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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)

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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?

2:01 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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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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I am currently debating whether to go for a BMW 525i or 325i.

I would love to buy a Porsche as, contradictory to what someone wrote, they are practical if there is only two agile people to get in it. They are amazing to drive and excellent value for money when compared to other top-end sports cars.

Unfortunately for me at least they are too expensive here in Thailand. Even the 325i costs silly money when compared to many countries in Europe etc.

The BM's are nice but a porsche would be heaven on wheels. I have never not had fun driving one.

Added in: You guys in Europe and the US have it easy when it comes to the prices of luxury and top-end sports cars. I am very jealous.

[edited by: Visit_Thailand at 2:27 pm (utc) on Mar. 20, 2007]

4:21 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You guys in Europe and the US have it easy when it comes to the prices of luxury and top-end sports cars.

Yeah, but try buying a tuk-tuk here in the States! :)
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Lincoln Aviator.

Fair sized inbetween the big suvs and the crossovers. Gets fair gas mileage and with it v8 it has plenty of room between the bottom of the pedal the floor board when needed. We looked at the beamer X's, and the Lexus boxes, but I wanted to remain mentioned in the family will ;-) so I bought american. Point for point, I found the Lincoln a great car. More than anything, with little eleanor in the back seat, it feels safer than anything I've ever driven.

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It's just as well, Brett. I don't think the Blue Collar Comedy channel will come in inside a Lexus.

The Lincoln sounds great. That's some comfort, there.

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most of you really do drive some bangers.

I drive a car that is inexpensive and practical because I'm cheap and I'd rather invest my money in appreciating assets.

4:20 pm on Mar 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Ford Mondeo. It's a relatively big car, confortable and reliable.
6:28 pm on Mar 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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94 gran prix. ain't much to look at on the outside these days, but she's got another year or three in her still yet, and the interior is fine with the exception of a spot or three in the dash (one really ought not squeeze a 3/4 bass into the passenger side when the route includes potholes. :(

For my day to day and hauling the lad's bass about these days, the primary is an old 89 burban. Well, the hull's an 89, everything else is post 95. Acquired this ride from a chap who was rebuilding for his mum until he discovered she had zero interest in the beast. Her lack of interest happened right about the same time I was needing another vehicle. Between the scouting stuff, orchestra stuff, and occasional other child haulking adventures, it's been a right fair decision.

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I drive a Pinto
why?
I have a need to live dangerously ;)
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BMW 740 and a Ford F-150 pick up...to compliment my multiple personalities
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What - 2005 Infiniti G35 coupe 6MT (took it out of winter storage this morning)

Why - Because Lawman used to have one and I wanted to be just as cool as him.

5:03 pm on Mar 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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lol pmac. You actually out-cooled me since mine had an auto tranny. But my current ride has a 6 MT so I guess I'm back to being as cool as you. :)
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... mine had an auto tranny. But my current ride has a 6 MT ...

Can someone translate for the automotively challenged? ;)

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automatic transmission vs. manual transmission
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I find automatics to be the most ideal for city driving, but nothing can beat a manual on the open road. At crunch time and with today's advanced technology I would be tempted to buy an auto over a manual, no matter what the car.
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automatic transmission vs. manual transmission

I find automatic transmission to be unreliable on poor quality roads and off-road. I think that it doesn't really know how to handle slipping and bouncing of the car.
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What? Chrysler Crossfire SSB

Why? I'm a fanatic for unique 2 seat sportscars. This is actually a Mercedes with a Chrysler body on it. ;)

Recently Test Driven? 2007 Lotus Exige

I've got that new car itch. Happens once every 30-36 months.

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What I don't drive is my wife's '99 Mercedes E230 [ only 80,000 kms approx 50,000 miles in 8 years ] which is due for an upgrade - 'cos I prefer the Toyota RAV4 for occasional offroad and country visits, plus carrying junk around with me.

Actually I'm thinking to revitalise my youth and buy a motorcycle, but guess it's down the priority list as a selfish proposition.

Not a big fan of showing off either - which is why i don't drive the Mercedes. Nice car though - I guess i could get used to it :)

Lawman - Manual - I need all the exercise i can get after seeing this: [webmasterworld.com...]

[edited by: Whitey at 4:07 am (utc) on Mar. 23, 2007]

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what - BMW Z3M Coupe
why - because it's the most fun car I've ever been in
11:09 am on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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i'm jealous you b.........

i had a vx220 till november when i put it into 2 hedges and wrecked it good and proper.

The ultima would probably just as practical as that apart from the ground clearance.

link to broken car :-(

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I am now driving an audi a3 - how boring!

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'92 Jeep Cherokee.
because the roads are getting bad
because it snows in my area
because i can haul all my fishing and camping gear in it and not worry about messing it up

because I am a miser, and it was free?

228,000 miles and going strong. I'll take it to 350K if I can.
If not, I'll start my midlife crisis and buy a convertible Porsche to keep in my garage all winter.... and find another 4WD bomber.

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What: '04 Honda Civic Type-R

Why: Fastest Car I could afford.

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I thought by now we would of had a:

What - My Legs

Why - Fastest car I could afford :-)

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SUV's and 4x4 gas guzzlers are now being penalised in the UK.

See [business.timesonline.co.uk...]

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What:2004 MBZ S430

Why: A new customer needed software to bundle with their hardware and I needed a new car. He offered the S430 after I had admired it on the drive to lunch. I was driving a 1993 MBZ SEL 380 that I had bought in 1994.

I'm looking for a used hybrid with the California HOV stickers on it to use the car-pool lanes. When the state stopped issuing the stickers seems like the price on used ones with the stickers are more then a new.

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What: 1965 Ducati 250
Why: You really have to ask ;~)
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Recently Test Driven? 2007 Lotus Exige

What did you think of it?

brigidere - looks nasty, hope you were in a lot better shape than the car.

d

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What: 2003 Acura 3.2 CL - Nighthawk Black Pearl
What2: 1995 Prism (my college car, too much love to get rid of it)
What3: Bicycle - just when life gets too fast, I like to take it slow.

Now what I would like to have is a totally different story.

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hi davec,

Yeah, i was fine, just a bit of bruising. A very scarey experience that i'd definately rather not have again.

Need a 4x4 if i want to go through hedges again.

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What: 2003 Jaguar X Type ( it's AWL and we get loads of snow)
What2: 2001 Dodge RAM 1500 to haul horses around
What3: 2000 Ford Focus cheap and practicle
What4: My old 89 Miata ( currentlty a project in the works ) needs Time and TLC but can't bring myself to get rid of it

Steve

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