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I keep forgetting you don't know me that well :lol: Yeah, born and raised. Lived all over though, so now my accent's mostly gone. Except for when I drink.

 

damn, i always thought you were American (don't kill me). but YAY fellow Brit :P



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damn, i always thought you were American (don't kill me). but YAY fellow Brit :P

 

Well, don't feel too bad, technically you're half right :lol: I'm a mutt, my dad's from New York, my mum was the English one. And they met in Scotland, I don't even. But yeah, I was born in England, and lived there until I was 10. Then we started country-hopping.



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i love my fiesta <3333



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Well, don't feel too bad, technically you're half right :lol: I'm a mutt, my dad's from New York, my mum was the English one. And they met in Scotland, I don't even. But yeah, I was born in England, and lived there until I was 10. Then we started country-hopping.

 

that's a pretty cool way to live though, i'd have loved that :happy: do you come back often?



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that's a pretty cool way to live though, i'd have loved that :happy: do you come back often?

 

Not as often as I'd like. I was back last autumn for a wedding, but I probably won't make it back again until next summer.



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My dad sold Ford's for a living and when I wanted to buy my first car he actually tried to get me one shipped (and presumably made) in Europe.  Much better car he told me.  Didn't happen but that's how I remember that they were so much better made there than here.



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Has anyone ever done an intesive driving course before? I just want to do it quickly and pass my test instead of drawing it out again. I've only got til November before my theory runs out.
I'm changing instructors too, my current one while lovely just drew everything out :u

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Have to replace flat running tires on the Mini at a cost of $289 + tax EACH. Mini's are fun to drive but expensive to own when something goes wrong. :(


This was why I got rid of my 350z. Tires were about $250 each and it was only getting 15 mpg on premium.

I'd really really like to just not have a car and just take the street car everywhere.

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This was why I got rid of my 350z. Tires were about $250 each and it was only getting 15 mpg on premium.I'd really really like to just not have a car and just take the street car everywhere.


15mpg?! jeez, I got pissed when I worked mine out to be 30 :lol:

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15mpg?! jeez, I got pissed when I worked mine out to be 30 :lol:


The car is supposed to get 17 city/23 highway but cars have a tendency to lose fuel efficiency as they get older. I was also doing 95% city driving which never helps. It's just pointless for me to have a car with a 3.5L V6.

Although it's interesting because the 370z has a bigger engine (3.7L), produces more horsepower and torque, and does 19/26 mpg. I don't get it.

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The car is supposed to get 17 city/23 highway but cars have a tendency to lose fuel efficiency as they get older. I was also doing 95% city driving which never helps. It's just pointless for me to have a car with a 3.5L V6.

Although it's interesting because the 370z has a bigger engine (3.7L), produces more horsepower and torque, and does 19/26 mpg. I don't get it.

 

damn, i couldn't imagine owning something like that for city driving. it'd be worth it if you lived out in the countryside and everything was a decent drive away but otherwise, yeah, just not worth the money. i'm waiting for the day i turbo my 5, the fuel efficiency will go to shit, i'm going to get a second every day car & just have my 5 as my weekend 'fun' car. 



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damn, i couldn't imagine owning something like that for city driving. it'd be worth it if you lived out in the countryside and everything was a decent drive away but otherwise, yeah, just not worth the money. i'm waiting for the day i turbo my 5, the fuel efficiency will go to shit, i'm going to get a second every day car & just have my 5 as my weekend 'fun' car.


Yeah that's what I was telling myself. I'd have kept the car is we lived somewhere with nice roads, but all we have is one way streets and pot holes and shit. It was nothing but a status symbol and wasn't worth all the extra money, although I loved that car and really miss it.

A turbo shouldn't hurt your fuel economy too much. That's kinda the advantage of a turbo versus a larger naturally-aspirated engine for a sports car. I'm not really that familiar with turbos though being American and all lol

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I only do city driving - about 9 miles a day - and am still getting about 27 miles to the gallon on a 7 year old car. Granted I don't have quite 28k miles on it yet and I take pretty good care of it. The tires have been my biggest expense since our city roads have dozens of pot holes on every block.

Personally, as a girl, I'd never live without a car. Sure I use public transportation to/from work every day also, but having a car means I don't have to rely on anyone else to get me where I need to go or help me do what I need to do. Have always felt this way and that's why I've had my own car since I started working in my early 20's.

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my work place is 35 minutes of motorway driving away, and with an old sports car it isn't exactly economical, but it does the job. no way could i live without a car. my cars been off the road for a week so i borrowed my brothers (same car but modified) for 2 weeks, cost me £75 just to insure it.. fucking ridiculous but i literally can't go without. it sucks.



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so my car is off the road, again. 3 times in a month. first due to the handbrake/welding, then the spark plugs/ht leads, now the coil pack. i'm meant to be diving to Glasgow this Friday so i'm attempting to bribe the mechanic to get it done priority, he says it should be done by tomorrow which is good, but it might not. BAH. but all in all, this month alone, i'm totally over £1100 spent on my car just to get & keep it on the road. 

my wallet is crying, my bank is judging me, my pockets have holes. but that car is laughing at me, thinking 'what a sucker'. :mad:



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Something weird happened to my car yesterday. I was sitting in it during my break and had everything on except the engine, and then randomly it just shut off on me. When I tried to turn it back on, it made a funny noise, so I left it for about 5 mins. Tried again, it turned on and all seemed to be fine. I assumed the battery was just dying and I had to bring it in for servicing today anyways, so I brought it up to them and they checked the battery, but there seemed to be nothing wrong with it? I'm just not sure why it would have done that then, it's weird, just hope it doesn't happen again... 



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I feel like being able to drive yourself places ultimately comes with a fear that you are being tailed and people are watching your every movement while driving. My way to get over this fear is to drive extremely slowly if my overactive mind convinces me that a car behind me is, in fact, following me. If they overtake me, they’re obviously not following me, but if they don’t… who knows. tumblr_mbbnb0AcpI1r52dl9.gif



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I feel like being able to drive yourself places ultimately comes with a fear that you are being tailed and people are watching your every movement while driving. My way to get over this fear is to drive extremely slowly if my overactive mind convinces me that a car behind me is, in fact, following me. If they overtake me, they’re obviously not following me, but if they don’t… who knows. http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbbnb0Acp...

 

my mum was once convinced that a car full of nuns were stalking us...even though we were driving behind them :lol: I told her they couldn't be following us if they were in front but she said "that's why they're in front! they want you to think that!"


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my car is dying a very slow and painful death, it's awful :cry: i have to fill up the radiator with water every single time i drive, it overheats and dies if i idle too long at a stoplight, and i'm pretty sure the power steering is going out. it also dies if i try to drive while it's raining. taking it to get looked at tomorrow cause this is just getting ridiculous, hopefully it's not a hugely expensive fix ugh 




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