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rino's Avatar Picture rino – December 09, 2007 10:14AM Reply Quote
As started by Binky in land of old ...

A place to discuss your wheels!

"Use your wheels, that is what they are for." - Hawkwind

rino – December 10, 2007 03:43PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Spring 2.0 - 13

That's my 04 Cooper S.

Ron Burns – December 10, 2007 05:58PM Reply Quote
"We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation." Voltaire
Birmingham Small Arms Co... (do I detect various ears pricking up? Yes they did begin by making guns) latterly best known for motorcycle manufacture - at one point World's largest, and makers of Triumph - before going down the tubes with the rest of the british motorcycle industry.

The Scout

The 3-wheeler - powered by a 1 litre air cooled V-twin derived from a World War I Hotchkiss tractor engine..

Now THAT'S more than you wanted to know....

dharlow – December 11, 2007 12:36AM Reply Quote
2004 Infiniti FX35 with the Tech Package (GPS/Intelligent Cruise Control).


stan adams – December 11, 2007 10:39AM Reply Quote
My wife drives the 2003 MDX everyday, we got that new. It was financed with a fixed rate home equity loan at 4.375% that we paid off early. Imagine that.

The car that sits in the driveway (I take the commuter train everyday) and ostensibly is 'mine' is an 03 Bravada that we got used for a song after the Olds shutdown announcement.

I have a hobby car that sits in my aunt's garage covered with old lady dust --1987 Buick Turbo. I have done some mods on it, but I dont't spend much on it now with the kids taking up my time...

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/11/2007 10:41AM by stan adams.

SoupIsGood Food – December 14, 2007 10:08PM Reply Quote
I have had, in order:

1979 Mustang GT.
(Crashed. Three weeks in. Wasn't my fault.)

1972 Mustang Landau
(2nd Favorite car evarrr. This was the most beautiful Mustang Ford ever built, better than the fastbacks, IMO. It sounded right, the way a V8 should. The low-back buckets were so comfortable. The engine was so easy to work on and tweak. I got to drive home the popular girls in highschool. It was sold to my cousin by my insurance-paying dad. Never had a ticket in it, but he wasn't taking the chance.)

1974 VW Super Beetle automatic.
(4th Favorite. I could never get the carb to work right, the vacuum arrangement needed by the "automatic stick shift" was too funky to figure out. So much head and leg room, and an enormous trunk up front, fantastic in the snow, 35mpg, perfect body in "Bumble Bee" yellow. Given to my brother.)

1972 Cadillac Eldorado convertible
(3rd favorite. Awful in the snow, spent more time being worked on than driven, but was beautiful with a perfect body and 500cui motor that put out 405hp and 740 foot-pounds of torque on the dyno. Surprised and shut down many a muscle car, including a the last gen Camaro Z. Awesome on summer nights beneath the stars. Longer than a Ford Expedition, with two doors and a trunk. The heads warped, and I went back to college.)

1986 Ford Tempo
(The alternator was kept in place by a coathanger. The mounting bolt had sheared off, and could not be drilled out of the engine block. Had to keep a spare belt in the car at all times. Complete rust-bucket. Immaculate interior with a nice Sony head and amp, Rockford-Fosgate speakers. Was free. Died on the commute from Billerica, MA to Middletown, RI - 180 miles a day.)

1988 Fiero GT, with T-Tops
(When it was running, it was a delight to drive, fast, nimble, beautiful. When it was running. Blew a headgasket just as it was being traded for a...)

1988 Monte Carlo SS with T-Tops
(Spacious, comfortable, awesome glass roof. Complete bondomobile that needed constant tinkering to run right, slow as hell. Pro mechanics couldn't get the Edelbrock carb to work right with the 305 motor. It wasn't the carb's fault, let me tell you.)

1969 Cadillac Fleetwood converible.
(Most favorite car ever. Huge, comfortable, beautiful. She had the original lemon-yellow paint, not a spot of rust, with a mahogany brown interior and top. She had climate control... you set it at 65º, and as long as the top was up, it was 65º in the cabin, come heatwave or blizzard. Power windows, locks, and seats. I have had couches less comfortable than the front bench on this beast. Fantastic in the snow, with all-weather radials... serious.

I got her a special aftermarket radio to fit the dash opening, and "The Best of the Cramps" lived in the tape deck... I once raced a "Screaming Chicken" with "Shortening Bread" blasting out the speakers, with the top down. Pegged the speedo at 115, and I had to be going way, way more than that. Drove like a dream, even as the scenery turned itself into a blur. Beat the jacked-up Firebird quite handily with the 472cui motor... 410hp and 685fp at the dyno. Stock. Got great mileage, because she =idled= at 35mph. Had to fill the 30 gallon tank once every other week, on average. Front discs stopped her better than my Fiero GT with aftermarket discs at all four corners.

Once saw a meteor with the top down, it was so close to the ground, I could see the glowing potato-shape tumbling through the air, leaving a curlicue contrail behind with a "sssizzzzzzle-crack!"

At a gas station, with my car, and a brand new Jaguar XJ, Porsche 911, BMW M3, and a Mercedes E-class (welcome to Waltham in the '90s), the supa-hot babe with the tall, high-heeled boots over tight jeans and a figure-hugging leather bomber jacket sauntered over, ran her fingers over the fender, and asked with a whiskey voice, "So, what year is she?" The bald-but-ponytailed guy with the 911 called her a bitch, and she gave him the finger, and I was the one who drove her home. This is true, even though it sounds like it is not. The story with the three Harvard co-eds and ManRay's goth night, I won't even bother to relate.

She developed terminal electrical gremlins, and made me lexapro-sad I had to sell her. I called her "Daisy" after the first woman to break my heart, and I should have known my heart would be broken again.)

1993 Ford Festiva
(Like a truck in the snow, way more room than a sub-subcompact hatch should have, 40mpg, done in by terminal suspension issues.)

2004 Dodge Neon
(Rock-solid reliable. Cool looking dash. Big trunk for such a small car. It looks a lot better now than it did then, classic styling that shows now that the fads have passed. Seats are too small, not padded well enough, and upholstered in cheap spandex.)

SoupWantsA4x4 Next

El Jeffe – December 15, 2007 07:56AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

Test drive the

Jeep Patriot $17k
Suzuki SX/4 $17k
If budget allows, Mazdaspeed3 (AWD, but it's a hoot) $22k
I've seen a Jeep Wrangle base FOUR DOOR for $19k on a dealer's lot. I drove it. Manual, 3.8L. The solidity of the Jeep is amazing. Feels like you could drive over anything. And I've had a Jeep, too. But the four door is a different animal.

I forgot to add that today is our first big snow. So, naturally, I'll be test driving cars. It's the best time. Nobody ELSE is test driving and you get to see how they do in the worst weather.

What a journey.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/15/2007 07:57AM by El Jeffe.

Mokers – December 15, 2007 11:08AM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
Can't beat the Jeep Wrangler if you want a true 4x4. I think you could find the Patriot for less if all you needed was power to four wheels.

rino – December 15, 2007 11:08AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Great list Soup ... I've driven a few of those caddies and you aren't lying about the speed -- man!
I really like your list, I'll do a version.

I haven't owned many vehicles, bought two because they were from relatives and good deals not because I wanted the car so much.

1972 Ford Maverick -- my first car in high school. I bought it from my step-brother, who bought it from his brother. She was pumpkin color with chrome 1/2 moon hubcaps and had a straight 6 that the older step-brother thought was fast, i knew better ... had quite a time even if it was silly looking. It's demise came about after I got off my job as a bus-boy at Chiles (what, 1982?) on New Year's Eve. I was meeting friends at a party, showed up, cracked a beer (underage drinking, tsk tsk), and my bud walked in saying 'hey Scott V. just smashed into your car ..." And he did. Scott V. was from the newer, white collar part of town, he drove a new convertible tranny, was drunk as hell and told me slurringly he had taken a qualude before saying 'don't worry, my dad's insurance will take care of this.'
So, I got more money in insurance than I had paid my step-brother, and to boot I sold it off making even more money for the still excellent straight 6 engine.

1968 Camaro, 3 speed manual, straight 6 -- a great car, probably my second favorite. It was the original butter creme yellow with stock wheels. The three speed manual (3!!) just rocked and was a total blast to drive. A lot of fun was had in that car. All my high school buds had old muscle cars too, 1966 'stang, 1970 Camaro, 1969 SS, 1969 'stang Fastback, etc, etc... That car had girls leaving it in all manner of condition from painted windows to yes, swimming pools on the roof.

1978 Camaro -- yep, I had a Bitchin' Camaro, but only b/c my sister sold it to me for a good price and I was poor. It was a nice looking car, metallic blue with wire hubs and a white interior. Big 8 cylinder and dual carb, it moved it's immense weight around well. For me it was nice simply b/c it was newer and had working A/C which in Texas was a plus.

1978 KZ650 -- my only bike. Immensely fun, too fast, perfect in undergraduate school. Wrecked and came out with a ton of road rash but nothing more. Sold it a year later.

19?? AMC General Mail Jeep -- painted white, another straight 6. This baby was bought surplus from the lot for 600.00. I chose from a lot of about 200 after inspecting them visually and cranking a few up. It was a puppy -- shitty suspension but hey, it ran well. I silk screened a large itch mite on the sliding side doors, and a couple of longhorn steer on the rear. I had my 'art car' and it was fabulous. Passengers? Well they had to ride shotgun in a bean bag chair. I lived in Houston at the time and had an old army buddy in Durango CO in college as well (good ol' GI Bill and Army College Fund). I lit out for the multi-day trip to Durango in my Mail Jeep, taking a new water pump, gas, and water for the Jeep with me, call it a hunch.
This trip was epic. I camped in the desert scrub of West Tx, felt as small as a flea on an elephant's butt on the long stretch of NOTHING going north from Carlsbad in New Mexico. Picked up a family man stranded in his van and he rode shotgun in the bean bag all the way to the nearest town. Got to town and it was so small, even compared to the small TX towns that I had to ask what did the man do, his reply "Oh I dunno, drink, smoke, talk, fight, fuck... like anywhere else I suppose".
The water pump blew shy of Las Vegas, NM, I repaired it with the help of a tow truck operator who had a larger tool for the bolts that were too tight for my tools.
Took it through the continental divide by way of Santa Fe and highway 84, turned left at Pagosa Springs and headed to see my bud in Durango. We went into a nearby state park to hike and camp, got the Jeep stuck and a prospector (looked like the one in Toy Story) helped us out. He was a riot.
What a trip -- I'll never forget.

Sold my three vehicles for life in Chicago with no personal vehicles.

1988 VW Fox was my fiancee's and we drove it until 1988. It carried more famous artists around (my wife works in museum education and always brings artists in for talks) than any one car and we should have had them signing the dash. We sold it after Lucy was born and bought the Jeep.

1996 Saturn -- loved the buying experience. Very good if unexciting car. Drove it to 125k and sold it after buying ...

1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4WD -- I love this one, even if it doesn't have anti-lock brakes and is likely to kill us all unless we drive extra safe! Still runs like a charm and we've driven on many ventures from all points Maine. Love having a hauler, LOVE being able to park anywhere in the snow. Thinking about replacing Jeep in next year or two.

04 Mini Cooper S -- my favorite car ever. will drive it probably until my Lucia (daughter Lucy) is 16, she's 9 now. Although I put about 15k/yr on the thing and may be best to transition early. Who knows.

The Mail Jeep my all time memory bank and the Mini is my all time favorite.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/15/2007 11:10AM by rino.

Nobody Special – December 16, 2007 03:40PM Reply Quote
The wrecks that made up my life ...

1967 Mercury Meteor 390 cu/3-spped auto. - Bought it while in high school for $20 from a guy who thought the tranny was gone. A set of seals, some new tranny fluid and it rolled on. Never a drag winner, but a huge cruisin' party car. Massive interior, room for six people and all the beer we could afford to pack (times were different then). Eventually died with better than 100,000 miles on her.

1979 MG Midget 1500 cc/ 4 speed - the worst car I ever owned. Huge electrical issues, threw bits and pieces like an old dog shedding hair. Bought new, grrr .... Impressed the girls, who always seem to like riding with the top down (when it worked). Put in a fairly powerful stereo, which made me sort of like the ice cream truck that everybody heard coming before they saw it.

1963 Pontiac Stratochief - inline six with three on the tree - won in a poker game (it had been sitting in a backyard for a coupe of years). Nice reliable transportation, if a bit rusty. Sold it to a friend who needed a car to get to work and back.

1976 Caddillac Coupe 'd Ville - like Soup's 472/auto only slower and with a lot of body rust. The interior was immaculate, the rest of the car was sloppy. $500 winter beater which I sold to a guy who wanted the engine to put into a stretch limo. My friend's still refer to it as the "Former Mafia staff car" because of all the rust holes the thing had.

1979 Ford Mustang II - 2.4L/4 speed. Another cheep car $700 into which I put two engines into this thing after blowing them up. The body was always good, but the interior bits kept falling off. Always needed to keep a crescent wrench and screwdriver handy for this buggy, another PITA sporty car. The wife's 1984 LX had a better engine, but the body was awfully prone to rust.

1982 Mazda RX-7 - 1.1L rotary/5-speed with sunroof. A lovely car that didn't really need anything other than basic maintenance. Did a couple of cross country road trips and earned more speeding tickets with this thing than all my other cars combined. Handled well and had great speed for such a dinky little engine. Bought used drove it for years before I let it go when the clutch finally gave out. It became a parts car for some guy's project. (It deserved a better fate.) I wouldn't think twice about buying another for my "Toy Car" phase of life.

1976 Chevy Scottsdale 1/2 ton PU truck - classic $800 beater. Bought because it was much quicker than the bus for my crosstown communte. Drove it til the tranny went and dumped on a dealer in a push, pull or drag sale for $1,200 on a new used car.

1986 Ford Tempo 2.4L/3-speed auto. Momma said we had to get somethig with back seats for the kids. Decent reliable transportation, if unglamourous. The thing chewed on front-end pieces like a puppy with a new bone. Drove it for ages because the repairs were cheaper than a new car, traded it in with better then 160,000 km on her because it needed a new engine and I wasn't about to do a rebuild on a 15-year-old car.

2002 Ford Escape 3.0 V-6/3-speed auto - Momma's choice in color and type. I picked out the mechanical package. Bought new, have needed to buy new tires, brake pads and a power steering pump, otherwise it's all oil changes and tue ups. I like the big engine 'cause I can get away from the lights quick and have an actual passing gear when I need it. Quite speedy for a bush buggy, but it's your basic kiddie hauler/grocery getter. Have taken it down some bush roads and ice roads and found it does a decent job four wheeling as long as you're not driving like a nutjob through the bush. Unibody construction doesn't make my think it would stand up to the constant pounding of true 4x4 roadwork.

El Jeffe – December 27, 2007 07:05PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Looks like I could never live in Merry Ol England.


I need to donate money to these guys. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT CHAPS!!

What a journey.

tliet – December 27, 2007 07:37PM Reply Quote
Gatso is a Dutch company, overhere we used to have a site that showed pictures of those cameras burning... But its owners got sued by the government until they got tired of it and quit.

Now we have this rather boring site; http://www.flitsservice.nl/ that shows all the vehicles that are being used. It's a huge moneymaker for the government... Getting tickets for 6 km over the speedlimit has nothing to do with road safety but more with filling the coffers. That's why I quit going over the limit, I refuse to pay extra taxes on top of the ones that I already pay.

El Jeffe – December 27, 2007 07:46PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
you almost sound conservative! :0

What a journey.

Cloudscout – December 27, 2007 07:53PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Here's my list:

1968 Cadillac Sedan Deville - I didn't actually have a driver's license but this car was sitting in the field behind my friend's house and they let me take it for some reason. It had a 472 cubic inch engine and enough room inside for a family of 6 to sleep comfortably. I went over some railroad tracks too quickly and put a hole in the transmission after a month or so of driving it.

1982 Mazda RX-7 - I traded my Commodore 64 for this car. I'm not kidding. I never should have gotten rid of this thing.

1979 Pontiac Grand Prix - I bought this one from Madaracs' brother and totaled it 3 hours later when it started raining and I hydroplaned into the back of an old Chevy Impala.

1985 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 - This was the first car I owned with a 5 cylinder engine. I really liked it except it would get wet inside whenever it rained for some reason. Never did figure out where the water was getting in from.

1982 Mercury Colony Park Wagon - The Griswald Family Truckster. I got this car as a winter beater from my uncle. I sold it to a coworker about 6 months later.

1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera - Your basic box. It got the job done but had the same problem they all had with the power steering.

1985 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency - I bought this car from a friend of my grandfather's for $700. It was in pristine condition having been driven by a little old lady for all of its 78,000 miles. I managed to put on another 22,000 in 6 months before a 17 year old girl ran a red light and totalled it. Her insurance company gave me a check for $2,900 for it. Nice profit margins there.

1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - I bought this to replace the totalled Regency. I paid $2,200 for it which means I got to pocket $700 of that insurance check which covered the cost of the original car... making my net cost for both cars $0. When my grandfather died, I inherited his pickup truck. I parked this car in the driveway at their house when I picked up the truck and that night, my aunt backed into it and broke the headlight. I eventually sent the car to the junkyard.

1987 Chevrolet S-10 - This had the extended cab and a nice topper. I drove it for 6 months and had a few problems with it... I blew a spark plug during a drive to Florida which left me stranded in the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin at 2am on Christmas morning. Luckily, I had a cellphone and my dad came to the rescue. I came back a day later and towed the truck back but didn't do it correctly and ended up ruining the transmission. I replaced the tranny but still had more problems. I ended up trading it in 6 months later.

1991 Ford Taurus - Bought this from a friend of mine for $800. It was in great shape except for some hail damage. Ended up selling it to a friend a few months later.

1991 GMC/Geneva Conversion Van - What the hell was I thinking? These things are fun to ride in but not fun to drive. Took me 6 months to learn that lesson.

1997 Buick Riviera - I loved and hated this car. It was great when everything worked correctly but the transmission went out on it (luckily covered under warranty) and it started having electrical problems. Some douchebag rear-ended me in Georgia one time and then disappeared when I found out his insurance info was bogus. I traded it in on my Volvo later on.

1986 Mazda RX-7 - When I started making good money, I decided to try and find another fun car to drive on the side. This one was fun, but I got rid of it when I moved to Florida.

1997 Pontiac Grand Ambien - I bought this from a friend for $5000 so I could have something to drive when I was in Minnesota. I later sold it to a guy I knew who wrote me a bad check and then crashed the car while hopped-up on Ambien. He ended up filing for bankruptcy and I got completely screwed over.

2001 Kia Optima - This was the first new car I ever bought. I actually liked it a lot. Only trouble I had with it was when the alternator went out.

1999 Volvo V70 - My second 5 cylinder car. I've mentioned here before that I loved this thing, but I ended up trading both it and the Kia in for my Murano.

1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata - My mom bought this car in 1993. She took care of it... but my sister didn't. My sister crashed it twice but you wouldn't know by looking at it. It's in excellent shape. My mom bought a new Miata in 2003 and gave me her old one.

2005 Nissan Murano - My current car. I love it but still miss the Volvo.

I think that's the whole list.

Steve Cordova – December 27, 2007 08:13PM Reply Quote
History passes the first time as tragedy, the second time as farts. - Roy Edroso
what, no one else drove a POS AMC Pacer?

Cloudscout – December 27, 2007 08:23PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Ahh! I did miss one. Not that it counts for much.

1966 Ford Mustang - Inline 6. This thing was pretty much dead when I got it. Loaded with bondo. Barely ran. I gave it to a friend of mine just to get rid of it.

tomierna (Admin) – December 27, 2007 08:37PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
I've owned six vehicles:

1972 VW Beetle - Red. I seized the engine, and sold it to a guy looking for parts.
1973 VW Super Beetle - Originally Orange, painted gloss black. I had custom bumpers made. Red trim instead of chrome.
1968 VW Type 3 Fastback - Teal. Never ran in my posession. Was given to me by a friend to pay a debt and then I sold it to a neighbor after it sat in my driveway for about five years.
1993 Toyota Paseo - Bought for $10k one year old. Driven until 2006.
1975 Olds Delta 88 Convertible - given to me for my 30th birthday by my dad.
2006 Jeep Liberty CRD

John Willoughby – December 27, 2007 11:25PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
1978 Ford Fairmont Station Wagon (The "Battlestar Fairmont")
1985 Honda Civic CRX (Great car, til I broke the timing belt)
1995 Eagle Talon Tsi (Fond memories here, too.)
2000 Lincoln Navigator
2003 Pleasure-Way TS
2003 Audi TT
2005 Infiniti G35x

El Jeffe – December 28, 2007 05:28AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
there was a vehicle called pleasureway? lol
you guys drive a lot of foreign makes.
I was at a stoplight last week, looked around and consciously noted the makes of all the cars. Out of the 20+ cars at the four sides, gas station and starbucks only one Honda and one Toyota van.

What a journey.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/28/2007 05:28AM by El Jeffe.

stan adams – December 28, 2007 10:32AM Reply Quote
What's a pleasure weigh? About 3 and half tons...

What happens on the "electric sofa"?

Cloudscout – December 28, 2007 11:59AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
stan adams
What happens on the "electric sofa"?

That all depends on whether the pardon from the governor comes in time...

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