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Discussion in 'Automotive' started by HadACoolName, Mar 6, 2015.
First, how could anybody say remotely seriously that they learned what country they live in today?
Do I have to break out crayons to explain this stuff to you? No one's that stupid, it's obviously not saying you live in that country.
Everyday you keep making your username more and more relevant
Yup, I've said the same thing before, his username is very fitting.
Out of curiosity, has anyone here had issues with the Ford Windstar's computer getting wet?
The computer in ours never got wet... it was a pretty solid vehicle for us over the years (ours was a 2000).
I'm going to go on another JDM vs. USDM rant here, because I saw a post elsewhere that made an excellent point and gets right to the heart of why the current JDM fad makes me angry. It was in a discussion about drifting, the worthiness of which was apparently quite the argument back in the day.
That's it, right there. Foreign cars have always been a part of the "scene" in this country and every other, but it's like the whole car scene is turning Japanese right now. One of the Speedhunters writers, the one from Ireland, has stated before that his own country never really had much car culture, but when I took him to task about JDM overload in a comments section, he said that quote was out of context and Ireland did have a scene, mostly revolving around rallying, classic Fords and Opels, that kind of thing. My response was basically: "classic Fords and Opels are infinitely more interesting to me than the vast majority of what's on this site." As a car culture journalist, he should be cherishing and helping to develop that scene, not gleefully reporting on how Ireland is turning Japanese just like everywhere else. In the same vein, that site will happily cover rods & customs, lowriders, and the USDM scene in general as long as it's happening in Japan, but similar meets in the US rarely make it onto their homepage. And so on. Occasionally you'll get some Euro content, or even some American (the 2JZ Saturn Sky was pretty sweet, shame that's technically not legal, join my movement if you'd like it to be), but it seems Japan and Japanese car culture still steal the show in a lot of cases.
Honestly, I just think American (and Western in general) car culture need to go on a low-Japan diet for a while.
Oh, and one more thing: stop referring to stance as "USDM style". Once again I'm going to take Speedhunters to task here with their article about a supposedly "USDM style" S15 in the UK:
OK, so... what exactly is USDM about this car? Oh, right, the front fenders are smooth instead of tacked-on. So it has stretched tires and excessive camber, Japanese writing on multiple stickers, and an overall very obvious drift-inspired appearance (even if the writer says it isn't), but because there aren't exposed rivets on the front fenders, it's considered "USDM style". Just make it stop already!
See, I can't agree with a single thing you said. Okay, well, maybe I would if the 25 year rule didn't exist and the NHTSA had some form of sense of humor and we were able to get all JDM cars in the US. But we aren't, so the article is right, they're cool. Plain and simple. We go googoo gaga over JDM cars here in the states because we're finally able to get ones we never have before. We're finally able to get Skylines and S13's and Honda Beats and Kei vans and so on and so forth. As such, they're cool to us.
We're also bored with USDM cars. We see them every single day. You know what we don't see everyday? A V8 Nissan President or a real RHD Toyota Crown (sold here as the Lexus LS 430).
I'd actually like to see growth in popularity of EUDM cars here in the states. I want to see 205 GTI'S and British Leyland crap boxes and Ford Capri's.
I want to reiterate that we are bored of USDM cars. That's why we go elsewhere.
I would agree with this. In England, there are more Japanese cars that you could not buy new in the US and nobody really cares hear as they were sold here new, whereas cars which had very few sales here have massive followings.
Ship all your tired land barges and awful k-cars our way, please. I'd love to see some repugnant malaise-era land yacht crusing down the narrow cobblestone streets of some ancient european city, all while getting a fuel consumption most accurately represented in "gallons per mile".
...or you can import the car then, as long as it's 15 years old or more.
I would honestly take the EUDM cars over the JDM ones. Those are actually interesting, as opposed to JDM which was interesting until it became the new normal in international car culture. Right now it's like we have this stupid system where Japan absorbs all the world's car culture and then feeds it back to the rest of us through sites like Speedhunters - hence what I said about how they'll gladly cover a rod & custom show in Japan but not in the US, and when they do cover a US show (that isn't SEMA) it'll probably be a stance meet.
Really, what you're saying about EUDM cars just confirms what I'm saying about JDM overload. No one noticed when the last of the MkIII Ford Capris reached 25 years. Same with the fact that the vast majority of first-gen Lancia Deltas are now legal. Hey, did you know that Escort Cosworths are becoming US-legal just like the Skylines now? Pretty sure any Sierra Cosworth is fair game too at this point. But no one cares because HEY LOOK ANOTHER SKYLINE! Furthermore, EU fans tend to be far less obnoxious than JDM fans; the XKE driver I met at a show a couple of years ago is a good example. Loved British cars and loved his Jag, but had no trouble admitting it was a US model and that the engine tuning had been done by a shop in Ohio. Wasn't trying to disguise it as a UKDM E-Type or cover it in stickers that have no purpose but to say "Look how obsessed with England I/my car can be!" Well, maybe one club badge, but that was all. If more JDM fans followed his example instead of driving around with "EAT SLEEP JDM" decals while slowly forcing local car cultures out of the mainstream, maybe this wouldn't drive me so nuts.
One more thing about that - I'd much rather have people obsessed with rallying or touring car & GT racing than with drifting. At least that way sensible suspension tuning might find its way back into the mainstream.
And I'm sorry, USDM does not mean dipping an S-chassis or a Civic in a vat of social media and video games.
Does anybody have a problem with hybrid batteries not working when at freezing temperature? (Yes, it was lower than the limit (11) to work normally.)
Well if its lower than the limit then that's the reason.
Luckily, the car works now.
25 years not 15, and he directly mentioned that...
Faulty memory I have.
An interesting imported Camry that I've found in the local car market.
Only 41 KM and it's optioned in a weird way, it has all auto windows, touchscreen, reverse camera, and parking sensors yet it doesn't have cruise control or a remote key.
Sorry for the crappy pics, but he is asking $16.3K is it worth it?
Well here something stupid I learned today, so it's illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon and New Jersey.
Well. here's the new chevrolet silverado... and i like it.
$16k seems like a lot for a car with paint in that bad a shape.