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I bought a new car (the "I wanna be like Gugs" thread)...

Discussion in 'RC' started by General Zod, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. Krilons Resa

    Krilons Resa Jerry's married?!

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    Haha, I also just remembered that at the point of me selling it to my stepfather's friend for $100 that the front wheels were tilted to one side...something about a broken axle. That fat fuck drove it around for another year like that somehow.

    That was also the only car that I was ever pulled over 3 times in one mile a stretch of road by the police.
     
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    speaking of flying shit ... scariest thing ever ... few more inches over and DEAD

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOhgMAOrp0c&feature=player_embedded[/ame]
     
  3. dorian gray

    dorian gray Returning videotapes

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    argh!! Why didn't she keep the camera rolling afterwards!!!
    Gah, driving is SO dangerous.
     
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    this car actually has no tachometer, but it DOES have one of those upshift lights. it's totally bogus... tells me to shift up to 5th gear when I'm going like 38 hahaha. so i just go by the sound of the car, oh well. thanks for the words of wisdom. definitely going to see if i can check the gear oil
     
  5. einride

    einride your best friend

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    dude i think you just need to buck up and get used to it, there's probably nothing wrong with the car (even if it is a ford)

    you just need to learn to listen to the engine (i have no rpm meter so i'm pretty good at this) and be smooth as fuck with your left foot, it takes time when you're a nub

    my car's manual has this

    it's easy to remember. i drive up to 10 km/h on 1st gear, 20 km/h on 2nd, 30 on 3rd, 40 on 4th, and 50 and above on 5th

    depending on how powerful your engine is this isn't so far off, i mean that's the upper limit of what you probably want to be doing on 4th but it's not so stupid actually


    EDIT:
    here's a driving tip, i am regularly flabbergasted at how stupid almost everyone is about this (because swedish driving schools teach the opposite for some entirely inexplicable reason?)

    when stopping at intersections or whatever, don't keep the gear in and press down the clutch and brake at the same time. PUT IT INTO FUCKING NEUTRAL and hold down the brake. this is 200% more comfortable and wears less on the clutch
     
  6. Krilons Resa

    Krilons Resa Jerry's married?!

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    not really, but coasting on the clutch will.
     
  7. einride

    einride your best friend

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    keeping the clutch completely pressed down wears on the throwout bearing (i think thats what its called) unnecessarily

    but yea people like to coast unnecessarily on the clutch a lot too (oh my, the guy in front of me just moved 4 millimeters, best do the same myself although the lights are still red)
     
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    haha i hear you. on the subject of fords, my brother has a 99' Taurus (undisputed UGLIEST CAR EVER, although the newer models aren't so bad) which has conquered over 270,000 miles and he has only ever needed to have some electrical stuff fixed (besides the regular stuff like brakes, etc). on the other hand, his first car was a volvo 850 that he acquired with 60k or something like that. once he got it over about 135k, it had a new failure or breakdown literally every month for like a year until he couldn't handle it anymore. also, my boss at the old farm has a 1990 Ford Ranger with 250k on the engine and he swears that he has only had to replace one engine component ($200 repair) during its entire life. he recently got a new clutch, but i mean... damn. that's some reliability. although i feel that ford trucks are built to a different standard than their sedans/etc...

    i would still pick a saab 900 over all of them
     
  9. Trylakos

    Trylakos gimme my key bitch!

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    man that 2x4 video scared the shit out of me

    that would be fucking awful
     
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    to be fair fords probably aren't so bad but i still wouldn't buy one ever

    it's interesting to read statistics of best/worst cars according to the testing authority (i don't know what this is called in english, they test cars once a year and make sure they're roadworthy)

    it usually looks something like this (best 1999 vehicles):

    1.Honda HR-V 3,03 %
    2. Toyota Starlet 6,35 %
    3. Subaru Legacy 6,57 %
    4. Toyota Corolla 6,92 %
    5. Toyota Yaris 7,15 %
    6. Toyotoa Avensis 8,20 %
    7. Subaru Forester 9,57 %
    8. Mitsubishi Pajero 9,86 %
    9. Subaru Impreza 10,77 %
    10. Mitsubishi Lancer 11,18 %

    100% japanese in the top 10, of course. sometimes germans; audi, vw. worst:

    1. Fiat Marea 46,70 %
    2. Renualt Kangoo 43,87 %
    3. Peugeot Partner 38,62 %
    4. Alfa Romeo 156 37,72 %
    5. Ford Mondeo 37,59 %
    6. Chevrolet Transport 37,50 %
    7. Volvo V70 37,30 %
    8. Renault Laguna 36,20 %
    9. Chrysler Voyager 35,43 %
    10. Fiat Brava 35,20 %

    always italian, french, american. always. sometimes opels or cheap korean crap

    ford, like saab, is usually in the middle. take care of the car and it will work ok, whatevs. just don't buy anything from italy or france ever.
     
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    Hell Mike fuck melodic black metal

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    rear windshield wiper fell off. anger.
     
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    FIAT just returned to the US after like a 25 year absence and the 500 is the first car they are selling.
    unlike in Europe where the 500 is made in Poland, the US version is made in Mexico.

    should one be worried about reliability?
     
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    i would never ever ever ever ever ever ever buy anything that said fiat or alfa romeo on it unless i had a personal mechanic and $infinity dollars

    i mean you can probably buy a new fiat 500 and sell it after 5 years and hopefully it won't have hilariously failed (it will do that to the next owner) but i wouldn't take the risk

    lol

    i don't even have one so it can't fall off. therefore german cars are superior.
     
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    dorian gray Returning videotapes

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    hahah, so I won a seat to attend a press conference that is happening next week prior to the opening of the NY Auto Show.

    it will be KISS and MINI doing an announcement together ... this should be scary.
     
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    dorian gray Returning videotapes

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    lol @ the comments
     
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    damn... i wonder if my focus has a Chinese transmission.
     
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    freal?
     

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