I used to have a Scirocco - one of my favorite cars - a great drive
train but the body had the worst rusting of any car I've owned. My car
had the usual fuse box problems and the fuel pump would cut out at the
worst times. I wish I had one of those first series cars now.
I used to have an Alfa with a transaxle/clutch in the rear. Icky
shifter feel and prone to bad driveshaft vibrations. A sophisticated
DeDeon suspension with inboard disks but it all seemed rather
pointless. Maybe it would have been great if it worked but I was never
able to get it all balanced. That was a bad scene...
On this note, Toyota announced today that their plans for completing a
new Prius plant in Miss., (first time Prius was to be made in US),
will be cancelled.
Prius sales are down 48 percent now that gas is back below 1.50 per
In these times it seems the best cars economically are the efficient
ones in the middle, whereas those at the mileage extremes (good or
bad) Prius or Hummer, will always be more at the mercy of fuel
prices. A good value, relatively efficient, standard vehicle at a
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