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Thinking of buying a De Lorean

I am considering buying a De Lorean what are they like? Can I use it as a daily car?

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This car sticks to the road like glue, handles like a dream. The PRV V-6 is a tad underpowered compared to todays sport cars BUT the overall driving experience is still one that gets to me even after all these year of owning one. My car has been totally reliable with only normal maintenance. I feel the power the DeLorean produces is quite adequate for my needs and I have never been in a situation where I wished the car had more. Parts are more available than most 20 year old cars that are no longer in production. Defective components have been identified LONG ago and our DeLorean vendors now offer upgraded technology on most faulty parts. The Delorean automobile has a HUGE loyal following that give the owner a remarkable database to search through for help. Don't buy a DeLorean if you have no money to maintain it. Other than that I think that a DeLorean is a great car for anyone with a passion for the unique and those that don't mind getting a lot of attention. My wife will not drive my car because of the attention it generates so, if you are a wallflower than this is not the car for you. My DeLorean was, at one time, my ONLY car, my daily driver so I feel that it is that reliable.

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    • VIP cars are traditionally black, white, grey or silver. Try to find an appropriate car in one of these colors or have it professionally painted one of these colors. If you're not too concerned about the constraints of tradition, you can choose any color you like.
  2. 2Lower the car as far as it will go. There are a couple of ways to lower the vehicle. Probably the most popular now is the use of air suspension, since many of the high-end models that are modified into VIP cars already come equipped with air suspension. Since factory air suspension won't allow you to lower the car enough, many enthusiasts install a special air control system. Coilovers can also attain the desired lowness. Try to minimize the distance between the wheel and the fender.
  3. 3Install very wide, low-offset custom wheels. The wheels are perhaps the most important characteristic of VIP styling. Oversize (18-20") wheels are essential. Another almost-universal trait is that the wheels should be flush with the car's fenders, which requires a very low wheel offset (rear-wheel drive vehicles typically have a lower offset than front-wheel drive vehicles, but most VIP-styled cars have even lower offsets). Negative camber angle (the angle between the vertical axis of the wheel and the vertical axis of the vehicle, as viewed from the front or rear) is also very common. Wheels with large lips are common, but not essential.*edit: vip cars have huge lips. the lips on the wheels should be big enough to fit a dollar bill in the least.
  4. 4Mount smaller than recommended tires on the wheels so the tires pull away from the wheel's mounting edge. Tires are usually stretched dangerously thin on the wheels, as tire stretching (hipari) allows a flush, or close to flush, wheel to fender fit. The idea is not to tuck the wheel into the fender but rather have the lip of the wheel as close to the fender's edge as possible. Only the tire is tucked in, while the wheel is emphasized.
  5. 5"Widen" the car. VIP-style cars should be not only low, but also wide. A body kit can enhance both of these features. Add a body kit that emphasizes the car's lines while adding presence. Go all out with a full aero kit, or, at the very least add a lip kit.
  6. 6Customize the interior. VIP style exudes luxury inside and out. Curtains on the windows are very popular, as are custom leather seats, floor mats (fur, anyone?), an accessorized dash, custom lighting and wood grain trim throughout. Tint the windows in either green or black to keep prying eyes out.
  7. 7Install a high-end audio system and electronic accessories. A VIP-style car without a quality system just won't do. While a trunk full of subs is a good start, focus also on fitting your car with video and audio accessories to give it all the comforts of home. From electronic gauges to a DVD player to a navigation system, screens and monitors give the car the look of the luxury spaceship.
  8. 8Add the personal touch. While there are certain conventions that should be followed when modifying in VIP style, there's plenty of room for your individual tastes. From custom taillights to interior accessories, there are plenty of options to set your car apart from the rest.
  9. 9Don't forget the tassles.

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