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PostSubject: New school vs old school wreck   Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:42 pm

Don't know if anyone saw this yet. It's a crash test between a '59 Bel-Air and an '09 Malibu from a million different angles with slow motion and everything. I won't mention the people who suspect the drivetrain was removed and the car was actually rotted out under the nice shiney paint Wink

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PostSubject: Re: New school vs old school wreck   Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:15 pm

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The Chevrolet Bel Air was the Toyota Camry of its time -- affordable, stylish and roomy -- and the best-selling car in America in 1959.

That is a fallacy right there. The Camry has never been "affordable, stylish and roomy", and is rather a staid, drab, any-car that is touted to be super reliable, but usually has problems that are not cheap to fix in reality, like steering column parts breaking for no reason, engines sludging up Chrysler LH car-style, and burning oil at 80K miles with soot all over the back bumper. I don't usually insult other people's cars, but I HATE those things. I call the owners Camry-Nazis. Why insult the Chevy by making the comparison?

I think there is something wrong with that test too. I hit a Corolla (which is actually more reliable than the Camry) with my green Impala about five years ago- I was traveling on a 4 lane road, 2 lanes in each direction, in the inner lane. I saw the car sitting at the exit to a Stop and Shop waiting to pull out, and I was going about 30-35. Five, maybe ten seconds go by. Right when I get up on her, she decides to pull right out, across the right hand lane, and right in front of me, even though I tried to avoid the accident and went into an oncoming lane, she kept coming out. My car ripped the entire front of the Corolla off and sent a shower of plastic parts up the street, my father nor I were wearing seatbelts and we didn't even move other than the reflex associated with an impending accident, and my car didn't even slow down from the impact, just from the brakes. Her car spun 90 degrees too, and the five people stuffed inside went all over the place. My car had no damage, the cops were complimenting me on my car and yelling at the other party because they were making a scene and shouting...we went to get pizza after the accident. Her car was totaled (she lied and tried to blame me for the accident since I obviously had the right of way and couldn't be expected to accommodate someone running afoul of the rules of the road) from a bent subframe or something like that too!
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PostSubject: Re: New school vs old school wreck   Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:07 am

http://www.vimeo.com/1553230

Interesting vid-

That car came up for auction recently and I guess didn't make the reserve price- I think this video was made to promote it. The car that Kramer drove on Seinfeld was on of the Impalas with airbags in it, but no one seems to know where it is now!
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PostSubject: Re: New school vs old school wreck   Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:44 am

It sould have read, The Chevrolet Bel Air was the new Chevrolet Malibu of its time -- affordable, stylish and roomy -- and the best-selling car in America in 1959. Which for what it is, is a great car. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: New school vs old school wreck   Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:45 am

Matt Trakker wrote:
http://www.vimeo.com/1553230

Interesting vid-

That car came up for auction recently and I guess didn't make the reserve price- I think this video was made to promote it. The car that Kramer drove on Seinfeld was on of the Impalas with airbags in it, but no one seems to know where it is now!

OMG that caprice/impala looks just like the one I had.
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PostSubject: Re: New school vs old school wreck   Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:42 pm

Matt Trakker wrote:
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The Chevrolet Bel Air was the Toyota Camry of its time -- affordable, stylish and roomy -- and the best-selling car in America in 1959.

That is a fallacy right there. The Camry has never been "affordable, stylish and roomy

Well, if it's the best selling car in America I would think there are more than a few that disagree. Those 2.2 motors are literally bulletproof, I have over 250,000mi on mine. I don't put any money in it, pound the snot out of it and I'll still get I could still sell it for a couple of bucks for it.
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