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Old 02-12-19, 11:00 AM
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​​Subaru WRX is one of my fav cars.
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Having been the owner of a Subaru GT as the WRX was styled here I have to say it was a rerrific vehicle, no buts. That slam in the back when the turbo cut in was magic.. The only downside is that people seemed unable not to fiddle with a classic vehicle - I mean, look at the bonnet of the one shown above. The Subaru was never beautiful, but that’s plain ugly.

Bought mine new, but was not unhappy when I sold it some years ago.. Only just got the final points on my licence back.
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That Alfa is sweet..
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I bet you wouldn't fit in that.
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I bet you wouldn't fit in that.
And I bet you couldn't see over the steering wheel...
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I bet you wouldn't fit in that.
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And I bet you couldn't see over the steering wheel...
At least we can all agree there is plenty of room for our enormous, uh, feet.



Actually, I once owned a Nissan Pulsar, and on nice days I could remove the t-tops and put the seat up and look out over the roof top.
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Why are most (all?) affordable cars so UGLY? Beauty doesn't cost any more than ugly. FORD could sell a few million of these at $50,000 (my personal favorite).
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And I bet you couldn't see over the steering wheel...
I'm a little shorter than Chewey, but I doubt I'd fit in that any better than I fit in an Alfa spider. The Italians really took their fondness for uncomfortable driving positions to heart with that car, and I couldn't get both feet in the footwell. I took a MRII for a test ride when I was in the tire business and could barely fit in the thing, my knees were uncomfortably close to the steering wheel. My head would touch the roof of the SLs when they had the hard top on

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At least we can all agree there is plenty of room for our enormous, uh, feet.



Actually, I once owned a Nissan Pulsar, and on nice days I could remove the t-tops and put the seat up and look out over the roof top.
I knew a guy that had one of those and he really liked it when I showed him how to take the liftgate off. He liked it even better when I showed him how to put it back on.
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I'm a little shorter than Chewey, but I doubt I'd fit in that any better than I fit in an Alfa spider. The Italians really took their fondness for uncomfortable driving positions to heart with that car, and I couldn't get both feet in the footwell. I took a MRII for a test ride when I was in the tire business and could barely fit in the thing, my knees were uncomfortably close to the steering wheel. My head would touch the roof of the SLs when they had the hard top on

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I still think you look like your avatar...
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I still think you look like your avatar...
Oh that's me on a good day....
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Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
At least we can all agree there is plenty of room for our enormous, uh, feet.



Actually, I once owned a Nissan Pulsar, and on nice days I could remove the t-tops and put the seat up and look out over the roof top.
There is a very young lady in a neighborhood that I frequent that still drives a Pulsar NX Sportbak. It is in horrible condition but I still like it. And it's always nice to see a fairly obscure car, especially one appreciated by a young'n.

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Why are most (all?) affordable cars so UGLY? Beauty doesn't cost any more than ugly. FORD could sell a few million of these at $50,000 (my personal favorite).
Imo if you design a car to be fast with a big engine in the front, good weight distribution, low center of gravity and a low roof, just wrap some sheet metal around it and don't do anything silly and it will look good. Small practical cars that don't try to look bigger than they are are often nice too. It's often in the middle class range where they have to be a bit of everything because of space and efficiency, Really expensive cars often have the same issue when their design isn't about a single purpose.
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Saw one of these, the other day ...

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You can't be serious? I thought the Mach one post was bad. But when I saw this, I threw up in my mouth!

Make fun if you want, but sometimes simple is best. The K-car was innovative if not revolutionary. It also gave Chrysler -- a company destined for bankruptcy at the time -- a second lease on life.

Iacocca's life-saving simple one-size-fits-all platform literally brought the company back from brink of destruction. My mom owned the New Yorker, and my sister the Dodge Omni (the L- platform predecessor).


The K-car came in a sedan, a coupe, a station wagon, a convertible, mid-size, full-size, and minivan. It was so popular they even made it into a limousine. It also marked the transition from the traditional rear-wheel drive American full-sized sedan, and began the boom of front-wheel drive and the subcompact.






My vote goes to the Ford Merkur XR4TI 1985-1989. A car that was too far ahead of its time. Ford canceled it after only 4 years due to poor sales (a lackluster power-train and Ford's have-baked marketing), but I could fit well into the market even if it came out today.



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There is a very young lady in a neighborhood that I frequent that still drives a Pulsar NX Sportbak. It is in horrible condition but I still like it. And it's always nice to see a fairly obscure car, especially one appreciated by a young'n.

I had a 88 Pulsar with Sportbak in 2008... that liftgate was heavy without the support struts in good condition.. I had cut a 2x4 to length to prop that hatch up just to put my bike in the hatchback.
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​​Subaru WRX is one of my fav cars.
They had a washing machine like that at the appliance store! Little colored plastic balls demonstrated the agitator action, was it a Whirlpool?

I also had a clear model I made from a kit of a Wankel engine when I was a boy.
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My vote goes to the Ford Merkur XR4TI 1985-1989. A car that was too far ahead of its time. Ford canceled it after only 4 years due to poor sales (a lackluster power-train and Ford's have-baked marketing), but I could fit well into the market even if it came out today.
That looks very familiar, it's known as the Ford Sierra in Europe. It did well here and it freed Ford from it's conservatige and boring image. It was modern by Ford standards and it flaunted it's low drag aerodynamics, they styled it even more aerodynamic than it was. But it still was a rear wheel drive and aerodynamic hatchbacks had been around since the early 70's. Ford took aero into the mainstream by doing it as a conservative manufacterer for conservative buyers. The way they made it aeordynamic wasn't very modern either, the Mercedes 190 was the trendsetter with it's wedge shape that looked less smooth to the airflow but was effective. It was an important car, a good car and a popular car, but not really ahead of it's time.
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Alfa Romeo is №1 for me
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That looks very familiar, it's known as the Ford Sierra in Europe. It did well here and it freed Ford from it's conservatige and boring image. It was modern by Ford standards and it flaunted it's low drag aerodynamics, they styled it even more aerodynamic than it was. But it still was a rear wheel drive and aerodynamic hatchbacks had been around since the early 70's. Ford took aero into the mainstream by doing it as a conservative manufacterer for conservative buyers. The way they made it aeordynamic wasn't very modern either, the Mercedes 190 was the trendsetter with it's wedge shape that looked less smooth to the airflow but was effective. It was an important car, a good car and a popular car, but not really ahead of it's time.
What made the the Merkur/Sierra stand out it their departure from the rank and file. Their design philosophy was functional when everybody else just wanted to build cars that sell. In simple terms, the Merkur/Sierra were like the prototype car that anybody could buy.

But like so many revolutionary cars from that era (DeLorean), they always had to compromise on the power train. You can build a better car, but you're stuck with whatever engine is popular at the time. That's why there's no hydrogen fuel, turbine cars, or until just recently, electric motor powered cars on the market.
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