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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:17 PM
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Poll question: Be honest - what kind of car do you drive.
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:20 PM by pirhana
Thought it would be interesting to see where we're at.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Idealism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:18 PM
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1. 96 Ford Explorer, 200k miles and counting
:)
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:18 PM
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2. I don't drive.
Why no option for that?
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:19 PM
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7. I ran out of spaces :) That would fall under other.
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:18 PM
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3. 1994 escort
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:43 PM by barbtries
168,000 miles. runs like a top, knock on wood.

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astral Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 02:10 AM
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272. 1988 escort
Runs like a top, knock on . .. . . rust!
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 06:37 AM
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284. lol
no rust on mine, yet. paint's peeling. hasn't got all her hubcaps. but Mariah runs, and runs, and runs. took us all the way across the country last year, and gets me to work and back every day, never bitches. so far. :)
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:18 PM
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4. I ride the bus
I don't mind because if Jesus was here, he would ride the bus too.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:22 PM
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17. You're lucky.
Where I live, public transportation is not an option.

In comparison to when I used to live in Chicago. We always took the bus or light rail.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:27 PM
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27. Denver has the best public transportation in the country
well, we are second sometimes to salt lake city. But we are in the top two!!
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:31 PM
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38. I'm in Phoenix and we are probably at the very bottom.
Just got in a teeny bit of light rail.
It's a start!'
But now that we lost our Dem Governor to Obama, that's probably all we're going to get for awhile.

Consider yourself lucky.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:51 PM
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66. I do consider myself lucky
Living in Denver makes it not so horrible to not have a car. Even if I had a car and had to go downtown, I am going to drive around and look for parking, pay $7.00 for parking, only to get there ten minutes quicker than the bus? It costs me one dollar with my disability discount to get anywhere in the metro area.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:46 PM
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306. With my luck, he'd ask the driver if that bus went to Galilee
and the light would change while the driver was telling Jesus to go across the street and catch the No. 7. :eyes:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:18 PM
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5. My husband and I have driven nothing but Toyotas since 1980.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:18 AM
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162. Smart people
We have driven only Hondas or Toyotas for many years now.
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all.of.me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:30 AM
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205. Me, too, since 1976, but...
last spring I bought a Ford Escape Hybrid. Awesome mileage and cutting emissions in electric mode! I love it. I still have a Toyota pick-up, though, and my 18 year old daughter's decrepit Camry wagon. I'm going to have to sell it for parts..........
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:19 PM
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6. Feet
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amdezurik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:19 PM
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8. mercedes
used about 100 k on it and running fine
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:19 PM
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9. Other....
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 06:54 PM
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246. I have seen one of those... think it was owned by this company
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 06:54 PM by JoeIsOneOfUs
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:19 PM
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10. 98 Plymouth Neon
I got so lucky with it. It was one of those little cars that a couple towed behind their RV. 45,000 miles, $3500. Back when nobody wanted an itty bitty car.
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:33 PM
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99. I had a 1996 Neon and I LOVED that little thing! It was fun to drive, comfortable,
not bad looking, and handled great in the Minnesota winters. There was that issue with the head gasket, though...although I heard that was corrected in later versions.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:27 PM
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122. I had a 96 Neon.
It wasn't perfect but it was a fun car. Got me through school. Sold it after 129,000 miles.

Now, the 1994 Dodge Shadow I had before it was perfect.
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emmadoggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:15 AM
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217. Wow, they must have really imroved the
later versions of the Shadow then, because we had an '87 (?) and we had a LOT of problems with it (the engine had to be overhauled at 33,000 miles). And it was a dog - hard to get up to speed when you needed to in a hurry.

We later had a '98 Neon and that was a fun little car - zippy and tight and just fun to drive. It wasn't perfect - we had a few problems (fuel pump, A/C) but we still liked it. Now we have an '02 Neon. This one was not in great condition when we got it, high miles, but it is my hubby's drive to work car so it's fine for the job. It doesn't seem to have the same zippy, tight feel to it though.


:(
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:20 PM
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11. This one--->


:D

Seriously!

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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:25 PM
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25. That is too funny!
Hopefully you do a better job of keeping your eyes on the road than our little smiley friend.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:21 PM
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12. Three GM's, one Honda.
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:21 PM
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13. full size no crew cab 98 chev 3/4 ton pick up.
completely paid for. 13 mile per gallon hog. Good thing I only drive 12 miles per day to work.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:21 PM
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14. 2001 Toyota Prius Hybrid
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:22 PM by IanDB1
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:41 PM
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55. There is a car under there somewhere?
Lots of reading material on there for sure :-)
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:45 PM
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56. love your bumper
etcetera! fun reading
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:03 AM
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212. Universal Life Church? I met a lot of guys who were ministers of that
church during the Vietnam war.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:08 PM
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247. That's not why I joined. And I'm also nowhere near old enough to have gone to Vietnam. n/t
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:30 PM
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262. That's cool.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:21 PM
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15. My previous vehicle was a Dodge minivan. I have to admit,
the Toyota I drive now has been more reliable.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:23 PM
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21. My last car was a Ford Mustang....driving a Toyota Matrix now.
Lots of electrical and clutch probs with that Mustang..but it sure was purdy.
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Kalyke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:21 AM
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200. Never had any problems with my Mustangs.
But, it did need a new clutch... at 13 years old when I traded it in. :)
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WhaTHellsgoingonhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:21 PM
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16. bus and trains; my Ford Ranger collects dust and parking tickets
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:22 PM
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18. My work vehicle is a Chevy Dura Max Diesel Crew Cab.
My off time car is my wifes Audi station wagon.

In the summer time I ride my mountain bike.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:22 PM
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19. 2007 Mazdaspeed 3
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:23 PM
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20. Toyota Celica
Most reliable car I've EVER driven
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:24 PM
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119. I also drive..
... a Celica, and it's been a good car. And about 28 mpg in town, 35 mpg on the hiway, not bad at all.
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:24 PM
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22. Three Honda's, one Volvo n/t
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blonndee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:24 PM
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23. GM (Pontiac Grand Am).
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:29 PM by blonndee
Before this I had a little Sunbird that I drove for about nine years. My Grand Am is a 2001 and despite my NOT taking care of it like I should, it's been a good one that hasn't given a bit of trouble. NOTHING (knock on wood) has gone wrong with it. All I've ever had to do with it is replace a battery and put new tires on.

My Sunbird was a tough little car, too. It started costing me a little money in replacements and repairs as it got older, but considering I was rough on it, it really held up, too. I'm sure someone out there is still driving it. I know Pontiacs aren't supposed to be cool cars, but I've been very happy with both of mine. I hope this one will last as long (and longer!) than the last, because a new one is nowhere in my near future.

ETA: My dad had a Chevy (GM) pickup that he bought used (it already had about 100K miles on it when he bought it) and he put more than 300K himself on that sucker before it finally had to go. He had that truck forever. Good old "Blue." :)
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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:32 PM
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125. I had a 97 Grand Am
It was a great car. I never had a problem with it. Once, I was rear-ended by a pricey Japanese car (a Lexus or Acura, I think). The other car was badly damaged. The Grand Am was barely scratched.
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:57 AM
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211. driving a 1991 Grand Am
I've had it since 1997 and nothing major has ever gone wrong with it; the biggest repair was replacing a solenoid once, that's it. Glad to hear more recent models are reliable as well.
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Shardik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:24 PM
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24. Kia Amanti
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:26 PM
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26. Ford Ranger.
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:28 PM
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32. How do you like your Ford Ranger?
I have considered getting one when the time is right.
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:33 PM
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43. I used to own one and I loved it!!
The only thing that worried me sometimes is that it "felt" like
it could roll over easy sometimes when I was taking corners.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:39 PM
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103. We wish it got a little better gas mileage,
but other than that, we really like it. It's great on the winter streets and highways, and we haven't had any mechanical problems with it at all. I think it's a 2001.
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HarveyDarkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:57 PM
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141. Got a Ranger myself
'04 4WD (necessary for my outdoor activities and Iowa winters). Runs flawlessly and gets 26 MPG (highway) even fully loaded with my camping and fishing equipment.

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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:05 PM
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144. Camping and fishing equipment is why we have ours, too. :-)
It does get much better mileage on the highway than in town. Yours is probably more fuel-efficient than ours, too, because it's newer.
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HarveyDarkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:14 PM
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148. It's a 5 speed manual
I don't use automatic transmissions. More probably the reason for the better mileage than the age.
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Bozvotros Donating Member (394 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:27 PM
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28. Battered, Obama/Biden, WPE stickered 1993 Sable
And proud of it...
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BeatleBoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:28 PM
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29. Chevy and a Jeep
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:28 PM
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30. Mercury Sable and Suzuki C90T (motorcycle) nt
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elfin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:28 PM
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31. Pre-owned Lexus
based on past good experience with service and longevity with another used one. . My previous one was near 200,000 when I decided to upgrade to another used model.

I looked at American models, but was disappointed in their service practices. As someone without handy friends or relatives to take me to and from lengthy services or repairs, I LOVE the immediate gratification of their transport service or free loaner for as long as it takes on the spot.

Only Accura came close in my market to meeting this important need on my part.

I grew up in a GM family in Michigan and it pains me to leave the brand, but I MUST have reliability and service., given my personal situation (geezer widow).

I think that by the time I need my next car, they will be there.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:29 PM
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33. 1995 Jeep Cherokee.
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zane25 Donating Member (101 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:21 PM
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118. 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
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iamthebandfanman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:57 AM
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210. wowie
how many mpg does that thing get? just curious
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:30 PM
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34. A horse.
With four on the floor.
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Ghost in the Machine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:31 PM
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35. '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Edition
OMG!!! Teh evul SUV!!!

No, I don't apologize for owning it....


:hide:

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VMA131Marine Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:31 PM
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36. 2006 Honda Accord Hybrid
31 mpg average over 55,000 miles; gets over 40mpg on long highway trips. We also have a 1994 Honda Accord with 178,000 miles that is still going strong. In the past, I've owned Fords (1974 Mustang II and 1996 Sable) and Chryslers (1984 Plymouth Turismo and 1989 Dodge Daytona) but the only car from a US brand I'd seriously consider now is the Chevy Volt; if it's ever produced.
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:31 PM
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37. If DU polls let you vote twice I'd also vote for Chevy.
I voted for Dodge since my primary vehicle is a Dodge Charger but I also own a Chevy Z28 that I bought new 13 years ago but don't drive much now.

Doug D.
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Grateful for Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:32 PM
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39. I drive a Mini Cooper n.t
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:33 PM
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42. I love that car.
I almost got one, but ended up with a Matrix instead because I needed more trunk room.
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globalvillage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:55 PM
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69. Me too.
I love it.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:27 PM
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96. I thought you were a Cadillac girl.
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MichellesBFF Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:20 PM
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81. Technically mine is a BMW
But they call it a Mini Cooper!
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:28 PM
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237. I call it the Big Ugly!
sorry, just have a different taste in cars.
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DonEBrook Donating Member (506 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:32 PM
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40. 3 Toyotas, 1 Mazda MX5
:D zoom zoom
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:33 PM
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41. 2006 Scion xa


One of the top ten most fuel efficient cars for 2006.
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.edmunds....
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:35 PM
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49. Scion's are nice cars! My son just bought a 2005 hatchback Scion Tc
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:35 PM by Breeze54
He absolutely loves it!

:hi:
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:46 PM
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59. I have an Xd - first new car I've had since 1986.
It's the new version of the Xa. Is VERY exciting to have a car that doesn't make odd noises and funny smells and strange clunks when I go 'round corners . . . and the price was very good - under $17K including taxes/transportation and everything. I like Toyota's process; very no-nonsense, no bickering, all up-front and no pressure to add stuff you don't want. The only "extra" I got (though it didn't cost extra) was the colour. It's red. I've never had a red car. I like it. I like the 5 star safety rating and side-curtain airbags and the center back passenger restraint that slots up in the ceiling when not in use. I like the fact that it is a little car that sits up higher than most, so I don't feel like I'm about to be crushed when surrounded by massive SUV's (still can't see around them, though). I like the way it handles. I drove it down to Arizona and averaged 33 mpg on the highway - it gets about 26mpg around town. And I'm kind of a lead foot . . .

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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:13 PM
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85. I have that in blue!!!
My first new car since 1991. I love it love it love it! My last car was a Hyundai Elantra (used) and I felt so low to the ground that I feel like I am driving an SUV! It's the biggest little car I have ever been in!
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:35 PM
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155. That's exactly what my mom said!
She's 87 and mostly blind, so being a passenger is a little freaky for her since she sees in bits and pieces - she loves the Xd because of the height and the seat style. She feels safe.

I bought a Chevy Sprint in 1986 - it had 12" wheels. Twelve. There was only one place in town I could buy that size. The Xd has 16" wheels . . . it's like driving a tank in comparison!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:16 AM
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161. I get better mileage than that
That's too bad that they improved the looks but reduced the mileage. I get 30 in town and 36 or 37 on the highway.
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:49 PM
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137. Two of our three (family) cars are on that list.
#1 and #9. Mine's #1. Summer mileage 60+ mpg, winter mileage ~55 mpg. :bounce:

I'd rather do public transportation - but it's non-existent here, so I'll settle for really high gas mileage.
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:34 PM
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44. 11 year old Subaru Forester with only 60,000 miles
Runs great and is very low upkeep. Plan on driving it another 10 years if I can.

I had a 77 jimmy and a 93 subaru legacy station-wagon before I traded those in for my forester.
Lived in the mountains at the time.
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phusion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:56 PM
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70. 12 year old suby here...
160,000 miles, still running strong!
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SteveG Donating Member (833 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:34 PM
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45. Toyota 4Runner and Chevy Malibu
I drive the 4Runner (need 4 wheel drive and closed cargo space for my job) and my wife drives a 2005 Malibu (ave. 34 MPG).
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MazeRat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:34 PM
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46. Other - '03 Toyota Tundra "Truck" ... not a car. n/t
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PetrusMonsFormicarum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:34 PM
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47. 2000 Ford Ranger, my first domestic car
Paid off, just broke 41000 miles (I mostly bike Portland!), works great for our camping.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:35 PM
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48. 1990 Geo Prizm
I selected "Other" rather than "GM" because the vehicle was 99% Toyota--only the radio was GM. But it was sold as a GM product. Gets great gas mileage--30 + mpg in town and around 40 on long trips--on an engine with over 100K on it.
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:36 PM
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50. Mercedes and love it!
I will be getting a smaller car next time and love it even more.
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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:40 PM
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51. 2008 Toyota Yaris ... it's a tiny thing that I just love.
I call it my little black jelly bean.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:38 PM
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158. I "tested" one today and got the outside passenger rear view mirror to fall off
Love that quality. And those tiny little low-resistance tires. Poor puncture -resistance and more expensive to replace than a regular tire, just to pick up one MPG.
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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:13 AM
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185. How did you manage to do that?
Did it just fall off? That's kind of odd. My outside mirrors are intact and seem to be solidly placed. However, if I hit one while driving into my garage, I'm sure one might fall off.

I upgraded my tire package. I've been driving on snow and ice covered roads the past week and I haven't had any problems. In fact, I have better control than I had last year when I was driving a Chevy Malibu.

I upgraded most of the features on my Yaris. It was still a very attractive price. I fill my gas tank twice a month and have calculated my mileage at 35 mpg. That is all city driving.

There might be better cars out there but I'm very happy with my choice.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:08 AM
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202. The point being it came off under hard cornering
and good that you upgraded the tires, they are just way too small, The Yaris, like all cars in it's class (including the Fit, The Nissan whatever and Aveo) are cheap econoboxes. That's just what they are. Zero sound insulation, point to point transportation with minimal safety protection. They are simply re-bodied Echo's.
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:17 AM
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221. Dain, I understand why you'd throw FUD out there, but that's not even believable FUD. nt
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 11:21 AM by Occam Bandage
"lol, it broke. just by looking at it."

The Yaris is the lowest lifetime-cost-of-ownership vehicle on the market. That includes repairs.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 06:26 PM
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244. (sigh) Whatever. It happened, sorry you don't believe it
but then again, you don't want to believe anything except what you write.
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OnionPatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:45 AM
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193. I have one, too. And I love it.
Mine seems pretty sturdy so far, too. I've had it for a year and nothing's gone wrong yet. Gotta love that gas mileage and the low payments.

Next time, I'll probably go for a hi-tech, alternative fuel car, but my Yaris is a great standby while I wait for my finances and the technology to improve.
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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:11 AM
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199. I test drove a Prius and the Yaris.....went with the Yaris.
Mainly for economic reasons but to be honest, I didn't feel comfortable driving the Prius. I can't explain why but it wasn't a good fit for me. Plus, it cost 10 - 15 grand more than the Yaris. I don't have that kind of money laying around to spend on something I didn't fall in love with.




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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:17 AM
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220. Same here.
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 11:18 AM by Occam Bandage
40mpg. Lovely little car.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:40 PM
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52. I'm currently driving a '96 Oldsmobile Ciera, which has held up remarkably well.
I got it free -- my parents gave it to me when they got a new car because my old car (a Ford Escort that I bought used) had caught fire and burned up, and I was pretty damn poor at the time. The Olds' had about 120,000 miles on it when they gave it to me.

Since I live in the boonies, pretty much all my driving is highway miles, which is why I think it's holding up so well. It now has over 280,000 miles on the odometer, and nothing major has gone wrong with it (yet). I've had to replace the water pump once, and the alternator twice. The "Check Engine" light has been on for at least 4 years.

But the truth is, if I could have the car I really want, it would be a Suburu. And once the Ciera bites the dust, that's what I'm going to buy -- I'm not quite as poor anymore.

sw
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:41 PM
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53. I drive a 2007 Town and Country, my husband drives a 2006 300 and
our daughter drives a 2004 Toyota Camry.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:41 PM
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54. Got it from a friend - Volkswagen Pissant. 37mph hwy. Before that 2 Olds...
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:42 PM by MookieWilson
one an '87 and the other an '89. Both maintenance free cars.
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marketcrazy1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:45 PM
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57. lincoln
continental, 01, loaded!
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:18 PM
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115. VW Pissant.
:rofl:
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PM7nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:45 PM
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58. 2005 Mazda 3
I love it.
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:37 PM
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101. Me too!
:thumbsup:
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zehnkatzen Donating Member (769 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:47 PM
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60. 1972 VW Beetle, 1986 Subaru GL Wagon.
We'd probably drive 'em if we weren't po'folks, too.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:48 PM
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61. 01 Mitsubishi Spyder
Proudly made in Illinois.

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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:49 PM
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62. 2002 Honda CR-V
I love it!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:20 AM
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163. I had a 2001 CR-V and loved it
It was totaled 3 years ago.
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adadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:49 PM
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63. Ford Explorer & Ford Mustang Convertible
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:53 PM by cheryl27
One for winter, one for summer

Never owned a foreign car and never will as long as I have a choice

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Kalyke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:24 AM
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201. Go you!!!
:applause:

(I have a Mustang)
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LibDemAlways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:49 PM
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64. I drive a 2006 Acura TSX. It gets 40 mph on the
highway and handles great. Only downside is it uses premium gas. The salesman at the dealership lied when he told me regular was fine. Never believe anything a car salesman says.
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:50 PM
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65. bus
ny mta - $2 a ride or less(for now...) with lots of transfer capabilities.
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globalvillage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:54 PM
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67. 2007 Mini Cooper convertible
35 mpg, loads of fun.
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3.141592653 Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:43 PM
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133. Me too!
Mine is off white with a black top.

Gas mileage is great unless I drive it like a maniac. If I drive like a little old lady I can get close to 50.

Vroooommm!!!!
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:55 PM
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68. 5 door Kia that gets 40+ on the highway
but looks like half a car.

I retired an 18 year old Ford Ranger when I got it.

I recommend Ford Rangers. They're indestructible. It was just old and trucks are getting a little tough for me to handle.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:57 PM
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71. 1993 Toyota Corolla Wagon
I bought used a couple of weeks ago to replace the 1993 Saturn wagon I bought new in 1993, which was stolen and totaled.

The only new cars I ever bought were: 2002 Saturn L300, 2000 Saturn SL2, 2000 Saturn SC2, 1993 Saturn SW2, 1977 Honda Civic.
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OutNow Donating Member (538 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:59 PM
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72. 2008 MB 300 AWD
Ordered from the factory. We've had it a year. No problems at all.
Even better, I sold some stock and paid cash for it.

Smart move - the stock would have decreased over 50% this year, and I wouldn't have enough left to buy it if I had waited.
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Geek_Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:00 PM
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73. Honda Civic Hybrid
Also own a Ford Escape Hubby drives it. I think the Ford is a piece of Junk but hubby likes Fords.
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taught_me_patience Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:01 PM
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74. 05 Honda Accord Coupe
90k miles and nary a problem. Love it. The wife has a BMW 325, which is also nice.
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:01 PM
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75. We have a Toyota Sienna and a GMC Sierra
A Sienna and a Sierra. Just a coincidence about the names. He usually drives the truck and I usually drive the van, so I voted Toyota.

I do have a "buy American affirmative action plan" kind of thing, but I liked the Sienna enough better than the US company minivans that it won. It is the first foreign company car I've bought. I don't know if I'll get a van again - if I get a sedan next time (which is the plan) it'll probably be a US company car. I saw several of those I liked.
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WhollyHeretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:02 PM
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76. 2007 Toyota Yaris. My wife has a Dodge Stratus.
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OxQQme Donating Member (694 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:04 PM
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77. '99 Suzuki Swift
150k miles so far. Best mpg - 49 ! Worst mpg - 38.
Zero problems.
Couple of sets of tires, brakes, a battery, many oil and filter changes (always used Synthetic oil and Premium gas).
I heart this car. I've owned dozens in my 68 year life.
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Staph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:08 PM
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78. I voted Chrysler/Dodge,
but I'm actually driving a 14-year-old Plymouth Neon, with 145K miles, and mileage ranging from 30 to 35 MPH depending on where I'm driving this week.

I've been thinking about replacing it for several years, but I made myself two promises when I bought my first car in 1977 -- when I buy a new car, I will always improve the gas mileage and I will buy American. I'm still waiting for a decent American-made hybrid car, not a truck, not an SUV, not a crossover. Hurry up, Ford, I want to check out the Fusion hybrid!

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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:26 PM
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149. The assembly line for the Fusion supposedly starts up this month!
They're supposed to be at the dealerships in January. Let's hope that there's some entity out there that will offer financing.

I just bought a very gently used 2003 Taurus SEL with all the options that I wanted, including side air bags. I really like it. My previous vehicle was a Jeep pickup that belonged to my late father. It died an accidental death after 17 years of excellent service. I loved it, but the gas mileage was crappy. Hence, the Taurus.

However, my Mom's Buick Century is getting a little old. I'll be interested to hear how the hybrid Fusion works out.

My Swedish bachelor farmer uncle drives a big Ford truck of some sort. He likes it plenty even though he retired from the line at GM.
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:10 PM
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79. Toyota Corolla
225,000 miles on it, missing two hubcaps, cracked right headlamp, and with the word "FUCK" carved into the hood with a chunk of asphalt. :D
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tandot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:17 PM
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80. 1998 Toyota Corolla I bought used in 2000
over 140,000 miles on it and gets 36 mpg. Never had a problem with it.
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:05 PM
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82. 04 Saab 9-3 (which is a GM car)
Like this one:


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tabbycat31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:10 PM
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83. 1999 Subaru Forester
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jakefrep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:12 PM
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84. Other - Mazda CX7
Yes, I support the bailout.
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NYFlip Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:15 PM
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86. I take buses and subways
I live in Manhattan and a car is an inconvenience and absolutely not necessary.
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:15 PM
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87. And the reason why GM/Chevy is doing well is because this is a Democratic
forum with a strong voice for Union.

If you ran this poll for the general population you may find Japanese a lot higher than the Americans.
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:08 PM
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145. The opposite is true
If DU were like the real world, 23% of us would drive Chevys and 17% would drive Toyotas.

Our support for labor is completely superficial. We like Ceasar Chavez, but the UAW? Not so much.
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:15 PM
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88. An '02 PT Cruiser we saw on an autoshop's parking lot....
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 08:15 PM by nc4bo
26,000 miles but was in a wreck. Body shop owner repaired it for himself/family but decided to sell it.

We got lucky, perfectly repaired American made car until I read the door panel and it said Made in Mexico :S.
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:15 PM
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89. We have two GM cars.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:16 PM
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90. 1990 Ford Ranger with 300,000+ miles on it.(picture here)
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Marr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:16 PM
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91. Triumph motorcycle. :D
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 08:19 PM by Marr
I don't want a car. Fifty-some miles per gallon and it's a lot more fun anyway.
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SmileyRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:17 PM
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92. Ford focus/Wayne Michgan - Ford expedition/Wayne Michigan
I have never owned or rented a non union made car.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:20 PM
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93. Saturn. I voted GM/Chevy, since that was closest.
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 08:20 PM by LeftyMom
It's a GM product, but the 90's Saturns had very few parts in common with their other cars. Which is a good thing, IMO.
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AbbeyRoad Donating Member (848 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:21 PM
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94. A Chevy Aveo
Like this one:



It gets me where I need to go, and it was really convenient when gas was over $4.00 a gallon.

I know it's a Daewoo Kalos under the Chevy brand.
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:21 PM
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95. I drive a UAW-made-in-the-USA American car. We own three Fords (and two International Harvesters,
and one 1970 Chrysler Newport Custom) and all we ever buy is UAW-made American cars and all we ever get out of them is satisfaction.
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jakem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:28 PM
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97. 1978 Mercedes 240D
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:30 AM
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204. 81 240d owner here.
great cars. Simple to work on and easy to get parts for. Not cheap when they break, but they dont break often.

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michreject Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:30 PM
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98. 2007 Chevy 3/4 ton pick up 4X4
and a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer 4X4.
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:34 PM
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100. 2000 Saab 9.3 A GM product
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 08:36 PM by GoneOffShore
Probably the last year that a Saab was still a Saab. GM management actually ruined both the look and feel of the Saab - turned it into an Americanized Euro box.

I've driven "American" made cars and found them wanting: Ride is too soft and they don't corner well.

But then I lived in England for ten years.
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:38 PM
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102. If the Big 3 would create something without laughable mileage, I might buy from them.
As it is, the only cars they sell with any decent mileage whatsoever are either sold in Europe or recalled and crushed.

I drive a Toyota.
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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:27 PM
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123. You have not looked very hard at US-brand cars
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 09:27 PM by LuckyTheDog
I have a Chevy with a V6 that gets 30 mpg on the highway. A Ford Focus gets 35 MPG on the highway. I would not call that "laughable."
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:35 PM
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129. The cost of repairs would skyrocket compared to my Toyota.
Face it - Detroit churns out crap compared to Japan.

Why don't you go bother someone who can afford to buy a new car in the first place? I certainly can't.

Christ on a crutch.
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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:38 PM
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131. You are wrong
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 09:41 PM by LuckyTheDog
Toyota has been having quality problems. Ford's quality has exceeded theirs. GM's better models are every bit as good as Toyota's cars.

Your thinking about U.S. cars is at least a decade out of date.

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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:43 PM
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134. Apart from replacing the occasional tire, I spend practically nothing on repairs.
"Toyota has been having quality problems."

Not my Toyota.

"Ford's quality has exceeded them. GM's better models are every bit as good as Toyota's cars."

And how many of those could you drive off the lot for 13 grand?

"Your thinking about U.S. cars is at least a decade out of date."

That's funny, since my car's about 10 years old and still runs beautifully after 90 thousand miles.

Don't waste your posts on me. I already told you I can't afford a new car even if I wanted one.

Take your Big 3 cheerleading to someone who isn't broke. It might make a difference.
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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:56 PM
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139. OK, fine, but....
When you finally retire your Toyota, you will owe it to yourself to look at the offerings from Chevy and Ford. Honest.

I'd still avoid Chryslers, except for the minivans -- which are great.

I know there are a lot of Toyota die-hards out there. And for the most part, Toyota earned its reputation. But in recent years (and Consumer Reports backs me up on this) quality really has slipped. Toyota still make some great cars, but that brand is not as bulletproof as it once was.

And yes, I admit that I am a "cheerleader" for the Big 3. Part of that is a function of where I am from. I live in Detroit (the city, not the suburbs) within about 8 miles of the GM headquarters. I pass it all the time when I drive downtown. I also pass a Chrysler assembly plant -- also on Jefferson Ave. -- almost every day.

Beyond all that, much of my family has worked for GM. So, I guess I take this stuff a bit too personally. I just shudder to think what will happen to my home town (and the country) if the Big 3 go down.



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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:10 PM
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146. Maybe, maybe not. It depends.
I'm interested in cheap cars with few repairs, good mileage and nothing more.

My Toyota Echo gets about 30/35 mpg, and cost $13K brand new.

As far as I'm concerned, that's a deal.

I'm not really a Toyota "die-hard" as much as I am a die-hard for cheap, fuel efficient cars that aren't always in the shop.

"And yes, I admit that I am a "cheerleader" for the Big 3. Part of that is a function of where I am from. I live in Detroit (the city, not the suburbs) within about 8 miles of the GM headquarters. I pass it all the time when I drive downtown. I also pass a Chrysler assembly plant -- also on Jefferson Ave. -- almost every day.

Beyond all that, much of my family has worked for GM. So, I guess I take this stuff a bit too personally. I just shudder to think what will happen to my home town (and the country) if the Big 3 go down."


I, too, have roots in Detroit. My entire family, except for myself, is from there.

Yet every time I talk to them about the situation, I am greeted with a lengthy diatribe about the horrors of unions, as if Jimmy Hoffa were still in charge. I myself was a union member and will always have union loyalty, so it bothers me.

No matter what I say or do to convince them otherwise, they know the problem is with the unions and nobody else.

It couldn't be that GM recalled and destroyed their popular electric cars, or that the Big 3 only sell hybrids in other countries, or that the CEOs are guilty of borderline criminal financial mismanagement, could it?

No, it's all the unions' fault somehow, and this is a common complaint among those not employed by unions.

The way I see it, Detroit has done a perfectly good job of going to shit even without the Big 3 failing.

If the Big 3 fail, Detroit will be hurt. Temporarily.

But then they will diversify their economy and rebuild. Pittsburgh did the same thing. It's not that hard.

Frankly, if the Big 3 didn't want to go belly-up, they could have actually sold their hybrids domestically.

But that would make too much sense.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:34 PM
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154. Let's see, what are you going to do when the timing belt (60,000 miles)
brakes, struts, tie rod ends, cooling system flush (lifetime coolant is only good for 5 years), trans and brake fluid flush (if you don't change them according to the recommended schedule, your warranty and reliability will be voided). ALL of that is "repairs". Or are you one of those people who drives a car till it is on the verge of falling apart, and then sells it or trades it in placing the burden on the dealer or next owner.

THAT is irresponsible ownership.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:31 PM
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152. Really, you have hard facts and figures to compare this to??
DU home of the broad-brush assumption.
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spoony Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:19 AM
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275. Hmm, your excuses seem to be morphing...
Might want to get them straightened out ahead of posting next time.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:30 PM
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151. Chevy ALONE makes more vehicles that get over 30 MPG highway than Toyota
your point???
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:40 PM
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104. Loved my Saturn & I would have bought another in a heartbeat, but . . .
. . . Saturn didn't have a small wagon or hatchback at the time.

So there went my brand loyalty.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:53 PM
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109. Yeah, that's what I'm running into.
I kinda like the new Astra, but the storage space is much smaller than my car, so I'm not sure if it'll work for me. One of these days I'll have to go play with one at the dealer and see.

I'm kinda thinking that if that won't work for me, when my car dies I might get a Mazda 5. Room for one more passenger would be nice.
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jrockford Donating Member (504 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:43 PM
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105. 2005 BMW 5 series, fully stocked. I am proud to own a German car
and have never been impressed with American cars. I've owned some. I hated each one of them. Three times suffered. Never, ever again.
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blue_onyx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:45 PM
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106. 94 Buick Regal
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 08:46 PM by BreatheOnMe
It was a hand-me-down I got from my parents. I plan to get a new car as soon as I get a job. Hopefully Saturn will still be around then because that's the brand I'm most interested in now. I just read on this blog I occasionally go to that GM isn't making Saturn test cars available for the press anymore (not looking good for them being around much longer).
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Brooklyns_Finest Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:48 PM
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107. 2009 Honda Accord

Love it.
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Th1onein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:48 PM
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108. I drive a Dodge dually diesel
I pull an RV with it.
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:10 PM
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110. I have 2 mercurys
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:12 PM
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111. Toyota, but not by choice.
My wife pawned her Corolla off on me. I don't particularly care for it, but it runs okay, gets decent milage and is paid off.

I won't be buying Toyota to replace it though. Still think they are overrated as a car company.
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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:14 PM
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112. Subaru Forester
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:15 PM
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113. I own 2 GM's & 2 Plymouth (Chrysler's).
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:16 PM
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114. '02 Tahoe with '94 Dodge Ram pickup as a backup. Wish I could afford a hybrid.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:20 PM
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116. No car. Scooter when I can. Bus when I can't.
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intheozone Donating Member (839 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:21 PM
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117. 1993 Acura Integra 2-Dr Hatchback, LS-Special, 114,000 miles, bullet-proof!
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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:24 PM
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120. 2005 Chevy Malibu Maxx
I love that car.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:26 PM
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121. 2003 Nissan Maxima
My previous car which was an old Infiniti, the engine died, it was kaput. It was at my mechanics, I walked to the neighboring business which was an Infiniti dealership (used cars). The Nissan was just traded in, I test drove it, I liked it I bought it and had a ride home.

I have had the car for 3 years. The car has been good investmant, no major issues at all. Well, I take that back the headlights are special and I had to replace one for $80.00 for it...dammit. Oh well.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:28 PM
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124. Just about anything I want as long as it's GM.
I did drive a stick Yaris today. The passenger outside mirror fell off during some 'ahem' maneuvering. I guess the g-forces were too much for the little roller skate. :rofl:
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:34 PM
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126. Chevy truck, mostly.
But also an Oldsmobile Aurora or a Dodge Caliber.

Or a Chevelle, on sunny days.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:34 PM
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127. 2001 dodge caravan...i bought it from my cousin, so that she could bury her mother.
it had been her father's(my uncle) he died two months prior to my aunt, but two funerals in two months was too much of a financial burden for them.

my wife drives a 2005 vw beetle- we bought it 3 weeks ago to replace the 2001 beetle that retired.
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:35 PM
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128. bicycle
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:46 PM
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135. I just stole your "Time to go" picture.
That is good stuff!
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:48 PM
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136. sad thing is that was done years ago
way past time now & way too late for their many victims

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vanderBeth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:36 PM
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130. I ride a bicycle
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 09:38 PM by vanderRock
I don't see anybody on here using that. :(

EDIT: Oh, apparently not! I guess we posted at the same time. :o

:)
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cloudbase Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:41 PM
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132. Subaru Impreza,
and a Moto Guzzi for those times when only two wheels will do.
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:56 PM
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138. No car, no need--for the last 16 years.
There are a LOT of reasons why I love big city life, and this isn't even in the top 20, but....yeah, no denying it's a little perk.
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:57 PM
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140. I've had 2 American cars since 1971 when I bought my first car.
A used Oldsmobile and a new Jeep Cherokee. I've had 6 foreign cars: 2 used BMW's and 4 Nissans, 2 used
and 2 new.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:01 PM
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142. Jeep Patriot - Assembled about 50 miles from me
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:03 PM
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143. In my experience, Toyotas are by far the most reliable cars.
I used to have a late 80s model Nissan Sentra with a couple hundred K miles, too.. that thing was (nearly) indestructible.
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:14 PM
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147. 2001 Honda CRV
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:29 PM
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150. Currently don't drive
Used to own a Nissan.
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:34 PM
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153. '91 Chevy Cavalier.
Sweet! I'm considering having it painted instead of buying a new car after I graduate and start making the "big bucks".
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:36 PM
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156. I want a SmartCar (topless) and when the @Lasts move to Prague in the spring; YES!
Now very happy with a '99 Camry; drives and looks brand new.
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:38 PM
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157. Ford Focus. Great Fucking Car.
Sold the world over, very reliable, 30-32 MPG for my commute with auto trans. A great American car.

This week I have been driving my MG Midget.
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Popol Vuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:42 PM
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159. Toyota Tundra
n/t
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Ewellian Donating Member (302 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:44 PM
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160. I love my union-made Ford Focus. nt
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:21 AM
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164. Other:
A Dodge Intrepid, a GMC Vandura and an Oldsmobile.
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:22 AM
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165. GM - Buick
I drive a 2002 Buick Century.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:23 AM
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166. Other: None.
Bus, bicycle, feet.

I get a ride to and from work every day. (I live with my brother and we work in the same office.)

The rest of the time, I'm on my own. Which is why, for me, there are only 6 shopping days left until xmas...lol.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:24 AM
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167. 2006 Scion XB - the Toaster.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:10 AM
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168. '06 Kia Amanti..91 Honda Accord EX...1989 Dodge D-50 truck
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 01:17 AM by SoCalDem
Cars we have owned:

1962 Dodge Seneca
1964 Falcon convertible
1966 Olds 442
1966 GTO
1967 GTO
1973 Maverick
1976 Olds Vista Cruiser station wagon
1978 Olds wagon Custom Cruiser
1979 Chevy wagon
1981 Toyota Corolla wagon
1982 Toyolta Corolla wagon
1982 Ford E250 van conversion
1986 Ford Country Squire wagon
1987 Mitsubishi Mighty Max Sport
1989 Dodge D-50 pickup
1991 Honda Accord EX
2006 Kia Amanti


jeez.. we've had a LOT of cars :)..& lots were NOT foreign :)

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HillWilliam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:26 AM
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169. I commute to work in a Nissan Versa
40 miles each way, 36 mpg. I also have a 98 Dodge Dakota for the farm chores that my partner drives when he drives at all. That has 150k on it and it's still like new, except for interior wear. I saw the car with the stickers upthread. The pickup isn't quite that covered, but the back window (somewhat incongruously) has a gay rainbow stripe, an HRC = sticker, a Gander Mountain Gun Owners Club sticker, a Vets for Obama sticker, a Clergy sticker, and an NRA sticker. The Versa sports a Clergy sticker, a Vets for Obama sticker, a Gander Mountain Gun Owners Club Sticker and an HRC = sticker.

If yer librul ya gotta have stickers :)
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:29 AM
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170. Geo, Subaru, Toyota pickup in our family. Numerous boats and bicycles also.
All gas vehicles are 10+ yrs old. As are the boats also. Some bikes are a bit newer.
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:45 AM
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171. Me, Chevy. Company car is an Impala, my junker is an old S-10.
I use it sparingly.

Our minivan is a Toyota.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:10 AM
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172. Hyundai Elantra and a VW Passat.
Used to own and Oldsmobile, but they stopped making them.
Was looking at Pontiacs, but it seems like they are going to stop making them, too.
Goodbye, Bonneville....

mark
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:13 AM
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173. 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback
No problems other than routine maintenance.

Good gas mileage.

I'm a keyboard player and I can fit all my gear in the back.
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gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:25 AM
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174. Bicycle! Bicycle! Bicycle!
Changed my lifestyle and gave up on ownership of gas guzzling, wallet-draining automobiles.

I feel the air, hear the birds and the rippling of the water, see the foxes and deer, I hear the wind blow through the trees and feel the sunshine on my face. I don't just know when it's cold and when its hot, I experience them. No longer encased in an air-conditioned bubble in between time spent in air-conditioned buildings. I lost my road rage. And now when I do have opportunities to drive, I don't feel the same hurry that I used to. But I know this ain't for everyone. No hard feelings if it's not your cup of tea. Just please don't run me over.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 04:14 AM
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184. I want to ride my bicycle ...
but I have much more road rage on a bicycle. I hate all of the cars on the road. I call them 'weapons of mass destruction' since they kill so many people and creatures every year. Plus it really sucks to get rained on and to freeze and sweat in the winter.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:38 PM
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239. It must be truly wonderful ..... Get off the fricken road!

"I feel the air, hear the birds and the rippling of the water, see the foxes and deer, I hear the wind blow through the trees and feel the sunshine on my face."

I take it you live in New York City.

"don't just know when it's cold and when its hot, I experience them"

If you live in Minneapolis you should be having an absolutely wonderful experience on your bike this January. Ahhh .... too feel my eyeballs (not to mention the other ones) freeze in the cold .... it's heaven!

"Just please don't run me over."

Just stay off the road! Ride a bus.

:)



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Jeroen Donating Member (608 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:54 AM
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175. peugeot 106
Small, fast and cheap!

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BelgianMadCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:45 AM
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192. Hey buurman! Goeie keuze :-)
Ik bol met een Nissan van 1999 en 280000 km :-)
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RiverStone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:59 AM
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176. 1991 Honda CRX HF --- 240K miles and rebuilt engine
Fantastic 45+ mpg --- just a 2 seater with little protection if it got crunched. But I love it!

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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:04 AM
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177. I have a 1999 Ford Taurus and
a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis.

The latter was my mom's car. My siblings voted to let me have the car, because MrSG and I only had one, and it was difficult for us, having only one car and two jobs.



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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:15 AM
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178. 230,000 miles. 1 fan belt, 1 radiator cap, regular maintenance.


It needs some suspension work and new paint at this point and some day I'm going to replace the whole vacuum system, but for now everything works.


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kywildcat Donating Member (529 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:35 AM
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179. 2005 Ford Focus
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 03:37 AM by kywildcat
went from a 92 Honda Civic hatchback-which I loved, but sat to low to the ground, to the Ford Focus. Just replaced the brakes (rotors and all-but thats because I have a new teenage driver who's still pretty hard on the car).
I miss my matchbox car with all my heart. I drove from northern KY to chicago on a half a tank of gas. repeatedly.
My sister works for Toyota, and my grandfather had a Ford Dealership (which is still in existence, and where I bought the focus). My next car will be a Toyota Prius, but my sister says the wait list even for employees is incredibly long.

edit for spellcheck
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BlueCollar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:51 AM
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180. Jeep Cherokee
and very happy with it
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WritersBlock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:55 AM
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181. Smart Car for town; Mercedes M Class diesel for distance / bad weather / bad roads or carrying more


than 2 people.
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 04:01 AM
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182. Mostly bicycle, sometimes VW Jetta
I used to be more militant about avoiding cars but in my old age I've mellowed. I met my wife and since she had a car we share it. It stays parked most days. I'll only drive to work if I have to pick up lots of groceries on the way home, or if it's raining. I do have rain gear and in my single days I'd just bundle up when the weather was nasty. Now I'm not that much of a martyr.

I just wish people would be, um, rational about transportation. Cars can be very useful but they don't have to be used all the time. I honestly don't understand why they're the default option for all trips. Most trips of less than three miles can be easily done on a bicycle, except for the obvious afore-mentioned exceptions concerning weather and cargo, and people that aren't physically able.

Don't get me started about fear of traffic. It just takes some getting used to. I'm afraid of flying but when it makes sense to fly I do it. The more I fly the easier it gets. (Or maybe I can afford that attitude since I'm a relatively large male and I can honestly say that no one's ever intentionally done anything that put me at risk. I have heard horror stories about getting run off the road from smaller people)

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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 04:08 AM
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183. Or primary car is a 94 Altima with 220k miles, stick and runs great.
I have a 97 Expedition with 140k, a 5.4 and a towing package for my business which involves a large trailer.

'89 Yamaha FZR400 mini crotch rocket for when I want to carve a few curves or jam traffic and save gas at the same time. One of the best handling motorcycles ever made.



BikeE recumbent bicycle for when I feel like taking it slow 'n easy, I like taking my grandkids for bike rides on the local trail.





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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:21 AM
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186. Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, V6. nt.
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:24 AM
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187. 1994 Hyundai Excel
35mpg still in good condition.

Still less than 60,000 miles on it.

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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:34 AM
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188. 2003 Jetta Diesel with a Greasecar Kit
Love It!!
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:35 AM
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189. Audi A4Turbo. 34mpg, every luxury feature you can immagine, and performance too
Good gas milage, very nice performance, comfort beyond immagination, and its got much better traction in the snow and on ice than my 4x4 pickup truck.
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Leftist Agitator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:36 AM
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190. Car?
:rofl:
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:38 AM
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191. Dodge Minivan - 170K miles. Runs great. Quirky, but great.
$2400 OBO
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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:55 AM
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194. 2006 Honda 2 door Accord Coup....
4 cylinder and it just sucks gas......I thought getting a 4 cylinder would help, WRONG, and I'm a very conservative driver, slow to stop, slow to start, no racing. Just terrible gas mileage. :cry: :cry: :cry: but I love her.
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:56 AM
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195. Mitsubishi Galant.
a very reliable car.
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roscoeroscoe Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:57 AM
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196. Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertable!
got it for my wife for our anniversary. she loves it, the best car she's ever had. i was scared off after reading some of the comments on various sites, but she loves it and babies it so much i am a lot less worried about the maintenance.

i was very happy to able to buy american. i try to buy american whenever possible...

thanks for the fun thread
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roscoeroscoe Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:58 AM
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197. oh yeah, let me add...
my wife's parents have a bio-deisel conversion mercedes sedan! makes the garage smell like... fries.

love that car. the bio-deisel is bought for $1 a gallon.
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:32 AM
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224. YOU SUCK! just kidding, I so want one! I'm jealous : )
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:10 AM
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198. A 1992 Honda Civic Hatchback
that we fill up about once every five weeks. It gets over 30 mpg and we use it to drive to Metro (public transportation), the grocery store, to visit friends in DC and Va and to carpool to meetups & other meetings. I did use it last week to take my husband to work twice but that's because we had an unexpected financial hit and couldn't "load up" his Metro card until Dec. 1.

fwiw, my husband bought it new back in '92 when he lived in California. It's the perfect car for the two of us and the three dogs.
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kywildcat Donating Member (529 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:53 AM
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209. Had one too, for 12 years-sold it with the original clutch
and gears. My matchbox car would took a half a tank of gas for 333 miles (Northern KY to Chicago, north of Wacker). It was the best car EVER. One tank of gas from Asheville north carolina to richwood kentucky. I'm still bereft over losing that car.
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:57 PM
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234. So far the only thing we've replaced is the water pump
That is, other than the usual stuff you'd expect to replace like spark plugs (and associated wires), oil, brakes and tires. LOL, we didn't have to change the wiper blades until a few years ago. And since then we've had to replace those about once a year.

The only complaint we've had about the car was from my 6'8" brother. He had a little trouble fitting in the back seat. On the other hand, I don't have to cart him around when he visits, which is really nice and another reason to keep it. ;)

Our little five-speed stick is a great car and very fuel efficient. We've talked about getting another car from time to time but we haven't found anything to beat this one, at least not in our price range. If we ever do get another car it will be electric or a hybrid. In the meantime, we're holding on to this one and treating it like the jewel it is.

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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:27 AM
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203. Fords and Mercs are the workhorses.
I am a car person and lease them because I enjoy having nice cars. I still have a 1981 240D (60hp 4 cyc, na diesel), got a used 07 E320 diesel that my wife drives. Those are great cars.

I drive Fords f250s or Excursions diesels from the work fleet as daily drivers. They carry equipment and people well.

Rotate out sports cars on short leases, currently using a m3. Astounding car. However the corvette (c6-z06) is impressive and of high quality. Not sure what to replace it with next year. Something fun.


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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:33 AM
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206. I drive a 2008 Ford Fusion,before that I drove a Ford
Escape for 8 years with no problems.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:35 AM
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207. If U.S. auto makers could build a car as reliable and trouble-free as my 1997 Toyota Corolla,
at a comparable price, then I'd buy it, sure. If you want to stay in business, put out a quality product at a competitive price.
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:44 AM
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208. Aston Martin DBS



:rofl: :rofl:

JUST KIDDING
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tencats Donating Member (226 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:03 AM
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213.  Currently driving a Mitsubishi Gallant and a Toyota Sienna
Lost confidence in American made and designed vehicles after have repeated bad experiences with several new cars. The worst was the Chevrolet Vega and Ford Taurus. My bad experiences with Chevrolet and Ford dealers and their service departments I have never forgotten. Bought my first Mitsubishi in 1980 and never again returned to the GM or Ford made vehicles. Lately Toyota gets my highest recommendation. I yet today strongly support giving loans to the big three.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:05 AM
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214. A Buick and a Ford...
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:09 AM
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215. 2001 Nissan Xterra
bought used in 2003 with less than 50k on it. I now have almost 90k.
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:10 AM
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216. 1989 Mazda 626.....
Bought it new and now have 70,000 miles on it.
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:16 AM
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218. Toyota Yaris. Very happy with it.
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kimmylavin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:17 AM
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219. Toyota Yaris
Preceded by a used Toyota Corolla that I put 100,000 miles on and then donated.
Preceded by a used Toyota Corolla that my aunt had driven for 130,000 miles before I added another 80,000.

And my next car will be a Prius, but I've got a ways before I wear out my Yaris - its only got 60,000 miles on it! :)
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:18 AM
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222. A Nissan made in Tennessee by American Workers
Being Toyota, Nissan and other have plants here they too employ lots of Americans.

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emmadoggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:23 AM
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223. 1998 Chevy Venture and a 2002 Dodge Neon.
I could only vote once so I put in the Chevy since it is our main family vehicle.
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Tashca Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:36 AM
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225. 2002 Chevy S-10, 4cyl..
I bought that just a few years ago when gas hit $1.80 and there were rumors of $2.00. Little did I know that it would go to $4.00 then.
My wife drives a late model Nissan Altima, 4cyl.....excellent car.
My next will be a Toyota simply because they are just down the road and give great service.
I am for the bailout.....and have been only for a short time.
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Moochy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:37 AM
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226. ZIPCAR
http://www.zipcar.com/sf/find-cars

Its great for when you need to go places that are not close to BART.

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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 07:16 AM
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286. never heard of them before
thanks for the tip.
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:37 AM
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227. Do not own or drive a car. Our last one was a Dodge.
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skeewee08 Donating Member (434 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:50 AM
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228. 2004 Tahoe BABY!
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:07 PM
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229. Other
I don't have a license. In high school, when it came time to take Driver's Ed, I had a schedule conflict, and I had to choose between Driver's Ed and Painting. I wanted to paint more than I wanted to drive, so...

The next year, they upped the price of the class and reduced it to a fourth of a credit instead of a half-credit. The year after that, my senior year, they upped the price again and got rid of all credit. I still didn't want to drive, so I figured 'the hell with it, I'll get it eventually.'

Five years later, I still don't have it. I get by on my Schwinn Hightimber, a mountain bike that I've put road bike tires on. I use my feet and the bus for shorter and longer distances as need requires.

Honestly though? ...driving scares me... :scared:
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sweetpotato Donating Member (678 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:21 PM
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230. 1994 Honda del sol
it sips gas.
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Aviation Pro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:22 PM
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231. 2003 Saturn Ion...
...good for another 10 years.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:25 PM
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232. Other-- mass transit
Looking forward to high speed rail in California.
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tjwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:25 PM
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233. I drive a beat up old 95 toyota (which still runs perfectly I should add)...
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 12:29 PM by tjwash
...that also gets about 40 MPG, about 2 miles a day to the the Amaya trolley station, take the trolley to the coaster in Old Town, the Coaster to SV and get shuttled to work in propane powered mini-shuttles that out company leases.

I spend about 15 dollars a month on gas, and I get to write my monthly train passes off my taxes.

I guess that makes me a commie detroit-hater. :eyes:
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:14 PM
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254. Good to hear... I'm hoping my 2000 Toyota lasts thru 2009
..knock on wood
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:59 PM
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235. 05 Toyota Corolla
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:26 PM
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236. 2005 Buick Century We Love It!

It's a very good old folks car.
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:30 PM
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238. Don't own one-been fortunate enough to live so far in places with good public transportation.nt
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:39 PM
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240. '95 Nissan Maxima almost 200K
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 01:40 PM by OmmmSweetOmmm
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:44 PM
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241. A Toyota inherited from my stepfather
to replace an 18-year-old Plymouth Acclaim that had pieces falling off it.
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balantz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:45 PM
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242. A 1960 Bel Air and a '66 Corvette convertible.
Just kidding, I ride the bus.
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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:44 PM
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304. Had a '60 Bel Air in college. Great. Sold it for $215 (nt)
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baby_mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:53 PM
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243. I never drive.
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roamer65 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 06:32 PM
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245. A UAW made Chevrolet Colorado and a Nissan Sentra
When I'm ready to replace the Nissan , I will buy a UAW made GM or Ford.
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sandyd921 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:11 PM
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248. 1995 Toyota Tercel
Nursing it along and hoping I can get 4 more years with it.
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otherlander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:18 PM
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249. No car.
:)
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EmeraldCityGrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:22 PM
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250. A Prius for everyday commuting and an eleven year old 4Runner for
hauling, moving and so forth.
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:54 PM
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251. 2008 Nissan Xterra with 1000 miles on it
Carly
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:09 PM
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252. Two rides...
main one is a 2005 Ford Escape, bought new, currently has about only 14,000 miles on it (we don't go many places)

the other is a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, bought used, for carting around building and farm supplies, and has a snowplow for winter


small cars don't survive long out where I live...

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Piperay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:13 PM
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253. Other ... a British car nt
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:22 PM
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255. An OLD car!
'93 Toyo wagon, 'new' gift from my very smart parents! (they also had a caddy, which pooped out a few years ago.)
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southerncrone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:24 PM
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256. 2003 Ford ZX2 35-36 city 38-40 hwy NO PROBLEMS!
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:34 PM
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257. a '94 toyota tercel that is the first and only car I've ever
bought new.

it's closing in on 140k and has never been in the shop (knock on wood). Our other car is a '96 Subaru that replaced a Toyota small pickup that got totalled.

before I bought the tercel, I'd made an effort to buy American cars - My wife had a Ford Fiesta that was ok at first - then things started falling apart and it was in the shop every other week. The interior door handles broke right off. I had a Ford econoline van than was constantly breaking down. Finally when the power steering unit fell off right in the middle of the street I gave up on American cars.
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Rhythm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:37 PM
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258. Don't have one at the moment... but i have always bought domestics
though usually from the secondary market, to be honest. I simply don;t have the cash or the credit standing to get a decent deal on something brand new.
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Hawkowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:42 PM
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259. I've never bought a new car
Been driving 25 years and I never will. I've always owned Japanese cars. Have a 13 year old Subaru I've owned for 7 years.
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:45 PM
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260. Bicycle
That's my car.
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Bonescrat Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:49 PM
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261. 2003 Toyota RAV 4, manual transmisssion of course. nt.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:34 PM
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263. 03Trailblazer/08Silverado n/t
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quiller4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 12:15 AM
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264. I voted Chrysler for the 2000 mini van is our primary vehicle
but we also have a 1995 Ford F150 that I still consider the best vehicle we've ever owned. Nothing else we've ever owned has been as reliable.
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varkam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 12:29 AM
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265. 1997 Caddy SLS
150k miles
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lutefisk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 12:54 AM
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266. Honda, Toyota, and Infiniti. (more)
Edited on Sun Dec-07-08 01:10 AM by herbster
I've had plenty of American branded cars, the last being a 1970 AMC AMX, which was a great car.

The Honda is a 2007 Odyssey (minivan) that gets 27 mpg on the highway. That's better than some so-called economy cars and mini-suv models.

The Toyota is a Land Cruiser that gets . . . oh, never mind.

The Infiniti, on the other hand, gets 35 to 40+ mpg on the highway.

95% or more of my driving is highway driving.

edit: the only one of these made in the US is the Honda, and its build quality is substantially lower than the other two vehicles I own. The design is great, but the paint, quality of body parts, and body integrity (rattles) is absolutely horrible. Not as bad as the 2007 Civic I owned - on that one the paint chipped when a bird crapped on it. I'm not kidding.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 12:55 AM
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267. Lincoln Town Car
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JeffreyWilliamson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 12:57 AM
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268. I voted Toyota but I drive a Geo...
Before I got it I did a little research and found out it's a rebranded Corolla.

Here's my list from first car when I was 15 (much too long ago) to now, thought it'd be fun:

1974 Volkswagon Super Beetle (older than me, actually)

1990 Ford Escort (Great Car, lost in accident - not my fault)

1995 Honda Accord (Great Car also, but was an automatic - lost in Hurricane Ike)

1994 Geo Prizm (Fun 5-Speed, a cheap used car while I save for a new one)
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CRF450 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 12:59 AM
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269. I find it interesting how so many here drives a GM vehicle...
And yet theirs so many words of distaste to their auto's here. BTW, I have both a Pontiac and a Dodge. Both have been awsome vehicles.
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StreetKnowledge Donating Member (921 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 01:01 AM
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270. 2008 Pontiac G8 GT here
And I absol-freaking-utely love it. :D
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jakefrep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 08:40 AM
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294. That's a damn nice car...
..enjoy it!
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 01:22 AM
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271. Old ass neon
needs a lil prayer, ingenuity, and TLC but it keeps going at minimal costs and maybe, just maybe I can get another year plus out of it.
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arcos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 02:54 AM
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273. 2006 Suzuki Swift...
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Norrin Radd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:01 AM
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274. I've never owned a car. I've always been too poor.
I did buy a $1.00 Hot Wheels Tesla Roadster, the other day, to gaze wistfully at, though.
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yy4me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:30 AM
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276. My Honda is a 2005 Pilot and runs great, no problems. My
daughter has a Ford Explorer that was trouble from day one. First small things under warranty, then, as the warranty ran out, big things started to happen. She has been unemployed for almost a year and just got a new job. Whenever she gets secure enough, she will dump this Ford and buy a car with a good rating.

We are asked to buy American but when we do, many are stuck with a worthless junk, a money pit.

I feel sorry for the car makers employees but the product leaves a lot to be desired. Why do they continue to produce cars that do not compare in quality with the foreign cars?

The bail-out may be a good idea, I don't know. What will they do, keep producing cars no-one wants while they retool?
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Speed8098 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:06 AM
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277. All UAW made cars in my family
Me: 06 Ford Taurus............Love it.....22-28MPG
Wife: 98 Ford Contour.........She Loves it.........28-32MPG
Daughter.......08 Ford Focus-----28-35MPG...Totalled it last month. Not her fault
Soooooo, we just bought here an 05 Chrysler Crossfire yesterday. 20-24MPG but it is sharp as hell.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:47 AM
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278. A bicycle.
But I happen to be in a rather unique situation where owning a car is actually far more burdensome than not owning one.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:54 AM
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279. Looks like somebody, forgot about us
standing on the corner, waiting for a bus...
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WyLoochka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 06:08 AM
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280. 2008 Subaru Outback n/t
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sohndrsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 06:13 AM
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281. 93 volvo 740 turbo sedan. nt
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specialed Donating Member (276 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 06:21 AM
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282. SAAB 900 2.0L Vert.
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jules1962 Donating Member (446 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 07:44 AM
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290. 2003 GMC ENVOY XLT
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peace frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 06:32 AM
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283. 2003 Nissan Altima
Roomy, comfy and has provided 5 years of superlative service.
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 06:55 AM
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285. 1999 Subaru Imprezza Outback Sport n/t
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 07:18 AM
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287. 99 Nissan Altima
Love it.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 07:23 AM
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288. 2007 Toyota Prius
And 2008 Toyota Tacoma (4-cyl)
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GTurck Donating Member (569 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 07:43 AM
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289. We have...
driven Mitsubishi's, Galant or Mirage, for the past 18 years. Good mileage and solid cars.
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Qanisqineq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 08:28 AM
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291. 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
I love my car :loveya:
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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 08:35 AM
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292. a 1994 saturn
before that a toyota.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 08:38 AM
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293. Bikes and subways. Occasionally, taxis.
Edited on Sun Dec-07-08 08:38 AM by JackRiddler
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 09:01 AM
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295. 2004 Toyota Tacoma. 4 cyl.
My adult son is now driving my previous small Toyota truck, a '94 with about 220K miles. He was also the last one to drive the '79 Toyota truck that did 350K miles before finally giving up.
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billyclem Donating Member (137 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:09 PM
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296. Too new to vote, so...............
Honda Ridgeline
Honda Pilot
'26 Chevy (NOT a hotrod, but a restored to original 4 door sedan).


billyclem one happy driver
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:10 PM
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297. 95 Cavalier and 06 Yaris
My Cavalier has been very good to me, but I fear the old girl is on her last legs.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:13 PM
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298. no car/don't drive
We're in a crowded suburb so I can get to everything I need.

My husband has a Saturn, it gets like a BILLION miles a gallon on trips! no lie
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:15 PM
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299. 92 Geo Metro LSi 3 cylinder
This little buggy is good on gas, and a cream puff to boot. I nicknamed the car "Itty Bitty" because it is itty-bitty.
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:16 PM
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300. Subaru Forester n/t
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:21 PM
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301. I drive a 1999 Ford Taurus.
I have always bought American-made cars with the exception of a English-made Ford Cortina many years ago.
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:11 PM
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302. Nimbus 2000
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Raineyb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:35 PM
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303. 1997 Acura Integra
It's a cute little car but it gets much better mileage than the Grand Prix that preceded it.

Regards
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:44 PM
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305. 51' Chevy Pickup...





Okay, I'm just looking for one right now :)
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:48 PM
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307. This kind
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