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subego  (op)
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Sep 4, 2018, 06:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
I think I missed something. Did the van survive? Was the perp caught?
This was with the Crosstrek I rented.

Asshole in an overloaded pickup rear-ended me. Hard enough it pushed the Crosstrek about 5 feet, and popped the bumper halfway out of its retaining clips.

Couldn’t memorize the plate in mirror lettering while trying to get off a six lane highway. Of course, the ****er took off.

Here’s the cherry on top. Zipcar requests I immediately return the car, but won’t give me a replacement because my account is now suspended since I’ve been in an accident.

Really?
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Sep 4, 2018, 06:16 PM
 
Buy a dash cam. After watching Russian car crash videos, I bought one. So far, it's only recorded my own bad driving. Nothing YouTube-worthy yet. But if someone totals my car in the future, there will be a video record.

The better dash cams have rear-facing cameras as well as front-facing.
     
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Sep 4, 2018, 06:20 PM
 
The whole experience definitely made me want one more.
     
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Sep 4, 2018, 07:14 PM
 
I think a dash cam is good to have no matter what, but even with a high end 1080p model, you can't really decipher a liscense plate from a passing car. The car practically has to be less than 10 feet directly ahead to read the liscense plate reliably. I imagine the compression would be even worse on a 4K camera to keep the file size down.
     
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Sep 4, 2018, 07:55 PM
 
If it was a rear-view model, this would have picked it up, both as he came up on me, and the 10 seconds he was stopped afterwards.

In theory, I could have just put the car in park and snapped a picture with my phone, but my “get off the highway” instinct took over.

Perhaps because of seeing too many dashcam videos of pileups due to people stopped on the highway.
     
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Sep 9, 2018, 04:30 PM
 
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Sep 20, 2018, 03:35 AM
 
To be honest, social media especially Youtube is saturated with dash cam videos capturing a lot of traffic accidents to occasional insane wildfire driving. I actually don't mind having one since it can be used as evidence in case of emergency.
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Sep 21, 2018, 12:46 AM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Thinking of buying a new car. Previous car was a Civic and current car is a CR-V. I live and work abroad, so I don't have access to my CR-V. Want to buy a car here. Choices here are pretty much the same in the US.

Requirements/desires:
1) 4 doors
2) more upscale/premium type of car than my last 2 cars, but doesn't need to be BMW/Audi type
3) female appeal (means females see it and think more highly of me)
4) $30,000-$45,000 USD
5) not a dead-end car like Lexus IS/GS (Lexus may be phasing them out)

I'm thinking of Subaru Forester, VW Golf (maybe?), Lexus ES. Any suggestions? I would buy an Equus G70 (money notwithstanding), but they don't sell them here.
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Sep 21, 2018, 05:15 AM
 
Fun!

Did they say how long it would take?
     
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Sep 21, 2018, 09:52 AM
 
Well, I’m not in the US, so international deliveries are a bit iffy, I’m hearing second half of 2019. A long time to wait. Getting the performance version will let me have it a bit earlier than others.
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Sep 22, 2018, 03:55 AM
 
I like hatches too.

On the other hand, the shallow trunk space on hatches also annoys me - you're just forced to pile your trunk stuff vertically.
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Sep 25, 2018, 09:12 PM
 
Hatches are nice. I wish that the 3 was a hatch. I would like to test drive one and I will probably do so when I'm back in the States next month. Anyone in CA who wants to meet up? I'm in SoCal.
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Sep 25, 2018, 11:53 PM
 
I am and always will be a hot hatch guy.
     
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Oct 9, 2018, 02:56 PM
 
I've become a bit of an F1 fan the past year, gravitating mostly to Max Verstappen.

If you guys are interested, Amazon Prime has a pretty good series showing some of the ins and outs of the development process. I'm curious to know if anyone else has some recommendations I've missed.
     
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May 30, 2019, 06:53 PM
 
I just saw an old, ratty Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Goddamn, that was a fun car. It’s a crime they stopped making it.
     
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May 30, 2019, 07:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Buy a dash cam. After watching Russian car crash videos, I bought one. So far, it's only recorded my own bad driving. Nothing YouTube-worthy yet. But if someone totals my car in the future, there will be a video record.

The better dash cams have rear-facing cameras as well as front-facing.
Pure-gear dash cam and Owl are iOS compatible dash cams. They have apps, so you get the footage even if something happens to the camera.
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May 31, 2019, 07:23 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I just saw an old, ratty Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Goddamn, that was a fun car. It’s a crime they stopped making it.
There are a couple of old Eclipses running around here. Never got to drive one, but I always thought they had a nice look about them, in that semi-funky Mitsu sort of way.
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May 31, 2019, 07:53 AM
 
The Eclipse and Eagle Talons were a bit funky, but I think that the real horror is not making the Lancer Evolution anymore. That would be a nice car to drive.
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May 31, 2019, 09:09 AM
 
Eagle Talon is such a great name for a car.
     
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May 31, 2019, 10:07 AM
 
Better than Eagle Vision??
     
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May 31, 2019, 05:17 PM
 
Had no idea it was the same as the Talon, but looking back, of course it is.

ZipCar had Eclipses for awhile, and I just loved renting them. Absolute blast to drive.
     
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May 31, 2019, 05:20 PM
 
I came really close to buying a Plymouth Laser years back, which was definitely the least desirable car of that shared platform.
     
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May 31, 2019, 05:29 PM
 
I likewise didn’t know about that version either. I admit, it has driven Plymouth up in my estimation.
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