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(AZCentral)   Bermuda Triangle for cars in Texas? Cars continue to die in same spot   ( divider line
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5043 clicks; posted to Main » on 02 Jan 2002 at 9:05 AM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-01-02 09:11:46 AM  
And she refuses to use the tinfoil, she gets what she deserves.
2002-01-02 09:12:08 AM  
That's what you get for living in Texas.

Texas is the reason...
2002-01-02 09:13:08 AM  
So two women manage to get engine trouble for no apparent reason. What's the newsvalue of that?
2002-01-02 09:14:03 AM  
This story is a waste of bandwith.
2002-01-02 09:15:02 AM  
The headline was a tad misleading. Seems this only affects Isuzu SUVs that both women drove. Gotta love this though:

"It's really funny," Amy Johnson said. "No men in black have shown up at the house. There's nothing sinister. Just the Isuzu."

Ah, that's where you're wrong, Pink Ranger. Rita Repulsa has created the Isuzu and it is full of Putty soldiers. Hurry, form Ultramega Dongazord NOW!
2002-01-02 09:19:12 AM  
There's actually people in Texas who own Isuzues (?)

They should move....
2002-01-02 09:20:51 AM  
In even stranger news, people have been known to actually purchase Isuzus...
2002-01-02 09:21:47 AM  
The proper plural is Isuzuae
2002-01-02 09:25:38 AM  
Something similar was happening at the M1 Jct. 28 part of the A38 in Britain the year before last, kept on seeing cars and trucks stopped just before the junction, happened to me too. Wasn't model specific and my car dosn't have any ECU to get frazzled by radio waves (there is a microwave relay nearby but not in direct line of sight).

However this story sucks because it pretty obvious whats going on. Ditch the SUV and get a proper car.
2002-01-02 09:31:50 AM  
And what would be a "proper" car, chap?
2002-01-02 09:32:55 AM  
I'm just irritated with the small-town newspaper formula of the article.
1. Something crazy's goin on around here!
2. Just ask so-and-so!
3. Story.
4. Humorous quotes from the locals....
JOHNDX: Happy Shiny New Year. It's Isuzi, I think.
2002-01-02 09:33:20 AM  
Since when did the lives of two idiotic females become so important that their worthless Isuzu story makes a headline somewhere?
2002-01-02 09:33:53 AM  
This story is kind of a snoozer but on the subject of Car Talk, those two are really funny. Ya'll should check'em out some time.
2002-01-02 09:35:04 AM  
Beware the government mind control death rays. Put the beanie on now!
2002-01-02 09:38:25 AM  
In other news, old woman needs help across street. More at five.
2002-01-02 09:41:48 AM  
Today is no news day. Zzzzzzzzzzz
2002-01-02 09:42:07 AM  
Phxtony, a "proper" car would be a non-SUV. Why must people drive those things? They're the minivans of the hell we call this decade. What the hell DO we call this decade? Anyone?! OMG...aneurism! Anyhoo, yeah, SUVs suck. Except for standard Cherokees. In my eyes all other SUVs are designated for automatic "SOL" status on interstate lane changes. Especially hosers who drive Suburbans and Escalades. I mean honestly, what the hell were you people thinking?
2002-01-02 09:43:53 AM  
Happy Shiny New Year, Farkistan!

Isuzi, now that's funny :)
2002-01-02 09:45:49 AM  
WarmBeer: Living in the c-c-cold and snow up here in New England, I can tell you that having a 4WD SUV (or any 4WD vehicle) makes life a lot easier. I have a Honda CRV, which is a mini-SUV. I wanted the 4WD, but didnt want a gas-guzzler.
2002-01-02 09:48:38 AM  
Two friends with the same last name...


Now that's a story!
2002-01-02 09:55:06 AM  
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2002-01-02 10:22:42 AM  
"And what would be a "proper" car, chap?"

"Phxtony, a "proper" car would be a non-SUV. Why must people drive those things? They're the minivans of the hell we call this decade. What the hell DO we call this decade? Anyone?!"

Thats what I meant, I don't mind proper 4x4 cars when they're owned by people who off-road. But SUVs are pointless and selfish.

And the current decade is the 'twenty-hundreds', now proceed to irritate people by refering to the year as 'twenty-oh-two', it may sound crap now but when we start getting into the 2010s and above you'll be thankful. :)
2002-01-02 10:25:00 AM  
I repeat WarmBeer's question:
2002-01-02 10:33:14 AM  
Hytes you know you can count on me buddy see here
2002-01-02 10:34:07 AM  
Back about 20 - 30 years ago I heard (from a friend) about a trucker who had a 2k watt linear amp on a citizans band rig. He regularly shut down VW beetle engines with it.

The principle there (old cars used the Kettering system) was that high powered radio waves can ionize the air, and short out the 10kv spark at the plug.

Now, when is someone going to upgrade this sillyness into a device that will hack your car's computer and lock all the doors on you?
2002-01-02 10:54:52 AM  
I love you, JOHNDX. Well. You know....
2002-01-02 11:22:39 AM  
The fact they drive Isuzu explains everything.
2002-01-02 11:35:28 AM  
POS Japanese vehicles.
2002-01-02 11:40:58 AM  
If I wrote this article at the end I would have included
"Amy & Jodi then proceeded to have an oiled up, tools in hand, lesibian love fest in the back of theit pick up"
2002-01-02 12:13:22 PM  
These ladies have the same last name and drive the same vehicles?? Lesbos!
2002-01-02 01:17:30 PM  
Hmm, I LIVE in Keller, and I know where that big ball is (people call it the "big golf ball.") My car has never died there, though. I think they're liars. This town is full of idiotic hick bastards.
2002-01-02 01:35:27 PM  
Amen WarmBeer

Might I suggest a little for your reading pleasure.

I'm sick of "status symbol" SUV's that would bottom out the second the road gets rocky.
2002-01-02 02:28:30 PM  
hey... i live in keller too... wow.. that big golf ball has been there for as long as i can remember.. never heard of anything like that happening though.
2002-01-02 04:48:38 PM  
"I don't mind proper 4x4 cars when they're owned by people who off-road. But SUVs are pointless and selfish."

My Dodge Durango is called an SUV but I use it off-road quite often to get to remote trailheads for backpacking and hiking. Hell, I even put a big-ass scratch down the left side 4 wheeling when it was all of 3 days old, not even counting how many scratches and dings are on it after 2.5 years. Is it still an SUV or can it now be considered a "proper 4x4"?
2002-01-02 05:01:57 PM  
I heard that Car Talk episode. I remember them telling her to put foil on her fender. As if anything that the foil would block wouldn't already have been blocked by the fender itself. They didn't even say to ground the foil.

Ok, now watch me be totally wrong because the Isuzu's body turns out to be plastic like a Saturn or a Fiero.

Assuming the body is steel, though, pretty much the only way for the radiation to get into the engine compartment would be to bounce off of the pavement and enter through the bottom, which would weaken it pretty significantly. A sensor design so feeble (too high impedance) is pretty laughable. Not inconsistent with the sentiments expressed in this thread about Isuzu, though.
2002-01-02 05:23:48 PM  
Icecycle - A CB that will kill a VW's ignition system? Seems a little far fetched, unless it was the original motronic EFI system. Those were a little strange...

The old beetle (1200-1600 engines) that weren't fuel injected only had two parts, the coil and the distributor. If the trucker had a CB radio that could throw off enough power to stop a VW enginge would have surely burned out any nearby lightbulb and turned his nuggets into crispy critters.
2002-01-02 08:20:53 PM  
Okay, I find it really creepy that this many other farkers live in Keller. Maybe we should get together an have a the Keller Farkfest.
2002-01-02 08:51:17 PM  
As a pretty well- informed "car person," I can say this. This problem is actually very common. Usually, the interference simply results in a momentary misfire that occurs unnoticed by anyone but the keenest mechanic/ gearhead who is actually looking for a miss. This does not affect only Isuzus, it affects any vehicle that uses any sort of microprocessor for performing ignition system and/ or fuel system functions- namely, any vehicle that does not have a contact- point ignition system (aka "points" system.), which is just about all American and most foreign cars made after about 1975, and all common cars (ones I've heard technical specs on, and, being that I work in an auto- parts store, I've heard many)made after 1980. "poor design" is not to blame. factors such as the frequency, intensity, and type of interference are too numerous to address all of them, so most automakers simply encase the ECU (the primary computer that controls the vehicle's powertrain) in aluminum, and shield the important wires with foil. This typically takes care of almost all "background" interference from objects such as the big golf ball. Other common offenders are the automatic door openers at stores, police radar (!), and poorly installed auxiliary electronics on the vehicle itself, usually CB and "ham" radios that use the wrong wire for power, pass their antenna leads too close to the ECU, etc. A carmaker simply cannot forsee all of these problems. Occasionally, problems will come up that are a little more common, or more annoying/ potentially dangerous than a miss, and the automaker generally will develop a fix for the problem, usually some kind of simple shield, and usually retrofit existing vehicles for free- Isuzu has done this. Sorry about the length of this post. Any other questions, my email is in my profile.
2002-01-02 09:38:42 PM  
When I first started reading the article, I thought the cause may have been that giant underground proton accelerator thing.

If it can do this to an isuzu, just imagine what it can do to your internal organs.

I drive a jeep wrangler, and it goes off-road, it isn't great on gas, but better than many SUV's, and I use it for transporting my bikes, and for going rock-climbing. Nothing makes me angrier than all the annoying Long Island Yentas I see driving Ford Excursions, when they probably couldn't even parallel park a Beetle. God bless the guys at Poseur 4x4.
2002-01-03 07:49:45 AM  
"Is it still an SUV or can it now be considered a "proper 4x4"?"

It ain't what it is, its what you do with it, I guess. :)

Take the best 4x4 off-roader and give it to a scoccer mom to drive to the shops and back in and it becomes a SUV (IMHO).
Scratches aren't anything though, you can get them by parking on the street over-night.
2002-01-03 11:32:03 AM  
True for the scratches but you answered the Q. An SUV is any 4x4 that is used for shopping and work and maybe an occassional trip to the ski slopes but doesn't go off-road. A "proper 4x4" is an SUV that is taken off-road on a regular basis.
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