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The car thread: A Toyotathon of Death

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  • FaricazyFaricazy Registered User
    edited March 2010
    jgeis wrote: »
    I wish I was you, Epyon. Other than the insurance premium, that sucks.

    I am totally considering finding the cash to buy this gem:

    1972 Honda AZ600

    Awwwwww yeaaaaaah.
    :D

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  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Further proof that I should find the money.

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  • The Black HunterThe Black Hunter Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    That car looks like it is hilarity and driving enjoyment incarnate

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  • FaricazyFaricazy Registered User
    edited March 2010
    It's not really a Z600, though. As far as I know it's a custom tube frame. This is sitting next to the driver:

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    from

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  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I would have just shoved the engine under the hood. I mean, it can't be that small in there, can it?

    Then again, it is a custom frame, so maybe they didn't design it to hold an engine up front. I'd take a real Z600 and put a Hayabusa engine in it.

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  • ZeroFillZeroFill Feeling much better. A nice, green leaf.Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    It has drag slicks.

    on the front.

  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    ZeroFill wrote: »
    It has drag slicks.

    on the front.

    And the rear.

    Double-slick.

    Unrelated, does anyone have experience with the 90's Plymouth Duster? I can get one relatively cheap, but I don't know anything about their reliability. I've only heard that their performance is surprisingly good for what they are.

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  • ZeroFillZeroFill Feeling much better. A nice, green leaf.Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    if it has the turbo and whatnot it can be a little surprising

    however any forced induction car that old isn't going to be the most reliable thing you can buy. It's going to have some issues

  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    ZeroFill wrote: »
    if it has the turbo and whatnot it can be a little surprising

    however any forced induction car that old isn't going to be the most reliable thing you can buy. It's going to have some issues

    This is one of the later ones, with the 3.0L Mitsubishi V6.

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  • Whipstitch ZombieWhipstitch Zombie Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited March 2010
    I am test driving a smart car tomorrow

    I guess that's relevant to this thread

  • ZeroFillZeroFill Feeling much better. A nice, green leaf.Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    how hipsterrrr

  • Whipstitch ZombieWhipstitch Zombie Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited March 2010
    I want basically the smallest possible car I can find that I still fit in

    this fits the bill

  • The Black HunterThe Black Hunter Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I am test driving a smart car tomorrow

    I guess that's relevant to this thread

    it really isn't

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  • Whipstitch ZombieWhipstitch Zombie Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited March 2010
    I am test driving a smart car tomorrow

    I guess that's relevant to this thread

    it really isn't

    well you are poop

    (this is relevant to you being poop)

  • ZeroFillZeroFill Feeling much better. A nice, green leaf.Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    son this is the largest automobile I could afford

  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I've only heard terrible things about the smart car. They get worse mileage than a Geo Metro, they take 13 seconds to hit 60mph, and they require premium fuel, which negates some of the fuel economy savings. They also handle pretty terribly, or so I'm told.

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  • StaleghotiStaleghoti Registered User
    edited March 2010
    I want basically the smallest possible car I can find that I still fit in

    this fits the bill

    come on, at least get something you can carry a decent amount of groceries in.

    What happens if you gotta go to costco?

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  • The Black HunterThe Black Hunter Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    jgeis wrote: »
    I've only heard terrible things about the smart car. They get worse mileage than a Geo Metro, they take 13 seconds to hit 60mph, and they require premium fuel, which negates some of the fuel economy savings. They also handle pretty terribly, or so I'm told.

    And the build quality, in my experience, is shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-



    Get a mazda 2, or a polo, or or or something

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  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    jgeis wrote: »
    I've only heard terrible things about the smart car. They get worse mileage than a Geo Metro, they take 13 seconds to hit 60mph, and they require premium fuel, which negates some of the fuel economy savings. They also handle pretty terribly, or so I'm told.

    And the build quality, in my experience, is shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-



    Get a mazda 2, or a polo, or or or something

    And the doors open when you get hit on the side. That can't be safe.

    I'd wait for the Mazda 2 if you absolutely have to have the smallest car you can fit in. Or hell, get a Mini Cooper. Those are at the very least fun to drive, and they have better everything but fuel economy than the smart.

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  • The Black HunterThe Black Hunter Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Mini coopers are pretty wide though, and expensive

    and personally I dislike the look quite a bit

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  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Well wider and more expensive than the smart, that's for sure. If his heart isn't set on brand new, he could get a good used Mini for the price of a new smart.

    Do you like the way the smart fortwo looks more?

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  • Recoil42Recoil42 Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Well, they don't have the Polo in the US/Canada, and I believe the Mazda2 hasn't launched here yet either. But the point stands.

    I've also heard terrible things about the Smart. Plus, they ugly.

    Whipstich, man. You have choices, dude.

    Yaris Hatchback? Honda Fit? Golf? Versa?




    edit: I quite like the Mini Coopers. The big thing about them though is supposedly insurance + repair costs are a bitch. Apparently they're great to drive, though.

  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    You could go with the Honda Fit. The only bad thing I've heard about it is that it can be noisy at highway speeds, but otherwise pretty solid reviews.

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  • Sgt EversmanSgt Eversman Registered User
    edited March 2010
    I second the Honda fit. For similar gas mileage you can actually fit four people as well as stuff in the trunk.

    Plus it's a Honda so it will last for-fucking-ever.

    Honda Fit vs. Smart Fortwo

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  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    So I got offered a 2000 Hyundai Sonata GLS, 2.5L V6, automatic 118,000 miles for my 1990 Camaro RS, 3.1L V6, 103,000 miles.

    I've been trying to get rid of the Camaro for a long time now. I'm going to look at the Sonata on Sunday, but do I really want an '00 Sonata?

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  • The Black HunterThe Black Hunter Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    engine swap the camaro

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  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Engine swapping a V6 Camaro requires swapping the transmission because the V6 bellhouse pattern is different from the V8 pattern.

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  • The Black HunterThe Black Hunter Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    then do that as well

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  • StaleghotiStaleghoti Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Smarts are horrible

    get the new Aveo, they look pretty okay

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  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    And the rear end? Because it is currently one-wheel drive and drum brakes.

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  • ZeroFillZeroFill Feeling much better. A nice, green leaf.Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
  • jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Yep, the 3rd Gen Camaro with a V6 is pretty much the worst car ever. I could take Just having to swap the transmission, too, but the rear end is so shitty why bother? Then again, with a V8 swap and the stock rear end it would probably be a burnout machine, because of the lack of traction.

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  • The Black HunterThe Black Hunter Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Drum brakes are fine, my car has them on the rear and I have no trouble stopping

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  • ZeroFillZeroFill Feeling much better. A nice, green leaf.Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    1 tire fire machine

  • BackstopBackstop Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    My new car:
    Spoiler:


    More to come tomorrow!

    Hey how does that ice blue look in person? Like a silver that just happens to have a bluish tint, or does it look like a light blue metallic?

    My Dad is all about having me repaint my (currently gray) Corvette in that color but man I don't want a light blue car, I'd rather have Silver metallic.

  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User
    edited March 2010
    It is a bit of a girly colour. It definitely is more metallic light blue than silver with a blue tint.

    Added: But it is very pretty if you want more blue than silver. Which you don't.

  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 Hi! Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    jgeis wrote: »
    Yep, the 3rd Gen Camaro with a V6 is pretty much the worst car ever. I could take Just having to swap the transmission, too, but the rear end is so shitty why bother? Then again, with a V8 swap and the stock rear end it would probably be a burnout machine, because of the lack of traction.

    McQueens Mustang in Bullitt was a single-spinner with drum brakes. Still a cool car...

    If you were going to swap out the engine and gearbox, wouldn't it be easier, cheaper and less time-consuming to just sell the V6 cheap and buy a V8?

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  • ZeroFillZeroFill Feeling much better. A nice, green leaf.Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    jgeis wrote: »
    Yep, the 3rd Gen Camaro with a V6 is pretty much the worst car ever. I could take Just having to swap the transmission, too, but the rear end is so shitty why bother? Then again, with a V8 swap and the stock rear end it would probably be a burnout machine, because of the lack of traction.

    McQueens Mustang in Bullitt was a single-spinner with drum brakes. Still a cool car...

    If you were going to swap out the engine and gearbox, wouldn't it be easier, cheaper and less time-consuming to just sell the V6 cheap and buy a V8?

    thats true in just about any case of swaps

    but yes

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