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.
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]
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!"
"Yes! Very good! We will call it Dat-sun!"
"Yes! Very good! We will call it Dat-sun!"
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.
a new segway in vespa scooter design...
can't decide if it's cool or dreadful
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.
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.
speeding always kills.
some guy standing at an intersection which seems to have often accidents, doing a video explaining why... and...
see yourself (german speaker, but you'll get the message ;-)
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.
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.