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Last Call: Whoa-Oh, Domino Edition

Robert Emslie May 16, 2017 Last Call 19 Comments

Gesundheit.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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  • Maymar

    So, I’m driving a Toyota C-HR for a couple days. I actually kind of like it more than I was expecting (for a FWD almost-crossover with CVT and 144hp). I wish the windows were a bit bigger, more power wouldn’t hurt, but it’s pleasant, in a late model car way. But it’s got a g-meter! You’re fooling no one Toyota, and buyers of this would be better served by a compass that points you to the nearest taco place or something.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f47d87e3ef10dec0d369e4766dfe99aa41a3861bbd888401031eb29950fe68b.jpg

    • ptschett

      Having had a car with a g-meter for a while, the biggest problem that I see is that having one encourages efforts to do dumb things to set high scores.
      (Here’s my Challenger’s current metrics. The 1.0-g braking event was due to an idiot deer…)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c548ff87d13ee79eaea8f2a701c9c60bb3e66bfd94595cd972f75590397d7625.jpg

      • Sjalabais

        How the lines between video games and real driving get blurry… Some insurances have started offering Orwellian options: Add a G monitor, attempt “low scores”, get lower premiums. I don’t know what drives people to do that, but I only pay about 150$ per car per year – even for saving half of that I wouldn’t let someone track every move I make in my car.

        • Maymar

          Well, for one, I pay $150 per month, not year, for car insurance (and that’s without a vehicle that’s particularly high-risk, and my wife’s decent alumni discount). Still, I believe in a certain amount of, shall we say “assertive” driving being necessary and safe in denser areas. I’m still not about to take part in anything that encourages our drivers to be more mollified.

          • Sjalabais

            Wow, that’s insane…for the Mazda 2? The highest I have paid for insurance, lowest grade, was a bit above 4000 NOK/year, which was about 800$ at the time, but it would be less than 500$ today. New driver penalty, today I am at a 70% discount due to accident free driving. Considering that cars carry at least double the American value in Norway, that means we either crash far less, have better competition among insurers, or a regulatory frame that reigns in profits better.

            • Maymar

              Probably a bit of of less crashing (the greater Toronto area has over 6 million people, and most of it is pretty car-dependent), and perhaps inadequate regulation (some provinces do government-run insurance, which is apparently at least cheaper).

        • ptschett

          We have those here too, if a person wants to get demerits for driving to work on time or braking harder than 0.3g.

      • Alff

        If I had one of those I’d be tempted to put left and right in competition.

  • Sean McMillan

    I saw a chrome wrapped Acura NSX on the road today. No pics, but it would just blind you anyway.

  • 0A5599
    • longrooffan

      Came here to see this…Was. Not. Disappointed.

      • 0A5599

        When are you going to write something new for the site? We’ve still never seen the long-promised story on the current status of the CBS.

        • longrooffan

          A bit distracted these days..working on a post or two…Refresh my memory..CBS?

          • 0A5599

            Charles Barrett Special.

  • Lokki

    Some of the things that affect our insurance prices here in Texas are the crowded urban environment (we’re up to about 7 million souls inhabitants in the metroplex now) and the high speeds we drive. Having an accident at 120 KPM (legal) tends to bend up cars. Traffic on our streets tends to run about 65 KPH so even routine accidents can be expensive. We also have a problem with “motoristas no asegurados” but protection from those accidents requires special coverage.

    • Alff

      I thought Texas banned the metric system.

      • Batshitbox

        Like a Texas mile, the Texas kilometer is comically outsized; equal to 5280 feet.

      • Lokki

        I just did that for you Californians and like such furriners

        • outback_ute

          I did translate it back into mph to see what you really meant to say though!