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Posted by Fuzzy Bunny (Member # 881) on August 31, 2001, 06:37:
 
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?
 


Posted by Alien Investor (Member # 242) on August 31, 2001, 06:56:
 
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.

 


Posted by Lex (Member # 835) on August 31, 2001, 07:15:
 
'89 Honda Accord. Takes corners at 75? doing 40mph and keeps all its wheels on the ground. Lets see an SUV do that.
 
Posted by Oldguy geek (Member # 577) on August 31, 2001, 07:33:
 
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.
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on August 31, 2001, 07:46:
 
Ferrari Testarossa
 
Posted by macwoman (Member # 821) on August 31, 2001, 07:50:
 
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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Posted by -ct- (Member # 209) on August 31, 2001, 08:51:
 
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

.
.
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!


 


Posted by Greg Wooledge (Member # 165) on August 31, 2001, 08:55:
 
I have a 2000 Ford Focus SE. My wife's parents worked at Ford, so I get an A-plan discount.
 
Posted by The Chump (Member # 593) on August 31, 2001, 09:21:
 
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.
 
Posted by plastic (Member # 763) on August 31, 2001, 10:40:
 
'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.


 


Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on August 31, 2001, 10:47:
 
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.


 


Posted by Roceal (Member # 878) on August 31, 2001, 11:27:
 
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.
 


Posted by Max Heck (Member # 883) on August 31, 2001, 11:34:
 
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

 


Posted by EngrBohn (Member # 476) on August 31, 2001, 11:38:
 
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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Posted by Hergor (Member # 863) on August 31, 2001, 13:25:
 
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!)
 


Posted by Jidabug (Member # 779) on August 31, 2001, 16:37:
 
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).
 
Posted by Doc Holliday (Member # 598) on August 31, 2001, 16:48:
 
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.
 
Posted by sk00t (Member # 886) on August 31, 2001, 17:19:
 
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.
 


Posted by nekomatic (Member # 376) on August 31, 2001, 17:21:
 
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...
 


Posted by LostInColorado (Member # 862) on August 31, 2001, 18:09:
 
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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Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on August 31, 2001, 19:59:
 
I drive an '89 Subaru GL. Not a pretty car. Not a very comfortable car. It is, however, very fuel efficient and durabile.
 
Posted by SupportGoddess (Member # 822) on August 31, 2001, 22:12:
 
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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Posted by bull3t (Member # 852) on August 31, 2001, 23:37:
 
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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Posted by MrJ (Member # 730) on August 31, 2001, 23:45:
 
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.
 
Posted by kimagure (Member # 135) on August 31, 2001, 23:52:
 
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

Kiggy

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Posted by bull3t (Member # 852) on September 01, 2001, 15:08:
 
i noticed something cool a few weeks ago.. the only geek that i know of in my area besides myself, has "tux et veritas" and redhat stickers on his bumper..

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Posted by plastic (Member # 763) on September 02, 2001, 04:40:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Max Heck:

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.

Max


Ahh man, you have no idea how much I wish I could, I so badly want an old Caddy limo. If I had the money and the time there is a real ugly one in need of some loving here in town, but alas, I'll just have to dream for now.

btw, thanks for your condolences.
 


Posted by Sleazy_D (Member # 640) on September 02, 2001, 08:10:
 
'95 Audi A6, 5-speed sans quattro. Which currently has a bad timing chain. Must fix...

Nothing like a family sedan with a large engine, and big comfy seats.

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Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on September 02, 2001, 14:19:
 
Had a '91 Honda Accord LX (via parents) but totalled it in Boulder.
Now that I'm back at school I cruise around on a ten-speed Schwinn Traveler that I bought off a grad student last summer. It's a very old-school roadie. I love it.

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Posted by pawn (Member # 173) on September 02, 2001, 19:36:
 
I drive a '93 Ford Ranger, 5-speed. Nice little truck, good gas mileage. I did have a good stereo until about 4 hours ago. It was stolen while I was finishing up my last day at work. And to think I was going to call in sick today, and spend the day checking out the University before classes start. Oh well.

I guess I have to put this behind me though. I don't want any negative thoughts ruining my first week at school. I am going to have a blast, and nothing is going to stop me. so nyyyaaaa

Oh and BTW, Thieves suck!!!

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Posted by -ct- (Member # 209) on September 02, 2001, 19:48:
 
re: my post up there ^^

quote:
Originally posted by pawn:
...I did have a good stereo until about 4 hours ago. It was stolen while I was finishing up my last day at work. ...

which is why i started in competition audio.
after the SECOND *attempt* to take the factory radio

1st time the idiot couldn't get it out of the dash! all ya had to do was insert a paper clip in both sides, squeeze them toward the center and pull. this idiot ended up BENDING the damn chassis! i had to pull the dashboard off to get it out, lol! 2nd was thwarted when i saw the guy and chased him off - he got the faceplate from a replacement deck, and i got a busted drivers' window.

i wanted to replace my stock system with just a bit more bass... and it snowballed from there

i feel for ya - i know what it's like...
 


Posted by CyberGoddess (Member # 147) on September 03, 2001, 17:02:
 
I drive a 1999 Saturn SC2...

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(out of date and probably will be for a while since I'm going back to school)

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Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on September 04, 2001, 11:00:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Fuzzy Bunny:
The car I was just in was a 95 Dodge Intrepid ES.

Seriously this time, I actually drive a 1994 Eagle Vision TSI (which is pretty much the same as your Intrepid, but with the beefed up engine and suspension). I will NEVER own another Chrysler again. This car has not only had two serious safety related recalls, I have had both issues actually crop up.

The milder one was leaking O-rings on the fuel rails. I had those replaced under recall, but the replacements failed on me a year later and started to drip gasoline on the engine manifold. That one could only result in engine fire.

My favorite was the welding defects in the engine cradle. One day my car started shaking really badly whever I hid the slightest bump. I made an appointment with my mechanic to look at it, but before I could get it there, my front wheel fell off.

Fortunately, this happened in a parking lot rather than on the highway, otherwise I would probably be deceased now. About three months after I had this fixed, Chrysler issued a recall on that part.

In other news, the gas gauge and AC both failed in less than 5 years, but neither of those problems could cause death.
 


Posted by kimbrosan (Member # 596) on September 04, 2001, 11:09:
 
two kay one VW golf turbo.

main reason: by flipping down the seats, you can fit a whole mess of monitors, boxes, etc. in the back. utility, utility.
second reason: you get the cargo space without driving anything that resembles a van, big honkin' station wagon, etc.

previously drove an impreza rs2.5. kind of on the other end of the scale. not too much utility unless you count the fact that there were two more doors (i didn't.) got the golf after the rs had an argument with a honda civic ( the civic won. i got a check and a sprained wrist.)
 


Posted by octothorp (Member # 339) on September 04, 2001, 11:47:
 
Tha shaggon wagon!!!!!

1987 Pontiac 6000 LE station wagon, olympic edition (used to carry people and equipment around during the 1988 winter olympics), molding held on with duct tape, decent highway speed, engine rattles a bit, tends to overheat in gridlock very quickly, washer fluid doesn't work, power-locks are starting to get quirky.

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Posted by Avi Drissman (Member # 122) on September 04, 2001, 14:02:
 
The Avimobile is right now a '98 Civic EX, silver. I'm three years into a four year loan, since I drive ~20k miles a year. The plan is to pay it off and drive it into the ground.

Avi
 


Posted by Demosthenes (Member # 530) on September 04, 2001, 14:26:
 
LOL on my part...Lack Of License.

anyways. what i WISH i could have...an original, restored vw minibus. painted black with silver trim. aww yeah.
 


Posted by malcolm on September 05, 2001, 00:16:
 
Just thought I'd toss this one into the fray...

1962 Triumph TR4. Bought it from the neighbor 4 years ago for $500. She's my metal mistress now...

http://escapesystems.com/~malcolm/triumph/TR4big.jpg

You can keep yer plastic-adorned, tinted-glass, rolling stereos. I've got style ;-)
 


Posted by Shelby289 (Member # 506) on September 05, 2001, 03:22:
 
Well let's see. My Wife has a 1997 Honda Accord SE I have a 1989 GMC Pickup truck,that my wife calls "The Big Redneck Truck" , and last but not least I have a 1966 Ford Mustang. Which I have owned since I was 16 years old. Kinda cool huh. Now I don't own a Shelby Mustang, I just whished I did. Hence the name.
 
Posted by RyMan (Member # 725) on September 05, 2001, 07:02:
 
1996 Nissan Maxima SE
Forest Green, tan interior, tinted windows, sun roof, spoiler, bike rack, V6.... ahhhhh I love my car!!!!
 
Posted by Petethelate (Member # 302) on September 05, 2001, 08:12:
 
Currently, it's a 1986 Toyota pickup, while Julie has the '98 Ranger. I'm giving up (I think) on the '73 Superbeetle (with engine in a basket and a bad--nonrebuildable--case), since if I re-engined it, the money I'd have in it would far exceed its worth. As it stands, it already cost me more in time and money than I'm willing to think about.

OTOH, if the job offer comes through (if--they want *another* week to review the reqs), I'd get a company car all my own. Hey, I'd drive a Taurus if I didn't have to pay for it.

We're thinking about a minivan to replace the Toy and the Superbug. Whenever I get a telescope made, it'd be nice to have a van to drive to Fremont Peak to watch the faint fuzzies (galaxies and nebulae) and sleeping in a minivan sounds a lot nicer than in the back of the Toy.
 


Posted by Xanoxt R'rilander (Member # 890) on September 05, 2001, 09:03:
 
Most geeks from russia I know, walk, use public transport, or buly *ducks* their other significantgeekishhalf into driving them to places.

P.S. Those who get drafted into army are driven, or drive personnel transportational lorries. Military grade.

P.P.S. I mourn that loss to seciety people from P.S. are for long 2 years


 


Posted by MacSnob on September 05, 2001, 10:23:
 
99 VW Passat Wagon... its crap. Knobs break, exterior moldings fall off, interior moldings come lose in the heat, AC vents broke, engine burned up at 40k costing 6g to fix, brakes were recalled, steering was recalled and the import dealer was all tea and crumpets upon buying but now I want things fixed they run like a system admin. trying to avoid the CEO who wants to know why outlook lost the years finical projections. Please tell me when microsoft assumed VW. Work of advice, avoid European snob ornaments and buy a ford truck. 8)~
 
Posted by mephisto (Member # 666) on September 05, 2001, 11:01:
 
Used to drive a 96 sunfire but now I drive my Mom's old Ford Taurus. And a kawasaki Ninja 650 cc in the summer.
Woo hoo.

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Posted by Geekatrix (Member # 826) on September 07, 2001, 13:30:
 
I have a '92 Plymouth Sundance. It doesn't have a name, but its theme song is "Space Cowboy".
 
Posted by -ct- (Member # 209) on September 07, 2001, 15:44:
 
"theme songs" now huh?

well, ok...

i had an '82 Ford LTD Wagon - those who have seen anything like it can understand what i mena when i say this car was BIG

and that's an understatment

3 point turn? yeah right

"gimmie 40 acres and i'll turn this rig around, it's the eaaasiest way that i've found..." obscure, isn't it?

but the theme i had for it was "Frankenstien" by Edgar Winter


 


Posted by Will (Member # 948) on September 07, 2001, 16:40:
 
What do geeks drive? I built my own! A VW-based kit car called a Kelmark. Fast as stink and handles better than anything I've yet driven (13.1 sec quarter mile). For those of you unfamiliar with a Kelmark, its similar to a Ferrari Dino, 246.

My daily driver is a '93 RX-7TT - not quite as quick, but geared higher for a better top speed (although I haven't taken it there).

BTW, I noticed a couple of posts regarding VW Bugs. You can get a complete new engine for under $1K at VW events on both the East and West coast. Or, you can spend $5K and get 200HP. As the old hot rodders say - how fast do you wanna go?
 


Posted by Parity (Member # 429) on September 07, 2001, 18:02:
 
My current vehicle is a gray, 1984 Pontiac 6000, which I have dubbed... 'The Millenium Pigeon.'

Of course, what I'd really like is a Honda Insight, since I basically don't drive except to commute to work. Going around the city, the T is just much better than driving. For the bunny, being also in Boston, I'd strongly recommend a Honda something, anyway, because parking even a midsize like mine is a pain (because sometimes time constraints mean you -do- drive in the city...)

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Posted by xobender (Member # 721) on September 07, 2001, 22:53:
 
All this Car stuff makes me kinda jealous but i love my bikes. I have three to date and a few out there somewhere have been stolen. The first bike is a regular little specialized rockhopper with base parts , the second is a older Flying V 700 from Cannondale circa 1995 with all upgraded parts and all ( it's still a sweet ride , Misy Giove actually won the mammoth down hill run with one of these spify babes), and finally i have a Cannondale Jeckyl with three inches of travel in the rear and two and a half in the front, with disk brakes ( that kinda sux since there are only dual caliper compared to quatro caliper clamps that many other brands offer)and all xtr parts ( except for the crank which is a cold press Coda ) , it even has hookups for a nite lite battery ( dual beam ) , and then there is the Bike computer that measures Cadence/miles made/time spent riding/real time/max and average speed/and total miles on battery life. Then if i don't ride bike it's metro travel all over the place.Some day when i get bored i'll get a car i think..hehe;P


 


Posted by supaboy (Member # 183) on September 12, 2001, 05:49:
 
I have two cars. One is a 1986 Nissan 300ZX Turbo:

http://supaboy.dyndns.org/~chris/PA220023.JPG
http://supaboy.dyndns.org/~chris/P1280020.JPG

The other is a 1995 Nissan 300ZX, non-turbo:

http://supaboy.dyndns.org/~chris/P7220028.JPG
http://supaboy.dyndns.org/~chris/BMW_Plant_Memorial_Day_Autocross.jpg

What, did you want pictures of them sitting still?


 


Posted by Swiss Mercenary (Member # 330) on September 12, 2001, 07:08:
 
Mine is a Yahama Virago 535 Custom, but it is now five years old so I am starting to look into getting a new 'bike.

A Triumph T-Bird 750 would go down well or maybe I will go the whole HOG and get a Dyna Low-Rider.

Car! Oh, four wheels, hmm them, pfff . All right, I own up to having a '92 Subaru Justy 4WD to carry my skis during the ski season. I have only just got it back from the garage after 6 months it took to get it reparied after a crash I had back in March.
 


Posted by zorgon (Member # 546) on September 12, 2001, 11:29:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Swiss Mercenary:

Car! Oh, four wheels, hmm them, pfff . All right, I own up to having a '92 Subaru Justy 4WD to carry my skis during the ski season.

Oh. My. God. I used to own one of those, and it could barely go up speed bumps on dry pavement, let alone Alps on ice. Any of your prospective motorcycles have larger engines. And you take it skiing????!??!? To quote Princess Leia in Star Wars (upon seeing the Millenium Falcon for the first time), "You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!"

Um, anyway, the current zorgo-mobile is a Trek mountain bike, but the zorgo-family vehicle is a Honda 2001 Odyssey, named of course Discovery and the theme music is (natch) "Also Sprach Zarathustra." Or the "Blue Danube."

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Posted by MaGeek (Member # 870) on September 15, 2001, 20:54:
 
Okay, I kinda get the feeling that I'm OLD compared to the other geeks at this site. My current mode of transportation is a '95 Dodge Grand Caravan. Gotta have room for the husband and our "offspring". I hope to graduate to a snazzy SUV later on when I win the lottery or my husband gets that second job I've been bugging him about. Hee, hee.......

MaGeek


 


Posted by durandal (Member # 899) on September 16, 2001, 03:24:
 
I mostly bike to work, insurance costs so much, but my laptop is so heavy . . . ;-)
However, I'll soon be inheriting my dad's '90 Volvo - how's that for a geekmobile?
 
Posted by LostInColorado (Member # 862) on September 16, 2001, 15:14:
 
I STILL miss my Jetta... Hopefully, it will be out of the shop by the end of the week...

In the mean time, the rental bill for the POS is ramping up...

Sigh...

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To the pessimist, the glass is halfway empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
 


Posted by Orbhead (Member # 608) on September 17, 2001, 14:30:
 
Right now, a '91 Mazda 323 ProtegŽ SE Sedan that just rolled over to 189,000kms. Ideally, I would be driving a 2001 VW Golf GLS, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.
 
Posted by trowelblister (Member # 897) on September 18, 2001, 07:10:
 
Yeah, you my wife, and half of doylestown,,,

at least the half that doesn't have a black jetta,,,,,

quote:
Originally posted by CyberGoddess:
I drive a 1999 Saturn SC2...

http://www.cybergoddess.net/envy

(out of date and probably will be for a while since I'm going back to school)



 


Posted by trowelblister (Member # 897) on September 18, 2001, 07:26:
 
I take that back. I looked at the picture of your car and my wife has the frumpier four-door version with vegan and powerpuff girl stickers,,,,,

quote:
Originally posted by trowelblister:
Yeah, you my wife, and half of doylestown,,,

at least the half that doesn't have a black jetta,,,,,



 


Posted by DivaGeek (Member # 901) on September 20, 2001, 13:04:
 
Right now I am driving a 89 Ford Probe.

As a geek I really like the name. (You know Probe to another galaxy)

As a woman it makes me a little uncomfortable.

I have always owned fast cars, but of late I have gotten into Autocrossing Not only do you get to go fast, you get to do it around corners!

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I see dumb people...they're everywhere...they walk around like everyone
else...they don't even know that they're dumb.
 


Posted by jrpollar on September 28, 2001, 09:10:
 
Fuuny you should ask that. Vehicles are my other hobby. Here's a picture of my baby:

Check it out

Jeff
 


Posted by annie (Member # 909) on September 28, 2001, 10:10:
 
I don't drive (yet), but I like convertibles. Does that count?

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Posted by LostInColorado (Member # 862) on September 28, 2001, 19:54:
 
I FINALLY got my Jetta back from the shop! I guess that the best way to describe the repairs is that they are almost there I guess I'll have to go to another shop to see if they can get it right...

Sigh!

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To the optimist, the glass is halfway full.
To the pessimist, the glass is halfway empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
 


Posted by DivaGeek (Member # 901) on September 29, 2001, 00:11:
 
Wow JProllar!

I love your truck! I think you would have liked my last car ... it was pretty cool, and was lowered too...

Let's see if I can get a pic up of it...

Lowered a little, and given the engine from a 90 Supra, it was a fun car..

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I see dumb people...they're everywhere...they walk around like everyone
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Posted by Tech Angel (Member # 908) on September 29, 2001, 00:35:
 
I am selling my 1998 VW Golf with the sliding sunroof and the 6 CD changer because I now live within walking distance of where I work, and even if I didn't want to walk, my employer provides free transportation. So there's not much sense in keeping $$$ tied up in a vehicle that rarely gets used.

But I do need *some* transporation to get to Safeway, Wal-Mart, and Nordstrom's, so I kept my other vehicle -- a 1987 Toyota LE van with 193,000 miles on it. Not exactly stylish, but it gets the job done (and it's enjoyable watching the guy in the service station look for the engine -- it's under the driver's seat!).

What I wish I had is an electric or hybrid electric car. I have a "thing" for hybrids -- I did my thesis in college on them.
 


Posted by supaboy (Member # 183) on October 02, 2001, 12:00:
 
quote:
Originally posted by DivaGeek:
I have always owned fast cars, but of late I have gotten into Autocrossing Not only do you get to go fast, you get to do it around corners!

Aw, yeah!

I usually describe autocrossing as the most fun you can have in a car that doesn't have a back seat. On your first run, did you get an adrenaline rush so strong your hands shook? I used to have trouble unfastening the helmet straps after runs.

That, and one of the other guys in the class and I used to get times within a couple tenths of a second of each other. Talk about a real nail-biter!

-supa, driving it like he stole it.
 


Posted by DivaGeek (Member # 901) on October 02, 2001, 12:14:
 
quote:
Originally posted by supaboy:
Aw, yeah!

I usually describe autocrossing as the most fun you can have in a car that doesn't have a back seat. On your first run, did you get an adrenaline rush so strong your hands shook? I used to have trouble unfastening the helmet straps after runs.


My first time autocrossing I was scared at the starting line, but once the flag waved and my left foot slipped off the brake (I was powerbraking) and the car launched, it was all business. I don't think I breathed for 83 seconds! (LOL) The next two runs were off course (I kept missing this one gate!) But the last run was 78 seconds. (Long course)

I have only been able to compete in 2 other events. Now that I sold the Cressida, I have an old Probe... It has some problems that prevent me from wanting to race it, but I'll be back next year.

Yes, I love it.

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I see dumb people...they're everywhere...they walk around like everyone
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Posted by bizzybody (Member # 923) on October 05, 2001, 00:03:
 
My current vehicle that actually runs is a "micro-pimpmobile" 1986 Cadillac Cimmaron V6. White with red leather interior.

I also happen to own a 1951 Hudson Commodore Hollywood Hardtop Coupe. Yes, that's the full name of the rig. It needs a restoration job, in which it will hopefully get its original 262 cubic inch flathead straight six stroked up, fuel injected and whatever else www.cliffordperformance.com has for it. It also has a Hydramatic transmission, the really heavy cast iron one.

My thirdmobile is a 1977 Mustang II coupe with a 351 Windsor engine and C-4 transmission. It's a pretty badass ride, got real go-power. Unfortunately it's on hiatus pending a money infusion for a redo since the engine decided to develop oil leaks everywhere a small block Ford V8 can leak oil. Should I accumulate a Cubic Yard Of Cash, the Mustang is going to get a high tech all wheel drive setup and (really dreaming here) some sort of computer controlled valve system that I've been thinking on in what passes for my brain for a few years.

Fortunately my business seems to be on its way to taking off to the point where I'll be able to axe the ISP helpdesk job. (Course by then, if I'm lucky, I'll find some nice geek grrl to settle down with and spawn a couple of child processes.)
 


Posted by DivaGeek (Member # 901) on October 05, 2001, 08:44:
 
quote:
Originally posted by bizzybody:

I also happen to own a 1951 Hudson Commodore Hollywood Hardtop Coupe. Yes, that's the full name of the rig. It needs a restoration job, in which it will hopefully get its original 262 cubic inch flathead straight six stroked up, fuel injected and whatever else www.cliffordperformance.com has for it. It also has a Hydramatic transmission, the really heavy cast iron one.


Wouldn't it just be easier to go with a Chevy 250 straight six? I think it would be easier to find a fuel injection system? You could find a 3 or 4 speed to go with it. Also that combo would be lighter, more fuel efficent and powerful. (Resulting in a faster car)

OR if you really want a lot of torque, you could go with a monster six, like the Ford 300 cu in six. There's lots of aftermarket stuff for that, and it makes its power fairly low in the powerband. You would probably need that to heave such a heavy car off the line...

Just my 2 cents.

Oh and I highly reccomend changing the front suspension to something more modern. Camaro? Mustang II?

My dad was a hotrodder from way back. He built this really cool 54 Chevy with a Chevy 250 six and a 4 speed. He used a Camaro front end on it to make the steering better and so it had front disc brakes. I really loved that car the best of them all... (and he had a lot of them)
 


Posted by ZorroTheFox (Member # 917) on October 05, 2001, 14:57:
 
I currently have two vehicles. My daily driver is a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda. It has 250,000 miles on the original 318. I will be swapping for a 360 in the near future. My other ride is a 1966 Chevrolet C-10 stepside. It recently had a 350 placed between the fenders and is awaiting an EFI upgrade...........Z
 
Posted by +Andrew (Member # 873) on October 06, 2001, 09:02:
 
At the moment - nothing, since I'm currently license-challenged. I do hope to start the process of remedying that next week by obtaining my permit, though.

Once I can legally go out on the roads, I'll have a '88 Ford F150 to drive. It's not the most reliable thing around (right now it's just sitting in the yard because one of the rear brake lines sprang a leak while I was practicing on our driveway last weekend) but it's a free hand-me-down from the parents and I don't have the cash to pass that up. Besides, prefer riding up high in a truck, rather than down low in a little car. Guy thing, I guess.
 


Posted by Raptorgirl on October 06, 2001, 20:22:
 
I drive a red 1995 Dodge Neon. When I got her back in 1999, I thought she was the coolest car on the planet. And then things went horribly awry...

In a strange twist of fate, my car's personality matches mine. She's a temperamental little bitch who wears herself out very quickly.

She has cool bumper stickers, though. There's a "Being John Malkovich" sticker on the rear window that features the little head logo. And I recently added an "Emily" sticker (www.emilystrange.com) that features Emily wearing "Clockwork Orange"-type makeup.


 


Posted by ayjaycee (Member # 854) on October 09, 2001, 09:45:
 
Mine's a 1983 Land Rover Series III LWB 2.25 Diesel.

http://www.tanda.f2s.com/images/lr/xanadu2t.jpg

She's called Xanadu & has been 'tweaked' & upgraded more than my 'puter :-)

http://www.tanda.f2s.com/images/lr/xanadu1t.jpg

See www.tanda.f2s.com/landrover.shtml for more details on where my money goes :-(
 


Posted by DoctorWho (Member # 392) on October 09, 2001, 18:08:
 
1996 Honda Civic LX blue exterior gray interior, automatic transmission, and usually needs washing.

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A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. Douglas Adams Mostly Harmless
 


Posted by bizzybody (Member # 923) on October 09, 2001, 18:30:
 
Contaminate my Hudson with a Chevy or Ford engine?!? No way! Hudson won more NASCAR races from 1948 through 1954 than any other make of car. Their handling is a match for any modern car. There is a guy in the Pac. Northwest who was running a Hudson on the local tracks until just last year. The racing organization finally decided to ban all cars over about 20 years old because they "weren't safe". The real reason was because almost nobody could beat him!
 
Posted by geekdivachica (Member # 939) on October 15, 2001, 18:16:
 
What do you drive?[/B][/QUOTE]

A drive a thing that requires you to pay $.70 to get on and then when you want it to stop you must pull a cord....hehehe. (If there are price differences then I am talking about Public Transportation) (or where I live VTA (Valley Transportation Authority) I got my permit today (3rd times a charm hehe) and so I must wait .5 years until I am able to get my lisence...hehe

 


Posted by homesalad (Member # 938) on October 15, 2001, 19:55:
 
1992 Subaru Legacy Wagon. Nuff Said.
 
Posted by DivaGeek (Member # 901) on October 15, 2001, 21:22:
 
quote:
Originally posted by bizzybody:
Contaminate my Hudson with a Chevy or Ford engine?!? No way! Hudson won more NASCAR races from 1948 through 1954 than any other make of car. Their handling is a match for any modern car. There is a guy in the Pac. Northwest who was running a Hudson on the local tracks until just last year. The racing organization finally decided to ban all cars over about 20 years old because they "weren't safe". The real reason was because almost nobody could beat him!

Hey, I was just suggesting that something more modern would make for a reliable car, where parts were cheap and easy to find!

You probably know a lot more than I anyway!
 


Posted by Evilbunny (Member # 970) on November 08, 2001, 19:40:
 
A computer
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on November 08, 2001, 22:44:
 
::sigh:: I always get nostaligic about my car (and mostly, my prevous car).

I've had 2 cars in my 19 years of existance, but the first one, I loved (I often wonder why I sold it).

I usually refered to it as simply "The Olds," but my brother gave it the much cooler name of "The Jam Mobile". Yes, it was an Oldsmobile, 1988 Cutlass Ceria, 3.8L V6, 26 MPG max! Oh that baby was great, could bury the needle in that thing without having my foot even halfway to the floor, must've gotten' her up to 110 or more. Comfortable interior too, the Broughm edition. Yeah, she has her quirks, A/C doesn't work, windows take 15 seconds to get all the way down, leaked a quart in between changes, but never failed to start (OK, except when I had that air sensor go bad and it flooded out all the time, but $18 and 5 minutes later it was fixed). I sold her for a younger, newer, car with better suspension, A/C, cruise that worked, faster windows, and less rust. Yup, she had 216,000 on her when I sold her, unfortunately, the guy I sold it to is an idiot. He's blown her radiator and threw a rod on her, he's still fixing her up, though.

Anyway, I "traded-up" to a 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix. OK car, but it just doesn't have the zing that the Olds did. She's got a 3.1L V6 and a bigger body then the olds.

Smaller engine + Bigger Body = slower car!

Big bummer for me, the Prix tops out at 90, maybe 95 downhill. Shure she has A/C and cruise, but now the driver's window won't roll down (needs a new motor) and she burns through 4 qts. of 10W30 in 3000 miles! (luckally only 2 qts. of 15W40, though!) I guess she's the "Jam Mobile II," as I don't have a better name for her yet and she DOES have the honorary "There's no place like Jam, MI" sticker on her (along with my multi-colored Apple logo!). I figured it was a good investment since she had 100,000 less miles on it then the olds had when I sold it (216,000 vs. 122000), but I almost feel, now, that I'll be suprized if the Prix makes it to 200K. (she's at 144K now.)

OK, I've talked enough. G'night!

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Proud to be Microsoft Free!
"If it doesn't say 'Microsoft' it must be better!"
The Man's Prayer -- "I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess."
 


Posted by redneckgeek on November 19, 2001, 19:24:
 
In order of usage:
'91 Subaru Legacy 5 speed front wheel drive station wagon
'83 Kubota 7100D 6 speed 4 wheel drive tractor,
'01 GT Avalanche 1.0 21 speed rear wheel drive mountain bike
'01 Honda non-quantized speed rear wheel drive lawnmower
'86 Ford Ranger 5 speed 4 wheel drive truck
 
Posted by thedeacon (Member # 121) on November 26, 2001, 23:09:
 
Geeks take the bus :-)
 
Posted by Tau Zero (Member # 195) on November 27, 2001, 09:38:
 
This geek don't take no bus.

Right now I'm trading my time between a 220-HP 4-door with a 4-speed auto overdrive and 4-wheel disc brakes, and a little 4-door 5-speed stick with maybe 110 HP.  I've parked the little car today because it's a bit low on brake fluid and I'm having trouble finding the recommended stuff, but it is more fun to drive than the faster car while burning about 30% less fuel.  I'm all for sticking it to OPEC and buying less of their product is the way to do it.
 


Posted by miliani (Member # 999) on November 27, 2001, 15:30:
 
for now, a 1998 audi a4 1.8t quattro... i was originally supposed to get a present from my parents because they ended up NOT paying for my college edumication... but they ended up not buying me much because they couldn't afford it. it's all good... i love 'em still.. but i couldn't resist buying myself a present for my hard work.... ^^;

she was perfect for enjoying the colorado rockies and classy post-snowboarding partying (or at least attempting to party, if we didn't fall asleep first) in denver.. and she's still a charm. =)
 


Posted by Destin (Member # 1010) on December 04, 2001, 01:43:
 
What do geeks drive? Well... what do you get when you cross a Nissan Pathfinder with a Macintosh PowerBook?....

http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/destin/home.html


 


Posted by LifetimeTrekker (Member # 913) on December 04, 2001, 07:01:
 
Sometimes necessity dictates the vehicle you drive.

I make an '87 Chevy Blazer roam the streets under my control...it has 4-wheel drive if I need it (kind of a waste since I have never actually used it, but if I need it, it's there) but it's big enough to haul the groceries and my wheelchair, so I'll weather the glares of the anti-SUV crowd and just keep on truckin'.
 


Posted by supaboy (Member # 183) on December 04, 2001, 10:55:
 
I have no great love for SUVs myself, but I always figure somebody driving a truck that predates the SUV craze is doing it for reason other than keeping up with the Joneses.

For the rest of y'all with post-SUV-craze trucks, get some dirt on the sides and mud caked in the wheelwells and you'll stay in my good graces: "Now there's someone who uses 4WD!"
 


Posted by grantlyj (Member # 1024) on December 12, 2001, 15:51:
 
Well really ugly geeks would drive a porsche, because they need a fast expensive car to empress women, a typical geek would buy an Alfa Romao, but the quinticential dork (me) would drive a boxy mid 90s BMW. It's safe, powerful, fun to drive, classic, and a beautiful unmistakeable vrooom! Yes, as you guessed it I am a big fan of Beamers but the best for good price and to go with my hornrimmed glasses is a BMW 525i or the fast 540i. If you want space look into the BMW 740i or iL. But if you want a fun in the sun safe car try the 328i convertible! Look into these cars on the internet whe you have a sec, hope you enjoyed my advice!


 


Posted by dosh8er (Member # 1034) on December 18, 2001, 05:27:
 
I drive an '89 Honda Accord SE-i 5Spd. w/ 180k miles. I Got in an accident past friday, and it needs repairs, but it runs good. (it wasn't my fault either.) Very nice cars, those honda's. Wouldn't trade it for the world... well... i take that back...
In fact, In fact I talk over at:... http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=1014 occasionally.


 


Posted by Dahak (Member # 957) on December 19, 2001, 17:44:
 
I drive a silver 2001 Ford Focus that I just got in October to replace my 1997 taupe (no, I don't know what I was thinking) Ford Contour. Sweet little car.

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"A child of five could understand this! Therefore, fetch me a child of five!"
 


Posted by ZorroTheFox (Member # 917) on December 19, 2001, 18:42:
 
I may be driving a new Land Rover Freelander in the near future. It all depends on how well I can manage the budget in these tough times >;o) .......Z
 
Posted by Aiyana (Member # 1067) on January 13, 2002, 17:15:
 
I drive a blue 2001 Ford Focus ZX3. And not just any blue...Malibu Blue. Oh yes. I've heard it's become quite the difficult color to find. 5-speed, moonroof, chrome exhaust tip, and a kick-booty sound system. More zoom than you can shake a large, pointy stick at. I love my Focus.
Oh, and his name is Frodo. Frodo the Focus. Tell me *that's* not geeky.
 
Posted by Akira (Member # 954) on January 13, 2002, 19:34:
 
When I lived in downtown Portland, OR -- nothing. Saved approx $300/month by not having a car payment or insurance, to say nothing of annual registration and the headache/expense of parking the thing.

Moving to South San Francisco (an outlying suburb about 20 mins from the city) made a vechicle sadly necessary. I wound up with a 1999 (model year at the time) Mitsubish Mirage DE and, apart from the trunk latch breaking, have been very happy with it.

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Posted by dragon34 (Member # 997) on January 14, 2002, 05:02:
 
Well until saturday I drove a 1987 Honda Accord Lx 5spd that averaged 35 mpg even when pushing 185k miles. I love it to death, and it still runs well, but commuting on the merritt parkway will probably kill it in the next 6 months, so I sold it to a friend for about the same amount I spent replacing the water pump and the axle in the last few months and bought a 1998 saab SE turbo convertible 5spd (of course :-)) dark green, tan interior, black top. I still think the honda is the easiest to drive manual transmission ever, but I'm still getting used to the saab :-) if they only made accord convertibles......
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on January 14, 2002, 09:43:
 
Well, I am loving my 2002 Toyota Corolla. It's a great, relatively powerful (125 HP), little car. I'm currently pushing 2,000 miles on it, and it's serving me well.

On another note, it is interesting to see another dragon in the nearby area.
 


Posted by MacintoshGeek (Member # 960) on January 17, 2002, 00:17:
 
I drive a 1997 Taurus SHO outfitted with a Magellan 750NAV GPS system hehe

Steve
 


Posted by kguru (Member # 1072) on January 17, 2002, 01:00:
 
dodge van use to own a saturn I ran that thing into the ground. 200,000 mi
 
Posted by SpacemanSpiff22 (Member # 1078) on January 18, 2002, 17:25:
 
I drive a white 1989 Honda Civic hatchback. We just got it last week, and i'm very happy with it so far. Now I'm gonna look into what the best way to hook up my iPod to the stereo is.
 


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