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Posted on 2007.09.21 at 23:07


siwwy_wabbit at 2007-09-22 06:43 (UTC) (Link)
Ahem. And what will this next car be? :p

And. I started learning to drive on a 1998 Mercedes ML320, switched to a Toyota Highlander sometime around when I actually got my license [we still have it but I never remember the year; Chris mostly drives it now, though the rest of us will still steal it on occasion], quickly moved on to the 1992 Lexus SC300 [5-speed] and I'm still there. I love love love this car. Love. All of these have been and still are in Dad's name [except the ML; he sold it to a co-worker when we got the Highlander] but the SC is informally mine [and unlike with Chris and the Highlander I actually take care of the maintenance]. And I'm still weighing suspension options [way too complicated and I suck at making decisions, dammit] though we've got a guy who very much knows what he's doing and offered 50% off the labor, so at least we've got the shop part figured out.

Other cars that have been in the family that I've driven but not consistently in approximate backward chronological order by last time driven: 2007 Porsche Cayman, Lexus RX330 [I think it's an '05 though I might not be entirely accurate about that], Ruf BTR-2 [converted in 2000, started life as a 1995 993 Carrera 2], Honda Odyssey [Mom's baby; some year but who really cares], Mazda Miata [5-speed, forget what year, supercharged, hardtop, lowered about an inch on Bilstein coilovers], 2000 BMW M5 [which also possessed a steady flow of modifications until its untimely demise]. Bet you can't tell which ones Dad picked without much input from Mom.

Oh, cars. Cars are wonderful.

siwwy_wabbit at 2007-09-22 06:45 (UTC) (Link)
Oh. Next month will make six years as a licensed driver, which means I've been driving the SC consistently for about five and a half but on and off for about six and a half. Which is certainly longer than it's felt.

/[still] melis
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-22 06:48 (UTC) (Link)
Ahem. And what will this next car be? :p

it's rear-wheel-drive, and that's all i'm saying until i'm in possession of it.

i still need to answer your questions on the sc300 from a couple months ago. but i'm reminded- there was a red right-hand-drive soarer parked a block from my house yesterday. bride seat, boost controller, nice stance and wheels, and somehow washington plates on the thing. should have taken a picture; i'd love to know how the owner got it imported and regged.
siwwy_wabbit at 2007-09-22 06:53 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, gee, with that much information anyone could deduce it easily! *g*

&Ooooh, sneaky. As it goes now I'm halfway tempted to just fill in Brendan on the performance I want from the suspension and tell him that hey, he knows what he's doing, go to town and fill me in later. It seems like a nice cop-out route that still gets results.

The tires are also almost out of tread. We'll get a nice crappy set that'll at least get me through the rainy season, and once those go dead [and assuming I've got the cash on hand at the time, which is looking likely enough], wheels!

Damn that slippery slope. But if I keep this car forever like I fully intend, it's a worthwhile investment.


Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-22 07:00 (UTC) (Link)
for cheap all-weather tires, i love the falken ziex ze-512, if you're looking for a suggestion. grip is good, traction limits predictable, and treadwear very good. had them in a 225-width on both 240sx's and the bmw, and don't regret any of the cash outlay.
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