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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
     (585.41)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I love wankels so much I have one in my garage but have never owned a RX7.

    I love 2002's as well. They are one of the few cult cars that deserves it. I used to have a 92 Nissan SER that had the same
    personality.

    I own a huge GMC(Chevy) 97 black half ton truck with the 5.0 litre V8. I love that damn thing.
    <img src="http://<a href="http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=6860608" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/10/2852326089.jpg" " alt="" />
    In the summer I ride a Honda 919 sportbike.
    <img src="http://<a href="http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=5937134" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/7/18919592614.jpg"" alt="" />

    This is my newest toy. It is a kawi KFX450 quad and their is nothing better for bombing around the woods and destroying delicate ecosystems.
    <img src="http://<a href="http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=6781850" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/10/27518143766.jpg" " alt="" />

    Once in a while my Mom lets me drive her incredible and made in the UK Honda civic SiR.
    <img src="http://<a href="http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=5937133" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/7/18919592668.jpg"" alt="" />
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      CommentAuthorTrotsky
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
     (585.42)
    @ tedcroland,

    Unfortunenetly, I only take pictures of him when he's really frustrated and working on it.
    that;s the only time it occurs to me.

    so I have a lot of these:
    lx, car

    half axel ball joint

    this is his old one though:
    blue 2002
  1.  (585.43)
    Unsub, that quadbike will kill you.
    • CommentAuthorgrenacia
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
     (585.44)
    I drive a pale blue 2002 Prius, named Azul but nicknamed "The Shuttlecraft". I don't ever want to own a conventional gasoline vehicle - they either have crappy gas mileage or crappy acceleration. But that's just my personal opinion. I also have a recumbent tricycle and live within a block of a light-rail train station.

    My husband also drives a Prius but is trying to sell it and get something cheaper (and drive less and take the train/bike more, which he can do now that I'm the one toting the kid to school, which is convenient to my work). Ideally he'd like to drive an RX-7 again!
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
     (585.45)
    I don't ever want to own a conventional gasoline vehicle - they either have crappy gas mileage or crappy acceleration.

    That's why you should drive a BMW. They tend to have good gas mileage (mine's thirty years old and still gets about 25 mpg) and great, powerful engines.

    It is true of most American and Japanese cars though.
    • CommentAuthortitivil
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
     (585.46)
    Due to circumstances beyond my control, I drive an anonymous four-door sedan, recently built and of Japanese design (if not construction). It is an automatic. I don't like it.

    But before, I had a 1988 Ford Bronco II. 4WD, 5 speed, small enough that it didn't drink gasoline, but roomy enough that I could fit wheel-barrows' full in the back. We called her "Pretty". She was a good friend, until steering fried when I was unwilling to pour further repair money into it.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
     (585.47)
    i gots me a cheap ass used 95 dodge neon four door...
    but it got me down to louisiana and back without a problem...nevermind the headlight went out last night...and it burns oil...but it's good on gas...hah...
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      CommentAuthortikistitch
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
     (585.48)
    I take an electric bus to work. Recently, we had to send my car, the first car I ever owned, my much beloved '88 Honda Civic, off to "live on a farm." My new car mostly sits behind the house and is pretty and blue. But, just to show you how appallingly vain I've become, and how I'm starting to have difficulty, in my dotage, discerning objective reality from the Intarnets, I give you, my plates:

    tiki plates

    (Yes. Really.)
    • CommentAuthorgrenacia
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
     (585.49)
    tedcroland, I myself will stick to my Prius with around 50mpg (and I personally like the feel of how it drives) but I'm going to suggest a few used BMWs to my husband in his quest for a cool-but-inexpensive car.
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    Roadog and it's maker

    I wish I drove this. I'd cruise by the local schools revving the engine(s?) until by the end of the semester every kiddy in class was having nightmares. Haunting the dreams of children is one way to get fame.

    Either way this motorcycle has quite a great story behind it. Completely custom, no blueprints, and made originally with the plan in mind that the bike would never need replacement parts. It's creator, William "Wild Bill" Gelbke, is just as fascinating too, and also the only person who could ever ride Roadog. Smart guy, but not a friend of John Law. (surprising to me too.) Gelbke supposedly was in some dispute that resorted to a gun fight in which he was shot and killed. I never saw the Motorcycle Diaries, but I'm sure that THIS should have been that movie.

    Beer run?
    And yes, there are beer cans (PBR?) fitted on to the front. I believe Wild Bill also had a compartment within easy reach where he could get to his current (case) of beer.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008 edited
     (585.51)
    tedcroland, I myself will stick to my Prius with around 50mpg (and I personally like the feel of how it drives) but I'm going to suggest a few used BMWs to my husband in his quest for a cool-but-inexpensive car.

    I don't blame you for sticking to the Prius, but my advice to your husband is to never get an e series. 3- and 5-series i's and is's are best. M3s and M5s are fast and fun, but get lower gas mileage and are more expensive to fix. Going back 10 years or so is a good idea because you can generally get what you want for a good price, and they're still fuel efficient and nice looking.

    The mechanics bills can get tough if you do have problems, though, and I personally have a BMW mechanic that's been friends with my mom for 20 years. I used to hang out at his shop that was across the parking lot from my mom's art store when I was a kid, so he is very kind to me when I take my car to him.

    Despite the mechanics bills, there are few cars on the road that are as intrinsically awesome as BMW's, especially older ones. A little bit of research can get you a really nice car.
  3.  (585.52)
    I drive a 1990 Ford Falcon. It runs on gas only, no petrol (that's LPG, not gasoline to any Americans in the audience), which makes her cranky sometimes. She can be a bitch to start, but when she's going she's great.
    She's been in the wars a bit:
    The Doc
    This is her Odometer. It should probably read closer to 400,000ks, but some belt thingy broke about 3 years ago or so and my mechanic said it wasn't a big deal...
    274131

    Her rego runs out in a couple of months, and then I'm probably going to look for something newer, more reliable and littler. It's going to be killer to go to paying for petrol after the cheap, cheap LPG.
    • CommentAuthorgrenacia
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
     (585.53)
    tedcroland, yeah, our concern on a BMW is the cost and trouble of getting parts and stuff (and mechanics bills for anything complex). You are lucky to have a mechanics buddy who specializes in them. They are awesome cars, but probably not a practical choice for us. The husband has had several RX-7s in the past and is familiar with repairs on them, plus they're cool cars, so that's probably what we'll do.
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      CommentAuthortim12s
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2008
     (585.54)
    Me and the missus have a burgundy '02 PT Cruiser. With 'wood' trim. As well as heated seats, and all mod-cons.
    I think of it like marmite - it's a real love it or hate it deal. It's no road rocket, nor is it hybrid, but - so what.

    For work, I have an '07 Ford Ranger. Smallest, puniest truck on the American road, but I feel bad-ass driving it. I wish I had the model I saw last year in Turkey - 1 metre bed, with a longer cab. Or the '01 Ranger EV. I don't need much.

    But I want a Bentley. Maybe a new Continental, maybe a Mark VI.

    Or maybe a Mark V like this:
    1939 Bentley Mark V
    • CommentAuthorMDickey
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2008
     (585.55)
    I drive a 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon. It is beat up and beautiful. It has all wheel drive and heated seats. Driving 50 mph on dirt roads in Maine makes me giggle. 180 degree emergency brake turns bring me closer to god.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2008
     (585.56)
    I drive a 1990 Ford Falcon. It runs on gas only, no petrol (that's LPG, not gasoline to any Americans in the audience), which makes her cranky sometimes. She can be a bitch to start, but when she's going she's great.
    She's been in the wars a bit
    She needs a couple of huge propane tanks sticking out of the back. And maybe a supercharger with an on/off switch.

    Driving 50 mph on dirt roads in Maine makes me giggle. 180 degree emergency brake turns bring me closer to god.
    Preach it. I've never done that in Maine, but I've done it all over Prince Edward island.
  4.  (585.57)
    Prior to leaving California for "Mars," I drove this baby around for 10 years:
    94 mustang

    A 1994 Mustang bought new off the lot. Six cylinders, 3.5 litres, standard tranny. I was still single when I got it, and was wanting to drive a "chick magnet." It worked, I was married 18 months later. Was originally black until I had a fender-bender and worked a deal with the insurance company to get it repainted red. I managed to put about 230,000 miles on it before I got a serious case of "new car fever", and anticipating the move to Mars, needed a vehicle I could safely drive year-round. (Mustangs are RWD and have notoriously light rear ends, and do not do well at all on ice or snow.) So I sold the 'Stang, my wife went into mourning, and I got this to replace it:

    2004 Santa Fe

    2004 Hyundai Santa Fe, was a used fleet vehicle one year old and with 10k miles when I bought it. 3.6 litres, on-demand 4WD. Nice sound system. Very smooth on the highway but takes me into back-country when I want to go on occasion. Gas mileage is not great -- 21mpg on the highway -- but since my commute is a walk down the stairs from bedroom to home office I don't feel the pinch so much. Mainly I use this for driving to Fort Collins or Boulder to visit friends and get comics, and for the annual pilgrimage to San Diego Con.

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