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Old 01-06-2008, 12:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,
I've lurked "the other site" for about a year and half. The move to EM has been tugging at my "don't join a forum" drain rule. Alas, by resolve has broken, The EM vibe seems pretty solid, so I'll decided to dip my toe in the pool. Down the rabbit hole I go!

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Old 01-06-2008, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Haha, my tired mind is lost by so many allusions...

Welcome to the site! Perhaps we'll even turn you in to some sort of person who does things in the capacity of a person who contributes,
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Old 01-06-2008, 12:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Haha, my tired mind is lost by so many allusions...
Mmm, Fuzzy indeed!

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Old 01-06-2008, 12:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ah, I get it now! 7 hours of driving and I'm fried,
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I've lurked "the other site" for about a year and half.
What was the other site?
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome. There's no going back now Nice car they are a blast to drive. What's the commute like?
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome, Fuzzy.

Nice ride, too. I have a relative with one ('90), and it's a complete joy to drive. Fits like a glove, go kart handling...

I considered picking up a dead one from a local garage while I was looking for a host car for an EV project.
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome, Fuzzy. [] Nice ride, too. I have a relative with one ('90), and it's a complete joy to drive. Fits like a glove, go kart handling...

I considered picking up a dead one from a local garage while I was looking for a host car for an EV project.
Thanks for the warm welcome.

Spin is a temporary fun car until parenthood descends (I've got another couple of years). Having it has been *very* educational. It's my first rear-wheel drive car, my first convertible, and the fastest. I'm not sure how long I'll have it. This mileage bug is digging deeper into me, and I miss the "haul what you want" capability of my Focus HB.

The commute? Ah, 7.5 miles and 15-20 minutes. Probably best described as "Hilly DC Suburban". I've got about 4 hills, 2-3 stop signs, 15 stoplights, and 2 left turns. I take a different route morn vs. afternoon. Most of it is 45, which around here means 55-60.
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That commute doesn't sound too terrible, speedwise (with the car's low gearing).

Thought about getting a ScanGauge yet? That's the surest sign the mileage bug has bitten.
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:10 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That commute doesn't sound too terrible, speedwise (with the car's low gearing).
No, definitely no terrible. I can toodle along at 45 in 6th, no problem (i.e. mazda ain't kidding about it being a "close ratio" gearbox!). But, with those 205/45R16 Winter Tires, bigger brakes, and convertible aerodynamics Spin doesn't coast like you'd expect a ~2400# 2-seater to.

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Thought about getting a ScanGauge yet? That's the surest sign the mileage bug has bitten.
Thought? Yes. Scratched? No.

I'm biding my time 'till I determine Spin's replacement(s). There's not a lot I can/want to do since resale is a concern.

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