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ErikCLDR
Oct 13, 2007, 08:55 PM
I love the XLR. I have to say, they are quite excellent driving cars. Especially with the top down going about 65 on the highway! I love it! :D

As for the Catera, that car can rot in hell along with the Cimmaron (waayyyy before our time; early 80's. Enough said)

I can rot with the Freelander too. hahah I love our conversations.

macquariumguy
Oct 14, 2007, 06:59 PM
This morning.
http://techquarium.com/gallery2z/d/19682-2/PA140083.jpg

http://techquarium.com/gallery2z/d/19806-2/PA140019.jpg

phungy
Oct 14, 2007, 07:49 PM
This morning.
snip

snip

I forgot to ask, what year?

pcuser2
Oct 15, 2007, 04:20 AM
My ghetto bus
http://home.woh.rr.com/drimages/2003/ghetto-bus.jpg

This bus looks lovely indeed.

Shaduu
Oct 15, 2007, 05:04 AM
First car. :D

1.4 Mini ONE from '06. I loves it.

Can't drive it yet, though. :(

macquariumguy
Oct 15, 2007, 05:25 AM
I forgot to ask, what year?

1995

FadeToBlack
Oct 15, 2007, 12:57 PM
First car. :D

1.4 Mini ONE from '06. I loves it.

Can't drive it yet, though. :(

Beautiful. Man, I love Mini's. Nice car!

xUKHCx
Oct 15, 2007, 12:59 PM
First car. :D

1.4 Normal ONE from '06. I loves it.

Can't drive it yet, though. :(

Beautiful. Man, I love Normal's. Nice car!

Fixed those.

Shaduu
Oct 15, 2007, 04:50 PM
Beautiful. Man, I love Mini's. Nice car!

Thanks man, it really does rock. 'Specially the massive center dial.

Fixed those.

What do you mean? The ONE was only introduced after BMW took control of Mini production. Unless, of course, you mean it's unmodded.

xUKHCx
Oct 15, 2007, 05:47 PM
Thanks man, it really does rock. 'Specially the massive center dial.

What do you mean? The ONE was only introduced after BMW took control of Mini production. Unless, of course, you mean it's unmodded.

I mean it is not mini it is actually normal size, just look at how fat it has gotten over the years

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fd/MINIandClassicMini.jpg

devilot
Oct 15, 2007, 05:53 PM
I mean it is not mini it is actually normal size, just look at how fat it has gotten over the yearsI know. When I tell other Americans that my car's not small at all they look at me like I'm insane. Which of course, intensifies when I tell them that in Europe, the BMW MINI looks almost... big. :p Especially in light of Smarts and Lupos/ Polos (we don't get those Stateside).

RevToTheRedline
Oct 15, 2007, 05:53 PM
I mean it is not mini it is actually normal size, just look at how fat it has gotten over the years


Mini!!!!!! I'd so love to import a late model Mini from the UK.

RevToTheRedline
Oct 15, 2007, 05:54 PM
I mean it is not mini it is actually normal size, just look at how fat it has gotten over the years


Mini!!!!!! I'd so love to import a late model Mini from the UK. Maybe one day when I am rich, hahaha yeah.

xUKHCx
Oct 15, 2007, 06:06 PM
I know. When I tell other Americans that my car's not small at all they look at me like I'm insane. Which of course, intensifies when I tell them that in Europe, the BMW MINI looks almost... big. :p Especially in light of Smarts and Lupos/ Polos (we don't get those Stateside).

It's just one of my pet peeves, it really is a BIG car nothing mini about it. Especially the price.

Reaver
Oct 15, 2007, 07:33 PM
This morning.

these cars were way ahead of there time and are still one of the sexiest cars on the road imo

FadeToBlack
Oct 16, 2007, 03:33 AM
It's just one of my pet peeves, it really is a BIG car nothing mini about it. Especially the price.

Compared to the cars we get here in the states, it's definitely not big. :p

But looking at it next to an original mini, it looks HUGE! :eek:

I never realized there was such a difference between the two.

Shaduu
Oct 16, 2007, 03:12 PM
I mean it is not mini it is actually normal size, just look at how fat it has gotten over the years

There is a reason I have a 'normal' Mini, and that is I am far too tall to fit in a classic Mini. One of the few downsides to being 6'3". :(

Hummer
Oct 16, 2007, 10:49 PM
I have a '83 Licoln Town Car that I can't even drive because I can't afford to pay insurance here in NYC. My insurance would cost me the same exact price it would cost me to lease a brand new Audi. And thats for any car no matter how old but reliable the car is.

beige matchbox
Oct 17, 2007, 03:25 PM
There is a reason I have a 'normal' Mini, and that is I am far too tall to fit in a classic Mini. One of the few downsides to being 6'3". :(

I'm about 6ft (depending on the time of day *cough*) and i fit in my minis just fine, the seats right to the back, but it wouldn't be at all hard to move it back another couple of inches with some seat extenders ;)

Shaduu
Oct 17, 2007, 03:30 PM
I'm about 6ft (depending on the time of day *cough*) and i fit in my minis just fine, the seats right to the back, but it wouldn't be at all hard to move it back another couple of inches with some seat extenders ;)

Yes, but that takes time and effort. Being lazy does have its benefits (rear seats that can actually be used!). As much as I'd love a classic Mini, I just don't see it as practical for what I want. :)

Turboedtwo
Oct 18, 2007, 02:00 AM
Here's my new baby. 2008 Subaru Forester Sports 2.5XT (Long name I know)

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a381/turboed2/PICT0530.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a381/turboed2/PICT0529.jpg

I also have a 1991 MR2 Turbo which I'm trying to get rid of. Don't have any pictures of it though.

FadeToBlack
Oct 18, 2007, 03:37 AM
Here's my new baby. 2008 Subaru Forester Sports 2.5XT (Long name I know)

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I also have a 1991 MR2 Turbo which I'm trying to get rid of. Don't have any pictures of it though.

That's gotta be the best looking Forester I've ever seen. We don't see many Subarus around here. There's a couple Foresters that I know of. One of 'em is an older model and the other one is an LL Bean edition. It's very nice, but definitely not as cool as the 2.5XT. Is that a manual or auto.?

ErikCLDR
Oct 18, 2007, 07:08 PM
Thats a nice looking 'baru. My friends dad is planning on replacing his G35x with a Outback xi 2.5t. I know a lot of people that love their subarus.

Good luck with it, have some fun- I hope it's a manual.


Just don't be like all the teenage Impreza drivers in CT that kill themselves and their passengers by driving like a dick. (It's happened like 2x in the past month)

Turboedtwo
Oct 19, 2007, 04:26 AM
It's a manual. I made sure of that ;) There were only a handful (5-10) manuals at the time in California when I bought this, the closest to me being in Los Angeles but that one was red and I wanted something darker. Found this one in San Jose and flew up one weekend picked it up and drove it back home. I've had it a couple of months and absolutely love it :)

FadeToBlack
Oct 19, 2007, 01:35 PM
It's a manual. I made sure of that ;) There were only a handful (5-10) manuals at the time in California when I bought this, the closest to me being in Los Angeles but that one was red and I wanted something darker. Found this one in San Jose and flew up one weekend picked it up and drove it back home. I've had it a couple of months and absolutely love it :)

Awesome! Glad to hear it's a manual! Although it can be annoying in heavy traffic, nothing beats driving a manual when it comes to a good, fun driving experience.

Turboedtwo
Oct 19, 2007, 05:37 PM
Awesome! Glad to hear it's a manual! Although it can be annoying in heavy traffic, nothing beats driving a manual when it comes to a good, fun driving experience.

Totally and after driving manual for over 10 years, I don't mind traffic so much.

silbeej
Oct 19, 2007, 05:41 PM
I'm 19, and have never driven an auto. took my test on manual, always driven manuals from a 77MBG, to a 2000 M Roadster and absolutely love it. Had to back a car out the driveway once, which was an auto, and didn't know what to do! lol Was sitting there thinking what my left foot's supposed to do.

F4phanatic
Oct 19, 2007, 06:35 PM
This is the car that I'm learning to drive in, it's has a manual transmission. It's a 1973 Volkswagen Thing, it's a rare car only sold from 1973-1974 in the U.S

EDIT: The link won't load, so it's a yellow Thing with black interior like mine, I'll post pics when I get a chance.

Note: This isn't mine, but it's extremely close, color and all.

FrankBlack
Oct 19, 2007, 07:57 PM
Here's my new baby. 2008 Subaru Forester Sports 2.5XT (Long name I know)

Congrats on your taste. That is indeed a fine looking Forester.

Mine:

This is my '08 Legacy GT. I traded in a '03 WRX, as I wanted a Legacy GT. Driving this car is something of an addiction, as I'm sure you understand. ;) It's a good addiction though, isn't it? I'm backing to taking long drives just for the heck of it, something I have not done for a long time. Oh and yes, it's a stick. The dealer had to look around a bit, to find one with a five speed, and without the spoiler (I just don't like them) and in this color.

Subes are very popular here in New England. This is not just because of the AWD technology, but because they last a long time. The most popular model around here is the Outback wagon.

Old advice is good advice: Treat it well, and it will treat you well.

ErikCLDR
Oct 19, 2007, 09:08 PM
Congrats on your taste. That is indeed a fine looking Forester.

Mine:

This is my '08 Legacy GT. I traded in a '03 WRX, as I wanted a Legacy GT. Driving this car is something of an addiction, as I'm sure you understand. ;) It's a good addiction though, isn't it? I'm backing to taking long drives just for the heck of it, something I have not done for a long time. Oh and yes, it's a stick. The dealer had to look around a bit, to find one with a five speed, and without the spoiler (I just don't like them) and in this color.

Subes are very popular here in New England. This is not just because of the AWD technology, but because they last a long time. The most popular model around here is the Outback wagon.

Old advice is good advice: Treat it well, and it will treat you well.

Wow that is a nice looking car. Very sporty without looking stupid or being too flashy.

I'll totally agree with your New England statement. They are everywhere around here. In my area, if its not a Volvo, an Acura MDX, or a Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon, it's a Subaru. :p

derandrew09
Oct 19, 2007, 09:23 PM
http://static.flickr.com/1321/1079560912_4420e0b35e_d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11269812@N04/1079560912/)
http://static.flickr.com/1004/1078704715_51d2317e8d_d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11269812@N04/1078704715/)
Its my first!:cool:

spinne1
Oct 19, 2007, 10:13 PM
This is the car that I'm learning to drive in, it's has a manual transmission. It's a 1973 Volkswagen Thing, it's a rare car only sold from 1973-1974 in the U.S

EDIT: The link won't load, so it's a yellow Thing with black interior like mine, I'll post pics when I get a chance.

Note: This isn't mine, but it's extremely close, color and all.

If you can drive a 70s era VW with a stick, you can drive ANYTHING. (The amount of room for your foot to move to engage/disengage the clutch is insanely small--stall city.)

spinne1
Oct 19, 2007, 10:14 PM
Its my first!:cool:

It looks to be in excellent condition and looks very roomy, which I like.

FadeToBlack
Oct 19, 2007, 11:56 PM
Totally and after driving manual for over 10 years, I don't mind traffic so much.

I live in a VERY small town, so there's never much traffic, unless there's a High School football game or something, so I guess I'm just used to driving on the open road.

And even though I do get annoyed sometimes in traffic, I don't see myself owning an automatic anytime in the near future. And for the record, I've only had 2 cars that were manual, my current '02 Elantra GT Hatch and an '01 Cavalier. Been driving for almost 8 years, taught myself how to drive a manual back in about '02 when my friend left his '87 Chrysler LeBaron 5 Speed (rare car, BTW) at my house for like a week. I had driven a manual before, but never extensively. Been loving it ever since.

And that's a nice looking Legacy GT, FrankBlack.

I love the fact that it doesn't have a spoiler. Nice and subtle looking. A sleeper. :cool:

FrankBlack
Oct 20, 2007, 01:45 PM
And that's a nice looking Legacy GT, FrankBlack.

I love the fact that it doesn't have a spoiler. Nice and subtle looking. A sleeper. :cool:

A sleeper indeed! :D I can't really explain why I dislike spoilers. They're just not for me I guess.

So, who remembers the Subaru Brat? (http://www.subdriven.com/news/uploads/Features/3_1982_brat.jpg) These were funky. Once in awhile, I'll see one on the road. Don't know who owns it, but there it is, going right along.

DizzyRose
Oct 20, 2007, 01:57 PM
Here's our's:

http://i20.tinypic.com/9aoj8y.jpg

BMW M5 Saloon 2007, my dad tells me...

FadeToBlack
Oct 20, 2007, 03:25 PM
So, who remembers the Subaru Brat? (http://www.subdriven.com/news/uploads/Features/3_1982_brat.jpg) These were funky. Once in awhile, I'll see one on the road. Don't know who owns it, but there it is, going right along.

I remember the Brat!! Those are awesome. I'm not a truck person, but those are just different. :cool:

I knew this guy a few years ago that had one. He used it to deliver pizzas. I haven't seen him in a long time. He may even still have it.

itsallinurhead
Oct 20, 2007, 04:24 PM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/212/508843750_e77c5498a6_o.jpg

FrankBlack
Oct 20, 2007, 07:18 PM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/212/508843750_e77c5498a6_o.jpg

Nice! Where did you take that? Ever hear the expression "Vanishing Point"?
It refers to the imaginary point on the horizon, where the double lines appear to converge and the road vanishes. That's what I thought of when I saw your pic. It's also the title of one of the best car movies ever made. See it if you haven't. (You want the original, 1971 version that stars Barry Newman. Avoid the 90's made-for-tv remake.)

I remember the Brat!! Those are awesome. I'm not a truck person, but those are just different.

I knew this guy a few years ago that had one. He used it to deliver pizzas. I haven't seen him in a long time. He may even still have it.

The way the sube engines last, I wouldn't be too surprised if he did still have it.

Oddly enough, the Baja didn't sell nearly as well as Subaru thought it would, and they ceased production of it last year. I thought that had "winner" written all over it, but I was wrong. I know two guys that own them, and they love them. One is your basic suburban vehicle, and the other sees some rather rigorous use every year at this time, up in Maine.

FadeToBlack
Oct 21, 2007, 12:49 AM
The way the sube engines last, I wouldn't be too surprised if he did still have it.

Oddly enough, the Baja didn't sell nearly as well as Subaru thought it would, and they ceased production of it last year. I thought that had "winner" written all over it, but I was wrong. I know two guys that own them, and they love them. One is your basic suburban vehicle, and the other sees some rather rigorous use every year at this time, up in Maine.

I liked the Baja, as well. Basically a modernized version of the Brat. Very cool. Sucks they didn't sell that well.

I've always liked Subaru. I remember back when I was a kid, we used to trade cars a lot and I tried to convince my Dad to get a Loyale. I can't remember too much about it, since it was around probably 13 years ago, but I just remember really liking it. Also, a friend of my Grandma had a Legacy that I really liked. Cool cars. I wouldn't mind owning a Subaru at some point.

JBazz
Oct 21, 2007, 10:29 AM
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k167/yzzx/work.jpg

FJ218700
Oct 21, 2007, 12:25 PM
I don't know how much longer these are going to be around, I figured I'd post them up.

MacMan33
Oct 21, 2007, 12:26 PM
Here's our's:

http://i20.tinypic.com/9aoj8y.jpg

BMW M5 Saloon 2007, my dad tells me...

your dad is right and i too have the same ride... Its the Ultimate driving machine...

paddykev
Oct 21, 2007, 07:22 PM
This is my car
BMW 318
want to try and get angel eyes for it next but thinking of selling and getting an audi a4 with a nice body kit, still trying to decide...

photo's taken with my iphone.

Clarence
Oct 21, 2007, 09:59 PM
I don't know how much longer these are going to be around, I figured I'd post them up.

what r u going to replace them with?

FJ218700
Oct 21, 2007, 10:39 PM
what r u going to replace them with?

'08 PreRunner V6, 6 speed manual, regular cab (I know, hard to come by)

I'd actually prefer a used one with under 50k.

can you hook me up?

FrankBlack
Oct 22, 2007, 06:36 PM
I. I wouldn't mind owning a Subaru at some point.

They make a nice car, no question. Not everything they do is a huge success though. They've had their failures, same as everyone else. The Justy, for example. The idea was noble enough: A utilitarian AWD mini-wagon, that even someone working at McDonald's could afford. But it had a lot of issues and didn't last long. The Subaru SVX (http://kenbattleservices.com/db3/00275/kenbattleservices.com/_uimages/SVX1.jpg) went like a bat out of hell, but had a history of mechanical problems. Still, the SVX has a cult following today.

There are two things any prospective Subaru owner needs to be aware of. One, is that there is an overhead in terms of fuel mileage, because of the AWD. This is true of any AWD vehicle. So, if you commute a long distance, or need to drive a lot, fuel costs have to figure into your plan.

The other thing is harder to pin down. Because of the AWD, there is a strong temptation to get over-confident when there is some snow on the road, or during a heavy rain. You need to be award of this, and "beat it back". The AWD will get you through the snow, (sometimes, DEEP snow!) but you can't get too over-confident. The laws of physics get nasty, when people try to ignore them.

Nice BMW Paddykev! I'd keep that!

Clarence
Oct 23, 2007, 10:12 PM
'08 PreRunner V6, 6 speed manual, regular cab (I know, hard to come by)

I'd actually prefer a used one with under 50k.

can you hook me up?

ill check inventory and pm you. :cool:

FadeToBlack
Oct 24, 2007, 12:02 AM
They make a nice car, no question. Not everything they do is a huge success though. They've had their failures, same as everyone else. The Justy, for example. The idea was noble enough: A utilitarian AWD mini-wagon, that even someone working at McDonald's could afford. But it had a lot of issues and didn't last long. The Subaru SVX (http://kenbattleservices.com/db3/00275/kenbattleservices.com/_uimages/SVX1.jpg) went like a bat out of hell, but had a history of mechanical problems. Still, the SVX has a cult following today.

There are two things any prospective Subaru owner needs to be aware of. One, is that there is an overhead in terms of fuel mileage, because of the AWD. This is true of any AWD vehicle. So, if you commute a long distance, or need to drive a lot, fuel costs have to figure into your plan.

The other thing is harder to pin down. Because of the AWD, there is a strong temptation to get over-confident when there is some snow on the road, or during a heavy rain. You need to be award of this, and "beat it back". The AWD will get you through the snow, (sometimes, DEEP snow!) but you can't get too over-confident. The laws of physics get nasty, when people try to ignore them.


I also remember the Justy. I actually thought they were pretty cool little cars and the fact that they were available with AWD made them even cooler. Haven't seen too many of 'em, though.

I'm pretty big into European cars, so if I ever decide to trade my Elantra, it'll probably end up being for a European car. I absolutely love VW, but I'm always scared off by the horror stories I always hear about their reliability.

I don't see myself getting rid of my Elantra anytime soon, though. I guess we'll just see what's up when the time comes.

EDIT: Since this IS a "Post A Picture Of Your Car" thread, here's a web gallery I made of all the pics I have of my Elantra. The new Web Gallery feature in iPhoto is awesome.

'02 Elantra GT (http://gallery.mac.com/gswhitlock#100057&bgcolor=black)

sikuss
Oct 28, 2007, 12:37 PM
Mine...

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc85/scott2055/carrustwide.jpg

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc85/scott2055/carsidedesktop.jpg

Emulsion
Oct 28, 2007, 01:14 PM
These are some old Pictures, I need to take some new ones.

Sikuss that first photo is sick!

macquariumguy
Oct 28, 2007, 09:32 PM
These are some old Pictures, I need to take some new ones.

Heh, my first car was a 1964 1/2 Mustang 6 cyl (the small one) 3 speed stick. Bought it in 1972 for $400 and sold it for the same amount a couple years later.

Yours looks very nice! Gets me all nostalgic like.

Emulsion
Oct 29, 2007, 05:45 PM
Heh, my first car was a 1964 1/2 Mustang 6 cyl (the small one) 3 speed stick. Bought it in 1972 for $400 and sold it for the same amount a couple years later.

Yours looks very nice! Gets me all nostalgic like.

Thanks!, She can be a real pain in the butt sometimes but its worth it. I've learned so much from this car. It's like learning how to keep a computer running on Windows, you have to know, or you're not getting anywhere. And it runs hot in the cabin. But it looks and feels like a mac.

idesign245
Oct 31, 2007, 01:10 PM
the smart car

switchstance
Oct 31, 2007, 04:14 PM
My dad just put the order in a couple of weeks ago...should be here at the beginning of March....this isnt the exact car...anyways he got a 6 speed manuel, the pictures are automatic, but the rest is exact.

Crossing my fingers I will be on the insurance.

2008 BMW 335i twin turbo hard top cabriolet.

wizwaz3
Oct 31, 2007, 04:20 PM
the smart car

So... What's the crash test rating on that thing? I'd be scared of someone hitting me in it. :o

idesign245
Oct 31, 2007, 04:25 PM
So... What's the crash test rating on that thing? I'd be scared of someone hitting me in it. :o

They're actually very safe... theres a video somewhere out there of a comparison between the smart and another regular sized car and the smart fares much better. Theres the "cell" which is like whats used in racecars apparently. Its also extremely good in the snow, it has a stabilizer that prevents the back end from sliding out.

Chrismcfall
Oct 31, 2007, 04:48 PM
So... What's the crash test rating on that thing? I'd be scared of someone hitting me in it. :o

4 Star EuroNCAP.

yg17
Oct 31, 2007, 04:54 PM
4 Star EuroNCAP.

What's the maximum number of starts a car can get with the EuroNCAP system?



I sat in a Smart Car once, it was surprisingly roomy. I'm a pretty big guy and had about the same head and leg room as I have in my Tiburon (which looks like a Hummer next to a Smart Car) But I still don't think I'd own one. I like small cars, just not anything that small (and I imagine it's pretty slow too)

bigandy
Oct 31, 2007, 05:01 PM
What's the maximum number of starts a car can get with the EuroNCAP system?

Five. ;)


Look up your car's rating at http://www.euroncap.com.. they've got most modern current stuff sold in Europe anyway..

yg17
Oct 31, 2007, 05:05 PM
Five. ;)



Not too shabby for something smaller than a soda can ;)


Since I'm getting a GTI in a few weeks, I checked the VW Golf on that site. I'm amused by the fact that in Europe, it's considered a "small family car", yet in the US, it's considered a go-kart with a radio and roof.

FadeToBlack
Oct 31, 2007, 05:41 PM
the smart car

Those are AWESOME! I think they'd be really fun to drive, not to mention EASY to park. I could fit about 4 of 'em in my 1 car driveway. :D

pincho
Oct 31, 2007, 08:32 PM
My dad just put the order in a couple of weeks ago...should be here at the beginning of March....this isnt the exact car...anyways he got a 6 speed manuel, the pictures are automatic, but the rest is exact.

Crossing my fingers I will be on the insurance.

2008 BMW 335i twin turbo hard top cabriolet.

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

omg wat a car.... im goin to steal it :p

FadeToBlack
Oct 31, 2007, 11:29 PM
:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

omg wat a car.... im goin to steal it :p

Yeah, they are amazing cars. If it were me buying it, though, I would go with the sedan version. I just like the looks better. Plus, it has more of that "sleeper" look. Either way, they are awesome.

wizwaz3
Nov 1, 2007, 03:55 PM
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc85/scott2055/carrustwide.jpg

That is a frikkin AWESOME picture!!!

ErikCLDR
Nov 1, 2007, 05:51 PM
My car + deer at 45mph.

Lets just say the deer was huge.

She's most likely totaled.

blackscooby
Nov 1, 2007, 05:56 PM
My car + deer at 45mph.

Lets just say the deer was huge.

Venison anyone ?

ErikCLDR
Nov 1, 2007, 05:58 PM
Venison anyone ?

No, it survived the initial impact. I am guessing its probably dead now from broken bones and internal bleeding.

FJ218700
Nov 1, 2007, 05:59 PM
My car + deer at 45mph.

Lets just say the deer was huge.

good reason to upgrade to an FJ40 now. Mine's (http://picasaweb.google.com/FJ218700/FJ40Restoration/photo#5052576998376997202) for sale too.

SpookTheHamster
Nov 1, 2007, 07:06 PM
They're actually very safe... theres a video somewhere out there of a comparison between the smart and another regular sized car and the smart fares much better. Theres the "cell" which is like whats used in racecars apparently. Its also extremely good in the snow, it has a stabilizer that prevents the back end from sliding out.

They're great in low-speed collisions, but the lack of any sort of crumple zone means that in high speed collisions all of the energy is transferred into using the seatbelt to cut the passengers into tiny pieces.

Rhosfelt
Nov 1, 2007, 07:16 PM
They're actually very safe... theres a video somewhere out there of a comparison between the smart and another regular sized car and the smart fares much better. Theres the "cell" which is like whats used in racecars apparently. Its also extremely good in the snow, it has a stabilizer that prevents the back end from sliding out.

that's not fun :P

quagmire
Nov 1, 2007, 11:26 PM
Yeah, they are amazing cars. If it were me buying it, though, I would go with the sedan version. I just like the looks better. Plus, it has more of that "sleeper" look. Either way, they are awesome.

I love the E92 and E93 better( the coupe and convert). Though the E90( sedan) M3 is exactly what I would buy. The E92's front end with the E90's rear end. :) As you can tell by my sig, my family has a 335xi sedan. BMW has underrated the N54( the TT DI Inline 6). So it produces a lot more then the 300 HP/ 300 lb of torque as advertised. Maybe by 30-40 HP as WHP has put it in the 280's. And having 100% of the torque being made at 1400 RPM is just sensational. There are many times when I drive it I think I am going 40 MPH and I look down to see my true speed...... 60 MPH. :o Been lucky I haven't passed much cops with it or been able to slow down fast enough when I do see them( another good thing about BMW's are the brakes!). Because doing 60 in a 30 won't exactly look good on my record( or with my parents).

I could go on about the car, but that will exceed the forums limit on how many words a post can have. :p

Clarence
Nov 1, 2007, 11:37 PM
lmao. look at the outpouring of sympathy for erik.

FadeToBlack
Nov 1, 2007, 11:41 PM
My car + deer at 45mph.

Lets just say the deer was huge.

She's most likely totaled.

Dude, that SUCKS! We all know how much you loved your Disco. You gonna find another one if yours is totalled?

I love the E92 and E93 better( the coupe and convert). Though the E90( sedan) M3 is exactly what I would buy. The E92's front end with the E90's rear end. :) As you can tell by my sig, my family has a 335xi sedan. BMW has underrated the N54( the TT DI Inline 6). So it produces a lot more then the 300 HP/ 300 lb of torque as advertised. Maybe by 30-40 HP as WHP has put it in the 280's. And having 100% of the torque being made at 1400 RPM is just sensational. There are many times when I drive it I think I am going 40 MPH and I look down to see my true speed...... 60 MPH. :o Been lucky I haven't passed much cops with it or been able to slow down fast enough when I do see them( another good thing about BMW's are the brakes!). Because doing 60 in a 30 won't exactly look good on my record( or with my parents).

I could go on about the car, but that will exceed the forums limit on how many words a post can have. :p

If given the choice, I would probably rather have an E36 M3. I just LOVE the styling of those cars, even if they're not as powerful or as advanced. They are just pure beauty in my eyes. Man, I love European cars. :cool:

Lord Blackadder
Nov 1, 2007, 11:59 PM
If given the choice, I would probably rather have an E36 M3. I just LOVE the styling of those cars, even if they're not as powerful or as advanced. They are just pure beauty in my eyes. Man, I love European cars. :cool:

Give me an E30 M3 any day..or maybe a Merc 190E 2.5-16V Evolution...

Anyway, my car, courtesy of a drunk *******. :mad:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v439/danthearcheologist/crunch.jpg

Fortunately, nobody was inside when the knuckle-dragger smashed it.

FadeToBlack
Nov 2, 2007, 01:14 AM
Give me an E30 M3 any day..or maybe a Merc 190E 2.5-16V Evolution...

Anyway, my car, courtesy of a drunk *******. :mad:

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Fortunately, nobody was inside when the knuckle-dragger smashed it.

Hell yeah, I'd love to have an E30, too. Just give me an M3 and I'm good to go. :cool:

pjarvi
Nov 2, 2007, 01:38 AM
the smart car
Those are AWESOME! I think they'd be really fun to drive, not to mention EASY to park. I could fit about 4 of 'em in my 1 car driveway. :D

I got to test drive a Smart Car in the USA, back in '99 as part of a market research study.

My impressions of it at the time were:
-Terrible rear visibility
-No power steering? (It seemed to require an excessive amount of turning the steering wheel just to turn a corner)
-Delayed shifts with the auto-stick shift dealio (I would tip the shifter and have to wait 1.5 to 2 seconds for it to shift)

I would be interested in hearing impressions of the current models.

Funnily enough, the people that were hosting the test drive failed to mention that the speedometer in the test cars were in KM/H. As I was going down a residential street I was speeding up to match the speed of a truck that was ahead of me, and glanced at the speedo to see the needle going passed 40! I freaked out for a second until I realized there was no way in hell I was actually going over 40 and finally spotted the KM/H notation on it. :o:D

ErikCLDR
Nov 2, 2007, 05:15 AM
Dude, that SUCKS! We all know how much you loved your Disco. You gonna find another one if yours is totalled?

Yea it sucks. Insurance is coving it. Its most likely totaled according to the body shop, and I have to agree with them. If its totaled I would be interested in a Discovery Series II (1999 to 2002) or a Range Rover P38 (likely a 1997-1999 model).

I am not really sure what else I like. I don't think my parents want me owning a sporty little car. I like 4Runners but ergonomically they seem built for a person shorter then 5'11", especially the 4Runner. Pathfinders are nice too as well as Land Cruisers. All the Japanese cars are so expensive compared to European cars though.

We'll see what the insurance company says after its inspection today.

FJ218700
Nov 2, 2007, 09:09 AM
I like 4Runners but ergonomically they seem built for a person shorter then 5'11", especially the 4Runner.

FYI, I'm 6' 3" and fit fine into my 97 4Runner and my Dad's 04.

Clarence
Nov 2, 2007, 04:30 PM
FYI, I'm 6' 3" and fit fine into my 97 4Runner and my Dad's 04.

6'6", and the 4runner is unbearably small for my 240lb frame. The avalon got rear ended and is hemmed up behind the body shop =( and I have been in an 08 limited runner. I got out of it today and into a camry hybrid, and the difference in room was unreal.

the boss wont let me take a seqouia, its our last 07 and they are redesigning it for 08. they dont sell real well around here anyways, too much $$.

erik I am sorry about your accident, remember good things happen to good people, and vise versa. :p

ErikCLDR
Nov 2, 2007, 04:46 PM
6'6", and the 4runner is unbearably small for my 240lb frame. The avalon got rear ended and is hemmed up behind the body shop =( and I have been in an 08 limited runner. I got out of it today and into a camry hybrid, and the difference in room was unreal.

the boss wont let me take a seqouia, its our last 07 and they are redesigning it for 08. they dont sell real well around here anyways, too much $$.

erik I am sorry about your accident, remember good things happen to good people, and vise versa. :p

Well I am glad we can agree on the 4Runner thing. I just think that the seat isn't high enough to accommodate a person over 5 feet tall comfortably. Not to say the Rover doesn't have its share of ergonomic issues, but at least I don't feel like my head is hitting the ceiling and like I am sitting in the 3rd row of a midsized SUV designed for children to sit in.

I've got to say, I am not a fan of the 2008 Sequoia. I never really loved the old ones but I think the new ones are worse. Its about time for an update though.

You're just mad I don't like your chrome rims :p.
I suppose the good thing is that insurance is covering my car and can't up my charges because its a deer and falls under the "act of god clause".

It's time for me to start looking for a new car.

FadeToBlack
Nov 2, 2007, 05:11 PM
It's time for me to start looking for a new car.

Sucks to hear that it's totalled, man. Good luck finding you another Land Rover or whatever you decide to get. 4-Runners are OK, but seem rather bland to me. I dunno, I'm just not a huge fan of the styling. I've never got to ride in one of the newer ones, though, so my mind might change if I got to ride in one. After all, a car's looks aren't the only important thing. Since you like off-roading and such, I definitely think you should stick with an SUV. Just my $.02. :cool:

FrankBlack
Nov 2, 2007, 06:15 PM
Someone sent me this. Whatever you do, don't try to outrun the police in Germany. :rolleyes: They'll catch up, no problem. (http://www.strangepolice.com/content/item/131596.html)

rickvanr
Nov 2, 2007, 06:38 PM
Posted when first purchased.. but here's a shot in her summer shoes..

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v149/125/3/48303032/n48303032_31791409_9370.jpg

2002 Honda Accord V6 EX

Chrismcfall
Nov 2, 2007, 06:55 PM
Yea it sucks. Insurance is coving it. Its most likely totaled according to the body shop, and I have to agree with them. If its totaled I would be interested in a Discovery Series II (1999 to 2002) or a Range Rover P38 (likely a 1997-1999 model).

We'll see what the insurance company says after its inspection today.

The II is a nicer looking car IMO. Disco 3 didnt do too well in last Top Gear survery:
http://www.topgear.com/content/carsurvey/2006/land-rover/discovery/

ErikCLDR
Nov 2, 2007, 07:20 PM
The II is a nicer looking car IMO. Disco 3 didnt do too well in last Top Gear survery:
http://www.topgear.com/content/carsurvey/2006/land-rover/discovery/

Yea, I agree the Discovery II is a much better looking car, especially with 18" wheels. I must say that of all the Discovery 1's out there, I think the LE and LSE (1997-1998) editions were the only good looking ones, but the DII still looks better.

I am 17 years old so I think a Discovery 3 aka LR3 (US changed name because they wanted to make people forget about the Discovery reputation :rolleyes:) is quite a bit out of my price range. My parents are thinking about a DII though to replace our 2003 Discovery II SE-7 which I *might* get but I am not sure.

I am not sure what I want to replace my car with. I love Land Rovers but they are certianly prone to break and they're so expensive to fix. I would really like to switch to a DII or Range Rover instead of a D1 just because they are much more comfortable cars. Discoveries are more relaible (in the sense they have less electronics) and more parts are available. Range Rovers have the cool factor but they all have air suspension, rediculously complicated security systems, and bunches of little problems. Discoveries have ABS sensor issues which throws off the traction control, abs, and down hill decent control. Also they're prone to leaking water through the sunroofs.

I dunno. I would like to have an SUV because we get a lot of snow here and the roads can be treacherous. I also like being up high and having the visibility. Additionally, since my car was an SUV, it basically saved me severe injury (or death I suppose if I was really unlucky) because the hood was high enough that the deer didn't go flying through the windshield.

arn
Nov 4, 2007, 03:14 PM
continued here:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=381520

arn