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    [18x03] February 12th, 2012

    The frustrating thing about the Sweeney segment is Clarkson and crew actually are competent, and it showed. When they were doing the segment on the roadway, it actually was well staged, quite intense and Clarkson - or someone behind the scenes, though he appeared to be in charge - did a great...
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    edmunds Inside Line: Spy Photos: 2013 Dodge Viper Getting Cruise Control....

    Just for reference, stability control is less for high speed than it is for bad road conditions and emergencies. I do have it, and while it's useless at the track (though I drive a sensible hatchback, so naturally the entire car is useless at the track) it is very useful on a roundabout after an...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    I know someone who has one. One day we discovered someone pooped on the door. It seemed appropriate in a way.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Good news for people who want an Austin Maestro, but also want a car that looks like a Subaru Forester or Kia Sorento. Your dreams are in China.
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    Random Thoughts....

    What says Valentine's Day better than having an extremely messy breakup in the middle of the videogames at Wal Mart? Note, it was not me, I just wanted to see if they broke the date for Tactics Ogre, because I am a nerd.
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    If you had the power, how would you force/convince people to downsize their cars?

    Yes, he was so out of the closet he married a woman to hush up the rumours. In 1984. And gave an interview saying "okay I'm a little gay but I still love women!" That's not out of the closet. That's being caught in the closet and making up an excuse for being in there. That's an aside really...
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    If you had the power, how would you force/convince people to downsize their cars?

    Actually, from experience - you don't have this, what you call "snow" in Texas doesn't count - a light car actually works a lot better in snow because it doesn't sink down as far. A heavier vehicle sinks down further and is more likely to get hung up on snow, while a light vehicle bounces above...
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    If you had the power, how would you force/convince people to downsize their cars?

    You know about as much about driving in the snow as Elton John knows about pleasuring women.
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    If you had the power, how would you force/convince people to downsize their cars?

    I actually prefer a car needing to be a kit car in order to bypass safety regs. Makes sure you're serious if you've got to build it, even just a tiny little bit of it, yourself. While I can see a dumbass buying a stripped out Z and crashing it into my house, building something like a Caterham...
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    What's your latest [non-technology] purchase?

    Freezing rain, my step is just a block of ice, something was needed.
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    The Post Your Pets Thread

    Reminds me of my cat. When someone she doesn't know is in the house, she tends to hide behind pillows in my bedroom.
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    Rickhamilton620's 1992 plastic appliance....

    As someone who knows stuff about snow (unlike Mr. Sunny Texas), the problem with Foresters in the snow is the drivers, not the ground clearance. There's a lot of overconfidence that seems to come with the purchase of one, which leads to drivers doing very, very stupid things - the Foresters I...
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    If you had the power, how would you force/convince people to downsize their cars?

    There will always be a place for things that are a bit more niche. Hyundai might sell mostly Sonatas, but they're still doing the Veloster and Genesis Coupe. Mazda's bread and butter might be the 3, 6, and possibly the CXs but they still make the MX-5. Ford might sell more F150s than entire...
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    10 Damn-Near Perfect Cars - Wired.com

    Nyuh uh! I drove one of these in a plowed field! So it's best.
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    If you had the power, how would you force/convince people to downsize their cars?

    I'm going to go so far as to say Americans have loved big cars since ad agencies first trumped something as being longer, lower and wider. Yes, I'll posit that the American love of larger cars is due to an ad campaign in the '50s. And whatever, it works for them. Business is, by its very...
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    The Funny Maths Thread.. which sometimes contains mildly amusing pictures

    Horses can have sexytime with other horses, and you can sell the results for fun and profit. Macs can't make baby macs that you can sell.
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    If you had the power, how would you force/convince people to downsize their cars?

    Actually plenty of families would, and do. I know plenty of families who go for the slightly smaller people carrier because it's all they need, or they're replacing their van with something smaller because they don't want to drive the bigger vehicle any more - my sister's family (four people...
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    If you had the power, how would you force/convince people to downsize their cars?

    I was mostly responding to Canuck and his Texas in Europe image, since it's pretty well completely irrelevant to what's popular, from a car perspective. And it's really more complicated than running costs, since as I said, trucks fly off the lots here, just like they do south of the border. It's...
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