Old cars and the price of nostalgia: Reconciling my 1995 Cobra with new cars and safety standards

I’ve just realized my 1995 Cobra slow and unsafe by today’s standards, and I’m wondering whether I should hang on to nostalgia. Im wondering what you all have done to address the challenge of restoration or letting it go?

For mix of reasons not important to this post, I’ve not daily driven any car since 2010. I’ve left the country, returned, accepted a position, and started daily driving my new to me 2009 Civic. The 1995 Cobra has sat in a storage unit, lovingly maintained beyond any reasonable standard. I love this car.

However, during my once month maintenance drives, I’ve gained a new perspective. My Cobra used to feel like a fantastic performance car. Now its so painfully slow. While I like cable driven feel, the noise, the coarse feel I’ve added to the car from steering and suspension modifications, I have noticed that this once “quick” car is now most decidedly not. Ecoboost mustangs aside, I’m not much faster than a V6 Camry. New cars are just so much better.

My 2009 Civic is spartan by today’s standards. However, I’m becoming spoiled by its feather light clutch. The car is nimble. With some basic spring/strut/shock/swaybar modifications, its pretty decent in a turn. Plus, it manages this handling upgrade while remaining very comfortable on long drives.

The 1995 Cobra has a lot of lovable quirks that lend itself to upgrade, but I’m reconsidering the logic behind my long term plans to modify this car. To provide some background, the 94-95 is the bastard child of the fox body and the SN-95 platform. 1995 was the last year of the pushrod 5.0. Like the fox, this car benefits or suffers from the “ITS GOT MORE IN IT” (regularcarreviews) just like the fox. Put in a simple 408, a T56 or a TKO, and you have fast car. Add in a torque arm, panhard bar, and you have a nice handling package that compliments my laundry list of Maximum Motorsports suspension mods.

However, I’m torn by just how good new cars are. They’re fantastic and beyond imagination from 1995. More importantly, they’re safe. A huge factor in me buying the unloved 94-95 over the Fox were the safety upgrades. It has more bracing, air bags, and ABS. While these upgrades seemed within the pack during the 2000s, this stock Cobra 302 is just slow, and a little dangerous by 2018 standards.

I love this car, I’m just concerned about the price of nostalgia. At what point does a $10k restoration seem futile to selling my current, mint cobra for $8, and getting something more modern. What about the regret? How have you guys reconciled the challenges of older car restorations with just how good modern cars are?

submitted by /u/grandma_key
[link] [comments]

Will switching my licence nullify my insurance? [Canada, UK]

Until recently, I was living in Alberta, Canada. I have a sick relative in the UK (I’m dual citizen) and decided to go to the UK for an undetermined period of time (my sick family member is terminal and maybe has 6mos-1yr).

My immediate family live in Ontario, so I drove back and stored my car there, as I had nowhere to safely store it in Alberta. My licence, registration and insurance are all from Alberta. I do know that I’m ok to keep my car in Ontario, as I spoke to my insurance agent and they said it’s ok as long as it’s in North America.

I’m looking to swap my licence over here, as the cousin I’m living with is willing to get my on his insurance, but they won’t accept my Alberta licence, as it’s international. If I swap my licence to a UK licence, does that nullify my insurance and registration? Really want to make sure that if anything happens to my car, it’s still covered (currently under 3rd party fire and theft/comprehensive).

If it makes a difference, I still consider Alberta my home and plan on going back there once my family member passes. Though I have started new work out here as I need to support myself financially while I’m away.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated- thanks!

submitted by /u/GENERIC_CAPS_NAME
[link] [comments]

Should I have Traded In My Previously Wrecked Car?

Ok, so I hit a deer back in March and ended up with over 5000 dollars worth of body damage. I have comprehensive coverage so all the cost minus a 500 dollar deductible was taken care of. I went to get an oil change immediately after getting it back. While I was in the waiting room I was approached by a salesman. I didn’t think there was going to be any way this guy was going to be able to give me a good deal on another car, but I decided to humor him. I am upside down on my current loan. I owe 11,500 and the Blue Book is about 8,000. Plus there is diminshed value now due to the wreck. He offered me 10000 for my car (2013 Outlander) which would mean rolling 1500 into a new loan for a 2018 Outlander. I don’t have any money for a down payment right now so the term of the loan would be 7 years at around 5 percent interest. I also need 1000 dollars in repairs on my current car to replace bad actuators in the door locks and need new tires. I ultimately turned down the offer because I didn’t want to reset my loan clock or rollover anything into a new loan. I’m wondering if I made the right choice considering all the issues with my current car.

submitted by /u/the_noise_we_made
[link] [comments]

What do you call the partition between front and rear seats in a chauffered car?

Just like the title states, what do you call the partition between front and rear seats in a chauffeured car?

Typically the partition will have a retractable window for privacy.

I’m trying to do research on cars having this feature and I’m not exactly sure what terms to search for.

submitted by /u/thelonious_skunk
[link] [comments]