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zmanPLAN said:
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.
Hm. Living in quite hot inland California, I have to say I would describe the Subaru air conditioning as "barely adequate"-even before "the disintegration" last year.

Not that I need an arctic chill. Adequate is good enough.
 
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I would love to get a new car, but I just bought a house. I'll see what the financial situation is like in a year or two. My '97 Camry has 129,000 miles on it.
 

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BKM said:
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). ;-)
I have a 4x4 extended cap S-10 in college to get me to the ski hills. Growing up in the UP, you learn that you can drive just about anything in snow. So I bought a car that could also cruse on the Freeways when I lived out east. My back seat folds down so I can fit two sets of skis and a snowboard, plus all my gear with ease.

Next will ride will be a Yukon with a Tule rack for skis and bikes.
 

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I've had the sports car and the SUV, but now I'm rocking it around town in my second Honda (how original :cool: ), a '98 Accord with low miles that I got from an auction in Atlanta last winter.

My family has a weird thing about buying new cars. We don't do it. A vehicle with a couple hundred miles on the odometer or the previous model year is not a problem. But a brand new car? Well that's just a waste of money. And we'll also drive them into the ground. Perhaps it's from living in the country and having to drive everywhere, or maybe it's some strange Scots-Irish genetic trait. Whatever it is, it's an attitude that my Dad has passed on to me, much to my wife’s chagrin.
 
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spokanite

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my ride...

1990 Volvo 240 DL Wagon - 202,000 miles...finally getting broken in. Best part about it: I can haul 10' lengths of lumber in it and close the rear lid. Niiiiiice!

I plan on taking it to 300,000 before I get a new car.


:-D
 
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urbanchik

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1998 Honda Civic, 161,000 miles, never put any $$ into besides maintenance, and $20 in gas takes me over 300 miles. I :l: my HONDA. Already looking for my next car though, which I hope to buy next years. I like the Accord, but the exterior is rather boring compared to previous year. Yet the inside is sha-weet. I would love to buy the hybrid, but I heard that in the cold weather, the gas mileage is the same as the regular car. Given that is it almost June and I have my HEAT on in my house (yes, I hate Michigan right now), it may not be worth my while. But I need to do a bit more research.
 

Chet

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[updated]

A 1987 BMW 325i with 207,000 miles *and going strong*
A 1996 Land Rover Discovery with 178,000 miles
A 1971 Ford F-250 with 63,000 miles
 

noj

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A 2002 Peugeot 206 Turbo Diesel. About 50,000miles, average 50 mpg, 55-60 if mainly country (ie not City stop start) driving.

Urbanchik, new Honda Civics are very good, and have a very good reputation. The Type R model is a proper barry motor. (ie Hot Hatch, liked by teenagers eager to race around towns)
 

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noj said:
A 2002 Peugeot 206 Turbo Diesel. About 50,000miles, average 50 mpg, 55-60 if mainly country (ie not City stop start) driving.

Urbanchik, new Honda Civics are very good, and have a very good reputation. The Type R model is a proper barry motor. (ie Hot Hatch, liked by teenagers eager to race around towns)
But, noj, remember, the Hondas (and most other makes, for that matter) you get on your side of the pond are vastly cooler and superior to the boxes we get here in the US.

I wish Peugeots were sold here.
 

urbanchik

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I wish Peugeots were sold here too!
We rent Peugeots every year in France and I love them! They have a lot of kick, nice designs, and great mileage. We rented a little "SUV" last year and it was perfect. Big enough to fit luggage and 4 people, but small enough to zip around the tiny streets and tight corners.

The new Civics are nice, but I need something with a little more room since my hubby and I plan to start a family one of these days. I also want a car with a little more horsepower (without compromising gas mileage too much, of course) ;) I like the Accord the best. Although the Acura TSX is beautiful, but I think more money than an Accord. I wasnt impressed with Saab at all, unfortunately. It would be nice to buy American. I still have to drive the Pontiac G6 - I have heard a lot of good things about this car (and not just becuase Oprah gave them away!).
 

biscuit

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urbanchik said:
I like the Accord the best. Although the Acura TSX is beautiful, but I think more money than an Accord. I wasnt impressed with Saab at all, unfortunately. It would be nice to buy American. I still have to drive the Pontiac G6 - I have heard a lot of good things about this car (and not just becuase Oprah gave them away!).
I remember reading somewhere that the Accord sold in Europe is the same as our TSX. That's a shame for us in the States because the TSX is a much better looking car.

The wife and I test drove a Saab a couple of weeks back and were equally unimpressed. She loves the styling on the 9-3, but the back seat is woefully too small. And while the 9-5 is more of the size we'd need, it's out of our price range (although they had a 2004 program car available for a pretty good price) and my wife didn't like the shape of the grill. The clincher for me with both models though was the crappy cup holder. $35,000+ for a car and all you get is a single, undersized, foldout Subaru cup holder? No thank you
 

Trail Nazi

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I have two Subaru Outbacks. I love them and will probably get another Subaru when the time comes. Maybe the new Tribeca. :)
 

noj

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mendelman said:
But, noj, remember, the Hondas (and most other makes, for that matter) you get on your side of the pond are vastly cooler and superior to the boxes we get here in the US.

I wish Peugeots were sold here.
I wasn't aware of that mendelman, thanks. For anyone who doesn't then know what a Peugeot 206 looks like, heres one:



Does the job for me.

And here is the European model of the Honda Civic Type R (200 bhp)

 

Bear Up North

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This Bear travels from den to den in a 1999 Toyota Tacoma 4WD Extended Cab. It is Pittsburgh Steeler black, has 107,000 miles on it, pulls my little bass boat just fine, and has room in the back for a grandkid or two (2) or my basketball and basketball clothes.

No major problems.....a water pump went bad at about 90,000 miles......that's all. Just had the first brake job. I have had other Toys, so very happy again. :-D

Katie says, "Why don't you get a new truck?" This one (1) is fine.

(She drives a red Chevy Blazer with an Ohio State Buckeyes license plate holder. Arggggggggggg. :-{ )

Bear Used To Be In A Desoto
 

Chet

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After 5 years without a car payment, I bit the bullet. I now own a 2007 Kia Rondo. Its about the same size as a Jeep Cherokee, but 2wd. Overall I'm very happy. I'd have loved another Subaru, but the $8,000 price differential swayed me.

I still have a Smart Car on order for fall delivery. We'll see how that goes. I had to make a fast decision, since the tranny went out on my minivan :/
 

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2004 Subaru Outback wagon, green, purchased new, 2 car payments left - Patriot's and Red Sox decals thereon

1993 Subaru Impreza, white, four door - all shocks are gone so a ride across the island is a challenge but if you are in the right mood, it can be pretty funny as long as you don't bounce off the road

1984 Mercedes diesel 300 SD - it's my husband's car and I actually love driving it but I prefer the 70's models of Mercedes - summer only, fully restored, orginal equipment

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TOFB

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Boy - 1996 Nissan Maxima
Daughter - 2001 Ford Escape
Wife - 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan
Me - 2007 Kia Optima/2006 Shwinn Sierra

A big ol dent in the carbon footprint

After 5 years without a car payment, I bit the bullet. I now own a 2007 Kia Rondo. Its about the same size as a Jeep Cherokee, but 2wd. Overall I'm very happy. I'd have loved another Subaru, but the $8,000 price differential swayed me.

:/
Same with me and the Kia Optima vs Toyota Camry or Honda Accord - -$6000-$7000 difference
 
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I purchased a 2007 Ford Focus 3-door hatchback about six months ago--getting it for a steal since the new design was coming out. I was happy because I wanted the hatchback and the new Focus doesn't have one yet. I'm not in love with the new styling of the 2008 Focus either. Nothing fancy--just gets me to and from work averaging about 33 MPG. I really wanted a Honda Fit, but couldn't justify it with the discount I got on the Focus.

I also have a motorcycle, a 2007 Buell Ulysses, that serves as my play thing and super-efficient commuter. I expect to ride it about three days a week during the spring, summer and fall. I've been getting around 58 MPG with it so far, because that's why I bought it... sure... yeah... that's it... :p It's an adventure-style bike, which makes it like a really comfortable sport bike, but with off-road capability without looking like a dirt bike. It is similar to the BMW GS 1300, only better and a few thousand less.:)
 

Whose Yur Planner

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Car-2006 Toyota Camry
Bicycle-1993 Jazz Synthesis an off brand cross between a mountain and racing bike. Has held up well, even with being left out in the snow and rain for several year:-c:r:
 

ofos

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Truck - 1995 Dodge Dakota Sport
Tractor - 2005 Kubota L2800
 

Jen

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2 drivers 4 vehicles

mine 2002 VW 5 spd turbo Passat wagon (for sale)
his 2001 VW New Beetle with supercharger and race seats
ours 2006 Porsche Spyder ( a beck 57 replica)
for sale 1995 Ford ecoline cargo van comes with rear bench seat, killer sound system and phat rims.

make offer!
 

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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..
Update:

Escort sold. Owned car for almost 15 years - over half my driving life. Sold last week for $350 - needed lots of work.
Taurus sold - Traded in for 2006 Focus last month
Grand Caravan - ex wife got in divorce. Now have '06 Grand Caravan. Bought in June 2007. Last '06 on the lot.

http://www.cedarcreekmotors.net/Focus%20001.jpg

http://www.leasetrader.com/photos/actual68715/640x480/Dodge-Grand-Caravan-SXT-Minivan.jpeg

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SGB

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We have two vehicles:
  1. 2003 Chevrolet Venture AWD mini van, aka "The Family Mobile"
  2. 2004 Subaru Outback Sedan

Both with high miles, since we live close to absolutely nothing. We bought both used - have never purchased a new car.
 

Hceux

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2001 silver Honda Accord. Got it in May 2006 with about 122,000 km. Yesterday, the car reached a milestone of 175,000km.

About 8k was put on from a road trip around the Maritimes. And, lots of kms put on when I was travelling between where I live and one of the two large cities in eastern Ontario on twice every weekend and, at times, twice sometimes during the week. Thankfully, I no longer have to drive so much. (And, thankfully, the price of gas wasn't too bad then.)

It's my first car. I wonder how long it will last!
 

Veloise

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Today I pedaled The City of GR to church, and while headed to the Y afterwards discovered that my rear brake cable has broken. (Could have some fun with that syntax.) This bike is a Specialized Hard Rock picked up at its namesake's property auction. $35, and I've put about that much more into it with new parts. Mostly I ride it around town and on our lovely rail-trail system. It's purple.

My other city bike is a Montague folder, a full-sized ATB with a hinged seat tube. Condenses down to fit in a hatchback. It's red.

Raleigh Gran Sport touring bike in the basement, mine since 1974. In 1979 I did a 1,000 mile two-seek camping trip, launching from First Job Town and wandering through Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. With my old cat tethered to a backet bungied on the rear rack. It's chrome.

1978 Doniselli road bike. Makes the Raleigh feel like a truck. I built clincher wheels for it (sew-ups are impractical for non-sponsored riding). Blue.

1897 ladies safety, upright bars, leather seat with a Terry-style cut-out, cork grips, wooden rims. Tubular (one-piece) pneumatics, no brakes (direct drive). I rode a century (100 miles) around and around Mackinac Island on it once. Have costumes to match that bloomer gal/suffragette era. Black with natural accents

DaHon folder, fits in the overhead compartment, rides OK (better than waiting for a taxi or hiring a local ride). Ebay. Blue.

Counterpoint tandem, recumbent front and ATB-styled rear. One size fits all. (It has its own web page under my Veloise handle.) Need someone to ride it with. Periwinkle blue.

GT tandem acquired the day before my mother died. Girl Power went on the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure several times.

Burley trailer, estate sale acquisition (former owner was the executive director for the League of Michigan Bicyclists). Great for hauling PA systems downtown (she hauled her pets in it). Yellow & red.

Various of these get launched in a '96 Plymouth Voyager which recently turned 200K. It was purchased a couple years ago for $3000. (What means this phrase, "car payment"?) I'm looking for its successor. It needs some more lavender to be periwinkle, but it's close.
 

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Update:

I left the S10 when I moved. Ended up trading it for two years of mowing the lawn of the house I still own 320 miles away.

Still have the Taurus still running ok with 150,000 on the ticker.

Replaced the S10 with a 2001 Ford Ranger.
 

zman

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Wife: 1998 Saturn SL (as basic as a car can get, no power steering)
Me: 1999 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 (not driven much since the dawn of 2008)

My current vehicle being used, a late 80s Performance Road Bike. It really takes care of the .3mile commute.

Actually, this is a timely thread. The wife and I looked at (gulp, don't ban me) SUVs yesterday and I will be calling a place about one today. The Toyota is not being used very much and we figured that we'd rather pay for a car that'll get more use. (Plus the two dogs cannot fit in the truck now...
 

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Mine: 2002 Ford Sport Trac (20 mpg hwy) 112,ooo miles
Hers: 1997 Honda Accord (32 mpg hwy) 125,ooo miles
 

Tranplanner

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Still hanging on to the 1996 Escort which I mentioned way back in post #2 of this thread. Now has 180,000 km on it and only gets taken out 2-3 times a month.
 

NHPlanner

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1998 Chevy Cavalier

Better gas mileage that the '86 Caravan I bought off of my parents when I was in college.
Post #12, 2001.

Still driving it. Now has 197,000+ miles on it. Will be replaced in the near future by a minivan, and I'll take over my wife's 2004 Hyundai Elantra for my commuting.
 

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Just bought a 2008 Chevy Equinox with 5K miles from the dealer.............got rebates of 3k from dealer and 3k from Chevy..........6k off for 5k miles couldn't pass it up......
 

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2004 BMW 325i
2005 Chevy Tahoe
2006 Susuki Gsxr-1000 (my racebike/retired now just for track days)
2008 Ducati 1098
 

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2000 Ford Taurus wagon with ~96,000 miles.

It's our only car and I plan on running it till it dies.
 

Joe Iliff

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2002 Honda Civic, tan. Boring, but reliable. Only has a cassette player, so I look for 99 cents tapes when I'm at the used book store.
 

wahday

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We currently have two vehicles, but are about to go down to one.

What we have now:
1996 Nissan Maxima with 67,000 miles (a great car, but too small for camping)
1984 VW Vanagon with a transplanted, Jetta 2.0l engine (1994). About 180,000 on the body and 80,000 on the engine. (also great, and a fun hobby and camping vehicle, but hard work to maintain)

What we are buying
1991 Volvo 240 Wagon with 118,000

We needed something that was a reasonable town driver, but can take us camping, a favorite family pastime in the summers. The van is great, but its a bit loud on the highway and has no air conditioning. Living in the desert southwest, this matters more than I would ever have guessed. It may be a dry heat, but once there is glass between you and the sun, you become an ant under the magnifying glass. It also needs a good deal of attention and work to be kept up to snuff, something I don't have as much time for these days.

We are very excited about the new car. I'm kind of nuts for Volvos, especially the 240s (between my wife and I, this will be our 5th). We had been searching for a long while for a 240 wagon in decent shape and finally found a guy who buys them, removes all the interior, fixes everything (seat cushions, lumbar supports, dash, missing knobs and all interior wiring, seat covers, etc.) and puts it all back in good as new. He also services the mechanicals, suspension, even rebuilding or replacing the wiring harness if there is any rot. This is a great service, in my mind. These cars go forever, but unfortunately, those little things (rips in the upholstery, broken window cranks, broken tailgate harnesses, etc.) don't often last as long. As any Volvo enthusiast will tell you, at 118,000, this car isn't even warmed up yet (especially true of the 240's B230F engine). So, in my mind, we are essentially getting a brand new vehicle here. It also helps that the local independent Volvo garage is just 8 blocks from the house, so dropping it off at the shop will not be a huge hassle.

I still have a Smart Car on order for fall delivery. We'll see how that goes. I had to make a fast decision, since the tranny went out on my minivan :/
I remember you saying you had one of these on order. Yesterday there was one parked across the street from us (not clear if the neighbors bought one or if it was a visitor). This was the first time I had seen one up close and personal. Wow are they small! A very cool vehicle, though. I would love to ride in or drive one - seems like it would be a whole new driving experience given the ergonomics of the thing.
 
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Chet

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I just had my first "long term" drive of the Kia Rondo, Milwaukee to Green Bay and back. I was very impressed with the ride, so was my co-worker. I'm happy with the decision.
 

tsc

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good lord...I have become a cliche.. :-$
I bought a new Subaru Outback Wagon last november. It has been a good car...not the most gas efficient. She was great in the Green Mountains last week during the snowstorm.
 

PlannerGirl

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Thats ok tsc welcome to the Subaru Nation of Planners. My Forester has been a god send the last 2 winters and recent flooding rains
 

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I was a Subaru owner too. We had a Subaru Forester, bought new, for many years. I loved that car, but the MPG started to decline as the mileage accumulated. When a gently used BMW wagon w/ low miles showed up at the dealership where my husband works, we grabbed it. The wagons are hard to find, and it's 4WD too. Great for all my out-of-town travel.
 

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1996 nissan altima with 139,000 miles on it.

it has dents, dings, 1 hubcap, and some rust, but it gets me where i need to go. if she can make it i'll keep her as long as possible. life without a car payment is won.der.ful.

daily commute is 4 miles, come summer i hope to walk, so my longest car trips will be to soccer and i'm hoping to carpool for some of that.

BF has a 2005 civic for his commute and for our longer trips.
 

zman

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Actually, this is a timely thread. The wife and I looked at (gulp, don't ban me) SUVs yesterday and I will be calling a place about one today. The Toyota is not being used very much and we figured that we'd rather pay for a car that'll get more use. (Plus the two dogs cannot fit in the truck now...
The aforementioned SUV is now a proud member of the family. My wife took her new 2005 Honda Pilot into work today, I will be taking the Performance Road Bike.
 

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Still driving my good old Cherokee - 175k on it...well the engine has about 24k on it...still lovin my Jeep...has fun playin in it in the snow the other day
 

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Dandy is right No car payment is a wonderfull life. I plan to keep my 1991 Ford ranger (180k w/o major work) 'till the wheels come off. No A/C (uses the wrong kind of freon) but I can live with it seeing what payments on a new one would be.
 

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The aforementioned SUV is now a proud member of the family. My wife took her new 2005 Honda Pilot into work today, I will be taking the Performance Road Bike.
Does this mean my truck is gone?
 

Chet

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I was a Subaru owner too. We had a Subaru Forester, bought new, for many years. I loved that car, but the MPG started to decline as the mileage accumulated. When a gently used BMW wagon w/ low miles showed up at the dealership where my husband works, we grabbed it. The wagons are hard to find, and it's 4WD too. Great for all my out-of-town travel.
I'm jealous. Grrrrr
 
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