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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    The man does love finicky hydraulics!
    I like to photograph dog races.

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    I've owned two of these:



    Wonderful cars. Ugly though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    I like to photograph dog races.
    No Kidding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeybikes View Post
    I've owned two of these:



    Wonderful cars. Ugly though.
    I dunno! I always liked the Vortex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Close. I had to drive it into Manhattan to pick up the car's owner and it blew a coolant hose near Times Square. Fortunately the I was able to find a parking space before it melted. Turns out that in Manhattan there's an auto parts district around 8th Ave and 36th St. Spent my day fixing that POS and getting harassed by every sort of person offering unwanted advice or asking for a dollar. Never saw a cop thank goodness.
    Once upon a time, I spent a Sunday afternoon at a curb helping to disconnect the parking brake cables from a friend's Fiero. It had become stuck and he made it about a block from the church building before he gave up and ran back to ask for help. Once we got them undone, he never did get around to repairing it... and he had that car for several more years.
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    http://www.conceptcarz.com/view/photo/318825,16083/1956-Nash-Ambassador_photo.aspx#photo

    My father had a 1956 Nash, black with a lime green top. First car I ever drove, got 7.5 miles a gallon but the front seats did recline 90

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    Life isn't fair. Just sayin'

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    I've been watching for 8 pages... and am pleasantly surprised nobody has mentioned my car yet. Personally, I think it's "cute" and (lucky for me) many ladies agree. But I'll admit... she's not beautiful:


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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Life isn't fair. Just sayin'
    Seems like it is pretty fair for some and let's not forget that Rick has given hope to many a geek who thought he'd never be able to marry a supermodel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    I've been watching for 8 pages... and am pleasantly surprised nobody has mentioned my car yet. Personally, I think it's "cute" and (lucky for me) many ladies agree. But I'll admit... she's not beautiful:

    I don't know, for some reason I like the Smart... Not necessarily aesthetically, but small cars have a lot of advantages. If I lived in the city, I would definitely consider one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
    I don't know, for some reason I like the Smart... Not necessarily aesthetically, but small cars have a lot of advantages. If I lived in the city, I would definitely consider one of those.
    I love mine... so much that I'm on my second one. I had a 2008 and now a 2013. Unless Daimler REALLY screws up the all-new next generation that's coming out for the 2014 model year, I'll probably have a 3rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    I love mine... so much that I'm on my second one. I had a 2008 and now a 2013. Unless Daimler REALLY screws up the all-new next generation that's coming out for the 2014 model year, I'll probably have a 3rd.
    If they'd only make a diesel for the states. This one's the exception. Can you say 70mpg?

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    ^Diesel Smarts were sold north of the border when they first came out, then pulled. Couldn't pass stricter emission tests. Too bad. Superior fuel mileage is one of the reasons I'd consider one. Gas models get unimpressive numbers. Fun to drive though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrous Bueller View Post
    ^Diesel Smarts were sold north of the border when they first came out, then pulled. Couldn't pass stricter emission tests. Too bad. Superior fuel mileage is one of the reasons I'd consider one. Gas models get unimpressive numbers. Fun to drive though.
    I'm not sure that I would say "unimpressive numbers". I've been tracking my gas mileage closely for the last 10,000 miles (evenly split between city and highway) and averaged 38.6 mpg. And I don't exactly have a light foot. I've had single tank mpgs in the 42-44 range. Even if you take the EPA estimates and look at MPG/MSRP, it's at the top.

    But it's still not beautiful.

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    I didn't mean to belittle. Gas models aren't bad. I've just been living in the EU too long. You can get almost anything in a diesel there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrous Bueller View Post
    I didn't mean to belittle.
    I didn't feel belittled at all. Believe me, I'd MUCH rather have the diesel. And you're right... compared to the numbers of the European diesel vehicles, the gas smart is very unimpressive. I didn't realize you were in Europe.

    Unfortunately, we're still addicted to and force fed plain old gas over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    I'm not sure that I would say "unimpressive numbers". I've been tracking my gas mileage closely for the last 10,000 miles (evenly split between city and highway) and averaged 38.6 mpg. And I don't exactly have a light foot. I've had single tank mpgs in the 42-44 range. Even if you take the EPA estimates and look at MPG/MSRP, it's at the top.

    But it's still not beautiful.
    i understand you yanks have smaller gallons than the rest of the world
    (compensating for something?)
    but even so
    i dont think 38mpg is very impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    I've been watching for 8 pages... and am pleasantly surprised nobody has mentioned my car yet. Personally, I think it's "cute" and (lucky for me) many ladies agree. But I'll admit... she's not beautiful:

    Did they fix the transmission? I rented one in Italy and my Massey Ferguson tractor had a nicer gear box. That was several (many) years ago though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    I didn't realize you were in Europe.
    Recently back.
    I didn't own a car there but rented quite efficient ones. One small diesel minivan was particularly impressive. 6sp manual. A week of mountain fun with lots of people and gear and we only got through half a tank. No lack of power on the highway either. I can't imagine how that wouldn't be popular here.

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    Yo, Wilfred. What's with the avatar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrous Bueller View Post
    Yo, Wilfred. What's with the avatar?
    I am not sure what you are going on about. The image matches with many of Wilfrid (Wilfred) Laurier if one does a GIS.

    Here he is in a car

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    His avatar is Canada's first prime minister, John A Macdonald. He's on the $10
    Wilfrid Laurier was Canada's 7th PM, and is on the fiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrous Bueller View Post
    His avatar is Canada's first prime minister, John A Macdonald. He's on the $10
    Wilfrid Laurier was Canada's 7th PM, and is on the fiver.
    I believe sir, that though you believe what you say to be true, you are in fact, quite possibly incorrect. I however am often incorrect and I am a Texican with no knowledge of Canuckistan other than what I learned from Red Green and SCTV and Rick Mercer.


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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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    Link in my previous post. here again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A....7.E2.80.931871

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Did they fix the transmission? I rented one in Italy and my Massey Ferguson tractor had a nicer gear box. That was several (many) years ago though.
    Well... it's getting better. It's still an automated manual, but in "manual mode" it works much better than the "automatic mode". If you need to accelerate to pass and you're in automatic mode, the instructions should be:

    1. Depress gas pedal
    2. Read "War and Peace"
    3. Take nap
    4. Have a light snack.
    5. Prepare for moderate boost in speed.

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