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




msg:3282074
 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?

 

grandpa




msg:3282126
 9:15 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

69 Dodge 24ft motorhome.

Why?

  • It keeps me from sleeping in a cardboard box.
  • Anywhere I go I'm home.
  • I like working on things I understand.
  • It's a great gas saver since I actually walk most places in this little town. If I had something more practical I'm sure I would drive to the 7-11 every day like everyone else.
  • LifeinAsia




    msg:3282129
     9:17 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    what does everyone here drive and why?

    What: bicycle
    Why: I could give you a load of tree hugging, global warming crap. :) Instead, I offer you exercise, health (physical and mental), freedom from ridiculous gas prices, and a great excuse to not stay too late at the office ("Uh, boss, I have to leave before it gets too dark.").

    And when I have to, I drive my Mustang convertible.

    lawman




    msg:3282163
     9:53 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    I sure wouldn't let my friend talk me out of getting an Ultima GTR. Powered by Chevy, little in the way of creature comforts, 0-100-0 in under 10 seconds. I say you gotta get it and then let me drive it. :)

    BTW, I drive a BMW 335i. Reasonably priced with a nice trunk (thanks to no spare tire) and a comfortable back seat for my 11 year old.

    bunltd




    msg:3282164
     9:54 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    what: 95 Thunderbird SuperCoupe
    why: it's fun to drive, this is the 2nd I've owned (we also have another one in storage). Mine is black w/gray leather, 5 speed, moon roof. Having the heads done right now, expecting more speed soon. ;)

    LisaB

    Lilliabeth




    msg:3282183
     10:02 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    I drive a Mustang GT because Chevrolet isn't making Camaros right now. I drive American cars because I enjoy griping about the American economy.

    Buy whatever you want and enjoy it.

    It seems to me the people who complain about others lifestyles should take a closer look at their own fat footprint.

    claus




    msg:3282209
     10:20 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    What: Bicycle

    Why: Because in the city it is a lot cheaper and a whole lot faster than cars and buses. Also there's no hassle with finding parking space.

    LifeinAsia




    msg:3282218
     10:25 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the enjoyment of biking past cars stuck in traffic. :)

    davec




    msg:3282243
     10:51 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Some interesting replies. I always say each car I get will be less practical than the last. I think a part of it is wanting something out of the ordinary.

    I don't want a 9-5 job.
    I don't want 2.4 kids.
    I don't want to live in a semi in surburbia.
    I don't want to drive a 'sensible' hatchback.

    Not saying there's anything wrong with those things, but it's certainly not me, and besides a little eccentricity can't be a bad thing!

    Oh and I also ride my bike in the summer whenever I can (have to admit to being a fair weather cyclist).

    ken_b




    msg:3282301
     12:04 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    My main summer drive is a fun little 1961 Ford F100 Unibody short box pickup truck. On nasty days or for actual hauling I have a 4 door 2003 Dodge Ram pickup. For those really ugly days, or if I have to go downtown, or just want to burn less gas I still have a 2000 Kia left over from whenn my wife recently bought herself a new Chevvy HHR as commuter car.

    AAnnAArchy




    msg:3282313
     12:29 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    A Chevy Equinox

    Why? I got a good deal, it looks nice, and my pets fit in it. I would've preferred a hybrid, but I can't afford one yet. I'd really prefer public transportation, but Las Vegas' transit system is utterly useless.

    I've had my car for 21 months and it has 6,500 miles - most of them for doctor/vet appointments.

    draggar




    msg:3282326
     12:56 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    2003 Kia Rio Cinco

    Why?

    It's all I could afford then, plus it's great on gas and pretty reliable, and all my dogs fit in it. :)

    encyclo




    msg:3282374
     2:36 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    What: A Toyota Echo, or travel by bus, walking, or by bicycle in the summer.

    Why: We live in the city, my wife uses the car most of the time to drive by kid to nursery, and for shopping etc. I go to work by bus because it's easy and quicker than by car (due to reserved lanes) and very cheap for a monthly pass for unlimited travel.

    I enjoy driving, but I do have a tree-hugging streak ;) The Echo was the car with the lowest gas consumption and emissions, we got the basic model with no extras and it just runs and runs, just needs an oil change from time to time. Mostly public transport fulfils my needs, and as we live under snow for 6+ months of the year the bicycle is only useful when it's warm and dry.

    The car you're suggesting is a toy rather than a means of transport, I prefer a good bike ride to going out in the traffic in a sports car, personally. When I was a kid, I desperately wanted a sports car. Now, they bore me, and I'm too brand-averse to consider such a purchase.

    Jimmyco




    msg:3282389
     3:13 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    1993 Plymouth Sundance

    ( ) Great Gas Mileage.
    ( ) I have yet to see another one on the road.
    ( ) It is a hatchback with fold able seats.
    ( ) I bought it for $375, Kelly bluebook is $800
    ( ) It is a stick, super realible

    treeline




    msg:3282394
     3:33 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Honda Element.

    'Cause it's wicked cute!

    BeeDeeDubbleU




    msg:3282489
     7:03 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    The American love affair with the motor car!

    rocknbil




    msg:3282589
     9:55 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    What: 94 Toyota King Cab 4WD, V6

    Why: Homeowner (pickup) and live in Northwest (I actually **use** the 4WD)

    lawman




    msg:3282592
     10:01 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    >>The American love affair with the motor car!

    Hey, who started this thread anyway? ;)

    BeeDeeDubbleU




    msg:3282602
     10:22 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Dunno! Probably some petrolhead ;)

    wheelie34




    msg:3282609
     10:42 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    What: Fiat Abarth Stilo (chipped), Aprilia Tuono (in summer)

    Why: cause I want to?

    Built an AC Cobra a few years ago, 5.7 short block chevy, unreal torque, in a car weighing only 1100 kg's 0 - 60 super quick, manual 4 speed box, had to sell it no room at the inn, kids have cars now it looks like a car park here.

    BeeDeeDubbleU




    msg:3282614
     10:50 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Shrink wrapped 2005 Ford Focus 1600 Ghia.

    wyweb




    msg:3282722
     2:03 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    '81 4-wheel drive Dodge pick-up for hauling and camping and getting dirty. It's an old truck and it rattles a lot and I've decided it's virtually indestructable, a quality that appeals to me more than any other.

    For tooling around town it's a '94 Ford Aerostar mini-van. Good mileage, good carrying capacity... I've taken it on cross country trips and it's held up beautifully. It doesn't win any points for style but then neither do I so we're a perefct match.

    mfishy




    msg:3282846
     3:50 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    acura because I moved back up north and couldn't use the sports car/toy anymore :(

    My wife has the lexus rx 330 suv (small one). If and when I am forced to drive it i feel like a soccer mom, lol'

    Yah, we like japanese cars because they never seem to break down on us. (I like some non-japanese performace vehicles too but that's another story)

    bakedjake




    msg:3282849
     3:53 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Audi S4. Amazing to drive and amazing in the snow.

    Drinks gas like it's going out of style. And don't think about putting more than two full-size adults in it.

    digitalghost




    msg:3282882
     4:19 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Day to day stuff- A 96 Ford F-250 with a huge 460 in it. Why? Because it's a truck and it can roll over small obstacles like Acuras, Jettas and fair-to-middlin' sized trees. It can also pull a trailer filled with horses, hay or steers.

    Day to day when I don't need a truck and the weather is nice? A super-charged 96 Z28 convertible. Why? Because it is a fun ride, throaty enough to turn heads but not loud enough disturb the peace.

    On really nice days I open the garage and fire up a 71 Roadrunner so I can hear the rumble of that 426 Hemi. I might drive it to go get an ice cream cone or something, then put it back in the garage. Why do I drive it? Are ya crazy? It's a 71 Roadrunner with a 426 Hemi. 'nuff said.

    I don't care much for most new-model cars. As the guy in Sin City said, most of them look like electric shavers. I prefer old muscle and style to those waspy sounding rides that sport DRIFFFT stickers.

    Neo541




    msg:3282939
     5:12 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    HD VRSCDX Night Rod Special...[moto.caradisiac.com ]

    Uh, 'cause it's fun and fairly rare for a Harley.

    Unfortunately, when it snows, or when I don't feel like it, I drive a <cough>92 Corolla</cough>.

    davec




    msg:3282973
     5:51 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    The American love affair with the motor car!

    I'm British actually, but don't worry I won't be offended ;)

    The car you're suggesting is a toy rather than a means of transport, I prefer a good bike ride to going out in the traffic in a sports car, personally. When I was a kid, I desperately wanted a sports car. Now, they bore me, and I'm too brand-averse to consider such a purchase.

    Nothing wrong with a few fun gadgets, and as I mentioned earlier I enjoy riding my bike in the summer. Unfortunately I don't think my legs would be able to manage N Yorks to London in one go! I agree with you about being brand-averse. In fact I'd say that buying a self assembly supercar from a tiny company in deepest Leicestershire that no-one has heard of is probably as brand-averse as you can get. Maybe this is the reason I've driving a VX220 rather than an Elise?

    Philosopher




    msg:3283003
     6:13 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    What: 2005 Cadillac CTS-V

    Why: A great cross between sports car and practical. Big enough to seat 4 adults comfortably ( or 2 adults and 3 kids in back), but when you step on it the 400 hp corvette engine definitely doesn't feel "practical".

    monkeythumpa




    msg:3283005
     6:16 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    +1 on the motorcycle.

    Kawisaki ZR-7S or when I feel like cruising Yamaha V-Star. Rain or shine I ride every day. It turns a 1+ hour commute into 20 minutes. Parking and traffic benefits of the bicycle, but 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. I can't even be the passenger in cars anymore. They lean the wrong way in turns.

    jecasc




    msg:3283130
     8:21 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    I drive a 1993 Volkswagen Golf III. Bought it cheap from my grandpa a few years ago when I could not afford something better. However since it has not yet fallen apart I am still driving it. I hope it will not break apart until 2009 since I am considering a Loremo [loremo.com] as my next car. (Will only consume 1,5 l/100 km). That is if it ever reaches series-production.

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