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How Not To Tow A Car  
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

Looks like the wannabe rice racer's steering wheel locked up. What country is this? Sounds like he mentions "miles per hour" at the 11 second mark.



Mark

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User currently offlineIlikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 2433 times:

What kind of car is it? Almost looks like a Subaru.

edit:

Scratch that earlier remark.

[Edited 2007-01-01 22:25:09]


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User currently offlineMarquis From Germany, joined Sep 2005, 274 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

Yep, has to be an Subaru Impreza STi ('92-'95 model).


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

I always wondered why cars in North America don't have the tow points such as the ones in Europe.

Lot's of fun getting my cousin towing my Peugot to the shop



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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Thread starter):
What country is this?

Well it isn't the UK thats for sure, but it is some other country where they drive on the left.

I bet the guy didn't realise you had to keep the ignition on when towing to stop the steering locking up !!.

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User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
I always wondered why cars in North America don't have the tow points such as the ones in Europe.

Because cars built in North America are much more reliable than ones built in Europe.  duck 


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Quoting Queso (Reply 5):
Because cars built in North America are much more reliable than ones built in Europe.

 rotfl   Wink

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 4):
Well it isn't the UK thats for sure, but it is some other country where they drive on the left.

Australia, New Zealand or South Africa perhaps?



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
I always wondered why cars in North America don't have the tow points such as the ones in Europe.

Most Fords have them. My two Ford Contours (Mondeos) had them and my current vehicle, a Sport Trac, have a pair of them in the bumper.



Mark


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Great example on how not to tow a car

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
I always wondered why cars in North America don't have the tow points such as the ones in Europe

We have them, usually there are a couple of slots cut into the frame, you would have to look to see them.

We also put the steering wheels on the side of the car too.

Note to everybody, if your engine isn't running it ain't driving the power steering pump. That is why he crashed. He was trying to force the wheel.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 7):
My two Ford Contours (Mondeos)

Which was a European designed car.

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 7):
a Sport Trac, have a pair of them in the bumper.

Pick-up's and Jeep's have them I know, I'm assuming to get them out of any problems they may encounter while going 4x4ing.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 8):
We have them, usually there are a couple of slots cut into the frame, you would have to look to see them.

What kind of vehicle do you have?

Most of the vehicles in Europe have them intergraged into the bumber or just under and are very easliy accesible.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 8):
That is why he crashed. He was trying to force the wheel.

But as long as the key is in the ignition, the wheel won't lock. When the vehicle is in motion, not having power steering is not difficult to handle, the wheels turn quite freely.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

A couple oldie-but-goody towing mishaps.





Mark


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

I saw that second one a couple of years ago. Thought it was funny as hell!

BTW, Mark, you have the SportTrac, I'm not a pick-up fan, but I do have to say that the SportTrac is one of the nicest vehicles on the road.



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 2237 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Thread starter):
What country is this?

Judging by the scenery I would say they were English guys (Immigrants) in New Zealand, there is a palm tree and the electricty poles etc look Kiwi.

A lot of Subarus down here and a lot of twats driving them too!!


User currently onlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3496 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

The guy in the white car is a fucking idiot. Hes driving waaay to fast for that road, let along while towing a car. His turns are way to sharp too.


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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 12):
Judging by the scenery I would say they were English guys (Immigrants) in New Zealand,

Bu then again...the "Sharp bend" signs are the wrong colour, the house, the steep bank at the side of the road and the palm trees make me want to revise that opinion to ..Torquay????


User currently offlineBigMac From Suriname, joined Nov 2003, 319 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 2104 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 13):
The guy in the white car is a fucking idiot. Hes driving waaay to fast for that road, let along while towing a car. His turns are way to sharp too.

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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1533 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months ago) and read 2086 times:

The same sort of thing happened to dad many years ago. Car broke down, got a friend in a tipper truck to give him a tow, but the guy driving the truck took the keys. At first dad was alright until the steering locked so the truck was dragging him sideways and flattened road signs, uprooted bushes etc.

Dad was tooting and swearing but no one could hear him.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
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They drive on the left in Hong Kong, Japan and Mauritius too!


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

I never found the lack of power steering to be a problem, but the lack of power brakes always seemed to be a challenge during city driving.


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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
I always wondered why cars in North America don't have the tow points such as the ones in Europe.

 confused 

All the cars my wife and I have owned since moving to the states have had them - 2 Honda Civics, a Honda Accord, a Toyota Solera, and currently a Saturn Vue and BMW X5.


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 19):
All the cars my wife and I have owned since moving to the states have had them - 2 Honda Civics, a Honda Accord, a Toyota Solera, and currently a Saturn Vue and BMW X5.

I guess I should rephrase the question. What I should have said, easily accessible tow hooks. European cars usually have them in the front bumper, or just under, and are hidden by a plastic cover.



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

I believe the video was shot in Antigua  Smile


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User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 19):
All the cars my wife and I have owned since moving to the states have had them - 2 Honda Civics, a Honda Accord, a Toyota Solera, and currently a Saturn Vue and BMW X5.

These are Japanese cars and a couple of SUVs, he's talking about American made cars.

Ivan



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Quoting Fly747 (Reply 22):
These are Japanese cars and a couple of SUVs

The Saturn Vue is an American car and the X5 is a German car. The other two models sell at such volume in the US that the respective manufacturers have entire divisions dedicated to their respective markets, and that includes design differences. Compare the European Civic with the US Civic, for example.

Quoting Fly747 (Reply 22):
he's talking about American made cars.

I don't see that constraint to his original statement:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
I always wondered why cars in North America don't have the tow points such as the ones in Europe.

ACDC8 has already clarified his statement a bit with:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 20):
I guess I should rephrase the question. What I should have said, easily accessible tow hooks. European cars usually have them in the front bumper, or just under, and are hidden by a plastic cover.

However, the tow hooks on the X5, the Vue, and the two Civics, were easily accessible - no covers, no hidden enclosures, just hooks under the front bumper.


User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 23):
The Saturn Vue is an American car and the X5 is a German car

In North America they are not referred to as cars, they are SUVs and I know their origins, thanks.
I had an American made car, a Ford Crown Vic which didn't have any hooks whatsoever and I have a Japanese car which has hooks. I also have an American SUV which has hooks.

Ivan



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25 IFEMaster : In North America, at least where I live, the word 'car' is more often used as an envelope term for an automobile, rather than a myopic term for somet
26 WildcatYXU : It looks like the original post was deleted. Can somebody post the link to the video, please?
27 AsstChiefMark : Everyone around here calls an SUV a car. I call my Sport Trac "my car." Mark
28 IFEMaster : My point exactly. My wife drives the Vue. I drive the X5. We both refer to them as our 'cars'.
29 Post contains images GQfluffy : Same here...with one exception; everyone I know who owns a Jeep in some form or another...calls it 'jeep'. Not SUV, not car...
30 Adopim88 : What a wonderful video.... right. LOL. Sometimes I wonder about some people and their ideas. lol
31 Post contains images KaiGywer : Well, simply having the key in the ignition doesn't do you any good. Need to turn it to on as well. Oh, and yes, these guys are idiots Take a look at
32 Post contains images MDorBust : Made in America Tow hook next to the fog light.
33 ACDC8 : Sorry, my mistake, meant to say in the on position. But I'm sure you knew what I meant. Thanks, but .... I think I'm going to need to dig up some pic
34 Post contains images KaiGywer : Wanted to make sure Wouldn't want to see you starring in a YouTube video
35 Post contains links and images ACDC8 : Not even in one of those cool "Star Wars Guy" videos? Anyway, this is what I meant with tow hooks in Europe ... In the older cars, they are quite vis
36 Post contains images KaiGywer : And then you end up with idiots like those in AsstChiefMark's second video
37 ACDC8 : I put my Mustang into a snowbank a couple of years ago (my fault), I took the traction control off and hit some black ice. Anyway, the only place to
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