LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/ABR/2006 7:50 AM|
|Assunto:||Mulher no volante perigo constante|
Weren't they making Lada Nivas in Uruguay? I wonder if they still do.
My "Sammy" (Samurai) was a two door hardtop (4 passengers). The convertible was much more popular. It had what amounted to a "rollbar" that some thought made the vehicle safer in a rollover. There weren't many things you could to do the engine in California, but in other states extensive modifications could greatly boost the power of the vehicle. A nephew told me that this Samurai could "...climb a tree." I drove it, and I believe it. I think it was in the Bahamas that the police used them. My Samurai had "no guts", no power at all. Let me tell you, it was quite a shock the first time I went up a hill on a freeway in heavy traffic. On both sides of me, I had cars going 100 kph or faster as I was struggling in the Samurai to do about 60 kph while looking for an opportunity to get as far to the right as possible.
My Samurai was a "lemon". Shortly after buying it, the transmission went out while I was on a freeway early in the morning. I expected to see bits and pieces flying through the air at any second. I had one problem after another with it.
The GEO Tracker was larger, more comfortable, and a lot faster on the highway. I had few problems with it during the 150,000 km or so that I drove it.
Both vehicles had manual four wheel drive. The driver stopped the vehicle, used a special gearshift to go into four-wheel-drive, exited the vehicle, and manually rotated a device on the front axle. It only took a moment, and wasn't much of a bother. I never had to use snowchains. In the mountains, several times I was on steep roads where four wheel drive was necessary, and I was really happy to have it.
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