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  •  growing up in southern California (3+ / 0-)

    I also believed that your car defines you. With that in mind, I've owned over 80 cars, 95% of them purchased used, for little money. For about 15 years, I had more than one car at a time (I used to say that I had a car, and my car had a car). I guess I was having some trouble figuring out who I was.

    My current wife ended my compulsive car-buying habit (it took some effort). I have a 110-mile per day commute, and for the past six years drove a Toyota Yaris. This past month, my step-son's car broke down, and we gave him the Yaris, with 145,000 miles, but running fine. This meant I was getting a new car.(my wife insists on new, not used....) I wasn't as ready as I could have been, because I thought I'd drive the Yaris for a while longer, but there you go.

    I wanted gas mileage, and not to look like everybody else; a combination of practicality and middle-aged angst. Also, we have very little money. I ended up with a Honda CRZ. Hybrid technology, but only two seats. Here's the coolest thing: since I've owned it, I haven't seen another one on the road. That has to count for something, right?


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    by coachster on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 02:57:23 PM PST

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    •  I had a Yaris whilst in the U.K.!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      The roads in Cumbria scared the heck out of me and I wanted something small and safe.

      I loved that car...loved it. It was a semi-automatic (something they do over there), great room for my garden shopping, just lovely.

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      by Morgan Sandlin on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:25:02 PM PST

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      •  semi-automatic (2+ / 0-)
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        sounds like something Chrysler used to do.  My dad once upon a time had a 1950 DeSoto with "fluid drive" and a semi-automatic transmission.

        Fluid Drive could also be mated to the semi-automatic transmission, which was not automatic in any way and should not be confused with Fluid Drive. With the semi-automatic transmissions, the driver shifted manually, selecting reverse or a low range and a high range. Each 'range' had two speeds. To shift between them, the driver accelerated then released pressure on the accelerator. In high range, this shift point was about 23 mph (37 kmh). The transmission shifted into high speed range, the driver then depressed the accelerator pedal, and continued accelerating. The solenoids on the transmission connected to the carburetor and ignition system and momentarily interrupted engine operation to allow trouble-free shifting.

        The driver could down-shift for passing by fully depressing the accelerator. The clutch was needed to change between low and high range. The fluid drive system allowed the driver to stop at a light or in traffic and remain in gear without depressing the clutch. The driver could, if not concerned with fast acceleration, drive the car all day long in high range, stopping and starting, without ever having to touch the clutch pedal or gearshift lever unless faster acceleration or reversing was required. For this reason, DeSotos and Dodges were favored by city cab companies from the mid Forties to early Fifties.

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        by NoMoJoe on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:46:23 PM PST

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