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#202334 - 05/23/10 07:53 PM Re: Cheap automobile...Would you drive one? [Re: oldsoldier]
Tarzan Offline

Registered: 02/02/08
Posts: 146
Loc: Washington
I drive an Aveo, which is about as small and cheap as I want to get into. And I wouldn't have it if it weren't for the high gas prices of a couple of years ago that coincided with losing my long term employer. Now I have to do everything on the cheap. I put lots of freeway miles in driving a very small car.
Just like riding a motorcycle, you have to drive paranoid because a hummer would eat my car for lunch.

#202351 - 05/24/10 12:04 AM Re: Cheap automobile...Would you drive one? [Re: Byrd_Huntr]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2196
Loc: Beer&Cheese country
Originally Posted By: Byrd_Huntr

I am holding out for the Magnum Tatas. I heard that they excelled in the front end collision test.

Did anyone else read this and instantly have to get their mind out of the gutter? laugh

No I wouldn't drive it. Cute or not.

India... nothing I can say on the internet that won't sound jaded, racist, or elitist - sense of humor sure doesn't carry well. And I have nothing useful to say that isn't a joke.

#202355 - 05/24/10 08:34 AM Re: Cheap automobile...Would you drive one? [Re: Jesselp]
James_Van_Artsdalen Offline

Registered: 09/13/07
Posts: 449
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Jesselp

See this article for photographs of a Smart Car that a friend of mine was driving when he was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle.

LI Herald: Crash at Atlantic Beach Bridge

I submit that had he been riding a motorcycle, he would have been in MUCH worse shape.

Any estimate on the speeds involved in that collision?

I'm not familiar with that car but from that pic I'd say that was *very* close to unsurvivable - the crumple area is completely gone and everything significantly pushed back into the passenger area. I hope he can walk again.

Cars have made huge improvements in the last 25 years but crumple zones still need space to crumple into, space the passengers do not occupy. A motorcycle is basically a vehicle where your jacket is the crumple zone - uh oh.

Originally Posted By: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor

The Tata Nano has apparently passed the current European front and side impact standard crash tests at the MIRA test facility.


It sure took a lot of damage aft of the firewall and in one pic partially collapsed on the front passenger. It may have passed but it's not impressive. To put it another way: if that's a pass, what does it take for a car in 2010 to fail?

From the side-impact pic it appears there is no intrusion protection in the door?

Rather than asking "would you drive one?" a more interesting question might be "would you buy one for your wife to drive the kids to school etc?"

#202378 - 05/24/10 03:25 PM Re: Cheap automobile...Would you drive one? [Re: James_Van_Artsdalen]
jzmtl Offline

Registered: 03/18/10
Posts: 530
Loc: Montreal Canada
I don't think I can even fit in that thing, and I'm not a particularly big guy either.

If I go with a small car it's either a mini cooper S or Mazdaspeed miata.

#202444 - 05/25/10 12:00 PM Re: Cheap automobile...Would you drive one? [Re: jzmtl]
roberttheiii Offline

Registered: 02/13/09
Posts: 340
Loc: Connecticut, USA
I rode in a Ferrari last week...that was dangerous.

Ha. Also - I ride ATVs, totally dangerous compared to a car, but, hey, we all take risks, right?

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