The world is flat: altoid's BRZ

CraigB

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Finally did a long trip in the car—400 miles to SF and another 400 back this past weekend—and it did surprisingly well, actually!

Some notes:
• No buyer's remorse.
• No shattered spines.
• 30mpg.
• It'll roadtrip fine for two adults.
Excellent brakes and maneuverability, though I wish I hadn't had to put those to the test quite this much…
• SF still sucks.

Pre-trip picture (no, I still haven't washed it):



Up to 5,300 miles now in 5.5 months. The first service is scheduled for 6,000mi/6mo, so I'm right on schedule. Should really wash the car, too
 

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Kind of a lot has happened since my last post!

I got hit…twice. Rear-ended into the car in front of me the first time, just rear-ended the second time. Wasn't moving either time. Repairs flawless. Should buy a dash cam… In addition to this, a neighbor at my old place dented and scratched the passenger side door a bit. I'll live with that until I collect enough damage to make a body shop trip worthwhile. Fucking LA drivers.

I think I'm almost at 9,000 miles or so. I drive a lot less because a motorcycle is far superior in LA. Happy miles, looking forward to many more. Just as few commuting ones as possible.

I haven't gone for a drive just for the sake of driving in a little while. Dustin (@thedguy) came by with his S2000 and we went canyon carving back in October, and I don't know that I've done it since. Should remedy that sometime soon.

And on a related note, I think this spring will be a good time for some AutoX. And by "spring" I mean any day now, really. A nearby friend has an MR-S track car and a 996 C2 cabrio road car, and I think he wants to take them both there, so I'll likely tag along.

Full disclosure: I briefly flirted with the idea of selling the car for financial reasons, but the math just didn't work out with such a recent purchase. Besides, what would I do in three years? Buy another one just like, most likely.

Mods have been put on hold indefinitely. Yes, this includes wheels. Though once I scrub off what's left of these tires…

And now some pictarz:

So purdy:


Stepped in gum, barely had the torque to leave (lulz courtesy of @Mitchi):


With @thedguy's aforementioned S2000 in Malibu:


Clearly totaled:


Attempting to hide from insane holiday shoppers by parking far and taking up two spaces:
 
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altoid

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How does it cope with the *awesome* downtown roads of LA?
Probably exactly as poorly as you think! :D

That said, it's not all that materially worse than most cars. Lifted vehicles (SUVs, trucks) have a significant advantage, and passenger appliances have some, but it's manageable.

I try not to drive around the city any more than I absolutely have to anyway, mostly because of traffic. LA is so much more accessible on two wheels.
 

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A 2JZ?
A Norsdchleife sticker?
A vape holder?
 

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Y'all got any lamps?
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Yes.
Yes.
Yes.

Actually no. Better. But you'll have to wait. Gotta build some suspense, y'know?
Suspense...suspension...a coilover kit?

#stancenation
 

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Mod delivered home. Pics tonight!


Unrelatedly, I should've bought a fucking lottery ticket yesterday—it was my lucky day. :eek:

My garage has a rather narrow, tunnel-like, sloped entryway. I have to back into it at an angle and then correct, due to the narrow alley from which I enter. Once I make it down partway, I can start turning the steering wheel to the right, to steer in the correct direction.

This has been a problem exactly 0 times in the two months I've lived there so far…until last night.

I was backing in, and somehow fucked up and got too close to the wall on the left. No matter, I can pull the e-brake, shift into first, and get away from it. Except somehow I miss the shift, so the car still goes backwards and the left front fender slams into the wall. Fuck. Angry as fuck, I perform the intended maneuver, back down and into my parking spot, and get out to assess the carnage.



Lucky day.
 

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Reminds me of the time I almost slammed my brand new RS into my garage door.

I always back up until about 3 inches from it using the backup camera, but that time I stopped about 2 feet away to go back forward and re-line myself up.

I quickly shifted to first (or so I thought), reved the engine and dumped the clutch quite fast, only to realize I was still in reverse :idiot:

I reacted fast enough to slam the brakes and stop with maybe 2 inch to spare.
 
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