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  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Given the sycophant copycat world that is modern automotive design, I fully expect the Asian overstyling trend to spread. Just like Bangle's wonky designs spawned imitators.
    Wasn't it Audi that pretty much kicked off the trend of having the grille, or at least the suggestion of it, drop below the bumper line? I think it was called the "Bib" when it first came out. This is what I'm thinking of...


    I think the Lexus, with the hourglass shaped grille, is sort of an evolution of that, with a bit of channeling from Virgil Exner.

    As for those locomotive cowcatchers, they actually make me think of what Buick is currently sporting on its cars. Even though the Buick grilles don't extend down to the base of the car, remaining more at the height of a more traditional grille, they still have that cowcatcher look to me.

  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    I have the opposite problem, I've gotten used to the responsiveness of the Q50 hybrid and the Volvo. When I take the Pathfinder out I have to remember you can't pull out in front of someone like you can in the cars. :)
    Way back in 1987, when I got my license, my Granddad used to let me drive his '85 Silverado a lot. Grandmom was reluctant to let me drive her '85 LeSabre, and Mom wouldn't let me touch her '86 Monte Carlo, and I wouldn't touch my stepdad's '84 Tempo even if he begged me to...which he didn't! But, Granddad was really laid back about most things, so he didn't care. His attitude was hell, it's insured.

    Anyway, back then its 165 hp 305-4bbl, mated to a 3-speed automatic, felt almost like a musclecar. It would walk the 1980 Malibu 229 my Mom gave me like a dog. And the Malibu would embarrass the cars that most of my friends had. 0-60 was about 12 seconds.

    Anyway, fast forward to 2002. Granddad had passed away, and a few years after that, Grandmom gave the truck to my Mom and stepdad. They finally bought a new truck, an '02 F150, and sold me the Silverado for $1200. I remember the first time I had to floor it to merge onto a highway, I was thinking damn, what is this, 0-60 in like 20 seconds?!

    But, nope. One day I took a stopwatch to it, and timed it, and got 0-60 in about 12 seconds. Same as when it was new. So, the truck hadn't changed one bit. Rather, time and technology marched on, and we got used to better and better things.

    I still have the truck, but it doesn't get used much. Every once in a blue moon, I've let one of my house mates, or my uncle, borrow it. I always warn them though, don't drive it like you do the cars you're used to, or you're probably going to kill yourself. Or someone else, when they go up under the rear bumper because you don't accelerate as fast as you thought you could.

    The only one of my old cars that acts somewhat like a modern car in acceleration is my '67 Catalina. 0-60 is probably 9 seconds, I'd guess. But, when you stomp on it, it immediately lays rubber, and throws you back in your seat a bit so you feel like you're going faster than you really are. Then it'll hold first until around 55-60, and chirp the rear tire (singular, because it doesn't have posi-traction) as it shifts into second, and that's accompanied with another jerk, that makes you feel like you're going faster than you really are.
  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    I had to look it up on Wikipedia. "Jetaway" was a 2-speed automatic used in the midsized B-O-P cars from 1964-69, and completely different from the Chevy Powerglide. It was also used for a couple years in some of the various Olds 88's, as well as the LeSabre. And it made it into the Pontiac Firebird as well. It used a bell housing that could mate to both the B-O-P engines and the Chevy inline-6, which the Pontiac OHC-6 used as its basis.

    I don't think it actually went into any Chevrolets though, even though it would mate up to the 6-cyl. It was also known as the Super Turbine 300 in the Buicks, but Pontiac didn't give it a special name...just called it "automatic".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Turbine_300
  • Re: Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

    Obviously, that BMW driver needs to be caught and punished. However, in watching the video, I think where the biker really screwed up is that he got in front of the BMW and held him back when the light turned green, to drive home his point. IMO the lane splitting was wrong, legal or not. That was a tight space to squeeze though. Yelling at the driver of the car, regardless of what he was doing, also not cool in my book. It's actually somewhat similar to my story a couple weeks back when I was getting ready to make a turn onto a busy road, when a guy on foot yells at me outside my passenger window. Took me totally by surprise, and startled me.

    So, this guy in the BMW is startled, and pissed that someone's getting up in his business. But then the icing on the cake is when the biker moves all the way to the front. That light turns green, and you see a Prius, of all things, get a really good lead on them, and about half way through the intersection before the biker even takes off. Well, that's just going to get the BMW driver even more steamed.

    Also, throughout that whole video, that biker never even catches up to the Prius, and is still holding the BMW driver back. That's only going to increase the BMW driver's anger, holding him up like that. I know that's one of the things that annoys me the most as a driver, when someone's in an all-fired hurry to get in front of me, and then slows down.

    That BMW driver definitely went too far, but the biker provoked him. Not just by yelling at him (that was more of a whine), but the other things, like holding him back at a green light, etc.

    FWIW, I've yelled at people on the cell phone too. But I only do it if they're affecting me directly. For instance, if someone is in front of me, driving way too slow because they're on the phone, I'll pass them (when safe to do so), lay into the horn, and yell at them "GET OFF THE PHONE AND DRIVE!!" Never had anyone come after me, but if someone tried that BMW maneuver, the results would be a bit different when applied to a Ram, versus a motorcycle!
  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    Hope this isn't too much Youtube overload for y'all, but here's a video of my '76 Grand LeMans starting up this morning...


    It had been sitting about a month, I think. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily it started. Just 3-4 pumps of the pedal, some cranking, and then it fired up. Probably a lot less effort and annoyance than most 70's cars. B)
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