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joel_19 Member Posts: 931
got a Yamaha VECTOR for winter once you go 4stroke you'll never go back. Turn key and go can hold it wide open for miles and you won't burn it down 18-20mpg and fairly quiet with low emmisions makes greenies happy. I came up on some xcountry guys last year and they where shocked when I went by they had ipods in and never heard me coming.but bring friends cause if you burry it she's heavy


  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,040

    Cars, cars, cars. We just drove all the cars in this class, but finally bought a new VW Touareg. It is a tight, well built vehicle. I have driven a 2000 ranger since new and 140k later no issues at all. What is your fav personal vehicle? I have a '64 MGB I need to get running someday!

    Just a guy running some pipes.
  • Cars?

    I have a 2007 night rod special v-rod. The nicest bike Ive ever owned.
  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,853
    My other car...

    goes ANYWHERE, any time of the year :-)

    Doesn't get the greatest milage, but who cares? Gas is CHEAP, right now...

    Not to distract, but I spoke to a customer of mine who is a major player in the oil well drilling biz. Asked him if he was keeping busy, and he said he'd completely stopped drilling. Until the price of oil goes back up, his rigs will remain idle. I said it would create an oil shortage, and he said yup, that's the idea.

    I suspect some really rough times are ahead. Long, LONG lines of people for food, fuel and money. Sorry for the pessemistic view. The horizon just does not look good to me. I hope I am totally wrong.

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • jackchips_2
    jackchips_2 Member Posts: 1,338
    Back to cars-----

    I have a 2006 Camry XLE and it is an exellent car. It is well built, has had no problems to date and I look forward to keeping it around for a long time-if the Good Lord allows.

    Test drove a Ford at the time and was disappointed with the interior and the engine noise at acceleration.

    I had a 1972 Chevy Nova, 350SS, four barrel, dual exhaust that my two daughters drove in high school that had one owner. It sat in the yard too long and I sold to a car guy who completely re-did it. Wish I could have gotten it back as my "toy".

  • When not driving the beast.....

    which is my 2002 Ford E250 for work (which required about $4,500.00 in major repairs by 45,000 miles...Ford refused to pay for repairs of multiple defects...its the last Ford I'll ever buy), I drive a 2001 VW Jetta VR6 Wagon. Solid and very heavy with little rear seat room (we have no kids) which had a few problems earlier on covered under warranty, but has been great since. Lots of torque and power (VW should put this motor in a small truck) and we get just under 30 mPG on the highway. It looks like we are going to get alot of miles out of it. We also drive a 93 Mercury Tracer wagon (27,000 miles) which we bought 2 years ago after having such great luck with our 93 Ford Escort Wagon...only replaced 4 typical nonwear parts in 225,000 miles. These were all built by Mazda, including engines, trannies, struts and lots of them are still on the road. The later fordized version from 95 up had more power and lots more repairs...not nearly as many are still on the road.

    We've been a Ford family for 50years, not anymore.


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  • joel_19
    joel_19 Member Posts: 931

    I'm considering 1 of those!! I am waiting to drive the new V6 diesel version. We have an 01 Mitsibishi Montero the bigger 1 not the sport and there is very little on the market to replace it with in that size range. Everything is a car based soft ute (not heavy duty enough) or is a huge ute. The Porsche chassis VW apears just about right.

    The Toyota Landcruiser is very rugged but $72k ouch! double what the Montero was.

    I have my z cars 4 sale if any one is interested the herd needs thinning.

    Red 83 Euro spec turbo possible the only 1 on the east coast $6,500.

    91 z32 91 2+2 only 38 k miles loaded mint $10,500
  • tim smith
    tim smith Member Posts: 2,738
    We have a 2008 Camry Hybrid, Seattle thing ya know

    Not the most exciting thing in the world but about 32mpg in town and 35 or so on hwy.
  • Hvacman
    Hvacman Member Posts: 159

    For my toy I have a '71 Riviera, lowered, built motor, posi... currently down for paint.
    Personal truck is '97 F-150, sometimes will start, stuck in 4WD, leaks every fluid. Getting replaced as we speak with an FJ Cruiser or maybe another F-150.
    For work the boss has me in an '08 Silverado, not enough motor, interior comes off cheap and plasticy, paint is delicate!

    Anyone here have the FJ? How about a Tundra? Is the Tundra solid, and is the motor ballsy?
  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 3,226
    My 2008 Jeep Liberty...

    ...just needed new valves and springs after 11,000 miles.

    Infer what you will.

    This is my second consecutive Liberty. The first one (2005) was built like a Cheerios box. The new one has many improvements and transferring the lease was too simple to pass up (put sunglasses from car A into car B, sign here, drive away).

    I wish I had the small Range Rover (25% more money) or
    the Taureg (100% more money)

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  • joel_19
    joel_19 Member Posts: 931

    Big difference between a pickup truck and FJ so you should decide what type of vehicle you want before picking the brand.Toyota has 2 v8's so power depends on what motor you get just like the domestics. No comparison quality wise.

    toureag VS Liberty also no comparison Toureag is more like a Grand Cherokee size vehicle
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,922

    for every day going to shop or what have you (I'm retired from my day job!) a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid. I love it. 80,000 miles mostly in the 8 to 10 mile trip range, and 45 mpg. Very very reliable.

    For when I need to haul something? A 1994 Chevy K2500 long bed crew cab. The old 7 litre engine. The thing is huge, and does use gas -- but with a ton and a half in the bed capacity, or 15,000 pounds towing capacity... I can, and have cruised all day at interstate speeds towing a four horse trailer (just over 10,000 pounds) effortlessly. Got to love that, too! about 200,000 miles on it... and just routine maintenance.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • MD/ME Doug
    MD/ME Doug Member Posts: 2
    Currently it is a

    Wrangler JK 4-door Jeep. Has 2-meter Ham and Marine Comm gear in it. Not very well built, I expect it to have expensive repairs.

    Previous was a 2-door Wrangler, much better built. Others- 32 Ford, 57 Merc, Chev Impala, E350's, F-350 diesel, F250 4x4, VW Cabrio. Forgot a Gremlin...
  • Mopar

    I've been a Dodge guy since my teens . Had a Charger and Challenger in the 80s .

    Came full circle and had a 2007 Charger and traded it in for a Challenger . Used some 401k money right before the big crash and 30 percent of my savings evaporated :(

    I absolutely love it . The 'stang boys are shocked at how fast it flies off the line . I wonder who sets the MPG ratings though . Highway is supposed to be at 25 mpg . More like 19 or 20 . Oh well , gas is cheap again for a little while . That's Bailey hammin' it up . Waiting for me to chuck his stick .
  • J.C.A._3
    J.C.A._3 Member Posts: 2,981
    Come clean Ron....

    Some of us know about that hippie van you drive.

    I've been looking for the bumper sticker for you for 2 years now, and can't find it!..."If this vans a rockin'...don't bother knockin'".

  • joel_19
    joel_19 Member Posts: 931

    That is shaaaap looking much better than the New Camaro IMHO.
  • tim smith
    tim smith Member Posts: 2,738
    Ron, are you sure you don't drive an ek2000. That other

    guy may accuse you of this.
  • hvacfreak
    hvacfreak Member Posts: 439

    That new Challanger is sweet .
  • hvacfreak
    hvacfreak Member Posts: 439

    That new Challenger is sweet.
  • Hvacman
    Hvacman Member Posts: 159

    Thankfully I don't haul ladders anymore... only laptop, hand tools, torch, and wrenches to 24". The FJ has the room and everything will be inside, plus room to haul the family without removing the tools...

    I do love a pickup though! I drove the Tundra with a 5.7, seems less "solid" than the Ford and Chev. full size trucks, I've not even thought about a Mopar...
  • Hvacman
    Hvacman Member Posts: 159
    Wake up!

    Waking that Hemi from a long nap? :-)

    I love the smell of Marvel Mystery Oil.
  • Jack
    Jack Member Posts: 1,047
    Cars! It's all madness you know!

    Let's see, for work, 05 Yukon XL & 06 Subaru Outback

    Others: 1975 BMW 2002 Turbo, 1972 BMW 2002, and '04 Mini Cooper S

    In this scenario, a two car garage is wholly deficient
  • MD/ME Doug
    MD/ME Doug Member Posts: 2
    The ideal house has

    a barn with shop and lift, 5 car garage, bedroom, bathroom, game room/theater, small kitchen. Radiant or steam heat. Hot and cold running maids. Cars and toys.
  • wjp_2
    wjp_2 Member Posts: 2

    Work truck 2005 Sprinter van 2500 72K

    Personal vehicle 2000 Jeep Cherokee with 40K, and a no-spin locker in the back (makes for great offroading)

    Wife's car is a 2007 Honda Pilot

    Play toy a 2000 Polaris sportsman atv
  • Bob Bona_4
    Bob Bona_4 Member Posts: 2,083
    Let us

    now bow at the altar of horsepower.:) Ron, nice. I was salivating at an SRT Challenger at the mall today. Heard the ragtop may be out in 2012 (if Chrysler is still around).

    I'm a big Mopar fan from way back. My first car was a 1969 Charger ala Dukes. Sadly, Warner Bros seemed intent on buying them all up for the show, and pickings were slim even back then! It was a never ending battle w/ the rust demons. I never got the 440 six pack engine I built into it- that ended up in a Ramcharger I had.

    Someday. I will have another.

    For now, we have a 2001 Grand Cherokee for family, a 97 GMC 2500 utility body w/ 200K miles on it for work. Just lost a 2007 Avalanche-totalled w/ 12K on it (somebody rear-ended it @40mph).

    I'm eyeing up my 1970 Amphicat 6 wheeler for resto this year:)
  • Mike Thomas_2
    Mike Thomas_2 Member Posts: 109
    25 Model T Coupe

    25 Model T Coupe. In my dad's barn for 45 years. Got it out in 2005, and took it down to the last nut and bolt, and then put her back together.
  • Mike Thomas_2
    Mike Thomas_2 Member Posts: 109
    25 Model T Coupe

    I drive a 25 Model T Coupe. It was in my dad's barn for 45 years. I got it out in 2006. Took it down to the last nut and bolt, and then rebuilt every last part, and put her back together.
  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,040

    well, 5 days later and that Touareg is just awesome! It really handles well and has plenty of power. Beige interior makes nav hard to see in daytime light, but really fun. I highly recommend this vehicle! We got a color & option package we wanted and got it 10K less because it is new 08. Warranty is better for 08 as well, so win win. Originally we were looking at the Tiguan but this is a better vehicle for less than the 09 Tiguan.

    Just a guy running some pipes.
  • Ken D.
    Ken D. Member Posts: 836

    A Model T? Wow, How cool is that?
  • Ken D.
    Ken D. Member Posts: 836

    I've always been a Ford or Chevy guy. Had Corvairs (one was a Corsa Spyder), an F-150. Presently have a Chevy Impala. My favorite was a'65 Ford Fairlane Sports Coupe. One sharp set of wheels. I still regret trading it in. My first new car was a Ford Granada Ghia. I saw that Jade Green Metallic beauty with the white landau roof under the lights and fell in love. Drove it for 150,000 miles. Ah, to be young again with .30 cent gasoline!
  • All Types

    Ford Mustang GT (convertable),
    Cadillac Escalade,
    Hyundai Tucson

    What else is there to say; Speed, luxury/size, and economy

    Usually driven in that order too!
  • lee_7
    lee_7 Member Posts: 458

    Daytime : 2006 GMC savana with 12' Spartan utility box
    Night: 2005 Dodge Ram quad cab, 41000 miles and love everyone of them. Lots of power and comfortable ride even at 11 mpg.
  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 3,226
    I'm a Mopar man, too, Ron.

    My first car was a '65 Dodge Coronet Coupe ($250 in 1986)
    '71 Fury ($400)
    80-something Challenger (Japanese made but a lot of fun with a 5-speed) ($2,500)
    and then a sweeeeeet red '66 Plymouth Satellite with 383, dual-quad carbs and a 4-speed tranny. ($3,400 in '92)

    Pics at my mom's house. Gotta find some.

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  • MIke_Jonas
    MIke_Jonas Member Posts: 209
  • ttekushan_3
    ttekushan_3 Member Posts: 958
    I've hesitated, but what the heck...

    Daily drivers:

    Peugeot 604 turbodiesel (600,000 miles)

    Peugeot 505 turbodiesel wagon.

    First vehicle: VW panel delivery van, 1968, given to me by my brother when I was 15. It had a bad engine and the deal was that I would rebuild it. It was a great engine for a first project and it was ready to drive in time!

    Cars sold to others to be restored which I miss dearly:

    Citroen DS 21 Jubilee edition in silver, Hydraulic semi-auto transmission, 1972

    Citroen SM Maserati 3 liter 1973 (this one can really put your mechanical aptitude to the test). Identical to the one Burt Reynolds drives into the drink in 1974's "The Longest Yard," only in white.

    Car sold and maintained as I had it (and may be able to get back):

    Kaiser Manhattan, 4 sp GM hydramatic 1953

    Car most unlikely to stumble across locally that I missed "by that much:"

    Tatra 603-2, black. Rear engine V8 air cooled. I mentioned this one to a "co-weird car" buddy of mine and without missing a beat he quipped, "does it have a Czech engine light?"

  • mtfallsmikey
    mtfallsmikey Member Posts: 765

    Daily driver: 2003 Buick Century, 3.1 L, 28-32 mpg, commute is 72 mi. each way...nice mid-size car.
    Toy: 1972 Olds Cutlass Supreme ragtop, all mechanicals have been redone.
  • Bob Bona_4
    Bob Bona_4 Member Posts: 2,083

    get up those pics John. I forgot they made the Mitsubishi Challenger back then! I do remember the Omni type Charger (snicker)..can you beleive we drove ocean liners like the Fury?? What a ride though.

    I paid $700 for my first 69 Charger back in 1980. Rust never sleeps. In 1984, I went on a trade show trip to CA. and for fun, I looked in the LA pennysaver papers, and found a 69 for sale. 1200 bux. I took the rental car to look at it. All it needed was a paint job, not a speck of rust. Factory air, 383, all stock- it belonged to an older woman. As a young man, the logistics of raising the 1200, and actually getting the car home were impossible.

    Today, I wish I could have a do-over :)
  • My wifes

    1995 Toyota V6 Camry Wagon is my favorite for everyday transportation. Practical car with fold down third seat. Carries seven passengers without the bulk of an SUV or minivan, and gets about 30 mpg on the highway. I would love to buy a new one, but unfortunately Toyota discontinued the wagon model in 1996.
  • Too many cars!

    Daily drivers:

    1981 Volkswagen Jetta 190K miles

    1986 Mustang 39K miles

    Wife's cars:

    1995 Toyota Camry Wagon 170K miles

    1981 Toyota Tercel 222K miles

    Collector and projects:

    1951 Chevrolet station wagon

    1966 Mustang

    1974 VW Beetle

    1979 Mercedes 450SLC

    They are all a lot of fun, but almost a full time job to keep them all maintained, insured, inspected etc. At least we always have transportation available!
  • Paul Fredricks_9
    Paul Fredricks_9 Member Posts: 315

    Used to race a 2002 Tii in off road ralleys years ago. What a great car.
  • Paul Fredricks_9
    Paul Fredricks_9 Member Posts: 315

    2008 Mazda 3 - 5 door. Front wheel drive with no weight means it goes no where on the snow.

    1993 Buick Century. 6 cylinder front drive. I'd put this up against many 4 WD's in the snow. What a tank.

    1996 Suburban 2500. The Photon Sled.
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