Cars: Search & Destroy

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I have a company car. Before 4:30 this afternoon, it was a 1998 Chevy Malibu. Dull emerald green (sorta), 80,000+ miles (from lots of job-related driving, and LOTS of recreational driving). It was dinged up, the lights around the stick shift died, it always ran low on coolant, the breaks died 3 times, but I liked the car. It's at the glue factory right now.

My new company car is a brand spankin' new Ford Explorer. Big behemoth of a SUV. At first, I blanched, due to the piss-poor mileage (20 MPG on the highway! woo!) and the environmental concerns involving such crap-mileage cars. But it drives nice. And, shit, like I'm actually going to bitch about a FREE CAR.

But what I want to know is 1) what's your ride, 2) what's your ideal ride, and 3) ...um... your favorite car movie. Yeah, that's the ticket.

David Raposa, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Favorite movie (in honor of Corey Haim) - _License to Drive_. That genre ... they don't make 'em like they used to.

David Raposa, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

You have a company car?!?!?

STOP BITCHING YOU TOSSER!!

heh heh

my answer - - anything that runs. I do live in Dallas you know. We don't even have sidewalks.

Sam-at-home, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

destroy them all!

ethan, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

(1)grey Toyota Town Ace van with dings in the side
(2)just about anything other than a grey Toyota Town Ace van with dings in the side
(3)I only ever saw the end of it on TV once but it's called "Crazy Mary & Dirty Larry" or vice versa, it's got Peter Fonda in it.

duane, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

1) Dont have one 2) 1969.5 Ford Mustang Fastback 3) Bullitt

Mr Noodles, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I feel safest of all. Yup.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

!) Bus
A pink ice cream truck or a sea green 1958 volvo

anthony, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

1)1977 Toyota Corolla
2)Any Toyota MR2
3)Car movies are not necessary - The Formula One season is like 17 great car movies every year.

toraneko, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i have a 1972 white triumph 2000 TC that doesn't go and is about to get its ass sold to the wreckers. i want a hillman superminx. i don't have a favourite car movie.

di, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Laurel and Hardy car! The one that falls apart.

james, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

1) Peugeot 205 diesel on its last legs but 'nippy' and noisy and I love it; 2) The tiny silver eco-car of the future that runs on water or air or something so I can love to drive without guilt; 3) TWO-LANE BLACKTOP!! JAmes Taylor's hair, jumper!!! Ohhhh...

Ellie, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I can't drive, I don't really like cars very much but I have always lusted after a beautiful, prime Cherry red Volkswagen Karrman Ghia with a white roof,that would be just peachy.

chris, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

cars are satan's carriages.

katie, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

cars suck almost as much as decaf

Geoff, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

1.) I have a really old (1987) Saab, rose quartz color, which is grey but pinkish in the sun. The upholstery and dash have been replaced, and it's in good condition.

2.) Aw, the car I own is my ideal ride, it's paid for, has a hatchback so I can lug a lot of crap with me if I need too, and is dependable.

3.) Don't have a favorite car movie...only learned to drive when I was 25, I had to for work. Growing up in NY, I didn't need a car.

Lesley Higgins, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

1.) I have a really old (1987) Saab, rose quartz color, which is grey but pinkish in the sun. The upholstery and dash have been replaced, and it's in good condition.

2.) Aw, the car I own is my ideal ride, it's paid for, has a hatchback so I can lug a lot of crap with me if I need to, and is dependable.

3.) Don't have a favorite car movie...only learned to drive when I was 25, I had to for work. Growing up in NY, I didn't need a car.

Lesley Higgins, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

whoops, sorry.

Lesley Higgins, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

ka = sistah's, but i own one-tenth

mark s, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

1/ 1989 Saab 900s 2/ Tatra T87 3/ "Wrong arm of the Law" ('60's peter sellers cop caper movie w/loads of old Wolseleys

Norman Phay, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

1) 1998 Jetta V-6 2) Ferrari F355 Spider 3) The Fast and the Furious

Kris, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...
search -

http://www.compucars.co.uk/carpics/Lg15673-01.jpg

Destroy -

everything else.

hmmm, Thursday, 19 February 2004 11:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Not suitable for work, but this is the first picture that comes up when you image google for citroen

http://www.manaszk.it.pl/zarty/citroen.jpg

Madchen (Madchen), Thursday, 19 February 2004 13:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Blimey!

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Thursday, 19 February 2004 13:26 (sixteen years ago) link

I was looking for this
http://nerv.org.uk/photos/cars/citroen.jpg

Madchen (Madchen), Thursday, 19 February 2004 13:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah that's what they all say Madchen! ;-)

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Thursday, 19 February 2004 13:29 (sixteen years ago) link

hmmmm, there are 2 of those in my neighborhood, and i was always tempted to leave a note on their windshield saying 'i really love your car. do you want to be my friend?'

because it's true.

colette (a2lette), Thursday, 19 February 2004 13:30 (sixteen years ago) link

three months pass...
I am thinking of buying a chevy malibu, they've redone them for 2004. This will be my first new car if I can get up the nerve to spend that kind of jack.

teeny (teeny), Friday, 28 May 2004 16:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Hmm, in that class I'd look at spending a little more on a VW Passat GL or GLS, or a Nissan Altima which I had as a rental. I'd think you'd want to look at a Honda Accord too...

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 28 May 2004 16:38 (sixteen years ago) link

FIrst two albums were great, but they were largely crap after Candy-O.

Oh bahahaha.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 28 May 2004 16:41 (sixteen years ago) link

I am distrustful of American automobiles. They are too expensive for what you get in most cases because of grossly inflated manufacturing costs.

If you buy a VW be aware the the total cost of ownership is higher than almost any other car except a Saab or some such. The warranty is for shit and you WILL get fucked in the ass by the dealership the minute anything goes wrong.

I would totally support getting a Nissan or Honda at this point, I've also heard that Hyundai has turned itself into quite the success story re: features & reliability for the money.

I think that unless you ABSOLUTELY want the latest model it's better to go with used. I am rapidly becoming acquainted with the fact that your purchase loses (at least) a third of its value as soon as you drive it off the lot, resale-wise.

TOMBOT, Friday, 28 May 2004 16:44 (sixteen years ago) link

1) I drive a black 2003 Chrysler Sebring Coupe. I wanted a couple with a big backseat that folded so I could carry people and stuff, but (ahem) in style. Anyways it now has 35K miles in 15 months of ownership oh my! But no problems so far ...

2) I guess if someone were going to up and give me a car it would be a Mercedes CL600. I saw one at the autoshow and it was gorgeous, I was filled with lust. Though looking it up right now it doesn't offer a manual transmission and my car needs a stick! I'd pick a BMW 645Ci instead but the idrive scares me ...

3) The car chase in 52 Pick-Up is quite exciting.

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Friday, 28 May 2004 21:13 (sixteen years ago) link

As cool looking as the J Mays-designed retroFords are, I would avoid American cars and trucks across the board.

What happens when a Mini Cooper and a Ford F-150 meet a fixed object (hint: the "F" stands for "fatality")

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Saturday, 29 May 2004 00:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd love a mini but I have the GM family discount which means I automatically receive at least 12% of MSRP on top of any other rebates. It makes it kind of hard to look at anything else.

teeny (teeny), Saturday, 29 May 2004 22:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, the cars certainly lost a great deal of their resale value.

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000002GWB.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Skottie, Sunday, 30 May 2004 12:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm looking at cars right now.

What I should get is a Civic Hybrid or a Prius.

What I want is a bright red brand new Ford F150. Ten miles to the gallon SUCKAZ.

adam (adam), Sunday, 30 May 2004 13:29 (sixteen years ago) link

The Prius is WAY better than the Civic Hybrid. Both underperform on mileage (versus stated), but the Prius does better (it's also pretty cool inside). Be prepared to wait several months from the time you order it.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Sunday, 30 May 2004 16:30 (sixteen years ago) link

search or destroy:

http://195.96.170.31/covers/r/ric_ocasek/group.jpg

latebloomer (latebloomer), Sunday, 30 May 2004 18:33 (sixteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
I don't have any money, but I would nevertheless like to decide which car to pin my affections on, for future reference.

It must be cute. Small. The color should be perhaps be red. With a cream interior? Leather?

So . . .

http://www.jkoons3.com/graphics/Jetta-2.jpg

or

http://aerorentacar.com/images/bug.jpg

?

Other options, Mini Cooper, Toyota Corrolla (not the same cuteness factor, but drove as a rental car and liked it).

One problem is that I'm not that fond of the "new" Jetta.

Mary (Mary), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:02 (fifteen years ago) link

The "new" Jetta is terrible. It looks too much like a bland Toyota.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:12 (fifteen years ago) link

I drove a Toyota Matrix (corolla +1) today and liked it all right. I wouldn't get another volkswagen, personally.
http://mx.news1.yimg.com/mx.img2.yahoo.com/espanol/autos/matrix8-385.jpg

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Mary: Get a Zipcar membership, you can try out all of them! There's no monthly charge, just the application fee and then you pay as you go.

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:16 (fifteen years ago) link

I have driven the Prius, the Scion xA, and the Matrix so far. I think the Scion wins out of that bunch though the Matrix appeared to have better acceleration. The Prius does get lovely mileage but fuck that dashboard layout, thoroughly annoying. And FWIW I've also driven a Jetta and owned a Beetle and the Jetta kicks the Beetle out of the stadium in all categories save roundness (and apparently "safety" but oh wtfever)

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:22 (fifteen years ago) link

I just looked at the New Jetta colors--they are so drab and they don't even offer red. So there is no way I am getting a New Jetta. I don't like how the New Jetta is more rounded and sedan like, I like the boxy Old Jetta.

I thought the Beetle would be a lot chepaer than the Jetta, bc: tiny, 2 doors, twee, but the standard package is just like 1,500 cheaper than a Jetta. Why?

Mary (Mary), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:27 (fifteen years ago) link

I have a vague hankering for another "classic" SAAB 900, argh begone.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:35 (fifteen years ago) link

the Beetle is what's referred to as a "Boutique" car, eg they know you ain't buying it out of pragmatism or you'd just get a golf or a jetta. The thing IS a golf for the most part, just with an Xtreme Makeover applied and the $$$ to match.

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

destroy all cars

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:39 (fifteen years ago) link

no

also, that matrix thing is fugly

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Personally I think if I ever actually purchase an automobile again it will either be some kind of scarily pragmatic asian jobbie like I pictured above, or a Lotus Exige:
http://www.fast-autos.net/lotus/05exige.jpg

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:44 (fifteen years ago) link

If I got a Mini Cooper I could get red with white roof-- so mod.

http://images.speurders.nl/images/44/4443/4443638_1_detail.jpg

Mary (Mary), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:46 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www12.plala.or.jp/sakajiken/2cv-103.jpg

naus (Robert T), Sunday, 31 July 2005 11:13 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.barbecuebattle.com/images/exhibits/oscar1.jpg

naus (Robert T), Sunday, 31 July 2005 11:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Because the Lexus doesn't have the three-pronged, Flavor Flav hood ornament.

I read that MB has screwed themselves by differentiating their brand and their price points so readily. To the effect of I think ten years ago there were 3 lines and now there are god knows how many. And the dealerships are hurting bc they have such a wide range of people with different expectations coming through their doors and they don't know how to cater to them. Plus, the product has gone down-hill. However, the 70s Mercedes has the Euopean art film cachet. Think of all the MB sedans pulling up in the Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.

I've seen a lot of the new Jettas on the road. They are not that bad, but I wonder why they had to make the Jetta so much bigger. Maybe they will introduce a cute, pre-Jetta like car?

Mary (Mary), Sunday, 31 July 2005 21:05 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm currently running a Ford Transit - 2.5l diesel injection, 3 seater standard delivery van. It's a slogger. Driving it is fucking great actually.

Ideal car @ this moment = the same thing, but new, or maybe one of those benz vito vans.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Monday, 1 August 2005 10:13 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
peugeot 407:

http://imgs.idnes.cz/ak_aktual/A040108_SAM_1024PEUGEOT407ELIXIR01_N.JPG

too bad i dont have a drivers license, or money

Hung Gam Bou: the chubby lightning (FE7), Saturday, 24 September 2005 13:09 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

So I can't find anyplace else to put this -- over the weekend I went home to Carmel to visit my folks as well as my aunt and uncle, who had come out for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, aka old fancy cars galore that sell for millions. I didn't go on Sunday to the event itself but on Thursday I found myself at a couple of side events and while I'm obviously not a car freak per se, I figured folks would like to see some of what was on offer -- Duesenbergs, Bugattis, Aston-Martins, etc. etc.. Look through my Flickr set and go nuts.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 16:40 (twelve years ago) link

So I can't find anyplace else to put this

I Love Cars?

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 19:03 (twelve years ago) link

I've been to both the classic car races at Laguna Seca and the Pebble Beach Concours about a half dozen or so times over the years. (my mom hasn't missed it in 25 years) It's gotten much more expensive to go now, but I like dropping in now and then

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 19:05 (twelve years ago) link

The other big event at Monterey is the Christie's auction on Thursday night. The big story out of that was Steve McQueen's Ferrari 250 GT Lusso selling for 2.3 million

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 19:07 (twelve years ago) link

Higher than I'd heard estimated. Nice.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 19:28 (twelve years ago) link

And thanks for all the IDing, of course -- will update the captions accordingly.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 19:32 (twelve years ago) link

along these lines, I'll get around to organizing that FAP to the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar one of these days(has a car collection but the musical instruments look even cooler). Huell Howser made it look boffo but then he tends to do that.

tremendoid, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 19:32 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

Um, can anyone tell me about frame damage? I took my car to Carmax and they told me it had frame damage and would therefore offer me $8500. Its blue book value is like $14,000. Before, I took it to the dealer I bought it from and he told me he would give me $8500-10,000, possibly $10,950. I had body work done after I lost control on ice (had a back door replaced) but neither the dude who fixed my car nor my insurance told me there was frame damge. There was $5,000 work done on it. What should I do? If I offer this car for a private sale, what should I divulge? I don't want to screw anyone over, but I feel like the car is worth at least $12,000, but maybe there is frame damage and it is a piece of junk? Should I just try to get as much as I can from the orginal dealer?

Virginia Plain, Thursday, 27 September 2007 21:09 (twelve years ago) link

No advice for me? I put it on Craigslist for a little under what I think it's worth--waiting to see if anything happens.

Virginia Plain, Friday, 28 September 2007 18:08 (twelve years ago) link

Can you take it back to the repair shop and say "hey, you missed the frame damage"? Do they have a frame machine that could straighten it out?

Rock Hardy, Friday, 28 September 2007 18:10 (twelve years ago) link

I just checked my report from the repair shop, and they do list "frame work" as one (of many) of the repairs. The frame is apparently fixed, but now the car is tainted and its value considerably reduced.

Virginia Plain, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:05 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...

We drive one of these, but black and three door rather than five:

http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/crop-460x345/micra40_ew.jpg

It's alright; economical, nippy, easy to park, comfortable, etc., but not very exciting. I'm not really into exciting, though.

This is my dream 'normal' car, I think:

http://www.analogstereo.com/images/om/volkswagen_polo.jpg

Can't really afford /justify one now, but in a couple of years we'd love to get one. It just seems like the perfect small car, the platonic essence of small carness. I always think when I see one "why would you want to drive anything else?" Apart from maybe, if money was even less of an object (ditto practicality):

http://www.autobytel.com/images/2007/Volkswagen/EOS_Staff/400/07_VW_EOS_07.jpg

If money was no object, though...

Scik Mouthy, Monday, 2 June 2008 16:08 (twelve years ago) link

The best car in the universe is the Mach 6 by Racer Motors:

http://blogs.cars.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/01/14/mach5500.jpg

It's powered by a Bernoulli engine.

felicity, Monday, 2 June 2008 16:19 (twelve years ago) link

Whoops. That's the Mach 5.

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/images/2008/04/17/sr1864660.jpg

felicity, Monday, 2 June 2008 16:22 (twelve years ago) link

i want a smart car or a mini. or a fiat!

get bent, Monday, 2 June 2008 16:24 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.classicaldrives.com/50226711/new_fiat500.jpg

get bent, Monday, 2 June 2008 16:28 (twelve years ago) link

car sharing, people

NB - i am an employee of a chicagoland car sharing company

gbx, Monday, 2 June 2008 17:22 (twelve years ago) link

i think i'd look pretty silly driving an element, so i guess i would like a 1986 accord or, especially if road noise is a problem, a 1988 legend

gabbneb, Monday, 2 June 2008 17:57 (twelve years ago) link

I drive past a '75 or '76 BMW 2002 every day and I swear that if it ever goes up for sale...

It looks kinda like this:

http://www.theresearchsource.net/images/2002.h3.jpg

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 2 June 2008 18:35 (twelve years ago) link

I had a 1990 V6 Legend for a long time. My Acura mechanic drives a 1988 Legend.

The Legend was one of the best cars ever built IMO. I drive a newer Acura but I think the Legend was better. If you can find one that's never been in a major collision you should get one.

felicity, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 01:01 (twelve years ago) link

I drove an Oldsmobile Alero (2001) for 6 years without a problem, then it just DIED. No little, fixable problem, it needed a new everything, which would have cost more than the car was worth. Now I drive a Mini Cooper S, and it's the bestest ever. You can fit a lot more than you'd think inside, and it's fast and fuel efficient.

miryam, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 01:05 (twelve years ago) link

I can fix a lot of things but when the electrical harness starts to go, you're car's telling you it's about to break your heart.

felicity, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 01:13 (twelve years ago) link

2002s are great. chris what do you think of that new BMW 1-series, it's got a major 2002 throwback thing going on.

haitch, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 01:18 (twelve years ago) link

if i actually bought a car, in the absence of knowledge of any kind, i'm kinda guessing i would put branding aside and get an un-sporty camry or toyota hybrid. the one brand i would D is mercedes.

gabbneb, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 01:22 (twelve years ago) link

felicity i will challenge your mach 6 with the mazda furai:

http://www.caradvice.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/mazdafuraiconceptmazdafurai04500img.thumbnail.jpg

haitch, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 01:31 (twelve years ago) link

S/D of cars we use; my main criteria here, tbh, is the ease with which I can transport a bike in the back, which is basically what i do all day. mega bonus points for not having to take the wheel off.

Search:

* Priuses: "cool," nice control layout, surprisingly peppy, very capacious (seats fold FLAT, bike goes in whole!), MPG, good visibility when you back up and stuff, easy to estimate where the snub nose is at any given time, ditto the rear bumper: there's basically a window right there
* Honda Fits: tiny on the outside, massive on the inside. like, hueg. once again, there is a very clever folding system that allows the seats to lie totally flat on the inside. boxy shape means you can fit a ton of shit inside. guaranteed that most of my band's equipment (minus drums) could manage. sporty shifting, if you're into that.
* Toyota Matrix: like the Fit, but bigger and faster. again, seats fold flat (no wheels off) AND they are lined with plastic on the back, so you don't have to worry about fucking up the seats. beefier than the Fits

D:

* Hybrid Honda Civic. Fuck this piece of shit. Terrible pickup, long snout is hard to judge, and AND AND the lot we've got DONT LET YOU FOLD DOWN THE BACKSEAT. <---- WTF. Moreover, the trunk is fucking tiny (smaller than the standard model, don't ask me why), which means that a bike cannot fit unless I take off all the wheels. so i say fuck it, and throw the bitch in the backseat, which means you sit on bike grease when i'm done.

* Honda Element. Spacious, yeah, but only if you hang up the rear seats, which is onerous in comparison to the way cars do it, AND it obliterates most of your rear visibility. they've fallen apart more quickly than anything else, and the low end models are all kind of plasticky.

gbx, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 01:43 (twelve years ago) link

2002s are great. chris what do you think of that new BMW 1-series, it's got a major 2002 throwback thing going on.

I like the 1-series a lot. I finally got to see one last week and it's much better looking in person than the foreshortened weirdo in the photographs. The 135i basically makes the 335i (if not the entire 3-series outside of the M3) irrelevant unless you absolutely have to have four doors and if that's the case, I'd opt for a Mercedes C300 with the six-speed. The big downside is that the 1-series is still freaking expensive, especially after factoring in insurance and servicing costs. Wait a couple years and I'm sure there will be sufficient quantities of low-mileage ones sitting in the pre-owned lot.

I gotta admit though, the turbo Volvo C30 is a potentially good alternate (a Volvo!?). You're either on board with the looks or not (I like the look) but the ride is much nicer than the Mini or with a lot more usable space.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 19:36 (twelve years ago) link

Oooh, concept.
The Furai sounds sensational at full cry. As we exited Turn 11 onto the main straight with the sound of the rotary exhaust reverberating off the concrete pit wall, the effect was not of a lone car, but instead an entire field of endurance racers. With the Furai, Mazda is suggesting that this aural deception will soon become a reality as it moves to join Acura and Porsche in an assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

haitch, since the Mach 6 has never touched the asphalt of a real course, I graciously concede.

felicity, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 19:55 (twelve years ago) link

I drive past a '75 or '76 BMW 2002 every day and I swear that if it ever goes up for sale...

love those cars.

chicago kevin, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 20:15 (twelve years ago) link

This is my car, only with four doors:

http://www.edmunds.com/media/reviews/top10/06.least.expensive.cars.to.insure/06.vw.gti.500.jpg

Pros:
- AN AWESOME CAR TO DRIVE - quick, fast, awesome handling
- Love the way it looks
- Surprisingly spacious
- Pretty good gas mileage for a sport tuned car (Over 30 on the highway)

Cons:
- Low-profile rims seem to not get along with pot holes AT ALL. I've had to replace two tires already in order to avoid potential blow-outs.
- Premium fuel be expensive, yo. This is somewhat mitigated by the good gas mileage.

I would buy it again, but might consider the not-so-low pro rims.

B.L.A.M., Tuesday, 3 June 2008 20:41 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

So anyway the Concours d'Elegance is just around the corner again and once again I'm going home to Carmel for a few days here -- not really for the cars but since other family always visit around that time it's good for a reunion.

And like last year, I'll take photos galore -- here's that 2007 set again. A couple of my favorites:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1361/1192838309_de2dab4f2e.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1300/1192584593_64ad92487c.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1322/1193419974_6f7eb34cc5.jpg

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 16:33 (twelve years ago) link

NY Times story on the auction market, news of new auctions planned via the LA Times, etc. etc.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 16:38 (twelve years ago) link

But what I want to know is 1) what's your ride, 2) what's your ideal ride, and 3) ...um... your favorite car movie. Yeah, that's the ticket.

1) Saab 9-3, bitches
2) 80's convertible Saab 900
3) Can't think of any

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 08:44 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

And also with early to mid 90s lexus SCs, which I think have something in common with the ferraris

http://autodata.ibsrv.net/images/?IMG=U4LEGEA4.jpg&WIDTH=425

hey boys, suppers on me, our video just went bacterial (Hurting 2), Friday, 28 January 2011 06:05 (nine years ago) link

Have you seen 'Electroma'? The 400 is aka the Daft Punk car now.

Spencer Chow, Friday, 28 January 2011 07:21 (nine years ago) link

i used 2 have those micro machines i think

Lamp, Friday, 28 January 2011 07:22 (nine years ago) link

Electroma is actually where I first saw and liked the car, so yeah. Unoriginal of me I guess.

hey boys, suppers on me, our video just went bacterial (Hurting 2), Friday, 28 January 2011 19:38 (nine years ago) link

Totally original! Have been trying to find this one picture I recall of a red one, shot from the rear, in front of a modern house.

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 00:59 (nine years ago) link

six years pass...

Maybe it's just the adjustment, but I had to take a rental for a few days and it's a Honda Fit and so far I fucking HATE driving this thing. Weird ass hatchback rear view, strange shape, handles weird, cannot get my spatial bearings whatsoever, driver seat sits uncomfortably. I feel like this thing was just invented to convince people to pay for the more expensive rental next time. I want my bougie accord back.

two years pass...

Should I buy a used Honda CR-V, a used Subaru Forester, or option C ___?

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 1 August 2020 15:15 (one week ago) link

C = used 1994 Volvo 240 with 250,000 miles, Vermont plates, and dancing bear bumper sticker.

T┼Źne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Sunday, 2 August 2020 15:33 (one week ago) link

ime subarus and hondas are both reliable vehicles, but I'd give the edge to subarus

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Sunday, 2 August 2020 17:46 (one week ago) link


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