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Weird questions

1) Can you write on rice paper with a pencil or pen (which?) and does it dissolve in water?

2) Any idea which cars resist rust the best? I'm thinking of getting a new car. It will need to last *at least* 10 years. I would still have access to my lovely oldsmobile cutlass cierra had my son not totalled within a week of us giving it to him. :-( Damn good car, damn few repairs - in fact only one that fell outside of standard maintenance. It sadly was not crashproof during hydroplaning. It was the only new, as in not used, car I ever had. The one I have now and I like it muchly is a Chevy Malibu, BUT it is only 6 years old and the door is rusting. The fucking DOOR and the damn thing is garage kept! Dave's THREE y/o truck is doing the same. We say "WTF?!?!" Rust this soon is pure bullshit.

So, pendamuse has a right loverly Aveo. You sit a tad higher than in a "regular" car and the ride is divine. I looked it up online - good price, nice options, excellent safety and gas mileage. Damn 4 cylinder (which explains the gas mileage). So, we were talking with hardly_angelic who is thinking of purchasing a Yaris. Ugly but cute, all the good things of the Aveo, but damn! Four cyls!! Can they not make a 6 cyl? I live on hills! Steep ones! Pulling out into traffic on a steep hil is not worth the heart attack of a 4 cyl. Everyone must lean forward when going uphill to help the thing get up the hill. ***pout** So, car dilemna. The 2008 Malibu looks like everything I want except I worry about it rusting out because of he 2001.

Hyundai supposedly developed a metal that resists rust for 20 years. I can't find one of their car maodels listing that as the metal though. Maybe it isn't yet available.


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Sep. 14th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
I ended up with a 2007 Saturn Ion with a 2.4L six cylinder engine. I'm averaging about 27 miles to the gallon at this point, but it's supposed to improve as the car is broken in.
Sep. 15th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
How is the ride? Comfy as Penda's?
Sep. 16th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
My exposure to her car has been limited to a two-block ride in the snow almost two years ago - so I really can't make an adequate comparison. The ride is all right, I suppose. It's a commuter car, better suited to short jaunts than long trip - but my guess is that it's underpowered for your needs.
Sep. 15th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
I cannot find a listing for 6 cylinder Ion or one to option into a 6 cyl. Is it a quad coupe?
Sep. 16th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
My bad - sorry. It's a four-banger.
Sep. 16th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Ah! Thanks for the info. :-)
Sep. 14th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
I adore my Saturn (mine's a 2000 SL2, V6 engine, 113,500 miles right now.)

Fiberglass body = not much can rust, except the undercarriage, and that's all holding up really well too.

I also absolutely adore dealing with Saturn for maintenance and stuff: they've always talked to me intelligently, not tried to pull things over on me, etc.
Sep. 15th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Is it closer to a luxury ride or standard? Comfort is very important and I'd heard the Saturn had uncomfy seats, but that was a long time ago.
Sep. 14th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Just to clarify, it's a Suzuki Aerio, GS sedan.

The Aveo is a Chevy product.
Sep. 15th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)

I knew that the first time I looked it up, shortly after the visit.
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