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Old May 7th, 2014, 10:48 PM   #24961
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American style Chevy's are usually imported, you do see a Chevrolet Suburban or a Corvette from time to time.

Back in the days there was Daewoo, a Korean brand. I'd say it was the least popular of the three major Korean carmakers (Hyundai, Kia & Daewoo). Chevrolet took over Daewoo for the European market, but they weren't very successful.
I thought that Chevrolets in North America were the equivalent of Opel in Europe. Mind you, this was in the '70s....
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Old May 7th, 2014, 10:50 PM   #24962
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For some reason American cars have the perception of being very unreliable. Perhaps due to the expensive parts to ship to Europe, and lack of experience among U.S. carmakers with manual transmission. French diesel engines are very good due to the large share of diesel in France, but petrol cars are known to be unreliable.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 10:55 PM   #24963
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My Chevrolet was built in a former Daewoo plant in South Korea. I noticed it even has the same type of wipers and signal buttons inside as the old Daewoo Cielo.

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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:01 PM   #24964
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I thought that Chevrolets in North America were the equivalent of Opel in Europe. Mind you, this was in the '70s....
I suppose you know that these all belong to General Motors. Actually how they label their cars may vary not only in time (70s - 2010s) but in place as well. The very same car (or with some minor aesthetic differences) may have 3-4-5 different names all around the world :-)
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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:02 PM   #24965
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For some reason American cars have the perception of being very unreliable. Perhaps due to the expensive parts to ship to Europe, and lack of experience among U.S. carmakers with manual transmission. French diesel engines are very good due to the large share of diesel in France, but petrol cars are known to be unreliable.
I think the American cars are way too big in length and width. European roads and especially cities (lanes, parking boxes, etc.) are not designated for such cars. My neighbour has the Cadillac Escalade and he can't find a suitable parking box. He always stands with both tyres on white markers Also the consumption is fairly high. But those cars are much more safer than our tins
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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:13 PM   #24966
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Escalades and their ilk are a pain in the butt over here too, really. I hate being behind one or having to park between a pair of them.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #24967
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I hate ... having to park between a pair of them.
Unless you drive a shopping cart
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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:21 PM   #24968
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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:21 PM   #24969
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There's still the problem of pulling out of the parking space without being able to see past the damn things.

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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:22 PM   #24970
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Is that the model or did you give your car a name?
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My Dad came up with it actually, he phoned me and said that he thought that it was appropriate with the registration.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:30 PM   #24972
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If being French means "86. You shower every day", then I'm French and proud to be.
Usually in Italy French people aren't associated with very good hygiene (but you may also replace French with British). There's the stereotype of the Frenchman carrying an unwrapped baguette under his sweaty arm and it's said that the best place to hide your money is under a Frenchman's soap.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:32 PM   #24973
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I thought that Chevrolets in North America were the equivalent of Opel in Europe. Mind you, this was in the '70s....
GM has sold different Opel models (or similar) under several different brands in the US. For example, there is Opel Ampera and Chevrolet Volt, there was Opel Astra and Saturn Astra, Opel Insignia and Buick Regal and so on.

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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:41 PM   #24974
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Usually in Italy French people aren't associated with very good hygiene (but you may also replace French with British). There's the stereotype of the Frenchman carrying an unwrapped baguette under his sweaty arm and it's said that the best place to hide your money is under a Frenchman's soap.
In my culture, there is a notion of "Italian marriage". It refer to a case when a husband and wife usually physically fight with each other, break furniture and argue very aloud one day whereas kiss and tells how they love each other other day. I really don't know the origin of that.
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Shouldn't these wipers be reversed for right-handed steering wheel?
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Old May 7th, 2014, 11:49 PM   #24976
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Shouldn't these wipers be reversed for right-handed steering wheel?
I didn't even notice that till last week, so I had a look at other cars driving around, most of them indeed had wipers that were opposite to mine, but a large minority had them the same.

Also, I read somewhere, but it may well not be true, that in Japan and South Korea and places round there, the indicator stick and the windscreen wiper stick are the other way around to Continental Europe and right hand driving countries, but in the UK and Ireland (and presumably Malta and Cyprus) they're the same way round as on Continental Europe.

I remember that when we moved to Portugal, my dad was worried that the pedals would be the other way around.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 01:04 AM   #24977
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Escalades and their ilk are a pain in the butt over here too, really. I hate being behind one or having to park between a pair of them.
My neighbor has a Mercedes GL; it's ridiculous.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 01:16 AM   #24978
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Usually in Italy French people aren't associated with very good hygiene (but you may also replace French with British). There's the stereotype of the Frenchman carrying an unwrapped baguette under his sweaty arm and it's said that the best place to hide your money is under a Frenchman's soap.
It's funny because , even if there is a stereotype for French people being dirty, the word bidet comes from French.
A bidet is a small sink that all the Italian bathrooms have, and it's used in order to wash yourself after using the toilet.



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In my culture, there is a notion of "Italian marriage". It refer to a case when a husband and wife usually physically fight with each other, break furniture and argue very aloud one day whereas kiss and tells how they love each other other day. I really don't know the origin of that.
Probably because we can be kinda loud sometimes, when speaking to each other!
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Old May 8th, 2014, 04:05 AM   #24979
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I thought that Chevrolets in North America were the equivalent of Opel in Europe. Mind you, this was in the '70s....
GM did import Opels for a while in the early 1970's and sold them through Buick dealers. In fact, my first new car was a 1971 Opel Manta! (see pic below) They included the very cool looking Opel GT. After GM bought one of the lesser Japanese brands (Suzuki, maybe?) they imported these and badged them as Opels, but they were not successful and this soon ended. Ironically, GM now builds Opel models (Insignia and Astra) in North America and sells them as Buick Regals and Veranos. They just started selling Opel's small SUV (I forget what it's called) here and it's been a big success.

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Old May 8th, 2014, 04:09 AM   #24980
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haha, ein Mantafahrer

Amusing about American cars being unreliable in Europe, in America... it's European cars that are unreliable However, both seem to agree Japanese is good
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