Originally Posted by Kajtek1
Did you turn off AC for better acceleration and on passing too?
I don't understand how people want sport cars in USA? The roads here are so bad and speed limits so low. Driving 120 mph in western Europe I was dreaming about Porsche. Later in California I could afford one. The Porsche gave so bumpy ride, that I was avoiding driving over a toothpick, not to mention big holes we have on our freeways. With 55 mph speed limit at the time the performance of the car was useless, with some advantages on cornering.
I switched back to Volkswagen in just few months.
Yes, I turned of the A/C on a regular basis. Later on I gave up using it because it would leak freon due to the vibration and I can't refill R12 easily.
If you watch some of the No. Cal. SLK drive slide shows posted by Motzkoman, there are many interesting roads to use a sports car. But yes, I live on county land and the roads around my house would jolt me from side to side everyday in the SLK.
Originally Posted by M44
Yes the roads and the cars here are terrible. I drive my parents Chrysler van, and it handles like crap on the onramp going 40. We test drive a 1986 MB and it handles like a dream at 45 on the onramp. What strikes me is the AutoBahn has fewer road deaths than the US highway system. I dream of the day when there will be an American AutoBahn, but I know theres almost no chance of it happening.
Yes, with speed limits, the 65mph driver has the right to be in the left lane, even holding up traffic. Then you have this lane weaving madness happening. Without a speed limit, that left lane use carries an obligation to clear it as soon as possible. We don't have a nation wide cell phone use law and the DUI laws are getting tough but enforcement is still weak as compared to other nations.
Eisenhower was very impressed with the Autobahn. So he made the Interstate Highway system his priority. But our system was not for the wealthy and elites only. Not quite ox carts either but sometimes close to it. So there you have it.