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Title: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: maxellnormalbias on March 03, 2019, 08:16:48 pm
What's your daily driver?

Do you have any non-daily drivers?

Personally, mine at the moment is a 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT. One of these days I'm going to do a swap on it, sell it, and probably get a pickup truck. But in the meantime, it's a really nice car. It's got a 5-speed standard trans in it. Automatic anti-theft device since nobody who steals cars can drive stick lol

Picture is not of my car, but they look identical.
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: L___E___T on March 04, 2019, 05:16:59 am
 



I have never understood why so many people, especially in North America love pick up trucks.  Can someone help me out - isn't that like a gardener's car? I can't understand why you'd ditch a Pontiac for a pick up  :question:
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: fcgamer on March 04, 2019, 05:58:47 am
I grew up in a rural area, it seemed part of the culture to have a pick up truck. Could haul stuff, good for hunting, etc
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: maxellnormalbias on March 04, 2019, 07:21:48 am
Quote from: L___E___T on March 04, 2019, 05:16:59 am




I have never understood why so many people, especially in North America love pick up trucks.  Can someone help me out - isn't that like a gardener's car? I can't understand why you'd ditch a Pontiac for a pick up  :question:


For me it's not a cultural thing - I need the ability to haul equipment as part of my job. The Pontiac is cool and all, but it's pretty inconvenient to bring electronics back and forth between cities in the "trunk" of a mid-engine car.

There's a few car lots around here that sell kei trucks (Daihatsu Hijet) and they're pretty commonly driven around Vancouver, so I might get one of those. Then again, it might be good to have a little more horsepower, and there's also an abundance of Ford Rangers around here. So those are the options i'm considering, not a big lifted hick truck  :diskkun:

Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: schnuth on March 04, 2019, 12:33:50 pm
I roll around town on my low rider bicycle. ;)

Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: MaxXimus on March 04, 2019, 01:58:24 pm
I take transit :O
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: UglyJoe on March 04, 2019, 06:04:15 pm
Been driving a black 2005 Hyundai Sonata for over 10 years.  Got it over 250,000 miles last year ;D

Quote from: L___E___T on March 04, 2019, 05:16:59 am
I have never understood why so many people, especially in North America love pick up trucks.


I think they're just generally useful.  Good for hauling stuff, good for bad weather.  If I had a place to park a third vehicle, I'd probably look into getting a used truck.  Maybe it is just an American thing :-[
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: Jedi Master Baiter on March 04, 2019, 08:13:43 pm
Hey, guys! I have a 1991 lifted Toyota pickup with a red body and white fenders. :-X
Title: Re: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: UglyJoe on March 04, 2019, 08:27:19 pm
Quote from: Jedi QuestMaster on March 04, 2019, 08:13:43 pmHey, guys! I have a 1991 lifted Toyota pickup with a red body and white fenders. :-X
Red and white...the Famitruck!
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: 80sFREAK on March 05, 2019, 11:12:22 am
Quote from: maxellnormalbias on March 04, 2019, 07:21:48 am...
There's a few car lots around here that sell kei trucks (Daihatsu Hijet) and they're pretty commonly driven around Vancouver, so I might get one of those. Then again, it might be good to have a little more horsepower, and there's also an abundance of Ford Rangers around here. So those are the options i'm considering, not a big lifted hick truck  :diskkun:


Kei trucks are good(not HiJet) in general, but...
1) if you are 6' or taller go for regular car
2) they are not very economical due to a relatively low power engine and "big head"
3) it is not very comfortable to drive kei truck on 60+km/h
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: P on March 06, 2019, 02:46:27 am
Growing up in a small town I kind of can see why pickup trucks are popular in USA. Although they aren't that popular in Sweden, we'd rather use a trailer.

I used to have a Ford years ago but I sold it when moving to big cities. It just much more practical and economical to go by train in bigger cities. In Stockholm lately, younger people more often don't even apply for a driving license as soon as they turn 18 like people used to.
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: FAMICOM_87 on March 06, 2019, 03:54:57 am
I am with bicycle too  ;D
Can you see it ? :D  8) :crazy:
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: Jedi Master Baiter on April 10, 2019, 11:17:31 pm
Furgh! >:(

I just spent $300 replacing my exhaust only to have the CHECK ENGINE light go off and spend another $300 on a tune up. There goes my tax return $. :upsetroll:

If anyone wants to offset the cost... (https://www.famicomworld.com/forum/index.php?topic=14387.0)
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: nintendodork on May 16, 2019, 08:32:53 am
I recently bought my grandparents' 2004 Cadillac Deville from them. This will be my second Cadillac, my first car was their '94 Deville. :D In between I had a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, in the midst of trying to sell it right now (if you're in Nebraska/Iowa/wherever!)
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: PatMan33 on June 01, 2019, 06:12:06 am
Quote from: L___E___T on March 04, 2019, 05:16:59 am
I have never understood why so many people, especially in North America love pick up trucks.  Can someone help me out - isn't that like a gardener's car? I can't understand why you'd ditch a Pontiac for a pick up  :question:


It's all about the utility. Being able to haul large furniture makes me more useful to friends and family and myself. I can stage large piece of equipment off of the back of the truck for my job. It also allows me some modularity as I have a cap I can throw onto the back which turns the vehicle into a small living space for extended trips on the cheap. There's just a lot of options with a pickup truck. But obviously they aren't for everyone.

Oh and you put a winch on the front and there's not much you can't accomplish. They're great (actual) utility vehicles as opposed to SUVs which tend to be big fancy family vans.
Title: Re: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: pxlbluejay on July 24, 2019, 09:40:09 pm
Quote from: UglyJoe on March 04, 2019, 08:27:19 pm
Quote from: Jedi QuestMaster on March 04, 2019, 08:13:43 pm
Hey, guys! I have a 1991 lifted Toyota pickup with a red body and white fenders. :-X
Red and white...the Famitruck!

Jedi Questmaster, you should get some Famicom vinyl and decals and stick them on your truck!
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: Jedi Master Baiter on July 24, 2019, 11:04:41 pm
A couple days ago I had to take it in because the control arm (or something) on the lift broke while I was turning. :( The shop is still diagnosing the damage.

If this sets me back another $500 I'm selling the truck. >:(
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: pxlbluejay on July 25, 2019, 01:53:21 am
Wow...
Anyways, speaking of Famicoms and cars, I have a sketch of a "Famicar", made partly of a 1983 Aston Martin Lagonda(the closest thing to a Famicom in the car world!) and a Famicom combined:
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: L___E___T on July 25, 2019, 04:57:09 am
 



I love this :)  OK now I want a Lagonda.
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: pxlbluejay on July 25, 2019, 09:05:24 pm
Don't worry--
Buying a Lagonda will only set you back around 30 grand^^ :D
By the way, the actual car is butt ugly^^
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: FAMICOM_87 on September 23, 2019, 05:15:48 pm
hehe cool concept, but not very good sketch  :-[
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: Magicantian on September 24, 2019, 12:46:07 pm
Since 2014, light mods

(https://i.imgur.com/kXIwJJX.jpg)
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: L___E___T on September 24, 2019, 02:52:24 pm
 



V8RY NICE!  I'm just happy it's not a truck :D  These are incredible cars, I know someone with the GT.  My Dad is also thinking of buying one, any buyer's tips?
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: MWK on September 24, 2019, 02:53:19 pm
Since 2007, no mods 8)

(http://mwk1.vot.pl/img/toyka.jpg)
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: Magicantian on September 24, 2019, 10:17:22 pm
Quote from: L___E___T on September 24, 2019, 02:52:24 pm




V8RY NICE!  I'm just happy it's not a truck :D  These are incredible cars, I know someone with the GT.  My Dad is also thinking of buying one, any buyer's tips?




Thanks, it's a good car, no complaints. They did have a recall on the airbags but my dealer eventually took care of me. Overall it really comes down to what your needs are and how much you are willing to spend.

There's the v6, v8 (GT) and GT500. Or if you got the money, you can (or used to be able to) upgrade your GT500 to a Super Snake through Carroll Shelby. :cherry:

It's really a matter of devising a map of which path you wanna go down:

V6:

(I chose to personally stop here and save my wallet. I bought the car new and looked at the price point for performance to my dollar and the room to mod. If anyone wants a mod list I can share, but it's super light. I left room to where I currently get even better gas mileage, performance but have the ability to either go towards a twin turbo setup or nitrous, which i probably wont. The key is to plan ahead! By choosing the v6 instead of the GT, I was able to use the money I had within the difference in pricing to buy mods for the v6 and make it cost at stock price for the GT. For example: the $3,000 rims you see.)

I've personally learned that especially with a car like this, they've already done the statistical homework of mod capability and price points to sucker you into the higher end models. If you overload your choice (unstable build), you're gonna be in a repair shop spewing money left and right. Too many mods can be a bad thing with cars, its not a Famicom!

Because it's a v6, it's obviously a daily driver, it gets pretty decent gas mileage for the specs. You can mod it for even better gas mileage / performance. There's some aftermarket support for modding, but it comes to a point to where you hit a ceiling and you start asking yourself, why am I modding a V6?

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V8 (GT): This is more the meaty part of the curve where you have a much wider selection of avenues towards your build and in what direction you wanna take it. You can easily spend a small fortune playing around with this car. It can easily be a daily driver, decent MPG too. But if your build starts getting up there in the costs then you may want to consider..

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GT500
: I'm a sucker for the Cobra badging. (certified pussy magnet) It's built up to walk and have a nice selection of components, it's limited in number and takes care of most GT builds out there. If you got the cash and like the badging, get on that.


Summary: 5 years down the road with this model car and seeing that there are deals to be had with low mileage, I would opt for the GT, hands down. If you can get your hands on the GT Premium with those recaro seats..  :pacman: Take your time, read, and you could have a lot of fun building it up overtime. Keep in mind, it's a car, not a house or something more important. While I do love my car and worked hard for it, at the end of the day, it's whatever. I'd rather be on a bicycle commuting or getting around if I could.

I included a few extra images to show how much rims can affect the body style. It's more a thing you have to see in person to fully understand.

(https://i.imgur.com/KBHTq2r.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/iZ2yupw.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/e06NFTJ.jpg)
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: Miklo on October 08, 2019, 07:07:15 pm
I'm a vintage Volkswagen kind of guy. My other passion besides video games... Been doing both almost as long.

My old 66 daily driver that was wrecked in April due to a distracted driver. Dont text and drive! Damn kiddies anymore...
(https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1831489.jpg)

My project 1955 Beetle... I'm a bit further along than when this pic was taken.
(https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1947395.jpg)

I also own a 1970 Volkswagen Bus as well. A long off project...

Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: Jedi Master Baiter on October 21, 2019, 06:03:28 pm
Quote from: Miklo on October 08, 2019, 07:07:15 pmMy project 1955 Beetle... I'm a bit further along than when this pic was taken.

Damn, son.wav

Today I took a look at some used Toyota Tacomas (Tacos :P), and am torn between getting a V6 or a 4x4 (which isn't V6). Anyone drive in the mountains/snow? Is a 4x4 really worth it? I don't go Super Off Roading much. :-\ The 4x4 is about $6,000 more.

They're both 2016/2017 double cab, short bed like this. (https://d252fbe3feab7bd1dde1-b692d75d07b1574d83d433ca8b2ffa27.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/3TMCZ5ANXHM045594/6acf679d1319bb7f05d7d54f2ccc7396.jpg)
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: L___E___T on October 22, 2019, 05:56:03 am
 



4 X 4 is advisable even if you have no plan to ever go off road.  Simply for safety, stability, and sturdiness.  Also quicker off the mark if you care for it.  Only real downside I see in 4 X 4 is the understeer at speed compared to a RWD / midship.

But seeing as these trucks corner like a boat anyway, and the set up of US roads I reckon you'll be fine.  If you can get it on stretch, I'd say go for it.  But maybe you can test drive one of each first?  Good luck choosing! either / or will be fun :)
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: ericj on October 22, 2019, 06:58:16 am
I have an older Tacoma 4x4 and have used 4WD a handful of times. Not really worth it unless you live where the weather gets snowy--a RWD truck can get a bit loose in the rear end in wet and icy/snowy weather. A 4x4 will be able to haul heavier loads in the bed, too, and will have better resale value.
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: P on October 22, 2019, 10:19:27 am
I drive in heavy snow every winter in Sweden, but I haven't used a car with 4WD yet.
I'd like to have 4WD myself but I can't say its totally necessary in heavy snow conditions. ABS might be nice to have though.

I'd probably choose 4WD if I could afford it.
Title: Re: Cars of Famicom World
Post by: nintendodork on October 26, 2019, 11:32:38 pm
About two weeks ago, my grandparents' 2004 Cadilliac Deville that I bought from them got hit by someone who accidentally put their car in reverse instead of drive. Got slammed good and the car was totalled, but I'm fine because the front is so long. :)

So in its place, I bought my first new car and went the complete opposite direction; a 2019 Mini Cooper hard top. (https://i.imgur.com/2AdVHKR.png)

I knew I wanted a hatchback with decent gas mileage, and since I work at a car dealership, I was offered a deal on this that I couldn't pass up as far as new cars are concerned. Really happy with it so far. It's only front wheel drive so we'll see how it takes a Nebraska winter...