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2013-01-30 12:35:38 PM  

Fano:
I will agree that a two seater reduces the potential for retardation that teens get in groups. But lord knows that I kept a beach blanket in the trunk of my car as a teen,


where it remains to this day, in near perfect condition.
 
2013-01-30 12:56:04 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Satan's Bunny Slippers: I'm okay with people saying I can't drive because I'm a woman.


Well, by golly you shouldn't be!


She's comfortable enough in her femininity that she doesn't need to be bothered by cretins making old, old, OLD, beaten to death and then beaten into a smear on the ground jokes...


/but if she were Asian too... look out!
//Asian
///Get the hell out of my way, peoples!
////I love slashies
 
2013-01-30 01:20:20 PM  

lyanna96: gunther_bumpass: Satan's Bunny Slippers: I'm okay with people saying I can't drive because I'm a woman.


Well, by golly you shouldn't be!

She's comfortable enough in her femininity that she doesn't need to be bothered by cretins making old, old, OLD, beaten to death and then beaten into a smear on the ground jokes...


/but if she were Asian too... look out!
//Asian
///Get the hell out of my way, peoples!
////I love slashies



Oh, well ok. That makes sense. The real crime here is not being funny.
 
2013-01-30 03:07:50 PM  
They can't all be winners. :P
 
2013-01-30 03:11:05 PM  
www.imcdb.org

Was this the car in Heston, err, question?
 
2013-01-30 03:32:01 PM  
My dad used to pull this maneuver with one hand on the clutch, one hand fiddling with god-knows-what, and steering with his knees. He was good at it too.

/Still made my stomach seize up.
 
2013-01-30 04:13:16 PM  

lyanna96: They can't all be winners. :P


I didn't mean,.. uh. not YOU. but, me and that first guy.

NOT LIKE THAT, but. what he said I mean

/it's got to be YOUR bull.
 
2013-01-30 04:55:10 PM  

NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.


Have you considered (or would you consider) a K-Car? My brother had an 84 manual Dodge Aries 4-banger that got quite decent mpg. Only thing I ever remember him having to replace was the radiator hoses.
 
2013-01-30 05:15:42 PM  

semiotix: Wellon Dowd: Manual is better owing to the superior porn possibilities.

Finally, a compelling argument for the stick shift!

I really have no comeback for that. I guess you could grind against the emergency brake lever, if it's in the center, but... nah, stick is clearly pornier.

/well, that finally settles that


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2013-01-30 06:04:05 PM  
Tigger: Fun Fact:

In the UK if you take your driving test in an automatic you get a special (emphasis on special) licence that allows you only to drive an automatic.


Back when I was like first getting my license the state of TN here in the US still did that, I have heard that they have since dropped that now that so few cars are manuals anymore.
 
2013-01-30 07:37:28 PM  
<b>capt.hollister:<i>
Maybe it's just that I'm a grey beard, but column mounted stick shifts really don't seem very daunting at all. I'm sure in years past lots of drunks drove themselves home in cars thusly equipped...
I loved both 9-3s I owned in the early '00s. Of course, by then they were much more "normal" than old 92s, 96s, or GT750s. They did, however, retain the necessity to shift the manual gearbox into reverse in order to remove the key from the ignition. That, and the fact that the ignition was on the floor were two of the real Saab-ish features of these cars. I must say that the floor between the seats still seems like the most ergonomic place to locate the ignition switch.
 </i></b>

The ignition on the 96 (I drove my parents' old '72 V4 as a new teenage driver in 1986) was on the steering column.  The primary reason the ignition moved to the floor in the 99/900 was that the gearshift lever moved to the floor, and SAAB had decided that they would rather keep the transmission locked in reverse than use a conventional steering lock.  The SAAB 9000 had its ignition on the dash next to the steering column where you would never be able to hit it with your knee in an accident.

My '05 9-2x Aero has its ignition on the column, because it's really an Impreza.
 
2013-01-30 08:44:03 PM  

IrieTom: <b>capt.hollister:<i>
Maybe it's just that I'm a grey beard, but column mounted stick shifts really don't seem very daunting at all. I'm sure in years past lots of drunks drove themselves home in cars thusly equipped...
I loved both 9-3s I owned in the early '00s. Of course, by then they were much more "normal" than old 92s, 96s, or GT750s. They did, however, retain the necessity to shift the manual gearbox into reverse in order to remove the key from the ignition. That, and the fact that the ignition was on the floor were two of the real Saab-ish features of these cars. I must say that the floor between the seats still seems like the most ergonomic place to locate the ignition switch.
 </i></b>

The ignition on the 96 (I drove my parents' old '72 V4 as a new teenage driver in 1986) was on the steering column.  The primary reason the ignition moved to the floor in the 99/900 was that the gearshift lever moved to the floor, and SAAB had decided that they would rather keep the transmission locked in reverse than use a conventional steering lock.  The SAAB 9000 had its ignition on the dash next to the steering column where you would never be able to hit it with your knee in an accident.

My '05 9-2x Aero has its ignition on the column, because it's really an Impreza.


I did not know that about the 9000. So what was the rationale for keeping it on the floor in the subsequent 9-3 and 9-5 ?. Mind you, it was located in such a way that it was very unlikely that you would ever hit it in an accident.

Yeah the 9-2x aka the Saabaru, although IIRC road tests of the day pronounced the best version of the Impreza then available.
 
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