Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

rickhamilton620

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I can fit a garage in it. :| And it's two tone.

Shut up and take my money!
 
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I can fit a garage in it. :| And it's two tone.

Shut up and take my money!
It was also the second most recalled car in American history. (It was first until the first-gen Ford Focus started being built here.) And were some of the most unreliable cars ever produced. It was worse than a Yugo.

Just when you think rick's making progress on not liking shit cars...
 
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I hereby declare rickhamilton legally blind and revoke his license!
 

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It was also the second most recalled car in American history. (It was first until the first-gen Ford Focus started being built here.) And were some of the most unreliable cars ever produced. It was worse than a Yugo.

Just when you think rick's making progress on not liking shit cars...
I hereby declare rickhamilton legally blind and revoke his license!
Apparently im horrible at sarcasm. :p
 

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Do you think there's a "normal" timeframe, age-wise, for people to become nostalgic for their old, long-gone vehicles? Let me try to explain. I know why I want a Dodge Dart so badly. It's the great-grandson of my beloved first car, a 1990 Dodge Shadow. I've been thinking about that Shadow a lot lately, and realize that I didn't appreciate it while I had it. Sweet ride. It had the 2.5L straight four (no turbo), it was the last model year before Mopar ruined it, good suspension, big torque for the time period, etc. It's a car I should be nostalgic about.

I didn't feel this way about the Neon, though, otherwise I'd have got one when the Shadow got side-swiped by a truck. I sure as hell didn't feel this way about the Caliber. So why am I getting as much bone as a 47-year-old diabetic can about the Dart? Is it just Alfa Viagra Magic? And why am I doing CL searches for Shadows? I should know better than that. I had mine third-party rust-proofed, but if you didn't, they've devolved into their component molecules by now.

Or have I just hit the right age and frame of mind for nostalgia to kick in?
 

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It was also the second most recalled car in American history. (It was first until the first-gen Ford Focus started being built here.) And were some of the most unreliable cars ever produced. It was worse than a Yugo.

Just when you think rick's making progress on not liking shit cars...
Oh let him have one. Maybe he'll realize what kind of cars they are when he ends on a ditch due to the overly enthusiastic brakes.
 

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Do you think there's a "normal" timeframe, age-wise, for people to become nostalgic for their old, long-gone vehicles? Let me try to explain. I know why I want a Dodge Dart so badly. It's the great-grandson of my beloved first car, a 1990 Dodge Shadow. I've been thinking about that Shadow a lot lately, and realize that I didn't appreciate it while I had it. Sweet ride. It had the 2.5L straight four (no turbo), it was the last model year before Mopar ruined it, good suspension, big torque for the time period, etc. It's a car I should be nostalgic about.

I didn't feel this way about the Neon, though, otherwise I'd have got one when the Shadow got side-swiped by a truck. I sure as hell didn't feel this way about the Caliber. So why am I getting as much bone as a 47-year-old diabetic can about the Dart? Is it just Alfa Viagra Magic? And why am I doing CL searches for Shadows? I should know better than that. I had mine third-party rust-proofed, but if you didn't, they've devolved into their component molecules by now.

Or have I just hit the right age and frame of mind for nostalgia to kick in?
I'm 27, and from a country where K-car derivatives have been available but the selection has been limited. We got the Saratoga and the LeBaron, and a few random Daytonas. Having driven none of them, I would definitely not mind trying out all of them. The top spot goes to the TC Maserati.
 

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Do you think there's a "normal" timeframe, age-wise, for people to become nostalgic for their old, long-gone vehicles? Let me try to explain. I know why I want a Dodge Dart so badly. It's the great-grandson of my beloved first car, a 1990 Dodge Shadow. I've been thinking about that Shadow a lot lately, and realize that I didn't appreciate it while I had it. Sweet ride. It had the 2.5L straight four (no turbo), it was the last model year before Mopar ruined it, good suspension, big torque for the time period, etc. It's a car I should be nostalgic about.

I didn't feel this way about the Neon, though, otherwise I'd have got one when the Shadow got side-swiped by a truck. I sure as hell didn't feel this way about the Caliber. So why am I getting as much bone as a 47-year-old diabetic can about the Dart? Is it just Alfa Viagra Magic? And why am I doing CL searches for Shadows? I should know better than that. I had mine third-party rust-proofed, but if you didn't, they've devolved into their component molecules by now.

Or have I just hit the right age and frame of mind for nostalgia to kick in?
There's your answer right there. Check your sugars.. I think they're muddling your brain. :p


In all seriousness, I remember the Shadow growing up. My friend had one when we were in high school. All I'm going to say is "hated it" and leave it at that (but we *were* in high school, so him having wheels of anykind was a bonus, whereas I did not). As for the Dart... I don't know, I guess it has a lot of potential, especially with the Italian DNA (to break down).
 
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In all seriousness, I remember the Shadow growing up. My friend had one when we were in high school. All I'm going to say is "hated it" and leave it at that (but we *were* in high school, so him having wheels of anykind was a bonus, whereas I did not).
All depends on what year it was. Mopar totally destroyed it for MY 1991 and beyond. Prior to that, though, they were pretty good compared to the competition. Good enough for Carroll Shelby to inappropriately touch it, anyway.

As for the Dart... I don't know, I guess it has a lot of potential, especially with the Italian DNA (to break down).
I trust my local boys at Belvidere to screw the parts together correctly. Otherwise, I'll have to pull out my old "mass destruction plans" file.
 

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i was just passenger in a 2012 prius and i have to say i rather liked it. the whole idea of e-mobility suddenly is rather appealing... i am rather drunk though, so maybe that has impaired my judgement :dunno:
 

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Ahh the joys of owning an older car, threw a code today while getting home (luckily right near my house AND near the shop that I go to from time to time) and was having VERY rough idle. PCV got all mucked up so the guy cleaned it and I'm back on the road. Need to invest in a code scanner so I can check what the problem is myself....
I find this works well enough for something to throw in the glovebox:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LHVOVK/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i01

Cheap, too.
 

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i was just passenger in a 2012 prius and i have to say i rather liked it. the whole idea of e-mobility suddenly is rather appealing... i am rather drunk though, so maybe that has impaired my judgement :dunno:
Definitly. I think there's a post by me somewhere on this board where I very drunkenly ramble about my taxi home being a Prius (or Hyundai, or sth like that) and not a Merc and how I feel ripped of by the taxi company because of it.
 

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Good enough for Carroll Shelby to inappropriately touch it, anyway.
Ah, thank you for providing me with sig material. That was fabulous!

i was just passenger in a 2012 prius and i have to say i rather liked it. the whole idea of e-mobility suddenly is rather appealing... i am rather drunk though, so maybe that has impaired my judgement :dunno:
Uh oh...

 

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I find this works well enough for something to throw in the glovebox:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LHVOVK/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i01

Cheap, too.
Thanks :)
the whole idea of e-mobility suddenly is rather appealing
There is no problem with the idea of e-mobility itself, rather its the execution of such ideas that leaves something to be desired. Prius is a complete and utter crap in pretty much every way, the Honda Clarity on the other hand is not bad as a daily run about. Then you have things like the Tesla Roadster that really is a good sports car despite being electric.
 
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i was just passenger in a 2012 prius and i have to say i rather liked it. the whole idea of e-mobility suddenly is rather appealing... i am rather drunk though, so maybe that has impaired my judgement :dunno:
I had one as a rental.

Boring, slow, uncomfortable. Only good thing about it... uh... the air conditioning worked. Sorta.
 

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Drove a Prius around downtown Phoenix and I thought it was surprisingly decent. The electric engine was gutsy off the line, so stop and go driving was pretty good. But I can't comment about how good or bad it is everywhere else.
 

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