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What kind of car do you drive and why.

This should be interesting to hear what people drive and more importantly, why?

I will start it off.
Ford Explorer. Got a great deal on it.

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07 Avalanche LTZ —- It has the auto ride like the suburban but kind of looks like a truck — descent mileage and great to travel in — too bad they stopped making them

Work truck 03 E350 loaded down —— can you’ll see a trend —- I keep vehicles till the wheels fall off

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I don't drive, but my family has a 2006 Toyota Corolla.

It's one of the best inexpensive cars out there, in the U.S. at least.

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If I ran into some money, I'd like to get my family a Toyota Camry Hybrid, which is one of the best hybrids.

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19 VW Alltrack 6M & 05 Forester XT 5M

Wagon
3 pedals
AWD
Turbo

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One with 4 wheels because it takes me places faster than walking… Silly

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I drive best car in the world. Company car.
Because it’s free.

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BMW F32 coupe
they gave me a good deal on the trade in and this one was used, so already had the biggest price loss behind it

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2004 Toyota Sienna as a work van. I got sick of full sized vans a while back and I can generally get by with the minivan.
Wife has an 07 Passat 3.6 wagon..

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Swapped my old Suzuki Grand Vitara earlier this year to even older VW Golf Variant Syncro. Good fuel economy, cheap to upkeep and engine has done over 300 000 km this far. Real banger.

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just like Jabe1: Sienna.
22 years old.
cannot kill it.
we have tried.

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Buick LaCrosse.

Buicks are one step below Caddy, which have way way way too much electronic crap like snot sensors and auto-dispensing tissues, which is just way too much electrocrap to break.

But Buicks are a few steps above Chevy as far as “solidness”, which you could tell in like 1 second by just closing any of the doors with 1 finger, and feel that nice satisfying but almost-silent “thoomp”. (In contrast, half the cars on my block, you can hear and feel when someone has to slam a door/hatch shut, as it vibrates the house-windows.)

And it’s hard to kill Buick engines. LOL

Nifty little afterthoughts, too, that probably most people wouldn’t even notice. Eg, crank up the fan to maximum and get/make a call through the car, and the fan speed automagically decreases to cut the noise ‘til after you’re done. Mentioned nowhere in the manual, took me a coupla years to even experience it for myself.

Got it 3yrs old, after most of the depreciation hit but it was still fairly new, had carfax and dealer history, was a corporate car so likely mostly highway miles, and it was my first car with a sunroof. LOL

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Nissan Leaf – battery power….of course!
It’s actually a nice car. The electric drive is perky, doesn’t handle badly for a commuter sedan, electrics and most ergonomics are vastly superior to my Prius. I’ve almost forgotten what a gas station is.
Takes care of most of my driving needs. Virtually no maintenance.
I’ve almost forgotten what a gas station is.

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2003 Toyota corolla as a commuter and beater. Still runs great with cold ac and easy/cheap to fix. 1991 Acura nsx as a weekend car. Pretty much the opposite of the corolla in every way lol.

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1968 Camaro Ralley Sport convertible. Because I’ve had it for 35 years and I just got through restoring it and its summertime!!!

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Hikeandbike33 wrote:
1991 Acura nsx as a weekend car.
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1998 Lexus GS400. 4.0L 300hp V8 sedan, terrible on gas and terrible in snow, both of which are moderate problems for me…

But I got it dirt cheap, the motor runs good as new at 225k miles, and I know enough about the platform to do all the work myself. So it’s just not worth getting rid of and it makes such sweet sounds when the gas pedal goes down.

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2005 Scion xB

  • Good mileage & plenty of room.

1993 Dodge Pickup / 3/4 Ton / Gen 1

  • 5 speed with Cummins Turbo Diesel . Fairly decent mileage for a big truck & will tow anything I want to tow.
    Old but extremely reliable.

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  • 1986 5/4 Ton Chevy Pickup
    “Fun truck”.. go anywhere pretty much.
    Manual Lock In/Lock Out 4WD.
    Detroit Locker in rear end.
    Gov Locker in front end.
    Diesel

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1998 Four Runner.  Because my friend gave it to me as a gift eight years ago. I have a solid perfect diamond encrusted driving record going back decades. I have never been in an accident. I lived and drove all over the USA. My definition of "Defensive driving" is: The exact opposite of Offensive driving.

I am extra cautious about: distractions, inclement weather, driving at night, driving while the sun is in my eyes, driving when I am late and in a hurry to make up time, making sure that I avoid temptation to beat a light; pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, driving when everyone else is going significantly above the speed limit, limited sight distance due to tight curves and hills, foreign objects in the road, turns, lane changes, and other peoples adrenalized driving modes, two way stops, four way stops, parking lots, etc, etc, etc.  I know that operating a motor vehicle is inherently risky. With so many deaths and severe injuries on Americas' roads and streets, the only reason motor vehicles are not banned is because they are necessary to maintain the lifestyle that we are accustomed to.

While motoring down the street in a vehicle, I have never been attacked.

I like American vehicles. More classic, parts are cheaper, but they don't last long. Foreign cars parts are very expensive, but they last forever. 

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2006 GMC Sierra crew cab, always have had a GM truck and love the extra room the crew cab has vs the extended cab.

2013 Cadillac CTS-V coupe, third pedal. Because 725hp is fun and I like to go fast.

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ShyOne wrote:

1993 Dodge Pickup / 3/4 Ton / Gen 1
  • 5 speed with Cummins Turbo Diesel . Fairly decent mileage for a big truck & will tow anything I want to tow.
    Old but extremely reliable.

P-pump that bad boy.

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2006 Tacoma V6 4×4 TRD, bought used in 2007. Because I need a truck at times but don’t need a full-size pickup. It replaced an ’86 Toyota pickup that wasn’t quite big enough anymore.

2016 Tesla 3, bought new before there were any used ones. Because we wanted an EV and needed the range the Model 3 offered.

1999 Jeep XJ Cherokee, bought used in 2001. Many mods for 4-wheeling. I can’t sell it because then I like the places I can go in it and I can sleep in the back of it.

1968 Volvo 123 GT, bought used in 1972. Because I just like it a lot and started modding it way back then and never wanted to part with it. I was able to hang on to it and so I did. Turbo repowered, etc. A bit of a sleeper. It is the car I had when I met my wife. I still have her too.

1980 John Deere 2140 4×4 tractor, bought used in 1996. Because it has a snowblower plow and is has a turbo diesel that works well at altitude; no electronics, reliable.

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eicca wrote:
1998 Lexus GS400. 4.0L 300hp V8 sedan, terrible on gas and terrible in snow, both of which are moderate problems for me…

But I got it dirt cheap, the motor runs good as new at 225k miles, and I know enough about the platform to do all the work myself. So it’s just not worth getting rid of and it makes such sweet sounds when the gas pedal goes down.

225k, wow says a lot about the brand.

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1968 Camaro Ralley Sport convertible. Because I’ve had it for 35 years and I just got through restoring it and its summertime!!!

One of my favorite classic cars.

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1995 Saturn SW2 w/ 5 speed manual bought new and about to hit 80k. Can’t afford a new car. Not many manufacturers offer wagons anyway and we don’t like crossovers.

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1995 Saturn SW2 w/ 5 speed manual bought new and about to hit 80k. Can’t afford a new car. Not many manufacturers offer wagons anyway and we don’t like crossovers.

I’m very sorry to be the bearer of bad news but those engines had a design defect that caused the cylinder head to fail and mix engine oil with coolant which could blow the engine.
They had an extended warranty for it but thats long expired, the best things you can do at this point is to not push the engine hard, don’t tow anything and avoid using the car in hot weather if you can.
And check the oil very often to make sure it has not turned into a frothy milkshake.

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I see only americans here with big engines, cheap gas. I drive 2001 Renault Kangoo worth 1000$, 2 seats, big amount of space back there, where I sleep while camping and on the other days I pack it with stuff if I have to. It only takes 6l of diesel and has 1.9D engine with 65 horsepower Cool

Looking forward to buy a Volkswagen T5 with 2.5l engine this year, because of the same purposes, but now I go bigger and more quiet (my Kangoo is savage, loud as hell inside).

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tekwyzrd wrote:
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Bort wrote:
…those engines had a design defect that caused the cylinder head to fail…
Depends on which motor it has.

The standard SOHC L24 motors suffered from cracked cylinder heads. The optional DOHC LL0 motors did not.

More info on Wikipedia here. It states that an estimated 2% to 5% of engines were affected.

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After selling my tricked-out Suzuki Jimny and VW I bought the cheapest SUV there is – a ’17 plate Dacia Duster 4×4.

I’ve put a new engine in it, remapped it to 140ish HP (the Americans are laughing now), put a bit larger AT tires, wheel spacers and 2” lift. It is reasonabely good off road (a lot better than most most SUVs we get in Europe), great for snow and compared to Suzuki it’s fast, comfy and not thirsty.

Still planing on getting an old VX Samurai, restoring it and then making a propper off-roader with it.

And also I drive an Škoda Octavia Facepalm

Perks of living in the Balkans.

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Mraz wrote:
After selling my tricked-out Suzuki Jimny and VW I bought the cheapest SUV there is – a ’17 plate Dacia Duster 4×4.

I’ve put a new engine in it, remapped it to 140ish HP (the Americans are laughing now), put a bit larger AT tires, wheel spacers and 2” lift. It is reasonabely good off road (a lot better than most most SUVs we get in Europe), great for snow and compared to Suzuki it’s fast, comfy and not thirsty.

Still planing on getting an old VX Samurai, restoring it and then making a propper off-roader with it.

And also I drive an Škoda Octavia Facepalm

Perks of living in the Balkans.

Had maybe 1999 Jimny before GV with that 1.3L in it. Not so nice in highways with off-road tires, but off-road it went like an ATV. Really fun car to had until head gasket burned. Repaired it for 1300€ and sold whole car 3000€ after that. Was thirsty little car, no matter what road you drove it was 10l/100km and off-roading made it drank even more.

Dusters are pretty good yeah. Cheapest and probably best price/quality you can get. Well sticking with my 4wd Golf until rust separates us or engine blows up. Well used engines are only like few hundred euros so yeah that ain’t problem.

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2011 Subaru Outback – I bought it used the dealer made a mint off me – he drives a Mercedes
It hauls all my gear bikes, kayak, camping, wife.
Installed a hitch for my utility trailer, makes hauling yard goods and furniture easier

I live at the top of steep hill when its snows I don’t have any problems.
I did sleep inside onetime at a trail head – but I prefer sleeping outside.

This my second Outback – my first died of a blown head gasket at 164K miles, I am hoping to wring more miles from this one

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Yeah Boxer engines has head gasket issues. Was thinking of getting older Outback, but yeah don’t wanna swap head gaskets often as oils. Well yeah they last something like max. 200 000 km, but still. Also swapping those seems painful expensive, don’t you need go get like whole engine off to make some room first?

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