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Slideshow: Toyota's Automotive Aquarium

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GTOlover
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How much does this vehicle weigh?
GTOlover   11/13/2013 7:59:14 AM
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Charles, I am not clear. The article said the engine and transmission was removed to put the fish tank in, were they ever put back in? The water alone is 3.3 tons, so not sure that this is even drivable if the engine and transmission were back in the vehicle. I did notice that the vehicle is supported by jackstands, so I assume that the suspension would be completely collapsed under this weight? So it is safe to assume that this is a static display and is not capable of being rolled around, let alone driven?

Kind of cool, but a really expensive non-mobile fish tank!

Charles Murray
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Re: How much does this vehicle weigh?
Charles Murray   11/13/2013 8:56:02 AM
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No, the engine and transmission were never put back in, GTOlover. So while it will make a great display for the LA Auto Show, it's really just an aquarium. As for its weight...hard to say. The water weighs about 6,700 lbs, but the weight of the car is more difficult to calculate. The 2013 Highlander weighed about 3,800, but that includes the engine, transmission, seats and other interior elements. I think it's safe to say that this car is a little short of five tons when the aquarium is filled.

Elizabeth M
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Not a Sponge Bob fan, but still cool
Elizabeth M   11/13/2013 9:04:21 AM
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Well, I'm not a fan of the show and think perhaps it's a lot of effort to go to promote an animated series, but I have to admit this is really cool and a fantastic repurposing of an SUV. The design modifications made to accommodate the aquarium are really clever. Thanks for the unique slideshow!

Rob Spiegel
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Are the kids picking the cars now?
Rob Spiegel   11/13/2013 7:05:44 PM
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When my kids were young, I was surprised that our culture had drifted into the territory where kids were selecting the family dining locations -- the fast food places with playgrounds won out thanks to the marketing efforts of MacDonald's and Burger King.  For this generation, things seem to have escalated. Now it looks like the auto industry is marketing directly to kids.

GTOlover
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Could this be the fix for burning Teslas?
GTOlover   11/14/2013 9:21:55 AM
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Charles,

The Tesla thread was about the car burning up, perhaps a 3 ton aquarium could help? Not sure how water interacts with lithium batteries :-) Then again, a 5 mile range at this weight is pobably not going to work either.

Charles Murray
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Re: Could this be the fix for burning Teslas?
Charles Murray   11/14/2013 11:53:22 AM
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A five-ton curb weight wouldn't have done much good for the powertrain either, GTOlover...

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Re: Could this be the fix for burning Teslas?
Tool_maker   11/14/2013 12:36:14 PM
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@GTOlover: Great way to tie the two cars together. Here is another: They are both impractical playtoys for the very wealthy.

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Re: Are the kids picking the cars now?
Zippy   11/14/2013 12:37:47 PM
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Rob, I agree that the kids who watch Sponge Bob aren't likely to take out car loans, but their parents may be a big target market for this type of vehicle, and I'll bet they are very familiar with the programs their kids watch.

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Re: Could this be the fix for burning Teslas?
Zippy   11/14/2013 12:42:01 PM
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Tool_Maker, perhaps the wealthy have a different take on "impractical?"

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Re: Are the kids picking the cars now?
Rob Spiegel   11/14/2013 2:53:47 PM
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That's right Zippy. Much like fast food restaurants that successfully marketed to kids to get their parents to the restaurant, it looks like Toyota is tryng to hook the kids and thus bring the parents along.

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