Car appreciation... the aesthetics, the engineering, etc

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  • 12 years after passing my test, finally got around to getting a car!


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  • no front number plate , but its on your dash - this is a thing now - seen 3 audi's in a row today on a1 - plus a bmw (all high end RS / S / M5 cars) - a way to get round speed cameras perhaps?

  • Squeeky bum time

  • After being stuck in insane traffic all morning, I need to rant about the trend toward large cars in London.

    I don't bother unless I have a very singular purpose that requires wheels. Even on two wheels it's stupid. Took an hour and some to get to Dartford crossing, and back in through Blackwall assuming it'll be the opposite. Nope. Choked.

    Filtering is doable, but way harder with all the German barges.

  • a way to get round speed cameras perhaps?

    Nah it's for the same reason people have these

  • Tbh during term time the train and tube aren't much different in time, but my motorbike is cheaper, more enjoyable, and is less time restricted.

    Once school holidays are in session then it's usually faster.

  • Because it fell off.


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  • no front number plate , but its on your dash - this is a thing now - seen 3 audi's in a row today on a1 - plus a bmw (all high end RS / S / M5 cars) - a way to get round speed cameras perhaps?

    It's just looks.

  • The front plate delete and twatty straps piss me off also. This pleased me just now, though.


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  • Because I'm a massive fanny I always think "bet that has scratched the paint badly" when I see a faux-tow strap.

    I followed a Max-Power'd car the other day that had two fabric tow straps on the rear - presumably so the car could be towed out by two tractors at once.

  • Speaking of being towed... Heading out to a Porsche motorkhana day at Sydney motorsport park today. Taking my pug 306.... My mates 944 turbo is broken again. Should be fun.

  • The other is the Abarth 595 which I far prefer due to its size and cos its fun too.

    I'm thinking about one of these. Good for long trips too?

  • The whole of Italy went on holiday trips in the original, I'm sure you'd survive in the Abarth. Not ideal as a cruiser but it depends on your criteria.

  • London to the Highlands 😁

    This was why I bought a large car. But since losing that I've been thinking a smaller more efficient car that happens to be able to do motorway speeds comfortably might be better.

  • Yes, no problem for me. I would try however, since some people seem to have issues with the driving position. I've got the Competizione with the Sabelt buckets, but I was equally happy in my old A500 which had the standard, less supportive seats. Ride is undeniably harsh on poor roads.

  • I have the Twin Air.

    I have fallen in love with it completely.

    Something about a short wheel base I had forgotten about since my youth.

    The 595 is a serious little car.

    I did get blown about a bit on the M25 tho. Have to say.

  • In the sticks no public transport commuter?

  • Leaving this here

  • The other is the Abarth 595 which I far prefer due to its size and cos its fun too.

    I'm thinking about one of these. Good for long trips too?

    Hired one of these in Spain a couple of weeks ago in the 595 Convertible guise. City driving and on to the Motorway, my goodness I thought i'd made a big error, harsh, noisy and uncomfortable. Country roads, glorious.
    The carrying capacity was Ok, once seats down at the back, for a couple of suitcases and a MTB

    Most of the roads were quiet and well tarmaced. So could use the Sport mode for what it was designed for.

    https://youtu.be/roxzC_8gyZY

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  • I'm kind of tempted by a 595 - the leases on them seem pretty reasonable. I see them blatting around West and they sound great and look a lot of fun.

    Is it a no go for motorways (for example a reasonably regular m25-> M40, 3 hour jaunt)?

  • I used to drive a 126 on the motorway- 652cc. It’s more fun with 5.5 litres, but anything’s possible.

  • Is it a no go for motorways (for example a reasonably regular m25-> M40, 3 hour jaunt)?

    I would say so, the noise is intrusive, and the one I had had no cruise. You feel cats eyes and and every bump. This is coming from someone who drives and A2 as his daily (renowned for harsh ride)

  • There is!

    Though it would take around 2 hours, and the earliest I would be able to get into work is 9:45.

    Who knew the Irish public transport system was so, relaxed?

  • To prevent ‘vampire’ loads I suppose? Or anti-theft?

    Mainly the first but the anti-theft thing is increasingly useful as they're very pinchable these days. You can get keyed ones like this:
    https://www.landroverdefendersecurity.co­m/collections/lrd-battery-switches/produ­cts/keyed-battery-isolator

    I think people often conclude it's easier to fit an isolator switch than figure out where the juice is going. Yours sounds like a case in point :)

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