VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4648 posts, RR: 34 Posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1980 times:
After posting in the thread about "The Fast And The Furious" on how I hate rice rockets, I decided to start a thread about it. I want to see some rants about why you hate POS rice-rockets. I still don't understand why they're so popular, it's not like they're cheaper than domestics...unless by "cheaper" you're referring to the quality I'd rather drive a domestic mini-van than a ricer (and I hate mini-vans).
Mika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1898 times:
Japanese cars lack of a soul is the main reason i don't fancy them very much. in that case italian cars are better. Italy is the mother of all cars (even though everything that's been made there isn't of very high quality *cough* early 90's Alfa romeo's) but they'r still cars with a soul. just my $0.02.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1888 times:
It is an Asian make of car that is a little bigger then a Power Wheels car for kids. On average, they have the equivalent to a modified 2-stroke Briggs & Stratton lawn-mower engine that can do 0-60 in a 28 minutes. But the owner will soup up the engine to drag-racing capabilities by putting extra-large exhaust pipes, tint, low-profile tires and rims, and lots of stickers on it. You can spot these cars tearing up the road by their unmistakable 'chirp' they leave at green-lights when the driver side-steps the clutch.
Fordlover From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1861 times:
I have yet to see "The Fast and the Furious", but I think it's on pay per view later this month. I'll drop the 4 bucks to watch pretty much any car movie. And it should be good for a laugh or two (or a couple hundred). As far as rice rockets go, can't stand em. I cringe at the sound of bumblebees on the highway. The "stickers make me faster" mentality is what gets me. Now if a guy can really make his Honda fast, I'll give him a little respect. But I can count on one hand the number of "hot" imports that have out dragged me in my wife's Taurus. Bone-stock, with kids in the back seat. The only Japanese cars I would ever consider owning would be a Miata (I think I can fit a 5.0 in there), or that new Subaru WRX.
174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1828 times:
Some kids called my Toyota Camry a rice rocket because I added new rims to it and changed the windows around. I hit them right in the face.
I have the 2001 Toyota Camry V6 , and I added the tinted windows because I love how my car looks now, and the rims because it just flows.
Blue/silver tint windows, blue car, silver rims...
I like the car myself. I have never seen another camry like it. Plus I take care of it like no other.
Pacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1808 times:
People watching too much "Initial D", I wonder. I personally don't like souped up cars. THe Jap sports cars that are powerful from the beginning are just fine, why an old not-souped up 300ZX can outrun a Porshe 968!
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1788 times:
BH346, there's a lot of after-market support for Honda cars. Civics, Accord and Integra (yes, it's still Honda, IMO) have huge support groups. Yes, I agree that some of the sticker decorations are sickening, but some of the 'sleepers' on the road are quite nice. I have a friend of mine who spent $40,000 US+ on his Civic, and he's pretty pissed off 'cause he now realizes that he could have gotten a decent Bimmer for that money.
Personally, I don't really care anymore. If they want to look like idiots in their wannabe rides, so be it. Funny thing is that most of the rice-drivers didn't even pay for the car themselves. Most are spoiled kids with too-much-money to spare.
Btw, not all Japanese cars are bad. Lancer Evo, Skyline and RX8 are all quite impressive works for their respective markets.
Illini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1765 times:
Its not the power- they may have power to weight ratios similar (or even better than) a Camaro. But they get it all by spinning the engine fast; a civic Si gets its 160 hp at 6000 rpm, and its a real steap curve. But their main problem isn't power; its torque. They just don't have it, and just can't get decent ammounts of it out of those small engines. The reason my 1988 Oldsmobile could beat those things off the line with the same horsepower, but lugging around an extra ton of steele was torque. A Civic Si only has 106 lb-ft of torque, and thats way up at 4500 rpm, with steep drops on either side.
Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8212 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1743 times:
I know one Japanese car that is definitely NOT a riceboy car: the Nissan Skyline GT-R.
The nice thing is the next-generation Skyline GT-R is definitely headed towards the US market probably as a 2004 model in the Infiniti range. Imagine a very sporting version of the 4.5-liter V-8 from the current Infiniti Q45 in this new car with around 400 bhp in the US market car; that should give owners of 2001 and 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera owner pause.
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1738 times:
You guys are such muppets, and the little amount of so called 'trendy' stuff is absolutely halirous. C'mon thinking Garage music refers to people playing in the garage. Now you guys think rice rockets are refered to cars, however the refer to Japenese motorcycles.
I have had about enough of all this stupid stuff that goes on here, from 'Does this girl like me' to this type of rubbish, I am outta here!
Twotterwrench From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1740 times:
Iain, shut up. Rice rocket was the term for motorcycles ten years ago. Times have changed.
Those boys make me laugh...lookin all tough in their stupid looking plastic cars. I seem them little boys at stop light revving their lawn mower engines trying to look cool in their knock off sunglasses and I literally have to pull over cuz I can't drive when i am laughing that hard.