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2013-02-28 01:51:51 PM  
Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.
 
2013-02-28 01:57:35 PM  

dittybopper: Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.



CSB:

The only time I received a speeding ticket in my 4 cylinder Jeep was when I was going downhill.
 
2013-02-28 01:59:57 PM  
This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'
 
2013-02-28 02:10:34 PM  
Whoa whoa whoa, hold on.  You're saying my rusted out '93 Sentra won't go 140mph?

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2013-02-28 02:10:36 PM  
I wouldn't want to go faster than 100 miles an hour.  Its dangerous and if you get a ticket, you're farked.

I can't remember the last time I drove at 100 miles an hour for more than a minute or two, on a public road or highway.
 
2013-02-28 02:12:34 PM  
I don't think my Jeep would break 100 in free fall
 
2013-02-28 02:14:06 PM  

nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'


CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel
 
2013-02-28 02:14:12 PM  
Mine can. I put a big-ass spoiler on the back AND some TYPE-R stickers on both doors.
 
2013-02-28 02:14:32 PM  

vernonFL: I wouldn't want to go faster than 100 miles an hour.  Its dangerous and if you get a ticket, you're farked.

I can't remember the last time I drove at 100 miles an hour for more than a minute or two, on a public road or highway.


Well I'd imagine most areas have at least some place where it's safe to see how fast it'll go. There's about a 2 mile stretch of flat, straight road here with absolutely no houses, nowhere for a cop to sit, of course if you blow a tire you could be in trouble. Still I don't think I ever had a car above 110 or so.
 
2013-02-28 02:14:35 PM  

nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'


Only vehicle I ever owned where I could bury the needle was a motorcycle.  It had one of those stupid 85 MPH speedometers.

I once wound it out all the way until it wouldn't go any faster, noted the RPMs, then went back home, measured the actual circumference of my rear tire, and went through the gear ratios to come up with top speed.  It was about 115 MPH.

/Math works, biatches.
 
2013-02-28 02:15:31 PM  

Shan: CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.



Nope. I have an '05. Unless you change the final drive, redline comes at 127MPH.
 
2013-02-28 02:17:48 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Shan: CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.


Nope. I have an '05. Unless you change the final drive, redline comes at 127MPH.


Look up the specs for the Mazdaspeed edition, it's totally different from any of the others. It was a limited run off about 5000 cars.
 
2013-02-28 02:19:06 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Shan: CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.


Nope. I have an '05. Unless you change the final drive, redline comes at 127MPH.


unless you meant the Japan only 05 Mazdaspeed I think they made about 300 or 400 of those.
 
2013-02-28 02:28:15 PM  
Guy I went to high school with swore to the lord above that he got busted doing 150 on the interstate in his 1978 Chevy Chevette.

Yes, every word in that sentence has something fundamentally wrong.
 
2013-02-28 02:30:24 PM  

Shan: nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel


So do you like the Mercedes better than you liked the old wife?
 
2013-02-28 02:34:12 PM  
My speedo tops out at 205, though the 'Bird will only get up to about 178.
 
2013-02-28 02:34:25 PM  
Replying myself again it seems....

I just looked up the production numbers again and I guess 2005 wasn't Japan only like I'd thought. Wiki agrees with you on top speed and I'd be inclined to say my speedo was probably out of calibration at that speed had I not been using my phone to record telemetry with an obd2 adapter + gps, both of which agreed with what my speedometer said. Then again mine wouldn't Rev limit at 6.5 like Wiki says either. I never took it to a track day like I wanted but my obd2 dongle recorded my 0-60 time much closer to 5 seconds, not the 6.2 wiki says as well so maybe mistakes in editing?

I know I didn't do any mods to it, and I doubt the previous owner did either as he was old and the car only had 11k miles on it at the time of purchase.
 
2013-02-28 02:36:55 PM  

show me: Shan: nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel

So do you like the Mercedes better than you liked the old wife?


this is what I get for farking on my phone, I leave myself open for obvious jokes.

for the record we both love the Mercedes it was bulletproof, it's just that wasn't appropriate for her to show up to a customers house with the car older than her business clients and more miles on it than there are roads in the US.
 
2013-02-28 02:40:37 PM  
CSB day: I once got my 1987 Subaru GL (97 HP 1.2 L, IIRC) up to 98 mph. Barely, on a long stretch of downhill Interstate highway. I was trying for 100 but failed. Almost shook the thing to pieces.

/OK, not that cool.
 
2013-02-28 02:49:48 PM  

MrBallou: CSB day: I once got my 1987 Subaru GL (97 HP 1.2 L, IIRC) up to 98 mph. Barely, on a long stretch of downhill Interstate highway. I was trying for 100 but failed. Almost shook the thing to pieces.

/OK, not that cool.


I currently have an 84 Brat GL that I'm restoring. I love it.

Actually I'm dropping the motor off next week to have it be rebuilt. 287,000 miles on the original motor and trans.
 
2013-02-28 02:51:54 PM  
I discovered that GM's come from the factory with a 92mph governor limit these days.
 
2013-02-28 02:57:14 PM  

Shan: MrBallou: CSB day: I once got my 1987 Subaru GL (97 HP 1.2 L, IIRC) up to 98 mph. Barely, on a long stretch of downhill Interstate highway. I was trying for 100 but failed. Almost shook the thing to pieces.

/OK, not that cool.

I currently have an 84 Brat GL that I'm restoring. I love it.

Actually I'm dropping the motor off next week to have it be rebuilt. 287,000 miles on the original motor and trans.


Mine burned the valves out at about 60K. Might be related to the forgoing story and similar untold ones.
 
2013-02-28 03:06:55 PM  

vernonFL: I wouldn't want to go faster than 100 miles an hour.  Its dangerous and if you get a ticket, you're farked.

I can't remember the last time I drove at 100 miles an hour for more than a minute or two, on a public road or highway.


Agreed your a farking arsehole if you top 100MPH on public roads.

/06 Charger SRT8
//speedo says 180
///It's rock solid at 130 on the track
////0-60 in 5.1 seconds
//come at me bro
 
2013-02-28 03:10:36 PM  
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"At least now the car can live up to its speedometer."

"Shut up, Shawn."
 
2013-02-28 03:13:58 PM  
My '97 Accord says it will do 140, and I know from personal experience it can juuuuuuuust exceed that.

KPH.  With a long downhill grade.
 
2013-02-28 03:14:03 PM  
But can it at least do 88mph?

/great scot
 
2013-02-28 03:14:53 PM  

blatz514: Whoa whoa whoa, hold on.  You're saying my rusted out '93 Sentra won't go 140mph?

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You obviously need more speed holes.
 
2013-02-28 03:15:24 PM  
The answer has deep roots in an American culture that loves the rush of driving fast.

DEFINITELY NOT the fact that speedometers are bought from a supplier that makes them for multiple vehicles.
 
2013-02-28 03:15:32 PM  
It is better than when the feds mandated speedometers had to max out at 85.

/Friend in high school had a Buick Grand National, that thing would bury the needle in about 15 seconds.
 
2013-02-28 03:15:48 PM  
My '86 Ford Escort said it could go 85 MPH, it lied.
 
2013-02-28 03:16:13 PM  
Got my Pinto wagon up close to 100 back in the day.
Bad idea.
 
2013-02-28 03:16:18 PM  
FTA: "You reach a point where it becomes ridiculous," says Larry Dominique..."

sweetandweak.files.wordpress.com

My car goes to Plaid
 
2013-02-28 03:16:42 PM  
Kinda like asking why the average tape-measure goes to 16' when the average dick is only - what - 6" or 7"?
(I'm packing "above average" if anyone wants to believe me.)
 
2013-02-28 03:17:16 PM  

Yogimus: DEFINITELY NOT the fact that speedometers are bought from a supplier that makes them for multiple vehicles.


It is used as a marketing tool, this car can go 160 the speedometer says so.
 
2013-02-28 03:17:28 PM  
My '87 mustang had one of those 85mph speedometers.  It was pretty useless.
 
2013-02-28 03:17:45 PM  
My (deceased) 2005 Matrix XR got up to ~100 one time on a straight-away, dunno if the 2007 I replaced it with does but I doubt I'll try. Not worth the cost of gas at this point. I did get my 1993 Daytona up to 110 once on the same stretch back in the day, but that was a V6 Mitsubishi engine. Technically it was a slightly less crappy hatchback :P
 
2013-02-28 03:17:47 PM  
Fastest I'll generally push it is 80MPH to 90MPH. A lot of U.S. highways have artificially constrained speed limits to begin with.

Look at the Autobahn in Germany. Nice round signs with those black slashes through the middle indicating no speed limit are so cool.

Of course Germans build their cars to drive on the Autobahn. So if you want to speed in the U.S. buy an Audi, Porsche or the like. German engineering is a thing of beauty.

But even American cars can handle 80 to 90 MPH with ease.
 
2013-02-28 03:18:15 PM  
My car is limited to 150.  My speedo goes to 160.
 
2013-02-28 03:18:17 PM  
Ive done 160 on 4 wheels and so fast I couldnt look down at the speedometer because of the wind on 2 wheels
 
2013-02-28 03:18:32 PM  
It likely can, but check the speed rating on your tires first and of course you'll have to flash off the limiter.
 
2013-02-28 03:18:41 PM  
The three types of responses in this thread:

1)  "Whoa, my car would totally do that.  Here's an error-filled anedote to prove it."
2)  "^^^Hang on while I debunk some of those errors, sometimes incorrectly." 
3)  "My speedo goes to X mph.  It must be able to go X mph."
 
2013-02-28 03:19:48 PM  
Despite what the speedometer says, your piece of crap economy hatchback can't really do 140 miles per hour

That depends on the height of the cliff.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:00 PM  
Challenge Accepted!
 
2013-02-28 03:20:11 PM  
My 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit did 120 easily. Well, maybe not "easily" but it did 120.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:29 PM  
Looking at my 160mph speedo in my Cobalt SS Turbo, weird because the car goes faster than that.
 
GBB
2013-02-28 03:20:34 PM  

Dazrin: My '86 Ford Escort said it could go 85 MPH, it lied.


Funny; according to a random guy with a radar gun at Summit Point, my Dad got his to 105 in '88 or '89 (don't remember the year) and his speedometer broke.  Dad also thought he wasn't going to survive the impending breakdown of the suspension from imbalanced wheels, so the vibration could have killed the speedo as well.

Dad's happiest day with that car was when that damned "shift" light finally burned out.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:38 PM  
Solution: Mandate that all speedometers top out @ 20 mph.


"Do you know how fast you were going, boy?"

"Not a clue, officer."
 
2013-02-28 03:20:40 PM  

sammyk: vernonFL: I wouldn't want to go faster than 100 miles an hour.  Its dangerous and if you get a ticket, you're farked.

I can't remember the last time I drove at 100 miles an hour for more than a minute or two, on a public road or highway.

Agreed your a farking arsehole if you top 100MPH on public roads.

/06 Charger SRT8
//speedo says 180
///It's rock solid at 130 on the track
////0-60 in 5.1 seconds
//come at me bro


My a farking arsehole?
Also, I'll be glad to come at you, brosephine.  Check profile, I'll even leave the camping gear on it.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:45 PM  

Shan: Eddie Adams from Torrance: Shan: CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.


Nope. I have an '05. Unless you change the final drive, redline comes at 127MPH.

Look up the specs for the Mazdaspeed edition, it's totally different from any of the others. It was a limited run off about 5000 cars.


I will vouch for the power of the Mazdaspeed editions.  Buddy of mine had one and it was very fast.  Though we never got it topped out.  It ain't no Mazda hatcback.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:54 PM  
One day, driving my Ford Probe, I got busted by the State Troopers going POTATO.
 
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