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2013-02-28 03:20:54 PM
Lots of ordinary cars are speed limited at around 110 anyway.  Why they picked that number I have no idea.  In case you take your Subaru Forrester to the track, I guess.
 
2013-02-28 03:21:58 PM
I once did 105 in a 1974 Dodge Dart with a 318 in it. I think it had some left to give. I didn't tell my mom for YEARS. ;-)

/ My Tacoma will do only do 110 before the limiter kicks in. :-(
// CA Hwy 138, VERY safe.
 
2013-02-28 03:22:00 PM
mine tops at 160 but will go faster than that. what gives?
 
2013-02-28 03:22:28 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'


I can go way past my needle on my harley.  Have a few times, on the open road out in podunk.  I don't anymore - I'm old, and I'm starting to wear out.

//that, and I have a movement disorder now...probably shouldn't even be on a bike anymore
//oh well!
 
2013-02-28 03:22:37 PM
The sad thing is that Fox News viewers (and readers) actually need to be told this.
 
2013-02-28 03:23:01 PM
It's been that way since what the 80's?
My car tops out at around 15 from the end of the spedo. 100 on a lot of highways isn't bad in most new cars, feels like you are going 65. stable as hell. maxing it out gets a little hairy, it's stable, but I wouldn't want to have a problem.  There are nuts out there in europe/mideast who have 600hp+ versions, I find that hilarious.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:05 PM
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Car manufacturers create the illusion of speed by putting large numbers on speedometers.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:06 PM
The fastest I've driven was back in the 1980's in highschool, racing my brother's friend's Mustang.  I hit 135 MPH in my mom's Mercedes 450 SEL?  (4-door)  It got speed wobbles, so I backed off.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:10 PM
My speedometer is digital, so I guess there's no limit. Awesome!

Except it's an '08 xB, and refrigerators aren't meant to go fast.

Still love my little fridge.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:10 PM

you have pee hands: Lots of ordinary cars are speed limited at around 110 anyway.  Why they picked that number I have no idea.  In case you take your Subaru Forrester to the track, I guess.


S, T, and U tire speed ratings are all just a bit over the 110 mph limit and fairly common tire ratings for the vehicle to have from the factory.  Tire prices start to climb when you get into W, Y, and Z ratings.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:25 PM

Skyd1v: 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.


Had a '96 V6 Accord, highly scientific testing revealed it was drag-limited to about 127.

Currently drive an M3 with a few tweaks. I've taken it to between 115-120 (I don't trust speedos to be accurate above about 100), was solid as a rock. I have little doubt it could get to the 139mph limiter.
 
2013-02-28 03:25:15 PM
But Claybrook isn't satisfied. "To have a car register any more than the maximum speed limit is really a statement by the company: Drive faster. It's OK," she said. "It's encouraging people to violate the law."

Just to be safe, we should make a speedometer max out at 20. After all, a speedometer that goes to 75 will encourage someone to drive that fast through a school zone.
 
2013-02-28 03:25:31 PM
I tell stories about how fast I have driven because it makes my dick bigger!
 
2013-02-28 03:25:43 PM
I pushed my Toyota Yaris to 140 KM per hour - once. I damn-near died of fright and have been asking for Jesus' forgiveness ever since.
 
2013-02-28 03:25:45 PM
Firstly, speedometer displays, and speedometers themselves, are mass-produced.  That display and device in your light-duty truck designed to hit eighty on a good day downhill with a tail-wind is probably the same one that's in the company's R-series coupes that double as racing vehicles in the non-consumer versions.  This makes things cheaper for the companies in question and their customers, and frankly doesn't hurt anyone so long as the things are more or less accurate.

Secondly, there's such a thing as engineering factor of safety.  When creating a meter for anything, you always want a significant amount of 'extra space' above the ostensible upper limit of normal operation.  Otherwise, when the device is malfunctioning (in this case, going too fast for some reason) the needle gets "buried" and the operator cannot actually tell how wrong things are going, and in some case it can permanently damage the meter and make it useless for future operation.

Summary: It's a cost and safety issue, random columnist.  Learn to deal with the world outside of journalism's "you can pass this major by demonstrating three of the four basic characteristics of organic life" world being strange and confusing for you.  We understand, you're a journalist, and things like why street signs are different shapes and colors are crazy wizard moon-science like turning lead to gold to you... but the rest of us get it, so you can just ask a random person off the street instead of publishing long tracts about how confused you are that the right shoe only goes on the right foot.
 
2013-02-28 03:25:50 PM
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2013-02-28 03:26:10 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 have 2006 Subaru Legacy and went 111 for about 5 seconds this morning. The car feels solid but then I feel stupid. But it hits 100 easy peasy.

Love that car.
 
2013-02-28 03:26:22 PM

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

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 225x225]

You obviously need more speed holes.


I learned kicking slush off the car leads to more speed holes.
 
2013-02-28 03:26:53 PM

The_Sponge: 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.


My ex once told me the only reason she had a ticket was because she was going downhill. Apparently minor inclines put her PT Cruiser 28kph over the limit. That or, y'know, the gas pedal.
 
2013-02-28 03:28:09 PM

ha-ha-guy: S, T, and U tire speed ratings are all just a bit over the 110 mph limit and fairly common tire ratings for the vehicle to have from the factory. Tire prices start to climb when you get into W, Y, and Z ratings.


Wait, so different industries are working together for a common sense safety reason?  Well, I never.

/makes sense, thanks for the answer
 
2013-02-28 03:28:23 PM
Sez who?
www.blogcdn.com
 
2013-02-28 03:28:28 PM

SpdrJay: I tell stories about how fast I have driven because it makes my dick bigger!


ahhhhhh, you bought a H2, and now this thread comes up.
 
2013-02-28 03:28:30 PM
                                      Goin over 100 is SCUURRRYY and = immediate curbside execution if caught!
 
2013-02-28 03:28:50 PM

ArcadianRefugee: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x150]

Car manufacturers create the illusion of speed by putting large numbers on speedometers.


And kids that are young and dumb and full of cum will still put huge muffles, stickers, and foils on them hoping they can fly. And all they will get out of it is speeding tickets, and killed.
 
2013-02-28 03:28:50 PM
I once went so fast in my Yugo the cop made me take a "Special Breathalyzer."

I was hoping for the Fluid of Freedom, but it spit the Juice of Justice at me.
 
2013-02-28 03:29:03 PM

GBB: 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.


That would have been a good day!
 
2013-02-28 03:30:20 PM
When I was 16 or so my dad picked up a new Yamaha motorcycle with a digital speedo.  He let me take it up the road and back.  When I got back I said "Did you notice that the speedo stops going up at 85?".

His reply was "No, I did not."  Last time I ever road that bike,
 
2013-02-28 03:30:26 PM
Stock 1994 Civic 5 speed will do about 120 mph before the rev limiter kicks in.

/it would in 1998 anyway
 
2013-02-28 03:30:39 PM
My first car had the 85 mph speedometer and  I did bury the needle on a couple of occasions.

Current car speedometer goes o 120 and the car is electronically limited to 116 as that's the maximum rating for the stock driveshaft. With and aftermarket driveshaft and tweaking of the computer it can get up to about 140.  Fastest I've driven it is just over 100, just for a few seconds.
 
2013-02-28 03:31:06 PM
They actually tracked down Joan Claybrook for this. And, LOL, she believes that 85 MPH speedometers saved lives. Just about the only thing I'm grateful to the Reagan administration for was getting her out of a position of power.

Anyway, here's a 1969 Camaro doing 220 in the Silverstate.
 
2013-02-28 03:31:29 PM

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

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 225x225]

You obviously need more speed holes.

I learned kicking slush off the car leads to more speed holes.


blog.seattlepi.com

Salt is the flesh eating disease of automobiles.
 
2013-02-28 03:31:35 PM

dittybopper: Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.


Now you've graduated from Mexican overdrive to Texan overdrive!
 
2013-02-28 03:31:36 PM
Guess they don't make them like they used to...
i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-28 03:31:54 PM
No, they won't do 140 but most of them will do 120.
 
2013-02-28 03:32:05 PM

wren337: digital speedo


My new rock band.
 
2013-02-28 03:32:12 PM

mdeesnuts: Stock 1994 Civic 5 speed will do about 120 mph before the rev limiter kicks in.

/it would in 1998 anyway


My ex-wife had a 1991 Civic Sti 5 speed that shimmied like a biatch if you got over 80, even if it was new.
 
2013-02-28 03:33:43 PM

The_Sponge: 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.


My best friend owned a 4 cyl. 5spd. Wrangler a while back. I drove it from my house to his once, which was maybe 15 miles. Never again will I drive a Wrangler. Damn thing was less than gutless and wandered all over the road. Maybe it was just his that was a piece of shiat, but that drive soured me on the idea of ever driving one again.
 
2013-02-28 03:34:04 PM

umrdyldo: Looking at my 160mph speedo in my Cobalt SS Turbo, weird because the car goes faster than that.


You know this from personal experience? Have you modified the car or reflashed the ECU? Because they're limited to 158 from the factory.
 
2013-02-28 03:34:12 PM

vudukungfu: wren337: digital speedo

My new rock band.


Nice! Added to the list...
 
2013-02-28 03:34:34 PM

busy chillin': SpdrJay: I tell stories about how fast I have driven because it makes my dick bigger!

ahhhhhh, you bought a H2, and now this thread comes up.


gocomics.typepad.com
 
2013-02-28 03:35:21 PM
my first car was an '89 cadillac sedan deville.  The speedometer only went up to 85.  It would go much faster than that.
 
2013-02-28 03:35:46 PM

MBooda: Sez who?
[www.blogcdn.com image 628x420]


SCIENCE!
 
2013-02-28 03:35:48 PM
used to own a 2005 matrix xrs 6-speed. on the track (summit point main circuit), I'd had up up to 120 (i was still in 4th gear). the highest mark on the speedometer was 150, but the car was electronically limited to 138.
The front straight is just shy of 3000 feet long with a nasty little hairpin at the end of it. If i'd had more road, I have every confidence it would have hit 138
 
2013-02-28 03:36:26 PM

kd1s: 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.


It is not just the cars, the Autobahns themselves are engineered and maintained to a much higher level which makes them safe(r) at the higher speeds. Plus having no speed limits means that drivers tend to slow down more in adverse weather conditions, whereas on roads with speed limits many drivers keep going the limit even when it is clearly not very safe to do so, because the limit becomes the speed you "should" go regardless.
 
2013-02-28 03:37:03 PM
I've had two vehicles that could peg the speedo.  An old F250 with a 460 and 85mph speedo and my Triumph Trophy 1200.  I'm just assuming on the Trophy, tho.  I was never crazy enough to take it up to 155.  That bike's ridiculous (in an awesome way).
 
2013-02-28 03:37:46 PM
CSB:

When I was about 21 I had a '98 Maxima with a digital speedometer. Every other weekend I would drive from DC down to Petersburg, VA to visit a girlfriend who was in college. One of my co-workers had family down there so sometimes he would ride with me. One trip, I decided it would be nice to see how high the speedometer would go. We got it up to 105 before the speedometer started blinking. I got to Petersburg in about an hour and 15 minutes.

Fark: After driving like a jackass all the way down 95 without so much as a police sighting, we got to the campus and got pulled over by farking campus police for rolling a stop sign. They made us pour out our beer and they took our weed. We didn't get locked up. Ray had people down there so we had beer and weed again about an hour after they let us go.

/end CSB
 
2013-02-28 03:39:05 PM

grinding_journalist: umrdyldo: Looking at my 160mph speedo in my Cobalt SS Turbo, weird because the car goes faster than that.

You know this from personal experience? Have you modified the car or reflashed the ECU? Because they're limited to 158 from the factory.


The 350Z I used to have said 160 but I believe it had a limit of 155.

I do not know from personal experience before you ask.
 
2013-02-28 03:39:16 PM
I drive a Hyundai Sonata.  The most boring car on Earth.  You could paint it white and stamp CAR on the sides

Top speed: 147 mph, clocked by the cops in Arizona

media.caranddriver.com

/Never had it even farking close to that kind of speed.  Even if the drivetrain can handle it, I know the tires and suspension can't
 
2013-02-28 03:39:24 PM
My Accord had a governor at 114. As soon as the needle went up to 115, you could hear and feel the engine lose gas or power. The needle would drop back to 114 and the engine would be driving again. Totally annoying. That was in Eastern Oregon.

Later, I had a 530i that I got up to about 126 in western Kansas/ OK panhandle area. I lost my nerve at about that speed. Spent most of the day after that at about 100.
 
2013-02-28 03:39:24 PM

The_Original_Roxtar: used to own a 2005 matrix xrs 6-speed. on the track (summit point main circuit), I'd had up up to 120 (i was still in 4th gear). the highest mark on the speedometer was 150, but the car was electronically limited to 138.
The front straight is just shy of 3000 feet long with a nasty little hairpin at the end of it. If i'd had more road, I have every confidence it would have hit 138


I have an '04 Matrix XR (FWD, 4 speed automatic), and for what is basically a Corolla station wagon, it is
frightfully easy to go frightfully fast.  When it was new, I could reach 90MPH on the highway without really
thinking about it, and even at 200K (on the original transmission, no less), I can easily cruise at 75 with
nary a wobble.  She doesn't have as much pick up as she used to, but she does alright.  Best damn car
I've ever owned.
 
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