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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
     (585.1)
    In the vain of some other threads: What kind of car or other vehicle does everyone have? I find that a person's vehicle represent their drivers in some way.

    I'll start:
    Batvaria
    I have a white 1974 BMW Bavaria 3.0. It's a 3-liter 6-cylinder engine, and has been beaten with the bat of time. At some point in its miserable life there's been an engine replacement, and currently there's no proper air seal on the car, so it's freezing cold all the time! Also, the heater and defrost work for shit. There's a dent in the back left fender and the gray primer is showing through in a couple places. Some rust-type coloration as well. The trunk lid doesn't latch or stay open on its own steam, so I have a handy-dandy baseball bat to hold it open when needed. And finally, it has tennis ball-sized hole in the muffler that billows out directly against the gas tank. When I turn on my car it smokes like I've lit a fire in my undercarriage, and the fumes spill into the cab--but only enough to make me keep my windows open to freeze me to death. Tangentially, this is the same problem the Challenger had when it went up.

    Despite all that, I doubt you'll ever see a car quite like mine driving down the road, and I suppose on some level I love it for that. Plus it could be worse for $800. Also, I can have the State of California give me $500 for it when I'm done with it. It's a gross polluter.

    Anyway, anyone else? Don't be intimidated by my immensely crappy car, share!
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
     (585.2)
    I have a 1994 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3, in champagne - 1.8 litre engine, fuel injection, ABS, power steering. It's a bit beaten up and has done nearly 130 000 miles, but it's my first car, 'cause I only passed my test in May and didn't have much money to spend (it cost me £400 with a year's MOT on, no road tax). I hope it doesn't represent me, really, it's just something I use to get around.
    • CommentAuthorMacgyver
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
     (585.3)
    I have feet.... That's about it. The 1980 human feet. Pretty decent mpg, though crap for long distances. And the knees their attached to don't last long before they need down time.
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    Mr. Black

    The only transport I own, apart from my feet. My bicycle, Mr. Black. (Raleigh named it not me...)
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008 edited
     (585.5)
    Green Jeep Cherokee. It is named the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. It has never broken down. It is the most beautiful SUV ever. It eats Hummer 3s for breakfast. It drinks ethanol. It will last long enough for me to put a fuel cell in it.

    At school, though, my own feet are the best I can manage.
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      CommentAuthorpomfelo
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
     (585.6)
    Because I'm a tool I bought a new '08 Prius. ... It's peppy.

    Luckily, I managed to buy it at the perfect time so I got absolutely none of those nifty tax breaks. Now I can say I bought with little to no thought of self-interest. Yay.
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      CommentAuthorobliterati
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
     (585.7)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I ride a bicycle when I'm not walking, I'm one of those pesky <a target="_blank" href="http://obliterati.livejournal.com/458072.html">anti-car people</a>. Not that I dislike <a target="_blank" href="http://obliterati.insanejournal.com/4309.html">really</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://obliterati.insanejournal.com/4592.html">cool</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://obliterati.insanejournal.com/7768.html">vehicles</a>. Apparently what I really dislike are dial-up connections.
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      CommentAuthorroque
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
     (585.8)
    because I cannot presently own an El Camino, I choose to go carless. (this is not strictly true.)
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008 edited
     (585.9)
    Green Jeep Cherokee. It is named the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. It has never broken down. It is the most beautiful SUV ever. It eats Hummer 3s for breakfast. It drinks ethanol. It will last long enough for me to put a fuel cell in it.


    I have only driven two cars as my own: A red 1990 Cherokee and a blue 1989 Cherokee. They are the best cars ever, what year is yours? I'm so depressed they don't get made anymore...everytime I see one get blown up in a movie or something I die a little.

    I don't drive one of these:
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
     (585.10)
    I'm a walking contradiction (literally). I'm a big gearhead, but haven't owned a car in over a decade.

    I just can't justify it. All the places where I work are within walking distance - if I drove it'd actually take longer, assuming I could find parking. Couple that with the highest insurance rates in Canada (thanks to the provincial government), and the cost is way too high for a vehicle that I'd probably only use a couple times a week.

    But ideally I'd want some 70s musclecar; I love the Detroit heavy metal.
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    I drive a car with no pistons...

    Photobucket

    My Baby, my all-stock 1983 Mazda Rx-7 GS with it's 1.2 liter, 100hp engine, and 50/50 weight distribution. Third Rx-7 I've owned, and pistons can kiss my ass.
    • CommentAuthoromer333
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008 edited
     (585.12)
    musDANG!

    I'm so glad I'm not the only driving a red sporty car.

    I can't help it, I'm a gearhead. I love cars, trucks, motorcycles, all of it.

    It didn't help that my dad drove funny cars and a bunch of my uncles ride/rode choppers.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
     (585.13)
    Sarpedon, mine is a '94. Actually it's a Grand Cherokee, but I've never really noticed any difference except the frame. I know, they were such an iconic car for a while, and now the only SUVs you see out there are the planet-eating kind. They don't make 'em like they used to. I've never seen a blue Cherokee before - do you still have pictures of yours?
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
     (585.14)
    Audi. Has four doors, four wheels, a six-disc changer.

    The latter is a necessity, since I still don't own an mp3 player (and never have).

    -Z
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008
     (585.15)
    my dad drove funny cars

    Outstanding. Do you have any photos?
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    Black Mazda 3, 2.3 engine version, though not the speed edition. I wanted the RX8 (grew up with a mother who really "exercised" a silver RX7 daily in CA late 1980's - loved that car), but long commutes needs a better gas milage. You get no picture because the car is cleaned once a month and now is not that time.
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      CommentAuthorzarhooie
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008
     (585.17)
    No car at school. :(

    Car that I have at home that I miss terribly: 1994 Olds Cutlass Supreme, ~80k on it, power windows, locks, a cassette player and radio (oooo!), ABS and 3.1 liter engine. It gets 28 in town in the winter, and ~30 in the summer. Winter highway is about 30, summer is 33 or so. Poor Harold's needed some work in the last couple years. I had a coolant leak last winter, and I needed some work done on the transmission. This past fall, the fuel pump went (but that was because the jackasses who did the 60k checkup didn't change the fucking fuel filter). Other than that, and one of the power window motors, everything works pretty well.

    Here's Harold last winter after the snow dump.
    Harold under a foot of snow
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      CommentAuthorAlexis
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008
     (585.18)
    I don't like to think that the car defines the driver, but maybe that's because I drive a 2001 Hyundai Accent.
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      CommentAuthorTrotsky
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008 edited
     (585.19)
    my car represents how safe my father wanted me to be.

    (more accurately it represents that he wanted an excuse to buy a Prius, and get rid of his old car)
    I drive a beautiful and magistic Subaru outback

    me half-asleep and starting my car:
    outback away!

    The BMW Bavaria is a stupidly awesome car.
    That's really culty and extreme.

    My significant other weirdo drives a 1970 2002. It's awesome, and I hate him.
    I actually somewhat helped put in a limited slip differential, which was hella fun!

    here's a picture of his current car when he first got it:
    crushed 2002

    it's all fixed up now, and Is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

    also, this is unforgivable:
    lame.


    but! a car is only an extension of self if you make it one, mine is just a tool for me to utilize.
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008
     (585.20)
    Well, just a few hours after I posted about my Cavalier, it wouldn't start - and I needed to get to a meeting with my main client and boss. Fucking immobiliser had packed up. One hurried phone call and the meeting was at my place - in the road, around my car. The immobiliser was stripped out and binned on the spot. Thank fuck my boss is a master mechanic! If my car is an extension of my self... I now no longer have an immobiliser.

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