Matthew in PDX
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Jun 18
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Having lived in Brooklyn myself (2008 - 2014) I know that there are any number of really, really shady car dealers there. I used to walk past one “buy here, pay here, we finance everyone” dealer on my way home from work, having cycled on Citibike from Manhattan to Clinton Hill. If you’ve never bought a car before, Read more

Jun 16
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According to Ms. Parton herself, by the time the pandemic is over, there’ll be plenty of folks begging Joelene to take their man.

Jun 12
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I would, personally, support the widespread use of speed and red light cameras to enforce traffic laws. However, to do that effectively, laws need to specify that the registered owner is presumed to be driving, and that a traffic citation will be issued to that driver when his/her motor vehicle is photographed Read more

May 15
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Those are definitely Ford Cortina tail lights. In Australia in the 1970's (when I was a kid) four door Cortinas were all over the place. One of our neighbors had one and she managed to fit five kids in it to drive us to school when the buses were on strike (three of us and her own two). Needless to say seatbelts for Read more

Apr 16
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Instant gratification. If I order a car from the manufacturer, it will take three months to arrive. If I walk onto the lot of the nearest dealer, I can drive off in a car today (assuming I have the cash/credit to make the deal happen).

Apr 16
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Don’t car dealers pick the colors? I mean, most people buy a car off the lot rather than order a special build, so if the car dealer has black, white and silver models on the lot, that is what you get. Most people are risk averse and want a car in a color that won’t attract too much attention (esp of the po-po), Read more

Apr 13
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Back in 2007 I was living in a first floor walk up on W74th in Manhattan. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon and I was chilling in the living room. Some horn honking roused me off the sofa to look out the window. There playing out in front of me was that eponymous scene from Seinfeld, one motorist trying to reverse in, Read more

Mar 27
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No, they use to make life easier for their repo man when you stop making payments on said vehicle.

Mar 27
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There are a multitude of YouTubers offering videos on how to do almost everything with cars. Consequently, our cars are looking really sharp after I followed these to detail them. I’ve seen videos on replacing the batteries in a Toyota Prius, head gaskets, exhaust systems, etc.

Mar 17
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If the US Treasury is going to bail out the airline, they had better get stock for our money. I am sort of okay with loans, but grants are a no-no - they should give us stock for that money. I don’t want to give them tax breaks either, Congress is unwilling to provide tax relief to anyone but corporations and the very Read more

Feb 28
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This car would be perfect for 99% of the driving 99% of motorists do. I drive 2012 Mazda CX-9. 99% of my driving is to/from work, the gym or the grocery store, and I’m almost always alone. If I didn’t already own the car free and clear, I’d get a subcompact electric like this.

Feb 24
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I had a ‘74 HQ Kingswood back in ‘84-85, I had to put a new red engine into it and kicked it to the curb when the traumatic transmission started making funny sounds. I still put a lot of miles on it (and it had an Imperial speedometer). My favorite GMH car was the Holden Gemini four speed manual, that gearbox was an Read more

Feb 21
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The other thing to think about with junkyard builders is whether or not you have somewhere you can work on the car that is not going to cause you trouble. If you live in a condo or HOA community, that answer is probably “No”. If you live in a municipality that prohibits this activity in residential areas, you could Read more

Jan 31
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Having a car that your teenage kids can’t drive would seem like a bonus to me, a real selling point. Although being child free this isn’t a consideration for  me. 

Dec 2
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I have a different take. I am a very special person (at least in my mind). The Oregon DoT should install a sensor in my car, and close all the roads when I get in my car, so that they are available for my exclusive use. They can open them back up when the sensor indicates I’ve parked.

Oct 18
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GM used to sell a lot of cars in Europe under the Opel and Vauxhall marques, until GM sold its European operations to Groupe PSA, home of Peugeot and Citroen.

Sep 17
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No is a complete sentence. The only time you have to swap is when directed to do so by a member of the flight crew. I have been in several situations where I either agreed to, or refused to swap. On one transpac flight from SFO to SYD on United, I was flying in Business, at the front of the cabin with an aisle seat. A Read more

Sep 16
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Well we all know he’s got a few ‘roos loose in the top paddock and his vocal chords are in his rectum, so don’t sweat it.

Sep 4
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The joys of living in Oregon (and NJ I guess): when there is an attendant to pump your gas, nobody is parking at the pump.