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Zed do you call the engine hood a bonnet in Australia? That word cracks me up.
 

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Zed do you call the engine hood a bonnet in Australia? That word cracks me up.
But if you are talking about a Lotus Europa, the engine hood is the "boot" and the trunk is the "bonnet". I actually had the fortune to sit in one once. The roof was about waist high and the seat fit like a glove. The pedals were perfect. How I wished I had the money for such a sports car back then. I believe I read reviews from both Road & Track and Car & Driver for the Europa. The trunk was large enough for "some handkerchiefs and a small amount of sand". The C&D reviewers wrote that the seat was too small, so my brother and I concluded that C&D writers must have huge butts.

Years later, I had a test drive of the Toyota "Mister Two" and it performed nicely. Probably scared the hell out of the salesman who "needed" to come along. Hope it did. I knew those corners to the inch...
 

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Zed do you call the engine hood a bonnet in Australia? That word cracks me up.
Both... Bonnet is probably in wider use with older Australians, hood not so common and young Australians are completely unaware that there is a hatch up front. They are convinced it's a sealed unit that only a dealer can service!
 

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Their reputation is better than they are of late. They may go on for ever but they do have plenty of issues that the owning fan club don't admit publically.

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Like parts being tied on with rope and bungees!
 

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Zed do you call the engine hood a bonnet in Australia? That word cracks me up.
lol :D me too! Farkin' brits sittin' on the bonnet smokin' fags.
 

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Hippies! If it doesn't stop it's all good. LOL, what horrible grinding noise?
A buddy of mine wouldn't hesitate to use his rope laden subaru to ram other drivers that pissed him off. Subaru's may be great for fabricobblin' Mad Max style vehicles come to think about it.

:drive by: :fire: :tied up: :dog: :truck2:
 

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This thread needs MoAr PiCs


Lol I had no idea about any of these!


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Too cute Subaru Sumo! hiyah!
sumo-inflable_3.jpg

 

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Just curious then ErrosionOfAccord, what was the first midlife crises?

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If I was to buy a Lesbaru it would be this one right here, manual trans of course. For what I do this car has it all.


 

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Just curious then ErrosionOfAccord, what was the first midlife crises?

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I thought I was gonna die at 64 cause my first crisis was the LT1 Trans Am mentioned earlier. now everything is change and I'll live to 98... I might prefer to bite a bullet at 64 though.
 

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My buddy was picking up a Forester. I keep asking him how he likes his Prius.
 

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A mid life crisis happens at 40. What you are having is an End of Life Event


Just remember. A 2 liter coke bottle has more displacement. My charger's lugnuts require more torque than The Sewing Machine produces

Did you get the park bench trunk option?
 

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A mid life crisis happens at 40. What you are having is an End of Life Event


Just remember. A 2 liter coke bottle has more displacement. My charger's lugnuts require more torque than The Sewing Machine produces

Did you get the park bench trunk option?
Lots of lesbaru's in Russia I see!


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We are both coal miners. This is how we give back.
 

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if you had wanted a real midlife crisis


Yeah, brits still can't master spelling (tyres), nomenclature (bonnet or boot), and lol 90kph sounds much more impressive than 45mph!

American will adopt the faggot metric system the day Eurofag Brits and Aussies start driving on the correct side of the road!
 

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Cool mini cars that aren't lesbian or ghey

 

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if you had wanted a real midlife crisis


Yeah, brits still can't master spelling (tyres), nomenclature (bonnet or boot), and lol 90kph sounds much more impressive than 45mph!

American will adopt the faggot metric system the day Eurofag Brits and Aussies start driving on the correct side of the road!
Typical, low tech monkey hammer solution! Mini QED now that is smarter and faster.
 

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If I was to buy a Lesbaru it would be this one right here, manual trans of course.
Aproach and departure angles on that ship is a beast.

Also very wide and LONG. (What my ex was used to.)

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My buddy was picking up a Forester. I keep asking him how he likes his Prius.
Tree hugger cars.

That hurt.

No, I need it to cart RC gliders about, but the Prado it doing mighty fine.


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I have mentioned some of following before, but this is how I ended up with a Subaru.

When the transmission on the high mileage Taurus I was driving failed 11 years ago, I started to look for a vehicle that would be driven daily and when called upon was also at home in the woods.

My search started after the Ford Wixom Assembly plant here in Michigan closed its doors in 2007 and Ford announced a $2-billion assembly plant, creating 2,800 jobs, down in Mexico. Did Ford really think that is something I would be happy about? So, after driving close to 10 different Ford cars and trucks over the years, this last straw killed my unwavering flag waving loyalty to the American brand. They can KMA.

After driving a rental car for nearly three weeks, going to every car lot I found, and test driving every available kind of four-wheel and all-wheel drive car, SUV, and truck, I was very frustrated. Every vehicle drove and rode as expected or worse. Fords were still Fords, Chevys were still Chevys, Toyotas were still Toyotas, etc. Nothing stood out from the pack and said buy me. My frustration was that whatever I decided to buy wasn’t going to be something great, but just something that worked.

One of the engineers at work (Russian immigrant) kept mentioning that I should check out a Subaru. Subaru? Seriously? There were two things I had stayed away from. The first was anything expensive, and the second was that brand of car that was associated with varying visions of tree huggers, rainbow stickers, and sandaled clad socialists.

That fateful day in 2007 I was back at the Toyota lot scratching my head when I decided to wander over and look at the cars at the Subaru dealer next door for the first time. As I was looking at a Forester XT and was trying to like the looks of the car and of course struggling to come to terms with the stereotypes that roamed through my head, a salesman asked if I wanted to take a drive.

That test drive resulted in an immediate “I want this car”. The car was fast, nimble, felt solid, had all wheel drive, enough room for hunting dogs and gear, and the price was right. The best vehicle I had driven in nearly three weeks. So, 11 years ago, to the disbelief of all family and friends, I purchased my first foreign car a 2005 Subaru Forester XT. The rig now has over 315K miles and still “I want this car”.

The car doesn’t look like much to most but it was considered a sleeper car (see #6) and because my foot is always in the turbo the fuel mileage stinks but I don't care. The car is the best woods mobile I have ever had. It has taken me nearly everywhere and further than all the other four-wheel drive vehicles I have had. The symmetrical all-wheel drive is awesome. Punch the gas in sand and all the tires will throw sand, rare is the four-wheel drive that will do that. And because of its small stature I can drive the narrow and low overhead two tracks that no other truck can or is willing to traverse. An awesome inconspicuous (to the police) vehicle.

With rust the time to get another vehicle is approaching. So far, I have “fixed” visible body cancer using my questionable backyard bodywork skills in an attempt to preserve its good looks, but eventually I will lose the battle as rust colonies continue to deconstruct the structural integrity. Not sure what I will get next as Subaru body styles have gotten larger which I don’t really care for, but I guess I will figure it out when the time comes.

 
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I wish I had all day to sit and MANsplain topics like "scrub radius", "Roll centers", Ackerman, Piston speed, "The Iskandarian 5 cycle effect"

Rest assured, here is what you don't do. If you do do, I will hunt you down and stuff a potato in your tailpipe.

Please don't put a fart cannon on the thing. Besides just being stupidly obnoxious they actually hurt performance and will cause you to fry o2 sensors. You'll notice that your exahust in that unit is in the rather minuscule in diameter. A honda R is 2.25 before the resonator. By way of comparison most of your big block muscle is 4-6 in diameter.

Anyhow the fart cannon muffler tend to stall the air as it passes through, leading to an inefficient scavenging stage in the exhaust pulse. Ok you kinky people, wipe that smile off your face. Anytime you mention "things with a pulse" the Muttonistas get excited.

Engines are airpumps and the fart cannon has near the same effect as the aforementioned potato.

Kids install then in an attempt to gain the attention from society that mommy gave them.
 

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I never hugged one tree and I thrashed the bastard thing to within an inch of its life!
You should really try hugging a tree. : )
 

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The 2019 Forester and Toyota RAV4 looks more rugged, but I suppose the sheet-metal wil be even thinner, and the wait for second-hands even longer.

I'm also at that stage where Crockett is. One can only do so much and spend so much time.

Another vehicle that I like is the Toyota Land Cruiser 76 but speed and fuel consumtion are major considerations.

I long for the days when one could keep a vehicle going almost indefinately.

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Was a passenger in a new subaru today with backup cameras and the while 9 yards. The drivers vent control was farked and the only standout besides the ugly cumbersome central dash in particular the hazard button likely designed by Fisher Price.
 

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Haha
 

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It's as if Subaroo drivers have a high demand for emergency lights....
 

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The 2019 Forester and Toyota RAV4 looks more rugged, but I suppose the sheet-metal wil be even thinner, and the wait for second-hands even longer.

I'm also at that stage where Crockett is. One can only do so much and spend so much time.

Another vehicle that I like is the Toyota Land Cruiser 76 but speed and fuel consumtion are major considerations.

I long for the days when one could keep a vehicle going almost indefinately.

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Forever is a long time. However, I'm willing to bet that my 1968 charger will still be on the road 1000 years after the last jap car goes into the crusher!
 

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Forever is a long time. However, I'm willing to bet that my 1968 charger will still be on the road 1000 years after the last jap car goes into the crusher!
1000 years!? Better make sure Smoothie don't get b'hind the wheel.
 

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Forever is a long time. However, I'm willing to bet that my 1968 charger will still be on the road 1000 years after the last jap car goes into the crusher!
I think 'forever' with todays cars is about 15 years.

Your Charger has enough metal in the panels and chassis to do major work on. With current cars complete panels are replaced because welding, sanding and straigtening a Coke-tin is not possible.

Suppose that's the trade-off for fuel consumption and complying with Euro emission rules. Suppose that also goes for most modern crap that works for a year and has to be tossed beacuse it's not repairable.

I have a GE fridge in my garage, running 24x7 that my parents bought before I was born (1969). Had both the motor and compressor REPAIRED, once, about 15 years ago. Also had to fit an alternative door seal and refill gas a few times and replace the fan-belt between the motor and compressor.

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