Username: DiRF
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Joined On: Jan 08, 2002
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Real Name: DiRF
Location: Central Florida
Car you drive: 2015 Fiat 500c, 2008 Honda VTX1800T3
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Last 10 comments by DiRF

Comment for image #56615 8-23-2019 @ 06:40:10 PM
Posted By: DiRF  
Oh, it was the first, absolutely, but the 7 led to mass adoption of that layout.

Comment for image #56615 8-22-2019 @ 05:49:43 PM
Posted By: DiRF  
The Model T is held up by many people as cementing/codifying "what a car was" for the masses... but, dangit, it was the Austin 7. It codified the basic layout of controls and how a car should be driven, and copies of it laid the foundation of sooooo many other carmakers.

Comment for image #87344 8-20-2019 @ 08:20:05 PM
Posted By: DiRF  
Well, fucking hell, Boeing totally dropped the ball again, this time with the aforementioned 737MAX >_<

If Boeing doesn't get their shit straight soon, Airbus will eat their lunch.

[edit] If anyone's interested, this is a pretty decent video on Airbus' start. https://youtu.be/ln-ffJM9sJc (For that matter, Mustard makes damn good videos full stop)

Comment for image #88463 8-19-2019 @ 12:03:46 AM
Posted By: DiRF  
...so, for the past week, I used big red up there while the Fiat was in the shop (very grateful to my dad, as it saved me rental car fees)...

It reminded me why I *love* driving small vehicles... found it exceedingly difficult to figure out where the backend of that damned beast is. ...and the fuel mileage was atrocious. It does admirably on the freeway, but stop and go city-traffic commuting? I think I could almost see the fuel gauge needle dropping in real time...

...on the flip-side, despite being the "smaller" of the engine options, that 3.5L has GRUNT. You punch it and it fuckin' GOES... and the suspension is incredible... most bumps that the Fiat "crashes" over are almost an afterthought in the Pacifica. It rides so solidly and with confidence.

Comment for image #97213 8-18-2019 @ 11:19:27 PM
Posted By: DiRF  
I'm in such a damned conundrum now... I've test driven both the CX-3 and the Kicks, and have found them both to be very nice and adequate drivers... and then I get the Fiat back from the dealership, and I'm reminded how much I love driving it... that cheap little econobox convertible is full of character and soul.

...I've got just over a year and a half left on the warranty (and the payment plan, for that matter, they'll end at the same time)... so I've got some time to make a decision.

Hell, I might just wait for the end of 2020 when 2021 MY cars are out, and try to get a good deal on a leftover '20... Mazda2-based Yaris hatchbacks will be in that boat by then... maybe then I might be willing to stomach that horrifying front-end.

Comment for image #90692 8-18-2019 @ 04:07:36 PM
Posted By: DiRF  
The Tsuru went out of production, shortly after the results from this test came out... though, that could just be a coincidence. https://youtu.be/85OysZ_4lp0

Comment for image #97213 8-18-2019 @ 08:27:56 AM
Posted By: DiRF  
...most of the ones I'm looking at; I'm only considering low-mileage, as I can't justify replacing the Fiat with a car that has roughly the same miles (or more)

...that could be why the used values I'm seeing are so high.

Comment for image #97213 8-17-2019 @ 08:09:42 PM
Posted By: DiRF  
Good lord... prices on used ones aren't really that good... roughly ~$3-4k less, even if the car is a few years old...

Hell, if I wait for the new model year vehicles to hit lots, I could probably get just as good a deal on a leftover new one.

Comment for image #97213 8-16-2019 @ 07:01:23 PM
Posted By: DiRF  
Long story short, the Fiat just needed MASSIVE repairs, covered under warranty... out of warranty, it would've cost over $8000.

I am totally soured on that car... so I'm back to maybe looking at a CX-3... maybe. But, at almost 70" wide, it'd be a stretch to fit it in the garage next to the bike... even the Mazda2 got a bit too close for comfort at some points, and that's 66" wide. (Fiat is 64" for the record)

...I'm even, maybe, considering a Nissan Kicks... yes, yes, horribly underpowered engine with CVT, but I have to admit it's a handsome little truck.

Comment for image #95884 8-14-2019 @ 08:57:37 PM
Posted By: DiRF  
https://youtu.be/JboQMg982Xk





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