Posts Tagged ‘auto’

Multitasking: Commemorating the 4th of July and Your Busted Car Windows at the Same Time

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Don’t look at reported incidents, just look at real life.

Anyway, the silvery piece of cardboard looked white, so this driver was in the spirit of July 4th 2016:

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Some are just giving up fixing their windows, it seems, in this year especially. Most passersby will not try to get into your car of course, and the ones who do just might have done it anyway, so what’s the point in hurrying up and repairing the damage today, or this week, or this year?

Cf. this long-term fix. See? Much less festive, but actually a pretty good job:

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On It Goes…

Now I’ve Seen Everything: “TAKE THE TRAIN TO NASCAR,” Sponsored by Toyota?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

You can take a train to Sonoma Raceway? News to me.

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Reminds me of the time I drove a car to a train race. Good times.

Edleeite: Official Google Results for Frisco Costco Displays Broken Auto Glass – Street Crime at Warehouse #144 in SoMA

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

I’ve never seen as much broken glass upon the Streets of San Francisco as I’ve seen in this year, 2016, so far. The current level is redolent of the late 80’s / early 90’s, IMO.

So try it, Gentle Reader. Google yourself for “Costco 144.” You get this:

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And that leads to this:

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Oh well.

Here We Go: SFPD Taraval Station Captain vs. SFDA George Gascon – Prop 47 and Car Break-Ins – “Bundle” Prosecutions?

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Here it is, a brand-new “Captain’s Message” from the Outside Lands.

I’ve never seen anything like this.

1. Oh, so this is the beef from elements of the SFPD against George Gascon? News to me.

2. Here’s the referenced opinion piece from the ‘Xam. I’ll note that the writer is trying to sway opinion afore Frisco’s next election day in June 2016, so we’re getting pretty political here, non? (And in that election, we’ll get to vote for DCCC candidates, who then will officially endorse candidates running in November 2016 and all this could affect who runs the SFPD and, of course, which station captains work where, just saying.)

3. And when I saw this: Read Captain Flaherty’s April 2016 message to the Taraval Community, I thought that the topic would be, and I’m srsly, Racist SFPD Testing Scandal 2.0, which came out of a rape investigation involving an SFPD officer working out of Taraval Station. This whole affair was the talk of the Westside on NextDoor.com last year, IIRC. But no, it’s a station captain lobbing shotgun beanbags at our DA. Surprise surprise.

4. “Bundle Prosecution?” I’ve never heard this term. Hey, you know, this would have made a great CWNevius posting – I wonder why he didn’t articulate this one. Now I’ve already heard the beef about the SFPD arresting people only to have the SFDA spring them, but I’ve always chalked that up to San Francisco’s notorious jury pool and also some of our more liberal judges. And I still do, actually.

5. Man, how many car windows do you have to break in order to get nine arrests? I’ll tell you, my car made it a decade and a half on the streets of the 94117 with zero broken glass. But the past six months, I’ve lost two windows (with nothing taken, there’s nothing worth stealing really, except for the quarters in the coin tray, which, of course, was left untouched). Now, do you think I’m going to report this? No. And if did, do you think the perpetrators would get caught? Prolly not. And then the people have to get caught get nine times? Wow, as stated, news to me.

6. And there’s something about the borders of Taraval Station that isn’t synonymous with the Westside? I’m baffled by that. Taraval Station is prototypical westside, IMO.

Take a look yourself, below. (I didn’t read all of it, I got bored halfway through.)

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Smashy Smashy: Broken Window Glass All Over the Western Addition These Days – Interim Mayor Ed Lee Indifferent, Ineffective

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Can you see it?

Look and you’ll see:

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Interim Mayor Ed Lee doesn’t know.

Interim Mayor Ed Lee doesn’t care.

Forget About “Car Share” – What You Need to Do is Rent a Ferrari from Club Sportiva – An “Experience Beyond Ownership”

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Here’s a Club Sportiva delivery back in the day, on Market Street:

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An “experience beyond ownership,” whatever that meant.

Now here’s another on 19th Avenue, just recently:

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So what, your wife spends $1000-something bucks to have two bros deliver a Lambo to your office on a Friday afternoon and then you’ll be a big macher for the weekend?

I’ll tell you, this business makes no sense in Frisco.

NeMa “New Market” Update: TEST DRIVE TESLA MODEL S AT NEMA! – Feb 23rd, For Residents Only, No “Normals”

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Test Drive a Tesla @ NEMA on 2/23

 “Tesla Test Drive

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 23 to test drive a Tesla! The Tesla Team will have 2-3 test drive cars available and 1 stationary car for walk-arounds.  NEMA residents will be able to RSVP for test drive time slots and get the full Tesla experience.

To sign up for the Tesla Test drive this Sunday NEMA residents should click here to secure a spot or simply show up on Sunday. The cars will be parked in front of the North Tower lobby entrance.

Date: Sunday, 2/23/2014
Time: 10am-5:00pm
Who: Tesla Drive Team + NEMA Residents and Visitors/Guests
Where: Cars will be located in front of the North Lobby Entrance (8 10th Street)

Be sure to strike a pose in front of the Tesla line up and use #rentnema!

Tech-savvy and design-driven, NEMA is a next generation luxury residential community at the forefront of San Francisco’s dynamic Mid-Market neighborhood renaissance. Get social with us and follow our story on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

– See more at: http://rentnema.com/blog/test-drive-a-tesla-nema-on-223/#sthash.25v2iXXC.dpuf “

Photo: If You Park Your Car Like This on the Sidewalk in Front of Your Garage, Some Pedestrian Just Might Kick It

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Boy, if I parked an aging Honda like this and then came back to find part of its right side all stove in like this, I’d think, “Gee, maybe some ped got mad and kicked my car right where s/he wanted to walk.”

And the I wouldn’t park on the fucking sidewalk anymore.

As seen on Masonic, home of absurdly wide (22 feet(!) in some places) sidewalks filled with not too many pedestrians and a whole bunch of cars:

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Rent a Tesla Model S Electric Car for $30 per Hour? OK Fine – Here’s How You Do It – GetAround, Inc.

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

I don’t know why you’d do this, but here it is:

I pay 11 cents per hour for my Toyota, which is actually a better car but anyway…

Ooh Nice One, Goldman Sachs! CODA Automotive in Bankruptcy Today – The Bay Area’s OTHER Electric Car “Factory”

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Read the news and turn the pages.

I remember seeing CODA Automotive’s first SFMTA bus stop ad back in 2010. I thought, “Man, what a turkey.” That’s the year I started the DeathWatch.

This whole CODA concept appeared to be another big fat loser from Goldman Sachs and that’s exactly what it turned out to be.

Oh well.

Ah memories, memories from 2010:

Whatever You Do, DON’T Put $499 Down on the $45K, Mostly Chinese, All-Electric Coda Sedan

I’ll tell you, the Mitsubishi Carisma didn’t exactly slay the European market when it went on sale a decade and a half ago. Simply, it wasn’t popular. Then a regional car maker in China tried to take the design from Mitsu and make a version to sell to the Chinese in 2005. It wasn’t popular there neither, even at a price of just $10,000. It, as they say, “lacked quality to make a mark” in the Chinese market. O.K. then.

Well, they went and took out the gas engine and fitted it with a big heavy battery and a lightweight motor and that’s how we’re getting the 2011 Coda Automotive Sedan at a price of, wait for it, Holy Toledo, $44,900. That’s the news of the day, 45K, officially.

Should California and the feds give you tax credits to buy this thing if all Coda Automotive is going to do is raise the price sky high?

What a POS this thing is. Just look at it. In some ways better, and in some ways worse than your sister’s ’94 Honda Civic:

Now, they’re going to have a showroom in the bay area soon and they’re going to let you take a test drive starting next month. Fine, test drive the thing, I don’t care. But don’t give them a deposit, don’t encourage them.

All right, what about the all-electric Nissan LEAF, the Coda Sedan’s arch-rival? The LEAF is better and cheaper.

Here’s what an overly-excited CODA fan was saying about the LEAF last year:

“It’s an alien-looking buggy with small wheels and no nose that won’t look like a real car to American buyers”

Uh, no, that’s incorrect. Sorry.

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Hey, here’s a question:

Why is the LEAF so much cheaper than the CODA?

Yes the CODA has a big trunk that the LEAF lacks but so what. (The CODA  has small rear seat area because of that big trunk, so oh well.)

Uh oh:

“More ominously for the company, the sedan is more expensive than the Nissan Leaf, which will retail for $32,800 before incentives. Put another way, the Leaf is almost as cheap before incentives as the Coda is after incentives. And Nissan has a well-known brand name and  years of automotive experience.”

Here’s another question:

Why does the CODA cost so much more than the Chinese design it’s based upon?

Here’s another question:

How on Earth can people call the CODA an American car if the bulk of it, the glider (basically the entire car except for the battery/transmission) is made in one factory in China and the giant battery is made in another factory in China? What’s that, you wait for the boats to arrive in L.A. County Contra Costa? Solano?, Alameda? (one of them counties anyway) and then slap the battery and various whatnots inside the glider and that’s your “final assembly” in America? I cry foul.

Let’s face it, the Coda Sedan is a Chinese car, whether you like that or not.

Maybe a $45k electric sedan seemed like a good idea last year, but this thing is looking like a clunker already. That’s why people are saying that it, “may be a tough sell.”

Now, speaking of tough sells, let’s look at some of the marketing we’re getting from the CODA people. Go ahead, click and read along:

Electric agility

“The CODA might be the most agile car you’ve ever driven.”

Nope!

“Do you know the feeling of stomping the pedal and waiting for the car to build speed? Those days are over. The experience of driving a CODA is completely different.”

Well, I know what a Chevy Chevette Diesel automatic is like. It’s slow, with a o-60 time of 20 seconds plus. I know your CODA is quicker than that, but is the experience of driving the thing “completely different” from other cars? Nope.

“It’s small, energy-dense UQM PowerPhase® electric motor packs a punch, and weighs hundreds of pounds less than internal combustion engines.”

How can a motor be “energy-dense?” Shouldn’t you be talking about the energy density of the battery instead? Speaking of which, how much does the battery weigh? Isn’t that the more salient aspect?

“So whether you’re standing still or moving at a good pace, you’ll get instant torque and acceleration when you need it.”

You’re selling an electric car on this basis? Isn’t the CODA slower than the average car being sold today? Yep.

All right, caveat emptor.

All the deets, after the jump

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