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Taho_dude
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What type of car would the typical geek drive?
Regardless, cars for geeks are just tools to get from one computer to another. But Excluding something that has a sterio more expensive than the car, and Consoles on a network for all the pasengers (hopefully not the driver). What would the archtype geek drive?
I'm thinking a generic brand truck, an old mini-van, or a golf cart.

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Icon 1 posted November 06, 2002 00:54      Profile for cheezi git     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
i have had a license for 15 years, but have never owned a car. but if i did own a car, i would own a crap car, with bits falling off. crap cars are great because they're easy to park with there in-built bang-yes-you-were-too-close sonic alert system. also i would take a perverse delight in owning the most disgusting car in the whole world.

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Icon 1 posted November 06, 2002 03:09      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Mine's a Ford Fiasco.

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Mine's a Ford Fiasco.

lol

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I agree with the old rustbucket suggestion, but make sure you have a very loud stereo to block out the noise of the parts falling off. [Wink]
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Yeah, and you want chrome bumpers, furry-dice dangling from the rear-view mirror, a chain-link steering wheel and 'Geezer and Bird' writ plasticly over the top bit of the windshield. Oh - and 'Shag-wagon' written on the side.

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My vote is for a reliable, yet ugly rustbucket (old Honda's and Toyota's are perfect). They run great and have the added advantage of allowing you to drive like hell because it's already a bloody mess.
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Icon 1 posted November 06, 2002 05:45      Profile for Lex   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Honda Accords are nice. My 89 has about 137k miles on it and it still runs well.

Well, after replacing the cracked radiator. And the damage to the fuel line, but that was from being rear-ended. And the sunroof leaks, but that is also from being rear-ended and a bit of duct tape stops that. I also have to put in break fluid and power steering fluid a lot.

Perhaps one that is less than 14 years old, then.

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Icon 1 posted November 06, 2002 06:38      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I try to drive a car that is unlike everyone else's in my town. That means never an SUV or high end sedan. That doesn't mean it should be a rusted out POS. It's got to perform specially in some way. I like big engines and/or extreme handling. If I could afford it, I would have an old Jaguar XKE, but never an XJS. OTOH, I would also be happy with a gas-electric hybrid, if they made any which accelerated well enough to get on the Long Island Expressway safely.
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A Smartcar!

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In Alaska, the only choice is a truck or an SUV.

Given a choice among SUVs, I'd pick this one. [Big Grin]

-Oz

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id take a souped up accord sport from 98(i think) or a mustang or Chevy Avalanche..
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Had an Accord. WOuld one day like a hybrid. Until then, I'll live with a POS mountainbike (disclaimer: I have NOTHING against bicycles in general, but this one I have here at school is a real POS. I'm thinking of getting a new one and just leaving this one sitting by the road with a "Free to a good home" sticker on it. There's a sucker born every minute, or so they say. [Smile] ).

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I have a 2002 Ford E-250 cargo van, a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda, and a 1966 Chevy C-10 1/2Ton Pickup "Rolls Canardly" edition..........Z
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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Yeah, and you want chrome bumpers, furry-dice dangling from the rear-view mirror, a chain-link steering wheel and 'Geezer and Bird' writ plasticly over the top bit of the windshield. Oh - and 'Shag-wagon' written on the side.

Funny, that's exactly how I pictured your car. [Razz]

I LOVE my Honda Accord('99)-best car I've ever had. My first car, on the other hand was an orange Mustang, dubbed the "Luv Pumkin"

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well, I used to have a chevette named dexter...THAT'S a geek car...
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My first car was an '85 Pontiac 6000 named Whale.
A big ol' Land Yacht. Possible to get airborne over a few certain bumps around town...I perfer my unassuming 99 Camry that I'm driving now.

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well, I dont know about typical, but I drive a canary yellow '76 AMC Pacer X
(the X had a larger engine and ectra package)
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I'm sure this one has been done before (and curiously, there were far more outlandish vehicles out there last time) but... Astra estate - and proud of it! [Big Grin]

I don't drive it to work though, as that would be environmentally evil (smiles beatifically)

quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Had an Accord. WOuld one day like a hybrid.

When my girlfriend was choosing her car, we turned up at the Honda garage to see a nearly new Insight hybrid - in metallic pea green! [Eek!] - sitting on the forecourt for about half the list price (which is heavily subsidised by Honda in the first place, apparently). The salesman told us he'd driven it across from another dealer and claimed it actually did shift pretty nicely when you put your foot down - though presumably it doesn't make the stated 80 mpg if you drive it like this [Razz] It was tempting to try it out 'cos it did look cool but in the end she opted for a car with more than two seats and without batteries that would have to be replaced at huge expense after about three years... [Frown]

I reckon you should hold out for hydrogen, or if you can't wait that long go for bio-diesel. [Cool]

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Had an Accord. WOuld one day like a hybrid.

My dad got one of the Toyota hybrids. It is a decent car. I wouldn't mind getting one. He likes to compare gas mileage with me. The hybrid gets somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 mpg. And it handles wonderfully. Good pickup, fun to embarass the "street racers" here in atlanta by beating them off the line... [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by nekomatic:


I reckon you should hold out for hydrogen, or if you can't wait that long go for bio-diesel. [Cool]

I might just do that, seeing as it'll be at least a couple more years before the insurance company forgives me for wrecking that Accord. How long until fuel cells hit the market? They've been saying it's just around the corner for five or six years now. And people complain biotech doesn't move fast enough. [Roll Eyes]

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quote:
Originally posted by Taho_dude:
What type of car would the typical geek drive?
Regardless, cars for geeks are just tools to get from one computer to another. But Excluding something that has a sterio more expensive than the car, and Consoles on a network for all the pasengers (hopefully not the driver). What would the archtype geek drive?
I'm thinking a generic brand truck, an old mini-van, or a golf cart.

Cheap and economical. If you're looking for a *new* car, I reccomend a hybrid, cheaper on gas [Wink] (though likely more expensive on insurance...)

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in the uk a generic geek would either use the bus, or a bicycle

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Yay, buses [Smile]
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96 Suzuki Samurai. Need 4WD out in the country (no broadband! Dammit!) and it's fairly economical.

Got one of the round Apple mice handing from the rear view mirror.....

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