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Posted 29 November 2011 - 01:04 PM

those early 90s ford explorers and related suvs that were known for rolling over… probably.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 03:45 PM

QUOTE (Los Santos Pedestrian @ Saturday, Nov 19 2011, 04:05)
The Smart car is probably safer than the conventional SUV.

Now that I did not know. I just imagined it being unsafe due to the size of the thing.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 04:15 PM

You'd be surprised;


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:45 PM

QUOTE (Lurch @ Sunday, Nov 27 2011, 20:25)
Ralph Nadar was a f*cking moron who didn't even have a driver's license when he wrote that book.

I really don't care about the topic. I just wanted to quote this because of its beauty.

Unsafe cars? Try a Volkswagen Beetle sometime, i'm waiting for some chick texting in her Escalade to rear end me with my tiny tail lights.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:29 AM

Once upon a time, Volkswagen made cars. Then one day, they saw this:



So they were like "inb4: wait, that's not safe!"

Now the cars they make are safer.



Then they laughed at how the Chevrolet Astro was still a family car until 2005.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:57 AM

QUOTE (Los Santos Pedestrian @ Friday, Dec 2 2011, 21:29)
Once upon a time, Volkswagen made cars. Then one day, they saw this:



So they were like "inb4: wait, that's not safe!"

About as safe as every other car was back then. Sad thing is, that's a later bug with the rubber covered bumpers, bumper shocks, padded dash, and a collapsible steering column. By comparison, a 60's bug (or any 60's or earlier car for that matter) would be a much worse death trap. I don't think they even did crash testing back then though.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 11:31 PM

They've relegated the Beetle to Mexico, for their Taxi service! HA

I think the reason as well to do with emissions, I don't care, I've actually been in one, and not fond of them, new or old

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 01:34 AM

Ironically, the final failures of your last 2 cars (automatic transmission burning up on the firebird and the cooling system failing on the Caddy) wouldn't have happened with a Bug. I've wondered, with your preference for idiot-mobiles with automatics, can you even drive a manual transmission? I'm guessing it was a prerequisite for driving in your day but who knows?

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 02:10 AM

Talking about the ability to drive a stick, at one point in time my father had a manual Wagoneer with a belt tied to the throttle through the firewall because the the gas pedal had rusted out. Highway would be one thing, but imagine trying to drive around town like that.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 03:07 AM

Would probably suck to drive regardless of transmission type. A manual waggy would be a cool car to have. Assuming T18 if you you mean FSJ waggy? Rare jeeps these days.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 03:24 AM

I'm not sure what was in it, this was back in New York in early 80s. He used to talk about it all the time. I seriously doubt it was original though, I believe he had a buddy of his swap a GM small block into it after blowing the engine. Not sure if that was before, during, or after using a belt for the throttle though.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 04:15 AM

Since we're talking about smart cars and their similarity to motorcycles I thought I'd put this in the mix.



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Which is safer?

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 05:37 PM

I'd rather be Killed in a Kompressor than Survive a Smart!

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:46 AM

Volvo's. Just kidding. Pretty much all Protons, but specifically the Jumbuck, are terrifying during crashes. There aren't too many over here in Australia, but there's plenty in south east Asia where they're made. The Jumbuck has been awarded Wheels' Least Safe Car a few times actually, and they should probably be banned from the roads.

Also, what a lot people don't realise, is that cars with gullwing-style doors can also be dangerous. A remember a few years ago over her in Oz, a 50 year old lady driving a gullwing-doored car (don't ask me why) rolled it and it landed upside down (roof on the ground) and the woman was trapped out in the bush for hours before anyone found her. Sort of funny looking back on it. No offence to anyone.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 09:17 AM

QUOTE (Slamman @ Sunday, Nov 27 2011, 17:56)
Unsafe at Any Speed, said Ralph Nader ... The Chevy Corvair

I don’t care if they’re unsafe, I love the Chevy Corvair. I’d give my left nut for a Yenko Stinger. But yeah Lurch sums up how I feel about Nader, killed the Corvair, that ass hole. But yeah, just about any car was a damned death trap back then.

Really I just don't know why but I like the Corvair, mainly the later models.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:21 PM

QUOTE (Pat @ Thursday, Nov 17 2011, 18:50)
Going to go with the early Fieros. I mean, I guess they're pretty safe if you consider being charbroiled in your car "safe."

Aside from the 70whatever Ford Pinto. I have to go Fiero too. Didn't people end up with the engine in their laps during frontal impacts?

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:50 PM

QUOTE (trip @ Sunday, May 6 2012, 15:21)
I have to go Fiero too. Didn't people end up with the engine in their laps during frontal impacts?

That really doesn't make sense, since the Fiero was rear engined. Unless the engine went right through them. tounge.gif


And I'm going to go with any car designed and built by the Chinese. Their cars crumple like beer cans, and you will die during a collision

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:13 PM

QUOTE (The General @ Sunday, May 6 2012, 12:50)
QUOTE (trip @ Sunday, May 6 2012, 15:21)
I have to go Fiero too.  Didn't people end up with the engine in their laps during frontal impacts?

That really doesn't make sense, since the Fiero was rear engined. Unless the engine went right through them. tounge.gif

I think that was the point. tounge.gif

Chevy Vega's are a good condender with the Pinto too. I think they both suffered from the same problem, you know the one where you get rear ended and went boom.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:18 PM

Chinese cars are pretty bad. This one looks like a copy of the Vauxhall Frontera tounge.gif

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:17 AM


Trans Sport Vans are pretty bad.

Funny story about these. My Great Grandfather owns a Pontiac TransSport, I think a 98, along with a Buick LeSabre. When I got my license, he was talking about giving me the van as a birthday present. Fortunately, he had an issue with the brakes, and he never gave it to me. I think he's still using it for charity working (moving food from shelter to shelter), but that video just scares me because the last thing I'd want to see is a crumpled up van with him in it.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:43 AM

QUOTE (lzw3 @ Sunday, May 6 2012, 12:46)
they should probably be banned from the roads.

Don't forget the Cherry's!



Don't know why anyone would buy one even if they are like $11 000 brand new.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:54 AM

QUOTE (Piperka @ Wednesday, May 9 2012, 13:43)
QUOTE (lzw3 @ Sunday, May 6 2012, 12:46)
they should probably be banned from the roads.

Don't forget the Cherry's!

Oh I won't! tounge.gif Like the Protons, there aren't too many in Australia, but I've seen them on Top Gear and shows like that and they look terrible! They seem to just crumple upon impact.




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