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#27 Jul 26 2012 at 2:38 PM Rating: Excellent
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There is only one proper way to drive an automatic transmission and that is with your right foot. If you are using your left foot to do anything other than tap out the rythym to the song on the radio, then YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG.

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#28 Jul 26 2012 at 2:42 PM Rating: Good
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Ok, Elinda, I need to know why on earth you'd ever choose to drive a Soul-- which in my estimable and weighty opinion is a four wheeled abomination in design. Pray tell, some one gave you the car and you did not make payments on it.

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#29 Jul 26 2012 at 2:48 PM Rating: Good
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Well, I did warn her when she posted about thinking of purchasing it.
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Totem wrote:
Ok, Elinda, I need to know why on earth you'd ever choose to drive a Soul-- which in my estimable and weighty opinion is a four wheeled abomination in design. Pray tell, some one gave you the car and you did not make payments on it.

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Probably the hamsters. They're just so darned cute.
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#31 Jul 26 2012 at 2:57 PM Rating: Good
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Hamsters? I thought the jive dancing vermin were supposed to be street rats to build up barrio cred with umm, inner city ghetto youth or something. The whole break dancing rat advertising line never made sense to me.

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#32 Jul 26 2012 at 3:24 PM Rating: Decent
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gbaji wrote:
Most people I've heard from on the issue who drive with two feet started driving on a manual transmission (yes. Like me!) and naturally carried over the use of two feet to driving an automatic.


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I can't speak for the "most people"you know but 93% of the people you know here disagree. And I have a sneaking that you're half of the remaining six percent.


The 93% who don't meet the criteria I specified? Since you are correct that I'm the only person who said that he drives with two feet all the time, then based on the polling data, 100% of those who drive with two feet agree with me. Yay! Smiley: tongue
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Hamsters? I thought the jive dancing vermin were supposed to be street rats to build up barrio cred with umm, inner city ghetto youth or something. The whole break dancing rat advertising line never made sense to me.


It got people to think that a car that Elinda says is the most boring car she's ever driven (or anyone's ever driven I suppose) to think it's fun and interesting and exciting. So I'd argue that it was quite effective.
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#34 Jul 26 2012 at 4:13 PM Rating: Good
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gbaji wrote:
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Hamsters? I thought the jive dancing vermin were supposed to be street rats to build up barrio cred with umm, inner city ghetto youth or something. The whole break dancing rat advertising line never made sense to me.


It got people to think that a car that Elinda says is the most boring car she's ever driven (or anyone's ever driven I suppose) to think it's fun and interesting and exciting. So I'd argue that it was quite effective.


My ex-wife bought one when we were still together. They're not terrible cars, but they're also not much more than a Focus with a different (and less aerodynamic, I would wager) shape.

Oh, Elinda, do you have the speakers that glow and pulsate with the beat of the music? That's a kinda cool feature of the Soul.
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#35 Jul 26 2012 at 4:47 PM Rating: Good
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I note that you are no longer together. Perhaps it was due to irreconcilable differences in automobile taste? Quite understandable that, seeing as she succumbed to ads featuring gerbils break dancing...

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#36 Jul 26 2012 at 6:30 PM Rating: Good
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Is this gbaji just trolling us, trying to come up with MORE ways in which is he's quantifiably 100% wrong on an issue?

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#37 Jul 26 2012 at 6:55 PM Rating: Good
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Totem wrote:
Quite understandable that, seeing as she succumbed to ads featuring gerbils break dancing...

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No! It's not like that at all. I loved it til I drove it, then my husband loved it. He won out. But, it's all good - for now. It's a good car, and it's easier for folks to get and out of than the standard eco-car, more head room, more clearance. We had a mild winter but it did swell in the snow - something my Mazda didn't do. It just had it's first birthday - gets a lube and inspection tomorrow.

The pulsating lights are groovy. I have a glass peace sign hanging from the rear view. Smiley: grin

Edit - I'm not sure who's not together anymore cuz I didn't read all the posts so I just deleted that from the quote. It made perfect sense without it.

Edited, Jul 27th 2012 2:57am by Elinda
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#38 Jul 26 2012 at 6:59 PM Rating: Good
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Ok, Elinda, I need to know why on earth you'd ever choose to drive a Soul--

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#39 Jul 26 2012 at 7:48 PM Rating: Good
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... I loved it til I drove it...


Man, people have pretty whack approaches to car-buying.

Did you spring for the in house rustproofing?

Edited, Jul 26th 2012 9:48pm by Timelordwho
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#40 Jul 27 2012 at 3:36 AM Rating: Decent
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I've only driven automatic and that makes me sad. I understand how a manual works but I don't have any experience driving one. That being said, left foot should never be touching a pedal that isn't the clutch. Well.. that's not exactly true. With an FF you can use left foot braking to stabilize the car when cornering at high speeds, since you want to have your right foot keeping the accelerator down. But that's not exactly something you should be doing while driving normally.
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#41 Jul 27 2012 at 8:25 AM Rating: Good
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Timelordwho wrote:
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Man, people have pretty whack approaches to car-buying.

Did you spring for the in house rustproofing?

Edited, Jul 26th 2012 9:48pm by Timelordwho
No. Do they still do that?

I test drove it and thought it was kind of 'big' and not as responsive as my Mazda and a bit stodgy. My husband, who's a pretty big guy, really liked the car though.

I've been getting about 31-32mpgs pretty consistently, which is acceptable I guess.




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#42 Jul 27 2012 at 9:19 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
Timelordwho wrote:
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Man, people have pretty whack approaches to car-buying.

Did you spring for the in house rustproofing?

Edited, Jul 26th 2012 9:48pm by Timelordwho
No. Do they still do that?

I test drove it and thought it was kind of 'big' and not as responsive as my Mazda and a bit stodgy. My husband, who's a pretty big guy, really liked the car though.

I've been getting about 31-32mpgs pretty consistently, which is acceptable I guess.


He was referring to my wife and I no longer being together. She also purchased a Soul. I had nothing agianst the car. It drove decently, had a little gitupandgo, got good gas mileage, and was roomy enough to comfortably fit my overweight 6'4" frame. I just think she could have gotten just as good of a car, with better gas mileage, and for a lot less, by buying a Focus.
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#43 Jul 27 2012 at 9:50 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
Timelordwho wrote:
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... I loved it til I drove it...


Man, people have pretty whack approaches to car-buying.

Did you spring for the in house rustproofing?

Edited, Jul 26th 2012 9:48pm by Timelordwho
No. Do they still do that?

I test drove it and thought it was kind of 'big' and not as responsive as my Mazda and a bit stodgy. My husband, who's a pretty big guy, really liked the car though.

I've been getting about 31-32mpgs pretty consistently, which is acceptable I guess.


He was referring to my wife and I no longer being together. She also purchased a Soul. I had nothing agianst the car. It drove decently, had a little gitupandgo, got good gas mileage, and was roomy enough to comfortably fit my overweight 6'4" frame. I just think she could have gotten just as good of a car, with better gas mileage, and for a lot less, by buying a Focus.
When I was car shopping the focus was about 1.5k more than the Soul for the same basic package. Our other car is a 2008 Focus. My in-laws have trouble getting in and out of it, but man after 4 years we're still getting about 37-38mpg.
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Elinda wrote:
Bigdaddyjug wrote:
Elinda wrote:
Timelordwho wrote:
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... I loved it til I drove it...


Man, people have pretty whack approaches to car-buying.

Did you spring for the in house rustproofing?

Edited, Jul 26th 2012 9:48pm by Timelordwho
No. Do they still do that?

I test drove it and thought it was kind of 'big' and not as responsive as my Mazda and a bit stodgy. My husband, who's a pretty big guy, really liked the car though.

I've been getting about 31-32mpgs pretty consistently, which is acceptable I guess.


He was referring to my wife and I no longer being together. She also purchased a Soul. I had nothing agianst the car. It drove decently, had a little gitupandgo, got good gas mileage, and was roomy enough to comfortably fit my overweight 6'4" frame. I just think she could have gotten just as good of a car, with better gas mileage, and for a lot less, by buying a Focus.
When I was car shopping the focus was about 1.5k more than the Soul for the same basic package. Our other car is a 2008 Focus. My in-laws have trouble getting in and out of it, but man after 4 years we're still getting about 37-38mpg.


The company I work for has a deal with Ford where I get any car they sell for invoice plus incentives (rebate, special financing, whathaveyou), so the Focus would have been a lot cheaper. Also, this was before the new style of Focus came out, so the Foci were a lot cheaper. The Focus can be tought for flexibility challenged folk to get into and out of, but it doesn't lack on headroom.
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#45 Jul 27 2012 at 11:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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I've only driven automatic and that makes me sad. I understand how a manual works but I don't have any experience driving one.

Living in an area that is both flat and urban, there's zero reason around here to buy a manual except to save a few bucks.
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Jophiel wrote:
Deadgye wrote:
I've only driven automatic and that makes me sad. I understand how a manual works but I don't have any experience driving one.

Living in an area that is both flat and urban, there's zero reason around here to buy a manual except to save a few bucks.


You haven't experienced the pain of sitting in stop-and-go traffic for 3 hours until you've tried it with a manual transmission.
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Is this gbaji just trolling us, trying to come up with MORE ways in which is he's quantifiably 100% wrong on an issue?


I suspect you don't actually know what the word "quantifiably" means.


And while I suppose you could call it trolling (but then, what isn't?). It was more a desire to put a topic for discussion that I knew people would have disagreements on, but that had nothing to do with politics, guns, etc.
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gbaji wrote:
I suspect you don't actually know what the word "quantifiably" means.

Literally.
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gbaji wrote:
I suspect you don't actually know what the word "quantifiably" means.

Literally.


So he intentionally used an ironic meaning of the word which denotes the exact opposite of its real meaning in order to engage in hyperbole? I'll buy that.

Edited, Jul 27th 2012 6:03pm by gbaji
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#51 Jul 27 2012 at 8:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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garbaji know *literally* 200x more about the English language than we do. Show some respect.
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