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So I FINALLY got my '74 Fiat X1/9 back on the road after being down for a burnt exhaust valve. I spent Saturday morning checking all the fluids, firing it up and balancing the dual 40 DCNFs, dialing in the ignition, cam timings, and idle mixtures, I then took it out for its maiden drive in many years. This was my track day car for years. Those who know X1/9s will attest to what an amazingly well handling car this is. Direct rack and pinion unassisted steering has always been top tier. This car rocks.

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So I head down the street doing around 35 mph and take the first right turn down the street and damn near miss the corner because I misjudged the amount of steering input needed to make the turn! Holy crap! For a split second I wondered if I was severely toe'd out or if I left the steering column loose or something. After a couple more turns, my brain acclimated to the fact that I wasn't driving my QF. In effect, I had the opposite experience that some journalists have claimed, whereby they almost crashed because the steering input they provided was too much entering a corner. In my case it was too little! The X1/9 still has excellent steering where feedback is concerned. But the QF has ruined it for me, at least with regard to speed. The X1/9 has better feedback, now if I could just tighten up that ratio...
 

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My John Deere lawn mower has direct rack and pinion steering....it's not something I ever thought I would hear somebody brag about馃榿
 

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Yes, once you're used to driving the Quad you can take it for granted.
I realize how good these cars are when I drive someone else's sporty car..the steering especially.
 

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I had a 76鈥 X19 and I do have to say that I miss that car. She wasn鈥檛 modded out, so that 0 to 60 time wasn鈥檛 blowing minds, but one fun to drive and we鈥檒l balanced ride.
 

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There鈥檚 another thread here where a bunch of us (much larger number than I would have guessed) agreed the X1/9 was our gateway drug to Italian cars. I sold mine in 1990 when i bought my Milano. I miss my Milano but I REALLY miss my X1/9 馃槩
 

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Alfa's lighting quick steering makes it distinctive on the market. Could use more road feel and weighting but overall I think it's among the best EPS on the market.

BMW's is heavier but their EPS still lacks organic road feel and natural tightness/resistance. The M2's is passable. Haven't experienced the new M3/4.

Porsche's steering is the closest to hydraulic in my opinion. Very natural weighting, resistance, road feel. Not as darting quick as Alfa, on purpose.
 

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Gee, thanks for all of the kind words, folks!

If any of you are -really- interested, there's a photo album of the car which I compiled prior to my selling the car in 2017 (I had to make way in my garage for a Boxster S) here:

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( ... and my repeated apologies for hi-jacking the OP's thread topic!)
 
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Yep 12:1 ratio is very quick compared to pretty much any other car on the road. Whats the ratio on an X1/9?
 
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