What's going to be riding on those bad boys?
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What's going to be riding on those bad boys?
LOVE the aggressive look of them. Trying to read upside down isn't my strong point. Who's the manufacturer of these. I will be buying new shoes for my Jeep in the fall. Ahh wait BF Goodrich. Need to research these. Was set on Duratracs but these look pretty cool. Oh well, looks like they won't fit my Jeep's stock tire size. I can modify my tire but I want to stick with my height and width so there isn't any size option that works for me. My duratracs seem to be more snow oriented so probably better for me. Good looking tire though, nice.
Do I spy a Pontiac Bonneville? We had one growing up. It was blue but lacked the wood paneling. Being the youngest of 4, I got the "slot" between the two back seats. I do recall my mom liking it in the snow (just to stay O/T!)
We haven't had a chance to test drive anything around here. No dealers are open on Sundays here. I dread going on a Saturday as a result. Maybe we'll just have to pick one up somewhere else.
The two wagons I posted are Chevy Caprice and Ford LTD Country Squire. The Caprice was mine, the Ford looks like one I used to own. I did rent the bonneville wagon a couple of times, and put in some time on a '69 Laurentian (sedan). Good times! (and a fuel filter didn't run you $400.)
You were 11 in 1980? Thats cute.
Remember when Ford had those commercials for their fat-ass Mustang's of the 70's... more "Road Hugging Weight"?
Their is no automotive engineer on the planet that deliberately adds more "road hugging weight" to their designs. It may end up being a corollary benefit in 1% of it's life on the road but in every other respect weight is a penalty.
The Venza is an older design that is outclassed by a number of better entries including the Outback. Both cars have similar specs if you compare 6 cylinder AWD models.
And if my kid was 6-8 I'd tell him to buy his own car!
True, if you plan on selling in 5 years. If you plan on keeping it for more than 5 years, the Venza wins on the grounds of reliability.
I've always been a bitter fart, now I am old too...the best of both worlds.
We just had a clinic at our local Discount Tire store. What a great time talking about tires, compounds and such. Funny, they talk about tires like we talk about skis and bindings, and have the dislike of anything "all season". Most all of the guys have dedicated summer and winter tires/wheels i.e. a "quiver" of tires. Like bindings, good tires are important in safety and quality does not come cheap.
Note: so I don't see more Santa Ana's (strong hot breezes) my sub for turbo is a 06...so far the one I like
Newer is not better...bought used to get max'd out model with the best handling.
Have had 22 Porsches and 12 VW's all...ALL are worth more today than when new ergo no depre' and
also no new ones of either is worth a shet...ex TDI
On a personal note I see lots of funny/sad situations where someone buys a new SUV and thinks they
now control winter whiteness...only to learn the 4x is great for the launch, but no change in the stop.
And since most of my skiing takes place in the hills, personal pref is bringing 1+ ton Sub to a stop rather
than the 2 1/2 ton Caddy Escad. Just coming to a stop behind a one wheel drive boarder van sideways
in the road, I have had better luck....no so the H2 finding paint transfer on the rock face his easiest way to stop in time
Like granddad used to say, 'if there wasn't a difference of opinion, there wouldbe no horse race'
I just bought my next car last week:
After the ski season ended I returned to my condo in Victoria, B.C. only to find out that the Strata Council has decided to enforce a bylaw that only allows motorized vehicles, bikes and 2-wheel shopping carts in the underground parking garage. So my sailing canoe which had been on a canoe cart tucked in behind my 4Runner and MR2 for several years now had to go.
I was having trouble finding anyone interested in buying my canoe and I really didn't want to sell it and then it dawned on me that I needed a roof rack for the 4Runner with the canoe on top and I would be legal. Only problem was that the 4Runner + canoe does not have enough clearance to get in the parking garage. Enter a low 137,000kms (85k miles) 2006 Volvo XC70 AWD wagon with 2.5L 5 cylinder turbo, 5-speed automatic transmission and fully loaded with power heated leather seats, am/fm 6 CD in dash changer, Dynamic Stability/Traction Control, electronically controlled variable dampening suspension with Comfort or Sport selection, back up warning system, power folding outside mirrors, in dash message screen and lots more other gizmos.
Meet Mr, Canoehead:
The original Mr. Canoehead:
For those not old enough or Canadian enough to know Mr. Canoehead, he was the comic skit creation of a comic troop called The Frantics who where on CBC Radio for a half dozen years in the 1980s including one year on CBC TV.
The super hero origins: A mild mannered insurance agent on a canoe trip in Ontario's Algonquin Park is struck by lightening while portaging his aluminum canoe and it becomes welded to his head. Unable to return to his insurance agent job (see pic above) he becomes a crime fighting super hero.
Good new is, my canoe is fibreglass.
Thread hijack over.
Currently have an XF, but whenever I go to the dealer, the voices in my head get louder and louder. I WANT the supercharged 8, but may have to settle for the supercharged 6. I drove the S8. I would lose my license in a matter of days.
When I go to the hills, I let Mr. Hertz provide my vehicles, so I can play with toys at home.
Dano must have a car quiver.
This is correct.
Summer daily driver: 1993 Toyota MR2 t-roof turbo.
Winter out of town ski trips: 1991 Dodge Cummins diesel with pop-up Phoenix truck camper,
custom built for staying in ski area parking lots.
Winter daily driver and summer rainy days: 2006 Volvo CX70 5 cylinder turbo awd wagon, used for summer canoe storage in my condo parking garage. In winter the canoe will be on a canoe rack outside my 5th Wheel trailer/ski chalet.
Actually I do have a canoe quiver, sort of.
My canoe is a fibreglass 17' Chestnut with wooden seats, gunnels and thwarts and a sailing kit. But I also have a Point 65 North kayak that comes in two 5' 7" pieces that clip together and as such it can fit in the back of an SUV or wagon or in a condo storage locker. It is currently stored at my 5th wheel trailer/ski chalet, overlooking Heffley Lake on the way to Sun Peaks Resort. Point 65 North also sell a third modular piece that can clip together with the other pieces to create a 2 person kayak.
Point 65 North kayaks are made in Sweden, just like Volvos.
To reply to Philpug's request:
Here is my '93 MR2 on Hurricane Ridge, WA in 2007, looking pretty much the same as it did in 2003 when I drove to the North American MR2 meet in Las Vegas where my MR2 took third place in the stock division.
The paint looks a little more faded in this pic than it does in real life, but it is original paint--22 years old.
This car get lots of , but the best is the WTF is that look that it often gets from car guys or the rubber neck from passing motorcycle guys.