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Matthew_Harrop
November 8th, 2014, 07:29 PM
I noticed there wasn't a thread about cars, so i thought I'd start one so we could share what we drive/wish we could drive and any modifications we've made to them :)

I currently drive a 2000 Audi A6 1.8t with a completely knackered automatic gear box. Its fun to drive and (so far, even though its ancient) the only water tight car I've had...

I had wanted to modify a raspberry pi and add like a dashboard computer, but never got round to it. Would've been cool though...

So, what do you drive?

john_jones2
November 9th, 2014, 04:47 PM
Car to go :)

HermanAB
November 9th, 2014, 05:07 PM
A little Dodge - All hail the hemi!

It gets 16 litres per 100 km and that's the way I like it...

d-cosner
November 9th, 2014, 05:18 PM
Big gas hog 1999 Ford Explorer here. It has a 5 liter V8, full time all wheel drive and gets about 17 mpg. It might use some gas but my kids will never get hurt in an accident. A woman ran a stop sign last year and I hit her car broadside, it totaled her car, mine got a little scratch on the bumper cover. :)

xc3RnbFO8P
November 9th, 2014, 05:36 PM
Peugeot 205 1.4 - 1989 1000 dollars

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7528/15563335948_78e2888c34_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pHhayq)

Matthew_Harrop
November 9th, 2014, 05:56 PM
Ohh man, what torque/HP does that Ford kick out? I bet it sounds great too!
Whats the reliability like?

d-cosner
November 9th, 2014, 06:06 PM
Ohh man, what torque/HP does that Ford kick out? I bet it sounds great too!
Whats the reliability like?

About 300 foot pounds of torque. My Explorer has over 220,000 miles on it and has only been in the shop one time for a problem with a wiring harness. I have always had good luck with Ford's.

Matthew_Harrop
November 9th, 2014, 09:55 PM
220,000? That's a rather large number! My A6 has 77,000 on it and its broken.

bapoumba
November 9th, 2014, 10:04 PM
4 wheels, doors, windows, a steering wheel, manual shift, a key I can loose in my bag, starts with a button provided the key is in the car, 6 liters max per 100 km. The rest are details. Details.

QIII
November 9th, 2014, 11:03 PM
One of mine is a '94 Ford Ranger 4x4 pickup that fits like an old shoe. So I keep it.

Old_Grey_Wolf
November 10th, 2014, 01:33 AM
Mine is a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix. I am retired so the problem I have with it is driving it enough to keep the battery charged. :)

I do hear a creaking sound when I apply the brakes or the accelerator at slow speed. I don't know if it is the car making the sound or just my old joints. :lol:

sffvba[e0rt
November 10th, 2014, 02:47 AM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gywC5osG-IA/Tspa2eKcVzI/AAAAAAAAINY/LCrBtG5AsdQ/s1600/Kia-Picanto_2012-prata.jpg

1.2l Kia Picanto.

According to my friends this isn''t a car but a dinky toy (and I often have to agree :p)

SantaFe
November 10th, 2014, 03:07 AM
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A butt-ugly 86 Honda CRX. ;)

PJs Ronin
November 10th, 2014, 05:30 AM
Own: '06 Mazda Bravo tray back, big 4 cylinder that runs on petrol and auto-LPG. '96 Harley Davidson Wide Glide
Dream: Veyron

uRock
November 10th, 2014, 07:11 AM
07 VW Rabbit. Not the best fuel mileage, but it is a great little car. As for Ford Explorers, we were so grateful they didn't take our 2004 for a test drive when we traded it in. The tranny was shot and from what I had read it is a problem that only one shop can fix properly. Of course it'd require driving ~2400 miles each way to get it worked on.

My next car will be a truck. F250 or 350, crew cab, diesel, 4*4, with a full size bed.

echotech2
November 10th, 2014, 10:51 AM
2012 Buick Verano. I think there's a law here that requires anyone over 65 (i'm 69) to drive a Buick.

slickymaster
November 10th, 2014, 11:57 AM
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A 2003 Peugeot 206 Quiksilver. Not quite with the look of that one in the photo, due to the fact that it already has almost 165000 km over its wheels.

JDorfler
November 10th, 2014, 01:31 PM
2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback 6-Speed Man with the larger engine. Very nice.

wewantutopia
November 10th, 2014, 03:32 PM
1986 VW Jetta 4 door 5 speed manual naturally aspirated Diesel (non-turbo). I set it up with an auxiliary coolant-heated fuel tank and fuel filter and runs on waste vegetable oil (WVO). 52hp 68 ft/lbs torque. It gets 40-45 mpg on either diesel or veg oil. It has seen better days but still running strong.

PondPuppy
November 10th, 2014, 04:00 PM
VW Jetta, 2003, gasoline, manual shift. Wish it was a diesel, but the pocketbook failed me. 175,000 miles (281,600 kilometers) on the odormeter. Inscrutable little car... the dome light works on whim, apparently. Plastic pieces keep coming loose from the undercarriage, but that's because I sometimes drive on rutted, rocky back roads. I knocked a hole in the oil pan once... or, rather, a large rock did. It's a highway car and it puts up with my abusive behavior pretty well.

kurt18947
November 10th, 2014, 04:33 PM
One of mine is a '94 Ford Ranger 4x4 pickup that fits like an old shoe. So I keep it.

It's a shame Ford hasn't seen fit to sell the Ranger available in other parts of the world in the U.S. though perhaps that's changing?

http://gas2.org/2014/07/11/new-ford-ranger-spied-testing-us/

I don't know the the new ones are as durable as the old ones though. I had an '84 that got totalled, got around $2500 for it and could do with it what I wanted. The damage was mostly cosmetic so got a door from a junk yard, cheap flimsy body panels, a front wheel hub and some wrenches and hammers:D. May have cost me $500, no more. Fixed it up, maaco paint job and drove it for several more years. It had a 2.9L German V6 that at 150,000 would still got 5000 miles between oil changes without adding any. Not stylish but would certainly take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. And it'd haul a full sheet of plywood.

pfeiffep
November 10th, 2014, 05:30 PM
My wife and I own 2 cars:
1997 Nissan Altima 4 cyl 5 sp manual 165000 miles still get 32 mpg
2013 Toyota Avalon with all the bells and whistles

uRock
November 10th, 2014, 08:00 PM
It's a shame Ford hasn't seen fit to sell the Ranger available in other parts of the world in the U.S. though perhaps that's changing?

I'd love to see them start selling them again in the US. I think Ford made their decision based on sales. I haven't owned one, but I did have a 1996 Dodge Dakota with a V6, which I drove across the US pulling a dual axle Uhaul trailer and only got slowed down on a few of the mountains. I wish I'd never traded it in.

mips
November 10th, 2014, 08:40 PM
07 VW Rabbit.

? As far a I know you guys refer to a Mk I Golf as a Rabbit which ceased production yonks ago in the US and only a few years ago over here?

We have Ford Rangers over here and the new design is one of the top two in the market wrt safety, value for money & performance.

Habitual
November 10th, 2014, 10:05 PM
Jeep (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/Jeep_Grand_Cherokee_WJ_34h.jpg) - nuff said.

Matthew_Harrop
November 10th, 2014, 10:14 PM
I've always wanted one of these:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_928
With a 5L. Epic torque, even better styling...
Whats not to like!

@pfeiffep

My wife and I own 2 cars:
1997 Nissan Altima 4 cyl 5 sp manual 165000 miles still get 32 mpg
2013 Toyota Avalon with all the bells and whistles


Not had a new car for a Loooooong time. What do you get on them these days?

uRock
November 10th, 2014, 11:09 PM
? As far a I know you guys refer to a Mk I Golf as a Rabbit which ceased production yonks ago in the US and only a few years ago over here?VW named it Rabbit, not me, but yeah.

pfeiffep
November 10th, 2014, 11:58 PM
I've always wanted one of these:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_928
With a 5L. Epic torque, even better styling...
Whats not to like!

@pfeiffep

Not had a new car for a Loooooong time. What do you get on them these days?Most of the equipment on my Avalon


Cruise control
Blue Tooth
Satellite radio (Sirus)
Back up camera and collision warning
Side lane collision indicator
Heated and cooled leather seats
2 years factory maintenance
Individual temperature control + separate rear seat control
Navigation system
Traffic monitoring, what's nearby, gasoline cheapest prices, etc
Internet connectivity via cell phone
Voice control for cell phone
Toyota version of OnStar
HD Radio
Sun roof (motorized)


Some folks have the opinion that a new car looses it's value - my view is that the right new car provides 3+ years of minimal maintenance costs. I have peace of mind!

kurt18947
November 12th, 2014, 04:50 PM
I'd love to see them start selling them again in the US. I think Ford made their decision based on sales. I haven't owned one, but I did have a 1996 Dodge Dakota with a V6, which I drove across the US pulling a dual axle Uhaul trailer and only got slowed down on a few of the mountains. I wish I'd never traded it in.

Sales and profit/vehicle. I suspect the F150 is a gold mine for Ford in the U.S. Most Rangers were going to fleets and such where profit/vehicle is pretty low and Ford didn't want the lower profit Ranger siphoning sales away from the F150.

ukripper
November 12th, 2014, 05:38 PM
I prefer walking/public transport as I live in london which has excellent transport system. When I have to travel out of I just hire a fuel efficient car something like prius

Matthew_Harrop
November 12th, 2014, 05:56 PM
Cars don't make sense in London any more, especially with the congestion charge.

PJs Ronin
November 13th, 2014, 01:13 AM
Sales and profit/vehicle. I suspect the F150 is a gold mine for Ford in the U.S. Most Rangers were going to fleets and such where profit/vehicle is pretty low and Ford didn't want the lower profit Ranger siphoning sales away from the F150.

Dead right.
Auto analysts have pegged the variable margin on each Ford F-series truck at between $8,000 and $10,000. Compare that to $2,500 in pretax profit in North America per vehicle sold and it is easy to see that the trucks contribute an outsized share of Fordís overall profitability. Reference (http://'http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2013/01/29/fords-margins-its-all-about-the-trucks/")

uRock
November 13th, 2014, 02:35 AM
Sales and profit/vehicle. I suspect the F150 is a gold mine for Ford in the U.S. Most Rangers were going to fleets and such where profit/vehicle is pretty low and Ford didn't want the lower profit Ranger siphoning sales away from the F150.Agreed.


I prefer walking/public transport as I live in london which has excellent transport system. When I have to travel out of I just hire a fuel efficient car something like prius
I used to ride my bike to work every day. I've realized there are way too many drunks and druggies on the road to run the risk of being another hit and run statistic.

Matthew_Harrop
November 13th, 2014, 02:57 PM
My dad used to ride to work everyday until he got knocked off. Motorcycles are cool weekend toys, but its just too dangerous to ride regularly these days (In the UK anyway)

uRock
November 13th, 2014, 03:33 PM
My dad used to ride to work everyday until he got knocked off. Motorcycles are cool weekend toys, but its just too dangerous to ride regularly these days (In the UK anyway)

Same here.

Matthew_Harrop
November 14th, 2014, 10:29 AM
We still have one down the bottom of the Garden. I keep meaning to drag it out and fix it, but the English weather/time has gotten the best of me this year.

mikodo
November 15th, 2014, 05:35 AM
I do hear a creaking sound when I apply the brakes or the accelerator at slow speed. I don't know if it is the car making the sound or just my old joints. :lol:
My guess. Struts.

makitso
November 15th, 2014, 01:20 PM
I do hear a creaking sound when I apply the brakes or the accelerator at slow speed. I don't know if it is the car making the sound or just my old joints

Try spraying WD40 on the front-end sway bar insulators.

Matthew_Harrop
November 18th, 2014, 10:30 AM
Could be worn joints? or old springs? God knows my mattress sighs when i get on it...

s.fox
November 18th, 2014, 10:38 AM
I drive a Ford Fiesta but I am currently trying to save for a Range Rover Sport.

uRock
November 18th, 2014, 03:27 PM
I drive a Ford Fiesta but I am currently trying to save for a Range Rover Sport.

That'll be a nice upgrade! You deserve it!

Matthew_Harrop
November 22nd, 2014, 06:56 PM
@s.fox, What made you want a range rover sport?

d-cosner
November 23rd, 2014, 04:26 PM
My next vehicle will be an extended cab F150. Love my big Fords!

princecharming
November 26th, 2014, 08:57 AM
Thanks for starting this thread, i am also very much interested in cars. I personally like Lamborghini as the coolest looking cars among the rest.

Dave_Tom
November 30th, 2014, 11:10 PM
Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.4

moster
December 12th, 2014, 08:37 AM
I drive Kia pro ceed 1.4 90HP gasoline.
I bought it because I was thinking it would not be a gas eater but its opposite. On highway 150kmh is only 23 MPG or 12l per 100km.

mikodo
December 13th, 2014, 03:38 AM
I drive Kia pro ceed 1.4 90HP gasoline.
I bought it because I was thinking it would not be a gas eater but its opposite. On highway 150kmh is only 23 MPG or 12l per 100km.
That's pretty fast, to expect good fuel consumption. Also, if this a new car, it often takes 20,000K - 30,000K, to reach it's best fuel mileage.

help_me2
December 13th, 2014, 05:20 AM
I have a 1998 Toyota Camry with 59,000 miles on it. Got it from a little old lady who drove it only to church and the store.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-KeDnjsne838/T86X2H6yuPI/AAAAAAAAAI4/kmIxPvuHWMY/w712-h534-no/2012-06-05%2B16.20.10.jpg

Matthew_Harrop
December 13th, 2014, 01:29 PM
Anybody played the new Forza Motorsport 5?

s.fox
January 7th, 2015, 12:22 PM
@s.fox, What made you want a range rover sport?

Late reply I know (sorry) but I had the pleasure of driving one for a very brief period. The drive was fantastic, the interior was stunning and the driving position unbeatable. It screamed uncompromised quality to me.

When I first drove it I thought I would hate it, by the time I had to give it back I really didn't want to. I honestly do not like driving at all, this car changed the experience for me. It made quite an impression. I knew that this is a car I want to own :)

mips
January 7th, 2015, 02:54 PM
It screamed uncompromised quality to me.

Until things start going wrong which is very expensive on those cars.

DougieFresh4U
January 8th, 2015, 07:43 PM
During 'good' weather I drive my 1994 Mustang GT - 5.0 - Automatic (due to 8 back surgeries, no stick)
I've had the car for 18 years.
During the winter months I drive a 1996 Ford Explorer AWD which is great for driving in the snow.

pfeiffep
January 9th, 2015, 02:38 PM
I'm down sizing house and number of cars. I listed my 1997 Nissan Altima on cars.com for $1650. Since I was the original owner and kept the car in excellent shape I sold it for the asking price.
My wife and I will now learn how to be a one car family after having 2 cars for pretty much all of our 44 years of marriage. We own a 2013 Toyota Avalon which should lats us for quite some time.

Mariah_Albert
January 12th, 2015, 10:44 AM
I have a 2012 Honda Accord.. :)

OrangeCrate
January 12th, 2015, 04:53 PM
2014 Chevy Tahoe.

Matthew_Harrop
January 13th, 2015, 09:10 PM
What are the new Chevy's like? They've had terrible press lately...

mips
January 13th, 2015, 09:16 PM
What are the new Chevy's like? They've had terrible press lately...

Anything american, english, indian or chineese i won't touch with a barge pole.

Matthew_Harrop
January 13th, 2015, 11:34 PM
Toyota and the other major Japanese manufacturers have had as many major recalls in recent years and the American manufacturers....
Not to mention the Prius is a massive con.

OrangeCrate
January 14th, 2015, 03:46 AM
What are the new Chevy's like? They've had terrible press lately...

This is our third Tahoe. We will keep this one close to ten years, as we did with the other two. We didn't like the looks of the 2015 model, so, we bought a new 2014 in September of last year. So far, it has been as good or better than our others. Nice truck.

Here's a review of the 2014, another tab in the article covers the 2015 version:

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Chevrolet_Tahoe/2014/

Sasha_Aderolop
January 19th, 2015, 09:52 PM
Current is an 05 Subaru WRX STi. Great car. Would I buy it again? If you mean, after im done, get another one? Maybe, if the new model was as good. If you mean if i could go back, would i still buy it, yes.