Having lived in and commuted in Los Angeles for twelve years, I owned and drove BMWs, Mercedes, a Porsche 911, my '73 bay the Road Warrior, and a new '89 Vanagon GL. Then I moved to rural upstate New York. Then I came back through modern Los Angeles in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in my current Type 1 baywindow. I learned a few things:
1. Southern California drivers are better than most
2. If you acknowledge drivers coming up on you by a slight veer to the right so they can see ahead of you easier, they appreciate it
3. Ignore All Emotion
4. Enjoy the remarkable scenery around you (I-8 and I-15 from San Diego go through remarkable terrain)
5. Stay within the capabilities of your car and its lack of stress becomes your lack of stress
I found that hurrying a BMW or MB on socal freeways was *no more fun* than driving a bay in the day on planet Earth.
I grew up on the central coast of California where the major highway (101) is merely 2 lanes and the rest are all winding country roads. I joined the Navy in 2003 and have been all over the east and west coasts as well as Hawaii.
1. I agree SoCal drivers are better than most albeit crazy!
2. Good tip. Thanks! I am a little tired of looking in my rear view with the pucker factor nearing 11 as another giant SUV barely moves over in the nick of time!
3. A lesson I am constantly trying to learn.
4. I was also making the commute from Temecula to San Diego for the past 2 years since I finally got stationed near home and bought a house. The scenery is in fact amazing along the 15 and out I-8. One thing that kept me sane (I also just drove to Phoenix twice in the last week)
5. My biggest complaint is the lack of acceleration, and the loss of speed on hills. Guess I better get over it.
I have to admit that more often than not I LOVE not being able to keep up with the rat race on the freeways. There's something so...zen about it.
Have you tried little tricks for the first start of the day?
Like 1/4 second after engaging the starter, punch down on the accelerator and release?
I have stomped on the skinny pedal while attempting to start it. No go. If I push it too far it just starts flooding. The only trick I have so far is to crank it a few times and then go back 15 minutes later. Then it fires right up. Thats all fine and dandy as long as I can plan and prep.
We at Itinerant Air-Cooled send you you our deepest sympathy for owning a Ford product. If there is anything we can do to help mitigate the pain coughcough
just coughcoughcough call
Now thats funny!!! In all honesty, for a Ford, it is a surprisingly good car. My wife's happy so I'm happy. I just don't like making payments.