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Is a 'Micro-Car' in Your Future?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Nick, May 25, 2009.

  1. sideswipe

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    For the wife, 3 kids, & me my Jimmy & her Bravada are a snug fit @ times, may go bigger but not smaller
     
  2. phrelin

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    If everyone walked.... Says the guy and former bypass patient who's sitting in front his computer on a beautiful day.:sure:
     
  3. fluffybear

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    We do have a larger FAMILY vehicle for those times when we need the room but for the drive to work or a couple of people, I don't see a problem with a small vehicle.

    We do have a family vehicle for those times when we need the extra room but when it comes down to just driving to work, store, etc. I don't see a problem with the smaller car. As a matter of fact, the savings in fuel costs alone can just about pay for the car itself.
     
  4. Nick

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    Sounds familiar...oh, yes, that's the same rationale I used to justify my first HD tv! I remember thinking, instead of going out to the cinema ,the money I would save watching HD movies at home would virtually pay for the TV -- and it did! I haven't been to the movie theater in years.
     
  5. Stuart Sweet

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  6. sigma1914

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    I wasn't saying the mini cars are safe, I was simply stating what I'd seen. According to http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr041409.html -- "The Honda Fit, Smart Fortwo, and Toyota Yaris are good performers in the Institute's frontal offset barrier test, but all three are poor performers in the frontal collisions with midsize cars."
    Obviously, a bigger car will be safer in a head on collision.

    As for the idiot comment...there are many idiots out there in all sizes of vehicles who drive dangerous jeopardizing everyone.
     
  7. Nick

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    I agree, and as I reread my post, I realized how tacky it may have sounded -- sorry if I offended anyone.
     
  8. sigma1914

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    It's all good, Nick...awesome name, by the way. :D

    An interesting comment by a poster I read at http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1009578 -- "If we demanded greater levels of competency from drivers (as a group, drivers in the U.S. are remarkably rude and inept) we would see far greater reductions in traffic related injuries than by surrounding ourselves with raw tonnage. Of course, that would require individual accountability; figure the odds."
     
  9. djlong

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    I think the full-size pickups will still be here - just totally re-engineered. The guy who does thedigitalbits.com just bought a Ford Escape and is getting 40mpg form it. Not bad for a current-technology mid-level SUV.

    I'm waiting for the pickups designed like the Volt. Totally electronic drivetrain with an internal combustion engine to supply power to the batteries. You know - just like the most efficient form of land transport we have - locomotives!
     
  10. Nick

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    Stu, it was good to re-read your Motor Trend-ish review. The fact that, after returning from your test-drive, all the dealer's sales people walked away says a lot about the 42 to me.
     
  11. Herdfan

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    That is exactly how I feel. I have an F-350 and my wife has a large mid-sized SUV. The laws of physics can't be changed and tonnage wins.
     
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  13. Nick

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    Just like certain other things in life, when it come to vehicle safety, size matters.
     
  14. dodge boy

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    The small cars are actually designed safer, they absorb the force of an impact and have crumple zones and you sit in a "cage".... The just cost a lot to fix after a 20mph impact. My '75 Charger weighs in over 4,000 lbs and could probably withstand a hit from anything on the roads today but all the force would be transmitted to the occupants... It would be ugly for the people in it. On the other hand, my '04 Stratus coupe is designed so the front and rear and "fold up like an accordian" if impacted. In the same collison, I'd walk away but my poor car would be totaled.....

    On a side note I had a '91 Leabaron convertible I hit a semi (blew a tire at 85 mph) the car was totaled and the Semi had to be towed....
     
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    If I didn't need/use a cherokee or similar for work I would consider a smart or similar.
    Easier to park here in NYC and great on gas. Especially since I drive upstate on a regular basis. Would love to make those trips @ 50mpg compared to 23mpg.
     
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  17. Richard King

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    The "Smart" is rated 33/41 city/highway. That's not enough of a difference for me to trade safety and convenience of a bigger car.
     
  18. SayWhat?

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    That kind of thinking is just plain irresponsible on many levels. Take the bigger personal vehicles off the road and the roads will be safer for all.

    I woudn't be able to use a microcar because of the payload. I drive a '95 Taurus wagon and load it to near capacity on my monthly trips to town for shopping and supplies.
     
  19. Richard King

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    That looks a lot like the old Dodge Stealth.
     
  20. Richard King

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    So, it's "irresponsible" for one person to drive an SUV, yet you can rationalize your need to drive a station wagon? Take a trip twice a month instead of once a month to restock the compound. Combine trips to do your restocking. I am sure you go to town more than once a month. That's the problem, everyone's got their own excuse, but other peoples excuses aren't good enough for those trying to force these mini cars on us.
     

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