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Weather getting a bit better...was out and about this morning and saw a grubby, dented salt-encrusted red Tesla Model S coming out of the McDonalds drive thru...funny to see a Tesla driven like any other winter beater.   The rear bumper fascia was cracked. 

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Forty-six degrees out today, snow's a-melting.  Feels like seventy-two after many frigid days.  Took a walk.  Heard Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" blaring from the open windows of a clapped out, white, winter-grimy first-gen Versa sedan.

I normally wouldn't post about first-gen Versa sedans, but

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11 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

Forty-six degrees out today, snow's a-melting.  Feels like seventy-two after many frigid days.  Took a walk.  Heard Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" blaring from the open windows of a clapped out, white, winter-grimy first-gen Versa sedan.

I normally wouldn't post about first-gen Versa sedans, but

I do not know what is worse.

1st gen Versa or Tear for Fears.

"shout, shout. let it all out...these are the things I could do with out...c;mon. Im talking to you..."

Shyte...Ive ALWAYS hated those lyrics from the first day I heard them when I was like 10 years old.  :puke:

With that god awful voice the singer has... To this day I burn up Inside everytime I hear that group on the radio.:explode:  My brain, hands and fingers cant react fast enough to change the damned station!!!

THANK GOODNESS millennials havent taken to Tears For Fear. They got one thing right at least!       

  

You know what? Gimme the Versa until I die if I dont have to listen to that shytty group ever again!!!

 

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Tesla Model 3s are very very popular here.

I see several every day. 5-6 every day. And no, they arent the same ones.

 

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Bronze Chevy AS sedan and Blue G8 GDP when I went to the pharmacy.

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Sunny and 56 degrees today, and most of the snow has melted.  Back yard soggy/muddy.  But did enjoy time outside after a week of nasty weather.  

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1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

Tesla Model 3s are very very popular here.

I see several every day. 5-6 every day. And no, they arent the same ones.

 

...riiiight

Local dealer has at least 4 Passports in, including an entry-level AWD Sport in blue for $34k.  Very decent vehicle v. the competition for the price.  Greenhouse seems a little high at first, but then I remember we are used to gunslit windows in everything nowadays... refreshing to be able to SEE OUT.

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Seattle is under a winter storm advisory, currently snowing hard with 5 inches on the ground at my house. Yesterday saw multiple X90 AWD up on the pass skiing and they were having difficulty getting into the parking lot. When they finally got parked, I noticed almost slicks on all 4 tires, way past 10% mark. I made the casual comment that they needed new tires and the response was, no I have AWD. Tires are fine. :stupid:

I have come to realize that people can be really stupid as they are clueless about AWD versus Tires. :facepalm:

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Seattle is under a winter storm advisory, currently snowing hard with 5 inches on the ground at my house. Yesterday saw multiple X90 AWD up on the pass skiing and they were having difficulty getting into the parking lot. When they finally got parked, I noticed almost slicks on all 4 tires, way past 10% mark. I made the casual comment that they needed new tires and the response was, no I have AWD. Tires are fine. :stupid:

I have come to realize that people can be really stupid as they are clueless about AWD versus Tires. :facepalm:

Donj't get me started on stupid people...my daughter the claims agent....had to deal with a customer that thought they needed a new engine because they had put too much gas in the gas tank.

Sorry if that story is a repeat...but stupid people are legion when it comes to cars.

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1 hour ago, dfelt said:

Seattle is under a winter storm advisory, currently snowing hard with 5 inches on the ground at my house. Yesterday saw multiple X90 AWD up on the pass skiing and they were having difficulty getting into the parking lot. When they finally got parked, I noticed almost slicks on all 4 tires, way past 10% mark. I made the casual comment that they needed new tires and the response was, no I have AWD. Tires are fine. :stupid:

I have come to realize that people can be really stupid as they are clueless about AWD versus Tires. :facepalm:

Same kind of people who can't be bothered to clear the snow off their vehicles before driving them..

 

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I saw someone driving a couple weeks ago after the last big snow in an Equinox covered in snow with only the top 1/3 of the windshield brushed off.  So many drivers are idiots that have no self-awareness...

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6 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Three for our green friend @ocnblu

It's easy being green

 

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Would be better if all three were electric...just sayin...

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Went out for happy hour, alas, it started raining so I couldn't sit outside, but still, 57 degrees and intermittent sun for February in NE Ohio isn't bad. Parked outside the bar was a sharp bright blue w/ black hood & wheels late model Challenger T/A and a dark red Grand Cherokee SRT.  Tasty Mopies... 

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2 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Went out for happy hour, alas, it started raining so I couldn't sit outside, but still, 57 degrees and intermittent sun for February in NE Ohio isn't bad. Parked outside the bar was a sharp bright blue w/ black hood & wheels late model Challenger T/A and a dark red Grand Cherokee SRT.  Tasty Mopies... 

Tasty indeed. Widebody Hellcat in plum crazy purple at my local dealer...love the challenger. 

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5 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Tasty indeed. Widebody Hellcat in plum crazy purple at my local dealer...love the challenger. 

I'm going to have one sooner or later.  

Some details I love the about the Challenger---huge number of variations available, manual available, multiple V8s, an actual trunk, a 2dr w/ frameless door glass, hefty, RWD, and 4 distinct headlights, not melted lighting globs.   The car has so much character in a retro modern package. 

Slyman's Tavern in Independence, OH has a great selection of beers...the corned beef sliders were delicious.  

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15 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Some details I love the about the Challenger---huge number of variations available, manual available, multiple V8s, an actual trunk, a 2dr w/ frameless door glass, hefty, RWD, and 4 distinct headlights, not melted lighting globs.   The car has so much character in a retro modern package. 

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(I care a little less for the manual transmission part. But the rest of what you love about it, I love also) 

(Ill just add the actual 'retro-reminiscent' adolescent names that the various Challenger comes in along with the silly adolescent logos. Hellcat, Demon, Red Eye, Scat Pack, R/T... Just like Superbee and The Judge and Trans Am and of course Demon and Roadrunner with the silly cartoon character graphics) 

(Let us not forget the wide array of awesome, eye catching exterior colours with just as an interesting interior too.) 

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Oh, yeah..I love those 1970ish trim names.  And the stripes and various hood scoops..  The car is unabashedly embracing 1970s style muscle car fun..not trying to be a BMW or Mercedes.  

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On 2/3/2019 at 5:49 PM, ocnblu said:

...riiiight

Maybe you should take a visit up here and see for yourself.

You know, Montreal is not Lancaster... in that the Province of Quebec with its Crown Corporation Hydro-Quebec actually produces a good chunk of the world's hydro-electricity.  At a fairly cheap price for us Quebeckers  to consume... Its too bad you dont believe. 

Please, come take a visit. Ill take you out on a date to entice you. We'll catch a Habs hockey game while we're at it. The Penguins or Flyers? You choose. 

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6 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Oh, yeah..I love those 1970ish trim names.  And the stripes and various hood scoops..  The car is unabashedly embracing 1970s style muscle car fun..not trying to be a BMW or Mercedes.  

Yes! Yes and YES!!!

 

 

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I really want to visit Montreal, I’m sure I’d love the architecture and cuisine.  I’ve been a few places in Ontario 20-30 years ago, but that’s all of Canada I’ve seen.  

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5 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

I really want to visit Montreal, I’m sure I’d love the architecture and cuisine.  I’ve been a few places in Ontario 20-30 years ago, but that’s all of Canada I’ve seen.  

Montreal is a beautiful city.  Not more than any other city on this planet. But Montreal is unique. It has English and French architecture.  Its got both old world European flair with modern American panache.

Cuisine?

Montreal always had world quality restaurants. Las Vegas, Boston, Houston are some North American cities that have equalled and perhaps surpassed Montreal in that area..but...Montreal, along with NYC still remain surprisingly relevant. 

What makes Montreal (and especially NYC) that great in all these areas? 

Montreal (and NYC) are trully real cosmopolitan cities. For a couple of centuries now. Food is where this shows. Walk the streets of Montreal in the summer and then you get to see how cosmopolitan Montreal really is.   its just not the architecture that is stunning, just how NYC stuns you with its high rises....its how the people interact with each other. All the colours of the ethnics...how each is represented in the city. Its great! 

 

 

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I've never been to Canada, eh.  Closest I've been is Port Huron, Michigan.  Pretty darn close, but no cigar.

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Ran to the Korean grocery store, saw a brand new Ford Explorer that the front passenger tire was pushed right back into the wheel well. Guy looking at it and I asked him how it happened. Said he was in 2wd mode, it was slipping so pushed the 4x button at 35mph and then heard a loud snap noise and next thing he was spun around and so he drove it into the parking lot here.

Me think he hit 4L and ended up with this result, his drive line to the wheel was snapped at the boot. Weird break but the whole suspension is all ripped up. Not impressed with how easily everything just tore apart. Gonna be expensive to repair.

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Hmm...interesting...wonder what happened. I don't think the current (D4) Explorer has a low range.

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