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Ok, some observations after returning to the US<p>US drivers suck, like really bad. <p>I have my turn signal on, I'm halfway into the left lane, and a pontiac speeds up to try to cut me off. I WAS HALFWAY INTO THE LANE, he went onto the shoulder to try and CUT ME OFF. Really stupid since I was in the mini-van at the time. It seems using the turn signal here is people's cue to speed up and cut you off. This happens everyday, seems it is more dangerous to use the turn signal because it causes some sort of primal "stupid response" in others. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I'm in the R this morning heading to base after closing on our house. Pretty much stuck in traffic (hate driving here, took 45 minutes to go 15 miles, we have no freeways in Panama City). Finally get to where I'm the first at a stop light, thought it might be nice to actually drive the speed limit instead of 5 below (believe it was 50 mph there). So I accelerate mildly, and hear this ricer Integra floor it from behind me. So I floor it, get to 55 well before he does, and get off the gas. Not going to get a ticket on my first day heading to work. Of course he keeps it floored long after I hit my brakes, was hoping there would be a cop to give him a ticket for going 80 or so. After that I see him going slow waiting for me, so I run past him up to 55 again, and a little way up the road he pulls past me and gives me a big thumbs up.<p>So I guess I already have "street cred" or something here... Is every ricer car going to try and race me now, even when I'm just driving the speed limit and casual? <p>And then the really horrible noise as I pulled into a parking lot. Left rear tire bottomed out, started groaning, made another horrible noise, knocked a piece of my wheel well lining loose which is now dragging on my tire...<p>Interestingly I switched from sport to comfort, which erased my chassis settings service required message, and then car seemed fine again. Shouldn't the springs have kept the car from bottoming out even if the shock "failed"? <p>Need to get the car into the shop next week, currently having clutch issues, 4C failures, dash rattle and now a drivetrain whine I've never heard before. <p>Hope they don't try and blame the ongoing 4C failure on the springs.. <p><IMG SRC="http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/12_3_46.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This happens everyday, seems it is more dangerous to use the turn signal because it causes some sort of primal "stupid response" in others. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Cardinal rule of chicagoland driving: "never use your turn signals, you don't want to give away your next move to the other drivers". Sadly, true. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" (vizwiz)

i did not stay at a holliday inn last night,,,,,i am not a blond, but i do live in california.<p>what is a turn signal??????????????? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

Young ricers drive me nuts in traffic. Always challenging. Fart exhaust drives me nuts. <IMG SRC="http://users.telenet.be/eforum/emoticons4u/mad/boese033.gif" BORDER="0"><p>I mentioned before, driving back in the US is a real eye opener. Time for a transfer back to Europe!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

It's been almost 20 yrs since I moved back to the US after a brief stint in the service in Germany (owned an '86 GTI)...and what you describe still sounds so familiar. There, no one would dream of planting their butt in the left lane of the autobahn just for the hell of it. And they actually manage to stay in their own lane most of the time. I feel your pain.
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

Told you that you were going to love it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

Welcome to our world! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" (vizwiz)

Very true. That and another pet peeve of mine, which I observe all the time on NJ Turnpike... people rush up the left lane, passes you and CUTS in front of you with about a car length of space (and sometimes slows down)... this on a wide open highway with virtually NO cars. Whats up with that?! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> Personally I give a good several car lengths space before cutting back in.
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" (orientblue3)

"Leeching" is my pet peeve. This is where another car attaches itself to your speed. You can speed up and they stay with you. You can slow down and they refuse to pass. Sometimes they'll do "front leeching" where they get just ahead of you and still leech your speed. I've been leeched so many times and I just hate it. Gone from 65mph down to 45mph and these people just won't go away. I'm nobody's escort on the highway, pick your own damn speed and drive it.
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

Kelly,<p>A recently-published report named Miami, FL the <U>least-intelligent</U> city in the United States. You're living close enough to Miami, so perhaps you found evidence of this in the other driver's actions. I feel lucky to live near the city labeled <U>most-intelligent </U>(Seattle) and can tell you that most everyone on the road here will create an opening for you when you signal to change lanes. Courtesy waves are also infectious in these parts. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> Perhaps you should switch coastlines... ?<p>- Tryg
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

R Kelly-<p>Keep the faith. You'll swing out onto some of these flat southern freeways <I>early </I>in the morning and feel better. But do beware of the people who love to just move out into the left lane, not to pass another car or to go faster than the 60 mph they were doing in the center/right lane, but just to be there and see the road from a different perspective. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>On another note, keep us posted on the 4C. I was just about to order springs and that is what I was fearing. Keeping the fingers crossed for you.
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" (pktojd)

How you are feeling about traffic is exactly how I felt coming back from my 2 week German - Austrian honeymoon. I wanted to pull people out of their cars and beat them for being stupid. I swear every 5 minutes in Germany, I said to my wife "I can't believe how well people drive here!". I think she wanted to beat me. <p>I used to think that NY drivers were crazy. Then I drove in Boston, where the turn signal is never used lest it give away your next move. Then I drove in Washington, in which people drive with their head completley up their behind. <p>Maybe it's just what you're used to! <p>See what your fancy Jetex exhaust and aftermarket wheels get you - challenges! <p>Good luck with the 4C. I'm not surprised about your clutch given the number of GTech Runs you did!
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I'm in the R this morning heading to base after closing on our house. Pretty much stuck in traffic (hate driving here, took 45 minutes to go 15 miles, we have no freeways in Panama City)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Isn't Panama City basically a big hot spot for college spring break and summer break vacations? I imagine you will have to deal with Rice pretty much all the time. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

Here in Boston using your turn signals is viewed as a sign of weakness <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> ...It took me several months after moving here to figure out the driving habits here in Massachusetts...every man for himself.
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

Here's something I've noticed lately that's beginning to get on my nerves. I call it "creeping". You're driving down a main road and approaching an intersecting side road. The intersecting road has a yield or stop sign, no sign for you so you're going to zoom right through. There is a car at the side road, sitting at the yield/stop, waiting for you to clear the intersection so he can cross or turn onto the main road. As you approach, this yahoo starts to <B>creep forward</B> like he can't wait any longer and is about to jump into the intersection in front of you! What's up with that? You never know for sure if the guy is just anxious to go, or if his brakes have failed or something. There oughta be a law...
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" (I Roll)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>I Roll</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Isn't Panama City basically a big hot spot for college spring break and summer break vacations? I imagine you will have to deal with Rice pretty much all the time. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>And 18 year old girls gone wild <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" (Stratton)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Stratton</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Here in Boston using your turn signals is viewed as a sign of weakness <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> ...It took me several months after moving here to figure out the driving habits here in Massachusetts...every man for himself.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Isn't it so much fun though? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" ("R" Kelly)

i've come to the conclusion that it's not just bad driving - it's just plain old stupidity.<p>I see people speeding, cutting others off...flat out RECKLESS/DANGEROUS stuff....just to get ahead one car length. I then see the same not so nice guy 10 miles down the road, still only one car length ahead. <p>
 

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Re: US driving observations, Rice for lunch and a very strange, horrible 4C "failure" (needsdecaf)

After living and working all over this country I can assure you no place in thie country is as challenging as Boston for driving. There's a great series of books about driving in Boston and they are spot on and truly needed for anybody not from Boston. Here's an example:<p><A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0306813262/qid=1150904121/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-7101656-5019842?s=books&v=glance&n=283155" TARGET="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...83155</A><p>
needsdecaf said:
...<br>I used to think that NY drivers were crazy. Then I drove in Boston, where the turn signal is never used lest it give away your next move...<br>QUOTE]
 
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