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#28086 of 30859 Re: The 80s [ateixeira]
Feb 15, 2013 (10:39 am)
I think you may have it.
#28087 of 30859 Re: Craigslist Benzes [fintail]
Feb 15, 2013 (11:00 am)
Thanks hpmctorque, I will.
Oh yeah I didn't ask - going back to the home country?
No we're going to Israel for 3.5 weeks to see my wife's grandparents. They're getting older and haven't seen their grandson yet (our son) and we wanted to see how they're doing after my wife's father (their son) passed away a few months ago. We keep in touch with them and my wife has other family there but it will be nice to see them in person.
I'll probably rent a car there as well. When we were there 5 years ago we had a Daihatsu Sirion, which was a fun drive. We will see what we might end up with this time.
I wanted to make a slight detour on the way back, renting a car in Amsterdam and driving to Poland for a few weeks to see my family since we will have the time, but being away for a month and a half might be a bit too much for our 3 year old son and it'll cost us a bit to change the return tickets.
#28088 of 30859 Re: Cimarron [uplanderguy]
Feb 15, 2013 (11:22 am)
I remember reading the introductory reviews of the J-cars in the car magazines and they all commented on how slow and underpowered they were. GM people tried to brush it off by saying it was the price of fuel economy. They also commented on some of the cost cutting, I recall, like the lack of a finish molding at the ends of the headliner.
I remember driving them when they were new and liking the interiors of the optioned-up versions (GM always did good interiors back then) but it was bog-slow. I had a rental Omni for a week in '84 and by comparison that thing was a hot rod. By then, Chrysler was using the K-car engine in the Omni and it moved it quite well. The remainder of the car was quite cheap-feeling though.
#28089 of 30859 Re: Craigslist Benzes [boomchek]
Feb 15, 2013 (11:30 am)
That'll be an adventure, driving in Israel. Although the European drive might be more enjoyable.
#28090 of 30859 Re: Cimarron [au1994]
Feb 15, 2013 (11:32 am)
My dad had a Horizon hatchback for several years - it was a decent enough car for the era.
#28091 of 30859 Re: spotted in NYC [au1994]
Feb 15, 2013 (11:33 am)
Passing on 2 lane roads is fun in an 85 Tempo, too - I remember that vividly. You had to floor it and pray.
#28092 of 30859 Re: Craigslist Benzes [fintail]
Feb 15, 2013 (11:41 am)
That'll be an adventure, driving in Israel.
Not too bad, and not like anything you see in movies or news about the middle east. The roads are normal, traffic rules are normal, no donkeys or anything like that sharing roads. I did it 5 years ago and it was fine, only sometimes other drives make risky moves and are a bit agressive (nobody stops for pedestrians) but otherwise it's fine.
#28093 of 30859 Re: Cimarron [ab348]
Feb 15, 2013 (12:14 pm)
I had the same impression with a rental Omni 2.2/automatic back in the 80s. It's strange, but the Omni was ahead of its time (no really) because it was bigger than other subcompacts when it first came out. By the mid 80s, other subcompacts were growing into the size where the Omni started/finished.
As a rental, the Omni seemed okay to me, kept up with traffic and got the job done. But the interior bits and ergonomics were dreck. The manual inside hood release looked like a re-purposed dipstick.
#28094 of 30859 Re: Craigslist Benzes [boomchek]
Feb 15, 2013 (12:15 pm)
Probably people with more situational awareness than here, anyway.
I see Sixt has Sirion or equiv for under $20/at at Tel Aviv, with a diverse line of small cars - highlines are pricey though.
#28095 of 30859 Re: Craigslist Benzes [fintail]
Feb 15, 2013 (12:20 pm)
Yeah I priced out a CTS and it would have been like $5k for 3 weeks lol.
A subcompact will run me about $500-$600 with insurance for same amount of time.