Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 09:42:14 -0500
From: "Nutmegger" <>
Subject: Re: Changing suspension on new 2003 9-3?

"Mark Gerritsma" wrote::: > > > NY to SF in a vehicle? > > Was it a Saab by chance? > > Nope, it was a 14-seat Dodge Van... > > > Truck tires scare me, the retreads that come flying off them. > > Again a small difference: trucks on mainland Europe are speedlimited > to 80 km/h (50 mph), but because the speedlimtier allows some slack > most of the travel at about 88 km/h (=55 mph). At those speeds tires > don't blow that often. No, and that is a reasonable speed for big rigs. >In the US however I've seen trucks overtaking > me, while I was doing 75 mph myself, so they must have been going 80 > mpg at least. Oh sure, they boxed me in once too. They are also known to be overtired from driving, and usually on speed or some such. > I've been to NYC, but the traffic didn't look that bad to me. WOW! It does to me, especially Boston because it isn't laid out so logically and it confuses many drivers, plus all the construction. But like > I said, go see yourself, because I would be very interested in what > you think about our driving habits. Oh! I really want to! I just can't afford to right now. > > >> For the experience also throw in a round of German autobahn. > > > > Now, you are just teasing me! > > Why should I? Because I'd love to take my Saab and punch it and see how fast I could go. >Do you have any idea how big Holland is? Not really, no. From Amsterdam > airport to Germany (that's rougly west coast to eastern border) would > take about 1 3/4 hours of driving. It's just so weird to me to hear talk like this because since I am on the East Coast I can't drive anywhere for that amount of time and get to another country. It would take me three full days of driving to get to California. >With a bit of luck you can do north > to south in about 3 1/2 hours, both at legal speeds. Just 3 and 1/2 hours?! That's it? I can drive to NJ in that time. I live just 20 > minutes from the border at a freeway leading straight to the German > autobahn. It sounds like a good location. I live 2 hrs from NYC and 1 hr from Boston. > > > I can't imagine going 110. I looked down the other day, saw I was > > going 80 and went....Ooops. How did that happen? It's just so > > smooth, so effortless. > > Why not? Because it is illegal around here and if I got caught I'd be in big trouble for traveling that fast. >While I was in the US, I was going downhill at a little over > 80 mph, whilst driving behind a highway patrol cruiser. I think he > must have seen me, but I supect he was more interested in the car in > front of him, which changed lanes a lot and tail-gated a few cars (and > was going just as fast). It seems the general speed around here is about 75mph. > > There is just one secret to driving on the autobahns: Look behind you > very regularly. A fast car or motor cycle may be with you a lot sooner > than you expected. I can just imagine. And you do not have to drive fast, you're allowed > to if you want to. I want to! > > But this is what I like about US interstates: no major speed > differences between the cars, thus traffic is much more relaxed. Well, I don't know about relaxed. BTW - my speedo goes up to 135, not 120 - could my car even go that fast?

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