♣J.r. Bobdobbs♣ Wrote:
> smart cars piss me the hell off, IDK why, they
> just do.
Smart cars? Pppffftt. A real Smart brand car. what a joke. i have a guy that brings his stupid little Smart car to me every year for inspection. 40+ mpg. BIG DEAL. Model T's got 40mpg 95 years ago. Sure they only did 40mph but that was fast enough for not having roads to drive them on.
i've had 2 1.0L 3cylinder geo metro's that got over 40mpg that i never would have traded for a Smart car, because you can only get 2 people in the damn things. I got rid of my last metro when i finally scored on a 1981 Rabbit diesel, WITH air conditioning. 50mpg all day long and seats 4-1/2 people.
Both are 30yr+ old technology.....
Sure top speed is only around 67 mph in the Rabbit but 98% of my driving is 35mph. it's always fun to drive, with the 5spd trans, you feel like your racing with all the other cars on the road, they just don't know it. it doesn't even need cruise control, you just get on the highway and hold the pedal to the floor. it's kinda like the moped of cars :)
Where's the real smart cars at? i'm still waiting. Instead, they just crammed a bunch of electronics on everything and the engines continue to get larger and larger and when things screw up, they're too expensive to repair. Welcome to the age of disposable cars people. look through a junkyard now-a-days(if you can even find one) they look like new car lots. most of them aren't even wrecked. the repairs to fix them were just astronomical. Most don't make it to a junkyard. They get crushed, which always makes me smile when i think about it.
i've been working on cars all my life and some new technologies on cars really were good ideas, fuel injection, catalytic converters, air bags, but $600 neon 3rd brake lights, temp sensors in EVERY vent of the A/C system, headlight wipers(really?). And the way they're designed by engineers that don't even know how to use a hammer or even know how to change their own oil. They are not designed with repairs in mind.
it really is tough to watch a grown man cry when you have to tell him it's gonna cost $1100.00 to replace the alternator in his XC70 Volvo because the alternator is $600 and you have to remove the entire front of the car to get to it. i really was hoping the he'd just want to CRUSH it :)
And people wonder why i drive old cars and drink all the time!
OK, i'm done ranting and i need another beer.........