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Old 04-24-2019, 09:22 AM   #201 (permalink)
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^ I've heard that comment more than a few times (windshield header in the way).


I'm average height, and even I notice it blocks sight lines to traffic lights & signs more than any other car I've owned.



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Old 04-24-2019, 11:03 AM   #202 (permalink)
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I wish it was more affordable to have multiple cars on the road. Of course I'd need to have more than one that's roadworthy. By most people's standards, I have nothing roadworthy!
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I wish it was more affordable to have multiple cars on the road. Of course I'd need to have more than one that's roadworthy. By most people's standards, I have nothing roadworthy!
It's not too bad in Vermont. In Florida they revoke your license if any of your cars' insurance lapses, but here I suppose it's expected that some vehicles will sit through winter. I pay $19 per month in insurance for my Insight and something like $75 per year in registration.
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That seems extreme. If one my cars was waiting on a big repair and the registration lapsed, I doubt that I would be in a hurry to renew it.
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I'm average height, and even I notice it blocks sight lines to traffic lights & signs more than any other car I've owned
The new one isn't very good in that department either
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:49 AM   #207 (permalink)
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I wish it was more affordable to have multiple cars on the road.
So do I!

I only ever have one insured and on the road at a time to save money. In Ontario, we can move the license plates from vehicle to vehicle (requires a visit to our DMV equivalent) for a small fee. So I only have one set of valid plates. I don't keep the un-plated cars insured either.
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Old 04-28-2019, 07:53 PM   #208 (permalink)
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I'm average height, and even I notice it blocks sight lines to traffic lights & signs more than any other car I've owned.
Are you sure it blocks more stuff than a hardtop?

The windshield surround in any modern convertible is a beefy bit of work. It is designed to support the weight of the car all by its lonesome. You know, so your head doesn't get called upon for the job.
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One might expect convertibles to be lighter than hardtops. Roofs have to weigh something!

However, crash standards do not make exceptions for convertibles, and it takes more metal to meet those standards without a roof.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:52 PM   #210 (permalink)
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Are you sure it blocks more stuff than a hardtop?

Yeah, more than any hardtop I've owned. It's also probably the shortest windshield of any car I've owned.

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