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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    I thought this series of Thunderbird was hideous...



    One of the best cars I owned was the successor to these... a 1984 Turbo Coupe. It would go toe to toe with almost any sports car off the line, handled like it was on rails (better than the Mustang), got incredible fuel mileage (very low C.O.D.), and was an ideal Luxury / GT type automobile that had all the creature comforts one could want on long trips.

    It was also freakishly reliable... the German built turbo 4 probably had a lot to do with that and was always amazed I could light up the tyres at 40 mph with a four cylinder engine... albeit a slightly tweaked one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I never objected to the idea of an SUV. My last car was a 2000 Tacoma PreRunner (which I sold in '07). Heck, that CR-V was at the top of my list for when we outgrew the Fit (ask Mrs. A-- I kept a spreadsheet), followed closely by the Subaru Outback and Forester. But Mrs. A is a big fan of the Hondas, so a CR-V it was.
    It is our only car as was the Fit, and I still ride a bike everywhere.
    Sorry, I was more talking about me. I actually did like the older outbacks when they were more like station wagons and wanted one. I'll put up with the 26-27 or so I get with my Outlander, but I always wish for better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turnin2 View Post
    This thing. It's like they couldn't decide what the roofline should be so they jammed two together.
    Car makers sometimes did just that to save money. It allowed them to use the same presses to make sedans and station wagons. They make the sedan roof, and then just weld the the tailgate roof to it. Here's the 1959 Rambler Ambassador.



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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Sorry, I was more talking about me. I actually did like the older outbacks when they were more like station wagons and wanted one. I'll put up with the 26-27 or so I get with my Outlander, but I always wish for better.
    I haven't measured the fuel economy on our CR-V. But we bought it 3 months into Mrs. A's maternity leave for #2, and she never went back to work, so it's gone barely 5000mi in 10 months. But when we need the room, we need the room. Now we're going to drive it to LA and ship it to NC from my parents' house.
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    There's just not enough peyote on the planet to make one of these look good.

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    It's a rolling shoe!

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    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    It's a rolling shoe!
    Acutally that is same car as you posted above, just what it looks like after the peyote kicks in.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Shifty, you look cool in the beanie, schmoking the pipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    I know, I look so "northern liberal", don't you think??? ;-)

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    Any car with a fake convertible top looks ugly, this particular example takes ugly to new heights. I've never met a convertible owner who liked the way their car looked with the top up, yet someone was able to convince people to spend more for the fake convertible top. Yuck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    This is pretty much our car.....

    Let's just say it had several years to grow on me.
    I'm thinking a roof top storage compartment made out of kitty litter containers would really personalize that for you. , You know, something that matches your bike instead of any of that store bought Yakima stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Any car with a fake convertible top looks ugly, this particular example takes ugly to new heights. I've never met a convertible owner who liked the way their car looked with the top up, yet someone was able to convince people to spend more for the fake convertible top. Yuck!
    It hides the armor-plating and bullet-proof windows better.
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    I had one of these in the mid 80's. It had the diesel engine and would top out at about 60mph on the flats. It also got about 50 mpg. Not much room inside though.

    Still have it. 300k on the clock. It sits out in the weeds at our farm
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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    I'm thinking a roof top storage compartment made out of kitty litter containers would really personalize that for you. , You know, something that matches your bike instead of any of that store bought Yakima stuff.
    Already have a rooftop bag for it. Came in verrry handy on the road trip to Tahoe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by More Cowbell View Post
    Still have it. 300k on the clock. It sits out in the weeds at our farm
    Hmmm. I'd bet you could fetch some money from a VW enthusiast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    Hmmm. I'd bet you could fetch some money from a VW enthusiast.
    Probably. It is still in pretty good shape. Needs a new motor and tranny though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by More Cowbell View Post
    Probably. It is still in pretty good shape. Needs a new motor and tranny though.
    Why does it need Ru Paul or one of his friends?

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    Quote Originally Posted by More Cowbell View Post
    Probably. It is still in pretty good shape. Needs a new motor and tranny though.
    So it died an early death then ?

    I owned a Rabbit diesel for many years and thought it was just broken in 500,000 km... without a turbo they were pretty gutless but I saw mileage in the high 70's and drove that when I did not feel that driving my Toyota Land Cruiser was practical as it topped out at 60 and only got 15 mpg.

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    I drove one of these lovelies during HS. Same color and everything

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    Do you deliver to NC? I'd love a VW pickup.
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    I actually kind of like those earlier pintos.

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    Back in high school (mid-90's) I drove one of these:

    a 1983 Mercury Lynx. Mine didn't have the sun roof this one does, but was the same color. Also, its front left fender had been smashed to hell and then sort of pounded back out, but not really. The power steering pump died, but rather than fix/replace it, we just ran the belt so it didn't run over that pulley (after the drag from the dead pump killed the car once). Wheels weren't aligned right (or balanced) so the front right tire was bald from running at a slight angle when the car was going straight. What else? The seat didn't go back far enough and the steering wheel didn't adjust for my 6'+ frame so I learned to drive it bow-legged with both legs going around the steering wheel and my knees at ~9 and 3 (maybe 8 and 4 is a little more accurate). I say both because it was a stick because of course it was. No radio, so we had an old battery powered cassette player we'd sometimes put on the passenger seat.

    After I wrapped that around a tree (at almost midnight on my Dad's birthday when he had to get up at 3am the next morning to go to work), I got a 1980 Ford Granada, going from a car that was smaller than I was to one in which I could lay out fully and nap on either the front or back benches (unfortunately, I was too much of a nerd to use the spacious benches for any less PG activities).



    Mine was white. That was an ok car. But the problem was at times the headlights would just go out in either bright or regular and the only way I could get any light out of them was to hold the lever as if I was trying to transition from high to low beam settings. After a while, (and I can't remember why exactly we decided this was best), my dad diagnosed the problem and we ended up using the spot on the fuse box for the wipers to run the lights and had a house light switch (with wires going to and from it in a box like you'd use in a wall) with wires going directly from the battery to it and from it to the wiper motor. Also, the heater didn't really do much and we couldn't make it much better even with a couple thermostat replacements leading to some cold nights with the windows down trying to look out the side windows as the inside of the windows frosted up from the condensation from my breath.

    After college in 2001, as a graduation present, my parents gave me the white 1992 Dodge Spirit they'd inherited from my Grandma when she died a few years prior and that my sister and I'd been using as transportation for summer jobs during college.

    (my actual car in the snow picture)
    About a year after I got that, something died in the front end and the fan that blew air from outside over the radiator to cool the engine stopped working. Could never figure out if it was the sensor of the wiring but apparently the fan motor itself was fine and every shop I talked to said it would be more than the car was worth to diagnose and fix the problem so I drove it the next two year with the heater on full blast year round to keep it from overheating. Summer rains when I couldn't have the windows down were almost the death of me. Eventually, the alternator died too and that was the last straw for that car.

    Then I bought a 1995 Olds 88 that I loved even though my then girlfriend/now wife called it an old man car (guy selling it to me called it that too). It was just so comfortable with leather seats and power everything and so much space and decent (for a sedan at the time) mileage at 22-25 mpg. Was a money pit though as I think I owned it for 4 years, paid ~$4k for it and put at least that much in repairs into it. Just one moderate cost thing after another where I couldn't justify to myself throwing in the towel after I'd already sunk so much money into it and I loved it so much, but then I sold it for like $500 when I moved to Boston for 4 years and couldn't have a car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Back in high school (mid-90's) I drove one of these:

    a 1983 Mercury Lynx. Mine didn't have the sun roof this one does, but was the same color.


    so...you didn't get laid till college?

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    How do you wrap a first-gen Escort/Lynx around a tree?
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