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    The better option on the Renesis is to ditch the factory OMP configuration. Quit pulling oil from the crankcase. Instead install an external reservoir for the OMP, then feed a dedicated supply of lubricant for the apex seals. I would opt for TC-W3, as it is combustible and ashless.

    Additionally, you then get the benefit of being able to run a synthetic in the crankcase without worrying about compatibility with apex seal lubrication.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShyguyXPC View Post
    I remember early on, reading on the reliability of the Renesis (but that was early on, when they first came out, first few years), but in the last couple years, looking up stuff on these cars, reading about the seals and limited engine life spans. Didn't realize the engine oil differences were the problem. Hell, if that's all it took, was draining the motor and putting in a different oil weight, after making sure and inspecting that the seals were good, I could be driving an RX8 now instead of the Astra I have.

    though the Astra still gets miles better fuel economy, far more practical and able to haul stuff around in it, not to mention more passenger room.

    Also more likely to keep me out of trouble on road ways with top speed/acceleration stuff, LOL.

    Still, if I were to buy a rotary, I'd really want the one I've always wanted, 3rd gen RX7, but no way I'd be able to afford something like that, unless I won big at the casino, or lottery tickets.



    For a while, If I had the opportunity to change jobs, and cash in on my stock value with the company, as well as my saved up vacation hours, I'd been thinking of paying off the Astra, and get a 2nd loan out on something more fun to drive from time to time. looking at Miata's (2nd gen, with an auto, long legs, bad knees, and shifting constantly not something I really want to do when just cruising around, though the last month or two, kind of wish my Astra was stick, even if I'm not all that great with driving it. But,with me constantly shifting between drive and overdrive based on the situation on highway or roads). Or used BMW Z3, though Z3's biggest con for me, is the lack of a tilt steering wheel from what I've read, but quite a few decently used cars for cheap out there if you're willing to go the extra distance to pick one up (not a lot locally).

    Nissan 300ZX, Older 2nd Gen RX7, a couple other oldies I was thinking, along with the 2nd Gen MR2's. Or just use that money outright to pay in cash, instead of a loan, due to the age of those cars.

    not many other choices for small RWD sports cars in the US, you do have Camaro/Mustang Convertibles, but their bigger, and made to more or less go in straight lines.

    There's the Del Sol, but they're hard to find, either beat to hell and rusted out shells, riced out like no tomorrow, or just insanely high mileage, and then have to worry about what repairs mechanical wise, you're going to have to deal with.

    Its FWD, good on fuel economy, plenty of leg room for 2 passengers, and trunk space, but not quite the same as some of the others listed.

    Shy,
    The 300ZX is an excellent car, even for those of us that are 6'5" or more, lots of legroom. I loved the instrumentation on ours. Over the years we had an Orange 240, a Light Blue 280 and the White 300. Loved them all but I think the original 240 had more power, better handling and curb appeal.

    Have you seen the 2015 Gold 300? It is totally awesome. I attached a photo of our 300 here and I see it below the body as an attachment so we'll see if it comes through.

    I am older than you, but I still want one of every cool car I see. I need an antique and the wife wants a Blue 66 Camaro just like one we owned in 76. She doesn't believe it costs more now than it did then, but she will see the light. None for sale on the webz are local so, sounds like a "Road Trip!" to me....Depending on how far away I find one will dictate which carrier I take. I have a dual wheel heavy-duty 20' trailer with adjustable drive-on ramps or a short distance car carrier but can you imagine how fast those little wheels are rotating at 70MPH? (Supposed to stay at 45 or below but,,,, Do you smell toasted bearings?

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    You need an XJ, ShyGuy.

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    Rolling around in a Tata Xenon XT these days! Little diesel engine with a 5-speed...trucks like these need to make their way to the States.

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    GM has the 2015 Colorado with a 2.8L Duramax and Nissan is working on a Frontier with a 2.8L Cummins.

    Also, next year, the Nissan Titan with the 5.0L V8 Turbo Cummins goes into production.

    There are also rumors and spotted camouflage mule trucks for a diesel Toyota Tacoma. It only makes sense for Toyota to offer a diesel for the Tacoma as they have been building a diesel powered Hilux for decades now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Networker4321 View Post
    Shy,
    The 300ZX is an excellent car, even for those of us that are 6'5" or more, lots of legroom. I loved the instrumentation on ours. Over the years we had an Orange 240, a Light Blue 280 and the White 300. Loved them all but I think the original 240 had more power, better handling and curb appeal.

    Have you seen the 2015 Gold 300? It is totally awesome. I attached a photo of our 300 here and I see it below the body as an attachment so we'll see if it comes through.

    I am older than you, but I still want one of every cool car I see. I need an antique and the wife wants a Blue 66 Camaro just like one we owned in 76. She doesn't believe it costs more now than it did then, but she will see the light. None for sale on the webz are local so, sounds like a "Road Trip!" to me....Depending on how far away I find one will dictate which carrier I take. I have a dual wheel heavy-duty 20' trailer with adjustable drive-on ramps or a short distance car carrier but can you imagine how fast those little wheels are rotating at 70MPH? (Supposed to stay at 45 or below but,,,, Do you smell toasted bearings?

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    Not sure on that 2015 Gold 300, not sure I've heard of that, I know the current model is the 370Z...

    As to the older 2nd gen 300's, a couple times I had a chance to buy one, but the damn banks wouldn't loan out money on them, either it cost to much to them ($2-5k? with higher mileage), or the model was too "old" to take a loan out.

    So I would be stuck to pay out of pocket if I did get one, which is hard to do, most I see in good condition up here still end up selling for $3-5K at least.

    Prices on cars up here, used market, are much higher than they generally are down in the south for some reason, despite the fact that generally southern cars are in MUCH MUCH better condition, not having to contend with winter as much, and as a result road salts, with rust and what ever else.

    Friend of mine, about 10 years younger than me, former coworker, has a 2000 something (I think its an 04 or 06) 350Z, bought cheap, to fix up, a few minor things, and he's a gear head, not so much when he was in High School, but as he got done with school and over the years owned probably a dozen cars now, had 2 Firebirds, Trans Am's, one Auto, one Manual, he sold the Auto to his Wife, Then Girlfriend, so they both still have the cars, but he's had a few Neon SXT and RT's over the years, and one or two SUV's, and other econo cars.

    But he's now a couple inches taller than me (seemed to have gone on another growth spurt over the past 5-6 years at least). But he fits just fine in his 350Z. And I know the 300Z's seemed to be a bit bigger inside, if not just as low to the ground.

    If I found one, it'd have to be a non Turbo, the 300HP Turbo models would get me into too much trouble, LOL, and its one extra thing to have to dump tons of money into repairs into as well.

    I've always loved the 2nd gen 300's, even though I've always been an RX7 fan since the 1st gen of those. But I didn't care much for the first gen 300Z's, the 280, and 260's before them I kind of like, and the 240's too. Also liked the old 80's 200SX's, as my middle brother had one for his first car, and that thing was faster accelerating and top speed than my 84 Camaro V6 at the time (96-97, somewhere in that time frame).

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    Also always liked the later RWD 240SX models as well, which are so hard to find up here its ridiculous, its easier to find a 300z than the 240SX. And when you do, someone has epically failed at turning it into a JDM Silvia, or riced it into a drifter car, or at least wannabe drifter.

    you'd spend more money restoring the damn thing, and the PROPERLY outfitting it with aftermarket custom parts, etc, with out driving around a high school kids ricer, than you actually spent on the thing.

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    You need an XJ, ShyGuy.
    Jaguar, or Jeep Cherokee?

    I'd maybe go for the Jag, maybe...?

    but been in an XJ, Cherokee (Grand Cherokee's are a joke, even worse IMO than the original for space, never liked them, seemed to ride too high, or at least center of gravity anyways, like a Ford Explorer compared to a Ranger its based on), many years ago, didn't like it much, not as cramped as the ford rangers I tested out as well, but still didn't like it much, though one of the guys at work with me, same height, maybe an inch taller, and used to be as wide as me now, both about 5-6 years apart and been there forever, its like over the years, he slimmed down, I added on his pounds, LOL, but he used to drive a Comanche for the longest time as his second vehicle, till he drove it into the ground and gave up on fixing it.

    I forget what he was driving since then, but last year, got himself a newer Dodge Charger (forget the model, but its the Hemi equipped AWD version). So ends up with crappy fuel economy all the time, as most of his driving is in town, where he lives and works.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Real Bingo View Post
    Rolling around in a Tata Xenon XT these days! Little diesel engine with a 5-speed...trucks like these need to make their way to the States.
    Looks like a Nissan Frontier at first glance.
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    The 1.5L Skyactiv-G engine is going to be the base model engine for the 2016 MX-5, although we probably won't get it in the US. The power output will be 128hp and greater than 106ft/lb of torque (which is odd since it makes 99hp and 111ft/lb in the Mazda2). The 128hp is a big bump from the standard 99hp output, and a nice improvement over the current high output version's 115hp (European spec Mazda2 hatchback).

    If we see a similar 30hp increase out of the 2.0L Skyactiv-G, which is what I was guesstimating earlier, then the 2016 MX-5 2.0L will be a potent little car. 185hp and 2248lbs (this is the latest official curb weight) would put the power to weight ratio right in line with the Mustang V6 and should offer low 5 second 0-60 acceleration runs.
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