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    Thats a coupe not a convertable, do you know why Graham?
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    I know nothing of the origin of the photo but I bet the driver has a headache...

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    Kirsty is stressing a bit we went beyond what she really wanted to spend, but looking at stuff like this and the new Megane2 in the drive does tend to reality check the whole money thing.

    Florides and lots of old classics are cool, but mighty glad they dont build them like they used to!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    the new Megane2 in the drive does tend to reality check the whole money thing.
    Hi Haakon, what model did you get, and are you happy with it so far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Hi Haakon, what model did you get, and are you happy with it so far?
    Megane2 Phase2 auto sedan. For the lass to drive so I now get the Xsara2 (itself being procured as a safety upgrade from the 21).

    Having only 15,000km on it, its only problems are hard tyres I'll replace so she is safer in the rain and maybe a slightly sad engine mount. Its otherwise as new as a 6 year old car stored in dry dark conditions can be!!

    R21 Marseille - is there a good home out there for it?
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    Sounds like a super example - I like the colour also.

    I replaced the front tyres on our Megane hatch in time for winter - two new Continental Premium Contacts. Our sedan has Michelins which seem a bit harder - are these what you are thinking of replacing?

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    Am thinking of Premium Contacts also Repalcig the factory fitted Michelin Primacy.

    Decent price on the PC2 as the newer version just came out. Don't care if they only last 30000kms, just want the ABS and ESP to have as little do as possible!!

    What difference (if any) to the steering feel/feedback did you note going to the Conitentals?

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    Fortunately I can't answer that because the hatch had PCs factory fitted - luck of the draw I guess! However I have noticed substantially better steering feedback in the hatch, compared to the sedan which has Michelin Primacy. I had attributed this to the longer wheelbase (they are both phase II so have the same steering system), but as you suggest it could be the tyres. Maybe I should follow your lead and ditch the Michelins - from memory I paid $275 each for the PCs (fitted).

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    Did I miss something or was this thread about a Floride? What does the Megane have to do with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunroof View Post
    Did I miss something or was this thread about a Floride? What does the Megane have to do with it?
    Its what commonly referred to as a thread hijack - and forgetting to take it elsewhere when a discussion gets going.

    Marginally relevent only in comparing how the poor old Flroide fared in the crash

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    The driver of the Floride should have come out o.k. because all the old Renaults have a safety crumple zone. It extends from the front bumper to the rear bumper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubyalpine View Post
    The driver of the Floride should have come out o.k. because all the old Renaults have a safety crumple zone. It extends from the front bumper to the rear bumper!

    Cheers, Henry
    Very true!! It's why after a close call in the early 90s I put the R10 "back in the toy closet" and started driving the P6 Rover I had in those days. Even in my silly early twenties, I had a vision of my mortality in the old R10 and it looked a bit like that photo above!!

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    Not extreme lack of crumple zones in this vintage design

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    Quote Originally Posted by driven View Post
    Not extreme lack of crumple zones in this vintage design
    Every time I drive a Floride/Caravelle, which is rare since we owned one, I hope not to do this! They do have a crumple zone, just in the wrong place.
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    G/DAY ALL
    After the hit up the bum my R10 got from a toyota prado ( about 80 kph ) andseing how it stood up i'm glad my girls were in it and not a modern front drive car as i would only have one daughter now.
    Cheers Peter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter J Kent View Post
    G/DAY ALL
    After the hit up the bum my R10 got from a toyota prado ( about 80 kph ) andseing how it stood up i'm glad my girls were in it and not a modern front drive car as i would only have one daughter now.
    Cheers Peter.
    Actually, the R8-10 shells seem half way reasonable if hit at the ends. Let us not discuss the sides. but they are pretty old engineering and pretty light. They would be MUCH stronger than a Floride/Caravelle I imagine.

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    Its teh steering rack "way out front" and a long javelin aimed at my chest I couldn't stop thinking about...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    Its teh steering rack "way out front" and a long javelin aimed at my chest I couldn't stop thinking about...
    You're right of course. But the rack is low and the average impact is unlikely to push the column along its axis.

    My approach in driving the R8 and 4CV is to avoid such things like the plague!
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    Actually I have read somewhere that the R8/10 and Floride Caravelles were considered to be very safe because the spare tyre slopped down but hit the front cross member and from then on there is nothing much but crumple zone. Was it planned and tested like modern cars, perhaps not but I suggest at a low speed front on they were probably quite good for their day.

    It is the lack of seat belts in mine that sometimes causes a worry. But talking to someone who has them in his Caravelle and he says they keep falling off your shoulder and are bloody dangerous as they catch your arm.

    I do drive very carefully but one can never predict what might suddenly appear unexpectedly. Once just as I checked my rear view mirror a 4 X 4 slammed on his brakes right in front of me because he must have seen a street number he wanted, and I did have a large space luckily. I got a hell of a fright when I looked back to the front. Yes I stopped in time but you can never tell when the unpredictable will occur.

    They also had knee padding and head padding above the wind screen unusual for their day.

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    I can speak from experience when last year I hit a large wild pig in QLD and am very happy that I was in my Floride and not a modern car.
    I had to put some cable ties to hold the spare wheel door up but otherwise still drove home, hate to think if it was a new car. If you want to see the pics go to the thread Melb to Townsville, but I'd like to see pics of modern cars hitting a pig or solid pole.
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    A couple more bent ones...
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    Or a pig.
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    My sister hit a Mazda 626 some years back with an R10.
    She managed to hit the 626 in the rear quarter panel just behind the rear wheel. The 626 boot was crumpled almost to half way across it's width.
    The R10 front left hand corner was pushed back about 20cm with the boot lid corner popping up and almost hitting the 'A' pillar.
    It was a slow speed impact of about 50Km/h and both drivers were unhurt.
    The 626 was repaired, the R10 written off. I was spewing because I had just given it a new paint job a couple of months prior!
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