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Old 10-20-2004, 12:14 PM
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Post Lookit what I found...

I was just checking out "The Car Connection" website, and looking through some old articles, and one came up about choosing a good car for your teen driver. I want you to read this, and I know they don't know what they're talking about.

Choose a model with good performance, but not high performance. You don't want your younger driver in an underpowered slug, because some power is necessary for safe passing maneuvers and merging. On the other hand, it shouldn't have so much power that encourages spirited driving, if not reckless driving. Avoid older diesel models and midsize four-cylinder cars from the 1980s, for example.

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Now, I don't know what older diesel models they are referring to, but the 300SD and 300D have plenty of spirit for passing manuvers and freeway omramps for me. Now, an auto tranny W115 or W123 200D 220D or 240D with a/c on full blast may be another story.

Newer is generally better. Contrary to the popular opinion of 'Detroit Iron' advocates, a '77 Chevy Malibu doesn't provide better protection than a '97 Chevy Lumina. Newer models offer more safety features, plus they have better structural crash protection (i.e. the car will sacrifice itself for the driver, and not the other way around). Newer cars are also less likely to suffer from stalling problems or other component failures that might cause a lack of control, especially for inexperienced drivers. Worthwhile safety features to look for on late-model cars include anti-lock brakes and dual airbags

The W123 and W126 are among some of the safest cars out there. Now, newer cars may be safe with all those ABS and airbag systems, but the older cars are constructed to be just as safe as newer cars without all those gadgets.

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Old 10-20-2004, 01:38 PM
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THe 1985 300sd w126 has antilock brakes... And I thought the 123's did also, am I right?
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Old 10-20-2004, 01:43 PM
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No antilok on 123's

It may have been an option on the 1985's but mine don't have antilock brakes.
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Old 10-20-2004, 02:37 PM
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The Euro 123's had ABS in the late 70's.....
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Old 10-20-2004, 05:01 PM
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The article reads perfect to me--less cars to be screwed up by kids and more cars for us!!

Yea kids, don't buy those older diesels. They're junk And diesel is higher than gas. Keep driving your '91 honda civic with the big annoying muffler that makes it sound like a big mad hornet and stay away from those old dirty diesels. They're no good at all...hehehe



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