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  •  A Honda Accord will NEVER be a classic car (2+ / 0-)
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    not even in another 70 years.

    El Camino Man, only you would understand Help me if you can, cuz you're an El Camino Man

    by Keith930 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 07:03:46 PM PDT

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    •  Just pointing out (3+ / 0-)
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      That even today's "economy cars" are often quicker than all but the hottest muscle cars of "the day".

      Plus it will start every time. Go 100,000 miles before needing a set of spark plugs. Go 50,000 miles between tune-ups. Handle better. Stop better. Get better mileage. Plus it probably has more creature comforts.

      And that's not even getting into today's performance cars. Heck, you can buy a 200 mph Mustang from the factory today.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 06:15:11 AM PDT

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      •  agreed! (2+ / 0-)
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        I worked in a "speed shop" from 1969-71 and occasionally wrenched at a drag strip on weekends for a friend with a '55 chev with a nasty small-block.

        These days I drive a 17 y.o. Lexus 400 LS that would absolutely CRUSH anything I drove back then—while listening to Mozart string quartets in a perfectly climate-controlled cabin.  Those 60s muscle cars were junk.  Awful bias-ply tires, drum brakes, points and plugs that rarely lasted 5000 miles, etc.  And for all the noise they made and gas they burned, they weren't all that fast.

        •  The Goode Olde Daze of cars (2+ / 0-)
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          Buying new tyres every 30,000 miles. Adjusting points and timing and changing spark plugs every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Oil change after 3,000 maximum. Sidebar: I once owned a 57 Pontiac. It had no oil filter. You were expected to change the oil every 1,000 miles. Really.

          Dealing with carburetors (A French word meaning do not touch) and drum brakes and asbestos and leaded gas.

          No air bags, anti-lock brakes or collapsible steering columns. No seat belts either, until that Nader guy made a squawk. Front end crashes always left someone looking like a speared frog. And don't forget being 'thrown from the vehicle' as a prudent survival strategy.

          I'll take my late model vehicle with all of its safety features and its ability to blow the doors off most 'muscle' cars of the 60's. And I haven't even talked about gas mileage comparisons.

          •  I get it.... (1+ / 0-)
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            Some people prefer a pony ride to sitting up in the stirrups and letting the horse just run.  

            I saw the neighbors kid yesterday on a pogo stick...he's probably 7 years old.  The first thing that struck me was that I haven't seen a pogo stick in years.  The second thing that struck me was that his Mom had armored him up with a helmet and knee pads....for a god damned pogo stick.

            He'll no doubt be a future Honda Accord buyer.

            El Camino Man, only you would understand Help me if you can, cuz you're an El Camino Man

            by Keith930 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:40:24 PM PDT

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            •  You think an El Camino is a toy (2+ / 0-)
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              And if it is for you, I hope you have a lot of fun.

              But for those of us who remember the bad old days when you had to rely on these very unreliable and dangerous rattletraps for everyday transportation, and have memories of replacing a starter on a night when it was -25°, I do NOT miss them AT ALL.

              And if you think you are so macho, bring over your El Camino and I be happy to give you a driving demo from a my Lexus.  I can drive it all day at over 130—try THAT in your truckette. Just remember, I learned to drive fast back in the days of those death traps.

              •  "I could drive it all day at over 130" (1+ / 0-)
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                Dave925

                Have you ever driven it even one minute over 90 MPH?  Have you ever wanted to?  Has your ride ever whispered to you...step on the gas?

                You don't have to answer those questions.

                I'm not macho...I just remember when cars spoke to us.

                I'm glad you love your Lexus.  Everyone should love their car.

                El Camino Man, only you would understand Help me if you can, cuz you're an El Camino Man

                by Keith930 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 04:11:32 PM PDT

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            •  I understand what you are saying. (0+ / 0-)

              There is nothing comparable to the experience of driving down an open highway at 65, and then stepping on the gas pedal and hearing that 4 barrel carb sucking air as you are pushed back into your seat. Good times. But not for the average commute.

              A helmet and pads for a pogo stick? Over protective parenting. That kid will never learn real caution until he experiences real pain and injury. He'll likely end up being a Wall St. banker. Gamble with other peoples life savings, and get promoted no matter what.

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