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Old Feb 7th 2014, 6:21 am
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Originally Posted by Hiro11
Anyone considering buying a Mustang should hold off. The '15 is going to be miles better than the '14:
- independent rear suspension. For God's sake, finally.
- smaller car, better looks. Much less slavishly retro.
- available turbo 4 cyl with 300+ HP. Light and fast. You can still get the 420 hp Coyote V8, of course.
- an interior that does not appear at first glance to have been made from melted-down milk cartons, unlike the current car.
Yeah - I saw that. We'll need to have something before its release though - plus, was hoping the imminent relaunch might mean keener prices this year.
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Old Feb 7th 2014, 6:22 am
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Originally Posted by Lucybell33
Haha - great, will pass that on to hubby. He's never even ridden a motorbike here! Think he just like the idea of getting through the Silicon Valley traffic. I'd rather he stayed alive!!
"Getting through traffic" on a motorbike isn't legal in the US i.e. bikes must stay in their lane, not squeeze between slow or stationary vehicles, or cut in front at a red light. Even if it was legal, it would be incredibly foolish.

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Old Feb 7th 2014, 6:30 am
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I had the tiptronic gearbox on my Boxster, and loved it. Meant an easy auto drive in traffic, but with the flexibility to switch over to manual whenever I wanted. I am a girl though.
I've tried it in a few cars and they've all been a bag of wank.

Anything without a real clutch and it's pointless flapping about, either on the steering wheel or up/down on a fake gear stick :/
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I've tried it in a few cars and they've all been a bag of wank.

Anything without a real clutch and it's pointless flapping about, either on the steering wheel or up/down on a fake gear stick :/
Agreed.
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"Getting through traffic" on a motorbike isn't legal in the US i.e. bikes must stay in their lane, not squeeze between slow or stationary vehicles, or cut in front at a red light. Even if it was legal, it would be incredibly foolish.
Weaving it allowed in FL/RI and CT.

Have to be mental to do it though.
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Weaving it allowed in FL/RI and CT.

Have to be mental to do it though.
Scary part around here is the condition of the roads. Some are really bad, especially this time of year after the snow plows have been tearing them up.

Then, once winter lets go, you have 3 months of waiting for the traffic to sweep all the corners clean of the loose sand that was dropped when the roads were icy.
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I've tried it in a few cars and they've all been a bag of wank.

Anything without a real clutch and it's pointless flapping about, either on the steering wheel or up/down on a fake gear stick :/
Sorry to disappoint you but expect more and more cars to have them in the future and less and less manual options due to better fuel economy.
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"Getting through traffic" on a motorbike isn't legal in the US i.e. bikes must stay in their lane, not squeeze between slow or stationary vehicles, or cut in front at a red light. Even if it was legal, it would be incredibly foolish.
Ah - interesting! That ends that theoretical option then!! Don't think he was serious really - just being tempted by tales from a colleague.
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"Getting through traffic" on a motorbike isn't legal in the US i.e. bikes must stay in their lane, not squeeze between slow or stationary vehicles, or cut in front at a red light. Even if it was legal, it would be incredibly foolish.
Motorcyclists are outright nuts here. They pass stopped cars on the curbside. I've seen more than a few ram into a taxi door that got opened in front of them. The motorcyclist is the one who acts pissed off in spite of the fact that he was breaking the law. They think they own the road here. They go between cars and weave from lane to lane to do so, cut across traffic to turn off onto another street. Total wankers.
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Motorcyclists are outright nuts here. They pass stopped cars on the curbside. I've seen more than a few ram into a taxi door that got opened in front of them. The motorcyclist is the one who acts pissed off in spite of the fact that he was breaking the law. They think they own the road here. They go between cars and weave from lane to lane to do so, cut across traffic to turn off onto another street. Total wankers.

Cyclists, too.
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Cyclists, too.
Don't see many cyclists on the roads here. It takes a nutcase to cycle here with the way people drive.
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I've seen idiots do endos in rush hour traffic on the freeway. Wouldn't it be easier and less painful to shoot yourself?

Independent rear suspension in a Mustang? The devil! It your rear end doesn't skitter out on bumpy high speed turns it t'ain't right!

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Originally Posted by Pulaski
"Getting through traffic" on a motorbike isn't legal in the US i.e. bikes must stay in their lane, not squeeze between slow or stationary vehicles, or cut in front at a red light. Even if it was legal, it would be incredibly foolish.
I know someone who used to live in LA, he said 'shooting the tubes' was legal there, I don't know? Agreed though, foolish. And in his case on a BSA.

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Originally Posted by Hiro11
Anyone considering buying a Mustang should hold off. The '15 is going to be miles better than the '14:
- independent rear suspension. For God's sake, finally.
- smaller car, better looks. Much less slavishly retro.
- available turbo 4 cyl with 300+ HP. Light and fast. You can still get the 420 hp Coyote V8, of course.
- an interior that does not appear at first glance to have been made from melted-down milk cartons, unlike the current car.
I like the retro look, but then I was old enough to have one back in those days.

Interesting tidbit: When the Mustang was introduced they anticipated selling, as I recall, somewhere over 100,000. Talk about missing the mark. First day orders were somewhere in the 20,000 range and total sales for the year, I think, were over 300,000. As the saying goes, to succeed in business, find a need and fill it. Boy did Ford fill one. Iaccoca pushed that amazing success through and then, when he moved to Chrysler he took his idea for a minivan with him (an idea Ford rejected) and pulled off another major industry success.

They almost ruined it though. The 71 was ugly crap and sales dropped for the 4 years they stuck with that. Then, of course, they ****ed it up worse with the Mustang II, bleh.

The 79 model, which was basically around for about 12 years or so, was a step up but still bleh.
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Old Feb 7th 2014, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by Lucybell33
Ah - interesting! That ends that theoretical option then!! Don't think he was serious really - just being tempted by tales from a colleague.
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I know someone who used to live in LA, he said 'shooting the tubes' was legal there, I don't know? Agreed though, foolish. ....
I was wrong. Apparently California is an exception to the general rule of prohibition in most states. Edit: on further reading, it is legal in CA to the extent that it is not explicitly forbidden, but you can still be ticketed, and I quote from the linked Wikipedia article, "riding like an ass".

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