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My quick review of the Up GTI

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My first impressions   http://www.arthurlea.com/Stories/Up/index.htm
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 Excellent review. Are you a professional journalist?  If you're not, you should be...   
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Originally posted by whats up whats up wrote:

 Excellent review. Are you a professional journalist?  If you're not, you should be...   

Thank you for the compliment, and no I'm not a professional. I did however used to write freelance and for a few years was the motorcycle correspondent to "The Scotsman" newspaper. More recently I have dabbled with a few magazine articles about cars, and I still like to write just for the hell of it. I have cobbled together some of my stuff on a wee personal website, you are welcome to have a browse http://www.arthurlea.com/storyindex.htm

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I like your CRX write up. I've not driven one but have driven an Integra around Silverstone and had an Accord Type R for a while. Beautifully engineered, very different to any German car. Despite its raucous Vtec nature it had far more finesse. But not the easiest car to live with on a daily basis. It needed to "driven" before it came alive.
Just wish I'd kept it, it was immaculate and unmolested when I sold it for pennies!

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Ah Honda ... how I miss them! We had a string of about 14 Hondas back in the 80's (CRX's, Civics, Preludes) and they were fantastic cars. Then somewhere in the 90's Honda deliberately abandoned their engineering led cars in favour of simpler cars chasing market share, and now they make some of dullest and ugliest cars imaginable. 
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Originally posted by John H John H wrote:

Ah Honda ... how I miss them! We had a string of about 14 Hondas back in the 80's (CRX's, Civics, Preludes) and they were fantastic cars. Then somewhere in the 90's Honda deliberately abandoned their engineering led cars in favour of simpler cars chasing market share, and now they make some of dullest and ugliest cars imaginable. 

True I'm afraid. The Civic Type R maybe fast but looks like a 19yr old has gone mad with a demon tweaks catalogue.
Saab ended up the same (for different reasons), I had a 99, amazing car when you think the Brits were still churning out Morris Marina's
We've all been "assimilated"

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Porsche are in danger of going the same way, abandoning sports cars to make big profits from selling over the top SUV's. But who can blame them, they've got to make what sells, and traditional sports cars are a minority market these days.  
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I know we're well and truly off topic now, but what the hell.
I'm sure there's big bucks to be made from flogging thousands of re engineered Audi Q7's but I'm baffled by the trend for ever bigger suv's (and I've got a G Wagen :) ) completely useless/unnecessary ego things on UK roads. I struggle fitting the UP into some parking slots. Maybe I need to start using two? :-) They can't even deal with a bit if damp grass off road. Rant over:-)
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A nice review of the GTi - thanks for posting it. I'm very tempted to go and have a test drive myself now, just to satisfy my own curiosity. I will have to leave all credit, debit cards and cash at home so there is no possibility I can put a deposit down on one! LOL
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Originally posted by luckyjimmy luckyjimmy wrote:

A nice review of the GTi - thanks for posting it. I'm very tempted to go and have a test drive myself now, just to satisfy my own curiosity. I will have to leave all credit, debit cards and cash at home so there is no possibility I can put a deposit down on one! LOL

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