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[#] Mon Dec 09 2013 10:40:59 EST from vince-q @ Uncensored

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The first generation MR2 was absolutely the finest handling automobile I've ever owned.
My first was a supercharged '88. Fast off the line, but you really paid a price at the gas station.

My next was a naturally aspirated '88, bought as a literal piece of junk (body-wise) and restored over roughly a 3 year period by me. Well, actually by my favorite body shop. A magnificent car. I personally put about 210,000 miles on it between 2005 and 2010 and sold it with 330,000 miles on it for about 4x what it cost me to buy it. Broke even on the restoration - well, almost, but close enough.

My present "toy" is the 2002 MR2 Spyder. Faster than any car I've ever owned (naturally aspirated, though Toyota thoughtfully put mounting points and holes for a turbo if you do an aftermarket job - there was never a turbo option for the Spyder).

However, the Spyder has more than just a slight hint of Porsche 911 hazard built in.
Yes - that infamous "throttle-up over-steer" thing in a corner.
*****If***** you know how to make that work *for* you it is a marvel.
If not, it *****will***** end up killing you by throwing you into a spinout and into a wall or over the edge into a canyon.

A truly wonderful car - particularly considering that it was only MSRP $24,500 when brand new. I bought mine used in 2010 with only 57K on the 'clock.'
I paid $11,500.
I turned down $13,500 about 4 weeks ago.

[#] Mon Dec 09 2013 19:31:16 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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I loved both cars (and my older brother's '86 before them), but with two kids under 5, I needed something with at least a notional backseat. I'd been looking for mid-80s Celicas or Supras, but happened upon a 1973 Capri v6 2.6L with only 42k miles, so that's conveniently in my price range, so that's my driver now. My parents had a '74 when I was a kid, so it was like buying my childhood for $3500. As a bonus, after we converted to electronic ignition, I averaged 27 mpg year round. (Have some carb problems at the moment; it's a bit off.)

[#] Mon Dec 09 2013 23:39:10 EST from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS

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Sig

Have you considered the Datsun 260Z? 1974 to 1979 if memory serves, and it was available in a "2+2" version with a 2-person back seat which folded down to give you a surprisingly large storeage area. No trunk; a hatchback. And.... FAST !! [Note - 'Datsun' is the name they used before switching over to the corporate Nissan brand name here in the US]

[#] Tue Dec 10 2013 22:23:43 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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If I had seen one when I was looking in decent condition, I could easily have gone the Z-car route.

[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 07:57:26 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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hatchback. And.... FAST !! [Note - 'Datsun' is the name they used
before switching over to the corporate Nissan brand name here in the

"Yokomatashimitakabi-san! You must think of a name for our American division by tomorrow!"

"That soon?!?"

"Yes! Very good! We will call it Dat-sun!"

[#] Thu Dec 12 2013 15:53:46 EST from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS

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"Yes! Very good! We will call it Dat-sun!"

Ouch !!

[#] Tue Dec 17 2013 13:21:00 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Thank you, I'll be here all week. Tip your waiters!

[#] Wed Dec 18 2013 23:57:13 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Nice joke on Dat-sun.  One of my best friends that I knew growing up had a 280z.  Fun little car.  Glad I did not die in it.  It was a bit of a hand and glove type car in the fact that you could "feel" what it was going to do in situations.  My friend loved to do the parking brake "Rockford Files" flip turn around and go the opposite direction.   Glad to have survived his controlled maneuvers as his previous car (an early model Estate Wagon - one that you could fit the 280z in the back of ala Knight Rider on ramps in to the semi), had bad brakes and he regularly depended on snow banks to slow or even stop the car when coming up on intersections or the final destination.  It made exiting the car extra fun.



[#] Sat Dec 21 2013 12:02:22 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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can't decide if it's cool or dreadful

 



[#] Tue Dec 24 2013 11:34:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Both, with effects that cancel each other out.

All of the coolness points you get for having a Segway, are erased by the Vespa style.

If you're going to ride a "cute scooter" it's got to be a Yamaha Vino, not a wannabe like a Vespa.



[#] Fri Dec 27 2013 08:30:27 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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imho coolness of segway is gone for 10 years.

they found their niches, but mostly for carying overwheight tourists through cities (yak)

and... to me the vino always looked like a cheap knockoff an old vespa.



[#] Thu Jan 09 2014 18:25:04 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Sun Jan 12 2014 23:42:54 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Actually I think it was the metric system that killed those people.

[#] Sat Feb 08 2014 07:58:43 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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some guy standing at an intersection which seems to have often accidents, doing a video explaining why... and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gquMdLOnI_0

see yourself (german speaker, but you'll get the message ;-)



[#] Sat Feb 08 2014 08:18:57 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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You can turn on caption, and translate the captions to English. This will not help but you can do this.

[#] Sun Jun 22 2014 17:57:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I am the proud owner of a brand new oil pan for my car. While I was in New Jersey the old one got rusty enough to develop a pinhole leak.

One of my cow-orkers said "You usually don't see oil pans rust, because they're always, y'know, filled with oil."

I blame New Jersey, of course.

During my trip, I went into a K-Mart to buy some extra oil to keep it topped off until I got home. While there I discovered something that most people probably know, but I didn't because I'm a dork: there is such a thing as aftermarket universal replacement hubcaps. Silly me thought that I would have to go directly to Mitsubishi to replace the hubcaps that were stolen when I was in Waterbury (which is in Connecticut, but I blame New Jersey for that too).

So now I have four new hubcaps with cute red trim to match my red car.

[#] Sun Jun 22 2014 19:14:19 EDT from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS

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They let you into New Jersey???????????????????

[#] Sun Jun 22 2014 22:40:04 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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So now I have four new hubcaps with cute red trim to match my red car.

....and here I figured you for "Hello Kitty" hubcaps. For your daughter of course... yeah.

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