Posts Tagged ‘toyota’

How to Spot an Uber Lyft Taxi in Frisco

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

1. Erratic driving

2. Toyota Prius

3. Inappropriate double parking – I know it when I see it. You will too after you drive around town for a couple weeks.

4 Trade Dress – you can sort of see it here, a backwards “C,” or an U for Uber, or anything pink for Lyft

5. License plate holder from out of town

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Those are the basics.

Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell-Car Spotted in the Wild

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

This is the second Toyota Mirai hydrogen car I’ve ever seen (unless it’s the first and it’s the same ride I saw inside the dealership on Geary last year):

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Anyway, these vehicles are out on the streets of San Francisco now, that’s the update…

An Up-Close View of the Prius-Killing Tree of Clement Street

Friday, August 12th, 2016

This attack from a few months back…

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…came from this tree, which still shows where it broke apart:

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Beware beware…

A “HALT CO2” License Plate Mounted One Foot Away from a Hidden Tailpipe What Emits … Carbon Dioxide

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Try not to breathe while reading this Gentle Reader, you know, since we’re “halt”-ing CO2:

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I’ll tell you, you can’t not burn the guzzolene if you operate a Chevy Volt. I know people who live in Frisco and are able to minimize gasoline use by charging at home and only taking short trips. Even then, they’re still using gasoline, as a helper to get up hills or merely to keep the gasoline from getting too skunky / to maintain the gas engine part of the machine by simply using it, whether you want it to or not.

But oh, you’re “a part of the solution?” OK, maybe. What I’m saying, though, is your “HALT CO2” License Plate is Mounted One Foot Away from a Hidden Tailpipe What Emits … Carbon Dioxide. Just so long as you know…

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.

Stealth Cruiser: This Aging Toyota Must Be Invisible on Radar – A Very Bumpy Car

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

See?

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The World’s Coolest Tofu Delivery Truck or Just Another Tofu Fan in the Richmond – It’s Hard to Tell

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

From Gunma, Japan comes this Toyota 86 Scion FR-S, which stands for Front-engined, Rear-drive, sport.

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Upon further review, I’m thinking this is just a private auto.

No matter, look for it here, in Japantown East, in a few short weeks:

Soy and Tofu Festival 2016 – June 4 at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral

WHEN
Saturday, June 4, 2016
11:00am-5:00pm
WHERE
Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard)
San Francisco’s Japantown

The mission of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu. In adhering to these goals, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival — an annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation — strives to be a vehicle for community-building and leadership development while adhering to the Foundation’s mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered.

This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors, provides an educational forum on the various uses and benefits of soy and tofu, offers live music and cultural entertainment, interactive games and tofu eating contests, and culminates with the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition.

Now in its sixth year, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival has grown progressively since its inception with 3,500 attendees in 2011 to more than 20,000 in 2015. One of San Francisco Japantown’s largest festivals, the popular culinary and cultural event serves as the main fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, and is held annually on the first Saturday in June.

Proceeds from the Festival help to publish the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

How to Tell If Your Car is Affected by the Takata Defective Airbag Recall – “Recalls Look-up by VIN”

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Here you go, the official NHTSA website:

Recalls Look-up by VIN – Vehicle Identification Number

But what got me there was this new AirBagRecall.Org (aka AirBagRecall.Com) site from Takata (and what got me there was an ad on the NYT website).

And all that led to Toyota.com/recall, which prolly wasn’t a bad place to check anyway.

I now see that the MSM covered this issue about three days ago, but I missed all that.

What got to me was this:

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And when I saw it I thought, “No, skyscraper ad. My aging inflator is just fine, probably”

And it is IRL, AFAIK after checking.

But the above urgently-phrased overstatement got my attention, so I suppose the lesson here is ADVERTISING WORKS, at least sometimes…

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Prius Pwnage: Prius Prunage Needed After a Ton of Tree Tumbles Upon This Troubled Toyota

Monday, March 14th, 2016

As seen on Clement:

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This Prius is a lowrider now…

What It’s Like for a 16-Year-Old to Turn the Wrong Way onto Turk and Cause an Accident in Front of Northern Station

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

It’s like this, or one assumes.

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Northbound Corolla on Fillmore turns right onto Turk, but Turk’s a one-way the other way in the Western Addition. So BAM into a Prius C. And yes, that’s Northern Station in the background. And I’m guessing about the 16 year old part, but you tell me, Gentle Reader. (I’ll tell you, one time I crashed into a 16 year old’s Honda at Mcallister and Gough. He was driving an Accord older than him when he decided to make his own turn lane onto Gough. He asked if I could do him a solid by not reporting this incident to anyone. I was like, “Yeah, right.” Then I told the SFPD to leave after some people called 911. So then I rode over to SFGH with my left arm held straight down since it wasn’t bending at that point. So then I gave up on SFGH after about five minutes. So then I made it home and then over to St Mary’s. By this point I was holding my arm at a 90 degree angle ’cause it wouldn’t go straight anymore – this caused problems for the X-ray tech. So then I had to go to a meeting in the Marina for the proposed Fisher Family Modern Museum. So then I went back to St Mary’s for the results. The upshot is that my left elbow, to this day, still quietly clicks when I flex it, depending on which direction my wrist is facing, but the 16 year old’s insurance policy paid St Mary’s and I ended up with a few thousands for my trouble. Basically, I sold my 100% good elbow for a 99% good elbow, and it took about ten hours out of my life. That’s what I think about when I think about 16 year olds causing accidents in the Western Addition. But I digress…)

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Or you could call this “traffic violence,” but I don’t.

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One time, a Dude headed to the West Side hit my Toyota and it looked better than these cars and I thought it was totally driveable but it wasn’t and my estimate ended up being $18K(!), oh well. This is definitely a reportable accident even without injuries – this is no way to start your Driving Life:

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And yes, the Prius driver was NOT AT FAULT – I’m as shocked as you are.

Anyway, let’s be careful out there.