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#1: Re: Driving a big car vs. a small car

Posted on 2006-07-12 21:25:23 by Jake

On 6 Jul 2006 20:57:24 -0700, <a href="mailto:arizonadreaming1938&#64;yahoo.com" target="_blank">arizonadreaming1938&#64;yahoo.com</a> wrote:

&gt;Hi all,
&gt;
&gt;Just thought I'd share some random observations while I take a break
&gt;from some work...
&gt;
&gt;I used to own a baby car. As of a couple of months ago, I own a bigger
&gt;and much more powerful car instead. Obviously it's very different to
&gt;drive, but what's surprised me most is the obvious differences in
&gt;attitude I've seen when on the road.
&gt;
I have always driven reasonable performance medium size cars, Cortina GT,
Cortina V8, Mazda RX2, Cortina XR6, Sierra XR6, Sierra iRS.... but was also
used to driving the under powered junk of those who employed me. Mainly
panel vans and combi's. I was forced due to a major engine exchange
(rotary to inline 4 so as to be able to sell the RX2) to drive a Fart 1100
road going sewing machine for two weeks. I hated every moment of it.
Everyone was out for revenge or to prove something like they had been
blinded by staring at the sun to long. 18 wheelers blew you off the road
and others pretended you did not exist. Lesson learnt and it sure gave
that exchange much incentive, promoting an order placed for the first
Clifton sand cortina XR6 the dealer got in stock.

Nothing compared to my fathers Studebaker GT for commanding space on the
road. Yank tanks seem to have something there. Those old Pontiacs and
other ships of the road just commanded respect, not just for the copious
amounts of fuel they guzzled as the carried their passengers in wallowing
air conditioned splendor.

Jake.

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#2: Re: Driving a big car vs. a small car

Posted on 2006-07-15 00:38:32 by Loner

&quot;Jake&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:Jake&#64;Idontwantspam.com" target="_blank">Jake&#64;Idontwantspam.com</a>&gt; wrote in message
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&gt; On 6 Jul 2006 20:57:24 -0700, <a href="mailto:arizonadreaming1938&#64;yahoo.com" target="_blank">arizonadreaming1938&#64;yahoo.com</a> wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt;Hi all,
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;Just thought I'd share some random observations while I take a break
&gt;&gt;from some work...
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;I used to own a baby car. As of a couple of months ago, I own a bigger
&gt;&gt;and much more powerful car instead. Obviously it's very different to
&gt;&gt;drive, but what's surprised me most is the obvious differences in
&gt;&gt;attitude I've seen when on the road.
&gt;&gt;
&gt; I have always driven reasonable performance medium size cars, Cortina GT,
&gt; Cortina V8, Mazda RX2, Cortina XR6, Sierra XR6, Sierra iRS.... but was
&gt; also
&gt; used to driving the under powered junk of those who employed me. Mainly
&gt; panel vans and combi's. I was forced due to a major engine exchange
&gt; (rotary to inline 4 so as to be able to sell the RX2) to drive a Fart 1100
&gt; road going sewing machine for two weeks. I hated every moment of it.
&gt; Everyone was out for revenge or to prove something like they had been
&gt; blinded by staring at the sun to long. 18 wheelers blew you off the road
&gt; and others pretended you did not exist. Lesson learnt and it sure gave
&gt; that exchange much incentive, promoting an order placed for the first
&gt; Clifton sand cortina XR6 the dealer got in stock.
&gt;
&gt; Nothing compared to my fathers Studebaker GT for commanding space on the
&gt; road. Yank tanks seem to have something there. Those old Pontiacs and
&gt; other ships of the road just commanded respect, not just for the copious
&gt; amounts of fuel they guzzled as the carried their passengers in wallowing
&gt; air conditioned splendor.
&gt;
&gt; Jake.
&gt;

I tend to stick with the Japanesse Cars because they are very easy to
maintain. Also the deals tend not to think that we own them something
unlike the domesics like the Fords. I personally find that they are the
worst for that. The Japanesse car makers like Nissan have slamed other car
companies for refering to anti-lock breaks and luxuries. Also I herd that
some of the other import car manufactures have slamed the North American car
manufactures for making their economy car lines very poorly.

As for the 18-wheels, let me TELL YOU SOMETHING. When I was learning how to
drive one of those things we tried an experanment. We took a 18-wheeler,
and it was ALL decked out with the schools logo, and warning labels:
&quot;STUDENT DRIVER&quot; Coming off an exit ramp the speed limit was 20. While on
this ramp we had TEN CARS pass us on the wrong side of the road were it was
labeled &quot;NO GO&quot; As in you were not allowed to drive on that area of pave
ment. To make this worse we were just under the speed limit. It apals me
that people with cars would take their lives in their hands like that. The
truck was clearly marked that was being driven by a in-experanced driver.
Then these people have the nerve to yell at drives of 18-wheels for bullying
them.

Keep in mind people. In North America and in Eurpoe the vast majority of
18-wheelers are equiped with CB-radios. If you drive a luxury car like a
Lexus, or Mercidies, and you drive in the blind spots they will get you if
your not careful. They will get on the radios and box-you-in! Often they
will keep you boxed in for several miles and they won't let you out.

Note I have done this. We had a woman driving like a complete moron!
Driving a oversized Mercidies Benz. The speed limit was 60mph. She wanted
to do well over 80. We figured she was one of these lady's married to some
big shot company manager, assuming she was that manager herself. She was
even causing other cars to vere off to avoid her. The police were no help.
(Big surprize -NOT-) so we boxed her in. To really piss-her off we slowed
it down to just under 60mph. This carried on for about 1H 45Min. She
cursed us, sore at us and we only laughed the rest of the way. We must have
made her late for her pet-a-cure or made her miss her exit.

Loner

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#3: Re: Driving a big car vs. a small car

Posted on 2006-07-15 00:38:32 by Loner

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&gt; On 6 Jul 2006 20:57:24 -0700, <a href="mailto:arizonadreaming1938&#64;yahoo.com" target="_blank">arizonadreaming1938&#64;yahoo.com</a> wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt;Hi all,
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;Just thought I'd share some random observations while I take a break
&gt;&gt;from some work...
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;I used to own a baby car. As of a couple of months ago, I own a bigger
&gt;&gt;and much more powerful car instead. Obviously it's very different to
&gt;&gt;drive, but what's surprised me most is the obvious differences in
&gt;&gt;attitude I've seen when on the road.
&gt;&gt;
&gt; I have always driven reasonable performance medium size cars, Cortina GT,
&gt; Cortina V8, Mazda RX2, Cortina XR6, Sierra XR6, Sierra iRS.... but was
&gt; also
&gt; used to driving the under powered junk of those who employed me. Mainly
&gt; panel vans and combi's. I was forced due to a major engine exchange
&gt; (rotary to inline 4 so as to be able to sell the RX2) to drive a Fart 1100
&gt; road going sewing machine for two weeks. I hated every moment of it.
&gt; Everyone was out for revenge or to prove something like they had been
&gt; blinded by staring at the sun to long. 18 wheelers blew you off the road
&gt; and others pretended you did not exist. Lesson learnt and it sure gave
&gt; that exchange much incentive, promoting an order placed for the first
&gt; Clifton sand cortina XR6 the dealer got in stock.
&gt;
&gt; Nothing compared to my fathers Studebaker GT for commanding space on the
&gt; road. Yank tanks seem to have something there. Those old Pontiacs and
&gt; other ships of the road just commanded respect, not just for the copious
&gt; amounts of fuel they guzzled as the carried their passengers in wallowing
&gt; air conditioned splendor.
&gt;
&gt; Jake.
&gt;

I tend to stick with the Japanesse Cars because they are very easy to
maintain. Also the deals tend not to think that we own them something
unlike the domesics like the Fords. I personally find that they are the
worst for that. The Japanesse car makers like Nissan have slamed other car
companies for refering to anti-lock breaks and luxuries. Also I herd that
some of the other import car manufactures have slamed the North American car
manufactures for making their economy car lines very poorly.

As for the 18-wheels, let me TELL YOU SOMETHING. When I was learning how to
drive one of those things we tried an experanment. We took a 18-wheeler,
and it was ALL decked out with the schools logo, and warning labels:
&quot;STUDENT DRIVER&quot; Coming off an exit ramp the speed limit was 20. While on
this ramp we had TEN CARS pass us on the wrong side of the road were it was
labeled &quot;NO GO&quot; As in you were not allowed to drive on that area of pave
ment. To make this worse we were just under the speed limit. It apals me
that people with cars would take their lives in their hands like that. The
truck was clearly marked that was being driven by a in-experanced driver.
Then these people have the nerve to yell at drives of 18-wheels for bullying
them.

Keep in mind people. In North America and in Eurpoe the vast majority of
18-wheelers are equiped with CB-radios. If you drive a luxury car like a
Lexus, or Mercidies, and you drive in the blind spots they will get you if
your not careful. They will get on the radios and box-you-in! Often they
will keep you boxed in for several miles and they won't let you out.

Note I have done this. We had a woman driving like a complete moron!
Driving a oversized Mercidies Benz. The speed limit was 60mph. She wanted
to do well over 80. We figured she was one of these lady's married to some
big shot company manager, assuming she was that manager herself. She was
even causing other cars to vere off to avoid her. The police were no help.
(Big surprize -NOT-) so we boxed her in. To really piss-her off we slowed
it down to just under 60mph. This carried on for about 1H 45Min. She
cursed us, sore at us and we only laughed the rest of the way. We must have
made her late for her pet-a-cure or made her miss her exit.

Loner

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#4: Re: Driving a big car vs. a small car

Posted on 2006-07-18 15:28:18 by Jake

On Fri, 14 Jul 2006 15:38:32 -0700, &quot;Loner&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:Astory&#64;NOshitexeculink.com" target="_blank">Astory&#64;NOshitexeculink.com</a>&gt;
wrote:

&gt;
&gt;&quot;Jake&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:Jake&#64;Idontwantspam.com" target="_blank">Jake&#64;Idontwantspam.com</a>&gt; wrote in message
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&gt;&gt; On 6 Jul 2006 20:57:24 -0700, <a href="mailto:arizonadreaming1938&#64;yahoo.com" target="_blank">arizonadreaming1938&#64;yahoo.com</a> wrote:
&gt;&gt;
snip

&gt;
&gt;I tend to stick with the Japanesse Cars because they are very easy to
&gt;maintain. Also the deals tend not to think that we own them something
&gt;unlike the domesics like the Fords. I personally find that they are the
&gt;worst for that.

Surprisingly a few years back a survey showed that the oldest cars on the
road were Fords. We got the British Fords here. The inline fours 997cc
(105E) 1200/1300 (113E) and 1.5L (115E)were easy to repair and parts cheap
in those days. The 3L V6 Essex engine simply never needed anything but
service, oil and water unless grossly abused.

&gt; The Japanesse car makers like Nissan have slamed other car
&gt;companies for refering to anti-lock breaks and luxuries. Also I herd that
&gt;some of the other import car manufactures have slamed the North American car
&gt;manufactures for making their economy car lines very poorly.

Cars are made just as bad as the market will stand.

That said we get a very good deal these days with all the gizmos and safety
features unheard of years back when disk breaks were a safety feature.

&gt;As for the 18-wheels, let me TELL YOU SOMETHING. When I was learning how to
&gt;drive one of those things we tried an experanment. We took a 18-wheeler,
&gt;and it was ALL decked out with the schools logo, and warning labels:
&gt;&quot;STUDENT DRIVER&quot; Coming off an exit ramp the speed limit was 20. While on
&gt;this ramp we had TEN CARS pass us on the wrong side of the road were it was
&gt;labeled &quot;NO GO&quot; As in you were not allowed to drive on that area of pave
&gt;ment. To make this worse we were just under the speed limit. It apals me
&gt;that people with cars would take their lives in their hands like that. The
&gt;truck was clearly marked that was being driven by a in-experanced driver.
&gt;Then these people have the nerve to yell at drives of 18-wheels for bullying
&gt;them.

My pet hate is the idiot who intends joining a highway with vehicles moving
at 120Kph by creeping down the on ramp at 50..60 and slaming on breaks
because he/she can't find a gap big enough for an ocean liner. Other than
the drivers who park about as well as any camel herder we have a fine bunch
of maniacs in SA. I feel safest when surrounded by TAXI drivers. You know
what to expect and they are experts in making the impossible happen. Can
cross three lanes of traffic and come to a stop right opposite a paying
fare in 20 yards from any speed. Fill a gap less than half the length of
their vehicle..... And they can deposite a paying fare anywhere indicated
withing seconds and inches of the indicated position.

&gt;Keep in mind people. In North America and in Eurpoe the vast majority of
&gt;18-wheelers are equiped with CB-radios. If you drive a luxury car like a
&gt;Lexus, or Mercidies, and you drive in the blind spots they will get you if
&gt;your not careful. They will get on the radios and box-you-in! Often they
&gt;will keep you boxed in for several miles and they won't let you out.

Revenge is so nice. I simply can't understand the mentality of driving in
any vehicles blind spot. It's begging for trouble.

&gt;Note I have done this. We had a woman driving like a complete moron!
&gt;Driving a oversized Mercidies Benz. The speed limit was 60mph. She wanted
&gt;to do well over 80. We figured she was one of these lady's married to some
&gt;big shot company manager, assuming she was that manager herself. She was
&gt;even causing other cars to vere off to avoid her. The police were no help.
&gt;(Big surprize -NOT-) so we boxed her in. To really piss-her off we slowed
&gt;it down to just under 60mph. This carried on for about 1H 45Min. She
&gt;cursed us, sore at us and we only laughed the rest of the way. We must have
&gt;made her late for her pet-a-cure or made her miss her exit.

The cops are not interested in moving offenses. Only speeding.

Jake.

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#5: Re: Driving a big car vs. a small car

Posted on 2006-07-18 17:25:43 by Jeff Davis

Jake wrote:

[...]
&gt; I feel safest when surrounded by TAXI drivers. You know
&gt; what to expect and they are experts in making the impossible happen.
[...]

In London two years ago, we were returning our rental car to a place
that the rental documentation only described as &quot;Victoria Station&quot;. We
drove around and around Victoria Station twice and there was only 1
place for a car to approach the station: the taxi access lanes. We nosed
into the taxi access lane and suddenly a re-enactment of Sunday Bloody
Sunday erupted. Jolly English cabdrivers immediately became the bad guys
from Straw Dogs. The volume of their horns exceeded that of Blue Cheer
playing &quot;Summertime Blues&quot;. Each. Saying their honking was excessive and
angry is like saying Hurricane Katrina was a gentle mist. I'd describe
the obscene gestures the cabbies flashed our way, but it would be like
noting the shape of lightning during an Havana thunderstorm. In short,
we skedaddled as quickly as an underpowered English rental sedan could
permit. Except for the problem of eventually having to leave the
country, we would have simply abandoned the vehicle. Finally, as we
searched the area in ever widening circles, we found a garage several
blocks south of Victoria Station that had above an entrance a &quot;Rental
Return&quot; sign about the size of the ingredient list on a pack of gum. We
pulled in and my wife (it was she who drove and endured the assault of
the taxis) immediately turned into a combination of Clarence Darrow, an
overheated boiler from a steam locomotive, and a scalded krait. NOT
placating her was not in the cards, and she stormed out of there only
barely not taking rental car company heads with her. I've seen a wasp in
high dudgeon twitching and stinging the air in a fury and I've seen my
wife's ire at taxis and rental companies. If you've a choice, take the wasp.

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