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Old 01-16-2006, 07:30 AM   #1
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You have to go more than a 1/4 mile to hit 60 mph.

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Old 01-16-2006, 07:34 AM   #2
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And this was a fun car in it's day.

The mid 70s to late 80s were hell for car enthusiasts.
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:35 AM   #3
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you know what the slowest cars on the planet are (other than automatic geos)?

old subarus.

i had to drive my friend's 85 subie home one night because he was trashed. we start going up a hill, i floor it, we actually lose speed and rpm's.

if you ever want to get a first-hand idea of how far subaru has come, drive this for a day, then hop back in your wrx/sti/forester/baja/etc..
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:37 AM   #4
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I had a 1987 subaru gl and that thing wasn't too slow. I've driven my dad's H1 and that thing seems a lot slower then the subaru GL.
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:41 AM   #5
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And this was a fun car in it's day.

The mid 70s to late 80s were hell for car enthusiasts.
Yes, the strict emissions standards killled cars in that era.
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:53 AM   #6
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1975 Corvettes came with 165hp standard.

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Old 01-16-2006, 08:00 AM   #7
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I had a '72 Pinto stationwagon that, just brfore its final death, would take close to 3 miles to get up ti 55. It was working on only 2 cylinders(sp) and one of those was weak!
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:20 AM   #8
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Try driving a 1990 Hyundai Excel up a hil. No excel-leration EVAR. Excel was obviously an oxymoron.
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:22 AM   #9
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hey my old '75 cvcc had 48hp. only thing it beat in races were vw vans
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:23 AM   #10
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Or a 1983 Corbette
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:23 AM   #11
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I realized this weekend that my wife and I have the two fastest cars of all the cars in our section of our block.*






*note: this area does not extend down to the guy with the Ferarri.
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:29 AM   #12
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I used to subscribe to the theory "no replacement for displacement" until I was driving my stock '79 TA and got spanked by an 80s shelby GLH hatchback. It made me a believer that there must be some progressive thinking in 4-cyl turbos.



Fast forward 15 years, and here I am, now driving a 4-cyl turbo wagon (Subaru WRX). Ironic.

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Old 01-16-2006, 10:45 AM   #13
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When you shift into 4th gear with your foot in it and you just hit 40mph.


When bicyclists flip you off for going too slow.

When you routinely reshift 3rd gear thinking that you accidently shifted into 5th during accerlation.

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Old 01-16-2006, 10:53 AM   #14
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I realized this weekend that my wife and I have the two fastest cars of all the cars in our section of our block.*






*note: this area does not extend down to the guy with the Ferarri.
Quit gerrymandering!
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:02 AM   #15
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^^^

ger·ry·man·der ( P ) Pronunciation Key (jr-mndr, gr-)
tr.v. ger·ry·man·dered, ger·ry·man·der·ing, ger·ry·man·ders
To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

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The act, process, or an instance of gerrymandering.
A district or configuration of districts differing widely in size or population because of gerrymandering.

I guess him and his wife are the unfair voting districts?
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:19 AM   #16
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I give Ret for marks for clever post.
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:25 AM   #17
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ger·ry·man·der ( P ) Pronunciation Key (jr-mndr, gr-)
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To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

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A district or configuration of districts differing widely in size or population because of gerrymandering.

I guess him and his wife are the unfair voting districts?
You had to look that up?
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:50 AM   #18
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I used to subscribe to the theory "no replacement for displacement" until I was driving my stock '79 TA and got spanked by an 80s shelby GLH hatchback. It made me a believer that there must be some progressive thinking in 4-cyl turbos.



Fast forward 15 years, and here I am, now driving a 4-cyl turbo wagon (Subaru WRX). Ironic.
A buddy of mine's brother had a GLHS. He would go down to the drag races and spank everybody down there. It was absolutely hysterical to hear the old muscle car guys bitching how that "little **** box" can't do what it did so many times; beat a v8.
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:18 PM   #19
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Yes, the strict emissions standards killled cars in that era.
It's strange how Mercedes and BMW and Porsche (amongst others) still managed to make fast cars that satisfied US emissions then. I think emissions standards were not the real problem, only the scapegoat.
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:23 PM   #20
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I had a 1987 subaru gl and that thing wasn't too slow. I've driven my dad's H1 and that thing seems a lot slower then the subaru GL.
Ditto and agreed.
Subaru was nowhere near the slowest of the time.

Maybe that firends car was in less than good tune, had low tire pressure or was being driven up a mountain pass in Colorado.

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Old 01-16-2006, 12:27 PM   #21
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Yay for 60 bhp in a modern car. I only change up to fifth when I am going downhill!
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:55 PM   #22
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92 Loyale, 3 speed automatic. When 4 friends and myself were in the car, we timed a run to 55; it took over a minute. (First 5 seconds were the car trying to decide if it was going to stall.) We were going to go for 60, but we reached our destination before we got there.
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:25 PM   #23
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It's strange how Mercedes and BMW and Porsche (amongst others) still managed to make fast cars that satisfied US emissions then.
They did . There may have been a couple, but i dont remember any that really stand out.
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:29 PM   #24
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Yay for 60 bhp in a modern car. I only change up to fifth when I am going downhill!
Just because that might have been made recently doens't mean it's modern
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:41 PM   #25
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It's strange how Mercedes and BMW and Porsche (amongst others) still managed to make fast cars that satisfied US emissions then. I think emissions standards were not the real problem, only the scapegoat.
That's because the German mfrs. had well-developed fuel injection systems that more readily met the US emission specs without costing tons of horsepower, while the Americans were still using carburetors or crude throttle-body injection.
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