

:cheers:

I wasnt implying that orange is the only color it comes in just that i hate that color.:pimp:

mustangdriver
:troy:

mrgokou
For some reason, i just think the srt-4 would rape the MSP. They are both great cars, but the srt-4 will just anally rape the MSP.

SCC actually did a contest with cars in this class. The SRT-4 came out on top, and the MPS cam in second. the SE-R and a mini S tied for third.

masestylez
Maybe the Protege misplaced of its 40hp ala the RX-8 test car :) I would still buy the Mazda, I think even if it wasnt a better track car it has a lot more potential than the SRT-4. But thats my opinion, and I still would bet reliability is in the MPS' hands by a longshot. Every Neon owner I know has had shit for luck with them, and name drop or not, the SRT-4 is still a Neon at heart

mustangdriver
There is a pretty decent performance gap between the Dodge and the Mazda which is why I picked it. It's all about bang for the buck baby! :D

silverTA2002
speed speed speed.

That neon should be a blast to drive. Especially if you get one of the hp upgrades from the factory, up to 300hp!!

scubie02
Boy, thats a tough choice. The speed on the neon is great, but boy it'd be a hard sell for me--semi ugly and just cheap seeming somehow, and as said neon reliability hasn't been so great over the years. I'd PORBABLY go with the mazdaspeed for the handling and better perceived quality, but really they all have their strong and weak points. The Focus gets alot of praise and sounds good in alot of ways, but then there are the recalls/reliability there too. I like the Nissan's ok--they feel like they pull pretty hard and they handle ok. But I guess I'd vote Mazda.

silverTA2002
I just think the neon would be more fun to drive. Reliability? I don't really care If I'm buying it new.

Carlos Carrera
the SRT4.... its damn fast.. and with some upgrades u can get more than 280hp

silverTA2002
I was going to find the SRT-4 upgrades link, but C&D is down....

silverTA2002
oh well, I couldn't find a link, but.... The factory stage I kit give you from 235hp/260lbs feet to Stage II giving you 270hp/270lbs-ft and the not street legal Stage III 300hp/300Lbs-ft.

Not too bad from the factory. ;)

mustangdriver
Droool :troy:

Mr.Dave
Nissan... then make the mods :D

masestylez
Thats a good factory kit!

mustangdriver
Pretty even spread, aside from the SVT which I'm glad to see got at least one vote! :D I'm kind of surprised the Sentra got as many votes as it did.

Carlos Carrera
Originally posted by preludedriver
Pretty even spread, aside from the SVT which I'm glad to see got at least one vote! :D I'm kind of surprised the Sentra got as many votes as it did.

i prefer the Focus RS... :hitit:

lexus1581
Last months C/D magazine did this comparo. Thats where i got the idea from. This is how they ranked them:
1- SRT4
2- SVT Focus
3- MS Protege
4- SE-R Spec V

RedLine
Originally posted by silverTA2002
speed speed speed.

That neon should be a blast to drive. Especially if you get one of the hp upgrades from the factory, up to 300hp!!

And whats this about a factory 300hp ungrade? Tell me more, the sti might have competion, in my buying books!

Personally that stage 2 option is looking mightly tempting! What does that ungrage cost? Any way its nice as it is!

silverTA2002
MOPAR has promised 3 stages of factory available upgrades. As far as pricing goes, I've only heard rumors, but something like $1500 for Stage I. And Stage III is "offroad use only" or something like that.

Not exactly competition for the STI, since FWD is a major downfall with 300hp.

It should be a blast to drive with that extra power though, and real real fast.

scubie02
Yeah, but I'm only willing to go so far down the gene pool these days, and the neon might be a rung too many. I mean, I still respect a car that can get up that much power, just wouldn't probably want to OWN one (unless it wasn't my daily driver). And the highest stage they are advertising isn't street legal, thats why they say its for "offroad use". WHich is nice, but if its really not usable, what's the point? And you just KNOW the cops will be all over that car, so if its not legal, it'd get pegged pretty fast.

silverTA2002
As for the "for offroad use only."

That's just for legal stuff. I wouldn't worry about it, except in California where they're pretty strict.

There are tons of mods that aren't street legal, but people do them all the times to their cars with no problem with "the law."

Stage III probably doesn't pass emissions or something.

You can get "offroad use only" chips for cars, and they only give you a few hp, but people do it all the time. That's just one example.

Michitakem
Originally posted by Carlos Carrera
the SRT4.... its damn fast.. and with some upgrades u can get more than 280hp

That reminds me of going downhill at 120mph in a Chevy Metro. Scary. :naughty: The whole vehicle start to sway from side to side....

Carlos Carrera
Originally posted by Michitakem
That reminds me of going downhill at 120mph in a Chevy Metro. Scary. :naughty: The whole vehicle start to sway from side to side....
120mph in a Chevy Metro? u have balls my friend. :smoke:

Ford ZX2 1999
I prefer the SVT Focus. I am a huge fan of SVT {and Ford ;)}. The SVT vehicles have what I think as impressive stats and all of them look great.

98CivicHX
Originally posted by Ford ZX2 1999
I prefer the SVT Focus. I am a huge fan of SVT {and Ford ;)}. The SVT vehicles have what I think as impressive stats and all of them look great.

Now, if they only had an SVT ZX2, right? :bigbounce

Pennzoil GT-R
what about the Focus RS/Alfa 147GTA?!

mustangdriver
We've never seen those cars :D

Pennzoil GT-R
ive never seen any of the cars on that list!

Arthur Dent
hard to argue with grunt of the Neon (that sounds really odd)

Carlos Carrera
Originally posted by Pennzoil GT-R
what about the Focus RS/Alfa 147GTA?!

the RS kick ass..
the 147GTA ??? i never heard about it.. :D
well it has 250hp, but i dont know about handling...

Pennzoil GT-R
147GTA is supposed to be a dead match for the Golf R32

Ford ZX2 1999
Originally posted by 98CivicHX
Now, if they only had an SVT ZX2, right? :bigbounce

That would be awesome! :D {But it would look like the new ones, with the Focus-like front end and I prefer the old look like mine...}