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Old 11-04-2012, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Ride, New Realm, New Rules

Okay - we're 8 months into our Solstice Experience. My wife and I have been driving full size vans and 3/4 ton pickups for about 15 years. We knew "things" would change upon getting into the roadster realm and it's been a fun experience.

Saturday she called out "new rule" on our way home from shopping and lunch after I had floated an air biscuit that could have choked a horse. Aside from the usual pride I feel when I cause my bride to gag, I realized that the limited air space in a 2 seater does require different rules, as well as some of the other "conditions" of owning a Solstice.

So I thought, what the heck? Why not start a thread where we can issue the "rules" we've developed during our ownership? Might even prove to be valuable to new members that join.

Add yours to the list!

1. No flatulence.

2. Do not attempt to straddle any road kill larger than a squirrel.

3. Let no one lift your car without pointing out the proper jacking points.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I tell my wife to not touch the car paint when opening the door, just the handle to avoid fingerprints on the paint, especially after washing
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1. No flatulence.

2. Do not attempt to straddle any road kill larger than a squirrel.

3. Let no one lift your car without pointing out the proper jacking points.

4. Open and close the doors by touching the handles only - not the paint.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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5) I will inspect my wife for bangles, bling, jewelry and sharp or pointed objects. Anything that can scratch the paint or mark the leather must be removed prior to entering the "Sol Zone".

6) To protect myself from my wife for rule number 5 I will always open the door for my wife and I will pack any bags or luggage. She will feel that I am a true gentleman. The truth is I am a Sol Man!
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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#7only one of us closes the trunk, not both together


#8 before entering the car, we each must close the softop into it's respected butress after having the trunk open. This of course saves having to run around the car to close both sides.

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Old 11-04-2012, 05:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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#9 - Don't tell wife/girlfriend prices we pay for parts
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#10 Always turn off the daytime running lights when it's sunny outside.
#11 Both windows must be up or down at the same time.
#12 Revving the engine instead of honking the horn IS an appropriate way to get someone's attention.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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13) When the car's top is up, always DUCK when entering the car. If you don't, it's your top that gets damaged.
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1. No flatulence.
Here's what happens when you flatulate in a Smart Car
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Okay - we're 8 months into our Solstice Experience. My wife and I have been driving full size vans and 3/4 ton pickups for about 15 years. We knew "things" would change upon getting into the roadster realm and it's been a fun experience.

Saturday she called out "new rule" on our way home from shopping and lunch after I had floated an air biscuit that could have choked a horse. Aside from the usual pride I feel when I cause my bride to gag, I realized that the limited air space in a 2 seater does require different rules, as well as some of the other "conditions" of owning a Solstice.

So I thought, what the heck? Why not start a thread where we can issue the "rules" we've developed during our ownership? Might even prove to be valuable to new members that join.

Add yours to the list!

1. No flatulence.

2. Do not attempt to straddle any road kill larger than a squirrel.

3. Let no one lift your car without pointing out the proper jacking points.
All of the pointers are great. Item 2 especially, I tried plastic as well and no dice, got hung up at the back so had to pull over to get it off.

also speed bumps or big road irregularities. Have to remember for us both as well coming from a very modified 3/4 ton Bronco and her daily driver a 2010 Subaru Forrester AWD. And the bronco has a soft top, so item 1 tends not to be a big deal with 105+ cu ft interior space and soft top rolled up.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:16 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Here's what happens when you flatulate in a Smart Car
Oh My GOD! I about choked to death on yogurt when I saw this!
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:40 AM   #13 (permalink)
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#9 - Don't tell wife/girlfriend prices we pay for parts
Friday night my wife says "I was going through our check register and it looks like about $2,000.00 were spent on the car?" She starts running down the list and I'm answering.

"Wind Restrictor"
"Water pump"
"Polisher, buffing pads and compounds"
"Service manuals"
"Hi-flo cat converter"
"A/C refrigerant"
"Paint for the calipers"
"Additional polishes, scratch removers and tire brushes"

In the end she said she was "good with it" but was just worried someone go ahold of our debit card info. In fact, someone did.....ME!
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Okay - list to date:

1. No flatulence
2. Do not attempt to straddle any road kill larger than a squirrel.
3. Let no one lift your car without pointing out the proper jacking points.
4. Open and close the doors by touching the handles only – not the paint.
5. Inspect your wife for bangles, bling, jewelry and sharp or pointed objects. Anything that can scratch the paint or mark the leather must be removed prior to entering the “Sol Zone”.
6. To protect yourself from the wife for rule #5, always open the door and pack any bags or luggage. She will feel that you are a true gentleman, when in reality you are just a “Sol-Man”
7. Only one person closes the trunk at a time – not together.
8. Before entering the car, each must close the soft top buttress after having the trunk open.
9. NEVER tell your better half how much you spend on parts/mods.
10. Always turn off the daytime running lights when it’s sunny outside.
11. Both windows must be up or down at the same time.
12. Revving the engine instead of honking the horn IS an appropriate way to get someone’s attention.
13. When the top is up, always DUCK when entering the car, otherwise you end up damaging the top.
14. Speed bumps, pot holes, and road irregularities must be treated with respect, lest you rearrange the underside of your Sol.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Friday night my wife says "I was going through our check register and it looks like about $2,000.00 were spent on the car?" She starts running down the list and I'm answering.

"Wind Restrictor"
"Water pump"
"Polisher, buffing pads and compounds"
"Service manuals"
"Hi-flo cat converter"
"A/C refrigerant"
"Paint for the calipers"
"Additional polishes, scratch removers and tire brushes"

In the end she said she was "good with it" but was just worried someone go ahold of our debit card info. In fact, someone did.....ME!
My wife and I have separate checking accounts and doesn't care to know anything about my car or me talking about my SOL, she just cares about the prices so I keep a few things hidden from her
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