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What do you drive and why?
and am I mad for considering this

 8:02 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I was chatting (maybe arguing would be more apt) with a friend at the weekend and happened to mention that I was looking to buy a new car.

He was amazed (to the point he thought I was bordering on mad) that I'm looking to get an Ultima GTR. I understand it's not particularly practical, but it's not like I have to commute in it, and (thank god) no kids to shift around. Also my current car is a VX220 so that's not exactly the epitomy of practicality itself.

Anyway I was just thinking, what does everyone here drive and why?



 11:34 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Since I moved to London in 2000, I have never felt the need to have a car. Or a bike to be honest. I had a bike when I lived in Japan. I haven't had my own car to drive since September 1995.


 11:48 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

A red ( slightly faded ) 1995 Ford Mustang GT.


Because it's been paid-off for years, and it's nice not having a car payment. ( rather spend that money on stuff that's going to make me more money, not lose it again with depreciation).

I plan to drive it until it stops working, or costs more to fix than the car's worth... then I'll walk ;)


 12:16 am on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

What: bicycle

Why: State of New Jersey is holding my Drivers License "hostage." State Government keeps demanding I contribute to their art collection of dead presidents. No Deal! (Besides, I live in Florida now)


 12:46 am on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

04 Subaru Impreza Wagon - Relatively small but the wagon part makes it much more practical for bikes, skis, etc..., AWD is great in any amount of snow, was fairly cheap & could pay cash for it, decent mileage. Subaru credit card rewards pay for everything on it. Insurance on it is around $2,000/yr. :( Should have checked that before buying.


 7:29 am on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

>what does everyone here drive and why?

A Porsche convertible......why....simple, it makes me smile, and it actually brings a smile to most of the people I meet as well!

It is a totally impractical car for hauling stuff, you need to keep an alternative ride for those jobs.

But, when you want to get out on the open roads in the Florida Sunshine you can't beat a convertible, especially a fast one :)


 8:36 am on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Don't the mozzies slap you on the face? ;)


 2:19 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

96 honda accord 4 door

because someone died and I got a shot at it

it's a classic old lady car, barely driven in it's 111 years, engine is spotless, except for some dust

it's practical and will last forever, and there's room in the back for my daughter and some room for her next sibling, when that might happen


 8:05 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

2 Litre Ford Mondeo.

Why? Its like a small van with seats down, im 6'2 and 19 stone id look really stupid driving something smaller, besides it has air con a decent CD player.

Once looked into buying a Lotus sports car thing was so small I couldnt get in the drivers seat, I could only get out of the passengers seat with the roof off!


 8:41 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

98 Chevy Blazer - because my parents gave it to me for free after taking it away from my sister because she ran away from home


 9:20 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Every day - Prodrive Subaru WRX Imprezza Sportwagon, upgraded suspension, brakes and engine. Goes like a rocket, and there's room for the dog and shopping.

High days and holidays - Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, the original 3 door with a tea tray for a spoiler. Had it for 20 years, and I still smile every time I drive it.


 9:41 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

'96 Ford F-150, 195,000 miles. Costs almost nothing to insure. I'm fortunate to have a good, unquestionably HONEST mechanic that I use to keep it in tip-top shape maintenance-wise. Looks like a junker, but wouldn't even think about selling it. Company relocated 40 miles away, so negotiated that company pays fuel receipts. VERY unhappy about the weekly mileage and extra wear and tear - I'm still on the short side of that deal, but I'm hoping to get another 200,000 miles out of it with only modest maintenance expenses.


 9:42 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Lotus Elise - it's the proper version of the vx220 :P


 1:50 pm on Mar 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Either way its still to small


 11:20 pm on Mar 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Jeez..considering you guys are supposed to be earning fortunes most of you really do drive some bangers.
Mines a 2006 Mercedes Coupe.....contract hire soley from the proceeds of one website.


 1:32 am on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

New vehicles come with payments (Unless you've got cash; I'm not doing that well:)), plus steep insurance. In the long run, the savings represent a big chunk of nice house. Every cheap mile I get out of the 'banger' goes straight to equity.


 2:51 am on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>Mines a 2006 Mercedes Coupe

Don't forget to mention your wife's XK8.


 7:06 am on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I drive a porsche carerra 4 coupe. In fact I just drove it from Prague to Warsaw and oh what fun that was. The reason why is because when I looked at all the car magazines people gave these cars top marks for everything. They were right, absolutely amazing machines!

Also have a BMW 330ci coupe that I could not be bothered to get rid of and use it now and then. Great car and a comfy ride with a lot more bells and whistles than the porsche but out of the 2 I take the porsche almost every time.

[edited by: Crush at 7:07 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2007]


 11:04 am on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Ah..... but Lawman, they come exclusively out of websites and not lawyers fees - gave it up - and they definitely dont deserve a separate thread. Zero capital input, almost fully tax deductible, perhaps some of our banger drivers should look at leasing or contract hire, which even the most disadvantaged webmasters could probably afford given that theres usually no capital requirement. If they pay tax it makes a lot of sense, and no leasing/contract hire is not part of my game.

[edited by: JudgeJeffries at 11:09 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2007]


 11:54 am on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>Zero capital input, almost fully tax deductible

That's good news. With all the money you're making on your day job, and all the money you're saving on cars, that means you can buy more cars. :)


 12:01 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

>> 2006 Mercedes Coupe

No thanks. I'll hang on to the Z28 and the Roadrunner. The only thing you could see of either of them from the driver's seat of your nondescript coupe is tail lights. ; )


 12:18 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

A big red box with 4 black wheels. otherwise known as a bus!


Because I dont have a license.


 12:31 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Z28 and the Roadrunner.........lol
Only problem is staying alive when you go round a corner.


 12:40 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)


Doesn't seem to be an issue though I often hear silly statements like that from people that can't change a spark plug. Not to say that you can't change a spark plug but why muss your hands with grease eh?


 12:57 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hey DG, doesn't your Plymouth have a hemi? If so, that bad boy has to be worth more than just about any late model Mercedes - even one with an AMG badge.


 1:10 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

426, with a blower. Block was blueprinted. Every nut, bolt and screw that can be chrome is chrome. The engine mounts are titanium to combat the torque... ; )


 1:13 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)


why: It is THE most fun in the city. I actually overtook a Jaguar convertible recently, thinking, nice car, when I saw the occupant actually was an acquaintance of mine - boy did he try hard to hide his true feelings, when I waved hello :)

I get execrise every day, never go to the gym, get a good counterpont for sitting in front of this bloody machine all day long!


 1:24 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Here's an interesting article:

Top 10 Vehicles Owned by Billionaires

The cars and trucks driven by those in the Top 10 of the 2005 Forbes list was, in short, shocking. You won’t find a Bugatti, Ferrari or BMW driven by these billionaires. But you will find a Lincoln, a Mazda, even a Dodge and Ford.


 4:14 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

BMW X5 - it's a family hauler. Reliable, safe, and I can also use it as a tow vehicle.

86 BMW 325e - when I need/can run errands by myself. Relatively fun to drive and good on gas mileage. I also know the car very well and do all maintenance / repairs myself

87 BMW 325is - track car. Relatively inexpensive as race cars go...

84 Jeep CJ7 - was my car during college. Drinks gas like there is no tomorrow. Currently is apart (and I mean every single nut and bolt) awaiting rebuild. It's very fun to drive though


 7:38 am on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

>Top 10 Vehicles Owned by Billionaires:


Smart people......I see over 40% of them have Porsches!

Not practical for all purposes, you do need to keep a second car! But, if 40%+ of them own a Porsche for fun, they can't be a bad buy :)

I agree with Crush (and those in the billionaire list)......"absolutely amazing machines!"


 9:13 am on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

What: BMW 318

Why: Contract worker doing lots of motorway miles. Like quiet, smooth-ride cars with some creature comforts.

I had a Audi A4 before and my next car will be one again.... love that car!


 2:01 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

But, if 40%+ of them own a Porsche for fun, they can't be a bad buy

I would not select anything based on the fact that a billionaire uses it. They don't really care about the cost and Porsches are probably just disposable bagatelles to them.

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