Crazy Euro Car Boy Meets DeLorean for First Time

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Despite being as European as an American car can get, our Euro car boy has never seen a DeLorean before. His first impressions follow.

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A small gathering of DeLoreans off to the side of Woodward Avenue allowed me to have my first-ever close-up glances of a DeLorean DMC-12. Several of them, in fact. A very European touch here at the Dream Cruise, with the French engine, British engineering and Italian design.

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Even up close—and looking at cars with their time travel devices removed—it’s hard to consider the DeLorean as an actual production automobile insted of a movie prop or an expensive piece of professional kitchen equipment. Perhaps it’s all the stainless steel and the very 80s taillight cluster.

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I asked the amiable gentleman pictured on top in the shirt advertising the glories of Kazakhstan what it was like to own one. He pointed out that it’s definitely not an everyday car, with a lackluster engine, too much weight, lousy handling, and so on. But then it doesn’t have to do or possess any of that: all it needs is the ability to rip tears in the space-time continuum.

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Which, judging by the license plate, his example is more than able to do.

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Brian, The Life of

THREADJACK WARNING

Sorry to go OT for such a selfish reason, but I find myself in a vehicular pickle and need my fellow Jalops’ perspective. Here’s the tragically ironic tale (sorry it's so long):

Yesterday, after much research/deliberation/pain, I bought a new Chrysler T&C Touring for my wife to schlep around our 4 kids to their myriad activities. With the CARS and 2009 model year "everything-must-go" discounts, plus some haggling, we saved over 9 grand. That’s the "good" part. The bad part that has me near tears is that, on my way home from signing the deal (on eastbound I-8 just west of Hwy 163), my venerable, reliable and beloved W123 240D suddenly lost all oil pressure and seized before I could get to the shoulder and shut down the mill. Basically, it crashed and bled out.

My plan was to drive my car for another year and buy a new Jetta TDI Sportwagon for my daily driver. A car I actually want. Now here’s the pickle: 1) There are no Jetta TDI wagons available. Apparently anywhere. 2) We just plopped down 30 large on a cash deal for the minivan, so I don’t have a lot of car budget left (maybe 5 grand for a down). 3) The "sensible choice" would be to get a stripper 2009 Caliber or some such Chrysler/Dodge low ender (NOT a PT Cruiser – I refuse to drive one of those) for the $3500 cash incentive plus the nifty lifetime power train warranty. Sensible, yes, but uninteresting in the extreme. Some may say the Jetta isn’t exactly exciting, but I love oil burners as much as I love wagons – for me the car would be perfect.

So please guys/gals, help a brother out? Maybe I’m too close to losing the 240D to think straight but I just have no idea what to do.

/End Threadjack