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Fuzzy Bunny
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Icon 12 posted August 31, 2001 06:37      Profile for Fuzzy Bunny     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I was thinking after i read that bullt3 needed a car and I need to replace the one that was just totaled.

What do geeks drive?
The car I was just in was a 95 Dodge Intrepid ES.

What do you drive?


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Icon 1 posted August 31, 2001 06:56      Profile for Alien Investor     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Nothing.

I walk, run, and use the subway and the ferry (I live on Staten Island so most of my trips begin with a walk and a ferry ride).

For work, I telecommute.

For groceries, I walk to the farmer's market in the warm months (June to November) supplemented by walks to the grocery store + a car service home. When I have guests, we sometimes take taxis. And that's it for cars.


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Icon 1 posted August 31, 2001 07:15      Profile for Lex   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
'89 Honda Accord. Takes corners at 75? doing 40mph and keeps all its wheels on the ground. Lets see an SUV do that.
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My daily commute vehichle is a BMW motorcycle. For long trips with family and friends I used to have an '89 Maxima SE, with 5-speed manual tranmission. It got totaled recently and I am seriously looking at a VW Passat. As a temporary replacement I found a really funky Subaru XT6 with low mileage on it. It's a truly geeky car with "cybrid" power steering that adjusts the steering effort based on speed. It also has self-leveling air suspension that lowers the whole car for better aerodynamics as speed increases. Lots of other techy features too.
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Icon 1 posted August 31, 2001 07:46      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ferrari Testarossa
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Icon 10 posted August 31, 2001 07:50      Profile for macwoman   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
AI - do you go to the Farmer's Market at Union Square? That was my favorite!

Oldguy geek - get a Passat! Go for it!

quantumfluff - yeah right

Me, I drive a 2000 VW Jetta, and I love it. See:

http://tangerinecs.com/~amber/Pics/NewYork/amber-and-car.jpg

(Before the Jetta, I drove a 1990 Chevy Lumina. Good, sturdy car with ridiculously good gas mileage - about 30 miles/gallon. But then the transmission finally died around June of last year. Enter the Jetta... )

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ahhh, transmission failures...

bought a 93 Ranger XLT, new, and put 175,000+ miles on it in 6 years
since new, i added well over 15,000$ (more than what i paid for the truck) in accoustical equipment for car audio competition and won many 1st and 2nd place events in my class
i luuuuuved my truck, and it seemed *everyone* knew who i was when i described it.
"ohh yeahhh! i saw that at the show last week. cooooool d000d!"

the cops knew it well too, but for other reasons..
heh

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then the tranny literally grenaded
blew a hole through the case and cut a rear tire as i was going off the highway
flipped and totaled the whole thing
i was able to recover 96% of the equipment in the truck though..

< life story>
that was the end of any sort of competition
i lost the truck since ins. wouldn't pay to get it fixed and cuz i still owed a few $ on it (lease 1st year then bought - saved over $1000 that way) they took it cuz i lost my job since no way to get to work, apt - since no job, and g/f - cuz i had to move 120miles away w/dad, since apt was gone
< /lifestory>

jump a year and a half later and i'm driving a 92 Acclaim which i just dumped $370 into getting the A/C fixed - worth every damn penny!


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I have a 2000 Ford Focus SE. My wife's parents worked at Ford, so I get an A-plan discount.
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Icon 1 posted August 31, 2001 09:21      Profile for The Chump   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I drive two cars.
Utility car is a 1984 Ford Tempo GL
and the fun car...
ahem...excuse me REALLY TRULY ULTIMATELY FUN car is a 1987 Mazda RX-7.
That's right RX-7.
Take your pistons and choke on 'em, give me a good old rotary any day.

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'95 Chrysler Cirrus.......(talk about transmission problems).
And then there's my baby, Which by the way is going to that great big parking lot in the sky today, my '83 Cadillac Fleetwood

Fav. car of all time....1973 Buick Electra, gas guzzling V8.


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quote:
Originally posted by macwoman:
quantumfluff - yeah right

Oh I'm sorry. I didn't realize Fuzzy Bunny meant what kind of car do you drive In Real Life. The Ferrari is what I like to believe I'm driving. It's impractical for everyday use. My Shelby Cobra is much handier, because I can park it in the back of the Hummer.


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I rarely drive, as I live 2 blocks away from work, a few more blocks away from Safeway, and I just like walking better anyway, as driving is stresseful.

My first car was a little grey hatchback 89 Mazda 323 named Velma (after the character on Scooby Doo, who is one of my cartoon heroes). That was a great car, but I was really stupid and broke her. Now I have a 94 Geo Prizm (no, not one of the little Metro bubble cars-- this one's nice), and I named her Zelda after the character on Doby Gillis. She's sort of a dark blue-green and is really comfy and has a nice sound system. Both were manual transmissions with no options, because I hate cars with bells and whistles and I hate needing the engine to be on to roll up the windows or whatever. Both were/are(how do you handle that verb tense? oh well) exceedingly reliable and got/get excellent mileage.


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Oh no!

I feel for you, Plastic... There's nothing quite like the great land yachts of yore... Sorry to hear your Fleetwood is terminal.

Wanna buy a '69 Fleetwood 75 limo? Long, low, black as midnight, looks and sounds evil, and it's **completely** impractical when I have to park downtown. Wonderful highway car, though.

I also have a white '66 Coupe de Ville, but since the U-joints went it's been waiting patiently for me to repair it.

Meanwhile, the daily driver is a '90 Olds Cutlass Calais. It's surpisingly spry with the Quad-4 engine, but somehow it's not the same as a monster V-8.

I must be getting old...

Max


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Icon 1 posted August 31, 2001 11:38      Profile for EngrBohn     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
1996 "emerald green" Ford Escort wagon.

Because of the distance between our house and school, we were going to break down and buy a second car, but we discovered the day after we made an offer on the house that there's a morning and an evening bus that goes right past our house. With one exchange, it'll take me to school in 20-30 minutes longer than it would take to drive, but on the bus I don't need to worry about traffic or parking. Plus I can read on the bus -- the police kind of frown on people reading while driving (but I have seen people do this, most notably somebody driving a bread truck between Minot and Bismark ND at 6:30 am a few years ago -- he kept driving off the road and then overcorrecting). And I discovered when investigating exactly which exchange I'd need that my student ID gets me on the bus without paying fare (there's a $9 per quarter charge as a part of my university fees). Of course, I'm still going to have to drive the days I have night classes, but we can live with that.

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I'm probably the only one who is able to drive my Volvo 460. It's got a will on its own. (I hate it for that in winter.) But it's still better than my parents' VW Golf or the VW-Van i drive occasionally.

I'd like to drive one of those VW-Beetle (old model) modified with the self-construction-set for turning the beetle into an offroad-buggy/beetle. (And of course with one of those nice 200HP Porsche engines!)


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When my husband and I moved back to the US we went out and got a New Beetle. It's our first ever brand new car...and we love it! It's just so fun. Of course, we got the totally gadgeted model. Our last car in NZ was a 1988 Honda Prelude, and I really liked it, too...all my previous cars were Mazda GLC hatchbacks (3 of them..they were dependable and cheap to fix, it was rust that did in our last one).
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Those of you who perused my "Met A Girl at an ATM" thread know that my Mustang was totaled by a hit and run driver. Well last weekend I bought a slightly used Rodeo SUV. I love that car but it will never take the place of my Mustang. Soon I'll take my Mustangs rescued CD player (the heart of the beast) and transfer it into my Rodeo, and from that point on my Rodeo will be know as Frankenstein, The Modern Promethius.
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Skoda Favorit, 10 years old, white with nice rusty shapes all over.

Before her, I owned a Fiat 126p, rusty-green.
I can tell stories about how I had to wake up 30 minutes before my wife just to start the engine... In winter it could took an hour
Usually I was parking on a hill, with hope that if i roll down, the engine will start at the feet of the hill.
Sometimes it started, sometimes not..

I really love Skoda, and I would not trade her for Testarossa.


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good stuff, AI... not every human being needs a car! (pause for horrified gasps and outraged expressions from all present in the style of h.m.bateman)

Having said which, I finally gave in to the lure earlier this year - but I reckon I have some credits stored up after twelve years of adulthood without one I still get the train to work, the bus to the city centre (sometimes), and walk to the local shops...

anyway, it's a 2000 Vauxhall Astra estate, which is practical but very dull. just as well I don't see my car as an extension of my personality then

I couldn't find one without aircon - in britain? - I would have much preferred a sunroof...


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quote:
Originally posted by macwoman:

Me, I drive a 2000 VW Jetta, and I love it. See:

http://tangerinecs.com/~amber/Pics/NewYork/amber-and-car.jpg


I miss my Jetta!!!!! It'll be in the shop for the next few weeks after an accident.... Of course, mine is canyon red with no snow on it... I miss it so much!!!

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I drive an '89 Subaru GL. Not a pretty car. Not a very comfortable car. It is, however, very fuel efficient and durabile.
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a white(ish) 1985 Chrysler 5th Ave. One of those big V8 gas guzzlers And she is covered with bumper stickers

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well, i don't have a car yet, but i'm buying my sister's 97 toyota tacoma.. the reason i don't have it is cause i don't have a job to pay for driver training, insurance, gas, etc

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1991 Ford Escort wagon, maybe soon to be replaced with a 1994 version. Relatives are selling theirs, a few years newer and 100,000 less miles on it.
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I learned to drive on a 1981 Plymouth Reliant SW.
My car during my last year of college was a 1980 Plymouth Champ (by Mitsubishi). It got stolen and burned to a cinder by the thief(s).
Then I drove an '88 VW Fox up to the point when I moved from Puerto Rico to TX. My youngest brother inherited it. Of course, he wrecked it.
After 6 months with no car here in Houston I purchased an 85 Honda Civic (in Feb 96) with less than 100,000 miles on it. I drove it until I had to take it to the shop and spend $300+ every 2 months to keep it running and so, I decided to trade it in for a 98 Toyota Corolla which I drive now (got it in May 2000). It's a nice Copper color, but it looks like Caramel to me, so I call it Caramel Bon Bon

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