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Old 11-25-08, 09:11 PM   #51
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Old 11-25-08, 09:22 PM   #52
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Wife has 2001 Nissan Altima. Hope to talk her into a 2010 Ford Fiesta. I have a 2003 Pontiac Vibe, will be paid off next summer.
Hubby (a serious car guy) went to the car show today. He's been talking about the Ford Fiesta (he's also a Ford guy) and wanted to see it. He said the car magazines (he subscribes to several) really like the Fiesta and rate it very high in many categories. The one he saw today was cherry red. It could be Ford's answer to the Honda Fit. Hopefully it will drive Ford's stock back up....
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Old 11-25-08, 09:52 PM   #53
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I sold my 1997 Ford Escort wagon this summer to help meet my Pan-Mass-Challenge committment. That leaves us with just my husband's 2005 Prius. With the back seat down it is a piece of cake to put a bike in there. We expect to keep it a long time, we've kept all of our cars more than 10 years. I think I liked the Escort even more than the '67 Dodge Dart.
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Old 11-25-08, 10:00 PM   #54
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The 2010 Fiesta looks decent. But they are apparently leaving the best versions of it in Europe - the 3-dr and 5-dr hatchbacks. Right now all they plan to sell in the USA are the sedans. The Honda Fit, Mazda3, and Toyota Yaris little hatchbacks are excellent.

Ford is already selling the hatchbacks in Europe, but is re-tooling to turn it into a sedan for the USA market. Hatches rarely sell well in the USA but are the #1 body style in Europe.

Personally, I'd love to have a VW Sportwagen, but will have to make due with my Integra 3-dr hatchback with stick shift, which is a very fun drive.
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Old 11-25-08, 10:14 PM   #55
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My newest car is a 635HP 1969 Chevy Nova.Not street legal,bracket racing car.The next newest is 1934 Ford 5 window coupe.It's a show car,trailer queen. I've driven on the street maybe a couple dozen times in 30 years.

I think I have more miles on my 30 year old bike than most of the folks here have their cars...LOL!

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Old 11-25-08, 10:21 PM   #56
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'97 Honda Accord station wagon . . . 32+ mpg on the hwy.
Great for haulin' our tandem; no rack needed.
Tandem's worth more than the car . . . A=a=a=a=h: Priorities!
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Old 11-25-08, 10:23 PM   #57
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Bought an '04 Vibe from our neighbors a few months ago - then sold them our '97 Escort wagon for their son. We have an '01 Mazda van that is great for tandem-hauling.

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Old 11-25-08, 10:33 PM   #58
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I wish I still had my first car, a 1966 VW Beetle.
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Old 11-25-08, 10:37 PM   #59
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I wish I still had my first car, a 1966 VW Beetle.
My daughter wishes she had your first car also as she has a strong fondness
for those old Beetles.
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Old 11-25-08, 10:38 PM   #60
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My newest car is a 635HP 1969 Chevy Nova.Not street legal,bracket racing car.The next newest is 1934 Ford 5 window coupe.It's a show car,trailer queen. I've driven on the street maybe a couple dozen times in 30 years.

I think I have more miles on my 30 year old bike than most of the folks here have their cars...LOL!
So, what do ya pull the trailer with?
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Old 11-25-08, 11:35 PM   #61
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Old 11-26-08, 05:11 AM   #62
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I've always tried to live my the words Small is beautiful. Our family has one car, a 2003 Honda Civic. It's the only new car I ever bought--just wanted to try it once in my life, and I must say, it is fantastically well-engineered and completely reliable. Take the front wheel off (the bike, not the car) and you can fit a bike inside the trunk (the seats fold down).

I find it interesting that Honda has never laid off an employee or had an unprofitable year. It is leading the research in alternative-fuel cars. Their executives, who earn excellent money--but not the exorbitant salaries their US counterparts make--are picked from the ranks of engineering and manufacturing, not finance and marketing. As someone who works in a business school, which teaches finance and marketing, I think Honda has the right idea.
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Old 11-26-08, 05:45 AM   #63
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Old 11-26-08, 06:01 AM   #64
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My newest car is the 1 gen. 06" Scion xB. The last long trip I took I got 45 mpg.It's made by Toyota with a 1500 LT motor. I call it my TOONBOX.

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Old 11-26-08, 07:47 AM   #65
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Old 11-26-08, 08:15 AM   #66
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I wish I still had my first car, a 1966 VW Beetle.
My sister bought a VW new in 1967 for about $1700. The best year for them , imho.
I had two, a '64 and a '56. The '56 had the small rear window, a wheel for a gas pedal, non-synchro trans, no gas gage, (it had a reserve tap on the floor and a giant gas cap so you could see how much fuel you had), and I think it was rated at 36hp. If you drove as fast as it would go, people behind would honk at you to go faster. My friend got drunk and wrecked it.

I've had my Blazer for 12 years. I paid $2800 for it, I've put 160,000 miles on it and spent maybe $900 on repair parts in that time, mostly for a transmission.

I had a 1965 Chevy truck for 19 years, put 230,000 miles on that one, sold it for more than I paid for it.
I sold it because my ex-wife didn't like it. Should have kept it, not her.

I had a bunch of old cars, including a pink and white 1960 Rambler American with a continental spare tire!
The one I wish I still had was my 1947 Chevy Fleetmaster.
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Old 11-26-08, 08:17 AM   #67
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My wife and I both bought new cars in 2003. Both are paid for now and I hope we drive them for many years to come.

Hers is a Nissan Altima 4 cylinder, a very nice, reliable family car. Why anyone would need a more powerful V6 engine in that car is beyond me.

My car is a PT Cruiser. I chose it because of its tall hatchback layout which provides plenty of room for bicycles (I can carry up to 3 bikes with front wheels removed) and music gear. It has also proven to be a comfortable and reliable car. With a manual transmission (as mine has), it has adequate power and acceleration. The automatic versions are pretty sluggish imho.

Both cars get 20-25 mpg depending on how heavy our right feet get.
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Old 11-26-08, 08:54 AM   #68
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Why do people need power? It's a psychological thing, I think. We sell the ZR1 Corvette. 638 horses! Why is this even legal?
Last year a loving mother wrote a check for $100,000 to get her 19 year old son a 505hp Zo6 'vette. The kid brought it in every day complaining that it wasn't fast enough. Finally he got someone to install an aftermarket program in the computer to satisfy his speed lust. Then he blew up the engine, which we fixed for free. Then he blew up the transmission, we think he drained it of oil, but by this time, he asked for a buy-back. GM wrote a check for $100,000+ to HIM.
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Old 11-26-08, 09:05 AM   #69
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Why do people need power? It's a psychological thing, I think. We sell the ZR1 Corvette. 638 horses! Why is this even legal?
Last year a loving mother wrote a check for $100,000 to get her 19 year old son a 505hp Zo6 'vette. The kid brought it in every day complaining that it wasn't fast enough. Finally he got someone to install an aftermarket program in the computer to satisfy his speed lust. Then he blew up the engine, which we fixed for free. Then he blew up the transmission, we think he drained it of oil, but by this time, he asked for a buy-back. GM wrote a check for $100,000+ to HIM.
Because we have individual rights and make choices as consumers. What are you advocating - the government decides what maximum horsepower should be?

Most car enthusiants have better driving skills than the average public. I would rather be on the road with a lot of ZR1 drivers than a bunch of elderly people with poor vision and slow reflexes.
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Old 11-26-08, 09:12 AM   #70
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Most car enthusiants have better driving skills than the average public. I would rather be on the road with a lot of ZR1 drivers than a bunch of elderly people with poor vision and slow reflexes.
Uh - this is the 50+ forum. Where do you think you fit in that elderly continuum?

Incidentally, did you know that most drivers think they're above average?
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Old 11-26-08, 10:20 AM   #71
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Both of our cars (VW Eurovan and Subaru Legacy AWD wagon) are 15 years old and have > 200k miles. Both should be good for another 5 or 10 years of commuting (when I can't ride), vacations, and hauling bikes and xc skis.

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Old 11-26-08, 11:25 AM   #72
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Hubby (a serious car guy) went to the car show today. He's been talking about the Ford Fiesta (he's also a Ford guy) and wanted to see it. He said the car magazines (he subscribes to several) really like the Fiesta and rate it very high in many categories. The one he saw today was cherry red. It could be Ford's answer to the Honda Fit. Hopefully it will drive Ford's stock back up....
Don't know if it is the same as the Fiesta we have over here. Small car 4/5 seater hatchback.

Review on link.

http://www.channel4.com/4car/rt/ford/fiesta/24522/2


Not a bad car but plenty of better around. Suppose you are either a Ford man or not. I am not.
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Old 11-26-08, 12:06 PM   #73
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Newest car, I think is an 2002. Newest GF also. Both getting old, need to replace both.

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Old 11-26-08, 02:49 PM   #74
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I wish I still had my first car, a 1966 VW Beetle.
My first beetle was a 54 sunroof, had those little levers on the posts that came out when you signalled...
First car was the 49 ford that everybody had...
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