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2013-02-28 03:39:28 PM  
I got my base model 1998 chevy cavalier up to 160 once. I thought I was going to die.

/kph
 
2013-02-28 03:40:37 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: 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.


Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.  Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.
 
2013-02-28 03:41:17 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: 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.


The speedometer said 85.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2013-02-28 03:41:40 PM  
I'm guessing the same thing applies to the tach.
 
2013-02-28 03:41:43 PM  
Once I lowered the Mustang and cut down a bit of it's wind resistance, I can get it up to just a tad over 145 before it runs out of horsepower.  With the high gearing it falls flat in a headwind at those speeds.  That and before it was lowered the front end liked to dance a little over 130.  The Scout is scary as can be at 90, I would not want to push it to 120.  I'm sure it would do it, I just don't want to be in it when it happens.
 
2013-02-28 03:41:45 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'


Last vehicle I had that could bury the needle was a 1984 Bronco.  Speedo buried at 85 and I was doing about 110 when the nice police officer decided to pull me over.
 
2013-02-28 03:41:56 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'


My first car was an '88 Mercury Tracer hatchback.  Took 22 seconds to go from 0-60, but I once buried the needle at 85.  Thought the car was going to shake itself apart.
 
2013-02-28 03:42:15 PM  
I chickened out at 205 km in my current car. seemed to have more to go.  My pants didn't. They were already full.
 
2013-02-28 03:42:18 PM  
My '05 Saturn might break 100 if you dropped it from orbit.
 
2013-02-28 03:42:25 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.


No laws against speeding tickets on downhill areas (and a few meters after)?
 
2013-02-28 03:42:42 PM  
Ah, back in the day I had nerve to try this on a deserted, flat interstate (driving along the dashed white lane-dividing line, so's to have more room on both sides) in my father's big, new 429-or-460-powered Mercury. The steering got a bit "floaty," but otherwise it barely felt different from going 80-ish. (This was pegging a 120-mph speedo, with the feeling of "plenty of 'oomph' left.")

Ah, good times. Most everyone who survives to middle age has surely been only a hairsbreadth away from a tragic death at least once, I suppose. I'm lucky the tires didn't blow, surely.

/TFA says the turbo Malibu can do 155--can anyone vouch for that?
 
2013-02-28 03:43:06 PM  
I must be doing it wrong - living in NY, I've never seen a road long, straight, or empty enough to go above 85. Hell, I consider myself lucky if I get to reach the speed limit most of the time.
 
2013-02-28 03:43:12 PM  

006deluxe: 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.


I had a 4-cylinger Jeep Wrangler as well. That thing, heading into a wind, had trouble breaking 60. Luckily one day the axle snapped while I was driving on the freeway (!!!!) and I was able to ride that sparky fireball to the shoulder before it started to catch fire. I had to sell it for scrap. I say "luckily" because in spite of looking awesome it was a horrible, horrible means of transportation.
 
2013-02-28 03:43:51 PM  

danno_to_infinity: Mr. Coffee Nerves: 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.

Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.  Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.


This guy also had a bikini model girlfriend...from Toronto, was a "certified" Krav Maga expert...in Maryland, and was offered a full ride to play football at Miami -- but loved Kutztown State so much he paid to go there and never played.

To put it another way: if he told me the sun was going to rise in the east I'd face north.
 
2013-02-28 03:44:18 PM  
The problem with these speedometers isn't that they encourage you to go ever-faster, it's that they compress the legal speed range into a small fraction of the gauge's overall range.  If your speedometer goes to 160, the difference between the legal speed and a 5-over fine from a speed camera might only be a few degrees of the needle.

/uses his GPS for speed values nowadays
 
2013-02-28 03:44:27 PM  
I've driven faster (more times than I would like to admit), but my scariest "let's see what it will do" story was when I was a teen with an old F100 truck. I was on a long country straightway (flat farmland) and I got it up to 95mph before it began violently shaking. I immediately brought it to a stop (smoothly and in a straight line) but the shaking didn't stop. When I pulled over I discovered the left rear tire had split the sidewall in a spectacular blow out.

/I don't think I ever took that truck faster than 75 again.
 
TWX
2013-02-28 03:44:48 PM  
Heh.  My '95 Impala SS uses seven-segment digit displays, except for the 100s place, which has the left upper one blanked.  So, I guess that it'll read up to 399MPH before having a problem

/haven't gotten it to triple digits yet
//certain that it'll easily break 120
///going up the Mogollon Rim out of Phoenix at 80 was fun
 
2013-02-28 03:46:38 PM  
Got my 'stang up to 130.  Had to back off because I didn't want to go to jail and I was close to pooping my pants.
 
2013-02-28 03:46:49 PM  

White_Scarf_Syndrome: 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.


My Mazda hatchback is limited to and will do 155. :)
 
2013-02-28 03:46:52 PM  
littlett's:Once I lowered the Mustang and cut down a bit of it's wind resistance,


You changed the drag coefficient or the frontal area by lowering the car?  Math is hard, Malibu barbie!
 
2013-02-28 03:47:08 PM  
I've done 140 in my MINI Coupe. I got pretty uneasy at 130. probably had a few more MPH left before topping out. I regularly hit 120+ at the end of the back straight at the track. I need a consistant spedo on the track so I can try to my target turn in speeds.
 
2013-02-28 03:47:09 PM  
FTA: "Claybrook concedes there's no data to show the 85 mph limit saved lives, but she believes it did. She called the ever-higher speedometer numbers immoral."

That pretty much encapsulates the Carter administration (where Claybrook worked).  No evidence, but I feel this way.  And if you don't you're a bad person!
 
2013-02-28 03:47:23 PM  
My 1990 Honda Civic Si's speedo went to 120mph, and it had no problem reaching that speed.  And at 120 on 5th gear, the engine was revving just at the edge of the red line, so it really was the car's true top speed.

I really miss that little car...   :(

media.ed.edmunds-media.com
 
2013-02-28 03:47:44 PM  

PNek: I must be doing it wrong - living in NY, I've never seen a road long, straight, or empty enough to go above 85. Hell, I consider myself lucky if I get to reach the speed limit most of the time.


Come to Kansas. The speedlimit is 75 which means everybody does 84 which means the speed freaks going 94 which means you hit 100 every once in a while just because, you know...what is 6 more mph.

I better chill out tonight driving home.
 
2013-02-28 03:47:47 PM  
I hate these insanely high speedometers.

If you're on public streets, the difference between going 120 and 140 (even if the car could) is microscopic; you're still being a threat to yourself and everybody in the same ZIP code at those speeds.

My V6 Grand Cherokee has a speedometer that goes over 140mph. No way in hell will this thing go that fast- long before I buried the needle I'd burn the tires to a crisp and leave the shredded remains in my wake. What makes that speedometer annoying is that because it shows such ludicrous and unreachable speeds the difference between it showing any 5mph increment is not possible to notice at a glance. An auxiliary digital speedometer becomes necessary (thereby disallowing you from using the info screen for anything else).

I don't need to know that I've managed to reach 140. I won't ever reach 140. I'd have to push it like hell to get much over 100, and even that is unsafe in this kind of vehicle. Give me a 100mph speedometer than I can actually read without having to stare at it.
 
2013-02-28 03:48:42 PM  
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2013-02-28 03:49:39 PM  
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challenge accepted
/am i really the first with a top gear reference?
 
2013-02-28 03:49:48 PM  

PNek: I must be doing it wrong - living in NY, I've never seen a road long, straight, or empty enough to go above 85. Hell, I consider myself lucky if I get to reach the speed limit most of the time.


Define 'living in NY', because I live here too and there's plenty of light traffic highway/country road in the southern tier.
 
2013-02-28 03:50:17 PM  
My scooter is solid at 110-130.  Have ridden it at 130 for a couple of hours at a time.  Lift and cross winds start becoming a problem between there and 160.
 
2013-02-28 03:50:18 PM  
My car does 0-60 in about 5.5s top speed around 160ish.

I've gotten it above 100 once, exactly.  The rest of the time its set on cruise control at 72mph.
 
2013-02-28 03:51:26 PM  

Whiskey Dickens: You changed the drag coefficient or the frontal area by lowering the car?  Math is hard, Malibu barbie!


Air dams, just how do they work.

At the stock ride height the car's nose is to damn high and it allowed too much air to pass under the car instead of passing over it.

Let me guess, you are one of those guys that uses double sided tape to put a new bumper on his Civic so you can be all fast and furious.
 
2013-02-28 03:51:42 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: 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 image 429x262]

/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


I've had a similar experience. My 2nd car, a hand me down Camaro, was transporting me home at a pretty standard rate of speed one evening when a cop pulls up behind me. Lights blaring. He walks up calmly and asks how fast I was going. I tell him I didn't think I was speeding. He tells me "Well you were going 108."

And I laughed. Just straight up laughed in his face. I'm very polite to police officers normally and always respectful but it was absurd. It was a hilarious accusation. I told him I didn't doubt my car could go 108 but #1 I'd probably notice if I was going 108 and #2 in the traffic we were in and at a dead stop he'd have to have been going 148 to catch me from where he was sitting if I was going 108.

He didn't find it funny. He insisted I was going that speed, and told me I was lucky to not be going to jail and I'd better hire a lawyer since I was "recklessly speeding". I did. Took it to court and after a lengthy battle it was dismissed on the grounds that there was no evidence other than "I seen it going fast". Ended up costing me over $400 for the whole thing just because some idiot cop jumped at the first exciting radar gun number he saw.
 
2013-02-28 03:51:55 PM  
 
2013-02-28 03:52:00 PM  

Amos Quito: FTA: "You reach a point where it becomes ridiculous," says Larry Dominique..."

[sweetandweak.files.wordpress.com image 259x273]

My car goes to Plaid


CAME FOR THIS. I LEAVE SATISFIED.
 
2013-02-28 03:52:01 PM  

PNek: I must be doing it wrong - living in NY, I've never seen a road long, straight, or empty enough to go above 85. Hell, I consider myself lucky if I get to reach the speed limit most of the time.


Ive hit mid 140's before running out of testicular fortitude going over a deserted Robert Moses Causeway bridge at 5:45 am. No where for cops to hide, and if things go bad, you'll only be taking yourself out in spectacular fashion.
 
2013-02-28 03:52:44 PM  

Whiskey Dickens: littlett's:Once I lowered the Mustang and cut down a bit of it's wind resistance,


You changed the drag coefficient or the frontal area by lowering the car?  Math is hard, Malibu barbie!


changing the ride height decreases frontal area by having more of the tires' leading edge obscured by the body of the vehicle.

also, being closer to the ground changes the airflow characteristics... that's why things like air dams and underbody spoilers work.
 
2013-02-28 03:52:49 PM  

danno_to_infinity: Mr. Coffee Nerves: 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.

Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.   Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.


If I remember correctly, terminal velocity for most cars is around 118mph.
 
2013-02-28 03:53:36 PM  
I had an exceptional car because I took my 1994 Ford Escort LX Station Wagon past 140 MPH out along the straight and lonely stretches of Nevada backroads. It always impressed the hell out of me that this little 1.9 liter four banger could go so fast. The crazy thing was at that speed the entire vehicle felt like it was floating and I could have sworn that I had no steering at all. In fact, I wouldn't even apply the brakes above 120 because I was scared of losing control, I would let friction slow me down until I felt like the tires had actually got some grip on the road.

The speedometer on my new car doesn't even go past 100.
 
2013-02-28 03:54:38 PM  

inner ted: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 281x179]
challenge accepted
/am i really the first with a top gear reference?


i21.photobucket.com
/blast hardcheese
 
2013-02-28 03:56:02 PM  
I had '89 Dodge Omni that made the trip across country and back stuffed with my personal belongings.  I did however manage to bury the needle (went up to 85 mph) on "The Mule" just once.  On the trip back from California outside of San Diego, there was a stretch of interstate that was essentially downhill for a number of miles until you hit the bottom of the desert to the east.  I kicked her out of drive and let her roll.  Top rated speed for an Omni was around 110.  I certain we broke that record.

/still have a picture of that car in a rest stop in Yuma...fond memories of that car
//the electrical system finally shorted out in it several years later and I sold it with 126,000 miles
///guy I sold it to slapped a new wiring harness in it and drove it to work for a few more years or so
 
2013-02-28 03:56:30 PM  
I beg to differ, my piece of crap economy hatchback will do 140 mph.

probesport.com
 
2013-02-28 03:56:43 PM  
The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour.

No it doesn't. The speedometer is capable of measuring speeds up to 140. The speedometer makes no mention of what speeds the car is capable of attaining.
 
2013-02-28 03:57:15 PM  

akula: I don't need to know that I've managed to reach 140. I won't ever reach 140. I'd have to push it like hell to get much over 100, and even that is unsafe in this kind of vehicle. Give me a 100mph speedometer than I can actually read without having to stare at it.


You sound old.
 
2013-02-28 03:57:59 PM  
Bought an Audi A4, and the break-in instructions said not to drive it over 3/4 of the maximum speed indicated on the speedometer. The speedo goes up to 160. I doubt that car will EVER be driven over 120 MPH, never mind during the break-in.
 
2013-02-28 03:58:31 PM  
People often ask me how fast it goes. Some of them look inside at the gauges and shout "220?! Whoa!"


www.lotustalk.com

Uh yeah, 220, that's it. That's the ticket. That's several tickets.
 
2013-02-28 04:00:55 PM  

danno_to_infinity: Mr. Coffee Nerves: 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.

Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.  Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.


I had a 1982 S-10 that did the same thing for me. Speedo said 85, but getting it to 70 would take an act of god. This was in the days of 55mph speed limits, so it at least could keep up on the highway, but acted like it was gonna die the whole time. I haven't bought a GM product since.
 
2013-02-28 04:01:19 PM  
Uh, no shiat.  What a stupid article.
 
2013-02-28 04:01:55 PM  

TWX: Heh.  My '95 Impala SS uses seven-segment digit displays, except for the 100s place, which has the left upper one blanked.  So, I guess that it'll read up to 399MPH before having a problem

/haven't gotten it to triple digits yet
//certain that it'll easily break 120
///going up the Mogollon Rim out of Phoenix at 80 was fun


I nearly pooed myself reading that.  Going to/leaving Jerome at 15mph is scary enough for me.

/but driving through 6 inches of snow doing 60 is fine
 
2013-02-28 04:02:44 PM  

BarefootInTheFark: danno_to_infinity: Mr. Coffee Nerves: 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.

Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.  Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.

I had a 1982 S-10 that did the same thing for me. Speedo said 85, but getting it to 70 would take an act of god. This was in the days of 55mph speed limits, so it at least could keep up on the highway, but acted like it was gonna die the whole time. I haven't bought a GM product since.


My Wrangler takes careful consideration to hit 70, if you aren't quick on the shifter you will be decelerating with every hill or decent wind.
 
2013-02-28 04:03:28 PM  

worlddan: tional car because I took my 1994 Ford Escort LX Station Wagon past 140 MPH out along the straight and lonely stretches of Nevada backroads. It always impressed the hell out of me that this little 1.9 liter four banger could go so fast. The crazy thing was at that speed the entire vehicle felt like it was floating and I could have sworn that I had no steering at all. In fact, I wouldn't even apply the brakes above 120 because I was scared of losing control, I would let friction slow me down until I felt like the tires had actually got some grip on the road.

The speedometer on my new car doesn't even go past 100.


140?....sounds a little tall, but hey..i don't live in NV.

I have a 1998 Ford Escort LX Station Wagon that still runs like a charm (has 110k on it), but i would never be so bold as to run it past 80 or 90 mph......if it could even get to that.

fp.images.autos.msn.com
 
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