Ownership Verified: An Italian from Illinois

PelicanHazard

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Proof (sorry it's so crap, a wild storm appeared, can retake if need be):



EDIT: By-the-books proof:



It's replacing the 2006 Nissan Sentra I've been driving since '08.



And competing with my brother's Focus





Bonus for my upload screw-up:

 
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Leadfoot866

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You know, going back through the pictures, the Dart makes the Datsun look more brown than red... :lol:
 

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Kind of surprised you got a red one. Considering you didn't want the same car as your brother, I would have thought you would have gone for blue or black or something.

Looks good, though - congratulations!
 

PelicanHazard

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Initial thoughts on the touchscreen stereo?

Everything but the nav is pretty intuitive. The only thing I don't like is the vent selector (floor, head, both) is only on the touchscreen and doesn't have its own hard keys.

Kind of surprised you got a red one. Considering you didn't want the same car as your brother, I would have thought you would have gone for blue or black or something.

Looks good, though - congratulations!

I didn't like the other colors.
 

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Those kerbs look like alloy killers! Glad I don't live in the states.

Nice car as well. :)
 

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Everything but the nav is pretty intuitive. The only thing I don't like is the vent selector (floor, head, both) is only on the touchscreen and doesn't have its own hard keys.

I agree about the nav. I've never found it to be very easy to use. I ask about the stereo because i'm on the development team for the radio at Harman. :) I'm interested in a bit of actual user feedback.
 

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Out of the engine eater and into the fire Dart. :p

Congrats, hope you enjoy it!

And no street racin', you two! :D
 

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I love the looks of the new Dark. I can't wait to hear more from your personnel experience with it.

I hate to be pedantic, but you'll need to put the proof paper through the shifter.
 

PelicanHazard

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I hate to be pedantic, but you'll need to put the proof paper through the shifter.

Will retake tomorrow, when there's better light.

I agree about the nav. I've never found it to be very easy to use. I ask about the stereo because i'm on the development team for the radio at Harman. I'm interested in a bit of actual user feedback.

Ask me what you want, then, and I'll be happy to add a data point to your research :)
 
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What's the 1.4T like to drive?
 

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Congratulations! I really like the Dart, good looking car. The 1.4T should be pretty reliable and have plenty of power where you need it :)
 

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What's the 1.4T like to drive?

If you're driving carefully (like in very gradual speed changes, slow cruising and such), it is very reluctant to move the car. For science, I wanted to see what it would be like accelerating from 35 to 40 mph on a fairly level road while keeping the instantaneous MPG counter above 40. I'm pretty sure a poorly-maintained 2CV could have outrun me.

For more typical city driving, it behaves in line with other cars on the road and can keep pace.

In the case of pedal-to-the-metal, it has an initial shrug where it doesn't seem to accelerate much while I'm still letting the clutch out, then it accelerates alright, then the turbo reaches max boost and it takes off with a surprising amount of gusto. I reached 40 in 2nd gear going up a hill just shallow enough to not be good for sledding in a much shorter span of time than my old Sentra would have taken.

No boost gauge, but the instantaneous MPG scale serves as a substitute,
 

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Do they not have curbs in your cities?

Aside from the odd exception, most kerbs in my area are relatively short. The ones here look much taller.
 
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