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Discussion in 'TM Lounge' started by LaTrompeta, Jan 5, 2019.
Actually Trabant is worse
Well at least the Trabi starred in its own movie!
...and has a dedicated computer/video game too.
The "high-rpm whine of the engine" is due to the CVT (continuously variable transmission) that Toyota uses on their hybrid cars - it's part of their gas-saving setup, but annoying as hell because engine noise is completely unrelated to gas pedal input - the transmission just looks for the better spot (rpm wise) to get the ICE power needed at the time. Also the main reason why I don't even consider buying one, although it would be the right car for me (= very short daily commutes, most of my long distance traveling is by plane now). The new 2 liter Corolla (not the 1.8) seems (on paper) to be a bit better, but I'm still not convinced.
Btw, I once owned a banger Saab 900 with 250k (kms) - those engines were supposed to be good for a lot more, but I ditched it when other things started to brake.
How far...........would you go................for a Yugo?
If you did, you weren’t going to go very far afterwards.
A friend of mine has at least 5 Saabs in his driveway. Now there is a fan. They have their good points, I am told. By him. When I asked.
The old Saab 2 liter engine was remarkable (based on a Triumph block) - anything post-GM is not so good...
Well, almost all cars used to have good points, as well as condensers. I kinda miss being able to tune one up with a file and a matchbook.
Cars are fun...when they work right. The rest of the time they are a pain in your butt and you wish you lived in Tokyo and rode the train
I was convinced, at an earlier time in my life, that my car ( whichever I happened to be driving at the time) had the uncanny ability to know when I had come into some "extra" money.
How, I will never know, except that the car would immediately take that extra money, heartlessly.
Had a 69 Impala that I inherited from my parents back in the 80s. Patched up the rust holes with furnace duct pipe metal (used) and bondo and rustoleum paint, it looked ok for meatball bodywork. It had the 250 straight six with a two speed automatic....it was a real car in every sense of the word. We were newlyweds and my wife drove it back and forth to the hospital because she worked nights there as a nurse. We lived in a tiny trailer in a tiny trailer park and that first winter we went through a stretch of 20 below weather with a howling wind that threatened to freeze everyone solid. That car was the only one that started that next morning. I can still hear the cheer as it came to life. We had that car for a long time and it NEVER let us down. No matter what was failing on her we were always able to limp home and live to travel another day. BRAVO In my mind she is still going somewhere today. Best wishes.