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    Liking, but not loving my car. What single mod "made" the car for you?

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    Just wondering - I've had my fiesta a few months now and I *like* it, but I'm not really "loving" it. With most of my past cars I either kinda bonded with them within the first 3 months or I sold them and moved on. I'm really impressed with the fiesta's qualities, but I'm constantly missing my previous fiat 500 Abarth (which was, on paper, the worse car). I'm looking to inject a little character. I know exhaust is an option, though I want to avoid a tinny rice rocket sound, or excessive drone, and I don't necessarily want "straight piped" loud (where I work/live will ticket you on sight if you appear to have aftermarket exhaust - I got pulled over many times in my Abarth and had to fight the fix-it tickets, since it was stock(ish)). The fiesta seems a great car, I have ~1300 miles on it now, but it feels kinda "sterile". I'd love to hear what, for you guys, was the one defining mod that really helped you bond with the car. Since I bought it, I've gotten an intake (which helped a bit!) and need to find time to install my GFB DV+ (thanks ron@whoosh!). Maybe the answer *is* exhaust, though I'm not sure if I want to go down that road. Let me know what's worked for you all :)

    I've been eyeing a fiat 124 spider abarth as a "weekender" and keep my ST as a daily, but that's probably not the responsible decision. I just got rid of my Grand National a while back, it just wasn't getting driven anymore. There's even a chance that I'll pick up an early used 500 Abarth as a weekend toy, but I'd love to find a way to be happy with just the ST for right now, I'm really enjoying having so much free garage space to work on other stuff and set up my guitars and whatnot.

    To get an idea of past vehicles that held my interest, my history of "loved" cars includes a few v8 swapped fieros (I love the things), 2 grand nationals, a porsche 914 (restomod then sold, shouldn't have sold!), an 80's mazda 626 I turbocharged with junkyard parts and used for rallycross, a couple supercharged Nissan Maximas (I love the vq engines!) and a several other toys including an absurd number of motorcycles. (I buy bikes that people parked for winter and never rode again, clean and tune-up then sell. 1000 mile bikes for 750 bucks? Sure!).

    I suppose I could always build a v8 miata to add some insanity back into my life ;)
    Cars I'm always on the look-out for: Datsun 240z, 1977ish Toyota celica, another fiero, a dodge omni glh-s, a low-mileage stock SRT-4(rare as a unicorn), a low-mileage stock 240sx(also rare as a unicorn).

    I'm rambling, I realize now - back to my original point, what single mod gave you a lil' tingle in your hangly downs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clit_Beastwood View Post
    Just wondering - I've had my fiesta a few months now and I *like* it, but I'm not really "loving" it. With most of my past cars I either kinda bonded with them within the first 3 months or I sold them and moved on. I'm really impressed with the fiesta's qualities, but I'm constantly missing my previous fiat 500 Abarth (which was, on paper, the worse car). I'm looking to inject a little character. I know exhaust is an option, though I want to avoid a tinny rice rocket sound, or excessive drone, and I don't necessarily want "straight piped" loud (where I work/live will ticket you on sight if you appear to have aftermarket exhaust - I got pulled over many times in my Abarth and had to fight the fix-it tickets, since it was stock(ish)). The fiesta seems a great car, I have ~1300 miles on it now, but it feels kinda "sterile". I'd love to hear what, for you guys, was the one defining mod that really helped you bond with the car. Since I bought it, I've gotten an intake (which helped a bit!) and need to find time to install my GFB DV+ (thanks ron@whoosh!). Maybe the answer *is* exhaust, though I'm not sure if I want to go down that road. Let me know what's worked for you all :)

    I've been eyeing a fiat 124 spider abarth as a "weekender" and keep my ST as a daily, but that's probably not the responsible decision. I just got rid of my Grand National a while back, it just wasn't getting driven anymore. There's even a chance that I'll pick up an early used 500 Abarth as a weekend toy, but I'd love to find a way to be happy with just the ST for right now, I'm really enjoying having so much free garage space to work on other stuff and set up my guitars and whatnot.

    To get an idea of past vehicles that held my interest, my history of "loved" cars includes a few v8 swapped fieros (I love the things), 2 grand nationals, a porsche 914 (restomod then sold, shouldn't have sold!), an 80's mazda 626 I turbocharged with junkyard parts and used for rallycross, a couple supercharged Nissan Maximas (I love the vq engines!) and a several other toys including an absurd number of motorcycles. (I buy bikes that people parked for winter and never rode again, clean and tune-up then sell. 1000 mile bikes for 750 bucks? Sure!).

    I suppose I could always build a v8 miata to add some insanity back into my life ;)
    Cars I'm always on the look-out for: Datsun 240z, 1977ish Toyota celica, another fiero, a dodge omni glh-s, a low-mileage stock SRT-4(rare as a unicorn), a low-mileage stock 240sx(also rare as a unicorn).

    I'm rambling, I realize now - back to my original point, what single mod gave you a lil' tingle in your hangly downs?
    rear motor mount + tune

    just my .02

    I don't like the engine / trans flip floppy dance stock and after adding the power from just flashing a tune, well it's the game changer for the car hands down

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    Resonator delete and swift lowering springs did it for me. Subtle mods that made the car look, feel, and sound as I thought it should from the factory.

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    You know its funny, at first I regretted my purchase. I came from the Subie world. I drove the car stock for a whole 1k miles before starting the mods. First in was a RMM and tune. Since then an IC, IC Piping, GFB DV+, Coilovers, E30 tune. I'm honestly not sure where in between I started liking the car to loving it. All that to say you should start with the RMM and a good tune like @ron@whoosh was saying.

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    I know you (or your local LEOs) may consider it too loud, but the CP-E Nexus exhaust really made me appreciate this car much more, since the factory system was just way too DEAD silent for me to even tell it was running!

    Given, it will NEVER be/have the driving dynamics of a very high powered RWD (or AWD) ride (like the power ON oversteer on demand, which I DO miss from my LS1 Z28), but there is really NO OTHER, fairly economical, FWD performance 'hot hatch' out there in (or even out of for me) this price range new, which I would have even considered, "sterile" or not.

    EVEN IF one is a die-hard, JDM YO-YOer/worshiper, their 'god-car' Type R is a MUCH more costly proposition (IF you can even stand the origami aesthetics), and is STILL FWD anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddietorr View Post
    You know its funny, at first I regretted my purchase. I came from the Subie world. I drove the car stock for a whole 1k miles before starting the mods. First in was a RMM and tune. Since then an IC, IC Piping, GFB DV+, Coilovers, E30 tune. I'm honestly not sure where in between I started liking the car to loving it. All that to say you should start with the RMM and a good tune like @ron@whoosh was saying.
    more more more!!!
    this car grows on you too
    I like it more every day and when I drive something else can appreciate it it more as well

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    COBB AP + good tune. POWERRR!!!
    And a rear motor mount makes the car feel more 'solid'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron@whoosh View Post
    more more more!!!
    this car grows on you too
    I like it more every day and when I drive something else can appreciate it it more as well
    Yeah tell me about it! First track day was like... "Dont care if I put it in a wall/roll it, I got GAP insurance and I'll just go back and get another Subie!" Now I'm over here saving for a LSD, Turbo, Manifold, Aux Fuel, and WMI kit! Stupid Rabbit hole I keep going down! BTW it is such a rush to keep up with Porsches mid-corner, received many... your car is quick compliments at the track, it cracks me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron@whoosh View Post
    rear motor mount + tune

    just my .02

    I don't like the engine / trans flip floppy dance stock and after adding the power from just flashing a tune, well it's the game changer for the car hands down
    I'm scared of doing a tune now :| maybe it'll change when I get a better sense of how Ford dealers are. I had an F150 lightning for a while but it was OOW, dealership experience was ok, they just wanted to talk about the truck. I'm just wary of rejected warranty claims on my DD. The only reason I've wanted a tune so far was really to get rid of the rev hang, that's pretty infuriating. Even stock the car pops a lot on downshifts, its just really quiet (a gentle "floomp" when decelerating). RMM seems safe tho, that's definitely on the roadmap, I can feel the engine slopping back and forth. It seems to be the trend with vehicles now, I had to do a poly rear mount on my Abarth too, the engine moved so much stock that my intake hose was bouncing off a radiator support bolt.
    Last edited by Clit_Beastwood; 12-07-2017 at 01:13 PM. Reason: called a truck a car and it bugged me

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    It's a novelty having a fiesta that can come into turns 'hotter' than a lot of super cars (or at least faster than their drivers). I was playing with a viper and almost rear ended him he'd slow down so much for turns. I also went down GMR (canyon road) following a new corvette and I had to pass him.

    In this car you get looks of bewilderment that transform into nods of approval. The smile factor alone is worth it. I've never had a car as mischievous as this one. And to top it off I can fit my surfboards inside and it looks good with a roof rack.

    Mods are cheap.

    But to each their own. I have had a track dedicated 06 Z06, stripped mx-5 and my Toyota tundra truck was my daily. I still have the truck but it just sits. I find every excuse to drive the 'EcoBeast' everywhere.

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