lexus suv : Annie's story and the many replies reminded me of an amusing truestory. I hesitate to tell it because it contains elements of a traitheld by a prior poster who bragged of his good fortune. But I willjust because. No reprisals please.Coming off a great year (maybe it was all those books I sold), Idecided to buy a new black, gold package, Lexus LS400, just so I couldhave one I guess. Something about being told they had to limit the carto 160 mph electronically because it could do 200 mph right out of theshow room floor otherwise. So I drive it fast, enjoy it, etc., but itstime to go to last year's Texas Championships and the dang car does nothave a roof rack. So I go back to the dealer (you know these kind ofplaces, they look like fancy hotel lobbies) and ask if they can put aroof rack on the LS400. He looks at me like I'm from Arkansas wantingto transport chickens. He clears his voice and politely tells me in afake English accent to please come follow him to his office. Oncethere he extolls the nature of my car and how unseemly it would be tohave a roof rack, that there has never been a roof rack put on theLS400. Further he hints that I might not be the kind of person whoshould be driving an LS400 if I really want a roof rack.
lexus suv : This kind of makes me upset. I explain that a vehicle that cannottransport a windsurfer may not be a bonafide automobile. I get a bitworked up and point at a new Lexus SUV in the show room and tell himthere is a roof rack. He mumbles something. I tell him that SUV isnow my new windsurfing transporter and I buy it on the spot, trading inmy LS400. Suddenly he starts saying nice things about me, howdiscerning I am, etc. So, Annie, the moral of this story is that mylovely, fast, great car (the car of my dreams) had to go all becausewindsurfing requirements over-ruled my normally sane mind. Today Idrive an SUV that will not go super fast, cannot corner like a cat,does not draw drug-dealer-like stares, etc., all because I require mytransportation to be able to carry a board... just in case.Now I know a Lexus SUV is pretty spiffy, and that this story will raiseeyebrows and no sympathy. But when the punk teenager pulls along sideand rev's his engine, I just smile now and know if I need a roof rack,I've got one. Still, I miss blowing those Cameros away.
lexus suv : Come to a little place called Plano Texas where I work, go to thelarge new mall, and count the spitshined Yukons, Explorers,Dodge Rams,F-3500's,HMMV's and you will see where they are used. Come count theMercedes SUV's or Lexus SUV's and tell me any self respecting Texasfarmer or rancher is going to use a Lexus SUV on their farm. Duh.It's no illusion. You can check the registration data if you wish, theDallas Morning News runs such stories regularly. See the note aboutthe local malls. It also appears you have confused the term pickuptruck and light truck. Light truck covers a far broader range ofvehicles than just working pickup trucks, including minivans andSUV's, which have minimal use for these family farms you are soconcerned about.I never said no one can purchase such a beast, but taxes on a nonworkveihcle could happily discourage nonwork purchases and fund both oiland alternative energy sources. Business (and farms are a business)use is a seperate issue. . I am talking about the big hairPlano/Houston/Dallas/Austin woman driving an 8-10 mpg Lexus SUV to thecorner store and to pick up her kids from soccer practice.
lexus suv : The other day I was minding my own business while driving home on theInterstate. My exit was approaching (about a mile) so I started toget over into the right lane to exit. As I signaled and started overto the right, some ass in one of those Butt Ugly Lexus SUV's sped upto cut me off by closing the gap I was about to move into. People dothis a lot around here, especially the SUV's, but it still irks me. Igot behind him and flashed my lights in disgust. He swerves over tothe left lane and floors it, disappearing behind traffic. So my exitis now approaching and I enter the 1/4 mile long exit lane, stilldoing about 60. All of a sudden the ass in the SUV flies out frombehind traffic and gets in front of me doing about 70. I guess thisis his exit too. So we approach the exit ramp which starts to curveto the right. I'm still doing about 55 at this point, and the Stangcan handle the curve no problem. I think the dick in the SUV saw mebehind him and started to speed up (maybe trying to "show me up", whoknows). The ramp curve starts to get a little tighter and all of asudden I notice that this Lexus SUV is going up on two wheels. Icouldn't believe my eyes. Was I seeing things? We continue aroundthe curve and Mr. SUV is now clearly up on two wheels and starts totip over. In an ass-saving maneuver he jerks his wheel to the left,just in the nick of time and plops down on all fours again, almostsailing into the ditch. I couldn't believe what I just saw. I'vealways heard that SUV's were unstable and have a high center ofgravity, but to see the physics in action was an eye-opener. Thisdope is lucky he didn't kill himself in that thing. In a way I wouldhave loved to have seen him dump the thing over and slide across thepavement on it's side.
lexus suv : Yeah, the problem with a number of SUV drivers is they think it's supposedto handle like a car, so they push it to the limits they'd push a car to.When they get into an accident because it DIDN'T handle like a car, yousee shows like Dateline pop up saying how unsafe the vehicles are. Whatdoesn't help are the ads saying how "their" SUV handles like a car, whichthen causes more problems. I have a Jeep Cherokee as well (I hate theterm "SUV") and it gets put to use off-road as well as driven on longtrips and in the snow, rain, windy roads. People need to know the limitsof their vehicle and not cross them. The vehicles aren't unsafe ifthey're driven like they were meant to be. The driver of the Lexusobviously thought his lifted Camry (yes, that's all it is) should handlelike a real Camry and just about ended up in the ditch. wasn't his fault,though, it was that darn unstable SUV! =)Yep. Very unstable in turns. My Explorer is ridiculous. I don't plan ontaking it to it's limits going around any turns. On exit ramps, i'm usuallydoing between 25-35 MPH which seems to annoy people in cars. I can understandthem, as I'd take offramps at 75+ in my racecraft Mustang. I'd rather havesome people get annoyed with me, and/or flick me the finger, rather then end upin a ditch, or worse - dead. Maybe this joker learned a lesson from his closeencounter, although i'm sorry to say that he probably didn't. I routinely do85+ on the state thruway, as LONG as it's straight. I do just under the speedlimit on curvy roads. Oh well. Sorry for the ramble
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