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That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:12 pm UTC
by taptap
WELL... after doing some searching, there isn't really a car-related thread on xkcd, and since you can post your face, desktop, voice, signature, and everything else, how about you post a picture of the vehicle you drive? Are we a community of gas-sipping toyota corollas? Slammed Honda Civics? Pickup trucks so high you have to use a ladder to get into? Scooters? Hatchbacks, coupes, sedans, wagons? If you own it or still make payments, and it has an engine that propels you from point A to point B, share it with us!

I just became the proud owner of a 1993 Dodge Stealth!! It's a captive import of the Mitsubishi 3000GT (Or GTO in Japan)... and it's my favorite car I've ever owned. I just put on a set of 17" Dodge Stratus R/T rims (the previous owner had put on some ugly/wacky aftermarket 15" wheels) because they were larger and complimented the car more than what it had due to the dodge centercaps. Since it's the base model, It is FWD with the 161 hp SOHC 3.0L V6 hooked to a 5 speed manual transmission. After visiting 3sx.org, there are so many modifications that would be fun and expensive to do such as a full 99 3000GT conversion, HID conversion, etc., but this car will remain unmolested until I can afford an R/T TT or VR-4 version of this car. They were ~300hp twin-turbo'd DOHC V6s with AWD... incredible machines.

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Me and my 3S!
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Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
by tryptanymph
That truly is a sweet ass-car.

I wants one.

How much it cost you?

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:34 pm UTC
by taptap
sleepygamer wrote:That truly is a sweet ass-car.

I wants one.

How much it cost you?


well, actually, I straight-up traded (title for title) My '95 Chevy Blazer. I spent about $2300 on that, so yhea... I know I traded for an older car, but I couldn't resist. AND, the plus side is, if I can keep off the throttle, it gets WAY better gas mileage than the blazer!

tl;dr, $2300!

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:42 pm UTC
by tryptanymph
taptap wrote:
sleepygamer wrote:That truly is a sweet ass-car.

I wants one.

How much it cost you?


well, actually, I straight-up traded (title for title) My '95 Chevy Blazer. I spent about $2300 on that, so yhea... I know I traded for an older car, but I couldn't resist. AND, the plus side is, if I can keep off the throttle, it gets WAY better gas mileage than the blazer!

tl;dr, $2300!

Y'know... I could buy a Jackson Randy Rhoads RR1 V for that price...

...I can't drive yet. I'll get the guitar. >.>;

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:48 pm UTC
by parkaboy
HA HA HAAAA foresight and planning! (but when you CAN drive, can you drive a guitar?)


anyway, i drive a 2006 Kia Spectra. I've had it for almost 2 years, and i'm still making payments on it. i dont know all the specifications, its an automatic, gets decent gas milage and gets me from point a to point b. I dont have a picture of it, but watch this space! I'll try to post one up tomorrow. its nothing special, really.

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:11 am UTC
by Dr. Canadian Ninja
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It's a 2001 Saturn SC1. Base model, since I am both a student with no money and a person with no interest in car mods. It's an automatic and gets about average gas mileage. 20-22 mpg, at last calculation. Gets me from point A to point B, and while the engine can be louder than most, music takes care of that problem.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:14 am UTC
by Aperfectring
2005 Dodge Stratus R/T Coupe. I get ~20 mpg in pure suburban hell driving. I will be done paying for this car by the end of the year, and probably could be done today if I really felt like it.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:17 am UTC
by tryptanymph
parkaboy wrote:HA HA HAAAA foresight and planning! (but when you CAN drive, can you drive a guitar?)

I don't actually plan on learning to drive until I become rich and famous.

And even then I'm just going to drive at hyper speeds and kill myself, for shits n' giggles.

OR I might get a scooter. I can get a fortnight's worth of college travel for about £5-10.

Although I would probably kill myself on the roads. The drivers around here are crazy.

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:20 am UTC
by Aperfectring
sleepygamer wrote:
parkaboy wrote:HA HA HAAAA foresight and planning! (but when you CAN drive, can you drive a guitar?)

I don't actually plan on learning to drive until I become rich and famous.

And even then I'm just going to drive at hyper speeds and kill myself, for shits n' giggles.

OR I might get a scooter. I can get a fortnight's worth of college travel for about £5-10.

Although I would probably kill myself on the roads. The drivers around hereeverywhere are crazy.

FTFY

Worst case, you sell a couple guitars you no longer like/use to get a car/scooter/whatever when the time comes to get yourself personal transport.

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:28 am UTC
by tryptanymph
Aperfectring wrote:Worst case, you sell a couple guitars you no longer like/use to get a car/scooter/whatever when the time comes to get yourself personal transport.

:shock:

YOU SICKEN ME.

... :o

HOW COULD YOU SUGGEST THAT?!

I'd rather become a man-whore.

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:38 am UTC
by Sable
This is the car I bought about a month ago:

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It's a 2002 Audi allroad quattro (Their capitalization, not mine) that I bought because I moved to a place where my previous car (a 2004 Mazda 3 hatchback) simply could not get up the long, steep hill in the wintertime. In addition to having leather, heated, power everything, it simply doesn't know what snow is - it's like driving a tank. A really smooth, insanely comfortable tank. It was about 16,000USD.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:23 am UTC
by CivilDefense700
Not A picture of my car, but inside of it. I've got a very sensitive radiation detector that I bought recently and built a dock to mount it to the dashboard of my car. This thing's so sensitive it can pick up medical radioactive waste at a hospital by driving by the building!
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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:31 am UTC
by Shadic
Aperfectring wrote:2005 Dodge Stratus R/T Coupe. I get ~20 mpg in pure suburban hell driving. I will be done paying for this car by the end of the year, and probably could be done today if I really felt like it.

I love the Stratus. My parents have a 2005 one as well, I believe. I really enjoy how it handles and accelerates.

As for me, I've got a 1997 Chevy Cavalier. I really like the thing. I get rather good gas mileage on it, as well.

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Not actually exactly my car, but it's the same year and model, as well as color, so..

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:34 am UTC
by LittleChrist
Its a 2003 BMW 325xi. I need to drive it in the winter, thus the "x" (all wheel drive). However, during the summer I put 17" Beyern Type Mesh rims with sport tires on. I have also invested in an aFe cold air intake kit which bumps the horsepower from 186 to roughly 200. Its also a 5 speed. :D

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2003 BMW 325xi
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I get between 22 and 25 mpg on the highway. Sorry for the reflections in the picture, the light wasn't great when the picture was taken.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:51 am UTC
by Shizo
My car is very dependable. It's around 17 years old, but has never given me any trouble at all. Not even in the winter.

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Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:59 am UTC
by Aperfectring
Shadic wrote:I love the Stratus. My parents have a 2005 one as well, I believe. I really enjoy how it handles and accelerates.

I generally try to drive it for gas mileage, so I don't do too much to take advantage of the acceleration or handling, but I do have to a few times a week, and it is always good to know it is there just in case... People in South Florida seem to think that playing bumper cars is still acceptable after you have left the carnival/fair/amusement park. The longest I have gone without seeing an accident on my 24 mile round trip drive to work is 5 days. That's right, I went for one whole week without seeing an accident, but I saw one on the preceding friday, and the following monday, so it wasn't enough to give me that "warm fuzzy" feeling. I am just glad I don't have to take the I-95 pinball machine to and from work like some people.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:06 am UTC
by esoteric
My daily driver, grocery getter...
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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:14 am UTC
by aetherson
Dr. Canadian Ninja:
I used to drive a '96 model of that car.
I got around 30-35 mpg in town. You should get it looked at...seriously. There might be something wrong. :?

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:20 am UTC
by '; DROP DATABASE;--
I neither have nor need a car.









But damn I want one. :(

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:03 am UTC
by niko7865
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~4,000

I need to find some pictures of it at the track! They're on this damn computer somewhere.

[edit] I think this thread already exists... [/edit]

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:41 am UTC
by Hawknc
My car is 24 years old, not even remotely exciting but still running and gets me from A to B. I did, however, recently get paid to drive around in these for a week:

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:52 am UTC
by Bobber
Damn you and your american car prices!
In Denmark, you're lucky to get a mediocre family car for $25'000, new of course.

Very very shitty old used cars go for around $1500, and they'll probably last two to three years.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:20 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
This is not a picture of my personal vehicle, but merely the image of another one just like it.

Which means yes, my car looks like every other car in existence. I have no bumper stickers, no personalized license plate, no funky lights or bizarre wheels.

If I was required to be the wheelman of a robbery, witnesses would likely describe eight or nine different cars as the getaway vehicle. Because it looks like everything else on the road.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:24 pm UTC
by julius
*sits in corner rocking back and forth, whimpering and muttering "global warming"*

I don't mean this in a sanctimonious you-evil-polluters way. A lot of the cars posted are clearly enthusiasts' cars, others are *needed* for a daily commute, and everyone has their own reasons for the choices they make, so I'm not going to judge anyone. (The people I will judge are, say, the people who drive spotlessly clean, never-taken-off-road SUVs that get about 15 MPG around inner cities or suburban housing estates in the UK.) It's just something that worries me, and there are no easy solutions - condemning people for driving certainly won't do much good. But never mind that.

Here's my wheels - my parents' old car.
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Details? Well, this is Europe, so it's a six-seater MPV with a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder, ~100 hp. And it's quite heavy. Still more than enough power for me.


(the parents now drive a - bring on The Smug - Toyota Prius. Which is actually quite nice to drive (though a bit disconcerting at first!) and does live up to our expectations in terms of efficiency.)

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:29 pm UTC
by MoonBuggy
Bobber wrote:Damn you and your american car prices!

Was just about to say that. In fact, damn them and their American everything prices :x

I failed my test once (I can drive, more or less - most people in the UK fail at least once) and then wasn't in the country to retake it for a long while, so no car for me yet. Was thinking of getting a motorcycle license actually, but again I have yet to get around to it.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:44 pm UTC
by Bruce
Not too exciting, but I do like my car (1995 Audi 80):
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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:47 pm UTC
by Hawknc
julius wrote:*sits in corner rocking back and forth, whimpering and muttering "global warming"*

I don't mean this in a sanctimonious you-evil-polluters way. A lot of the cars posted are clearly enthusiasts' cars, others are *needed* for a daily commute, and everyone has their own reasons for the choices they make, so I'm not going to judge anyone. (The people I will judge are, say, the people who drive spotlessly clean, never-taken-off-road SUVs that get about 15 MPG around inner cities or suburban housing estates in the UK.) It's just something that worries me, and there are no easy solutions - condemning people for driving certainly won't do much good. But never mind that.

Here's my wheels - my parents' old car.
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Details? Well, this is Europe, so it's a six-seater MPV with a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder, ~100 hp. And it's quite heavy. Still more than enough power for me.


(the parents now drive a - bring on The Smug - Toyota Prius. Which is actually quite nice to drive (though a bit disconcerting at first!) and does live up to our expectations in terms of efficiency.)

First off - holy crap, in the name of all that is tasteful, that is a weird car. The studio designer in me wants to scream. Now that I've got that out of my system...yeah, I know. I'm big on sustainable fuels, and not just because of global warming, but government and industry have been piss poor at providing any alternative to petrol and most consumers are still afraid to try the few alternatives that are on the market (the majority of consumers in my country refuse to try 10% ethanol blends because they think it will damage their car - blatantly incorrect, for the most part). It doesn't help that for every potentially viable fuel that's out there, there's a group of rabid fanboys from another camp that's dedicated to spreading misinformation and FUD about it, whether it's biofuels, electricity or hydrogen. It gets depressing after a while.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:58 pm UTC
by julius
Hawknc wrote:First off - holy crap, in the name of all that is tasteful, that is a weird car. The studio designer in me wants to scream.


I know - it's great, isn't it? I'm thinking the term 'ass-car' might be particularly appropriate here... Anyway, it does fit six (two rows of three) comfortable, adult-size seats and a reasonable-sized boot into the length of a slightly larger hatchback (though it's quite wide), it has a tiny turning circle, and when you remove the back seats it can carry substantial amounts of, say, furniture.

Hawknc wrote:Now that I've got that out of my system...yeah, I know. I'm big on sustainable fuels, and not just because of global warming, but government and industry have been piss poor at providing any alternative to petrol and most consumers are still afraid to try the few alternatives that are on the market (the majority of consumers in my country refuse to try 10% ethanol blends because they think it will damage their car - blatantly incorrect, for the most part). It doesn't help that for every potentially viable fuel that's out there, there's a group of rabid fanboys from another camp that's dedicated to spreading misinformation and FUD about it, whether it's biofuels, electricity or hydrogen. It gets depressing after a while.


Well, the sheer number of people who find a conspiracy around global warming involving thousands of scientists more likely than the possibility of the scientists being right doesn't help. But the fanboy-ism, too. I'll admit I'm guilty of it myself - I do believe that we need to at least look at, and probably use, all conceivable possibilities, but I still think that hydrogen is pretty much a dead end. Or, rather, that the development money would be better spent on other technologies for the moment.
We'll see how it goes... the fact is, the hybrid my parents bought *has* saved a lot of fuel. OK, so I have a car now when previously I didn't, but I use it so little and my parents drive so much (even though my father commutes by bus) that the hybrid more than makes up for it.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:15 pm UTC
by MoonBuggy
I find it odd that you're calling hydrogen a 'dead end' - to me its entire advantage is that it isn't an endpoint, it's a non-polluting and efficient storage medium that can be produced from any number of energy sources. We only need to make the transition to hydrogen once and we are then able to use any kind of power plant we feel like to produce that hydrogen without altering the infrastructure. I'd say if anything hydrogen protects us from hitting a dead end in a way that other technologies do not.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:22 pm UTC
by julius
MoonBuggy wrote:I find it odd that you're calling hydrogen a 'dead end' - to me its entire advantage is that it isn't an endpoint, it's a non-polluting and efficient storage medium that can be produced from any number of energy sources. We only need to make the transition to hydrogen once and we are then able to use any kind of power plant we feel like to produce that hydrogen without altering the infrastructure. I'd say if anything hydrogen protects us from hitting a dead end in a way that other technologies do not.


Well, on your first point, that's part of the problem - a lot of the media hype still treats hydrogen as a source of energy, where of course what it is is a storage medium. But I submit that electricity (or the weird forms of chemical energy inside Li-Ion batteries) are much better storage media. Now, it's from Wikipedia, so the usual caveats apply, but if true, this is an interesting point about the "efficiency" part:
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(the article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_economy) raises a lot of interesting points

I don't really know about the energy density of liquid hydrogen tanks, but the fuel cell car prototypes I've heard about have had similar ranges between refuelling as the better battery-electric cars - though they still have the advantage that refuelling is much faster. Batteries (the Li-Ion type, anyway) have a slight tendency to catch fire, but then hydrogen has a tendency to blow up; on the whole, as far as I know, batteries are safer and easier to handle - fuel cells are temperamental beasts.

So as I said, I don't want to be overly fanboyish, but at the moment it seems to me batteries are a more practical way of storing energy to run vehicles. Not necessarily the only one, but better than hydrogen. And since a huge problem with an electric-car infrastructure is going to be where the electricity is going to come from, losing 3/4 of the energy to the inefficiency in the hydrogen cycle seems like a bad plan. But this is straying too far off-topic, I'll stop now. Let me know if you want to continue this in another thread - although I've pretty much said all I have to say.

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:48 pm UTC
by bananarchy
Mine! 2002 Subaru WRX, with an upgraded turbo and numerous other goodies, putting about 300hp to the wheels. It's a blast. I slapped some coilovers on it last week, so it's sitting a bit lower now than it is in the pic.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:16 pm UTC
by micco
Damn, you people have newish cars. I drive a 1983 volkswagen polo classic c. I`ll post a picture when I get home.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:49 pm UTC
by Endless Mike
Here's my car. It's not running at the moment (needs an alternator, I think), and I've been lazy about getting it fixed, since I don't really need to.

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It's a 2002 SVT Focus, CD Silver with red interior (rarest color combination for that year!) with some aftermarket wheels that were on it when I got it. The stockers are reportedly roughly as strong as clay. Not the fastest thing, but handles like a dream, gets good fuel economy (low 20s in town, low 30s on the highway, around 26 mpg combined) and can haul quite a bit.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:30 pm UTC
by sckego
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2004 Honda VFR. $6500 new, 40 mpg, 0-60 in somewhere under 3 seconds, more fun then you can possibly imagine. She's my daily driver, racking up about 18,000 miles per year, in everything from sun to rain to snow to smallish hail, 108 F to 14 F.

I also have a '00 Mustang GT, but it doesn't get much more then a thousand miles per year, so it hardly counts...

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:38 pm UTC
by ekzrated
This is what my car looked like prior to The Deer Incident. I'm working on restoring it to it's former glory...


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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:00 pm UTC
by vqcg
My girl, Alice:
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and one so people can appreciate how dirty/messy she is inside:
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2006 Toyota Aygo.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:35 pm UTC
by taptap
it is oddly refreshing to see the amount of motorsport/enthusiast people we have here! And I thought I was the only one! Summer's coming... I think it's time the 3S gets an engine rebuild and some 3SX long tube headers + a test pipe, eibach lowering springs and adjustable rear upper control arms, and then taken to Indianapolis Raceway Park for the Tuesday night street legal drags (Oh, how I miss going there. I haven't raced since I had my hopped up Volvo Wagon with a B230FT swap in it....)

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:43 pm UTC
by ekzrated
Yeah. I was pretty active in quarter-mile racing, until The Deer Incident. For now, my car's at the shop getting essentials repaired. Hopefully soon, I'll get to the cosmetics, so I can resume my build.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:56 pm UTC
by Moo
My (our) Ford Focus Climate in dark grey (1.8l diesel). Took the photo for the scavenger hunt game. It is called Gir and it serves me well. I really wanted a hybrid but the monies didn't work out (and Hubby tried driving his dad's Pryus and hated it).

:oops: edit: I'll actually include the link, shall I?
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...and edited again for more stooopidness.

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Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:42 pm UTC
by shinybaby
mine is a 2005 Toyota Echo named Summer... she's blue, 5-speed manual transmission, and decorated; some of the stuff from the xkcd diorama last September seemed too cool to take down!! ;) i'll try to remember to take some pics of her once she's been cleaned. (i currently park under a tree... oh the birds!!)