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Old 04-13-13, 07:41 PM   #176
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The man does love finicky hydraulics!
I like to photograph dog races.
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Old 04-13-13, 08:27 PM   #177
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Wonderful cars. Ugly though.
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Old 04-13-13, 08:31 PM   #178
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Old 04-13-13, 08:33 PM   #179
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Wonderful cars. Ugly though.
I dunno! I always liked the Vortex.
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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.
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Old 04-15-13, 09:49 AM   #181
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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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Old 04-15-13, 11:27 AM   #182
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Old 04-15-13, 11:39 AM   #183
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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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Old 04-15-13, 11:43 AM   #184
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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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Old 04-15-13, 02:13 PM   #185
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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:

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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Old 04-15-13, 02:17 PM   #186
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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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Old 04-16-13, 07:26 AM   #187
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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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Old 04-16-13, 07:44 AM   #188
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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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^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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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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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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Old 04-16-13, 08:21 AM   #193
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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:

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