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Car Shopping
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thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 23rd, 2007 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I like the beetle. :)

(Ok, I'm totally biased. It's really cute and befitting you. I can't think of a cuter/better/neater car with you in mind.)
cannibal From: cannibal Date: January 23rd, 2007 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I disagree, the new beetle was cute in the late 90's, when Yan and Mike got them, but someone said they're tired of it now, the old classic beetle looks better.

I can think of lots of cuter cars... the new Saturn Sky / Pontiac Solstice, though it is too small and I want to see her in something safer... the MazdaSpeed3, the new Miata MX-5 with the retractable hardtop, the RX-8... and that's just new cars. The Austin Healey Bug-eyed Sprite, the Ford Anglia, the MGA MarkII 1600, the Fiat Spyder, the Sunbeam Alpine... and overseas the StreetKa and my Microsport.

Of course, if you just want the cutest thing ever, you can take a Focus and put an incredibly cute paint job on it... Susan wants a Speed3 with a Hello Kitty paint job, I know it.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 23rd, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm with you on the safer is better than cute. i know renniekins wants a small car, as she's a small person. it makes sense. BUT... if it's *too* small it *won't* protect her like the Cavalier has, twice. and that's scary to me.

i've personally had enough harrowing incidents/accidents in various vehicles, either as the driver or a passenger that i personally won't go smaller than something like the Fusion (though after the auto show, i'm in LOVE LOVE LOVE with the Volvo C30 that will be out here in the US this fall!). i don't think i'd ever go larger than the Ford Escape, either.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: January 23rd, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm very very concerned about that. Maybe I should let her have my Escape, it is small and cute, gets great gas mileage, drives like a normal car... and if I paint Kermit the Frog on the back of it like I've been wanting to, it'll be even *CUTER*.

If you read those Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports, they say that despite the fact that a small car may get decent government crash test results, "overall crashes involving mini cars are twice as likely to result in death compared to midsize and large cars. This surely falls in line with the laws of physics... the smaller a car is, the less safe it is statistically". Inertia, crumple zones, etc. http://www.iihs.org/

When I was 16, I was riding in the front passenger seat of a Pinto when a drunk came across the center line and hit us head on with an Oldsmobile. The Olds was deflected slightly and ran into a ditch, but was still driveable. The Pinto spun around backwards three times and was totalled, and all of us had some injuries... it is just surprising that nobody was killed. I was wearing my seatbelt or I would have been dead... because of the greater inertia, bigger, heavier car, none of the drunks in the Olds was even hurt.
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