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Joined: 8/13/2007
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NOT asking anyone to state speific model or year of your car [or bike] but feel free to do so. But your vehicle IS probably your second biggest expense behind your rent/house payment. Actually the ONE question I do have is what is the MAIN reason you bought your car? Is it possible to pick just one? Looks, handling, economy, safety, reliability, seating capacity etc. WOULD you buy another one?
Just got my annual Consumer Reports auto issue last week so I am curious...
Joined: 7/5/2006
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Posted: 3/8/2009 11:03:22 AM
I bought my vehicle for the cargo space. I would have bought a full-size van, but the minivan I have is a good compromise between space and economy.

With my hobby projects getting larger, and the amount of support gear increasing, I find that I make use of more and more volume. (If things weren't so slow right now, I might even consider investing in a trailer... if I had somewhere to keep it parked... )
Joined: 2/17/2008
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Posted: 3/8/2009 11:15:54 AM
I bought my car for the price. But, after owning it for a year, I've discovered that I can fit my bike in the back with the front wheel off (my last car, I had to remove BOTH wheels for it to fit!), it's good on gas and has been reliable. All that and it's about to turn over 185,000 miles.

So yeah, I'd buy another one.
 hard starboard
Joined: 6/21/2008
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Posted: 3/8/2009 12:23:40 PM
I don't think so... unless it's saying things behind my back.
Joined: 2/11/2008
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Posted: 3/8/2009 12:24:41 PM
I liked the way it looked and at the time I had the money to buy it, so I did, cash. Yes, I would buy another one but since they quit making them a few years ago, I'd have to buy another used one and since I'll never have the money again unless I win the lottery, I think I'll be driving my present one until it dies on me. Actually I already bought this car twice and the second time it cost more; I had to replace the engine and tranny after I was caught in a flood.
Joined: 7/14/2006
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Posted: 3/8/2009 4:35:47 PM
it was free... why did i get it?? it was free.. had it now for 3-4 years spend about $1000 on repairs and a set of winter tires...
Joined: 1/18/2008
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Posted: 3/8/2009 5:17:36 PM
I bought mine because of the cargo space a small stationwagon type car.

I have 2 large dogs, so one in the backseat and one in the back, works out perfectly.
Good on fuel and goes great in the snow.

But the needed space to transport 2 dogs is the initial reason I bought it. That and it was time for me to get another car.

However, now that I'm moving out of state and cannot take my dogs I will have more space than I need.
Joined: 7/7/2008
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Posted: 3/8/2009 7:27:08 PM
My ride says that I'm obviously horse rich and money poor.
Joined: 3/24/2008
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Posted: 3/8/2009 8:40:27 PM
I always buy used; I prefer 1-owner vehicles 10 years old or older, with less than 100,000 miles. My son says it tells people I'm a "cheapskate," I prefer to think of myself as a "tightwad."
I hate car payments, so I always pay cash.
Joined: 7/10/2008
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Posted: 3/8/2009 8:55:29 PM
my ride pretty much is me....kinda old....kinda banged up............but it runs great................not the fastest.......but willing to go anywhere
Joined: 12/7/2008
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Posted: 3/8/2009 9:11:40 PM
Hmmm bought my last car when I thought I was going different places than I ended up and also because it was the best car I could afford. It was only a $1k more than what I went looking at. It had all the features I HAD to have (auto, 4wheel drive, AC, stereo) plus a ton that were nice bonuses. One of the bonuses I will be loathe to give up when I have to trade it in(butt warming seats ROCK!). In my area 4wheel drive is needed since plowing is a hobby in the winter, not a job for the local DOT. I want a solid car around me for protection from other drivers ( I have been rear-ended w/ my car ending up totaled 2x).

They no longer really make the model and the new "versions" of it fall far from what I expect after almost 10 yrs to upgrade and develop the technology. I have 2-3 yrs before I have to seriously look for another car-I hope the economy/industry can meet my demands by then or I will be SOL.
Joined: 9/23/2007
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Posted: 3/8/2009 9:21:38 PM
I love my van!
It's a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country Touring van. I need the cargo space. I love the automatic doors. I have two teenage boys with lots of sports equipment, teenage friends, and other stuff to haul around. It is very quiet, reliable, safe and has much better gas milage than my last van.

If there was a way I could afford a hybrid version of my van, I would get that. I also think that its important for a vehicle to be designed to be purposefully recycled, the parts re-usable or degradeable. If I could buy any make of car it would be a Toyota, but I usually can't afford one.

I got my van from Car Max, after searching on the internet for it. This is the first time I have used the internet to look for a car. It worked out better than I expected. I think it helps to pay cash, and not have the interest and loan restrictions hanging over you. I paid cash for my last van, too.

My priorities for any vehicle are these, in this order: Safety, reliability, fuel efficiency, must have the space to carry what I need on a daily basis, security from theft. If it has conveniences like cup holders, outlets for video games, and extra storage for stuff that is a plus. As for looks, that is great, but I really only care if it has a good enough paint job to prevent rust for a very long time. If I had ordered it new, I would have chosen a different color, though, because my van has so many look-alikes in every parking lot.

What it says about me:
I think I am unusual in that I always wanted to be a "soccer mom." Some of my friends try to avoid that label, but I love it and am proud of it. Except that I am a "basketball" mom.

I drove the last van forever, until it was banged up, used up and I still fixed it up and found a new home for the last leg of it's journey. I got that from my grandmother, who's motto was; repair it, mend it, fix it up, use it up, recycle it, compost it, never waste anything. She really appreciated and got the most use out of every thing she was temporarily given to take care of. Not such a bad motto for today's world, either.
Joined: 6/26/2008
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Posted: 3/8/2009 11:47:15 PM
My current ride is a 2008 Dodge Sport Caravan, it screams "soccer mom going to the grocery store", but is a gorgeous dark metallic blue and lovely on the eyes, and has a great heating/cooling system abnd bad ass sound system. Its bad on gas but i like the room, it gives each kid their own seating row which is nice not hearing them yell "mommmmmmmm he threw a carrot at me" whilst driving.
My husband drove a limo for his transportation business that he owned, the thing was gaudy and ostentatious, no mattr how much that ugly thing was worth i hatedddddddddd it. He loved it though and was beyond proud to drive it.
He also drove an unmarked police car, one of those big whote chevy caprices, it screamed "hi this is an unmarked police car:". To each their own.
Joined: 3/24/2008
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Posted: 3/9/2009 11:49:35 AM
I hope to get a few more years out of my current fleet, but I'm always looking for the next one. I think it helps to know my options before I actually have to repair or replace it- the very reason why, in spite of being a tightwad, I always have at least 2 vehicles: in case one breaks, I still have one that runs.
I would like to have a pickup- full-size with short bed would do, 6 or small V8 engine, automatic transmission, AC, power steering and brakes. Unfortunately, pickups only come in two flavors- too expensive, or beat to death.
Maybe I'll find another minivan, or one of those butt-ugly Pontiac Azteks, cheap
Joined: 8/29/2008
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Posted: 3/9/2009 8:10:36 PM
Classic model, looks good from far but far from good. Runs good but needs to be warmed up first.
Joined: 2/25/2009
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Posted: 3/10/2009 6:38:38 PM
Got an old blazer. I think it says old blazer.
But I am getting my brand new Day 6 bike out of lay-a-way next month in time for warm weather. But I think it might say old. I think it is comfortable. No more sore butt with that bike
Joined: 8/3/2006
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Posted: 3/10/2009 10:21:45 PM
Yes, I drive an Acura EL. Great on fuel. Comfortable seating and space. Got am amazing deal on it. Couldn't let it go, so I bought it.

It's very clean - inside and out, sharp looking, sporty, fun to drive ( love 5spd ), unique color.

Kinda defines me a bit.
Joined: 2/23/2009
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Posted: 3/11/2009 12:31:46 PM
I believe that my car actually says a lot about me! I've always thought you can tell a heck of a lot about a person by the kind of car/truck/whatever they drive. Maybe that's just the "gearhead" in me.

Anyway, my first car I actually purchased (not free from my parents) was a 2000 Toyota Corolla XE. It was the basic car, no frills, just low mileage, A/C, and 4 doors so I could carry around all of my friends comfortably.

I then upgraded to a 1998 VW GTI VR6. What an upgrade that was! I loved that car sooooo much! It was bright yellow, which matched my personality perfectly. I actually entered it in a couple VW car shows and won an award for it. I was so proud. Then, it got broken into, my dad backed his truck into it causing a lot of damage, and it started to fall apart since it had a lot of miles on it.

I ended up trading that car in for a 2004 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V a few years back. I've always wanted one of these cars (well, since Nissan released them into the US market a few years ago) because it was a cute little sedan that I knew could smoke any of the stupid SRT-4 driving punks in my town. I got the sedan because I thought I'd have to drive everyone around again, like with the Corolla, but my friend bought a Durango soon after, so I haven't really needed the whole sedan thing.

I'm planning on trading in the ol' gal in September, but I'm not sure what I'm getting next. Right now, it's between a 2010 Toyota Yaris hatchback (gas mileage, low price tag, cuteness factor), a 2010 VW GTI (I really miss my hatchback coupe with all of the frills and a V6), or 2010 Toyota RAV-4 (moving back to the countryside in May and may need 4 wheel drive, but want decent gas mileage).

Any advice out there??? I definitely won't EVER buy a domestic-type car (GM, Ford), so don't even suggest it. Yes, I do realize that Toyotas are made in Kentucky, and VW's are made in Mexico and Tennessee.
Joined: 3/16/2006
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Posted: 3/11/2009 2:28:16 PM
have a Mustang drop top now, nothing beats driving in warmer weather with the top down. i also own a 20 year old Dodge Daytona, i still like that car -it has its own timeless style. its still in excellent condition. the best compliment i got on it was on a date, she looked at the car and said "wow -its soooo old, its cool again".
i have forsaken 'Dayna" for the convertible, (i couldn't bear to git rid of her) she's sits in the driveway -taking her for an occasional spin to keep the motor in shape and her michelins stretched unfortunately my son will probibly wrap her around a telephone pole when he turns 16.
i did notice plenty of soccer moms here in love with their mini vans. -i inherited a Caravan in the divorce -no use letting it go to waste -i pop the rear seats out and use it to haul cargo -nothing drives better than a mini van -comfortable quite ride, easy to load, large engine, great gas mileage compared to a truck -plenty of creature features, not exactly an eye opener when you fly by a state trooper -nothing better than having a mini van to cruise through desolate sections of California/Nevada with the cruise at 85 and cd player cranked
Joined: 2/23/2009
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Posted: 3/12/2009 6:13:55 AM
bbw2love, I want to get rid of it because I just need some change in my life. I've never kept a car as long as I have had the Nissan. I probably should go to a lease, but I don't have a couple grand to use as a security deposit. Oh well. And, I think both cars are equally as attractive. I'm sorta partial to hatchbacks though
Joined: 11/3/2008
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Posted: 3/12/2009 8:08:04 AM
Why I got this car? Because Larry started crying right there in the dealership when I said I didn't really want it RFLMFAO It was only $2K, and he had spent half the day at the dealership detailing it just so that it would look its best etc. I think the biggest selling point for me, at the time, was that it had 8 seat belts, and was built like a tank. My last car had been creamed by some witch doing twice the speed limit and not looking where she was going. Her truck slammed me right on the passenger side, where my 7 year old was sitting!
Well, turns out Larry knew best, and I am glad I got it. That was way back in 1988, and it has been my primary driver ever since. THAT is why I love the thing. NOT because it is a '69 muscle car. The fact that it has NEVER let me down, left me stranded, or anything of the sort, in all these years. AMERICAN MADE when America was what we want it to be again.
Joined: 12/8/2008
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Posted: 3/20/2009 11:19:07 AM
Hey, hey, BigDaddyJinx - just sold my 4-dr '92 Cavalier late last year. She was a good little car, but the paint job was sucking big time! Got a newer, bigger 4-dr sedan that's more reliable and comfortable on the road and gets good gas mileage 'cause I need to go see my best gal-pals who are all spread out from Kansas City to Texas. Sometimes my KC friend drives to my house, then we both head on south to TX. The back seats are big enough for my 2 dogs, and the trunk is so huge that it can hold all the clothes we women think we might need on a trip! And as an extra added bonus, it has an awesome sound system, so we can rock out as we roll down the road.

What does it say about me? It likes me and it tells everyone it meets that I'm really pretty cool for an oldie!

Joined: 3/16/2009
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Posted: 3/27/2009 12:31:01 PM
Just got myself a '97 Jeep TJ b/c the hot flashes are just getting too intense. Well, that and the fact that my mechanics prefer Chrysler products.

 english lass
Joined: 11/14/2007
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Posted: 3/27/2009 1:32:05 PM
it says i have children and need lots of space - grand caravan
Joined: 2/8/2008
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Posted: 3/27/2009 2:27:14 PM

My car currently says "deer are really hard to see in fog".

Oh man, i hear ya there. Only my car says its owner cant see deer on a clear starry night if she's looking the other way.

Yeah my once purrty car looks like a beater now. Damn deer! lol

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