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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Try it with periods, as in S.E.A.T.--maybe that'll work.

    It's not imported but sometimes they can come into the country for special uses, but often they'll have to be exported or destroyed when the special use is over (testing, museums, racing, etc).
  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    Nope, that didn't work either. The car was just being normally driven on the road. I guess it could be a test vehicle, as they did some of the early testing of the PT Cruiser in Europe.
  • I saw a base-model AMC Gremlin on the road yesterday. Other than the fact that the red paint was faded, it looked pretty good. It had the old yellow non-reflective NJ plates on it, so I bet it was the original owner!

    -Andrew L
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    No doubt. Who's he going to sell it to?
  • crkeehn, what did you think about the Seat Toledo? I think it's a nice car. SEAT doesn't import any cars here but they do to Mexico so my guess it is either a test car or it's from Mexico.

    The Toledo's been out for a few years and is not up for redesign so I doubt it's a prototype.
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    That's a coincidence. I drove a SEAT through the streets of Toledo. They were deserted for some fiesta so I was able to record some good lap times.
  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    It struck me as somewhat bland looking on the exterior. It had the same rounded lines that I have been seeing on recent Nissan models (and so many others right now). If I hadn't seen the SEAT badge on the rear, I would have thought nothing of the car.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,375
    looking well used with rust eating away at the tailgate. There are still a remarkable number of those Peugies running around considering they haven't been imported IIRC for around 15 years.

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • A Honda the gas station!

    I know they have a ordinarly gas engine too, but that one really made me do a double-take. It just seemed so strange to see a hybird gassing up like an ordinary car.
  • I see a Peugot 405 Mi16 model. Bright red with a 5 speed. Very slick looking car.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...the fuel tank capacity of the Insight? Do they have a very small tank?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    10.6 gallons
  • idletaskidletask Posts: 171
    I'm confused, when has Peugeot disappeared officially from the US market?
  • idletask-

    1991 was Peugeot's last model year in the US.

    -Andrew L
  • auerbachauerbach Posts: 110
    American Eagle SX/4 yesteray - perfect condition - looking all tippy perched on those tall tires.

    Looked something like this:

    Brought me right back to the early 80's!

  • The Nissan Murano looks to me like a modern version of the old American Eagle station wagons. Not in its details, but in its overall appearance. Both look like a cross between a station wagon and Bigfoot.

    -Andrew L
  • I really want the Murano, believe it or not - looks cool! Has the engine I like, the cool styling, and it's more of just a large wagon.
  • magnetophone-

    I'm not sure what to think about the Murano. The huge wheels, the oddly-shaped side windows, the strange front fascia; it's not ugly, but I'm not sure that it's beautiful either. Its styling could be the wave of the future, or it could be the next AMC Pacer. I'll be interested to see if its look takes off with the buying public in the long term.

    -Andrew L
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Ray*nalt or Ray*nawl?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Wren-Noh' would be closest I think for our American ears. And it's Puh-zhowe'
  • think Renoir with a heavy gluttal accent on the r, and then add noh with a slight l and you've got Renault. Peugeot sounds almost like "perzhoh"
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,496
    ...1-800-AAA-HELP was probably the way most owners dialed it on the phone ;-)
  • Has anyone seen one of those bananna cars? Someone in my neighborhood has one. It's a one-seater car that looks like a bananna on wheels. The one that I am familliar with is even painted yellow.

    In the latest Austin Powers movie, there was a chase scene involving these vehicles. Goldmember drove a gold one, and his henchment drove silver ones. Austin chased them in his father's Mini.

    I think this might be an electric car.
  • i came out of the grocery store and there was a pristine renault encore parked ahead of me. it looked like it had just come out of a showroom...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    It probably did. It took that long to sell it to someone.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,375

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,496 was a bit presumptuous of Renault to use that name the way they did! I guess the Alliance was so such a great car that it demanded an Encore peformance, eh?
  • This is a Renault Encore.

    -Andrew L

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,375
    It is highly forgettable. BTW CEO Louis Schweizer says Renault may consider US importation but not until after 2010.

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • I spotted a Ford Ka on my street today! It was bright red and had Coahuila Mexico licence plates. I didn't have my camera with me which is too bad because it's a terrific looking car. This one had the one-tone look as opposed to the earlier two-tone look and had little alloy wheels.

    While I have seen plenty of Kas in Europe, I could never really tell how big or small they were because cars are naturally smaller there. It's much larger than I would imagine - larger than a Geo Metro, about the size of an early 80's Accord hatchback is my guess.
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