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{Wheels.5.3299}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:36:16 EDT (1 line)

Hahahaha!

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{Wheels.5.3300}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:22:50 EDT (4 lines)

Just read your piece, Jil, about what brought about the end of leaded
gasoline. It's a shame that health wasn't the motivation for the auto
and oil industries to stop requiring leaded gasoline, though. Not
surprising, either, sadly.

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{Wheels.5.3301}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:28:51 EDT (3 lines)

Thanks for that piece on Lawrence Yap, too. Found it insightful. I
found his comments about having to justify making floor mats and
bluetooth standard equipment in CA humorous.

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{Wheels.5.3302}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:41:45 EDT (14 lines)

Joseph and Jil, have health or safety concerns EVER been a reason or
motivation for the car industry to make changes/improvements with the
thought of the health or safety of the consumer in mind?

IIRC Lee Iacocca vehemently argued against having seat belts installed
claiming that thousands of passengers would be strangled by the belts.
Way  to insult your consumers, Lee.

If Ralph Nader had never been born I guarantee you cars would be stuck
in the 1950's safety wise. No seatbelts, anti lock brakes, airbags,
traction control, crumple zones, except MAYBE on the very highest end
models and then only at a super premium.

I have a semi personal Iacocca story if anyone is interested.

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{Wheels.5.3303}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:06:10 EDT (1 line)

Bring it, Joe. Let's hear it.

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{Wheels.5.3304}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:44:10 EDT (1 line)

Please!

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{Wheels.5.3305}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:07:18 EDT (HTML)

My uncle was a reporter for KYW tv and radio in Philadelphia for over 25 years and covered a number of stories, Three Mile Island (got his picture in Newsweek for that one) was on a plane with the Cardinals on the way to Rome when Pope John Paul died and got the inside story of how the conclave of Cardinals REALLY works when it comes to selecting a new Pope, at least back then they gave it to the person who showed the absolute LEAST amount of interest in being Pope, actually physically recoiling when the subject was brought up got you bonus points, the MOVE fiasco.

Anyway, my uncle along with my mom had bought Dodge Aspens, my mom got a brown wagon he got a sedan.

TRULY HORRIBLE cars. On a good day they steered like a boat. I ended up totalling ours when I hit 3 other cars on a sleety day in December. My uncle had to get the transmission on his replaced 5 times and the electronics twice.

"http://www.autotraderclassics.com/scaler/632/473/images/b/2012/10/18/6 7691701/0_Dodge_Aspen_wagon_008.jpg" The horror...the horror.

About five years after Chrysler had stopped making them, my uncle was at some big to-do in Philadelphia and Iacocca was one of the speakers. Afterwards my uncle was hanging out backstage and Iacocca came through to glad hand. He stopped and was chatting with my uncle and of course since it's Iacocca he asked my uncle what car he drove. My uncle said with some disdain, "One of yours, an Aspen." Iacocca, leaned over, patted my uncle on the shoulder and smiled as he said, "That's okay, we don't make that anymore." WAY TO SELL ME ON THE CHRYSLER BRAND LEE!!!! SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

That was the last time my parents even set foot in a domestic car dealership. After that it was a Mazda 626, Toyota Corolla sedan (which I wrecked), Toyota Corolla wagon (which I wrecked) Honda Accord sedan, Acura Integra sedan, Toyota Camry sedan, Honda Accord sedan, which I was in when it got wrecked but was not wrecked by me, Acura Cl and Honda Odyssey.

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{Wheels.5.3306}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:28:02 EDT (2 lines)

Lee was something else. I never met him, but my brother, who owned
two Chrysler dealerships, did.

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{Wheels.5.3307}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:54:08 EDT (1 line)

Boy, Joe, you've wrecked quite a few cars. :)

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{Wheels.5.3308}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:38:38 EDT (5 lines)

The Corolla wagon one, the driver two cars ahead of me thought a
flashing yellow traffic light was gonna turn red, so he slammed on his
brakes and....accordion affect. Kinda sorta my fault.

The Corolla sedan was my fault.

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{Wheels.5.3309}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:54:24 EDT (HTML)

Nice hearse. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlmrTERCQAAQi2P.jpg:large Hat tip to ZODIAC MOTHERFUCKER for spotting this one.

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{Wheels.5.3310}: Jil {rabbit} Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:10:30 EDT (1 line)

Indeed!

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{Wheels.5.3311}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:54:30 EDT (HTML)

Reminded me of this: "http://images.plus613.net/images/d/a/0/3/www_plus613_net_tmpPimpmycaske t.jpg"

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{Wheels.5.3312}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:13:10 EDT (HTML)

College sports boosters are idiots: "http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/4/21/5635728/the-arkansas- razorback-car-will-leave-you-in-hog-heaven"

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{Wheels.5.3313}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:58:39 EDT (1 line)

I'll never understand that.

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{Wheels.5.3314}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:57:58 EDT (4 lines)

Which the pimped out coffin or the hogged up Beetle?

The Beetle I can see as the extreme version of putting a bumper sticker
on your car saying UNC RULES!!!! or whatever.

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{Wheels.5.3315}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:31:21 EDT (2 lines)

The Beetle. But, I've never been one to be that devoted to a
particular sports team.

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{Wheels.5.3316}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:50:07 EDT (10 lines)

Great food for thought piece and something most of us probably don't
consider when shopping for a new car.

"It's easy to get wrapped up in certain aspects of a new car, like its
speed, agility or looks while ignoring more pragmatic things like cost
of ownership or residual values. The 2013 AAA Your Driving Costs
report, though, indicates that these more mundane aspects of car
ownership may be what are leaving us so darn broke each month"

"http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/23/how-much-your-car-really-costs/"

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{Wheels.5.3317}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:42:42 EDT (HTML)

"What the hell is causing this traffic jam?" "How the hell do I know, I can't see more than two cars ahead of us." "Well get out and tell me what you see." http://i.imgur.com/DkTvlkP.jpg "Screw that, YOU get out."

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{Wheels.5.3318}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:55:08 EDT (10 lines)

Yikes! Reminds me of this from a friend on Facebook:

Family's car catches fire in middle of Longleat lion enclosure

"http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/20/family-car-catches-fire-longleat-lion-enclosure"

The money quote:

"It could have been in the flamingos or the camels but no, it had to
be in the lion enclosure," Helen Clements told the BBC.

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