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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

coboardhead wrote:
No embedded insult in the last post

The German cars, followed by Toyota began installing additional air bags, stability control and tire pressure monitors prior to any rules and regs as marketing features. Safety sells in autos.


No insults in the others, either; merely objective observations obvious to any and all readers. I'm beginning to wonder whether you see your own viewpoints objectively. Example: every time we observe that the Constitution means little to you or you're not satisfied because your solar system the government took by force from your fellow citizens' income doesn't pay for ALL your power demands, your deafening silence shouts only "Guilty as charged", especially when your own subsequent posts reinforce that message.

Again: When one's behavior insults one's own values, one should rethink that behavior.

Safety was part of my reason ... excuse? ... to replace my car barely-broken-in 2003 WRX recently. The automotive safety media equate dynamic stability control to the advent of seat belts, and rollover structural integrity has increased significantly of late. OTOH, TPS or not, my last blowout was in the 1960s ... and I will never buy another Firestone tire.

I've lusted over German cars for at least 50 years, but can't get past their rock-bottom reliability as reported by huge national and international surveys, the internet, owners I've accosted on the street, mechanics, all-brand high-end auto dealers, and the European warranty agency which compiles statistics on hundreds of makes and models. Abandoned cars last only minutes on rural roadsides these days (and auto theft is not treated as a crime in WA state), and I'm often out of cell phone range.
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keycocker



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mostly drive porsches.my current 911 iis more reliable now with a chevy V8, but it cant match the top ten most reliable cars in the world which are all japanese.
I am sympathetic with ficks inabilty to research but why does he lie so much?Who does he try to impress?
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techno900



Joined: 28 Mar 2001
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a lot of reasons for accidents, but on the highways where the speeds can be rather high, one only has to be aware of what is going on approximately one football field ahead to be able to avoid any surprises. This assumes that you actually focus on what you are doing, are driving a decent car that can stop and your reaction times aren't yet "over the hill".

Almost everyone follows too closely, thus too many "I couldn't stop" accidents.

Where traffic permits, I typically speed, most commonly 5-10 over the limit. When I do, I am always looking for speed enforcement, so I am well focused on everything around me (front, back and sides) and I leave plenty of room for stopping if that is necessary. Speeding isn't necessarily dangerous, but stupid speeders are. If it's clear ahead, I always move over to let faster drivers go by. A Texas law on the interstate highways regardless of speed.

And by the way, I have had only one accident on the roads and that was while I was sitting behind a "gray hair" at a stop sign and she decided to back up. I couldn't get it into reverse quick enough to get out of her way. That was 45 years ago.
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