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- Botafogo - 09-11-2003 03:27 PM

An hour ago, for the THIRD time in nine months, a woman driving a large SUV (this time it was a Range Rover) with the back window not only four feet off the ground but obscured by a spare tire backed right into my PARKED Alfa Romeo in broad daylight in the parking lot of our store!

She immediately started whining about how she could not see my car because it was "too low". Had that been a four year old or a fire hydrant or a gas meter it could have been really tragic, not that breaking a $350 Ferrari tail light lens and scraping up my $4,000 custom paint job (paid for by the LAST two people who did this) isn't tragic enough...

This is a DESIGN defect in these vehicles. The NTSB needs to recall every last one of them...

Pissed off in Santa Monica, Roberto

[This message has been edited by Botafogo (edited 09-11-2003).]

- hotwine - 09-11-2003 03:45 PM

Sympathies, 'Berto. Now if you'd drive a beat-up old truck instead, everybody would figure you probably don't even have insurance, and give you a VERY wide berth. I did that for years, although I'm in an '02 F150 now.

- Botafogo - 09-11-2003 04:18 PM

Hot, the joy of my Alfarari (an 86 Alfa Romeo with the rear panel and tail lights of a Ferrari and painted a resplendently irridescent shade of green modeled after the Brasilian flag) is that everyone (even Verne) says it is one of the coolest cars they've ever seen and I have less than $7,000 in it.

I wasn't driving, she backed right into it even when she had at least ten feet to spare. AND, she knew it was there as I had run her out of our dedicated parking spaces fifteen minutes earlier...

Arrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhh! I am becoming entirely too friendly with the guys at H&H Body Shop, Roberto

- Botafogo - 09-11-2003 04:23 PM

On a related note, did anyone see the lovely Daryl Hannah on Bill O'Reiley last night explaining how she drives her STANDARD, UNMODIFIED GM Diesel Pick-up fueled with used french fryer grease and alcolhol, gets comparable milage to normal fuel and doesn't pollute as much????

go to for more details

- Georgie - 09-11-2003 04:39 PM

I agree with you about those huge SUV's, Roberto. I drive a Ford Taurus wagon which is not an especially small car. It's very difficult to back out of a parking space with one of those monsters next to you because you can't see through their mile-high windows to view oncoming traffic. Hate 'em! Sorry about your car.

- winoweenie - 09-11-2003 05:14 PM

What a BUMMER Robo-Baby! Even CB said what a cool lil' topless job that was when we pulled in. That's the very reason I drive the Envoy. The dealor has tried putting me in a Yukon for the last 2 trux and I tell him the same thing. WAY too big. WW

- winedope1 - 09-11-2003 08:04 PM

sounds like an awesome car, Roberto. sorry it got messed up again. Hotwine- gotta tell you drivin a truck doesn't seem to make a difference. My poor pickup has been whacked three times in the past year!!! Oh us all from the rotten drivers of the world. WD

- Bucko - 09-11-2003 10:23 PM

As a proud SUV driver, I say a pox on you. My Mountaineer likes to eat those little woosy cars for breakfast. Aarrhh, aarrhh, aarrhh........

- winer - 09-11-2003 11:31 PM

Too bad about the car, Roberto, but I'm glad no one was in it when it got schmucked. I hate SUVs myself, (they guzle gas, and they DO tend to roll over) but I have to say its not the SUVs themselves that are the problem, it's the idiots who drive them. SUVs are hugely popular here in BC, (the weather thing, I guess) but there seems to be a mind set that goes with buying one. Many SUV drivers seem to think that the rules common courtesy don't apply to them anymore. Maybe its because they sit up so high, they figure they are a little closer to God than the rest of us.

- Botafogo - 09-12-2003 02:29 AM

I sincerely believe that, if you cannot see anything shorter than four and a half feet out of the rear window, then that is a hazardous design defect worthy of recall and criminal liability to the manufacturer. Bucko, call me after you run over your dog, your kids bike or a neighbor's kid.....I know MANY top shelf lawyers.