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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,616
    Someone's German interpretation of a Ford Harley Edition pickup. :)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    I think the seats would need to be removed. I took this up a notch and looked for some rear pics. Definitely would need to gut the rear interior, and cut the bumper down. But the height would be OK I think, not like I would be sitting on the bike in the car. So, the mods are getting into the thousands, and it would be impossible to resell (and it's a vehicle that doesn't have the best used demand anyway). Probably a dumb idea, but if money and time weren't valuable...

    I like the idea of something to haul a bike, esp to get it out of the city or drive to the sunny side of the state. This would also have to be my everyday vehicle.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,271
    if you wait a year, the new design 2014 looks a lot better. Seems that the US will not get the diesel though. Just ecoboost. But they also seem to have a LWB model .

    http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2012/09/video-redesigned-2014-ford-transit-- connect-van-keeps-the-utility-adds-style.html

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    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,271
    I actually thought of the storage locker aspect of it for you.

    Man, I could never live in an apartment building. Too much garage withdrawal.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • texasestexases Posts: 5,528
    edited November 2012
    "I bet a bike would fit... "

    Kind of a ship in a bottle...most are 4' or more high, awful nice to have lots of headroom to wrestle the bike around. A MB Sprinter! Plenty of room. The Transit connect's bed length is actually a bit short for some of today's bigger bikes. EDIT - oooh good, LWB solves all that! Now it's just right.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    edited November 2012
    I like the look of that. Have some kind of power winch/pulley system to get it in, too - pull it in after putting the bike on a pit bull style stand, and maybe an easy folding or automatic ramp. Would be slick. I don't like bikes that are too big, so size is only so much of an issue. A Transit could be workable for everyday use, Sprinter is too big.

    The no garage life is no fun - my building has one garage spot per unit - now and then an extra opens up, but it is uncommon. There is outdoor parking, but neither of my cars would tolerate that. But, it saves me from one problem I would have in a house - saving certain old heaps from the crusher. That could be a bigger problem, having neighbors and zoning people harassing me because I have 20 non running cars in the backyard :shades:

    Actually a third issue has come up - I rent a garage spot from an acquaintance who needs the mortgage helper. He's finally got to the point where he is thinking of dumping the house, and if it sells, I'll need to find new parking for the oldster. Not impossible, but a hassle.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,616
    The house buyer might need a 'mortgage helper' too. :surprise:
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,271
    Just tell the neighbors your name is Andre. They will understand.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    It actually looked more like this, but not exactly. I'm thinking it might have been a tester for the upcoming Fit Shuttle. It had the shrinkwrap stuff all over it like when they are shipped, but this one was driving.

    2011 Honda FR-V

    Odie
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,271
    hey, I like that. So of course I am sure we will not get it in the US.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    edited November 2012
    At what he thinks he can get for the house, it will be awhile for inflation to catch up and kick me out of the garage. Oh well. If the next owners want a fintail garage ornament and a small payment each year, maybe.

    People around here seem to be less tolerant of Andre-style car hoarders. I have a friend who works for a local city code enforcement dept who tells me they get constant complaints about vehicles.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,758
    edited November 2012
    People around here seem to be less tolerant of Andre-style car hoarders. I have a friend who works for a local city code enforcement dept who tells me they get constant complaints about vehicles.

    As long as they are registered, it shouldn't be a problem.

    My town has a strict 2 non-registered vehicles stored on the property. My neighbor has reached his limit but has no other vehicles. He rides a bicycle to work.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,144
    You do realize, the 1961 Plymouth was Exner at his worst.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,144
    ...white Dodge Charger on Verree Road near Oakmont in NE Philly.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited November 2012
    So the motorsport model can now compare with the base models of the competition

    Your bias it showing again. I'm talking about the wide body that's been terrorizing the 'ring the past few months. It's the real deal, and rumors are they may establish a division like AMG and M.

    People underestimated the IS-F and the LF-A, too.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Quick google search says the Ninja 300 is about 80" long, that's not very big. Several minivans can fit a sheet of plywood (96" plus), so you'd have more than a foot to spare.

    Here's a Virago inside a Dodge minivan:

    http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/getting-phd-j-b-weld

    You could even get a Routan if a German badge is required.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Brand new, bright white. Kinda looked like a rolling bottle of White Out. :D
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    Oh, you mean the one off LS that isn't even based on the current model? The one developed by a German tuning division, as the existing people couldn't get it done? Thing would probably cost 200K+ and find no sales. As of now, it's just a prototype.

    "Terrorizing"? Talk about bias. Must be that underdog fixation again.

    IS-F still hasn't measured up to the competition where it counts - in the market.

    LF-A took over 10 years to put on the road, and was one of the most hyped vehicles in modern history. It has no excuse to be anything but perfect.

    My bias? Give that red herring a rest. Lexus has perfect beige and isolation, and has Toyota. That's not bias, it is a legitimate image they must overcome.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    Which suits the Lexus face pretty well.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's funny that you phrase it that way given AMG was an outside company as well. :D

    What was that about bias? LOL

    A wholly owned subsidiary is doing Lexus' work.

    Lap times don't lie. We'll see.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited November 2012
    When your argument loses on merit, best to go childish in your attacks.

    I'm surprised to resisting using the word "soul".
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    AMG was an independent company slowly absorbed, that chose to to tune mainly (but not exclusively) MB products. The Lexus tuning group is simply a branch set up in a place where performance tuning of cars is perfected to a greater level than in the homeland. Apples to oranges.

    When such a car can be bought at my local dealer, let me know. Until then, prototype.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    What merit was lost? Put up or shut up. I am not the only one to scrutinize the "different for the sake of being different" front end that the bland L has adopted.

    And another red herring distraction, nice.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    I wonder what kind of frankencar could be made out of a toy hauling minivan. The low step up is key, SUVs and soft roaders won't work. Put something else under the hood too, might be amusing.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Your criticism, not mine, specifically said:

    The one developed by a German tuning division, as the existing people couldn't get it done?

    Ironically that applies better to AMG.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I prefer to evaluate a machine based on merit, like lap times, not some vague and subjective measures like "soul".

    You say you will accept it once they're available for sale but that's not true, then you'll whine about cost or sales volume or some other excuse not to accept cars that earned their keep.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I wonder what kind of frankencar could be made out of a toy hauling minivan

    Renault F1 Espace, but it was just a concept.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    edited November 2012
    But maybe not, as MB wasn't even trying to tune its own passenger/road cars before AMG rolled around, and never tried to compete with any independent tuners - unlike Toyota (does anyone even care to want to tune a Toyota?). I guess F-sport wasn't good enough for this LS, send it off to Germany to be done properly.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,567
    edited November 2012
    Who used "soul"? It's a quote, right? It's the name of a Kia, strangely enough. Fun distraction, bad tactic.

    Lap times are only worth so much, as well - lots of variables there. A few seconds here and there can also often be a driver issue.

    Once they are available, do you have info lacked by everyone else?

    "Earned their keep" - once you can leave the US and see one on the street, maybe. Until then, a barge that makes a base LS/A8/7er look downright exhilarating, and appeals mostly to bland Americans who think those cars are just a bit too edgy thank you, now where is my vanilla ice milk and tax break? :shades:

    Espace would be a good hauler, not as big as a normal minivan. Once again Europe gets the useful stuff, we get CUVs.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    FT86 was just named the tuner's choice at SEMA.

    The island of Japan is too narrow for a twin turbo V8. Hit the gas going east or west and you'll hit water. :D
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