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Identify your wheels

Tom R

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Mine is a 94 Geo Metro 3 banger with 140 K on the original clutch. Its an amazing little car. My first "planning" car was a 73 VW. The only car worthy of being named - ole' paint.
 

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Yano i just cant drive a volvo wagon-Dave here at work drives one. Giggles and i dont want to be like Dave :)

Id go for the Subaru thing, kinda bouncy cute looking.

But when i have PMS-a HUMMER!
 

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oh Jezzz guys i did not mean it THAT way. God i dont want to upset Kevin or scare him off.
 

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Here's what I want to drive. But at the moment I have a very reliable Japanese import (we have lots here), a 1992 Honda Civic with over 200,000km on the clock and still going strong.

JNL said:
Here's what I want to drive.
The Holden Commodore SS, which I think is branded with a different name in the US of A, has a 225kW V8 Chevrolet engine, and 460 nM of torque at 4400 rpm. One day....
 
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JNL said:
Here's what I want to drive. But at the moment I have a very reliable Japanese import (we have lots here), a 1992 Honda Civic with over 200,000km on the clock and still going strong.
We've heard rumors about the Holden Commodore SS in the States. Drool ...

The Holden Monaro is supposed to be the next Pontiac GTO!

Right now, though, there's no rebadged Australian cars in North America.

Do you have utes in NZ?

PlannerGirl said:
But when i have PMS-a HUMMER!
Run, kitty! Run!
 
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Dan said:


We've heard rumors about the Holden Commodore SS in the States. Drool ...

Do you have utes in NZ?
Sure do! Lots of 'em. Here's the SS ute:
 

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Why are the General Motors cars in the US so bad when compared to those in other countries? I guess rather than spending their time designing cool cars, they waste their resources on creatures like the Pontiac Aztec :).

Once you've gone Japanese, can you ever go back? Heck, the reliability rankings for some of the ultracool German cars are horrible (Porsche Boxster, the Mercedes line, the Audi S4)
 
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We're definitely a Honda family - my in-laws as well as I have an Accord, my grandmother a Civic, my brother a CRX and two of our best friends also have Accords. My husband is already jonesing for the Odessy once we have a passel of young'uns.
 

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I liked my Integra I had a few years back (although my Subie blows it away in driveability and practicality)

My sister is definitely a Honda person (She drives a Prelude now). She's talked about the S-2000, too.


She does have her eye on the Mini, though :)
 

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El Guapo - LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES!

Did you feel me reach through the T-1 line and poke you with that? ;)

Too late to photoshop this into an avatar, and one last pic before she's stored for the winter and eventually sold for profit before the 100th anniversary celebration...
 

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Hey bTurk

...ain't that the PRIDE Special HD put out a few years back?

Did that T-1 poke back? ;)

Ok, Muggie I'm a Homophobic Hick.. I get it now.
 
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Up until this summer I took the Redline from Silver Spring to Tennleytown ---------

Anyone else familiar with this mass-transit line?

its the finest in the country.
 

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(Actually, Dan's posting this)

elandon said:
Up until this summer I took the Redline from Silver Spring to Tennleytown ---------

Anyone else familiar with this mass-transit line?
I have to say that the Washington Metro has the most powerful acceleration of any transit system in the US. If you're a standee, look out when the train pulls away from the station!
 

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Honda is coming out witha cool new van thing, anyone know what I'm talking about?
I went to the Sydney Motor Show 2 weeks ago and took lots of photos. Here's a concept car from Honda:

And another one from Honda:

But my favourite at the show was the Holden SSX - also a concept car:

Pretty cool huh?
 
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Reply to Dan

Dan, your comment was from page 2, so I am a littel late, but oh well.

Buffalo is full of SUV's and it is getting progressively worse, and even that walkie talkie phone is catching on. Every time I'm am blinded by the lights in the mirror it's another too-tall SUV. All I am getting at is Buffalo loves SUV's. I'm really not proud, but oh well.

By they way, Dan are you a "Southtowner" when you come to the Buff? You seem to have a Cheektovegas slant.
 

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I'm in an old Honda CR-v.... small enough to (just) sweeze into a "small cars only" space... and can go over the odd flower bed when i need to... mind you i dont think i am yet to engage the automatic 4x4 but no matter ;) ! and it can fit as muchjunk as you care to carry with some creative packing techniques... and i inherited it which makes it fantastic! pity all the soccer mums around here have them... but i'll deal!
 

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We sold the Ranger but still have the Corolla. We are very happily a single car family. "My other car... is a bicycle!" :)
 

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04 Saturn ION 3
My other vehicle is my bicycle - Fuji 18 speed.
 

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2000 Jeep Cherokee Limited Edition...its my second favorite car I have driven right behind my Honday Accord.
 

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I currently drive a 1999 ford taurus with 114,000 miles on it. I cannot see myself driving a european on asian nameplate due to my blue collar traditional Detroit upbringing.

I only live a few miles from work. I live right on two bus lines that would get me to work, but unfortunately it has taken me up to two hours to commute by bus here. Most of my driving has come from trips to my cabin in northern michigan, to see my sister in Chicago, and a couple of trips to DC.

I would like my next car to be a hybrid. Possibly the little Ford SUV, but I would prefer a mid-sized american sedan.
 

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I've got a 1998 Chevy Malibu that I inherited from my parents in 2001. It's getting close to 100K and I'll be damned if it hasn't had everything replaced at least once (except engine and transmission). It got a new set of tires and brakes last winter, so hopefully it will last another 20-30K miles. :D
 

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1993 Ford Escort. Owned since new. By far the longest I've ever owned a single car. Probably the best car I've ever owned.

1995 Ford Taurus. Owned since August, 1999. Not the best car I've ever owned.

2002 Dodge Caravan. Owned since February, 2003. Ok, I guess, but we've already taken it in for repairs on more than one occasion. Just had a trailer hitch put on the thing (to pull our pop-up-camper). So I guess I'll be keeping it for a while..
 

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Brent said:
Right now I drive a 1993 Toyota pickup with 180,000 miles. I was broadsided a while ago by a car thief who ran a red light and I still haven't repaired the considerable body damage to the passenger side. Although my truck has been extremely reliable and virtually indestructible, a rear-wheel drive pick up is a terrible snow and ice vehicle - so I am shopping for a new car.

I am looking at the VW Jetta TDI. Anyone have any experience with the TDI engine? Are cold starts or long idles a problem? So far everything I've read says they are great engines and the fuel efficiency is amazing.

Thanks.
The TDI is phenomenal. 80 miles an hour going UP Vail Pass. It starts down to about -10. After that, things get a little more interesting.

We get 50-51 mpg on the open road (unless we drive 80 consistently) with the five-speed manual. I understand that the automatics get noticeably lower mileage (but still over 40). We have had minor problems - the windshield washer reservoir would leak on hot days, for example, but it is a great little car.
 

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1998 Mercury Tracer with almost 100K (1K to go).

I hope to drive it till the fenders fall-off. It's a good car for my 300 mile a week commute.
 

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I have a silver 2004 Chevy Impala LS with sport appearance package. I love it! Sporty (IMO), yet roomy and comfortable. Can fit the baby in the back plus two adults.

We are a GM family - my dad retired, as well as a lot of my relatives.
 

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My irresponsible ass bought a 2004 Mazda RX-8 this past December. Had to do it before another person would be involved in the decision to make me more practical! ;-)

Beware: Even though the engine is only 1.3L, it gets pretty pathetic gas mileage. I live in hilly terrain, and it gets about 22 on the highway on a good day. That has probably been the one big disappointment.
 

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Last October I traded in the old hand-me-down 1993 Ford Explorer for this:



A 2005 Subaru Forester. (I already posted a thread long ago about it, some of you may remember)
For a first car buying experience on my own, the dealer left something to be desired, but the Forester is great. I like the gas mileage, it pulled the GF and I through one of those famous Colorado Mountain Blizzards, and it drives great. The romote keyless is very sensitive so I am always setting the alarm off by sitting down, or putting my keys in my pocket while walking into the beer store... :cool:

Of course, if I had the opportunity, I would trade it in for a BMW anyday... :a:
 

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I have this garbage pile 2001 Pontiac Sunfire SE


....and this 140k mile and still going workhorse - 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix LE
 

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Lee Nellis said:
The TDI is phenomenal. 80 miles an hour going UP Vail Pass. It starts down to about -10. After that, things get a little more interesting.

We get 50-51 mpg on the open road (unless we drive 80 consistently) with the five-speed manual. I understand that the automatics get noticeably lower mileage (but still over 40). We have had minor problems - the windshield washer reservoir would leak on hot days, for example, but it is a great little car.
Lee , what kind of TDI do you have? I have an '03 Golf that has been incredible so far--we've managed up to 55 mpg on careful highway driving, and have nearly 40k on it so far. It's the manual, great car. Probably all of our cars will be diesels from now on. Have you tried biodiesel in yours yet?
 

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Mine is a 2000 LS with all the options other than on star but with some "changes" (The rear light panel does not have reflectors around the reverse lights anymore, and 2 10 inch MTX speakers in the trunk)
 

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OMG, Michigan is truly the last home of the American sedan :-D I would expect M'skis to be driving something like a Jetta (if not a 4-Runner). ;-)

My only excuse is that my Subaru has "final assembly" in Indiana (Lafayette area) and that GM owns a good chunk of Fuji Heavy Industries' car division. :-$
 
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[B]1993 Ford Escort.[/b] Owned since new. By far the longest I've ever owned a single car. Probably the best car I've ever owned.

My wife's car is also a '93 Ford Escort and it has 194,000 miles on it. She bought it brand new fresh out of college. I told her she should write Ford to get a new car. Then I thought, they would probably give her another Ford. Who knew that an Escort can last that long.
 

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I am a subaru guy, currently own a 2005 Forester and a 1997 Legacy GT wagon, 2 previous subarus before that. The forester is one of the safest cars on the road and fits the twins and their gear nicely. Nothing is more satisfying than passing some young yahoo in a red sports car going up Parleys Canyon (I-80) in the GT wagon, especially with the whole family in the car.
 

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cololi said:
I am a subaru guy, currently own a 2005 Forester and a 1997 Legacy GT wagon, 2 previous subarus before that. The forester is one of the safest cars on the road and fits the twins and their gear nicely. Nothing is more satisfying than passing some young yahoo in a red sports car going up Parleys Canyon (I-80) in the GT wagon, especially with the whole family in the car.

Yeah, except for THE AIR CONDITIONER EXPLODING ($2,000 out of warranty :-@ :-@ ), my WRX has been pretty reliable. It does have a tendency to go out of alignment-but maybe that's my driving.
 

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My irresponsible ass bought a 2004 Mazda RX-8 this past December. Had to do it before another person would be involved in the decision to make me more practical! ;-)
'burb fixer: This IS practical. There is NO WAY you'll ever have to go to the airport to pickup relatives (especially the MIL), because there's no place for 'em to sit and bring their luggage. It is Perfect! ;)

I've always had good luck with the Mazdas I've owned (the old GLC and the Miata).

Since both of my vehicles have been totaled, I'm in the market for replacements. I want a used Volvo wagon but Mrs. G nixed the idea, so I'm looking at a crew cab pick-up (probably a Frontier or similar). Mrs. G just needs a beater. I do not want car payments, so we're looking through the classifieds. I hate car shopping.
 
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My only excuse is that my Subaru has "final assembly" in Indiana (Lafayette area) and that GM owns a good chunk of Fuji Heavy Industries' car division. :-$
I KNEW IT! I thought that GM owned part of Fuji Heavy Industry.

Also, the Forester is the only Subaru NOT made in America. (Or at least assembled). Totally made of Japanese parts and assembled in Osaka... which gives me no excuse...

...but I have felt guilty about my purchases lately...
 

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I KNEW IT! I thought that GM owned part of Fuji Heavy Industry.

Also, the Forester is the only Subaru NOT made in America. (Or at least assembled). Totally made of Japanese parts and assembled in Osaka... which gives me no excuse...

...but I have felt guilty about my purchases lately...
Interestingly, I noticed that the re-badged and slightly tweaked "Saab" (the Saab 9-2X is a Subaru WRX) is assembled in Japan. Saab wanted a four-wheel drive entry car for its lineup, so corporate parent GM provided via Subaru.
 

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the north omaha star said:
Super Amputee Cat said:
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[B]1993 Ford Escort.[/b] Owned since new. By far the longest I've ever owned a single car. Probably the best car I've ever owned.

My wife's car is also a '93 Ford Escort and it has 194,000 miles on it. She bought it brand new fresh out of college. I told her she should write Ford to get a new car. Then I thought, they would probably give her another Ford. Who knew that an Escort can last that long.[/QUOTE]

That's good to know. My car has 118,000 miles on it, so if I can get another 75K+, that would be awesome.

Is hers a 2 door hatchback? The space in those things with the hatch up is cavernous. I can sometimes fit more in the back than in the van, if the hatch is up. It has more cargo room than most small SUVs.

I get about 30MPG in the city and up to 40MPG on the highway

The best Escorts are from '91 to '96. Before that they had too many repair and rust problems, and after 1996 they lost their hatchback feature and hence were indistiguishable any other late 1990s compact sedans.

If I had the room I would buy a '95 or '96 Escort with low miles and store it until this one no longer runs.
 

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1998 Saturn SL1, 5-speed manual, 105,000 miles, 38 mpg on the road, 30 around town. Only problem I've had is the motor (activitor) for the window on the drivers side burned out. Oil changes every 3k, fluids checked during oil change, replaced as per tech manual.

Best car I've ever owned. :) :) :)
 

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Gedunker said:
I'm looking at a crew cab pick-up (probably a Frontier or similar). Mrs. G just needs a beater. I do not want car payments, so we're looking through the classifieds. I hate car shopping.
Take a look at the Toyota Tacoma double cabs. My neighbor has had his for about three years with somewhere around 90,000 miles and has NEVER had a problem with it. All he does is change the oil and rotate the tires. I rode in it once I thought it very comfortable. Some of those should just be starting to show up on the used market if you are trying to avoid a large car payment. The new Tacomas are pretty sweet looking.
 
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Traditional American cars are usually lacking in the design aspects both interior and exterior. Chrysler and its Dodge brethren have been stepping it up lately with re-designs of the 300, Magnum and now the Charger but they're still American cars. GM cars always just plain and plain ugly. I do like Corvettes, can't afford them, and can't fit in them; I'm 6'7". Ford/Lincoln are hit and miss. They will hit with the Lincoln LS and miss with the Focus.
 

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HMMM I've missed this thread.

I'm driving a 1998 Ford Ranger XLT. I like the utility of having a truck, great for hauling around the lawn mower, bikes, and other things. Infact over the weekend I got a couple truck loads of mulch $13 bucks a yard, it is a little bit of work shovleing it all into a wheelbarrow and dumping it but it sure beats $2.50-4.00 per bag.
 

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the north omaha star said:
Traditional American cars are usually lacking in the design aspects both interior and exterior. Chrysler and its Dodge brethren have been stepping it up lately with re-designs of the 300, Magnum and now the Charger but they're still American cars. GM cars always just plain and plain ugly. I do like Corvettes, can't afford them, and can't fit in them; I'm 6'7". Ford/Lincoln are hit and miss. They will hit with the Lincoln LS and miss with the Focus.
The Charger!! Thats the car I saw a commercial for the other day and was so excited to see another good looking car!! The 300 is AWESOME, the 2005 Mustang is awesome (except I am seeing SO many of them on the roads!!) and that new Charger looks sweet!! I like that someone is trying to make some cars that dont look like the typical bubble, rounded car...
 

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Lessee...the two of us have: 1974 F100 4wd, 33's and a built 390. A 1974 VW Beetle, being restored, a 1971 VW van, being sold, a 1999 Audi A7 Quattro and a 1997 Chevy S-10.
 

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BKM said:
Interestingly, I noticed that the re-badged and slightly tweaked "Saab" (the Saab 9-2X is a Subaru WRX) is assembled in Japan. Saab wanted a four-wheel drive entry car for its lineup, so corporate parent GM provided via Subaru.
I sat in a 9-2X at the Denver Auto Show. It is exactly like the interior of my Forester, which is the same as the WRX... that's when my suspicion was peeked.
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Did I mention (as I noticed while driving around at lunch) that this is the first time I had decent A/C.

My old Volvo 240 GL, (El Guapo knows what I am talking about) had terrible A/C and when I got the hand-me-down Explorer, the a/c was long past prime.
 
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