That pretty much confirms my hunch John. Some people will accept bland
and ugly to save a buck. ;-) You have to lighten up John and enjoy life
a little. Learn to live with a few flaws. Beauty always has a few
pimples from time-to-time.
I am a little sour with GM, admittedly.
They have had a number of problems with engines, and earlier with
and have not really been too quick to step up to the plate and make good on
Toyota has a pretty good reputation as a company. Toyota has had some
problems in the recent past which they claim came from poor maintenance.
Whatever you buy, change your oil and filter religiously, and maintain your
I personally may not buy another GM in the near future. I can only hope
get their act together soon.
One can not begin to compare the vehicles sold by ANY manufacture today,
foreign or domestic with those they each made ten, or even five, years ago.
Every manufacture is building high quality vehicles today that will easily
last to 200K or more given the proper maintenance. The only real difference
among them is style and price, period.
The dam things are always in the way.
At intersections, in front of you, they block a safe view.
The high ones should have a foot or two chopped off of them.
I love it when they can't park in a low entry parking garage.
Many poor drivers drive SUV's and Van's merely as a means of self
protection from their poor driving habits. Others buy them to alleviate
their feelings low self esteem and inferiority. Yet others buy them as
a weapon. But methinks most of them buy them for their utilitarian
The most recent studies seem to indicate that the safety issue of being
wrapped inside more steel, attributed to SUV's, is negated by their
higher likelihood to roll over in even minor collisions. This was just
mentioned again today on the early morning news.
A few years back, a lady driving an SUV (Escalade I think) and yep
talking on a cell phone was too distracted to stop at a red light and
thus rear ended a stopped Honda Civic (who was waiting for the red
light) at about 50 mph, killing 2 innocent children in the back seat.
5000 pounds at 50mph versus a 2000 pound car. Physics. If the lady
were in a 2000 pound car herself (instead of a huge SUV), the kids would
have survived, most likely.
Tonight on my way home, a Chevy Tahoe was trying to make a left turn
from the right lane. He had missed the left turning lane altogether,
and was sitting in the regular forward lane and was thus impeding the
traffic trying to go straight (light was green). But he couldn't turn
left because there was a huge slew of traffic already in the left
turning lane who weren't going to let this jackball in. Did he simply
go straight and then turn around somewhere up the road? No. He waited
there half a minute until the left turning lane was almost empty, then
he made a left turn and almost crashed into a car that was turning left
fromt he left turn lane. All the while there was a backup of cars
wanting to go straight (and they had a green light), who were stuck
behind this piece of fecal material. Everyone was honking. When he was
finally out of the way (after making an illegal left turn), the light
turned red, trapping us in a long cycle at that busy intersection.
Kinda makes you understand why there are murders on the highways. Road
rage? Or is it road revenge? Or justice?
You seem to have a very selective memory. Why not tell us about some of the
idiots driving cars that you see everyday? Or are you blind to them because
they don't fit in to your SUV bashing attitude.
What if the person in the Honda had been driving a safe car?
I saw a Honda rear ended by a Bonneville and the front wheels of the
Bonneville were sitting in the Honda's rear seat. After the tow trucks
pulled them part the Bonneville was driven to the side of the road, the
Honda was drug onto a flatbed and the rest of its pieces tossed on top.
Both were ~2000lb front wheel drive cars. I saw another small Honda rear
ended by a small Toyota truck, the Toyota truck would could have driven all
the way over but the driver stopped and put it in reverse and backed off.
The Honda cut off the Toyota. Another one I was stuck on a 35mph street a
few cars back from an intersection to a small side street and was stopped
because the line of cars from a large intersetion were stopped at a red
light and traffic was backed up that far. A guy in a little Honda came
through the gap from the side street, didn't look at traffic coming the
other way and was hit by a small Chevy Blazer. The Blazer driver hit the
brakes and we heard the tires screech a bit and he hit the Honda in the
passenger door. The Honda was thrown off the street and into a yard,
landed on its wheels but the passenger door where was hitting the driver in
the right arm, there was nothing left of the passenger seat. The Blazer
had a bent bumper in the center, didn't even break the plastic grill. It
was the old body style 2 door S10 blazer which weighed less than 2000 lbs
(my 4x4 s10 truck was only 1500). Imagine if there had been passengers in
those Hondas. It doesn't matter the weight of the other vehicle a Honda
will loose, I won't ride in one myself. How about the little Honda that
passed me on the highway, BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! as it slowly creeped by me in
the left lane, cut in front of me then slowed down 10mph so I had to swerve
around to keep from hitting him.
For every bad SUV driver stories as you can come up I can give you two small
car bad driver stories. Like the silver Honda that always parks in the
same row as me and is never straight between the lines, if people can park
full size SUV's straight between the lines, why do Hondas have to have one
tire on the line? This isn't a deliberate park crooked because I think my
car is a sports car its a normal every dad coffin that lots of people drive
to work and back because they vale gas more than their life.
I noticed the big error in the weights quoted, but felt it just
indicated the accuracy (?) of the story.
By the way the original VW Beattle weighted 1,600 lbs.
The 1970-4 Datsun 510 weighted 2,000 lbs.- I had them.
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