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New NICOclub commuter - Meet the LOLBOX!

Postby AZhitman » Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:19 pm

http://www.cubedriver.com now has an official Project Car.

Friday morning Bex and I took delivery of a 2009 Nissan Cube 1.8 S in KH3 Super Black.

I'd been wanting something with an automatic (and a warranty) for my 2-hour commute in stop-and-go traffic, but didn't want to drop a ton of cash or incur a new car payment...

Initially, the dealer didn't want to work a deal, but I think once I pointed out that they hadn't sold one in over a week, they needed to move a unit. (After I bought mine, they sold 3 more in the next several hours).

I've put almost 100 miles on it, and I'm really digging it.

Granted, it's not fast. But I already have some fast cars. It's not super-flashy, but again, I have plenty of attention-grabbers.

What it DOES do right is get you from Point A to Point B in quiet comfort, very conveniently. It's so roomy, you don't feel like you're in a vehicle. The seats are more like a couch than a bucket seat. Ergonomics are top-notch, and visibility is incredible... Feels like being in a control tower at an airport, with 360-degree views.

The reclining and sliding rear seats are super-cool, and today we loaded a crap-ton of groceries in the cargo hold...

For around $18K out the door after tax, title, license, fees, etc., and 4.6% interest, it's a great deal.

NOW, for the part you've all been waiting for:

You KNOW I can't leave anything stock. Lowering springs were ordered 2 days before I picked the car up. Wheels are on the way. And, with the help of Mehdi (from altimacoupe.com), I've designed a paint scheme that can be translated into a full vehicle wrap... Here's the concept picture:

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Postby ADDirishboy » Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:03 pm

Love it. Give me a call if you need help with anything. I'd love to come work on a Cube!

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Postby EpicNightMayor » Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:04 am

Greggy boy, as long as you don't steal my idea of VIP'n a Cube, I'll love you.

Looks f***ing great! Official Nico Sponsor car?

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Postby Rev_D21 » Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:35 am

Eddie Van Halen would be proud.

Nice score.

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Re: New NICOclub commuter - Meet the LOLBOX! (AZhitman)

Postby jdansmith » Sun Jun 14, 2009 4:45 am

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been eying the Caribbean blue For a while and test drove one Asap! My 08 Sentra just dose the job and it dose it well, it's my wife's favorite car she has ever owned! Post millage and likes/dislikes. The wife has test drove the cube and liked it, she just can't get past the outside?

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Postby sldewyz » Sun Jun 14, 2009 4:47 am

looks sick man...congrats

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Postby VersaMG08 » Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:44 am

That's awesome Greg! Are you going to post pictures of it soon, like a progress report? Why didn't you get the Krom trim? I want a Cube Krom in steel gray!

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Postby bobotech » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:40 am

The concept paintjob is awful. Totally ruins any unique lines that the Cube has.

A symmetrical lower-key paintjob would do the Cube much better than a bunch of random interesecting lines.

They totally break up the uniqueness of the Cube.

Might as well have bought a used Xb for cheaper instead since you won't be able to tell what kind of car it was after the paintjob.

Busy paintjobs belong on Mexican lowriders which no one cares about, not cool new cars like the Cube.

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Postby xX RB Xx » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:40 am

baller greg

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Postby EpicNightMayor » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:52 am

I'll get one, matte black it, Airbag it, throw some 19'' works on it.

profit.

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Postby AZhitman » Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:22 pm

bobotech wrote:The concept paintjob is awful. Totally ruins any unique lines that the Cube has.

A symmetrical lower-key paintjob would do the Cube much better than a bunch of random interesecting lines.

They totally break up the uniqueness of the Cube.

Might as well have bought a used Xb for cheaper instead since you won't be able to tell what kind of car it was after the paintjob.

Busy paintjobs belong on Mexican lowriders which no one cares about, not cool new cars like the Cube.
I'm not concerned about the "lines" since it's not a terribly well-designed car from a pure "design" standpoint.

It's actually got some really BAD execution in its design, but it's to be expected for a sub-$14K car.

And I didn't get the Krom because I don't need any of the extra stuff that comes with it, nor do I like the Krom front bumper. The extra $5K can be put to better use elsewhere.


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Postby 480sx » Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:43 pm

Id just keep it stockish. Incog ftw. In addition, the marketability of a car with that type of ish goes way down.

They look pretty sweet i checked one out at my local nissan dealer.

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Postby Koshin » Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:53 pm

cube ftl

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Postby MellowZ32 » Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:00 pm

you need to stop buying cars I can't afford Greg! nice car

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Postby Gold Digger » Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:43 pm

Congrats, Greg.

I am a fan of the Cube, just not the new one...well, certian aspects of it. I don't like what Nissan did with the face and tail end of it.

It's mostly the same as the last gen one here, but it still just doesn't look good to me.

Now, if they stayed with the same interior that the last gen had, then I can get past the exterior looks. The inside is comfy, roomy and quite.

Last I knew, Nissan only used the 1.5L here in Japan, so I am hoping the 1.8L is decently peppy, even though the 1.5L is not a bad engine.

The Eddie Van Halen strips would make a funky car funkier, but beauty is all in the eye of the beholder.

Enjoy the LOLBOX.

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Postby AZhitman » Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:55 pm

I figured it needed some old-school flavor.

I love the interior... it's really an odd car to drive, it feels like a transport pod or something.

The other cool thing is, it'll turn around in a VERY small space. Super-maneuverable!

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Postby Joe » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:31 pm

...so youre stealing the idea im using on the s14?

thanks greg.

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Postby PapaSmurf2k3 » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:04 pm

Another black car in AZ huh? You should put in some freezers and turn it into a mini ice cream truck...

or "bandit" it out. I'm not really a fan of that photoshopped paint job.



Someone photoshop a bandit cube.

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Postby audtatious » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:34 pm

I'm disappointed that it does not have cubedriver.com on the side


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Postby AZhitman » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:08 pm

Joe wrote:...so youre stealing the idea im using on the s14?

thanks greg.
You ****.

Whose idea was it?

Thanks for the props.

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Postby Joe » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:13 pm

but what car was it for?

i gave you props 2 months ago when you suggested it, for my car lol.

what you did is like me saying "hey greg, we should snag the domain name somenewnissanfanboycar.com for a portal" then i would register it out from under you and say "well it was my idea"

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Postby AZhitman » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:46 pm

Joe wrote:i gave you props 2 months ago when you suggested it, for my car lol.
Nope.

Didn't happen.

At all.

But it's ok. Got the quote for the wrap today... $3K (possibly more).

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Postby Joe » Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:15 pm

no s*** lol

a good wrap is as much as good paint.

ever tried to put a flat sticker on a round surface? haha

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Postby Gold Digger » Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:42 am

AZhitman wrote:I figured it needed some old-school flavor.

I love the interior... it's really an odd car to drive, it feels like a transport pod or something.

The other cool thing is, it'll turn around in a VERY small space. Super-maneuverable!
Think you can post up some interior photos of it before it becomes molested? I'd like to see how it compares to the last gen Cubes.

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Postby AZhitman » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:07 pm

Can do, altho it'll be a few days... I think there's some on the web already.


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Postby LongBeachCoupe » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:39 pm

If you are serious about getting it wrapped in vinyl, I can hook you up with someone local probably that will give you an industry price.

I hope you know what wrapping a car costs, its not really cheap... I would also have NICO and the domains worked into the design to some extent!

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Postby FlatBlackIan » Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:02 pm

Awesome.

I got to check out a cube the other day, I got a parts delivery from Nissan, and the guy showed up driving a Cube.

I was impressed.

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Postby MinisterofDOOM » Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:01 am

Gold Digger wrote:
Think you can post up some interior photos of it before it becomes molested? I'd like to see how it compares to the last gen Cubes.
The interior is a whole different world. 2nd gen cube's interior looks like something that fell out of GM in the 1980s. The new one is intentionally funky. The dash curves away from the passenger and driver in a sort of wave. There's so much open horizontal space on the dash that there's actually an extra cupholder on the left of the steering wheel, behind the turn signal stalk (and, rather stupidly, right in front of a vent). Big change from the old vertically oriented dash.The ceiling has a goofy (but kind of neat) design like ripples in water around the dome light. The whole interior is very curvy and ergonomic, as opposed to the 2nd gen's cold, square, flat, simplicity. I think Nissan's really trying to make the Cube stand out from the other ultrabasics as far as interior design and they've succeeded in my opinion.Oh, and the shifter's not on the column anymore. Thank goodness.I still don't like the barely-bolstered seats (which are the one thing that hasn't changed much from the 2nd gen) in theory...but I've never sat in them, so maybe they're better than they look. For some odd reason there was a black Krom at the airshow I went to at HAFB a couple weekends ago, but there were so many people checking it out I didn't get to check out the seats.

Nissan's own interior pics to tide you over:http://www.nissanusa.com/cube/...hotos/

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Postby Gold Digger » Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:04 pm

Whoa! That thing is funky lookin inside. Not sure if I like it or not. Might be one of those things that grow on me over time. But I still don't like the exterior. Just me, though.


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