On Jul 29, 6:01 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
ok, sounds reasonable
well if kragen is the "advance" brand... a two year battery has lasted
5 years.. so.. guess i'll stay tied to the product.
honestly, the year is irrelevant. I didn't particularly care for the
"decor" of the 79 celica when i first acquired the thing, but now it
doesn't bother me.. It's merely a way to get from tab A to slot B.
well, i'm not claiming any astronomical mpg.. 28-30 is what i get on
I-95 over a 400 mile stretch of highway at 75 mph.. granted, it gets
less when i have to get off for food or "rest" stops.. The car has a
2-bbl carburetor, manual steering, no a/c. Five speed manual. The
trans is from an '83 celica which has a much higher overdrive than the
original transmission. The car could not originally boast 28-30
As for getting out of its own way.. it will do that at low speeds as
well as speeds that are fast enough to be unsafe in any car when
driven by the incorrect driver. You can't carry 1000 pounds in the
rear of it, but you can carry a good 500 without too much reduction in
gas mileage or uphill ability. As I remember reading, the ww2 jeeps
for the gummint needed to carry two dudes and 500 lbs of gear..
But that is not true of all warranties. When you have your car fixed,
often the warranty on the parts says, "... as long as you own your car."
Warranty doesn't transfer to new owners.
Hyundai dealers in Northeast PA and possibly other places are doubling
the manufacturer's 10 yr/100,000 mi warranty. But the doubled warranty
(actually an insurance policy that the dealer buys) only covers the
original owner. Likewise, Chrysler has a lifetime powertrain warranty
(after the 5/60 warranty expires) This warranty only covers the original
This one is a GT Hatchback. It is very predictable on the road and
it may not walk off from everything, it will walk off from a lot of
things on the highway..
The car has 245,739 miles on it right now.. i got it when the odometer
(doesn't have hundred-thousands place). The tranny has about 260,000
on it.. and the motor has 45,000 since rebuild. Like someone else
pointed out, it's not modern inside.. oh well.. honestly, when people
give me crap about my car, it says a lot about them.. my car is
transportation, not my wee-wee. usually it's someone who probably has
never held any kind of tool in his or her hand (no pun intended!) at
any time and never will either. Anyone who has ever owned a 20R or
22R -engined vehicle gives the appropriate nod when they note the
absence of blue smoke coming from the tailpipe of a vehicle that
"should have been crushed years ago"..
Don't get me wrong... I'd allow someone to *give* me a newish car or
i'd purchase a broken one for next to nothing (like our 1999 ram 1500
van for $1000 + $500 to buy a new spindle for me to install), but i'm
not going to contribute (for as long as i am able to not contribute)
to the silly idea that everyone needs to be driving a new car and that
what i'm driving is unsafe merely due to its age. I have seen lots of
younger cars that were totally unsafe.. For instance, the
aforementioned van.. when i "test drove" it, i drove about 50 feet
before i parked the thing.. the outer wheel bearing on the driver's
side was completely destroyed and the inner race was riding halfway
down on the spindle.
The only time my car becomes a rolling death trap is when i drive at
unsafe speeds... but then any car could be considered such.
If it wasn't for an unfortunate encouter with a '76 MonteCarlo, It might
even be on the rod...
Sigh... I miss that car. Simple, elegant, handling was very precise and
it had a nervous engine, even for a car from that era. Those things were
nicely built, and way better than newer junk :)
If I could find one in a not-so-bad shape (I live in Canada), It might
be a really nice project to rebuild one...
You are the illogical reader that's blind to the big picture. The
Prius costs thousands of dollars more comparable non-hybrid autos its
size. If Congress forces such high fuel mileage ratings on the entire
fleet of new cars (large and small), the hybrid version of the Chevy
Silverado will cost thousands of dollars more the non-hybrid Chevy
The bottom line is this. Almost everyone is for lower cost energy
supplies with a smaller CO2 footprint. But, we will never get
something from nothing no matter how hard we wish upon a star with
federal government decrees. The Europeans and especially the Japanese
have been producing high fuel mileage cars for many years thanks to
sky high fuel taxes. In the short term, the most efficient means of
achieving a higher fuel mileage is to pass a large fuel tax and then
let the free market decide the rest. In the long term, the most
efficient means of lowering energy cost and CO2 footprint is basic
research on battery technology, solar, etc. paid for my the United
States federal government.
Blind, politically motivated, federal decrees requiring higher fuel
mileage will only decimate the American auto industry.
On Jul 30, 5:22 pm, email@example.com wrote:
actually it has been proven over and over that CO2 is not a big deal.
It is the sun that is the big deal and the thing that is the most
uncontrollable about "global warming"... elevated levels of CO2 have
been proven to follow higher temperatures instead of dictating higher
temperatures. C02 is less than *ONE PERCENT* of the total atmosphere
of the earth. Actually, God should go ahead and turn this place into
a fricking fireball with all the treachery that is occurring all the
I remember learning when i was about 9 years old from Mr. Wizard that
if you have a glass of ice water ... when the ice melts, the water is
not going to run out onto the table. it's just a fact of
*PHYSICS*. Try it sometime if you don't believe me. The ice caps
melting doesn't cause a rise in sea level. it's actually changes in
the land that cause the "rise" in sea level.
And as for "decimating the auto industry". The auto industry is in
cohoots with the government as well as the companies that refine oil
Someone said earlier in this thread, "a car is not a train..."..
Well try running a diesel train with a tranny connected to the
wheels. See what happens.. The efficiency of the train goes to shit
when directly geared to the wheels. They have tried it. And
perhaps a tiny fraction of pusher engines that are easier to keep
running than replace are still running direct drive. However.
Diesel-electric is the answer to this "gas mileage crisis" for right
now, anyway.. but as i've said earlier.. the companies and the gov't
will not let us have it because it means less dependence on not only
foreign oil but domestic production as well. Who's going to make
money if we're all getting 80mpg ? Well.. they'll increase it to
$7,00 a gallon and cut production even more than they already have.
It's so sad to see everyone jumping on the bandwagon about "saving the
earth" when the very people dictating this "saving of the earth" are
still consuming at the same rate or even more than they were before
(Al MoFuking Gore)... anyone who preaches this shit to me i
immediately write off as a liberal sheep who really couldn't think his
or her way out of a wet paper bag. They really need a bullet through
the brain, post haste. There's a term for people like that... "USEFUL
it is easy to understand why Atlas Shrugged
By that reasoning, why don't close the garage door with the car engine
running and read a book. Don't worry about the CO. It will be less than
1% of the air when you are stone cold dead from CO poisoning.
And your brain power wouldn't go down one bit.
Why don't you do this? Get a big bowl. And put a small bowl inside the
big bowl upside down. Then put some ice on the top of the small bowl.
Does the water rise on the big bowl? Of course it does. Same thing with
the ice caps, because the ice is not floating in the water. The ice is
on land. For the ice not to effect the sea level, it has to be floating
in the ocean. It isn't.
Actually, the problem is the huge amount of torque required to get the
Just because trains work better with electric motors doesn't mean cars
will. Cars have the advantage that they are much smaller, requiring far
less torque to get going. Transmissions are able to handle this very well.
At least liberals are not stupid enough to think that when ice that is
on top of land melts, it doesn't cause the ocean to rise.
"Useless idiot" seems to describe you pretty well.
If brain power or clues were weight, Atlas wouldn't even feel you when
you climbed on.
on Wednesday 01 August 2007 10:39 am, someone posing as Lloyd took a rock
and etched into the cave:
Diesel is only "more expensive" in some areas because of Supply and Demand.
They don't make as much diesel so they can jack the price up, even though
it costs far less to produce.
In any case, take a look at diesel from coal.
Though I should learn more, from what I've read, we've got enough to last
the next 50 years or more without even bothering to import if we switched
some percentage of our cars/trucks to diesel and utilize our coal reserves.
The Camry is the best selling car in the U.S., right? Yet it costs a little
less, as much as, or more than a Prius, depending on the pkg. the Prius
comes with, & the model of the Camry. So... IMO, that theory sort of goes
down the drain...
Actually a base Camry costs a lot less than a Prius and is a much
roomier car with better performance (and decent fuel economy too). If
you are talking strictly economics, a Corolla is a much better buy. If
you are trying to impress your neighbors with your "green-ness" then
the Prius is the way to go. I don't agree with the Wall Street Journal
on this, but I think if you check the demographics of who is buying
Priuses (?), you will find that they are overwhelmingly purchased by
upper middle class Americans.
The very same smart Americans that trade their new car on another new car in
three to four years, with 30K to 45K on the clock, yet pay a premium price
that will buy ALL of the fuel for a Corolla for three or four years LOL
I tend to buy used cars and keep them until they are pretty much worn
out, so I don't do either of those things. But in your two scenarios,
look what you have at the end of the 3 or 4 years: In one, a brand new
car, in the other a 3 or 4 year old minimum capability car with new
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