Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 22:58:52 GMT
From: Randall <>
Subject: Re: Disabling a Turbo

All-time best car for a high school kid: Late '70's Mercedes 300CD. (Coupe w/ 5-cyl diesel.) Looks Cool. Very safe. Good brakes & reasonable handling. Acceleration is almost as good as my Dad's old Ford tractor. There's no way your kid would ever be tempted to race anything, because it would be too humiliating. I got one for my daughter when she was in high school & it worked out pretty OK. Unfortunately the cost of repairing or replacing the diesel engine can be devastating. jk wrote: > Bear with me on this one. I've got a 95 9000 aero with 110k miles. Also a > son age 14 and 3/4 who starts driving in March and looking for his full > license in 18 months. He's lusting after MY car. I think it is way too much > car for a beginner -- too fast; too much acceleration, not great visibility > over the shoulders, and wonder if I can fix some of it by disabling the > turbo. > > Although I am not sure I can bear to give up this car, that's my issue. The > group issue is 1) is it possible to disable the turbo? 2) What are the > consequences? 3) Will it make the car slower? > > btw, thinking about cars for new/young drivers is hard. SUVs might protect > them better if they hit something, but I hate SUVs and think they are more > likely to flip than a sedan; also more likely to kill someone else; also > pollute more and get bad to horrible mileage.

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