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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2016, 07:31:57 PM »

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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2016, 01:34:28 PM »
I sold my car earlier this year. I don't have a photo of it, but it was nice enough to drive. However my best friend/assistant/arch-nemesis then told me "Every time I saw you behind the wheel of that car, it looked like you had stolen it".
I'm thinking of buying a car again now although I'm not sure what to get.




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« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2016, 02:54:07 PM »

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« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2016, 12:14:46 AM »

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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2016, 01:21:50 AM »

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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2017, 06:58:20 AM »
This is a long shot, but since this is a car thread taken from a search, I was wondering if anyone knows about cracked radiators which happened last night to my Toyota Corolla, otherwise in good condition, year 1994.

Last night after coming up the usual steep hill to the apartment building into the parking area, suddenly there was a horrific bang and then clouds of hot steam coming through the cracks in the hood, also a faint smell of burning. Wow, I thought the car was on fire! Fortunately, it calmed down and I didn't touch anything but was in shock for hours.

This morning the car mechanic (lives close by) who changed the leaky water pipes a few days ago came by to assess the situation and implied that I may not have been checking the car temperature gauge. But this was not unusual driving, about 20 km or so. OK, it was cold, the heating was on and the defroster, but really no big deal. Of course, it is always easier to blame a client especially if she is a woman.

If the car was overheating and the thermostat didn't work, then that might account for its not registering in the gauge? I don't know. Should he have checked the thermostat if there was leakage of water coolant?

Oh well, maybe these questions are academic since there is the need to buy a new radiator. UGH! He says there is quite a price range, mentioned Chinese types, but I have no idea what to choose. He does say that gear shift models are not as prevalent as before but I do prefer manual drive in a hilly country.
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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2019, 06:38:11 AM »
Since last month, access to the historic city centre of Madrid (where my new office is) is severely restricted for petrol-fuelled cars. So, for the first time in my life, I've bought a scooter, the zero emissions Vespa Elettrica. It has a range of 100 km, and a maximum speed of ca. 50 kph.

Cute, isn't it?  ;)

 
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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2019, 08:44:21 AM »
Since last month, access to the historic city centre of Madrid (where my new office is) is severely restricted for petrol-fuelled cars. So, for the first time in my life, I've bought a scooter, the zero emissions Vespa Elettrica. It has a range of 100 km, and a maximum speed of ca. 50 kph.

Cute, isn't it?  ;)

Is this a pollution thing?  Rome really needs to almost ban gasoline cars. I am not sure it’s possible though!
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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2019, 09:18:07 AM »
Is this a pollution thing?
Allegedly, NO2 levels in central Madrid are systematically at intolerably high levels, and these restrictions are the city authorities’  response to this (although I suspect our left-leaning mayor also has a crusade against the use of private vehicles in general). The rules are that only electric or hybrid cars can enter the “Madrid Central” area—a rather large chunk of the city—, unless the owner lives in one of the neighbourhoods included in it. Taxis and buses can enter, as well as delivery vans at certain times. There’s cameras along the whole perimeter, and the fines for breaking the rule is 90€. Motorcycles can enter, and so can private cars as long as they park in one of the underground car parks that exist (the access controls of the car parks are connected with the system that manages the controlling cameras, to prevent fines from being wrongly issued).

Fortunately, my flat is almost adjacent to that restricted area. If I lived in the suburbs, the Vespa wouldn’t have been a viable option, as it can’t be driven on motorways.
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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2019, 11:44:43 AM »
This is not my actual car but it looks the same:
I used to have a yellow Citroen 2CV6 like the one below.
Piece of advice if you ever get one - NEVER put it through a garage car-wash machine  :o

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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2019, 04:27:54 PM »


Fortunately, my flat is almost adjacent to that restricted area. If I lived in the suburbs, the Vespa wouldn’t have been a viable option, as it can’t be driven on motorways.
Can't be driven on motorway or you won't drive it on a motorway? At a top speed of 50MPH you can probably scoot along in the right lane. People will hate you of course.

Where does the electricity in Madrid come from to charge your EV? Is it "clean" as in wind, solar, nuclear, or is it from fossil fuel?

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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2019, 05:56:48 PM »
What do o hotels do about tourists arriving by car?

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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2019, 10:56:19 PM »
Can't be driven on motorway or you won't drive it on a motorway? At a top speed of 50MPH you can probably scoot along in the right lane. People will hate you of course.
The top speed of the scooter is 50 kph, i.e. 31 mph. Thus, legally it cannot be driven on motorways (where the speed limit is 120 kph, or ca. 75 mph). The regulations here are that if your vehicle cannot make it to half the speed limit, then you cannot drive on that road (or something to that effect). I could drive it on conventional roads (where the limit is 90 kph), but probably wouldn't want to on a regular basis.

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Where does the electricity in Madrid come from to charge your EV? Is it "clean" as in wind, solar, nuclear, or is it from fossil fuel?
Around 50% of electricity in Spain comes from renewable sources (mainly windmills, followed by hydraulic, and with a surprisingly low proportion--5% of the total--of solar). The rest is 21% nuclear (which is being phased out) and 29% fossil fuels (of which half is still coal).

So, even if my scooter is allegedly zero-emissions, it actually is only 50% "clean" if one traces the original energy source... ;)

What do o hotels do about tourists arriving by car?
As long as the car is parked in an underground car park, there's no problem. The hotels, of course, are not happy with this solution, because of the hassle and confusion it causes visitors.
 
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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #35 on: April 15, 2019, 12:02:53 AM »
This is not my actual car but it looks the same:
I used to have a yellow Citroen 2CV6 like the one below.
Piece of advice if you ever get one - NEVER put it through a garage car-wash machine  :o

My mom used to have that yellow one, or at leat one very similar. Later on a red 2 CV I inherited, drove it for about 10 years, then my sister for another 1-2 years before it was put to rest after more than 20 years of service. You are right, it is not at all watertight, even in rainstorms some can get in. It's a car for summer and southern climes...
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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #36 on: April 15, 2019, 01:17:58 AM »
I fail to see why driving the car from the hotel to an underground car park after unloading will be environmentally sounder than leaving it in the hotels garage.....It's not as if a visitor to Madrid would prefer to drive around in the City. I know, i've been there, by car.
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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #37 on: April 15, 2019, 01:46:09 AM »
I fail to see why driving the car from the hotel to an underground car park after unloading will be environmentally sounder than leaving it in the hotels garage.....It's not as if a visitor to Madrid would prefer to drive around in the City. I know, i've been there, by car.
Don't ask me, ask our beloved mayor Señora Carmena  ;). The whole thing is rather complicated, and there's some fundamentalism involved in it, I'm afraid.

Actually, for some routes. these new restrictions mean more pollution, rather than less. E.g., my former offiuce was in the outskirts: once I was in the city, I'd drive through parts of the centre to reach my home. If I were still working there, I'd have to make a  detour of some 2,5 km to arrive at the same destination
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Re: What Car you drive?
« Reply #38 on: April 15, 2019, 02:40:18 AM »
My mom used to have that yellow one, or at leat one very similar. Later on a red 2 CV I inherited, drove it for about 10 years, then my sister for another 1-2 years before it was put to rest after more than 20 years of service. You are right, it is not at all watertight, even in rainstorms some can get in. It's a car for summer and southern climes...
Thanks. My older brother had a blue one. Sadly it became too unreliable for my long car journey to school when I was working full-time. It remains, by far, the favourite car which I ever owned and great fun to drive.
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Re: What Car you drive?
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