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My apologies if I came over as being rude, I was just being honest. Any post on here is fair game for a comment. I'm sure it must be a dream car to drive, but one of my bugbears is the 'car porn' reviews of cars whose performance and emissions are way beyond reasonable and/or legal. My ideal would be 0-60 in 5 seconds, 100mpg and a top speed limited to 70mph, except in countries where higher speeds are legal.
 

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I wasn't criticising you James. I was agreeing with you.
 

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The whale tail is marmite - initially before buying the car I intensely disliked it, but as I got nearer to ordering the spec, the look of it grew on me - and it continues to do so. I guess 2 compelling reasons for spec'ing it is
1. Without it, the car looks no more special than a basic A-class costing half the price...
2. The residual value of the car is approx. 20% less if you don't spec it - probably because of point 1.

As for the performance of the car - yes it is largely pointless. Yes it's difficult (though not impossible) to legally deploy it's capabilities - but when you do it puts a smile on your face and gives you an adrenalin rush akin to that of the best rollercoasters.

I guess you could liken the performance to the Yeti's 4x4 capabilities. How many owners of 4x4 Yetis (and indeed many many other cars) *actually* ever use the 4WD capabilities of the vehicle? OK we know Llanigraham and one or two others on this forum do genuinely need the 4WD option, but how many of the rest of us have truly ever needed it? But we spec'd it because we prefer over-engineering to under-engineering and the confidence that it's there if you ever need it or ever get the opportunity to enjoy it.

Same goes for 381hp in a funny kind of way....

As for "boy racer decals", well there are no decals on the car at all so not sure where that comment came from...

Completely understand that the AMG is not a car everyone gets, and I can completely understand those that don't agree with it or like the idea of it - the same feelings are common in reverse for owners of such cars when viewing the Yeti. E.g. why buy off-road capable vehicles that never go off road, look ugly, take up more room on the road than needed, consume more fuel due to their brick-like aerodynamics etc.

I find cars interesting and like to experience different types. My other car is a Smart Roadster - ultimate ECO returning 56mpg and being made largely of recycled (and recyclable) plastics - yet is fun to drive and has exemplary handling abilities - and is mostly inoffensive to anyone.

Each car has its fault, each has it's positives. Some are fit for purpose, some are to be looked at, some are to be enjoyed and some offend others. And some are all of the above and more.

If we all thought the same the planet would be a different place and we'd probably all be driving a VW Golf.
 

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This thread was set up so that ex Yeti owners could give members an idea of what their replacement car is like and possibly what influenced their decision to buy it.

I do not think it is intended as a thread for commenting on whether you personally like their choice of car, which really is of no interest to anyone but yourself. We all look for different attributes in a car and it is very much a personal choice.

Criticism of some one's choice of replacement vehicle is not going to encourage others to offer comments on their Yeti replacement.
 

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Absolutely.Take, for example, Derek's constant P taking of my Kodiaq & it's lovely Triglav wheels!!. All meant (and taken) in jest.
I agree with 137699's comments. re Marmite. I love Marmite (but prefer Vegemite) but I also love 'Q' cars. Those that look mundane and ordinary but that go like greased weazel P**. making boy racers look ridiculous.
In my 'yoof' I had a bog standard looking mini van. Only clues were that it had an Abarth exhaust, side windows and a fibreglass bonnet lid with leather straps.
The number of times I was stopped by Cooper S and MGB drivers was legion. Reason? 127 Cooper engine stage II tuned. Max revs 8000. It was so highly tuned it would not tick over at less than 3k rpm (due to the numpty that converted it putting a SINGLE SU HS6 instead of a pair of big twin SUs)
I would sit at traffic lights roaring its head off at 3kRPM and getting 'You sad *******' looks from other drivers. They often then stopped me 1/4 of a mile down the road when they finally caught up with me , due only to the urban speed limit, to enquire "What the F'ing **** **** have you got under your bonnet?" Such fun!!
I fully admit that 1 I am Old (well as old as some of the members here) and fairly conservative(sic) in my choices.
If I was given said AMG as a present, yes, I would keep it but the first thing I would do is get rid of that (IMHO) revolting carbuncle on its bum!! Thereby turning it into the ultimate 'Q' car!
 

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With you on the Q-car idea Colin ‘�

My third Escort RS2000 Mk1 was purposely devoid of all the garish decals that the original versions carried. In Modena green, its only external distinguishing features where the tiny RS badges and if you knew what you were looking for, the larger diameter wheels. My fiancée at the time used it regularly to commute to her work, loving it's wolf in sheeps clothing hidden ability. While I used a company Escort 1.6 at the time. It was't exactly standard though, with a Janspeed exhaust, four branch, bunch of bananas manifold, and a DGAS twin choke Weber from a 3-litre Capri, suitably re-jetted to match the breathing of the road rally spec camshaft, it was around 30% up on standard RS2 bhp and more importantly, sub-2500rpm torque. She still recounts the stories of how boy racers in their dressed up Novas and XR2s would pull up alongside her at lights, giving her the eye as they revved their front drive motors. At the green she would use all of the rear drive traction and torque to leave them on the line eating her dust and the sweet smell of unburned four star as the DGAS carb fed enough fuel into the manifold to keep an oil sheik happy. While they struggled away with wheelspin and precious little else. She currently drives the Yeti most days˜�

Five cars (and several girl friends!) prior to that, I had an innocuous looking Wolseley Hornet. A mini with leather seats and an extended boot, just like its twin Riley Elf. But as standard was under-powered by the 998cc A-series, strangled with a single 1.25 inch SU carb and a pathetic inlet manifold design. For the last six years I owned and loved that car, it was converted to full Cooper spec, with the proper brakes too. Again the only external give away being the wider wheels and central exit, big bore exhaust. Several times I was stopped by traffic Police who were just keen to figure out why it went like it did. On one memorable occasion by a plain clothes car, heading north up the M1, up the long hill from Leicester Forest East services, to Charnwood Forest summit. One Friday evening on my way to visit a (different) girl friend in Nottingham. After a hard shoulder mini-MOT, including checking all the tyres and hand brake effectiveness, the lead Constable then asked if I would mind opening the bonnet? ""No Problem""� says I. As I was reaching for the stay, he immediately points to the twin SUs on polished Cooper manifold and K&N pancake filters, saying ""Those aren't standard. The real reason we stopped you was my wife has a car that looks just like yours, but that won't go more than 75mph flat out. So we were wondering how you could pass us, going uphill, when were already doing that speed. Now we've solved that riddle, and my wife's car isn't sub standard, you're welcome to continue on your way""�. Smiles all round. ˜„
 

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I had a mini clubman 998cc. The engine started smoking really badly at about 60k and it was actually easier to buy and fit a gold seal 1275gt engine. I already had a suitable large single SU fitted which I rejetted to suit, and I added the cooper S exhaust. Only component I had to change to fit was the connection between the crank and gearbox as the crank had a larger diamenter. From memory the engine was about £150 brand new (I gave a scrap 1100cc engine back in exchange) and the new idler gear and gaskets etc cost another £40 or so. I think the whole exhaust was alos around £40.

Those were the days, and insurance hardly went up either.

Found out the hard way that the brakes needed improving though as going a little too fast up the A1 the traffic ahead was stationary and the brakes stopped working when the car got down to about 30mph. Fortunately I managed to stop in time by turning off the engine! A set of finned front brake drums in aluminium for about £20 solved the problem.
 

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Hi all. I might be able to clear up the decal point raised in the thread. When I first saw the picture I also thought there were some quite large decals over the car. On looking more carefully I saw this was actually a reflection in the paintwork of another car
 

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Radical, looking car137699 and some amazing
technologyin there. AMG do make some great engines, that is a crazy
amount of power out of a 2.0ltr engine!?!

Fortunately we are all excited by different things at different times
in our lives. So enjoy and hope it gives
you some thrills; clearly plenty of polishing opportunities in such a black
car.
 
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