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Identify your wheels

Chet

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...Looking to trade in my '96 Land Rover. She's old and tired and left me stranded blocking traffic in downtown rush hour last week... Thinking of a Subaru WRX Wagon. Sexy little car for a wagon!
 

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We have a jelly bean on wheels (1992 Toyota Previa) with 310,000 km and a 1997 Honda Civic. The van hauls kids to various sporting events around the nation and to holiday jaunts across the continent. The car is for short commutes.

I'd love to take advantage of public transit , but being in oil-rich Alberta - that would be anathematic, not to mention impossible.
 

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Has anybody driven a Toyota Pryus (may be the wrong spelling), the fuel cell car that is on the market now? I saw one at an auto show and it looked very nice. Only about $18,000 I heard.
 

Chet

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Toyota Prius

A friend has a new Prius. Itsactually very roomy inside (at least the front seats I cant vouch for the back seat passenger) and well appinted but a little plastic-y feeling. He is very happy with it.
 

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Yea, I think if I wanted to own a car, I would buy a prius. I guess I would like to support a good idea (although it would piss of my 7 uncles who work for GM).
 

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NHPlanner said:
1998 Chevy Cavalier

Better gas mileage that the '86 Caravan I bought off of my parents when I was in college.

put me down for one of those "bad boys" too...bought it my senior year of college as a graduation present to myself...it's purpble...b/c that was one of my school colors...it's got about 62,000 these days...quite comfy...

and it's me 2nd cavalier...the 5th in my immediate family...great car!
 

Chet

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El Guapo, I prefer to ride my Hog, but if you prefer to ride a sheep who am I to judge. ;)
 

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ID Your Wheels

Depending on the time of the year it all changes...politically I am a staunch conservative, but you'd never know it when I arrive.

2000 Triumph Sprint ST motorcycle...I have an obsession with speed. Anything that can do 170 mph on two wheels is a winner with me. And this is practical when addressing those pesky planning emergencies. I always seem to back out at about 135 -140 mph...must be getting old.

1997 Ford Probe GTS...it just goes and goes and goes. It's not very subtle. It's a shame I only get to drive it part of the year thanks to the Wisc. weather.

1991 Ford Escort LX...I bought this to get me through college and was going to get rid of it. Then it got me through grad school. Now it just sits in storage until the weather turns. The damn thing won't die and I promised myself I would drive it until then...125,000 miles on it and going like the Energizer bunny. Just gas and insurance and off you go.

1985 VW Scirocco...sitting in the garage until it becomes a classic. A great summer car...

I thing I have too many summer things...ironic that I live in a state with two months of summer...
 

giff57

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That rig would make you the envy of many of our illustrious citizens.
 

Richmond Jake

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Install a snow plow blade on the front of that Dodge and it would look just like my new ride.
 

Chet

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Oh El Guapo...

The gun rack isnt visible. Is it one of those under-seat do-hickies?
 

el Guapo

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Gun Rack

bturk,
If you look close you will see a gun rack on the back window. It was a triple. One for each redneck that rides in the cab. The seat covers were made out of OD green Army canvas. I had cigar holders and a map pocket sewn in - real custom like.

I once had a date in this thing as a lark - to see how desperate she was. I stopped real hard one time with her in the truck and a desicated mouse body slid out from under the bench seat - between her feet. I needed to hose it out more often.

If you got real close you could see where it still said "No Hunting" on the tires -Caution City Dwellers; do not attempt to figure out that one.

RJake,
That is a county grader blade welded to the front to replace the missing bumper. Sharp edge out. About 85lbs of cold rolled steel.

I sold this truck to raise money to marry my bride. I miss that truck.


Dan,
Re: Rugged
Thanks man, I'm touched. As to its hoisting a Dixie Cross - No Way - I'm a Free Stater ( http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec98/curry_8-13.html ). We did paint it desert tan camo shortly after this photo.

Help, I'm a redneck trapped in a planner's career!
 
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Dan

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Waitaminit ... something's missing. A Confederate flag!

There's an inside joke that I have with my old college friends. It's my alter ego, Mr. Rugged. Everyone knows a Mr. Rugged -- one of those people with lots of t-shirts picturing ducks and deer, someone with a cord or two of wood on the side of their house, someone who always says "I could have built you one of those for half the price" when you describe a new table or desk you bought. My freind Bob back in upstate New York, a guy who married another friend, Eva, is a certified Mr. Rugged. He's got "land," and that land includes two barns and a cherry picker, along with other vehicles in various states of repair. If Bob shows off one of his new toys, I have to scream "RUGGED!" at the top of my lungs.

El Guapo, this one is for you.

RUGGED!
 

IPlan

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Ford Focus 2001, grey, 4 doors

Affordable and my first ever brand new car. It is okay. Though I really wanted a Subaru.. I can still dream.
 

Richmond Jake

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Hey IPlan...

I've never rode in a 4-door....what's it like? And you're dreaming of a Subaru?
 

IPlan

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The four door is nice, still roomy enough to sit comfortably.

Yes I am still dreaming of one day owning a Subaru.
 

Mastiff

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My old ride...

This was my rig when I worked as a planner and code enforcement officer in rural Arkansas:
 

el Guapo

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My Answer

Mastiff,
My old county commission once asked me what it would take to clean up a certain trailer park. Without thinking I said "an airstrike." But your truck would have worked in a pinch.

Dan,
Can we get this man a RUGGED!?
 

Dan

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'Nuff said.

El Guapo said:
Can we get this man a RUGGED!?

RUGGED!

(For a Suzuki Samurai, anyhow)
 
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Chet

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Now THIS is Rugged...

Gotta love that kind of suspensio travel. I've only used it once or twice, but its good to have the resources at your fingertips...
 

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This was my first ride when assigned to code enforcement. We lovingly named her the "Silver Bullet."

Sorry....but, may I request a "RUGGED"?
 
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Dan

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RichmondJake said:
Sorry....but, may I request a "RUGGED"?

You may request a RUGGED, but alas, none will be granted, for the Silver Bullet is not, I'm afraid.

British vehicles, with the exception of the Land Rover Defender, are never RUGGED, even if they've got Lucas electrics and require near constant maintenance.
 

giff57

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My awesome CE vehicle. It might not be rugged, but it sure is fast.
 
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Giff - Your CE vehicle is the identical twin to every county/town car I've ever had to drive! The other perk to getting the retired cops' crown vics is that you actually feel like you are out on the open sea, captaining your very own ship.
 

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My wheels are another boring Crown Vic not an X police car but the deal was too good to pass up.

The interesting wheels in the family belong to my husband. An amigo that has been rolled that he is now painting urban camo he wants to get a bumper stick that says "When I grow up I want to be a humvee"
 

el Guapo

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Cammo Tips

Mary,
As a young man it was my privilege to paint several vehicles various versions of camouflage. I currently have in my personal motor pool a 1978 International Harvester Corporation Scout 2. From personal experience I have several suggestions, if I may?

1. Wash the vehicle thoroughly before painting. Don’t paint over mud or glass.

2. Avoid alcohol during the process. While it adds to your enjoyment, you may awake the next day to find that in a fit of exuberance you have painted “Suck This Ivan!” on the back of your newly camouflaged truck. “Ivan” was the term we cold warriors used to lovingly refer to individual members of the evil red empire. Not actual people named Ivan.

3. Don’t overlook the Latex family. Most people assume that cammo paint jobs should be enamel. A good quality latex works just fine. It has durability, covers rust well, and cleans up easy. A gallon of paint will cover four average sized SUVs. With two coats. It also leaves you additional paint to touch up trail rash and battle damage.

4. Use a brush. Don’t waste your time having a professional shop use a LVHP gun. This paint job is only going to impress a select few. Those that will be impressed will be even more impressed by your audacity in using a brush.

5. Chrome is tough. I find that flat black enamel applied after a good sanding will adhere and accent the vehicle nicely.

6. Rims – Paint them to match or paint flat black.

7. Cammo backpack covers from your local army surplus store ($5-15) make a great tire cover.

8. Antennas, antennas, antennas…enough said about that? Don' forget about extra gas cans, gunracks and grill guards. These all enhance any cammo project.

9. Get one (1) bumper sticker that says something so offensive that liberals just feel sorry for you. Something like the photo below.

10. The total project can be done in one day. Best of luck and please post a photo when the project is complete.
 
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My current ride. 1998 VW Passat GLX. Leather everything. 193 horsepower V6. Slap the town seal on the side, and it's the code enforcement vehicle. (I said I worked for a small town -- we're waiting for our police to nab a big drug shipment so we can get a real staff car; they've only intercepted rentals so far.) Sitting behind the wheel, I feel like I want to scream "JAAAAAAAAAA!" at the top my my lungs, and then single-handedly invade some small Eastern European country.

Yeah, I know it's not RUGGED!, but still ...

If I add any cars to my fleet (i.e. the Passat), it'll probably be an old VW Quantum Synchro wagon.



El Guapo said:
As a young man it was my privilege to paint several vehicles various versions of camouflage. I currently have in my personal motor pool a 1978 International Harvester Corporation Scout 2.

Following is the official Cyburbia RUGGED! graphic. Any vehicle with a seat under the hood deserves a RUGGED!

El Guapo said:

9. Get one (1) bumper sticker that says something so offensive that liberals just feel sorry for you. Something like the photo below.

Back in my New Mexico years, you could easily identify Alamogordo residents who might have been travelling through, because they always -- and I mean always, without exception, had one (or more) of the three following bumper stickers on their car.

1) JET NOISE - SOUND OF FREEDOM

2) THEY'LL GET MY GUN WHEN THEY PRY IT FROM MY COLD, DEAD HAND (or any other gun-related sticker. An NRA emblem will suffice.)

3) JESUS IS LORD OVER ALAMOGORDO

Back in Cruces, popular bumper stickers usually read "The Goddess is Alive and Magic is Afoot", "Blessed Be!", "My Other Car is a Broom", or "Life Is A Witch, And Then You Fly!"
 
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Chet

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The descent into Geekdom begins...

How about, "My other car is a ..."
 

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I figured that would stump most folks.

Catch the show on BBC America if your cable or satellite provider caries it. Its campy!

Although inflamatory on the surface (no pun intended) this bumper sticker actually relates to a card game where each person plays a country, and the goal is to be the last one with population cards when the bomb cards start flying. I had one of these on my Yugo and people really got upset about it...

http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/

I love the slogan "Everybody Needs a Yugo Sometime"

Umm, El Guapo, when was your Yugo moment?
 
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1998 Chevy Cavalier

Me too. Its predecessor was an 1988 Cavy until I drove it into the ground (still got $500 in trade...prob couldn't have sold it for that...hehe). The current Cavy is purple in homage to my alma mater...but sports the Thule so I looks "rugged."
 

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2000 Chevy Prizm

I have had the car now for two years and 2 months. I hate to say it, but I have put 63,000 miles on it in that time period. (driving to work/grad school)

Someday I'll work in the same town I live, and make up for the waisted miles and time.
 

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1992 Geo Storm with approximately 157,500 miles on it. This is my first car and based on my wonderful salary, it will probably be my only car.

I've changed jobs since I first posted this. Now that I've increased my commuting time by 45 minutes and cannot get to and from work via public transportation plus I have to drive all over creation for meetings and stuff, I was forced to buy a new car. I've joined the ranks of the SUV owners, although mine is more like the baby of the family - 2002 Ford Escape.
 

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Ok im on my 2nd Saturn looking at getting the new Saturn VUE in a year when my lease is up.

Hey gotta have somewhere to put the hounds ya know?

D
 

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I have had a string of very unreliable cars including a 1991 Ford Escort that had a coned cylinder, so it only ran on 3 cylinders and leaked oil. Had it in the shop no fewer than 10 times over a 2 year period.

Replaced it with a 1992 Plymouth Laser that I loved, but also caused many headaches. Ususally every 9 months something went wrong.

Got fed up in March and bought a nice used, but reliabe, 199 Honda Accord v6 coupe with all the bells and whistles. Hopefully I will have the same luck as most Honda owners and drive it over 200,000 miles.
 
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Yay! We've gotten a new 2002 Honda Accord. My father in law has something like 230K on his accord. Anyway, she's shiny and blue and has power windows AND locks. I'm riding in the lap of luxary! hee.
 

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PlannerGirl said:
Ok im on my 2nd Saturn looking at getting the new Saturn VUE in a year when my lease is up.

Hey gotta have somewhere to put the hounds ya know?

D

I test drove the Saturn VUE before settling on the Ford Escape. It felt like I was in a wind-up toy, plus I didn't think it was as roomy as it could have been. The cargo space was okay. Good luck with whatever you choose. :)
 

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Now:
His: 94 Ford 4x4 Ranger
Hers: 01 Toyota Corolla

As soon as we can get moved downtown:
Ours: hybrid either a Toyota or Honda Civic
 

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PlannerGirl said:
Ok im on my 2nd Saturn looking at getting the new Saturn VUE in a year when my lease is up.

Bah. The Vue got okay reviews ... nothing extraordinary.

If you're really going to join the SUV club, but want to stay small, I'd look at a Ford Escape, or if you can pull it off, a used Volvo Cross Country wagon. The Volvo would really fit in well with the Beltway traffic.

Just don't get a Pontiac Aztek. Please ... don't. No.
 

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Id like to get the Mercedes SUV but... um money money money and gas costs

then that Xtera thing is kinda cute but thats money and gas too.

soooo something small but good to haul the hell hounds in. Im tired of not having a back seat folks can sit in-too much dog hair no matter what i do.

:-(
 

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Volvo for life!

PlannerGirl,
Might I suggest a reconditioned 1990 Volvo 245 Wagon with the doggie barrier? Economical, rugged, and it has a certain chic' plannerness about it, and all the while it remains a safe and dependable vehicle.


familycamp.jpg
 

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WRX!

Subaru WRX Wagon! Four wheel drive, bizarro-styling like so many planners' cars, fold down seats that just cry out for a doggie gate.

And a 226 hp engine and handles like its on rails!

$23 k FOR THE TURBO WRX model, under 20 for the RS Version.

Although the cloth upholstery is dog hair hell with my collie mix (and my basenji, the little beast sheds short, fine bristly hairs that are hell to pick up)
 
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