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#320826 - 08/31/10 05:24 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: sonicfox]
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Mary, she has to learn how to drive a stick-shift first...on her Mom's Corolla grin
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#320842 - 08/31/10 07:36 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: tomtuttle]
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Ha! Its even a 007 approved car (or at least one of its ancestors).
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#321263 - 09/04/10 08:12 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: fredk]
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I have simpler tastes than Tom. I want one of these. After years and years of mini-van driving, it just looks like fun.
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#321273 - 09/04/10 10:48 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Ola Mark. That CRZ sure is a good looking little car. Just needs another 100 HP to make it all it could be.
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#321298 - 09/04/10 01:21 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: MarkSJohnson]
fredk Offline
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Somehow I was expecting a picture of a bumper car.
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#321300 - 09/04/10 02:35 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: fredk]
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Registered: 10/05/06
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I drove an '89 CR-X for about 6 years and put over 100,000 miles on it. It was a TON of fun. My most memorable drive was probably going down the coast highway (101?) from Washington state through Oregon to California. Gorgeous driver's roadway.

But it was quite noisy and didn't feel as solid as the nicer cars do these days.

After watching the videos (thanks for the link) I'd love to try a CR-Z.

Beauty Mercedes, BTW, Tom. A really excellent choice.

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#321339 - 09/04/10 08:36 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Kruncher]
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Thanks, Kruncher.

Mark, I saw a CR-Z up close (on the day I drove the Si and S2000). It was one of the ugliest machines I've ever seen in my entire life. But I suppose if you're IN it, you don't have to look at it.

But, you know, subjectivity and all that.
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#321340 - 09/04/10 08:45 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: tomtuttle]
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I saw one at the dealership yesterday, and liked it.

As I said, I have pedestrian tastes and it just looked like "fun" to me...especially in comparison to the van.

But, you know, subjectivity and all that. grin


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#321360 - 09/04/10 11:08 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3885
Loc: Up yonder
Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Well, I'm done. Stick a fork in me. That just happened.

I was seduced.



2007 Mercedes SLK-280. Power retractable hard top. 3L V6. 6 speed. 40k miles.

Incredibly fun to drive. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I got what I consider to be a good deal. In the end, I liked this one the best, so I bought it.

I'm happy grin

Besides its sedanhood, the BMW also displayed a known "metallic ticking" engine defect. Apparently, you have to get it fixed under warranty or it's $4,000 for a new head. BMW is saying that it's not really a problem, but they're still fixing it under warranty. Hmmm. Don't want me a ticking engine.


Tom - this is the first time I've been able to see your pic, due to being at a remote location. Nice looking car! I'm glad you found something. So how much exactly was "a little more than I wanted spend"? LOL

Good job keeping your focus and completing your mission!
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#321696 - 09/08/10 01:09 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: michael_d]
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Registered: 02/06/09
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Loc: Western Maryland, USA
I was looking for this video, just found it again. A bone-stock RX-8 at Lagnua Seca. When I talked about keeping the engine above 5 grand, and the red line beep, you can see both demonstrated here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1pVm1haIjk

Pay close attention to after the 1:40 mark, as he crests the blind hill, and enters a series of downhill corners. That's what makes Lagnuna my favorite track.
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