Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

prizrak

Forum Addict
Joined
Apr 2, 2007
Messages
20,404
Location
No, sleep, till, BROOKLYN
Car(s)
11 Xterra Pro-4x, 12 'stang GT
That one is actually a pretty serious offroader, they used them to pull Hummers out of ditches in some rally in Russia a few years ago (anecdotal don't have any pics or anything) :D It would probably be outmatched by some of the newer offerings simply of all the new TC systems and adaptive ride height and crap like that. It's basically a Russian version of the Willis but "refined" on Russian "roads" :)
 

Spectre

The Deported
Joined
Feb 1, 2007
Messages
36,625
Location
Dallas, Texas
Car(s)
00 4Runner | 02 919 | 87 XJ6 | 86 CB700SC
No C-class perforations today, sadly. Went out to shoot it and despite the recent rain in the area, the surrounding vegetation in the prospective target area was just too dead and dry to be generating sparks. Cancelled due to risk of starting a fire; we'll try again later.

Edit: I don't think we can call these 'mini' any more.

 
Last edited:

Okaen

Active Member
Joined
Oct 7, 2010
Messages
358
Location
Denver, CO, USA
Car(s)
1995 Honda Accord
Edit: I don't think we can call these 'mini' any more.
I saw one of these parallel parked between a 97 Accord and a b6 Audi A4 and it was about the same size as the Audi and a bit larger then the Accord. I am sure some German will pull the lengths out of some website and prove me wrong, but it certainly looked like it. Taller too.
 

Lastsoul

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 9, 2005
Messages
2,177
Location
Finland
Car(s)
MX5, 406 Coup?, 106 Rallye, Porsche 924, X300 Six
The Crossman is just epic fail. Might sell well, might even be okay car, but why they have to release it under the Mini brand?

Even worse, why they had to choose that model for rallying instead of regular Mini? Yeah I know: marketing. And engineering > marketing :p
 

Cowboy

My name is Sheridan
Joined
Mar 31, 2009
Messages
9,805
Or even a real car? 10k? buys you a helluva lot nicer things than either of those...
Yes but can those 'nicer things' survive Siberia? Didn't think so! This is important!*



*If you live in Siberia.
 
Reactions: AiR

public

Has been known to shou emousshiöns
DONOR
Joined
Nov 26, 2007
Messages
11,649
Location
Oysterbottom
Car(s)
MX-5 + others
I believe only the RWD/4WD Ladas really survive Siberia. Samaras and whatever came after it are just useless appliances that are abandoned and picked up like bicycles.
 

prizrak

Forum Addict
Joined
Apr 2, 2007
Messages
20,404
Location
No, sleep, till, BROOKLYN
Car(s)
11 Xterra Pro-4x, 12 'stang GT
I believe only the RWD/4WD Ladas really survive Siberia. Samaras and whatever came after it are just useless appliances that are abandoned and picked up like bicycles.
Yep the Niva is the only one remotely capable and even then barely. That UAZ can handle it like nothing tho.
 

Cowboy

My name is Sheridan
Joined
Mar 31, 2009
Messages
9,805
Those UAZ van's can certainly survive Siberia, If I'm imformed correctly they are the main light hauler/runabouts there.

*edit*
Prizak beat me to it :p
 

public

Has been known to shou emousshiöns
DONOR
Joined
Nov 26, 2007
Messages
11,649
Location
Oysterbottom
Car(s)
MX-5 + others
Yeah, but we were talking about the plasticky Priora :) UAZ:s seem at least simple enough from what I've seen.
 

prizrak

Forum Addict
Joined
Apr 2, 2007
Messages
20,404
Location
No, sleep, till, BROOKLYN
Car(s)
11 Xterra Pro-4x, 12 'stang GT
Those UAZ van's can certainly survive Siberia, If I'm imformed correctly they are the main light hauler/runabouts there.

*edit*
Prizak beat me to it :p
Yep those things are basicaly how you get around Siberia outside of a helicopter (no roads to speak of):)
 

narf

Sgt. Maj. Buzzkill
DONOR
Joined
Feb 1, 2008
Messages
18,095
Location
Kiel/Wherever, Germany
Car(s)
'16 VW The Beetle Cabrio
I saw one of these parallel parked between a 97 Accord and a b6 Audi A4 and it was about the same size as the Audi and a bit larger then the Accord. I am sure some German will pull the lengths out of some website and prove me wrong, but it certainly looked like it. Taller too.
The Cuntryman is made of pure fail.
4097x1789x1561mm? of fail, in fact. Yeah, I did look it up :lol: while I'm at it, here's the B6 A4:
4544x1766x1428mm?, a lot longer, slightly more narrow, and a lot less tall. Additionally, the bonnet will look tiny compared to the bulky front end of the Cuntryman.
 

NooDle

Ik ben niet alleen lekker met kaas!
Joined
Jul 20, 2005
Messages
9,630
Location
Belgium
Car(s)
VW eGolf
Yes but can those 'nicer things' survive Siberia? Didn't think so! This is important!*



*If you live in Siberia.
I'd love to see any "new" Lada cope with Siberia nowadays... they used to have some ruggedness, now they're all just plastic crap like Korean cars

I believe only the RWD/4WD Ladas really survive Siberia. Samaras and whatever came after it are just useless appliances that are abandoned and picked up like bicycles.
Basically what he said.

On Countrymans/Countrymen, I do believe they are quite good cars to drive, especially if you have a 4WD model, they just have the following flaws

- they look like someone blew up a mini and then let it stay out in the sun for too long and the body melted
- insane pricetag
- are not very "mini"
- still depicted as tiny and cute like a real mini when they're enourmous on the outside
- the interior is still shit
 

narf

Sgt. Maj. Buzzkill
DONOR
Joined
Feb 1, 2008
Messages
18,095
Location
Kiel/Wherever, Germany
Car(s)
'16 VW The Beetle Cabrio
On Countrymans/Countrymen, I do believe they are quite good cars to drive, especially if you have a 4WD model, they just have the following flaws

- insane pricetag
That. A 4WD Cuntryman will quickly go for over 30k?. For that kind of money you could easily get (yeah, you guessed it) a fully kitted Octavia RS DSG.
 
Top