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Re: Thinking of buying a De Lorean
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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Get a car. VIP styling generally begins with a large,
rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan. In the U.S., Lexus and Infiniti sedans
are the most popular platforms for VIP modification, but European
imports such as Mercedes are growing more common, and even American cars
are sometimes done up in VIP Style.
Unless you're a purist, the model of car isn't as important as how
it looks. People are increasingly applying VIP styling to Kias, Scions,
and even minivans, but you want a flawless car, not a beater.
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.
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.
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
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"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.
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.
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.
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.