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    Default OT: New Star Car



    Shneor's post of May 29 <http://tinyurl.com/odg5f>, in which he related
    how he bought a Honda Fit to ferry his astro gear around, prompted me
    to get off my lazy a** and go looking for a replacement for my Star
    Car, aka the Mother Ship.

    I drove the Honda Fit, and I would say that it is everything that
    Shneor said it is. It's fun to watch people do a double take --
    interior and then exterior -- upon opening the hatchback and seeing the
    cavernous interior space that such a small car offers. ("How do they
    /do/ that!?") This is a /lot/ of car for about $18k (top of the line.)

    Nonetheless, the Fit wasn't the car for me. Firstly, I've had several
    Hondas and a pair of Acuras, and they were all great cars, but I simply
    got tired of Hondas and I wanted something different. (I had replaced
    an 11-year-old Accord with a Toyota Avalon Limited late last year.)
    Secondly, I needed to atone for driving the Mother Ship for two years,
    making substantial donations to UBL with every fill-up, and the Fit's
    33 city/38 hwy wasn't enough. Finally, the Fit lacks a couple of luxury
    options that I wanted. (Isn't it amazing how quickly little luxuries
    can become necessities!?)

    Life is full of compromises; my new Star Car has less cargo capacity
    than the Fit, but sufficient space for my needs -- I don't need to
    carry the seven-foot-long Dob tube that Shneor mentioned. And it cost
    nearly twice the $14.4K that Shneor paid. On the other hand, my new
    Star Car has the luxury options that I wanted and offers
    /significantly/ better fuel economy than the Fit. See the new Star Car
    on the non-commercial page at
    <http://www.davidillig.com/starcar.shtml>.

    Davoud

    davidillig.com is a non-commercial, family-safe web site.

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    Davoud wrote:

    Nice choice, but I doubt it would work for me.

    A few years back I was forced to go the other way: Sciatica was
    aggravated by the low driving position in my Honda Civic. So now
    I drive a CR-V.

    With the Civic I could drive about an hour before the pain did me
    in. The CR-V lets me take full-day trips again. And I can carry
    full camping gear, scopes, etc. with ease.

    High mileage is great; but it's useless if you can't drive the car

    Phil

    p.s. .. I was half expecting your new one to be one of those Smart
    cars Daimler-Chrysler announced last week!

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    Davoud wrote:

    Phil Wheeler replied:




    As always, your thinking is /completely/ muddled ;--) The ideal is to
    own a car that you /cannot/ drive. Irreplaceable resources spent: none.
    Oh, wait, the sciatic nerve is irreplaceable, isn't it?

    In fact, I considered the CR-V. My sister-in-law has one and I have
    been very impressed by it. It would be hard to find a better Star Car,
    IMO. But I wanted smaller and more economical, and -- even though I am
    a rather large citizen -- I am lucky to be able sit comfortably in
    small cars. Passenger space -- particularly leg and head room -- in the
    Prius is more than adequate for a six footer. But I get you on the low
    driving position; one of the many things to like about the former Star
    Car was the very-high-off-the-floor seats.

    Davoud

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    Davoud wrote:


    Hi Davoud:

    Good choice, I think. Me? I'm sticking with the Camry. When the ones I
    have wear out (we've got a '96 and a '97, and they just keep going, and
    going and...), I'll buy more. ;-)

    Not hatchbacks, no...but plenty of space nevertheless. Miss Dorothy and
    I once drove one to the TSP, and carried a 12-inch dob, tent, sleeping
    bags, ice chests, luggage, and everything else we'd need for a week at
    the Prude Ranch...no sweat. ;-)

    Peace,
    Rod Mollise
    Author of:
    Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
    and
    The Urban Astronomer's Guide
    <http://skywatch.brainiac.com/astroland>


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    Default OT: New Star Car

    Davoud wrote:
    See the new Star Car


    Isn't that thing what they drove around in Kubrick's _Clockwork Orange_,
    except in gray?

    Sweet ride - great that it get's such good mileage, too.

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    Davoud wrote:


    How about this for an option:
    http://www.kusnetz.net/prius/

    UBL will have to put a stop to this lunacy:
    http://www.calcars.org/priusplus.html



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    Davoud wrote:

    Ed Holden replied:

    Yeah, seen that. None of my eight Macs is a Mini. I'm thankful for
    that, because I won't be tempted to tear my new car apart. MacMini's
    and cars seem to be made for each other; I've seen quite a few of them
    in various cars controlling audio/video systems, but no previous
    attempts to use the car's built-in nav screen. Somehow I'll continue to
    limp along without a Mac in my car -- for now.


    The purpose is noble, but it is lunacy. No different from aperture
    fever, though, if you think about it...

    Davoud

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