- Mar 16, 2009
Manual all the way. Unfortunately I'm not able to work the clutch any longer so it's auto shift for me. Type of car makes difference also
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I learned to drive in a 67 beetle. Had an optional gas heater though.Tricycle Rider said:My brother has owned the Maxi Cooper (being it's a 4-door I no longer consider it a "mini") for at least two years now, I can ask him how he likes it. (I get the feeling he must like it, he goes through cars like most people go through toilet tissue. He hasn't traded in yet.)jmdirt said:My wife's 2001 Honda Insight its dead. She thinks that she wants a Mini Cooper. Any input from Mini Cooper owners would be welcome.
What specifically is it about these small cars that your wife likes?
As for my own car - I drive a '67 VW Bug, and all I can say about it is it gets the job done getting me from point A to point B. (It has no defogger, no defroster, no functioning radio, the roof leaks once it starts raining, but goddamit, I love that little car! )
And that reminds me, I need to add some oil. (The Bug has a bit of a leakage issue.)
Hugh Januss said:OK one more car first though, yes it's a manual transmission. A 1971 Porsche 914 Turbo.
First there is no 6th digit on the odometer, so it is at least as likely to be 133,000 miles as it is to be 33,000, or 233,000 for that matter. Considering 33,000 miles works out to 767 miles a year at best this car has sat a long time.Tricycle Rider said:I love it, I WANT it!Here's one dying to get free!
What's wrong with it, though? I mean, only 33,000 miles?
Hot-damn, that should have occurred to me seeing as my Bug also has an odometer that only has 5 digits. (The Bug's current mileage is over 330,000 - like clockwork something breaks down every 6 months. But other than that it still runs like a charm, and it's built like a tank! Well, except for the leaky sunroof.)Hugh Januss said:First there is no 6th digit on the odometer, so it is at least as likely to be 133,000 miles as it is to be 33,000, or 233,000 for that matter. Considering 33,000 miles works out to 767 miles a year at best this car has sat a long time.
Second these cars rust from the bottom up, it could look just like that and be literally about to fold into two pieces. They typically rust in the rear trunk, floors, firewall, battery tray, jack points in the longitudinal, and the rear suspension mounting console. The only "rust free" original cars are the ones where they don't charge extra for the rust.
Did I mention they can be rusty?
Once in a rare while.