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Here's a cool topic for all those older guys on the forums or anyone in fact.

 

What made you stick to Silvia's or cars alike without getting over them?

 

Im thinking that Im getting too old for this sh*t.. haha,. already found myself looking at Porsche 944's to buy instead :doh:

 

I know alot of you dont daily yours (I drive mine maybe 2-3 a week) but Im getting sick of rattling interior trim, cop attention, defects, terrible ride comfort etc.

 

Now, if I mention my age you'll probably think Im WAY too young for this talk but Im mature enough to realize it.

 

I love cars with a passion, so Im not giving up on my hobby but it seems the Silvia scene is just getting a bit hard to live with.

 

What do you guys think?

 

ps. Im not selling my Silvia anytime soon! Just seeing what made you guys "stay loyal" some what to your cars.

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From my point of view, there's just no reason to change up. I'm more than capable of fixing things that break, I can upgrade or redesign whatever I don't like about the car and cops don't bother me for whatever reason (baffles friends given some of the things I do). The cops did however get called on my housemate and I whilst we were breaking into his Skyline (someone stole his keys at a Uni exam), which was fairly amusing.

 

I can see where you're coming from though. You can't be a pussy to own, drive and build a Silvia these days because it involves balls and hard work.

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I dont understand this ' too old for silvia ' idea that has fomented in your mind.

 

I'm 35 and still playing with my s14. What should I be driving? A perception isn't necessarily a truth, you understand?

 

I'm going to keep my silvia and one day restore it to better than new condition and keep it and one day in the future rip off the cover and take it for spin when you wont see them anymore and people will go ' wow, you dont see many of those anymore ' and I will be grinning from ear to ear!

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Been driving imports for almost 15 years, It's my passion. I love these cars. For me it's not a fad. Never has been, Drive and work on these cars cos it's in my blood. I love it. Most of my friends have moved on but I just can't. As said, having more knowledge and skills now to work on them only makes sense to me to keep with what I know so well. So as long as I still have that passion I wont be moving on just yet..

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Never owned one, have been driving the wife's on and off for years though.

 

Silvias aren't the passion for me - thrashing cars, working on them and hanging with mates that share the same hobby is the passion. As I'm getting older and now have a family the focus shifts slightly, so I've got a track only car, we have a SIl80 for the odd weekend drive, a Falcon for my daily/towing and a Crown wagon for a family car.

 

I've moved into a new phase of my life so spending all my cash on cars isn't the priority anymore plus new opportunities with Drift Challenge Australia have opened up for me so I'm concentrating on that.

 

I'll keep playing with cars, working on them where possible, etc but it may not always be a Nissan or even a sports car.

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I've had imports for about 12 years now but haven't had any interest in the 'scene' for years, I actually get out and enjoy mine at the track as often as I can (about 8-10 weekends a year). If I had bulk cash I might be in a different vehicle (eg. Porsche GT3) but I see no reason to move on from the S14, at my events it's something different from all the Commodores, Escorts, Lotuses, etc.

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i dont think im too old, certainly cop attention is getting old these days, but its not too bad, i have a prety good driving history...

time and place.

 

im fast approaching 30, had the s15 for over 10 years now,

 

its my toy, i know a fiar bit about it, and have done all work my self, its satisfying, and over the years have learnt alot about the car and what goes wehre. so its rather easy to fault find, and fix issues if they arrise i guess.

 

i too have moved into another chapter of my life, with a family etc, money is diverted elsewhere, so reliable fun is still my objective instead of an all balls out setup.

i plan on doing a few track days when i get free time between uni, family and working 60 hour weeks.

 

but i wouldn't say im past it, its kind of like apart of our family, mrs loves it i still love it, its something i enjoy even though it gets sworn at from time to time lol

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A 944's not even a Porsche

 

If your not enjoying your car then sell it, it's that simple and silly to worry about what others think

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I'm 35 and still playing with my s14.

 

I'm going to keep my silvia and one day restore it to better than new condition and keep it and one day in the future rip off the cover and take it for spin when you wont see them anymore and people will go ' wow, you dont see many of those anymore ' and I will be grinning from ear to ear!

 

Hey Mo, I'm in the same boat. Same age as you, same car. I too have been thinking lately that these are going to become a collectable like many others are now that we didnt forsee 10-15 years ago.

 

s13k's mate I have been over hanging out at places and "meets" for ages. Its become more a personal pleasure to get the car out on the weekend and drive something that reminds you that you are still alive! Also love skidpan events, its worth keeping the car just to throw it around on the wet skidpan.

 

Sometimes changing a few things on your car can re-invigurate your interest. If its too low and noisy, then change it to suit.

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I grew up around plenty of older dudes well beyond their late 40's (including my father, an ex army mechanic) and onwards that owned older and vintage vehicles that they purchased and repaired/modified all their lives, so I don't get this "too old" for this or that mindset at all. I am now pushing towards my late 30's, and I think I will keep my 180sx possibly for the rest of my life, simply because I don't believe in this throw-away economy, things can still work perfectly fine and provide much enjoyment if you let them and take care of them.

 

Also 944's lol, if anything screams "midlife crisis" its a geriatric in a 944 (although the ones with the LS conversions seem pretty bad ass)

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I'm 42 . Have owned by s15 since new (2002) . My car is not a daily , just a weekend street car that I like to take to the track when I can.

 

I have a family - 2 boys under 6 . I work 60 - 70 hours a week . So I don't have the time I use to for car. I'm still spending money and developing it to what I want it to be.

 

For me it is simply the feeling you get when you drive a 500hp S15 .

 

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You're going to run into all those issues no matter what brand / type of car you have. It's all part of modifying cars.

944 will kill you in parts pricing and reliability.

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i really don't like the silvia owners that you see on those Facebook groups

most of them are a pack of f**king losers and hard *milkshakes*

 

That's just the 'scene' in general.

 

These days, modified cars seem to attract two distinct stereotypes; Those that want to rip you off, or want everything for free, and those that treat their cars like the latest in handbags, and want to lay down in the middle of the road and take photos for Instagram.

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You're going to run into all those issues no matter what brand / type of car you have. It's all part of modifying cars.

944 will kill you in parts pricing and reliability.

 

Lol yeah, you think Nissan is dear for parts, try Porsche prices :lol:

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I am 28 and owned my car for 6 years.

 

I havent sold it because what else can I buy that is as much fun and cheap to drive? I could go and spend money on buying an S15 and starting all over again with basically the same thing, and lose the boot space of my 180 with the seats down.

 

I could buy an evo and get Mistu unreliability and shitty fuel economy.

 

I could buy a subaru and drop the engine to change the plugs.

 

I could buy a commodore and grow a rats tail.

 

Really, the only cars I want to own are silvias. The 86 might get another look-in if it ever gets a turbo, but i dont know if thatll ever happen. the new WRX while looking bad seems like it could be fun.

 

I guess I could just go balls-out and deregister, track it and get a 4x4 to tow it, but ehhh. I like the little squirts of fun on my shitty daily commute.

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nah you don't get too old - I think you get to a point when you just want a "nice" car to drive around day to day - solution is to have a nice car as a daily and weekend warrior the sil (keeps wife's happy too)

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I'm 33 now, had a silvia since i was 17.

 

Will i sell my silvia any time soon? no.

 

That said, my g37 is much nicer drive and the m35 is a FAR more practical daily, yet neither of them have the same personality and feel as the sil.

 

Have to admit that the unfortunate side that comes with driving a silvia means many other motorists and police put you in a certain demographic.

 

The fact the cars are cheap for anyone to afford and good at doing skids means there are a lot of tossers driving them these days.

 

Still get pulled over whenever i drive my car, usually the age thing helps because they can see i'm not a dickhead, but still it's a shame because this kind of attention has turned many good people away from silvia/import ownership.

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Love your responses!

 

Yeah I have the mentality of keeping my S13 and properly restoring it and pumping 240kw... But that's a dream that'll probably happen in a decade or so. I'll probably buy a daily within a years time and set the Silvia aside because I found when I was working full time I really only drove it 1-2 times a fortnight and it made me appreciate it more.

 

 

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i haven't driven my 180sx in over 2 years, BUT i'll never sell it. If i'm ever in an accident that will mean my car is only good for scrap, then it'll be squished and used as a feature wall in my shed.

 

I stopped driving it purely because of the cost and cop attention. I used to drive it as a daily and track it when i could, but after i got defected and basically had to transplant the car it all became too hard.

Now i'm starting to get settled in my life i've started saving and buying parts. The plan is to make it perfect in my own eyes, then only drive it every few weekends. :bouncy:

 

I really do miss the car scene from 10 years ago. Within the last 5 years it's really changed in SA due to government laws, negative publicity, douchebags with no respect, idiots on the roads, and the loss of the 'exclusivity' of owning an s13. Now s13's are too often used as drift missiles. :explode:

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Too many scumbags, too many people are "in the scene" because they're after cheap thrills, heaps of dudes go from moto's to x-treme sports and now drifitng, and to do drifting you gotta have a thrashed nissan. That I hate.

 

I still love japanese 80's/90's culture, I still love the cars. I still love the technology, the machinery. That won't ever go. I can hate on my car forever and regret spending money on shit, but I just have to drive a 'daily' for a week and hop back in the sil80 and never want to go back.

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everyones different and some people get over it and move on when things in life change, for me personally ive gone from being a young punk with a v8 commodore in the early 90's before there was much of a silvia scene to spending 11 years travelling/working so my car was an L series subaru that only got driven for 5 months a year to now being abit more settled and going from a 180 and now having an S15.

 

the next phase is having a turbo diesel iload as a daily and probably getting rid of the s15 and having an s13 as a dedicated track car/toy

 

and as the old saying goes, you dont stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing

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Str8e180e is right about some of the idiots in the silvia scene but you cant let that bother you, I just try to ignore those types and talk and hang out with like minded enthusiasts

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I don't think you can be to old to enjoy them! I still love driving mine and look forward to taking it for a run, I don't care what anyone thinks

 

I consider myself old as I go to bed at 9

 

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I don't think you can be to old to enjoy them! I still love driving mine and look forward to taking it for a run, I don't care what anyone thinks

 

I consider myself old as I go to bed at 9

yes you're old

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I think it's sad that as people age they just.. stop doing things. Weekend consists of watching the latest reality show garbage with the missus, or just watching footy and living vicariously through the goals of the team/club. That's what breeds mid-life crises. IMO by not buying some shitbox SUV and being into modifying S chassis means doing something meaningfully different to other people, and that when we hit middle age we won't be faced with the horrible realisation that everyone else seems to have that they have no life or hobbies, have considered their consumption of certain specific products as their identity, and are exactly like everyone else despite buying different brands of product. "Lifestyle" marketing.

 

(I want to punch the "i bought a jeep" f**khead in the face)

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(I want to punch the "i bought a jeep" f**khead in the face)

 

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He will punch himself in the head once it starts to fall apart and he needs spare parts

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I know think of imports as "toys" or a hobby. My R32 GT-R is my version of "old-school" and is my weekend car and my S14 is a track car. To be honest, I now no longer have any desire to drive around in a modified import every day. In fact, i prefer to drive my iLoad turbo diesel auto van around and lately, various brand new press cars. Can think of nothing worse than loud exhaust, grabby clutch, laggy big turbo and stiff coilers in daily traffic. Save it for the track or the nacho.

 

I love playing with imports and racing them, but family life and getting older and wiser means you stop caring about what the person next to you at the lights is thinking about your car ( usually think your a hoon or wanker anyway), making your blow off valve makes noises past pedestrians ( usually think your a wanker anyway ) or trying to pick up girls ( who usually think your a wanker in a done up import anyway ).

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I've only ever driven imports. could never drive something normal and boring, i guess it's my passion. before i was friends with people in the scene i'd drive cars and mates would ask me if i'm a hair dresser or whatever, but it never phased me, it's all about the feels you get driving!

 

Now that i guess im friends with people in the scene it's more enjoyable, however i have no care at all for car meets/street scene as it's a bunch of kids parking hondas in shopping centres and putting photos up on facebook with a watermark thinking theyre fking photographers.

 

The track scene is where it's at. always grip/drift on to go watch and always a broken car to fix.

 

At the end of the day, the scene is just what you make of it

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