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You've heard of "cow tipping"? Here's the new sport of Smart car tipping

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by BAMCIS, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    It's really hard to have any sympathy for idiots who live in San Francisco, but it's especially hard if they drive a (notso)Smart car too.

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    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/04/07/vandals-flip-smart-cars-in-san-francisco/

    Can you imagine what the call to the insurance adjuster must be like?

    You watch the left will try to make this a hate crime or at least call it "Eco terrorism". Especially if the car(s) in question belong to tree huggers.
     
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  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Unsafe at no speed!
     
  3. redmud

    redmud Colombia river Active Member

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    That's one way to get the change out of the ashtray
     
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  4. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Hahahahaha!
    Oh man, I'd die of laughter if I saw one of those clown cars flipped on its ear.
     
  5. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    It's a poor way to treat somebody's property, no matter what the vehicle is. I would heat up anybody I saw doing that. Forum rules do not allow more clear language than this.
     
  6. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot Clack Co. OR Well-Known Member

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    Cows can get themselves back up.

    Other explanations:
    1.2 magnitude earthquake
    24 MPH wind
    Skateboarders going by.

    Yeah it's rotten for the owners, but funny at the same time.
     
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  7. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    About as dumb as keying somebodies brand new car or truck!! People today have no respect for personal property!!
     
  8. bluesurf

    bluesurf Portland Active Member

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    That is kinda funny... :D But I don't endorse damaging other peoples property.
     
  9. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I agree I suppose.....But I can't help it, when I see those cars (Cars To Go) and others, parked or driving, they piss me off. I keep it to myself for the most part though. What if a person need to build something? Needs 2x4, or a sheet of plywood? Go camping, and take the kids, OR a cooler?

    The worst though were those "Zip Cars" electric cars with only three wheels. Now THAT company really hosed a lot of people!
     
  10. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I really hate vandalism, but will admit to getting a little chuckle off of this one because I know a guy who owns one and comes across as a little self-important for his ownership of this vehicle. As teens, some friends and I met at the house of a buddy late one night. We managed to lift the back end of his old Subaru up onto the lawn so the car was facing the street. I would have loved to have seen his face in the morning. No damage to the car, just good teenage fun at the time.
     
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  11. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Ultimately, the market will determine the viability of these vehicles. I read something that said how ridiculous it was to take one of these smart cars on a long drive on the interstate, and it was just as ridiculous to drive a large SUV in downtown new York. Obviously extremes in both examples but to me, the point was well taken. These things do have a place but it's rather restricted in it's application. I was also surprised to learn that the conversion from electricity to forward motion was extremely efficient and much less costly than fossil fuels. Presently, the technology isn't there to make this an economical option because of the up front costs and the environmentally negative impacts that battery production presents. I don't begrudge someone driving one of these things, but I do get a little ticked off that we're the ones footing the bill for the free charging stations in the cities.
     
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  12. JustShoot

    JustShoot Oregon . Hillsborito area Active Member

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    Flipping them on the side is a little stupid .
    BUT Hey .. I can see logic thought process for Flipping the Smart Cars on there Rear Bumper's. If it is the only way to hide those asinine Obama/Biden & Keep Portland Weird, Bumper Stickers .
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  13. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Not true. There are no "free market forces" at work here. The government is influencing those forces therefore no true innovation can or will be made.

    In other words the obummer will keep throwing money at this until we all have no real choice and we will be driving around with our chins between our knees looking for the nearest charging port.

    Partially true. Electric motors are very efficient. Especially when accelerating. Railroads have known this for years. However, all this is negated when one takes into account how the electricity is produced (to charge the batteries) in the first place. To make matters worse is obbummer's war on coal, nuclear and hydro. How does it get generated then? Obviously, he wants us all to depend on the weather for sustainable energy.

    Speaking of batteries, ironically they cannot legally be produced in the US because of all of the EPA regulations. Somehow, I don't think the left thought that one all the way through.

    Yet another example of the left's wealth redistribution program.
     
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  14. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    I've driven mine, yes I own one, from Oregon to California and back several times. 1 liter Mitsubishi 3B2 fuel injected gasoline rear mounted engine, 70 hp., 5 speed automatic, 90 MPH governed top speed, 41 MPG.

    They do have one that is all electric, but just for city driving due to limited range.

    I drive from my home in the central coast to Ashland on less than 8 gallons of gas, refuel and continue to Northern California, all on less than 16 gallons of fuel. I can fit an ice chest behind the passenger seats along with two suit cases and a full sized spare tire. The compartment in the tailgate is perfect storage of an AR15 or AK 47, too!! :D

    I really hate Prius drivers though!!
     
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  15. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Amazing mileage. My wife's 2005 Ford Focus 3 door which seats 4 adults comfortably and up to 8 bags of grocery's or 4 suitcases in the trunk. AND gets 35mpg commuting from Silverton to Lake Oswego every day. And 36-37 on long freeway trips. so you get what 4-6mpg better with half the car

    My grandpas 79 Datsun 210 Wagon got 41-42mpg on the freeway and we moved a 3 piece sectional couch in (and on it) at one time. That car only lasted to 327K miles though so it was a piece of junk.

    As to the tipping of Smart Cars in CA it is considered to be FELONY VANDALISUM and anyone caught will be charged with it. So they said on the news last night.
     
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  16. OcelotZ3

    OcelotZ3 Corvallis Active Member

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    Interesting the attitude towards Smart cars here, based pretty much on ignorance. Reminds me of the anti-gun types, just a different topic.

    My in-laws have one that they tow behind their motor home. It's rated for towing, it's lightweight & small, it gets great mileage, and they don't need more space than it has for the purpose.
     
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  17. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    I see more GEO Metros and GEO Trackers on the road today mainly because of the low purchase prices and great gas mileage. I also tow mine behind a motorhome that has a 2000 lb. towing limit. It works.

    Many smaller cars are getting improved mileage as that market begins to become more popular. I decided to drive the wheels off the smart when I bought it 4 years ago.
     
  18. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    I've got one also. They are excellent parallel parkers. It makes it difficult to park my Cherokee which is pretty good itself.
     
  19. redmud

    redmud Colombia river Active Member

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    My brother and I did an engine swap on his 4dr 96 Honda civic back in 1999 when he blew up the old one over revving it.
    He bought a Japanese market only 1.6 liter engine and transmission with 30,000 miles on it online and had it shipped from Osaka for less than he could buy just an engine around here.

    The new engine was making around 180 hp and red lined at like 8,600 it got 39 mpg on the hwy, on a four door with a trunk.

    You would think with such a light car, like that little turtle on its back they could do better than 41 mpg.
     
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  20. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Smart Car tipping looks like quite a bit of fun.
     
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