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Any car that looks like a London Taxi?

sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
I want a Mini Cooper (convertible one) but my dad thinks it's too small (afraid that a truck will crush me or something). He doesn't mind other convertibles as long as they're a bit bigger, but for some reason all of the others (even the really pricey ones) just look stupid to me. I hate that really low, struffed feeling most convertibles have, as if the seat is almost touching the floor.

The only other cars I like are just about this size. Except London taxis,which I obviously can't drive.Any other cars witha similar shape? Don't have to be a convertible. Anything. I'm really bad in the car brands

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  • hopetocurlhopetocurl Posts: 1,280Registered Users
    Your post made me curious, so I did a little research. They are called Hackney Carriages, looks like there are several brands listed here:

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  • geminigemini Posts: 3,325Registered Users
    A convertible PT Cruiser? :lol:

    Jokes aside, get the MINI. I have a hardtop, but my sister has a convertible and loves it. It's little, but still a very solid car.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    gemini wrote: »
    A convertible PT Cruiser? :lol:

    Jokes aside, get the MINI. I have a hardtop, but my sister has a convertible and loves it. It's little, but still a very solid car.

    Was going to rec this too. Or a VW bug?
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    You can buy a london taxi/Hackney carriage if you want. Seriously.
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  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    VW and PT cruiser are pretty small too..
    You can buy a london taxi/Hackney carriage if you want. Seriously

    I don't think this is possible here(Dubai):wink:
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    sarasara wrote: »
    VW and PT cruiser are pretty small too..

    Does your dad want you to drive a tank? PT Cruisers (blegh) and VWs are not tiny cars. Also VWs are very safe, I'm biased I have one, and my dad would not let me drive something dangerous.
    sarasara wrote: »
    You can buy a london taxi/Hackney carriage if you want. Seriously

    I don't think this is possible here(Dubai):wink:

    Sure it is! they're just white.
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  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    Wow! I didn't even know about this! They said that this will start on October (last October)...Have never heard of it happening though...I'll have to check!

    Thanks!:blob7:
  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    You could get the mini all reinforced like they did in the Italian Job so they could steal the heavy gold bars without them dragging on the ground. :)
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    sarasara wrote: »
    Wow! I didn't even know about this! They said that this will start on October (last October)...Have never heard of it happening though...I'll have to check!

    Thanks!:blob7:

    You're welcome. They look pretty cool in white.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    PT Cruisers are small?!
  • PT_CudaPT_Cuda Posts: 329Registered Users
    The PT is smallish really.

    The Mini and PT do well in crash tests. The Vert PT though went out of production late last year so it could mean two things. You can find a PT Vert dirt cheap since dealers want to get rid of them or you won't be able to find one. And if you look at them GET the Turbo - sooooo much more fun to drive.

    And trust me the PT is a tank. I have real world crash test data on that one. I own two of them and I have seen many many pics of real world crashes on the PT Cruiser boards and people walking away. Including one of my own where I was rear-ended at 45mph by a Pathfinder and shoved into a Sequioa. I walked away shaken and the PT was repaired and I drive it everyday.

    The Mini hardtop is just coolness, if I didn't need a PT Cruiser for my stuff and doggy. I would be all over that as a toy car. Oh the stuff you can do to one to make it a quick little track monster.

    Yes I'm a gearhead girl and no one can tell me about helmet head - its from wearing a helmet! :toothy7:
  • sew and sewsew and sew Posts: 3,443Registered Users
    curlylaura wrote: »

    Sure it is! they're just white.

    That's a really nice color for it.
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  • Richard HeadRichard Head Posts: 31Registered Users
    If you live in Dubai you're dad is probably loaded so I'd try to at least get a Mercedes out of him if I were you.
  • yagottaloveyacurlsyagottaloveyacurls Posts: 5,766Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    curlylaura wrote: »
    PT Cruisers (blegh)



    :confused1:

    uh-oh...
    brace yourselves.
  • Rebecca deWinterRebecca deWinter Posts: 2,254Registered Users
    PT_Cuda wrote: »
    The PT is smallish really.

    The Mini and PT do well in crash tests. The Vert PT though went out of production late last year so it could mean two things. You can find a PT Vert dirt cheap since dealers want to get rid of them or you won't be able to find one. And if you look at them GET the Turbo - sooooo much more fun to drive.

    And trust me the PT is a tank. I have real world crash test data on that one. I own two of them and I have seen many many pics of real world crashes on the PT Cruiser boards and people walking away. Including one of my own where I was rear-ended at 45mph by a Pathfinder and shoved into a Sequioa. I walked away shaken and the PT was repaired and I drive it everyday.

    The Mini hardtop is just coolness, if I didn't need a PT Cruiser for my stuff and doggy. I would be all over that as a toy car. Oh the stuff you can do to one to make it a quick little track monster.

    Yes I'm a gearhead girl and no one can tell me about helmet head - its from wearing a helmet! :toothy7:

    i dunno why, but everything about your reply made me smile. yeah, i'm a dork.
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  • PT_CudaPT_Cuda Posts: 329Registered Users
    Why a dork? I have to be a bit of a looney to have two PT Cruisers. One I drive everyday and one I use as a track car. It keeps people in real sports cars on their toes when they get passed by a "Mommy Car" on the race track. :evil1:
  • Anthro IncarnateAnthro Incarnate Posts: 555Registered Users
    I saw a bright red Mini convertible today. It was the hotness. I now want.

    The only time I've ridden in a PT Cruiser, I thought I was going to die. It too was a convertible and had the rear window visibility of a peephole. It took like half an hour to accelerate to highway speed, and then it was all shaky as other cars zoomed by.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    PT_Cuda wrote: »
    The PT is smallish really.

    The Mini and PT do well in crash tests. The Vert PT though went out of production late last year so it could mean two things. You can find a PT Vert dirt cheap since dealers want to get rid of them or you won't be able to find one. And if you look at them GET the Turbo - sooooo much more fun to drive.

    And trust me the PT is a tank. I have real world crash test data on that one. I own two of them and I have seen many many pics of real world crashes on the PT Cruiser boards and people walking away. Including one of my own where I was rear-ended at 45mph by a Pathfinder and shoved into a Sequioa. I walked away shaken and the PT was repaired and I drive it everyday.

    The Mini hardtop is just coolness, if I didn't need a PT Cruiser for my stuff and doggy. I would be all over that as a toy car. Oh the stuff you can do to one to make it a quick little track monster.

    Yes I'm a gearhead girl and no one can tell me about helmet head - its from wearing a helmet! :toothy7:

    Maybe I'm thinking of another car...
  • journotravelerjournotraveler Posts: 2,816Registered Users
    the PT cruiser is definitely. bigger than the mini. i've rented them a few times. they're really cute, definitely look like a london taxi, but in my experience, they have horrible pickup. takes a while to get them up to speed on the highway.
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  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    If you live in Dubai you're dad is probably loaded so I'd try to at least get a Mercedes out of him if I were you.




    Actually, my dad wants to get me a Mercedes or a BMW. He thinks they're safer. But I don't want one just so I'll be "driving a Mercedes," or to substitute for my lost self esteem-unlike you.
  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    ETA: I'm assuming the people here who were saying the PT Cruiser is big are talking about the regular one-not the convertible?

    I think I was looking at the convertible PT cruiser? That's why it looks small?

    pt-cruiser-convertible-2007.jpg
  • PT_CudaPT_Cuda Posts: 329Registered Users
    the PT cruiser is definitely. bigger than the mini. i've rented them a few times. they're really cute, definitely look like a london taxi, but in my experience, they have horrible pickup. takes a while to get them up to speed on the highway.


    Why you get the Turbo, no waiting.. Yes the non turbo Automatics have the acceleration of a slug. Why I have two 5-speeds..

    And shaky on the freeway, you had one with alignment issues.. Or stock tires which are crap.
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    sarasara wrote: »
    If you live in Dubai you're dad is probably loaded so I'd try to at least get a Mercedes out of him if I were you.




    Actually, my dad wants to get me a Mercedes or a BMW. He thinks they're safer. But I don't want one just so I'll be "driving a Mercedes," or to substitute for my lost self esteem-unlike you.

    Tell your dad the Mini is made by BMW. That might persuade him.
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  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    I told him that. He says that the engine/safety/whatever is not BMW. In fact it doesn't matter of I find him a scholarly article or not. The only way to get him to agree is to get a "good, trusted source" to say that to him. But since you showed me the "UAE Taxi" I think I'm more interested in that now :icescream:
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    sarasara wrote: »
    I told him that. He says that the engine/safety/whatever is not BMW. In fact it doesn't matter of I find him a scholarly article or not. The only way to get him to agree is to get a "good, trusted source" to say that to him. But since you showed me the "UAE Taxi" I think I'm more interested in that now :icescream:

    Dad's are impossible at times! Glad you like the Taxi though.
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    I rented a mini recently. It was fun, but it was hard for me to drive. Nothing was in the right spot and it was already dark and I couldn't find anything. I was a little scared.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    How about the Scion? I rented a PT cruiser and didn't like the feel or ride -- too stiff.
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  • houdinihoudini Posts: 1Registered Users
    The Volkswagen Bettle resembles a london taxi :P
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    houdini wrote: »
    The Volkswagen Bettle resembles a london taxi :P

    Five years too late, Houdini.

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