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I still miss Angelique

(The car, that is, not the fictional witch it was named after. Her I have on DVD.)

And it appears that others are belatedly catching on as to why.

Incidentally, Angelique had perfectly adequate "zip" by any standards except, apparently, those of a car magazine. Acceleration was never an issue (at least with a stick). The rural interstate speed limit in Colorado hadn't yet been raised to 75, but I'll admit to knowing she could do that with no problem. Those of you who routinely go 90 might or might not find something lacking, I dunno.

I did have to replace the engine once (which IIRC cost me a grand total of $700), but I drove that baby into the ground -- over 300K in six years -- and never got less than 45 mpg. Usually 50.

Three cylinders FTW, baby.

Also, you haven't lived until you've taught a 6'4" baby brother to drive a stick in a car he could probably pick up with two other guys helping him.


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Jun. 1st, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
Yeah...I REMEMBER when cars that could get 40-50 mpg were available rather than "not possible" which is what the current industry seems to want to pretend.
Jun. 1st, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Granted, it's probably not impossible, but certainly more difficult, with all the crap that's become so standard you have to special order anything but an entry-level model without it. Some of which I do want at this point -- with Chicago traffic patterns and climate, how much would I not want a stick with no A/C again? -- and some of which probably doesn't have impact on mileage to speak of (e.g. electronic everything).

But yeah, the constant wails of "We can't possibly DOOOOO that!!" are really tiresome.
Jun. 1st, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
The fuel economy of most US cars scares me. :-)

As someone who drives a European diesel (1.9l, 2002 Skoda Fabia), it's unusual for me to get less than 55mpg, even on mostly town or motorway driving.

Driving on non-motorways, I can get upwards of 65mpg.

In these days of spiraling fuel costs, this is a damned good thing.

(Currently, around me, diesel is about 127p/l, i.e. approx $9.60/gallon (US))

Jun. 1st, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
The fuel economy of most US cars scares me. :-)

Try actually shopping for one here. :-P The Japanese entry-level models are around 40 mpg, and that's literally the best you can do. Even the U.S. smart fortwo is about the same, at least with an automatic. (A stick is really not a viable option in Chicago traffic, unfortunately.)

Granted, the insane record prices we currently have around here (Chicago has consistently been running the highest or second highest average in recent months; several stations in our immediate vicinity are about the cheapest you can get in the area) have been about $4.10 for regular unleaded and $4.35 for diesel the last couple weeks, so it's of course nothing like what you're used to. But when we were appalled by THREE dollars a year ago, I'm filling up twice a week, and the paychecks haven't changed, it's definitely No Fun.
Jun. 1st, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
I work from home. This makes me glad for a number of reasons.

Your fuel prices sound about what ours would be if we didn't have to pay the insane amount of tax that is levied.
Jun. 1st, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
I'll see your Chicago record prices with my San Francisco record prices. ;-)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
Believe me, I'm aware (and thankful!) that the stations I fill up at run about 35 cents less than in the city proper. *wince*
Jun. 1st, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
*shakes head* Before my Toyota started falling apart, it got about 40 mpg, it was a V6 and proud of it, and I could do upwards of 80 mph without a problem. My aunt's SUV doesn't even get half that. Next time I buy a car, I'm getting a diesel...
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Jun. 1st, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
The Storm was the compact sedan or coupe; the Prizm was the midsize. I seem to recall hearing that about them. No idea what the automatics were like, but my teeny five-speed had all the oomph it needed. My dad kept shaking his head in disbelief about it.
Jun. 1st, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
I'm nostalgic for the Toyota Tercel I sold to my niece for a token price when I finally admitted I needed serious cargo space for gardening stuff, and bought a Honda CR-V. I love my CR-V, though.

When I read your opening sentence, I immediately thought of the Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon, delicious bodice-rippers with impressively accurate historical details.
Jun. 1st, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'm predisposed by Dark Shadows to never trust any character with the name. But I had a thing for Lysette Anthony's take on her in the update, so when I bought a red car, that was the name.

It certainly proved just as hard to kill! I got sideswiped by a full-size sedan at 65 mph during rush hour in the I-70/I-25 interchange referred to in Denver as the Mousetrap, spun all the way around three times, and drove away from it. 12-inch rims were hard to replace, but I wouldn't have traded the center of gravity...
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, I too remember Angelique: The Wonder Metro! Metros a superb for the MPG.
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