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What do you drive?

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7:56 pm on Jan 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Inspired by lawman's purchase of a land rocket :).

What do you drive, and why?

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I drive the bane of suburbia. An inexpensive minivan. Because I like the room and it's handy for hauling kids and stuff (like the kids and all their friends).

Given the choice I'd drive an old (read 'really cheap) minivan, but my wife won't allow anything old and rusted in the driveway. A $2500 car would be fine with me, gets from point A to point B just as well as lawman's 500hp shelby :).

Next purchase though: A volvo suv. Wife wants 'safe' as a priority when the kids start to drive, and I need something big enough to tow the toys.

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Bicycle.

Not because I'm a tree hugger, but so I can play holier-than-thou with hypocrite tree huggers and ask why they aren't doing more to protect the environment.

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Wheel I'm with you on this one. I tend to buy 2nd hand cars (few grand) to avoid the worst of the depreciation effects. I also like to "tinker" with cars and not sure I would be so happy doing it to something brand new.

Current ride 97 Audi A4

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I drive a Prius because of all the cool technology and excellent gas mileage. I bought it new in 08... I'd like to "upgrade" to a new model because I like to buy a (brand) new vehicle every year, but it serves me well. The last vehicle I sold was 2 years old with 6K miles on it... talk about taking a hit on depreciation....

Now when I think about replacing my Prius, everything else is a gas guzzler and I can't bring myself to buying something else :-) The longer I keep it the more money I save, well that's what I'm telling myself.

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I also like to "tinker" with cars

I suspect I'll never be done tinkering with the beast. Already have two new parts on it.

Now when I think about replacing my Prius, everything else is a gas guzzler and I can't bring myself to buying something else

Since a BMW M3 gets better gas mileage [youtube.com] than a Prius, I guess I know what you're getting next time. :)
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i've got a toyota avensis that works grwat but has seen its best years! however in london it's advisable not to have a shiny new car of any type, it just gets scratched or keyed.

i did rent a shelby from hertz in the usa for 3 weeks with my brother last year, it was almost brand new, less than 1000 miles on the clock when we got it, we drove around the South West and clocked up more than 5,000 miles it was great fun.

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PT Cruiser, 2007, bought used. It was *really* cheap back when gas prices were way high -- it gets about 20 miles/gallon. It's got lots of head and leg room, front and back. Now its a collector's item since they don't make 'em anymore.

Swanny, sounds like you need a Tesla so you can stop guzzling all that gas.

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Bicycle here as well: Good for health, really cheap to operate. The only gas this generates is the frioles I had the night before. :)
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The M3 does sound like a lot of fun :-)
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I have a 2007 Ford F-150, I get less than 20 MPG. The vehicle has about 4,300 miles on it because I walk to the train station and take a train to work. I only use the truck to haul big stuff so I suspect my carbon footprint is much smaller than most people.

Yes, it's a toy.

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A bicycle, a bus, or a train... or some combination of all 3 if I'm going very far.

Why? Because I can.

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Daily driver: Dodge Dakota
Weekends: BMW R1200GS Adventure
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An older 4Runner because I live where I need 4WD, sometimes just to get out my own driveway.
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During the warm months, I sometimes ride a bicycle around town, depending on what I have to carry. My bike is an elegant, thirty-year-old Peugeot three-speed.

My car is a Honda Insight, gas/electric hybrid. I love it, but I work at home so it often gets driven only once or twice a week.

My husband drives a Ford half-ton with 4WD that's five or six years old. It's our vehicle of choice in snowy conditions, but when the roads are clear I prefer my car, because the gas mileage is so much better.

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Bicycle.

I have a full driving licence but lived in the middle of London for 20-odd years, so never needed a car. Am in the flatlands of the Netherlands now so no real need for a car here either.

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At the moment a BMW 318ci Convertible. It handles well, looks great, is quite understated and you can get the roof off in the summer :)
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Well I used to have a Mercedes.... truck ;)

I drive a 92 Buick Regal because it was only $2800 with 32,000 miles. It was in accident but it was fixed and they had pictures, all minor stuff. Ran excellent for 3 years and smooth as glass at 120 on the highway. :)

Considering I had my last Buick until it had 200K I should be good for another decade. Last one was just beat up, still ran great.

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Nissan 350z - 18 MPG.

Its snowing & icy in the UK and I haven't been able to drive it since just before christmas due to the snow in our Estate.

The car is not such a bright idea now thats for sure.

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Winter/Daily: '95 Altima
Summer: '07 350z
3:01 pm on Jan 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I've ditched the high performance cars for everyday usage and I'm trying to go greener.

Current car is a Honda Civic, which gets an average of around 43MPG.

I have to admit, i'm missing the performance vehicles for everyday use. I guess it'll just have to be on the track from now on.

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I have to admit, i'm missing the performance vehicles for everyday use. I guess it'll just have to be on the track from now on.

Let me know when you're on this side of the pond again. You can spend a few days at my house. A dragstrip is about 13 miles away. I'll make sure you get your performance fix. :)

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I have to admit, i'm missing the performance vehicles for everyday use. I guess it'll just have to be on the track from now on.

Only been on the track once and loved it. Drag strip was another story. I'm generaly good at launches, but when it mattered I missed 2nd gear lol.

Mack.

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I drive a piece of metal with 4 rubber tyres. Think it has a steering wheel too.

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Nissan 350z - 18 MPG.

I am liking this one! :)

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A Hyundai Santro. Cheap, easy to park, suits the climate, and is quite good on bad roads for a small car.
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Volvo C70 Convertible. Love the 425W, 14 speaker surround sound system
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Ford focus. because i cant afford much else. MPG is great even in the city.
had a 5yr warranty, fits all 3 kids (barely).
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Ford Escape (mostly)
Suzuki Katana (weather permitting, cold here in Canada)
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2005 Jeep Cherokee - the wifes choice, but today was looking at the Nissan 300ZX (again)... this year might be the year...
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