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  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    Mini hardtop is WEAK, yo

    Basil
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian

    @UPSLynx said:
    Mini hardtop is WEAK, yo

    Disagree. I test drove a Mini Cooper S. Holy crap that thing can scoot.

  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    Update to my list. The 2005 Beetle TDI is dead (by way of transmission).

    Long live the 2016 Malibu.

  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian

    Nothing has changed since 2011, except the Volvo died a horrible death on the Jersey Turnpike. The car had problems from the time we drove it off the lot. Since it was so old and had so many miles, we couldn't invoke the lemon law. They were problems we could deal with, but eventually they caught up and the car died. If you know a lot about Volvos, you'll know that 1999 S80 was the model year that everything in the car was electronic, and even the simplest repair could sometimes throw things completely out of whack. For example, there were times when the radio display would go out, yet the radio still worked. The dash lights blinked out on me a few times, so I had no speedo, no tach, and no gas gauge. I drove the car for a while without working turn signals, A/C, or opening windows- fun on a warm day, let me tell you. Then, one day, everything would magically start working again. I thought maybe it was the weather, or a short somewhere, but there was no rhyme or reason to the outages.

    Then after a while it started leaking oil. I dropped in a quart a week. One day I was driving from my office to see a vendor in New Jersey. The car was acting a little funny on the way down, so before I went back to New York, I threw in a few quarts of oil. Things seemed to calm down until I was about 40 miles from home. Next thing I know, the temp gauge goes all the way up, the car starts bucking, and every dash light came on. I had enough momentum to pull over to the shoulder. I popped the hood. There was coolant all over the place, but most of it left a nice trail from the road to the shoulder. The mechanic never could tell me what caused it, but the engine completely seized. Fun times.

    We replaced it with a 2009 Chevy Malibu, which is actually fun to drive, and remarkably peppy for a mid-size sedan rocking a 2.4L inline-4. Plus I have the added benefit of looking like a police car at night. I have had tons of folks pull over for me. I think my next car is going to be an Impala or Taurus. :)

  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian
    edited Dec 2015

    Funny that this thread is brought back around the time that I get a new (to me) car.

    The 2002 Civic finally died about 7 months ago, spun a bearing and eventually threw a rod...in rush hour traffic. What I didn't know at the time was that the car had been sabotaged by angry locals in my parents new town (the reason being a whole nother fucked up story). The oil drain plug and the oil filter had been tampered, so anytime pressure built up, it would leak oil. I know this now because my "new" car and my dads Tundra have had the exact thing happen to them, along with a half dozen other cars on my parents street; if you know anything about the Toyota Tundra, well, it is a royal pain in the ass to get to the oil filter and drain plug (bolted on skid plate blocking both, with only a small access hole offset from the drain plug), so someone knew exactly what they were doing. Thankfully we caught the tampering before damage could be done to our other cars.

    I miss that Civic, I got nearly 200k miles out of it, 60k with no A/C (great for gas mileage, BAD FOR FLORIDA SUMMERS) and I took that car everywhere. I could fit a 48qt cooler, 6 fishing rods, my cooler cart, fishing and camping gear AND still carry a passenger. I miss that car, especially the gas mileage when compared to my new ride:

    2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L V6. Was originally my grandmothers car, then it became my moms car (she just got a 2014 Explorer) and now it is my car. I love the cargo capacity and the ability to carry 3 passengers without those in the rear being cramped. I also love the fact that now I can finally tow a boat. Have taken my future father-in-law's boat around the area and the Exploder handles the load with, well, not ease, but it is well within its listed capacity. Boat is a 18' Hewes Redfisher flats/skinny water fishing boat. I can also carry a metric fuckton more fishing gear and beach supplies for when we spend a week or weekend at the beach house. The gas mileage sucks compared to what I have had in the past, but I tend to only use A/C when the weather is in the mid-upper 90s and/or it is raining so that helps.

    I also get to drive a VW Golf TDI 2door, 6spd all the time, seeing as it is my girlfriends car and she always makes me drive. I don't know how I handle the punishment of driving that speedy, nimble little hatchback manual. Seriously, that care is really fun to drive especially when you turn off the traction control and let the engine behave naturally. She might be getting a new Audi or BMW diesel in the near future and I would drive the TDI as my work car, with the Explorer being the beach/farm/hauling vehicle.

  • ardichokeardichoke Icrontian
    edited Dec 2015

    Revisiting this thread eh?

    Well, I didn't end up driving the Saturn until it died. In the end, it needed a new catalytic converter and I was getting tired of it (and it's overly sensitive clutch)... plus I had been window shopping for cars for some time. The Saturn was paid off and my brother's car was in crap condition (so I had a guaranteed buyer of the Saturn) when I found that the MSU Surplus Store had 3 Ford Fusion Hybrids up for sale with reasonably low mileage at decent prices. Ended up buying one of them. It has been pretty good to me. My only real gripe has been that the Sync system is frustrating at times, especially the latest update which, somehow, when presented with emoji data (through contacts or messages that are synced to the car) corrupts itself requiring a trip to the dealership to have the APIC reprogrammed. Ugh. Once they finally told me that was what most likely was causing the problem, I just disabled contact and message syncing, as I barely used it anyway.

  • MyrmidonMyrmidon Baron von Puttenham California Icrontian

    @mertesn said:

    @UPSLynx said:
    Mini hardtop is WEAK, yo

    Disagree. I test drove a Mini Cooper S. Holy crap that thing can scoot.

    Having just bought a Clubman S, +1 to @mertesn . That S is worth like sixty or seventy horsepower.

    Sazbean
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    @mertesn said:

    @UPSLynx said:
    Mini hardtop is WEAK, yo

    Disagree. I test drove a Mini Cooper S. Holy crap that thing can scoot.

    Well sure, but his isn't an S. The S are turbo, aren't they? I rode in one once, pretty fun. Cooper S in manual would be the balls.

  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian

    @UPSLynx said:

    @mertesn said:

    @UPSLynx said:
    Mini hardtop is WEAK, yo

    Disagree. I test drove a Mini Cooper S. Holy crap that thing can scoot.

    Well sure, but his isn't an S. The S are turbo, aren't they? I rode in one once, pretty fun. Cooper S in manual would be the balls.

    Could you even fit in a Cooper S?

  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Icrontian

    Sure, if you remove the front seats.

    UPSLynxMAGIC
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    @GHoosdum said:
    Sure, if you remove the front seats.

    GHoosdumRyder
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian

    When I think of @UPSLynx in a Mini:

    UPSLynx
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Der Millionendorf- Icrontian

    I once met a tall dude who drove his LeCar from the back seat.

  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian

    @UPSLynx said:

    @mertesn said:

    @UPSLynx said:
    Mini hardtop is WEAK, yo

    Disagree. I test drove a Mini Cooper S. Holy crap that thing can scoot.

    Well sure, but his isn't an S. The S are turbo, aren't they? I rode in one once, pretty fun. Cooper S in manual would be the balls.

    Yep, they're turbo. The manual transmission is the only way to go.

  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    @CB said:
    I once met a tall dude who drove his LeCar from the back seat.

    I remember those things. Crazy small and totally drivable from the back seat for anyone over 5'2.

  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    edited Dec 2015

    2013 Justa Coop owner here, too - love that thing. Test drove every sports car you can think of and still ended up going with the Mini. There are days that I wish it had a bit more oomph, but then I burp her, downshift and take a turn at some ungodly speed and remind myself why I bought it.

    Had it in for service and got to drive a new S off the lot the other day - the improvements they've made over the years are really, really nice - but the new F-body type is not for me. FUUUUUUUUUU that engine on toggle though...

    DontCallMeKelso
  • MyrmidonMyrmidon Baron von Puttenham California Icrontian

    @UPSLynx said:

    Cooper S in manual would be the balls.

    Well, come down to Los Angeles once in a while and try mine out, tallballs!

    While I was test driving, I tested a couple Cooper Hardtops (non S) both with and without stickshifts... honestly, the stickshift makes a huge difference. The automatics feel super sluggish, and the manuals feel completely acceptable.

  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    @Myrmidon said:

    @UPSLynx said:

    Cooper S in manual would be the balls.

    Well, come down to Los Angeles once in a while and try mine out, tallballs!

    Soon. Been a busy year for me :/

  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian

    @Myrmidon said:

    While I was test driving, I tested a couple Cooper Hardtops (non S) both with and without stickshifts... honestly, the stickshift makes a huge difference. The automatics feel super sluggish, and the manuals feel completely acceptable.

    Agree entirely - I was given a loaner 2013 automatic S during one oil change and was completely underwhelmed with it. Stick makes a huge difference.

  • MyrmidonMyrmidon Baron von Puttenham California Icrontian
    edited Dec 2015

    @NiGHTS said:

    @Myrmidon said:

    While I was test driving, I tested a couple Cooper Hardtops (non S) both with and without stickshifts... honestly, the stickshift makes a huge difference. The automatics feel super sluggish, and the manuals feel completely acceptable.

    Agree entirely - I was given a loaner 2013 automatic S during one oil change and was completely underwhelmed with it. Stick makes a huge difference.

    I was actually comparing stickshift vs automatic in the NON-S model... I was moderately impressed by the S model, even with an automatic. You sure they gave you the S?

    They may have just lied and given you the D... xD

  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian

    GS300 Lexus
    Scion Tc
    And now, a 2004 Honda Pilot.

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian

    ^ 1%

    RyderGnomeQueen
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian

    1993 Pontiac Grand Am
    1998 Ford Escort
    2001 Nissan XTerra
    2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    2010 Infiniti G37x
    2011 Infiniti QX56

    Sonorous
  • SonorousSonorous F@H Fanatic Virginia Icrontian

    1992 Pontiac Bonneville SE
    1994 Chevrolet S10 LE (The 4.3)
    2010 Mazda 6s Touring

  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Der Millionendorf- Icrontian

    @CB said:
    I've never taken a picture of any of my cars, but I found som online photos:


    My first car, and the one I learned to drive on was a '92 Seafoam Green Toyota Tercel with a manual transmission. I got it from a coworker of my father's who was moving across country that weekend, and had to sell the car right that second, so I got it for only $1200, which was all I could afford (1t was 1997, I was 17, and working at Kroger).

    I totaled the car on a rainslicked road a few months later when the brakes locked up, and no one had yet taught me about 'pumping the brakes' when they stick. I slid about 100 ft while pushing as hard as I could on the breaks, not understanding why it wouldn't stop. I was finally stopped by a truck which, due to differing bumper heights. At this point I placed 'lack of universal standard bumper heights' at the top on my list of pet-peeves. It has remained in the top ten ever since.

    I sold the car to my uncle who restores cars for $500.



    My dad had to help my buy my next car because I didn't have full coverage on the Tercel. We found a light blue '89 Honda Civic 3-door at a used car dealership, and my dad haggled them down to $1500, including T+T.

    This car lasted me a long time, when I think of 'my car', this is still the car in my head. Over the 6 years I drove this car, I had to replace almost all the internal parts at least once. I drove it rough, especially while I was delivering pizza. For a couple years, I spent more time in this car than in my house, the back-seats were folded down perpetually, and the back was filled with 'things I might need' since I was in the car so much.

    I think it had about 250k miles on it when the transmission went out for the second time. I couldn't afford to fix it right away, and so it sat on the street for awhile while I drove another car. I thought I had parked it on a private drive belonging to the apartment complex, but apparently it was a public road, and apparently, you're not allowed to leave a car in one place on a public road for three months. It got towed, and when I finally got in touch with the tow-yard place, I had a choice: pay $500 to get my car back, or pay $50 to let them keep it. I was as mad as I've ever been, and I'm not sorry that I took it out on the clerk at the tow yard, but I didn't have $500. I barely had $50, so I payed the assholes to keep my favorite car ever, and cried a little.



    The car I got while my Civic was broke was a red '96 Chevy Corsica, which I bought from CrazyJoe's mom for $300. I didn't like the car much. It was an ugly color, it had a big dent in it from where Joe's mom backed the camper into it, it got me four speeding tickets (the only ones I've ever gotten - cops hate young people in red cars), and it had an automatic transmission.

    I had planned only to drive it until I could afford to fix the Civic, but when the tow-yard stole my civic from me (yes, I'M STILL MAD ABOUT THIS)
    I didn't have much choice anymore, this was now my car.

    I drove it only for a couple years, and was always on the lookout for something better, preferably another Civic, because I loved my Civic.

    I sold it to a friend, who still hasn't paid me for it, when I finally found a Civic to buy.



    My friend Annie sold me her Dark Green '98 Civic Sedan. I was happy to have another Civic, and to have a manual transmission again. It was at about 150k when I bought it, and I drove until 220k, having very few problems along the way.

    I drove this car almost as long as the previous Civic, and finally sol it only this past winter when it broke down about the same time that my wife's similar Civic broke down, and we decided that since we both had good jobs finally, we would get some new cars. Inexpensive new cars, but still, new cars. They would be clean and reliable, and warrantied, giving my wife the piece-of-mind she needed re: our vehicles.

    I sold this Civic to the girl at the dealership who sold us our new cars. I got the impression that she wasn't really allowed to do that, but I wasn't going to turn her in.



    I bought a pewter '10 Honda Insight new from the dealership. It was the first time I'd bought a new car, and only the second time I'd bought from a dealership.

    I got the automatic transmission, since it was important to Betsy that she be able to drive my car in an emergency, and she doesn't know or have the desire to learn manual transmission. I agreed since the car has the manual option feature, but when I actually tried to use it, it was impractical, so I just drive it automatic, and this time I'm letting myself get used to it, rather than letting myself hate it, like I did in the Corsica.

    It's served well, but it has been in one accident so far: I had to take Betsy's car up to EPIC this year because I needed the cargo space for all my boardgames and such, so she was driving my car. Those of you who were there might remember that I got a phone call from my wife right after the DTEC, during which she told me that she had wrecked my car turning the wrong way down a one-way street. Luckily, we have full-coverage, so we weren't out much - except an increased premium, of course.

    I plan for this car to last me until 2020.

    The Insight will now be serving @Colgere until 2020 instead. I can't take it with me to Germany, so I sold it to him. :)

  • ColgereColgere Cincinnati, OH Icrontian

    @CB said:

    @CB said:
    I've never taken a picture of any of my cars, but I found som online photos:


    My first car, and the one I learned to drive on was a '92 Seafoam Green Toyota Tercel with a manual transmission. I got it from a coworker of my father's who was moving across country that weekend, and had to sell the car right that second, so I got it for only $1200, which was all I could afford (1t was 1997, I was 17, and working at Kroger).

    I totaled the car on a rainslicked road a few months later when the brakes locked up, and no one had yet taught me about 'pumping the brakes' when they stick. I slid about 100 ft while pushing as hard as I could on the breaks, not understanding why it wouldn't stop. I was finally stopped by a truck which, due to differing bumper heights. At this point I placed 'lack of universal standard bumper heights' at the top on my list of pet-peeves. It has remained in the top ten ever since.

    I sold the car to my uncle who restores cars for $500.



    My dad had to help my buy my next car because I didn't have full coverage on the Tercel. We found a light blue '89 Honda Civic 3-door at a used car dealership, and my dad haggled them down to $1500, including T+T.

    This car lasted me a long time, when I think of 'my car', this is still the car in my head. Over the 6 years I drove this car, I had to replace almost all the internal parts at least once. I drove it rough, especially while I was delivering pizza. For a couple years, I spent more time in this car than in my house, the back-seats were folded down perpetually, and the back was filled with 'things I might need' since I was in the car so much.

    I think it had about 250k miles on it when the transmission went out for the second time. I couldn't afford to fix it right away, and so it sat on the street for awhile while I drove another car. I thought I had parked it on a private drive belonging to the apartment complex, but apparently it was a public road, and apparently, you're not allowed to leave a car in one place on a public road for three months. It got towed, and when I finally got in touch with the tow-yard place, I had a choice: pay $500 to get my car back, or pay $50 to let them keep it. I was as mad as I've ever been, and I'm not sorry that I took it out on the clerk at the tow yard, but I didn't have $500. I barely had $50, so I payed the assholes to keep my favorite car ever, and cried a little.



    The car I got while my Civic was broke was a red '96 Chevy Corsica, which I bought from CrazyJoe's mom for $300. I didn't like the car much. It was an ugly color, it had a big dent in it from where Joe's mom backed the camper into it, it got me four speeding tickets (the only ones I've ever gotten - cops hate young people in red cars), and it had an automatic transmission.

    I had planned only to drive it until I could afford to fix the Civic, but when the tow-yard stole my civic from me (yes, I'M STILL MAD ABOUT THIS)
    I didn't have much choice anymore, this was now my car.

    I drove it only for a couple years, and was always on the lookout for something better, preferably another Civic, because I loved my Civic.

    I sold it to a friend, who still hasn't paid me for it, when I finally found a Civic to buy.



    My friend Annie sold me her Dark Green '98 Civic Sedan. I was happy to have another Civic, and to have a manual transmission again. It was at about 150k when I bought it, and I drove until 220k, having very few problems along the way.

    I drove this car almost as long as the previous Civic, and finally sol it only this past winter when it broke down about the same time that my wife's similar Civic broke down, and we decided that since we both had good jobs finally, we would get some new cars. Inexpensive new cars, but still, new cars. They would be clean and reliable, and warrantied, giving my wife the piece-of-mind she needed re: our vehicles.

    I sold this Civic to the girl at the dealership who sold us our new cars. I got the impression that she wasn't really allowed to do that, but I wasn't going to turn her in.



    I bought a pewter '10 Honda Insight new from the dealership. It was the first time I'd bought a new car, and only the second time I'd bought from a dealership.

    I got the automatic transmission, since it was important to Betsy that she be able to drive my car in an emergency, and she doesn't know or have the desire to learn manual transmission. I agreed since the car has the manual option feature, but when I actually tried to use it, it was impractical, so I just drive it automatic, and this time I'm letting myself get used to it, rather than letting myself hate it, like I did in the Corsica.

    It's served well, but it has been in one accident so far: I had to take Betsy's car up to EPIC this year because I needed the cargo space for all my boardgames and such, so she was driving my car. Those of you who were there might remember that I got a phone call from my wife right after the DTEC, during which she told me that she had wrecked my car turning the wrong way down a one-way street. Luckily, we have full-coverage, so we weren't out much - except an increased premium, of course.

    I plan for this car to last me until 2020.

    The Insight will now be serving @Colgere until 2020 instead. I can't take it with me to Germany, so I sold it to him. :)

    Probably much longer than 2020, truth be told. :)

    BetsyD
  • BetsyDBetsyD Cincinnati, OH Icrontian

    @CB said:

    @CB said:


    It's served well, but it has been in one accident so far: I had to take Betsy's car up to EPIC this year because I needed the cargo space for all my boardgames and such, so she was driving my car. Those of you who were there might remember that I got a phone call from my wife right after the DTEC, during which she told me that she had wrecked my car turning the wrong way down a one-way street. Luckily, we have full-coverage, so we weren't out much - except an increased premium, of course.

    I did not turn the wrong way down a 1 way street. I turned right from the 2nd right turn lane and the lady in the 1st right turn lane decided to go straight instead. I still don't know how that was deemed my fault. :scratch:

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian

    GHoosdumCB
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Icrontian

    @GHoosdum said:
    (These first few pics are as close as I could find through Google Image search of cars that look like those I had, but I owned all these cars before I had a digital camera, so I don't have photos of my own first few vehicles)

    My first car was a 1975 Dodge Dart Sport (basically a Plymouth Duster with a Dart nose). I had this car when I was 15, in AZ, and drove it with my learner's permit.


    Then I moved to Ohio and my parents found a deal on a 1986 VW Scirocco. Nice car, until the hood came unlatched at 50MPH while my stepdad was driving it. My parents got scared for my safety and made me sell it before I even got my Ohio license.


    One day we passed a 1973 Mercury Marquis that was for sale on our street. It looked exactly like the one my parents had driven from Arizona to Ohio when we moved. Turns out, it was. I bought it and drove it during my junior year of high school, but I still only had an Ohio permit so I was not able to park at school. Also, the car was wider than the lanes and parking spaces on campus. We called it "The Beast" and it had a 460ci 4-bbl that got 8MPG.



    After that I bought a $300 1986 Chevy Cavalier. This car got me through the first half of my senior year of high school. We called it "The Flying Turd" and we had a lot of fun beating the hell out of the car. I sold it for $300 later in the year.



    Then I inherited the 1988 Subaru DL that my parents had been driving. I got in a lot of trouble with this car because it was a 5-speed and a fun driver, despite a distinct lack of power. One of my charges was "Reckless operation on private property" - for an event that actually happened on school property.


    (At this point I got a digital camera, so all the rest of the photos are actually my own vehicles)

    When I started college, my father gave me a 1993 Toyota compact pickup that he had purchased new. It was only a few years old, and had 88,000 miles on it. I expected it to run forever, because it was a Toyota. After two transmission rebuilds and 162,000 total miles on the truck, I sold it on eBay for way too little.


    Somewhere in here I had a couple project cars, a 1968 Dodge Dart that didn't really become a project, a 1972 Valiant that I had two of and a spare 1975 Plymouth Scamp as a parts car, and I had to get rid of them all.
    1968 Dart:

    1972 Valiant:


    In 2003 I replaced the truck with a 1999 Ford ZX2 that only had 6,500 miles on it when I bought it. I bought it for $6900, and it was pretty much a new car at that point. That car lasted me to about 90K miles and could have lasted longer, but in 2007 I had just gotten divorced and wanted to do something nice for myself.


    After my divorce, I leased a 2007 Mazda 3. Great handling, and I loved the styling. I only had it until February of 2009, and turned in the lease early so I could move to California.


    I spent a few months without a car, until a friend offered to sell me her 1999 VW Jetta for the trade-in value that the dealer had offered her. I picked it up for $1500, but it had 143,000 miles on the clock and a slipping transmission. I nursed it along to 146K and eventually sold it to CarMax for $1500 so I could buy a family car.


    My current car is the family car. It's a 2006 Kia Optima. I bought it with 44K miles, for $4,000 and put about $1500 in work into it (it was a prior rental/wreck recovery but a clean title). The biggest expense was dealing with the fact that all they gave me was a single bent copy of a key. I ended up needing a new ignition cylinder, so between the ignition cylinder and the new keys and key fobs I was out about $800, then about $400 in new tires, and a replacement to the cracked A/C Condenser. The car has been trouble free since.

    Since all of the above foofaraw, I replaced the Optima with a 2012 Nissan Altima, which I sold last year to make room for the family minivan (2014 Chrysler T&C).

    The only vehicle currently in my name is the meatrocket.

  • VicarVicar Member

    This thread brings back so much memories, lots of old and discontinued cars.

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